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TOPIC: trance


How Altered Consciousness Is Changing Psychiatry

From self-induced trance to psychedelics, altered states of consciousness are experiencing a renewed interest in the scientific community for their therapeutic value.

GENEVA — Swiss psychiatrist Valérie Picard describes her weekly trance practice as being plunged into a feeling of intense happiness: “I often find myself parachuted into magnificent natural landscapes. With a feeling of weightlessness all my perceptions are amplified, in a kind of ecstasy of the senses”

Working at the Belmont Clinic in Geneva, she does not, however, have the sort of profile of someone traditionally interested in these techniques. These explorations of states of consciousness are still considered by many to be controversial.

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How Hypnosis Can Change Your Life, One Day At A Time

Falsely considered a type of magic, achieving hypnotic trance is already part of our everyday lives. Its potential applications for medical science are vast, if still largely unexplained.

GENEVA — What exactly is hypnotic? The music that the Balinese expand=1] gamelan plays? Matthew McConaughey's voice in True expand=1] Detective? Kim Novak’s chignon in Vertigo? The lights on the dance floor in a nightclub? Every time we use this term figuratively, we are actually unwittingly very close to the truth.

Far from its colorful imagery in movies, from The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse to the Jungle Book, a hypnotic state is a common thing, in the most literal sense of the word. “Everyone is familiar with it,” says Jean-Michel Jakobowicz, a Geneva-based hypnotherapist, and author of L’autohypnose, C’est Malin (“Self-Hypnosis is Clever”, untranslated), a handy book that comes with a series of downloadable recordings.

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