> > >From an email from Ganga:
> > Note on hypnosis versus meditation:
> > hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind..... meditation breaks
> > through it.......
> Not the way I practiced it.
> Mostly hypnosis tended to integrate
> the conscious mind with the unconcious material that
> tended to 'drive' it.
Hi, Melody, the way you describe your hypnosis work sounds exactly
like work I've learned from a local healer. The key to its success is
its 'unscripted' nature, the allowance it has for the 'imagination'
of the one practicing. When it is combined with skilled bodywork, the
results can be quite profound. It is a little like have open heart
surgery while wide awake. Of course, one must be at a point where it
is possible to accept the bizarre gore of having the unconscious mind
emerge in full-scale view of the conscious mind.
As far as 'breaking through the conscious mind' goes, I would wonder
what is meant. Does this mean the conscious mind is eradicated or
shown in the context of a wider mind? Those are two very different
ways of understanding 'breaking through'. Perhaps neither of those
two were meant by Ganga's original message.
What I found, and what you perhaps also found, Melody, is that the
practice you described does not eradicate the conscious mind, but it
does 'put it in its place' as not the 'primary' or 'singular' mind.
It is through the face-off of unconscious and conscious mind that the
overmind is sometimes glimpsed.
Interesting line.. thanks.