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This is the light switch technique: a self hypnosis how to.

You may already have a way that you do self hypnosis, but this is a great self hypnosis induction that you can use that I’ve found to be very effective. The other day I was at a hypnosis training, and one of the things we did was a very effective technique called the light switch. It’s great for instant self hypnosis.

Here are the steps:

  1. Imagine that you have two big bundles of wires coming down from your brain, and that the wires then split off and go into every nerve and fiber of your body.
  2. One bundle of wires goes and controls all of the core functions of your body, like your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. We’ll leave that bundle alone. And the other bundle connects to every single voluntary muscle and nerve in your body, so that if you were to shut off power to that second bundle, all of your nerves would relax instantly!
  3. Now lift up the index finger of your left hand, and imagine under that index finger is a light switch that will either turn off or on that entire bundle of voluntary muscles and nerves. Right now that light switch is in the ON position.
  4. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and go into a light state of hypnosis.
  5. To deepen your trance, turn off that light switch, and allow all of those muscles and nerves to relax completely, as if all of the electrical power had just been cut off.

You may even want to imagine what it is like when the power suddenly goes off in your building. Feel that feeling of complete and total darkness, and have that happen every time that you switch that light switch off. This is one of the best self hypnosis techniques out there.

Now, one of the best ways to do this technique is to get someone into hypnosis using for example the Dave Elman Induction, or using your instant induction techniques (such as the ones in the “TRANCED OUT” home study course) and then to give the suggestion of the light switch being there, and right as they turn off the switch you lower your voice and guide them even deeper into it.

Ideally you’ll test and go back and forth a few times, so the person can do self hypnosis very effortlessly, without having to have additional self hypnosis training. Go test this out and let me know what you think, in the comments.


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Alan Clark August 8 at 12:10 pm

Never came across this technique before.

Very easy to remember, very simple.

I’m going to try combining this with my half hour meditation before I go to bed.

If people are using this on others, to make it even more powerful before you start you can gain their trust on a subconscious level by matching one of their subconscious patterns.

Their mind will let them feel rapport and trust with you without it ever becoming conscious to them.

I have a free report available that you and your readers might enjoy outlining this principle.

Great post mate!

Doug McGannon August 9 at 5:28 pm

Thanks for a great article Taylor. Self hypnosis is something all of us (especially hypnotists) should practice more, and this is a great tool to get us there. Again, great job!

Doug McGannon

Antonio Perez August 10 at 11:34 pm

Hey Taylor, this I would have to say is one of the best self-hypnosis techniques I have ever used. Up to this point I was using the betty erickson 3 down to 1 method (V-A-K). This worked almost instantaneously. Mind you I was dog tired when I tried it (4am) but I’ll have some more go’s with it tonight probably after I get back from work.


Adam Eason August 17 at 3:21 pm

Hey Taylor,

I like this one, really good process for inducing a self-hypnosis state.

What do you subsequently recommend for how people then use that state they have induced within themselves? How do you suggest they then make use of it?

Good work, do keep shining that light.

Best wishes, Adam.

Taylor August 17 at 11:04 pm

Hey Adam,

What I suggest for my clients is that they give themselves suggestions going into the state, and also give themselves a time limit. In other words, “I am now going to go into a self-hypnotic state for 3 minutes. While there I would like my unconscious mind to come up with 3 new ideas for improving my life.” And also to have paper and pen ready to do Automatic Writing (like you just talked about in a recent blog post) at the end of it.

With the time limit, I will instruct them to go in for 30 seconds and time it and tell them how accurate they were.

For me, I tend to go into it and create two parts of myself – the hypnotist and the hypnotic subject. This of course requires that you have a way to distinguish between them. I really like Wilma Keppel’s “Walking Somnambulism” processes as what I consider to be very advanced self-hypnosis.

It’s a very interesting question you raise though, how do we make use of it once we are there! For my clients I teach them how to do the “expectations going into it” way, because it’s simple and it produces noticeable results. But I also encourage them to vary it up and find out what is possible.

Best wishes,


Cindy September 3 at 11:24 am


Thank you for yet another informative article. I use self-hypnosis regularly. This gives me another induction process. I have several I use, depending on what I want to accomplish and my mood at the time. Also, some great suggestions on here from Alan and Adam as well as your last comment.

Also, I would be interested in reading Alan Clark’s article if you post it.


Brandon October 1 at 3:34 pm

This is a very simple technique to remember, but so creative! Finding new ways to induce trance and bring about relaxation is what hypnotherapists need to be doing all the time (and I’m pretty sure they do; we’re a smart bunch).

I will try this induction very soon; thanks for the info!

Paul Yang October 6 at 5:37 am

Nice post

Allie October 19 at 4:59 am

cooool technique

Forbes Robbins Blair February 19 at 2:21 pm

Thanks! This is a great technique and takes very little time to perform. And I like your explanation a lot. What I sometimes do to deepen it is TURN OFF areas of thought (e.g. my career, money, relationships) until I find I am thinking of virtually nothing other than the enjoyment of blissing out. I will confess, though, that I have fallen asleep doing it. But I’ve found a way around that by keeping my eyes slightly open during the procedure.

Fast Phobia Cure May 8 at 9:19 pm


Well, self-hypnosis is a tool that virtually everyone can use for personal development in pretty much in area of their lives, but it must be properly used to be effective. Learning how to do self hypnosis will give you a huge edge in accomplishing your goals. A strong willingness to focus and put forth a persistent effort practically guarantees that in the end you will be amazed at the results and you will wonder why you did not do this sooner.

Performing self hypnosis is quite easy; the hard part is staying committed and focused.

Ben Tien

Self Hypnosis Fan January 18 at 11:32 am

Self hypnosis was a life saver for me. I only wish that I had discovered it years earlier. I have been actively practicing self hypnosis for the last two years and the changes in my life have been tremendous. Very informative post.

chuck September 9 at 3:11 pm

great technique.How to get your 5 DVD set?

bryan January 9 at 11:13 pm

Hi I’m new if anyone could help me get started like recommend books or videos i really want to learns more about this kinda stuff ^.^

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