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How many times a week to do Hypnosis?

Question: “How many times a week is an optimal time to practice hypnosis, and how do I get people to volunteer to be hypnotized?”

My reply:

As much as possible!

AND, only as much as you have fun with it.

Here are 7 guidelines to follow for getting people to volunteer:

  1. Don’t practice overt trance with your family. Go practice with
    strangers, or light acquaintances.
  2. Always match people’s expectations. Develop your approach
    and practice walking up.
  3. Reframe. Hypnotists get paid anywhere between $100
    and $3000 an hour (these are real and typical rates
    for some people), and probably more. You are
    PROVIDING A SERVICE. Don’t waste your time talking
    someone into something. If you have to SELL,
    you’re already in trouble.
  4. Get commitment and consistency from people FAST. You want
    them to commit to you showing them something, or to them
    staying in the same spot for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Talk to them about how comfortable people feel when they’re in
    hypnosis, and how it opens up an entire world of possibilities.
  6. Get the right venue. Organized venues with too much corporate
    control are not the best. I.e. don’t try to do too much hypnosis
    in the grocery store, although Walmart might work because
    nobody is minding the individual isles.

    Walking outside is perfect. Going into bars to do hypnosis can
    be hit or miss. I don’t recommend malls because of their many
    rules, plus rent-a-cops. Go to venues that make sense, like a
    gentle dialog at a coffee shop.

  7. Fake it until you make it. Every hypnotist has had something
    not work. Get over it. It’s what you do next that matters.

Thanks for the question.


Hypnosis and NLP

Quote from Milton

“Long overdue is the fulfillment of the need to recognize that meaningful communication should replace repetitious verbigerations, direct suggestions, and authoritarian commands” – Milton H Erickson

Erickson has a great point here, and if you’ve been reading the forum lately, my focus is on “what makes us hypnotist apart from giving suggestions.”

I challenge all of you to go out and find the limits of the work. Could you do hypnosis without having a formal trance? In what ways can you induce trance and then limit it? What are the ways to move someone from state to state, and from process to process, eliciting and installing useful strategies.

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Timeline Technique

Just came up with a great technique.

You go out to the future, say a year… and you visualize action, vivid clarity, rich full sounds, maybe how you feel, from first position yourself. Now when you’ve got it, you anchor it, and reverse time at rocket speed, notice to see each individual picture quickly now, like rewinding a videotape at 4x, and notice what happened to get you there. Now you go forward, set off the flares in the air for the key turning points of how this all happened, and when you stop, let form in between the key points the individual steps and actions. This can have powerful unconscious effects.

Ok now. You ZOOM BACK, jumping to the beginning of THIS video, that you lose track of where it is, gain balance and stop at where you have achieved your goal. Now you go back all the way to the beginning again, back and forth that way in rapid succession, having pictures go faster than you can see them, until you SLOW DOWN THE PICTURES and you see each step clearly… That you can slow down more and more, until you stop and get feed back, and then feed forward into the future, having anchored the reality of your future outcome now.

At the end you have built in a powerful anchor for where you want to be, everything in between has been fleshed out as well, (and you can compare this) both at a deep unconscious level (fast pictures) and at a conscious level (slow down the pictures so you can see them), that wherever you see it and it ends up, leads directly to your outcome.

Have fun


Quick thought

Zen masters often have students who train with them for years. And after 10 years of training, a student may not be able to do what the zen master can do, but they can at least see what they are doing and recognize it. This is a core principle that has been true in my life. As I get more accomplished in all areas, what amazes me the most is not what I can come up with, but what I can observe other people doing. I have these passionate moments where I recognize what someone is saying, and the structure of it intrigues me, and generates a certain reverence for that line of thought.

As I’ve been reading Josh Waitzkin’s book (“The Art of Learning”), I can closely relate to how he feels in certain chess positions, observing the champions, and pioneering his own style. I personally have only glimpsed that in chess, but I have started playing the game again only because he is so congruent when he writes about it, and he taps into a part of my experience that I have felt is only available to “intelligent” people.

The irony is that our patterns, or our habitual ways of processing information, will inevitably shape everything in our lives for good and bad. These programs can cause us to become warm and loving or harsh and coldblooded. But these same patterns have a beautiful complexity to them. That when we stop and analyze them, they provide countless hours of entertainment, just as it is in a tough chess position, or developing an idea to change the world.