The story of the SEE Protocol for Self-Hypnosis
Society for Energy & Emotions has developed a self-hypnosis protocol that is part of the first module for Integrated Certification on Regression Therapy & Life Coaching. To be fair, there are many different variations of self-hypnosis or meditative protocols available and sitting down in silence, just focusing on the breath etc, is also common approach by many for meditative practices. However, depending on the practitioner and the teacher as well as the belief systems of various individuals (e.g. family or friends) involved, the approach keeps on varying. Due to the subjectivity, the true experience (the outcome of the practice) and the consistency (or effectiveness) is often compromised.
At SEE, we begun exploring various elements that could have a direct or indirect influence on the overall physical body, energy and the mind. The ideas we explored included practising in both supine and seated positions and we also did our research with or without silence and added sound of singing bowls and also different music types (ragas) to the mix. In the process, we began to learn how each activity (or lack of it) impacts our mind and the body. Finally, we narrowed down – for the reasons well-documented now – the active use of “Breath” and some form of “Sound” (self-created). The two have a profound impact on the mind and the body. We then explored the correct method of doing this and finally identified following activities to be included into the SEE Protocol (in that order!).
- simple humming (Bhramari without the use of Mudras or hand gestures)
- coherent heart-focused breathing with 5 s of long inhalation and 5 s of exhalation
- coherent heart-focused breathing while invoking positive emotions
- guided imagery about a preidentified goal.
Once we explored the integration of all the elements, we had to identify if this approach would consistently generate the desired emotional state in individuals. This is where we got some help from from Head of the Dept, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, LD College of Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, Gujarat. He, along with 3 final year students, got together and agreed to work on this idea. We decided to compare 20 mins of SEE Protocol’s outcome on the mind and the body and compare it with what happens when someone experiences a 20 mins of silence. The visual above shows Vidhi Patel and Meghal Shah (two of the co-authors of the research) with Mr Anil Sinha when they were exploring some elements of the SEE Protocol for Self-Hypnosis at Wellness Space.
The findings were very interesting ! The details are captured in the research paper that is going to be published later this year.
Figure 1 – The SEE Protocol results in statistically significant increase in the positive mood and a similar decrease in the negative mood as compared to silence where the increase in positive mood is not statistically significant.
Figure 2 – The Heart Rate Variability parameters related to relaxation (or parasympathetic nervous system) show significant changes in the SEE Protocol (As compared to the silence)
Riri and Gunjan Trivedi
The evidence has documented challenges associated with silence meditation and that prompted us to design a protocol – named the SEE Protocol. If you wish to learn more about the Module 1 – the Journey Within, you can click HERE. For entire syllabus of the Regression Therapy & Life Coaching Certification, you can click HERE.
The abstract of the research paper is captured below. Very soon, when the article is published, the link to the full article will be available:
Comparative Study of the Impact of Active Meditation Protocol and Silence Meditation on Heart Rate Variability and Mood in Women
Gunjan Y Trivedi*, Vidhi Patel**, Meghal H Shah**, Meghana J Dhok**, Kunal Bhoyania**
*Society for Energy and Emotions, Wellness Space, **Department, Biomedical Engineering, LD College of Engineering, GTU, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Aim: The aim of this study was to understand the impact of an active meditation protocol on heart rate variability (HRV) and mood in women as compared to breath-focused silence meditation.
Materials and Methods: Women experienced two different practices of 20 min each: (a) control group: silence meditation focusing on breath and (b) experiment group: active meditation that included four activities, each lasting for 5 minutes – (1) simple humming, (2) coherent heart-focused breathing with 5 s of long inhalation and 5 s of exhalation, (3) coherent heart-focused breathing while invoking positive emotions, and (4) guided imagery about a preidentified goal. The silence meditation encouraged women to only focus on the breath. The Positive and Negative Affect Scale measured mood before/after the practice (n = 24), and emWavePro device measured HRV parameters for 5 min before/after the practices (n = 18). Statistical data analysis was done using a paired t-test.
Results: HRV (specifically, parasympathetic nervous system [PNS]) parameters showed a statistically significant improvement in the experiment group as compared to the control group. There was a statistically significant reduction in negative affect after both the practices, and the increase in positive affect was observed only for the experiment group.
Conclusions: The active meditation provides a significant enhancement in mood and HRV parameters related to PNS as compared to silence meditation where the changes in HRV were not consistent and the positive mood did not increase significantly. Future research in this area could explore the impact of such practice for a longer duration and understand the impact of each component of the meditative practices.