Well now

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By , April 9, 2010 1:17 pm

… that was a longer break than a couple of weeks wasn’t it?!  Let’s continue … on our how to hypnotise journey! We’ll take a little diversion and look at the use of ambiguity in language in learning how to hypnotize someone. Some may consider these advanced techniques … others may think of them as essential beginning building blocks … and whatever your position … the use of language is a powerful adjunct to some of the other things we have (or will) looked at in other posts.

By the way, the above paragraph is packed with language patterns that do all sorts of things with your brain … now let’s just take one of the simpler patterns … and see if you can spot it. Try the first two words ‘well now’ – this saying has a double meaning. At a conscious level you might take the meaning a certain way … particularly when combined with the follow-on sentence (i.e. Well now, that was a longer break …). What happens t an unconscious level with the second meaning? “Well Now” can also be taken as a command … be well now. As in health.

Some don’t believe that this ambiguous language stuff works as a means of planting suggestions. Yet perhaps that is because the whole story has not been told. It’s not that ‘one phrase’ on its own will make a difference – its about using ambiguity as part of a larger game – in which multiple meanings are held open unconsciously and the one that of those meanings is reinforced consistently. The reinforcement may be done at a level that is not perceived consciously by the person on the receiving end of such an endeavor. And the unconscious meaning that is being reinforced does not have to bear any relation to the ‘meaning’ being communicated consciously.

Confused yet? :-)  Ambiguity is a simple concept … its application as part of a bigger game is an art form in its own right! The bigger game takes time to master … and we can^t even begin to open that up here. Let’s just say that two separate conversations are occurring between two individuals when they are communicating … a conscious one and an unconscious one. This happens all the time. We are responding to and advertising unconsciously all the time. What happens when one can begin to ‘control’ what used to be their unconscious conversation with another individual? Is it even possible? You bet it is!

We’ll explore some of these concepts over some coming posts. In  the meantime — great to be back on-board … happy hypnotic wanderings in 2010.

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A well needed pause

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By , November 11, 2009 5:23 am

Yes folks, the Wandering Hypnotist has had the first break in 18 months. I’ve been in Ethiopia, the UK, Switzerland, France and Poland for the last few weeks. And yes, there are some places on the planet where you can’t get internet access (Try the lowlands in NE Ethiopia!).

I will continue my more regular posts to help you on your journey in learning how to hypnotise in another week or so once I get settled back from my wanderings. You can also look forward to the release of my first eReport on developing profound hypnotic states in the new year.

In the meantime – look after yourself and as always …

Good trip

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Be careful of your motivations in learning how to hypnotize

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By , October 25, 2009 8:58 am

In my explorations of learning how to hypnotise so far we’ve explored principles, some beginning techniques and some myths of hypnosis.

Some of the advertisements that you will see being plugged on twitter and other social media sites  promise all sorts of things. Let’s take a look some of the ‘tweets’ and the ‘promises’ that will be yours if you just buy that course or eBook:

  • How to hypnotize someone to go to bed with you …
  • Secretly hypnotize anyone …
  • How to hypnotize girls …
  • How to covertly mesmerize anyone …

I’m not going to comment on the validity or otherwise of the materials offered when you click on those links.

But just stop for a moment and ask yourself what the underlying motivation is that these ads are appealing to. In my opinion they are appealing to some form of desire to be able to coerce – period.

That’s a dangerous desire folks. Coercion is illegal in many countries. You can’t tell me that trying to get someone to do something that is against their will isn’t coercion. That’s the implication here if you think about it … if you can’t get you way through normal channels … well, just secretly hypnotise them. Hmmmm.

So, just a gentle warning about your motivations in learning how to hypnotise – be careful if you find these ads appealing, you are treading into an ethical and moral minefield. And let’s not forget the law – you don’t want to end up on the wrong side of that.

(There’s also a question about the validity of the claim of being able to secretly hypnotize anyone – some believe it is possible, some don’t … it’s all a matter of definition of what you believe hypnosis is).

Be careful out there!

The wandering hypnotist

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No ‘pendulum swing’ for Adventist health practices

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By , October 17, 2009 3:38 am

The 300 delegates voted to supplement the world church’s Health Ministries department guidelines with a list of questionable treatments and therapies officially “discouraged” by the Adventist Church — among them hypnosis, magnet therapy, untested herbal remedies and pendulum diagnosis.

OK – I draw the line here when a religious institution puts hypnosis in the same sentence as ‘untested herbal remedies and pendulum diagnosis’. Come on folks, there are something like over 10,000 scientific papers in the 20th century alone on hypnosis and its effects. I actually have respect for the health institutions this organization has sponsored – but I believe here that they are responding to superstitious 19th century prescriptions against hypnosis (loosing control to the devil and all that rubbish) rather than the ‘evidence’ based claimed for their selection of treatments in the rest of the article.

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Look into my eyes: The power of hypnosis – life – 09 October 2009 – New Scientist

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By , October 10, 2009 3:09 am

I AM about to have my left leg paralysed, my arm taken over by an alien force and, quite possibly, be made blind. I confess I’m a bit nervous. But also, strangely, I hope it all works.

These insults to my body will not be inflicted with a scalpel, but instead induced using hypnosis. The effects, if they occur, will only be temporary, my hypnotist, David Oakley, reassures me.

It’s all being done in the interest of science. Oakley is an emeritus professor at University College London …

This is definitely worth a read. I’m a little concerned with the validity of ‘only 10% are highly hypnotisable” idea, but other than that it’s great to see this sought of research occurring.

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Children can ‘imagine away’ pain

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By , October 10, 2009 2:20 am

Children can be taught to use their imagination to tackle frequent bouts of stomach pain, research shows.

A relaxation-type CD, asking children to imagine themselves in scenarios like floating on a cloud led to dramatic improvements in abdominal pain.

The US researchers said the technique worked particularly well in children as they have such fertile imaginations.

It has been estimated that frequent stomach pain with no identifiable cause effects up to one in five children.

The research, published in Pediatrics, follows on from studies showing hypnosis is an effective treatment for a range of conditions known as functional abdominal pain, which includes things like irritable bowel syndrome. – (BBC)

Hypnotherapists have known this for years – science is finally ‘catching up’. I’ve used these same hypnosis techniques on adults as well. The hypnosis bit helps to remove the ‘layers of adult conditioning’ and they can re-access their imagination to help them with pain control.

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How to hypnotise someone for 2 seconds

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By , October 5, 2009 8:32 am

OK, here’s a little trick that is used to great effect in all sorts of rapid induction techniques. You see, the brain often runs on auto with habituated patterns of behavior dictating most of our daily activities (actually, sometimes I think we are in trance most of the time anyway).

When something suddenly interrupts an automated unit of behavior a strange but interesting thing occurs. There is a pause – a blank 1 or 2 seconds – where the brain doesn’t know what to do. The conscious mind hasn’t fully engaged again and there is essentially a blank slate as far as a hypnotist is concerned. If you give a suggestion in that pause – it is more likely than not that the brain will act on the suggestion.

If you then carry on as if nothing has occurred then quite often the person will have total amnesia of that 2 second pause. So here is the 2 second hypnosis secret in order.

  1. blah blah blah blah (normal conversation)
  2. pattern interrupt (just something unexpected during an automatic habitual action)
  3. suggestion – in a different tone of voice if possible (you got 1 or 2 seconds)
  4. blah blah blah (carry on with you conversation in the same tonality and pace as before the interrupt

That’s it folks. There is more to it than this, but this is the core underlying principle things such as the ‘handshake interrupt’. I teach this stuff in seminars on influence to business groups. It works. I just had a lady give our group some feedback … she interrupted a kiss from her boyfriend just before their lips touched by turning her head away and whispering that she wanted some sunflowers (this boyfriend had only bought her flowers twice in the last 4 years). A few days later he turns up with sunflowers. She asked him if he had just done this because she said so … and he flatly denied it. He had no recollection of her saying anything to him.

So, I’ve let the cat amongst the pigeons here in exposing the sneaky little 2 second hypnotic session. Have fun. Don’t do anything silly with this – and remember you can’t get anyone to do anything that goes against their core principles (contrary to what a lot of hype out there is suggesting). And this takes practice to get right. Good luck on your journey in learning how to hypnotise.

Happy trips

The Wandering Hypnotist

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How to hypnotise your chicken

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By , October 1, 2009 2:59 pm

Here we go … for a bit of light relief. Don’t be fooled … this really works. I grew up on a farm and we did learn to hypnotise rabbits, chickens and a few other “furries” as part of the natural slaughtering process. But that was years ago in a land far far away! This doesn’t mean of-course that this is the same mechanism at play in human beings ;-) .

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The Mesmerized Mind / Science News

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By , September 26, 2009 11:24 am

New research at the University of Geneva suggests that hypnosis alters neural activity by rerouting some of the usual connections between brain regions. Such neurological detours don’t happen when subjects merely imagine a scenario.

Check out this new article from ScienceNews. Too much information to repeat here but for those of you who think hypnosis is made up … read on!

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A little-known secret for learning how to hypnotise

By , September 26, 2009 10:46 am

Now, a real secret that many are never taught in their journey in learning how to hypnotise is simply this – rhythm. Rhythm can be set up in many different ways and some of them are so subtle they bypass the conscious awareness of the person you are attempting to hypnotise.

One way to set up rhythm in the beginning is simply using the pace of your voice. This can take a little practice and one way to experiment with this when you start to learn to hypnotise is to use a metronome (you can get a real one or use a software based one with earphones – I’ll post a blog on how to do this if you are interested at some point). Using a metronome and pacing your script delivery in-time with the beat can work wonders on the impact and effectiveness of your hypnosis induction technique.

It’s almost like poetry … and as you play with a metronome … do a little self-hypnosis and set-up your own internal metronome that you can gently turn on in the background as an internal rhythm generator for your hypnosis techniques.

I have a few other secrets but before getting to them, go away and play with rhythm. Even within this one area there are some really sneaky ways of introducing rhythm in your ” learn to hypnotise ” journey.

Happy journeys.

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