A Hypnotic Sequence.
This standard sequence can be used as a basis for your own.
|Start with a brief description of hypnosis, explaining that when done correctly it’s natural, absolutely safe, and is a great way to use our imagination to amplify our skills.|
The client has more control than in many day-to-day situations, they will come to full consciousness if the hypnotist says anything that is against their values.
It can be worth asking:
“If you were able to access a powerful hypnotic state, what would you like to achieve? What will it be like when you’ve achieved it? What will you see, hear and feel?”
It can be useful to make a strong suggestion at the beginning of the session:
“You will be in total control throughout the session, if I make any suggestions that are useful to you, you will take them in at deeper level and let them grow in a way that’s absolutely beneficial to you. If I say anything that isn’t useful, you will either change it so that it is useful or totally ignore it, and you will realise that you can do this with any suggestions people make in the future.”
|There are many inductions to help a client start to access a mild hypnotic state. A simple way to start is to ask the client to cycle through their senses, while seeding ideas of relaxation and comfort:|
“Stretch and then relax comfortably in your chair in a way that you can be ready to access a really relaxing state…
Imagine that you’re at one of your very favorite places, see what you see, notice the colours, notice any movement, and as you do so let yourself soften and relax…
Now focus on the sound of my voice, become aware of my voice tone, notice when I pause [pause], and when I pause use it as an excuse to soften more, to really relax, and you can do this consciously or [pause] unconsciously …
Now notice the weight [pause] of your feet on the floor, and as you do so, feel the relaxation that is beginning to develop somewhere in your feet, and as you notice that feeling, let those feelings begin to flow through your body, starting at your feet and rising through your legs, your knees and your thighs, until you’re totally bathed in relaxation,
Now come back to your favorite place …”
|There are many deepening exercises. One of our favorites is using ‘pivot grammar’. The is simply listing two word utterances and then repeating them with the words reversed.|
“Deeper down, down deeper.
Relax now, now relax.
Soften now, now soften.
Feel great, great feel.
Enjoy now, now enjoy.
Now learn, learn now…”
and so on.
|For example :|
“As you’re listening to me, consciously or with your unconscious mind, you can start that process so over the next few days you’ll play through all the ways you can achieve what you want, choose the very best one or best ones , and practise in your mind completing the steps in the best way.”
|“Now imagine having achieved what you want, and from having achieved it send yourself a message encouraging you to move forward now, to achieve it. You can even enjoy travelling far into your future to see how much you’ve improved having tackled it.”|
|To bring your client back you can say something like:|
“And when you’ve got something really useful to you from this session, choose to come back to the room, and open your eyes and be ready to have a really successful day.”
And wait until they open their eyes.
|You say something to the effect of :|
“Well done. You’ve processed a lot during the session, as you let that processing continue you’ll find yourself being drawn to what you want.”
- Write out what you would like others to do and feel.
- Construct embedded commands that you could use, and decide on an appropriate place to use them. Then mentally rehearse using them effectively.
- Start noticing how your colleagues get others to take action. What state are they in? What commands do they use? How could you improve what they do?
- Start noticing what is likely to be true in your colleague’s world
- Two recommended books : Richard Bandler’s guide to TRANCE-formation and and Steven Heller’s Monsters and Magical Sticks.
If you practise meditation regularly, you gain more awareness of your internal processes, greater focus and concentration and increased ability to release unwanted feelings and manage uour state.
Practicing meditation requires a touch of courage and discipline. In its own way it can be hard work. The art is to create the habit of meditating, preferably daily, but for at least 10 minutes three times a week.
Components of meditation sessions:
- A quiet environment.
- A focus (such as just breathing) to break the likelihood of distracting thoughts.
- A let-it-happen, non-judgemental attitude. There is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ meditation. We are either meditating or we’re not. Whenever we lose focus, which we might do often, we simply come back to our focus.
- A comfortable position with a straight back and no likelihood of falling asleep.
We recommended any tapes/CDs by Jon Kabat-Zinn as a great starting point.
The next section is about luck and how to improve our chance of ‘getting luckier’. I’m finding this a lot more important than I originally thought!
Full NLP Techniques List
Key NLP Techniques Section Index
1: NLP Techniques
3: Amplify feelings
4: Bad memories (Dissolving)
5: Bad memories (Exploding)
6: Beliefs and belief change
7: Perceptual positions
8: Fast phobia cure
9: Hypnosis and meditation (This page)
11: Metaprogrammes, Profiles and Preferences
13. Progressive dissociation
14: Self Compassion
15: Senses and Sub-modalities
16. Six step re-framing
20: Time and timeline
21. Visual Squash
22: Values and value rules