While resting in bed, I have been listening to some hypnosis, affirmation and meditation tapes. Hypnosis and mediation uses similar entry techniques, to relax and calm the mind and become concentrated and peaceful. They are both very powerful self development tools, but that is where the similarity ends. Hypnosis the focus is on the subconscious, and in understanding and reprogramming past negative learned behaviours. Hypnosis as I learned is a tool for dealing with the past, and by dealing positively with the past it can help create very positive futures. Affirmations is a form of self-hypnosis where a word or a phrase is repeated over and over as a means of reprogramming our subconscious. In meditation the focus is on the consciousness and the present moment. They are only thoughts and they do not control me unless I allow it to be. I do get disappointed or when I feel depressed over some past events, I will try to help myself through listening of such recordings. I find it very useful as it can help and guide me.
In the past, I used to think that it's my bad fortune when something or a bad event (actually any event, even good) happened to me. I now believe that things don't happen in random and the event happens for a reason. When there is a lesson to be learned, the teacher will appear and the event is the lesson. I reflect on what happened and each lesson no matter how painful it is, like my cancer, teaches me something. Ever since, I took a different view of how to interpret such events, I am beginning to untie many of the knots in my life. I can feel the transformation and also live more peacefully.
I have a follow-up post tomorrow, a surprise even for myself. Please be sure to come back and read.