The 8-Word Induction

Today, you will be reading about the “8-Word” hypnotic induction.

The 8-Word Induction is fast and effective, and I have rarely had it fail.  When it has failed, it was because the other person was a hypnotist who was attempting to analyse what I was doing and I didn’t catch it until after it failed.

Sit or stand facing the subject.  Hold your hand directly in front of the other person, fingers together, palm up, and flat.

Say …

“Press on my hand …”

He will place his hand palm down on yours (usually), and begin to press down.  Return the pressure slightly harder until he begins to respond by pressing harder*. 

Bring your other hand in front of the other person’s face, about 6 – 10 inches away from his face.  As you bring your hand down in front of his eyes, say …

“Close your eyes …”

Wait 1 to 1.5 seconds until you can sense he is engaged in the process, (i.e. The look on his face will let you know that he is focused on his hand pressing down.  Most likely, he will be “looking” at the hand with his eyes closed).  Quickly drop your hand in a downward motion and say …

“SLEEP! … deeper … deeper … deeper …”

Use a firm voice – with the full expectation that he will indeed follow the instruction – and get ready to catch him very quickly.  He may fall forward.

Start your deepeners immediately.

Here are the primary points to remember throughout this induction:-

One, you must expect it to work.  Intent is the single greatest cause of failure with inductions.

Second, when you speak, DON’T ASK.  Tell.  Say the words with the total expectation that the subject will do exactly what you say.

By changing the timing, I have had this work on one subject, waited a moment, and used the exact same induction on someone else who had watched the first one.

*NOTE:- You may need to tell him to “press down” if the subject just rests his hand on yours.  Some people WILL simply lay their hands on yours, not fully understanding what you expect of them.

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The “Stiff Arm” Hypnotic Induction

Today, you will be reading about the “Stiff Arm” hypnotic induction.

Say to the subject:-

“Hold your arm straight out, like this …”

Demonstrate by holding your own arm straight out, palm down.

“Good … now make a fist … make it tight … really tight … tighter …”

Tap the fist each time you say the word tight to associate the tap with the word tight.  You may need to repeat the “tighter …” several times.  You are looking for “white knuckles”.

“Good … now just imagine that this arm is made of stone … with a steel rod right through the middle of it … imagine it is solid stone with a steel rod right through the middle …”

As you are saying this, tap the arm in several places, or move your hand up and down the arm.

“Just imagine … just pretend … this arm is so hard … so solid … that EVEN if I try … I can’t bend it …” (repeat this)

Try to bend the arm.

“Good … now imagine … just pretend … that this arm is so solid that even if YOU try … you can’t bend it … that’s right … when YOU KNOW that this arm is so solid that even if YOU try … you can’t bend it … give it a try and PROVE that it won’t bend …” (repeat from “just pretend …”)

Wait and let him try for a few seconds.  Then take hold of the arm by the wrist. 

Then I usually tap the arm as I say the following:-

“Good! … now stop trying and just let it go … let all the tension in the arm go … and just close your eyes now … that’s right …”

At this point you can either drop the arm and say “SLEEP! … deeper … deeper … deeper” … or you can move to the “Eye Lock”.

I often move to the “Eye Lock” and keep holding the arm.  After I say “sleep!” and he goes into hypnosis from the “Eye Lock”, I use the following arm drop as a deepener.

“Now … in a moment I am going to drop this arm … when I do you can just let it fall to your lap just as quickly as you want to go … all the way down … because you know … the moment this hand touches your lap … you will go all … the way … down …”  Drop the arm just as you are saying “down” that last time.

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The “Modified Butterfly Fingers” Hypnotic Induction

Today, you will be reading about The “Modified Butterfly Fingers” Hypnotic Induction.

The original version of this induction is an arm-pull induction.  I do not do arm-pull inductions, because I do not consider them safe, and you will need to make this decision for yourself.

This induction has been modified to have no arm-pull.

Have the subject sitting in front of you, with him sitting down, and you standing up.  Reach over and take hold of one of his arms by the wrist.  If you are right-handed, take hold of the subject’s right arm with your left hand.  Lift the arm and begin to move it around a bit.

“Now … just let me have this arm … let me hold all the weight … good …”.

Hold your other hand in front of the subject’s face, with all the fingertips pointing towards the subject’s eyes.  Hold your hand out flat, with the palm down, and the fingers slightly spread.

“Now … focus on my fingertips … focus entirely on my fingertips …”.

Begin slowly moving your hand around in front of the subject’s face.

“Follow them with your eyes … and with your head … (repeat if necessary) …”.

Continue moving your hand around in a random pattern, starting with smaller movements, and getting larger and larger with your movements.  Continue doing this for several seconds – approximately 5 to 10 seconds.

Then suddenly begin wiggling your fingers as you continue moving the hand around.  This should last for just a couple of seconds.  While still wiggling the fingers, move your hand down to a position 8 inches or so below eye level while rolling the hand to be palm up.  

At the point where your hand is completely palm up, snap your hand shut, into a fist, and sharply say “SLEEP!”.  Begin your deepeners immediately.

Note: If you are following this, you will notice that you are still holding the subject’s arm.  I use this arm to perform a deepener.  Immediately after I say the standard “deeper … deeper … deeper …”, I gently swing the arm just an inch or so each way to draw attention to it.  Then I say …

“Now … in a moment … I am going to drop this arm … when I do … just let it fall to your lap just as quickly as you want to go … all the way down … because you know … the moment this hand touches your lap … you will go all … the way … down …”.

Drop the arm just as you are saying “down” that last time.

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The “Wrist Lift” Hypnotic Induction

Today, you will be reading about “The Wrist Lift” hypnotic induction.

This is based on an induction which I have seen a hypnotist do on a video, and I like it because it is very simple and straightforward.

Begin with the subject seated, with their hands in their lap.

“I am going to lift one of your hands by the wrist …”

Lift either of their hands by the wrist. 

“Is that all right? …”

(He will, of course, say “yes”, since you have already done it).

“Don’t help me … let me hold it up …”

Hold it there for a few seconds.

“Now … just pick a spot right here …”

Point to a spot on the hand that he can easily see and focus on.

“Focus on that spot … focus all your attention on that spot … do not look away for any reason …”

Begin to slowly move the hand several inches towards the face … then slowly begin to move it away.

Pay close attention to notice when you can let it go and have it just stay there (this is known as catalepsy).  Release the arm, and let it hang there for just a second.  Reach up and wave your hand down in front of the subject’s eyes.

“Now just close your eyes … SLEEP! … deeper … deeper … deeper …”

(The hand will probably still be hanging there.  If it is, the following is a great way to use this as a deepener).

“Now … in a moment … I am going to touch the back of this hand … when I do … you can just let it fall to your lap … just as quickly as you want it to go … all the way down … because you know … the moment this hand touches your lap … you will go … all … the … way … down”.

Tap the back of the hand just as you are saying “down” that last time.

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The Hand To Face Hypnotic Induction

Today, you will be reading about an example of a hypnotic induction, called “The Hand To Face Hypnotic Induction”.

The hand to face method is a very well-known induction, and this is because it can be used very easily almost anywhere with great success.  I prefer to use it with the subject sitting down on a chair, but it will also work with him standing up.

Take hold of either of the subject’s wrists with one of your hands, and gently lift it up in front of his face, about 12 to 14 inches away, with the palm facing towards his face.  The hand should be at or just above eye level.  Say:

“Look at your hand … now pick a spot in the centre of your hand … and focus on it … focus all your attention on it …”

Very slowly begin moving his hand closer and closer to his face.  Once the subject is focused on his hand, release it.  Say:

“Imagine that there is a force … pressing on the back of your hand … pushing it closer and closer to your face … and the moment that this hand touches your face … you will instantly drop into a deep … deep hypnotic state …”

Gently touch the back of the hand, and push it slightly closer to the subject’s face, then take your hand away.  Say:

“You can feel the hand being moved closer and closer … and you really want to feel it touch your face … you really want to go into that amazing, profound state of hypnosis … your eyes can close any time they want to … as the hand gets closer and closer …”

If the hand stops moving towards his face, gently prod it again.  If it doesn’t keep going this time, keep a light pressure on the back of his hand, and say the following …

“Closer and closer … focus on that spot … focus only on that spot … and the moment this hand touches your face … you will instantly go into a deep state of hypnosis … and you can feel your eyes closing down, as the hand gets closer and closer …”I

When the hand touches the face, the subject will probably simply drop into hypnosis … if he does not, then say “SLEEP!”, and immediately begin your deepeners.

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The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process – Step 10, The Exduction (The Wake Up)

Today, you will be reading about the tenth step of The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process.

Step 10, The Exduction (The Wake Up)

It is most important that you know how to bring the subject out of hypnosis, in a clean and super-fast way that leaves them feeling fantastic and absolutely wonderful, because the first impression that they have when they waken will last.  If they come out of the hypnotic state feeling tired, or dizzy and lightheaded, or if they have a headache, this is the first thing that they will remember when they think about it later on.

For this reason you want them to “come to” and open their eyes, feeling awesome, feeling incredible, and feeling utterly amazing.  You want them to remember the experience of their hypnosis session, and to remember that when it was all over, they felt sharp and alert, wide awake, happy, and refreshed and energized, along with all sorts of other good and positive adjectives.  Remember that the exduction or the wake up or whatever you wish to call it, is just one more instruction you are giving them.  It is as great a piece of hypnotic phenomena as sticking their hand to a table, or making them temporarily forget their name.  Remember that the exduction is the final hypnotic instruction that you are giving them.  You therefore need to give it the attention that is due so that you make the experience that much better for them.

During each step of the exduction, make sure you have your full attention on the subject so that you can tell they are following your instructions.  If they are responding slowly, give each step a little more energy, and add a little more detail.

The Five Count Exduction

Please note that it is absolutely essential that the way you are speaking should go with what you are saying, and therefore you should speak with proper tonality and with a voice of authority, when you are bringing the subject out of hypnosis.  If the hypnotist sounds tired or dreary and monotone, this will be how the subject feels when they open their eyes.

(The first thing to do is the setup.).

Say:-

“In a moment … not now, but in a moment … I will count from 1 to 5 … When I get to 5, you will be wide awake and alert, feeling absolutely fantastic …”.

(With the setup in place, begin the following, with proper tonality).

Say:-

“One … all relaxation leaving the body now …”

“Two … energy flowing in from every direction, to every cell and fibre of your being …”

“Three … Head up … Take a deep breath, filling your lungs with oxygen …”

“Four … Your lungs are clear, throat is clear, sinuses clear, head is clear, mind is clear and

sharp …”

“Five … (clap) … Open your eyes! … Wide Awake! … Alert! … Feeling excellent / fantastic /

refreshed …”.

Continue saying the positive words of Step 5 until you get a clear response from the subject that they are completely wide awake and fully out of hypnosis.  If the subject is smiling when they awaken, you can smile too, and you can even laugh a bit to see if they will start laughing along with you.  This is done so that every part of the experience is extremely enjoyable for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process – Step 9, The Magic Mirror

Today, you will be reading about the ninth step of The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process.

Step 9, The Magic Mirror

This is a process which gives your client the three things that everyone goes to a hypnotist for, which are:- “To feel good”, “To feel well”, and “To feel happy”.  It satisfies all of these three things, because it brings about an agreement, or at least a limited agreement, between their conscious and subconscious minds.

(1) “To feel good”, means having a general sense of feeling that everything is OK, and that life is good for the client.  (2) “To feel well”, means having a general physical sense of well-being, which the client might want to achieve by quitting smoking, losing weight, being rid of specific pain, or having less anxiety and stress, or anything that will cause them to feel physically better.  It is a sense of feeling physically well.  (3) “To be happy”, means being happy, because the changes the hypnotist has made for the client, will leave them feeling happy for having been there.

You have just finished The Golden Box, and you have asked for its agreement to make the required changes.   Wait for the nod.

(1) When the client has nodded, say … “Good … now (client’s name) …”

 

The whole of The Golden Box was done in a dissociated state.  The  conscious mind was dismissed, and The Golden Box was addressed to their subconscious mind.  Now, with this one short line, you have re-associated their conscious mind into the process.

(2) You now immediately dissociate the conscious mind again, by saying … “That person you see when you “look in the mirror” … that person is a person of worth … that person is a good person … that is a person who loves and is loved … a person who cares for others and is cared for … that person you see when you “look in the mirror” … is a person of worth …”.  (Having re-associated the client a minute ago, this part forces a complete dissociation by referring to “that person”.  The phrase “look in the mirror” is given as a command, and it is an instruction you are giving them to follow, where you instruct them to apply positive qualities to the dissociated image in the mirror.  The phrase “a person of worth” is used because almost everyone has the desire to be considered worthy).

(3) Now re-associate them by telling them that they know that this is true … “And you know that this is true … because you are that person … you are a person of worth … a good person …”.  (Now fill in all the other things you said before, making sure to use phrases like, “you are a person …”, in order to get them to fully associate with the positive qualities).

(4) Now that you have re-associated the client by using the associated language, and associated all their good qualities back to them, you will now dissociate them again, by giving them the instruction to “look in the mirror”, and apply the positive qualities to the image in the mirror … “Now (client’s name) … That person you see when you “look in the mirror” … that person is a person of worth … a good person … “.  (You do not need to go through the whole of the list the second time, but only use two or three of the most important qualities, and always finish off with … “is a person of worth”).

(5) Now, again re-associate them again in exactly the same way you did the first time, using the shorter list … “And you know that this is true … because you are that person … you are a person of worth … a good person …”, in order to once again get them to fully associate with the positive qualities, as before.

(6) Finally, you get agreement from the client’s subconscious mind by saying … “Nod your head if you accept and understand this …”.  This must occur straight after the second re-association to the qualities, so that the client is mentally accepting that these things are true.

When the hypnotist has completed the instructions for The Magic Mirror, he can then move straight on to the tenth step, which is “The Exduction”, or “The Wake Up”.

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The Ten Steps Of Hypnosis Process – Step 8, The Golden Box

Today, you will be reading about the eighth step of The Ten Steps Of Hypnosis Process.

Step 8, The Golden Box

The Golden Box is a set of instructions that tell the subconscious mind what actions to take when you are helping someone with certain problems, such as quitting smoking or weight loss.  It basically tells the subconscious mind what to do.

It is very straightforward and very simple, but it needs to be broken down into three or four steps in order to make the instructions easy for the subconscious mind to understand and subsequently follow.

The Four Steps of The Golden Box

The First Step – “The Transition”

The very first step of The Golden Box is called The Transition, and this immediately follows the Complex Deepeners.

When you have reached the last part of the Complex Deepeners, such as The Passing Through The Zero, you may want to add another Complex Deepener such as The Touch Deepener.  This will totally ensure that by this time, the subject will be completely engrossed in following every single one of your instructions.  They will be in an extremely deep state of hypnosis and their attention will be completely narrowed.  They will be aware of nothing but your voice, and what you are saying, and the instructions that you are giving them to follow.  At this point, you say something like, “Now just enjoy that amazing experience … that deep, profound state of hypnosis … enjoy a deep state of trance … fully experience that … and enjoy it as it washes over you and through you, and through your mind and through your body …”.  This instructs the subject’s conscious attention to concentrate fully on the experience.  Then say, “Now focus everything on this incredible experience … let your conscious mind totally enjoy absolutely everything you’re experiencing … right now … because you no longer have to pay any more attention to what I am saying … you no longer have to pay any more attention to my voice … you don’t even have to remember my words … because right now I am speaking directly to the subconscious mind …”.  This now explains that right now you have direct access to the subject’s subconscious mind.

The Second Step – “This is what you’ve been doing – Great Job!”.

The second step begins with the last line of The Transition, which is, “I’m speaking to you, the subconscious mind”.

You are now speaking directly to the subject’s subconscious mind, and you need to talk to it as though it is a very bright, 9 year old child.  Say, “I’m speaking to You, the subconscious mind.  Subconscious mind, You are the one in charge.  You are in control”.  This acknowledges that the subconscious mind is the one in control.  Next say, “Up to now … you are the one that has been creating the need for cigarettes … for tobacco …”.  This will remind it about what it has been doing.  Now say, “You have had your reasons for creating the desires for cigarettes … the desire to smoke … the desire to have that cigarette … you have had your reasons … and you have been doing your job very well …”.  This will tell the subconscious mind that it had its reasons for creating the desire to smoke cigarettes, and that it has been doing its job very well.

The Third Step – “Now you’re going to do this instead”.

The third step tells the subconscious mind that what it has been doing is no longer good, safe or healthy for the subject.  Say, “But now you know things are different … Now you know that being a smoker is no longer what is good for Amanda … it is no longer what is safe or healthy for Amanda …”.  Telling the subconscious mind that things are different will introduce the reason for it to do a new job.  Say, “You now know that is not what is good for Amanda … You know that is not what she needs to be healthy … physically, mentally, or emotionally …” .  Here you are giving it new information that is in the subject’s best interest.  Then you say, “You now know that what is best for Amanda is to be a non-smoker … you know that is what is safest and healthiest for Amanda … physically, mentally, or emotionally … there will be no cravings or withdrawals of any kind whatsoever … because Amanda is a non-smoker …”.  This reminds the subconscious mind that the subject is a non-smoker.  Then say, “Starting right now … from this day forward … you will inspire Amanda to no longer smoke … and to become fit and healthy … you will motivate her to never touch another cigarette ever again …you will motivate her to completely quit smoking … she will be able to stop coughing … she will no longer have trouble with being short of breath … she will once again be able to take up running in the countryside that she used to so enjoy … and she will become a non-smoker … because you always have her best interests at heart”.

The Fourth Step – Get Agreement.

The fourth step is where you get agreement from the subconscious mind that it will change the subject from being a smoker to becoming a non-smoker.  You simply say, “Nod your head when you accept and understand this instruction”.  Here the subconscious mind, rather than the subject, is asked to accept the new instructions, and the required result surely follows.

When the hypnotist has completed the instructions for The Golden Box, he can then move straight on to the ninth step, which is “The Magic Mirror”.

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The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process – Step 7, Complex Deepeners

Today, you will be reading about the seventh step in The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process.

Step 7, Complex Deepeners

Complex Deepeners begin just after The Boilerplate.

They are a set of simple yet detailed and very descriptive instructions which the hypnotist uses to deepen the subject’s hypnotic state even further.  The instructions should be as clear and concise as possible, and should be very easy for the subject to follow.  Complex Deepeners engage the imagination much more fully than the “go deeper” Simple Deepeners, and they can intensify the subject’s hypnotic state to an extremely focused level.

The hypnotist says:- “This is what I’m going to do.  This is how you’re going to respond”.

Examples of Complex Deepeners

The Auto-Deepener

The hypnotist uses this deepener when he wants the subject to deepen himself, for whatever reason that may be desired.  It needs a good set-up, but once it gets going, it goes on for quite a while, and takes the subject very, very deep without the hypnotist having to do very much.  This deepener can also be used as a covert test, because when the subject goes deep enough into hypnosis, he will barely be able to nod his head or he might stop nodding his head altogether, and this will prove to the hypnotist that he is following the instructions.

The hypnotist tells the subject that even though he is feeling absolutely wonderful right now, there is always a level that’s deeper, where he feels even better.  He tells him to go to that deeper level, where he is even more focused, and feeling even better.  He instructs the subject to nod his head when he gets there.  Again, he tells him to go even further, and to focus even more enjoyably, feeling even better, and to nod his head when he finds an even deeper level.  The hypnotist tells him to just keep going deeper, to keep finding a deeper level, and to keep nodding his head when he gets there, and to keep going deeper still.  He tells him to just continue this process of going deeper, feeling better, and nodding his head repeatedly until he is told to stop.  The hypnotist continues to say something like … “Going even deeper … feeling even better … and deeper still … and … deeper … still…“.  When he believes the subject is sufficiently deep enough, which will be when he is barely able to nod his head, or even stops nodding his head altogether, the hypnotist finishes off by saying, “And now you can stop nodding your head … and if you like … go … even … deeper”.

This deepener causes the subject to go extremely deeply into hypnosis by himself, and results in an extremely deep hypnotic state which he will find to be highly focused and most enjoyable.

The Passing Through The Zero Deepener

The hypnotist uses this deepener to draw the subject’s attention to the wonderful and intense pleasure that he will experience once he actually passes through the zero.

There are a couple of points to note here.  1. When the hypnotist is saying, “… the anticipation is building” … he must sound as though he senses that the anticipation is actually building inside the subject.  If the hypnotist sounds bored or monotone at this point, the effect will not be so great for the subject.  However, if the hypnotist really sounds like he can feel the anticipation building right along with the subject, he will actually sense that and it will have that effect within him.  2. If the hypnotist happens to know of any specific event in the subject’s life where he has experienced great joy and absolutely wonderful feelings, he can use this “experience” to build up and enhance the event of passing through the zero by referring to it.

The hypnotist tells the subject that he is going to count down from five to zero.  He instructs him to see the zero in the distance, so far out that he can only just see it.  He says that when he begins counting, the subject will begin moving towards the zero, and the closer the hypnotist gets to the zero, the closer he will get to the zero.  The hypnotist tells him that when he reaches the zero, he will also reach the zero … and he will pass right through the centre of the zero … into the most profound and wonderful hypnotic experience that he could ever imagine.  The hypnotist starts counting, and when he says “Zero!” … he will say, “pass through the zero now and enjoy that amazing experience … let it wash over you and through you … and fill your mind and your body … let it fill you and wash over you … and just enjoy that amazing experience … right now”.

Fractionation Deepener

Fractionation is the process that the hypnotist uses to take the subject in and out of hypnosis repeatedly.  The hypnotist can also use it as an induction by itself, such as the “Odd / Even – Open / Close Induction”.  By having the subject open and close his eyes repeatedly, he will come to a state where he naturally enters hypnosis, and by continuing the “open – close”, his focus will grow narrower and narrower.

The hypnotist tells the subject that he is going to start counting from 1 to 3, and when he snaps his fingers, the subject’s eyes will open, his head will come up, and he will feel absolutely wonderful.  He will feel just as though he was wide awake, feeling good, feeling happy, feeling better than he has felt for some time.  And when he says “Sleep” and snaps his fingers, the subject’s eyes will close, his head will go down, and he will go 10 times deeper than he is now, and he will feel even better because the deeper he goes, the better he feels, and the better he feels, the deeper he goes.  The hypnotist repeats this again, and then says … “And … if you are already in hypnosis … when I say “Sleep” and snap my fingers … you will instantly go 10 times deeper … 10 times deeper … every time I say “Sleep” and snap my fingers”.  The hypnotist says, “Nod your head if you understand and accept this”.

Now the hypnotist begins the fractionation.  He counts from 1 to 3, and snaps his fingers, and when the subject’s head comes up, he immediately looks him straight in the eye and says, “that feels really good, doesn’t it?”.  The hypnotist doesn’t ask if it feels good, he tells him it does and throws in the “tag question”.  Then he says, “Sleep” and snaps his fingers … and immediately says, “that’s right … going deeper and deeper … 10 times deeper … because the deeper you go, the better you feel … and the better you feel the deeper you go”.  The hypnotist repeats the process from 3 to 6 times, making sure that each time he says, “that feels really good, doesn’t it?”.

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The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process – Step 6, The Boilerplate

Today, you will be reading about the sixth step in The Ten Steps of Hypnosis Process.

Step 6, The Boilerplate

The Boilerplate follows the Simple Deepeners.  It is a small set of simple instructions which the hypnotist uses to take control of the environment where the hypnosis session is taking place.  The actual word “boilerplate” is a legal term referring to “any text that is or can be reused in new contexts or applications without being changed much from the original”.

The purpose of The Boilerplate is that it narrows the subject’s attention even further, thus enabling them to concentrate even more comfortably, and it removes all outside distractions from their awareness.  It tells the subject that whenever they hear these disturbances in the outside environment, they will not be disturbed at all because they will be so deeply focused on the hypnotist’s voice and what the hypnotist is saying to them.

There will be “challenges” in almost every environment, such as noises or vibrations, over which the hypnotist cannot personally exert control.  For example, if the hypnosis session is being held in a very busy local shopping centre, or in the lobby of a big hotel, there will be all kinds of noises and disturbances all around.  These will include people moving about, doors slamming, telephones ringing loudly, people’s voices, or even the subject’s friends who are doing things like taking photographs of the session that might disrupt the process.  Therefore, when the hypnotist uses The Boilerplate, he will be able to take control of the subject’s reactions to all of these possible disruptions.

The Boilerplate goes like this:- “Starting now … every sound, every voice you hear … inside and out … makes it easier and easier to focus only on my voice … and follow my instructions even easier … and everything you feel … inside and out … makes it easier and easier to focus only on my voice … and follow my instructions even easier …”.  The phrase “inside and out” is deliberately ambiguous, because it could mean either “inside the room or outside”, or “inside yourself” or “outside yourself”, and the ambiguity allows the hypnotist to cover all possibilities.  The part at the end presumes that it is already very easy to follow the hypnotist’s instructions.

The instructions given to the subject continue until the last part of The Boilerplate, where the hypnotist says:-

“And starting now … every breath that you take guides you deeper … and the deeper you go the better you feel and the better you feel the deeper you go … so just keep going deeper and feeling better with every breath … just like that …”.  This instruction does two things.  Firstly, the hypnotist uses it as a covert test, because when the subject’s breathing changes as they go deeper and deeper, this will show they are physically following the hypnotist’s instructions.  Secondly, because it links breathing to the pleasure of going deeper, it further narrows the subject’s awareness on the hypnotist’s instructions.

When the hypnotist has completed the instructions for The Boilerplate, he can then move straight on to the seventh step, which is “Complex Deepeners”.

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