Simple Methods to Hypnotise Anyone
In this article we will be discussing some of the cool and simple methods that will help you hypnotise anyone.
The Golden Rule Of Hypnosis
There is a golden rule in hypnosis. Follow this rule and you will always be successful. No matter what hypnotic technique you are using, this golden rule applies. You can call this rule the ABS formula.
- A stands for attention,
- stands for bypassing that critical factor, and
- S stands for stimulating the unconscious mind.
Street hypnotists use this simple formula all the time and it is the secret to their success. Hypnosis is really only focused concentration, and when someone is in hypnosis, the conscious mind is bypassed. In essence, all you really need to do to hypnotise someone is to get past the conscious, thinking mind.
If you can learn how to execute this golden rule, you will be able to easily and effortlessly hypnotise anyone, anywhere. This rule works whether or not you are hypnotizing someone on the street or in an office. It may seem simple, but, in essence, that’s the beauty of it.
There are some other secrets you need to know to as well, and you could think of these as the four keys to hypnosis.
Key Number 1 – Relaxation
The first key is relaxation. If someone isn’t relaxed, they will not be able to drift into trance. The idea of relaxation is like a doorway into trance. You can certainly hypnotise someone as a stage hypnotist without relaxation, but it’s a lot easier to hypnotise someone if they are relaxed and at ease.
Key Number 2 – Using the Imagination
Learning to use the imagination is probably one of the most important keys there is. Everyone knows how to use their imagination because most of us have been doing so since we were young children. Imagination is the language of the subconscious mind, and when the mind is relaxed and quiet, it does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined.
This is one of the reasons why a process like hypnosis works so well.
Key Number 3 – Repetition
Repetition is a great tool for the subconscious mind. In order to absorb an idea, the mind needs to hear it again and again. Repeating positive suggestions or affirmations works well while in hypnotic trance. In other words, the more you hear something, the more you will remember it.
Key Number 4 – Keeping it Positive
Keeping it positive is an incredibly important rule because the mind focuses on whatever you tell it. If you tell someone while in trance, that they don’t like candy, then all the mind hears is candy. A better approach would be to instruct someone that they love healthy nutritious foods, like fruits and vegetables.
The same thing can be said if you tell someone to not be stressed. All the mind hears is the word stress, which is obviously negative. Telling someone that they feel calm and relaxed is a much better approach.
The Hypnotic Pre-frame to Guarantee Success
The pre-frame is a great tool to use with new clients. It allows you to set up the induction in the person’s mind, which gives them a much better chance of succeeding. To do the pre-frame, all you need to do is ask someone to “pretend” that they are going under hypnosis. It may seem silly, but it works.
Ask them to stand or sit as if a hypnotised person would stand or sit, breathe how a hypnotised person would breathe, and activate any characteristics that a hypnotised person would display. The goal is to allow them to get carried away in the process of acting as if they are really hypnotised.
The more someone pretends, the easier and more natural it will feel to be in a state of trance. If someone pretends something for long enough, it will become quite real in their mind. Eventually, they will forget they are pretending as they enjoy the process of pure relaxation.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Hypnotising Anyone
One of the first questions you might have is whether to use pre written scripts or to write your own.
Pre-written scripts can help you immensely but only to a certain point. The best way to use pre-written scripts is to use them as a guide. Only you know exactly what your client needs. Interviewing your client and building rapport is one of the most important things you can do as part of any hypnotherapy practice.
While you may have a desire to “wing it” and just start talking, using a pre-written induction and deepener is probably going to be far easier than starting from scratch. If you use a script, you can always stray from it – but if you get tongue tied, a pre-written script is easy to fall back on.
Scripts can be written on any subject so there really is no limit to what you can do. There are some simple rules of thumb that need to be followed when writing scripts.
Hypnosis Script Writing Tips
- Always use the present tense.
- Always use positive affirmations and suggestions.
- Use clear and simple language.
- Use imagery as much as possible.
- Use NLP Techniques.
- Use repetition.
- Focus on the state someone is trying to obtain, not the state they are coming from.
- Focus on the positive, not the negative.
- Use your imagination!
The first part of a script should focus on building rapport or what is known in hypnotherapy circles as pre-amble. This is the part of the script that provides the background or context for the work. If the script were based around overcoming obstacles, this portion of the script might offer some information about the obstacle one is trying to overcome or the reason they are trying to overcome it.
The next part of the script is the induction and this is where you are actually hypnotizing someone. This part of the script should be read in a smooth, melodic voice and it should be read very slowly in order to relax someone.
Your voice should have cadence and rhythm as well since you are trying to lull someone into hypnotic trance. The next part of the script focuses on deepening the trance, although this is not always necessary; this part of the script should also be read slowly and softly.
The real work begins next in the meat of the script, or the part of the script that focuses on the issue at hand. In this part of the script, you will be using hypnotic imagery or something like direct suggestions. You can also use metaphors or hypnotic stories.
Hypnosis scripts are kind of like writing a sales pitch in many aspects because it also follows the rule of thumb of: tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you have just told them!
Remember, the subconscious mind is very simple, so you always want to be very clear about the message so repetition and persistence work well. After the main portion of the script, you would then focus on the future state, or the state someone is moving into by using hypnotherapy.
This is a good time to have someone imagine or picture his or her end result or goal a few months down the road.
Someone can do this by looking at themselves in a mirror, arriving at the winner’s circle or even just sitting quietly picturing it in their mind. The point is to always take a moment during the script to help them envision the future state. Last but not least, you can then focus on reiterating the positive suggestions by having someone repeat them silently to themselves. It is always good to end by saying something like “these suggestions are now permanently embedded into your subconscious mind, where they will grow stronger and stronger over the next few days and weeks.
Finally, the coming up process is next, and this is where you gently but firmly tell someone you are going to count from 1 – 10 and then they will awaken.
Hypnotic Sequence Of Events.
- Build rapport.
- Hypnotic imagery, metaphor or relaxation work.
- Future State.
- Embed the suggestions.
- Coming Up.
In looking at hypnosis scripts, one of the most important tools you have is your imagination! The subconscious does not know the difference between reality and imagination, so this is the time to get creative! If you’re writing a script for a client, it’s a good idea to find out what they like and use that to build your script.
In other words, ask them where their ideal place of relaxation is, and then take them there! If you’re just writing scripts to provide a variety of subjects, then just use different kinds of relaxation environments to keep it interesting. You could take someone to the beach, to a Five Star Hotel, A Private Cabana, A Mountain Cabin, you could even take someone to Paris or take them hang-gliding, the point is you can take them anywhere because the mind has no limits.
Going back to the tips, it is important to always use the present tense, because you want someone to feel like they are actually there at that particular moment in time, not yesterday or sometime in the future.
Always use positive affirmations and suggestions, because the mind will focus on what whatever you tell it, even if it’s negative. You would never want to say “I don’t eat junk food anymore” because all the mind would focus on would be the word junk food! It would be better to say. “I love eating healthy meals now” because that is something positive.
Use clear and simple language because the subconscious mind is very childlike, and easily overwhelmed. Don’t try and use words and phrases that are too long or too complex, because the mind might just ignore them.
Be sure to use a lot of imagery and NLP techniques because this helps people picture things better. Use bright colors if you are trying to draw something to someone and black and white if you are trying to push something away. You can also turn the volume up or down or make something bigger or smaller. Once you get used to using these techniques, they will be easier to integrate into your sessions.
Repetition is probably one of the most important tools you can use as well because it helps get the point across the more you hear something. Always remember to focus on the state someone is trying to obtain, not the state they are coming from or trying to move away from. If someone is coming to you for a weight loss session, it would be better to say “You are now the perfect size and at your goal weight” than to say “You want to lose X amount of weight”. Always, always, always focus on the positive, not the negative and use your imagination!
Imagination is EVERYTHING!
This is not the place to play it safe by any means. This is the place to get crazy and wild. Anything goes in a hypnosis script because the mind can go anywhere it likes. Take someone up into the clouds or into the cosmos or take them on a trip into the past and explore an ancient ruin or pyramid. The point is to use your imagination. If someone were afraid of animals, say monkey’s, you could take them to a stuffed animal zoo filled with giant playful animals. They could even sit on top of the monkey and pet it softly or even talk to the monkey and find out it is not so scary after all.
Hypnotic deepeners are simply words and phrases used to deepen someone’s level of trance. There are many ways to do this – one of which is to simply repeat relaxing phrases like “you are now going deeper and deeper into this beautiful soothing relaxation or “every sound that you hear only causes you to go deeper and deeper into this calm state of relaxation”.
You can also have someone go down a beautiful spiral staircase as you repeat relaxing phrases or you could even have someone watch a beautiful sunset as you count backward from 10 to 1. The point of a deepener is to keep the trance level headed in the right direction because you don’t want someone coming back up again. Many times the induction will include deepening techniques, so you don’t always have to add a deepener into the script.
Basic Four-Stage Hypnotic Protocol for Trance
- Absorb Attention and Induce Trance
- Bypass the Critical factor and Deepen the Trance
- Activate an Unconscious Response
- Lead the Unconscious to the Desired Outcome by Making Suggestions
Hypnotizing someone doesn’t have to be complicated. When you examine the process as a simple four-step process, you can simplify it.
The first stage is all about absorbing someone’s attention and inducing trance. You can do this in many ways, but the first place to start is by simply asking someone to close their eyes. For example, you could say:
“Would you like to do some hypnosis with me now?”
Assuming your subject says “yes” you can then ask them to close their eyes. You could also say:
“Close your eyes and go into hypnosis.”
It’s really that simple. From this point, it’s imperative that you deepen the trance. Bypassing that critical factor is important because once you do that, you are free and clear and once you have someone’s attention, and once you distract them, you can continue deepening the trance. Doing something physical like lifting their arm up and giving them some suggestions is an easy way.
You could say something like:
“Every time I pick up your hand and drop it like so, you will go deeper and deeper and deeper.”
Every time you say the word “deeper” you would then lift up their hand and drop it gently.
Deeper and deeper then become cue words that signify that it’s time to drop into a deeper level of trance.
You can elaborate on any of these steps, but you don’t really have to. There is a misconception that you have to be in a very deep level of trance to make changes, but that’s not really true.
The next step is all about stimulating the unconscious mind and activating an unconscious response. This is also known as the suggestion phase. What you say at this point obviously depends on what the issue is. If you were working on confidence, for example, you could either tell a story where someone can picture themselves feeling confident, or you could just offer some simple suggestions like:
“You are smart and savvy and confident” or “You feel confident with everything you say and do.”
You can also describe a relaxation environment and have someone picture themselves there. You can ask the subject during the initial interview, what kind of relaxing environment they desire, so you will know what kind of scene to describe.
The more vividly you paint the picture, the more someone can go there in their mind, so be sure to use your imagination. Repeating suggestions also reiterates the suggestions in someone’s mind, so be sure to use repetition as much as possible. Everything done in this phase leads someone to that desired outcome. When you are through, simply count someone back up and bring them out of trance.
Signs of Trance
There are many signs of trance, so be sure to look for these cues in your subjects:
- Tearing of the eyes.
- Rapid eye movement under the eyelids.
- Changes in skin color of the face.
- Changes in the rhythm of breathing.
- Slight jerks of hands, feet or legs.
- Swallowing movements slow down.
- Head drooping.
- Slumped shoulders.
- Glazed or flickering eyes.
- Involuntary micro-movements of the body or the lips.
- Lip licking.