A hypnotist will often do a suggestibility test with you, they would say something like this…
“Now we are going to do some suggestibility tests to determine your level of suggestibility. There is no pass/fail. Everybody does wonderfully. I’m sure, you’ll do fine.”
The postural sway is something you can do to your self to get a feel for what it can be like, if you are doing it with a hypnotist, they might say….
“Here (showing you) stand up nice and tall, turn your head so that you’re looking all the way up at the ceiling and close your eyes. Now feel your body beginning to sway, back and fort, back and forth. Excellent you’re an excellent subject!”
Book & Balloon
The book and ballon is a fun exercise to do on your own, as it is a great example of expanding your imagination. IF you can make this work, you must be great at using your imagination. If you do this with a hypnotist, they might say….
“Now I want you place your hands out in front of you like you’re sleep walking. Close your eyes. Turn one hand over so that it’s palm up. Now in that hand, I’d like you to imagine a heavy, heavy dictionary…weighing that hand down. And imagine it getting heavier and heavier, heavier and heavier… And at the same time I want you to imagine a helium balloon tied around the wrist of your other hand, lifting that hand higher and higher, higher and higher… While the other hand gets heavier and heavier.” And they would ask you to notice the change.
Apart from being a good party trick, the finger vice is another good suggestibility test. The hypnotist will say….
“Okay, now I want you to clasp your hands nice and tight together. Place your fore fingers out so that they are touching. Now in a moment, not yet, but in a moment, I’m going to have you open your fingers like this (DEMO) and then I want you to watch the space between your fingers and imagine that I put a vice clamp on them and watch as they magically draw together. Okay open them now (make clamp motion).”
Clench Fist / Relax Fist
If you have run through the above tests and found you have a masterful imagination you could try the following pre-frames to see how you go. They hypnotist might ask….
“Did you know that if you really wanted to, your could clench your fist so tightly and so powerfully that you couldn’t possibly make it any tighter or more powerful, true? So … If you really wanted to, and you knew how, you could relax the fist and hand to the point where it was so relaxed that, unless you removed that relaxation, the fist and hand would be so relaxed that it wouldn’t work. That is also true, isn’t it?”
Eyes are Easiest to Relax
Don’t try doing this one while you read this, hahahahaha, hypnosis pun! If you do this one with a hypnotise, they would say….
“The eyelids are the easiest group of muscles to relax. Now, you know that’s true, don’t you? Have you ever had a long, hard day, and as the day grew later, your eyes just wanted so badly to close and just relax?”
Teach What to Do
Some times a hypnotist will teach you have to go into trance like this…..
“Now, watch my eyes. I’m going to close them, and relax them so deeply and completely that they couldn’t possibly open, now, if i decide to take that relaxation away, I could open them instantly, but if I hold on to the relaxation, my eyes will be so relaxed that they wouldn’t work no matter who hard I tried to open them. So now I am going to try to open them. (open them. “oops”)
Hypnosis pre-framing and pre-teaching is key to its success, it is why stage hypnotists have so much success. Most of us have seen it happen and are already pre-framed on how to go into trance. The trick is to use this skill to help improve your self, help you be better.