A Safe Place In My Mind

I had all these weird ideas about being hypnotized, how it feels like and what people make you do when you are hypnotized. Yet, it is nothing like that. In fact I do not remember much about it. What I do remember is that I was taken to my safe place in my mind and how relaxed I was. Even now I can make my body relax to such a state that I fall asleep within in a few short minutes.

It was a pshychologist who hypnotized me... I couldn't talk about things in my past and because it affected my life so much we decided to go for hypnosis. It does bother me a bit that I can't remember the questions he asked me but I do know that I can talk about my past now. I feel safe. Whatever he did, it helped.

Everybody creates their own idea of a safe environment in their mind. To know what is yours and then picturing it, you can use it during times of stress or even trauma. You can close your eyes and move yourself there emotionally and take yourself out of your environment. It really has a calming affect on a person. The more you use it, the more effective it become and I've learn to use my safe place quite well - especially when I don't have a book to escape from the crazy world. I just close my eyes and I'm there. As with hypnosis, you climb down the stairs and count it down, 10, 9, 8, 7.... until the last step, 1 and you are stepping into your own world.

Sounds crazy, I know. But it works. :-)

Alera Alera
36-40, F
6 Responses Jul 16, 2010

Alera, hi, I've always wondered what it would be like to be hypnotized, I'd like to try it, but don't know any hypnotist. I've always been fastinated with it. enjoy reading the stories from people who's been hypnotized. I've always been drawn to it

I've been hypnotized and my experience was very much like yours and I did it for the same reason...to get over past traumas that kept affecting me in the present. I wanted to get over them. I remember the entire process and questions and things said to me. I am happy that I went ahead with hypnosis and would do it again and recommend to anyone. Thank you for posting your story.

@Bettyboo1965: Never thought of daydreaming in that way. Though it does make sense. What you say about hypnosis is true: it works without all the pressures life impose on us (eg. my safe place in my mind) and we can only be guided to our full potential.

Hypnosis deals mainly in distracting and removing oneself from his/her current emotional state or circumstances in order to bypass the conscious critical facaulty to work with a truer sense of self without all the bullshit or pressures that life and significant others impose on us. Day dreaming is a state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a useful discipline to find a more truer sense of self worth, balance and contentment and if taken in easy and tender stages can bring you self awareness and courage if you truly wish to explore your own abilities. Anyone who says that they do this for you by their expertise is arrogant they can only guide you to your own potential.

@Apsenniel: Maybe that is one thing I should do to. Although I have not been smoking for that long, it is hard to quit and it is good to know hypnosis works for smoking. But to get my psychologist to do that again, will take some persuasion. I found that psychologists use hypnosis as a last resort. <br />
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@Lania: The doctor did tell me there is a possibilty it won't work and I can't remember why. The whole session is in bits and pieces for me. One thing I do remember though is that when you are hypnotized the hypnotizer can however not make you do things you do not want to do or is against your morals and beliefs.

Interesting. I don't think I'm hyponotizable. A couple times or more I've been "tried to" hypnotize and it doesn't work on me. I did the steps and I did the imagery, but was alert the whole time. I wonder why. It's not a big deal to me, but would be interesting to know why I can't be hypnotized.