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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 coöperate, 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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