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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