mesmerism


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the act of inducing hypnosis

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So, mesmerism almost died a natural death-until it was resurrected in modified form as hypnosis.
Teitelbaumas skillfully exploits the power of the emotional mesmerism of color, light and brushstrokes in his paintings, whether they are portraits, still lives, coastal nature or Vilnius' Old Town.
Although Brownson called The spirit rapper in the subtitle An autobiography (1854), we are dealing here with a semi-autobiographical novel, a romanticized fantastic narrative, organized as a roman a clef, of the life of a man who attempts to find a balance between religion and science, who experiments with mesmerism, spiritualism, pneumatism / pneumatology, and is aware of the fact that these constitute satanic influences and practices.
Finally, in chapter 6, Osborn analyzes the link between the idea of alcohol addiction and a spiritual world that included religious spiritualism as well as new fads such as mesmerism and dream interpretation.
Indeed, within the brief three pages of its opening chapter, "Old Moodie," the reader is introduced to a narrator, Miles Coverdale, who is named for the historical author of the first English Bible (1535); Zenobia, the novel's tragic heroine, who recalls a Queen of Palmyra (present-day Syria) in the third century; and a mysterious figure named the Veiled Lady, who addresses contemporary infatuations with the pseudo-science of mesmerism, the brain-child of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Viennese doctor, Franz Mesmer.
It focuses on fringe science, pseudoscience, and scientific methods in Britain during the Victorian period, noting that unconventional methods and fields that seem strange now were accepted as mainstream during the period, such as spiritualism and mesmerism.
She was cured by mesmerism (a form of alternative medicine) which suggests there wasn't much wrong with her.
Animal Magnetism': The 'Cotemporary' Roots of Whitman's 'Is Mesmerism True?
Implausible as the premise might seem, it actually comes across as far more credible than da Ponte's Albanians and Mesmerism.
Yaeger describes her experience writing Dirt and Desire as being "mesmerized by a spectacle of regional trauma" (1)--and I am troubled by the potential paralysis of such mesmerism.
James Braid (who experimented with mesmerism and hypnotism) and the golfer James Braid who won the Open five times, were known to be hardy Highlanders.
In The Allure of Immortality, Lyn Millner relates the headshaking tale of how Teed converted two hundred seekers into celibate Koreshans and led them from Chicago to a Southwest Florida promised land, based on a religion-science "mix of millennialism, mesmerism, the beliefs of Swedenborg, theosophy, spiritualism, mind healing, Buddhism, the primitive Christian church, Egyptian myth, gnosticism, electromagnetism," and the irresistible idea that the entire universe was contained in a hollow earth.
of Which We Know Nothing': Fuller and the Problem of Feminine Virtue" and Dorri Beam's exploration of mesmerism in "Fuller, Feminism, Pantheism" hint at the potential connections between Fuller's spiritual seeking and vedantic literature.
In the late 18th century, Franz Mesmer of mesmerism fame "cured" patients of all sorts of ailments with magnetized water.
Mesmerism and patent medicine, osteopathy and chiropractic, all come under scrutiny.