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Hypnosis and Spiritual Development, by Alan Tutt

Hypnosis has a strong reputation for being an excellent tools for
changing habits. It is also a popular stage show activity that
results in some fascinating displays of mental manipulation. Many
psychologists will also use hypnosis as a means for treating
mental dysfunction. And success coaches will use hypnosis for
aiding in personal development. But hypnosis can be used for even
greater purposes than these, including spiritual development.

The process of hypnosis is relatively easy, which is surprising
to most, considering the power that is associated with this
phenomenon. In short, the process is one of distracting the
conscious mind long enough to implant alternate suggestions to
the inner mind. Many people think that hypnosis is a process of
putting the conscious mind asleep, but this is a common
misconception of hypnosis. Hypnosis is not sleep, but rather a
form of tightly focused concentration.

Many spiritual traditions use meditation as a vehicle for
development. Meditation too, is a process of focusing the mind,
but usually at a lower level of intensity. This lower level of
intensity makes meditation easier for the individual to attain
and control. Once the mind is focused to the degree common in
hypnosis, the ability to direct the course of activity is usually
lost. This is one of the major difficulties in trying to use
hypnosis by yourself. To reach a deep level, you have to have an
outside source of direction.

But there are relatively simple methods of overcoming this

Having another person direct you through the process is a common
method. This is the way many of us view hypnosis – as a process
of one person leading another through a series of steps. If this
person is trustworthy, and has a solid grounding in psychology
and the spiritual beliefs you hold, then this is the best option,
as any variation that comes up during the process of hypnosis can
be dealt with effectively.

If your purpose of using hypnosis were to stop smoking, lose
weight, control procrastination, or a host of many other common
goals, then you would be able to use one of the many pre-recorded
hypnotic tapes that are being sold on the market. Unfortunately,
there aren’t many hypnotic recordings for spiritual development,
and the ones that do exist are somewhat expensive (the economics
of supply and demand in action).

It is possible to create your own hypnotic recordings, and by
doing this you also end up with a hypnotic session that is custom
tailored to your exact goals. Using a recording device, such as a
tape recorder, mini-disc recorder, or MP3 device, you can record
a series of steps that you intend to follow while in the hypnotic
state. This way, you can create your own hypnotic program that
will help you achieve the exact results you want.

But what do you record to create a hypnotic session for spiritual
development? Beyond the basics of directing yourself to relax
your physical body, focus your mind through a series of steps to
attain the level of focus required, and the ending sequence of
coming back to normal consciousness, the progression of the
working session can follow a number of different formats.

Spiritual growth and development takes many forms depending on
the culture in which you live. The content of the hypnotic
session depends greatly on the belief system of the person
undertaking it. If you believe that spiritual growth takes place
when you live according to a prescribed set of rules without
deviation, then you would use hypnosis to instill a ‘natural’
tendency to live according to those rules. This is the same as
the habit control usage of hypnosis applied to those habits seen
as being spiritual. Your recording will be a series of statements
such as “You enjoy …..” and “You will always …….”.

If you believe that spiritual development takes place when you
are able to make a strong connection to a higher power, then you
would use hypnosis to find and control the inner mechanisms
responsible for making that connection. (Incidentally, this is my
belief regarding spiritual development.) In this format, hypnosis
becomes a ‘practice session’ for learning how to make that
connection better and stronger. Your recording will generally be
a guided daydream in which you take the actions which lead to the
stronger connection.

And if you believe that spiritual growth and development happens
as you become more like the Supreme Being, then you would use
hypnosis to create whatever internal changes that need to happen
to bring yourself closer to that state. This format of hypnosis
is a combination of the other two formats.

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The Sleeper Awakens Within The Dream

When we awaken from dreams, we realize that they were not real,
but entirely of our own creation. In a dream, you are the
participant as well as the creator of all the other characters
and the settings. In like manner, everyday reality can also be
viewed from this dream perspective; a dream from which each of us
will one day awaken to realize that this too was an illusion of
earthly consciousness.

Yet, many things in everyday existence do have apparent reality.
There are many things we can all independently agree upon. So, if
this is the case, who is doing the dreaming?

The answer may be that we all are – collectively. If we are the
Universe, as well as essentially being spiritually One –
indivisibly part of the Source/God/Creator of all – then we can
conclude that we co-create the joint dream-reality we all
participate in and perceive around us.

It is our spiritual life task to gradually awaken within the
dream. At this point, we will be fully spiritually aware, seeing
things as they really are and not with distorted perceptions.
Then, if we participate in this world of forms and shadows, it
will be through conscious choice; a full awareness that make our
best present efforts resemble deepest slumber.

But what is the purpose of this complex interwoven dance we call
life? Why did we manifest in this manner? The stories of esoteric
spiritual teachings can help here. For example, the Garden of
Eden story teaches that through tasting the apple of the
knowledge of Good and Evil, we lost sight of the Divine
Consciousness, and were sent into exile from true reality into
this world of dreams.

What is the symbolic significance of the apple of the knowledge
of Good and Evil? It represents the choice to live through
misperception, and to view life from the standpoint of Duality
and Division; Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, Life and Death,
etc. Instead of participating in Unity consciousness, we choose
Duality and are thus exiled from the divine spiritual perspective
into this confusing world of ever moving shadows. We live in the
world of Effects, without ever seeing the world of Causes.

Division entered and this was the Fall. We divided off from the
divine part of ourselves and have ceased to even know it.
Instead, we live in the world of shadows, obsessed with duality,
and seeing no further than our senses permit. The way back is
guarded by an angel with a flaming sword, because the attainment
of eternal life is impossible as long as we remain mired in
temporal earthly things. Nothing mired in an earthly
consciousness can have any share in eternity.

At yet another level, the reality we see around us is the direct
result of our individual karma, the gròup karma of our race and
nation, as well as the collective karma of humanity. Life is a
huge learning arena, set into play by ourselves for ourselves in
order to stimulate our own awakening. However long it takes for
this to occur is precisely how long it WILL take for each and
every one of us.

Does this mean that the universe does not exist and is totally a
creation of our minds? From an earthly perspective, it clearly
does exist and possesses certain objective truths that we can
agree upon that can be measured. Yet, even at the earthly level,
the universe can be rightly called illusory in the sense that all
is not as it appears. It may exist but it is certainly not the
way we think it is. For example, the everyday objects we judge as
solid are mostly empty space. Our senses do perceive and make
sense of what is “out there” beyond our own bodies, but do not
define it. A map is NOT the territory. A cat, a fly, a bird and a
human may look upon the same scene and sense entirely different
realities. Which is right? In truth, all are nothing more than
interpretations of the unknowable shifting realm “out there”.

So, from an earthly perspective, the world does have many
elements of objective reality, whilst also simultaneously having
many illusory sides to it. Ultimately, we may find it is composed
of nothing at all except pure Thought and Mind. The universe is
increasingly giving this impression at present, as our scientific
techniques become ever more refined, and our instruments probe
ever deeper in search of the essence of truth.

Spiritually, it definitely does appear that we participate and
co-create in what we see around us. It is primarily our
duality-oriented vision that causes us to see only in terms of
right/wrong, good/evil, civilized/ignorant, life/death. From the
undivided perspective of pure divine consciousness, all is as it
should be. Nothing ever really dies, but merely changes state.
Indeed, death is a necessary part of life itself. Life itself
would be impossible without death. Seeing them as opposites or
antagonists is the classic example of dualistic thinking.

Your purpose then should be to work within the world system, and
the lessons it presents, in order to liberate your thinking and
achieve the consciousness that sees all things as they really
are. Deep pondering can assist this. Meditation will also break
down the barriers. A willingness to perceive people and reality
as they really are, without any judgments or dualistic notions,
will definitely speed up your awakening.

In addition, refusal to participate in unhelpful attitudes or
behavior will not only help you, but will subtly alter the fabric
of the world we are all co-creating. If you see war outside of
yourself, but do not see it in your very heart, you are truly
blind to causes. If you see it within and eradicate it, then you
make it easier to eradicate without. World change starts with
personal change, and a correct perspective on “What Is”;
willingness to change what you can and wisdom to let be what is
beyond your control. What is within you is definitely within your
power to control and master.

Copyright 2001, Asoka Selvarajah. All Rights Reserved.


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The Danger Of Thinking Too Much

Thinking forms virtually our sole basis for dealing with life. We
are attached to our thoughts. We think they are who we are.
Indeed, the whole of Western culture supports the mind’s
pre-eminence, and thought as the sole mechanism for
organizing ourselves and our civilization.

However, these notions do not find huge support amongst the
mystical traditions. On the contrary, these ancient traditions
teach methods that seek to still the mind. “Stop Thinking!” is
often the injunction to the spiritual student. Why is this, if
thinking has served us so well, both individually and as a

“…we still carry one problem with us: this mind that reasons so
intelligently is still basically confused. Therefore, every
‘insight’ is saturated by confusion. I am sorry to say it so
bluntly, but human understanding is confused. It is not
unmistaken wisdom, and it is not authentic until complete

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub
Ling monastery, Nepal.

Thinking, by itself, is subject to inherent flaws. The most
obvious is its high degree of subjectivity. Hardly anybody agrees
about anything. The world’s problems are created around
differences of opinion – often regarding relatively minor issues
– around which vast intellectual and emotional edifices are
gradually built.

Are we actually in control of our thoughts at all? Meditators
become increasingly aware of their thought processes, and the
seemingly random nature in which thoughts move. Many have
concluded that it is not they who think, but rather thinking
“happens in them”. The more one studies the process of thought,
the more it resembles the weather; a mysterious undirected
process, created by innumerable causes.

Thought is rarely accurate. Each person possesses an in-built
system of presuppositions, prejudices, societal conditioning,
religious background, and psychological complexes. Even the
extensiveness of our vocabulary plays an important role in
thinking. The precise mix is different for each person, but it
all critically affects the way the person thinks, and the kind of
thoughts that occur. Also, none of us possess total and perfect
information. Even if we did, the deep-seated biases within the
minds ensure that our conclusions will almost always be

Certain key human issues are necessarily relative. Morality is a
prime example. A person’s moral framework derives from sources
such as family, society, peer gròups, religious training, and
even the kind of TV programs a person habitually watches. The
only way to make morals absolute and to cast them in stone (as
Moses did) is to appeal to a moral absolute such as God, who is
beyond dispute. However, even here, we can then debate as to
which type of God we choose to follow, which revelation from God
is true and which false, and so on. Consequently, morality
becomes dependent upon the society in which one is raised, and
the kind of religious undercurrent present.

To make it worse, our thought processes, flawed as they may be,
are being subtly manipulated by the government and media.
Communists and Islamic fundamentalists are not the only ones
subject to brainwashing. Those in the West are also told how to
think, and usually go along with it compliantly. For example, we
are currently being sold war as a remedy for violence, and
bombing as a method for achieving peace! Could there be anything
more ironic?

Indeed, the recent international situation highlights another of
the mind’s inherent fallacies: the tendency to create polarities.
We like to think we are clear-minded enough to be able to judge
Good and Evil. In many cases, we CAN determine certain rules and
penalties that will enable a society to run efficiently, without
degenerating into anarchy. However, to ascribe categories of
“good” and “evil, “saint” and “sinner”, as liberally as we do, is
almost always unwise. Given our own highly fallible thought
processes, who are we to judge? From a metaphysical context,
events may be occurring for all sorts of reasons of which we can
have no idea whatsoever. Indeed, was it not Jesus himself who
said “Judge not, that you be not judged”?

Polarizing tendencies seem to arise from our need for (a)
certainties we can feel comfortable with, and (b) generalizations
that enable us to make mental short-cuts to rapid solutions. We
need certainties because we want to understand the world we live
in, and exercise some degree of control within it. We also need
to generalize complex information. Otherwise, it would be too
hard for most us to deal with, and we could nèver reach a
conclusion, and hence achieve the certainty we desperately need.

Overall, such thought process leave us with the comfortable
feeling that we “understand” the issues, whereas the reality may
well be that we understand nothing at all! A good example is the
recent labelling of certain people as “Islamic Fundamentalists”.
This is a convenient term that enables us to package such
individuals in the “evil, insane, brainwashed nutcase” category.
Thus, we don’t have to seek to know anything further about them;
their history, their motivations, or their desires. After all, it
is a disease, is it not? These people are “evil”, and belong to
an “axis of evil”. What more is there to understand?

One disastrous result of polarized thinking is the sequence of
attack and counter-attack we see in all the trouble spots in the
world; whether it be Israel, Sep 11 2001, and formerly in
Northern Ireland. Such a pattern ensures only more of the same.
It is the politics of the playground – of five-year old children.
Sadly, many adults have not advanced much further than the
playground in their problem-solving capacities.

The above is not intènded as a support for any gròup, but rather
serves as an example of how simplistic we prefer to make our
thinking, in order to live in a world we can understand. Our
governments deal in bite-size explanations of highly complex
issues. The general public, the majority of whom know little
about history or foreign culture, swallow it whole without

Reality is inherently complex. It is doubtful if anyone is
capable of completely comprehending it. For any event to occur,
there are a myriad contributory causes. The polarizing mind seeks
an easy explanation; often a single cause. In doing so, we do not
solve any problems we face, but rather perpetuate them.

However, thought processes can be redeemed by seeking ever deeper
communion with the source of Being; the higher self, the God
within, or whatever term you prefer. Realized Masters, who are in
perfect union with the Divine, have no need for conventional
thought, but perceive reality directly. This is a worthy goal for
each of us to aspire to, but it is a difficult one. It may hint
at why all spiritual traditions call upon the follower to enter
the silent gap between thoughts, and dwell ever more often in
that zone.

That is best done initially through meditation. Through steady
practice, this state of mind can follow us outside of the
meditation session and into the whole of life. By simply being
more mindful of our habitual thoughts, we may also become more
aware of the quality and direction of them. In that way, we can
catch ourselves engaging in tendencies that are unhelpful or

In conclusion, our thoughts and opinions are rarely even a
remotely accurate view of reality. We need to be ever watchful to
not take ourselves or our opinions – or those of others,
particularly those in authority – too seriously. Instead, by
working continually within, and by studying in a spiritual
tradition, it will be possible ever more into our awareness, the
Higher Self, who can redeem, purify, and ultimately transcend,
the power of Thought.

Copyright Asoka Selvarajah 2004. All Rights Reserved.

Asoka Selvarajah is a writer on personal growth and spirituality, and the author of “The 7 Golden Secrets To Knowing Your Higher Self”. His work helps people achieve their full potential, deepen their understanding of mystical truth, and discover their soul’s purpose. You can subscribe to his FREE ezine, and get his FREE ebook “Inner Light Outer Wealth” at: _______________________________________________________________

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