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Term: Hypnos


Hypnos: Greek God of sleep. His mother was Nyx (night), and his twin brother is Thanatos (death). Equates to the Roman Somnus. Outside of his dwelling place, a dark cave, are found sleep-inducing plants such as poppies. A Scottish physician named James Braid saw a demonstration of Mesmerism and thought that Mesmerized people were in a state similar to sleep. He discarded the theories of Mesmer and called the sleep “hypnosis.” Later, he realized that hypnosis was not sleep and tried to change the name to “monoideism.”


If you were to ask a dozen "experts" to give a definition of hypnosis, they would give you a dozen different answers. No matter what anyone says, there is no such thing as an accepted definition of hypnosis. No one knows exactly what it is. Some ...
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What Is Hypnosis?
Exactly what is hypnosis, or more accurately, self-hypnosis? Self-hypnosis is a self-induced, altered state of mental consciousness that allows you to give constructive suggestions directly to your subconscious mind. More simply put, you cause ...
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General Hypnosis Technique
All hypnosis does is capture your natural going to sleep scenario, while keeping you awake, so you can give your subconscious mind beneficial suggestions. How does hypnosis do this? Since the conscious mind, or beta, does not do a very efficient ...
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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a daydream-like state. In this state, the person’s conscious mind becomes quiet or passive. The hypnotist introduces suggestions into the powerful subconscious mind. Let’s take a brief, slightly technical look at how the brain operates. ...
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How To Perform Hypnosis
First you must either have the hypnosis routines memorized or have them typed and handy so you can easily read them. Next come a myriad of things to consider: tone of voice; pace of speech; where to position yourself and your subject; lighting ...
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Hypnosis Myths
There are probably more myths, misconceptions, and misinformation about hypnosis than any other subject. This is due in large part to movies, television, and novels that make no attempt to be truthful in dealing with hypnosis. They are more ...
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Practical Applications of Hypnosis
- Stop smoking - Weight control—i.e. adhere to a proper diet - Relaxation and stress management - Self-image improvement, which in my judgment is the most valuable of all uses. - Overcome Phobias: Fear of height; fear of flying; fear of fire; ...
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Healing through Self-hypnosis
Based on the premise that a supreme healing force exists in everyone, healing through Self-hypnosis accesses that force and focuses in on specific goals related to healing, both mental and physical. This concept also recognizes the existence ...
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Case Histories
You can run into all sorts of unexpected situations that hypnosis can help you resolve. Here are two—out of hundreds—of my cases that you may find interesting. They are excellent illustrations of the power of hypnosis. Cut Chin Case In this case, ...
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Meditation is: An emptying of the mind of all thoughts and "chatter" often by concentration only on the slow inhalation and exhalation of breath and is characterized by slow alpha and theta waves. It induces relaxation and a "clean slate" ...
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Sitting here in the dark, watching the moon shine over the autumn landscape (my favorite time of year) I find myself reflecting on the question that is most frequently asked of me: "How do I know if my house is haunted?" The question seems so simple, so endearing and direct, but it is as complex as the human mind or the spiritual realm and it... read this article
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