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Author: M. A. Robotham

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The word "Hypnosis" is derived form the Greek word "hypnos" meaning sleep,
Although hypnosis is not sleep in fact quite the opposite. Hypnosis is a way of
accessing the subconscious mind in a controlled and conscious way. There are
many ways to use hypnosis and many benefits to be gained from it, form healing
to past life regression and achieving out of body experiences. I took a course
in hypnotherapy a few years ago so I know quite a bit about the subject.

Hypnosis when utilized brings about a state of mind commonly known as trance,
This word sound awful really and hypnosis had been given a bad name because of
the way it has been portrayed in films, where people in so called "Trance" have
been shown walking around like zombies.

The state of hypnosis is nothing like this at all its actually quite a
pleasant experience and varies in depth from a light state of daydreaming to a
deep state of somnambulism where the body becomes fully asleep and the mind is
fully active.

All of us are in a trance state two or three times a day for example, when
driving a car you mind is so focused on the road it produces a trance state, you
can drive along and when you get to your destination you seem to have no
conscious recollection of the route you took. When this happens our subconscious
mind takes over and goes into autopilot and driving becomes automatic. The most
common type of trance state is when we watch TV or a Movie we get so absorbed in
the story and for a short time become apart of the movie and we loose sense of
time and unaware of our surroundings. We cry sometimes if the film is a sad one,
become emotional this is because we are in a trance and the subconscious is
active which is the right side of the brain which Deals with emotions. Even
reading a book can do the same.

The subconscious mind has a lot do with the right side of the brain, its
interesting to notice as well that left handed people tend to be more artistic
and imaginative, Where as right handed people tend to be more practical. This is
because the right side of the brain is connected to the left side of the body
and the left side of the brain the right side of the body. The subconscious side
is where all the psychic stuff takes place.

Below are some of the elements for each side of the brain, it will help you
to understand how hypnosis works and help you to get the best from psychic and
spiritual development.


  • Conscious
  • Logic
  • Reason
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language
  • Analysis
  • Ego


  • Subconscious
  • Recognition
  • Rhythm
  • Visual
  • Imagery
  • Creativity
  • Dreams
  • Breathing & Heart Beat
  • Emotion

The easiest way to explain what happens in hypnosis is this…If you imagine
the subconscious mind as a building with many floors, which represent the many
levels of the subconscious, and you have a security guard stood outside the door
of the building the security guard being the conscious mind, to get in to the
building (subconscious mind) we need to distract the security guard (conscious
mind) So how can we distract the security guard (conscious mind), well if you
look at the diagram above you will see that the security guard (conscious mind)
deals with mathematics, so one way to distract the security guard (conscious
mind) would be to, for example count backwards from lets say 100, this in some
cases can be enough to distract the security guard (conscious mind), but we can
do more to guarantee we get into the building (subconscious mind), as well as
counting backwards we can focus on our own breathing and because breathing is
dealt with by the Subconscious mind, we can consciously lull the subconscious
into play. When you listen to a hypnosis tape you will probably find these
things, you will be asked to count backwards, listen to the voice on the tape
and focus on your breathing, this cause the security guard (conscious mind) To
shut down and thus the subconscious takes over, ok so why does it shut down,
well the reason is this, If the conscious mind tries to do more than two things
at once it cant cope, kind of overloads it, so it shuts down so we can get into
building (subconscious mind

Next time you see a hypnotist or listen to a hypnosis tape notice the things
that are said and done to get past the security guard (conscious mind).

Once we are in the building (subconscious mind) we can put in suggestions,
find solutions to problems and much more, because we are in the building
(subconscious mind) there is no logic or reason and suggestions are accepted, I
would like to point out at this point we cannot be made to do anything against
our will. Although if suggestions are constructed correctly it can be done
within reason, For safety reasons I'm not going to tell you how this is done
because there is no need to use it and I wouldn't want it to get into the wrong
hands I hope you understand.


I've included this to show how the hypnosis process works in detail, and is
intended for educational purposes only.

Misdirected attention: it is important for the subject to concentrate on
something other than hypnosis that's why a lot of hypnotist use watches, hypno
disks, looking at a spot on the ceiling etc: the subjects mind is diverted away
from hypnosis becomes focused on the object and becomes unable to doubt the

Belief: the most important part of the hypnotic process is belief. The
subject has to believe that the hypnotist can actually hypnotise; to do what
they say they can do!

Expectation: with belief in mind the subject must now be conditioned to
expectation! Once one suggestion has been acted upon the next suggestion will
also and so on! Like a pyramid this goes on until the subject is fully
compliant. That's why a lot of stage hypnotists use a lot of routines before the
actual hypnosis begins! To get control of their subjects!

After the hypnotist has introduced themselves and explained what hypnosis is
or isn't he will do a rapid induction on someone from the audience (normally a
plant) i.e.: someone who before the show and usually a friend of the hypnotist
has agreed to go up on stage and pretend to go into trance when the hypnotist
clicks his fingers. This is to get the audience to believe he can hypnotise! At
this point I would like to say the hypnotist does actually hypnotise the other
real volunteers and not all hypnotists use this method. The reason he does the
quick induction comes back to the process of belief as I told you about earlier.
Its puts the belief into the volunteers minds!

Next he will ask for volunteers this is another little secret the subjects
who do volunteer want to be hypnotised and want to be in the lime light and nine
times out of ten will do anything the hypnotist says without even being
hypnotised through fear of making a fool of themselves!

Maybe the hypnotist by this time has forty or fifty people on stage. He has
to narrow it down to about ten or fifteen volunteers. He does this by finding
out who's most suggestible by using various tests although you should not refer
to them as tests. Most hypnotist use the "hand clasp" test there are various
ways of doing this but I will refer to the one that's most effective. He will
ask the volunteers to clasp their hands together with fingers interlocking and
hold their hands in front and above their heads. Next he will ask while keeping
their heads straight to look up towards their hands. There is a reason for this,
as I will explain in a moment. Then he will suggest to the volunteers that their
eyes are becoming tired and arms are becoming tired. This process helps the
hypnotist to gain the misdirected attention+belief+expectation, this how: the
misdirected attention comes from the subjects looking at their hands he gets the
belief+expectation from the following: while the hypnotist is suggesting
tiredness of the eyes and the arms there is a natural process going on with the
subject: this is the trick: because their eyes are looking up so there is a
slight strain on the eyes and they become tired anyway and with the hypnotists
suggestions of sleepiness the subjects think the hypnotist is effecting them
which of course is what the hypnotist wants which in turn starts the belief to
set in, the tiredness in the eyes has nothing to with the hypnotist but the
subjects don't know that! The same applies to the arms becoming tired. While the
hypnotist watches the subjects he feeds back to them what he sees, e.g. Lets say
one of the subjects eyes start to blink the hypnotist might say "and as you
notice yours blinking you will feel the urge to close your eyes and become more
tired. This process strengthens the suggestions and makes the subject believe
they are under their power! There is another trick with this while their eyes
are straining it causes the brain to release a chemical in the brain, a natural
sedative which make you tired, then the hypnotist does the same with the arms
all the time watching and feeding back what he sees and giving suggestions of
sleep. Expectation by this time has set in.

This is how: because the hypnotist said to the subjects "your eyes are
getting tired, your arms are getting tired" and that happened, the subjects
believe that the next thing the hypnotist says will happen too, it s a bit like
when you set up a line of dominoes and push the first domino the others follow
without any effort that's the only way I can best describe it, like with the
suggestions once one is acted upon the others will follow creating a pyramid
effect! Then he will finish the test by asking the subjects to push their hands
together has hard as they can then tells them they cannot get their hands apart
the harder they try the more impossible it becomes and the subjects because they
are very suggestible at this point cannot get there hands apart no matter hard
the try! Until the hypnotist says so!

Next the hypnotist will choose the ten or fifteen subjects who couldn't get
their hands apart and use them for the next part of the show the actual
hypnosis. With the subjects who are left the hypnotist gets the subjects to use
their imagination by getting them to imagine being thirsty in the desert, riding
a horse in the Grand National you know the sort of things! This is to deepen the
hypnosis. Once the hypnotist is happy that the subjects are responding well
enough to the suggestions he has given he will start to deepen the hypnosis. He
will probably do a couple of rapid induction's there is a reason for this
firstly it shows how quickly you can put someone into a hypnotic trance secondly
its very dramatic for the audience which is what you want in a show, thirdly it
acts as a suggestion for the other volunteers, not that they should need it at
this point but again it creates the pyramid effect.

This is how: there are a number of rapid induction techniques but I will give
the one I think is most effective. Stand behind the subject and ask the subject
to stand with their feet close together and cross their arm across their chest
with their hands resting on their shoulders as if the were wearing a straight
jacket. Next ask them to close their eyes and tilt their head backwards then
place one of your fingers on their forehead ask them to breath deeply and count
backwards from 300, the counting distracts the conscious mind making it easier
to get through to the subconscious mind which is what the hypnotist wants. With
their head tilted back it makes the subject confused and disorientates them.
While their counting backwards count with them for a while to give them a steady
rhythm. Next while their still counting give them suggestion of sleep. While all
this is going on their mind is getting confused trying to count, listening to
the hypnotist and trying to keep balance all this creates a rapid onset of
trance why? Because the conscious mind can only concentrate on one thing at a
time and cant cope so it shuts down, that's when the subconscious takes over and
the hypnotist has direct access. To confuse them even more with your finger on
their fore head gently pull them backwards and lay the subject on the floor they
are now in a deep trance, all the time the hypnotist is doing this they are
giving suggestions of sleep. When the subject is in this level of trance the
hypnotist give a post-hypnotic suggestion .a post-hypnotic suggestion is a
command or suggestion given to the subject when on waking at a given cue they
will carry out that suggestion or action. A good example of this is in a stage
show where the hypnotist says to the subject while in trance " in a few moments
I am going to awake you but if I say the word sleep and click my fingers you
will instantly go back intro trance" the hypnotist usually repeats this two or
three times, when I do it I always say after the command "do you understand" I
found I my experience that this guarantees that they will do it. You need to
practice this one to get the timing right!! It took me a good six months to
perfect it!! Then the hypnotist after giving his commands to all his subjects
begins the show know the sort of things...getting the subject to dance to
music he doesn't like, creating situations where the husband catches his wife
with another man...etc, etc.


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