Hypnosis, meditation and Emotional Freedom Technique
It is all too easy for us to get lost in the frantic nature of our everyday lives and neglect ways of achieving calmness, increasing our potential to succeed or solving any problems we might have.
Tony Buzan, a noted writer on the brain and behavioural science, says ‘The brain is like a sleeping giant’. The implication here is that we routinely fail to tap into its enormous potential to achieve and to improve our lives and instead get lost in the daily distractions and unproductive mind chatter.
It is a shame that many of us fail to recognize that we could be making these improvements in terms of health and well being and, at the same time, achieving more personally and professionally.
Using the power of the mind with a toolbox of techniques such as hypnosis we can aim high. After all, why not try to be the best you can be?
Years ago, I would have viewed such claims with scepticism but had been suffering from low-level anxiety for a while. On the recommendation of a friend, I reluctantly and apprehensively went to see a hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis not only helped me regain a sense of calm but also gave me insight into how I was underachieving in life and gave me the impetus to make fundamental changes. The therapist managed to communicate with my subconscious mind and highlight how I was holding on to limiting beliefs after some negative experiences. Resourceful and positive beliefs were able to take root through the positive suggestions made during the therapeutic session.
Hypnotherapy can not only address the limiting beliefs that we possess and which inhibit our success, but it is also true that cells in our body react to thoughts and suggestions. The mind in this way can, to a large extent, control bodily functions both positively and negatively. For example if someone suffers from IBS or irritable bladder, nervousness or anxiety (rooted in negative thinking) can often be the reason for this disorder.
A return to calmness, a reduction in anxiety and positive suggestions in a therapeutic state can be of enormous help in regaining a sense of balance and well being.
Through my own personal experience, I am also a great advocate of meditation. There are various ways of approaching this practice including Transcendental meditation, the Vipassanā meditation and its modern relation Mindfulness meditation. These are all paths to the same goal: calmness and enlightenment.
More importantly, this practice not only helps you remain calm and gain a sense of balance; it is also a facilitator. It helps you achieve better things personally and professionally.
Ever since I started meditating daily several years ago, I not only maintain a greater sense of equilibrium and well being, I have achieved more than I would have previously expected. It is as if meditation removed a mental threshold.
It is another tool, which helps people achieve their potential, and I would recommend it unreservedly. You could argue that it more than a technique; it’s a way of life.
Finally, another technique that I have recently tried is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). At first, I was unconvinced by the premise of tapping on acupuncture points whilst voicing negative and positive statements. Hypnosis and meditation have been more empirically proven to have a potential for success, have a scientific underpinning and appear to be more accepted in the mainstream. The tapping seemed harder to embrace on all levels.
However, I thought I would give it a try. A couple of years ago, before an interview, I did not have the opportunity to use hypnosis beforehand owing to time. EFT can be done in short or longer bursts and I ended up trying it in the empty train carriage on the way to the interview, hoping no one was watching.
I experienced a reduction in nerves and subsequently in the interview, where previously I might have lost the power of speech; I achieved a hitherto untapped level of fluency and felt articulate and confident. I have since used this practice with success and have become more convinced of its value.
Again, it is a technique, which like hypnosis and meditation at times, reacts with the amygdala that primitive part of the brain which governs our fight or flight response. This aspect of evolutionary psychology highlights how it is difficult to operate in the modern world where we are faced with different challenges to primitive man. However, when armed with these techniques, we can negotiate everyday life more easily.
All these methods are available to us to tap into that enormous potential of the brain to make us feel calm and safe and achieve our goals.