Many people consider meditation is “mumbo jumbo” or “New Agey” and is of no consequence and that hypnosis is a make believe state of mind that doesn’t exist. In this short article I’d like to explain the basics of meditation and self-hypnosis and why you should use them to enhance your quality of life.
When you set your sights on achieving something new it’s best to use what ever means possible to boost your chances of success. These can include preparation, research, training be it physical or mental and any other process that assist you towards the goal you are aiming at. The use of meditation and self-hypnosis are two tools that can really help you achieve.
Trying is lying!
It’s a fact that the most powerful part of your mind, the subconscious controls your decisions in life and your motivation, creativity and much more is pretty much hidden from your conscious mind. That’s why we often do things and suddenly think “why did I just do that” or we meet someone new and our conscious mind cannot understand why we have taken a sudden dislike to them.
That same part of the mind also has the ability to lure us into half hearted decisions based on what it considers is the right thing to do, and in certain circumstances can actually take the wrong decision. When you are asked to do something and the Sub-conscsious is not totally in agreement you may often hear yourself say “I’ll try” but in reality you should known that the word try already indicates to the Sub-consicous mind that its OK not to achieve that activity, so in actual fact “trying is lying”. Meditation and self-hypnosis can help you communicate directly with the Subconscious.
Meditation and Self -Hypnosis
If you wish to communicate closely with the inner mind, Sub-conscious, brain or whatever you wish to call it then meditation and self-hypnosis are two states of mind that allow you to have a more powerful inner dialogue that can help program that inner self for more chance of success.
Simple meditative exercise
Simple meditation requires nothing more than to still the mind in a calm and peaceful setting. Find a place in your home or somewhere that is quiet and simply sit in a comfortable position, in a chair, or on a cushion for instance, but make sure that your back is upright to assist your correct breathing.
Sit with your eyes partially or completely closed and begin by noticing your breathing. Breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to slow or otherwise control your breath, just become aware of the gentle sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves your nose. There is nothing else to concentrate on at this point, and as you give your attention to your breath it will begin to relax your body. It is perfectly normal for your mind to drift to other thoughts at this point, and if you find this is the case you can just imagine that unwanted thought can drift away, making it smaller in your mind and just allowing your concentration to return to the breathing.
As you become more adept at this technique you can slow the breathing down consciously, which will further enhance your depth of relaxation. A tried and proven method is 7/11 brwathing where you simply count to 7 on a breath in and on the breath out increase the time to 11. As you practice this technique you will find that your breathing slows down even further.
Simple Self -Hypnosis
Self-hypnosis is just a deeper form of trance or meditative state and in fact it is often difficult to tell the difference! As you practise your meditation and self-hypnosis frequently you will begin to notice that you drift into ever deeper states of relaxation, in fact you are simply enjoying the natural state of mind that we call self-hypnosis. Deeper states of hypnosis can be used for therapy and for surgery where the mind can turn off any pain signals. Hypnotherapy can be used to help you make changes in your life, normally by one to one sessions with a trained hypnotherapist.
You may use meditation and self-hypnosis to help set desired goals within the inner mind and this goal setting becomes a program for the subconscious to follow, assisting you towards achieving success. To do so you simply put all of your intention and concentration on the desired outcome you wish to see in your life. Let’s say you want to be more confident at interviews, in that case you can use all of your senses to build a positive mental attitude (PMA) during your meditation and self-hypnosis sessions. Imagine that you can see yourself looking extremely confident, hear yourself speaking with a clear confident voice, and feel throughout your body that you are succeeding. You may even imagine there is a taste to that success or an aroma that you can sense which also signals to you that you are destined to succeed. Do not underestimate the power of meditation and self-hypnosis if practised regularly.
Meditation and self-hypnosis – practice makes perfect
Just like a muscle that grows stronger with constant exercise so meditation and self-hypnosis become infinitely more effective with each and every time you practise them. If you drive try and remember when you were struggling as a learner to change gear, steer, watch the road, indicate etc. It all seemed so difficult but after a short time the constant practice ensured that it became second nature and almost automatic. So it is with meditation and self-hypnosis, you are programming your “mind muscle” or new neural pathways which you have created to become stronger and more important to your future success. Staying with the driving analogy the neural pathways begin like a single track road and the more you think about your desired goal and use meditation and self-hypnosis the more important to the mind the goal becomes, eventually turning into multilane motorways!
Alan is a professionally trained hypnotherapist and offers one to one hypnotherapy sessions to clients who have many different issues and conditions, including stress, fears and phobias, IBS, and bad habits.
Do you practise meditation or self-hypnosis? Have you used either method to enhance your learning or increase you chances of success? We would love to hear you comments on this subject.