If you're a visual person by nature, you can probably appreciate the power of visualization during hypnosis. When we see things, they become much more real to us than if they are simply described. This is why most hypnotherapists, and self-hypnosis recordings, make good use of visualization, in order to deepen and enhance the hypnosis experience.

What is Visualization?

We use visualization nearly every day, in some way or another. We're constantly thinking, and many of those thoughts have pictures that go along with them, helping us to see things with more clarity. Guided visualization, during hypnosis, is simply walking the client through visualization in order to achieve a specific goal.

There are many different ways that visualization can be used during hypnosis. If a person is having trouble with relaxation, and find himself unable to truly relax even at the most peaceful times, a hypnotherapist might walk them through a guided visualization in which they can relax fully. This might be a peaceful nature scene, or a happy memory. There are many guided visualization techniques used in hypnosis for the release of stress and tension.

Many combine the visualization with the words being spoken to the patient. A hypnotherapist might have a person visualize a beach, with the water gently lapping over their toes. As the water rushes back out to sea, the hypnotherapist will instruct the patient to see and feel all their stress going with it. The stress is now gone, taken by the ocean and scattered throughout the waters of the world, dispersed and diluted until it can't possibly hurt or stress them anymore.

Some visualization techniques are specifically tailored to a person's goals. Many people want things that they feel, mistakenly, that they don't deserve or can't achieve. Visualizing those things happening can be a very powerful form of hypnotic visualization. If a person is up for a promotion at work which they believe they will not receive, the hypnotherapist might have them picture themselves receiving the promotion, see the increase in pay or status, and feel the confidence this achievement will instill in their mind.

How to Use Visualization Correctly

While almost all visualization during hypnosis are guided, there are many ways that you, as the client or patient, can sabotage or enhance the experience. One of the most important factors in any visualization is its clarity and reality.

If you are instructed to picture a peaceful beach scene, for example, try not to picture a generic, bland beach with no detail. Instead, picture every single detail that you can think of, and picture those details with extreme clarity. Make them as clear as if they were right in front of you and you were seeing them with your eyes.

See the water's color, its depth as it drops off away from the shore. Hear the gentle sound of the waves lapping at the sand. Feel the warmth of the tropical ocean, as well as the heat of the sun-baked sand underneath you. Look up into the clear blue sky. Hear the tropical birds singing. In your mind, pick up some crystal-white sand in and let it flow between your fingers. In other words, picture everything you can think of, and picture it well. This can mean the difference between an effective and an ineffective visualization during hypnosis.

In the example of the promotion, see all the people in your office as they look on a daily basis. See the paycheck in your hand with the extra pay. See the new office you might move into, with a beautiful view. See yourself, smiling very contentedly, knowing that finally all your hard work has been recognized.

Seeing things in this manner is very effective, no matter what the desired result. If you know that you don't have a very good imagination, simply let your hypnotherapist know, and they'll gladly fill in vivid details for you. If you're using a recording, seek one out which describes everything in rich detail.

Seeing things as being real, during hypnosis visualization, tells our subconscious that they are real. This is the power of hypnosis, the ability to speak to the subconscious mind. Once you have experienced a truly vivid, clear and real visualization, you'll immediately notice the difference, and you'll understand the true power of visualization with hypnosis for making our desires turn into our reality.

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Author's Bio: 

Since the mid 1980′s, Steve G. Jones has dedicated his life to hypnosis and helping people lead better and more incredible lives. The breadth of his knowledge is wide and for over 20 years, he’s helped clients with almost any condition you can name: weight loss, anxiety, smoking cessation, exam taking, phobias, anger management, pain control, business and sales confidence, and many others.

So if you’ve ever dreamed about taking control of your life, living your dreams, and channeling your energy and focus towards fulfillment, abundance, confidence, and happiness, Steve is ready to help you.

Studying at the University of Florida in the 1980s, Steve completed his degree with a focus on cognitive psychology and understanding how people learn. However his experiences have since expanded greatly and Steve is now a board certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in education, and is now completing his doctorate in education at Georgia Southern University.

Steve’s practice has taken him into business settings, medical and psychological circumstances, and a variety of other difficult situations where he has helped individuals and groups overcome their limitations, fears, pains, and problems.
He has also worked extensively with Hollywood actors, writers, directors, and producers, helping them achieve their very best in a highly competitive market.
Currently, Steve is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, American Board of Hypnotherapy, president of the American Alliance of Hypnotists, on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Lung Association, and director of the California state registered Steve G. Jones School of Hypnotherapy.