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review 2016-08-28 15:27
Back Room Hypnosis - Ava Sterling

Paige is bored with life.  In the hope to fix it, her friend sets up an appointment with her hypnotist. 


I can understand Paige perfectly.  The solution is hot, hot, hot!  The build-up to unlocking Paige’s desire is fantastic.  I could feel the arousal building in Paige as she unleashes her fantasy.  I like how the hypnotist allows Paige to control the fantasy but is still in control.  I like the power exchange between them.


I would like to see more of Paige with her hypnotist and others.  I like her.

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review 2016-04-24 00:00
Instant Self-Hypnosis: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open
Instant Self-Hypnosis: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open - Forbes Robbins Blair Really good techniques! A must reread.
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review 2016-03-23 19:39
Review: "The Cure for Dreaming" by Cat Winters
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters
I’ve been waiting to read this book since it has been released. I haven’t read anything by Cat Winters before but because I’ve kept seeing this novel everywhere and because it has a gorgeous cover (which, by the way, is even more beautiful in reality: the cover's details and the chapters interspersed with fascinating archival photos and art, are simply perfect, so when I received it I admired it all day long), I wanted so bad to have it. When I've finally got it I was super excited and I had great expectations from it…and guess what? I wasn’t disappointed. I love it!!

Cat Winters is an amazing author and now, after reading The Cure for Dreaming, I will surely buy her other books. The novel is written in such a way that you’re transported to the time period of its setting (The year 1900, Portland, Oregon, a period when women were fighting for their right to vote alongside men.) One of those suffragists is our narrator, Olivia, whose father is very much against the idea of women entering the domain of politics and because of that he hires Henri to hypnotize his daughter into submission and to eliminate her rebellious thoughts. She is forced to say "All is well" instead of any true, angry feelings, but Henri also gives her the ability to see the world as it truly is, which can be a blessing or a curse. Olivia is trying to find a way to make her mind her own again.
The hypnosis part is really interesting.


This is one of the few books, which I’ve read, that made me feel so attached to the characters since the first pages.
I loved Olivia and I felt so much sympathy for her. Olivia Mead is a realistic character and an intelligent young lady, who likes to read (especially, Dracula) and who fights for her rights in a society ruled by men, who regarded women as weak and who think that women has to be submissive, and that’s one of the things I admire about her.

As for the main male character, I can say that from the very first scene, I adored him; I’ve finally found another book boyfriend, yeeey! I love him and I fell under his spell since the first pages; I was simply hypnotized by him. Unlike the other male characters who are misogynist and anti-suffragists, Henri Reverie is a pro-suffragist who respect women and understand that they are equal to men. He is sweet and he cares for Olivia. They would form such a nice couple, but the focus wasn’t on their relationship and it is understandable.

Another character who has to be mentioned is Olivia’s father. I hate him so much, he is a misogynist and a bad father, because he doesn’t even try to understand his daughter’s feelings, he doesn’t even listen to what she has to say and by trying to “help” her he makes her suffer more. Not to forget Percy, another young men whose mentality is representative for the society in which he lives; he believes that women have to be docile, quiet and submissive, so yeah, the majority of men in this novel annoy me and I’m not even a feminist.

The setting was perfect and, like I said, Winters style of writing makes everything to be so realistic and it makes the reader to feel like his living in those times.

There was only one problem about this book, there was just one time I was disappointed and that was the moment when I finished it, I woke up from the hypnosis and I realized that it has not and it’s not going to have a sequel…T.T

I totally recommend it, so don't just stay there! GO READ IT and let yourself be hypnotized by this incredible novel!!!


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text 2014-04-04 04:58
Hypnosis Therapy for Mind, Body and Soul

Westhill House Highgate Consulting Rooms, the consulting rooms are located in West Hill House, a quiet building in Swain's Lane, set back from the road. Swain's Lane is one of Highgate's most charming streets. It is within 50 meters of Hampstead Heath and with easy access to bus, train and underground. Local restaurants and cafés add to the friendly, village atmosphere.


Westhill House Highgate Consulting presents this article By Sylviana Hamdani, we hope the following information will be useful for Londoners.


In the words of Carl Jung: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Human beings are complex organisms. Our well-being depends on a lot of factors inside and outside of us. Many of them we don’t truly understand ourselves.


“Human beings are multidimensional,” said Adi W. Gunawan, a certified clinical hypnotherapist as well as president and founder of the Indonesia Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists (AHKI) — a body of around 300 members headquartered in Surabaya, East Java. “We have bodies, minds and spirits, which are all interconnected.”


According to Adi, the mind is the axis of us all.


“When the mind is distraught, everything in our lives, including our health, careers and relationship will usually go awry,” he said.


The mind is divided into two levels; the conscious and subconscious.


“The conscious is like the captain of the ship,” Adi said. “It plans, makes decisions and commands. But the execution depends largely on the subconscious.”


The hypnotherapist, who is registered with the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, compares the subconscious to a ship’s crew.


“[The subconscious] is nine times stronger than the conscious,” Adi said. “That’s why when they refuse to work, there’s very little the captain can do.”


The subconscious mind contains beliefs, past emotions and memories. Many of these we are not truly aware ourselves.


“They are the master program of your life,” the author of 22 books said.


According to the hypnotherapist, the subconscious starts writing the master program of our lives from the womb.


“It records everything that the baby hears or feels inside the womb.”


These earliest records, made when we are barely conscious (as babies or young children), are the strongest of all and may steer all of our future lives.


“It programs everything in our lives, including our health and wellbeing,” he explained.


The subconscious mind keeps on recording throughout our lives. And bad experiences, if left unresolved, may deeply scar the subconscious.

“We’re all like earthen pots on a stove,” he said. “Bad experiences fire us and make what’s inside us boil and steam, which is okay. But the dangerous thing is that when the lid is on and we cannot let off any steam [from our boiling pots].”


Under such circumstances, according to the hypnotherapist, our defense mechanism will automatically activate to prevent us from exploding.


“The pots will begin to crack,” he said. “These cracks are usually represented with psychosomatic disorders and illnesses.”



According to research done by the American College of Family Physicians, 90 percent of today’s illnesses are caused by psychogenic (mind-related) factors.


These psychogenic factors include unresolved past experience, trauma, stress, unresolved present issues and self-conflicts.


Psychosomatic illnesses largely vary between allergies, auto-immune diseases, skin disorders, diabetes, stroke and cancers.


Among these psychosomatic disorders is obsessive-compulsive behavior, insomnia, phobias and panic attacks.


To cure psychosomatic disorders, a hypnotherapist would use a regression technique to bring the patient to the moment when the bad experience first occurred.


“We have to take them there [to the past] to cure them,” he said. “Only then can the trauma properly be resolved.”


According to Adi, it may take between four and six sessions for the hypnotherapist to locate the problems and cure the psychosomatic disorders in the patient. Warning! There had been complaints that some hypnotherapists recommends 20 or 30 sessions which is a con.


For psychosomatic illnesses, the hypnotherapist recommends the patients to also seek medical help.


‘Not doctors’

“Hypnotherapists are not doctors,” he said. “But hypnotherapy may assist medical treatments.”


Linda, a 50-year-old housewife in Surabaya, experienced intense bleeding in 2011. Her gynecologist diagnosed her with endometriosis and recommended her to undergo a curettage procedure.


In 2012, Linda experienced more heavy bleeding. She went to a hospital in Singapore, where she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.


“I was utterly devastated,” she said.


To help cope with her intense medical treatments, she also visited an experienced hypnotherapist in her hometown. The hypnotherapist located her unresolved anger toward a family member.


Together, they worked on resolving the problem in hypnotherapy sessions.


“The funny thing is, when I had truly forgiven him [the family member], the bleeding stopped,” she said. “And the cancerous tissue totally disappeared from my body.”


“Everyone has cancer cells in their bodies,” Adi said. “When we’re experiencing severe depression and trauma, our immune system drops and the cancer cells may actually grow and consume our healthy parts.”


The role of hypnotherapy in this example is to bring peace and order to the minds of the patients.


“The body can always heal itself,” Adi said.


‘The big snowball’

Some physicians have also incorporated hypnotherapy into their medical practices.

“Hypnotherapy helps a lot of medical cases,” said Adhiarta, an internal medicine specialist from Bandung, West Java.


“Diseases are like snowballs,” Adhiarta said. “We, medical practitioners, deal only with its final condition [the big snowball]. But with hypnotherapy, we can get to the core of the [medical] problems.”


According to Adhiarta, using hypnotherapy methods in his medical practice has helped a lot of his patients. His diabetic patients, for example, find it easier to follow strict diets after agreeing to receive positive mental suggestions through hypnosis.


Recently, he also conducted a laparotomy [abdomen surgery] on a patient in Bandung without anesthesia.


“He didn’t feel any pain at all during and after the surgery,” Adhiarta said.


Dentist Mia Gracia from Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, also combines hypnotherapy with dental medicine.


“Hypnotherapy has helped me a lot to understand the underlying issues beneath dental problems,” Mia said. “We, dentists, are not only treating a tooth or two. We’re dealing with the entire human-beings.”

For example, one of her patients always has problems with her right teeth, but never with her left teeth. With hypnotherapy, the dentist found out that the patient never used her left teeth for eating at all because of a childhood trauma.


“The trauma has to be cured because chewing with only one side of the mouth is not healthy for your teeth, jaws, neck and shoulders in the long run,” she said.


The dentist sometimes uses hypnotherapy for root canals and tooth extractions without anesthetics.


“In these cases, hypnotherapy is a great help for those that are allergic to anesthetics,” the dentist said.


However, doctors should always get their patient’s consent before performing hypnotherapy.


“[Doctors] shouldn’t be like ‘Superman’ and perform hypnotherapy on patients without their consents, even if it’s for their own good,” she said. “If so, [the hypnotherapy] will fail and result in trauma on the patients.”


Although hypnotherapy is getting more popular in the country these days, the president of AHKI suggests patients to be careful when choosing their hypnotherapists.


“Hypnotherapists are still non-licensed professions in Indonesia,” Adi said.


“Until now, there are no government standards or regulations for this profession. So, basically every [hypnotherapy] educational institution may issue their own certifications.”


AHKI, referring to the standards of ACHE in the United States, requires that all hypnotherapists joining the organization must complete over 200 hours of classroom sessions in reputable educational institutions.


Adi suggested patients to ask a lot of questions with the therapist through the phone before meeting them in person.


“You have every right to ask about the hypnotherapist’s certification and study methods before agreeing to be treated by him or her,” Adi said.


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