Hypnosis with the Chevreul pendulum

Why does the world of hypnosis have the cliché of the swinging pendulum?

I’ll try to explain… You see, the pendulum is connected to much earlier notions of hypnosis…

You know about the mind-body connection, right? Well, I’m sure you know that when you’re stressed for long periods of time in the mental ward, your physical resistance and immune system are weakened – your state of mind affects your state of body. Many people have heard of what we call ‘mind-body’, but how many of us can actually demonstrate it in real life or actually know what it all means?

And what does this have to do with pendulums?

Pendulums were used to prove that the world was round, as Foucault’s pendulum was designed to help.

In many hypnotherapy courses, hypnotists teach ‘suggestibility tests’. That is, showing individuals how open they are to suggestion before they (that person) are put into hypnosis. It also serves to show the client that he is open to suggestions, and is also useful for many other reasons.

You see, these days everyone has heard of the term or words “mind-body” medicine, health care, system or whatever it is… Yet the real mind-body connections are demonstrated perfectly and very clearly with hypnotic suggestibility tests and what is often called ideo-motor responses.

Have you ever seen those very irritating headlines that unimaginative journalists write every time they interview a hypnotherapist? Something like “look into my eyes” or “you’re sleepy”. but these words are never actually used today. They are often accompanied by an image of someone using some kind of pendulum or a swinging clock as a tool to get someone into hypnosis.

It’s a pendulum and how to use it brilliantly to show how your mind communicates with you when you apply your mind in the right way…

Once upon a time there was a man named Michel-Eugene Chevreul. He was a famous French chemist who in the early 1800s investigated what was at first considered the ‘occult’ phenomenon of the pendulum and wanted to give it a plausible scientific explanation. In 1812, Chevreul discovered the psychophysiological basis of dowsing, although this was not publicly known until 1833, when his work was divided.

Chevreul’s research and research has shown that the pendulum effect is the result of a simple, regular and very common human reaction, but a reaction with such interesting effects that it somehow flirts with being magical, the same way Derren Brown flirts with being clairvoyant today , giving it a look that people find fascinating… This pendulum thing was considered some kind of mystical phenomenon years ago… Hell, some even claim it today! I know of people who do remote clearing of negative energy on entire buildings using only a plumb line to dowsing, again, something for another day and another discussion…

So this man Chevreul discovered that if you imagine something intensely, then the human body behaves as if the imagined action, event or circumstance is actually happening.

Today, the Chevreul Pendulum is used to demonstrate the amazing and extremely powerful effects of self-hypnosis by people like myself in hypnosis training and self-hypnosis seminars. Today, however, here on the hypnosis blog, I thought I’d share with you a Chevreuls experiment that you can replicate and try, because it’s absolutely fascinating.

The experiment, which can be performed by anyone of any age, aims to illustrate the following:

First, that the imagination (and some might say the unconscious mind) can influence physical movements. (ie those not under the control of the conscious mind)

Second, actions are very often supported by the imagination (or unconscious mind) with, without the involvement of the conscious will.

Third and finally, that the mind can be trained by repetition.

So here is an experiment you can try….

Chevreul’s pendulum experiment:

First step: First, take a piece of paper or cardboard and draw a circle with a diameter of approximately 40-50 cm. Mark A at the top of the circle, C at the bottom. B to the right and D to the left of the circle. Connect each letter with a line, so that you have a cross inside the circle. basically it should look like a big circle with a cross in the middle dividing it into quarters and the letters ad going clockwise around the tops of the cross.

Step Two: If you don’t have your own plumb line, then you have to make one… So, go get some cotton, string or any other similar stuff and make it 30-35cm long. Attach a small weight to the end – you can use a ring or anything on the end to act as a weight for the plumb line.

Step Three: Now you need to sit down at the table with your piece of paper/map on the table in front of you. Rest your elbow on the table top. Hold the string between your thumb and forefinger so that the pendulum weight can hang straight down; ideally 1-2 cm above the center of the cross pattern. Try to keep the plumb line as still and stationary as possible. Keep your hand as loose as possible while holding the string in this position.

Step Four: Now we’re going to stimulate the mind, through imagination, and have fun with this!

While holding the plumb bob as still as possible with as loose a hand as possible, just imagine how it would feel if the plumb bob started to swing vertically. In your mind, imagine it swinging, imagine watching it swing vertically along the line on your diagram. Don’t do anything consciously to make it wobble, simply imagine as intensely as you can that the pendulum starts to wobble on its own.

Step Five: After a few minutes of really engaging your imagination, you may find that the pendulum actually begins to swing. It is likely that these will be small swings at first, and then they will soon grow into broad, bold swings in a vertical direction. Once you have succeeded with the vertical swings, you can do the same to imagine what it would feel like if the pendulum started to rotate clockwise instead. Once again the pendulum reads your mind and begins to rotate in the way you imagined.

You do absolutely nothing, and yet your thoughts made the inanimate object in your hand move in a mentally predetermined way.

Cool huh?

Sixth step: The pendulum makes small movements at one end, increases them and they are much more expressed at the other end… So, when you imagine the pendulum swinging, then subconsciously your body makes very small, almost imperceptible movements in the right side. direction.

The pendulum is a system that accumulates energy, so that small imperceptible masses add up, and after a while the pendulum swings with easily visible movements.

Once you’ve noticed this, start to see what happens when you imagine the pendulum swinging when you’re calmer, more relaxed and happier, notice how it changes when you focus on different places (ie the top of the pendulum or the hand holding it), and notice how a series of different thoughts affect your mind’s receptivity to affect your body.

You can learn a lot about yourself by doing research using this.

The principle discovered by Chevreul’s scientific research on the pendulum – that the human body responds physically and chemically to imagined situations – is behind a number of important psychological theories and concepts… Including being the basis for the vast majority of what we know as the mind-body connection.

So, there is still some connection between the cliché and the reality of something useful.

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