Hypnosis or Meditation?
Hypnosis has been practiced for centuries. In ancient Greece, Egypt, India and Persia people attended healing temples. While at the temple, they gathered collectively and recited prayers entering deep levels of trance. Achieving these deep levels of trance guided them to:
- Be in an altered state
- Alleviate pain and promote self-healing
- Attain enlightenment, worship and prayer
Similarly, Meditation was widely practiced and began in India. The practice of Meditation goes as far back as 5,000 to 3,500 BCE. Initially Hindu’s and Buddhist’s practiced Mediation to achieve spiritual enlightenment and self-reflection. Additionally around 5,000 BCE other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China. Then Meditation found its way to the Western world by the 18th century.
The Difference between Hypnosis and Meditation
It is important to realize that Hypnosis and Meditation are equally essential. Moreover, each can easily be built-into daily routine for:
- A healthy body
- Alleviate stress
- Lessen Anxiety
- Change Behavior
- Attract and manifest what you want
Simply put most of our thinking happens with the Conscious Mind. I heard one of my mentors describe the Conscious Mind as “The Monkey Mind”. We process about 70,000 thoughts per day! A large percentage of our Conscious thoughts are filled with: negativity, past failures, or of what can go wrong.
“The Monkey Mind” is extremely active and loud. On a personal note, I did not realize my Monkey Mind until I began Hypnosis and Meditation. The more I tried to stop thinking, my thoughts became louder, bolder and faster. Hence my analogy of the Conscious Mind being “The Monkey Mind”.
An illustration of the Unconscious Mind is of an iceberg. If we look at an iceberg on the surface it appears small, however, below the surface it is massive and deep. Freud viewed the Unconscious Mind as our principal source of learning and behavior .
The benefits of Hypnosis
Another key point, Hypnosis is how to bypass “The Monkey Mind” to the Unconscious Mind. Remember, anything and everything of significance is stored within the Unconscious Mind including:
- Behaviors & strategies (wanted and unwanted)
- Limiting beliefs & decisions
- Unresolved feelings of anger, sadness, fear, hurt, guilt, shame etc.
Must Hypnosis be guided?
If you are thinking of Hypnosis… find a qualified Hypnotherapist in your area. Ultimately, the Unconscious Mind will not accept suggestions from anyone it does not respect. So, it might be ideal to have an assessment. An assessment will allow you to feel out rapport and give time for the Hypnotherapist to evaluate.
Really, the best results are achieved when guided by a Hypnotherapist. However, it is possible to learn Self Hypnosis. As any other tool, Self-Hypnosis is effective and powerful when studied by a qualified Hypnotherapist. I always train my clients to use Self Hypnosis prior to sleeping. It is perfectly acceptable to drift off to sleep while the Unconscious Mind is listening to pristine suggestions.
The benefits of Meditation
Meditation is the art of quieting The Monkey Mind! This process has often been described as just being. You can google many types of Meditation; however, the idea is to just sit. Some may feel it is more challenging to Meditate and quiet The Monkey Mind. Both techniques require the ability to be compliant to the process, breathe and relax. Over time you may be surprised how easy it is to Meditate. Often during Meditation, you will begin to feel:
- Internal peace
- Clarity of mind
- Forgiveness of self and others
- Channels of creativity & success open
- Connected mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually
How and When to Meditate
Just get started and be kind to yourself! Fighting with The Monkey Mind is exhausting. I was taught to observe my thoughts. For example, pretend you are at an airport or train station. Imagine you are sitting on a bench merely watching people move by. Think of yourself as an observer with each thought moving past you.
We could get caught up in how to sit during Meditation and the length of time. Let’s make it simple, start by finding a comfortable place to sit. Set your timer for 5 for minutes and aim to quiet your mind while you observe your thoughts. When is the best time? Anytime, just begin training your body and mind.
To summarize, both Hypnosis and Meditation complement each other! Hypnosis is the direct route to the Unconscious Mind. While in a state of trance the Unconscious Mind is open, and ready to receive suggestions to promote wholeness. Meditation is the tool used to quiet the Conscious Mind. Daily practice of Meditation will bring clarity and inner peace.