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The person who possesses the knowledge of self-hypnosis is well prepared for stressful situations and for conditions of sleep-deprivation; the skilled hypnotizer is also well equipped for self-discovery and creative insights.

To hypnotize yourself, begin with a straight spine. There are a variety of postures conducive to hypnosis, though the beginner should probably sit in a symmetrical position in a straight back chair, taking special note to maintain a straight elongated spine. Now, take several deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. As you perform this exercise, close your eyes and repeat this simple phrase to yourself, "My body is limp...My body is limp...My body is limp..." Now, turn your attention toward your breathing. A simple, relaxing Eastern technique is to breathe in through the nose for three seconds (you should be counting to yourself), hold the breath for nine seconds, release out of your mouth for six seconds, and pause for three seconds. This cycle of breathing should be repeated for several seconds until you are comfortable, warm, and relaxed. If this breathing technique becomes extremely uncomfortable, you may shorten the held breath step.

Now that you are relaxed and focused in your breathing, you must attune yourself to your body. Repeat now to yourself, "My legs are limp." After several repetitions, you should begin to notice the strong sense of weakness in your legs. You will experience brief moments in which you will lose control of your legs. Do not be alarmed by this; rather, let your legs fall away and turn your attention to your solar plexus.

The solar plexus, which is the center of your breathing, should now be ordered to relax in a way that follows with the cycle of breathing that you have been performing. Repeat "My chest is relaxed" after every step of the breathing cycle. As your chest becomes relaxed and subsequently disattached, let it go.

Now that your body is completely limp and relaxed, you may begin to visualize. Think of the face of a friend, the picture of a particular project, or the subject that has been bothering you. Now, begin to describe it in your mind. Describe the color, dimensions, and features of your picture. This process will yield other pictures that will follow. Describe them all in equal depth. This process should last for five to fifteen minutes, and upon completion you will remember a surprisingly large portion of the images and the order in which they followed. You should now open your eyes, tell your body aloud to "Wake up," and proceed to reflect upon the pictures that you saw. There is always an underlying theme to the images, and a conscious examining of them will yield an insight into your true feelings concerning a subject. With this newly discovered insight, you may come to terms with an issue or transform it into a work of art, be it poetry, prose, sculpture, or painting. The relaxing sensation that is felt should carry with you for the rest of the day, a sense that comes from subconscious revelation.