By developing his faculties of relaxation and concentration, a Russian researcher, Karl Nikolaiev, was able to demonstrate amazing powers of telepathy. Before receiving a telepathic message, Nikolaiev would usually require about half an hour to achieve a state of total relaxation.
Mylan Ryzl, a biochemist who became interested in parapsychology, and more specifically in the development of paranormal faculties, used hypnosis and suggestion to help a colleague, Pavel Stepanek, become one of the greatest mediums of our time.
Home, the celebrated British medium, always relaxed before his demonstrations. Alla Vinogradova, the wife of a Russian physician, used autogenic training (a form of self hypnosis) to develop powers of psychokinesis. Marcotte and Mendez, both specialists in telepathy, also used autogenic training to develop their paranormal faculties.
Thought healers like Edgar Cayce, Isaltina, Arigo, Chapman and others placed themselves in a trance state to effect their cures. And, in fact, the trance state is nothing more than a transition from one state of consciousness to another.
Staring at anything - a crystal, a coffee bean, a pendulum, etc. - will induce a semi-hypnotic state. Oracles of old, like the one at Delphi in ancient Greece, used noxious gas (probably a kind of drug) to achieve the same re sult, while mystics concentrated on their navel or on the blood of a sacrificed animal, and shamans relied on rhythm and dance.
Eugene Caslant, attempting to devise a method for developing supranormal faculties, recommended a state 'between waking and sleep' as ideal.
Since sophrology incorporates all of these approaches, evaluating, reproducing and ultimately applying them for therapeutic purposes, it seems the ideal tool for the exploration of paranormal faculties.
But how to proceed?
Caycedo, a student of Schultz and founder of sophrology, concluded that autogenic training was the best technique for inducing the desired state.
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Hypnosis is a capital instrument for relaxation and alleviating stress. It helps calm down both the brain and body, giving a useful rest. All the same it can be rather costly to hire a clinical hypnotherapist, and we might not always want one around when we would like to destress.