Are you ready to be hypnotized?All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. If you follow my simple instructions, no power on earth can keep you from being hypnotized. You can resist if you want to, but that is not why you are here. Just follow my simple instructions, and you are about to enjoy a very pleasant, relaxing experience.
Rest your arms limply on your thighs like this.
Now, I want you to look up at my hand, and fix your eyes on my little finger.
I will soon ask you to take a long, deep breath, and to hold it for a few seconds. I will then pass my hand down in front of your eyes at which time you will begin to release your breath, as you keep your eyes fixed on my little finger. As I pass my hand down, that will cause your eyelids to close down.
Now, take a long, deep breath, and hold it for a moment.
I'm now passing my hand down in front of your eyes, and as I do, let your eyelids close down, and let go of the surface tension in your body. Just let your body relax as much as possible right now.
Now, place your awareness on your eye muscles, and relax every muscle and nerve in and around your eyes, to the point that they just won't work. When you're sure, they're so relaxed, that as long as you hold onto this relaxation, they just won't work, I want you to hold on to that relaxation and test them, to make sure they won't work.
All right, that's fine. Now stop trying and just relax, go deeper now, with each and every breath you exhale go deeper relaxed.
Now, this relaxation you have in your eyes is the same quality of relaxation that I want you to have throughout your whole body. So just let this quality of relaxation flow through your whole body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
Now, we can deepen this relaxation much more. In a moment, I'm going to have you open and close your eyes. When you close your eyes, that's your signal to let this feeling of relaxation become 10 times deeper. All you have to do is want it to happen and you can make it happen very easily.
OK, now, open your eyes ... now close your eyes, and feel that relaxation flowing through your entire body, taking you much deeper. Use your wonderful imagination and imagine your whole body is covered and wrapped in a warm blanket of relaxation.
Now, we can deepen this relaxation much more. In a moment, I'm going to have you open and close your eyes one more time. Again, when you close your eyes, double the relaxation you now have. Make it become twice as deep.
OK, now once more, open your eyes ... now close your eyes, and double your relaxation ... good. Let every muscle in your body become so relaxed that as long as you hold onto this quality of relaxation, every muscle of your body will not work.
In a moment, I'm going to have you open and close your eyes one more time. Again, when you close your eyes, double the relaxation you now have. Make it become twice as deep.
OK, now, once more, open your eyes ... close your eyes, and double your relaxation ... good. Let every muscle in your body become so relaxed that as long as you hold onto this quality of relaxation, every muscle of your body will not work.
In a moment, I'm going to lift your right hand by the wrist and drop it. If you have followed my instructions up to this point, that hand will be so relaxed, it will be just as loose and limp as a wet dish cloth, and will simply plop down. Once your hand touches your body, I want you to send a wave of relaxation from the top of your head down to the tip of your toes.
I will now lift your right hand. Just let it hang and plop down as I let go ... deeper relaxed ... that's good ...
Now, we'll do that again with your left hand. When I lift up your hand, just allow it to hang freely, as loose and limp as wet dish cloth and plop down as I let go. When it touches your body, send another wave of relaxation from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, and double your present level of relaxation.
I will now lift your left hand. Just let it hang and plop down as I let go ...
deeper relaxed ...
Now, that's complete physical relaxation. I want you to know that there are two ways a person can relax. You can relax physically, and you can relax mentally. You already proved that you can relax physically. Now let me show you how to relax mentally.
In a moment, I'll ask you to begin slowly counting backwards, out loud, from 100 like this:
100 deeper relaxed ...
99 deeper relaxed ...
98 deeper relaxed ...
Now here's the secret to mental relaxation, with each number you say, double your mental relaxation. With each number you say, let your mind become twice as relaxed. Now, if you do this, by the time you reach number 96, or maybe even sooner, your mind will have become so relaxed, you will have actually relaxed all the rest of the numbers that would have come after it, right out of your mind, there just won't be any more numbers.
All right, begin counting:
100 deeper relaxed ... those numbers will leave if you will them away
99 deeper relaxed ... allow all those numbers to just fade away ...
98 deeper relaxed ... now, they'll be gone ... dispel them ...
97 deeper relaxed ... banish them, push them out. Make it happen. Complete amnesia of all those number. Are they all gone? ... Good.
I know how relaxed you are, but even in your relaxed state I'll bet you sense in your own mind that there is a state of relaxation below the one you're in right now. Can you sense that?
(the client answers, "yes")
You know that you can clench your fist and make it tighter and tighter and tighter - and you might call that the height of tension. You can relax the same fist until you can't relax it any more. You might call that the basement of relaxation. I'm going to try to take you down to the basement.
To get down to floor A, you have to relax twice as much as you have relaxed already. To get down to floor B, you have to relax twice as much as you did at floor B, and to get down to C, you have to relax twice as much as you did at floor B. But when you reach floor C, that is the basement of relaxation, and at that point you will give off signs by which I will be able to tell that you are at the basement. You don't know what these signs are, and I'm not going to tell you what they are, but every person who has ever been at the basement of relaxation gave off those signs ... Let's get started.
You will ride down to floor A on an imaginary elevator and you will use that same elevator to get down to the basement of relaxation. You are on that elevator now. When I snap my fingers, that elevator will start down. If you relax twice as much as you have relaxed already you will be down at floor A. Tell me when you are at floor A by saying the letter A out loud.
(Snap fingers) The elevator is starting down ... now.
(Wait for response)
(Snap fingers) Continuing down to floor B ... now.
(Wait for response)
(Snap fingers, wait, and watch for signs of depth.)
Test #1 - Anesthesia
When you're sure he is at floor C, without giving suggestions of any kind for anesthesia, take a pair of allis clamps or towel clips, and make a test for anesthesia. Don't use a word of suggestion for this. If it is necessary to give suggestions for hypnotic anesthesia, you don't have the coma state.
Test #2 - Moving an arm or a leg
Ask him to try to move a large group of muscles such as an arm or leg. If he is unable to move the big muscles, he is ready for the third test.
Test #3 - Opening eyes
This should involve a small group of muscles such as those around the eyes. Ask him to try to open his eyes. If he does, he is not in the coma state, and you must take him down a flight further, until the eye muscles will not work.
In somnambulism, when the client tries to open his eyes, you will see a movement of the muscles even though the eyes don't open. But in the true coma state, those tiny muscles don't work at all, and you see no movement whatever.
Test #4 - Catatonia
Your fourth test should be for catatonia. Realize that catatonia can be obtained in the lightest state of hypnosis. Therefore, it means nothing unless it is the fourth test you make in the coma state. When a client passes all of these four tests in the exact order given, you may be sure you have the true hypnotic coma, and can proceed from there. In your test for catatonia, no suggestions should be given. The catatonia must arrive by itself, without suggestions of any kind.
Never go on to a further test until the client has passed the first one. Don't make test two until the client has definitely passed test one:don't make test three until the client has passed tests one and two, and so on.
Hypnosis in Sleep
To obtain hypnosis in sleep, the following steps are necessary:
Count the respirations of the client. Make sure breathing is down to about seven or eight times a minute; six or seven a minute is even better. If the client is breathing too fast, you will be wise to wait until he is more soundly asleep.
Approach the client very gently, for the aim is to bypass the critical faculty without arousing him from sleep. The bypass must occur instantly. The following speech may be extremely valuable if spoken very gently, but very confidently:"This is (your name) speaking. You can hear me, but you can't wake up. You can hear me, but you can't wake up. You can hear me, but you can't wake up.
The client is usually in such deep sleep that the above must be repeated several times before it seems to penetrate his unconscious. Continue:"I'll know you're hearing me when your thumb, which I'm going to touch, begins to rise. I'll know you're hearing me when your thumb moves. You can hear me, but you can't wake up."
When the thumb responds, continue to talk gently, compounding suggestions as you proceed.
When you have finished giving the desired suggestions, or have concluded the hypnoanalysis, your next step is to remove the hypnotic state, so that the client can continue an entirely natural sleep state until he wakes up by himself. Do it as follows:"When I stop talking to you, you will revert to the state you were in before I started talking to you. You will sleep deeply, and in the morning, you'll awaken completely refreshed - won't even remember I've been talking to you, but you'll feel so much better about the ____ (operation, or will not be bothered any more by this allergic reaction or whatever suggestions is appropriate).You won't worry about it a bit. You just know we wouldn't be ____ (performing the operation) if we didn't know it was going to be absolutely safe for you, and easy for you to take. And you'll get well so fast. Now go to sleep very soundly, and I'll see you in the morning ... I'll stop talking now.
by Dave Elman
Hailed as a classic in its field, Elman's work is a forceful and dynamic presentation of hypnosis as a lightning-fast and amazingly effective tool with a wide range of applications. A useful and practical summation of the teaching of one of the pioneers in modern hypnotherapy.