Tuning In

This Seishindo Self-hypnosis Practice is great for helping you to better understand and adapt to the various challenges you face in life. As you little by little come to a place of greater understanding, compassion, and self love, you will find your experience of life and your relationships, being transformed. Eventually you will come to understand that ever challenge life offers you, is actually an opportunity to grow and evolve.

We suggest that you strive for understanding, self love, and compassion, and not “change.”

It is suggested that you read through these instructions several times prior to beginning. This will give you the possibility of doing the whole Practice without needing to refer to the notes. Of course do refer to the notes if you need to, but you will likely get the most pleasing results when you can leave the notes behind.

It is important to know that these notes are meant as a general guideline, and there is no need to worry about following the steps exactly as they are written.

What is important, is that during the course of this Practice, you maintain a soft focus with your eyes, SLOW mild mannered internal dialogue/talking, and a deep and relaxed breathing pattern.

If possible, it is best to do this Practice in a location and time that allows for you to make your statements out loud. BUT, much better to do this Practice often only speaking to yourself internally, rather than waiting for the perfect circumstances!

This Practice assumes that you have an issue, relationship, or circumstance in your life that you would like to better understand.

Seat yourself so that you are comfortable.
[I find this Practice a lot more powerful when I look at myself in a mirror during the entire Practice, but this is not at all necessary. You can just sit looking at the wall, or out the window.]

If in any way you feel like you are rushing even a tiny bit, you are to slow down, and begin again. Maintaining a slow relaxed pace is an important part of the overall process.

1) State your intention in regard to understanding an issue / relationship / circumstance more fully.
For instance: “I would like to have a better understanding of my relationship to food.”
It is important to stick to wanting to “better understand” something, rather than attempting to change or fix something that you perhaps do not fully understand.

2) Create an “I am” statement.
Here is how to develop an “I am” statement:
Make believe that you have ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED your intention as just stated above. Make a statement that describes how your feel, and experience “life” and or yourself having ALREADY achieved the results you desire. For instance, if you are wanting to have “a better understanding of my relationship to food” you might say, “I am enjoying my healthy relationship with food and eating, and feeling good.”

It is very important that you make an “I am” statement that gives you the mental image and emotional feeling of how you look and feel having ALREADY accomplished your goal, rather than using negative terms that describe how you do NOT want to be. An incorrectly formulated “I am” statement would be “I am no longer overweight and I feel good about myself.” In the same way, a successful athlete would NOT say to herself “I am no longer missing field goals during the important moments of a game.” Instead, state what you ARE doing, having already accomplished your goal. The athlete might say, “I am feeling confident as I continue to make my field goals.” It is important to keep your “I am” statement simple. In general, the simpler the better.

In particular, people often struggle with how to make a statement in regard to “smoking” or “stress”.
We do NOT want to say something like “I am better understanding my relationship to smoking/stress.” because such a statement would have us continuing to think about “Smoking/Stress” Much better to say something like (Depending on your circumstances of course.) “I am in a healthy relationship with my whole self, and feeling fit and fine.” Or, “I am having healthy reactions to life’s many ups and downs.”

It is quite likely that your “I am” statement will change during the course of this Practice, or you might find that your “I am” statement changes the next time you entertain the same issue. This is fine. As long as you continue to state your “I am” statement in positive terms, welcome a change in your statement, if and when a change does occur.)

3) Once you are clear about what your “I am” statement is for now, SLOWLY repeat it three times while taking a DEEP breath after each statement. It is important that you breathe deeply and expansively. Take your time while doing this.

4) Sit quietly for one full minute or so….
Allow your eyes to lightly rest on whatever is in front of you….
And breathe in and out through your nose….
A bit deeper than usual….
And notice any rocking movements you might have, if any…..

5) Now, state three things that you see….
Now, breathe deeply three times….
Taking your time……

6) Now, make your “I am” statement….
And then, take three deep breaths….

7) Now, name three sounds that you hear….
Now, feeling like you have a luxurious amount of time for this Practice….
Breathe deeply three times….
Taking all the time that you need….

8) Now, make your “I am” statement….
And now, take three deep breaths….

9) Now, state three sensations that you feel inside or on the surface of your body. Please be certain to name three physical sensations. Please do not use terms like “happy” “tired” “sad”.
For instance, you might say “I can feel my heart beating, my posture is rounded forward, and my left eye is a bit more open than my right eye.”

Don’t do anything to change yourself, just note how you are now….
Now, breathe deeply three times….
Taking your time to relax into the moment….

10) Now, make your “I am” statement….
And now, take three deep breaths….

11) Now, state two things that you see….
And then, breathe deeply three times….

12) Now, make your “I am” statement….
And now, take three deep breaths….

13) Now, as you sit comfortably, name two sounds that you hear….
And now, breathe deeply three times….

14) Now, make your “I am” statement….
And now, take three deep breaths….

15) Now, name two physical sensations that you feel, inside, or on the surface of, your body….
Now, breathe deeply three times.

16) Now, make your “I am” statement….
And now, take three deep breaths…..

17) Now, state one thing that you see….
And now, take three deep breaths….

18) Name one sound that you hear….
And now, take three deep breaths….

19) Now, name one physical sensation that you feel….
And now, take three deep breaths….

20) Now, make your “I am” statement….
And now, take three deep breaths….

21) For one full minute or so, allow your mind to wander in any direction it likes….
While at the same time…. keeping a rhythmic feel to your breathing….

22) Now, speak any statements that come to your mind at this time….
You can state how you are feeling physically and emotionally….
You can state any thoughts that come to your mind….
You can state what you hear, see, and feel…..

23) What have you learned?
How do you feel in regard to your initial intention?
How does your “I am” statement feel to you?
What is your emotional state like now?

There are not any right or wrong answers or statements here.
You are only meant to notice your experience.
Your experience will indeed change over time.

Please perform this practice numerous other times so that you can notice how it is your RELATIONSHIP to your initial intention, changes over time.

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