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Progressive Test Induction Adapted from Estabrooks

Progressive Test Induction Adapted from Estabrooks
Close Eyes - Talk Sleep
Now, if you would like to just go ahead and see if you can
close your eyes. And I wonder if you can imagine, every-
body can, imagining is something you can do, remember
how much you imagined when you were little, or you can
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just remember a time when you were falling asleep (yawn),
just falling sound asleep. Now, perhaps you can remember
a time when you were soo-oo tired, and relaxed.. . all your
muscles totally.. . relax.. . and just remember a time when
you were falling asleep, going into a deep sleep. Deeper
and deeper and deeper.. . (etc). That’s right. Now, this is
important, you can stay asleep as long as you want to stay
asleep until I tell you, and remember, you will always hear
the sound of my voice, however far or deep you go and
you will always feel just fine and be just fine as a result of
these suggestions. So, it’s OK, just go ahead and fall sound,
sound asleep. Deeper and deeper and deeper asleep.
(Continue talking this way for 5 minutes.) You may or may not
remember to forget everything that happens. It’s OK.
Eyelids Locked Closed
Now, listen. As deeply relaxed as you are, you still know
your eyes are closed, and you may not have noticed that
your eyelids feel so heavy that they are, and they really
ARE locked so tightly together that you may find it quite
amusing to discover that your eyes are locked tight, tight,
tightly together. That’s right. Your eyelids are locked tightly
together and you cannot open your eyes no matter how
hard you try, and REALLY try, the tighter they become.
And you might care to try, so go ahead, I dare you to try
and find with some amusement that you cannot.
Relaxation. Now relax everything. Relax your eyelids.
They are returning to normal, and you are sound asleep.
Sound, sound asleep, and you will sleep until I tell you.
Then you will awaken quietly and easily.. . until then, just
relax everything and sleep, sleep, sleep.
Stiff Arm
Now it’s time for our next test. So just notice your right
arm, right where it is (describe) is becoming stiff and rigid,
rigid and stiff. Stiff and rigid. And everyone knows how a
piece of iron feels, so rigid and stiff, just like you.. . cannot
bend your right arm. It’s just like an iron bar, solid, rigid,
and stiff. It is impossible to bend your right arm’s so stiff. I
dare you to discover with some amusement you cannot.
That’s right.
Relaxation. Now relax everything. Relax your right arm. It
is returning to normal, and you are sound asleep. Sound,
sound asleep, and you will sleep until I tell you. Then you
will awaken quietly and easily. .. until then, just relax
everything and sleep, sleep, sleep.
Weak Legs
Now, even though you never thought of this before, now
notice it’s as if your body is floating away, floating away,
floating away. And you may discover with some delight
that you cannot control the muscles in your legs, you are so
relaxed now. And where were you born? Do you remember?
(The purpose of these questions is to induce an age regression,
taking the client back to a time when the motor movements in
their legs were not yet developed.) Remember! Being a little
newborn baby …. And now, like then, you’re stuck where
you are, and your legs won’t work, too relaxed. That’s
right. It is impossible for you to even try to stand up, too
relaxed. And the harder you may try, the more relaxed
your legs. You are just stuck there in the chair. You may try,
and really try, I dare you.
Relaxation. Now relax everything. Relax your legs. They
are returning to normal, and you are sound asleep. Sound,
sound asleep, and you will sleep until I tell you. Then you
will awaken quietly and easily … until then, just relax
everything and sleep, sleep, sleep.
Automatic Movement
Now listen carefully, more fun. It’s time for us to discover
just what your hands can do. In a moment, I’m going to
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touch your hands. (When the client’s eyes are closed, always
tell them you are going to touch them before you do. Use ambigu-
ous touch to establish catalepsy in one arm, then the other.) Now,
let’s start your hands rotating. Here they go. (Start the hands
rotating.) Here they go, round and around. Faster and
faster. Can your Unconscious.. . keep them moving? That’s
right. They ARE rotating faster and faster. And you just
might find with some delight you cannot stop them. You
cannot stop, no matter how hard you try, the harder you
try, the faster they go around and around.
Relaxation. Now relax everything. (Gently hold the hands to
stop the rotating.) Relax your hands. They are returning to
rest on your lap, and you are sound asleep. Sound, sound
asleep, and you will sleep until I tell you. Then you will
awaken quietly and easily … until then, just relax every-
thing and sleep, sleep, sleep.
Talking in Your Sleep
Now I want you to dream, and REALLY dream of talking
in your sleep. Everyone knows of someone who talks in
their sleep. So sleep and have that dream. Now I am going
to ask you a few simple questions, and you can just remain
asleep in your dream, and dream you answer me in your
sleep, talking in your sleep as you have seen other people
talk in their sleep. Soon I’m going to ask questions you will
find it easy to answer.. . here they are:
What is your name? (Wait for an answer, possibly repeat the
question.)
What is your address?
Relaxation. Now relax everything. Your voice is again
silent and you are sound asleep. Sound, sound asleep, and
you will sleep until I tell you. Then you will awaken quietly
and easily … until then, just relax everything and sleep,
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Sleep Walking
Now in a moment you will stand up. I will help you. You
will remain asleep as you stand up, as if you were in a
dream. You have seen sleepwalkers. Finding it easy to
stand up. Now I’m going to touch you, to help you. (Help
client.) Go ahead, stand up. Walk. That’s right. You are
finding it easy to use your leg muscles as you remain
deeply asleep. Standing up. And as you sit down (help
client), go even more deeply asleep. You can sit down safely
and comfortably.
Relaxation. Now relax everything. Relax your legs. They
are returning to normal, and you are sound asleep. Sound,
sound asleep, and you will sleep until I tell you. Then you
will awaken quietly and easily … until then, just relax
everything and sleep, sleep, sleep.
Visual Hallucinations
Now listen carefully. In a moment you’re going to awaken
from the neck up only. Your mind can remain asleep, and
your body can remain asleep, but just your head, with no
recognition of your body, can awaken from the neck up.
When you’re ready, just open your eyes. Open them now,
and remain deeply asleep. You are still dreaming, and I
want you to dream of this tennis ball. Open your eyes and
look at the tennis ball in my hand. What color is it? (Hold
up hand as if holding tennis ball in it. Toss the ball up. See if
client follows the ball.) Now I’m going to turn the ball a little
bit so you can see the number on it. Once you’ve got the
color and the number, you can close your eyes, staying
deeply, deeply asleep.
Relaxation. Now relax everything. Your eyes are returning
to normal, and you are sound asleep. Sound, sound asleep,
and you will sleep until I tell you. Then you will awaken
quietly and easily.. . until then, just relax everything and
sleep, sleep, sleep.
Progressive Test Induction Based on Estabrooks
NOTE: For demonstration purposes, Full Body Catalepsy
can be added to the Progressive Test Induction at this
point. For details, see the Appendix, page 188. Full Body
Catalepsy is not included here in the text because extreme
care is needed in inducing it, and it is more commonly
done in the training of Hypnotherapists than in actual
therapy.
Insert Post-Hypno tic Suggestions
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 natu-
ral. 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.. . . (Make
suitable positive suggestions related to learning, the supplying of
needed information by the Unconscious Mind, or a topic of your
choosing. At this point, the suggestions should be direct!) And I
want you to forget my suggestions consciously and
remember them unconsciously.. . like the piece of paper
you’ve forgotten about.. . like who cares what you had for
lunch two weeks ago. It’s OK, forgetting’s a normal, natu-
ral thing. Forget what I just said.
Clear the Test or Short-Term Suggestions
Now with your eyes closed, stay deeply asleep for a little
while longer. All suggestions I have given you about this
trance and all related tests are now removed. All ongoing
suggestions are still in effect. (The client can differentiate
between the two. He will keep your post-hypnotic suggestions
and let go of trance test suggestions.)
Bring the Client out of Trance
Now when you are ready, begin to come back. In a
moment, I am going to count backwards from 10 to 1, and
I want you to awaken one tenth of the way with each num-
ber until you are fully awake. 10 … 9.. . 8. .. etc.
Practise this Progressive Test Induction with a partner until
the talk flows smoothly and effortlessly for you. The induc-
tion is a wonderful convincer for the client because it leads
them to experience several levels of hypnosis. Likewise, it
is rewarding for the new Hypnotherapist to lead the client
to those levels.

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