First Steps In Hypnosis

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A first experience that explains what hypnosis is, what it can do, and how it feels.


First Steps in Hypnosis

First Steps in Ericksonian Hypnosis

Chris Keeler and Linda Ferguson, NLPCT inc.

Begin where you are. Where are you?

How do you know who you are?

The self that you know is only part of yourself

Biology/ psychology/ philosophy/ theology all agree: you are more than you think and you are exactly what you think

What changes if you get to know more of yourself?

Who is in charge?

have you ever surprised yourself?

have you ever done something that wasnt like you?

how did that happen?

Wouldnt it feel good to be just one self?

Like a tree

you cant see the roots but you know theyre there

you cant see the seeds but you know theyre there

the tree is more than what you can see

you are more than what you know you know

You are one

one mind that thinks through the brain and the body

one system of sensory perceptions transformed into meaning

one seamless blend of past, present and future

Use your senses to pull into the focus you want

Pay attention to everything you are noticing now. Notice what you see, what you hear, what you feel.

When we pay full attention, all our parts come together. We are aware of being one self.

But most of the time

We are all monkey brains

Conscious attention has evolved to notice threats

Conscious attention bounces around scanning for difference

Difference reminds us that we have internal differences

Settling the mind into just one thing requires that the body settle. Settling the body settles the mind.

begin to relaxAs you watch the ripples

Become calm

Begin at the edges and consciously relax, from top to toe or from toe to the top of your head

Imagine light and warmth around each part of your body as you tell your muscles to unwind and relax and soften

Notice that even very tiny muscles, like the ones around your eyes, can be told to relax

You can becomecompletely relaxed

Just pretend to be in trance

pretend you cant open your eyes

pretend your arm is resting on a shelf

pretend your hand is floating gently in the air

pretend youre not pretending

Where are you going when you go into trance?

Know where you want to go

Why alter your state?

Do you want to relax and recharge? relieve pain? solve a problem? change a behavior? explore your unconscious mind? retrieve a memory? accelerate learning? take a mental vacation?

What do you want to know?

Decide (with your hypnotist) on the reason for your trance

Decide (with your hypnotist) how long the trance will last

Decide (with your hypnotist) what you want to learn or suggest

Decide how you will know you got what you wanted

As you relax into trance, your mind focuses on just one thing

You let go of distraction

You decide

how far down into the trance you will go

Deeply aware, deeply relaxed, deeply in trance

My voice will go with you

To guide the process so you can focus on the experience

To provide metaphors through which you might find new resources, new healing, or new patterns for solving problems

To offer direct suggestions at a level where they can easily and naturally change your thoughts and behaviours

To ensure that your state of intense focus remains safe and positive

And in a few moments you will return to the room, relaxed and refreshed

You may feel

as though no time has passed (because you stopped the world so you could focus)

as though you were wide awake (you were)

as though nothing has happened (but it did)

How will you know if you get what you want?

Whats different when you come back from the trance?

When youre all the way back

You might remember suggestions when they are useful

You might follow suggestions at appropriate times without remembering

You might feel strangely relaxed and clear-headed

You will be able to find your way back into trance when you want to go there

Unconscious processes are a little bit wild

Which you is in charge of your trance?

Choose a hypnotist wisely

Learn self-hypnosis and set safe limits

You work best when conscious and unconscious processes collaborate

Safe journey, safe home