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
Institute for the Study of Healthcare Organizations & Transactions


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.


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!


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!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

What you don't realize,

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


Saturday, July 3, 2010


"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


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.


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.