As technology continues to automate routine tasks, it’s the use of creativity that is increasingly important in many jobs and hobbies. But what happens when you creativity deserts you? When you have Creative Block? Well fear not, Hypnotherapy has been used to overcome creative blocks in many people, both famous and not famous.

I have blogged about creative block and how hypnotherapy can help. Whether is it a lack of creativity itself or tackling the underlying causes of a lack of creativity such as stress, Hypnotherapy is the answer. 

Sergei Rachmaninoff 

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist, and conductor. 

The debut of his First Symphony in 1897 did not go well and he received widespread poor reviews of his work. Subsequently he suffered a prolonged period of depression and was unable to compose for three years. Then, from January to April 1900, Rachmaninoff underwent Hypnotherapy with Dr Nicolai Dahl (Russian Physician). The sessions were designed to help improve his appetite, sleep pattern, mood and rekindle his ability to compose again. The treatment was successful and so much so that Rachmaninoff dedicated his Second Symphony, completed in 1901, to Dr Dahl.

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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer.

In an interview with the Globe in 1981, celebrity Hypnotherapist Gil Boyne spoke about helping Lily with her creativity. He said, “Lily came to me to learn the technique of delving into the creative subconscious, and I created a tape for her on acting and comedy. Humans use imagination to bridge the gap between what they have done – in Lily’s case it was Laugh-In and what they hope to do”. He went on to say, “We screen ideas through our store of previous experience. And that store is the critical factor of our conscious mind. Deep thinking through hypnosis can give you outlook – just like it did Sylvester Stallone and Valerie Austin.”

And Lily is still a strong advocate of Boyne’s technique. She said, “If I had my own company, everyone would be required to listen to Gil Boyne’s tapes every day”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical period. Despite dying at the age of 35, his impressive productivity resulted in more than 800 works of across every genre of his time.

Mozart was a friend of Anton Mesmer – a German physician and Hypnosis pioneer and from where we get the word ‘mesmerise’. Mesmer did a lot of early work in developing hypnosis techniques. Mesmer would work with Mozart using hypnosis to sustain his creativity. In an article by Andrew Steptoe (British Psychologist) for the journal Music and Letters in 1986 called Mozart, Mesmer and ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ he reports that the opera was written while hypnotised.

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