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Category: Meditation and hypnosis

Information and discussion on meditation and hypnosis for relaxation and soul therapy, including guided meditation and self-hypnosis


Q&A — Spontaneous Meditation, 9/13/2011

[From time to time I receive questions through email or blog comments about spiritual and soul therapy issues. I know in my heart that these delightful inquiries from a few kind people actually respond to similar questions by many participants in The Soul Channel. So I have decided to share portions of the responses without identifying the source of the inquiry.]

Question:

I wanted to ask for your guidance in meditation. As far as I understood, all studies and therapies lead to meditation anyway as it is a universal way to obtain knowledge of yourself and heal yourself psychologically and physically. For some people it is quite natural to go into this state of consciousness, but for me it is not like that. I believe I experienced something called ‘spontaneous meditation’, which occurs a couple of minutes before falling asleep and in the pre-awakening state. Sometimes it amounts to vibrations; sometimes I have a strange feeling that I can see my body from aside laying in the bed or sitting. But it is not meditation.

Edited Response:

Although the inquiry is about meditation, the discussion focuses more toward near-dream states and out-of-body experiences. From a clinical perspective, the normal, alert state of mind is the ‘beta’ level of consciousness. As brain activities slow (fewer cycles per second of vibration), we move into the ‘alpha’ level of consciousness; as this progresses, the control by the conscious mind becomes shared with the unconscious mind, which is the ‘gateway to the soul.’ This transition from beta to alpha consciousness is the near-dream state (perhaps a fantasy state) and applies whether in bed preparing for sleep or simply sitting somewhere and day-dreaming or even fantasizing. It is also a brief moment in time when interesting things happen to your senses, which seem momentarily trapped between two worlds — literally between two states of consciousness and two competing states of control. Read More…

Meditation 2011-08-31 – Transcending Experiences

Introductory Remarks

One of the most important aspects of The Soul Channel is the opportunity to read channeled sessions. This is the first such channeling session, which was accomplished using automatic writing. This process is discussed extensively in a previous two-part Automatic Writing article/post. I prefer the automatic writing approach to channeling while using a computer, as the channeled information is captured on the screen without the burden or error associated with later recall.

For this two-way (ask and receive) channeling session, all items in italics are questions or comments by the author; all other information is channeled.

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2011-08-31

During a client reading yesterday, the activities involving the entity Adam were quite interesting. May I communicate with him again?

Of course, John. I am always here.

That opens one of the eternal questions: Why are entities and souls from the Soul Side “always here” and available at the slightest request? Read More…

Hypnosis for Pain Management and Trauma Reduction

I have been asked many times whether hypnosis can be used to minimize pain during surgery (referred to as ‘medical hypnosis’). The short answer is ‘yes’, although it is most commonly limited to those surgeries involving local anesthetics. In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain (NIH reference).

From personal experience, I commonly use self-hypnosis for pain control during any dental procedure which would normally involve a local anesthetic, and I recently used it for minor surgery on my arm involving 18 stitches; no pain. One excellent self-help book on self hypnosis is Instant Self-Hypnosis: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open by author Forbes Robbin Blair. A more advanced book for practicing hypnosis and for hypnotherapists is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Basic to Advanced Techniques for the Professional, written by Calvin D. Banyan and illustrated in the above image.

Let’s take a glimpse at how the medical community is actively using hypnosis for pain management on a much more challenging level. Read More…

Reliability of Channeled Information and Intuitive Readings

Confusion often arises over the accuracy of information provided to clients by mediums, intuitive readers, diagnostic readers, and other channelers. I am often asked how to determine if channeled information is accurate, comprehensive, flexible or “set in stone” so as to be unchangeable. Whenever working with mediums and intuitive readers, please keep the following in mind:

1.      All channeled information is filtered through the conscious mind, emotions and vocabulary of the channeler. Filtered information may contain information which is biased based on the beliefs and understanding of the channeler. A “pure channel” is a person who is able to allow their conscious mind to “step aside” during the session so that the channeler cannot filter or bias the information. This is much easier said than done.  Read More…

Meditation

Most people are familiar with the concepts of meditation and hypnosis, but they may not be aware of their therapeutic benefits. Practitioners often debate the differences between the two activities, yet there are important shared aspects. Most notable among them is that both meditation and hypnosis produce an altered state of consciousness, thereby creating a heightened state of suggestability. Therefore, they can both be used as therapeutic tools by a certified or licensed practitioner, as well as being used for self-induction techniquest by private groups and individuals.

The following discussion provides a very brief introduction to meditation; hypnosis and hypnotherapy are discussed in a separate article. Read More…

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

The previous article (post) discussed meditation as a natural form of therapy available to everyone. Meditation assists the individual to establish and maintain harmony among the body, mind and spirit. Hypnosis is quite similar to meditation in that both produce an altered state of consciousness, thereby creating a heightened state of suggestibility. When used correctly as a therapeutic tool, this increased state of suggestibility can be used to alter thinking processes so as to eliminate phobias (fears), minimize pain and anger, balance energy systems, retrieve forgotten information from the past, and open hidden, previously inaccessible experiences and memories.

The following discussion provides a very brief introduction to hypnosis and hypnotherapy. An introduction to meditation is in a separate article. Read More…

“Thank you for participating in The Soul Channel!” — John