‘The Truth About Hypnosis’ — Llewellyn

Llewellyn is one of the major and best known sources for a vari­ety of mate­ri­als, includ­ing but note sole­ly lim­it­ed to alter­na­tive, New Age, psy­chic, pagan … You get the idea, I hope. Still, I was a lit­tle sur­prised to see the fol­low­ing post pub­lished in their reg­u­lar blog:

It’s Back…In a New Way

When peo­ple get inter­est­ed in learn­ing hyp­no­sis, their focus is fre­quent­ly on the induc­tion, mov­ing from non-hyp­no­sis to hyp­no­sis. Usu­al­ly, the first style of induc­tion learned is the pro­gres­sive relax­ation (or pro­gres­sive mus­cle relax­ation) induc­tion. It’s the “relax your feet, relax your ankles, relax your calves, relax your thigh­s” etc. induc­tion. It takes a long time but it’s easy to learn and, in many instances, it works.  In fact, you could just read a typ­i­cal PR induc­tion writ­ten on a piece of paper and it can work.

Induc­tions are actu­al­ly fair­ly sim­ple. So why are there so many books on hyp­no­sis? It’s because the real­ly chal­leng­ing part of hyp­no­sis is learn­ing what to do after the induc­tion, after some­one is hyp­no­tized. Say the right thing in the right way and you can help peo­ple cre­ate pow­er­ful, desired changes in their lives. That’s the job of the hypnotherapist.

What it is, though is a com­men­tary on the recent news report regard­ing a re-occur­rence of the old “Satan­ic Pan­ic” false mem­o­ry diag­noses and the unfor­tu­nate­ly nec­es­sary reminder about the safe­ty of hyp­no­sis and the need to be care­ful about select­ing a ther­a­pist (advice rel­e­vant to any med­ical professional.)

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