Similarities of Meditation and Hypnosis
In general, it is the goal of Meditations to relax the body so that the mind can follow. Hypnosis often uses a similar approach of relaxation and so-called ‘deepeners’ to achieve the trance state which is a very relaxing experience by itself. As such, meditations and hypnosis are quite similar as the body and the mind are deeply relaxed.
Benefits of Meditation and Hypnosis
There are many benefits that one can gain from meditating. The video ‘The Scientific Power of Meditation’ gives a quick and easy overview.
Hypnosis takes this one step further
Because the critical faculty is suspended in the trance state it is the perfect place to provide suggestions to the unconscious mind to remove undesirable decisions, beliefs and behaviours and install more desirable ones instead. Because this is done with the critical faculty suspended the new content will be accepted quickly and easily and benefits can be reaped almost immediately. This is because in the trance state we allow for new thinking to occur and therefore allow for new neural connections to be created and actualised providing us with new choices.
Emotional Intelligence Guided Meditations Series
Our Emotional Intelligence Guided Meditations Series uses these relaxation techniques and ‘deepeners’ to achieve a deep relaxation of the body and the mind and then applies hypnotic techniques to suggest the internalisation of concepts related to emotional intelligence. The series consists of seven guided meditations that can be downloaded individually or as a bundle. You can listen to samples on the Emotional Intelligence Guided Meditation page or on the Career Tune-up YouTube Channel.
Hypnotic Content – Metaphors, Suggestions and Commands
The way that the hypnotic content is presented depends mainly on the purpose of the intervention and on the depth of the trance.
Master communicators have told stories since the beginning of time and it has been found that stories are one of the easiest ways for us humans to learn. The use of metaphors builds directly on this tradition and facilitates inductive learning with and without formal trance induction. For many, listening to stories in and of itself creates a state of suspended disbelieve allowing for new concepts to be tried on and new neurological connections to be made
The most common approach to present hypnotic content in formal therapeutic trance inductions is by way of suggestions. To be most effective, suggestions should be given three times in three different ways and the importance of using only positive internal representations when guiding the client’s thoughts when paving new neurological pathways seems obvious. This can be illustrated when considering the following two examples.
“And you will no longer wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself in the kitchen opening the fridge. You will not feel the urge to eat that chocolate cake that is looking at you and you will not have mouthwatering thoughts of any other sweets. “
“And if you should awake at night and find yourself in front of the fridge your eyes will automatically be drawn to the place where fruit and wedges are stored and you will feel proud of yourself when you think about how you are treating yourself with the best possible choices.”
Post hypnotic suggestions can be given for the client to link a specific trigger to a specific behavior to occur every time the trigger is experienced after the completion of the hypnosis session. This is often used to predispose the client to quickly go into trance in a subsequent session and it can also be used to associate a specific emotional state, eg. a peak performance state for an athlete linked to a specific trigger, eg. the sound of the starting gun.
Say it how you want it!
It is suggested that commands can be used in medium to deep levels of trance to install better neurological options in the central nervous system. It has been said that once a certain ‘switchpoint’ has been reached, it would no longer matter whether negations are used or not. While this may be true, I would like to advocate that in any case only positive representations should be used. Given that the identification methods for the ‘switchpoint’ are not ironclad and commands may inadvertently be given to a person that may not necessarily be in the appropriate level of trance, I believe that it is part of the duty of care of the hypnotist, to always say it how you want it.
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