It is now well understood how increased awareness improves the control we have over our minds, and by consequence, our everyday lives. From reducing stress, to releasing many of the worries and inhibitions modern day life can bring, gaining skills in both meditation/mindfulness and self-hypnosis, can help us become the masters of our thoughts.
Even though we can trace much of our understandings of meditation back into the distant past, they remain especially relevant, today. When we combine these ancient ways with modern day methods – built on recent understandings of how our minds work – we have a powerful formula for change. Our modern world is becoming increasingly stressful, and as such, the necessity for skills in managing our psychological well-being, ever more important.
Through recognition of this need, the school has been recently established – as a division of The Freedman College – by the author and former Clinical and Analytical Hypnotherapist Philip Whittingham (DCAHyp). Philip closely adheres to a number of Buddhist beliefs and philosophies, yet believes the art of meditation, can never be tied to any specific religion. He remains passionate about imparting the knowledge and wisdom he has gained from over twenty years of study.
During a meditative state, we seek to raise our conscious awareness, so we may better understand the nature of our thoughts. Hypnosis differs in some respects to this. Even though the word hypnosis originates from the Greek word hupnos, meaning sleep, we must not confuse it as such. Whilst ‘under’ hypnosis, we are in fact wide awake. All that has altered is our state of mind. This altered state concerns the bypassing of consciousness, so we may open the mind sufficiently, to gain access to our unconscious processing. It is often our unconscious beliefs and understandings, that directly conflict, with our conscious desires. As such, learning the skill of self-hypnosis, awards us the ability to directly influence and alter those things that unconsciously hold us back.
Currently we have a myriad of valuable life skills and self-help techniques available to us all. Skills and techniques, that have empowered many individuals, to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Our half day meditation and self-hypnosis courses will be running in central Bristol from the summer of this year.