I would prefer meditation to hypnosis. No one is going to control me. I am quite content doing my meditation using visualization techniques and positive affirmations to achieve my goals.
Ignorance keeps the masses hypnotized!
These statements are from people who don’t know or don’t understand what hypnosis really is… In reality, a person reading or stating positive statements or, who are visualizing a scene or desired outcome is in fact using a form of self-hypnosis. The moment you see, hear or feel something via your senses, or with your eyes closed that is not really there, you are in fact, in a light trance – hypnosis. Most people go into trance within approximately 7 seconds of sitting down to watch TV. A scary thought isn’t it? What you are watching goes directly into the unconscious mind!
The definition of true meditation is the absence of all thought and to just be. If a person is thinking over a problem during meditation, they are contemplating the situation, and are no longer considered to be doing meditation.
Hypnosis on the other hand, is to have thought, and effect a desired outcome, i.e. stop smoking, weight reduction, stress management, pain management etc. If someone is participating in a guided meditation (where they are guided down a path and quite possibly into the woods, beach or even a meadow to look at pretty flowers), the person guiding the meditation is telling everyone to see this, hear that and incorporate as many of our senses as possible to allow everyone present to experience a pleasant and memorable time. Quite simply –
Were you not just in a trance?
Were you not told what to see, hear, smell and experience during that guided meditation?
Almost everyone present in a group meditation will experience something at some level, allowing themselves to be taken on a wonderful journey, coming back relaxed, refreshed and renewed, but nobody considers themselves hypnotized.
In reality, everybody experiences hypnosis on a daily basis without equating it as hypnosis. One example of hypnosis is when you are driving and lose a stretch of road and can’t remember getting there; some people even miss their exits! Another example is if somebody is reading a book, watching TV or working on the computer, they become so engrossed in what they are doing that they start to block outside stimuli. Before they know it, someone is telling them that they were calling them for ten minutes and asked why they didn’t answer. They respond by saying that they didn’t hear anything.
The difference between hypnosis and meditation is that hypnotists may take the person down the path but instead of having the person look at pretty flowers, they will have the person work on accomplishing pre-determined goals.
Both techniques can be used for weight reduction, smoking cessation, preparing for surgery, pain management, childbirth, etc. Each individual really decides what word is more comfortable for him/her, meditation or hypnosis. If meditation is a more palatable word for you, then by all means go that route. If, the mere mention of the word meditation brings up terrible memories of a very rigid discipline that sends you screaming into the night, then by all means get hypnotized.
I’ve had clients in my office for hypnosis who, during the session, went on their own guided meditation to a favorite vacation spot. Was the session still successful? You had better believe it!
Whether you choose meditation or hypnosis, each is an allowing process. No one can force you into hypnosis, where we obtain your bank account number or have you cluck like a chicken. Just as if you are on a guided meditation, no one can make you go down the path and smell the flowers if you don’t want to. Both are excellent ways to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
A technique that is usually taught in both meditation and hypnosis classes alike that can instantly reduce stress and lower blood pressure is called ‘deep breathing.’ It allows the blood and oxygen to flow more efficiently through the body. Anytime during the day or evening, if you feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed, just stop for a moment and take five to ten deep, relaxing breaths. This technique fills up the lower part of your lungs first and the top part of your lungs last.
We all started out our life doing deep breathing but as we got older, some, because of certain factors in their life switch over to shallow breathing. So, if you want to look at it as relearning the type of breathing you did when first born, then do so, as a newborn baby, at the unconscious level or soul level, you came into this world knowing what was best for your survival in it. If you have difficulty in doing deep breathing, try it while lying down.
Want to learn more about Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis? Connect with me! In the Fall of 2017, I’ll be offering some workshops as well as our Certification Program where you can become certified in Coaching, NLP, Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy. Some do it for themselves and others take the certifications to add tools to their toolkit in working with clients.
About Lynn: Lynn has had several careers and a varied background in Social Services, Recruitment, Business and Sales as well as Health, Fitness & Nutrition for over 25 years. She specializes in services for Businesses providing NLP Training’s, Corporate Values Alignment, Increase Sales, Weight Optimization & Fat Loss, Sport Performance, Chronic Pain, Quit Smoking, Releasing Negative emotions such as Anger, Sadness, Depression, Anxiety, Fear, Stress & PTSD.