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Self Hypnosis Candle Induction

This self hypnosis induction technique is very helpful for people who find it difficult to relax or who experience physical pain. It involves imagining a candle….then imagining your muscles relaxing like the melting wax of the candle.

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Sit in a comfortable upright position with arms and legs uncrossed

Begin by taking a nice deep breath and closing your eyes. Focus your attention on your breathing for a few moments – just observing your breath quietly and easily, without changing it in any way. Notice the rise and fall of your ribcage, perhaps your stomach as well; notice the temperature of the air you are breathing and the sensation of air on your nostrils and top lip as you breathe out. Notice if your breathing changes – without trying to change it and without stopping it from changing. Tell yourself with each breath you are becoming more and more relaxed.

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Now imagine in your mind a candle

You can see it, sense it or just imagine and know that it’s there. However you do this, trust you are doing this in the right way for you. The colour you choose for your candle should be a colour you find relaxing and calming. Your candle represents relaxation and comfort.

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Now imagine and focus on the candle flame

Notice the colours within the flame – notice how the flame grows larger and smaller, how it flickers slightly due to the airflow in the room around it

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Now imagine the candle beginning to soften and melt

Imagine a trickle of wax rolling down the side of your candle, merging with the candle holder. At each stage of this process tell yourself and imagine that you are relaxing more and going deeper inside your mind.

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Now imagine that you are that candle of relaxation

Imagine that your muscles, like the wax of the candle are softening and melting into your chair or bed, or duvet – whatever you are laying or sitting on. Tell yourself that, as you imagine this, your muscles are becoming more and more relaxed, soft, limp and loose. Spend a few moments developing and engaging with this idea, spreading this relaxation throughout your body.

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Now deepen your experience

When I use the term “deepen” I simply mean increasing the quality of your self-hypnosis experience. You can do this in a variety of ways – for example by counting down from 100 to 1, or from 10 – 1. In fact, you can simply imagine anything that involves going down; stairs, escalator, lift, diving. Or you can imagine a special, relaxing place – either somewhere you’ve been or somewhere created in your imagination. It’s important to choose somewhere that is safe, comfortable and relaxing for you to be. Or you can use progressive relaxation – focusing your attention on each part of your body in turn and relaxing each part as you move through the body. As you do this saying the words softening, loosening, relaxing, letting go, etc. as you do so. You can also incorporate colours or sounds spreading through your body as well if you wish; experiment and find what works best for you. Choose a deepener that appeals the most to you.

Whichever deepener you choose, continually say to yourself phrases such as ‘I’m relaxing more and more, I’m going deeper and deeper into hypnosis, I’m feeling more and more calm, I’m letting go of tension, I’m drifting deeper and deeper inside my mind.’

Imagine a special, relaxing place.

Either somewhere you’ve been or somewhere created in your imagination. It’s important to choose somewhere that is safe, comfortable and relaxing for you to be.

Focusing your attention on each part of your body in turn and relaxing it saying the words softening, loosening, relaxing, letting go, etc. as you do so. You can also incorporate colours or sounds spreading through your body as well if you wish; experiment and find what works best for you.

You can then enjoy the rest of your hypnosis session.

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Bringing your session to a close

Finally you exit hypnosis by counting up from 1 to 5, telling yourself that all sensations and sounds return to their normal sense of perspective, you bring your awareness back to the present, incorporating all the benefits of the hypnosis session into your life. Take a few deep breaths and open your eyes.
Practice this on a regular basis to really get the hang of it and let me know how you get on – I’d love to hear about your experiences!
I’m a hypnotherapist providing a friendly, professional service in Devon, working from Buckfastleigh. I offer a free initial consultation, so please feel free to contact me
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