Hypnosis – Dreaming about God, Money and Health?

Hypnosis – Dreaming about God, Money and Health?


“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all of them, who sold and bought in the temple, and the tables of the changers he turned over and the chairs of those who sold the doves, and he said to them, “It is written: My house shalll be a house of prayer, but you make it a den of thieves.”
Matthew (6:24) explains for a moment why Jesus tipped those tables and chairs: “No one can serve two masters: he will hate the first and love the second,…,You cannot serve God and the mammon.”

Clear message: no money in the temple!

That “you” of Matthew apparently didn’t make sense to the Romans. They said to each other ,”A god and mammon can serve” let us put a temple to the money. In that case, they meant the temple in which Hypnos, whom they called Somnus, also lived. That’s why they put the sleeping god on the coin himself.
Munt met Somnus en broer Thanatos

That coin was minted in 310 and 311 AD and, according to the numismatologists (of the Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) shows marcus Valerius Romulus, the son of Maxentius, on the head side. He died in 309 and father Maxentius had a large mausoleum built for him, in which his body was added. On the reverse side of the coin is a tomb temple with Somnus and his brother Thanatos in the niches on the left and right named Mors by the Romans.

Paleis van de slaapOn the print ‘The Palace of Sleep’ by Hypno (1773) we see a similar temple. On top of the building are the goddesses Diana and Night. Night has in her arms her children Sleep (Hypnos) and Death (Thanatos). In the middle of the niche stands Sleep with poppies in his hand. In the house it is teeming with the Oneiroi (Dreams). The pillars form a gate on the left side and on the right side through which the dreams come out. Above the left gate is an elephant. His ivory tusks refer to the ivory gate from which deceitful dreams come. Devilish guises and trampling people tumble out. The cow on the right personifies the polished horns gate through which the true dreams fly out. Stars, a crescent moon and wonderful people with Indian headdress and turban stand for exotic dreams.

It wasn’t entirely new to put Somnus on a coin. Between 193 and 217 (AD) Julia Domna (170 – 217) was Roman Empress. During her reign she had a coin minted with herself on one side and on the reverse a winged Somnus lying on a lion’s coat and a torch in his hand. Domna was one of the most powerful persons in the Severian house and probably one of the most powerful empresses known to the Roman Empire. She was celebrated as the woman who once again gave philosophy a leading position in the Roman Empire and was praised for her political acumen. Her two sons could drink each other’s blood. Both ended by killer’s hand, and that led Julia Domna to suicide by hunger strike.

Moeder NixThe image on the coin is reminiscent of the prints that Mother Nix (Night) represents. As she flies over the earth with Hypnos, she brings darkness with her black cape and Hypnos scatters the soporific poppies.
If Hypnosis is depicted leaning against a lion or as on julia domna’s coin lies on a leuwen skin then it is thus expressed that sleep controls everything. Painter and Hypnos adept Fernand Khnopff, painted Hypnos in combination with a Sphinx with panther skin.
Des caresses, 1896, Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels. / Affection of the Belgian painter Fernand Khnopff

Schilderij liefkozingAround 1966, designer Rudi Gernreich devised a ‘second skin’ with tiger print because he felt that sexually liberated women should look like jungle beasts Fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa known for his ‘form fitting’ couture; clothing as second skin dressed in 1991 are models in leopard prints. For example, a woman in a fur coat looks like a big cat: cuddly, but beware of the claws. Maybe empress Julia Domnus wanted to be seen that way.
The Greco-Roman author Pausanias (150 AD) mentioned in his travel guide ‘Description of Greece’ that he saw a temple for Asclepius in the town of Sicyon. There are images of Oneiros and Hypnos lulling a lion to sleep. Pausanias uses the name Epidotes for Hypnos, which means “free giver”, a nickname by which other gods such as Zeus, Mantineia and Sparta are also referred to.

Liggend dubbelportret

Munt tweeling Hypnos en Thanatos The twins Hypnosis and Thanatos personify sleep and death. Their attributes are the poppy as a soporific plant and the extinguished torch as the extinguished life. Sleep is often called the small death. Sometimes the brothers are portrayed as one person. This is also the case on this coin from 218-222 Na C. On the head side a young Macedonian senator with diadem and on the other side a winged Somnus / Thanatos with a poppy wreath around the head and lying on a rock. Against his foot stands an inverted extinguished torch.

Beeld van SomnusSometimes Somnus is portrayed as a lying sleeping child like this black Somnus.
In 1770 Josiah Wedgwood Bentley and his partner Thomas Bentley paid five pounds sterling to have a plaster mold made. Their example was the black marble Somnus that Alessandro Algardi made in 1630 and now stands in Galleria Borghese in Rome. With the plaster mold they made Somnus figurines of black basalt and although Wedgwood mentions his image in his sales catalogue Morpheus it is now recognized as Somnus. Here, too, the sleeping god lies on a rocky bottom. With his right arm over his head and in his left hand a bunch of poppies. Although they were once made in series, only two copies have been known worldwide.

Munt met hypnosSeleucus I (358 – September 281 BC), nicknamed Nicator (i.e. “victor”) accompanied general Alexander the Great on his journey to Asia. Then, during his reign, he put a coin into circulation with a bull on one side and the winged head of Hypnos on one side.
During one of his military adventures, Seleucus tried to take advantage of the confusion among his opponents by spreading fabricated stories in the provinces and among their soldiers. According to one, in a dream, he had seen Alexander standing next to him suggesting that he had his support.

After the Greeks conquered Egypt under the leadership of Alexander, they looked for ways to unite both peoples. Therefore, they united several important Greek gods, such as Zeus and Hades with the Egyptian Osiris and bull Apis. The ‘new’ god Serapis, could worship both Greeks and Egyptians,

Ancient sources mention that Seleucus visited the temple of the god Serapis just before Alexander’s death. This contraction between Osiris and the bull god Apis was attributed to healing talents by Asclepius. Seleucus is said to have slept in the temple in the hope that Alexander’s health would improve. However, this story is doubted because the Greek-Egyptian Serapis had not yet been invented at that time. Perhaps he visited a temple of Asclepius where there was usually a place for Hypnos.
The bull god Apis was a fertility symbol with which kings of the Old Empire liked to move. Would Seleucus portray himself on the coin and underline his dream support of Alexander the Great with the image of the god of sleep and dreams? To highlight that vision, a coin that went hand-to-hand was an ideal propaganda tool.
During the reign of the Ptolemaic, the worship of the Apisstier became a real cult. The choice by priests of a young black bull with a white square on his forehead was accompanied by a great feast. The bull’s death followed days of national mourning. Because the bull connected with Osiris after his death, he was also a god of death.

The combination god Serapis was not yet born. Did Seleucus try first with the Greek Hypnos and the Egyptian Apis? The combination of sleep and death already existed. Life and death as two sides of a coin?

Munt met koning EndymionIn 44 BC, the Romanes paid for their messages with a denarius bearing the funeral of Julius Caesar. She shows his wax effigy (simulacrum) as the shepherd/king Endymion, resurrected from sleep/death, as moon goddess Selene (Luna) gets off her wagon to visit him. She is best known for her love for the shepherd Endymion, who eventually became a god.
The winged figure with the torch of immortality is possibly Hypnos (Somnus)


Money in the temple, right?

Hypnotherapist indebted to Hypnos
In the vast kingdom of the Gods of the Romans and Greeks, Hypnos was a small but feisty little god who was apparently important enough to raise awareness of each coin from time to time.

Most other gods have no more than one expression. We can run into a box of Pandorra, have an Archileshiel, do Sisifuswork by fattening an Augiastal and end up being dead anyway.

But the star of Hypnos is steadily rising. Not only has he had a growing following worldwide in the person of thousands of hypnotherapists since 1843, his currency is also growing in value.
With a drachma on which a bull and Somnus stand, a Roman could buy a loaf of bread 2,300 years ago after his visit to the Somnus Temple. Now he pays for an hour of hypnotherapy. (€85.00)
With an assarion you could buy a bag full of groceries around 200 AD in the city of Nikopolis ad Istrum where Julia Domna was in charge. If the modern hypnotherapist accepts this currency in his temple, it is good for a hypnotic gastric band. (€450.00)

©2020, Johan Eland

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Highway hypnosis: by car in trance

Highway hypnosis: by car in trance

Three-part article about highway hypnosis and going into a trance in the car.

The sea can hypnotize

The sea possesses a power of moods, which works as a will. The sea can hypnotize. Nature can do that in general. The great secret is the dependence of the human will on the “without will”. Henrik Ibsen writes this in his notes on his play “De Vrouw van de Zee” The Woman of the Sea. (Clara Stuyver p. 29)


In 1911 Ibsen receives acclaim from Willy Hellpach. He notes in his book Geopsyche that the rustling of the sea creates a slight hypnosis. Hellpach compares the sea to waterfalls and forest noise, which he all scissors among the hypnoids. Relaxation of body and mind is the result.
Hellpach points out that the colors green and blue dominate the landscape. These natural colours are soothing and create a serene mood. It’s not just the natural landscape that has this quality. The human-dominated landscape also has this influence.

White stripes & imagination

Kirchners hypnosis drawing

Athanasius Kircher describes in his ‘Ars magna lucis et umbrae’, a wonderful example of the imagination of chickens. He ties the legs of a chicken with a string and puts the animal on the ground. After some floundering and shouting, the beast lies still, “as if in its fruitless attempts, it despairs of flight, and surrenders to the arbitrariness of the victor.”

Then Kircher draws a straight line with chalk, for each chicken eye, and loosens the rope: the animal remains motionless, even after trying to hunt it down. Kircher concludes that the chicken imagines that the pinstripe is the rope, with which it is bound to the legs as before, and thus cannot stand up.
Professor J.N. Czermak (1826-1872) takes a particularly wild and shy chicken and lets her hold firmly despite fierce opposition and shouting by a servant. He then presses the neck and head on the tabletop with his left hand and pulls a straight pinstripe on the table with his other hand, from the end of the beak.

Released, the animal remains on the table for quite some time, panting but motionless, and lets itself turn on the back without waking up or trying to get out of this unnatural position. Czermak is surprised by this, but does not accept Kircher’s declaration of ‘the imagination’ of the chicken. He wipes out the pinstripe and the chicken stays down.

New tests without chalk and without strings yield the same result. Only holding and pressing neck and head in a straight line have the same effect: the animal remains motionless. The alleged ‘portrayal’ of chickens has been refuted. The same tests with ducks, geese, turkeys and once a shy, very wild swan, run the same way: the animals remain immobile for a while, no matter how difficult and forced their posture is.
With chickens that Czermak uses more often, it doesn’t always work. New wild chickens are the most suitable. In pigeons, all tests fail. That’s why Czermak abandons his first hypothesis. According to him, it is not true that holding and pressing down in a straight line of the neck and head cause some kind of tension or rupture in parts of the brain of the spinal cord followed by a temporary nerve slackening. If this guess was correct, it would also work with pigeons.
In the meantime, it appears that tying the legs and the pinstripes are unnecessary, but not without meaning. Through follow-up research, Czermak discovers that three things work together to obtain the result:

  1. the gentle but irresistible violence, the muscles affected in the holding of the recalcitrant, fearful animal,
  2. the pressure on the nerves of the skin that is unavoidable when touching, holding or binding the animals, and
  3. the seemingly nonsensical pinstripes,

Often you can bring a chicken, which is ‘enchanted’ just beforehand, awake and flown away, in the same state of numbness in an instant. You only have to press her flat when she is standing on her legs and press the muscles with your hand on her back, gently and regularly. Usually she then, let loose, lie motionless for a few minutes, with a stretched neck, head raised and eyes opened.

Smaller birds, like ice creams, putters, canaries, you usually only have to lay and hold on their backs for a short time. Then they sleep and you can let them go. A frog is even more sensitive and does not last a moment on its back. If you force it to lie down and then tie a string around each front leg, then this slight pressure on the nerves of the skin is enough to make it numb. This example explains the influence, which is the binding of kircher’s chicken’s legs. The secret is not in the impossibility of walking away but in the pressure on the nerves of the legs, thinks Czermak.

To be continued…

The immeasurable power of the heart

The immeasurable power of the heart

Limitation versus infinity from the immeasurable power of the heart.

With subjects such as hypnosis and mind-body-spirit relationships, you don’t make friends in most of the friends circles. Within the recognised civil society organisations, these topics are not a subject of regular meetings or discussions. However, in private circles or in the confidentiality with friends, these topics can be discussed extensively and in depth at various levels. What is it, however, also mainly how is it, how does it feel, how does it work? Who has experience with it and what are its benefits? Related subjects such as near-death experiences and previous lives are also seen in some groups. But also the relationship between the state of trance and energy fields comes into play.

Studies from various scientific disciplines have shown in recent decades that human consciousness influences matter. Indeed, the pioneers in the field of human transformation go a little further still by establishing the link between hypnosis and multidimensionality. The state of trance or the transpersonal hypnosis (self-hypnosis) is seen as a “small dot of our ability to enter the multidimensionality.(1) If you keep yourself busy with the question of how all this is possible and thereby you forget to focus on the fact that it works, you lose much of the essence that lies behind it. If our attention stays with the experience, the how will become self-evident. In this respect, there is also an increasing number of connecting factors, because when it comes to the state of trance and the relationship with the energy fields, we can think of the fact that the electromagnetic field of the heart is 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. The question then arises: who makes contact with the energy fields, the heart or the brain?

Scientists have discovered that during the communication between heart and brain, more signals go from the heart to the brain than vice versa. In fact, even more so when the heart rhythm becomes chaotic – due to stress or negative feelings – the heart also sends chaotic signals to the brain, which disrupts the mind, the motor skills of the person etc. The heart also sends chaotic signals to the brain. In this way, the person lives at a very low level of being, so that his/her potential is not used. The state of trance and the connection to the energy fields are not achieved from this low level. People who are emotionally intelligent know how to achieve a certain heart coherence. This connects them to the enormous energy field of their heart. This energy field does not stand alone, as nothing around us stands on its own, and connects itself with the energy fields of the universe. This is the language for communication with other dimensions while the trance makes the environment suitable for this to happen. We can see, for example, that approaching these subjects cannot be done in the traditional way or in the materialistic way of thinking. The same applies to emotional intelligence that cannot be approached, interpreted and/or understood from the perspective of intellectual intelligence.

Or as Einstein said when it comes to your approach to your life:

There are only two ways to live your life: pretending that nothing is a miracle, and pretending that everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)


(1)Eric D. Leskowits – Transpersonal hypnosis, page 176.

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Brain versus mind explained as process versus content.

Brain versus mind explained as process versus content.

More and more scientific studies of psychology, neurophysiology, genetics, psychoneuroimmunology and quantum physics over the past 20-30 years have revealed facts and evidence that lead to the same conclusion: body and mind work together and an approach that separates them causes us difficulties.

Even though neurophysiologists have known since the 19th century that brain structures and mental functions were collaborating, their explanation was not yet clear. In 1994, the following was made clear in “Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience”:

Although everyone agrees that the mind has something to do with the brain, there is still no general agreement on the exact nature of this relationship.

The Santiary theory explains the relationship between mind and brain clearly and clearly. If the brain is the matter or the thing that functions in a visible way, the mind is the process that uses the structure of the brain to initiate thinking. According to this theory, the brain is thus a specific structure with which the process (read: mind) works. In short, the relationship between brain and mind is equal to a relationship between structure and process.  (1)

In this context, the concept of process includes perception, conviction and feeling, and these combine through the structure (brain) in the body to initiate a chemical reaction that produces a certain behaviour. Matter (brain) and energy (spirit) go through each other, work together and influence each other. Who plays the leading role? The mind of course, because the mind is the content that fills and shapes the structure of the brain. How can you know that this is true? People who are optimistic live longer and healthier lives, while people who are pessimistic tend to have health problems more often and their lifespan is shorter. This has to do with the content of observations, beliefs, thoughts and feelings that defines the process (physical mind) and is then inserted into the structure (brain).

This continuous collaboration explains the placebo effect and effect of hypnosis. This continuous collaboration affects the quality of life of the individual and his or her health.

Hypnosis helps to make unconscious emotions aware and then to process and release them. Through hypnosis, emotional issues are brought into contact with the subconscious and emotional charges are released by using different hypnosis techniques. This means that your feelings and thoughts change and as a result of this your behaviour also changes. In this way you give a different twist to the process (your mind) to which your brain responds. You will behave differently and feel different as a result, and you will notice that your social contacts improve and your health improves.



Fritjof Capra – Het levensweb Levende organismen en systemen: verbluffend nieuw inzicht in de grote samenhang, Kosmos-Z&K Uitgevers – Utrecht/Antwerpen, 1996, pg.176

The value of participating a hypnosis convention

The value of participating a hypnosis convention

This is a personal story and I hope by writing it down it will inspire you to consider participating one the beautiful hypnosis conventions that are being organized.

In 2008 I felt it was necessary for my personal wellbeing to find a training to learn self-hypnosis. My work brought a lot of stress, not really in a negative way, however, having my own company as an ICT strategic advisor and being engaged in setting up an international network for strengthening women entrepreneurship was a lot to deal with. I thought it important to take good care of myself and thought that learning self-hypnosis was a valuable thing.

At that time, I could not find any self-hypnosis training sessions, however, I found a training to become a hypnotist. My line of thinking was that during that training I most certainly would learn self-hypnosis. That was far from the truth, I learned to become a hypnotist, however, for learning the valuable techniques of self-hypnosis I had to fly to Deland to have a training with Gerald Kein, which I did in 2009.

Anyhow, since 2008 I knew that hypnosis was my ‘thing’ and I became a hypnotherapist and in 2012 I became certified instructor for OMNI Hypnosis Training Center and started to visit international hypnosis conventions. Until I participated one of these conventions  I actually have no idea of how enriching that is. Here is the list of how I benefited participating in these conventions.

  • It helped me to become better in my work. I participated many workshops and trainings and there is always something small or big that you pick up at a convention that helps you in your work.
  • Connecting with many people from abroad helped me connecting in a wide variety of networks. I learned a lot on how marketing is done in other countries, how they deal with legal issues amongst other things and that help me think more clearly about the problems I encounter in my work.
  • It helped me to have a greater awareness on the totality of the field of hypnosis, because there are people from different backgrounds, different hypnosis schools and that helped to widen my view.
  • It helped me to become more profound in my profession. Connecting with people who work in the same area and hearing their stories from different countries, backgrounds makes that you have always something interesting to bring to the table in my own environment.
  • It helped me grow in the profession. I would not have dreamed when I started visiting conventions in 2013 that I would write my own book. The beauty of it is that in publishing this book I had a lot of international help. This help would never have materialized without connecting with other hypnotists via conventions.
  • I presented workshops and was selected to present at these conventions and that also a beautiful thing to do since it helped me even grow more in my profession.
  • Last but certainly not least is the fun of meeting with colleagues that over the years now have become friends.

Now here is your chance to participate in one or more international hypnosis convention that are open to hypnotistis from all backgrounds:

28-30 October 2016 LONDON  http://ukhypnosisconvention.co.uk/

4-6 November 2016 BERLIN https://hypnosekongress.net/

It is all in your head

It is so easy to say: “It is all in your head.” And that is what you have to live with when you have an inexplicable pain because of something like fybromyalgia.  Aggravated by the fact that there seems to be some kind of blame from bystanders: “It is all in your head, so do something about it.” It is not that easy though. When someone is having severe pain complaints he or she would solve it immediately if it was easy doing so using the normal consciousness.

Why something hurts or why it does not hurt is very complex. We do not have a pain center in our head. Actually we have 9 parts in our brain that are involved in the decision making proces to decide if a pain signal must be sent to the area that is damaged or sensitive. Not only the severity of the damage is a factor in this decision making proces of our brain, also other experiences, our own thoughts and factors from our environment. The proces of ‘feeling’ pain and why one person seems to be more bothered is explained very well in the book Explain Pain by David Buttler and Lorimer Moseley.

A recent study from the University of  Manchester suggests that talk therapies could be useful for people with chronic pain caused by fybromyalgia or arthritis. Pain seems to be depending on how the brain translates the signals coming from the diseased body parts. European Journal of Neuroscience, Volume 39, Issue 4, Pages 663-672, February 2014

Research seems to confirm what we already know from our hypnosis office: hypnosis can be of great importance to people with chronic pain. Why hypnosis is such an amazing tool to use for pain relieve is explained through research by universities such as Harvard, Yale and Standford. When suggestions are given during a hypnosis session, these suggestions are capable to pass the cortex – which is the part of our brain that takes care of our logical reasoning – and go directly to the limbic endocrine system – the part that occupies itself with fear, memory and stress. The limbic system processes signals from the cortex, however, it can also process orders that come in through external sources such as suggestions given through hypnosis, according to Ron Eslinger.

He says furthermore:  “Chronic pain is that pain that has lasted for over six months and by medical standards has no purpose. Phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and back pain can fall into this category.  Because cells actually have their own consciousness and respond to messages sent to them by the Limbic system hormones (neuro-chemical transmitters), these cells can recreate their base line feelings of comfort which changes how we physically feel through thoughts and hypnotic suggestions. There is evidence (empirical data) suggesting these cells, when given directions by the Limbic system to decrease cortisol, respond favorably. Cortisol is the stress hormone when received in small amounts protects, however in large amounts over time it can cause arthritis and other chronic pain syndromes.  The beauty of hypnosis is that it decreases cortisol levels.”

The fact that we feel pain with our head gives us the opportunity to do something about it using methods that are able to pass the normal consciousness to make use of the subconscious in order to pass the cortex and give acceptable suggestions to the limbic system using hypnosis. The most dramatic way in which we can do so is by operating without any chemical anesthesia, which is done now in several hospitals in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

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