I sometimes get asked this question, and I think it’s a good one: What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation?
While there are many different kinds of meditation, usually the goal is to achieve a state of mindfulness or awareness with no preconceived goal. It’s more of a passive attentiveness: noticing what arises and letting it go. (Sometimes easier said then done!)
All we are is changing. –John Overdurf
With hypnosis, it’s more strategic. You’re intentionally focusing on a specific outcome or goal (e.g reducing anxiety, alleviating pain, increasing confidence, quitting smoking, etc.). Specific changes in how you’re feeling are actively pursued and explored so you can make positive changes in certain behaviors or ways of thinking. Basically, you’re more in control, and as the brilliant hypnosis coach/teacher John Overdurf points out: it’s all about changing.
In other words, with meditation you’re focused on clearing your mind, with hypnosis you’re purposely using suggestions to redirect your attention to predetermined positive outcomes.MORE…
Here’s a great first-hand account by Lindsay McCoy as she uses hypnosis for the birth of her third child, recently broadcast on a local Minnesota CBS station.
“Hypnosis is not stage hypnosis, and it’s not mind control,” she says. “It’s really a way of being able to relax your body and your mind. And when your body and mind are relaxed, then your birthing muscles have nothing in the way. They can work much more smoothly and more efficiently.”
“It (hypnosis) brings you to a place where you can stay connected with what your body is doing,” said traditional midwife Jeanne Bazile. “And if you’ve been taught and been encouraged that birth is a natural process, then going into it with that mindset can be helpful, too.”
You can watch the full clip here.
Lately I’ve noticed an increase in clients coming to me for reflexology for issues involving fertility, pregnancy, and delivery. Across the board, whether it’s getting pregnant; reducing symptoms like morning sickness, swelling, or back pain; or reducing pain and time in labor, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so I thought I’d share.
Although this could take up much more than just one post, I’ll highlight key information about how reflexology can help you or someone you love with all things baby-related.MORE…
What is hypnosis? There are many misconceptions based on movies, swinging watches, and stage hypnotists. Read on to find out how you’re much more familiar with hypnosis than you might think….
Self-Hypnosis: You Do It All The Time
A lot of people think of hypnosis, or trance, (they can be used interchangeably) as a strange altered state, when in fact it’s a common everyday thing. We’re all familiar with times when we’ve just drifted off, losing sense of time. Jogging, reading, driving, watching TV, listening to music, commuting on the subway–these are all trance states and are times when the unconscious takes control.
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.–Einstein
The unconscious mind is in control of as much as 95% of our behavior, which means our conscious mind is only really in control of 5%. This explains why it can be difficult to tackle problems only on a conscious level. MORE…