Excerpt from The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid
Ward’s “History of the Hindoos”, which they represent as facts and as special gifts imparted to them in token of the great superiority of their religious system, of inducing a state of self-hypnotism, or ecstatic trance. They produce this condition by certain postures or modes of sitting – the minds of the devotees being engaged in acts of fixed attention, by looking at some parts of their own bodies, or at inanimate or ideal [i.e., imaginary] objects; at the same time holding their breath, i.e., suppressing their respiration… I may premise, however, that whatever idea occupies the mind of the subject before he passes into the condition, or whatever may have occurred to it accidentally or through the suggestion of others subsequently, will ever after be realised, under similar combination of circumstances, in consequence of the power of suggestion and double-conscious [dissociated] memory, as manifested in some patients even in the sub-hypnotic or waking condition, when what have been called the vigilant or waking phenomena are producible; and still more certainly during the full, active, double-conscious condition.
Savasana is a pose of total relaxation
Tai Chi Chuan
All hypnosis is self hypnosis but this is one of my favourite forms of personal practice. With a regular daily routine it is possible to increase sensitivity to not just your own energy (Chi) but the energy of others and that of the world around us. This subtle awareness can then be used as the basis of Chi Kung healing (Qi Gong), as is more commonly known with many other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (like acupuncture) but without the need of a physician utilising herbal remedies, Chinese cups, Tui Na massage, or needles…
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
In a typical hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.
Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, help to address bed-wetting, address attitudes to weight, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking. Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain.
Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine (Who we register | CNHC, 2017).
Who we register | CNHC. (2017). Cnhc.org.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2017, from https://www.cnhc.org.uk/who-we-register
I’ve been working with a very talented young man with Autism who develops his own hypnotic ambient music.
I’d like some feedback on his work, and to know if this is something you think would be of interest to hypnotherapists around the world?
I’d really like to get his name out there, and this is the first step in testing the water.
Any feedback and suggestions would be most welcomed.