My Third Weekend at NW Hypnosis Class

February 28th

This weekend’s class at The Northwest Hypnosis Institute, Bruce Terrill, our instructor and confidant, introduced Hypnotic Inductions.

It was clear from the start that the class was ready. It seemed like we had become comfortable with each other and we were working well as a unit. Now we could actually start to see how hypnosis works by example.

Part of the hypnosis process involves a combination of suggestions, deepeners and tests for depth of trance. I figured the best way to keep track of the information would be in real time of a typical session. I thought if I could fit all the information I was getting from Bruce and all the material from our Hypnosis Training Manuals using simple step-by-step system, I could learn more effectively.

For example, before you even start your induction, you have to “read” the client to ascertain what type of induction might work best for them. I can do this “pre-talk”, just as David Mason promotes for inductions: by suggestions, deepeners and tests. These “pre-talk” techniques we learned in an earlier class.

Then you have to build rapport. Again, I can do this with our arsenal of suggestions, deepeners and tests. For example, is a client more inclined for a passive induction or a more aggressive one? These types of questions are best answered through experience, an experience best garnered in a classroom setting. In fact, I don’t see how you could get it right without being in a hypnotherapy school.

Once we have “read” the client and established rapport, we choose an induction we have ascertained as best for the subject. As we study our selected induction in class, we notice that throughout the guided meditation or trance story, there are those same type of tests to see exactly where we are in the hypnosis process. Many of these tests are subtle, some are more direct. Now somewhere along the line, the client and I should be ready and willing to go as deep into a hypnotic state as need be to accomplish the task at hand. We have established trust and rapport. We have expectations and I have permission. I reassure along the way and introduce convincers to ensure we are right on schedule. Every client is different, and we are being shown there are vast numbers of ways how best to serve that client.
Yet once again, instead of scrambling with all the information, I organize in a progression of a successful session. I break up my session in three parts; 1. I tell the client, “We are going to go there.” 2. I assure the client that, ” We are there,” and 3. after hypnosis depth testing, ” We’re doing ______ here.” The blank is for the particular need of the client.

Another way of saying it is, 1. ” We’re going to do this.” 2. “We’re doing this.” and 3. “We’re doing this to solve ________.” Then I can put all my notes, my scripts and my guidelines under those three categories.

Sounds simple enough, but right from the start, it was obvious it was going to take a good deal of practice. Now it was time to pair off and give the sample inductions a few run-throughs with Bruce listening. I worked with a young executive type female who seemed to be inclined to respond best to a passive, quided meditation to get into a hypnotic trance. Sure enough, once I was able to get the rhythm and tone of my voice together, she was in a hypnotic state of relaxation, feeling safe and secure as I read. I knew this by noticing her responses to test questions and reassuring her that she was doing well. I also noticed her breathing and worked my speech pattern accordingly. There was also no resistance when I “slipped her a convincer.” She was obviously in a hypnotic state. How far in I couldn’t really tell because of my lack of experience. Once I brought her out of it, we switched roles, then discussed our insights on where we got it right and what needed to be improved upon. We then shared it with the whole class. The most important thing I took from school this weekend was the experience of ” I can do this,” and the knowledge that, ” This can really work.”

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