Self Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness: Achieving Altered States, Mystical Experiences and Spiritual Enlightenment

Self Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness: Achieving Altered States, Mystical Experiences and Spiritual Enlightenment

Self Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness: Achieving Altered States, Mystical Experiences and Spiritual Enlightenment

Explores the hypnotic pathways that can lead to an alternate experiential world. This world of inner peace and happiness can be created by even a momentary immersion in the unknown potentials that lie just beneath the surface of everyone s conscious awareness. It is a world removed from the cares and concerns of contemporary life, and every perception is charmed by a sense of beautiful magic. It is a world that soothes the soul, brings contentment, and heals wounded spirits. The alterations of consciousness dealt with throughout this book merely involve a different way of perceiving the world, not a way of tapping into some mythical external “Universal Mind” and are most certainly not a source of superhuman powers or energies. The experiences generated by the hypnotic approaches described in this book can range from relatively mild or temporary states of relaxation to intense bursts of overwhelming sensation, or even to profound alterations in thought or understanding. Join in this exploration of these altered states of consciousness and sit back, relax and enjoy whatever happens.

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  1. Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. "Hypnotherapist/NLP ... said,

    Wrote on July 18, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

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    Don’t read this book – experience it!, February 10, 2010
    This review is from: Self Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness: Achieving Altered States, Mystical Experiences and Spiritual Enlightenment (Paperback)

    Cosmic consciousness is an altered, mystical state. In Self Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness psychology professor Ronald A. Havens explores how cosmic consciousness can be achieved via Ericksonian Hypnosis. This is Haven’s fourth book on hypnotherapy and it is, by far, his best.

    Cosmic conscious can be life-changing for some, and simply pleasant for others. According to Havens, the therapeutic value lies in the way it changes thinking, beliefs, and perceptions. While some believe that cosmic consciousness can occur only through elaborate rituals, or drugs, or disciplined study and practice, Havens points out that people with no preparation whatsoever have had such moments. He believes that hypnosis can bring about the same sensations, perceptions and cognitions of these experiences.

    Cosmic consciousness is different from ordinary wakefulness. The after-effects often include gratitude, reverence, and inner peace. The long-term effects can be life-changing, as individuals report that they feel less judgmental, driven, lonely, anxious and fearful. They feel more creative, interconnected with others, liberated from past limitations, self-assured, and accepting of life as it is. Abraham Maslow, wrote that such peak experiences often occur in self-actualizing people, although people from all walks of life have reported such experiences, sometimes occurring even in moments of tragedy, loss, or desperation.

    Havens believes that moments of cosmic consciousness could alleviate the suffering and emotional pain that often bring people to therapy. He begins with the premise that people suffer, emotionally and often physically because “their ordinary way of looking at or thinking about themselves, their experiences, and the world around them is limited, distorted, biased, prejudiced, and judgmental.” People want reality to conform to their wishes. To eliminate suffering, people must overcome their ordinary ways of thinking. During a cosmic experience, judgments and assumptions become irrelevant and immaterial. The individual becomes open, accepting and non-judgmental of the world, and thus, less likely to suffer. This alteration of mind is accomplished by a flood of images, ambiguous suggestions, and associations that cause “an explosion of neural activity throughout the brain.”

    For those uninitiated in hypnosis, Havens gives a basic primer, so that even novices can understand the process. He then provides hypnotic scripts that are designed to appeal to the senses and suggest various ways of reaching the cosmic consciousness state.

    The script topics include light, energy, sound, perfection, universal love, and oneness with the cosmos. They contain references to stars and suns, light and illumination, flame and darkness, energy, vibration, electricity, child-like wonder, animals, natural settings and events in nature, body sensations and emotions, music, angels, purification, beauty and perfection, memories and awareness, creation, love, unity, and connection. The wording is client-oriented, permissive, optimistic, often vague and indirect, and suggestive of many possibilities. The analogies and metaphors are woven from supernatural events as well as common, everyday experiences in nature and human life. The scripts are inspiring, encouraging, and suggest that something exists beyond the mundane—something mystical, transforming, and sacred.

    This is a book to experience. While completing this review I asked a colleague to read a script to me while I relaxed and listened. I chose the script entitled “Cosmic Connections” because on this given day, I wanted to expand my awareness of the possible.

    Upon hearing the sheer poetry of this script I felt relaxed and entered a dream-like state. The words and concepts evoked images and memories that were both trance-inducing and transcendental. I was aware of pleasant thoughts in the meanings and associations I attached to the words. I heard references to childhood play and amusements, clouds, puzzles, patterns, light, flowing water, the sun, moon, and stars, and the body-self. At some point I lost conscious awareness of what the speaker was saying, almost as though falling asleep, but still hearing the lull of the voice in the background. The immediate environment became irrelevant. When I reoriented, I honestly could not remember most of what I had heard, as though the message had slipped past me, disappearing into the nether regions of my inner mind, before my conscious mind could register what had transpired.

    This was one of the deeper trance experiences I have had. I think, with this kind of hypnosis, the kind of change one can expect is a not a noticeable, immediate behavioral-emotional change, but a subtle, slowly expanding sense of potential, intuition, wisdom, and inner harmony that invites additional exploration and learning.

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  2. Amy Hale "Amy" said,

    Wrote on July 18, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    Excellent Source for Spiritual Scripts, February 15, 2009
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    This book contains information on connecting to yourself and to the universe. It offers valuable scripts as a base to reach higher realms of transformation. A great read with an uplifting point of view.

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  3. Laura De Giorgio "hypnotherapist" said,

    Wrote on July 18, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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    Recommended Reading for All Hypnotherapists, June 23, 2010
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    If you are an Ericksonian or Neo-Ericksonian hypnotherapist, or for that matter any kind of hypnotherapist, buy this book. It contains many scripts which you can adapt and/or incorporate into the work you’re doing and help your clients to experience a greater sense of well-being.

    If you are a genuine spiritual aspirant or practitioner, my guess is that you would get better and more permanent results if you worked with something like A Course in Miracles, meditations from Shiva Sutras, or whatever systematic mind training is part of the esoteric / spiritual tradition that appeals to you. Systematic spiritual mind training involves training yourself to be aware of that which is ETERNAL (by whatever name you want to call it) throughout the day.

    At the beginning of this book, the author offers a disclaimer to make sure there is no confusion about his stand on mystical experiences: “My foundation position is that the experiences described in this book are generated by and occur totally within the brain. I do not believe that we are tapping into some external source of light, energy or wisdom …” It is true that the source of everything IS within, and can be discovered only by going within, but that same Source, that same Self, expresses through EVERYTHING. The issue with this book is that for the author the SOURCE of everything is the BRAIN, and he further in the text defines the Self as the conscious mind, so when he speaks of “death of an ego”, and equates it with the “death of the SELF” – spiritually speaking, he misses the point – as during the spiritual transformation the individual shifts his sense of identity from that which is transient (and that includes the brain, the physical body and everything that is manifested), to that which is eternal, and indestructible – the individualized self, merges with that all-encompassing Self that expresses through everything. The whole point of spiritual practice and of mystical experiences is Self-Realization, realization of one’s deathless Self.

    If you are an Ericksonian hypnotist, you are taught to describe the world in terms of conscious and unconscious. If you are aware of your left toe, you can say that it is in your conscious mind and if you are not aware of it consciously, then it is in your unconscious – and because people tend to be consciously aware only of minute number of things – the term “unconscious” is used to describe that all-wise, and all-powerful part of the individual (other forms of hypnosis tend to use the term “subconscious”, and sometimes add “superconscious”). Within the framework of hypnotherapy, it works beautifully.

    An Ericksonian hypnotherapist may love to play with ambiguity and confusion, giving the person a suggestion to go deeper into a trance, by telling the client “you’re unconscious”, while the client is consciously hearing “your unconscious”, for the purpose of by-passing the person’s conscious mind and gaining access to the person’s unconscious, which is not only a storehouse of all experiences the person may had (the “subconscious” mind), but is also a storehouse of every imaginable solution to the any problem the client may have (the “superconscious” mind). The rules of the game in Ericksonian hypnotherapy is that the hypnotherapist plays with the client’s unconscious, while the client is consciously clueless of what’s going on. He hears words, but can’t make much conscious sense of what the hypnotherapist is saying. Again, this works great in a therapeutic context.

    The hitch here is that the goal of spiritual practice is that the individual becomes fully conscious – even of the content of which he is ordinarily unconscious of, whereas the author of this book at times equates mystical experiences with one who is losing awareness and becoming unconscious. But there is a difference between a person who is unconscious and a person who is enlightened – a spiritual adept is if anything super-conscious, super-aware. In Eastern philosophy that state of consciousness is referred to as “turiya”. So, while being immersed in reading a book, is a good example for being in a trance state, that state is nowhere even close to being “enlightened”. The truly enlightened person is fully conscious of that which resides in his unconscious. If you read books by genuine eastern spiritual teachers, you’ll come again and again upon the injunction “become fully conscious of that which resides in your unconscious”. You don’t just see the object of your contemplation, you don’t just relate to it in some way – you become it in your experience – you identify with ALL.

    If human bodies were candles (the “ego” that must eventually die), then the Self, would be not just the light of that one candle, but the Light of ALL candles, and the experience of spiritual enlightenment doesn’t entail just experiencing the part of that light, but experiencing yourself as the Light that…

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