Understanding The Origin And Mystery Of Hypnosis

Although Hypnosis affects our lives every day, it remains a mystery to most.

There are many questions simply because of Hollywood’s portrayal of hypnosis; the latest was the movie “Get Out,” where a person would be hypnotized by stirring a spoon in a cup of coffee.

Many other misconceptions surround Hypnosis. Lack of education, satanic rituals, cultism, and stage hypnosis. Leading people to believe it’s all about controlling the mind against the person’s will.

When the word hypnosis pops up in a conversation or the mainstream press, nostrils flare, and minds conjure up strong reactions to parlor tricks and pictures of late-night scary movies where starry-eyed maidens are seduced to carry out satanic acts.

Altered states and trance experiences have been around long before the word hypnosis. What is unique about Hypnosis is that it’s truly magical and, at the same time, clearly explainable and understandable. Regardless of the mystique surrounding Hypnosis, there is no hocus-pocus involved.

Researchers understand people struggling with any area of life and want to have the fastest and most efficient evidence-based brain technology (Hypnosis) to create new habits. Attitudes. and behaviors’ will support the change they desire.

The question most often asked is, do hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis work? And the answer is yes! Hypnosis occurs in a natural/unintentional way. To better understand how hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis work, we need to go back in history and then move into modern Science and brain research.

A brief history of Hypnosis:

No study can begin without recognizing, examining, and reviewing the history and experience that preceded it.

Dr. James Braid of Scotland, in the mid-19th century (1842), devised the word “hypnosis” from the Greek word “Hypnos,” which means sleep. Before this time and from the late 18th century, it was mostly called “Mesmerism,” after the German doctor Frederich Anton Mesmer.

While the lewd act of “trance” noted by Mesmer and those who followed him differed in the interpretation, Dr. Braid established the name “hypnosis.” So that there will be no misunderstanding, the word “hypnotism” means the same as “hypnosis.” The state or “trance can then be called hypnotic state, hypnotism, trance, or Hypnosis. “Hypnotherapy” is used professionally by a physician, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, counselor, dentist, or certified hypnotherapist.

For students in hetero-hypnosis, probably no name in history is as important as Dr. Frederich A. Mesmer, also known as Franz Mesmer, Anton Mesmer, Count Mesmer, and Count Franz Mesmer. He was born May 23, 1734, in Iznang, Austria, on the Bodensee (Lake of Constance), which borders Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Mesmer did not truly create Hypnosis, but indeed his suggestive techniques were picked up by his followers, and hypnotism, auto-suggestion, and hypnotherapy followed.

Father Gassner (1727-1779) was a Roman Catholic priest with parishes in southern Germany. It probably holds the record for inducing the hypnotic state in the shortest possible time – seven seconds.

He amazed medical Science, clergy, and others by suddenly appearing before his congregation at Mass bearing an illuminated crucifix and saying in Latin the equivalent of “go to sleep.” It was recorded that his congregation immediately slumped in their pews and into a deep somnambulistic trance. He then, it is reported, shouted positive affirmations for healing.

While there is some doubt that Mesmer’s method induced the hypnotic state, there is no question about Father Gassner.

While Dr. Mesmer theorized magnets and fluids for “cures,” Fr. Gassner used the immense psychological power of his position and the church to awe and, therefore, strongly impress (hypnotize) his congregation.

James Braid (1795-1860) As Mesmer is considered the father of Hypnosis, Dr. Braid must join him as a co-parent since he gave the term “hypnosis” to the world. Taken from the Greek word “Hypnos,” meaning sleep, Dr. Braid created this word universally accepted.

Born in Fifeshire, Scotland, Braid — educated at the University of Edinburgh. As a young doctor, he moved to Manchester, England, where he conducted his practice throughout his stormy lifetime.

Others followed, providing words for publication about Hypnosis:  Charles Darwin (1809-1882), Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Emile Coue (1857-1926), August Henri Forel (1848-1931), and Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936).

Is Hypnosis Real? Let’s look at Science today!

Irving Kirsch, a lecturer, and director of the Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School. Kirsch says: “Hypnosis is a well-studied and legitimate form of adjunct treatment for conditions ranging from obesity and pain after surgery to anxiety and stress.”

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in bridging Science and spirit. A stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award

“Hypnosis is how we learned our programs in the first six years of life.”

Dr. Michael Merzenich, widely known as “the father of neuroplasticity,” “Neuroplasticity is the brain’s innate ability to change or reorganize itself. The brain can change in both function and structure. That innate potential to change can be harnessed and used to improve therapy outcomes.” “Dr. Merzenich said… We choose and sculpt how our ever-changing minds will work, we choose who we will be the next moment in a genuine sense, and these choices are left embossed in physical form on our material selves.”

Understanding the structure of Self-Hypnosis and how to rewire your mind for health and healing.

You can change and FREE your Mind Of Toxic Habits, Attitudes, Behaviors, Emotions, and feelings.

  • Overcoming procrastination, doubt, and fear
  • Improve memory, retention & comprehension
  • Stress control and manage panic anxiety
  • Sports excellence, sleep, confidence, and self-esteem

Read my Blog on The Fundamentals of Self-Hypnosis.


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