A big part of the hypnotic induction process occurs when the hypnotist helps the subject deepen trance.
Deepening is the process of making a trance state more profound. The goal of deepening is to create a mindset more accepting of suggestion (somnambulism). Here are a few ideas behind the concept of deepening.
- Hypnosis is a state in which your associative and dissociative (linking things together or splitting things up) powers are increased.
- You can use the hypnotic state to link anything to anything else.
- For deepening, take any action or thought that the subject is going to have and associate it to what you want them to do.
Here are some examples…
Arm Drop Deepening
“OK, I’m going to reach over and pick up your left arm (picks up arm until arm is extended as if sleepwalking). I think you’ll find that this arm will stay up all by itself for a little while (keeps supporting arm, lessens support until arm stays up by itself). Good. Now, I’d like you to, as your arm begins to feel heavier and begins to want to drop down to your thigh, relax more deeply and let your arm come down as an indication that you are relaxing more deeply and fully. That’s good, allow that arm to come down only as quickly as you relax much more deeply, fully good… and as that arm touches your leg you become twice as relaxed, (arm touches leg) … good.”
In a moment, I’m going to count from 10 down to 1…
And in allowing each number to help your body grow more relaxed… your mind go more relaxed… so that certain thoughts just fade away… like sand slipping through your fingers…
you can find that easy relaxation of mind and body, because of these words, just happens now,
10, easily relaxing all over again 9, then 8 deeper still, feeling great 7, 6, 5 mind and body relaxed and alive
4… relaxing more 3 then 2, your deepening grew at 1 derful deep levels, going deeper That’s right…
Elevators & Escalators
In a moment I’m going to ask you to imagine yourself at the top of an escalator. I’m going to count down from 10 to 1, as I say the number 10 in your imagination, step onto the escalator. Allow yourself to go deeper into relaxation with each number I say. When I reach the number 1, step off the escalator into a state of relaxation deeper than you’ve ever felt before.
10, step on the escalator and go much deeper.
9, relaxing more and more with each number.
8, allowing yourself to go deeper and deeper with each number.
7, each number and each easy, natural breath you take helps you relax more fully.
6, 5, doing deeper into relaxation.
4, feeling relaxation flow and every area of your body.
3, 2, allowing your body feel a wonderful, at the relaxation.
1, now more deeply relaxed than ever before.
That’s it for this Hypnosis Tip. I hope you’ve enjoyed it deeply.