Have you ever noticed how humans like to throw stuff?
I am a big fan of skimming stones across the sea front where I live, but I also love chucking rocks and stones and making splashes too. Have you ever dropped stuff (safely of course) from cliffs and down wells and found a sense of enjoyment to be had from it? Is it only boys that like that stuff?
That said, there are also sports and events that involve us throwing things around and heck, why not gain some therapeutic benefit from throwing and chucking stuff too, eh? Have you ever heard anyone use the expression “chucking his toys out of the pram” when it comes to talking about someone being childishly angry or frustrated? Before we get to express ourselves in a range of other more sophisticated ways as adults, we throw and chuck and drop, don’t we?
Today, I am offering up a process to let go of stress using the process of letting go that is similar to other processes I have discussed here before. It combines self-hypnosis, with mental imagery and also a metaphoric process of letting go.
It aims to equip you to let go of stress and what you no longer want or need, or to let go of anything that is unhealthy to hold on to. This might include stress, jealousy, anger, frustration or revenge for example. Have a think of something you’d like to let go of, then use this process to help you do it.
5 Steps To Let Go Of Stress And What You No Longer Need
Step One: Get yourself into a comfortable position and one whereby you are going to be undisturbed for the duration of this exercise. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor and your hands are not touching each other.
You can do so by any means you desire or know of. You can use the process in my Science of self-hypnosis book, use the free audio we give away on this website to practice or have a look at the following articles as and when you need them; they are basic processes to help you simply open the door of your mind:
Heavy Arm Self-Hypnosis Induction Method
Using Eye Fixation for Self-Hypnosis
The Chiasson Self-Hypnosis Method
Hand to Face Self-Hypnosis Induction
Using Magnetic Hands for Self-Hypnosis
The Coin Drop Self-Hypnosis Induction
However, with this process, an induction is potentially too much activity, so I teach my clients how to adopt a hypnotic mindset and simply have a mindset that is positive and expectant. Again, to really understand the cognitive set of the hypnotic mindset, go grab a copy of my Science of self-hypnosis book where it is explained in simple but comprehensive terms.
Once you have induced hypnosis, or just adopted the hypnotic mindset, move on to the next step.
Step Two: Use your imagination and create a pathway spanning out in front of you. Note what the path is made of, see the colours of the place where the pathway is and create the surrounding area too. it might be somewhere you have been to before, or that you are creating in your mind right now, imagine it is the pathway of your life.
Start to walk along it, hearing the sound your feet make as they take each step. Become aware of other sounds around you too, note the temperature, make it just right for you.
Each step that you take, imagine you are going deeper inside your mind as well as further along the pathway. Let each step relax you more and further. When you feel deeply relaxed, and you have got it all vividly imagined in your mind, then move on to the next step.
Step Three: Pause for a moment on the pathway as you realise that in front of you and ahead of you, your enjoyable journey along the pathway is hindered by a number of rocks on the pathway.
The rocks and stones are of various sizes and shapes. Again, notice the colours, the sizes, shapes and position of them. At the moment, these rocks are obstructing your progress on the pathway, let them represent what it is that you decided you needed to let go of prior to starting this session.
As you look at each rock, notice how each one signifies an aspect or is a part of what it is you want to let go of. Notice the way each rock represents that; with its colour, texture, size or characteristics. They are hindering your progress and getting in the way of the direction you want to take.
You might not even know what each one represents, you might just let these rocks represent barriers to your progress. When you have got them pictured and imagined in your mind and you can notice the sensation that they give you when you have your direction barred, then move on to the next step, but make sure you take all the time necessary to get this done thoroughly.
Step Four: The beauty of using your imagination is that you can use it without limits, and not only does our imagination have no limits, but we all have far more resources than we usually give ourselves credit for.
Notice that beside the pathway is a well; a bottomless well. Get it vivid inside your mind and create the details of the well. It is a well of your own creation. One that exists within you.
Use your imagination to summon up whatever mighty strength you need and start to move the rocks and drop them down the well. One by one. Notice how you feel so wonderful each time you let go of one of them and can hear the sound of it plummeting through the air, dissipating and disappearing. Let go. Gone.
Systematically work your way through the rocks that were on the pathway and let go of them.
Take all the time you need to clear the pathway and once you have let go of all the rocks, cover up the well for now. Securely close the well and know deep inside your mind that you have let go and the rocks have disappeared and been sent into nothingness.
Start to notice how much lighter you feel, how at ease you are and spend a couple of moments enjoying some deeper breaths that relax you and enhance your enjoyment of this moment.
Enjoy the sensation of knowing that your path is clear and that your mind is free. Feel the joy and sense of having let go of what you no longer need.
You can use this time now to engage in any progressive relaxation process that you know and enjoy being uplifted for however long you feel is necessary. When you have relaxed and assured yourself that you have cleared the pathway, you can move on to the next step.
Step Five: Feeling lighter and like a burden has been lifted, continue walking down and along the pathway knowing that this wonderful feeling stays with you when this session comes to an end.
Then wiggle your toes and fingers, open your eyes, exit hypnosis and go about your day. Remember to take some action that is going to be proof that you benefited and changed as a result of what you did in this self-hypnosis session.
Enjoy this process, it is a lovely thing to do and we can all benefit from it greatly. There you have it. Using your imagination and combining it with hypnosis to be able to let go of unwanted negative effects. There are many ways of doing this kind of thing and this is another version, another way.
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