I started meditating last year. New to the practice, yet still recognizing its power, I wanted to do it well (I’m a bit of a perfectionist). During these first highly insightful guided meditations, I found myself honing in on certain phrases like “now you see” and “in front of you is…” I grew to love the experience of being led on a meditative journey, but continued tripping over what I was not seeing in my mind’s eye.
In those moments, I would focus my attention on trying to literally see something. My mind would wander, “I want to watch a movie on the back of my eyelids. I want to see that fantastic meadow of orange poppies I am imagining! Why can’t I see? I must be doing it wrong. Try harder. Do better. Oh wait… I’m meditating. My mind is supposed to be quiet and focused right now, but this conversation in my head is causing me to disconnect from the group, from the meditation, and most importantly from my Higher Self. I’m spending my energy on seeing something, and in doing so, missing the messages.”
Shortly thereafter, I began my hypnotherapy training. During the first week of class, I learned that the majority of people can, in fact, see images when they close their eyes. I also learned that some of us cannot. At that point, I understood: I am not doing anything wrong while meditating; I simply have a blind mind’s eye. This epiphany was beyond helpful in moving forward; not only while mediating, but in other facets of my life, as well.
I began using my imagination to see with my mind’s eye. I engaged my conscious mind, swapping words like “see” and “visualize” with words like “sense, imagine, experience.” In doing so, the pressure to perform, to see the right way, faded away… I stopped trying to force experiences and soon noticed my ability to feel sensations. I recognized that my ‘images’ reveal themselves as thought-bubbles as opposed to filmstrips.
You’re probably wondering what any of this has to do with hypnosis.
Welp, it turns out there’s actually a strong tie: hypnosis is quite like guided meditation. With hypnosis, the first bit… the induction, is sprinkled (the word “sprinkle” is a fine example) with mental imagery. The more readily the subject connects my words with the imagery, the more deeply relaxed he or she becomes. Deep relaxation is a vehicle for bypassing the critical conscious mind and accessing the nonjudgmental subconscious mind.
Our memories, habits, emotions and mental images reside in our subconscious. Memories are generated when a strong emotional connection, be it positive or negative, becomes associated with a situation. As a hypnotist, I create powerful suggestions that cause the client to simultaneously visualize (see, imagine, experience) and attach strong, positive emotions to those suggestions. As such, the suggestion is readily accepted by the subconscious mind – the subconscious believes the idea, and begins to express it as its own.
With awareness and presence of mind, my clients are able to change the way they think. Changing the way they think – engaging these presents of mind– changes their lives.
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