A Match Made in Heaven?!
What is the link between Yoga, Meditation, and Hypnotherapy?
Is it a match made in Paradise?
And what are the benefits of combining these three powerful techniques together to create the most powerful retreat experience yet?!!
Osho talks in great depth about the links and similarities between meditation and hypnotherapy. He has stated that;
"The science of hypnosis – and remember, I am calling it science of hypnosis, not art of hypnosis – is one of the most ancient sciences.
It seems that in ancient Egypt too, hypnosis was practiced. It has even been suggested that Jesus was a skilled hypnotist. Was hypnosis once a respected form of healing? How did it evolve?
It was practiced in the lost continent of Atlantis. Its literature was saved in Alexandria in Egypt.
Pythagoras, a great seeker and searcher from Greece, visited the library in Alexandria and he refers to great literature on the science of hypnosis that has come from the lost continent of Atlantis, which sank into the Atlantic Ocean in some natural calamity.
The science of hypnosis and the science of meditation are two sides of one coin".
Osho continued to say;
"Meditation you have to do alone – because there are two types of people, just as there are men and women. The science of meditation is more suitable for men, and the science of hypnosis is more suitable for women; hence the witches – they were all deeply into the science of hypnosis.Hypnosis needs somebody else to take you into your inner center.
The meditator goes alone. He goes to the same center, but he goes alone. That is something… part of the man’s psychology.
Hypnosis also takes you to the same place, but it needs a hypnotizer. A woman going alone feels afraid. That is against the feminine nature. She needs someone she loves, trusts; she needs someone to be with her on the deepest journey to herself.The hypnotist was a master or a great friend or a great lover, someone with whom the woman was able to relax without holding anything, with no fear, knowing that she is protected by someone better than she can protect herself".
"This is a general division, but there are men who may have a more feminine nature, the qualities of a woman – for them hypnosis will be more helpful than meditation. And there may be a few women who have characteristics of men – like Joan of Arc or the queen of Jhansi, Laxmibhai, women who can fight with a sword in a war – for them meditation will be easier than hypnosis.
But both are exactly the same processes.
In meditation, you simply relax yourself. It is auto-suggestion.
In hypnosis, it is hetero-suggestion – it is suggestion by somebody else who is sitting by your side. And just his closeness – if you love, if you trust – is enough for you to relax.
And if meditation and hypnosis can both be joined together…. And that is my effort, that’s what I have been doing.
If they both can be joined together…. Just as my effort is that men and women should not remain separate because they are halves of one whole, they should come closer and become one.
Love should be nothing but a deep merger with your other part, so deep that there are two bodies but only one soul.
Meditation and hypnosis also can be together, one.
In fact, they are halves of one whole.
And the moment you try the whole process – either beginning with hypnosis or beginning with meditation, that is simply your preference – you are moving into the same space from two doors towards one center.
That center is your being".
(Osho, http://www.oshonews.com/2013/01/20/the-science-of-hypnosis/ Extract; 20th January, 2013)
Meditation is going within alone, all by yourself, and hypnotherapy is going within - with the help of someone by your side, assisting and guiding you to go inside, into meditation.