New hypnosis podcast of HypnoMum and Ayla

New hypnosis podcast of HypnoMum and Ayla

In these podcasts with HypnoMum and Ayla talk about what hypnosis is. Our aim behind this fortnightly series of podcasts is to have fun and inform people about what hypnosis is all about.

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02 What is hypnosis


01 Meet HypnoMum and Ayla

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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…

Havening to reduce anxiety – a self-help tool

Havening to reduce anxiety – a self-help tool

New powerfull tool for self-help

Now you can experience a beautiful new technique for self-help called the Havening Techniques® that can be used to treat the intricate relation between mind and body to solve fears, anxiety and a whole range of other problems.

What is the Havening Technique®

Havening is a psycho-sensory therapy based on neuroscientific research that can help to resolve all kinds of problems that are stress related. The techniques are easy to use, work very fast and help to calm down, to become relaxed and to heal trauma based problems, fears, anxiety and even chronic pain. 

Demonstration on Self-Havening

You can follow along in a self-havening session demonstrated by Stephen Travers.

Help with anxiety problems during the corona  crisis

In the next video you see an interview with Stephen Travers on TV3 where he is explaining how Havening can be used during these times of anxiety because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

As a therapist you can follow the Havening Techniques® training by Stephen Travers in the Netherlands on 13 and 14 November 2020.

You can find information on Stephen Travers via his website. 

Hypnosis Community

Hypnosis Community

Now you can have a free membership of the Hypnosis Community. This is a platform for free resources on hypnosis, hypnotherapy. It provides free self hypnosis audio’s, links to video’s on hypnosis, all kinds of information and scientific backgrounds. You can create your own discussion group there.

This platform is for the general public to learn more about hypnosis and the fantastic results we achieve with it. It is not meant as a discussion platform for hypnotherapist, they can use for this the group function though.

Register for you free account today. 

The fear virus spreads the fastest

The fear virus spreads the fastest

The world in the grip of the coronavirus, with the fear virus spreading the fastest. And yes, we certainly shouldn’t underestimate this virus. Yet we have the most to gain when staying calm and calm and not going along with the fear that is fueled by the news coverage. The fear spreads faster than the virus itself.

Stress suppresses the immune system

One of the consequences of anxiety is stress and stress in turn suppresses the immune system, making us more susceptible to contracting infection through, for example, a virus. In addition to the hygiene measures, it is therefore mainly to ensure sufficient relaxation and to get rid of stress as much as possible.


Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the interaction between psychological processes, the nervous system and the immune system of the human body. This relative new branch of science clearly depicts the Mind-Body relationship and the interaction of our minds on our bodies. This study shows that stress can have a major negative impact on the immune system.

No difference between a lion and an angry boss

Christian Schubert’s book “Was uns krank power was uns heilt” indicates that it basically makes no difference to our bodies whether we are arguing with our boss, whether we are attacked by a lion or we have a virus attack. The body basically reacts the same. Adrenaline and cortisol are released into the blood to provide extra energy. The immune system is slightly suppressed, again to provide extra energy, blood pressure goes up and blood can clot slightly faster and so there are even more physical processes that play a role in stress. This mechanism is designed to ensure that we can flee or fight and let our bodies set optimally to it.

Our body actually makes no difference between having to flee a lion or the stress that a negative e-mail can evoke. Physical complaints start where we continue to be under stress and the body is more difficult to get rid of this ‘flight/fight’ attitude.

Chronic stress contributes to chronic diseases

Increasingly, it is reflected that chronic stress contributes to chronic diseases. If increased stress is in the body for a long time, all kinds of problems can arise. Schubert writes in his book that, for example, the vascular lining can show cracks, which makes it easy to attach to it. Because the immune system is somewhat suppressed by the stress, the white blood cells do not manage to clean up this plaque: they can therefore die on top of the plaque and then contribute to increasing the problem.

In the shorter term, stress is also problematic

For example, research has shown that stress persists for more than a month, but less than half a year doubled the risk of contracting a cold. In people who were under stress for at least two years, the risk quadrupled. Furthermore, research shows that stress doubled the wound healing by 40.

So you can do something yourself

In other words, you can do something yourself to reduce the risks of infection with a virus. Ensure good hygiene measures and don’t get carried away in the stress of a possible pandemic. Save your rest and ensure a good balance with regular relaxation. Due to relaxation of your body and mind, your immune system gets plenty of room to function as it is intended.

Relaxing with hypnosis

Hypnosis is one of the most powerful and fast shapes to relax deeply physically and mentally. We teach people a technique that allows people to relax very deeply within a minute and maintain this relaxation for a predetermined time limit, for example a minute, 5 minutes or half an hour. This brings hypnosis to relaxation.

If you want to know more, sign up for one of hypnosis trainings in the Netherlands or immediately find an OMNI hypnotherapist to learn this powerful relaxation technique.