Improved Healing Through Hypnosis

Can hypnosis actually help you heal faster?  That’s the topic of this week’s episode. We discuss a 1999 study from Harvard Medical School that showed improved healing in patients with ankle fractures when they used a combination live hypnosis sessions and hypnosis audio recordings.  The study was very small; there were only 12 patients. Here’s […]

History of Hypnotism: Franz Anton Mesmer

The terms “animal magnetism” and “mesmerized” trace back to one man.  Franz Anton Mesmer was a hypnotist… but he didn’t know that.

When Hypnosis Doesn’t Work

Hypnosis is not a magic bullet.  It doesn’t always work.  Hypnotists generally don’t like to talk about this, but it’s an important part of professional development to learn and grow from the times in which things don’t go like we planned.

Is Hypnotizability Genetic?

In this episode, we discuss a 2006 study that connects hypnotizability to certain genes that work with dopamine.  You can read the report here.

Who Was Father Hell?

Father Maximilian Hell was a Jesuit priest who contributed to the development of hypnotism in the 1700’s. Find out how in this episode of Hypnotic Thoughts. If you’d like to read more about Father Hell, visit these resources:

Cultivating Loving Energy

This is a short video session that takes you through the process of shifting your personal energy by going to inner resources and recalling a previous emotional state.  When you get stressed, or sad, or disappointed, you can use this simple technique to bring you back to loving energy.  Cultivating loving energy on a regular […]

Hypnosis and Confidence

Chris Delaney helps people boost their confidence and go into job interviews better prepared.  We spoke with him about what gets in people’s way and how to create confidence quickly and effectively. If you’d like to learn more about the work Chris, visit If you’d like help getting ready for your next interview, visit […]

How to Use Chevreul’s Pendulum

Ideomotor effect is the concept that just thinking a thought causes tiny muscular movements through the body that correspond to the thought.  Typically, you aren’t consciously aware of the movements at all.  With a pendulum, you can assess the ideomotor response of another person, or even yourself.  We’ll show you how in this video.

What is Chevreul’s Pendulum?

We’re resurrecting an oldie, but a goodie, this week.  What is Chevreul’s pendulum? To learn more about the life of Michel-Eugene Chevreul, click here. If you don’t have a Chevreul’s pendulum, but would like to purchase one, email The online store doesn’t exist anymore, but Paul still has the materials to make them and […]

What is Conversational Hypnosis

Conversational hypnosis, also known as Ericksonian hypnosis, is a sub-genre of hypnotism that led to the creation of Neuro-linguistic programming and modern hypnosis programs that are marketed as “covert hypnosis” or “black ops hypnosis.”