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Live Demonstration of Deepening Techniques

Live Demonstration of Deepening Techniques
As an example of fractionation, here is a transcript of part of a
demonstration I did in a class on hypnosis. In addition to the use
of repeated inductions for deepening, notice my utilization of the
subject’s responses.
(Chris comes to front of room in response to a gesture that
installed earlier as the trigger for a post-hypnotic suggestion to
do that. Current theory holds that when a post-hypnotic sug-
gestion activates, a client goes back into the same trance they
were in when the suggestion was made.)
Tad: Have a seat please, Chris. Are you in a trance right
Chris: I don’t know.
Tad: That’s right, you don’t know. Good. Not knowing
is a good thing in hypnosis; you know that, don’t
you? Why don’t you close your eyes, if you’d like,
and go really, really deeply in trance. You know
how to do this, just go really deeply in trance. Just
go very, very deeply asleep. Deeper and deeper in
trance, just go even deeper. In a moment, Chris,
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I’m going to touch you on the shoulder. When I
touch you on the shoulder, I would like you to
double your relaxation.. .when I touch you on the
shoulder (touching), right now. OK, that’s good.
Now go even deeper, Chris. I am going to ask you
once again to double your relaxation, when I touch
you on the shoulder.. .right now. Just double your
relaxation, go even deeper, go even deeper.. . . OK,
Chris, remembering where you are, why don’t you
come on back. Good, now you’re back.
(Taking Chris back into trance again.) Now I would
like you to go right back to where you were, and
double your relaxation from there. Just double
your relaxation and go even deeper. That’s right.
Even more deeply asleep.
OK, Chris, once again open your eyes, please.
You’re doing great. Are you in a trance now?
Chris: I don’t know.
Tad: Not knowing is perfect, you know?
Chris: Well.. . I think so.
Tad: You do think so. Let me ask you something.
(Referring to visual hallucination step in earlier induc-
tion.) Before when I showed you the tennis ball,
what color was it?
Chris: I didn’t see it.
Tad: You didn’t see it. Would you like to see it?
Chris: Yes, I would.
Tad: You would like to. So let’s ask your Unconscious
Mind to assist you in developing whatever you
need to develop to be able to see the tennis ball.
This time when you close your eyes and go deeply
asleep.. . and I will assist you by touching you on
the shoulder and you can double your relaxation
again from where you were. Then I would like you
to ask your Unconscious Mind to just develop
whatever inner mechanisms or imagination you
need, so that you can see something. And if you
don’t see it clearly the first time, then perhaps you
could see what you would see, if you could see it.
You see? Good. Just go ahead and close your eyes
and go even more deeply asleep, good. Just go very
deeply asleep, that’s right. Deeper now, deeper,
just relax every single muscle. Double your relax-
ation again, double it again, and go even deeper.
Chris, I’d like you to make sure that the muscles
around your eyes are so relaxed that you can’t
open them. And when you know they are, go
ahead and test them, and notice how they stay
totally closed. Good. Remaining deeply asleep, I’d
like to borrow both your hands for a moment. I am
just going to simply see what happens if we just
(setting hands in motion). . . that’s right. Remaining
deeply asleep, let your hands remain doing what-
ever they are doing right now. (Chris’s hands are now
automatically rotating.) Good, Chris, relax those
hands. I’d like you to remain deeply asleep. You
can awaken by opening your eyes and not your
body. Your Conscious Mind can stay asleep, and
your Unconscious Mind can awaken from the neck
up. When you open your eyes, I am going to pick
up this tennis ball from the floor. I am actually
going to show you … mmmmm… the tennis ball.
Go ahead and open your eyes, and take a peek.
What color is that?
Chris: I can’t see it.
Tad: That’s fine, just close your eyes and fall deeply
asleep. Double your relaxation again. Now just ask
your Unconscious Mind what needs to happen so
that you can see the tennis ball, just go ahead and
do that now. And let your Unconscious Mind make
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the necessary connections for you to be able to see.
(After a pause) OK, Chris, ask your Unconscious
Mind if it has made the necessary connections in
your neurology so that you are ready to proceed.
When you are ready open your eyes and notice
this tennis ball. See what you could see, if you
could see it. That is the first step. Good, what color
is the ball?
Chris: Orange.
Tad: Excellent, very good. What’s the number on the
Chris: 3.
Tad: I am going to toss the tennis ball over to your chair
and you can keep it, if you’d like. I’ll just throw it
over there now,… Good, Chris …. Go ahead and
close your eyes and double your relaxation once
more, go even deeper.
In this demonstration, I asked Chris to develop the necessary
faculties to have a positive hallucination. If the client has not
produced a hypnotic phenomenon that we are looking for at a
deeper level, we can assist them in doing that. Having the client go
in and out of trance is perfect. While they are in trance, we can give
them suggestions to modify their neurology, or to have whatever
changes are needed occur inside, so that they will be able to actu-
alize a phenomenon that previously they could not.
Some people need extra work on their neurological connections to
be able to positively hallucinate an object. Others can do this very
readily. These people have a skill common to architects. Architects
get paid for their hallucinations. They earn six-figure incomes for
hallucinating buildings where there are none.
A person who can hallucinate a tennis ball can visualize the heal-
ing of a diseased part of their body. Chris learned something very
valuable in the demonstration. He went through the first stages of
teaching himself how to positively hallucinate something. This
will serve him very well in the future in terms of imagining his
body healing itself and being whole.
Techniques for Making Post-Hypnotic Suggestions
Post-hypnotic suggestions are imperative to successful change
work in hypnosis. A post-hypnotic suggestion is a suggestion that
activates and operates at a time.. . or times.. . after the client has
come out of trance. Typically the client will feel a compelling
desire to respond, often without remembering or realizing what
has prompted the desire.
To make your post-hypnotic suggestions effective, remember the
following points:
Lead the client into medium to deep trance in order to
produce amnesia for the suggestion, which is usually
desirable so that the Conscious Mind will not interfere
with the working of the suggestion. (In some cases the
post-hypnotic suggestion can work even if the client
remembers it. Some people later remember a suggestion
when they are in trance and not when they are out of
Any suggestions given while the client is in deep trance
should be clear and to the point. Early in the induction,
while the client is in a waking state, indirect suggestions
are effective. Later, when the client is in deep trance, make
your post-hypnotic suggestions direct and authoritarian.
(This was pointed out by Boris Sidis in The Psychology of
Suggestion, 1898.)
Keep your talk congruent with what you are really think-
ing. The Unconscious Mind is amazingly perceptive, and
can readily detect incongruities between what you are
telling it and the messages given by your voice and
physiology. Think what you want the client to do as you
are asking them to do it. Remember, your client will only
actualize those things that you believe to be true.
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Embed the suggestion in multiple metaphors. This tech-
nique is distinctly Ericksonian. Remember the metaphors
in the Progressive Test Induction: “Now in a moment I am
going to give your Unconscious Mind some suggestions,
which I would like your Conscious Mind to forget.
Forgetting is normal and natural. Forgetting is a normal,
natural thing.. . you do it all the time. Why would you care
what you had for lunch two weeks ago, on Wednesday
when it rained? You simply forget it. I want you to forget
consciously what I am about to tell you in just a moment.
Somebody gives you a slip of paper and you forget about
it. Where did it go? Who knows, who cares, just forget
about it. Forgetting is a normal, natural thing. Now, I
would like to suggest that.. ..”
Tell the client what the trigger will be to set off the acti-
vation of the post-hypnotic suggestion. If I myself am
going to trigger activation of a suggestion during a class-
room demonstration, I tell the subject that when they see
me rub my hand across my upper lip, they will, for exam-
ple, walk up to the front of the room.
Tell the client clearly what to do. Example: “You will feel
an undeniable urge to stand up, and you will stand up and
walk to the front of the room.” Then tell the client when to
do it. Example: “You will do this immediately.”
Close the metaphor loops: “And I want you to forget my
suggestions consciously and remember them unconscious-
ly.. . like the piece of paper you’ve forgotten about.. . like
who cares what you had for lunch two weeks ago. It’s OK,
forgetting is a normal, natural thing. Forget what I just
In stage hypnosis and classroom demonstrations, post-hypnotic
suggestions are designed to be activated just after the client has
come out of trance, by the signal the hypnotist has set as a trigger.
In therapy, post-hypnotic suggestions are set to be activated
repeatedly over a long period, sometimes in response to an exter-
nal trigger, or very often in response to some internal trigger in the
client’s own behavior. Hypnosis: A Comprehensive Guide
Here is an example of suggestions that you might make to a col-
league in practising post-hypnotic suggestions for the purpose of
I know that you want to be an excellent Hypnotherapist.
And now I want to ask your Unconscious Mind to organ-
ize everything that you’ve been studying, everything that
you’ve heard experienced Hypnotherapists say all of the
examples of things to say to your clients. And you can
remember those things, and your Unconscious Mind can
present them to your Conscious Mind in such a way that
you don’t even have to think about them.
When you are listening to a client, your complete attention
will be on what the client is saying, riveted, because you
know that when it is time for you to respond, your
Unconscious Mind will immediately supply the response
that will most help the client.
And when you are talking to a client and searching for the
next thing to say, you will relax and pause quietly, because
you know that your Unconscious Mind is about to give
you the best thing to say. Just relax. Your Unconscious
Mind will organize everything you have learned about
hypnosis and will easily and effortlessly supply the things
that you need to say in order to have your clients go into
deep trance and experience the most excellent results from
the hypnotherapy process.
That would be all right, wouldn’t it? Just nod “Yes” when
your Unconscious Mind has organized all your learnings
about hypnosis. That’s right. Excellent.
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Elman Methods
Post-hypnotic suggestions can last for as short or as long a time as
you suggest. You can specify that a suggestion will last only for a
single occasion. You can make a deeply beneficial suggestion that
will last forever.

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