First Steps In Hypnosis

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

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

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  • 1. First Steps in Ericksonian Hypnosis Chris Keeler and Linda Ferguson, NLPCT inc.
  • 2. Begin where you are. Where are you?
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. Who is in charge? • have you ever surprised yourself? • have you ever done something that wasn’t like you? • how did that happen?
  • 5. Wouldn’t it feel good to be just one self?
  • 6. Like a tree • you can’t see the roots but you know they’re there • you can’t see the seeds but you know they’re there • the tree is more than what you can see • you are more than what you know you know
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Use your senses to pull into the focus you want
  • 9. Pay attention to everything you are noticing now. Notice what you see, what you hear, what you feel.
  • 10. When we pay full attention, all our parts come together. We are aware of being one self.
  • 11. 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
  • 12. Settling the mind into just one thing requires that the body settle. Settling the body settles the mind.
  • 13. As you watch the ripples begin to relax
  • 14. 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
  • 15. You can become completely relaxed
  • 16. Just pretend to be in trance • pretend you can’t open your eyes • pretend your arm is resting on a shelf • pretend your hand is floating gently in the air • pretend you’re not pretending
  • 17. Where are you going when you go into trance?
  • 18. Know where you want to go
  • 19. 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?
  • 20. 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
  • 21. As you relax into trance, your mind focuses on just one thing
  • 22. You let go of distraction
  • 23. You decide how far down into the trance you will go
  • 24. Deeply aware, deeply relaxed, deeply in trance
  • 25. 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
  • 26. And in a few moments you will return to the room, relaxed and refreshed
  • 27. 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)
  • 28. How will you know if you get what you want?
  • 29. What’s different when you come back from the trance?
  • 30. When you’re 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
  • 31. Unconscious processes are a little bit wild
  • 32. 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