NATIONAL HYPNOTISM DAY!
Our vague image of hypnotism usually involves some intense comic putting audience members in a trance and getting them to act like a chicken, or horror movie villains hypnotizing fair damsels to love their gnarly old asses, but these are exaggerations of a very real phenomenon.
Hypnosis is a valuable mental therapy tool for skilled practitioners, and self-hypnosis is easily learned and highly recommended for relaxation and inner healing. “But I can’t hypnotize myself,” you exclaim? Nonsense, we hypnotize ourselves all the time. What is driving a car, or shaving, eating a meal or any of the other automatic chores we perform constantly, but Mesmerism?
Do you plan every scrape of knife and fork at every meal? Hardly. Or concentrate on every step on the gas or brakes, every stoplight and left turn? Of course you don’t, you put your brain on automatic pilot and function superbly, leaving your mind free to engage in other activities, like drinking vodka and sending text messages.
Some hypnotism is subliminal (send that dollar now), while some is obvious (The DOLLAR, Now!), but it is an integral part of every life.
The earliest accounts of hypnotism date back over 5,000 years, and it has been exploited by both healers and charlatans ever since. Now, look into the image, LOOK! You will send a dollar to bobcrespo.com every time you hear the word “furniture.”
•Suggested activities: Polishing your furniture.