How to do Hypnosis

So you want to learn How to do Hypnosis

Anybody can be hypnotized if they want to be hypnotized.  Learning how to do Hypnosis is easy.  The first thing to learn, however, is that hypnosis is not a power game.  Hypnosis is not something the hypnotist does to the subject but rather it is a cooperative effort.

All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis.  What does that mean? It simply means that nobody can hypnotize another person against their will.  The myth of hypnotic power over others has been propagated by stage hypnotists and Hollywood.

Hypnosis is not something to be feared.  Hypnosis is a great tool that we should use to access our own unconscious mind and utilize all of our creative abilities.  Our mind is probably our greatest tool in the game of life.  Learning how to do hypnosis and meditation are powerful ways to unlock the full potential of your mind.

While all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, the term “self-hypnosis” is often used to perform hypnosis without outside assistance.  The term “hypnosis” is usually used to describe assisting another person, the subject, to go into a hypnotic trance.

This webpage talks about “How to do hypnosis”.  If you want to learn How to do Self-Hypnosis click on the link.

In order to learn how to do hypnosis we first need to understand some basics.  The hypnotic state is given many names.  It is referred to as trance state, altered state of consciousness or meditative state just to name a few.

The word altered simply means changed.  The baseline for states of consciousness is the normal waking state.  An easy way to measure whether someone is in an altered state of consciousness is to measure their brainwave frequencies.  In an altered state the brainwave frequencies will be slowed down.



In a hypnotic trance we are more relaxed than in the normal waking state. We are more relaxed both mentally and physically.  Going into an altered state is quite natural.  We do it every day.  Every night when you go to sleep you enter an altered state of consciousness.  You actually travel through several levels of relaxation during the average night’s sleep.

You can also access different levels of relaxation during hypnosis.  When you are hypnotized you can be in a light trance, a medium trance or a deep trance.  There are various ways to assess the level of trance.  For now it is sufficient to know that most of the benefits of hypnosis can be obtained from just a light trance state.

In a light hypnotic trance state you will be able to hear everything that is happening just as if you are awake.  You may miss a word or two that the hypnotist says but that isn’t important since the focus of the hypnotist is on communicating with your unconscious mind.

Day dreaming is another common occurrence of natural trance states.  Most people will day dream several times a day, often without realizing it. The day dream may last just a few minutes or it could go on for hours.  It all depends on the type of activities we engage in.  When we do a lot of monotonous work our mind gets bored and starts to wander.

The unconscious mind takes over.  You can think of your unconscious mind as your automation system.  It is designed to handle most of the work we perform on a daily basis.  Amongst other things it looks after our internal bodily functions.  The unconscious mind also stores and organizes our memories.

Once you have learned a skill the unconscious mind can repeat it, just like a computer.  If the skill has been learned well you will execute it well.  If your learning has been flawed then those flaws will keep rearing their ugly head until they are corrected.  While the unconscious mind is a great work horse, learning requires a degree of conscious intervention.

Ok so now you know a little bit more about hypnosis and the mind.  You also know that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  Another way to describe hypnosis is guided meditation.  The hypnotist guides the subject into the meditative state.

It is time to learn how to do hypnosis.

Hypnosis can be broken down into five main steps.  The first step is to build rapport with the client.  The next step is the induction.  The third is deepening the trance state. The fourth step is to provide (positive) hypnotic suggestions.  The fifth and last step is to awaken the subject back to a normal waking state.

Let’s take a closer look at each step.  First we need to build rapport with the subject.  In other words we need to gain their trust.  It is very difficult if not impossible to hypnotize somebody that doesn’t trust you.  Remember that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  The hypnotist provides suggestions, verbal or non-verbal.  It is then up to the client to accept or reject those suggestions.  Accepting the hypnotist’s suggestions will lead the client into trance.

So the first step is vital.  Make sure that you have gained the trust of your subject before you start the induction.  I highly recommend addressing any concerns or misconceptions the subject has before starting the actual induction. Of course, with practice, the pre-talk becomes a powerful induction in itself.

Once rapport has been established it is time to start the induction.  This is what most lay people would consider the start of the hypnosis.  Any good hypnotist knows that the hypnosis process started the second the hypnotist and subject met.  If sufficient trust has been established with the subject then the induction will be quick and easy.  On the other hand if there is a lack of trust then the induction can be slow and cumbersome.

During the induction the hypnotist will give the subject suggestions for relaxing.  An example is, “You are drifting into a deeper state of relaxation with every breath that you take”.  Most of the time the suggestions will be verbal although non-verbal inductions also exist.

The hypnotist will watch the subject closely and look for signs that the client has entered a trance state.  The induction will then flow into the deepening stage where the client is guided to the appropriate level of relaxation.  Depending on the purpose of the hypnosis session different levels of trance are most beneficial.

Once the hypnotist has guided the subject into the appropriate trance state he is able to interact with the unconscious mind of the subject.  This may simply involve giving the unconscious mind positive suggestions or it may involve working with the unconscious mind to resolve a limiting belief or other problem that the subject would like to have resolved.

Once the therapeutic part of the hypnosis session has been completed the client is guided back to a fully conscious state.  The general guideline is that the client should be awakened at the same speed that he was induced.  If the hypnotic
induction was quick then the awakening can be quick.  If the induction was slow then it is best to awaken the client slowly.

It is important to make sure that the subject is fully conscious upon awakening, especially if they are about to drive a car.  A glass of water is a good way to ground the client and return him to a fully conscious state.


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