Tuesday, December 28, 2010

“Surgical Operations in the Mesmeric State without Pain”


Mesmerist physician Professor John Elliotson was the author of “Surgical Operations in the Mesmeric State without Pain(1843).
Professor Elliotson's application of "animal magnestism" scandalised the hospital medical committee. Rather than abandon his mesmerist techniques as instructed, however, he resigned his offices to pursue his mesmerist practice. Elliotson edited a mesmerist magazine, The Zoist. In 1849, he founded a mesmeric hospital. Elliotson was also founding member of the Phrenological Society (1838).
When the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal [quoted in the British Medical Surgical Journal (1846)35:542] asserted that, compared to ether, mesmerism could perform "a thousand times greater wonders, and without any of the dangers", Elliotson heartily agreed. Mesmerism was undoubtedly useful in a minority of cases for minor surgery and perhaps the presence of a charismatic physician. Yet as the century wore on, most patients - and their surgeons - preferred to take their chances with anaesthetics rather than any form of hypnosis.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

S.J. Van Pelt

S.J. Van Pelt, former president of the British Society of Medical Hypnotists and author of numerous books on hypnosis wrote: Nobody, no matter how fanatically opposed to hypnotism, can deny that hypnosis is the most powerful and effective method of controlling the mind, and through the mind, the whole body.

Dr. S. J. Van Pelt was an Australian physician who established practice in London was the world's first modern full-time medical hypnotist. Limiting his practice to the use of hypnosis in medicine, Dr. Van Pelt built up an enviable reputation at a time when the rest of the world was very suspicious of the new modality. He became the first and lifetime president of the British Society of Medical Hypnotism, and the Editor of the British Journal of Medical Hypnotism.
“Secrets of Hypnotism”(1958)
“Hypnotism and the Power Within”(1966)

“This is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body that physicians separate the soul from the body."
PLATO

Saturday, December 18, 2010

“The Intimate Casebook of a Hypnotist”

Arthur Ellen was a hypnotist who, during his 46-year career, freed noted ballplayers including Nolan Ryan, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente and Maury Wills of their pre-game jitters. Ellen, who lived in Northridge, also helped Hollywood actors, such as Tony Curtis and Eddie Albert, settle down so they could memorize scripts. But he also worked to free patients of more common fears, from medical shots to dentist drills, from claustrophobia to agoraphobia.

“The Intimate Casebook of a Hypnotist”.(1968)

Friday, December 17, 2010

James Braid

Braid was a Manchester doctor of sceptical temperament and really scientific outlook. Braid found in 1841 that by fixing his eyes on those of a relaxed patient, or getting the patient to gaze at some bright object until the eye-muscles tired, he could induce a condition that looked like sleep.
It is to Braid we owe the word "hypnotism" (aTiros = sleep). He further discovered that in this state of induced sleep the patient exhibited characteristics that made his sleep different from the natural type. He was still en rapport with the hypnotist, was extremely suggestible to anything the hypnotist said, but oblivious of all else. Ideas suggested to the patient by the hypnotist, if reasonable, were carried out. Ideas suggested by another person were apparently unheard, unless the hypnotist told the patient to hear and heed them. If paralysis of a certain limb were suggested to the patient, then he appeared paralysed in that limb, but, more usefully, symptoms of diseases from which he was suffering when he came to Braid were diminished and often removed during the hypnotic state.
Leslie D. Weatherhead, Psychology, Religion and Healing (1952)

Hypnosis:1890

By about the year 1890 hypnotic treatment had a wide vogue all over the civilised world. We read of Braid and Lloyd Tuckey in England, Esdaile in India, Sturgis, Warren, Flower, Osgood Mason, Boris Sidis and Morton Prince in America, Charcot, Bernheim, Liebault in France, Forel and Du Bois 2 in Switzerland, Moll, Grossmann and Schultz in Germany, Delboeuf in Belgium, De Jong and Van Renterghem in Holland, Wetterstrand in Sweden, Bianchi and Fianzi in Italy, Carophilis in Greece, Strogentzy, Tokarsky and Bechterew in Russia, and the mere list of names and countries shows how widespread the knowledge and use of hypnotism had become.
Leslie D. Weatherhead, Psychology, Religion and Healing (1952)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

So you want to take a hypnosis course.

Search for hypnosis associations in your Country, Province/State.

Look for hypnosis courses in your City, Province or State.

What associations is the instructor a member of?
Where is the association headquartered?
How many members are there?
Is there a convention?
How many instructors affiliated with that association are in your area? Country? Province/State?
Does the instructor do hypnosis full time?
  • Is their website strictly dedicated to hypnosis? (You may believe in Psychics, New Age or Holistic alternatives but the reality is the majority of people don't).

  • Are they on YouTube?

  • Look/Sound/Feel too good to be true?

  • Look/Sound/Feel a little too slick? Too well packaged?

  • Does the instructor have a recent, current picture?

  • Have they written a book? Does it make sense to you?


Compare course content of a few instructors.
  • Are they comparable?

  • How many hours?

  • Is the course recognized? By whom?

  • Where is it being taught? Classroom setting? In a house?

  • Can you meet them in advance?


When you see the workbook or manual.


  • Is it professionally printed?

  • Are there blank pages?

  • Is there an index?



I've heard of one course where the content included a "Master Cleanse" and "Grapefruit (Liver) cleanse". What does that have to do with hypnosis? Tarot cards were pulled out. Again, what does that have to do with hypnosis?

Clinical Hypnosis IS NOT Stage Hypnosis.
I've seen the content for a few Masters courses.
One includes case studies and no stage hypnosis.
Another includes stage hypnosis but no case studies.
What is standard within your association? Which one would you choose?
Does the instructor teaching stage hypnosis actually do it?


If you go for a session with a Hypnotherapist or phone for a session they shouldn't be selling you a course.

Choose a professional learning environment.

Once you're there.
Watch for body language, comments about peers, rolling the eyes, etc.
Is the material being taught in a cohesive, structured manner? Remember, you have to be able to do it.
Take your time, do your homework, have fun and enjoy.




People get caught up in the moment during group workshops and then a week later it's "Now What". That's okay.

If it doesn't work out:
admit it,
move on.
Are you going to recommend that course and person to others? Probably not.
Re-assess your training needs if you need to.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Suggestion and autosuggestion

Suggestion and autosuggestion : a psychological and pedagogical study based upon the investigations made by the new Nancy School (1921)by Charles Baudouin
The Nancy School was an early French suggestion-centred school of psychotherapy founded in 1866 by Ambroise-Auguste Liébeault, a follower of the theory of Abbé Faria, in the city of Nancy.

Three of the most essential and novel features in the teaching of the New Nancy School :
1. The main factor in hypnotic phenomena is not heterosuggestion but autosuggestion; and, as a corollary, the chief advantages of psychotherapeutics can be secured without a suggester and without the more salient features of the hypnotic state.

2. Of fundamental importance to success is the recognition of what Coue terms “the law of reversed effort” , the law that so long as the imagination is adverse, so long as a countersuggestion is at work, effort of the conscious will acts by contraries. We must think rightly, or rather must imagine rightly, before we can will rightly. In a word, our formula must not be, “who wills can”;
but “who thinks can"
or “who imagines can."

3. The most significant phenomena of autosuggestion occur in the domain of the subconscious (unconscious). The new powers which autosuggestion offers to mankind are based upon the acquirement of a reflective control of the operations of the subconscious. Herein, as Baudouin shows in his Preface and his Conclusion, the teachings of the New Nancy School at once confirm and supplement the theories of the Freudians and the data of psychoanalysis.

Abbé Faria

Abbé Faria (Abade Faria in Portuguese), or Abbé (Abbot) José Custódio de Faria, (1746 - 1819), was a colourful Goan Catholic monk who was one of the pioneers of the scientific study of hypnotism, following on from the work of Franz Anton Mesmer. Unlike Mesmer, who claimed that hypnosis was mediated by "animal magnetism", Faria understood that it worked purely by the power of suggestion. In the early 19th century, Abbé Faria introduced oriental hypnosis to Paris.

Oriental Hypnosis

Oriental Hypnosis is an old Indian method of healing practiced by Sadhus, Fakirs, Yogis and sannyasis (Sannyasa). These people indulge in self hypnosis by practicing rhythmic breathing exercise method like pranayama and meditation etc.

For hetero hypnosis they used threatening stare and suggestive techniques like loud command “sleep” etc. to bring out the subjects imagination generated from within the mind.

Bharathiya Mantravidya (Indian Sacred murmuring art) includes autosuggestion, authoritarian suggestion, hypnosis, tanta rituals and trance ceremonies.

In Hinduism, sadhu, or shadhu is a common term for a mystic, an ascetic, practitioner of yoga (yogi) and/or wandering monks. The sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving the fourth and final Hindu goal of life, moksha (liberation), through meditation and contemplation of Brahman. Sadhus often wear ochre-colored clothing, symbolizing renunciation.

Power of Suggestion.

Points programs, points cards are forms of the Power of Suggestion inducing you to buy/collect.

Do you really need it?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thomas Parker Boyd

(1864-1936)

"One day, when a family member was very sick, I prayed. I promised that if the Great Physician would come out of the Unseen and touch the sick one back to life, I would go and do what I was called to do. Next morning the sick one was greatly improved and was soon well."

He attended the University of California and Church Divinity School of the Pacific where he earned a Doctorate in Divinity.

While serving as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco(1906), Dr. Boyd learned of work being done by the psychology department of the University of California, Berkeley, and introduced himself to and later worked with Dr. George M. Stratton, President of the American Psychological Association, and Professor of Psychology at U.C. Berkeley on the use of hypnosis to treat epilepsy.

Dr. Boyd studied psychology at U.C. Berkeley, earning himself another Doctorate. He then used hypnosis with other professors, clergymen and doctors on the West Coast.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Duality of Mind

The conscious and the subconscious.
The objective and the subjective.
The waking and the sleeping.
The voluntary and the involuntary.
The outer and the inner.

The subconscious is subject to the conscious.
Hence the terms subconscious or subjective.
The subjective mind is subject to intuition, emotions, memory and has the capacity for clairvoyance and thought reading.
It is subject to the information you give it.
Your habitual thinking steers your subconscious.

The conscious mind is the objective mind because it deals with external objects.
It uses your five physical senses.
It learns by observation, experience, education and reasoning.

Thomas Troward used the terms objective and subjective.
P.P. Quimby used his own terminology. He also used his own terminology to describe the ego. Freud hadn't invented that term yet.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Frequently asked questions #7

Q. IS THERE A HYPNOTIZED FEELING?
A. This is probably the 2nd largest misconception of hypnosis. There is no hypnotized feeling. Most people feel very relaxed when in hypnosis, as relaxation seems to be the essence of hypnosis. Some people feel heavy, some people feel light. While some people have other sensations and feelings. And other people have absolutely no feeling that they are in hypnosis, and believe they have not been hypnotized when they most definitely have.

Monday, November 8, 2010

COMMON USES OF HYPNOSIS

Bedwetting; Facial tics; Alcoholism; Asthma; Concentration, retention, and recall; Test anxiety; Appetite control/Weight Loss; Quit Smoking; Phobias; Pain elimination; Dental pain & anxiety; Depression; Stress & Relaxation; Insomnia and sleep disturbances; Nail biting; Increase concentration & learning ability; Self-confidence; Migraines & Headachea; Sports.
And much much more.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

What is Hypnosis? [II]

Hypnosis is a state of mind that allows an increased openness for suggestions.
It is a state of deep relaxation that makes the mind able to focus on a specific problem or desired result and to listen to the hypnotic suggestions of how to deal with the problem and achieve the result.
It works by opening the subconscious(unconscious) mind and excluding the censorship of the consciousness mind that is always filtering, editing and judging the content that flows into the mind.

Reframing

Reframing # 1: Labeling.
Learning to look at a negative (or even disastrous) situation from a positive point of view.
For example, let's say that you've been working on an important essay when your computer suddenly reboots itself. And of course, as disastrous events usually go, you forgot to save your file. The easiest thing to do at this point would be to succumb to anger, get mad and maybe even break a few things. But instead, you take the whole thing inm stride and treat it as a learning experience. Now you know that you must save your word file every now and then, especially if you're working on something very important. Everyday is a learning experience.
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.

Reframing # 2: Context.
Change the context by which you understand the situation, and understand how the said situation can be of use to you.
For example, you've just learned that you have an older sibling. Instead of brooding over the whole family drama, think of how cool it is to have someone you can ask advice from or to have someone who can add a little excitement to your otherwise dull life.

Reframing # 3: Content.
It's all about perception. One thing can mean another. It all depends on how you see a person, a thing or a situation.
For example, let's say you're a lady with a boyfriend who is too much of a cheapskate to buy you flowers and chocolates. Instead of seeing him as a cheapskate, see him as a person who knows that material things aren't the way to a woman's heart. Recognize he knows that there are far more important things in life than flowers and chocolates. Know that he would rather shower you with his utmost attention than to let something bought do the talking for him!

NLP reframing techniques have been known to have positive influences on anyone!
They can make you see things in a different light and can generally encourage you to be a better person.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Frequently asked questions #6

Q. DO HYPNOTISTS HAVE SPECIAL POWERS AND VIBRATIONS?
A. This is a common misconception. The hypnotist does not have any special powers, nor does he have any special vibrations with which to hypnotize you. Actually, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist leads the subject into a state of hypnosis. In other words, the ability of hypnosis is in the subject.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Negative Imprints

William James and Albert Einstein, both argued that most of us are using only ten to fifteen percent of our natural ability 99% of the time. In other words, think of yourself as an automobile with ten cylinders. Only one is working.

The subconscious mind is ever vigilant and remembers things literally that were said to us especially when we were children and did not have the adult "defenses" that we develop as we get older. These messages become "imprinted" on the unconscious and affect us though we are usually unaware of them. The imprints can be positive or negative but most of a child's early programming is negative, hence the "negative imprints."

In Leslie LeCron's book, "The Complete Guide to Hypnosis(1971)", he gives an interesting example(page 16).

A physician who himself used hypnosis sent his nineteen- year-old daughter to LeCron because she was tested as having an IQ of approximately 135 and yet she was failing two courses and just barely passing others at an unidentified university in California. During her first two years in high school she was an A student, but the following year her grades tumbled and never recovered. When she was interviewed by LeCron she remarked, "I guess I'm just stupid. . . I must be a nitwit."

LeCron tells us that very frequently an "active" imprint will influence the very wording of our conversation. He suspected that her remark offered a clue. LeCron used what is called the "ideomotor finger technique," in which the client is put into a trance and told that each of four fingers (preferably on one hand) will indicate a different response depending upon which one rises in response to a question.
For example,
the forefinger might stand for "yes",
the middle finger for "no",
the ring finger for "I do not know", and
the little finger for "I do not wish to answer".
LeCron tells the reader that it is important for the unconscious to have the option of not revealing something for which the conscious mind is not ready to hear.

The first question that LeCron asked the young woman was whether there was something blocking her from studying and doing well in class, Sure enough the forefinger rose! Through a series of ingenious questions, LeCron was able to determine that indeed at the age of sixteen the young woman's father had said something to her in the living room. Then using age regression, the woman was regressed back to the time of the experience. She described seeing her father, scolding her and apparently quite angry. She had made a foolish mistake in carrying out a request of his. She felt embarrassed and upset. At which point her father said, "You're just stupid; you're a nitwit."

After this discovery, LeCron helped the young woman to understand the power of imprints and that her father had been speaking in anger. In addition, when the father was informed, he responded by telling his daughter that he was really quite proud of her and did not really believe that she was stupid but rather quite intelligent. This had the effect of replacing the negative imprint with more positive ones. LeCron informs us that "within a short time her grades soared."

Friday, October 29, 2010

JANUARY 4th is WORLD HYPNOTISM DAY


The purpose is to remove the myths and misconceptions while promoting the truth and benefits of hypnotism to the general public.

WorldHypnosisDay Jan 4th is the day when professionals in the field of hypnotism from various organizations around the world will be sharing expertise and promoting the truths and benefits of hypnotism.

The general public can receive FREE self hypnosis audios and FREE reports that reveal exactly how hypnosis works and how it can help with everyday issues.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Significance of Hypnotism

An intelligent consideration of the phenomena of hypnotism will show us that what we call the hypnotic state is the normal state of the subjective mind. It always conceives of itself in accordance with some suggestion conveyed to it, either consciously or unconsciously to the mode of the objective mind which governs it, and it gives rise to corresponding external results.
The abnormal nature of the conditions induced by experimental hypnotism is in the removal of the control held by the individual's own objective mind over his subjective mind and the substitution of some other control for it, and thus we may say that the normal characteristic of the subjective mind is its perpetual action in accordance with some sort of suggestion. It becomes therefore a question of the highest importance to determine in every case what the nature of the suggestion shall be and from what source it shall proceed; but before considering the sources of suggestion we must realise more fully the place taken by subjective mind in the order of Nature.
The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science by Thomas Troward
From a lecture originally given by Judge Troward in 1904 in the Queen Street Hall, Edinburgh.

The philosopher William James (1842 – 1910) characterized Troward’s Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science as "far and away the ablest statement of philosophy I have met, beautiful in its sustained clearness of thought and style, a really classic statement."
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

What is hypnotism if not an induced direction of mind suggested by the hypnotist?

When the subject is under control, and hypnotised, for example, to see a picture on the wall where there is none, the whole mind of the subject is absorbed in seeing the supposed picture, and there is no time or power to detect the deception.
Many self-hypnotised people are equally at the mercy of some idea which is the pure invention of their fears.
Insanity best of all illustrates the nature of a direction of mind pure and simple, with the wonderful physical strength which sometimes accompanies the domination of a single idea.
All strongly opinionated people, those whom we call "cranks,"
the narrow-minded,
the creed-bound,
the strongly superstitious,
illustrate the same principle, and from one point of view are insane--insane so far as they allow a fixed state of mind to control their lives and draw the stream of intelligence into a single channel; whereas the wisely rounded-out character, the true philosopher, is one who, while understanding that conduct is moulded by thought, never allows himself to dwell too long on one object.
The point for emphasis, then, is this, namely, that in every experience possible to a human being the direction of mind is the important factor.
In health, in disease, in business, in play, in religion, education, art, science, in all that has been suggested in the foregoing, the principle is the same.
The directing of the mind, the fixing of the attention or will, lies at the basis of all conduct.
The motive, the intent, the impulse or emotion, gives shape to the entire life; for conscious man is always devoted to something.
Let the reader analyse any act whatever, and he will prove this beyond all question.
The Power of Silence by Horatio. W. Dresser - 1894

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Early American Mesmerism II

La Roy Sunderland (1804-1885)
Methodist minister, abolitionist, and mesmeriser.

He made a special study of animal magnetism and mesmerism, and in 1843 published Pathetism; With Practical Instructions: Demonstrating the Falsity of the Hitherto Prevalent Assumptions in Regard to What Has Been Called "Mesmerism" and "Neurology," and Illustrating Those Laws Which Induce Somnambulism, Second Sight, Sleep, Dreaming, Trance, and Clairvoyance, with Numerous Facts Tending to Show the Pathology of Monomania, Insanity, Witchcraft, and Various Other Mental or Nervous Phenomena.

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"What do you think of phrenology?"
As a science it is a mere humbug.
It is at best a polite way of pointing out the soft spots of a man's vanity.
The Quimby Manuscripts
edited by Horatio. W. Dresser - 1921
Chapter Thirteen - Questions and Answers

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Early American Mesmerism.

Charles Poyen St Sauveur came to America in 1834. As a student he had come across mesmerism in 1832. A sickly man he became hooked when a mesmerized clairvoyant described all his symptoms. He spent the rest of his life lecturing and giving demonstrations.

Bringing volunteers from the audience to the stage, Poyen frequently succeeded in inducing trance and eliciting the usually associated phenomena.

It was Poyen's stage demonstration in Belfast, Maine that first interested Phineas Parkhurst Quimby in mesmerism.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

VIVACITY

As the eyes are linked with the mind,
moving them will make the mind more awake.
As we will awaken our mind, we will give it more power.
To do this, look at different objects on the right and on the left.
The right pace of the movement is about one second to the right
and one second to the left.
Afterwards, look up and down.
Each time OBSERVE what you look at.

After that do circles with your eyes. Learning to move the eyes will make your mind awake.

You can use a mirror.
Observe yourselve in the mirror, and try to admire your gaze.
Think "My gaze is very powerful"
In a short time your gaze will become more expressive.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Frequently asked questions #5

Q. Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
A. You can not get stuck in hypnosis. If you are thirsty, or for any other reason need to switch to conscious functioning, you simply do so.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Affirmations/Autosuggestion

Émile Coué (1857 – 1926) was a French psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a method of psychotherapy and self-improvement based on autosuggestion.

Samples:
Every day in every respect I'm getting better and better.
The past is gone. I live only in the present.
I can do it.
I was prosperous, am prosperous and will always be prosperous.
I am prosperous, healthy, happy and live in abundance.
Every day in every way I am becoming fitter and healthier.
Each day is a new opportunity. Today is the first day of my new life.
I forgive everyone from my life in the past and love myself into the future.
I am firmly on the path of achievement and success.
I am grateful for my healthy body and I bless every part of my body.
I am surrounded by love and everything is fine.
Healthy eating and I are one and I am richly rewarded for my healthy eating habits.
My mind is filled only with loving, healthy, positive and prosperous thoughts which ultimately are converted into my life experiences.
Every day in every way I am approaching my ideal weight.
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Inner dialogue on food.

What's your inner dialogue?

"I need to diet." or "I need an eating plan."
"I'm fat." or "I'm not slim."
"I eat junk food." or "I eat filler food."
"I'm feeling guilty about eating too much." or "How intersting that I chose that. How else can I nourish myself today."
"I shouldn't eat all this." or "I'll eat just half of this."
"I shouldn't be eating this. " or "It's fine to have a small piece of this."
"I was bad today." or "I didn't do very well today. I'm going to do better from now on."
Change your thoughts, change your life.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D.

presented a review many years ago in the journal, "Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice (1970)" and also published in American Health magazine.
He gave the following recovery rates:

  • Hypnotherapy was 93% after an average of 6 sessions.
  • Psychoanalysis was 38% success rate after an average of 600 sessions.
  • Behavior Therapy was 72% after 22 sessions.

A copy of this entire article, entitled "Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal", can be found at his website, http://www.stresscards.com/ , in the articles section.
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Cognitive dissonance

was first investigated by Leon Festinger and associates, arising out of a participant observation study of a cult which believed that the earth was going to be destroyed by a flood, and what happened to its members — particularly the really committed ones who had given up their homes and jobs to work for the cult — when the flood did not happen.

While fringe members were more inclined to recognize that they had made fools of themselves and to "put it down to experience", committed members were more likely to re-interpret the evidence to show that they were right all along (the earth was not destroyed because of the faithfulness of the cult members).

http://pvrguymale.blogspot.com/2011/07/leon-festinger-1919-1989-was-american.html

True-believer syndrome

is a term coined by M. Lamar Keene in his 1976 book The Psychic Mafia. Keene used the term to refer to people who continued to believe in a paranormal event or phenomenon even after it had been proven to have been staged.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

National Guild of Hypnotist Western Ontario Chapter meeting

National Guild of Hypnotist Western Ontario Chapter meeting is going to take place for the first time in Waterloo, Ontario. Members of NGH and not members are welcomed. We are meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

If you are serious about hypnosis or just curious, please accept our invitation. We promise you'll find it fascinating.

NGH meetings are about learning from presenters some new things on hypnosis, sometimes practicing techniques, and each time about having fun and meeting people who always happen to have some hypnotic novelty to share.

This time, we are going to share experience and fresh knowledge from 2010 NGH convention - Famous hypnotists, extraordinary things we’ve learned!

Questions on ongoing training from 6:00 to 7:00 before the meeting.

To RSVP call 905-451-9805 or mailto:info@hypnosisthathelps.ca. We will confirm your invitation and provide you with the address.

Read all the details at:

http://www.meetup.com/Hypnosis-Enthusiasts/calendar/14386779/

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Power of Suggestion

Synesthesia is a neurologically-based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. The most common form, colored letters and numbers, occurs when someone always sees a certain color in response to a certain letter of the alphabet or number.
"Indigo" has nothing to do with the color of an aura! It is the result of scientific observations by a woman who has the brain disorder called synesthesia.

The term "indigo children" originates with parapsychologist and self-described synesthete and psychic, Nancy Ann Tappe who developed the concept in the 1970's.

Indigo kids: Does the science fly?

Little Boy Blue

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True-believer syndrome is a term coined by M. Lamar Keene in his 1976 book The Psychic Mafia. Keene used the term to refer to people who continued to believe in a paranormal event or phenomenon even after it had been proven to have been staged.

Cognitive dissonance was first investigated by Leon Festinger and associates, arising out of a participant observation study of a cult which believed that the earth was going to be destroyed by a flood, and what happened to its members — particularly the really committed ones who had given up their homes and jobs to work for the cult — when the flood did not happen. While fringe members were more inclined to recognize that they had made fools of themselves and to "put it down to experience", committed members were more likely to re-interpret the evidence to show that they were right all along (the earth was not destroyed because of the faithfulness of the cult members).

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Uses of hypnosis.

  1. Quit smoking. Helps you relax and change behavior, thoughts and attitude towards smoking.
  2. Stress management. Teaches you to cope.
  3. Fears and phobias. Overcoming them.
  4. Weight loss. Addresses your attitude toward food, self esteem and to focus on healthy choices.
  5. Self confidence and esteem issues.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I need your approval

http://www.thework.com/watch.php?cat=MHnD&yid=Iur3eWKynqE

This is a great video to see The Work in action.

I need your approval and that means ________________.

I'm sure you'll be able to add your own as you watch and listen.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Loving What Is

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Which is more empowering?

“I wish I hadn’t lost my job” or “I lost my job; what can I do now?”
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Business

There are 3 types of business.

1. God's
2. Yours
3. Other peoples.

If you suffer from anxiety or worry and have problems in any of these areas:
Smoking, drinking, drugs, credit cards, food, sex, too much television

Then you're involved in business other than YOURS.

You always have a choice!

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Hypnotism and Health

The Basics
What is Hypnosis?
Can Anyone be Hypnotized?
How is Hypnotizability Measured?
What Happens During Hypnosis?
Does the Ability to be Hypnotized Vary with Age?
Can I Hypnotize Myself?
Is the Ability to be Hypnotized Related to Personality?
What Happens to the Brain during Hypnosis?
How do People Become Hypnotists and Who is Reputable?

A Brief History of Hypnosis

Health Applications of Hypnosis
Can Hypnosis Improve the Quality of Life for Individuals with Chronic Illnesses?
Can Hypnosis be used in Pain Reduction?
Does Hypnosis Increase Physical Performance?
Can Hypnosis Improve Recall?
Does Hypnosis have an Effect on Psychosomatic Disorders?
Can Hypnosis be used in Psychotherapy?
Can Hypnosis help with Weight Control?
Can Hypnosis Help People Stop Smoking?
Caveats for Health Practitioners in the Use Hypnosis with Patients

Recommended Reading
Professional Societies
Source
Institute for the Study of Healthcare Organizations & Transactions
http://www.institute-shot.com/hypnosis_and_health.htm

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Trances in Bali

"In the Balinese culture, you could be going to a market. On the way to the market the Balinese can go into a deep trance, do their shopping, turn around, and come out of the trance when they get home -- or stay in the trance and visit with a neighbor who is not in a trance, while they are in a trance. Autohypnosis is a part of their daily life. Mead, Bateson and Belo studied their behaviour and brought back movies..."
~ "My Voice Will Go With You ~ The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson"

Miss Jane Belo spent seven years in Bali, two of them in close collaboration with Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.
Trance in Bali: By Jane Belo. Preface by Margaret Mead. New York: Columbia University Press, 1960. 283 pp.



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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Three Blind Men and the Elephant.

To the man who caught hold of his leg, the elephant was like a tree.
To the one who felt his side, the elephant was like a wall.
To the man who seized the tail, the elephant was like a rope.
The world is to each of us the world of his individual perceptions.


You are like a radio receiving station.
Every moment thousands of impressions are reaching you.

You tune in to what you like.
You can choose joy or sorrow.
You can choose success or failure.
You can choose optimism or fear.
Robert Collier,1925

You have a choice.

Hypnosis can help!


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Monday, July 5, 2010

What would happen...

What would happen if you did quit smoking/lost weight/de-stressed/exercised?

What would happen if you didn't quit smoking/lose weight/de-stressed/exercised?

What wouldn't happen if you did quit smoking/lost weight/de-stressed/exercised?

What wouldn't happen if you didn't quit smoking/lose weight/de-stressed/exercised?
Hypnosis helps!


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

What you don't realize,

is that most of your life is subconsciously determined.
Milton Erickson

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Self-hypnotism:

"Allow the thought, and it may lead to a choice;
carry out the choice, and it will be the act;
repeat the act, and it forms a habit;
allow the habit, and it shapes the character;
continue the character, and it fixes the destiny."
Hypnotism And Hypnotic Suggestion ~ E. Virgil Neal, Charles S. Clark ~ 1900


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quimby on the power of hypnosis

During a session of the District Court in this village in 1842, some curiosity was exhibited among many distinguished gentlemen present to witness some of my experiments. I called on Judge Allen and found Gov. Anderson, Judge Briggles, the Rev. Mr. Hodgsdon, and others present.
Several experiments were performed. The Rev. Mr. Hodgsdon, being placed in communication with my subject, took him to Dexter where his family were then residing. He described the house and family and said there was a small child sick, lying in the cradle; that Mrs. Hodgsdon said the child was getting better, etc.
Mr. Hodgsdon corrected Lucius, and told him that he was mistaken about the cradle; that there was no cradle in the house. Lucius replied that there was, and that the child was lying in it; and he would not yield to Mr. Hodgsdon's correction.
The following day he returned to his family and found that Lucius was correct - that a cradle had been borrowed of one of his neighbors, and that the child was lying in it, was getting better, etc. - just as had been related by my subject.
{This is advanced stage hypnosis, beyond the scope of most practitioners.}
* * * *
I had been out during the evening, giving some private experiments, and on returning home lost my pocket handkerchief. I heard nothing from it for more than a week. I then mesmerized my subject and requested him to find it. He told me where I could find it, described the individual who picked it up in the street, and told where it was found.
The next morning I saw an individual answering to the description, and enquired of him if he had found a handkerchief, and he replied that he had and told me when and where - which was precisely as my subject had told me.
[There are methods to hypnotize someone to find lost objects.]

Quimby used the term subject for the person mesmerized/hypnotised:

Lucius Burkmar.

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The future of hypnosis may well lie in the relation of Quimby's work and Walter Sicort's work in UltraDepth (if any). At least, maybe in techniques.

Quimby the unknown mesmerist

I have been for the last twenty years
investigating clairvoyance and mesmerism,
and it has opened my eyes to facts
that have not come to the world as yet.
1860

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The past is fixed. It can't be changed. But...

what you can easily learn to do is change your opinion of it.
With hypnosis, we can help your deep inner mind begin to let go of the negative feelings you've experienced.
The facts will always be the same,
but you have the right to ease your mind into letting go of frightening emotions you've felt in the past.


Finally free!

The sky is blue, it shouldn't be grey.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CAUSE vs EFFECT

A friend emailed me a year a go about someone who had an argument with her alcoholic father and had come to her because she had a knot in her stomach and felt her solar plexus chakra was blocked.

My response was the problem lay in the young ladies relationship with her father. She was diverting the problem by manifesting something in her abdomen.



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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Misuse of the Power of Suggestion

The Hidden Power - Thomas Troward - 1921
Troward talks of "shop assitants being trained to decoy or compel unknowing purchasers into buying what they do not want".
And of the unsuspecting purchaser? They will say: "How in the name of fortune did I come to buy this rubbish?"

Still prevalent today. As he wrote then:
"This recognition of the power of suggestion is in many instances taking a most undesirable form, and I commend to your notice, in support of this observation, numerous advertisements in certain classes of magazines--many of you must have seen many specimens of that kind--offering for a certain sum of money to put you in the way of getting personal influence, mental power, power of suggestion, as the advertisements very unblushingly put it, for any purpose that you may desire."

Hypnosis is about creating positive change.
IT IS NOT about influencing other people.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

BE HAPPY

Wouldn't it be great if you could learn how to reduce Mental Chatter and boost your self-esteem. With hypnosis you learn how.


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Possibilities in Hypnosis, Where the Patient Has the Power

In effect, hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind. It has been used to counter the nausea of pregnancy and chemotherapy; dental and test-taking anxiety; pain associated with surgery, root canal treatment and childbirth; fear of flying and public speaking; compulsive hair-pulling; and intractable hiccups, among many other troublesome health problems.
By JANE E. BRODY
Published: November 3, 2008


Oprah Magazine suggests hypnosis for coping with financial stress

A Hypnotic Answer to Financial Angst

Mercury Detoxification - Hypnosis can assist in Pain and Anxiety Management during Mercury Detoxification
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

What's your goal? II

In her book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis,” Dr. Temes points out that success in achieving your goal is the best proof that you were really hypnotized. She also suggests a second or third session if you didn’t quite reach your goal after the first try.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Hypnotic State

A completely natural state which we experience every day between sleeping and waking. It is a state of intensified concentration and awareness, a state of heightened receptivity to positive suggestions, a state of deep relaxation. It is similar to the meditative state. All hypnosis is self hypnosis.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How You Can Tell If You Were Hypnotized #2

You may have a feeling of daydreaming, of floating, of detachment.


As you're entering hypnosis, there will be an extreme concentration on the hypnotist's voice. If you hear other sounds, they will not bother you. They may be faint or beyond your awareness. To you, the only pertinent sound is that of the hypnotist's voice.

You may experience a strong belief that you can carry out the suggestions, from the hypnotist or from yourself, or that you can reach your goal. That feeling will remain after you have returned to the normal state.

You may lose track of conscious time. Twenty minutes may seem like five minutes. You may or may not remember everything or anything that happened while you were under hypnosis.

You may achieve a state of such relaxation that you didn't feel like opening your eyes on command and may even have resented the suggestion. You may have tried to open your eyes before the command but found that you couldn't.


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How You Can Tell If You Were Hypnotized

Under hypnosis, you may feel numb or tingling, light or heavy. Your eyes may water and your eyelids may flutter. Your saliva glands may overproduce, causing you to swallow frequently.

As the hypnotist gives his suggestions, you may have thought to yourself: "I didn't have to follow the suggestions; I just felt like it. I could have resisted, but it was so easy to go along with it." Under hypnosis, there is no carrying out the suggestions because you had to obey. You may act on the suggestions out of a compelling desire to do so. You may even carry out the suggestion without knowing it.

Sometimes, people under hypnosis may be in an uncomfortable position, may have an itch or an urge to swallow cough or sneeze and do nothing about it because it requires too much effort.

You may experience things that don't normally occur. For example, you may be unaware of your body.

All these phenomena are indications that you experienced hypnosis, but they are not always present during hypnosis.


The true test is whether you are making progress toward the goal you've set for yourself.

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A word of caution. Guided meditations either in a group or listening to a CD makes you highly suggestible to what's said.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Frequently asked questions #4

Q. I attended a group tapping demonstration and one woman broke down. Will I break down under hypnosis?
A. This is a legitimate concern. Rather than deal with issues or incidents when they occur we all suppress them in our subconscious mind. These suppressed emotions can emerge later in life and affect out health, relations and even our relationship to our work or money. The tapping merely triggered some latent emotion suppressed by that individual.


Yes it may occur during certain hypnosis sessions but hypnotists are trained to deal with it. Hypnosis is an effective way to release these subconscious blocks. And removing these blocks helps you move forward.

Bear in mind your hypnotist/hypnotherapist is not a psychologist or psychotherapist. If it's beyond their scope they will refer you to the proper counselling.


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Friday, June 11, 2010

Smoking Programs

Are highly individualized to the needs of the client.
Hypnosis removes the urges, cravings and obsessions successfully, but the client needs to quit smoking.
Most clients need a 4 week cessation program to make the lifestyle changes as they progress towards their stop date.

Some decide to do it every other day over 4 sessions.

Some choose one two hour intensive session. They go through all the various scenarios of situations in which they smoke with their hypnotist and discuss alternatives. They're taught they have another choice and can easily function without them. Then during the actual hypnosis session they lose the urge. They have the will power to quit on the spot. They are in control. They are masters of their destiny. And they're taught self hypnosis.

The client is the judge of what's right for them.

If you wanted to quit smoking, you would not need hypnosis. You would just quit. However, part of you wants to quit smoking and part of you doesn't want to quit.

Time Line Therapy

With hypnosis clients may be regressed back to the time of any incident or age, and recall the event(s) without experiencing any of the emotions.

Then reframe, release or forgive if they choose to do so and are willng. The client always has choices and decides what they need at the time.

The client is always in control.

New choices -> New awareness -> New possibilities

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hypnosis is not New Age

Phineas P. Quimby (1802-1866) who spent 20 years healing some 12000+ people and studying the power of the mind under hypnosis (then mesmerism). Quimby is considered the father of New Thought.
This was some 100 years before Freud discovered the Ego.
Quimby used his own terminology to describe the same thing.
Quimby treated the cause, not the effect. Which was always a belief in the mind.
Quimby was a pioneer in the power of the mind and the
power of belief.
And how the mind projects what we believe.
Change Your mind. Change Your Life.


New Age on the other hand tends to externalize things.
The New Age Movement is generally traced back to the teachings of Theosophy and Madame Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891).
Alice Ann Bailey (1880 – 1949) was influenced by Blavatsky.
Similarily Ageless Wisdom Teachings have been communicated through individuals such as Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, and later by Alice A. Bailey and Helena Roerich.


Are you a victim of external circumstances? No.

You can change your mind and change your life.

Monday, June 7, 2010

What's your goal?

  1. State your goal.
  2. How will your life be different?
  3. Describe yourself once you've achieved your goal.
  4. Become that image of yourself. Learn to program your subconscious mind.

  5. See it!
    Feel it!
    Believe it!
    Become it!

  6. Learn to use imagery, affirmations and postive suggestions daily.
  7. What are the Rewards? The results! The empowerment! THE NEW YOU!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

FEAR

False Evidence Appearing Real

Drinking too much coffee?

Use hypnosis to become a healthy drinker.
Choose again!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mental Science.

Your beliefs are stored in your subconscious mind.
Perception makes projection.
What you believe to be true will be true, your truth. But not necessarily the Truth.
Hypnosis helps unlock the unconscious guilt, shame, beliefs or perceptions that are hindering your health or relationships.
Do you feel stuck?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

MESMERISM INVESTIGATED: Science of Mind

In 1836, Charles Poyen St. Sauveur, a French disciple of Franz Anton Mesmer gave a public demonstration of mesmerism (an early form of hypnotism) in Belfast Maine which captured the attention of Phineas Parker Quimby. While experimenting with two of his friends, Quimby discovered he too, could mesmerize.

Two brothers, Henry and Lucius Burkmar were particularly receptive to Quimby's mesmeric influence. His greatest success was with Lucius and together they traveled throughout Maine and New Brunswick giving their own public demonstrations in the early to middle 1840's.

These early experiments with Lucius Burkmar provided Quimby with an open window to the mind.

From 1847 until his passing in 1866,
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby devoted his life to healing the sick. In the Fall of 1859 he opened an office at the International House Hotel in the city of Portland, Maine. His youngest son George Albert Quimby worked as his office clerk. Additional secretarial services were supplied by two of his new patients, the sisters Emma and Sarah Ware.

Dr. Quimby, as he was now known, treated over 12,000+ patients during those years. Most notable were Warren Felt Evans, a practitioner and author of mental healing; Julius and Annetta (Seabury) Dresser, early organizers of New Thought; and Mary M. Patterson (Mary Baker Eddy), of the Christian Science movement.

Suffering from overwork and exhaustion, Quimby closed the Portland practice in the late Spring of 1865 and retired to his home in Belfast.

He made his transition on January 16, 1866.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hypnosis and Childbirth

Many clients inquire about using hypnosis during childbirth after they have successfully used it for smoking cessation, weight control and other behaviors which they thought was out of their control.

More and more people are looking to have a healthy, natural lifestyle, free of drugs and pain.

Childbirth is a natural and normal event, and with hypnosis the mind can be trained to experience discomfort and pain as only pressure.

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Voice Will Go With You

Milton H. Erickson (1901– 1980 ) was an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy.

He was noted for his ability to "utilize" anything about a patient to help them change, including their beliefs, favorite words, cultural background, personal history, or even their neurotic habits.
Through conceptualizing the unconscious as highly separate from the conscious mind, with its own awareness, interests, responses, and learnings, he taught that the unconscious mind was creative, solution-generating, and often positive.

Erickson frequently drew upon his own experiences to provide examples of the power of the unconscious mind. He was largely self-taught and a great many of his anecdotal and autobiographical teaching stories are collected by Sidney Rosen in the book My Voice Will Go With You.

Erickson believed that the unconscious mind was always listening, and that, whether or not the patient was in trance, suggestions could be made which would have a hypnotic influence, as long as those suggestions found some resonance at the unconscious level.

Erickson was an irrepressible practical joker, and it was not uncommon for him to slip indirect suggestions into all kinds of situations, including in his own books, papers, lectures and seminars.

Erickson also believed that it was even appropriate for the therapist to go into trance.
"I go into trances so that I will be more sensitive to the intonations and inflections of my patients' speech. And to enable me to hear better, see better.".

Erickson maintained that trance is a common, everyday occurrence. For example, when waiting for buses and trains, reading or listening, or even being involved in strenuous physical exercise, it's quite normal to become immersed in the activity and go into a trance state, removed from any other irrelevant stimuli. These states are so common and familiar that most people do not consciously recognise them as hypnotic phenomena.

Where a classical hypnotist might say "You are going into a trance", an Ericksonian hypnotist would be more likely to say "you can comfortably learn how to go into a trance".

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Everything comes from the subject and takes place in his imagination.

Abbé (Abbot) José Custódio de Faria, (30 May 1746 - 20 September 1819), was a colourful Goan Catholic monk who was one of the pioneers of the scientific study of hypnotism, following on from the work of Franz Anton Mesmer. Unlike Mesmer, who claimed that hypnosis was mediated by "animal magnetism", Faria understood that it worked purely by the power of suggestion.
Faria changed the terminology of mesmerism. Previously focus was on the "concentration" of the subject. In Faria's terminology the operator became "the concentrator" and somnambulism was viewed as a lucid sleep. The Indian method of hypnosis used by Faria is command, following expectancy.The theory of Abbe Faria is now known as Fariism.

The Hidden Power

There is a very general recognition, which is growing day by day more and more widespread, that there is a sort of hidden power somewhere which it is within our ability, somehow or other, to use. The ideas on this subject are exceedingly vague with the generality of people, but still they are assuming a more and more definite form, and that which they appear to be taking with the generality of the public is the recognition of the power of suggestion. I suppose none of us doubts that there is such a thing as the power of suggestion and that it can produce very great results indeed, and that it is par excellence a hidden power; it works behind the scenes, it works through what we know as the subconscious mind, and consequently its activity is not immediately recognisable, or the source from which it comes.

The Hidden Power, by Thomas Troward
Copyright, 1921

Napoleon Hill

"Man may become the master of himself, and of his environment, because he has the power to influence his own subconscious mind."

Autosuggestion,

or self-suggestion, is a daily statement you make to yourself to program your subsconscious mind for change.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Frequently asked questions #3

Q. Will my memory be erased?
A. Hypnosis can't erase or change a memory, so there's no danger there. It simply helps you become aware of an old block or negative pattern that you can rewrite and heal from your adult perspective.


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Frequently asked questions #2

Q. Will I be re-programmed?
A. Some people fear that a hypnotist can program you to do something negative or dangerous, but that's a myth. During hypnosis, you remain awake and aware of everything you hear.


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The Hypnosis Session

The client decides on a goal for the hypnosis session. The reason they came.
The hypnotist will make “suggestions” to the clients subconscious mind based on the interview process and the clients goal.
These suggestions are positive statements to help the client reach their goal.

Stop smoking.

There are generally two approaches.

One is to give it up on the spot.

The other is a cessation program. Gradually cut down over a 4 or 5 week period and finally be free. How many do you smoke day. 20? 25? 50? Your pattern determines the program best suited to you. With hypnosis you get the support and motivation to change, so that by the end of the program you've made significant lifestyle changes.

It's also about setting the goal of what day will you quit. So that on the day in question you will be able to say "I DID IT"!

To chocolate / exercise / drink / smoke / succeed / be happy

or not to chocolate / exercise / drink / smoke / succeed / be happy.

Part of you wants to,
part of you doesn't.


Hypnosis can help resolve the inner conflict and discover why.

Are you ready to give up chocolate / exercise / stop drinking / become a non-smoker / succeed / be happy.

Change your mind, change your life.

Habits are simply the result of the repitition of an action. Mental or physical.
What we think, we do.

Frequently asked questions #1

Q. Will I reveal secrets under hypnosis?
A.
No. Hypnosis is not a “truth serum”. While under hypnosis a person does not talk or reveal any intimate secrets they would not tell in the waking state.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis refers to a state or condition in which the client becomes highly responsive to suggestions. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation. All hypnosis is self hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a natural psychological process in which critical thinking faculties of the mind are bypassed and a type of selective thinking and perception is established.

Hypnotherapy is a term to describe the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic context. Hypnotherapy can either be used as an addition to the work of licensed physicians or psychologists, or it can be used in a stand-alone environment.

The early hypnotists were called mesmerists. A term attributed to Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815).

Hypnosis evolved from mesmerism, The term hypnosis was first used by Dr. Jame Braid in 1842, derived from the Greek word Hypnos.

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What's your goal?

Accepting yourself ~ Allergies ~ Bereavement ~ Control issues ~ Dealing with Divorce ~ D-Stress ~ Exam Anxiety ~ Insomnia ~ Motivation ~ Nail Biting ~ Overcoming guilt or shame ~ Phobias/Fear ~ Read Faster ~ Self esteem issues ~ Sports (Bowling, Golf, Baseball, Soccer, Hockey) ~ Stop Smoking ~ Stuttering ~ Weight Loss

Hypnosis helps.