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
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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