About Belief and Placebo

What is the placebo effect? The placebo effect is a term used in medicine whereby someone's beliefs or ideas about a treatment make their body respond to a physiologically inactive procedure- either a ‘drug' or ‘surgery'. Why is it important? Belief and placebo are important because it means that our beliefs can alter our physiological chemistry, which is profoundly … [Read more...]

About Meditation

What is meditation? Meditation is a focused state of inner absorption whereby the individual consciously relaxes their mind to achieve a deeper state of awareness and inner calm. Why is it important? Meditation has recently begun to be scientifically studied, and the health benefits are varied, including improved psychological and physical well being. It is becoming apparent … [Read more...]

Can hypnosis allow us to get in touch with our ‘sixth sense’?

Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool for self improvement is now widely used, but the mysteries of hypnosis are still unsolved. What part of ourselves are we tapping into in this altered state of consciousness- could we access forms of knowledge that are not accessible via conscious awareness? For example, can hypnosis faciliate ESP (Extra Sensory Perception)? Is the hypnotic trance … [Read more...]