Firstly, thank you to the Rogue Hypnotist for inspiration on this post – for more in-depth, check out his book series on Amazon.
In A Moment…. Constructing Deepeners:
A deepener is a script to help clients go deeper into their hypnotic trance. The intention is to help them relax more, and focus even more intently on going inward.
The simple formula for constructing deepers:
- Say that you’ll do something soon – not now – but shortly
- Mention that when you do or say the hypnotic trigger action, that their state of hypnosis will deepen
- Rhetorically ask them if it’s okay (assume it is)
- Action the trigger
The specifics of the trigger event do not matter – you’re simply setting up the expectation that something will happen, and then you do it, sending them deeper.
Ever notice on TV shows and the news – they zoom in, almost as a way of pulling you into the scene and making you go deeper? Exactly.
This video by Robert Plamondon reveals how to run a hypnotic deepener using Fractionation:
Using Embedded Commands:
An embedded command is the process of disguising your commands within a larger string of words or phrases. The command is there, but hidden, yet the subconscious mind is able to pick up on it.
Think of it like talking about the experience of hypnosis, rather than directly telling someone what to do. Remember: Lower your tonality – use the command tone at the end of the sentence
An example could be:
“It is time to RELAX DEEPLY, and as you relax, you feel your MIND DRIFTING, feeling yourself slowly going DEEPER AND DEEPER. You allow yourself to enjoy the pleasant sensations. You GO deeper and let your UNCONSCIOUS mind take you away…”
This short video by Mike Mandel explores the use of embedded commands and where the theory originate from:
Embeds That Induce Trance:
Embedded commands can be put into any conversation or sentence – but do be careful (and only use your powers for good). They are subconscious signals that tell another person what to do, without being overtly direct.
Words like: Calm Down, Feel Good, Relax, Notice [X] (body part, feeling, image), Rest, Drift, Become Absorbed, Focus Inwardly, Relax Deeply, Enter Hypnosis, Go Into Trance, Go Inside, Peace, Gently, Softly, Quietly, Be Still, Unwind, You Drift Off, You Enter Hypnosis, Breathing Calmly, Relax Without Effort, Release That Tension, Feel So Comfortable, Rest Soundly, Slow…Right…Down, Let Go, Soothing, Relaxing, [X] Can Increase (calm, comfort, relaxation), Become Fascinated, Become Mesmerised,
Exercise: write down some paragraphs in which you’ve embedded little phraselets like the ones above, or better yet make up some of your own! Make up your own story and embed with commands.
Describing A State Intensifies It:
By describing a scene in vivid detail it becomes more real and powerful (imagine juicing a lemon, and suddenly you start salivating, or undressing a woman and you start getting aroused).
Think of Churchill’s war speeches that roused a nation “we shall fight them on the beeches…we shall never surrender!”
We all go into trances driving familiar routes – esp the motorway.
If you talk about something you evoke the feelings. Then you can change the feelings into a colour or symbol – intensify it or move it about – crazy, isn’t it?
Using Symbols As Deepeners:
Using symbolism to relax muscles. Keep in mind: symbols are much more powerful than you realise. They communicate directly with the unconscious mind – affecting instincts, templates and the architecture of who we are.
“Imagine….seeing the symbol of endlessly deep relaxation in your mind…see it there”
“Get familiar with that symbol…now, let your symbol have a colour…a colour that best represents theses sensations of relaxation being experienced…”
“If your unconscious is willing…allow these feelings to multiply, to expand, and feel even more absorbed”
“Now see that symbol, let it move around your being…let it find that place that is most in need of healing…let it find that place, and dissolve right into it.”
Talk The Talk And Walk The Walk
Many people talk, but the professional does the hard work. Have you ever seen a doctor that is fat and out of shape? Exactly – you lose all confidence that they have any real understanding of health. They can talk about health, but they have no ability to live healthy themselves.
If you’re a hypnotherapist, and you have ‘magical powers’ use those powers of healing and wonder on yourself first. Get in shape, go to the gym, eat right, have aggressive financial goals, be focused, be disciplined.
Develop your own audios and techniques for positive thinking and affirmation – drill those into your own head, and turn yourself into a productivity machine.
Exercise: Build a regime of thoughts, words and actions that reflect your journey.
Now Let’s Step Back – What Even Is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a process of combining a state of hypnosis (aka a trance) with therapeutic suggestions. The therapy is designed make positive changes to the habits, thoughts and actions of the client. These changes generally focus on behaviours, but also include ingrained beliefs and attitudes.
Flavours of Hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapy typically comes in two styles:
- Suggestive Hypnotherapy
- Analytical Hypnotherapy
Suggestive Hypnotherapy involves directly communicating with clients to understand from them to understand the issues they’re experiencing and how they want to improve their lives. This will involve a series of questions to understand their needs, desires and expectations.
The process involves inducing a light to medium hypnotic state and then communicating with the subconscious mind with custom bespoke suggestions to drive the changes the client is looking for. This can also include visualizations and symbols based on the needs of each client.
During the hypnosis session, the client does not need to speak, but merely experience the sensations of sitting, and being in a relaxed state listening to the hypnotic suggestions of overcoming fears, anxieties and breaking bad habits.
Clients are not in a deep hypnotic state, and are generally aware of the words being spoken to them. They do get to experience the nice warm sensations of deeply relaxing in a comfortable chair, as their minds start accepting the positive suggestions.
Some clients who are more suggestible may go into a deeper hypnotic state (a somnambulistic state) – may not consciously hear the words you say, but will generally remember when prompted for any post-hypnotic suggestions that are given.
Analytics Hypnotherapy typically involves a more advanced technique called a ‘regression’. The regression is the process of remembering past events that may have been blocked by the subconscious mind.
Typically there is an Initial Sensitising Event (ISE) where the client first experienced trauma in their lives, and subsequent events are known as Subsequent Sensitizing Events (SSE). The subconscious works very hard to repress these memories as a survival mechanism.
However, even if the event has been ‘forgotten’, it does not mean it is powerless. In fact, many repressed feelings and emotions from past traumas can have dramatic impacts on the thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours of people, several years and decades later, often leading to negative feelings or self-destructive behaviours.
If someone however is looking specifically to remember past traumatic events for the purpose of prosecution, this should be referred to a trained forensic hypnotherapist.
Note to self: there is such a thing as a forensic hypnotherapist.
So What Is A Hypnotherapist?
A Hypnotherapist is trained and has practiced the art and science of inducing hypnotic trance, as well as delivering hypnotic suggestions, that are paramount to the client improving their beliefs, habits, thoughts and actions.
What makes a Hypnotherapist different from a stage hypnotist is that the Hypnotherapist uses their powers of hypnosis specifically for the purposes of therapeutic growth and development. That is to help clients overcome specific obstacles or conditions that are holding them back in their lives.
Oxford & Webster Definitions Of Hypnosis:
“A state like sleep in which the subject acts on external suggestions”
“A sort of sleep artificially induced, often by a fixing of attention”
“Produce Hypnosis in”
“To dazzle or overcome by, or as if by, suggestion”
Brainwave function is directly related to our level of consciousness and how active our brains are. We’re most awake and alert in the Beta Phase, and deeply asleep during the Delta Phase – but there are more phases in between:
Beta: 15-30 Hz – Awake and alert
Alpha: 8-14 Hz – Light Trance
Theta: 4-7 Hz – Deep Trance
Delta: 1-3 Hz – Asleep
Think of a light trance like a daydream.
A hypnotic trance is a state between being awake and asleep, where the mind is calm and relaxed and open to hypnotic suggestion.
As an example, here are some deep binaural beats by SleepTube in the Delta frequency to induce some deep sleep: