Dr. Bruce Eimer doing street hypnosis with girl in dog park

This is a video of Dr. Eimer doing a rapid induction with a girl in the dog park. She agreed to videotape me on my iPhone doing a pitch for a class, and in return I hypnotized her to help her change her attitude about working on her applications for medical school. Up until today, she was procrastinating and unable to get them done.


Dr. Bruce Eimer’s Short History of Hypnosis

Three thousands years of hypnosis history summarized in several minutes. Not possible you say?

Well think about the fact that hypnosis is so flexible that a hypnotized individual can re-experience a lifetime in trance in just several minutes of real time. An experience that occurred over years can be unconsciously reviewed in seconds. The language of hypnosis is the language of the imagination. Therapeutic or Clinical Hypnosis is just the well-directed use of the imagination. The human imagination knows no bounds.


What HypnoThoughts Live has done for me

It’s time to give back now! Please watch this video. See you at HTL2019 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in just a week on August 13th through the 21st. Also, consider taking my 2-day practitioner workshop on Pain Control Hypnosis on Aug 13-14.


The evolution of hypnosis

Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptian and Greek sleep temples, in the forms of faith healing and the directed use of the imagination.

The term “Mesmerism”, which means to entrance or induce trance, came from the work of Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer, a Viennese physician who lived in 18th century Europe. He was discredited by a commission headed by none other than Ben Franklin in the 1780’s. Franklin concluded that the powerful effects of Mesmerism on Dr. Mesmer’s followers were real, but that Dr. Mesmer himself was a huckster because at that time in history, there was no credible scientific support for Dr. Mesmer’s theory of “animal magnetism”. Franklin attributed the very real effectiveness of “Mesmerism” to the directed use of the imagination! 

Years later, in the 1840’s, a Scottish physician named Dr. James Braid coined the term “hypnosis” and ushered in the modern era of medical hypnosis. Braid’s style of hypnosis as the sole form of surgical anesthesia was pioneered by a British surgeon named Dr. James Esdaile in India who performed major surgeries on thousands of cases with marked reductions in surgery mortalities. Sigmund Freud’s physician mentors such as Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, a noted French neurologist of the day, used James Braid’s style of hypnosis successfully in treating various neuropsychological syndromes with psychological causes. Dr. Freud tried hypnosis with his neurotic patients but he soon abandoned it due to his fears that he would not be able to control the so-called “erotic transference” after he hypnotized his female patients. Freud was a brilliant doctor and theorist, but a poor hypnotist and he was paranoid.

This paved the way for Dr. Freud’s invention of psychoanalysis and his psychosexual theories of neurosis. Dr. Braid’s and Dr. Mesmer’s forms of clinical hypnosis lost popularity in medical circles to psychoanalysis and free association, itself a form of trancework. Classical hypnosis became more popular at the turn of the 19th century in the world of stage hypnosis. However, psychologists as laboratory researchers at ivory tower universities continued to investigate hypnotic phenomena.  

Milton Erickson, MD, an innovative psychiatrist, pioneered new creative approaches to clinical hypnosis with medical and psychiatric patients. Erickson might rightfully be considered the founding father of modern medical hypnosis and he co-founded the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) in the 50’s. David Cheek, MD, an innovative Ob-Gyn, was Erickson’s contemporary, and he along with “lay hypnotist” Leslie LeCron developed unique approaches to hypnoanalysis using ideomotor techniques.

Richard Bandler and Jon Grinder were two of MHE’s many brilliant students and they invented NLP based on their conceptualization of the “deep structure” of Erickson’s work.  

In the latter half of the 20th century through the first decade of the 21st century, medical hypnosis societies such as ASCH and academic psychological hypnosis societies such as the Society for Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis (SCEH) refused to associate with or admit as members hypnosis practitioners whom they pejoratively labeled as “lay hypnotists”. At least medical psychoanalytic societies admitted non-physicians as members whom they called “lay analysts”. Lay analysts could take classes, teach, and get certified. Quite to the contrary, professional members of ASCH and SCEH were sanctioned if they were caught studying with or teaching with so-called “lay hypnotists. As a result of this ignorance, progress was stifled in the evolution of hypnosis because the cross fertilization of ideas was inhibited.

Yours truly stopped renewing his ASCH membership despite having been an elected fellow of ASCH.  He stopped renewing his SCEH membership too, and joined the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), where he earned fellowship, and Hypnothoughts. 

Hypnothoughts Live has succeeded in bringing together from around the world the most brilliant minds in hypnosis. The result has been the creation of a great online forum on Facebook, and the annual Hypnothoughts Live (HTL) conference in Las Vegas, which is by far the best continuing education event I have ever attended.

I am 100% dedicated to supporting the growth of the HTL enterprise because the founders, Scott Sandland and Richard Clark are 100% dedicated to fostering the evolution of the science and practice of hypnosis in the 21st century, and they are fair minded, honest, and they are practicing hypnotherapists who work in the trenches just like me. 

My area of special expertise is Pain Control Hypnosis by virtue of my fortuitous clinical experiences over a period of more than 30 years in providing medical and psychiatric patients with hypnotic pain relief. Recently, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Polymyalgia Rheumatica or PMR. This condition untreated is severely disabling. With precipitously acute onset, it hits like a ton of bricks. You wake up one morning feeling as if you were beaten up by three WWE wrestlers. I have struggled with chronic back and leg pain for years following a motor vehicle accident in 1993 that left me with serious injuries. I developed Fibromyalgia. Self-hypnosis as I learned it from a hypnotist whom I saw early on worked for me. Then I added my own modifications. But this PMR was like a real test from God. I had to be put on Prednisone which is the first line treatment for PMR. Untreated all of your major joints lock up in severe pain. But you cannot remain on steroids for a long time without suffering the breakdown of your body. So, now I have been forced to walk the walk about which I have written books and talked. Good luck to me! I’ll keep you posted in my Pain Control Blog.

I will keep everyone posted. I will continue to help as many suffering individuals as I can with my brand of Pain Control Hypnosis. See I will learn from every person I work with and every challenge that I personally face in coping with my own PMR. And I will treat anyone who has been verifiably medically diagnosed with PMR for free with Pain Control Hypnosis.

I am teaching my 2-day intensive Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner course this August at HTL2019 in Las Vegas, and I will be teaching this PCHP course all over the country this coming year.


Two things a trained Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner does to succeed

We train hypnotherapists to become Certified Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioners (PCHPs).

Communicates to the client that he/she is aware that the pain feels like something in the client’s body has been, or is being damaged, and that the pain feels like a threat to the client’s functionality and health.

Finds out whether the client has been feeling anxious, fearful, angry or depressed, and the basis for any of these negative feeling states. Explains how these emotional states affect pain levels and why these persistent feelings must be addressed.


Helping People Out of Pain Trances

The hypnotherapist’s most important task with a client on the first visit is to earn the client’s confidence.

Many people with intractable chronic pain syndromes feel hopeless, disillusioned, ashamed and angry. They don’t feel they are taken seriously, and they fear that people think they aren’t getting better because there is something wrong with them.

You can really help people out of this hopelessness trap – but you need to know some things about “pain trances”. You need to know where to redirect the client’s attention, and how to do it respectfully. Please listen to the following video to learn more. After taking my 2-day Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner Course on Aug 13-14 at HTL 2019, you will be well on your way to becoming an expert at this.


Hypnotic pain control live demos and practice

Learn Hypnotic Pain Control step-by-step. Learn how to adjust your induction and delivery style to promote success in every session you conduct. Observe your reputation grow and the referrals flow. Sign up for an upcoming Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner Course. Here is a snippet of a live demo at my Pain Control Hypnosis Course at Hypnothoughts Live 2018 last year.


Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner class

If you, as a professional hypnotherapist, are not trained in using hypnosis to create effective pain relief, you are missing out on helping a lot of people.

Plus, you are losing additional income that you can earn when you build a Pain Control Hypnosis niche in your hypnotherapy practice. So, stop waiting. Get trained to offer hypnosis for pain relief. Attend one of my Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner courses this year. You will learn:

  • Why Pain Management is still so inadequate in 2019.
  • The principles of Pain Psychology.
  • How to become a valuable member of the pain patient’s medical team.
  • Ten challenges people with chronic pain face that the hypnotherapist can help them with.
  • The most important differences between acute and chronic pain.
  • When people with Acute Pain see a hypnotist.
  • Why people with Chronic Pain will go to a hypnotist.
  • How to get physicians to refer their pain patients to you for hypnotic pain control.
  • The six most important ways a hypnotherapist can help someone with acute pain.
  • The six most important ways a hypnotherapist can help someone with chronic pain.
  • Eimer’s Eight-Step Pain Control Hypnosis Protocol.
  • How to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and Hypnosis.
  • How to teach the client to bust through “pain panic”.
  • And much more…

Learn hypnotic pain control

If you want to see immediate results in your work as a hypnotherapist, learn how to do pain control hypnosis. Take my hands-on Pain Control Hypnosis Practitioner workshop, and after two days, you will be hypnotizing people out of pain. Watch the accompanying pain clinic video to observe some of what you will learn.


Pain clinic video Hypnosis Pre-talk

This is an excerpt from a pain control hypnosis pre-talk at the hospital pain clinic. You will learn how to do this at my Pain Control Hypnotherapy Practitioner Workshop.