Hypnotists are taught to look for signs that indicate their subject is in trance. Signs such as: their client’s watery eyes, fluttering eyelids, eyeballs rolled up in the head, bodily warmth increases, the extra production of saliva, and one very subtle and peculiar observation, the subject’s pulse becoming imperceptible. One major and final factor the hypnotist must consider is if the subject has bypassed the critical faculty and engaged in selective thinking.
Meditation masters teach that in the relaxation that takes place prior to actually meditating, the eyes may water and there will be extra production of saliva. Not unlike what would happen in hypnosis. The meditation masters advise methods to hinder the disturbance a watery mouth and the ensuing swallowing cause, something of no interest to the hypnotist. Both watery eyes and mouth relate to the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system being stimulated. The odd observation regarding the pulse becoming imperceptible is also related to parasympathetic nervous system stimulation.
The eye lids fluttering or random movement of the eyes indicate to the meditation master a mind that is distracted. The remedy for this would be something to calm the eyes movement. Gazing at a point between the eyebrows, with eyes closed, could be recommended to settle down the wondering eye movement, and thus the mind. A hypnotist might only consider this a means of eye fixation. The meditation masters know that imagination is empowered by looking in the direction of what they call the third eye; the hypnotist knows that imagination is more powerful than the will. The meditation masters solution to focusing the mind consciously could be the equivalent of the voluntary movement of the eyeballs rolling up into the head that the hypnotist recognizes as a sign.
Finally, about that major aspect of hypnosis, as it pertains to meditation, bypassing the critical faculty and engaging in selective thinking. Meditation is an active process with the ultimate goal being to move beyond the mind both conscious, less than conscious (unconscious), and what some might term superconscious. Its goal beyond any health aspects physical or emotional, per the mediation masters, is to allow one to come in touch with, to be, the substratum that witnesses the mind on all levels, at all times. In the true state of meditation there is no suspended critical faculty or selective thinking. The mind as we know it no longer exists – there is no mind. Where then is hypnosis or meditation for that matter? Check around Indianapolis or elsewhere and see if you can learn about meditation.