Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon that both humans and animals induce and experience.
In fact, Shikar (hunting) books are full of narratives wherein the hunted animals are paralyzed with fear:
“The leopard stalked the chital on silken paws. The herd fled, except for a sub-adult who stood transfixed. As their eyes met, the chital froze. It was hypnotized with fear. Within seconds, the leopard sank its teeth into her jugular. In her anaesthetized state, the chital felt nothing. Death in a trance was painless”..
As for human beings, the earliest records of hypnosis date back to ancientEgypt. Such scripts and pictures depict the use of “sleep temples”. Sleep temples were used for healing of the body, as well as for resolving emotional troubles. A person visiting the sleep temple would be “put to sleep” by a high priest with the intent of being fully healed upon awakening. Upon awakening the person would receive the equivalent of a post-hypnotic suggestion and many times experience complete healing [WCTI, 1994].
The ancient Greeks too used hypnosis to cure their sick and Seers at the Greek oracle of Delphiused self-hypnosis.
InIndia, too, yogis and rishis utilized self-hypnosis during meditation to still their minds. The Indian equivalent of hypnosis is sammohan. Says Dr Ramesh Paramahamsa, head ofDelhi’sInstitute of Psychic and Spiritual Research:
“Sammohan shakti has been practised inIndiasince Vedic times. It can be defined as the power of attraction. Sammohan is inborn in every human being. Even while I talk to you, there is a kind of hypnosis where I try to attract and hold your attention, planting subtle suggestions. No yoga and meditation is possible without self-hypnosis. They are inseparable.”
This post was written by Dr.Gouri Laher, a fully qualified hypnotherapist and Reiki Master offering combination hypnotherapy and Reiki sessions in Manchester for a variety of issues such as stress and anxiety, weight loss, stopping smoking and pregnancy and childbirth. My practice is based in Withington, South Manchester, M20 and is within easy reach of Didsbury, Chorlton, Stockport, Cheadle and central Manchester. If you are interested in hypnotherapy and Reiki in Manchester or simply want to get in touch and book a free initial consultation, telephone me on 07837380665 or e-mail me, in confidence, at firstname.lastname@example.org