The intuitive mind 
is a sacred gift and 
the rational mind 
is a faithful servant. 
We have created a 
society that honours 
the servant and has 
forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein

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Hypnosis and pain

Posted on 15 March, 2014 at 21:25

The alteration of pain through hypnotherapy is a huge untapped resource. Whether acute pain or chronic pain, hypnosis and suggestion can produce some astonishing effects.


The relationship of hypnosis to pain is of two kinds: firstly, you can use it to disconnect from the pain, which I think of as like a kind of mental painkiller. Secondly, you can work through suggestion with the pain and alter its character and effect, and also encourage blood flow and healing.


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A Genuine Fake

Posted on 22 December, 2013 at 9:35

How do you know if you are hypnotised or, as some would say, 'in a trance'? Alternatively, one could ask, how do you know when you are not hypnotised? And how does visualisation help you achieve your goals?

 

The various tests of so-called hypnotizability, such as arm levitation, can all be fairly readily 'faked,' consciously or unconsciously. So what is the difference between faking and not faking? And does it matter?

 

The imagination can pave the way for...

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The Power of a Story

Posted on 10 November, 2013 at 9:00

Picture how you are when your imagination is captivated by a good story. You are in a different place, a different world. A world full of new and rich impressions, where time is no longer. 


Many have recognised the healing as well as the hypnotic power of certain stories. George Macdonald, writing in the 19th century, in his book Adela Cathcart, centres the healing of the depressed heroine on her being told stories by a group of friends who have formed a sto...

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Reflection on the saying, "All hypnosis is self-hypnosis."

Posted on 7 November, 2013 at 10:20

The hypnotist is like a midwife. There is a conception of a wish, an aim, and as long as it receives nourishment from the mother, the embryo grows and flourishes. And what does the midwife do? She encourages and guides where needed. And what does the mother do? She tries to live healthily, and she directs all her love and attention to the unborn child. The midwife or the hypnotist has know-how to share, but the mother is the one who conceives, carries and gives birth to the child. What is str...

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Day by day, in every way

Posted on 18 October, 2013 at 20:35

Emile Coué, one of the pioneers of autosuggestive techniques, and someone who preferred to avoid the 'sleep' side of hypnosis, wrote the following:


Every morning before getting up and every evening as soon as you are in bed, shut your eyes, and repeat twenty times in succession, moving your lips (this is indispensable), and counting mechanically on a long string with twenty knots, the following phrase: ...

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Time Stands Still

Posted on 7 October, 2013 at 6:15

Poems, songs and stories can be very therapeutic as well as hypnotic. The following song, from a piece by John Dowland (1563-1626) also describes the strange thing that can happen to time when you are in a trance, and expresses a lot of what underlies hypnotherapy.

 

Time stands still with gazing on her face,

stand still and gaze for minutes, houres and yeares, to her give place:

A...

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