Question: Is it safe to do meditation and self-hypnosis at the same time?
Answer: You can do self-hypnosis at the same time that you do meditation, mindfulness of the breath, or guided imagery. You’re accessing the same mental state with them all. I find that doing relaxation and a countdown gets me into a deeper state at the beginning of my meditation. After the self-hypnotic “induction” I then go on with whatever meditation I’m practicing that day.
You could start with the induction (progressive relaxation), spend some time on meditation (mindfulness of breath), and some time at the end with any imagery/affirmation/positive suggestion/prayer that you want. I do that all the time, and it’s very effective. Or you could flip the meditation and directed consciousness (positive suggestion, etc.) parts. There is no right or wrong way to go about this. It all depends on what works for you. Some people call the directed consciousness part “dynamic meditation” because you’re more goal oriented during your inner time.
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