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Through the Open Door: Secrets of Self-Hypnosis Paperback – June 7, 2012
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"This should be a high-priority purchase."
"Manifest your destiny and live the life you have always wanted! This book shows you how."
-Laura Silva, creator of the Essential Mind Power Program and president of Silva International
Utilizing well-researched techniques of self-hypnosis, you can embark on a journey of discovery that will lead you into a bright new future-one that you create. Following the simple guidelines described in this book, you will learn to:
ï¿½ Drastically improve your IQ and memory
ï¿½ Attain the balance you want in your life
ï¿½ Dissolve self-sabotaging fears and be rid of unwanted habits
ï¿½ Make better decisions-and stick with them
ï¿½ Develop unshakable self-confidence
ï¿½ Overcome fear
ï¿½ Control pain
Kevin Hogan is widely recognized as one of America's leading authorities on hypnosis. He holds doctorates in clinical hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy and in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. He is the author of Talk Your Way to the Top: Communication Secrets to Change Your Life and The Psychology of Persuasion: How to Persuade Others to Your Way of Thinking, available from Pelican.
Mary Lee LaBay is one of America's best-known hypnotherapists. A graduate of the Ohio Academy of Holistic Health and a certified instructor of hypnotherapy, she is the founding president of the Lake Washington chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists and founder of Awareness Engineering. She is the author of Pelican's Hypnotherapy: A Client-Centered Approach.
About the Author
Kevin Hogan is a national public speaker and founder of Success Dynamics Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to teach schoolchildren about making correct choices about drug use. An expert on body language, he is sought after by the media and even has interepreted President Clinton's demeanor during a televised speech for the New York Post . He holds a doctorate of clinical hypnotherapy from American Institute of Hypnotherapy (Irvine, California) and a Ph.D. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology (Youngstown, Ohio). Dr. Hogan has a clinical hypnotherapy practice and sees clients daily. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota.
MARY LEE LaBAY is a graduate of the Ohio Academy of Holistic Health and a certified instructor of hypnotherapy. She is the founding president of the Lake Washington chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists and founder of Awareness Engineering.
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In general this book works in the ways the authors intended.
Clearly this book is not your traditional self hypnosis book...and if you've ever heard the authors speak, you'll be surprised to find over a dozen scripts in the text.
Addressing the first point, you find the authors are familiar with and bow to models of hypnosis that have been put forward by Hilgard, Rossi and some of the current researchers of the field. This causes a problem and creates and opportunity. Many of the concepts in the early part of the text are not completely explained. Therefore if you are unfamiliar with current research in hypnosis you may be at a loss in some of the more advanced mind/brain technology involved.
On the other hand, what isn't explained early on is adequately dealt with in chapters of the book that don't address typical self hypnosis subjects. The authors seem comfortable tackling issues that you won't find in other self hypnosis books.
After a somewhat high brow description of hypnosis the authors wisely put a chapter on overcoming procrastination early in the book. This chapter works and the authors explain how they have overcome procrastination exclusively with self hypnosis. This chapter is among the strongest in the text.
Chapter Four is called, Fear No More, and I have some reservations about this chapter. I'm not certain the authors clearly define fear and fright for the non-academic reader. This chapter has good ideas, a wonderful meditation but it doens't work as well as it could have.
Self Esteem and Self Confidence is detailed next in a thoroughly brilliant chapter. The authors careful weave real life experience with trance work and this chapter is among the strongest in the book. The meditations in this chapter effective and very enjoyable.
Chapter Six is about making better decisions. This is another new breakthrough area for self hypnosis. Once again, I've never seen other authors tackle this subject and the writing duo does the challenge justice.
Chapter Seven (Attracting Special People into Your Life) reads passionately and swiftly. The method seems sound and the link with real life exercises to bring the self hypnosis work into real life is appreciated. This chapter was fun and the strongest chapter in the book.
Hypnosis for weight loss again combines self hypnosis with some solid real life strategies that blend into a winning combination. The meditation was very nice when I made my tape for this.
The chapter about pain relief, written by a colleague of the authors is a delight. Numerous strategies are provided that offer the person who suffers from chronic pain a great deal of hope.
Childbirth with hypnosis is something I have never thought of trying! That's discussed in some detail next by another contributor and I found it tantalizing. The confirming stories by other contributors, with their experiences of childbirth while using self hypnosis is compelling. I'd like to learn more about this.
The prosperity chapter is one of the most intense reads I've seen in a self hypnosis book. It didn't quite work for me because it requires some additional skills beyond self hypnosis (understanding fairly high level mathematics). Nevertheless, I did the meditation and plan to continue to do so.
Chapter Fourteen is about accelerated learning. The authors are obviously devotees of Lozanov and they regularly credit his model of learning. I found this to be a grand summary of learning strategies with trance and I think anyone...of any age would benefit from this chapter making it worth the price of admission.
The book closes with numerous contributors from all walks of life sharing about the variety of their self hypnosis experience.
What a delight. What a treat.
The book is well written, well researched, synthesizes numerous brain based learning models and except for the first two chapters (with no disrespect, they simply weren't as clear as they could have been) is readable by anyone with a high school education.
I was reminded of this while having a bad night with recurrent pains that I get sometime. I tried the usual things, and had no success. Then I used an induction here that I had often applied to nonpain problems successfully, and got immediate relief. So there I was suffering, with the knowledge I needed to fix my own problem, but I had not connected the dots before in my mind. Thank you so much!
The book explains a little about the basis for hypnosis and ways to successfully access your unconscious mind. Individual sections address procrastination, overcoming fears, improving self-esteem, improving decision-making, attracting the people you need, look better, weight loss, quitting cigarettes, pain relief, easier child birth, having more prosperity, improving learning and memory, and interpreting dreams.
My main quibble with this book is that self-hypnosis is a secondary or tertiary approach for a number of these problems. Yet the book tends to treat self-hypnosis like it can do the whole thing.
I also think you will get more out of this book if you also read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, which explains more about how the mind works. I found the self-hypnosis methods proposed in this latter book to be usually easier to perform and more effective than the lengthy inductions in Through the Open Door.
After you finish reading and applying this book, I suggest that you write down your beliefs about all areas of your life. Then examine those beliefs in terms of how effective they are for creating the behaviors you know will help you succeed with your goals and in living your values. How can you write new beliefs you feel confident about that encourage you to replace the old ones that discourage or derail you?
If the door isn't open, then open it! But be sure to walk through right away.