Hypnosis for Beginners:
IntroductionChapter 1: Simple connections.In this chapter some simple practical examples are given which allow the reader to explore in person andwith others some of the obvious things about the way in which the mind and body work. In particularattention is a drawn to the way in which activity in one part or subsystem of the brain can lead quitenaturally, but usually in a little time, to activity in another part. But the speed and quality of the responsevaries from person to person.These results are related to "tests of hypnotisability" and to "hypnotic inductions": which are ways inwhich they have been regarded in the past.Chapter 2: Switching off systems.In which we explore various ways in which muscular relaxation can be induced. The main systems usedto do this include the verbal, visual, emotional, musical and humorous.We end with a sample compound induction script.Chapter 3: The visual imaginationWe explore the visual imagination, which is enormously rich and varied. This is a tool much used inhypnosis and so it is valuable to explore its natural processes in many people, including yourself.You may agree that one of the main functions you have when helping another to explore his or herimagination is in helping
to maintain focus, primarily by asking questions
.The question of what kind of meaning such an exploration gives is left open. There are a wide variety of interpretation schemes which you will find: I simply urge you to keep at least TWO such possibilities inmind so that you are less likely to jump to unjustifiable conclusions. Sometimes the asking of questionswill help to resolve a conflict between two interpretations.The material you find is seldom strange
by the standard of dreams.
Chapter 4: Directing and Controlling the ImaginationThe visual imagination can not only be used for exploration, it can be guided and directed. This chapterprovides exercises to develop this ability.The specifics used are to imagine a place, then a strange element in it, then a changed, floatingviewpoint, then a floating journey. Next the ability to change images is used to change a small memory;