Fundamentals Of Hypnotherapy (Fully Explained)
In this post we are going to explain the fundamentals of hypnotherapy so that you can master this skill in the shortest amount of time possible.
Think of the human nervous system as a set of lights on a Christmas tree. Every time you change state, have a thought or do something, a different set of lights is illuminated.
Sometimes, due to habit or a traumatic experience, a network of these lights gets stuck. As soon as it is triggered, the whole circuit runs, but nothing from the outside gets in – it’s the same exact sequence over and over – that’s why people feel stuck when they have a problem!
In psychology this stuck network is called a “Part” – its like a part of the person that they don’t have full access to. When the person tries to change, they “bounce off” a wall and go right back to the old routine. The real problem is that the resource the person needs to resolve the problem is usually somewhere outside the part!
The resources can’t get in, they just bounce off the “boundary wall” that distinguishes a part!
The longer the problem bounces around the inside of the part, the stronger the boundary of the problem part becomes. It’s a vicious circle.
In everyday life, this can feel as though we have a split personality: You want to go to the gym, you get really fired up about it. But when the clock ticks six o’clock and it’s time to go, suddenly you don’t feel like going anymore, you just want to watch TV or have an ice cream. And the next morning you get up and you kick yourself and say damn, why did I do that?
It feels like you were a different person.
Now, this does not mean that you are cracking up and by no means does this mean you are developing a split personality. It is just that you have a problem part.
In a very extreme case, small amount of people can create a split personality, it is same problem, just on a drastically different sense of scale.
A Roman Therapy
A problem usually begins with an initial event. Sometimes this can be a tiny thing (like a dog barking at you) that we don’t even pay attention to consciously. But as time goes by, the unconscious worries about it, and as other events that share some characteristic come up, they will trigger a reaction like fear or anger.
Unfortunately, as time goes by, we collect more and more of these triggered events, and they grow larger and more uncontrollable. It is much as an oyster will form layers of shell around a piece of grit to create a pearl – only not as attractive!
This is where people get overwhelmed by their problems. They think they have to tackle ALL of the problem at once. It is very difficult to process a hundred negative events together with all the associated emotions in one go. So they fail and begin to build defence mechanisms to avoid facing the mountain of problems.
But there is a solution: divide and conquer.
The Romans knew the strategic value of only fighting a small part of a nation’s forces at a time. That way victory would be easier. Sometimes, fighting the right battle would win the war, even though the bulk of the enemy’s forces were still in tact!
This is what we do with “A Roman Therapy”: divide a conquer.
Choose one specific situation and context, to resolve. Take trigger event X on day Y.
Don’t fight whole kingdom all at once, just pick one specific tribe, one context, one time. And you have to nail people down to it. A lot of people won’t like that, they will want to take care of the whole problem at once, but you have to do it anyway because that is the way to beat what starts off as an enormous force.
Mind-Bending Language (MBL) dissolves the barrier between problems and resources (which creates parts), like soap which allows oil and water to be mixed. This is the core idea behind MBL resourcing.
The idea is to take the basics of hypnotic attention shifting that you have already seen, and add a couple more pieces.
- Spatial relationships: beyond, before, above, below, behind, close, far away, on top, left, right, etc.
- Changing syntax, sequence.
Problem definitions always come in pairs:
- I fear cats
- I need a cigarette
- When he looks at me, I feel angry
The idea is to break the problem loop.
Basic resource: confidence and 5 manoeuvres.
Use basic resource and 5 manoeuvres to turn the problem on its head.
I fear cats.
- What cats fear you?
- What are you not afraid of that is not cats?
- What are you not afraid of that is cats?
- What are you listening to as the cat approaches?
- What are you not listening to as the cat approaches?
- Isn’t it time the cats were afraid of you?
- When you feel the fear, what aren’t you hearing that lets you go beyond that cat?
- What are you not thinking about while you are fearing cats?
- What are you not thinking about while you are fearing cats that is confidence?
- What’s not fearing cats?
- What cats don’t fear you enough for you to not fear them?
Using each of these 5 manoeuvres in conjunction to create what seems to be a weird and wonderful powerful MBL language pattern, but it is just 5 manoeuvres that tell you how to construct it.
MBL Resourcing Analogy
What are you doing with MBLs?
Basically you are trying to give people resources so they can break out of old patterns.
Your aim is to get the positive resources which are stuck outside of the part into the part by shaking up their reality (with MBLs) so that all the energy gets to flow in a new direction.
It is a bit like a river flowing down a mountain. It is set in its path (the problem part). But then an earthquake occurs which shakes everything up and starts a new path for the river to flow down.
Then you reinforce the new path, so it leads to freedom, rather than fear. Reinforce it so that the new path is as entrenched as deeply as the old path used to be.
The traditional model of change (using willpower) is to build a dam, to stop the problem. It can work, but the water behind the dam can also build up a lot of pressure, which means the dam will probably break at some point.
Instead simply redirect the water, so you don’t have to worry about the dam breaking later on. That explains why you want to test and condition as much as you do.
How To Master MBLs
You may have felt overwhelmed when you started working with mind bending language. All you need to do is remember that nothing is complex, it can always be broken down into simple steps that are to be mastered, and then reintegrated into a sophisticated whole.
And the best part is you have already started learning the simple steps.
Step 1 To MBL Mastery – Dynamic (Mental Imagery) Induction
The first step towards mastering MBL is the dynamic induction.
The dynamic induction provides a lot of structure, and just a little bit of leeway. Interacting with the symbols and creating implications and meaning and taking people’s attention from one symbol to another symbol, and taking them from one area to another area. This gives you a chance to master a little bit of versatility when going into the unconscious realm.
Step 2 To MBL Mastery – Non Awareness Set
As you begin to master the dynamic induction, you will notice that it can keep getting a little more elaborate each time until you turn it into a full blown non-awareness set. You can see how you can blend the NAS into the dynamic induction: “Did you expect that symbol to be there? How did you do know to do that? I wonder what it means. I wonder what is going to happen now that you have that symbol.”
So, you blend the dynamic induction into the NAS until you don’t need the dynamic induction anymore, you just do it purely with the NAS. And then you practice with the NAS until that becomes second nature, the implications behind it, the attention shifts, the manoeuvres, the emphasis, the different strategies of emphasizing different things, until you are basically left with the point where MBL patterns are really simple.
Step 3 To MBL Mastery – MBLs
The only thing you are adding now is that you are focusing on the specific language to create the experience, where as before you were creating the experience in whatever way you could.
The language was less important, it was more the manoeuvre, but now that the manoeuvre is inside your mind as a pattern that is second nature to you, you are focusing on the language that creates the same manoeuvre but in a more tightly honed fashion.
So this is the sequence for mastering MBLs:
- Dynamic lnduction (About lmages)
- Non-Awareness Set (About Experiences)
- Mind Bending Language (About ldeas)
Let’s talk about:
Hypnosis And Memory
There are different ways to experience a memory, and it is important to be able to recognize what level of experience someone is having so you can match that level, and bring them deeper into the experience if needed.
- Ability to recall something really well
- “When I was five, I picked up the puppy”
- Bring something back to life with more experiential references.
- He’s picking up the puppy”
- Fully experiencing memory in 1st person
- “l am picking up the puppy’
If they are running it like a memory, it is a revivification.
If they are there and re-experiencing it fully, like it is literally there and they are experiencing it for the first time so to speak, it’s a regression.
Remember that the 3 terms above represent a sliding scale f experience. In practice the boundary between revivification and regression is so murky, and really in many respects unimportant. Some people say it has to be a real regression, I’ve done plenty of work with revivification, and it’s worked great. The key thing is you are trying to get a pure regression, and if what you end up with is a strong revivification, that’s okay.
What you don’t want is hypermesia: -“well I was there, and I was doing this” – that is too dissociated.
- Magic Moment (maybe stack a couple back to back)
- Eye Contact (A&B)
- Random Touches (A&B)
- Emotional overdrive with H+ suggestions (S)
- Use hypnotic themes and power words to construct a “script” on the fly (S)
Steps 1 and 2 both serve to absorb attention and bypass the critical factor. Steps 3 and 4 both server to stimulate the unconscious mind. Step 5 performs actual change work and conditioning.
- Trance & Deepen, BP1
- Revivify (stimulate problem)
- Resourcing (revivification, NAS, Dynamic Induction or Hypnotic Blitz)
- Tranceform (attach resources to problem context)
- Test, Condition, Recovery
- BP2, Self Esteem, Emerge from trance
- As they are in hypnosis afterglow, perform Hypnotic Blitz
I hope by now you have a really good idea of what hypnotherapy is and you are ready to practice it.