Theistic Satanism: Home > Rituals, etc. > Human mind > Hypnosis
by Diane Vera
Copyright © 2006 by Diane Vera. All rights reserved.
Before you practice any kind of magick, I would strongly recommend that you read up on hypnosis first. The techniques of magick, as taught in most books and websites on magick, are largely self-hypnosis. I wouldn't go so far as to say that magick is nothing but self-hypnosis. However, self-hypnosis does play a big role. So, if you practice magick, you are less likely to delude yourself if you recognize and understand the role of self-hypnosis. If you want to practice magick and know what you are doing, it's important to understand what's known about hypnosis.
Do a web search on "hypnosis" and you'll get oodles of sites selling hypnosis audio tapes. Below, I've listed some of the relatively few sites containing text information about hypnosis, rather than just selling tapes.
Unfortunately, there still seems to be some controversy over exactly what hypnosis is and how it works. The sites below represent a variety of points of view.
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding the scientific study of hypnosis (another copy here)
- hypnosis.com: Hypnotic induction techniques and More FAQ's
- Oxford Hypnotherapy: Self Hypnosis - Instructions and Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy - Frequently Asked Questions
- Introduction to hypnosis
- About.com: Hypnosis - What is it, Who can do it? and Hypnosis to Help You Quit Smoking
- Tranceformation Works: Hypnotherapy: The Power of Suggestion and Questions & Answers
- Trance Maker: Hypnosis and Books
- Stephanie Rothman: Wake up and smell the suggestions! and All self-hypnosis is auto-hypnosis, by a hypnotherapist who disagrees with claims commonly made by other hypnotherapists
- Long Island chapter, National Guild of Hypnotists: Hypnosis by Leon Singer, and Q&A about hypnosis
- Brookside Center for Counseling and Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis: Frequently Asked Questions and Possible Dangers and Complications by Maurice Kouguell
- Judith E. Pearson: Hypnotherapy: What You Can Expect and Levels Of Trance And Suggestibility
- Not Your Father's Trance State by M.V. Wood
- Milton H. Erickson
- Dennis R. Wier: A Gentle Introduction to Trance Theory, A Suggested Model for Trance, and Cults, Addictive Trance and Occult Phenomena
- Hypnosis and the Delusiveness of Normal Perception and Logic by Henry Flynt
- American Atheists: Religion, Hypnosis, and Music: An Evolutionary Perspective - I don't agree with the claim that religious experience is nothing but hypnosis, but it's important to understand the role of hypnosis in religion
- Hypnosis (a wary Christian view) by James K. Walker
- Robert Todd Carroll: hypnosis and mind control (brainwashing) - a skeptical view. I agree with most of his thoughts about "mind control" but not about hypnosis. Obviously this guy has never knowingly been in a deep trance.
- The Battle for Your Mind by Dick Sutphen (another copy here) and a critique by Martin Poulter