In Personal Mastery, we use the method of Mental Training. Mental Training began to develop in the sixties, and in Sweden, it was primarily Lars-Eric Uneståhl’s work in hypnosis and self-hypnosis that led to what we today call Mental Training. His starting point was to find and define the components that are active in meditation and which give positive effects.
What is meditation?
The word meditation originated in the Latin meditari. Meditation means reflecting, reflecting. There is deep rest during wakefulness. Wakefulness in combination with relaxation opens up for clarity in the thought and healthy processes in the body. It is the opposite of stress. In Eastern traditions, meditation is intimately linked to ethical and religious contexts. There, meditation and ethical rules interact with one another. A morally correct way of life creates the conditions for successful meditation and meditation, in turn, leads to a naturally rooted high morality. Historically, intensive meditation has been a concern for monks and holy men. Practicing meditation on your own without a master or teacher has been unthinkable. But this has in recent decades been loosened up and more and more people are using meditation in different contexts.
In meditation, one often focuses on a mantra a particular word or phrase that at the same time helps the brain to release thoughts and consciousness.
Part of meditation is to focus on the body and breathing.
What is Mental Training?
Lars-Eric Uneståhl found two crucial components that seemed to have the greatest significance, relaxation and a changed state of consciousness. In plain text, it means relaxed muscles and increased alpha and theta activity in the brain. From these insights, methods, techniques, and tools were developed to achieve these effects. Personal Mastership® is one such modern tool with the acknowledged effects.
Mental Training consists of three parts:
You get to know the difference between tense and relaxed muscles and focus on the body through body scanning.
The purpose is to empty the brain of thoughts by, for example, focusing on a place or an inner room.
Mental strength training
Here you can program what you want to happen in the future, such as increased self-confidence or other goals and objectives using your senses.
It is above all Mental Strength Training that separates Mental Training from meditation.
Another difference can be that historically meditation is linked to a certain belief with religious rituals.
PS. Mental Training is to create memories of the future