Frequently Asked Questions

I often get asked questions about my therapy practice and methods. This FAQ section offers you informative and inspirational videos and text to help you learn more. Enjoy discovering about the mind and the many misconceptions and benefits of psychotherapy, meditation and hypnosis.  Click on the + symbols below to expand the sections.

Sessions


What happens in an initial consultation?

I offer an initial consultation that generally lasts around one hour so that I can best serve your individual needs. It involves the following: checking ‘chemistry’ to make sure we both feel at ease. Gathering your information: medications, symptoms, any treatments involving your other healthcare providers, sleeping patterns, and other lifestyle details. Counseling, advice and an explanation of how the process will work. All the methods I use (Psychotherapy, Meditation, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis) are scientifically researched and studied. I will advise you of the methods I think will best suit you.


What happens in a session?

After your initial consultation we can move forward with your sessions. Here is an example of what you might expect in a 60 or 90 minute session: a welcome chat followed by a discussion of the challenges you chose to focus upon that day. After listening to you I will tailor the session to suit your individual needs. I will offer you unique solutions, teach you tools to self-manage emotions, and provide expert guidance.  If we use meditation or hypnosis I will gently guide you into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. I never use scripts as a personalized approach is far more powerful.  Sessions are unique and enjoyable. We will pause and navigate your inner world peacefully. Time is left at the end of the session for a summary, any questions, and a look at your progress so far. After session you will be energized, confident, happier and more able to make intuitive decisions.


How many sessions will I need?

It depends on your circumstances and what is required. I will let you know how many sessions I feel you might need when you start, and I am always flexible when it comes to decreasing or increasing the number of sessions to fit your needs. I am selective who I take on so I don’t overbook to make sure I offer the best service.

Videos


What are my videos about?

My videos are designed to help you return back to your natural state of calm. They are informative, relaxing and meditative. You will find answers to many popular questions and much more content. Feel free to subscribe to the YouTube channel Aruna Shields TV.

Here is the welcome introduction to my channel:

Here are some examples of the videos:

We often get swept up in thought and overlook the beauty that surrounds us in everyday life. Re-discovering the wonder in the simple things can be life changing. Here is my video on beauty:

Here is one of my favorite inspirational poems:

Here is a meditation on one of the most profound texts ever written:

Meditation and Mindfulness


What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a behavior whereby you life your life in the present moment, cultivating awareness and curiosity about of what is happening right now. You awaken all your senses. You open your eyes to see the pores on your skin. You notice the color of the sky or the way the wind caresses a leaf in a tree. You open your ears to hear the song of a bird or the distant hum of traffic. You smell the scents in the air and feel the temperature of your body. When you eat you slowly taste your food noticing it’s texture in your mouth. You also become aware of your internal environment, noticing emotions, thoughts and sensations, observing them arise and observing them pass. You let go of the urge to change things, things are the way they are for now, in time they will change naturally. Everything is transient, sight, sound, smell, thought, emotion they all arise and pass away. As well as not wanting to change things, you do not judge anything as good or bad, it just is that way for now. You practice impartiality. You stop naming or labeling objects and people so that you can re-discover them. You will find that behaving mindfully, by being in the now, letting go of judgment, letting go of labels and the desire to change things, stills the mind.

Here is my video on the subject:


What is meditation?

Meditation is the observation of reality, not the escape from it. It is an alert state of heightened awareness, where you pause and notice what is occurring in the present moment without judgment or resistance. You set the intention to pay attention to what is happening right now. Meditation does not stop thought: the mind thinks, that’s what it does. Meditation is when you simply watch what happens from a third person perspective, creating space so you don’t get sucked into your thoughts and tricked into seeing them as real. Any thoughts that occur are viewed from a distance; they are not seen as truth, but simply allowed to pass. Because you are observant, you become aware of habits, thoughts, feelings, and patterns. You notice your mind wanders so you gently bring it back to the present moment, to your breath, or to whatever is occurring for you in the now. Meditation is often done while sitting or lying still, however, you can also perform focused movements. You can choose to keep your eyes open or closed. There are many ways to meditate. I am eclectic and do not subscribe to one specific method. It’s great to experiment and explore, so please join me and find out what works best for you.

Click here to watch my video on the subject:


What is the science behind meditation?

New research shows that meditation has the power to change our brain physiology so that we become more resilient to stress, more able to focus, and less anxious. SPECT brain scans show that 20 minutes of meditation per day over 8 weeks will change your brain. Oxford Mindfulness Centre has researched meditation in the treatment of depression for 10 years and it appears that meditation can be more effective in the long run than anti-depressants, and a natural way to self-manage low moods. Due to the explosion of evidence showing its many benefits, meditation can no longer be ignored. It’s now being prescribed in the National Health Service for depression, stress, weight management, and healthy pregnancy. So how does it work? Observing, naming, and separating from thoughts or feelings creates distance and detachment. This turns DOWN the activity in the amygdala, the alarm centre of the brain responsible for stress reactions, and turns UP activity in the pre-frontal cortex, the area that calms emotional responses. Meditators therefore panic less, focus more, and have a tool to self-manage stress. If practiced regularly you will develop a non-judgmental way of living that will prevent you from becoming caught up in your anxious or depressive thoughts. You can also experience profoundly peaceful states and gain great insight and wisdom. The East has been reaping the benefits of meditation for thousands of years, now the West, thanks to compelling scientific data is joining in, and hopefully soon the world will be a calmer place.

Click here to watch my video on the subject:


How has mindfulness improved your life?

Mindfulness has changed my life on so many levels. It has had such a positive impact I cannot imagine how I ever coped without it. It has trickled down into every layer of my being, enabling me to feel contented, confident, empowered, intuitive, and alive. The first way it changed me is that began to become more aware—of sights, sounds, smells, emotions, and thoughts. It was as if I gained a sixth sense and was more able to tune into my environment. I understood how the animals around me were “living in the now” and more in harmony with their surroundings. The second way is that I began to see things with fresh eyes. I let go of what I had been programmed to think, and discovered a new authentic reality, based on observation of what is actually happening in the now; that is where the answers reside. Writing meditations became easy, and it was as if they wrote themselves. I began to accept myself and others more, and feel more at peace. Things that used to bother me no longer did, things I used to find repulsive or offensive, now had little effect on me. I became more able to acknowledge others without the need to change them, and stopped feeling that there was something lacking in my life. I became more resilient. I felt like no matter what happened, I could cope. I observed my discomfort in a curious way, without feeling sorry for myself. I began to look after myself more and realized I could not help others if I was not kind to myself. So I set aside time to rest and meditate. Interestingly, while I was doing this, I became more productive. Everyday activities that I previously found depleting now nourished me. I hope mindfulness will also improve your life and I wish you the very best on your journey.

Click here to watch my video on the subject:


What is the difference between meditation and hypnosis?

I often get asked what the difference between meditation and hypnosis is; this is a huge area of debate, but ultimately they are just labels so it’s best not to get caught up in semantics. The good news is that they are both completely safe and natural and you can tell what state you are in by how you feel. In meditation you feel like you ‘fall awake’. Whereas In hypnosis you feel like you ‘fall asleep’. It is normal to fluctuate between hypnosis and meditation. During meditation if you relax deeply you may notice at times you drift off somewhere and stop hearing my voice when that happens you may have entered a hypnotic state. Even though both states can feel relaxing, your unconscious is always highly alert. Hypnosis is often used as a tool to speak to the unconscious to achieve any desired change in behavior, however, in meditation you simply acknowledge ‘what is’ without the expectation of change. Combining hypnosis and meditation is an excellent way to improve wellbeing and that’s exactly what I do.

Click here to watch my video on the subject:


Can I become good at meditation?

When we first start something there is a desire to be good at it, to perfect it. If you have tried meditation before and become frustrated because you thought you were terrible, or that it was too hard, don’t worry; it is NOT something you become good at. You can’t fail to meditate well. Some days your mind will be more active than others and you will find it harder to focus, that is natural. When I first began to meditate I struggled with huge resistance to sitting still and my mind bombarded me with manipulative ways to get me thinking…’you don’t have time,’ ‘this is boring,’ ‘now you’re sitting still, plan this.’ I became more aware of the tricks my mind played in order to distract me from the present moment. All you have to do is observe what happens and cultivate a gentle, compassionate and patient attitude towards the mind.


How do I stop thinking while meditating?

If you think while meditating that’s normal. Thinking is what the mind does; meditation is not the absence of thoughts, it’s the observation of thoughts when they occur. Let go of any desire to reject, control, or suppress your thoughts, as it just leads to more stress. During sitting meditation, because we are so used to filling every moment with doing, moments of inactivity may initially be quite uncomfortable. Shake out any tension, and then get into a comfortable and dignified position. When meditating, the mind can demand that we shift posture, worry, think, or plan ahead. It can also judge what we are doing as boring, relaxing, good, or bad. Notice where you mind has gone and gently guide it back to the present moment, to concentrating on the breath, or anything else that is occurring in the now. When your mind wants to rush forward or backward, you do not have to follow, you have a choice. It can be like a child wanting to run away and do more ‘interesting’ things, however, you are the adult. Mind wandering is actually good, because it gives you the opportunity to carry your mind back to now. This action is a mental workout for your brain, and the more you practice the more your brain gets trained to focus. There’s no need to worry about thinking while meditating; allow your thoughts to unfold naturally, and be patient and kind to yourself.

Here is my video on the subject:


What is the best position for meditation?

When we think of meditation we may believe that we must sit in uncomfortable positions. This is not the case; you can create positions that work for you.

When choosing a position, always be kind to yourself, and do not do anything that is uncomfortable. Part of mindful meditation and yoga is to practice patience and self-acceptance. Do not compete with yourself or others.

You might prefer to sit in your chair or lie on the ground rather than attempt a cross-legged position that may lead you to get sore and distracted.

As a general rule there is no right way, however, it is important to keep your back straight. If you decide to sit, adopt an alert, relaxed, and dignified posture that you can keep comfortably for an extended time. Stay rooted on your sit bones, imagining that there is a piece of thread attached to the top of your head that is gently pulling you straight. Your shoulders should not slump; they should be relaxed while your chest expands forward. Whichever position you take should allow the breath to flow easily.

If you wish to sit cross-legged, you may prefer to raise yourself up slightly, and sit on cushions or a block. Your knees should be below your pelvis, otherwise you may be tensing your stomach and back, which will make it difficult for you to breath. You can also place cushions or blocks underneath your knees for extra comfort. If you find you get dead feet or pins and needles, you can use soft towels around your calves.

If you wish to lie down, lie on a flat surface with your back straight. You can use cushions underneath your head and calves if it is more comfortable. If lying down causes you to fall asleep, try bending your knees or sitting up.

You may wish to try restorative postures, which release tension out of the body while triggering the parasympathetic nervous system, thus slowing down your heartbeat, lowering blood pressure, and increasing blood flow to your skin:

Here’s my video tutorial on the subject:

LEGS UP ON CHAIR

An easy position is lying back with your legs up on a chair or sofa.

LEGS AGAINST WALL

Try lying with your legs up against the wall.

FROG LEGS

Experiment with frog legs. Lie on your back placing your feet together, bend your knees, and allow them to fall outwards.

ELBOWS ABOVE HEAD

If you are more flexible you can put your hands on your elbows and place them above your head while in frog position or lying with knees up.

YOGA BOLSTER

If you have a yoga bolster you can try sitting sideways against it, then twisting and lying on it, making sure to do both sides. It is important to note that your temperature drops while in meditation, so you might wish to use a warm wrap. In meditation you can close your eyes or lower your gaze in soft focus. Remember to come out of any position slowly and mindfully.

Therapy/Modalities


What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that combines hypnosis with positive suggestion to bring about desired changes in behavior. The process communicates with the unconscious—the deeper part within us that controls our thoughts and feelings. When we relax, our brain waves slow, altering our state of consciousness, and allowing us to enter hypnosis. While in this calm state, it is much easier to access information about ourselves which otherwise is well hidden. Relaxation techniques are therefore used to calm the body and the mind. Hypnotherapy is often used to achieve goals, bring about positive changes, and improve health. Habit cessation (e.g. stopping smoking) Weight Management Performance Enhancement Anxiety and Panic Attacks Fears and Phobias Pain Management Confidence IBS Sleep Hypnotherapy with a professionally trained and skilled therapist is completely safe and there are no harmful side effects. The British Medical Association approved hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment in 1955 and the American Medical Association followed in 1958. It is highly recommended for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)


What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a service provided by a practitioner to create a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to explore painful or difficult emotions and experiences. Psychotherapy is often used to help overcome trauma, anxiety, and depression. The key to successful psychotherapy is a trusting, strong alliance between the therapist and client. With commitment to the process you will gain more self-esteem, insight, awareness, and autonomy. When deemed necessary, psychotherapeutic tools may be used to help guide the client through difficulty. The tools I regularly use have all been heavily researched and recommended by the NHS. They include: Mindfulness, Meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Hypnosis.


Mindfulness based Hypnotherapy (MBH) combines Western clinical hypnosis with Eastern meditation practices. It is evidence-based, heavily researched, and secular. Both mindfulness and hypnotherapy practices have been used for thousands of years to create positive changes in people’s lives. Incorporating the principles of mindfulness such as intention, awareness, acceptance, gratitude and non-judgement with hypnotherapy is extremely powerful. It has been shown to calm emotional disturbances, particularly depression. It has the ability to create changes on both the logical conscious level, and the deeper unconscious level. Mindfulness calms the mind as you become more aware of your thoughts and separate from them, while hypnotherapy is used to change old unconscious patterns of thinking and behaving. It is an empowering technique that allows people to generate their own personal growth inside as well as outside hypnotherapy sessions through self-hypnosis, meditation, and mindfulness exercises. MBH broadens the reach of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, helping promote ultimate health and wellbeing. I find that practicing MBH has an extremely powerful and positive effect on people’s lives.


What is a Hypno-Psychotherapist?

A Hypno-Psychotherapist, such as myself, has training in the theory and practice of both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. This integrative approach accesses the unconscious in a way that pure psychotherapy would not. It can also help with deeper, more complex problems that it may be unwise to address with hypnotherapy alone (e.g. trauma or abuse). Not all hypnotherapists have this training; potential clients should always ask. Irresponsible therapists can sometimes exacerbate conditions by opening wounds that they can’t heal or aren’t aware of. However, the psychotherapy discipline, properly practiced, leads to much safer sessions. Hypno-Psychotherapy can help if you are having difficulty achieving goals or finding life satisfaction.


What qualifications should a hypnotherapist have?

In the UK, hypnotherapists are not currently regulated, so it is advisable to choose someone who is highly recommended, is under supervision, and follows the industry’s ethical guidelines. Additional psychotherapy training is a real bonus. Check for membership in bodies such as the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), and the British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am a qualified hypnotherapist with additional training in Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. I am also a trainee member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which is my regulating body. Industry guidelines recommend that hypnotherapists should at least have completed an appropriate diploma or a course that involved a minimum of 450 learning hours, of which 120 must have been face to face. Before undertaking any therapy, make sure you know the professional regulating body that your therapist belongs to. If you wish to make a complaint, write directly to their regulating body and further action will be taken.


What is Mindful Massage?

If you are having difficulty relaxing I may suggest mindful massage to calm the mind and body. It is a safe, effective, and quick way to become in touch with your senses and breathing. It is a combination of guided meditation and massage. It helps your muscles relax, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and stimulates the immune system. It is a wonderful tool that can support you in making positive changes in your thinking and behavior.


What is a sound bath?

A sound bath is a relaxing experience where you lay down and allow sound vibrations to pass through you. The sound is often created by gongs, chimes and other live instruments. I work with musicians and offer unique guided sound baths. My voice carries you on a journey where you can relax deeply, rejuvenate and develop insight. Stunning soundscapes and healing vibrations shift blockages as they move through your body.

Hypnosis


Is Hypnosis sleep?

Although hypnosis may feel like sleep because your body is deeply relaxed, it is not the same. Neuroimagery shows that your brain waves are different during hypnosis than during sleep. You are in fact in a state of heightened awareness in which you do not lose consciousness and can still speak and respond. It may feel like your body is asleep but your mind is aware. You can answer questions and hear everything. Afterwards, you may only remember parts of what has been said. This amnesia is very common, because your mind is so focused on progressively relaxing your body that the words are stored in your unconscious rather than your conscious mind. When you wake there are no side effects at all. It will be just as if you are waking from a nap.

Here is my video on the subject:


How did hypnosis help you?

Trance states have helped me memorize lines in foreign languages and perform critically acclaimed roles. They have enabled me to access my inner power and stay focused. Birth and rape scenes have not fazed me and I have stayed calm during snakebites, skydiving, and motorbike stunts. Entering light trance states while dancing or movement meditation has helped me access and release deeper parts of myself. Dancing is wonderful for the soul, releasing tension and experiencing freedom. I can help guide you into these relaxed states so that you can experience how useful they are.

Here is my video on the subject:

 


Can hypnosis stop smoking?

Hypnotherapy is an effective way to give up habits such as smoking, however, it will only work if you are ready to stop…the decision for change has to be yours. If you have truly reached your threshold and had enough, it will work. A decision to stop will already have been made prior to seeing a hypnotherapist, to a certain degree; all the hypnotherapist does is carry you through a ritual that cements the decision to stop in your unconscious. With a confident, experienced hypnotist and a receptive mind, you will get the result you want. If the hypnotherapist makes a mistake, is not confident, or slips up, saying for example “If you don’t stop you can see me for another session”…this sends a message to your unconscious that it might not have worked, and therefore it will not work. Everyone hears how difficult it is to stop; however, it’s as difficult as you want to make it. 72 hours after quitting, nicotine is no longer in your system. Become aware of what secondary benefits you are getting from smoking, such as feeling rebellious, or getting to go outside for smoke breaks. You may be self-medicating and smoking to relieve anxiety—notice how you are feeling, and the correlation between your thoughts and your actions. The more we know ourselves, the easier it will be for us to interrupt patterns, deal with the underlying issues rather than covering them up, and replace unhealthy habits with new ones.

Here is my video on the subject:

 


What are the benefits of hypnosis?

Hypnosis can be used as a tool for deep relaxation, giving your body time to renew and regenerate. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormone levels are reduced, and endorphins are released into your system, making you feel good. It is a great way to help overcome headaches, depression, anxiety, insomnia, IBS and a host of other stress related issues. It is also used for overcoming phobias, chronic pain, and psychosomatic illness. We often self-medicate in unhealthy ways through excessive consumption of alcohol, food, or drugs; hypnotherapy can help with this, replacing unhealthy habits with new behaviors. Hypnosis is used to speak directly to your unconscious, accessing places deep within you that hold the keys to your behaviors and self-limiting beliefs. You can challenge and replace anything that has been holding you back through positive suggestion and metaphor. After absorbing suggestions, your unconscious then works throughout the day to make them a reality. Believe and it shall be so. The beauty of hypnosis is that once your self-limiting beliefs are challenged and dissolved, you feel light and refreshed. After listening, it may seem like changes magically happen in your life. This is because your attitude has changed direction; it now works for, not against you.

Here is my video on the subject:

Can I lose control in hypnosis?

There are many misconceptions surrounding hypnosis. Many people believe that it is mind control, that you can be forced to do things against your will; this is completely untrue. Stage hypnotists carefully pre-select audience members who are eager to perform, and who are likely go along with their suggestions. You cannot be made to run around like a chicken unless you choose to, and if you do, you are fully in control! It is all entertainment, not to be taken seriously; it should not prevent the general public from benefiting from hypnosis out of fear. While in hypnosis you are actually more in control, not less. Even when you drift off, there is always a part of you that is listening, and that is your unconscious. If anything is said that conflicts with your inner belief system, you will dismiss it and not act upon it. You are the master of your own body and mind, all I do is act as your guide, gently carrying you into a relaxed place where I encourage you to become more empowered and more in control. It is your choice to let go and relax as deeply as is right for you.

Here is my video on the subject:


Can everyone be hypnotized?

Everyone is able to enter a light trance, so long as they don’t resist relaxation. There is a misconception that hypnosis works best on weaker individuals, when actually the reverse is true. It works best on people who can focus well, and generally those that are more creative and intelligent; those types may find that they go deeper, faster. The first time you experience hypnosis you will begin to understand how relaxing it feels. The second time you will be able to travel deeper, faster; and with repetition it will become easier and easier for you to access that special place. I will teach you ways in which you can enter hypnosis, such as muscle relaxation, visualization, and gentle focus. Some days you may be able to relax more than others, and your experiences could vary…that is normal. Always be kind to yourself; the kinder you are, the more relaxed you become. Your unconscious is extremely powerful, and it is always awake. Anything that is said to you that goes against your beliefs will be dismissed. If you are asked to do anything that goes against your values, you will reject them and may even come out of hypnosis.

Here is my video on the subject:

 


Can I recall lost memories in hypnosis?

During hypnosis you enter a dream state, another dimension of your mind. While floating in this relaxing place, you may remember things from your past. Hypnosis is sometimes used to improve our recall of events that we believe happened to us, but is not a way to find out the “truth.” Our mind distorts and alters memories, often in order to fit them in with our underlying belief systems. Your thoughts and memories are therefore not a solid reality. Under hypnosis you may re-experience events, but there is no guarantee that you are remembering them correctly. Hypnosis only assists you in recalling perceptions, not truths. Courts recognize this and therefore dismiss hypnotic testimonials. You may see wonderful things while in hypnosis, but just remember: it is not necessarily reality.

Here is my video on the subject:


Will I reveal my secrets under hypnosis?

No. A hypnotist has no control over you at all; you cannot be made to reveal your bank details, your affairs, or any of your darkest secrets. If anything suggested makes you uncomfortable, you will not act upon it. It’s best to think of hypnosis as self-hypnosis, because it requires your focused attention and control, and a hypnotherapist only acts as a guide with your permission. You choose to listen to my voice and cooperate, and you decide how deeply to relax; without your consent, inner transformation cannot happen. If you have a wonderfully calm and relaxing experience, thank yourself for allowing it to occur. The unconscious part of you becomes more fully accessible and alert. A hypnotherapist can guide you to memories that may have been repressed or forgotten, however, it is your choice whether you choose to reveal them.


Will something mysterious happen in hypnosis?

There is a misconception that hypnosis is some mysterious or magical new experience, but it is a completely normal, safe, and deeply relaxing state. See “what does hypnosis feel like?” for information on what you may experience.

Here is my video on the subject:


What does hypnosis feel like?

Everybody experiences hypnosis differently, and no two times will feel exactly the same. But generally it feels as if you are falling asleep. You might feel tingling, or feel as though you are weightless, floating, or heavy; you may see colours, or lucid dream. When in hypnosis: you rest, your muscles let go and progressively relax, your heart rate and breathing slow down, and you drift off into a lovely, peaceful place. Some people focus more easily and go deeper faster and quicker. Even though you may not enter deep levels of relaxation on your first attempt, you will still receive results and unconscious change. The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to relax and go deeper. When you come out of hypnosis it is as if you are waking from a nap. Time distortion is also very common—you may feel as if it was a short time when it was much longer and vice versa. There is nothing to be afraid of, hypnosis is a wonderful state where you get to unwind and let go.

Here is my video on the subject:


When should hypnosis be avoided?

I do not advise listening to hypnosis audio while driving or operating machinery, as it is intended for relaxation and may cause you to fall asleep. There are other cases where inducing trance is not recommended. If you suffer from schizophrenia and report hearing voices, hypnosis is not advisable. If you suffer from epilepsy it is not recommended either, as total relaxation may trigger a seizure. If you have asthma, it is generally safe, but you should always have your inhaler with you. You may experience strong emotional or physical reactions if you have had earlier traumatic events. These are known as ‘abreactions’ and they occur because hypnosis is the key to the unconscious; it allows past thoughts or feelings to surface that may have been repressed and not fully dealt with. Crying, shaking, or hot or cold sweats could occur. The cathartic release may be helpful, however, working through what you have experienced with a qualified therapist is highly recommended. If you see a hypnotherapist and any contra-indications surface, they may recommend an alternative form of therapy or modify the technique.


Can I get stuck in trance?

No… you will always be able to wake in your own time, when it is right for you. If I stopped speaking without bringing you out of hypnosis, you would likely drift off into a nap and wake normally, or you may notice my voice had stopped and open your eyes. Even if I did not give you the instruction to wake refreshed and feeling alert, you would do so gradually. Often people prefer to loop hypnosis audio, especially if it is used as a sleep aid. Sometimes if you have been in a deep state of hypnosis, when you wake you may feel a little tired, which is absolutely fine; it will pass, just as the tiredness disappears after rising from a nap.

Here is my video on the subject:

Miscellaneous


Why am I not happy all the time?

It is completely natural to experience a variety of human emotions. Simply observe them when they arise and allow them to pass. With therapy and meditation practice we learn to self manage our moods and over time may experience less emotional disturbances. Here is my video on the subject:


What is beauty?

Beauty surrounds us at all times however we often get swept up in thinking and overlook it. Slowing down and re-discovering the wonder in the simple things can be life changing.

Here is my video on the subject:


What are the different brain waves?

Our brain waves fluctuate and can be measured in cycles per second (Hz). Six frequencies have been named – Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta, and each of these represents a unique mental state.

Gamma brain waves are the fastest and fire above 40Hz. They are associated with bursts of insight and fast information processing.

Beta brain waves (14-40 Hz ) occur in normal waking consciousness, when we are alert and fully functioning. Our conscious mind is more active in this state so Beta brain waves may translate into stress, especially if your mind has the tendency to wander into excessive thinking and negative thought patterns. While you are in Beta meditation can teach you how to acknowledge and separate from your thoughts, reducing anxiety.

Alpha brain waves (7.5-14Hz) are associated with heightened imagination, visualization, intuition, learning and soft focus. They occur in deep relaxation, usually when your eyes are closed. You daydream and enter a light hypnotic state. I often start meditating in Beta and sometimes slip into Alpha if I am tired or very relaxed.

Theta brain waves (4-7.5Hz) are associated with deep connection to the universe, profound insight and creativity. These slow waves occur just before you fall asleep and just before you wake up. It feels like light sleep and you enter a hypnotic dream state. During Theta your unconscious is alert and you can choose to absorb my positive suggestions while your body relaxes.

The Delta frequency (0.5-4Hz) is the slowest and is experienced in dreamless sleep, deep hypnosis and transcendental meditation. During delta our identity and awareness dissolve. Delta therefore can be the gateway into the collective unconscious or universal mind and we can receive information from outside ourselves. This is a magical place to be.

Slower brain frequencies give our body time to rest, heal and regenerate. My hypnosis is tailored for you to enter and enjoy the benefits of slower frequencies such (alpha, theta and delta). You may find while listening to my relaxing content you fluctuate between states and that is fine.

If you choose, you can learn how to transcend into slower frequency states all you have to do is replay my content and allow me to guide you into ever deepening levels of relaxation.

Here is my video on the subject:

 


What are binaural beats and can they relax me?

Binaural beats are an audio technology, that apparently re-create slower brain wave frequencies that occur naturally in relaxation.

There is no conclusive evidence, as of yet, that these digital beats work. If they do manage to slow brain waves, it could be due to a placebo effect. You can access slower brain wave frequencies (alpha, theta and delta) naturally through relaxation and do not necessarily need to try adding extra technology. Natural sounds such as birdsong, chimes, flutes and other meditation instruments also trigger the brain to shift into slower frequencies and therefore alter your consciousness organically.

With binaural beats you must use stereo headphones. Each ear is played a different frequency and the mind then perceives the difference between the two. For example if 200hz is played in your left ear and 210 in your right ear, your mind will process the difference between the two and fire at 10hz, a slow frequency promoting relaxation.

There are plenty of hypnosis and meditation audios that offer binaural music. Try them out and see if they work for you. If they are not carefully incorporated into the music they can hum too loud and be a bit distracting.

Here is my video on the subject:


What music do you use?

I sometimes use sound cushions as a backdrop for my voice during guided meditation and hypnosis. The slow music can help people to relax and slow down the heart rate and blood pressure. Some of the music on Aruna Shields TV is produced by Craig Pruess. He’s a Grammy Award nominee with Platinum and Gold selling records (Sacred Chants of Shiva). Craig composes in trance and has meditated for over 20 years. He has created music for Ravi Shankar, Sir Elton John, Bond, Eckhart Tolle, Shiva Rea and Deepak Chopra. Instruments, such as sitar, flute and chimes have been used for thousands of years as a gateway to higher consciousness.

Here are some relaxing tracks: