Hypnosis has been used since civilization arose. It is recorded and mentioned as far back as the ancient Sumerian, Babylonians, Egyptians and much more. Hypnosis comes from the Greek (hypnos) which means sleep. It is true that hypnosis state is like falling asleep but it is far from being asleep. It has been called and mentioned different names from different religions, cultures and persons through history. Hypnosis state includes the use of dancing rituals, chants and drumming to alter the consciousness. Hypnosis has been used for many purposes throughout history. It was successfully used to communicate with higher spirits and to heal by the Druids, Indian Yogis, Priests and famous personalities like Michel De Nostredame (Nostradamus). In 2600 BC, it is recorded that Wong Tai, the father of Chinese medicine, used incantations and passes of the hands techniques to heal. Similar accounts can be also found in the Hindu Vedas and Bible written about 1500 BC.
Like everything in the universe, hypnosis or alternate state of consciousness can be used for the good or for the bad. It has been used for black magic and by secret society for eons. Hypnosis has been used for many different purposes and the fashion had changed through the centuries. First used for higher self and to heal, man has discovered new use like entertainment or professional use.
We can find hypnosis nowadays in every part for your life. When you go to the supermarket, you get suggestions from the moment you step inside the shop with marketing attack and promotions banners everywhere you look at. Marketing departments are spending hours to find the best to trick your mind and get you to buy their products. It is used in politics with by every side in every country, remember “I have a Dream” from Martin Luther King or “Yes we can” from Barack Obama are all slogans that have been made to stay in your mind.