Last updated: 9 June 2016
The key tool for hypnotists is hypnotic language.
It is very important to understand how vital it is for you to master the language and use it as a hypnotic foundation with your subjects.
Language, and how you use it, will create a solid base for putting people into an altered state of mind. The main objective in hypnosis is to have the ability to help people change their lives to achieve a specific outcome, and this is accomplished through influence and persuasion. Without the right language and skill you will struggle to accomplish these goals.
An altered state of mind is defined as a special state of awareness in which the subject focuses on certain ideas and excludes other ideas and other background noise so that whatever the person is focusing on exclusively, becomes real to them.
It is important to remember that within each human, the will and imagination are always conflicting. It is equally important to remember that the imagination will always win this battle. In order to use this information in your language arsenal it is important to make direct contact with the imagination and lay your suggestions there.
Using language to zero in on the outcome you are striving for requires you to get people into a good “focus of attention.” This is one of the first concepts that early hypnotists discovered was responsible for causing trances. When you can accurately get and maintain the attention of a person they will often enter a trance for you.
After this has been accomplished you will be the tour guide of their trance. It is your responsibility as the hypnotist to lead them on an unforgettable journey into and through their trance.
You will be influencing them to focus their attention on thoughts and ideas that will help them to arrive at their desired outcome. The arrival there will fulfil their purpose in changing behaviours to match their goals in life.
So how do you create that powerful foundation of hypnotic language?
Answer: create an unbroken flow of ideas.
This responsibility is all on you as the hypnotist. This flow of ideas should run smoothly, it should be practiced. The words you speak should be fluid, comfortable, enjoyable, and pleasant. You want to keep your listener wanting to hear more. There should be no words or ideas that cause your listener to want to stop your flow of language.
There are 4 principals you will need to employ to begin to master conversational hypnosis.
The first principal you must apply is to create a verbal agreement with your subject. In order to do this the listener must be able to in some way agree with what you are saying. They do not have to literally say yes to everything you say but something inside of them has to recognize at some level your statements are true for them.
Part of this agreement is within you and your speech. Your thoughts must flow easily without hesitation or disagreement. When you accomplish this it is much easier for your listener to follow you, it is easier to come to agreement if things do not have to be thought out or deciphered.
The second principal to apply in your hypnotic language is patterns and plausibility.
In order to know the amount of work you need to do here it is important to remember the signs of trance. Once you have determined how deep in trance your subject is you will know how plausible or implausible your statements can be.
The deeper in trance the person is the less plausible your statements can be.
In the “patterns and plausibility” principal you will start with agreement. Make statements that your subject must agree with simply because they are true. You can use the weather outside, the time of day, the subject’s hair colour; anything that is a verifiable fact. After the person in trance has heard several true statements you will want to add a statement that may or may not be true.
This new statement only has to be plausible enough that they will follow along because it is easier to agree than to argue. In this way the habit of agreeing to the true statements will sneak past the conscious filters that say it may not be true. Once you are past those filters the statement will then start to become true for them.
After the first two principals have been successful, you can start to work on the third principal which is to piggy-back suggestions. The idea behind piggy-backing suggestions is that you can adequately relate ideas or statements that may not necessarily be connected.
This again requires smoothness to your language, there needs to be no breaks in the conversation so there is no time to recognize the un-connectedness of the statements.
Another advantage that piggy-backing suggestions gives is the ability to make comfortable transitions between thoughts and ideas. If you apply this principal correctly there will be no work involved for your listener, it should be an easy experience of transition through new ideas.
And finally the fourth principal of linguistic bridges is applied. Linguistic bridges are simply conjunctions that permanently connect two sets of information together. When you use linguistic bridges well, the thoughts and ideas you are connecting will sit with the listener comfortably.
One way to do this is to use the 4 Words of Power. The 4 words of power are four conjunctions that act like linguistic bridges. These are key in tying together hypnotic themes and help in cementing those ideas together into a nice package. Mastering the 4 words of power will give you the ability to create an endless variety of content and new hypnotic inductions.
So what are those 4 words of Power?
“As”, “And”, “Because” and “Which means”.
These 4 words will give you the ability to piggy-back a vast variety of statements and thoughts. The way that these words work is to create a smooth way of communicating all the suggestions you want in a way that your subject will respond to hypnotically.
The 4 words of power are easy to use, and as you practice them you will see you can fit them easily between themes and connect statements that may otherwise seem un-connectable. They will make many statements seem more plausible and will add a new rhythm to your speaking.
There are a variety of other linguistic bridges that work much like the 4 words of power and as you learn them you will see your full capabilities in this area of conversational hypnosis.
With the use of the 4 words of power and these other linguistic bridges you will experience a wide range of fluid expression.
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