Friday, October 29, 2010


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."

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


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.


"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.