Since the beginning of time, mothers have sung soothing lullabies while rocking babies
in their arms. This repetitious melody and continuous motion are both calming and
The power of suggestion has motivated mankind since the beginning of recorded time.
Ancient people the world over have used the hypnotic practices
of drumming, dancing, and chanting to induce an altered state of mind for the purpose
of healing, uncovering memories, and spiritual revelation, performed by tribal shamans,
witch doctors, and medicine men and women, based on the belief that the mind can
heal the body.
Over 4,000 years ago, the founder of Chinese medicine, Wang Tai, used words to accomplish
Over 3,000 years ago, Egyptian physicians practiced healing methods using words and
In ancient Egypt and Greece, and during the Roman Empire, as early as 1000 BC, sleep
temples were places that priests introduced the procedure and practice of suggestion
– sleep – cure, the belief that the mind can heal the body.
In 350 BC, Hypocrites, known as the Father of Modern Medicine, concluded that “all
feelings and emotions originate in the brain and are the source of any disease of
Success of these temples and belief in the practice of suggestion later spread through
Europe. This led to modified therapeutic versions of hypnosis, reflecting he culture
of the time. During the
first century, England was first to include the practice of laying on of hands along
with healing hymns and chants written by the Church of England. This was referred
to as suggestion-healing; today it is called mind/body healing.
Lucid Sleep and Hypnotic Anesthesia
During the 1700’s, Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, developed the process
of prolonged eye fixation to balance the animal magnetism, improved health in his
patients, referred to as mesmerism.
In the 1800’s, English physician, James Braid, who studied Mesmer’s work and the
practice of suggestibility, introduced the
term “neuro-hypnosis” meaning nervous sleep, later coined the term “Hypnosis” as
a new science for the very first time. James Esdaile, a Scottish surgeon, applied
suggestion as hypnotic anesthesia in British East India to patients during surgery.
Indian culture acknowledges the concept of higher self, meditation, and other altered
states of consciousness. Portuguese priest, Jose Custodia de Faria, referred to hypnosis
as lucid sleep, determined that the better your concentration, the more easily you
Memory, Trauma, Stress and Pain Control
In the late 1800’s, French doctor Jean-Martin Charcot, discovered that some neurological
symptoms were psychologically caused from unwanted memories.
Progress and development of modern hypnothrapy gained medical interest and acceptance
through research in
suggestibility and pain control by an American psychologist, Clark Hull, following
World War II, when it was discovered that hypnotherapy was especially helpful in
treating soldiers with battle fatigue, injury, shock, and what is now called (PTSD),
“post-traumatic stress disorder.“
French doctors Libeault and Bernheim, from the famous Nancy Medical School, introduced
calming words and soft voice for hypnotic trance. They also emphasized the importance
of the doctor/patient relationship and introduced the use of
pscho-therapeutics and hypnosis together. Today, psychological life coaching skills
and hypnosis techniques are integrated together as a modern therapeutic approach
and self-help template implemented in a variety of formats, such as “Goal Imagery™”and “HypnoCoaching™” and “Mentor Hypnosis.™”
Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis is...
Post-Hypnotic Suggestion , Self-Affirmation
Philosopher and psychologist, Carl Jung, studied the phenomena of altered states
of consciousness and developed the theory of the “collective unconscious”, which
is referred to today as “super-conscious thoughts.”
In the late 1800’s, French psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud,
introduced the concept of the unconscious mind and developed free association techniques
and the use of imagination as a
variation of suggestion therapy in psychoanalysis. During this time, it was discovered
that suggestions, when given in relaxed trance, remained during the waking state
of consciousness. Today, this is called “post-hypnotic suggestion.”
In the early 1900’s, French pharmacist, Emile Coue, discovered the power of autosuggestion,
or waking suggestion, introducing the concept of “Self-Hypnosis.” His famous autosuggestion
formula is “Everyday in every way, I am getting better and better.”
Today, the practice of self-hypnosis and
the power of suggestion through the use
of positive psychology, with life-enhancing
statements or suggestions are referred to
Dr. Milton H. Erickson, the Father of Hypnosis, introduced the concept of reprogramming
the mind through suggestion therapy for effective change in both attitude and behavior,
or called “mind/body communication.” This latest hypnotic technique is now referred
to as (NLP), Neuro-Linguistic Programming or Neuro-Linguistic Psychology, the ability
to reprogram the mind for personal achievement like programming a computer for updating
information and performance.
THE STORY OF HYPNOSIS . . . Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow
Hypnosis Today and Tomorrow...
Self-Help, Self-Health, Sports Performance
The concept of hypnosis was introduced to America during the American Revolution.
In the 1930’s, stage hypnotists entertained audiences with fun, comedic demonstrations,
which distorted the view of the therapeutic benefit of hypnosis.
In the 1950’s however, hypnosis was endorsed
and recognized as a healing modaility by the
American Medical Association (AMA), and the
Amerian Psychological Association (APA), and
the British Medical Association (BMA), and the
French Medical Academy and the Catholic Church.
Today, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is recognized as a profession of standing in the
business archives of the United States. As defined by the U.S. Dept. Of Labor, D.O.T.
079.157.010: “Hypnotherapist – Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation
or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the
nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis
works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degrees of physical
and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized
methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis
of client's problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.”
TheNational Institutes of Health (NIH)opened an Office of Alternative Medicine
(OAM), which currently oversees and funds research since 1992 for alternative therapies
including guided imagery, hypnotherapy,and
continues to work with hypnotists and
hypnotherapists throughout the United States
of America. Scientific research in hypnotism is
being conducted in teaching hospitals nationwide
to document the medical usefulness of hypnosis.
Clinical studies and professional training is currently conducted in leading colleges
across the United States including Harvard School of Medicine, Stanford, Columbia
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Seton Hall School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins
School of Continuing Studies, and New York University.
A Global Phenomena
Modern methods and applications have made hypnosis a trusted and useful science.
All the techniques mentioned throughout the history of hypnotism are used in present-day
It is now highly recognized as an important tool
in the healing arts, social sciences, psychology
and human services, the performing arts, and
Hypnosis is used by the Armed Forces, law enforcement agencies, major corporations,
professional sports teams, the Olympic athletes all over the world, and educational
institutions, hospitals and health care centers throughout the entire world.
There is an abundant resource of articles and information on hypnosis in The Journal
of Hypnotism, and Hypnosis Today by the National Guild of Hypnotists, and on the
internet with a multitude of global websites.
Hypnosis is the Future...
World Hypnotism Day
World Hypnotism Day, January 4th, was established to help educate the general public
of the truth and benefits the timeless and natural process of hypnotism has to offer
Since it’s conception in 2005, hypnotism professionals in
22 countries have participated in supporting World
Hypnotism Day, bringing the power of hypnosis to the world.
This is where professional hypnotists and hypnotherapistshave the opportunity to
share their thoughts, ideas and experiences for the world to see, and combine their
efforts presenting events in their area to promote hypnotism and help the general
public become more aware of hypnosis and the benefits it offers any individual desiring
personal change, and end the struggle of will power and use the beneficial process
of hypnosis to achieve positive changes and to reach personal goals.
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