I just want to remind you to send me your questions on hypnosis – this newsletter lives and dies with your questions, so if you don’t send me your questions, there’s gonna be no more newsletter, and you don’t want that to happen, because I have access to some VERY respected people in the hypnosis field that I can grill with your questions too…
Maybe you heard of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. – he was arguably the greatest hypnotist of all times (at least that’s what most of todays greatest hypnotists think, and I agree with them).
When people came to him with something like a tick, or some kind of obsessive behaviour they couldn’t control, first thing he did was put them into a deep trance – without them even realizing that the hypnosis already started. He was THE master of conversational hypnosis.
And then, he’d tell people to amplify their tick or obsessive behaviour, to make it stronger.
The funny thing is: they could do it!
Then he told them to speeden it up or slow it down. They could do it too.
And from there, it was as easy as 1-2-3 to have them end their tick or obsessive behaviour. Because what he did is he hypnotically put them down a greased slide: first, he put them in control of their tick. Since they could make it stronger, that demonstrated to them that they actually COULD influence their tick. And then he made them do other things, and a the end, he made them establish so much control over their ticks that they could end it. And even if they weren’t able to “end” it… they could slow it down…
so much that….
Now, that already was a story. And stories are hypnotic by nature – unless they’re boring. I can’t stress enough how much easier it will be for you to put people into deep trances when you master the art of storytelling.
And as a first step, I suggest you get a good copy of 1001 nights – which is really nothing but a collection of masterfully interwoven hypnotic stories.
So, send me you’re questions and I’ll get to them in a future edition. And coming up in the next edition is a story of how I once put a guy in trance and then couldn’t get him out… he got stuck in hypnosis. (Thanks to Michelle for asking that question).