Saturday, 11 December 2010

Hypnosis and Spirituality…A Gateway to Higher Realms??

It has been said that hypnosis is the gateway to prayer...let me explain.

First of all, we have a conscious mind, the part of the mind that we are 'aware' of for most of the time.
Secondly, we have a 'subconscious mind' and finally, we have what some call the 'superconscious mind' or the 'higher self', which is our link to the soul which is part of divine or higher consciousness.

Over the past 10 years or so it's become pretty apparent that many thousands, if not millions, of people are searching for that 'missing' something in their lives. That enlightenment or spark of divine power, that 'connection' with something they know is there, but don't quite know what it is or where to find it.

Most of those people look in the wrong places. They look outside of themselves, reading book after book, listening to guru after guru, taking course after course, but they fail to find the answer as the 'thing' they are looking for is within each and every one of us.

If, as I believe, 'enlightenment' is within us already, it just needs to be released. What better, and more personal way could there be other than through our natural channels of mind.

Using self hypnosis to access the subsconscious mind brings us closer to that 'elusive' superconscious mind, where the answers to our hopes, prayers and dreams reside.

It is through re-programming the subconscious mind that our out of date belief systems can be changed. It is said 'Believe and you will receive.' With self hypnosis you can do just that.

Using positive suggestions and meditations, you can change your life, it really is that easy once you master the art of self hypnosis.

Below is an article I wrote, which forms part of a lecture I gave a few years ago, I hope it also proves useful to you.

There are many ways in which to induce a tranquil, relaxed state of mind, in which the body is still, and the conscious mind is simply placed aside for a while as the subconscious mind assumes a more dominant role, and allows the therapeutic cognitive processes which are innate in all of us to become active.

This state of mind, known as the hypnotic state is very simply created by;
Focusing one’s attention.
Relaxing the body.
Allowing unnecessary thoughts to enter, then exit, without any rationalisation.

This process can be easily accomplished by the technique that follows. It is known as the “Eye Roll Technique’, and is a very old but powerful way of entering a safe therapeutic hypnotic trance. When in this relaxed state of mind, it is possible to offer oneself any positive suggestions or affirmations in order to bring about the changes which you desire. Examples of positive statements and affirmations are given further on.

If possible, find yourself a quiet place and either sit down or lie down comfortably.
Roll up your eyes, just as if you were trying to look at your eyebrows.
Allow your eyelids to slowly close, and as you do so, take in a deep breath and hold it.

As you slowly exhale, allow your upturned eyes to return to their normal position.

As you finish exhaling, enjoy that gentle, floating sensation that you will experience.
At the same time, imagine your right hand to be very light, like it has a childs helium balloon tied to it making it rise gently. You may be surprised at the ease by which your hand and arm seem to float up by themselves.
This floating hand signal is a signal from your subconscious mind that you are entering a state of deep relaxation.

As you remain in this deeply relaxed, hypnotic state of mind, offer yourself any positive, therapeutic suggestions which you feel will help to bring about the changes you really want or need.
Remain in this state for 10-20 minutes, that’s really all that’s needed.

You can repeat the process as many times a day as you like.

Roll up your eyes behind your closed eyelids.
Very slowly, allow your eyelids to open, and the eyes to focus.
Make a tight fist with your right hand, and as you do, allow this light floating hand to drift down into a comfortable position. As it comes to rest, release the tight fist and gently stretch those fingers.……FINISHED !!!!

If necessary, the exit from the trance state can be accomplished any time by going through the steps listed above.

It may take you a little time to perfect the technique, especially if you are the ‘on the go all the time’ sort of person. Relaxation comes easier to some people than to others, so always bear this in mind.

Remember, if you want to make positive changes in your life, this relatively short use of your time can pay great dividends in the end. The beauty of it is that once you have practiced and mastered the technique, you will be able to enter the relaxed state much more easily and deeply.

Another point to remember is that everyone is capable of entering into a hypnotic state,
But just as we are all different, so is the ease with which we enter into a hypnotic trance.
Some will succeed on their first or second attempt, where as others may need many more attempts. It took me a week and a half, and about 15 attempts before I achieved a hypnotic state.

The motto is—NEVER GIVE UP. It may take time, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

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