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Happy (Belated) Birthday — Pat Collins

A hap­py but belat­ed birth­day in the mem­o­ry of the late Pat Collins, who was born May 7th. Pat was one of the most famous stage hyp­no­tists of her time and appeared on sev­er­al TV pro­grams (includ­ing a “What’s My Line?” appear­ance before she was famous) and had two cable spe­cials. She was also known for help­ing oth­ers with hyp­no­sis, includ­ing sev­er­al major tele­vi­sion and film stars of her period.

Accord­ing to the Face­book page here, the founder of the page is pro­duc­ing a doc­u­men­tary about Pat Collins and I for one am look­ing for­ward to see­ing it.

“The Truth About Hypnosis, or …”

Hyp­no­sis is a fas­ci­nat­ing top­ic and can be used to alter con­scious­ness for mag­ick­al work. It’s pow­er­ful and it works. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, most peo­ple who try it end up fail­ing. This is not because hyp­no­sis is noth­ing but a scam or a place­bo, but because they are focus­ing on the wrong thing. They’re going the wrong way.

So begins this blog entry on the Llewellyn web­site by Don­ald Michael Kraig, a board-cer­ti­fied clin­i­cal hyp­nother­a­pist and instruc­tor. I’m rec­om­mend­ing it because it lays out a num­ber of fun­da­men­tal truths about the sub­ject that often need repeating.

Far too often, the stereo­types and pre­con­cep­tions, not to men­tion the sim­ple lack of knowl­edge, about the sub­ject inter­fere with the actu­al process involved. Not just the out­ré stereo­types of sub­jects being forced to cluck like a chick­en or believ­ing that they can’t emerge from trance, but also the fin­er details of what it actu­al­ly feels like or what can hap­pen (or not hap­pen) in trance. This arti­cle by some­one who obvi­ous­ly knows what he is talk­ing about is a good intro­duc­tion to elim­i­nate these stereo­types and preconceptions.

New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 05

This month, being Feb­ru­ary, is Romance Month. I’ve got sev­er­al romance nov­els and short sto­ries to blog about, some of which I’ve nev­er read.

Read­ing: As might be expect­ed, I’ve nev­er read most of the romance nov­els in the col­lec­tion, but of those I have read, I found them easy reads, so I am try­ing to get a cou­ple of them read this week so I can start writ­ing about them. I already fin­ished one, but it was a slight dis­ap­point­ment, as the only entrance­ment involved was the age-old pow­er that a beau­ti­ful woman has over the man obvi­ous­ly meant to be hers. The one I am read­ing at the time I am writ­ing this is def­i­nite­ly rel­e­vant, as the female pro­tag­o­nist is a hyp­nother­a­pist who is treat­ing the male protagonist.

I’ve also dis­cov­ered I have only about a dozen romance books in the col­lec­tion, plus two short sto­ry col­lec­tions, rang­ing from the tra­di­tion­al Har­le­quin romance ‘quick­ie’ nov­els and their com­peti­tors to the mas­sive, com­plex best­seller books. There are almost cer­tain­ly more out there, what with the resur­gence of the vam­pire romance books: maybe by this time next year I will have a whole new set of books to blog about.

Writ­ing: On and off writ­ing for the first blog entry for March, which is turn­ing out to be three or four times longer than most of my usu­al posts. I guess that’s what hap­pens when I start writ­ing about a comics char­ac­ter that was first intro­duced in 1966 (45 years ago): although the num­ber of actu­al appear­ances is actu­al­ly quite small, thank­ful­ly, because the appear­ances are com­pli­cat­ed to explain properly.

Research: I dis­cov­ered a book of def­i­nite inter­est: “Incog­ni­to: the Secret Lives of the Brain” by David Eagle­man. He is a neu­ro­sci­en­tist and wrote this book about the depths of the uncon­scious mind, some of which appears to cor­re­spond with some of the things I’ve been work­ing out regard­ing how the mind and brain co-exist and coop­er­ate, par­tic­u­lar­ly in regards to the state of hyp­no­sis and how to induce it. I am reserv­ing a copy at the local library although I may want to get a copy for myself in the future.

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‘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.)

“Eyes Reveal True Hypnotic State” — New Scientist

Over the past sev­er­al years, there has been sig­nif­i­cant research in deter­min­ing the state of the brain dur­ing hyp­no­sis, includ­ing prov­ing the dif­fer­ence between hyp­no­sis and sleep. 

Now, this study from report­ed in New Sci­en­tist and ref­er­enced here at Io9, describes a phys­i­cal sign that a per­son is in a state of hyp­no­sis, and, of course, it hap­pens to involve the eyes. In hyp­no­sis, accord­ing to this research, peo­ple have dif­fer­ent eye reac­tions, includ­ing blink rates and pupil response, things that are impos­si­ble to fake or dupli­cate, things that are caused by changes in the brain activ­i­ty under hypnosis. 

“We found that dur­ing hyp­no­sis, the frontal area was almost per­fect­ly dis­con­nect­ed from the rest of the brain,” says Kallio. “There are usu­al­ly lots of con­nec­tions but dur­ing hyp­no­sis they were almost gone.” 

More than just an addi­tion­al proof that hyp­no­sis does exist, it also con­firms the stereo­type of the blank-eyed sub­ject. The old say­ing “The eyes are win­dows to the soul” also comes to mind here.

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