I went into my first weekend of hypnotherapy training wondering if there is a difference between meditation and hypnosis. I was so excited by everything I was learning about the conscious and subconscious minds that I forgot to ask the question! For now; the short answer is yes, but not so much…
Overall, hypnosis refers to being in a heightened state of suggestibility or accessibility, and the brain naturally cycles between the conscious and subconscious mind all day long. A hypnotist helps her client relax to the point where the subconscious mind is easily accessible, and once in that state of mind, she makes suggestions that are in the client’s best interest. The client’s subconscious accepts those suggestions as its new reality, and over time (or not!), positive life changes come into fruition. Basically, the intent of hypnotherapy is to resolve emotional struggles and change physical behaviors. Meditation also allows people to access their subconscious; however, meditation is often practiced to form or deepen a spiritual connection.
Annnywayyyy, I realized a million and one other, much more exciting things last weekend! Number one: I’ve been trying to hypnotize everyone I come into contact with for at least the past 10-15 years…I’m a natural, what can I say!? I’m not sure when I started training (hypnotizing) myself to think this way, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve been a HUGE proponent of positive thinking and the power of the mind. I’ve studied and practiced the Law of Attraction, and try to educate people on its basic principles. I even gave my Mom “The Secret” for Mother’s Day one year.
Labeled a space cadet [insert Twilight Zone theme here], I spoke of “Beck’s World,” while casually trying to tweak perspectives…help people realize that thinking positively actually changes reality. Last weekend, I learned the brain science behind positive thought and intention. Perpetual optimism and lofty idealism make peoples’ lives better!
A few months ago, I started meditating; the connections I’ve made with Myself and the Universe are awe-inspiring. After the New Year, I began practicing yoga. My muscles and bones are strong, and the time to strengthen and nurture that space inside has arrived. And now, as I pursue this hypnotherapist certification, I am learning that the mind literally affects the body. I do believe I’m coming full circle – Mind, Body and Spirit. I also believe this hypnotherapy thing is my calling.