When you think about hypnosis, what springs to mind?
Inductions? Techniques? Overt or covert?
That’s all part of it, but there’s something even bigger: influence.
You have the power to persuade, to sway, to affect the way someone thinks, acts and behaves.
You’re able to influence them to make positive changes that ultimately help them lead better lives.
To get rid of fears, to enhance their creativity, to relieve stress, and to manage an almost limitless number of issues.
And the potential is increased further when you combine mindfulness and conversational hypnosis.
It’s like a double whammy, letting you become even more engaging, more persuasive, getting people to trust you on a deeper level so you can offer them an even better interaction.
Like hypnosis, mindfulness helps you to get rid of stress and calm yourself, making it easier to undergo hypnotic techniques.
Meanwhile, conversational hypnosis offers the perfect way to create a trance under the most natural conditions imaginable.
Together, mindfulness and conversational hypnosis make a formidable pair.
Before finding out exactly how they work as a team, let’s examine each technique on its own.
What Is Conversational Hypnosis?
As the name suggests, conversational hypnosis refers to using words to create a hypnotic trance as part of a seemingly casual conversation.
The idea is to guide the listener into a receptive state where they’re able to see different perspectives, consider different options, and make any changes they see fit.
You can achieve this by using hypnotic language, which might include some or all of the following:
These are words where one thing stands for another. They have special power because they immediately stimulate the imagination, which lies in your unconscious mind. An example of a metaphor would be: it’s raining cats and dogs. You can’t speak or hear that phrase without conjuring up an image.
Stories have a similar effect because they also unleash your imagination. Often when you hear a story your first reaction is to relate it to something that happened to you. Stories can be anecdotes, personal tales or narratives about other people, all designed to connect, build trust and establish rapport.
The Non-Awareness Set
This is a technique for bringing the person’s attention to something happening outside their awareness. It works by grabbing their attention, bypassing their critical factor, stimulating their unconscious mind and leading them to a desired outcome or transformation.
Mind Bending Language
This involves using language that seems confusing but is actually designed to help find solutions by looking at things in a different way. The person is usually fixated on a problem, and the idea is to get them to focus on a likely solution.
his involves blitzing the person with hypnotic words and phrases that are relevant to their problem or issue. For someone struggling with confidence you might use words such as assured, cool, collected, able, poised, self-assured, resolute, and so on.
You can use these techniques separately or all together, and when used with skill they give you plenty of options for influencing another person and helping them make positive changes.
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So how does mindfulness fit into the picture?
Definition & Principles Of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is defined as being able to notice what’s happening in the present moment without judging it. That includes whatever is happening with your mind, your body or your surroundings.
The technique is said to help you:
- Gain a greater self-awareness
- Feel calmer and less stressed
- Feel more equipped to deal with your thoughts and emotions
- Treat yourself with more kindness
- Increase your productivity
Mindfulness is like the opposite of daydreaming, where you’re not aware of anything and are totally distracted.
Like anything else, learning how to be mindful requires a bit of practice. According to an article at Psych Central, mindfulness has 7 principles, which are as follows:
1. Be non-judgmental – try not to get caught up in your thoughts and any ideas floating around in your head. Just let yourself be.
2. Be Patient – relax and understand that things will work themselves out in their own time. Let things unfold naturally by just letting it happen.
3. Open your mind – give yourself permission to experience new things and not to be hampered by any old or outdated beliefs or ideas.
4. Trust yourself – whatever happens is part of your unique experience, so trust your feelings and your intuition to guide you.
5. Embrace the moment – forget about goals or objectives and focus only on accepting things exactly as they are in the present moment.
6. Be accepting – accept whatever is happening in the present moment without trying to change it so you can experience it fully.
7. Let it go – if you find yourself trying to hold on to certain thoughts or feelings, try to let go of them and just be part of the experience in the here and now.
How Mindfulness Can Benefit Your Personal & Professional Life
As you can see, mindfulness requires a certain amount of commitment on your part. But is it worth all the effort?
Here are some of the benefits mindfulness can bring.
Focusing on the here and now helps you to savor the moment, letting you get more engaged in activities and preventing you from worrying about the future.
Improved mental health
The technique is promoted by psychotherapists because it is a powerful way to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and OCD.
Improved physical health
The technique is scientifically proven to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, relieve gastrointestinal issues, improve sleep and reduce chronic pain.
On top of that, studies show that practicing mindfulness can lead to improved social relationships. It can also help to build resilience in the workplace by keeping you from overreacting to situations.
Mindfulness is said to increase performance, partly because the technique makes it less likely that you will forget things, get distracted, or have an accident.
The technique increases the likelihood that you’ll rely more on your gut feelings, aka your intuition. It’s also believed to lead to better decision making.
Techniques & Exercises For Cultivating Mindfulness
Here are three relatively easy mindfulness exercises you can try to help you get the idea.
- Mindful Breathing – pay attention to your breath entering and leaving your body, coming in as you inhale, and going out as you exhale.
- Mindful Walking – as you walk, try to match your steps with your breathing, taking two steps for each in breath and three for each out breath, or whatever works for you.
- Mindful Meditation – sit somewhere comfortable, close your eyes and follow your breath as it moves in and out. Try not to think of anything in particular but simply follow your breath as it enters and leaves your body.
These exercises will give you a good introduction to practicing mindfulness. But how does the process work in conjunction with hypnosis?
How Mindfulness Complements Hypnosis
One of the biggest benefits of mindfulness is that it helps you achieve the kind of deep relaxation that makes it easy to enter a hypnotic trance. That’s important, because some people find it difficult to relax “on demand” so to speak.
The other advantage to mindfulness is its ability to help you get rid of stress and anxiety, essential if you want to be able to undergo a hypnotic trance.
It also offers a useful way to put yourself in the right frame of mind for practicing self-hypnosis.
From the hypnotherapist’s point of view, mindfulness makes it easier for them to connect with their subjects in a number of ways.
Being present in conversations
This refers to staying tuned in to the other person and not letting your mind wander. It means giving them your full care and attention and not being tempted to change the topic.
Getting more connected through active listening
This refers not just to listening to the other person but also to understanding, responding and reflecting on what they have said. It shows them that you’re paying attention and is a great way to build rapport.
And since the idea is to influence, you should make sure that you are trying to influence the person in a positive way. This approach can help them to:
- Feel better about themselves
- Achieve more of their goals
- Make constructive changes in their lives
The right kind of positive feedback can be enough to inspire someone to try harder, to be better and to act with confidence in everything that they do.
This is one of the mainstays of conversational hypnosis, that you should behave in an ethical and responsible manner. In other words, everything you do should be done with the aim of helping to make the other person’s life a little bit better.
Here’s another point to remember about being present, particularly relevant in this digital age. Being present means focusing on the present moment, and not getting distracted by thoughts of the past or the future.
In order for mindful communication to occur, you need to give the other person your undivided attention. That means switching off phones and computer screens when you’re talking to them.
It’s the only way you can truly connect with them and also goes a long way to establishing rapport and trust.
Using Hypnotic Language Patterns With Mindfulness
Mindfulness exercises are designed to direct your attention inward to help you enjoy a better mind-body connection. And once your attention is focused inward, hypnotic language helps to stimulate your unconscious mind so you can exploit its power and resources.
Being relaxed and stress-free helps you to enjoy the moment fully, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
At the same time, being non-judgmental allows you to become open to new experiences and curious to find out how far you can take them.
Once you’ve been able to establish rapport, then it’s easier to influence someone to make changes in their life.
When you make mindfulness a part of your conversational hypnosis process, your communication skills will go through the roof.
You’ll have no trouble getting anyone’s attention, which is the first hurdle to overcome.
When you’ve got their attention, you’ll find it easy enough to get your point across because they’ll be focused on you.
From there, it’s simply a matter of applying your favorite conversational hypnosis techniques to stimulate their unconscious mind.
You can do that by telling stories, using metaphors, doing a blitz and so on, always remembering to be mindful of the way in which you interact with them.
And because you’ve made a strong connection, it’s more likely that they will accept and eventually act on any hypnotic suggestions you make.
Integrating mindfulness and conversational hypnosis offers the potential for a deeper and more meaningful connection with others.
It makes it easier to build rapport with another person, to break down any barriers and to find ways to influence them to make changes for the better.
Mindfulness is a useful tool for calming down and getting rid of stress and anxiety, while conversational hypnosis is a great way to create a trance in a natural and relaxed environment.
It’s important to remember that conversational hypnosis is a covert technique and the other person will not be aware that they are being hypnotized. That’s why it must always be used with the highest ethical standards and only as a force for good.
Conversational hypnosis uses hypnotic language to guide someone into a receptive state where they’re able to see different perspectives, consider different options, and make changes as appropriate.
This includes the use of metaphors, stories, mind bending language and other techniques designed to bypass the critical conscious mind and stimulate the unconscious.
At the same time, mindfulness enables both the hypnotist and the subject to be at peace and enjoy the experience in the moment without judging what is happening.
The combination of mindfulness and conversational hypnosis offers a powerful method for connecting with another person on a deep and meaningful level and for helping them make important and lasting changes that will lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life.