The term consciousness refers to the totality of our mental experiences that we can directly observe (through introspection, meditation, or hypnosis) and describe relatively easily.
Consciousness represents the awareness of and responsiveness to our environment.
Altered states of consciousness (ASC) are specific states of consciousness that occur in both healthy people and those with mental illness.
Altered states of consciousness represent short-term changes in how we perceive and respond to our surroundings.
They can occur as a result of trauma or accident or be induced through meditation, spiritual rituals, drugs, specific foods, etc.
The most common altered states of consciousness involve:
- Sleep and dreaming
- Hypnotic states
- Trance states
Unlike sleep and dreaming, hallucinations, hypnotic states, trance, and meditation are wakeful ASCs.
Various evidence shows that these ASCs have been a part of human cognition for hundreds of thousands of years.
What are the Trance States?
Trance involves a half-conscious state typically induced by a hypnotherapist or entered by a medium.
In trance states, your ability to function voluntarily may be limited.
People in trance states naturally become profoundly mentally absorbed and irresponsive to external stimuli, with little to no sensory and motor activity.
Are Trance States Similar to Meditation and Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an artificially produced somnambulistic state of mentally focused concentration and self-awareness in which minimal attention is given to external stimuli.
A trance state is an inseparable part of hypnosis, characterized by passivity and great suggestibility.
Trance states represent the level of hypnosis, and they can vary from light trance (which can be described as a bit more than deep relaxation with a focus of attention) to coma state or Esdaile state.
Esdaile trance state is beneath the somnambulism level, where a lack of awareness and concern about surroundings and events is present.
A 19th-century surgeon and hypnotist, James Esdaile, induced deep trance in his patients to perform surgeries before anesthesia was discovered.
Other trance states in hypnosis and self-hypnosis involve a state of apparent somnambulism (where a client can be hypnotized but only enters a light trance) and an actual somnambulistic state, in which the mind and body are totally relaxed, achieving a state of “nothingness” or “blankness.”
Everyone’s experience in a trance state during hypnosis is unique.
While some people experience very deep states of hypnosis, others only enter a light trance state.
The ability for depth of a trance state depends on the person being hypnotized and their ability to focus his or her mind, not on the hypnotist.
Similar to hypnosis and trance states, meditation is a state of deep relaxation, self-focus, and awareness that can also slow the brainwaves down to the alpha level when you reach a specific type of deep relaxation focusing on a mantra or via breathing.
Unlike hypnosis, a meditative state is not an altered state of consciousness as such.
However, EEG recordings show that brain waves in a meditation state represent a unique state of consciousness.
While hypnosis is commonly achieved through interaction with a therapist, meditation is a practice you can perform on your own.
How Can Hypnosis Help Access Your Subconscious Mind?
Hypnosis is often used as a therapeutic approach that can help tap into your intuition’s power and access your subconscious mind.
While we are in a state of full consciousness during our wakeful hours, hypnosis opens the door between consciousness and subconsciousness, allowing us to access information and memories in our subconscious mind we usually have no access to.
Since your subconscious mind cannot discriminate between the real and the imaginary, you can use hypnosis to make suggestions to your subconscious mind.
Hypnosis allows you to tap into the power of your subconscious mind and feed it with thoughts of abundance, positivity, and prosperity, reprogramming your subconscious to manifest these positive thoughts.
Dysfunctional thoughts, challenging behaviors, and mental health symptoms are expressions of conflicts buried deeply in the subconscious mind.
These ideas, wants, and desires in our subconscious mind are often in conflict with our conscious beliefs, ideas, and values, creating mental illness symptoms and various dysfunctional behaviors.
Hypnosis can enable you to access the subconscious mind and observe your inhibited ideas, desires, and needs in a non-judgmental state.
In other words, trance states during hypnosis allow you to access your subconscious mind and address negative thoughts that prevent you from attracting abundance.
Both hypnosis and meditation practices lead to relaxation and a non-judgmental state of mind that can help you get in touch with your intuition and install empowering beliefs and thoughts into your subconscious mind.
Once you become aware of negative thinking patterns that impede your success and happiness, you will feel empowered to re-evaluate them and start exchanging them for thoughts of abundance, success, and happiness.
How Hypnosis and Meditation can Help You Attract Abundance
Your life is a reflection of your inner world and your thoughts.
Meditation practice can be an excellent tool to tap into your willpower to develop confidence and faith in yourself.
When you are confident in your ability to attract positive outcomes, you can manifest abundance and draw anything you want in life.
Hypnosis and meditation are aligned with the law of attraction – powerful higher wisdom that enables you to use the Universe’s energy to attract your deepest desires and fulfil your dreams.
According to the law of attraction, our subconscious mind acts like a powerful magnet that attracts the desired outcomes and can transform your life.
Hypnosis and meditation can help you reprogram your mind to connect with your higher reality and develop confidence and faith in yourself, helping you attract desired outcomes and manifest abundance in your life.
Whether it is good health, love, money, or professional success, we all want to attract abundance and prosperity into our lives.
Certain practices such as meditation and hypnosis can help elevate energy to a higher vibrational frequency, helping you connect to higher wisdom and set intentions to attract abundance.
Mindfulness meditation can enhance your observation skills and make you more receptive to your inner wisdom and help you get in touch with your intuitive self, boosting your spiritual awareness that is highly aligned with manifesting abundance.
Meditation can help listen to your inner voice when searching for answers and solutions, helping you to elevate your energetic vibrations.
Your conscious and subconscious mind work together to help you manifest your desired outcomes and visions.
Trance states in hypnosis and deep relaxation in meditation can teach you how to get in touch with your inner world and adopt a habit to become more aligned with positive thoughts, which will boost your confidence and become that magnet towards the law of attraction.
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