Being mesmerised?

Where does “Being Mesmerised” come from? You would have thought it would come from Mesmer, Mesmer did create a theory he called “animal magnetism” or “mesmerism”  based on magnets to impede bleeding. However, it was James Braid, a Scottish surgeon who discovered that an altered state of consciousness could be induced through the use of […]

Post hypnotic suggestions

You may have come across the term “Post Hypnotic Suggestions” before.It is often implied in the wording that you get the suggestions after you have been hypnotised and are in the waking state. Hypnotic suggestions do not work in this way, you are hypnotised and enter the trance state before being brought back to the […]

Hypnosis and its changes…

Hypnosis has been around for centuries, and has long been misinterpreted into something else by Hollywood. Hypnosis is a do with rather than a do to process. You cannot hypnotise someone, like a surgeon can cut someone open. What you can do is provide the assistance for someone to go into hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply […]

Esdaile state as a euphoric state

When James Esdaile created his “Esdaile coma” state to perform surgery in India before the days of chemical anaesthetics, he managed to perform operations with a high success rate as well as a high survival rate. After James Esdaile died, his state was almost forgotten, except by the occasional stage hypnotist who would hypnotise someone […]

Hypnosis and sleep

One of the biggest things hypnotists will tell you is that hypnosis is not sleep. When James Braid coined the word as an alternative to Mesmerism and seeing his subject go into a sleep like state, he coined Hypnosis after the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos. In hypnosis circles, the state of somnambulism (sleep walking) […]

Dualism vs Materialism

Dualism and Materialism (also called Monism) are two psychological theories. At first, psychologists supported Dualism, or the idea that the brain and mind are two separate entities. This gave rise to the possibility of the unconscious being the physical brain, the subconscious and conscious being part of the mind. The theory of materialism on the […]

Evolution of NLP and Hypnosis

Just like in nature, where everything evolves over time, NLP and hypnosis are evolving. NLP was formed by a student and a teacher who got together to distil the best from the world famous therapists of the time. NLP is constantly being evolved by students that bring in unique NLP models. Also so much has […]

The 8 word instant induction becomes 3 words

Dave Elman experimented with rapid induction techniques and recently the instant induction was reduced to 8 words. “Press on my hand, close your eyes… Sleep!” This has been reduced in 2009 to 3 words… “Press, Close, Sleep!” Of course, the client needs to know what Press and Close mean so they can be induced into […]

Automatic responses

When we are awake and functioning normally, our bodies do things automatically and without our conscious thought. We breathe in air and we digest food without even thinking about it. One of the things about hypnosis is that some manual tasks can be set automatically. This is demonstrated in Stage Hypnosis by the hypnotist binding […]

The power of the mind

In ordinary terms, we see the mind existing in two states, the conscious and unconscious states. We either do things while we think about them, like reading a paper or without thinking about them, like breathing or digesting food. Since unconscious processes are seen as automatic, they can be seen as part of the body. […]