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Ernest Rossi, in collaboration with Kathryn Rossi, have been challenging our thinking for nearly 50 years. Ernest Rossi’s collaboration in the 1970s with Milton Erickson was the early expression of his deep fascination and curiosity for what else things might be, could be, and might well be. His discovery in the literature of the 90–120 minute basic rest and activity cycle, determined by the research of Nathaniel Kleitman, was an academically and emotionally stirring moment, for both Rossi and Erickson, and gave foundation to the unusually long session times of 90–120 minutes, practised by Erickson, the main reason being that Erickson found it took that long to “…get something done.”
Rossi began investigating the relevance of mind-to-body therapeutic effects and the nature of gene expression to psychological experience before there was even a broad acceptance of brain plasticity. Papers and books in the 1980s and 1990s were the preparation for his seminal book, The Psychobiology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts, published in 2002. This was a book with the explosive adventurousness of thought and theoretical validation that should have transformed our way of thinking about psychotherapy and Ernest Rossi’s already stellar career. Like so many trailblazers, this was not exactly the case; but the landscape of perception was forever changed, and so were the minds of many people, including myself.
The paper in this issue by Rossi and Rossi continues to push our thinking and perception beyond the edge. Although I have been involved with the Rossi’s for over a decade, they still push me and demand that I investigate further, delve deeper, and explore knowledge and disciplines that are unfamiliar. That is what makes reading a paper like this both a challenge and an exciting opportunity to expand at our “growing edge”. To facilitate the best experience in reading their paper, I will share something of what I have learned with the Rossi’s and how I make sense of some of the more dense complexities, terminologies, and concepts…