A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
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Project Gutenberg's A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis, by Melvin PowersThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: A Practical Guide to Self-HypnosisAuthor: Melvin PowersRelease Date: September 30, 2007 [EBook #22814]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SELF-HYPNOSIS ***Produced by Michael Ciesielski, Annika Feilbach and thebooksmiths at http://www.eBookForge.netA PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SELF-HYPNOSISby Melvin Powers Published byMelvin PowersWILSHIRE BOOK COMPANY12015 Sherman RoadNo. Hollywood, California 91605Telephone: (213) 875-1711Copyright1961Wilshire Book Company Printed byHAL LEIGHTON PRINTING COMPANYP.O. Box 3952North Hollywood, California 91605Telephone: (213) 983-1105 All Rights ReservedLibrary of Congress Catalog Card Number: 61-10664Printed in the United States of AmericaISBN-0-87980-122-0CONTENTSCHAPTER PAGE1. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SELF-HYPNOSIS 112. WHAT ABOUT THE DANGERS OF HYPNOSIS? 213. IS HYPNOSIS THE ANSWER? 294. HOW DOES SELF-HYPNOSIS WORK? 375. HOW TO AROUSE YOURSELF FROM THE SELF-HYPNOTIC STATE 456. HOW TO ATTAIN SELF-HYPNOSIS 497. DEEPENING THE SELF-HYPNOTIC STATE 578. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BECOMING AN EXCELLENT SUBJECT 679. TECHNIQUES FOR ...

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This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org
Title: A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
Author: Melvin Powers
Release Date: September 30, 2007 [EBook #22814]
Language: English
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SELF-HYPNOSIS ***
Produced by Michael Ciesielski, Annika Feilbach and the booksmiths at http://www.eBookForge.net
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SELF-HYPNOSIS
   
  
 
yb MelvinP owers
Published by Melvin Powers WILSHIRE BOOK COMPANY 12015 Sherman Road No. Hollywood, California 91605 Telephone: (213) 875-1711 Copyright 1961 Wilshire Book Company
Printed by HAL LEIGHTON PRINTING COMPANY P.O. Box 3952 North Hollywood, California 91605 Telephone: (213) 983-1105
All Rights Reserved Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 61-10664 Printed in the United States of America ISBN-0-87980-122-0
CONTENTS
CHAPTER PAGE 1.WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SELF-HYPNOSIS 11 2. 21WHAT ABOUT THE DANGERS OF HYPNOSIS? 3.IS HYPNOSIS THE ANSWER? 29 4.HOW DOES SELF-HYPNOSIS WORK? 37 5. 45HOW TO AROUSE YOURSELF FROM THE SELF-HYPNOTIC STATE 6.HOW TO ATTAIN SELF-HYPNOSIS 49 7.DEEPENING THE SELF-HYPNOTIC STATE 57 8. 67YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BECOMING AN EXCELLENT SUBJECTWHAT 9. 79TECHNIQUES FOR REACHING THE SOMNAMBULISTIC STATE 10.A NEW APPROACH TO SELF-HYPNOSIS WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS 91 11. 103PSYCHOLOGICAL AIDS AND THEIR FUNCTION 12.THE NATURE OF HYPNOSIS 113 13.PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF SELF-HYPNOSIS 119
FOREWORD All of us like to think that our actions and reactions are a result of logical thought processes, but the fact is that suggestion influences our thinking a great deal more than logic. Consciously or unconsciously, our feelings about almost everything are largely molded by ready-made opinions and attitudes fostered by our mass methods of communication. We cannot buy a bar of soap or a filtered cigarette without paying tribute to the impact of suggestion. Right or wrong, most of us place more confidence in what "they" say than we do in our own powers of reason. This is the basic reason why psychiatrists are in short supply. We distrust our own mental processes and want an expert to tell us what to think and feel. Despite this tendency to adopt our attitudes from others, man has always been dimly aware that he can influence his own destiny by directing his thoughts and actions into constructive channels. He has always, to some extent, known that his mind exerts a powerful influence on his body, and that thoughts can have harmful or helpful effects on his emotional and physical health. The ancient Egyptian sleep temples and the attempts by early physicians to drive evil spirits out of the body were both attempts to influence the body through the mind. The unprecedented sale ofThe Power of Positive Thinkingby Norman Vincent Peale and other inspirational literature proves that millions of modern people recognize the efficacy of constructive thoughts. What most of them do not recognize is that they are capable of implanting these beneficial thoughts in their own minds without reference to any outside agencies. This can be done through self-hypnosis. In modern society we have many cults, religions and methodologies which have mental discipline as their goal. The best example of a methodology is psychosomatic medicine which deals with the interrelationship of the mind and body in the production of mental or physical illness. The rapid growth of hypnosis in the last few years is another example, and it is gratifying to see that the emphasis in this field is now shifting from hetero-hypnosis to self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is a highly suggestible state wherein the individual can direct suggestions to himself. It is a powerful tool in any therapeutic process, and highly motivated subjects can parallel the success of hetero-hypnosis through their own efforts. Self-hypnosis can be used as a palliative agent and can even afford lasting results in many areas of the organism. Self-hypnosis can alleviate distressing symptoms, substitute strong responses for weak responses, help overcome bad habits, create good habits and help one's power of concentration. The total personality is eventually changed to the point where it can function adequately in an increasingly difficult environment. In learning self-hypnosis, the subject does not relinquish control of himself as is commonly believed. Actually, more control is gained. Self-sufficiency and self-confidence are inevitable results. It is well to remember, however, that even good things may be overdone, and good judgment is necessary for favorable results. Neither hypnosis nor self-hypnosis should ever be used indiscriminately. The effectiveness of self-hypnosis depends upon many factors. Strong motivation, intelligent application of suggestions and diligence are prerequisites. We are not suggesting that self-hypnosis can take the place of all forms of psychotherapy. We do recommend it as an adjunct to therapy when indicated. Used judiciously, it can contribute a great deal to the individual's physical and emotional well-being and happiness. As a professional hypnotist for many years, I have seen astounding and apparently miraculous results by individuals using self-hypnosis. Many of these cases seem unbelievable to those not familiar with hypnotic phenomena. It should be remembered, though, that many individuals seek hypnosis only when all other forms of therapy have failed. This is so common that hypnosis has come to be known as a port of last call. Yet, despite the seeming hopelessness of such cases, medical literature lists thousands of remarkable recoveries. There is nothing hit or miss about hypnosis. Used intelligently, the results are the same for all those who are properly motivated. Nor are the results singular to modern hypnotists alone. In reviewing the literature going back more than 100 years, the same gratifying results were obtained. The reader would do well to scan some out-of-print books on hypnosis at the library to understand the point further. This book is written in terms that are comprehensible to the layman. The step-by-step instructions should afford the reader a means of acquiring self-hypnosis. The necessary material is here. The reader need only follow the instructions as they are given. The author wishes to thank Robert S. Starrett, member of the American Medical Writers' Association, for his valuable help in the editorial preparation of this book. It is the author's hope that you will, through the selective use of self-hypnosis, arrive at a more rewarding, well-adjusted and fuller life.
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Melvin Powers
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