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Ainslie Dixon Meares

He was a worldwide renowned authority in the medical uses of hypnotism. Ainslie Meares wrote several books describing his methodology.


  • He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School and at the University of Melbourne. He graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree (1934) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree (1940). In 1947 he received a Diploma in Psychiatric Medicine in London. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by the University of Melbourne (1958).


Ainslie Meares was very much interested in the Meditation Practices of Hindus and Buddhists since he visited Nepal in 1960. He dedicated his research to learning Eastern methodologies to gain control of pain and calmness of mind. In Nepal he spent his time with an accomplished yogi who taught Meares. A witiness to the conversation with the yogi recounts that Meares told the yogi about how he used meditation to help his patients.


  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

    Foundation fellow 1963

  • International Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

    President 1961-1963



  • Ainslie Meares on Meditation
  • A book by Owen Bruhn which includes: 1. Relief Without Drugs by Ainslie Meares 2. The fine tuning of his method "After Relief" (aka Stillness Meditation). 3. his biography. 4. -30+ samples of his poetry 5. his teaching protocol and personal meditation practice. 6 much more Th book is widely available from book shops and internet retailers.

Ainslie Meares
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Born March 3, 1910
Died September 19, 1986
(aged 76)