The History of Hypnosis
The history of hypnosis goes back to ancient times... Egypt and beyond!
Those who have read Jean Auel’s memorable book, “Clan of the Cave Bear”, will remember accounts of magic, healings, inherited memories and revelations performed or created by the “Mogurs” and “medicine women” of prehistoric clans. Hypnosis.
In the early centuries of our own land, the medicine men of Indian tribes performed seeming miracles.
Wider, non-secret usage began in the 1700’s in several forms under different names. There were periods of progress and periods of stagnation in the development of modern hypnosis. During the Civil War hypnosis was the most common form of anesthesia... other than alcohol. Medical interest and acceptance expanded following World War II when the use of hypnosis proved especially helpful to surviving battlefield casualties suffering from shock, injury, battle fatigue and various psychological disorders.
As understanding increased, hypnosis began to be recognized as an important adjunct to counseling psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, and also medical fields including neurology obstetrics, emergency medicine, burn therapy and others. Hypnosis is finding increasing usage in dentistry and other areas where pain control is important.
All humans (and possibly several animals) have two distinct minds – the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is vastly larger and more powerful than the conscious mind, yet it is the least understood and used by mankind. Actually, the great “unconscious” mind has two functional elements, the subconscious and the super-conscious, the former the storehouse of memory, the latter dealing with spiritual world.