The Dave Elman Induction (Modified)
This induction is made much easier by a quality pre-induction talk. In order for most people to allow themselves to become hypnotized you must dispel the myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. In order for them to believe they were hypnotized they need to know what the experience of hypnosis might be like for them. That’s what a good pre-talk will do for you.
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Here’s the modified Dave Elman induction…
Take a deep breath. As you let it out, close your eyes and relax. Now, relax your eyes and the muscles around your eyes, fully and completely. Relax them so completely, that as long as you maintain that relaxation, your eyes will just remain closed. When you’ve got them relaxed to that point give them a good try and satisfy yourself that they remain closed. (Pause)
Good. Now stop trying and relax them again.
Take that same quality of relaxation, and allow it to spread from the top of your head down to the tips of your toes in a warm wave of relaxation. (Pause) Good.
In a moment, I’m going to ask you to open your eyes and close them again. When you close them, just go 10 times deeper into relaxation. Open your eyes, now close them. (Pause) Go 10 times deeper. (Pause)
In a moment, I’m going to ask you to open your eyes and close them again. This time, just double your relaxation. Open your eyes, now close them. Double that relaxation. (Pause)
Good. In a moment I’m going to ask you to open your eyes and close them again. This time, just go much deeper. Open your eyes, now close them. Much deeper. All the way down. Good. (Pause)
Arm Drop Deepening
In a moment, I’m going to pick up your left arm by the wrist. If you’ve followed instructions so far, and I think you’ve done very well, your arm will be loose and limp like a wet dish rag. Don’t help me, let me do all the work. I’m going to lift your arm up just a few inches and then drop it, when I do, just allow it to make a nice satisfying plop, and go much deeper (do arm drop). Much deeper. In fact, each time I pick up your own arm and allow it to plop down, go much deeper into relaxation (repeat arm drop a few times).
Suggested Amnesia (can be done with numbers or letters)
Good. Now we’ve got a good workable level of physical relaxation, let’s add mental relaxation to it. In a moment, I’m going to ask you to begin saying the alphabet backwards out loud. Allow each letter you say to help your mind to grow more relaxed, calm and serene. You’ll find, that within just a few letters, your mind can grow so relaxed, that the rest of the letters just fade away, grow dim and distant, become quiet and disappear altogether. When that happens, notice how good it feels. You’ll say the alphabet backwards in this matter. Z… Y…(say slowly, in time with each of their exhales), allowing each letter to relax your mind so that it grows relaxed and serene like the surface of a still lake. Within just a few letters, the rest of them will just disappear.
Begin saying the alphabet backwards now.
Relaxing more and more.
Now just allow them to disappear completely.
Are they all gone?
End of induction
Deepen and give suggestions
When you’re ready to emerge them just say “I’m going to count to five, when I reach five or before, your eyes will open and you’ll feel relaxed and refreshed.” Count up to five slowly with your voice getting a little less soothing and a little more “awake” with each number. When you reach four, if their eyes aren’t open say “On the next number your eyes will open and you’ll feel relaxed and refreshed. Five, eyes open, feeling relaxed and refreshed.”