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Written by Anita Burns
Hypnosis, under many different names, has been around since before the Pharaohs. It has been used as a cure all, mystical rite, entertainment, and forbidden magical tool. Hypnosis has been revered and feared in cycle after cycle throughout the centuries. In the 1800's hypnosis gained recognition from the medical profession as a safe anesthesia. But it was time consuming to use and didn't work for everyone. With the advent of ether, hypnosis fell into disuse. Magicians and showmen began using it for entertainment, and hypnosis lost credibility as a therapeutic and medical tool. Some professionals continued to use hypnosis successfully, but mainly it was mystics and spiritual seekers who continued to use hypnosis as a tool for growth and self help. The state of hypnosis often allows a clearer channel to the higher self.
Today. hypnosis is a powerful and useful therapy tool. With understanding about the process of hypnosis, it has become less mysterious and more useful. Thanks to pioneers in behavioral science such as Dr. Milton Erickson. Richard Bandler, John Grinder. Dr. John Kappas. Leslie Cameron Bandler Lebeau, and others, the knowledge of hypnosis has grown and evolved. Research has been enormously helpful in removing the shroud of secrecy surrounding hypnosis. Fewer and fewer people fear hypnosis. Stories of modern day Svengali's or Cagliostrols are rarely taken seriously. Hypnosis is commonly used by doctors. psychotherapists, dentists. meditation teachers, yoga teachers. and other professionals.
The state of hypnosis occurs when brainwave energy is concentrated and slowed. Normal waking brainwaves operate at 40-60 cycles per second. During times of focused attention. strong emotion. mental confusion, spiritual bliss, psychic awareness, and induced hypnosis. brainwaves slow to 14-40 cycles per second or slower.
What does this mean? How is hypnosis experienced by the individual? As a subject begins to slow the brainwaves. attention is shifted from the external to the internal. The subject begins to pay more attention to what Is going on inside him/herself and less attention to what is going on outside. The mind is able to focus on a single thought or idea, and keep that focus as long as necessary. Concentration becomes easy. The body is more easily controlled by the mind during hypnosis; learning comes more quickly; mental and emotional changes are more readily installed.
Contrary to the outward appearances of sleep. during hypnosis the mind becomes sharp. alert, and clear. Physical strength can be increased by as much as ten times.
An experiment done by Russian psychologist Platanof. demonstrates the ability of the mind to rule the body. He gave subjects large amounts of alcoholic beverages, suggesting that it was fruit juice. After consuming enough to put a sailor under the table, the subjects remained perfectly sober. Then the experiment was reversed. giving subjects fruit juice or water with the suggestion that it was alcohol. The subjects became inebriated. After publishing his paper on the experiment, he never repeated it. He said that it was a waste of a valuable commodity.
In 1898, Boris Sidis experimented with subjects who wore eyeglasses. He regressed them back to an age where they had perfect eyesight. During the regression, they all regained perfect eyesight.
In 1948. an experiment was reported in Medical Hypnosis testing the heightened senses of a hypnotized subject. The test subjects were shown blank cards and told that on one of them there was a certain picture. The subject hallucinated the picture. and the operator marked the back of it in order to identify it later. The cards were shuffled and dealt. The subjects thenk correctly identified the card with the imaginary figure.
One of the fathers of modern hypnosis, Dr. James Braid found that some subjects could recognize objects without seeing them if they were within 1/2 an inch from their skin. He also experimented with hypnotized. subjects who were placed in an unfamiliar dark room. It was found that they could walk around the completely darkened room without bumping into anything.
Hundreds of experiments have been done with pain control and hypnosis. One common demonstration is to tell a hypnotized subject that he/she is going to be touched with a flame or a lighted cigarette. The operator then touches the subject with the eraser end or a pencil. The subject will create reddened skin and raise a blister. The process can be reversed. If a subject is touched with a lighted cigarette or flame and told that it is the eraser end of a pencil, there will be no reddened skin or blister.
A prominent hypnosis experimenter in England claims that hypnosis can be used for birth control.
Members of the Society for Ethical Hypnosis, a group of Medical professionals who use hypnosis as a medical tool. have been experimenting with hypnosis as a tool for weight control. They tell hypnotized subjects that they can control their own metabolism rate.
Hypnosis has been used successfully for nail growth, hair growth, breast development. skin diseases, allergies, acne, menstrual disorders. and more. Patients suffering from severe burns are often able to heal more quickly and with less scarring when hypnosis is used as part of their therapy. Bleeding, blood pressure and body temperature has been successfully controlled through hypnosis.
A hypnotized subject can remember, in minute detail, anything that has occurred in his or her experience from the moment of birth and before. In the book Hypnosis and the Law by Dr. Bradley William Kuhns. case after case is cited of hypnotized victims and witnesses recalling consciously forgotten details.
Hypnosis is a wonderful tool for learning, healing, meditation, improving skills and talents, releasing creativity, unwanted emotional patterns, increasing psychic sensitivity, and more. Why isn't it more commonly used by professionals? Perhaps because, until recently, it was believed that only some people could be hypnotized. We now know that everyone can be hypnotized. But, some people must be induced into it in a different way.
Before this discovery, hypnosis suggestibility was judged by the subject,s responses to certain physical stimuli. If there was no physical response, the subject was labeled "unhypnotizable." However, due to experiments and work done with biofeedback, and by Dr. Milton H. Erickson, Dr. John Kappas and others, it was discovered that uhypnotizable subjects can enter into an Alpha state; they only need a different approach. These subjects need to be indirectly. through inference and unspecified guidance.
With a little understanding about the process of hypnosis, some skills in giving effective suggestions to a hypnotized subject, the hypnotist can use this valuable tool in the best way possible. Hypnosis is finally out of the Dark Ages.
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