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Eriksonian Trance Induction

Trance induction

This is an example of a method I use. The next steps can be followed.


Truisms: State some ‘facts’

Although this is not necessary true, it helps to build rapport with

the client.

“All people enjoy trance”

“And I am sure that you will agree with me that it is very good for

the body and  the mind to relax” (elaborate on this)

 Give a short background and description of hypnosis.
 

The more the client trusts you, the easier trance will

happen.
 

 Get revivification anchor

This means that you ask the client to remember a time when

they were completely relaxed…… Like when lying on the

beach or underneath a big tree, staring at the clouds…..

Make sure that the client experience it again with all 5 senses

(anchoring) because it will be ‘fired’ later during the trance.
 

Get ‘pleasantly surprised’ anchor

Ask client to remember a time when he/she was pleasantly

surprised. Remember it all 5 senses. It will also be fired later

during the trance.
 

Eye fixation

Ask client to focus on a spot on the wall, or ceiling so that the eyes

are looking up, about 60 to 70 degree angle. This will help that the

eyes will close easier because the angle of focusing will tire the

eyes naturally.
 

Conscious / unconscious dissociation

While the client is focusing on the spot on the ceiling, begin to

dissociate between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

Because hypnosis is about asking the ‘doorkeeper’ (conscious

mind) to ‘move to the side’ and allow the unconscious mind to

open up; this is an excellent way to do it.

In the book ‘Training Trances’ by John Overdurf and Julie

Silverthorne is a very useful dissociation description on page 64-

65. This is a ‘must have’ book on hypnosis for anyone who want to

take hypnosis to the next level.
 

 Start talking in a slow deep voice

The bold printed words must be said in a deeper voice, a direct

command to the unconscious.
 

 “I really want to speak to your unconscious……. mind…..

and before you go into a very relaxed state as you are sitting

there in the chair, (name of person) and listening to the music,

listening to my voice and focusing on the wall, you can allow

yourself to become aware of your inner sensations in your

body……..as you just allow yourself to breath slowly in and out

and in and out, it means that one can completely relax, and I want

you to know that you are completely safe here with me……that’s

right…….. completely safe…….and you have so many options

how to go into trance, the choice is entirely up to you.

A person doesn’t have to go into trance, just imagine slipping into

a deep, relaxing trancelike state…….easily and silently……that’s

right…….

And you hear you are here for a reason, you hear you are here for

change and growth, …. (unconsciously) you are here to

learn……..and that means you can go deep inside now ……

haven’t you?....already start making the change now…..

And I know that you are learning and growing, changing,

unconsciously ….now…….it’s a good thing to change because if

changing means growth then you are growing change all the time

deep inside as I speak to you as a very deeply relaxed and

changing person, don’t you?

That’s right…….and a person may not know how you’re

unconscious will signal that it is already making these changes…..

 
and a person have many valuable skills and resources available to

you from you’re unconscious ……..mind available to you at a

moment’s notice and who I am to know when that moment is

…..now…..that you can learn to use unconsciously in various

creative combinations to produce new understandings and abilities

that can stay with you here (hear)now, really listen here, for the

rest of your life…….can’t you…..that’s right……..and don’t go

4  into a trance to quickly…..and we wouldn’t want it to happen to

quickly…..would we?

And Milton Erikson said that people who sit in a chair like you are

sitting right now goes into trance easily and effortlessly……that’s

right……and while your unconscious…….. mind might be

thinking how to go into a deep relaxing state or your conscious

mind can think about the anything else…… while your

unconscious mind knows and has all the answers, your

unconscious mind is the storehouse of all your memories, your

unconscious mind is your sleeping and dreaming mind, your

unconscious mind has all the resources you want……that’s

right….and you know that, don’t you……?

And we all get to experience trance in our own unique way…..who

am I to say do it this way or that way……you can do it in whatever

way you want to go into a deep relaxing and peaceful state of

complete relaxation…….and don’t do it too quickly, take your

time and relax going deeper at your own pace and you know what

pace you can go into trance, can’t you?

And just imagine how one would feel when……you can begin to

realize you are relaxing more and more now…….and asking

yourself the question: How will I know when I am in trance?

Eventually one can find you own way to slip into a very relaxing

trance state…..can’t you?.......

And speaking to you as a very relaxed person you know now…….

people who allow themselves to go into a complete relaxed state,

slow their breathing, that’s right…..and they might blink their

eyes…..that’s right……and may be swallow……it is all signs that

indicate you are letting yourself relax and letting go….

And you can just continue relaxing……..relaxing and letting

go….let your whole body just go loose and limp like a rag

5  doll…….let your whole body become as heavy as lead…..your

arms can just become so heavy that it is too difficult to move

them….as heavy as lead………impossible to move

I don’t really know but people say there a lot of ways to relax

even more completely…….and I don’t know exactly how you

want relax even more……and there are a lot of ways one can go

into trance…. You can choose any way you want……

And I am wondering if you have become aware of the heaviness in

your eyelids…..almost if they want to close….. all by

themselves….

• If the client’s eyes are already closed by now, skip the

two paragraphs about closing the eyes.

I won’t say it but experts say that people who close their eyes relax

more completely… And you can allow yourself to close your eyes

now…..all by themselves…….if you want……or not…..

Before you let go completely, and go into a deep hypnotic state,

just let yourself listen carefully to everything I say to you…….

It’s going to happen automatically…….so you do not need to think

about that now………

You don’t have to make any conscious effort at all…….you don’t

even have to listen to my voice……because your unconscious

mind will hear it clearly……." you don't even have to listen to my

words... you can listen to the pauses and the spaces between

them... maybe you can anticipate the spaces... maybe you can

measure them... maybe you can just drift into them...

unconsciously" That’s right…….

6  The muscles in your whole body can relax all by themselves as you

continue breathing ……. Easily and freely……that’s right…….as

your body become heavier and heavier…..

Without thinking about it you may soon enter a deep, peaceful

hypnotic trance, without any effort…….there is nothing

important for your conscious mind to do……..

You will be able to talk and answer all my questions even when

you are entering in deep trance……

There is nothing really important except the activities of your

unconscious mind…….and that can be just as automatic as

dreaming……and you know how easily you can slip into a deep

dreaming state……….

You are responding very good……you are a good hypnotic

subject……

And without noticing you have already changed your rate of

breathing…….you are breathing much more easily and

freely…..and that means you are beginning to drift off now into a

hypnotic trance……..

Just like when ..(fire revivification anchor)

And you can just really enjoy relaxing more and more…….and

your unconscious mind is listening to every word I say…….and it

keeps becoming less important for you to consciously listen to my

voice

And your unconscious mind can hear……even if I whisper……

say this sentence in very soft whispery voice)

7  And you are just continuing to drift off into a more detached state

That’s right…..that’s right……

And as you continue to drift off into a more detached state and let

go completely the deepest levels of your mind is slowly opening

up…at your own pace……just as rapidly as it feels you are ready,

it’s entirely up to you now as you LET GO…….

And you are continuing to become more relaxed and comfortable

as you sit there with your eyes closed………

And your inner mind can respond automatically to everything I

tell you………and you know how things can just happen

automatically don’t you?...... and you will be pleasantly surprised

with your continuous progress……..,going deeper and deeper…

You are getting much closer to a deep hypnotic trance…..and you

are beginning to realize that you don’t care whether or not you are

going into a deep hypnotic trance…….opening up the deepest

levels of your unconscious mind…….and that means you can get

all the resources you want to go deeper and make the change

and find your inner power ……and you know what it is you

want to change and transform, aren’t you?........that’s right……

And just like when you are sleeping and dreaming you can move

and shift your body and change position because that means you

are enjoying the trance state and that means you can allow yourself

to relax even more deeply…..even more deeply …….that’s

right……

And just like when you are sleeping and dreaming you can drift in

and out of the dreaming state, and every time you drift back to the

dreaming state you can go deeper and deeper into relaxation….

8  Find your inner resources…..

And isn’t it nice to experience that being hypnotized can be such a

very enjoyable , very pleasant and calm experience, very relaxing

experience…..

• Deepening

And in a moment I will help you to relax more completely.

• Use a deepening technique (if necessary)

Depending on the level of trance you want the client to go, a

deepener can be used. This might vary from client to client. Some

will already be in a deep state of trance. For the clients who take a

longer time to enter trance, a deepener can be used.

• See section ‘Deepening techniques’ and choose

anyone from the list.

• The next paragraph where ‘ideomotor’ signals are

asked is not compulsory but very helpful. This can be

very convincing for a client when they get these

signals fro their unconscious mind.

“And as your unconscious mind is listening now and your

unconscious mind is willing to help you to make changes you

want to make……I want to ask your unconscious mind to give

you a clear and honest conscious signal by any body movement, a

head nod, finger lifting, or any other way your unconscious wish to

communicate consciously with us, to show you consciously that it

is willing to communicate with you ……….and to help

you……….(Wait for signal and thank the unconscious mind).

9  Can we use this signal for a ‘Yes’ signal? You should get the same

signal again.

I also ask your unconscious mind for a clear and honest opposing

signal for NO. Give us a conscious honest signal for NO. (Wait for

signal and thank the unconscious mind)

• Form some clients this make up to three minutes to get the

signal. Keep calm and relaxed. If there is no signal which you

can see, ask the client if they are aware of any signal which

you have not seen. Any sensation in a body part? A feeling?

Now, I want to suggest to your unconscious mind that it can

always communicate to you in this way, by giving you yes and no

signals. Does your unconscious mind understand this? (Wait for

signal again)

As the client are in trance now, the rest of the session can follow.

This can be an NLP technique, Time line therapy, or just giving

specific suggestions.

• Induce Amnesia

If you know that the client has a very active or even over active

conscious mind it can be useful to induce Amnesia. Simply say

things like :

“And you know how easily you can sometimes forget a name, or

where you have put your keys, or what you had for lunch two day

days ago, there are so many things which you can forget, just like

you can consciously forget everything now about this session, just

forget, it is okay, that’s right, while your unconscious mind can

integrate all the new learning and your unconscious mind can help

you to reach your outcome.

10  For a in depth description for how to Induce Amnesia see pp. 155

and 156 in Training Trances

• Bring out of trance

This is usually done by counting. If the deepening technique was

counting from 10 to 1, then the counting will now be from 1 to 10

and say things like:

On each count from 1 to 10 you can become aware of the room and

at 10 you will be back in the room, opening your eyes and feel

refreshed and energized.

Begin counting 1, 2, slowly come back, 3, feel the chair you are

sitting on, 4, becoming aware of the room, my voice…

…and continue till number 10.
 

 
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