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Multiple Embedded Metaphors Open Loop No.1

Multiple Embedded Metaphors Open Loop No.1
Now it took Erickson a long time to develop the smoothest ways to put
a patient in touch with their Unconscious Mind. Think about this for
just a minute. He was in practice doing hypnosis every single day,
from 1920 until his death in 1980. And during that period of 60
years, he would often see 14 patients a day, sometimes 7 days a
week. Now the way I see it, if you did that, you’d get pretty good at
hypnosis too. You’d figure out what to do after a while, and what
Erickson said was, “It took me a long time to learn this, but once I
learned it, my hypnosis became a lot better. I was much more
easily able to facilitate trance in my patients. And I realized that
most of what needs to happen in hypnosis is utilization. We need
to discover and utilize already occurring phenomena that the
patient brings to the hypnotic session.” And so he said, “Whereas
during the early days, I would tell the client what to do, saying,
‘Go into a trance,’ now I don’t say that any more.” He said, “One of
the things I did in the process of learning how to communicate with
the Unconscious Mind was that in the early days, I actually sat
down at a typewriter and typed out 30 pages of notes.” Imagine
that. “Single spaced, narrow margins, typewritten pages, with all
the things I could say to show a patient how to go into a trance
easily. And,” he said, “with experience as I continued my practice,
I was able to reduce that to 25 pages, and then 20, and then 15, and
then 10, and then 9 pages, 8 pages, and then 7, then 6, then 5, and 4, and
3, and then 2, and then 1. And then,” he said, “I could reduce it to
one paragraph, and then one sentence, and then I realized I didn’t
need to use words at all. What I discovered was that by utilizing
the naturally occurring states in a client, I could begin to assist the
client to go deeply into trance.”
And so what is really important as we discuss Ericksonian hypno-
sis is the ability to look at a person and see what state they are in.. .
and anticipate things they are about to do before they are aware of
those things themselves. This is Utilization, as we discussed in
Chapter 5. Utilization depends on your ability to pay attention to
details.

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