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Hypnosis as a mechanism of inducing deep healing sleep

Identifier

026220

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Deep non dreaming sleep heals, it allows the body to repair itself untroubled by the commands of the will or the lessons from dreams.  Whilst dreams may help solve psychological problems only very deep sleep [or coma] heals effectively.  There is one interesting addition to this fact however.  Hypnosis appears able to put people into this very very deep sleep state, as such hypnosis may help heal insomniacs – both of their insomnia and their illnesses

A description of the experience

Illustrations Of The Influence Of The Mind Upon The Body In Health And Disease, Designed To Elucidate The Action Of The Imagination - Daniel Hack Tuke, M.D., M.R.C.P.,

The influence of [hypnotism/hypnotherapy], when carried to the stage of " nervous sleep” must be regarded as among the secondary effects of psychophysical agents. Sound and refreshing sleep in cases of insomnia is no insignificant blessing; and we have no doubt there may be instances in which to produce it by acting upon the mind, is more beneficial in the long-run ….
[Hypnotism/hypnotherapy] possesses this great advantage, that, while the Imagination, Faith, or Expectation of the patient may be beneficially appealed to, this is not essential; the mere concentration of the Attention having a remarkable influence, when skilfully directed, in exciting the action of some parts, and lowering that of others. The short period of time required, also, compares favourably with that consumed in some other forms of mental therapeutics. It is to be hoped that fresh interest will be awakened in this method of relieving pain, defective action of the nerves of special sense, and neuro-muscular affections, whether arising from excessive or defective action

The source of the experience

Hack Tuke, Daniel

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans