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Conversational Hypnosis

Did you know there is no such thing as hypnosis. It's been scientifically proven. When people, for example, become so rigid you can balance them between two chairs, and even sit on them, nothing unusual is happening. Hypnosis doesn't exist.

Nor does conversational hypnosis. What? You might ask.

The great hypnotists, such as Milton Erikson did not use flashing lights or swinging watches, but just chatted. When he was called to a meeting for medical malpractice, (practising the non-existent hypnosis) the doctors on the panel, after they had dismissed the case, reported feeling a bit whoozy but that must have been the heavy lunch!

We have, in fact, looked at conversational hypnosis in a number of past postings. In this one we will look at it a little more.

Have you ever been stuck in your thinking? You can't think of what to do or how to solve a problem? You keep thinking, 'What shall I do?' but no answer comes.

(You are stuck because you keep thinking, 'What shall I do?', etc and the poor answer can't come.)

Yet can you be absolutely sure that in the very next minute an answer or a solution can come to mind, as if by magic?

If you had a problem, I wouldn't be too surprised if you just found the solution!

Let's backtrack, shall we, and discover why this technique always works.

First we create rapport. We acknowledge that you are stuck. We agree with you. We might agree that the problem is absolutely unsolvable and no answer can be found. We can go over the top, if we want. (This may create desired resistance.)

Next we state a truth. You cannot be sure - not absolutely sure - that in the next minute you won't find an answer. You may not find the answer in the next minute, but can you really be absolutely sure of that?

What this does is to burst you out of fixed thinking. You just have to wonder a bit about the possibility of change, and you have to stop thinking of your problem to do it. You can't think of two things at the same time. This frees up your thinking and the answer can pop to mind.

Otherwise, at this point, you can use suggestion. The thinker is wondering now. He or she is receptive to new information. You can say, 'Mm! I don't know why, but I suppose you are feeling more confident about a solution even now.'

Let's look at another application of this.

A few years ago I had a cold. I felt terrible. So I said to myself, 'You feel terrible, don't you.' And having, therefore, established rapport, I said, 'But can you be sure you won't feel better in few minutes, or even in the next second?'

While I was wondering about this, it took my mind off feeling terrible, and I then said, 'You are feeling a bit better now aren't you?' And 'This technique really works.' And I slipped out of feeling terrible and got on with enjoying life.

Do you see how it worked? It was guaranteed to have that effect, even though I knew what was happening, but because it followed the rules of mind it had to work.

Here are the steps:




Do not be afraid to use any of the techniques in these postings, but do remember that you should not lead others to do things to their disadvantage. This stuff works like magic. So remember the Law of Karma! You reap what you sew.

Why not see how you can apply the above technique in matters of more interest to your own personal situation. You could share your discoveries with the rest of us.

Don't forget to remember to give feedback, now!

Speak soon.

Ken Ward.

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