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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Expand Yourself: “Self-Hypnosis and Subliminal Technology” by Eldon Taylor

My experience with hypnosis began when I was a teenager. My sister and I listened to self-hypnosis tapes as we fell asleep in our shared bedroom. I can’t recall what exactly was on those tapes, but I recall being soothed by them during a challenging time of my life. In fact, one afternoon on my way home from school, I was asked by my creepy bus driver if I smoked pot. I answered no; he asked “So how do you get high?”  

“Self-hypnosis,” I answered.

In the rearview mirror I could see his eyebrows shoot up, wrinkling his receding hairline. I’m sure he would’ve been just as intrigued if I said I smacked my head with a large mallet every day after school.  I explained that I listened to tapes that helped “expand my mind.” I remember hoping that he would think I was nuts and just leave me alone, but I also felt pretty confident that these tapes were giving me some kind of help. I still do believe that such recordings can help us.

Eldon Taylor’s book (with CD) is a must-have introduction to self-hypnosis. He includes a brief history and facts on how hypnosis works but the proof comes after listening to the affirmations several times over the span of a few days. I felt the results for the first time this morning when I went to my bank for a quick transaction. I had to wait 15 minutes as the two tellers were busy with customers. Not only that, the two people behind me were able to be seen first by the manager who stepped in to help as they didn’t need cash.

I tend to be impatient and hate to wait. However, I found myself cheerfully standing in one place as the minutes ticked by, and as the people behind me skipped ahead, I noted that my usual ire at being inconvenienced was completely gone. It didn’t occur to me until I finally got called up to the teller that I didn’t have a ready complaint for the whole irritating situation. I got my quarters for feeding the washing machine and happily went on my way.  

Listening again to the CD at home, I read along in the book the list of subliminal messages to see exactly what they included. There were phrases such as: “I let go” and “I allow.” The passage I preferred listening to has a segment that includes ‘I have gained the ability to see things in balance. I am forgiving and forgiven.”

Forgiveness is very powerful. Maybe that phrase was what helped me get over my impatience at the bank? Maybe it was just a fluke. Later today I had to wait in for my doctor’s appointment. Again, I had no feeling of impatience. I felt gratitude for everyone working there. If this improvement is really due to Taylor’s CD, then I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone willing to experience positive change.

Taylor sells “InnerTalk” (subliminal) recordings through his website but in this book he offers information on how to create your own tracks at home. It will be cool to see if I can make personalized recordings, but I’ve gotten a lot out of the six included on the CD. I did notice that Taylor has a few pro hypnosis messages imbedded in each track: “I enjoy hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is fun. Self-hypnosis is powerful.” Look into my eyes….perhaps that explains my enthusiasm?

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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