June 30, 2017
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Hypnosis in 20th Century

Carl Jung (1961) rejected Freud’s psychoanalytical approach and developed his own theory. He encouraged his patients to use active imagination to change old memories. He often uses the concept of inner guide, in his healing work.

Andrew Salter (1914-1996) developed a process called “cortical inhibition”, which is a form of hypnotic state.

In 1961 Ernest Hilgard created a standardized scale for susceptibility to Hypnosis. He induced anesthesia.

Milton Erikson (1901-1980) developed many new ideas and techniques in Hypnosis.

Harry Arones (1967) a self taught professional Hypnotist wrote a book, “Hypnosis in Criminal Investigation”. It includes memory, regression, induction techniques and confabulation. His techniques received National acceptance in legal community.

Dave Elman (1900-1967) introduced rapid induction method. One method of induction which he introduced more than 50 years ago is still one of the favorite methods used by today’s masters.

Ormond McGill (1913-2005) was Stage hypnotist and hypno-therapist. He wrote, “Encyclopedia of Genuine stage Hypnotism”.

John Kappas (1925 – 2002) Founder on the Hypnosis Motivation Institute

In 1956 Roman Catholic Church (Pope pious XII) approved Hypnosis.

It was stated that, use of Hypnosis by health care professionals for diagnosis and treatment is permitted. The guide lines are given as:

1] Hypnotism is serious matter, and not something to be dabbled in.

2] In its scientific use, the precautions dedicated by both science and morality are to be followed.

3] Under the aspect of anesthesia, it is governed by the same principles as other forms of anesthesia.

smoking after effectsTwo years after AMA (American Medical Association) approval of hypnosis, American Psychological Association endorsed Hypnosis as a branch of psychology.

In Britain, Hypnotism Act was instituted in 1952 to regulate stage Hypnotists Public entertainments.

Later in 19th century Mesmerism was totally out in scientific circles and attention shifted to what we call now Hypnotism.

In 20th century hypnosis became imprisoned by its own respectability, as it became mired in unending academic debates about “state” or “non state”. Thus the question arises about real, physical basis of Hypnosis. At first centre of hypnotic gravity moved from Europe to America where all the most significant breakthroughs of the 20th century took place. Similarly hypnosis became a popular phenomenon, a thing which is easily available to anyone outside clinic or laboratory. Meanwhile the style of hypnosis changed, from direct instructions issued by an authoritarian figure (A legacy of charismatic mesmerist) to a more indirect and permissive style of trance induction based on subtly persuasive language patterns.   

At the same time hypnosis became more practical and a very useful tool for releasing psychological distress. Similarly it is useful in bringing about profound changes in variety of situations.

June 10, 2017
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Affirmations for SUCCESS

Be Inventive

Few people know the secret to predicting the future, but those who discovered it have changed the course of history, or the way in which the rest of the world lives. The little-known secret to predicting your future is for you to invent it!

Hollywood producers love what they do because the creative process in moviemaking is virtually limitless! The same is true when you learn self hypnosis techniques.  What could your life be like if you simply opened your mind to the vast number of choices before you? What if you had unlimited creative license?

You are now in a state of relaxation where you are more open to suggestions … In this relaxed state your mind can expand … and is much more receptive and sensitive than in any other state … So just allow yourself to continue to relax … and enjoy this comfortable feeling …

You are in control of your thoughts… and you realize that your thoughts create your reality… Therefore you protect the thoughts that you allow to linger in your mind… You focus only on good things… Positive thoughts …

You are motivated… Energized… and anxious to move forward in all that you do… You look forward to opportunity and new challenges… You are self-driven … and eager to live your new focus of positive thinking and successful living…  hypnosis success

You are successful … You act and think as someone who is already successful… You act and behave as the person you want to be… You realize that you create your own reality according to your focus … Therefore you focus on positive things… You deserve success… It is your right to be successful… Success is attracted to you… You are comfortable with success… You expect success… You deserve success…

You think positive at all time… and accept things as they come… realizing that you can even learn from adversity… You focus on the things you can change… and let go of the things that you cannot… You are calm, relaxed and in control…

You’re always open to new opportunities… You welcome change with a smile… You realize that you are very flexible and able to change when change is required… You’ve earned success and now is your time … You are a success and opportunity magnet…

You are goal oriented… You know it is important to clearly define your goals… So you are constantly defining them and making them clear in your mind… You even write them down so you have them with you to read… To keep them fresh in your mind… To give you something positive to focus on when you need it…

May 28, 2017
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How post hypnotic suggestion works

Suppose a stage hypnotist suggested that when you heard the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, you would “go to sleep”. You are driving home from the show, and listening to Classic FM, and they play Beethoven’s Fifth. You begin to close your eyes and lose control of the car.

The problem here, as we shall point out later, is not cancelling the suggestion. It therefore acts as a posthypnotic suggestion. Why? Because the stage hypnotist says, “When you hear this” (and the music is then played), the suggestion is open-ended. It is not clear that it means only during this performance. The person being hypnotized may interpret the suggestion as meaning whenever he or she hears this particular piece of music. What we observe here is that suggestions given in trance can sometimes be interpreted as posthypnotic suggestions on the part of the person being hypnotized, even though the hypnotist did not mean it to be so. This is why common signals – whether actions, phrases or other signals – should be avoided at all costs.  Hypnosis to quit cigarettes

When engaging in self-hypnosis, therefore, you must be careful. Avoid generalizations, like “When I snap my fingers I will bark like a dog”. This is something you would not like to do at a meeting when you happened to snap your fingers! What you want to say is, “When I next snap my fingers I will bark like a dog”. This is specific and not general and involves only the next act of snapping your fingers and not all future occasions. Of course, “barking like a dog” is a silly suggestion, but it illustrates the importance of being careful about giving posthypnotic suggestions even to yourself.

One way to avoid common phrases or actions is to combine a phrase and an action – where these would never occur together in common usage or by accident. In this case both the action and the phrase can be simple and of common usage, but would not occur together. Whatever signal you choose, the posthypnotic suggestion should make it absolutely clear that you will respond only when you yourself give it. Although this may have been assumed, it is much safer to incorporate it into the suggestions so that there is no doubt as to what you are expected to do. In other words, you will carry out the posthypnotic suggestion only when you yourself give the signal.

When giving a posthypnotic suggestion it is necessary to constantly repeat the signal. It should also include a safeguard so that it is not accidentally carried out in other circumstances in which it was not meant to. With some individuals a posthypnotic suggestion is long lasting while with others it wears off. Why is not clear. Repeating the posthypnotic suggestion at intervals, however, will reinforce it.

May 13, 2017
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How Hypnosis helps in study?

Hypnosis is best conducted on an individual basis. I will gather information and learn what is needed. Hypnosis session can then help overcome the obstacles in your mind.

Hypnosis therapyHypnotherapy allows you to be more in control of the body’s natural supply of adrenalin, and helps you in keeping pressure under control. It enables you to stop defeating yourself. Mentally, you can be in control. This can lead to exams being successfully ‘visualized’ in advance, with the terror removed.

Too many students do not fulfill their potential. They suffer agonies of anxiety when exams come round and thus make poor decisions. They simply do not know how to overcome the stresses of their lives.

Hypnosis is a method of allowing you greater control over your own mind and body. This greater control can enable you to not only overcome stress and anxiety but also improve study skills and overcome what might be called self-sabotaging behavior. Practicing hypnosis also helps you to learn how to feel calm.

On many occasions, academic difficulties have less to do with learning subject matter than with the ability to study correctly and absorb information effectively. For many it is a daunting challenge to focus on studying, with a mind that is easily distracted or filled with anxieties.

Hypnosis can provide a student with a calmer, more relaxed mindset, enabling a more efficient use of study time.

It has been proven to help improve concentration levels, memory, mental focus, increase confidence, motivation and self-esteem. It can also decrease self-doubt, reduce stress and help students ‘visualize’ success, and therefore reduce the risk of failure and, sometimes, the fear of success.

Hypnosis is a well-established method of enabling students to overcome the problems that inhibit their academic performance. Skilled, qualified hypnotherapists can combat phobias, control bad habits and, significantly, enhance performance.

For those students who tried it, hypnosis has been a life-changing force which has enabled them to take back control of their own minds.

Hypnosis helps with focus, study and recall

How can hypnosis help you with studying? Clinical hypnotherapy for study and exams will:

  • promote a calm and relaxed mindset allowing you to make the most of your study time
  • increase your ability to concentrate when learning,  listening or reading
  • keep you focused on your study and the outcomes you want
  • increase your confidence
  • promote better recall and memory
  • stop you from procrastinating and;
  • motivate you to study

April 28, 2017
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Hypnosis in 21st Century

Quit smoking in SydneyIn the 21st century still there are people who see hypnosis as some form of occult power. Such people believe that hypnosis can be used to perform miracles or control minds. Recorded history is full of tantalizing glimpses of rituals and practices that look very much like hypnosis from a modern perspective, from the “healing passes” of Hindu Vedas to magical texts from ancient Egypt.

These practices tend to be for magical or religious purposes, such as divination and communicating with gods and spirits. It is important to remember, however, that what we see as occultism was the scientific establishment of its day, with exactly the same purpose as modern science i.e. curing human ills and increasing knowledge.

Charismatic political leaders of the modern era often put their listeners into hypnotic trance through their forcible oratory skills. Personalities like Hitler and Saddam skillfully manipulated the resulting highly suggestive and receptive state of their followers to further advance their political and genocidal agenda.

Acceptance of hypnosis in medicine that we have today is largely owed to the efforts of the pioneers in the experimental study of hypnosis in the early 20th century.

Hypnosis may not be understood as clearly as other sciences, but the fact remains that people from all walks of life, such as celebrities, sports personalities and entertainers have seen real benefits from its regular use. It consistently proved to be an excellent tool for self improvement which can be used by anyone easily.

At present hypnosis is to be considered a popular and effective tool which is widely used to control bad habits like smoking, obesity and other health problems. It can also be used effectively to continue pain control after surgery, aiding in recovery.

Hypnosis may not be understood as clearly as other sciences, but the fact remains that people from all walks of life, such as celebrities, sports personalities and entertainers have seen real benefits from its regular use. It consistently proved to be an excellent tool for self improvement which can be used by anyone easily.

At present hypnosis is to be considered a popular and effective tool which is widely used to control bad habits like smoking, obesity and other health problems. It can also be used effectively to continue pain control after surgery, aiding in recovery.

The history of hypnosis has contributed much to the present application of hypnotism.

April 11, 2017
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Hypnosis Today

The history of hypnosis has contributed much to the present application of hypnotism. People vary widely in their ability to respond to hypnotic suggestions, a trait which can be measured by standardized scales. But it isn’t well understood what causes the varying levels of "hypnotizability" or their significance.hypnosis help and what it can do for you

Few clinicians use hypnotizability scales because responses to a structured test don’t predict how a patient will respond to hypnosis in treatment. A special issue of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Vol. 58, No. 2), that examined research on hypnosis and depression. There is an urge of more research and a rejection of outdated views that hypnosis can precipitate suicide or psychosis in depressed patients. Hypnosis can also be integrated with cognitive-behavioral therapy or used with depressed patients and their families.

Hypnosis may not succeed in all cases and can actually be detrimental in some instances, especially in the realm of retrieving memories.

Joseph P. Green, PhD, a psychology professor at Ohio State University at Lima, has researched how hypnotic suggestions can produce distorted or false memories. He also found that people may believe hypnotically induced memories are more reliable, mirroring a mistaken cultural belief that hypnosis acts like a truth serum. Hypnosis is "on thin ice" when used to recover memories, as is the case with most other memory retrieval techniques, Green says.

Hypnosis got a bad name in the 1990s when some therapists convinced patients they had been molested or abused as children because of hypnotically induced memories, which often had no evidence to support them. As a result, many innocent people were wrongly accused of abuse in hundreds of court cases.

People didn’t really understand the suggestibility of memory. That whole issue has pretty much fallen by the wayside now because of advances in research.

In a 2007 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada established a precedent that post-hypnosis evidence is inadmissible in court because of its unreliability. In R. v. Trochym, the court overturned a murder conviction after a witness changed her timeline of events following a hypnosis session that was requested by detectives. The jury wasn’t told that the witness had been hypnotized or that she had changed her recollection.

In sum, while it is not generally accepted that hypnosis always produces unreliable memories, neither is it clear when hypnosis results in pseudo-memories or how a witness, scientist or trier of fact might distinguish between fabricated and accurate memories.

March 23, 2017
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Role of Brain Waves in Hypnosis

hypnotic statesAs the person relaxes in the hypnotic state, his brain waves decrease in frequency. The lower the frequency of brain waves, the deeper the state,  and greater the access to the unconscious. In the hypnotic state it is natural for a person to move from a lighter state to a deeper state and back to again to a lighter state.

Brain waves are very low frequency waves measured in Hertz' (Hz), or number of cycles per second. There are four general categories or levels of brain waves.

BETA (13 and 30 Hz) waves are the highest frequency brain waves. This level of brain activity is considered "normal waking consciousness" and is characterized by rational activity including judgment, analysis, use of language and mathematics, etc.

In Beta, a person is actively thinking and there is usually an inner voice either asking questions or making statements. For example a client may hear their inner voice say: "What is going to happen next?" "Am I relaxed enough?" "I always have anxiety at times like this." "This hurts." "Am I doing this right?" Usually, the more anxiety or pain, the more Beta.

ALPHA (8 and 13 Hz) brain waves are generated when a person is relaxed. Also a normal waking state, Alpha is characterized by relaxation, openness and receptivity. In this state of consciousness a person is able to absorb new information, become more resourceful and at ease, and open to new possibilities.

In Alpha, the conscious mind is closer to the imagination and therefore closer to the unconscious mind. Typical activities where Alpha waves predominate include: listening to music, freeway driving, watching television, walking in nature, and resting with no agenda.

THETA (3 – 8 Hz) is ordinarily considered to be a sleep state characterized by rapid eye movements (REM) and dreaming. In the hypnotic state however, Theta is an awake state where the client can experience vivid inner imagery including sounds, touch and even olfactory perceptions.

In Theta, the client is aware of their surroundings, but not interested in them. Their attention is drawn inward to the dream-like activity in the imagination. In the awake Theta state the client is easily in touch with material that is ordinarily unconscious. The lower range of Theta is particularly rich in imagery.

DELTA (.01 to 3 Hz) is the deep sleep state with no dream activity. Although a person in Delta is ordinarily asleep, it is also possible to be in an awake hypnotic state in Delta. When this happens, the client is unaware of their surroundings, including all body sensations. The client experiences no imagery, and the only sensation is a blissful feeling of peace and contentment.

In trance, the very low frequency of Delta waves is ideal for pain control.

March 4, 2017
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Hypnotic Suggestions for Phobia

You can successfully come out of your phobia with the healing touch of self hypnosis.    can hypnosis help my phobia

Drift deeper into hypnosis now as you listen carefully to the sound of my voice – because my voice can take you deeper and deeper into gentle hypnotic rest and after a little while you will find yourself being able to visualize – in your mind's eye – the things that I am suggesting to you – and as you visualize these things you will go deeper still.

And of course, if, after a while – you find your mind wandering away – that's fine – because nobody wants anything – nobody needs anything – there is absolutely nothing at all for you to do but relax – and let go – so – just relax – and let go.  For a long time now you have been experiencing a problem which you have found embarrassing and difficult to control – and that problem – is blushing -but now you have decided to use your own mind power – your wonderful subconscious mind – to gain control over this – and gain control you will -because your subconscious mind is the part of you which caused you to redden and flush – as it governs the autonomic nervous system – just as it controls your breathing and heartbeat and the flow of blood to your muscles.  Of course – breathing and heart beats and blood flow are essential to life – but you can live without blushing – so all we need to do is to reprogram your mind and teach it new methods of dealing with potentially embarrassing situations – without resorting to blushing.

And because imagery is the language of the brain – I would like you to use your wonderful, creative mind to visualize the scenes that I am about to describe.  I would like you to imagine a ruler standing two meters from the ground, with the numbers from one hundred down to zero etched and marked clearly on Stop Blushing it.  

A pointer which can slide easily, up or down, measures your subconscious rate of comfort. When you are very calm and relaxed the pointer will be way down, probably somewhere between zero and ten and when you are tense and uptight the pointer will soar up to eighty – ninety – or even almost a hundred.

In this state of deep relaxation, look at the pointer and tell me the number it points to.

February 27, 2017
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Achieve Success with hypnosis

Hypnosis does encourage life transformation through developing productive creativity, optimism and staying power. Remember, expectation is powerful. Your brain works towards what it's been programmed to expect. This principle can be much more powerful than you may currently realize.

People often talk of consciously struggling to remember someone's name – so creating expectation for their brain to manifest. Hours later they may have been mowing the lawn or taking a bath and suddenly the name pops up, even though they were no longer thinking about it consciously. Expectation is powerful stuff and works below the level of your conscious mind.    success with hypnosis

If you truly believe that things are going to work out well, then you'll feel confident and have more staying power to keep trying longer. You'll also have more energy and enthusiasm, which is more likely to attract others to your project, and your creative mind will be working for you, so you'll produce unexpected solutions and ideas.

Your subconscious mind will be constantly working towards manifesting the expectation and your brain is a powerful engine and what it is geared towards is absolutely crucial. Research shows that optimists have better immune systems, live longer, become less stressed by challenges and persevere longer, meaning they're more likely to ultimately succeed.

Hypnosis is a natural learning state and happens spontaneously and continually, and most of the time we're unaware of it happening. This means we can easily get hypnotized by the attitudes of people around us, and by TV and advertising.

Fortunately, optimism is a strategy that anyone can learn and the quickest way to do this is also through hypnosis. Optimists see positive things as part of who they are – permanent and relating to life as a whole. It's as simple as this. The more times you enter positive and productive hypnotic trance states relating to your life, the more positive – and likely to be successful – you become.

Because negative emotional states also work on people in hypnotic ways, we can use hypnosis as the optimum tool to overcoming depression, anger and other conditions. Similarly, because determination, inspiration and the ability to enter performance flow states are also hypnotic, we can again use hypnosis to create and enhance positive states until they become a lasting way of relating to your life.

Of course, anything worthwhile takes perseverance. But individuals who can keep creative, upbeat and determined and see through the limitations of negativity are the ones who'll thrive.

February 10, 2017
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Hypnosis Techniques I

hypnosis techniquesToday hypnosis is taught in colleges worldwide and has become one of the most popular and widely known complimentary medical techniques.

Based on the work of Sigmund Freud – the human mind can be split into three distinct areas of consciousness; the conscious, subconscious and unconscious.  It can be useful to think of each part of the mind on a scale of depth. Freud believed that the conscious mind is the top or shallowest part of the mind and is responsible for making sense of the things we are directly aware of – like stress levels.

The subconscious mind is below consciousness most of the time, a deeper level – it is therefore not so easily accessible and controls how we may feel or react to certain situations or circumstances, based on what we have learnt through experience, in the past.    It also controls and regulates our essential bodily functions, such as breathing.

The unconscious mind is the deepest part of our mind and is much more difficult to reach – it can include suppressed memories of traumatic events.

Hypnotism works by reaching a relaxed state whereby it is possible to sink deeper into our minds and rewrite or reprogram our subconscious.

Through physical and mental relaxation, self-hypnosis can allow people to bypass their conscious minds and introduce positive thoughts and ideas into their unconscious.  Upon ‘awakening’ from the hypnotic state the new thoughts and ideas in the subconscious will, eventually, affect the conscious mind and can, in turn, lead to changed behaviors. 

Hypnotherapy does not claim to be a ‘quick fix’, such methods require perseverance and practice in order for the subconscious mind to pick up and apply the new messages.

To start the process you need to feel physically relaxed and comfortable.  Try using a basic relaxation technique such as the one outlined on our Relaxation Techniques page. Find an object that you can focus your vision and attention on – ideally this object will involve you looking slightly upwards on the wall or ceiling in front of you. Clear your mind of all thoughts and just focus on your object.  This is obviously quite hard to achieve but take your time to let thoughts leave you.

Become aware of your eyes, think about your eyelids becoming heavy and slowly closing.  Focus on your breathing as your eyes close, breathe deeply and evenly. Tell yourself that you will relax more every time you breathe out.  Slow your breathing and let yourself relax deeper and deeper with every breath.