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Free Listening: Understanding Hypnosis and Effective Self-Hypnosis covers a number of the uses and fundamentals of Self-Hypnosis. It discusses in depth how Hypnosis is used in different setting for good and sometimes ill. My purpose is to take the mystery out of Hypnosis, and make it an understood and valued tool of positive behavioral change. You will come to know the Hypnotic processes as the natural states of the mind that we go in and out of all day long (daydreaming or waking hypnosis) as we go down to our deepest state we call sleep. Self-Hypnosis will come to be understood as a term to describe our minds decision making capabilities and processes.
Our natural trance abilities have been called by different names over time. In the 1700's it was called being mesmerized, or Mesmerism, after the work of Doctor Franz Anton Mesmer. In the 1800's Doctor James Braid of England renamed our natural trance abilities Hypnosis after the Greek word for sleep, Hypnos.
"Hypnos, Hypnus In Greek mythology, the god of sleep. The ancient Greeks invoked sleep by appealing to a god called Hypnos, from whose name the word "hypnotism" was coined many centuries later. The link is quite appropriate, for in ancient Greece, if a person went into a deep sleep or trance situation from which it was difficult to arouse him, it was logically assumed that Hypnos had taken control over that unfortunate individual. So, even that far back, there was a discernible difference between natural and hypnotic sleep.
The Romans had a similar god named Somnus, who was blamed for producing odd forms of sleep; hence, the modern term "somnambulism" is used to signify sleep-walking and also to denote a hypnotic state that resembles it. In artistic works, he is often represented as a winged god, the twin brother of Thanatos (ancient Greek personification of death) who is similarly represented." -From: Gibson, Walter B., Hypnotism. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1970, p. 14.
"Hypnosis is a misnomer as you are never asleep in hypnosis. Various attempts to describe hypnotic trance often fail in clarity as there are several trance states or depths of trance, and a person's experience is different at each level. Thus, two people in the same room being hypnotized together will describe completely different experiences, being in various trance states.
I would like to rid us of all such terms as mesmerism and hypnosis and simple call it - Trance. Trance is not one phenomenon, but several fluid states of mind, that we experience going from state to state, from moment to moment. These various states of mind have different beneficial effects when utilized appropriately in Hypnotherapy." W. Dennis Parker - http://certifiedhypnotherapytrainingschool.com/