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Hypnosis for Laymen Steve g Jones eBook

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  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: The Pretalk
  • Chapter 3: Inductions
  • Chapter 4: Deepenings
  • Chapter 5: Scripts
  • Chapter 6: Amnesia
  • Chapter 7: Trance Termination
  • Chapter 8: Tying It All Together
  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Resources
  • Books by Steve G. Jones, M.Ed


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Hypnosis for Laymen

Steve G. Jones, M.Ed.
Clinical Hypnotherapist www.SteveGJones.com

No material in this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means.Editors: Jocelyn Baker. recording. Lori Stephens of Verbatim Editorial and Dr. including photocopying. . Patricia Coberly. electronic or mechanical. Sinclair Copyright © 2007 All rights reserved. or by any information storage and retrieval system. Katherine T. without permission from the author.


For everyone interested in helping people with hypnosis… .


Ed.Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Pretalk Chapter 3: Inductions Chapter 4: Deepenings Chapter 5: Scripts Chapter 6: Amnesia Chapter 7: Trance Termination Chapter 8: Tying it All Together Glossary Appendix References Resources Books by Steve G. M. 11 27 49 63 73 95 105 113 121 123 125 127 129 . Jones.


2005). and overcoming fears about dental and surgical procedures. In addition to using hypnotic techniques themselves. doctors tell patients that a procedure is common and meets with a high degree of success. No other painkiller or anesthesia was used. and become reality for the person you are hypnotizing. They regularly tell patients how easy recovery will be. they act in exactly the same way as hypnotic suggestions. Before the 1950s. and for over a century. as many as 40% of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine such as hypnotherapy. Since then. doctors and dentists regularly refer patients to hypnotherapists for help with weight loss. hypnotherapists have made powerful strides toward changing public perception about hypnosis. Additionally. More obvious hypnotic suggestions are also sometimes given to patients by doctors trained in hypnosis. According to the southern Medical Journal (2004). At no other time has the world of hypnotherapy been as wide open with exciting possibilities 9 . smoking cessation. and to ease pain during procedures (Bierman.Hypnosis for Laymen Foreword In the 1950s. the medical profession scoffed at hypnotherapy. Doctors continue to use hypnosis to calm their patients. but today it is being readily embraced as a complement to long-standing medical procedures. 1995). Because these phrases are delivered by an authority figure. dentists have used hypnosis to ease discomfort during dental procedures. the American Medical Association took notice of hypnosis after a person you are hypnotizing underwent a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid) while in a hypnotic trance induced by a hypnotherapist (Blakeslee.

Among other things.org the website of the American Alliance of Hypnotists. among other issues. this site lists hypnotherapists and classes available in your local area.americanallianceofhypnotists. but it is now open to practitioners worldwide. and increase their financial success. The goal of this book is to give you a strong base for learning and perhaps practicing hypnosis. visit www. 10 .Hypnosis for Laymen as it is now. You will be guided through a basic hypnotherapy session so that you can help others lose weight. The organization started in America as a network of hypnotherapists. find love. a much greater need for qualified hypnotherapists to open practices now exists. It’s free. Because more and more people are exploring and accepting the benefits of hypnotherapy. of which I am the founder and director. For the latest information about the hypnotherapy world. Become a member.

Hypnosis for Laymen

Chapter 1: Introduction


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Hypnotherapy is not a Zen-like trance in which the person you are hypnotizing is in some sort of metaphysical state. From time to time, they will experience this state; however, the goal of hypnosis is to get the person you are hypnotizing into a very light trance, also known as “Alpha.” When in Alpha or deeper, the person you are hypnotizing will have brain waves that are altered (Blakeslee, 2005) and they are more suggestible than when they are in Beta. They are therefore more able to receive messages that influence positive change. Anything deeper than Alpha (Delta or Theta) is helpful but not necessary. Stages of Consciousness Hypnotherapy practices deal with four stages of consciousness: Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. Normal waking consciousness is called Beta. In Beta, a person’s brain is fully functional and in an alert state. It is paying attention to, and processing stimuli from the outside world. In Alpha, the person is slowed down slightly and is therefore more focused and able to dedicate her train of thought to one thing. Equate Alpha to the state you are in when watching TV, or when you have been driving for a lengthy period. When driving, your attention is focused on the elements of driving. Outside stimuli play a lesser role. At first, you may be aware of things around you such as cars and pedestrians. After prolonged driving, your attention shifts to what is happening directly in front of you. This is Alpha. Alpha is a “not-really-here, not-really-out-of-it” phase. In Alpha, outside stimuli no longer distract the person you

Some people go deeper than Alpha into Theta or Delta. a person under hypnosis still can react as things happen. and that therefore the hypnotherapist has ultimate control over the person you are hypnotizing. Alpha.Hypnosis for Laymen are hypnotizing. and is fully capable of reacting and making decisions. the person you are hypnotizing is always in the driver’s seat. regardless of what the hypnotherapist does. 14 . who is then able to receive habit-altering messages from the hypnotherapist. and Delta during the session. A common misconception is that someone under hypnosis cannot react. and most people will transition between Beta. In Alpha. Some people will never attain Theta or Delta. It is important to note that similar to driving in a trance. Theta.

Techniques for guiding someone to Theta or Delta are more complex. Hypnotherapy is quite different from traditional therapy. the person whose thyroid was removed while under hypnosis was in Delta. Some methods of hypnotherapy are more effective in Theta and Delta. Hypnotherapy works by combining hypnosis with precise. actually remember very little. Those techniques are taught in my advanced class. a hypnotherapist will spend about half of his or her time talking to the person you are hypnotizing while the person you are hypnotizing is in Beta (normal waking consciousness). Hypnotherapy produces the most immediate results for changing beliefs and/or behaviors. People often believe that they remember everything but.) Because people you are hypnotizing generally toggle among stages of consciousness in any given hypnotherapy session. and this is one of the many attributes separating it from stage hypnosis. Traditionally. fast. 15 . You should know. and are beyond the scope of this course. (Incidentally. What Is Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapy. almost everyone will fall into Alpha on the first session. reliable means of altering negative behavior. that there are tests for ascertaining how deeply a person has fallen. Instead of spending years with a therapist. the person you are hypnotizing will be in hypnosis (Alpha or lower).Hypnosis for Laymen However. most will have the experience of only remembering some of the things the hypnotherapist has said. The remainder of the time. outcome-oriented therapy and targeting the subconscious mind. however. people who undergo hypnotherapy will have an efficient.

hypnotherapy is the most effective tool. 16 . and physically responding as though it has happened.Hypnosis for Laymen It is important to note that hypnotherapy is not for everyone. Some people want to spend years in traditional therapy. non-hypnotic therapy. she has conquered her cravings. learned how to speak to romantic interests. and so on. the physiological responses are the same. Hypnosis is just one of the thousands of ways a person can achieve her goals. yet as far as her body knows. or becoming motivated without ever having left the hypnotherapist’s chair. however. losing weight. if your person you are hypnotizing wants immediate results. her body will feel as though she has already done this. As far as the body is concerned. or stop procrastinating. This means that when it comes time for the person you are hypnotizing to eat healthy foods. Some people will even respond better to long-term. The person you are hypnotizing is still reclined in the chair. go on a date. The person you are hypnotizing therefore has the advantage of intellectually knowing that a situation is happening only in the imagination. regardless of whether the person you are hypnotizing is imagining something or actually experiencing it. Therefore. The beauty of hypnosis is that a person’s body does not know the difference between imagining something and having it happen. she will have the confidence and ability to move forward. The person you are hypnotizing gets the benefit of tackling her fears. lost weight. getting to know themselves and examining the roots of their behavior.

stop treatment and refer the person you are hypnotizing elsewhere. If you have a person you are hypnotizing whose idea of a “positive change” differs from yours. and not all people will respond to your method of hypnotherapy.Hypnosis for Laymen Ethics To help move hypnotherapy into the mainstream. you should explain to her that this is unhealthy. you have a responsibility to refuse to perform therapy on that person you are hypnotizing. Not all people you are hypnotizing will respond to hypnotherapy. Accept this. Let’s say that you have a person you are hypnotizing who is a mortgage broker and wants to make more 17 . 2. Then offer a more reasonable plan and refuse to treat her if she insists on attempting to lose 15 pounds in one week. you must first make a commitment to making only positive changes in someone’s life when you are hypnotizing them. and move on if goals are not being met. This course provides powerful tools for tapping into the subconscious mind. If you continue to treat a person you are hypnotizing who is not getting the results she wants. In doing so. you will have wasted this persons time — and damaged not only your reputation. hypnotherapists should adhere to the following guidelines: 1. For example: If a weight-loss person you are hypnotizing wants to lose 15 pounds in one week. If hypnotherapy is not working on a given person you are hypnotizing. Do no harm. but also that of hypnotherapy in general.

for instance. I would break up her homework into small steps. and to keep them moving toward their goal. By week three. For this person you are hypnotizing. do your research and set a reasonable goal. If she has not made the calls after the third session. For instance. In week two. solid. lose 50 pounds in three weeks. Expect that the person you are hypnotizing will get off to a slow start.Hypnosis for Laymen money. Do not set the person you are hypnotizing up for failure. and I would terminate the hypnotherapy. Aim high. reality should set in. you must assess how the treatment is progressing and if it is of any benefit to the person you are hypnotizing. In week one. At the end of those sessions. Never promise someone that they will. Set reasonable. and so on. attainable goals. The person you are hypnotizing either understands that she has to work toward her goal. I would have her make a certain number of calls per week. we are obviously wasting each other’s time. Believe it or not. You should initially have her agree to three to six sessions. but give the person you are hypnotizing time to respond.” Never allow 18 . or I must explain to her that she is wasting her money. Instead. she should make 10 calls. These people are waiting for a zombie-like trance to take over their mind and body and cause them to act uncontrollably. she should make 20 calls. as with the mortgage person you are hypnotizing discussed above. Keep in mind that many people expect you to wave a magic wand over them that forces them to accomplish their goals. 3. Perhaps she will not do the homework at all the first week. some people would be happy to undergo hypnosis for years because it makes them feel and appear like they are “trying. I always assign homework to clients to get a measure of how invested they are in their own change. productive.

You have not been handed a blank check. and in many states. treat only that problem. wonderful effects may reveal themselves later. 5. Longterm. Likewise. Perhaps the person you are hypnotizing wants to lose weight but has a history of bulimia that she “forgot” to mention. Take things slowly when you have a person you are hypnotizing who wants to lose 100 pounds. In any situation. For instance. 4. Follow all state and federal laws. if another healthcare professional refers a person you are hypnotizing to you for treatment of a specific problem. for example. Check with the physician of the person you are hypnotizing before performing hypnosis to determine whether or not the person you are hypnotizing has a medical condition related to his or her hypnotherapy goals. Consult an attorney if you have to.Hypnosis for Laymen this. but make sure that she is at least doing her homework and making small steps forward. are not strictly regulated. Respect the 19 . Make sure that you have permission (a signed form or letter authorizing the treatment) from the physician of the person you are hypnotizing before moving forward when you are treating any medical condition with hypnosis. Unlike many medical professionals. but most of the changes begin to happen within a few weeks. It is YOUR responsibility to know the law in your area concerning hypnotherapy. hypnotherapists are given a lot of leeway. When hypnosis works. you have a built-in compass for right and wrong. 6. Use it. legislation in early 2003 required hypnotherapists in California to disclose certain information to clients. Do the right thing in your practice. it works quickly. Treat people with care and respect.

Hypnotherapists should be flexible and able to think on their feet. Hypnotherapy Overview A general hypnotherapy session begins with a pretalk. However. which suggests that the mind of the person you are hypnotizing will forget the session. the hypnotherapist will segue into amnesia. the hypnotherapist. or the psychotherapist. The script includes a suggestion for change. This is where you explain hypnosis to the person you are hypnotizing and reassure her about the power of her mind. the hypnotherapist will conduct a deepening that drops the person you are hypnotizing into an even deeper trance. Finally. After the induction. Upon finishing the script. Do your job. which is the therapy portion of the session. Next comes the induction. report your findings to the appropriate healthcare professional. Do your research so that you can take an alternate path if you are on a course that does not seem to be working. as the name suggests. The hypnotherapist will then use a script. the hypnotherapist will use trance termination to bring the person you are hypnotizing out of hypnosis. and so the therapy session might be changed depending on the needs of the person you are hypnotizing. 20 .Hypnosis for Laymen process of the MD. In this course. each of these steps will be covered in detail. which is the initial attempt to drop the person you are hypnotizing into a light trance. each person you will be hypnotizing is different. and end the treatment.

Hypnosis for Laymen When conducting a hypnotherapy session. I do not call it “procrastination. say.” I call it “motivation. learn to speak monotonously and slowly. For instance. “You will not eat carbohydrates. Instead of saying that a person is “afraid to fly. new your are thus 21 . “You will eat carbohydrates. “You will be done eating foods with carbohydrates.” I often use the words “no” and “not” with positive results. Instead. (See Chapter 3. Your tone should be dull and boring. Inductions.” because they believe that the subconscious mind drops these words. to be on the safe side.) You will also want to use positive words. you may choose to avoid using negative words. when I work with people on procrastination. Some professionals believe that hypnotherapists should not use the word “no” or “not.” or “You will crave foods that are low in carbohydrates. Learn to spin things positively. for more details.” Recording Your Sessions Because it takes approximately 21 days to form habits. reinforcing their change. instead of hearing.” they believe the person you are hypnotizing will hear.” say that she wants “freedom to fly.” because this is the positive way of looking at the situation. Throughout the session. In other words. you will want to lengthen your words. However.” Experiment with phrasing things positively. you should be prepared to record hypnotherapy sessions so that the person you hypnotizing can listen to their sessions each night.

etc. make sure you tell the person you are hypnotizing to turn off their cell phone or pager. I sell hypnosis recordings from my website. In controlling the environment. If you try to force change. or if you tell the person you are hypnotizing to listen to the recording 21 times in one day. Cut the person you are hypnotizing off from the outside world and demand their complete attention. and give the people you are hypnotizing three weeks to change a single habit. Do not try to force change. Controlling the Environment You will want to establish a quiet space that allows you to control the environment. both you and your person you are hypnotizing will get frustrated. first make sure that the person you are hypnotizing has gone to the restroom. and sometimes people buy four or more recordings at once: weight loss. and better golf! These people may intend to listen to all four recordings at once.) immediately when hypnosis begins. So ask her before you start. mp3. You must have them relaxed and have them in an oasis from the outside world. doing so could be counterproductive. Tackle one problem at a time. Be prepared to begin the recording (CD. Do not let the people you are hypnotizing do this. The hypnosis session begins when you begin the induction.Hypnosis for Laymen Only record the hypnosis portion of the session. Dropping her into Alpha and sustaining hypnosis is difficult if she is squirming with discomfort. and stop at the conclusion of the session. unlimited motivation. “Do you need to use the restroom before we begin?” Likewise. unlimited confidence. Allow the person you are hypnotizing to ease into the change. Remember: Set reasonable goals. Make sure that she is in an environment where no one and nothing is 22 .

The person you are hypnotizing is not going to see anything because his eyes are going to be covered. and for this reason. Make sure that the person you are hypnotizing is not too cold or too warm. Again. Get one. who wanted to be hypnotized. The client listens to my voice through headphones. depending on the temperature. I immediately formed a strict policy against this disruptive activity. Control the environment. reclining chair is perfect for this. I had patient. a doctor. I generally avoid going to a person’s house to conduct a hypnotherapy session. I prefer to have my clients reclined in a nearly horizontal position with an eye covering. She was not respecting the session. There should be no barking dogs or sounds of traffic. your job as a hypnotherapist is to prevent anything that could interrupt the session. She was on call during our first session. and she kept getting up during the hypnosis session to respond to her pager. I learned this lesson the hard way in 1986. A comfortable. over their eyes to block out any light. tell her to come back 23 . He is not going to hear anything except my voice and the sound of gentle ocean waves that I play in the background.Hypnosis for Laymen going to disturb her. The person you are hypnotizing is perhaps going to be covered with one or two blankets. I want to completely control the environment. like the ones that are sold for sleeping or airplane trips. Give them the option of being reclined. If the person you are hypnotizing is on call.

24 . but hypnosis is not the place for multitasking. Some people like to multitask. You are NOT trained to deal with the emotional fallout of such scenarios. These are serious mental health conditions that you are NOT trained to handle. You can get some great ideas from other hypnotherapists. for example. Helpful Tip Go to a hypnotherapist for a general session on motivation.Hypnosis for Laymen another day. refer out anyone who wants to uncover past memories of abuse. and pay attention to how they do things. schizophrenic or psychotic. You can also see what it is like to be a patient. It is possible that you could encounter someone who needs the assistance of a trained hypnotherapists or a licensed professional. Show the person you are hypnotizing how you want them to respect the hypnosis session. Think of it like surgery — it would not be acceptable if someone knocked on the door during surgery.” It is always a good idea to refer out (send to a more appropriate healthcare provider) anyone who informs you that she is. Do not allow yourself or the person you are hypnotizing to be disturbed. Also. The bottom line is this: control the environment! It’s YOUR responsibility. Patients to Refer Out Remember that you are not a trained or licensed hypnotherapists or therapist. or if the doctor stopped operating so that the person you are hypnotizing could take a cell phone call. You will know when you are in “over your head.

Use the time to thoroughly understand each chapter and you can e-mail me at Steve@SteveGJones.Hypnosis for Laymen Suggested Practice As you go through this book.. Reading this book will not lead you to become a certified hypnotherapists.htm 25 .com with any questions.stevegjones. and around the world so that you can become a hypnotherapists. I suggest that you take at least one week to complete the suggested practice in each chapter.com/learn. You can register online for a class now at http://www. However I teach a basic certification class online.

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Hypnosis for Laymen Chapter 2: The Pretalk 27 .

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Stick with it though. what is the pretalk? The pretalk is one of the most important parts of any professional hypnotherapy session. get ready to work! From now on. but there is part of the pretalk that is very important. if you do not say this. I will generally see them for three to six sessions. most of these tasks will only have to be done once. This is simply a talk about hypnosis. During the pretalk. you will be doing a lot of writing or typing. the first session is two hours. here’s what else could happen: 29 . Without exception. follow-ups are one hour each. Now. It is only done during the first session. eventually a person you are hypnotizing will emerge from the hypnosis session and claim that he was not in hypnosis.” Trust me. you must explain to the person you are hypnotizing that he “may be aware of everything you say during the session. and that’s okay” because he “is still in hypnosis. having him fill out some forms (which we will cover later). You are educating the person you are hypnotizing about hypnosis and how you practice it. The first hour of the first session is devoted to getting to know the person you are hypnotizing. and giving him the pretalk. finding out why he has come to see you (I think you can handle those two things without any coaching). When I work with clients. Aside from possibly wanting a refund.Hypnosis for Laymen Okay. and you can use the information forever.

” Read the above bold print again. right now. you will want to share other information with him. 30 . If you do it my way. • He could cancel all future visits with you and never seek hypnosis as a healing modality again. Movement by the person you are hypnotizing is fine during the sessions. • He could damage the profession by telling people that hypnosis doesn’t work. is fine and will not interfere with the hypnotic state. • He could damage your career by telling people that you don’t know how to hypnotize people! So listen carefully: the main part of the pretalk is telling the person you are hypnotizing that he “may be aware of everything you say during the session and that’s okay” because he is “still in hypnosis. ten times aloud! And remember it.Hypnosis for Laymen • He could get the impression that he cannot be hypnotized. Some people you are hypnotizing think they have to stay perfectly still during hypnotherapy sessions. you have an hour to talk with him before the first hypnosis session. In addition to explaining the above information to the person you are hypnotizing. Moving. etc. scratching.

Her husband was also in the class. Before you begin the session. or yell while under hypnosis. a person you are hypnotizing will cry.Hypnosis for Laymen The Person You are Hypnotizing Is in Control Reassure the person you are hypnotizing that he is in control. To be frank. If you are not prepared for this. 31 . Abreactions While we are talking about getting someone prepared for a session. “Has this happened before?” He said that it happened all the time. natural state. I had just told the class that abreactions are rare. He was very calm and not saying a word. I was also not sure what to do. let’s make sure that you are prepared as well. These are simply bad reactions to hypnosis. So I followed the “Abreaction First Aid” advice that I am about to share with you. It’s only hypnosis. you should be prepared for abreactions. Sometimes. Tell him that if at any time he has a problem with the hypnosis session. I was shocked. he can end it by counting “one-twothree” in his mind. it can be quite surprising. convulse. I recently taught a class in which a client began to yell and breathe heavily. Chances are that if a person you are hypnotizing does any of these things under hypnosis. and there was the volunteer person you are hypnotizing/student having an abreaction. I leaned over to him and asked. he would do them in other situations as well. Relax. a normal.

Here’s what to do: Reassure the person you are hypnotizing that everything is fine. After an abreaction. The calmer you are. Sample Pretalks These are pretalks that I have written to serve as models for your pretalk. Alpha. Sleep Is Fine One last point before I share with you some pretalks. even when their eyes close. Then go immediately to Trance Termination (covered in Chapter 7). before I give an assignment. This person needs more advanced therapy. In each chapter. The fact is that you are not equipped to deal with the problems that have caused this abreaction. Your person you are hypnotizing may “wake up” sweaty. or crying. several times per day. but relax. people often ask. (Reassure yourself mentally too). his ears always remain open. I then refer him to a psychologist or psychiatrist and explain to him that I do not feel comfortable treating him further. caring. Everyone enters a hypnotic state every day. out of breath. I explain to the client that this is normal and happens sometimes. taking in information. is achieved easily. “What happens if I fall asleep during the session?” As mentioned. the calmer he will be. and his brain is still recording all the information. Do this in a polite. I will give you samples.Hypnosis for Laymen There will come a time when you experience an abreaction from a person you are hypnotizing. Sample Pretalk 1 The lightest state of hypnosis. It’s that state you are in when 32 . professional way.

yes. your body and mind would be able to properly respond. I can't be hypnotized. even driving. If something were to happen that required your attention. Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone moves in and out of throughout each day. However. Your focus is the road. in Beta. If someone were to talk to them while they were in a video game session. Some people can play video games for hours in a sitting. about what hypnosis is and is not. at any time you chose. You would be able. to notice the beautiful trees or old farm mills or anything else you may be driving past. say. Many of our everyday normal activities are actually performed under hypnosis without us being aware of it. such as a car trying to pass you. You know that feeling. playing video games and. As I mentioned. it's just that you have tuned out all of the unimportant stimuli. Hypnosis is just like the state you are in when you have been driving a car for a long distance. the game player often feels that he has only been playing for a fraction of the time that he has actually played! This 33 . It’s not that you are oblivious to everything. another example of hypnosis is playing video games.Hypnosis for Laymen you are watching TV.” These people have been misinformed. mostly by Hollywood. It's also the state you are in when you are just waking up or just going to bed. Many people. You are not fully conscious. when they hear about hypnosis. you’re up to 200 times more suggestible than when you are fully awake. they would be able to respond. It is not necessary to be in some sort of an ‘otherworldly trance’ to be in hypnosis. “Well. In this state. but you are not fully unconscious either. reading a good book.

your focus is narrower. to say that you cannot be hypnotized is to misunderstand the true nature of a hypnotic state. They are in a light hypnotic trance known as Alpha. your mind is slowed down just a little. or working on a computer. Therefore. It has been discovered by several research groups that your hearing acts like a surveillance camera. let’s get back to the pretalk. You also don’t have to worry if you fall asleep during hypnosis. since reading is a form of hypnosis. Most people have driven a car. but they are. overcome a fear of flying. Since you are up to 200 times more suggestible even while you are in the light state of Alpha. A third good example of a hypnotic state is working on the computer. You can have an extremely effective hypnosis session while being aware of. stop smoking. but your ears cannot close. playing video games. and you are relaxed. and so on).Hypnosis for Laymen is because he was in hypnosis and has experienced time distortion. They always remain open. anything beyond this is unnecessary for most purposes (programming someone to lose weight. Your eyes close. So hypnosis is no different from driving a car. People who are using a computer are focused on what they are doing. taking in 34 . That is perfectly normal. Most people engaged in these activities would not think that they are in a trance. played a video game. but can intelligently answer the phone when it rings. or read a really good article. worked on a computer.) In Alpha. your breathing is slower. and able to recall every word spoken by the hypnotherapist. (By the way. and you may experience that today during our hypnosis session. surprise! You’re in hypnosis!!! Okay.

taking in information and recording it. Such people are called “somnambulists. This cannot happen. she will “awaken” immediately.” you will be alerted as soon as you hear a noise. The more intelligent you are. When a mother is “asleep” and hears her baby cry.Hypnosis for Laymen information constantly. intelligence is directly correlated to suggestibility. Most people achieve only a light trance state (Alpha) in which they are aware of what is happening. the more easily you can be hypnotized. and therefore enter hypnosis easily. we use this to your advantage. Your hearing is “on” 24/7. This accounts for their ability to transfer information from their subconscious mind to their waking life and bring their creations to the world. although they are completely relaxed and focused. a part of our brain is always alert — our hearing. People of a below-average IQ find it difficult to go into a hypnotic state. 35 . In case you are worried about being too intelligent to be hypnotized. or “black out”. The truth is that we never really sleep. like they do when they receive anesthetic. Geniuses are naturally close to a hypnotic Alpha state most of the time. even these people will wake up at the end of a session. Less than 10% of the population achieves such a deep trance state that they dissociate.” and they do not consciously remember what happened during hypnosis unless the hypnotherapist suggests that they will. so even if you fall “asleep” during the session. And there is no need to worry about not waking up. In hypnosis. It stays alert to protect us or our offspring. However. If someone breaks into your home while you are “asleep. your brain is still recording all the information in your subconscious.

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Sample Pretalk 2 The first thing I would like to do today is explain in detail what hypnosis is and what it is not. For starters, most people have experienced hypnosis several times a day throughout their lives. If you have ever been absorbed in a good book, really involved in watching a movie, or working at your computer and one hour seemed like 15 minutes, you have experienced hypnosis. Our minds function in four stages of consciousness. The first stage is called Beta; this is the stage where you are awake and able to make conscious decisions. The second stage is called Alpha. This is when the brain slows down and narrows its focus. It turns out that during Alpha, your brain is two hundred times more susceptible to suggestion than when in Beta. This is why marketing companies spend millions of dollars on advertising, they get to deliver their message while you’re very focused on your favorite show. Alpha is the stage necessary for us to bring about positive change. The third stage is Theta. Theta is when you are in a light sleep. In Theta, you can be awakened fairly easily by a sound or a light touch. For example, this is when you are just falling asleep and when you are just waking up. The final stage is Delta. Delta is a deep sound sleep. As you can see, you are in all of these stages in any given day. Alpha is the only stage necessary for hypnotherapy, and you will experience that shortly. In the 1950s, the American Medical Association took notice of hypnosis after a person you are hypnotizing underwent a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid) while in a hypnotic trance induced by a hypnotherapist. No painkillers or anesthesia were used. Since then, hypnotherapists have made

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influential steps toward changing public perception about hypnosis. Doctors continue to use hypnosis to calm their patients and to ease pain during procedures. Doctors tell patients that a procedure is common and it comes with a high degree of success. Because these phrases are delivered by an authority figure, the patients act exactly the same as they would with hypnotic suggestions. There are also more obvious hypnotic suggestions given to patients by doctors trained in hypnosis. And for more than 100 years, dentists have used hypnosis to ease pain and discomfort during dental procedures. In addition to using hypnotic techniques themselves, doctors and dentists regularly refer patients to hypnotherapists for help with weight loss, smoking cessation, and overcoming fears about dental and surgical procedures. Before the 1950s, the medical profession didn’t really take notice of hypnotherapy. Today, doctors are readily embracing hypnosis as a complement to long-standing medical procedures. Hypnosis has countless uses in psychotherapy, psychiatry, and various medical specialties. The use of hypnotic techniques by these professions has increased steadily in recent years because hypnosis is gaining widespread acceptance as a safe, reliable, effective, and comfortable alternative. In the modern climate of skyrocketing healthcare costs, hypnosis is also proving invaluable as an aid in speeding recovery from physical and mental problems, which can really cut down on medical costs. Clinical hypnosis is by no means a new healing tool. The first usage of hypnosis by health

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professionals occurred in the late 1800s. In its early days, clinical hypnosis was used to treat hysterical conditions, and was also very useful for the induction of anesthesia in surgery in the days before anesthetic drugs. For example, James Esdaile, a Scottish physician working in India in the early part of the nineteenth century, performed over 340 major operations, including amputations and removal of large tumors, with hypnosis as the only anesthetic. Around the turn of the twentieth century, Sigmund Freud used hypnosis extensively in the first years of his psychiatric practice. In the first half of the twentieth century, hypnosis was often viewed as an exotic or fringe method in medicine and psychology, but it eventually gained respect as a powerful clinical tool. It finally earned formal recognition as a valuable tool in health care in 1958, when the Council on Mental Health of the American Medical Association recommended that instruction in hypnosis be included in medical school teachings. The American Psychological Association similarly embraced hypnosis several years later. Thousands of psychologists, dentists, and physicians in various specialties now have thorough training in hypnotic methods within their specialty areas. Professional organizations in clinical hypnosis provide extensive training and continuing education in hypnosis, and provide their members with specific ethical guidelines for the professional use of hypnosis. Sample Pretalk 3 Many people feel somewhat apprehensive and have numerous questions when they consider the possibility of seeking clinical hypnosis for their problems. These are some pretty common questions.

Ordinarily. and that’s okay. material that you have been ignoring or keeping secret from others and even from yourself. no such uncovering is needed in many applications of clinical hypnosis. Will I do something embarrassing or silly? A clinical hypnotist will not make you cluck like a chicken or do other things for amusement at your 39 . The most unique characteristic. and if you were very uneasy about the possibility of introspective exploration of this kind. You may also be aware of everything I say during the session. Sometimes. a number of different experiences are commonly associated with the hypnotic state. As described earlier. However. we would discuss that when beginning our work together. you will be conscious of everything that goes on when you are in the hypnotic state. hypnosis is not sleep. because you will still be in hypnosis! Will I lose consciousness? As mentioned above. Uncovering techniques may not be needed at all to deal with your problem. the one that people tend to remember best and find most surprising. Hypnosis can be used in many different ways. you may relax so much under hypnosis that you may drift off and lose track of what is happening or even fall asleep! Will I reveal deep secrets about myself? In some psychotherapeutic applications of hypnosis.Hypnosis for Laymen How does it feel to be hypnotized? There is really no such thing as a specific hypnotized feeling. it is important to uncover mental material that is related to the problem being treated. is perhaps the subjective sense of "involuntariness" of things happening without you (seemingly) acting to make them happen. though.

perhaps three out of every four. It may be helpful to think of me as your personal coach — a person helping you to master new ways to use your own mind. the great majority of people. can be hypnotized to a sufficient degree to enjoy some of the benefits that hypnosis can offer. Aren't gullible or simple-minded people most easily hypnotizable? Not at all. it is not as easy as one might think to make people do things against their will with hypnosis.Hypnosis for Laymen expense. You do. you are not really losing control of yourself when you respond to what I suggest. And generally. While the degree to which people are receptive to hypnosis varies from individual to individual. It seems that openness to new 40 . people under hypnosis are not captive and spellbound. however. the benefits of these hypnotic states are quite simply amazing. researchers have found that more intelligent people are slightly more hypnotizable. They can resist direct instructions that are at odds with their wishes or moral standards. In fact. You may become more emotional or feel more childlike. What if I cannot be hypnotized? The odds are against it. You are making the decision to go along with my guidance at every step. sometimes act differently under hypnosis than you do in the normal waking state. Can I be made to do things I do not want to do? Contrary to a popular belief. and opening up to a new experience. You can benefit from hypnosis as long as you are willing to go along with the instructions. However. What if I do not want to lose control of myself? Hypnosis does involve a certain amount of letting go of yourself. For this reason.

Are you ready to begin? 41 . Otherwise.Hypnosis for Laymen experiences rather than gullibility is related to hypnotic ability. you can do it on your own. Can hypnosis be dangerous to my mental health? The state of hypnosis is generally very safe and free from complications. However. and hypnotherapists commonly believe that regular hypnosis is nothing more than assisted selfhypnosis. probably no more disturbing to your mind than ordinary sleep. Are women more hypnotizable than men? Research has conclusively shown that. however. It is just more easily learned under the guidance of a skilled hypnotist. For most people. Entering hypnosis is simply a mental skill. when processes such as pain control can be made available at any time. on average. This is the goal in my practice of clinical hypnosis. Can people hypnotize themselves? Yes. I’m excited to start working together. they can. All these side effects are transient and harmless. I would like to give you an opportunity to ask any further questions you might have at this point. once you have mastered it. and possibly a stiff neck or (rarely) a minor headache. The only aftereffects that you are likely to experience are possible drowsiness and disorientation for the first few minutes afterwards. there is no difference between men and women in their hypnotic suggestibility. the experience of hypnosis is pleasantly relaxing and refreshing.

The difference is that instead of playing a video game. If for any reason you would like to stop the session during hypnosis. People can do this for hours. This is the Alpha state. but they are still very much awake. So this is something you have experienced many times. you may be aware of everything I say. Have you ever seen a child immersed in a video game? She is so lost in the world of space creatures or other worlds that she takes no notice whatsoever of her surroundings. Even though you are aware of everything I say. you will still be under hypnosis. Drivers often experience the Alpha state while driving. and believe that a hypnotherapy session leaves the participant at the mercy of the hypnotist. In fact. I can assure you this is not true with this form of hypnosis. when we read a great book. We often end up at our destination safe and sound without remembering much of the trip.Hypnosis for Laymen Sample Pretalk 4 Many people have seen stage hypnotists in the movies and on TV. 42 . Remember. but you tuned out most of your surroundings. which is the lightest state of hypnosis. This happens to you many times during the day. Also. merely count to three in your mind. We arrive at our destination on a kind of autopilot. you are using that hypnotic state for your own healing. You were still in control of the car. We become lost in the story. we often become unaware of our surroundings. This is the Alpha state. the state that you will be under for hypnosis. They are in an altered state. You may be in the Alpha state. you are in control. and the session will be over.

coined the term hypnotism in 1843. People under hypnosis are alert and are able to talk and move. You will still be benefiting from what I am saying. even when you sleep. Modern hypnosis began with Anton Mesmer in the eighteenth century. Also. that is okay. The term hypnosis comes from a Greek word meaning sleep. I would like to talk a little about the history of hypnosis. Your hearing never turns off. James Braid. Your subconscious will be getting all the information needed to make positive changes in your life. So if you do feel yourself drifting off to sleep. you may be aware of everything I say during hypnosis and that is okay.Hypnosis for Laymen Once again. Both the new and old testament of the Bible talks of what could be deemed as hypnosis. 43 . if you fall asleep. You are still in hypnosis. and you are always in control of the session. The use of hypnosis has been traced back to 3000BC in Egypt. He found that some people could go into a trance if they fixated their eyes on a bright shiny object. Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries in different forms by different cultures. because hypnosis has been used since the beginning of history. The ancient Greeks and Romans had sleep temples where people’s dreams could be recorded. You are here to change the things you want to change. you will still be listening to what I am saying and getting the same benefit from this session. You will be very relaxed during our session and may be in the Alpha state. a Scottish surgeon. He became Europe’s foremost expert in magnetic healing.

Dave Elman brought acceptance to hypnosis from the medical profession in the U. including phobias. recognizing hypnotherapy as a compelling medical procedure. Hypnosis has become popular because it is an effective tool used to help people safely and quickly heal from many different conditions. a psychiatrist who used hypnosis successfully in his practice. You are here today to tap into 44 . Since 1995. depression and addictions. Hypnosis is used for many conditions. Hypnosis is a well-respected practice and is used by doctors. It has been used to successfully cure diseases and phobias. People have had operations with no anesthesia in deep states of hypnosis. Hypnosis has even been used in cases where anesthesia cannot be used. when traditional methods have failed.S. the National Institute for Health has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain. Hypnosis is also used for self-improvement. Because Erickson was well-known and had so much success with hypnosis. psychologists. This shows how powerful the subconscious mind is. the medical community began to recognize hypnosis as a valid and important therapy. and even law enforcement. People have had teeth extracted with no anesthesia by using only hypnosis. This proves how powerful the mind is. The power of the subconscious and the mind is limitless.Hypnosis for Laymen Hypnotherapy regained popularity in the mid1900s thanks to Milton Erickson. when the Council on Medical health of the American Medical Association accepted the use of hypnotherapy in 1958. such as depression or fear of flying.

You will remember everything and will feel relaxed during and after hypnosis. and you are still under hypnosis. or value system. very easy to do so. the more easily you can be hypnotized. You always have a choice and can come out of hypnosis whenever you want. Just count to three in your mind. as I just mentioned. You will only do what is in your personal comfort zone. You are here to use the power of your mind to help you. You may be aware of everything I say.Hypnosis for Laymen the power of your subconscious and to create the changes that you want to make. you are in control of the hypnotherapy session. and the session will be over. 45 . Some people have the belief that they are too intelligent to be hypnotized. You are not under my power. You are still you. and as I said before. You are always in control. Hypnosis is perfectly natural and. moral code. Once again. Just count to three in your mind and you will be out of hypnosis. You can be hypnotized and you can make positive changes in your life. it is also widely used and accepted. just very relaxed. You are not asleep or in a trance. You are able to get away from the noise and stress of daily life and immerse yourself in peace and relaxation. Actually. We now understand how powerful the mind is. the more intelligent you are. you are just very relaxed. They feel that not being intelligent is directly correlated to suggestibility. and that hypnosis is a powerful tool used to make positive changes in our lives. if you want to come out of hypnosis it is very.

Trust that you are safe and protected at all times.Hypnosis for Laymen I learned hypnosis because I had discovered how powerful the mind was in my own search from healing from a chronic illness. I have found that everyone appreciates simplicity. imagine how much power our mind has and how much we can heal our own lives in so many ways. 46 . If you can explain concepts in simple terms. You have come here with the intent to heal and so it shall be. I had made many changes in my thinking that helped my own body heal itself. you are still under hypnosis and you are safe. If the mind can make someone heal when doctors give no cure or hope. Once again. Helpful Tip People can be quite diverse educationally. Remember. I want you to just sit back and relax now as we begin the session. You may be aware of everything I say and that is okay. I want to tell you that you may be aware of everything I say and you will still be under hypnosis. You also avoid seeming arrogant or like you are trying too hard. So please close your eyes and relax. you avoid any confusion. Rather than changing my pretalk for each person. It was through hypnosis and working with holistic doctors that I finally was able to be cured.

Hypnosis for Laymen Suggested Practice Your pretalk can be used over and over again for years to come. Explain everything as if speaking to a person of average intelligence. Boil the lofty concepts down so that they are easy to quickly understand. so write it well and use as much scientific information as you can. Don’t talk “over the person’s head”.) 47 . (Feel free to use some of the concepts covered in the samples. though. but use your own words.

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” With a relaxation induction. you want to bore a person into the Alpha state. Driving a car will lull you into a trance. That type of speaker would be an excellent hypnotherapist. Stretch out your words. Speak slowly and methodically and enunciate clearly. The 51 . Inductions come in all shapes and sizes. you must be very careful that you say exactly what you mean. monotonous teacher speaking for 45 minutes will definitely lull you into a trance.Hypnosis for Laymen An induction is the tool that hypnotherapists use to induce hypnosis. This chapter will focus on inductions that are simple yet effective. A slow-talking. congratulations! Now you can help others with your natural ability to bore. Have you ever been in a classroom with a teacher who talked incessantly with a monotone voice because she has taught the same subject for years and has no passion left in her entire being? That may have actually done you some good. I guarantee you that the teacher was lulling you into a trance. Some people are able to do this naturally. and their listeners immediately get a glazed-over look in their eyes. you may have processed some of the information hypnotically. (and the beginning of the recording you will make for the person you are hypnotizing). If you are one of those people. Although you could not consciously pay attention. During a relaxation induction. When working with the subconscious mind. speak in a monotone voice. It marks the beginning of hypnosis. Imagine talking to someone and trying to bore her. Watching TV will lull you into a trance. Some people will start talking. Relaxation Inductions The basic induction is called a “relaxation induction.

or taste. speak very clearly. This is the only time in your life when being boring is a good thing. If you have already determined that the person you are hypnotizing relates strongly to one particular sense. you should also play soft. and to smell. calming music in the background. Practice saying the phrase.Hypnosis for Laymen subconscious mind will take things literally.stevegjones. touch. Make sure that the induction has something for the person you are hypnotizing to see. Any of the CDs there will serve as an excellent example.com. If you are not sure of the tone of voice that you should use. It is important to refer to the five senses during the induction. You need to speak slowly and clearly so that there is no misunderstanding. By involving all the senses.. because if you pronounce a word incorrectly. especially the word “and. the subconscious mind may process it as another word. visit www. Make sure that she can understand every word.” Practice this until it is as relaxing (i. you can get to the one that the person you are hypnotizing relates most strongly with. Let me illustrate this point by taking you through an induction. to feel.e. “Jack and Jill went up the hill. hearing. to hear. I like to involve as many of the other senses as possible. reference that sense more often than the others in your induction. Any time you are working with someone under hypnosis. Most people relate strongly to one of the senses: sight. But use all of the senses with everyone to make a well-rounded induction every time.” Stretch out the words. boring) as possible. smell. 52 . to taste. Act as though the person you are hypnotizing is a foreigner and does not speak your language very well. Because the purpose of the induction is to slow the person down.

Open your mouth slightly and exhale very slowly. just feel your body relaxing. and stop working.) The person you are hypnotizing will take three or four deep breaths in and out. and as you do. Here. where the waves are making a relaxing sound.000 chemicals. relaxing. inhaling very slowly. I want you to visualize yourself on a beautiful beach. Let’s break this down. It is your beach. First of all. Now to help you to relax. I want you to take a deep breath in through your nose. the smoker is also inhaling 4. go outside. Feel the warmth of the sun relaxing every part of your body. Just relax the person and get her to slow down. You are walking along the beach. That’s right. I am referring to the person’s sense of sight. Unfortunately. Hold it.) All right now. You are relaxed and safe. 53 . Inhale the scent of the sea air.Hypnosis for Laymen (Feel free to use verbatim any of the hypnosis session material I provide in this book. Taking a “smoker’s break” allows the smoker to take a break. and blow it out. hold it. filling your lungs and stretching them out. (Many people who are addicted to cigarettes are simply addicted to the idea of taking deep. Feel the warm. relaxing breaths. Feel the relaxing breeze blowing gently across your body as you walk slowly down to the water. I want you to visualize yourself on a beautiful beach. Let’s now take a look at the rest of the induction. Good. soft sand on your feet. having people breathe in and out slowly is going to relax them. They are taking the time to take a deep breath. Everything shuts down while the smoker takes deep. relaxing. yogic breaths and blows them out.

Feel the warm. Most people know exactly the smell I mean when I say “sea air. I made it real. It feels soft. I have prompted the olfactory sense. Here I am using the tactile sense (the sense of touch). Be sure to use something that is familiar to a wide variety of people. Here. The sand feels warm. Again. Feel the warmth of the sun relaxing every part of your body. I have engaged the feelings of motion and have offered something to those people who relate strongly to motion.) I grew up in South Florida. It is important to engage all of the senses because some people relate strongly to just one sense.” Feel the relaxing breeze blowing gently across your body. “You are feeling the sand. Notice that I did not just say.” I described the sand. which again involves the visual sense. so I can relate strongly to this experience. That brings back a clear memory for me. they will see the beach clearly. I have been on the beach many times. appealing to the sense of smell. I am referring to the sense of feeling. Again. if not hot. (You may even say the sand is white. Inhale the scent of the sea air. in their mind’s eye. This is the kinetic (movement) aspect. I am engaging the kinetic (motion) sense. The person you are hypnotizing is moving. For example. and that sand is warm. Some people are very visual. As you walk slowly down to the water. soft sand on your feet.Hypnosis for Laymen You are walking along the beach. Most people have walked barefooted on a beach in the daytime. They will fill the ocean with 54 . Now I have engaged tactile listeners. also called touch or the tactile sense. I’ve also linked the feeling to something relaxing.

put buildings on the land in the distance. cover every sense. the scent of the sea air draws them in. They will have the feeling that they are on the beach because they can feel it on the soles of their feet. Unless you want to get into an extensive (and unnecessary) pretest to determine which sense the person you are hypnotizing favors. Maybe the smell. then she is not going to have a relaxing experience. if you are hypnotizing a scuba diver. do not describe how them walking along the beach or rolling her wheelchair along the sandy beach. Others do not see anything. add the other sensory elements. They will listen to that exact same induction.Hypnosis for Laymen sailboats. and they will have a nonvisual sense of being on the beach. if the person you are hypnotizing is afraid of water or of beaches for any reason. By the way. doing so will more fully engage her. You want to make sure that the person you are hypnotizing hears a description of all the things people typically experience at the beach. Inductions should incorporate the types of experiences that the person enjoys. For instance. Ask the person you are hypnotizing ahead of time about her abilities. Think 55 . and dislikes. Ask them ahead of time if she likes the beach! Remember to be sensitive to every person you hypnotize. and add a few clouds in the beautiful blue sky. If you are talking about swimming and the person you are hypnotizing cannot swim. Choose another scenario for the induction. likes. If you are writing an induction for someone in a wheelchair. your inductions might be about a dive. you should use a different induction. Or they just somehow sense that they are there. Even if you know that the person you are hypnotizing relates strongly to motion.

you may not want to use the same induction every time. Instead. and if the mistake is a bad one. and I was incongruent. I said. Make sure that you plan ahead of time and think on your feet. the mistakes are not as bad as you think they are. the client said. After the session. or the person does not even notice it. she was scuba diving. I have been doing hypnosis for a long time. when I was doing a diving induction. Stay open and creative. down. “And now you take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. “You know. They do not breathe through their noses while diving! They breathe through the mouth.Hypnosis for Laymen about the possibilities. Be aware of the ramifications. She could imagine the drive in the Mojave Desert at night with the top down on a convertible. Maybe they like to go driving in the desert. I was looking at the patient in the chair and thinking that she should breathe through her nose. In her mind. The person you are hypnotizing is going down. If someone is coming to you for a few sessions. do not point out the mistake. You might want to mix it up. Sometimes. that was great and relaxing.” Divers wear regulators in their mouths to get air from the tank. She was there. 56 . except for when you told me to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. The mind makes it real for the body. Once.” I was not thinking of what the client was experiencing. and I still make mistakes. do not be afraid to make mistakes. do what you can to fix it in a calm way. At the same time. In this case. deeper and deeper.

Do no harm. the beach induction is not working on this woman. Second. make a change. And the more you drive. You can be flexible. And you see the high cliffs to your upper right. She is going to get them. a person is up to 200 times more suggestible. I do not like them. 57 . You are safe and protected. try something else. a mistake could be used as a confusion induction. but that does not matter because she likes them. Know that the rules are flexible. Think about it like dancing at a club. The person may report. in fact I find them annoying. leaving Los Angeles. it seems as though the car drives itself. She likes the city sounds. the more you relax. There is freedom of expression. You see birds overhead. “I just could not get into that. And as I am silent now. which is covered in the next section. You are in a convertible and enjoying the breeze in your hair. Sometimes. I was not relaxed. And you find yourself driving along the Pacific Coast Highway now. assure the person you are hypnotizing that even in Alpha. but be flexible.” The following is an example of a short induction script. You are headed north. You may think. “Okay. You are relaxing more and more as you drive. You see the relaxing ocean to your left. just allow yourself to enjoy the beautiful day and relax more deeply.Hypnosis for Laymen In fact. Are the rules set in stone? No. If something does not work. and smell that salty sea air as you continue to drive down the road.” What should you do? First. Try things with the best of intentions and flex your muscles. and I guarantee that you will grow. fix mistakes.

You see a clearing and a path and you park your car close to the clearing. The engine of your car purring gently is the only sound. it is warm and bright. You feel the warm air against your skin as your car follows the road. but for a few wisps of clouds. And it occurs to you that you are very relaxed. The car door closes gently as you walk toward the trail. There are trees lush with leaves. It’s safe. You notice that your car is the only one on the road. You haven’t a care in the world. it’s early spring. You are so comfortable and serene. It calls to you. you are at peace. it’s afternoon. you realize just how far down the road you have driven. enjoying the beautiful scenery as you drive. It is large and circular. The road leads through a wooded area. and your car hugs the curves of the road as if it were on a track. And as you now look in the rearview mirror. You walk slowly. You come to the end of the road. The sun filters through the trees. You’re driving slowly. As you walk past the trees. As you approach the trail. and colorful wild flowers are in bloom on the sides of the road. It’s quiet. you hear some birds singing. taking in all the sights and 58 . taking in the beautiful scenery. so you turn onto it. The grass is vividly green. You approach a gravel road. you notice that it is wide and carpeted with the same fine gravel as on the road. You feel yourself begin to relax. curving road that leads through the hillside. just relaxing and drifting as you drive down the road in your convertible. The air is fresh and clean. You hear the light crunching of the tires on the finely ground gravel. The road curves gently to the right. The mist in the air rises and clears as you drive. There is beauty all around you and you take it all in. Enjoying the beautiful day. Sample Induction 1 You’re in your car. You’re driving on a smooth.Hypnosis for Laymen That’s right. The sky is blue and it is clear.

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smells. You see a honeysuckle bush, and you stop and smell the flowers. You pick a flower. The flower smells so sweet and the honeysuckle tastes like honey. You savor the taste and continue on the path. You hear the gurgling of water nearby. As you continue on the trail, the gravel path turns to grass, and there are stepping-stones that lead to a waterfall. You take off your shoes and carry them along with you. There are beautiful purple and yellow flowers on either side of the trail. The stepping-stones feel smooth and warm on your feet. Each stone is a different color of the stone rainbow. As you step on each stone on the path, you become more relaxed. The stones are beautiful. Each step relaxes you more. You continue on the stepping-stones, relaxing more with each step. You are getting closer to the waterfall. The waterfall ends in a calm, clear pool of water. You set your shoes aside on a rock near the pool. You put your toe in the water to test the temperature. You find it warm and inviting. You wade into the pool and find a large rock to sit on. You sit down on the rock. You put your hand in the water and move it slowly back and forth, feeling the warmth of the water between your fingers and around your hand. You take a deep breath through your nose. You can taste the freshness of the air as your chest rises and your lungs fill with the clean air. You open your mouth slightly and exhale slowly. You take another slow, deep breath through your nose, and again exhale slowly though your mouth. Once again, another slow, deep breath. The water gently falls into the pool and ripples in the water traveling slowly toward you. You watch the ripples of the water and become more relaxed as each ripple floats by you. Two purple dragonflies hover on the water. They linger a few minutes and then fly off. They take with them any cares and anxieties that may have remained. You take another deep breath and feel so calm, so relaxed. You look around and see a hammock hanging between two trees. You slowly lift yourself out of the pool

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and walk toward the hammock. The hammock is covered with a large pillow that perfectly fits the hammock. You easily get into the hammock. The hammock supports you effortlessly. You feel as if you’re floating in the softness of the hammock. The trees filter the warm sun and you feel safe, comfortable, supported. You close your eyes and rest your mind.

Sample Induction 2 Now close your eyes. Take a nice, deep, full breath and exhale slowly. Take another deep breath and exhale. Feel yourself beginning to relax now … from the very top of your head … all the way down … to the very tip of your toes. One more time. Breathe in. Take a nice, deep, full breath and hold it in. Now let it out completely, and feel yourself relaxing even more. I want you to imagine now that you are looking at a clear, blue sky. It is a brilliant blue, like no other color you have ever seen. And in the sky, a sky-writing airplane is writing your name in fluffy, white, cloud-like letters. See your name floating …fluffy, white and cloud-like in a clear, blue sky. Reach out and imagine what the clouds feel like. Light and airy. Also, hear the birds. Not only can you hear their calls, but you can also hear the flapping of their wings as they increase their speed. You hear the silence of their wings as they glide through the sky. You relax with the increasing silence. Now let your name just disappear with the wind. Let the winds just blow your name away into the blue of the sky … and forget about your name. Forget you even have a name. Names are not important. Just go on listening to my voice and let yourself relax even more. You no longer

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hear or see the birds. You are at complete peace with yourself. There are no distractions. You relax even deeper. Helpful Tip As you write inductions and deepenings (next chapter), you need to use your creativity. Try keeping a pocket recorder or note pad and pen handy. Perhaps a great idea for an induction/deepening will come to you in the grocery store, in the shower, or when you just get up in the morning. You never know when a brilliant idea might come. Suggested Practice Write your own induction. Do not spend a lot of time laboring over this — just let your creativity flow and write it out. It can be one page or 10 pages, though it should be no more than 10 minutes long when read aloud. Have the person you are hypnotizing walk along the beach, or in the woods, or in any other place that is relaxing and peaceful. Incorporate all the senses. Remember when reading it to pronounce everything perfectly so that there is no misunderstanding. Record the induction on a computer (mp3 file or CD). Then listen to it and see if it bores you. It should. See if it relaxes you. See if it gets you into that altered state of mind. See if it drops you into Alpha, where you are just a little bit slower, just a little bit more relaxed than you normally are when fully awake. And if it puts you completely to sleep and you wake up a couple of hours later, that is fine. This book will guide you through recording an entire hypnosis session. Between each section of the recorded hypnotherapy session, insert 30 to 60 seconds of silence. This aids in relaxing the person you are hypnotizing. If you

Hypnosis for Laymen have gentle. Like everything else you do in this book. you will use this induction over and over. so make it outstanding! Caution: Do not ever listen to your induction or anything hypnotic in a moving vehicle. soothing music playing in the background. continue to play it during the silent periods. 62 .

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The purpose of the deepening. is to drop the person you are hypnotizing into a deeper state of consciousness. a deepening comes after an induction and before a script. You feel comfortable and safe. so to speak. This is for two reasons. you will take the person you are hypnotizing down something such as a set of stairs.g. the person you are hypnotizing is relaxed. When I first started using hypnosis in 1983.. the terms deepening and induction are often interchanged. I like to have several inductions with accompanying deepenings. After the induction. Confine your deepening to 10 units (e.Hypnosis for Laymen A deepening varies only slightly from an induction. stairs) of one event. Strictly speaking. make sure that your person you are hypnotizing knows that nothing will harm him. First. comfortable. very. an elevator. You do not want the person you are hypnotizing to imagine tripping down a set of stairs. There is no need to give them a workout. Say things like. occasionally you will have someone who does not like several of your induction/deepening combinations. you want to relax him even more. as the name implies. To do so. Second. Now that you have the person you are hypnotizing under your control. If the person you are hypnotizing is reasonably relaxed. It is better to have several from which to choose. and peaceful. deep state of relaxation.” 65 . or an escalator. I had people go down miles of stairs. Overkill is not necessary. two short stairways (of ten steps each) are plenty. “With each step you take. During a deepening. people coming in for several sessions like to hear different inductions and deepenings. you are going deeper and deeper into a very. In fact. however.

Do not just tell him to go down the stairs. you are so much more relaxed. Otherwise. be sure to tell the person you are hypnotizing that nothing bad will happen. down. Make sure that you spell out everything for him. he will be relaxed and slowed down. With each floor you go down. before the counting begins. down. tell him that those stairs are allowing him to go deeper as you count the steps. Tell him that the ropes are secure and that nothing bad is going to happen. if you are sending a person you are hypnotizing down an escalator) he is going down. tell them that it is a long escalator and that by the time you get to one. However.” By the time the person is at the bottom of the stairs. Nine. “Ten. You may want to say. 66 . down the escalator. take the first step down. they may imagine himself at the bottom of the escalator when you are at the count of five.Hypnosis for Laymen And. use a deepening that involves repelling them down a mountain. You are ten times more relaxed every foot you move down. No matter what scenario you use. always tie in the fact that the person you are hypnotizing is going “deeper. moving down a little bit. as in the above example. Nine.” Make sure that you communicate that with each step (or floor. “Ten. make sure that the person you are hypnotizing feels safe. If they are adventurous and if they relax by repelling (an activity that causes the rest of us to feel sheer terror!). another step deeper. feel free to incorporate activities that the person you are hypnotizing likes into the deepening. he is going deeper into his subconscious. If the person you are hypnotizing is on an escalator. moving deeper a little more.” As with an induction. he will be at the bottom.

Do not say. frequently use and stretch out the word “and. Because hypnotherapy is positive.” Clients of mine report finding this quite relaxing. “In this particular trip down the side of a hill. the elevator will not get stuck.Hypnosis for Laymen They will not fall down the stairs and will not run into a tree while skiing down the hill. and the person you are hypnotizing going downward into hypnosis. “You are relaxing more deeply. Remember to use words such as “deeper. By using all of these tricks of the trade. Many of my clients say that in addition to the problem for which they came to see me. Say something like. and much of this is due to the deepening. your session will be successful. Be sure to coordinate a downward motion with downward counting. Also. a hypnotherapy 67 .” For example. this phrase will be planted in his mind and he may envision it nonetheless. These same clients often leave feeling more relaxed than they thought possible. It will be your smoothest trip down the side of a hill ever. It will be smooth. I like to use positive phrasing wherever possible. Like having a massage.” Do not let the imagination of the person you are hypnotizing run wild. you will not run into a tree.” Although you are telling the person you are hypnotizing he will not run into a tree. annnnnnnd unwinding completely. “In this particular trip down the side of the hill.” and “relaxing.” These words imply deepness and slowing down. It also helps to tie your instructions together in a relaxing way.” “down. nothing will happen to you. they cannot relax.

safely and securely. and handrails that lead to a wide 68 . use the deepening. Unlike massage therapists. If you are unsure.Hypnosis for Laymen session is a perfect opportunity for the person you are hypnotizing to relax. and you hear the call of baby ducks as they swim circles around their mother. hypnotherapists add positive suggestions for change. In subsequent visits. The well-constructed wooden dock has ten evenly spaced planks for steps. and hear the rocking of a small rowboat as it floats gently next to a small dock. and he appears to be equally relaxed during subsequent inductions. near the end of the dock. In fact. Though there are people who might drop immediately into Theta or Delta during the induction. Aside from physical indicators such as slowed breathing or slowed pulse (observed visually on the neck. you can safely skip the deepening. It will not hurt. head. The dock is inviting. do not omit the deepening in the first session. but do not omit the deepening during the first visit. feel free to skip the deepening if the person you are hypnotizing falls into Theta or Delta immediately. and hands). Sample Deepening 1 You are completely relaxed and contented as you stand at the edge of the lake. If the last memory of the first session occurred about two minutes into the induction. many people compare hypnotherapy to massage in the sense that it offers relaxation. This person you are hypnotizing obviously goes into a deep trance quickly. you also can roughly ascertain what state of consciousness a person you are hypnotizing goes into by having a discussion with him at the conclusion of the session. but the type of relaxation is very similar.

and you are going deeper. You feel comfortable and relaxed as you step onto the next step. The rhythmic waves lap onto the shore. 69 . The ducklings come out from under the dock. Seven. There is an antique iron park bench sitting at the end of the dock. You are more relaxed. to which the small white rowboat is tied. Four. There are tiny peeping noises coming from the ducklings. The planks are warm from the sun and inviting on your feet as you go down another step. Eight. and deeper. Two. if desired. You slide your hands a little further down the handrail and step down again. the mother duck calls her babies. The author did not indicate any (pauses). Three. bump of the rowboat continues as you go down another step. going deeper and deeper. Six. You see the baby ducks swim into the cool shadows of the dock as you take another step down. The bump. Ten. one by one. bump. One. And as you count them. wooden handrail as you slide your hands along it and go down another step and go deeper. Five. as you take the step safely onto the platform. to allow the person you are hypnotizing to go deeper on his own. You can feel the smooth. Note: Reading time of this deepening is approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds. You will go down the steps. as you calmly go down another step.Hypnosis for Laymen platform. Stepping further down. you will go deeper and deeper into your trance with each and every step you descend You know that you are safe and secure as you grab hold of the sturdy handrails and move calmly to the top step. to join their mother. which may be added. overlooking the lake. and you lower yourself onto the next plank. And you are going deeper and deeper. Nine. and you are relaxed and contented. confidently. And you will count them backwards from 10 to 1.

Notice the seagulls in the sky above. A stream of golden sunlight pours through the open door. Now you are standing on the floor below. Walk on the beach until you come to the place where the dry sand meets the wet sand. Now down to step seven … going deeper … down to step six … deeper still … going further down to step five … and step four … step three … two … one. stretches a beach of pure white sand. Now down to step eight … going deeper still. They show their appreciation for life in their smooth flight and the happy songs they sing. Feel yourself going deeper.Hypnosis for Laymen Pauses would extend the time needed to complete the deepening. There is a door in front of you. Notice the other birds around you. near the water’s edge. A gentle wave comes ashore and rushes past your feet. Listen to their chatter as they return to the sky. Stand here a moment and notice all of the sights and sounds. Beyond the edge of the beach is an endless ocean of clear blue water. Feel how it pleasantly glides past your feet as it 70 . Walk through the door into the golden sunlight. Open the door. Smoothly and easily. Notice the majestic expanse of the ocean in front of you. Watch them diving for fish in the sea below. Sample Deepening 2 Take a step down now … down to the ninth step. Before you.” Reach out and turn the doorknob. A sign on the door reads “Doorway to the Beach of Relaxation.

a deepening (three to five minutes in length).” With each wave that touches the sand. making sure that the person you are hypnotizing knows he will be going deeper as the numbers decrease. 30 to 60 seconds of silence. This ocean is the “sea of relaxation. Record the process. I mention it so that you will remember to include it when you add the next part. Helpful Tip If you have several person you are hypnotizings in one day. and another 30 to 60 seconds of silence. which is discussed in Chapter 5. you do not need to record this final silence. which programs you to maintain full awakening consciousness and mental sharpness during your sessions. (Obviously. you may want to create a hypnotherapy recording for yourself.) 71 . To combat fatigue. you are feeling more and more deeply relaxed. Suggested Practice Write a 10-unit deepening. Incorporate counting from 10 down to one. When you are done with this.Hypnosis for Laymen recedes back into the ocean. the script. especially during the deepenings. you may find yourself beginning to get sleepy. you should have a recording with an induction.

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2007). The pretalk. Some examples include overcoming alcoholism (Jayasinghe. 2006). and therefore the most important chapter of this book. A script is the meat of the hypnotherapy experience. going down an escalator or an elevator. I have a prospective client who is afraid of entering parking garages. academic success (Bloom. Instead of being afraid. or near a snake. but you are not helping her. on a stage. It delivers the main message to the subconscious mind. Research clearly indicates that a script can be helpful in dealing with many issues. weight loss (Holt. You may be hypnotizing someone. you are not doing hypnotherapy. 2007). or whatever the person you are hypnotizing’s challenge may be. dealing with IBS (Weil.Hypnosis for Laymen Perhaps the most important part of any hypnotherapy session. memory improvement. Warren. the person you are hypnotizing will associate a pleasant feeling with talking to members of the opposite sex. attracting romantic partners. 2007). smoking cessation (Rouse. improving efficiency for increased financial success. in an airplane. induction. eating health foods. 2005). A script is the portion of the hypnotherapy session during which you suggest change. If you do not have a script. & Wallace. As part of a self-hypnotherapy session. a hypnotherapist could even write a script to enhance her creativity — to suggest to her subconscious mind that she is going to write more creative scripts! The script is where you form new associations for the person you are hypnotizing. being in a crowd of people. is the script. improved confidence. It is where the therapy occurs. and deepening all prepare the person you are hypnotizing for the script. The association she has now is scary for 75 .

you do not want to trip through words and concepts while reading the script during the session. and she will no longer be afraid. you might want to start with a script written by someone else. Do your due diligence. You want to be familiar with the script for several reasons. she will be given a new association for entering a parking garage. you can read a script and every other part of the hypnotherapy session except the pretalk. You need to have a full understanding of the script so that you can tailor it to achieve the best possible results. (Because their eyes are covered. so you will need to find and eliminate those things in the script that are not going to apply to a particular person you are hypnotizing. During the script. During a live sermon. Each person you are hypnotizing is different.) Second. make sure that you have read through it before the hypnotherapy session. Do not allow yourself any excuses. If you are new to hypnotherapy. First. You can borrow one of my scripts or use one from the countless books available on this topic (see the recommended resources toward the end of this chapter. Beware of procrastinating and ending up in a situation that causes you to stumble. Prepare every time. When using a script that someone else has written. The script will plant positive suggestions that her body will remember when she actually enters a parking garage. you need to carefully evaluate the script prior to reading it to your person you are hypnotizing.Hypnosis for Laymen her. and also at the end of the book). You do not have to memorize it. The worst thing that you can possibly do is go into a session without previously having read the script. for 76 .

more importantly. Be prepared. if it does not feel natural for the person you are hypnotizing. I do not say this to scare you. you will imagine that you are a machine. You are dealing with the most precious part of a human: their mind. Every word you say goes into their subconscious. another script choice will be more appropriate. And let’s say that your person you are hypnotizing is not at all interested in machines. From now on. And. I made a mistake. use this when you have someone who 77 . It would be more powerful to use a script that described something that you. Be prepared. Let me backtrack. Consider a script for weight loss that begins like this: Now.Hypnosis for Laymen example. relate to. you will not be confident when reading it. or inspired by the machine analogy in the script. Treat it delicately. “I am sorry. Although an analogy might be good and potentially powerful. Let’s say that you are not interested in. You have been choosing batteries that do not last very long and that leave a residue. and you can put different types of batteries in your power center.” But you cannot do that under hypnosis. “Here. Would this script be appropriate? Probably not. if it does not feel natural for you. I say this to prepare you. Make sure that there are no surprises. and especially the person you are hypnotizing. a preacher can say. you will chose proper batteries that power you for a long time and do not leave any residue. If someone hands you a script and says. Go through any script you intend to use.

you will have to write your own script. Say good things. and medical degrees. We help people. Take the general idea of the scripts and rewrite them. Note that the scripts in this book were written by hypnotherapists with advanced educational. You just need a little guidance. Some of the scripts are fairly technical. Make the script something that flows freely from your mouth. The main rule for modifying scripts is this: never insert anything that could cause harm. psychological. Do not be afraid to alter a script. Everything is beautiful. Everything is calm. Bore her. 78 . The Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors by D. Take heart in the fact that everything you need is already within you. Let’s assume that the person you are hypnotizing wants to lose weight. We do not harm people. I cannot emphasize this enough. Many good scripts may be found in one of the books I recommend. Everything is peaceful. You should tailor things with your own unique flavor. and you do not have a script for weight loss. Corydon Hammond. Do not say frightening or harmful things. If you do not have a script to modify. Let’s take this step-by-step. Everything is positive.” make sure that you go through the script ahead of time.Hypnosis for Laymen wants to lose weight. your script will be fine. Do not excite the person you are hypnotizing. What should you do? Do not give up. As long as you remember not to harm people. Scripts are not written in stone.

It’s just not fair. and set a reasonable target within a reasonable timeframe. Do not allow the person you are hypnotizing to expect to lose 100 pounds in six weeks. Here. If you are not sure what is reasonable for this particular person. or scared of flying. Your script will tell them that she can and will change this behavior. ask yourself what the goal is. right before I go to bed. “I am eating Snickers bars at 11:00. Before writing the script. you need to find out what a reasonable target is. unable to talk to potential romantic partners.Hypnosis for Laymen First of all. perhaps the person you are hypnotizing says. For example. I cannot figure out why on Earth I am gaining weight. Ask them: “What are the foods you are eating. the goal is for the person you are hypnotizing to lose weight. I eat three of them each night. 79 . consult a dietician or a physician. If the person is gaining weight. the script is the place to insert suggestions to help her make positive changes in these areas.” The script is the place to alter the negative behavior that is causing the problem. find out what they are eating that is contributing to the problem. Before you write the script. make sure that you are in agreement with the course of treatment.) Find out how much weight the person can expect to lose. The script is where the healing takes place. Your due diligence should continue with a conversation with the person you are hypnotizing. and when are you eating them?” Then work this information into the script. (Remember: if the person you are hypnotizing is under the care of another healthcare professional.

Is she unmotivated because she does not think she will accomplish the desired results? If so. Focus on the positive. And you know that your bags are stowed. Do not dwell on the negative. If the person you are hypnotizing is afraid of snakes. She gets off that plane and nothing has gone wrong. and now if you want to. something that will be helpful. She takes that plane ride.” I am inviting you to use your creativity in writing the scripts. And it is daytime and you see the sky and it is so beautiful. “You can see the cockpit from where you are sitting. you can allow yourself to get closer but understand that no harm will come to you.” If you are working on motivation. your idea. The person you are hypnotizing already has achieved whatever it is that was causing her to procrastinate. Have her imagine the whole experience. Say things such as. Just let it flow. She is safe the entire time. And each time you hear my voice. because that would limit your creativity. and your motive in mind. Keep your plan. and everything looks fine. Keep everything positive and uplifting. “Everything is fine. Only walk as close as you feel comfortable with and no closer.Hypnosis for Laymen If she is afraid of planes. have her see a snake from a distance. and you just feel great because everything is taken care of. Be creative. It is a smooth flight. Your motivation is to help the person you are hypnotizing. you can walk closer. I am inviting you to reach inside and pull something out of yourself. Tell her. You look outside. find out why the person you are hypnotizing is not motivated. the script should help her to see herself as having already accomplished the results. then in the script have her imagine that she gets on that plane. I am not going to tell you that these methods are “written in stone”. 80 .

“I am taking the steps to get to that escalator. keep the person’s focus on the positive change from within..” Or. Oxford: Taylor & Francis Group. New York: W. 2007 • Jones.Hypnosis for Laymen Keep your eye on the mark and remember that you will end up at whatever point on which you have focused. S. • Hammond. I am not planning on it. 2007 81 .” Or. I recommend the following books for more information and samples of scripts: • Havens. You want them to think: “I am already flying. Walters. and Catherine R. W. This means that the person you are hypnotizing has the advantage of knowing rationally that the situation is not occurring. D.. Ronald A. I am not imagining it.G.. Therefore. when it comes time for them to go down the escalator. Hypnotherapy Scripts Volume II. Likewise. “I am getting as close to that snake as I feel comfortable. Hypnotherapy Scripts: A Neo-Ericksonian Approach to Persuasive Healing. Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors. Corydon. Hypnotherapy Scripts Volume I. The person you are hypnotizing should imagine that the change has happened.) • Jones. a person’s body does not know the difference between imagining something and having it actually happen.” As discussed earlier. S. and I am on it and everything is fine. (A Norton Professional Book from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. 1990. she feels that she has experienced the event. Norton and Company.G. but physically and emotionally. I am getting on that plane and I am flying. she will feel as though she has already had a positive and successful experience going down an escalator. 1989.

continued to lose weight during both intervals. The take-home is that the hypnosis group continued the eating and exercise habits learned in the experiment. however. divided 109 people into two groups for a nine-week study. Dwayne. while the non-hypnosis group did not.stevegjones. The second group was given the same diet and exercise treatment and was also given hypnosis for reinforcement. 1985). The first group was treated with changes in diet and exercise habits (the only way to lose weight) without the addition of hypnosis. However. and Coulthard-Morris. not surprisingly. The group members that did not have hypnosis did not lose any more weight and. it is clear that hypnosis supports diet and exercise adherence. After nine weeks. and the studies showed that far more people in the hypnosis group met their long-term weight loss goals. and you simply have to follow a healthy eating and exercise plan. both groups lost weight due to the changes in diet and exercise while under supervision.htm. published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. what happened after the eight-month and two-year follow-ups might surprise you. in fact. There is no magic pill for weight loss. The hypnosis group.Hypnosis for Laymen The last two are written by me and can be found on my website at http://www. 82 . most gained most of their weight back. but from this study.com/books. The power of Scripts One study (Bolocofsky.

The group was split into hypnosis and non-hypnosis groups. The group using hypnosis lost an average of 17 pounds by the six-month follow up. and to have the research indicate that people are losing anywhere from 2 to 17 times more weight under hypnosis than when they do not use it clearly indicates that hypnotherapy should be used by anyone who is serious about weight loss. indicating again that the effects of hypnosis seem to compound over time.Hypnosis for Laymen Cochrane and Friesen (1986) investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females. over the long-term. The group that did not receive hypnosis only lost one-half of a pound.88 pounds. educational background. but with hypnosis it jumped to 14. the average weight loss without hypnosis remained at six pounds. and 11. which is when researchers look across multiple studies. with both groups being given weight-loss behavioral treatments and counseling. Kirsch (1996) conducted a meta-analysis. He was able to confirm the results of previous weight-loss hypnotherapy studies. the average short-term weight loss was six pounds for those not using hypnosis. The researchers interviewed each participant this time about their family background. In the studies of hypnosis versus no hypnosis.83 pounds with hypnosis. at least 20 % overweight and not involved in other treatments. The results were very interesting. What is impressive about these results is that doing hypnosis under controlled conditions is extremely difficult. and their belief as to their hypnotizability. 83 . Even more importantly. The researchers also found that "hypnotizability" and social and educational backgrounds had nothing to do with the results.

84 . Sample Script for Finding Love As you relax. And you understand that you are open to receiving your perfect mate into your life now. Know now that you are open to accepting your perfect mate into your life. desirable. (2004). C. Irritable bowel syndrome troubles up to 58 million Americans. Recently. drifting and floating peacefully and completely. You find yourself connecting with everyone you meet easily and effortlessly. improved outlook. See the qualities you admire reflected in your perfect mate: hair. Special diets and drug therapies often fail to work well. You deserve to give and receive love now. You deserve love. and feel how good it feels to be with your perfect mate. O. R. You deserve happiness. increased grip strength. & Howe. and irresistible. Now. philosophy. imagine the perfect mate. and increased motivation (Diamond. laugh. J. constipation and diarrhea. selfassured. see and feel yourself becoming more confident. you are irresistible. Because you are self-confident. S. eyes. causing abdominal pain. Davis. researchers using hypnotherapy observed qualitative improvements in motor function related to increased range of motion. Schaechter. outlook. voice. bloating. British researchers followed 204 patients for up to six years and found that 12 weekly onehour hypnotherapy sessions significantly improved symptoms 71% of the time Choi. 2006). and secure.. and interests.Hypnosis for Laymen In a clinical study of six chronic stroke subjects. See your perfect mate now. choosing to be and feel attractive... body.

You enjoy relating to people. and know that you will delight them with your talent. See yourself being successful with all the many wonderful things you deserve in your life. You let go of worry and doubt. You will be able to meet them on equal terms and see them as peers. You focus on your financial goals. You are successful. such as the house in (place). all the way up to a large audience of strangers. Sample Script for Overcoming fear of Singing on Stage As you become more and more relaxed. You feel abundance. Who you are attracts wealth. and your new company doing very well. 85 . You are fully engaged every day. whether it is just a small gathering of friends and acquaintances or a midsized room of people.Hypnosis for Laymen Sample Script for Financial Success You are a magnet for money. and you reach them. you will remain relaxed and less tense when you are in the presence of other people. Your contributions to the world and your spouse become clearer and clearer each day. You are enough. The person you want to become is clear. Your greatest self becomes clearer and clearer day-by-day. You create strong and powerful relationships at ABC Banking. It is all coming to you. Money comes to you easily. even as loving friends and nonjudgmental individuals who encourage you to be your very best. Who you are being creates passion in your life. the bank account of (amount). financially and emotionally. It doesn’t matter at all. You are living abundantly. You find new and creative ways to contribute to others. You have unlimited energy.

and you become less conscious of yourself and your own feelings. so deeply involved in delivering your best singing performance — exercising complete control over your beautiful voice — that you will concentrate entirely on your singing to the complete exclusion of anything else that might be going on around you. without feeling conspicuous. without becoming selfconscious. Because of this. without being worried in the least by the presence of your audience. If you should begin to think about yourself. and you will feel completely relaxed. You will become so deeply interested. exactly as you wish to. you will deliver each word with perfect pronunciation and perfect tone. you will remain completely relaxed. all your nervousness will disappear completely. completely at ease and confident. discomfort. With ease. and will no longer experience even the slightest nervousness.Hypnosis for Laymen You feel so at ease in their presence without the slightest feeling of inferiority. You will consequently be able to sing quite freely and naturally. without becoming embarrassed or confused. perfectly calm and self-confident. The moment you get up to sing. or uneasiness. you will immediately shift your attention back to your singing. You will become so deeply interested in the words you sing that the presence of an audience will 86 .

You deserve to be healthy and beautiful. You no longer feel uncertain or confused or conspicuous in any way. Muscles tight. and they taste so good. fruits. Nearby is a trashcan. And you now imagine that in front of you is a large plate. You are looking in a mirror and seeing yourself a short time from now. You love these foods. and chicken. You look amazing. You look forward to each new performance with anticipation and excitement. You allow yourself to lose the weight you no longer desire. you imagine your perfect body. you will focus on this perfect image. you stop eating. When you start to feel full. That’s right. thighs slim. Sample Script for Weight Loss 1 As you continue to relax. You find that from now on. Your body avoids these foods. Dump the plate in the trashcan. you will feel even more confident and more exhilarated than the last.Hypnosis for Laymen no longer faze you in the least. And now on that plate you may place the foods you really enjoy: effective. 87 . With each successive performance. They are unappealing to you. And you will remain so throughout your performance — perfectly calm. fish. perfectly confident. and perfectly at ease. you may leave food on your plate when you are at home or at a restaurant. You are highly motivated to lose weight. at your target weight. This plate has some of the foods that you are trying to avoid: “fast food” and foods high in fat and calories. healthy foods such as vegetables. Every day. abdomen flat.

And this is the way you will look … the way you will become. healthier foods will become more important to you as you realize how nourishing and tasty they can be. And as you believe this. Until you do reach this ideal weight. Instead. unhealthy foods. You will find yourself eating just enough healthy.Hypnosis for Laymen Sample Script for Weight Loss 2 And now I want you to imagine yourself standing on a scale and looking down at the numbers on the scale. you will be able to maintain it easily. and as many times in between as you feel are necessary. and bring this image to mind many times during the day. you will have no desire at all to eat between meals. before going to sleep at night. You will have less desire for rich. high-calorie. When you have reached your desired weight. nourishing foods to maintain your ideal weight. After waking in the morning. See your body appear the way you would like it to be. See this new thinner you very clearly. high-fat. very soon. See those parts of your body that need the weight removed … watch as these parts of your body become smaller … lighter … slimmer. It simply becomes unnecessary. The numbers you see are showing you your ideal weight. so it will be. 88 . you will find yourself with less and less desire to eat snacks between meals. the weight you want to be. Smaller meals will completely satisfy you. You will find yourself happy and content with smaller meals. In fact.

and low-carb foods. sitting on this same blanket at this same spot. You are wearing much more flattering clothes today. The bad foods no longer appeal to you. just six months from now. and as you open it to have lunch. in every way. lean meats. your hair is shining from the sunlight. you will feel better and better. You notice how much healthier you look. You will notice that you can’t wear the same clothes because they are all too big for you. your stomach is flatter. vegetables. having reached your exact goal weight … [enter goal weight here]… pounds lighter … thinner … growing stronger and stronger … healthier and healthier. each and every day. and you will choose the chicken because it is much better for you. You have a choice of a hamburger or grilled chicken. And in place you have grown to love fruits. You even notice that your shoes aren’t as tight. your muscles are more toned.Hypnosis for Laymen Imagine yourself in the not-so-distant future. chicken. you will see that you only brought things that are good for you. and breads. Sample Script for Weight Loss 3 As you are relaxing on a blanket. But you are going to be [enter number of pounds they want to lose here] pounds lighter. you are able to breathe easier. I want you to imagine yourself here six months from now. you decide to take a 89 . you brought a picnic basket of food. sweets. here by the waterfall. Today. You have also begun a new workout program that you are loving and having so much fun doing that it doesn’t seem like exercise. With less weight. You have worked hard to achieve what you want. You have stopped eating all the bad foods such as fast foods. After you have eaten your lunch. You will be so proud of yourself.

as new doors of opportunity open just for you. healthy. imagine the perfect you. You will find yourself drinking more water. well-seasoned vegetables and being very selective with the various healthy meat choices. All because you paid attention to those details. and you see your reflection. I have done it and I look amazing!” Sample Script for Weight Loss 4 As you continue to relax. That’s right — your body is perfect. you’re satisfied that you have achieved your goals! While you ate. you happen to look down in the water. Clearly. and followed those few principles. “Wow.Hypnosis for Laymen little walk. As you gaze into the mirror. so simple and easy to follow. and you think. The sky’s the limit to your possibilities. and beautiful. of sound weight management. You may even be invited to teach and assist others in how to deal with their weight problems. friends and family noticed how good you look. and family on healthy diet structure and planning. All of life is opening up for you with your beautiful appearance that radiates from the inside to the outside. You’re now an example to your friends. in just a few months 10 pounds were simply gone. In six months. 90 . You are now the expert in dealing with ineffective foods as opposed to effective and healthy dietary functions. you deserve to be slender. co-workers. It’s now so easy to have a large meal ordered and simply quit when your plate is half full (with absolutely no guilt). exercised. eating bright.

we will start this script where we left off. and smell the fresh lake air.Hypnosis for Laymen Sample Script for Weight Loss 5 The subject of this script is weight reduction. Relax. warm." promote a healthy selfimage and celebrate her success. and relax. and contented. white rowboat. and to set realistic weight loss goals. You can see how people’s 91 . The person you are hypnotizing has reached the middle of the lake in a small. You are at perfect peace. help her to visualize her "new self. as you lean back in the boat. close your eyes. you have reached the middle of the lake. or the Continued Deepening. Now let the air escape through your lips slowly. reject harmful foods.) As you lay there resting. Ride in a Rowboat. Enjoy the peaceful solitude of floating and relaxing in the warm lake breezes. as you lay back in the boat. Now. at the conclusion of the Alternative Deepening. and hold it in. There is nothing there that can harm you. your mind goes back to the days when you were slender and proud of the way your body looked. (Pause and let the person you are hypnotizing savor the moment. Its intent is to motivate the person you are hypnotizing to reduce carbohydrate intake. Feel the gentle rocking. and you are safe and sound. Draw in a deep breath. as the boat settles to a rest. and let your mind drift. Let your mind drift with the boat. Breathe in deeply through your nose. and the sun warms you. For the sake of continuity.

Take the 30-60 second pauses between hypnotherapy sections to make sure you are relaxed and reading slowly. They enjoy slowlyspoken words. They are not in a hurry. Remember to leave 30-60 seconds of silence between each part of the session you are recording. You are still the same wonderful person on the inside. Bask in the praise of others when they see the real you. enjoying all those wonderful foods that are truly good for your body. Rejoice when you eat healthy foods that are good for you and that give you a bright and energetic glow. 92 . and you can still hear their compliments about your figure and how wonderfully healthy you appeared. Record your script. the person you are hypnotizing is in a sloweddown state. You are charming. It should be between one and five minutes long when read aloud slowly. Remember. witty.Hypnosis for Laymen heads turned when you came into a room. mind. Helpful Tip: Beginning hypnotherapists have a tendency to speed up as they progress through reading the various parts of a hypnotherapy session to the person they are hypnotizing. and full of youthful vitality. Suggested Practice Write a weight loss script. The image that you have of yourself is the image that others will see. and all sessions you record in the future. and spirit.

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The information is stored in the person’s subconscious mind. they are up to 200 times more suggestible than in normal waking consciousness (Beta). The memories will not be lost. We want the person you are hypnotizing to forget as much of the hypnotherapy session as possible. I am afraid to get on that airplane. You therefore use amnesia. and then I am going to analyze it. Another goal of ours is to cause the patients conscious mind to forget the session. I am nervous about that audition. but now you know that you also want to have her conscious mind forget to be skeptical.” So far in your hypnosis session. because the conscious mind is part of what is causing the problem. In Alpha. you have dropped the person you are hypnotizing at least as deep as Alpha. I am scared to go in that parking garage. Rest assured that the information will not be lost by the subconscious mind. You want to have her subconscious mind listen to you. attempting to debunk what the hypnotherapist has told the person you are hypnotizing. and I do not want to do things against my will. 97 . and I know that you cannot tell me otherwise. The conscious mind is often busy creating streams of negative chatter such as. The conscious mind will be analytical and skeptical. analytical. and defensive. and it will subtly work its way into the conscious mind. and I know I am not. because I know you are telling me I am confident. I am scared. “I have heard things about stage hypnotists and what they make people do. I am going to pay attention to as much as I possibly can.Hypnosis for Laymen Amnesia is the term that hypnotherapists use for the section of the hypnotherapy session in which we suggest to the person being hypnotized that he will forget what has been told to him during the session.

even though she will act on it.” This will raise a red flag for the person you are hypnotizing. Even if you do not use amnesia. They are wonderful people to hypnotize! Some people will try to stay awake during the entire hypnotherapy session. 98 .” When you use amnesia. When we use amnesia. Avoid making them more nervous or skeptical by blatantly saying. Let’s say that the subconscious mind is a filing cabinet in an office. “You are going to forget everything. but no files are actually lost. Let’s face it: people are nervous about hypnotherapy. Amnesia throws the analytical person’s mind a curve ball and makes it difficult for the conscious mind to remember the hypnosis session. critique everything you have said. The following analogy will help you to understand amnesia. “You will forget. She will erase it from her mind. the secretary becomes confused and unable to do the job of bringing files to the boss. She will not remember anything. in full waking consciousness. and afterward. Some people go very deeply. This is why amnesia is so handy. However. she will probably forget a considerable amount of what is said during the session because she will go in and out of consciousness. Do not say.Hypnosis for Laymen During amnesia. Only the secretary can access the cabinet. you will want to be subtle about this. The boss is the conscious mind. the person you are hypnotizing will forget a considerable amount of what you say. you will tell your person you are hypnotizing that she will forget everything you have just told her. and do not really pay attention to what you say anyway.

and I want you now to become aware of your breathing. but they are scrambled about. And you can try to remember what I was saying five minutes ago. The choice is yours. and images that they experience. and understand that it is not necessary to remember what I say when it is too much work to do. As with all events. You can choose to forget to remember what I said or remember to forget what I said. relax. what have I done? I have taken all the information I have suggested to the person you are hypnotizing and scrambled it up within her head. sounds. it seems that it takes more effort than it is worth. this information will be recorded indelibly on the person’s 99 .Hypnosis for Laymen Sample Amnesia 1 As you continue to relax. I do not think I really can. “I know you said I can fly in that plane. I think you are just saying that. every breath you take is soothing you. so I want you now to relax. we are not erasing the information from the person’s mind. And I wonder how much attention you have paid to all the different thoughts going through your mind. by having the person you are hypnotizing consciously forget as much as possible. Think of this as a process similar to scrambling eggs. relax. or what you were thinking 14 minutes ago. But doesn’t it seem like too much work to try to remember all of that? In fact. the ingredients do not disappear. And then you can become aware of how difficult it is to remember what I was saying exactly 10 minutes ago.” Again. This process makes it difficult for the conscious mind to hang on. We are making it difficult for the person’s analytical mind to say. but I do not believe it. Okay.

floating lazily in the warmth of the sunlight. Can you remember the order in which the suggestions were given? Can you classify the suggestions by their level of importance? Can you remember the exact number of suggestions given? Does it seem like too much effort to try to remember? Relax. If there is any question. in through your nose. use amnesia. this is not a necessary component for all people. You really don't have to try to remember when it’s too difficult to do so. relaxing. feel free to eliminate amnesia in subsequent sessions. relax. like playing a musical wind instrument. always ask your person you are hypnotizing for feedback. and we are simply disrupting their access to the information. In your mind's eye. it would still be there. You will not erase the person’s “hard drive” by performing amnesia.Hypnosis for Laymen subconscious mind. At the end of the first session. Sample Amnesia 2 As you continue to relax. Allow serenity to waft you along and sink into soft. in and out. white. relaxing. Even if you tried to permanently erase the information. Like the deepening stage. breathe regularly. however. out through your mouth. 100 . If you find that you have someone who seems to go deeply into a hypnotic state. but it has lasting effects. fluffy clouds. Some will go so deeply that you can eliminate this step. This section of the session is about one minute long. you might experiment with skipping amnesia. If he reports that he drifted away as soon as you began speaking. auditory memories of suggestions float by in panoramic style.

but there are too many for you to try and remember.Hypnosis for Laymen Sample Amnesia 3 As you are standing there looking into the water. Your thoughts are safe in your basket. I want you to take them and put them in your picnic basket. Your mind is now clear. Again. After you have placed them in your basket. So. put the basket in the water and just let it float away. notice the peaceful feeling that you have. 101 . you begin to think of all the different things I have said. You don’t have to remember everything I have said.

This distraction method works the same way. It is short and to the point. Write and record the amnesia. It doesn’t go away. If they do not recount the events of the session immediately after it is over. Perhaps you have woken up in the morning with the memory of a dream. they may lose conscious access to it forever. it just becomes difficult for your conscious mind to retrieve it from your subconscious mind. Amnesia does not need to be longer than one minute in order to be effective. ask the person you are hypnotizing if they have any exciting plans for the weekend. You know that if you don’t write it down immediately. If you can distract them in this way for just a few minutes. Suggested Practice Write a subtle amnesia. their short-term memory of the session will deteriorate over that time and they will have more difficulty remembering the session later. 102 . which you will learn in the next chapter. leaving a 30-60-second period of silence at the end of it. It should be no longer than one minute. This will cause them to think about something other than the hypnotherapy session.Hypnosis for Laymen Helpful Tip Immediately after doing trance termination. it may be lost forever.

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Your voice should transition from a smooth. Delta. you are going to feel comfortable. the person you are hypnotizing will want to stay in your chair all day. During trance termination. but it is not that much fun. You are going to feel relaxed. you are going to come back up at the count of three. The process of ending a hypnosis session is similar. It works. When I bring you back up. As you know. deepening. monotonous tone to a more lively tone. Now.Hypnosis for Laymen Now that the induction. in just a few moments. and ease her into normal waking consciousness. being awakened abruptly is not enjoyable. Put yourself in their shoes. You are going to feel as though you have had a peaceful nap and even after you are out of hypnosis. You will want to be gentle but firm. Remember that unlike you. the person you are hypnotizing is in a state of total relaxation prior to trance termination. or Theta to Beta (normal waking consciousness). script and amnesia have been completed. Waking up is a more pleasant experience when you have completed a dream and sleep cycle and you awaken easily. The following is an example of a trance termination. understand that your 107 . and she does not want to leave it. You have brought them to that place of total peace and relaxation. Trance termination is like waking up gently and coming back to the world. Trance termination describes the process of bringing a person you are hypnotizing back to Beta. it is time to bring the person you are hypnotizing out of hypnosis. Based on my experience. you want to allow the person to slowly transition from Alpha.

feeling as though you have had a peaceful nap. And. Each and every time you listen to this recording. you will be completely awake (this prepares the person you are hypnotizing one last time for beta. full waking consciousness). (Pause) Two: coming up even more. Three: eyes wide open. and each time you listen to this recording. reinforces the script. rested. One: beginning to come up. you should be speaking slightly louder than your normal conversational volume. and you will become more and more the person of your choosing — a relaxed. By the time you get to the count of three. 108 . relaxed. peaceful person who is able to lose weight easily and effortlessly. these suggestions will become more and more a part of you. Note that there should be a considerable build in the volume of your voice between one and three. Gradually begin to speak louder. beginning to stir and you are totally at ease. confident.Hypnosis for Laymen subconscious mind will act on every word on this recording. filled with energy. trance termination also recaps the session. and programs the person you are hypnotizing for future success. at the count of the next number. these suggestions will become stronger and stronger in your mind. refreshed and feeling wonderful. beginning to move now. calm. feeling very good. All right now. Notice that in addition to bringing the person you are hypnotizing back up.

as I eventually spoke slightly louder than a normal conversational tone. Let that person relax for a minute. rest assured that everything is fine. two. After you bring her back up. they are probably asleep. you want to allow the person you are hypnotizing to relax for a reasonable amount of time. but also to reinforce that her mind would absorb the script that I read to her earlier. Most people want to relax and get up slowly. and affirmation-filled. three. If the person you are hypnotizing still does not respond verbally or by moving. Simply repeat the counting part of the trance termination. that the process is going to work. If you are having the person you are hypnotizing listen to you through headphones. and that it will become stronger and stronger for her each time. If the person you are hypnotizing still is not moving. This time. When this happens. I did not just say. begin “One” at the same volume you were at when you said “three”. In fact. you should suggest to her that she will begin moving. many times after I bring people back up. When I finally brought her up. and build your volume from there. After the trance termination. simply increase the volume and 109 . gentle. she probably will not jump up and walk right out the door. it was made more powerful by a transition in my voice.” I was very soothing. “You are going to come up at the count of three. Continue repeating the “One. two. they remain in the position they were in while under hypnosis. I preempted the count not only to give her time to prepare. One. at which point she would be awake. three” portion louder and louder until the person you are hypnotizing awakens.Hypnosis for Laymen Notice that I told the client ahead of time that I would count from one to three.

I tell the listener that she will fall asleep at the conclusion of the CD. the turning up of any lighting. With this in mind. etc. it is advisable to give her ample time to adjust to being fully alert and awake. but keep it in mind when you make recordings in the future. you do not want that on the recording since you do not want them to awaken when they want to fall asleep at night listening to the recording.stevegjones. you make it with the intention of it being played at bedtime. Two. you will be well rested and full of natural energy. the opening of any curtains. You will be ready for a wonderful day. When working with someone you need them to come up at the count of three. Three” portion louder and louder until she awakens. increased volume of any background music. On my hypnosis CDs. you should say (on the recording) something such as the following: “And now just allow yourself to drift into a peaceful sleep. After the person you are hypnotizing is awake.” 110 . which I sell at www. However. I instruct the listener to play the CD at night while she is in bed. When you awaken in the morning. Adjustment may be assisted through the introduction of a conversation in a normal speaking tone.com. I suggest that when you make a recording for yourself or a person you are hypnotizing. you should stop taping prior to the trance termination. To accomplish this dual goal of getting her awake in your office and putting her to sleep at night. Ignore this next part in italics when doing your suggested practice. Hasten the adjustment smoothly and gradually. but don't take an exorbitant amount of time.Hypnosis for Laymen repeat the “One.

Remember. you are also reinforcing the messages that you have given her in the script. every time you hear me count from one to three.” Record a trance termination. Be sure that she understands she must continue treatment with the recording you have given her by listening to it for 21 consecutive nights as she goes to sleep. This transition portion of the trance termination should start with. you will become fully awake at the count of three. Review the full sample given in this chapter.Hypnosis for Laymen That will be the only thing on the recording after amnesia. Remember that there should be 30-60 seconds of silence between amnesia and trance termination. two.” There is a part during which you prepare the person you are hypnotizing to come back up. 111 . “One: beginning to come up. “Three: eyes wide open. which will not be on the recording. Helpful tip To make future sessions easy. “From now on. Once the person you are hypnotizing is sufficiently awakened. a trance termination is not just saying. three. you can say.” Suggested Practice Practice transitioning from the low volume and monotonous tone you will use during a hypnosis session to a higher volume by reading the trance termination given previously. During that preparatory portion of the trance termination. right before the trance termination. stop recording and do a trance termination. be sure to reinforce the notion that all went well and there is every expectation of continued progress and success. At that point.” and end with. “One.

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Most situations will require 3-6 sessions total. 3. You will soon develop a unique style for delivering your pretalk in either situation. the correct order of hypnotherapy sessions is a two-hour first-time session and one-hour follow-ups. Remember. I let them fill out the forms while in the client chair in my office. you can deliver your pretalk and pause for occasional nods of understanding from your person you are hypnotizing. If you have a waiting room. 115 . spend two hours with the person you are hypnotizing. Sometimes you will have a very talkative person you are hypnotizing. with follow-ups monthly until the person you are hypnotizing reaches his ideal weight. I have included samples of those forms in this book. In those cases. there you have it. 2. The pretalk. During the first session. Sessions should be one week apart. you will perhaps want to give them bits and pieces of your pretalk as part of the ongoing conversation.Hypnosis for Laymen So. Hypnotherapy is an easy process when you use a step-by-step process. Having the person you are hypnotizing fill out forms. The first hour consists of: 1. The second hour and all follow-up sessions will consist of: 1. Other times. This comes with practice. they can fill out the forms there. In those cases. Asking them if he needs to use the restroom. Answering any questions the person you are hypnotizing may have about hypnotherapy. your person you are hypnotizing will be not as talkative. Weight loss requires six initial sessions.

30-60 seconds of silence between each part of the hypnotherapy session. Reading the induction. 8. you can simply read everything.Hypnosis for Laymen 2. comfortable position. 3. that is fine. Reading the deepening (Remember. it is possibly optional after the initial session). Remember that if you are making a recording. 5. The hypnotherapy session begins with the induction and ends with the trance termination. Getting the person you are hypnotizing in a safe. explain to the person you are hypnotizing that you have set aside two hours to work with them and they can use the first hour to ask any questions. Reading the amnesia (Also possibly optional in subsequent sessions). 7. Controlling the environment. Keep in mind that sometimes the first session will be shorter than two hours. Remember that for this point onward. Reading the script. just like on your practice tape you made while working through this book. stop recording before you bring them back up. If it seems like this is the case. This is especially common with people who say very little. 4. Be sure to leave. They will be using your recording at night and would generally prefer to just go to sleep at that time and sleep through the night. 6. Explain that that time is theirs and if they do not want to use up the entire first hour. Reading the trance termination. 116 . I do.

Even if you train online. You already have a good understanding of the material. either online or in person. Now you can make it official by going through the class and becoming certified.com/learn. I applaud you for having an interest in the power of the mind and wanting to help others. Whatever the case. and pain management. Additionally.com/advancedhypnosiscertification classes. You will be taught complete protocols for each specialty.htm Classes are offered throughout the world depending on my yearly travel schedule. I would like to save you some potential problems and have you making 117 . you will be in contact with me as your personal trainer throughout the course. smoking cessation. Register for either online at: http://www.stevegjones. perhaps you will not want to go through the actual certification class.stevegjones.htm The only prerequisite is the basic certification class.Hypnosis for Laymen You do not give refunds or credit for unused time. These protocols are the result of my 20-plus years of trial and error. This part is not necessary to explain to the person you are hypnotizing. you can register for any of three specialty classes online at: http://www. This includes how to set up multiple-week sessions and what to do each week. If you read this book for your own knowledge.Certification You may have read this book for your own knowledge. I just want you to be aware of it. Your next step . Specialties include weight loss. These courses are outstanding for anyone interested in seeing clients who need assistance in these areas. whether or not you complete the advanced course.

Hypnosis for Laymen money as a successful hypnotherapist. a 90. your business will skyrocket and you will not need to do much. 118 . Tell them that you are just learning and that you cannot guarantee any results. Always be honest and do your job to the best of your ability. friends or otherwise. You will simply perform hypnotherapy in the way that you have been trained. Results. Remember this and you will be able to detach yourself from potential feeling of failure when the person you are hypnotizing does not get the desired results. It is important that you begin now while the knowledge is fresh in your mind. keep in mind that the best advertising is word of mouth. I have a 98. If you do these two simple things. Then another. choose another friend. Suggested Practice Now that you have made your complete recording.12% success rate with smokers (tracked out to six months). When people trust you. if they are going to come.34% success rate with weight loss (tracked out to one year). advertising. if any. and a 91. After you have done a session or two with this friend. Helpful Tip As you begin your career as a hypnotherapist. In fact. are always up to the person you are hypnotizing. I generally do not conduct studies on former clients beyond six months since I do not want to remind them of their former habit ongoing. they are more likely to tell a friend about your services. how about practicing a complete hypnotherapy session on a friend? I suggest that you choose someone who knows and trusts you. understand that you cannot guarantee any results.45% success rate with pain management (tracked out to six months). you should always make sure that your person you are hypnotizings.

search engine optimization. I suggest that you very quickly raise your prices.com/books. websites. Steve G. That is what I charge at the time of the writing of this book. advertising online. Best of luck to you! Sincerely.stevegjones.htm. you may want to get my book: Business guide for Hypnotherapists (Office set-up. For more tips on marketing yourself as a hypnotherapist and making a good living at it. It is available at http://www. You can start by charging $100 for the first twohour session and $50 for the one-hour follow-up sessions if you want to. forms.Ed. Jones.Hypnosis for Laymen After about a week of this. within a month. Clinical Hypnotherapist 119 . to $250 and $150. Always adjust upward for inflation over time. start charging people for your services. creating and selling hypnotherapy CDs and mp3s). M.

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etc. 121 . Client: The subject of the hypnotherapy session. That is the job of a licensed therapist or MD.).” Deepening: Suggestions given after an induction meant to deepen the state of hypnosis. which is intended to ease the person you are hypnotizing into a trance. Induction: The first part of a hypnosis session. It is not necessary for a person you are hypnotizing to achieve this state in order to have the full benefit of hypnotherapy Diagnosis: The clients main “problem” (weight. Alpha is just below Beta (normal awakening consciousness). motivation. Beta: Normal waking consciousness. Amnesia: Brief yet powerful suggestions given to cause the person you are hypnotizing to consciously forget the hypnosis experience. “You are a person who used to smoke. smoking.” Avoid saying. Phobia: A fear. Be careful not to share this label with the person you are hypnotizing. he may identify with it. You need to know what you are dealing with. When talking with the person you are hypnotizing. it is better to say.” Keep in mind that hypnotherapists are not qualified to diagnose. Delta: The deepest state of hypnosis. “You are a smoker. but if the person you are hypnotizing hears this label.Hypnosis for Laymen Glossary Alpha: The lightest stage of hypnosis. May also be called the “person you are hypnotizing.

The purpose of it is to educate the person you are hypnotizing about hypnotherapy.Hypnosis for Laymen Pretalk: A talk given to the person you are hypnotizing one time. It is given during the first hour of the first session. Theta: The state of hypnosis just above Delta. during which the primary therapeutic message is delivered. the script is the main part of a hypnosis session. It is not necessary for a person you are hypnotizing to achieve this state in order to have the full benefit of hypnotherapy Trance Termination: Ending the hypnosis session either by returning the person you are hypnotizing to full waking consciousness (Beta). or by suggesting that the person you are hypnotizing go to sleep (Delta or Theta). Script: In this course. 122 .

you will find over 120 titles including 123 . There. and audio books. and to help them overcome fears. to name just a few topics. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. It is my hope that this book will create a cadre of hypnotherapists who feel a strong commitment toward practicing with integrity.com. president of the American Alliance of Hypnotists. I am a certified clinical hypnotherapist. Jones School of Hypnotherapy. www. and smokers wanting to change their habits. I currently live in Savannah. My person you are hypnotizing base consists largely of people who need to lose weight or gain confidence. and I am working on a doctorate degree at Georgia Southern University. mp3s. Among the recorded sessions. while allowing people to make positive changes. Georgia. I am also on the board of directors of the American Lung Association in Los Angeles. I am providing you with the tools to change people’s habits and perceptions.Ed. make a fortune. I know that you can help your patients find love. For more information about me and about hypnotherapy. and reach their optimum level of physical fitness through hypnotherapy. a member of both the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotists. I invite you to visit my website. insomniacs desiring proper sleep.Hypnosis for Laymen Appendix I have over two decades of experience in hypnosis. singles searching for love. and director of the Steve G. you will find a collection of hypnotherapy CDs. from Armstrong Atlantic State University. To this end. but I see clients and teach classes worldwide.stevegjones. an M. Other clients include sales teams interested in boosting motivation and increasing income. thus altering negative perceptions about hypnotherapy.

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