As already mentioned, translated from ancient Greek, “autos” means “myself”, “hypnosis” – “dream”. And what is the “ideo-vegetic”? I think that this is the most correct way to call the process of submission to the mental images of the vegetative functions of our body (“ideo” – thought, mental image; “vegetalics” – vegetative nervous system).
The process of influencing mental images on the autonomic nervous system, without calling it “ideo-vegetative”, was mentioned more than once. And now, in my opinion, it makes sense to repeat a number of provisions that, to one degree or another, highlight the essence of autohypnoid vegetatives (AHIV). After all, it is in it that the base of that maximum energy and working capacity is laid, without which it is impossible to achieve high results. In addition, the autonomic nervous system, together with the endocrine glands, largely determines the strength of emotional reactions. Therefore, to manage vegetation means to be able to very well and consciously create the desired emotional state. And this is extremely important in everyday life.
The autonomic nervous system is known to control the activity of the internal organs and the endocrine glands. Its name comes from the Latin word “vegetative”, which means “plant”. When this term was introduced, it was believed that the autonomic nervous system functions like plants – mindlessly, by its far-from-learned laws. Hence, the second of its name arose – the “autonomous” nervous system, that is, it acts independently, autonomously, independently of our consciousness, without submitting to our control and purposeful influence.
So, in essence, it actually happens. After all, not by using consciousness, we change, say, the heart rate when we go from walking to running – in this case, the heart begins to beat more often, as if by itself, vegetatively, automatically rearranging the nature of our activity in accordance with the task. And the composition of gastric juice, depending on the food eaten, also changes without the participation of our consciousness. And the liver completely throws glucose into the blood on its own – if circumstances so require, and puts it in their cells in reserve in the form of glycogen – when the need for large amounts of glucose stops. There are many examples of such autonomous (without the help of consciousness) activity of the vegetative nervous system.
However, the wise nature still gave us the opportunity to consciously lead the vegetative processes. For this, as already mentioned, mental images aimed at regulating vegetatives should be passed through the brain, which is at a reduced level of wakefulness (or, to put it simply, in a drowsy, half-asleep state, when the brain’s susceptibility to mental images created in it) .
Therefore, with a reduced level of wakefulness of the brain, using, so to speak, roundabout ways, we gain the ability to influence, for example, the activity of the heart or the gastrointestinal tract. And this means that the autonomic nervous system is not completely autonomous, that under certain conditions, it still begins to obey our consciousness, our thoughts and desires.
I remind you that in the autonomic nervous system there are two sections that have the exact opposite effect on many processes in the body. The first section – the sympathetic – contributes to the activation of all body functions in conditions that require the person to exert tension and increased energy expenditure. The second section – the parasympathetic – on the contrary, automatically turns on in cases where a person needs to calm down and recover the energy resources expended. With some degree of conditionality, it can be said that in the daytime the activity of the sympathetic section prevails, and in the nighttime – the parasympathetic one.
And now let’s imagine that a person needs to mobilize himself for considerable mental and physical effort, which requires a sharp increase in the tone of the sympathetic section of the autonomic nervous system. How to achieve this with the help of autohypnoid vegetative mechanisms? Directly ordering the sympathetic section: “Arouse!” Is meaningless, for it, so to speak, will not obey. Therefore, another, devious way to achieve the desired self-mobilization is proposed: you have to sit down, close your eyes and use self-training (self-hypnosis, self-hypnosis) for 3-5 seconds to immerse yourself in a drowsy state, even if not particularly deep. And then it is very clear and vivid to imagine that waves of invigorating chills ran all over the body – such as during a stay under an ice shower. Or imagine a situation that can cause a feeling of overwhelming rage.
Naturally, it is necessary to find in advance the corresponding mental images that can significantly improve the tone of the sympathetic section. Without the sharp inclusion of this department in high activity, it is simply impossible to mobilize oneself to the utmost psychophysical effort.
It is extremely beneficial for each person to have in their mental arsenal several such mental images and programs that would be able to personally cause the necessary self-mobilization. And, of course, it is necessary to own any method of psychic self-regulation (auto-training, self-hypnosis, self-hypnosis), with the help of which in a matter of seconds you can immerse yourself in a drowsy, dreamlike state, which is the basis for solving many problems. Moreover, we must learn to do it in the most tense conditions, despite the various interference in the environment.
Mastering autohypnoid vegetation is, frankly, a difficult, even difficult, time-consuming, persistent and highly motivated business. Only a few take AIV in 2–3 months of daily workouts, devoting an average of about an hour a day to them, the others need much more time to do this. But after all, autohypnoid vegetics own (and, quite well), yogis are typical representatives of an idealistic worldview.
Why, then, to us, materialists, who know perfectly well how our body works, do not adopt such an important ability to help ourselves? But how wonderful it would be: they imagined that the agitated heart was beginning to beat calmly, and the rhythm of its contractions slowed down. Or she presented an athlete that menstruations, which should begin on the days of important competitions, were delayed for a whole week – and the schedule of natural cyclicity obediently changed. To achieve this skill is not only possible, but very necessary, despite the many difficulties along the way. Modern people just need to master the possibilities inherent in autohypnoid vegetation – only under this condition can they truly successfully regulate their psychophysical state in extreme conditions.
It is high time to understand that if a person wants to remain invulnerable in terms of mental stability in any (especially in difficult, distress) situations, he must learn to automate and calm his nervous system, his psyche with the help of auto-training. We can say with certainty: everyone who sets such a goal in front of him will definitely achieve it. You just need to really want this.