“Hypnotism has been used by physicians in minor operations as a sort of psychical chloroform for persons who might be endangered by an aesthetic. But a hypnotic state is harmful to those often subjected to it; a negative psychological effect ensues that in time deranges the brain cells. Hypnotism is trespass into the territory of another’s consciousness. Its temporary phenomena have nothing in common with the miracles performed by men of divine realization.”(Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda)
Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda mentions hypnosis in his commentaries, “think of the mind like a team of wild horses, and rather than controlling them through muscular strength and taking hold of the reins, you ask another to hit them on the head to stun them into a submissive state for a short period of time. Each time another stuns the horses into submission the person loses an amount of their own mental energy. From continued regular sessions of hypnosis from another person, entering into this docile state, instead of gaining power and better control, the mind can become a shapeless powerless mass eventually leading to the mental asylum.“
The hypnosis my gurus speak of here is the kind that makes people do things without their control. e.g. television and most media which makes people get roused into a state and take sides or make a purchase based on pure emotion which they later either justify through reason or express buyer’s remorse over. the military uses it to send the young recruits to go into battle. the terrorist groups use it to hang cyanide capsules on young children and teenagers to escape being interrogated after capture. this is what Master speaks of. even in evangelical churches where you see the preacher get its congregation into a state of mass hysteria that is stage hypnosis.
Without bypassing the critical mind one cannot sleep. When we drift and dream before entering into deep sleep, clinically it is called a hypnoidal state. That is natural hypnosis. The other alternative would be taking a hallucinating drug and bypassing the hynoidal state which eventually makes people drug dependent and is dangerous since it initially numbs and eventually kills the brain cells. When one laughs or cries watching a movie or game or reading a book that is environmental hypnosis. Consciously we know they are paid actors on a screen, shadows from the past, it isn’t even live theater yet people get attached and express an emotion. This can’t occur without accessing the subconscious mind. This is conditional hypnosis. All sports people are doing a job, getting paid to play and yet people react emotionally to a match, that is accessing the subconscious mind which is hypnosis.
When you miss a turn while walking or driving that is highway hypnosis. When you think of a loved one or a hurtful one and experience the emotion that is self-hypnosis. All goal fulfillment is achieved through self hypnosis.
There are so many forms of hypnosis. Through chanting when trance is induced that is also hypnosis. Meditation is also a trance induced state which creates similar brain waves as hypnosis. In hypnosis we access 88% of our mind which is just the subconscious mind, but in meditation we use 100% of our mind, the conscious and the sub-conscious. That is how we access the higher conscious state through meditation. During energy work we access this state. Light hypnosis accesses both aspects of the mind while deep hypnosis accesses only the sub-conscious mind which according to me is unethical. The client is then unaware of what transpired consciously which is truly dangerous and terrible karma.
When one does long distance healing using Reiki one cannot do it just with their conscious mind and their personal energy. One does have to bypass their critical mind and enter a meditative state where they align and integrate both conscious and subconscious mind. Only then they can access their higher consciousness to tap into the universal energy and flow it long distance. Hypnosis is the state their mind enters into to achieve this. Hypnosis is part of meditation, but meditation isn’t part of hypnosis.
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Aloha & Namaste’