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I want to talk about the misconceptions of hypnosis.This is so important.As a professional hypnotist, I use these techniques all the time on people successfully over and over again, and in my own life; and I wonder why more people arent using these techniques.
Its completely natural. Its healthy. Its quick. Its permanent, and it makes me wonder why
more people arent using it. And what I’ve come up with is that there are Continue reading
This video completely trances me out. I’m always on the lookout for hypnotic inductions, and I knew I found a new one when I started watching this video. If you have some free time there is a very good chance that you’ll zone out and experience some time distortion.
The most accepted definition of hypnosis is a bypassing of the critical faculty going straight to
the unconscious mind. But in order to really understand hypnosis, we need to understand our minds,
and a lot of times, we don’t get this explanation.
So very simply, the hypnotic understanding of how our mind works is that we have a Continue reading
There are many similarities between hypnosis and conventional meditation techniques. Like meditation, hypnosis involves entering a deep state of relaxation and attaining a state of one pointed concentration. In this article we’ll discuss these similarities in a little more detail and then talk about how one can be an effective tool for improving your performance and effectiveness in the other.
The first parallel between hypnosis and mediation that you’ll notice is that they both involve a deep state of relaxation. This state of relaxation can be achieved in several different ways but the most common is to concentrate on your breathing. Basically what you want to do is take in deep abdominal breaths and concentrate on the rise and fall of your chest. This is an integral part of almost all meditation practices and is used to develop one pointed concentration.
The next parallel between hypnosis and meditation is the use of one pointed concentration to focus in on a specific topic. This is basically the ability to concentrate on one thing without being bombarded with an array of thoughts. When you sit down for the first time and actually assess your mental continuum you’ll quickly find that you have literally thousands of different thoughts popping in and out of your head throughout the day. It’s extremely difficult to get a stronghold on the mind but once you do, one pointed concentration will benefit you in every aspect of life.
Some common techniques for developing one pointed concentration in addition to watching the breath is to look at a picture or an object and focus on it with all your concentration. Each time a thought pops into your head acknowledge it but don’t pursue it any further. With practice your thoughts will fade away and becoming few and far between. This is one of the most important parallels between hypnosis and meditation as it grants you the ability to do the necessary internal work.
Once you have improved your concentration you’re onto the next similarity between hypnosis and meditation, which is visualization. In both hypnosis and meditation you use visualizations to work on aspects of your conscious and unconscious mind, as well as bring on a desired emotional state.
For example, if you’re trying to conquer your fear of water then you could do a visualization where you go for a swim or dive into a pool. Since you’ve developed one pointed concentration the experience of swimming in real life or in your mind will bring about much of the same feelings. So if you desensitize yourself to the experience you’ll be much more likely to conquer your fear of swimming.
As you can see the similarities between hypnosis and meditation are numerous. Either one you choose to partake in will improve your performance in the other as they’re both based on the same principals. Hypnosis and meditation are both great ways to conquer your fears, gain confidence and work to improve the overall quality of life. So if you’re looking for a cheap way to improve yourself and your state of mind then look no further because meditation and hypnosis provide a cheap and effective solution.
It can be difficult in today’s society to progress with so many people vying for the same positions. It would be extremely useful to have the ability to coax anyone into doing just about anything you want wouldn’t it? Well luckily for us there’s the art of hypnosis for persuasion. If you can master just a few easy steps you’ll have a stronghold over any type of interaction and you’ll have people practically eating from your hand. In this article we’ll go over some basic techniques that will allow you to start using hypnosis for persuasion and take back control over your life.
Persuasion is usually defined as the ability to convince somebody to do something. So you can see just how powerful this ability would be if you could master it. Hypnosis for persuasion is a vast topic but I’ll present you with the basics so you can start practicing immediately after completing this article. First things first, you’ve got to build rapport with your subject.
This means that you have to be confident in yourself so that the subject trusts you and feels safe confiding in you. If you’re fumbling with your words and not getting your point across clearly then there’s just no way that you’ll be able to direct the conversation. So if you have a bit of social anxiety then that’s probably going to be your first task to overcome. The entire basis of hypnosis for persuasion rests on building rapport with the subject so you’ve got to be able to take control over the situation.
Once you feel you’ve made a connection with the subject and they seem to trust you, you’re ready to move onto the visualization. This part can be difficult when starting to use hypnosis for persuasion but once you get it you’ve basically mastered the art. What you do is paint a clear and desirable picture for the person you’re acting on. If for example you’re in sales, then you’ve got to paint a realistic picture of your client using the product and loving it.
The reason why the visualization works so well is because of the trust you built in step one. If the client doesn’t fully trust you and care about what you have to say then your visualization will be greatly hindered. But as long as the subject feels that you’re someone they can identify with, hypnosis for persuasion will work every time.
The final step is the suggestion. If you’ve implemented steps one and two properly and efficiently then this won’t be a problem at all. Basically all you do is suggest the desired outcome. In fact, the sign of a master of hypnosis for persuasion won’t even have to suggest the outcome; the client will do it for them. If though the client still doesn’t feel they need the suggestion then you’ve got to stay persistent and subtly go back to the visualization over even rapport building steps to win them over.
Hypnosis for persuasion is that easy. Of course, there are more advanced topics that build on these out there that utilise body language and sleight of mouth, but for a beginner this is a great place to start. Remember, it takes practice, so don’t get down on yourself if you don’t get it the first couple times you try it. If you stay persistent, hypnosis for persuasion will definitely become an integral part of your daily interaction.
Are you a scriptnotist? I was. What do I mean by scriptnotist? I’m talking about someone who reads the same inductions and suggestions to every client that walks in the door. Sure I used to switch up the suggestions depending on what they wanted, but I would usually read the same induction to each person and then follow that up with the same suggestions that I read to the previous clients that were looking for the same results.
When I realized maybe I should try something a little different. I remember one time I was working with a lady who had Multiple Sclerosis who wanted to lose weight and control pain. At that time I had been in my office for about 2 months and wasn’t what you would call an expert. So, we talked for a little while and I had her sit in the chair where I was going to hypnotize her. I had my script in front of me and began reading her a mountain side induction (basically walking down a mountain path noticing all the different sights) after I relaxed her with that I moved onto a stair induction (climbing down the stairs relaxing with each step, etc.) and after that I went in to my suggestions.
I remember feeling like I was doing well, so when I brought her out I asked her how it felt. The first thing she said was that it was nice, but she didn’t like the inductions because she has difficulty walking and so as she imagined these different things she was also imagining the discomfort of walking along mountains and down stairs. I still feel a little silly when I think back on this because it was so obvious, but I totally missed it. From that day on I made it a point to move away from the script and to tailor my work for each individual person, and I can tell you that it has improved my results and my enjoyment tremendously.
So how do you move away from scripts?
The biggest advantage of using unscripted inductions is that the focus is completely on the client. Rather than reading an induction and having no idea how the client is responding, unscripted inductions give you the opportunity to direct your client more effectively because you are commenting specifically on what they are doing. The client quickly becomes aware that you are looking for certain responses and will become much more likely to perform them now. Dave Elman and Milton Erickson are two great people to study when you want to move away from scripted inductions. Let’s begin with Dave Elman because I believe he offers the easiest and fastest way to hypnotize anyone who wants to be. The Elman induction is scripted in the sense that it is the same every time, but the difference is that you only move on to the next part after you have gotten the response that you want. By using this induction you eliminate any question of if the client is in hypnosis or not.
Milton Ericikson was the king of unscripted hypnosis, he would put people into trance just by having a conversation with them. The benefit of this method is that you avoid a clients resistance if there is any. The challenge with this method is that you have to be keenly aware of very slight trance responses in the subject as you are speaking because he didn’t use the overt tests that Elman would use.
Even if you want to read suggestion scripts after the induction, you will find that your results will improve by using unscripted inductions because you will put your clients into deeper states.
One of the easiest ways to increase the results of your hypnosis sessions is to have a thorough understanding of what I call Hypnotic Psychology. This is very important because the majority of people that you come in contact with have a very limited understanding of psychology and what is worse is that it is usually derived from Freudian Psychology! These unconscious beliefs they have about what is going on in their own minds accounts for much of the difficulties people experience when they set about to make changes in their behaviors.
Freudian psychology’s influence can be seen throughout our society when trying to explain what goes on in our mind. The important difference is that as a hypnotist you are not interested in focusing on and theorizing about every problem that can exist in a human. Instead, you are interested in finding the quickest way to help your client create change that will help them improve their quality of life.
Hypnotic Psychology begins with separating the mind into two parts; the conscious and unconscious mind. The conscious mind is the part that is aware of what is happening while you are in a normal waking state. It hears the sounds around you, it sees the words you are reading on the screen, and feels the seat that you are sitting on right now. The conscious mind is the part of you that distinguishes between good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, basically it is the part that rationalizes.
The unconscious mind is in charge of everything else. It keeps you sitting up in your seat, regulates the temperature of your body, and gives meaning to the symbols that you are reading on the screen. Basically, the unconscious mind runs the show. Once a behavior is learned really well it drops into the unconscious mind and runs automatically when needed. Some examples of this are reading and writing, driving a car, learning how to use a computer mouse, etc. Imagine if you had to start everyday relearning how to do all these things.
It is important to realize that the unconscious mind is very much like a child, it doesn’t know the difference between good and bad. It basically operates through repetition and association. This explains the common frustration experienced by people when they want to make a change in their behavior. How many times have you heard someone say I know smoking is bad, I know I should quit and then go and smoke a cigarette. Hypnotic psychology says that whenever there is disagreement between the conscious and unconscious mind, the unconscious will always win. This is because the unconscious has considerably more resources. The unconscious is like a supercomputer and the conscious mind is like a calculator. It is no contest.
The unconscious mind does not “think”, it basically responds. When I ask you what your phone number is you don’t have to think about it, it just pops into your mind. This is an important aspect of the unconscious mind it doesn’t rationalize like the conscious mind, it works by association. Let me give you another example of this, have you ever heard a song that brought back a certain memory? You didn’t have to think of that memory; it just popped into your mind. That is how the unconscious works. It has connections between things. So, when you set out to help a client create change it is most effective to go directly to the unconscious mind with the correct understanding of how it works. The unconscious does not rationalize, so it has no sense of right and wrong. It only has connections. This is important because it allows you to take the judgments out of any behaviors that you see. If you look at someone who is a crack addict, it is easy to say “Why would they want to do that to themselves?”, but that won’t help you change their behavior. The hypnotists’ presupposition is that people make the best choices they can, so although they may have a connection that crack is bad for them, the stronger connection is that the crack creates ecstasy right away, eliminates the pain, makes all their troubles go away for a little while, etc. So if you are going to help this person create change you need to do it by developing new connections that are going to provide those feelings for them. Quitting cold turkey usually doesn’t work because the brain doesn’t see it as stopping crack use, it sees it as not be able to experience those desired states that crack is connected too. When you approach it this way it is implicit that crack is only one way to experience those desired states, when this is accepted the client will be a more willing participant in the change because there is the possibility to continue experiencing the desired states in a better way than using crack.
The conscious mind is like the captain of a ship. It sets the course and makes the big decisions, but then it leaves the grunt work up to the crew, this is similar to the mind. The unconscious mind is a servo mechanism designed to carry out orders, and the conscious mind is designed to give the orders. But trying to create change solely with the conscious mind is like the captain of a ship trying to do everyone’s job. It becomes a disaster for everyone involved. Unfortunately this is how the majority of people attempt to make change in their own lives. Think about it when someone wants to stop smoking they rarely say okay now what feelings are my unconscious mind after and what are some alternatives that would be better for me. Instead they say “that’s it, I’m just gonna quit smoking” and then maybe that works until the first stressful thing happens and they’re right back to smoking because they don’t have any way to relax other than the cigarette, and their unconscious goes “well I know the smoking is bad, but the stress is even worse, so I think I’ll smoke.”
So, with these understandings the hypnotist generates change by using a different approach than psychoanalysis, pharmaceuticals, or by sheer will power. The hypnotist creates change easily by directly accessing the unconscious mind to get to the root of the problem behaviors. When this happens change is much more likely because it is no longer a change in the feelings you experience, but a change in the way that you create those feelings.