mind at rest, I don't claim the ability to raise the dead from their graves,
or communicate with them in elaborate séances. But in my own way,
I am trying to resurrect the pioneers of our art by making available in
English, for the very first time, their long-forgotten words, which retrace
the history of our profession.
>Read what Freud, Bernheim, Kroger and Bramwell said about Liébeault-first in our series of pioneering minds!
Some of us will argue that the history of hypnosis begins with Milton Erickson. A psychiatrist of mythical proportions, he literally trance-formed our understanding of the unconscious, and his work has had a profound influence on many modern-day masters of change technology. He promised his voice would go with us, and it still does, through wonderful transporting stories passed along orally and in written form.
But Dr. Erickson did not emerge out of a vacuum. The roots of our profession extend much deeper, and some of the 20th Century techniques we regard as revolutionary were already in use hundreds of years ago. In fact, Erickson and all we who follow him owe much to a long list of less-known explorers of the unconscious frontier. Our teachers and we have benefited from the courage and efforts of dozens of pioneers who faced numerous obstacles and public disapproval to explore an art often misunderstood and frequently rebaptized throughout the centuries: Mesmerism, animal magnetism, zoomagnetism, somnambulism, electromagnetism, lucid sleep, induced sleep, artificial sleep, Braidism, neurypnology or, as we call it today… hypnosis.
--Laurent Carrer, author/translator
Ambroise-Auguste Liébeault: The Hypnological Legacy of a Secular Saint.
Jose Custodio de Faria: Hypnotist, Priest and Revolutionary.
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