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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hypnosis and Meditation

There are many people in the West who seek to meditate. They believe it can help them relax and achieve spiritual harmony. But often the Westerner finds it difficult to absorb the esoteric nature of the ritual of meditation. Moreover, meditation literature is mostly in a foreign language and must be translated from Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Sanskrit, etc. This is why I think it is particularly helpful to understand that meditation is the same thing as hypnosis, with the exception that hypnosis adds a post-hypnotic suggestion. In other words hypnosis is meditation with a post-hypnotic suggestion. This means that Westerners who like meditation can find much in the literature of hypnosis that can help them approach the subject from a decidedly Western point of view. A great deal of the literature on hypnosis was originally in English.

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