Review of “Confidence With Hypnotic Inductions”, by Dantalion Jones

I saw a video instructed by Dantalion Jones on “Confidence With Hypnotic Inductions”.

The purpose of this video is to give you some general information and advice on how to gain confidence when you are performing hypnotic inductions.

At the beginning, Dantalion introduced himself personally.  He explained that he is recording this for his Advanced Hypnosis Skills facebook group, and he is also recording it for the University of Hypnotism, which you will find on the you tube channel.

I am doing this in response to a comment that was made on the group, by a fellow called Gordon.  Gordon said that his specific question was about having confidence when doing a hypnotic induction.  He said that although he was extremely good at doing covert and conversational hypnosis, when it came to someone physically coming up to him and saying, “Hypnotize me”, in other words saying they were wanting a hypnotic induction, he felt that he was being challenged.  What he said was, that he wanted to feel confident about his choice of words when doing the actual induction, and to seem like a well-versed and successful hypnotist in the eyes of the subject, and to be able to draw forth respect from the subject regarding following the hypnotic instructions.

First and foremost, if Gordon is really good at covert hypnosis like he said he was, then he has my thumbs up, because covert hypnosis is really challenging.  Learning covert hypnosis can be like learning a whole new language, unlike direct hypnosis which is pretty straightforward, and it’s pretty simple.

One of the reasons that most people are challenged with doing direct hypnosis, is because it’s a situation where someone says, “Hypnotize me”, and you’re actually put in a situation where you may fail, but you and the other person will realize that he didn’t get hypnotized, and that, for a lot of people, is a major challenge.  What I want to do, is tell you first of all, to “accept the challenge”.  Set your mind to it, and really decide that, if someone says, “Hypnotize me”, make it your intent to hypnotize them.  Go ahead and do just that.  When you’re able to do that, just put all of your attention on that person.

Now, there are some things that I can give you, and Gordon, some information and advice that will make this very easy.  First and foremost, learn your hypnotic inductions.  Memorize a few of them, and three things you can do is practise, and practise, and practise.  And when I say practise, I mean stand in front of a mirror, speak out loud, and imagine that someone is there that you’re hypnotizing, and imagine them responding to it.  So, you start to train yourself to do this, and understand what it’s like to really start to get comfortable giving these commands.  Do it out loud, preferably in front of a mirror, and pretend, imagine, there’s someone there you’re hypnotizing.

At this point, Dantalion held up a manual of his direct hypnosis teachings.  This is the book that I use when I’m doing workshops.  Now you can get this book, you can get it on Amazon, but it’s way too expensive there.  However, if you go to my website, mindcontrolpublishing.com, you can get it at a discount.

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It is the one book that I use when I’m teaching it one-to-one, and it also has quite a few inductions in there, along with the normal process, the ten step process of hypnosis that we use, so I recommend it.

You can just as easily go into you tube and type in “hypnotic inductions”, and you’ll find a couple of hundred of them.  What I recommend is that you find one, just get one and memorize it, practise it, and then practise it, and practise it.  You’ll get your confidence up that way”.

One of the things that I think is really important to understand is that, when you’re doing direct hypnosis, and someone asks you to “Hypnotize me”, I’m going to first assume that they’re not challenging you, they’re not saying, “I bet you can’t hypnotize me”.  Instead they’re saying, “I want this really amazing and interesting experience”.  That’s great.

I will tell you how to respond when someone challenges you with, “I bet you can’t hypnotize me”.  So if someone comes up and says, “I want you to hypnotize me and  let me be your subject”, think of it this way.  You’re not going to give hypnotic suggestions.  Don’t ever give hypnotic suggestions.  Instead, give instructions.  The whole idea of a suggestion implies that they don’t have to do it, but an instruction implies that if they follow the instruction, they get the result.  When you think of it and actually present it as, “OK, follow my instructions”, what happens is, the responsibility goes on them.  If nothing happens, if you’ve done the induction correctly, and they’re saying, “it didn’t work”, it’s because they didn’t follow it.

So the first thing you do, let’s assume you have memorized your induction.  If someone comes up and says, “Hey, I’d love to be your hypnosis subject”, you say, “look me straight in the eye”.  You say, “OK, all you have to do is follow my instructions, agreed?”.  And notice that I’m raising my eyebrows up and down, and nodding my head as I’m saying, “agreed?”.  And you wait for them to say, “OK”.

At that point you start to give them just simple directions.  This is not part of the hypnosis process.  It is part of them getting comfortable hearing and following instructions.  So you say, “OK.  Stand over here.  Sit down.  Put your feet together”.  You don’t tell them why you’re doing it, you’re just giving them direct instructions so that they get comfortable following your instructions.  Once that happens, then you go into the induction.

Now, I have a very good induction I use all the time.  It’s perfect.  It never fails me because I am practised at it.  It’s a very familiar induction.  I will give it to you.  If you get the workbook that I use in my seminars, you’ll find that it is in there, but it goes basically like this.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH …

In fact, before I do it, if you want to follow along with me, just follow my instructions and notice your response.  OK?.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH …

CLOSE YOUR EYES …

GOOD …

NOW FOCUS ON YOUR EYES AND YOUR EYELIDS …

FOCUS TOTALLY ON YOUR EYES AND EYELIDS …

AND FOR THIS MOMENT …

FOR RIGHT NOW …

JUST PRETEND … IMAGINE … JUST SUPPOSE …

THAT YOU HAVE TAPED YOUR EYELIDS SHUT …

THEY’RE NOW SEALED TOGETHER …

THEY’RE LOCKED DOWN …

THEY’RE TAPED SO SECURELY …

SEALED SO TIGHTLY …

AND LOCKED SO FIRMLY …

THAT YOU KNOW …

NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY …

THEY SIMPLY STAY CLOSED …

MAKE THAT TRUE …

AND WHEN YOU HAVE …

JUST FOR AN INSTANT …

PROVE IT TO YOURSELF …

TEST IT …

You’ll see them raising their eyebrows up and down, and when you see that, you say …

STOP TESTING …

SLEEP! (Click your fingers) …

GO DEEPER …

AND DEEPER …

AND DEEPER …

THE DEEPER YOU GO …

THE BETTER YOU FEEL …

AND THE BETTER YOU FEEL …

THE DEEPER YOU GO …

OK, now if you’re following along, if you’re in hypnosis, and if you enjoyed the process, you can always go back to this video and get the rest of it, or you can just keep going deeper and enjoying what you’re experiencing right here.

The point is, that’s as simple as it needs to be.  As long as they’re following your instructions, and you’re giving them as instructions, not so much as commands but as instructions, they’ll follow along.

Now what happens if someone comes up to you and they say, “I bet you can’t hypnotize me?”  Now I kick that off.  I say, “I’m a hypnotist.  I’m going to hypnotize you”.  It’s the usual young man I’m not going to do too much work with, and they think that they’re strong-willed, and they have a misconception of hypnosis.  So they say, “I bet you can’t hypnotize me”.  Well, I always just turn it back on them.  I say, “well, you know, you may be right, because there are people that I know who aren’t able to follow instructions.  Either because they don’t want to, or they simply don’t have the ability to follow instructions.  I’ll tell you what, let’s try something and let’s determine whether you are one of those people”.  I just turned it around, and I made the challenge now on them.  It’s up to them to prove that they have an attention span and can follow instructions.

When someone does come up to you and says, “Can you hypnotize me?”, it’s always a good idea to ask them, “what do you want to experience?”.  For some people, they just want the experience of being hypnotized.  That’s understandable.  They just want to get this feeling.  Maybe you could take their hand and lift up their hand, like this, (Dantalion held up one of his hands with his other hand), and have them look at it as though it’s completely separate from their body.  And they have that experience of dissociation and that’s really something that they respond to very well.  So just take their hand and lift it up, have them open their eyes and look at it.  And then say, “as much as you try … you cannot move it … no matter how hard you try … it just stays right there”.Now go on from there, do your research on the various other hypnotic phenomena and let them have, most of all, let them have a very positive experience as you do this.

Now with the instruction that I give in this book and at the workshops and the seminars, there’s a whole Ten Step Process.  It’s a really good process.  I love it.  I teach it.  I’m sort of just married to it.  But understand, that as long as you can do the induction, as long as you can get them in that state, you will get some really good results.

So I do hope that this has answered some of your questions regarding building your confidence.  I know that my mentor, Jeff Stephens, spent a lot of time talking about the whole idea of “intent”.  An intent is when you have determined that what is going to happen, is going to happen, and as a hypnotist you have “set your intent” that “this person is going to be hypnotized”.  So regardless of what happens, and regardless of how they respond, whether it’s really positively, or if it’s challenging, it doesn’t faze you.  You’re simply going to keep doing it and doing it, and doing something different, until they respond exactly the way you want.  That is the strength of your intent.  So I hope this has answered your questions.

If you do have any other questions, go to the facebook group, Advanced Hypnosis Skills, and join.  Type your question in there.  You can also go to the you tube channel, the University of Hypnotism, and I’ll be happy to respond there as well.

Thank you very much.  I’m really looking forward to getting your responses.  Take care.  Goodbye.