The History and Uses of Trance by Jacqueline Gaye Terry is another article from the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library. Hypnotherapy is an ancient art that has transformed lives since early mankind. You too can learn self-hypnosis and make positive changes in your life. Look above in the orange and blue bars at just some of ways you can use hypnosis.

The History And Uses of Trance

By: Jacqueline Gaye Terry

Throughout the history of mankind magical rites and incantations have been used to induce meditation or trance states. This was done by chanting, breathing exercises, drumming and dancing. It can be clearly observed that the cadence and intonations of prayer in a relaxing environment, posture, eye fixation on an altar or religious symbol, and rhythmic chanting lead to an altered state of consciousness.

Nearly everything I read on the subject of hypnosis referred to its ancient history. From the earliest times there have been people who seemed to have the power to influence the minds and bodies of other people or themselves. These powers of healing, practiced by saints, priests, witch doctors, tribal leaders, and shaman were thought of as miracles emanating from God or from the leader. These hypnotic-like inductions were used to place an individual in a sleep-like state, although it is now accepted that hypnosis is different from sleep. Read The History and Uses of Trance.

My colleague and former hypnotherapy student, Jacqueline Gaye Terry, wrote The History and Uses of Trance as part of  her Master’s program at Antioch College. I am honored that Jackie agreed to share this article in the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library.

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