The term “hypnosis” comes from the ancient Greek word ὕπνος hypnos, “sleep”, and the suffix -ωσις -osis, or from ὑπνόω hypnoō, “put to sleep” (stem of aorist hypnōs-) and the suffix -is. Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. The term may also refer to an art, skill, or act of inducing hypnosis.
Theories explaining what occurs during hypnosis fall into two groups. Altered state theories see hypnosis as an altered state of mind or trance, marked by a level of awareness different from the ordinary conscious state. In contrast, nonstate theories see hypnosis as a form of imaginative role enactment. During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. The person can concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, while blocking out sources of distraction. Hypnotised subjects are said to show an increased response to suggestions.
Hypnosis is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestion. The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy”, while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis”. Stage hypnosis is often performed by mentalists practicing the art form of mentalism.
I guess we all have heard about hypnosis and have seen it in films or like described in the last paragraph on stage to entertain audience. A lot of people see it as something dark or something that is being used to manipulate people and that is why I want to share my very personal experience with hypnosis with all of you.
There are many reasons to get involved with hypnosis, be it to loose weight, get rid of stage freight or other phobias or the general need to relax ones body and mind. In my case I was very interested in the last mentioned one. A deep form of relaxation is exactly what I needed and got from my hypnosis experience.
I went in and had very little expectations about what is going to happen and only had the sketchy visuals from the movies or cartoons where people stare on to black and white rotating patterns that make them dizzy and fall asleep. So I had no idea what to expect and I think that was a very good thing.
So when I had my appointment I first had a very nice chat with Nadia and we were talking about my over all well being, what is present in my life and what I want from my hypnosis session. As I have already told you my goal was to relax my body and mind deeply. We were ready to start and that meant that I had to lay down on her bed and was covered with blankets. In the state of hypnosis the body cools down and therefor it is very important to keep yourself warm and comfortable.
She started to play relaxing music and took me on a visual journey that left all my thoughts and worries behind and that let me focus on only what she was saying. That was a life changing experience and somehow it felt more like a form of meditation. Nadia’s soothing voice has brought me to a deep state of relaxation. It was unbelievable that I was on one side very aware of what was happening, meaning I was still listening to her voice and what she was saying but on the other hand I was far far away almost floating on clouds and being close to dreaming and dozing off.
The wonderful thing for me was that I lost the feeling of time, I had no idea for how long I was laying there, if it were 20 minutes or one and a half hours. This felt so good. The same way you are being led into hypnosis you are also brought out of it, very conscious. It feels good to still lay down with open eyes for a couple of minutes after being released from the state of hypnosis.
I have felt so light and wonderful after my hypnosis session. What a wonderful experience with such a huge benefit for my body and mind. I really want to go back to that place where Nadia took me, that place where I was as light as a feather, very relaxed and calm. When ever I have a stressful day I try to take myself back to that place. Something that is not very easy to do and does not always work.
Now that I have dropped the word meditation I also want to share with you the definition I have found via wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation
Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.
The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of that training.
Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term “meditation” can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.
Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.” In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.
On that topic I want to share Nadia’s newest thing: the new moon meditation evenings for women. At TRANSFORMATON COACHING at Rebgasse 28 in 4058 Basel.
In case you have any questions or you feel the need to experience hypnosis for yourself give her a call: +41 79 507 02 92 or drop her a line via firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the dates for the new moon meditation evenings for women:
contribution towards expenses are a minimum of 10 CHF.
I hope my blog post was helpful and informative. I will attend the new moon meditation for women evenings and it would be nice to see some of you there too. I wish you all a very calm and relaxed spring day. X
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