I’ve been looking at hypnosis tracks on YouTube this summer in an effort to write more.
Hypnosis doesn’t work for everyone, and I’m a firm believer in “if you don’t want to do it, hypnosis can’t make you”. But, I think writers as a group tend to be highly suggestible. Don’t you agree? (-: If you said yes, there’s a good chance you are highly suggestible, too, and hypnosis might be worth a try.
Here are some guidelines I use when vetting YouTube tracks. Before you start, listen to the video completely while awake. If it freaks you out, or you think a message is suspicious, stop listening. If you find it helpful, add it to a private playlist so you can find it again later.
And here are three tracks I like:
“3D Affirmations to Stop Procrastinating Now”, by The Brain Garage (6:26)
(Earphones recommended) Kind of hokey at first with standard affirmations, but the affirmations are layered and become more interesting as track progresses. If you let yourself go, you start to get into the rhythm, and what you need starts to jump out at you. (For example, “Do it now!” is what I hear more than anything.) I recommend this if you like praise, and tend to work for more praise.
“How To Boost Your Confidence! Hypnosis for Self Confidence & Self Esteem” by Baxeman (10:33)
(Link Through Bryan Zuniga’s blog: http://bryanzuniga.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/ultimate-confidence-video/)
Direct YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ily1WAiscew
(Fine with or without earphones.) This is one of the first hypnosis and meditation tracks that I used this summer. I like the boost of self-confidence, but I love the guided relaxation. I come back to it again and again to put myself to sleep, and prepare for a good day of writing the next day.
“Hypnosis: Focus on Studying and Work (Request)” by Ultrahypnosis (11:46)
(Fine with or without earphones) The key point to this video is that you come to focus very clearly while doing the hypnosis, and when you go to write, you use that memory to keep focused on your work.
Again, I want to repeat that you should listen to the videos and proceed only if you are comfortable with them. I don’t necessarily recommend other videos by the same authors – please use your own judgment. But if you need a little extra permission to sit down and write, these programs can help create an inner voice that gives you that permission.
Anyone else out there trying mind techniques to boost your writing? Let’s share some techniques in the comments!