One of the perks of having a solid web presence and decent SEO is strangers from all over the world find your website. “Of course”, you might think, “that’s the whole point of running a business online”.
That’s true… but that’s not what I’m talking about right now.
It’s cool because you get to see what people are thinking. Although most search terms used to find you are encrypted, plenty aren’t. So I know many people find me with a couple of questions in mind:
What’s the neuroscience behind hypnosis and meditation?
And how do you enter a trance – hypnotic, meditative or otherwise – if you’re a left-brained person?
As always, I’m eager to show off my knowledge, so let’s talk about that.
Firstly, let’s talk about what ‘being left-brained’ means. The left hemisphere of the brain tends to process information differently than the right.
The left specialises in logic, details and planning.
The right is better at abstract reasoning, experiences and joining the dots.
Now, in practice, there’s not much difference between the two halves of the brain. While not identical, they’re more similar than this idea suggests.
And any complex mental task – say, analysis or creative thinking – uses your whole brain. So people aren’t left-brained… unless they’ve had the right hemisphere surgically removed.
But I know that’s not what you mean.
So-called left-brained people are highly analytical. They struggle to admire a sunset without thinking about what they’re going to do next. Or judging themselves for how they’re admiring the sunset (“am I experiencing this qualia right?”).
If so, you’ve probably experimented with meditation and struggled with it. Analytical people see the potential benefits of the practice, but often find it hard to switch off that voice inside.
It’s hard to meditate while part of you is assessing your performance and wondering if you’re in a trance yet.
You have two options:
Learn to quiet your mind, including the part that tells you that you need to quiet your mind.
The benefits are enormous, but I won’t pretend it’s easy.
Have you ever seen a hypnotherapist guiding someone into trance? There are dozens of ways to hypnotise someone but – especially with hypnotherapy – it often involves talking to the person.
Sometimes without stopping.
Which might spark an idea: what if you trained your inner dialogue to be your hypnotherapist?
Instead of quieting your mind, you could simply listen.
The more it speaks, the more it guides you into trance.
Wouldn’t that be something?
I use both meditation and hypnosis every day… but it’s reasons like this that make me love hypnosis more.
Instead of working against your mind’s nature, it works with it.