Example Inductions

A look at two master hypnotists and their induction methods.

What

Dave Elman was a master of direct induction, basically telling people exactly what to do and how to do it, to great effect. Most of the stage hypnosis you see is the Elman induction method.

All trance is about learning how to go into a trance. In Elman’s style of hypnosis it’s extremely important that the team member/client follow the suggestions of the operator each step of the way. If the individual is ahead of you, stop the process and back up. You are teaching them to follow instructions; which will allow them to succeed at the deeper levels of trance.

Milton Erickson is known as the father of hypnosis, he specilised in indirect induction. The ericksonian method of hypnosis took advantage of everything in an environment, creating ambiguity for the listener and eliciting the hypnotic state.

How (script examples)

Dave Elman

Script 1

“Take a long slow deep breath as I raise my hand above your eyes … just follow my hand with your ~ eyes, and as I bring my hand down, allow your eyes to continue to follow it and exhale, letting go. All of the tensions wash away from your body as you RELAX completely. Closing your eyes.”

“Now Focus your awareness and attention on your eyes. And I want you to relax the muscles around your eyes, so much so, that they will not work. Just relax all the muscles around your eyes so that they will not work and then I want you to try to open your eyes, only when you’re certain you cannot. So go ahead and try … and find that you can’t.”

“Now just allow the same relaxation that you’ve just felt in your eyes to wash over your entire body. From the top of your head all the way DOWN to the tips of your toes, like a warm waterfall of relaxation all the way from the top of your head down to the tips of your toes … “

“Now we can deepen that level of relaxation even more … in a moment, I’m going to ask you to open your eyes, not yet, but in a moment, and when I do I want you to remain deeply relaxed and then when you close your eyes again, just allow it to take you ten times as deep as you are right now, both physically and mentally. So right now, Open your eyes … (lead their eyes with your hand or two fingers) And close them going ten times as deeply relaxed as you were a moment ago. Deeply, deeply, relaxed, dreaming, drifting, dropping, falling, Very good. Now we can deepen that level of relaxation even more. (Repeat 3 -4 x).”

In a moment, I’m going to test your body for relaxation … I’m going to lift your arm, and if you are as relaxed as you need to be your arm will be limp like a wet rag, or a rag doll … so as I lift your (right or left) arm, if you’re as relaxed as you need to be, it will fall back into your lap like a limp wet rag … ” (Lift their arm and drop it back into their lap if it’s not limp, repeat step four)”

“Good! Now, that same level of relaxation that you felt in your body can also be transferred to your mind. In order to help you relax, I want you to imagine yourself on a beach, sitting at the waters edge. And imagine in your mind’s eye that you have a stick in your hand. Now in a moment I want you to begin to write numbers in the sand and I want you to count from one hundred on backwards. As you write the number you’ll also say it out loud. Then in between every count I want you to double the level of your mental relaxation as you imagine a wave washing the number away. Now say the number 100 as you write it in the sand … ” (Wait for response) “Good … double your level of mental relaxation … and let the wave wash the number away … Say the number 99 … (Response) “Double your mental relaxation … and let the wave wash the number away … say 98 … ” (Response) “Deeper relaxed … watch the wave wash it away … say 97 … ” (Response) “Deeper relaxed … watch the wave wash it away … Now just wash the numbers and the counting right out of your mind … just wash them right out of your mind … disappearing, going, going, gone … evaporating like water on a hot sunny day … Very good.”

Do Intervention, making sure to USE ONLY POSITIVE, Empowering LANGUAGE AND SUGGESTIONS GEARED TOWARD RESOLUTION.

“In a moment I’m going to count from 1-5. as I count you will awaken 20% with each count.”

  1. Locking these suggestions deep at the unconscious level.
  2. Feeling a sense of vibrancy and alertness returning.
  3. Wondering what it will be like to look with new eyes
  4. Coming all the way up now and wide awake, wonderfully refreshed, wide awake

Script 2

Convincers are a fun way for individuals to test their depth of hypnosis

Closed eyes

“Close your eyes … you are going fast asleep … fast asleep … and will sleep until I tell you … until the point that I awaken you, at which point you will awaken quietly and easily … but for now … sleep … you are going fast asleep and you will sleep until I tell you … sleep … you will sleep until I tell you … ” (continue for 5 minutes)

Locked Eyes

“Now it’s time to have some fun with our first test. Your eye lids are becoming locked … they are glued shut. They are becoming locked tighter and tighter Your eyes are shut and you cannot open them they are shut tighter, locked, welded shut and they will not work. Now I want you to try to open them and find with some amusement you cannot. Go ahead and TRY and find that you can’t.”

Sleep

“Good . now just STOP . it’s not worth it . just STOP . they’re too heavy … and Sleep … you’re going fast asleep and will sleep until I tell you, at which point you will awaken quietly and easily but for now sleep just sleep … “

Stiff arm

“OK now it’s time for our next fun test. So just notice your arm . your right arm . is becoming stiff and rigid rigid and stiff . it’s so stiff and rigid . just like an iron bar . it’s solid and rigid and stiff You cannot bend your right arm it’s solid and rigid . It’s impossible to bend, solid and rigid just like an iron bar so is your right arm, rigid and stiff, rigid and stiff … now go ahead and try to bend it and find with some amusement that you can’t. (give a moment to try) That’s right … just stop … “

Sleep

“Good … now just relax … relax … totally and completely relax … and Sleep … you’re going sound asleep … sound asleep and will sleep until I tell you at which point you will awaken quietly and easily … but for now just sleep … just sleep … “

Weak legs

“Very good … now your legs are getting heavier and heavier … getting heavier and heavier … feel the weight of your legs … getting so very heavy. They’re like lead weight rooted to the ground … heavier and heavier … so heavy that they won’t work … in fact they are so relaxed that It’s impossible to move them, feel the weight so heavy … and now try to lift your legs and try in vain and find that you cannot. Go ahead and TRY and find with some amusement that you can’t.”

Sleep

“Good … now just STOP they’re too heavy, just STOP … just let it go … it feels so good to just leave them there and go deeper and deeper asleep … you’re going sound asleep, sound asleep and you will sleep until I tell you, at which point you will awake quietly and easily but for now … just sleep … dreaming, drifting, dropping, falling … sleep.”

Automatic movement

“Now listen carefully, another depth test … It’s time for us to discover just what your hands can do. Now let’s start your hands rotating. (Help client) Here they go round and round … faster and faster. They are rotating faster and faster … and you might find with some delight that you can’t stop them … it’s so delightful to let them turn … in fact the harder you try to stop them the more they continue to go around and around.”

Sleep

“Good … now sleep … just let your hands STOP and come back to your lap … sleep … you are going sound asleep and will sleep until I tell you at which point you will awaken quietly and easily … but for now sleep … going sound, sound asleep … sleep … “

Talking in your sleep

“Now I want you to dream a wondrous dream … and in this dream … you’re talking in your sleep. We’ve all known people who’ve talked in your sleep … so just go ahead and dream … and talk in your sleep … I’m going to ask you some questions and you will find it easy to respond … while dreaming of talking in your sleep … ‘What’s your name … ?’ ‘Do you have any brothers or sisters … ?’ ” (AVOID EMOTIONAL QUESTIONS)

Sleep

“Good … now sleep … once again going sound, sound asleep … going deeper and deeper asleep and will sleep until I tell you, at which point you will awaken quietly and easily, but for now just sleep … going sound, sound asleep … “

Sleep walking

“In a moment, I’m going to ask you to stand. You’ve seen people in your sleep before … you’ll be in a dream as if your dreaming of walking in your sleep … it’s easy to do. You’ve seen sleepwalkers . so just sleep and stand it’s easy to do . to stand up . so go ahead and stand and walk (MAKE SURE TO GUIDE THEM) walking you’re finding it easy to use your leg muscles while you remain deeply asleep . while standing . ” (PUT A CHAIR BEHIND THEM AND GUIDE THEM TO SIT DOWN) “Now, there’s a chair right behind you … just go ahead and sit … sit safely back down … “

Sleep

“Good . now sleep . relax once again going sound, sound asleep . relaxing very muscle, every nerve, every fiber in your body relaxing totally and completely . feeling a warm waterfall of relaxation washing over your body and you’ll sleep until I tell you, at which point you will awaken quietly and easily, but for now just sleep … sleep … “

Visual hallucinations

“Now listen carefully. In a moment you’re going to awaken from the neck up only . your mind will remain asleep and your body can remain asleep while your head can awaken with no recognition of your body. Your mind can remain asleep and your body can remain asleep, yet you can awaken from the neck up … so now … when your ready … just go ahead and open your eyes … Open them now … and remain deep asleep … open your eyes and remain sound asleep … and you’re still dreaming, so I want you to dream of this tennis ball. Dream of the tennis ball being held in my hand … open your eyes and look at the tennis ball in my hand ‘What colour is it (RESPONSE) ‘What’s the number on it … ?’ (Throw it up and see if their eyes follow it). Good, now close your eyes.” (MOTION WITH HAND)

Sleep

“And Sleep … sleep … you are going sound asleep, sound asleep, and will sleep until I tell you at which point you will awaken quietly and easily, but for now … go sound, sound asleep … relaxing every nerve and every fiber in your body … sleep … and you’ll sleep until I tell you sleep … “

Full body catalepsy

“Now . in a moment, you’re going to stand up again. I will help you, you’ll find it easy to do . You will remain deeply, deeply asleep as you stand as if you’re dreaming a wondrous dream while you stand you’ll remain deeply asleep deeply asleep . so go ahead and stand, while remaining deeply asleep . finding it easy to do stand yet remain sound asleep . good . NOW Become totally stiff, totally rigid, your body is stiff and rigid, like a steel bar. Stiff and rigid, stiff and rigid, your body is stiff and rigid like a steel bar … totally rigid … totally stiff … rigid and stiff … rigid and stiff” (TEST WITH FINGERS FOR RIGIDITY) Have an assisting team help you to lower the subject to be suspended between two chairs. Allow them to fully experience it. The team will then assist you to lift the subject. Once subject is standing again, place chair behind subject. “There’s a chair right behind you now, so go ahead and sit down, down, down … “

Sleep

“And Sleep … sleep … you are going sound asleep, sound asleep, and will sleep until I tell you at which point you will awaken quietly and easily, but for now … go sound, sound asleep … relaxing <:: every nerve and every fiber in your body … sleep … and you’ll sleep until I tell you sleep … “

Remove all suggestions

“Any and all suggestions for testing are now removed … all other suggestions for learning and life-enhancement can remain powerfully in place.”

Exit

In a moment I’m going to count from 1-5. as I count you will awaken 20% with each count.

  1. Locking these suggestions deep at the unconscious lever.
  2. Feeling a sense of vibrancy and alertness returning.
  3. Wondering what it will be like to look with new eyes
  4. Coming all the way up now and Wide awake, wonderfully refreshed, wide awake

Milton Erickson

Script 1

“Have you ever experienced trance before…right now? Can you remember the last moment before the last time you fell asleep? …And as you think of that state…. Did you experience trance to be similar to the waking state, or different from the waking state? I wonder if you…can just find a spot to look at comfortably And as you continue to look at the spot, I wonder if your eyes will begin to grow heavy or if they will just begin to blink…”

“Do your eyes want to continue blinking slowly, or will those eyes begin to blink more quickly… Perhaps they want to flutter a little before they close…your eyes…and begin to dream? Will you begin to dream now, or will you wait until you are deeper…relaxed to dream?”

That’s right. And can you notice how heavy your eyes feel..the relaxation? Could you imagine the feeling of being so relaxed right now, that your unconscious begins to drift…dreaming, drifting dropping, falling…dreaming and drifting….

Suggestions

Install the desired suggestions that will empower.

Exit

“In a moment I’m going to count from 1-5. as I count you will awaken 20% with each count.”

  1. Locking these suggestions deep at the unconscious level.
  2. Feeling a sense of vibrancy and alertness returning.
  3. Wondering what it will be like to look with new eyes
  4. Coming all the way up now and
  5. Wide awake, wonderfully refreshed, wide awake

Script 2

Set up

Perhaps you would be more comfortable with your feet flat on the ground and your finger tips lightly on your lap”

On breath exhalation

Have you ever experienced trance before … right now?
(If no, can you remember the last moment before the last time you fell asleep? And as you think of that state …)

Did you experience trance to be similar to the waking state, or different from the waking state?

On breath inhalation

“I wonder if you … Can just find a spot to look at comfortably”

“And as you continue to look at the spot, I wonder if your eyes will begin to grow heavy or if they will just begin to blink …”

“Do your eyes want to continue blinking slowly, or will those eyes to begin to blink more quickly… perhaps they want to flutter a little before they close … your eyes … and begin to dream?”

On breath exhalation

Will you begin to dream now, or will you wait until you are deeper … relaxed to dream?

“That’s right. And can you notice how heavy your eyes feel … the relaxation?

Could you imagine the feeling of being so relaxed right now, that your unconscious begins to drifting, dreaming, drifting, dropping, falling … dreaming, and drifting …

On breath inhalation

Now I don’t know if you’ve noticed this yet, but have you noticed that one of your hands is beginning to feel differently than the other?”

“And I wonder if that difference in feeling could cause that hand to begin to twitch?”

“And I wonder if that twitching could begin to escalate … and I wonder if you could imagine what it would feel like if that entire hand and arm were filled with helium air, from the tips of the fingers all the way to the shoulder?

“And as your body gets more and more relaxed, can your hand fee/lighter and lighter causing it to begin to lift ?

“And as your hand begins to lift, does just one or both hands want to continue lifting, lifting, higher and higher?

“That’s right. And does the hand (or hands) continue lifting, lifting, lifting as it is, or will the lifting get smoother or less smooth as the hand continues upward toward your face?”

“Now does it slow down or does it get faster and faster as it moves toward your face and touches your face … deepening your relaxation?

“And will the hand to touch your face gently taking your body further into relaxation?”

On breath exhalation

“That’s right. Perhaps you won’t even notice how much deeper your relaxation becomes as you slowly rest your hand(s) back on your lap.”

“Perhaps your unconscious now knows here that you can hear yourself dream of everything you know

Suggestions

Install positive, helpful suggestions.

Exit

“In a moment I’m going to count from 1-5. as I count you will awaken 20% with each count.”

  1. Locking these suggestions deep at the unconscious level.
  2. Feeling a sense of vibrancy and alertness returning.
  3. Wondering what it will be like to look with new eyes
  4. Coming all the way up now and
  5. Wide awake, wonderfully refreshed, wide awake

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