Friday, May 25, 2007

Practical Applications of Hypnosis

It's far too early to be certain, but it seems altogether possible that the clerics of the god, Science, have decided to throw us "fringe" thinkers a bone on Hypnosis. Of course, they prefer to call it "Hypnotherapy." It's more Sciencey that way.

Anyway, according to experts at King's College London, in combination with medicinal treatments (of course), Hypnotherapy may help ease IBS sufferers. IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is "undeniably common," to quote one of the experts involved in the project, and Hypnotherapy techniques may help alleviate the pains, frustrations, and other symptoms of the illness (such as constipation, diarrhea, and even Depression).

One of the techniques specifically mentioned was a therapist-overseen method of creative visualization, or autosuggestion as first termed by French doctor, Coue. Autosuggestion and creative visualization is a technique of placing one's self into a light state of hypnosis and imagining various scenarios to improve their state of mind and well-being. "The Perfect Day" is one such method, where patients creatively visualize their "Perfect Day," beginning from the time they wake up to the time they retire. They think of having their favorite breakfast, doing their favored activity or having a particularly easy-going and successful work day, and so forth. The technique mentioned for the treatment of IBS sufferers can be called "The River" (though the article did not name it), where the patient visualizes his bowel as a fast-moving river, then gradually calms it to a smooth-flowing one.

To now, creative visualization has remained an "alternative treatment" for victims of many diseases and illnesses, including Cancer. As stated in the article, there is both a shortage of skilled doctors and a general skepticism to the process from "learned" communities, which is not helping anyone.

Many modern self-help books employ variations on such themes as autosuggestion and creative visualization, most usually consisting of positive mantras. Possibly the most widespread of these involves looking into a mirror and repeating a positive validation of yourself, your health, your success, or your future. Some research indicates that the success of such methods are improved by only repeating the mantra three times. The number 3 has a special connotation in the Occult.

- Source, BBC

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