Bliss, insight and trance

Let’s dip a toe or two into the hypnotic sciences for a moment.

Before we had gizmos to peek inside the brain, scientists disagreed on the topic.

Did hypnosis work?

If it worked, was it actually doing anything ‘real’ or was it all in the subject’s head?

It was weirdly controversial. I say ‘weirdly’ because anyone who looked into it could see otherwise-impossible things happen.

Like surgeons operating on people without using painkillers or any drugs at all.

In fact, the patients remained conscious throughout the procedure. And not only did they feel no pain during, they felt less pain and had fewer complications afterward than other patients.

(If that sounds too good to be true, there’s a catch. Not every patient can reliably reach that state, and not every hypnotist know how to  cultivate it. Drugs don’t so much work ‘better’ as ‘more easily’.)

Something unexplained was happening here, whether it’s hypnosis or something else.

Now, hypnosis – as a tool that’s both real and effective – has science’s stamp of approval. Scientists no longer question whether it works, just what its limits are.

Like all changes of attitude, this had many catalysts.

One of them being the ability to see inside a living brain.

Once it became trivial to see brainwaves, blood flow and electrical activity, it became easy to test. Researchers used these tools on folks, hypnotised them and saw the changes for themselves.

And, boy, what changes they saw.

Anyone who says they know what hypnosis does to the brain exaggerates. The brain is still mysterious.

But we know some of the things hypnosis does.

It shifts the brainwaves into those associated with deep, meditative trances.

Your lobes being to synchronise their brainwaves.

Both hemispheres communicate more with each other.

And it alters blood flow in strange and interesting ways.

Again, what all this means isn’t entirely clear… but it’s not a total mystery, either.

When your lobes and hemispheres  sync up like this, fun things tend to follow.

Anything from a state of deep and pure bliss…

… to a sudden flash of insight, where you see everything in perspective…

… to a richer sense of awareness, as if someone turned up the resolution of the world.

This can feel deeply pleasant, all the way through to mystical revelation where you feel at one with the universe.

Even a stage hypnosis routine, played purely for gags, can create both these states.

(Although the first one is much more likely.)

And that’s just the tip of what hypnosis can do.

Because in this mental state, your limitations can simply melt away. Do it enough and they never come back.

To begin to experience that, and more, then I invite you to read what’s on offer here:

/monster

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