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Posts tagged: hypnosis

Hypnosis for Pain Management and Trauma Reduction

I have been asked many times whether hypnosis can be used to minimize pain during surgery (referred to as ‘medical hypnosis’). The short answer is ‘yes’, although it is most commonly limited to those surgeries involving local anesthetics. In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain (NIH reference).

From personal experience, I commonly use self-hypnosis for pain control during any dental procedure which would normally involve a local anesthetic, and I recently used it for minor surgery on my arm involving 18 stitches; no pain. One excellent self-help book on self hypnosis is Instant Self-Hypnosis: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open by author Forbes Robbin Blair. A more advanced book for practicing hypnosis and for hypnotherapists is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Basic to Advanced Techniques for the Professional, written by Calvin D. Banyan and illustrated in the above image.

Let’s take a glimpse at how the medical community is actively using hypnosis for pain management on a much more challenging level. Read More…

Reliability of Channeled Information and Intuitive Readings

Confusion often arises over the accuracy of information provided to clients by mediums, intuitive readers, diagnostic readers, and other channelers. I am often asked how to determine if channeled information is accurate, comprehensive, flexible or “set in stone” so as to be unchangeable. Whenever working with mediums and intuitive readers, please keep the following in mind:

1.      All channeled information is filtered through the conscious mind, emotions and vocabulary of the channeler. Filtered information may contain information which is biased based on the beliefs and understanding of the channeler. A “pure channel” is a person who is able to allow their conscious mind to “step aside” during the session so that the channeler cannot filter or bias the information. This is much easier said than done.  Read More…

Progression Therapy

Progression therapy is similar to regression therapy, except that it looks at future events instead of focusing on the past. The world has always had prophets, clairvoyants, and psychics who predict future events; many are charlatans, but some are absolutely remarkable in terms of their ability to peer into tomorrow. Many of these predictions and events are recorded in the great religious books, such as The Bible, and all religions have predictions about future events which were envisioned by “inspired prophets.”

Nostradamus: A Prophet for the Ages

Some prophecies and predictions are extraordinarily accurate even over a span of centuries. For example, Nostradamus is a widely known prophet who published his “quatrains” (prophecies) in the 16th century. Some of Nostradamus’s quatrains appear to have predicted key events of the 20th century, including major players in such events (e.g., Hitler in World War II). Followers of Nostradamus also link his prophecies with the 2012 end date of the Mayan Calendar and the corresponding world-wide disasters, which is sometimes referred to as the “end of days.”

Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet

Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet

A more recent seer of the future was Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) who was able to look into the distant past as well as the future. By closing his eyes and placing himself into a trance-like state (an altered state of consciousness), Edgar Cayce was able to connect to recorded information (which he referred to as the Akashic Records) from all time, past and future; he could also connect to the universal consciousness (also referred to as the super-conscious mind). From these resources, he was able to respond to a wide range of questions from individuals across the USA and even in other parts of the world. Included among his predictions of future events are a possible polar shift in 2012 which would bring world-wide disaster (widely addressed on the internet). Read More…

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

The previous article (post) discussed meditation as a natural form of therapy available to everyone. Meditation assists the individual to establish and maintain harmony among the body, mind and spirit. Hypnosis is quite similar to meditation in that both produce an altered state of consciousness, thereby creating a heightened state of suggestibility. When used correctly as a therapeutic tool, this increased state of suggestibility can be used to alter thinking processes so as to eliminate phobias (fears), minimize pain and anger, balance energy systems, retrieve forgotten information from the past, and open hidden, previously inaccessible experiences and memories.

The following discussion provides a very brief introduction to hypnosis and hypnotherapy. An introduction to meditation is in a separate article. Read More…

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