Shamanic Healing Ceremonies, Hypnosis and the Survival of the Suggestibles
Received Date: October 24, 2019; Published Date: December 10, 2019
Shamanic rituals typically consist of induction, deepening, suggestion, and enactment, the same stages that characterize most forms of contemporary hypnosis. Shamans claim to obtain information in ways not typically available to their peers, such as “visions” and “journeys.” They use this information to help and to heal community members. Tribal members who did not respond to the shaman’s treatment may have lacked the ability to mobilize their self-healing processes, thus their genes would rarely be passed down to future generations. Contemporary humans are able to respond to placebos, suggestion, imagination, hypnotic induction, and other adaptive traits that had their origins in prehistoric shamanism.
Keywords: Hypnosis; Placebo; Imagination; Shamanism; Suggestion