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Why doesn't hypnosis or guided meditation work for everyone?

I’ve tried various guided meditations that work for others. These meditations involve closing the eyes, relaxing, being guided, and seeing something at the end. I try really hard to get a good image in my head. There are many ways I could create the image and I’m not sure how I should do it (especially because I don’t want to create some BS with my imagination) and I actually feel more uncomfortable than relaxed.


  1. It is one of those practises where trying too hard can actually interfere. Stop putting pressure on yourself – just experiment with different techniques without expectation of a particular result. It is more likely that one of the techniques will click with you if you don’t push it.

  2. well if you want help to get into a meditation then look no further
    1. sit somewhere where you can easily concentrate.
    2. get sitted in the lotus position
    3. some mediator’s don’t need to sit cross legged for it can if you are not limber and in this for many periods of time it can cause many complaints such as “mediator’s knee”
    4.Many meditative traditions teach that the spine should be kept “straight,” that is, the mediator should not slouch. Often this is explained as a way of encouraging the circulation of what some call “spiritual energy,” the “vital breath”, the “life force”
    5. a common Buddhist hand-position is with the right hand resting atop the left (like the Buddha’s begging bowl), with the thumbs touching. for it actually affects consciousness.
    6.In most meditative traditions, the eyes are closed. In some sects such as Zen, the eyes are half-closed, half open and looking slightly downward. In others such as Brahma Kumaris, the eyes are kept fully open.
    7. Often such details are shared by more than one religion, even in cases where mutual influence seems unlikely. One example would be “navel-gazing,” which is apparently attested within Eastern Orthodoxy as well as Chinese qigong practice. Another would be the practice of focusing on the breath, which is found in Orthodox Christianity, Sufism, and numerous Indic traditions.

  3. i had the same problem you seem to have, i would always meditate and get nothing and would try so hard sometimes i was afraid of letting my Imagination get the better of me. first off i’ll say this, mediation does not require that you sit in the lotus position closing your eyes, or sitting straight. what you can do to help mediate is, play some soft music(preferably without words), light a candle or some incense. lay down in a comfortable bed or couch(just try not to fall asleep).
    now as for seeing the image, just let it come to you, don’t try and force it. forcing it could cause your Imagination to take over. but sometimes you might have to use some force or your Imagination to get the setting of your mind right. i would be able to help more if i knew what it is your trying to find.


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