Originally posted by ilandrah
So meditation is a form of self hypnosis?
I do know people who have used meditative techniques to help them deal with difficult situtions and even to help them cope with quitting smoking. But
I looked at that as more a calmative effect that any kind of auto-suggestion.
Does anyone have any info on how brain waves are affected by hypnosis? Is it similar to brain activity during sleep? I am particuarly interested in
claims of past life memories, could these be dreams if the subconscious is active during hypnosis?
I kept the whole quote to address all the points. Meditation, by definition, a controlled, altered state of mental focus, pretty much falls under the
purview of a hypnotic state. Don't try to over-dramatize the mental states that a person can achieve. All it takes is an awareness of what the
capabilities of the human mind are, and a keen interest in delving into and using them.
We tend to limit ourselves with labels, in this example, meditation. Most folks, when you say the word, meditation, see a bald headed fellow in
saffron robes sitting in a lotus position, arms across his knees, eyes closed, constantly chanting, "Ooooommmmm" or some such. That, simply, is a
method for achieving a directed, altered, focused state of concentration. I, personally, know people who use this state and direct it for desired
outcomes, but not always using the meditation paradigm I described above.
The brainwave activity is totally different from natural sleep. That is one of the really common mis-perceptions of hypnosis. It has nothing to do
with sleep as I understand it. (And I do love to sleep).... The general hypnotist model that most everyone, who is a hypnotist uses, includes lots of
allusions to sleep, relaxation, and such, because, generally, that is the simplest set of reference that most people can easily understand. However,
as I mentioned earlier, Dr. Milton Erickson, did standard hypnotic induction without referring to sleep directly, and his use of relaxation verbs,
adjectives, and so on, was usually directly tied to observed client behavior or perceived modalities.
As a matter of fact, hooked up to an eeg machine, a person being monitored while in the hypnotic state, puts off the same wave patterns as a person,
who is truly in the midst of making love. All the more reason to be in the state.
Regarding past life regression. I have used that modality a number of times for therapeutic outcomes. I have also, on a couple of occasions, used it
in investigation with verifiable facts being found. However, that, in and of itself, does not cause me to believe that a person who is the subject,
really lived before... There are far too many other variables that come into play, from a clinical standpoint, to stand here and say that if you found
through hypnosis that you had a previous life as a slave in Rome, that it actually occurred that way.
As a side note, someone mentioned above that only 10% of people can go into a truly deep state. First of all, the depth of the state of the trance
(for want of a better word) is immaterial. Most all phenomena that can be induced in a supposed deep state are imminently demonstrable in a "light"
state. Secondly, that 10% saw has been around for years. Someone said it, authoritatively, and everyone else in the wonderful world of hypnosis has
been saying it for generations. In fact, if a person is able to be induced to hypnosis, at all, then she/he can be taken directly to any stage that
is demonstrable. There are only two sets of limitations in hypnosis, those of the hypnotist, and those of the hypnotized. The rest if flummery, and
filler for people who are paying for a class, or buying a book.
Hope this helps a bit. Please feel free to ask more if you wish, or you can certainly feel free to u2u me.