Hypnosis and NLP

Phonological Ambiguities

Phonological ambiguities are produced when a set of sounds can be said in more than one way. One word might be made to sound like another word. This may be because the words sound so similar, or it may be because of the way we mark out the word when we say it.

If I tell you to move “into” new patterns of thought, I could easily be saying to move in TWO new patterns, one which leads to your future, and one which leads to the past.

Of course a great ambiguity from Milton Erickson is “Your unconscious.” Your conscious mind is carefully monitoring what I’m saying, BUT you know that your unconscious now is able to sort through the sound of my voice and find which sound feels most soothing.

Am I talking about a part of your mind, your unconscious mind; or is that a command? You’re unconscious. NOW.

Can you hear the voices here?

Have you ever been able to pay a tension or does this particular activity just make your muscles bunch up?

How quickly will you find yourself begin to relax inside and ONE TWO (want to) THREE (free) your mine (mind) from the old pictures of your past? It’s so that you can lead TWO go inside quicker because you’re the ONE who can do that. (This is an example of using ambiguities to covertly fractionate)


Seven plus or minus two: the psychology of short term memory

Studies have shown that human beings can hold seven “bits” of information, plus or minus two. So if you’re really talented you can hold nine, and if you’re not the sharpest tool in the shed you can probably at least hold five.

So, what is a “bit” of information? I’m not going to try to define that scientifically, although I’m sure it’s been done before. However I will suggest that a bit could be a thought, an idea you’re trying to hold onto (whether that’s consciously driven or unconsciously), or just paying attention to the space between your toes.

I was reading an article at PsyBlog about this characteristic of short term memory, and it noted something very interesting: That a six-month old infant can only hold ONE bit of information at any given time.

Is this an advantage or a disadvantage? If your world only consists of one thing, that might mean you can’t get too complex with your thoughts. But then, complexity leads to confusion and thinking you know things. An infant doesn’t think they know anything, and as a result they are like silly putty, which as you know will absorb the ink from any section of the newspaper that you want to press it down upon.

Let me know your thoughts.

Hypnosis and NLP

More street hypnosis – field report

Hypnosis on the street, this past Saturday night.

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I was out with some friends, and the night was winding down – it was already about 1am. I had already hypnotized this girl’s friend (seen below) with an arm-drop induction, and had conditioned her to a trigger of “sleep now” and snapping my fingers.

After some small talk, I asked her if she believed the trigger still worked. She shook her head, because “obviously” she couldn’t be in hypnosis after almost twenty minutes.

“Give your friend your cigarette,” I told her. And just as soon as she did, I said the magic words and she went into trance like a rocket.

At that point, just for fun, the girl above still hadn’t been hypnotized. So I had them exchange items again, and this time I did an instant induction without any conditioning what-so-ever which is what you see in the first image.

Most hypnotists actually precondition the people they work with before they do “instant” inductions with them – however I’ve proven that you can hypnotize people instantly. You’d be surprised at how many hypnotists are afraid of instant inductions.

Just for fun I stuck the girl’s feet to the floor using some hypnosis glue. I started to walk away saying, “We had a great time girls, talk to you later!” And she yelled after us, “HEY! I can’t move my feet!”

Once she was absolutely convinced that she was in fact hypnotized, I gave her some suggestions about how when she was ready and when it made the most sense to each and every part of her (ecology and future pacing), her subconscious mind could automatically eliminate the need for those cigarettes altogether.

I’ve done my good deed for the day. Time to go harass the locals.

Personal Development

Review: Jerry Stocking

Another guy who doesn’t refer to himself as a hypnotist but certainly uses a ton of it in his work is Jerry Stocking.

For people who aren’t keen on a “newage” slant, I’d suggest you give it a miss. However if you want to make the most out of your life and you’re open to some new ideas, I think it’s incredibly worth your time to go and get his Illusion Conclusion course – and then, when you like that, go attend his events.

If you get the course, check out the first bowling metaphor he uses. It’s excellent.

In short, I give a 10/10 recommendation to Jerry Stocking. He was trained by Dave Dobson (below), he’s a Master Practitioner in NLP, and so on. If you’re really interested in your personal development (or if you consider yourself a good enough hypnotist/nlper to deconstruct what he’s doing), you need to get his course.

His website is A Choice Experience. Also check out Jerry’s Bio.

Bryan Houck has another review of Jerry:

“Jerry who? Yeah, I thought so. This one is limited for those of you who are ready for some PhD level stuff to start working on. Jerry is one of those true masters, a genius who looks and sounds unassuming and sometimes even awkward. Don’t be fooled.

If my friend Brian Vincent hadn’t recommended Jerry, I would have turned off the CD after 5 minutes. Jerry taught me how we all run ‘patterns’ that define our consciousness, and how those patterns can interfere with and distort our abilities to live our lives the way we want to. He gets pretty deep into understanding auditory, visual, and kinesthetic energy.

His stuff isn’t for the average bear, but if you want to try some stuff that will kick your butt and change the way you see things forever, order up one of his Illusion Conclusion sets and hold on. I highly recommend it for those of you who are ready for it.”

So if you think you’re ready, check out A Choice Experience and hang on!

Hypnosis and NLP

“Hypnotist” Review: Dave Dobson

Dave Dobson says that he has no idea what hypnosis is, but that he can do it really well.

For those who knom him, this is a no-brainer. Dobson is one of the most respected people in the field.

He’s the creator of Other Than Conscious Communication (OTCC) and No-Fault Psychology. The “workshops” he holds, have been renamed into “fun-shops” because he believes they should be fun and not work.

If you have a serious interest in hypnosis or “other than conscious communication” as Dobson calls it, you owe it to yourself to check him out. I get nothing for referring him, he’s just a great guy.

Go read his bio at

Hypnosis and NLP

Fast Self-Hypnosis Method

People have been asking me how they can get started with self-hypnosis.

Here is an easy way that will lead you right to where you want to go.

First, decide what suggestion you’d like to give yourself. Good suggestions are stated in the positive. Say “I’m going to weigh 150 pounds” instead of “I don’t want to overeat anymore”.

Second, get an index card. When you’ve got your index card ready, write down your suggestion on the index card.

Now, sit down in a chair, and read the suggestion out loud in such a way that it goes right into your subconscious mind. Then, right as you go into trance, let your body become limp and relaxed, let the card drop and forget about it, and have that suggestion etched in your mind.

Later on we’ll be covering on how a person can know absolutely that they are in trance. Hint: you can still hear what’s going on outside of you, but you just don’t care. It’s ort of like you’re immersed in a good movie or a good book.