Michaeline: You Are Feeling Strong And Confident

Could a little hypnosis open up your imagination? If you think it's worth a try, it probably is. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Could a little hypnosis open up your imagination? If you think it’s worth a try, it probably is. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

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!

5 thoughts on “Michaeline: You Are Feeling Strong And Confident

  1. I’m really interested to hear that these tracks work for you, Michaeline, since in general your Girls don’t like being told what to do. Maybe it’s because the tracks are encouraging you to do something you deeply want to do anyway?

    I don’t think I’d ever go in for hypnosis – I’m a bit of a control freak and I don’t like the idea of inviting anyone to mess around in my subconscious. Also, I hate being told what to do, maybe even more than you 🙂 . I’d be up for something that teaches me to help myself – like the Chimp Paradox – or I’d have a go at meditation. I’ve never studied it but if I’m stressed or restless I can concentrate hard enough to visualise myself to sleep. I go for a lovely walk and a swim in the sunshine on Bird Island in the Seychelles. Does it for me every time 🙂 .

    • Yeah, I am very paranoid, and I don’t like being told what to do, and that’s why I don’t just jump into a hypnosis thing. But what works for me is a hypnosis thing that persuades me to do something I want to do anyway. (So, I suspect some of my writer’s block problems are from a deep fear of something that I don’t even want to acknowlege — the hypnosis makes the Want stronger than the Fear.)

      The other thing you can do is make your own hypnosis tape, with you talking to yourself. I’m not quite sure how you can go about that without doing a few hypnosis sessions first to find out what works for you. Your Bird Island in the Seychelles sounds like classic guided relaxation! So, maybe you can make an audio where you talk yourself into the Seychelles, and then tell yourself that you are overcoming problem A and problem B and feeling fantastic.

      In this day and age, you don’t need a big investment to make an audio, and you could make a new one everyday until you’ve got the perfect one (or seven perfect ones, for that matter). It’d be really easy to personalize, technically speaking.

      (-: Armchair speculation at this point, but I’ve often thought about doing my own hypnosis tracks.

  2. I wouldn’t need hypnosis to write, but it might work to get me to clean the house. Maybe. Since that is something I never want to do, perhaps I could be persuaded with a well-placed suggestion!

    • (-: It seems to be helping with cleaning house, too. That, and the guests we had this weekend. I wish I had those “hard edges” to my time that Toni Causey talks about — that way, I could have time for writing AND cleaning AND all the other stuff I need to do. But it seems that once I get started, it’s hard to stop. I re-read my work so far on the latest draft this morning, and ignored the hard edges, and got some good writing in. But my hard edges are kind of soft this morning — usually, they are a lot harder, and when it’s time to stop writing, it’s really time to stop writing. Having voices in your head saying “do it now” doesn’t always help, when All The Things need doing . . . .

      Still, it was a good morning, and I hope it will be a good week. National holiday on Monday here, so I started the week a little more rested than usual.

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