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 anddirected. This chapter provides 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 asmall memory;then developed to see if a completely different life can be pictured.This chapter should teach you how much can be done with the imagination in many people without
"induction" or other hypnotic techniques.Chapter 5: Exploring "Inductions"In this chapter for the first time we will meet some processes which have been passeddown the years as being ways of producing some dramatic changes in the functioning of people. These arewhat have beencalled "hypnotic inductions". We start with a close look at an induction used by JamesBraid, the father of hypnotism. Then some others, again from well-known names in the history of our subject, are givenmore briefly for you to try.The question of whether as a result of such inductions a given person will respond morereadily tosuggestions is one that you can explore practically.Some reasons are given why such inductions may have been more successful in the past,and needmodifying for the present day.Chapter 6: Posthypnotic suggestionsPosthypnotic suggestions are a large part of what people regard as typical of hypnosis.We start bycomparing it with the common phenomenon of social compliance: the fact that peoplequite normallywill do what another asks them to do. A description of a subject (Nobel Prizewinner Richard Feynman) isused to illustrate what it feels like to carry out a post hypnotic suggestion. Both phenomena are based onestablishing a causal connection between two subsystems of the brain.Some exercises are suggested for you to find out how easy it is under ordinaryconditions to establish