First Steps In Hypnosis
Post on 19-Oct-2014
DESCRIPTIONA 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
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
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