Where is the profession of hypnosis today? You have probably still seen that Hollywood remains in the past to dramatize the effects.
We have shows that are based on the control of the hypnotist over the subjects on stage. Magicians and other performers still use the power of the mind to mislead and create that suspense in the audience.
Ormand McGill 1913-2005 “The Dean of American Hypnotist” (My Friend) Ormand was born in Palto Alto CA and started as a magician taking the Tarbell Magic Course at a young age. Dr. McGill became a hypnotist as a result of watching a Danish stage hypnotist by the name of DeWaldoza. McGill started performing in 1927 at the age of 14, and continued to perform his whole life. I personally trained with Ormand McGill on a number of occasions and I consider him to have been a mentor and a friend.
There have been a lot of developments in the use of hypnotic language and one development is by Richard Bandler and John Grindler which is referred to as Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP. NLP is more of how to create change in the mind without the use of trance and by rewiring the way ideas are formed and stored in the mind. Frogs to Princes is a great book for more information.
In 1955 the British Medical Association recommended that a description of hypnosis and of its psychotherapeutic possibilities, limitations and dangers be given to the medical undergraduate trainees.
Later, in 1956, Pope Pius XII gave his approval of hypnosis. He stated that the use of hypnosis by health care professionals for diagnosis and treatment is permitted. In an address from the Vatican on hypnosis in childbirth, the Pope gave these guidelines:
1. Hypnotism is a serious matter, and not something to be dabbled in.
2. In its scientific use, the precautions dictated by both science and morality are to be followed.
3. Under the aspect of anesthesia, it is governed by the same principles as other forms of anesthesia.
The American Medical Association in 1958 recognized Hypnosis as a healing modality.
We continue to find more uses for hypnosis than we ever imagined. We have found that suggestions given under surgery can have a direct impact on patients even when they were not intended. The mind is an extremely powerful tool and when used correctly it can possess incredible healing powers. There are several organizations that have been formed to provide guidance to the practice of hypnosis when there is no state or government regulation. Members of these organizations adhere to continuing education as well as certification standards.
We belong to several of these organizations in order to make sure that clients receive the best service possible and we stay on top of new techniques and discoveries. A valuable network of professionals from several countries talk and discuss ideas as well as share real case histories in order to learn and grow in the field. Michael is a proud member of this network of professionals and participates in several of the discussions. We have just begun to explore the science of the mind and hypnosis will play even more of a valuable tool to unlock the powers that we were born with.