History of Hypnosis
by Steve G. Jones
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Before the 15th century our ancestors believed that any form of
disease or ailment was a punishment sent down from the gods. Whether we
are discussing the Greeks, Egyptians or Babylonians, their beliefs were
the same in this aspect of life; this is where hypnosis came to be.
Hypnosis is named after the Greek word for sleep, hypos. Although it is
important to note here that hypnosis is very different from sleep. In
the past different cultures and area of the world referred to the
healing process of hypnosis by different names and used it differently.
Some cultures used the beating of drums and chanting in order to seduce
the mind into a higher state of consciousness but today it is much
Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer was one of the first physicians from Switzerland
to become famous based on his use and understanding of hypnosis and how
to use it beneficially. His work began in the 1700s and he was more than
likely the first hypnotist to be revealed to the world although the
medical community of the time would not acknowledge his work or his
progress. From here the progressions of this new age form of healing
continued to progress through different predecessors and aspiring
hypnotists throughout the world. As you can imagine a great deal of
controversy surrounds the history of hypnosis because of its complete
opposite beliefs and teachings of what the up and coming Western
medicine was trying to convey.
Historians today argue that the origins of hypnosis must have come from
the Hindus of ancient India because of the sleep temples that can be
found throughout the country and their recorded history. People of this
culture who were taken sick were brought to these sleep temples to be
cured by hypnotic suggestion. Today it is widely understood and believed
that hypnosis is quite different than sleep but it is hard to believe
just what a great understanding our ancestors did have on the concept of
hypnosis at the time.
Today we have evolved this concept into something that many people can
understand and use on a daily basis without the use of a sleep temple.
Although there is still a great deal of controversy surrounding the
topic of hypnosis today people have a more open mind to accept these
types of new ideas. Alternative forms of medicine and healing treatments
are becoming to come back into the picture today. When Western medicine
was introduced to the world it did not take long for the natural way of
healing to disappear into history but today we are again beginning to
realize its true potential.
Hypnosis is simply another form of natural healing whether you choose to
use it throughout your day to help control your stress, anger or anxiety
or it is needed to help with pain control and more serious aspects of
life its uses are unlimited. BetterLivingwithHypnosis.com is one of the
best hypnosis companies that can be found online today. Here you can
find audio sessions and teachings that can help anyone take the
processes of our ancestors and utilize it daily to help improve the
quality of your life.
Discover what hypnosis can do for you; after all it has been used for
centuries for healing and so much more!
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Steve G. Jones is a graduate of the
University of Florida and is certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the
National Guild of Hypnotists and the American Board of Hypnotherapy.
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