Sunday, April 14, 2013
“On The Count Of Six You Will Open Your Eyes…”
A 6 Part Course revealing the truth about Hypnosis By Jonathan Clark Master Hypnotherapist Founder & Developer of HGE™
Now be honest with me, be honest with me …. A little bit anxious about learning self-hypnosis? That’s OK, most people do feel a little wary of trance and all that you can learn while you’re in a trance You hear a lot of weird things about this thing called Hyp……ah………hypnosis People ask a lot of funny questions. You’ve probably heard people who’ve done stage show hypnosis say that they couldn’t have been hypnotised because “they could hear everything the Hypnotist was saying” Well, that’s funny from my point of view. I’m going to see to it that we dispel a lot of the illusions around this subject. I want to rearrange any notions you had about it.
You see, I show people how to run their own brains, and I’m going to reveal to you the truth behind the technology called Hypnosis.
Everyone’s heard of it, right? Have you ever read a book about it? Or been to a Hypnosis stage show? Perhaps you’ve taken some training, or even been to see a Hypnotherapist. Top Hypnotherapists have evolved an incredibly effective way of training, stimulating learning and unconscious …change …in their students. I’m going to share with you a whole range of trance techniques that seem to work like magic. This is a step-by-step practical chapter, with each exercise building on the last.
The questions you’re probably asking yourself even now are: What am I going to gain here? How can I use this to impact others? What possibilities are there if I use this stuff called Hypnosis? How do I apply it, practically in the real world? For what purpose could I use the tools I’m leaving with? What’s the right way to learn to go into a trance? What will this do for me? Now I want to rearrange any notions that you ….had….about Hypnosis. It’s completely different from what you thought of. And I’m going to teach you indirect & direct techniques. I want to share with you techniques that are not normally taught on Hypnosis trainings, because these are pulled from literature. I’m a researcher – I like to go deep. I like going deeply into something…. We’re not going to do Direct Authoritarian hypnosis – that’s old hat. We’re Indirect.
Most of what we cover is based on the work of Milton H. Erickson The two kinds of hypnosis are as follows:
1. Hetero-hypnosis, where there is one person being the hypnotist/hypnotherapist, giving the suggestions, and one subject who is going into trance. The hypnotist leads the client through a self-relaxation process, which creates the hypnotic state. Effectively the hypnotist suggests to the client that they can relax themselves, and assuming the client wants to, they will follow those instructions.
2. Self, or auto-hypnosis, is where a person goes into a hypnotic trance, which is self-induced. In this process, the subject relaxes himself or herself as before and is in effect both the client and the hypnotist. Learning to run your own body with your own mind.
In both instances, the hypnotic state is a relaxed, attentive state that a person can only induce in themselves. In other words, no one can hypnotise you, you are responsible for creating that state in your own nervous system. Assuming you want to go into trance, you are able to relax and you are willing to accept suggestions, you will be in the hypnosis state. When one is relaxed or tired, one becomes more susceptible to suggestions. Hypnosis is simply creating that condition on purpose. Self-hypnosis is a convenient tool that anyone can learn to use, and does not require a therapist, complicated rituals, a pyramid to sit under, membership fees or any other added complications. The ultimate in self-discovery, you can do it anytime you choose, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.
You learn to “go inside” and talk to the oldest and wisest part of you that runs your body, memories and emotions, and who always tells you the truth. This conscious and unconscious connection will help you grow and evolve as you uncover the real you, and learn more about why you do what you do and your deepest needs, wants and limitations than you ever have before. As a result, your level of congruence will increase as you minimize any internal conflict and get all of you on your own side. Once you are familiar with relaxing and listening to your inner mind, you can begin to clear the limitations that hold you back and that you subsequently project onto the world. As your internal map of the world improves, so does reality on the outside, and you will attract more of the opportunities, people and coincidences that you want.
Self-hypnosis gives you the ability to influence and change your beliefs, behaviours and emotions, meaning you can be more of the person you want to be, amplifying all your best traits and minimizing all your worst. Learning to create a calm, relaxed, inner-directed state of mind reduces stress, and creates optimism and a positive outlook. You will run more positive internal representations and thus give yourself suggestions that are more positive. It also teaches you self-discipline and control, as you learn that you really are in charge of your own mind. With self-awareness comes self-understanding, as you learn to run your own head, thoughts and emotions.
Of course this can help with self-healing, be it mental wounds from previous upsets and traumas, or physical healing, knowing that he mind runs the body and can influence its recovery and optimal state. Personally, I have a strong need for calmness and peace. The more I meditate, use trance and visualisation techniques, the calmer and more content I become. My health is extremely important to me, coming from a family background of ill health, and living in the European capital for heart disease, cancer and strokes, I am highly motivated to practice anything that boosts my health and happiness. As part of my own passion as an HGE Trainer, Life Coach and student of Huna, my study of self-hypnosis both deepens my knowledge and experience of Hypnosis, and raises my self confidence and references for what I teach. I firmly believe that as a teacher and adviser I should always be learning and growing, deepening my experience and broadening my horizons.
My own growth and evolution is pulling me towards Huna and other esoteric studies and I have learned that the discipline and practice of self-hypnosis can only help my growth. I do lots of public speaking and presentations, trainings and seminars and have done for 22 years– and I use elements of stage hypnotist skills. Richard Bandler, the man who started NLP, said a good presenter should be a good stage hypnotist. Now I’m a Master Hypnotherapist and I do a lot of one on one therapy work with clients, and have done now for over 22 years – I use trance work with all my clients. All change requires trance you see. I’m also a Life Coach, which means people hire me as a mentor/business consultant – so I use hypnosis skills over the phone too. Imagine that… Picture an iceberg floating in the ocean. You have a Conscious mind. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. And your unconscious …..mind is here too… That’s the far bigger part of the whole, and most of it lies unseen, beneath the surface… Erickson said clients are clients because there is a lack of rapport between your Conscious Mind and your unconscious
FEATURES / FUNCTIONS OF THE "TWO MINDS" Conscious Mind As we discuss these two functions and educate you, notice the effect it starts to have inside your head… 134 bits per second sequential – one after the other logical linear – this causes that asks "why?" a lot, questions thinking waking state voluntary movements aware of only now tries to understand problem goal setter deliberate, on purpose verbal analyses, picks apart attends to information limited, narrow focus cognitive learnings
Unconscious Mind everything else, 2 million bps simultaneous – all at once intuitive, associates things together quantum – all connected knows why feeling sleeping, dreaming involuntary movements storehouse of all memories knows solution goal getter automatic, always on nonverbal – no words, speechless synthesizes, absorbs records information unlimited, expansive experiential learnings
Milton Erickson practiced from 1920 till he died in 1980. So over 60 years he’d see about 14 patients a day, sometimes 7 days a week. He typed out all his inductions on a typewriter – using the hunt and peck method. Just using one or maybe 2 fingers….. 30 typed single spaced, narrow margins of all the ways he could figure out to go into a trance easily With experience he was able to get it all the way down to 25 pages Then 20 Then 15 And then 10 pages And then 9, 8 pages…… And then ssssssssss 6 pages, then all the way down to ffff 4 pages And then mmm 3 then 2 Then 1 then he reduced it down further….to one paragraph Then one sentence… “I realised I didn’t need to use words at all” he said I could even take you with me into a deep trance nonverbally
He once did an interesting experiment with an Idiot Savante – someone who knows about everything to do with one particular subject, but very little else. Erickson once got this chap to hide a pin somewhere on a University Campus, so Erickson had no idea where it was. Then, just by holding this man’s wrist, he walked straight to the pin. And he did it by paying attention to the micro muscle movements in the man’s arm. Anytime they walked towards the pin, the man would unconsciously tense and resist, almost imperceptibly, and Erickson could sense that resistance, which told him he was going in the right direction. Anytime he relaxed his arm as they walked away from the pin, Erickson knew that was the wrong way to go. Maybe you’ve seen the gifted and skilled magician and performer Derren Brown do the same thing on Channel 4’s “Mind Control” programme in the UK. I went to see Derren’s live show last year and he’s extremely good at what he does.
Oh, and by the way, it’s impossible to be in a room where someone is being hypnotised, and not go into a trance yourself… All the hypnosis literature said “Just get rapport”, and then induce trance. We talked about that earlier in this book. Thank goodness HGE denominalised Rapport and turned it into a process that you can learn and practice. And now you know how to do that. If you can’t remember, go back and read the rapport chapter again. Hypnotic suggestions come to us both verbally and nonverbally, all day, every day. In their book “Healing Yourself With Self-Hypnosis” authors Frank Caprio M.D. and Joseph R. Berger listed the many ways we both give and receive suggestions every day, including:
DIRECTLY: A direct suggestion is any verbal statement or physical action that is to the point and given in a "command" manner. "Everybody stand up!" "Eat your food." "Come here."
INDIRECTLY: Indirect suggestions are primarily nonverbal motions or sound to which we often respond without being aware of doing so. Yawn, and you cause others to yawn. Smile, and you cause others to smile. Look upward, and you cause others to look upward.
BY INFERENCE: Inferred suggestions are basically the same as indirect suggestions in that they are subtle and often nonverbal. They differ in that they convey a message from one person to another person or group. Pointing a finger to suggest "Come here" . . . Nodding your head to indicate affirmation . . . Making a fist to suggest violent action . . .
FROM PRESTIGE: Prestige suggestions are those we act upon with no questions, simply because we respect and believe the authority of the source. Small children believe their parents. We believe our doctors. We believe our teachers.
FROM EMOTIONAL APPEALS: Emotional appeals are those responses that change a person's emotional state, thereby evoking feelings or sensations that the person associates with the event. Shouting or threats causing panic . . . Antagonizing or "needling" causing anger . . . Gentleness or empathy causing happiness or crying . . .
BY SOCIAL DICTATES: These are suggestions that "lead" or "appeal" to a person's desire to belong or conform. The phrases "follow the crowd" and "peer pressure" refer to socially dictated suggestions. Fashion . . . hem lines are "up" this year. Politics . . . that candidate stands for the worker. Language . . . words change meaning by increased general usage and acceptance, such as "gear" and "gay."
NEGATIVE CLICHE SUGGESTIONS: There are literally hundreds of phrases that are repeated so often that they actually become a part of our belief systems. Money goes to money. It's not what you know, it's who you know. You just can't win, no matter how hard you try. Look before you leap, and then he who hesitates is lost. The rat race – win it, and you’re still a rat! You can’t beat the system.
NEGATIVE SUGGESTIONS/PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS: How many times have you heard or said a phrase so often that it becomes true? He makes me sick. My job gives me a pain in the neck. Her kids drive me crazy. Now, there are lots of different ways of inducing trance, to make suggestions stick. Television has been proven to be more trancey than staring at a blank wall. “Trance” – it’s a word that people have funny connotations to. Trance is an everyday state – a dozy, sleepy state similar to the way you feel when you’ve just woken up, or you’re just drifting off….. The Scottish word is “Dwam”. Or like when you’re sunbathing – you hear a man and his dog walking by, and you could sit up and open your eyes, but its too much like hard work. It’s easier just to have your eyes stay closed… Your First Hypnosis Exercise…
Try this for a minute. Read these instructions, then try out this quick self-hypnosis induction. Relax your gaze, and let it fix on something you can see – an object, a picture, whatever. Then notice 5 other things you can see. Now listen to what you can hear, your breathing, a clock ticking, whatever. Then listen for 5 other sounds – birds, the wind, pipes creaking, anything. Then become aware of how you feel sitting there, the chair or the seat you’re on, then 5 other things you can feel. Notice how that changes your state gently…
Now look for 4 things, listen for 4, feel 4 Then 3 things Then 2 things …and that means you’re becoming more and more relaxed with every breath you take every move you make every single day, every word I say I’ll be watching you…….. I could just pace your current experience And you’ll notice the heaviness setting in As the blood flow to your limbs increases And the more heavy your arms and legs the more you relax Remember when you were in school And you were writing a lot and your hand got numb And you looked down at your own hand and asked yourself “Is that really my hand?” cos it felt kind of disconnected
Sometimes when I tell people what I do, they try and test me They say “OK then, can you make my arm lift unconsciously?” And I think to myself there’s 159 muscles between your finger and shoulder And that means you can’t lift it any other way……. Only un-consciously……… I mean have you noticed yet that one of your hands feels differently from the other hand…. That means…..the one that feels cooler, or maybe hotter The heavier of the two, or will it be the lighter of the two Will begin to rise up Maybe it’s just tingling at the moment Small jerky movements getting bigger…and bigger Every time you breathe in your hands will lift all by themselves Now I don’t know which hand will begin to lift first The right……the left Whichever hand your Unconscious …wants to lift It may be the right hand It’s always the right hand That’s right Or sometimes it’s the hand that’s left Whatever hand isn’t holding the book Or maybe it is the hand holding the book Lifting……..lifting………. Your unconscious …..does want to communicate….doesn’t it? If all else fails, every 90 minutes you will go into a trance. In 1986 Ernest Rossi wrote about Ultradian Rhythms, like a very trancey biorhythm. Just wait for it to come around again… Pauses……………..work well Any questions so far?
Ernest Rossi wrote a four Vallium set of books – the complete works of Milton Erickson. He wrote loads of books about Hypnosis – all are worth digesting. Erickson died in 1980. Erickson & Rossi continued to produce books together till 1986. Now that bears thinking about… I’m into researching the data, the specifics. I am anal only in that respect. I like to know where the information comes from. In your second instalment of this E-Course, you’ll learn all about the History of Hypnosis, and I’ll teach you the Shaman State – the prized secret trance state used by the amazing Kahuna of old Hawaii…
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