What is Eye Fixation and Why Does It Work?
Hello, Charity here,
I thought I would do a series of posts discussing the techniques used in Hypnosis, NLP, Meditation etc. In the hopes of demystifying them and fostering a better understanding of what they are and why they work. I have combined many of these techniques that I have learned over the years to develop what I call Coalescence. Coalescence is the combination of techniques created to foster wholeness of mind and body.
I am sure that when you think of hypnosis you envision someone swinging a pendulum in front of you and saying something like “You are getting Sleepy,… very sleepy…”
So what is that all about? It is called eye fixation induction. If you are like the typical person, your mind is on a hamster wheel of thoughts. It is pretty difficult to relax much less build a bridge between your conscious and unconscious minds when your brain will not let you get a thought in edgewise.
The theory behind eye fixation is if given an object to focus on, the mind will harmonize by concentrating on this one thing to exclusion of all else. You may continue to notice other thoughts or sounds but they easily recede into the background and become less important.
You might notice a similarity to the Trataka gazing meditation technique. When our mind is busy our eyes are moving making many small micro adjustments. When you fix your gaze on an object you will find your mind stills and you might also notice your breathing slows and becomes more regular.
The keys to both of these techniques are relaxed, soft, unblinking eyes
I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that you have not been able to take your eyes off our little Maneki Neko friend. You can literally pick any object to focus on. Traditionally a candle flame (be careful with this one) no extended gazing, no retinal damage, please. One of my favorites is watching the wind move through the leaves and branches of trees. And I also love using a metronome because of the visual and auditory cues.
So what are the benefits to these techniques? So besides being a great way to enter into a light trance perfect for hypnosis, it is a great way to deal with stress and anxiety wherever you are. This can easily become Mindfulness on the go. Literally anywhere at any time you can use this technique to ground, center, relax and remember yourself. It can also help with insomnia and strengthen concentration.
I hope this has been enlightening and many thanks to Roy Hamilton of Spirit Essentials who gave me the idea of using the Maneki Neko for this exercise. Check out his amazing healing practice, right here in Nashville TN and his Etsy shop for his candles and prayer oils featuring saints and angels.
Thank you and I wish you all the best in your quest to know yourself better. Please message or call to make an appointment and find out how hypnosis can help you to live your best life!
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