Hypnosis and Spiritual Development by Alan Tutt http://www.KeysToPower.com
Hypnosis has a strong reputation for being an excellent tools for changing habits. It is also a popular stage show activity that results in some facinating displays of mental manipulation. Many psychologists will also use hypnosis as a means for treating mental dysfunction. And success coaches will use hypnosis for aiding in personal development. But hypnosis can be used for even greater purposes than these, including spiritual development.
The process of hypnosis is relatively easy, which is surprising to most, considering power that is associated with this phenomenon. In short, process is one of distracting conscious mind long enough to implant alternate suggestions to inner mind. Many people think that hypnosis is a process of putting conscious mind asleep, but this is a common misconception of hypnosis. Hypnosis is not sleep, but rather a form of tightly focused concentration.
Many spiritual traditions use meditation as a vehicle for development. Meditation too, is a process of focusing mind, but usually at a lower level of intensity. This lower level of intensity makes meditation easier for individual to attain and control. Once mind is focused to degree common in hypnosis, ability to direct course of activity is usually lost. This is one of major difficulties in trying to use hypnosis by yourself. To reach a deep level, you have to have an outside source of direction.
But there are relatively simple methods of overcoming this difficulty.
Having another person direct you through process is a common method. This is way many of us view hypnosis - as a process of one person leading another through a series of steps. If this person is trustworthy, and has a solid grounding in psychology and spiritual beliefs you hold, then this is best option, as any variation that comes up during process of hypnosis can be dealt with effectively.
If your purpose of using hypnosis were to stop smoking, lose weight, control procrastination, or a host of many other common goals, then you would be able to use one of many pre-recorded hypnotic tapes that are being sold on market. Unfortunately, there aren't many hypnotic recordings for spiritual development, and ones that do exist are somewhat expensive (the ecomonics of supply and demand in action).