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At first, Bertrand was looking for a way of solving the problem of sleep deprivation during his balloon expeditions. He took a special interest in hypnosis and found in it not just a way of dealing with stress, fatigue and time taken to fall asleep, but more than that a genuine therapeutic procedure, centered on the use of inner resources and effective for treating patients suffering from anxiety, phobias, trauma or depression. His interest in exploring the by-ways led him to look further into this procedure, which at that stage was not covered by academic medicine.

He trained first in europe and then in the USA in ericksonian hypnosis, and integrated this fully into his psychiatric practice. Having become a lecturer and supervisor at the Swiss Medical Hypnosis Association, he organized training seminars for doctors and psychologists several years running. By nominating him as a member of honor, the Clinical Hypnosis Society of Switzerland gave recognition to the original use that Bertrand made of hypnosis during his aerial voyages and to the success he had in demystifying it in the eyes of the medical profession and the general public.

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Drop your firm convictions and prejudices - all obstacles to personal development - and enter the process of change required to heal your mind ... and your heart. In a hypnotic state, you can digest old emotions, reconnect with feelings and events, and cut yourself off from your pain. You can make contact with your unconscious, whilst still remaining in contact with your conscious mind. The therapist is the patient’s travelling companion on the road to recovery.

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HYPNOSIS AS A PROCESS LEADING TO CHANGE

Hypnosis is not some kind of complementary medicine. it’s been a familiar experience for mankind since the dawn of time. When i asked who had ever experienced a hypnotic state, only ten people in this room raised their hands. And yet all children can put themselves into a shallow hypnotic trance. their eyesight then becomes blurred and they no longer react when a parent passes a hand in front of their eyes. Trance is a perfectly natural and normal state, which consists of returning to the depths of your being or to your unconscious, so as to make contact with your own inner resources. You reconnect with your real self before setting off on new ventures, a bit like when you put a disk into the computer to wipe out viruses.

DR BERTRAND PICCARD,
CONGRES DU GRAAP, 19 ET 20 MARS 1996
TOUT COMME VOUS 51, SPECIAL n° 10
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DOUBT, HYPNOSIS AND SPIRITUALITY

I think it must have been at about 2 o’clock in the morning, almost exactly 26 years ago. I can’t remember any longer whether it was raining or whether the moon was visible. What i know is that i was a medical student, on night-shift duty at accidents and emergencies as part of my stint as an intern. in one of the cubicles was a woman of about forty. I can’t remember whether or not she was good-looking; i can only remember that she had black hair and had tried to kill herself by overdose. When questioning her, only one thing she said seemed important to me: she had been pondering for a long time about the meaning of life, but had never found an answer. in despair, she had swallowed drugs. When i spoke to the doctor in charge about this, he immediately replied: «she’s schizophrenic». After asking him why, i got the following reply: «anybody who asks themselves questions about the meaning of life has to be schizophrenic.» at that, i felt my blood boiling. I looked him straight in the eyes and answered back: «Well in that case i must be schizophrenic too, because i’ve always been asking myself these questions.»

DR BERTRAND PICCARD,
conférences Liège, mai 2007
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LA phrASe et L’Idee

J’ai souvent été frappé dans ma pratique de psychiatre et de psychothérapeute par la constatation suivante: dans certaines thérapies, il suffit d’une seule phrase pour guérir un patient. cette phrase, on la trouve parfois lors de la première séance, alors que dans d’autres cas, il faut des années! Lorsqu’on trouve cette phrase, on peut voir soudain l’état du patient s’améliorer de façon spectaculaire après avoir longtemps stagné. une phrase peut suffire, mais on met le plus souvent des années pour la trouver.

DR BERTRAND PICCARD,
conférence à nantes, mai 2009
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HYPNOSIS WITH, OR AGAINST THE WIND OF LIFE

Countless highly specialized research papers treat hypnosis in all its various forms, but could the process of hypnosis not also be understood much more simply as a state of mind in which we suddenly stop fighting against the winds of life, and instead begin using their energy ?

DR BERTRAND PICCARD,
conférences sanary, mai 2003
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HYPNOSIS AS AN INNER JOURNEY

«Let’s talk about hypnosis from the viewpoint of the patient communicating with himself. for what is hypnosis if not the discovery of a new kind of dialogue with parts of ourselves that we had thought mute, unless we were simply totally unaware of their existence? We can go on ad infinitum about different types of hypnotic trance or about the various controversies that have marked and continue to mark the history of its practice. from the miracle remedy to pure fairground charlatanism, from witchcraft to medical prescription, hypnosis is rarely detached from emotional connotations.

DR BERTRAND PICCARD,
Publication fondation ling
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AUTOHYPNOSIS: ENSURING THE PILOT'S ENDURANCE

Flying around the world in a solar airplane implies long flight sectors, and the pilot - alone at the controls - has to have the same endurance as the aircraft. But how can you stay alert enough to fly an airplane for 5 days and nights? Bertrand Piccard decided to exploit autohypnosis. By self-inducing a state of trance, the pilot can dissociate mind from body and so continue to concentrate on the instruments and controls even when he is resting!

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Bertrand Piccard presenting his autohypnosis technique, which will allows him to survive up to 5 days and 5 nights in the 3.8m3 cockpit of Solar Impulse. This video is part of a TV program, "Les pouvoirs extraordinaires du corps humain", produced by Eléphant & cie / Pulsations and broadcasted on France 2.

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