Many people wonder if there are any side effects, consequences or negative reactions to hypnosis and meditation. Some people, including younger versions of me, would tell you absolutely not.
Your mind only gives you what you’re able to deal with, I would have said.
Now, there’s some truth to that.
But if that were always the case, why would we see people respond badly to it?
Because of mind training, you might become tired, lethargic and unmotivated.
Or you become anxious, stressed or jittery.
You could trigger hallucinations, chronic pain or headaches.
Some people even have psychotic breaks. I’m not being cute with my language here – I mean full on episodes where they lose touch with reality.
And you might never recover from these.
Because mind training is like training your body. You can go from being perfectly healthy to crippling yourself by working out too hard, with bad technique or with unreasonable expectations.
Delving into your unconscious strains your mind – sometimes in a healthy way, sometimes not.
But like physical exercise, the answer isn’t to avoid it.
It’s to be smart.
Learn proper form, understand your limits and build up slowly.
Stick with it, be disciplined and be sensible.
Your mind is like any muscle. You can snap it… or you can develop it. You can leave it stronger and more flexible than it’s ever been.
Mental exercise is just as addictive as the physical flavour. Maybe even more so.
And the payoffs are even greater. What does lifting weights get you – better posture, more energy, a nicer physique? Mind training can get you all of that (yes, even the leaner bod) plus a few extra bonuses.
Like a sharp, analytical mind that retains everything.
Or creativity overflowing from you onto your screen, canvas or sketchpad.
Or simply happiness.
If that appeals to you, I recommend looking into hypnosis. It can do wonderful things with your mind. Some are surface-level, like tidying up bad habits. Others run deeper, like reorganising how you think about yourself and the world.
But you might not be ready for that.
You might need a taste of self-improvement first, like dipping your toes in the waters of your own potential.
Don’t underestimate what even a taste can do for you.
Any improvement ripples through your life, making everything a little easier – including your next step up.
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