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A Brief History of Hypnosis

122414004The concept of hypnosis is an interesting one that has run the gamut between religious and spiritual experiences, occult power, healing, and even magic for some. However, the history of hypnosis as we are aware of it today can be traced back to the Enlightenment period during the 18th century. It was at this time that hypnosis moved from the area of spiritual or occult practices into a more scientific process.


The most well known practitioner of hypnosis is Franz Mesmer, who treated the process like a form of magic that transferred from one person to another. However, his methods quickly led to disfavor and ridicule, at least until James Braid and other researchers of the 19th century came along. At this time, hypnosis began to receive more interest and credit as a viable technique that had the potential to help others.


The first doctors and surgeons to utilize this unorthodox method took a huge risk of ruining their reputations, but were determined to prove the efficacy of the process. The combined efforts of various researchers, physicians, and others quickly paved the way for hypnosis to move into mainstream medicine, where many began to accept that it had a valid place as a clinical therapy.


Today, hypnosis is often used to get to the bottom of psychological issues, especially for those who are unable to remember troubling or painful times in their pasts. Additionally, hypnosis is quickly becoming a solution for those who need help to control cravings for foods, drugs, and tobacco.


The interesting thing about hypnosis is that there are those who truly believe in its power and those who remain skeptical. However, ongoing research is quickly uncovering plenty of evidence to support the benefits of hypnosis, eating away at the number of skeptics, and providing a better understanding of the power and potential that it can offer.



Healthy Ways to Deal with Grief

466074157The grieving process varies from one person to the next, and what works for one person may not be effective for another. However, it is important to make sure that you are handling your grief in a healthy way, rather than one that may cause even more harm. Grief may be a natural process, but understanding the best ways to cope is something that many people never learn. If you are grieving, the following coping methods will make the journey easier, and help you regain control.

Feel – Many people mention a feeling of numbness when dealing with grief, and this is not healthy. In order to heal, you have to feel your emotions, even when they are uncomfortable. Understand that those feelings of anger, pain, sadness, and fear are all perfectly normal, and allow yourself the release of experiencing them.

Give Yourself Time – Grief does not come with an expiration date, but you have to give yourself the time you need to go through the process. Just because one person seems to bounce back within a matter of days or weeks, others may take much longer. Your relationship and emotional attachments are your own, and you can take as long as you need to come to terms with the loss.

Don’t Go Alone – While grief is personal, it is also something that you need to share with others. Family and friends miss your loved one too, and if you shut yourself away from them, it will feel like they are losing you as well. Share your pain, and you will find the release you need.

No matter how long a relationship lasts, grief is a normal, healthy part of the loss. Take the time to make sure you are dealing with your grief in healthy ways, and you will help yourself move through the process.


Our Favorite Quotes about Success

178859984“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” James Cameron

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” Chris Grosser

“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” —Babe Ruth

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” Thomas J. Watson

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient.” Gurbaksh Chahal

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” —Colin Powell

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney

“If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach. And it’ll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build.” —Steve Wozniak

“Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” —Ellen DeGeneres


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