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Hypnosis for Laymen

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

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For everyone interested in helping people with hypnosis… .


M.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. 11 27 49 63 73 95 105 113 121 123 125 127 129 . Jones.Ed.


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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hypnosis for Laymen • He could get the impression that he cannot be hypnotized. • He could damage the profession by telling people that hypnosis doesn’t work. If you do it my way. ten times aloud! And remember it. Moving.” Read the above bold print again. you will want to share other information with him. 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. is fine and will not interfere with the hypnotic state. scratching. right now. • 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. 30 . Some people you are hypnotizing think they have to stay perfectly still during hypnotherapy sessions. etc. • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

and if you were very uneasy about the possibility of introspective exploration of this kind. 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. and that’s okay. a number of different experiences are commonly associated with the hypnotic state. we would discuss that when beginning our work together. though. Ordinarily. it is important to uncover mental material that is related to the problem being treated. The most unique characteristic. 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.Hypnosis for Laymen How does it feel to be hypnotized? There is really no such thing as a specific hypnotized feeling. is perhaps the subjective sense of "involuntariness" of things happening without you (seemingly) acting to make them happen. Sometimes. hypnosis is not sleep. As described earlier. the one that people tend to remember best and find most surprising. However. you will be conscious of everything that goes on when you are in the hypnotic state. 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. 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 . You may also be aware of everything I say during the session. Hypnosis can be used in many different ways.

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

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

but you tuned out most of your surroundings. 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. and the session will be over. 42 . the state that you will be under for hypnosis. People can do this for hours. Drivers often experience the Alpha state while driving.Hypnosis for Laymen Sample Pretalk 4 Many people have seen stage hypnotists in the movies and on TV. If for any reason you would like to stop the session during hypnosis. The difference is that instead of playing a video game. when we read a great book. you are using that hypnotic state for your own healing. you will still be under hypnosis. you are in control. So this is something you have experienced many times. but they are still very much awake. merely count to three in your mind. You were still in control of the car. In fact. and believe that a hypnotherapy session leaves the participant at the mercy of the hypnotist. They are in an altered state. You may be in the Alpha state. which is the lightest state of hypnosis. We become lost in the story. Even though you are aware of everything I say. This is the Alpha state. we often become unaware of our surroundings. you may be aware of everything I say. This is the Alpha state. This happens to you many times during the day. We arrive at our destination on a kind of autopilot. We often end up at our destination safe and sound without remembering much of the trip. Remember. Also. I can assure you this is not true with this form of hypnosis.

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

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

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

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

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

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This chapter will focus on inductions that are simple yet effective.” With a relaxation induction. you want to bore a person into the Alpha state. Inductions come in all shapes and sizes. and their listeners immediately get a glazed-over look in their eyes. speak in a monotone voice. It marks the beginning of hypnosis. Speak slowly and methodically and enunciate clearly. you may have processed some of the information hypnotically.Hypnosis for Laymen An induction is the tool that hypnotherapists use to induce hypnosis. (and the beginning of the recording you will make for the person you are hypnotizing). I guarantee you that the teacher was lulling you into a trance. congratulations! Now you can help others with your natural ability to bore. If you are one of those people. Although you could not consciously pay attention. monotonous teacher speaking for 45 minutes will definitely lull you into a trance. When working with the subconscious mind. Some people will start talking. That type of speaker would be an excellent hypnotherapist. During a relaxation induction. Imagine talking to someone and trying to bore her. Some people are able to do this naturally. Stretch out your words. Driving a car will lull you into a trance. Relaxation Inductions The basic induction is called a “relaxation induction. Watching TV will lull you into a trance. you must be very careful that you say exactly what you mean. 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. The 51 . A slow-talking.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. you begin to think of all the different things I have said. notice the peaceful feeling that you have. You don’t have to remember everything I have said. Your thoughts are safe in your basket. Again. I want you to take them and put them in your picnic basket. Your mind is now clear. So. put the basket in the water and just let it float away. 101 . After you have placed them in your basket.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

122 . Script: In this course. The purpose of it is to educate the person you are hypnotizing about hypnotherapy. or by suggesting that the person you are hypnotizing go to sleep (Delta or Theta). Theta: The state of hypnosis just above Delta. during which the primary therapeutic message is delivered.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. 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).

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

com. I am available to answer your questions or address your concerns.Hypnosis for Laymen Weight Loss. Unlimited Motivation. and Unlimited You also will find a link to my e-mail address. steve@stevegjones. 124 . and I wish you all the luck and prosperity the world has to offer. Confidence.

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