Breaking free from traditional inductions

If you train as a hypnotist, the odds are that you will be taught a number of specific inductions (methods a hypnotist can use to induce trance).  Typically these will include techniques like visualisation (encouraging the subject to visualise specific things), progressive relaxation (having the subject gradually relax every part of their body from head to toe, or toes to head), countdowns (counting the client down into trance) or a combination of these and similar.  In many instances hypnosis students are taught to simply read outloud pre-written scripts based upon the aforementioned ideas and in the worst case scenario never graduate beyond simply reading out scripts to clients (not going to lie – the thought alone of this makes me cringe).

Now – I am not here to belittle the techniques (except for “experienced” hypnotists reading to clients directly from scripts – that will always be wrong) as they definitely have their uses.  They provide a solid foundation for new hypnotists to build their craft upon.  They’re tried and tested techniques that work on a majority of individuals (though not all) when applied appropriately.  They can also be used (for those who are curious enough) to understand exactly how hypnosis works and precisely why these styles of inductions work so well for so many.

But rarely in my experience are hypnotists taught or encouraged to move beyond the basic inductions they’ve been taught.  As a hypnotist becomes more experienced they may tweak or adjust elements of these inductions, but it’s not common to see anyone break out, get creative and invent their own inductions.  I guess the thinking is stick to what you know works, and there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with that approach, but as I mentioned earlier, these tried and tested techniques don’t work on everyone so what do you do when faced with a client who doesn’t respond to the techniques you’ve been taught?  Many hypnotists will (wrongly) assume that the subject is bad/difficult to trance when this could not be further from the truth.  The limitation does not lie with the client. It lies with the hypnotist.

In order to be a truly successful hypnotist you must be able to adjust and adapt your approach to meet the needs of your client.  In many cases this can be achieved by tweaking the commonly used inductions you have been taught, but there is so much more potential with hypnosis for those who are adventurous enough to look beyond the horizons of their original teaching.

The question then becomes – how? How do you expand your hypnotic horizons and break away from the traditional inductions you’ve been taught.  Surely these specific techniques are taught and used for a reason?  Aren’t you risking failure if you stray from the tried and tested path and strike out on your own?  Well…yes.  But you’re also potentially achieving a great deal more understanding, success and achievements.

In terms of *how* one goes about breaking free from traditional inductions, I’m not going to lie – there is no easy way or shortcuts.  You need to invest time in furthering your learning by understanding the mechanics of how hypnosis works.  Inductions are techniques that utilise specific actions and package them in a useable way.  If you look beyond the induction and into exactly what underpins the induction and makes it work successfully, then you’re a long way to understanding the principles of hypnosis and the specific techniques that underpin the often successful inductions.

Once you understand the mechanics – how hypnosis works “under the hood” so to speak – then you can begin to build new frameworks/inductions of your own design based off the intrinsic principles of successful trance.  It’s a process.  You’re not going to be able to manage perfectly original and 100% successful inductions overnight.  What you will be able to do is begin to branch out from the more traditional inductions.  Perhaps change up some elements, experiment, throw in a few original ideas and incorporate them into inductions you know work.  Basically what you’re aiming for is to experiment and have fun.

If you try out an idea and it doesn’t go to plan, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed.  Quite the opposite.  You’ve learned something really important.  If your subject doesn’t trance, it’s not a problem. Not everyone responds to the same induction techniques.  But the more you experiment, the more you understand how to read people and get a better idea of what techniques are more likely to be successful.  This can be a matter of trial and error, but as long as you remain calm and professional it is not a disaster which cannot be overcome.  You simply pivot, explore different techniques and discover what works for your client.  The way you frame the experience (for instance explaining that everyone is different and responds differently and so you’re working out how best you can help them) and your attitude will have a much bigger impact than you assume.

The more you experiment, the more you learn.  The more you learn the more you understand.  And the more you understand, the more confident you will become in exploring more original aspects to inductions and eventually more original inductions themselves.

The key is to be confident and not allow yourself to be dissuaded when things don’t go to plan.  Everything is a learning experience and opportunity and the benefits of getting comfortable with breaking free from traditional inductions far outweigh the negatives.  As a hypnotist you’ll be far better placed to help your clients by tailoring inductions specifically to them and their needs rather than relying on generic inductions and as a result your sessions will be much more successful.  Trust me – I know.  I took this path and now excel at successfully trancing people who have previously struggled.  I’ve had multiple clients come to me after trying to trance for 20+ years (more than one was 40+ years) and because I’ve taken the time to explore and experiment, I have been able to successfully trance them where other hypnotists could not.

Breaking free from traditional inductions may not be quick or easy, but I promise you (as someone who has been a practising hypnotist for nigh on a decade now) it’s definitely worth it!

If you have any questions, please email me at info@queenofdreamshypnosis.com

Want to book a session with me to experience what I have talked about first hand?  Check out the live sessions page here on my website

Using Hypnosis To Explore Pleasure

Hypnosis is an incredible tool. It can be used to accomplish all manner of things and its scope and potential should never be underestimated.  As I regularly remind my clients, the only limit to what’s possible with hypnosis is your imagination.  It’s a substantial claim, but one that I ceaselessly enjoy demonstrating.

Different people choose to explore hypnosis for different reasons.  Some are curious about the trance experience in and of itself, whilst for others trance is a vehicle which they intend to utilise to explore other desires.

There is no right or wrong way to use/explore hypnosis, but for the purposes of this blog I am going to focus on the utilisation of hypnosis (yes I used an “s” and not a “z” – I’m British) for pleasure.  Pleasure is, after all, a big draw for many (understandably) and it is also my specific area of expertise.

If you’ve paid careful attention to the homepage of my website you’ve probably noticed the tagline “I can make all your fantasies come true”. Many assume it’s simply a marketing ploy, but the reality is far more exciting.  The reality is that I mean every word, as many of my clients have already discovered to their utter delight and after having successfully overcome their initial disbelief.

Pleasure is powerful. Inspirational. I’m sure you’ve felt that deep, intense craving for a particular kind of pleasure before, haven’t you?  At times it sneaks up on you…at other times it speaks to a more enduring, aching longing…that need and desire for pleasure is always with us, and hypnosis offers a powerful means to fully explore the myriad of possibilities and opportunities that exist.

After all – pleasure means different things to different people. Yes, erotic pleasure is one very exquisite option, but there are others…the tranquil, blissful and serene sensation that comes with surrendering to trance (and is so often overlooked)…the pleasure that comes from being able to quieten an anxious mind and deeply relax a tense body…the options for indulgence are many and varied, as are the levels of intensity that can be explored and played with (ask me about my numbers triggers the next time you enjoy a session with me and you’ll see what I mean).

You can use hypnosis to explore familiar pleasures and discover new ones…to push boundaries and stretch your comfort zone and in doing so allow yourself to become open to a world of new possibilities. The anticipation and reward of new discoveries are in and of themselves pleasurable as well as the pleasure of the discoveries themselves.

Pleasure can be compounded in hypnosis…have you ever been able to explore what it feels like to enjoy multiple different yet simultaneous kinds of pleasure?  Well, now you can. Now it can be your reality.  Soft, gentle, intense, aching, decadent pleasure…all within your grasp when you trance.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Hmm?

But what if you’ve already tried to trance but struggled?  Does this mean that you’re somehow cut off from the opportunity to indulge in the pleasures I have been talking about? Of course not!  Many of my existing clients previously struggled to trance before they sought me out.  Today they are my walking success stories and repeated proof that with the right guidance and understanding, almost anyone can achieve trance easily.

The key to success is finding a hypnotist whose style works well with your abilities (because you most certainly are able) and the willingness to invest in the opportunity.  Some clients have found my mp3’s alone have worked for them, whereas for others success came after enjoying a live session with me.  There is no right or wrong – only what works for you.

The journey toward exploring pleasure begins with a single step…take it.

 

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Leveraging your analytical gifts to achieve successful hypnotic trance

I am a firm believer that analytical people make some of the best hypnosis subjects. I completely dispute the frustratingly pervasive assumption peddled by far too many hypnotists that analytical people are “bad” or “difficult” subjects because in my (many years of) experience this simply isn’t true.

I have had the pleasure of hypnotizing countless people and nothing brings me more joy than working with an analytical subject because right from the get-go I know that they are going to be amazing to work with.

How do I know this? Because analytical people are blessed with an incredible, often untapped and underappreciated gift. Their gift is that which far too many hypnotists incorrectly malign – the ability to analyse.

I don’t know how, when or where the assumption arose that analysing one’s trance experience is a negative thing and not to be encouraged but I do know that it’s utter nonsense. Yes, many people respond well to being told to “relax and not think”. It gives them permission to switch their mind off and focus on what the hypnotist is saying.

But that technique isn’t a catch all. It doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re analytical, being told to “relax and not think” often leads to the opposite effects (am I relaxed enough? How do I not think? I’m thinking about not thinking! type thoughts). This in turn leads to distraction and frustration and the (totally wrong) assumption that trance is at best difficult and at worst impossible for analytical people.

But what would happen if the subject was given permission to analyse? To be told that it is okay to explore and think about their trance experience as they are experiencing it? What if the hypnotist could gently guide the subject’s focus without imposing rigid rules around relaxation and not thinking? What if a more flexible approach was encouraged and more appropriate support offered to the subject by the hypnotist?

Well, I can tell you from my own experience (and I have chosen to specialise in working with analytical and so-called “difficult” subjects so that should tell you something) that this is when the magic happens.

Giving the subject permission to leverage their analytical abilities and appreciate them for the gift they are rather than a problematic hindrance transforms the hypnotic trance experience from one of stress and worry (will I be able to trance? Is it working? Am I doing it right?) To one of confidence, positivity and self-assurance (Yes, I notice that. Yes, I feel how that sensation has evolved, etc).

By allowing a subject to utilise their innate analytical gifts, and appropriately supporting them in doing so, they (the subject) are able to engage more deeply with the hypnosis experience. The result is that they trance faster and deeper than the average person. Because they are able to self-verify more quickly than the average person how their trance is evolving, they progress at a faster pace and enjoy a more profound hypnotic trance experience.

This is how the magic happens – encourage a subject to utilise and engage with the tools and gifts they already possess rather than trying to suppress them and they come alive. I have seen it time and time again, and the more they experience this, the more confident in themselves and their abilities they become and the more effective the trance experience becomes.

Success is often contingent on the support of an experienced hypnotist with experience of supporting analytical people which is why I constantly recommend people do their research, but the ability itself of a person to achieve trance does not lie with the hypnotist – it lies with the subject. The hypnotist’s job is simply to guide and support the subject and allow them to achieve their true potential.

I promise you – if you are analytical, you are a gifted hypnosis subject. If you’ve struggled to succeed so far that is not your fault in any way, shape or form. Different people learn in different ways. Once you find a method that works for you, you will be able to achieve things you never even imagined.

So – now you’re aware of the potential that lies inside of you, how do you get started?

I typically recommend live sessions over mp3s initially as in my experience this is a good way to lay the groundwork, create a solid base to build upon and allows the hypnotist to tailor the experience specifically to you.  Some hypnotists offer in-person sessions whilst others, such as myself, offer remote video sessions (see my Live Sessions page for more information). I don’t believe that one is better than the other – if anything video sessions offer more flexibility and choice as you don’t have to travel, plus are just as effective as in person sessions. Ultimately, it comes down to what you’re comfortable with and what the hypnotist you’ve chosen to work with offers.

Remember – You need invest in yourself and appreciate your worth. Take your time, find a hypnotist whose style works for you and enjoy the journey!

Achieving Amnesia With Hypnosis

Amnesia effects and/or triggers are something that I am asked for on a regular basis. It’s the ultimate convincer that hypnosis has worked – that trance was effective. Plus, for those who are interested in submission and surrender it adds the additional element of providing evidence that control has been completely surrendered. It’s a powerful experience – there’s no denying that – but with that comes fear (of the unknown, having not experienced amnesia before), misconceptions about how amnesia works and worry that even if they wanted to, they wouldn’t be able to achieve amnesia (or they’ve tried to before but never been successful).

Many if not all people are capable of enjoying amnesia through hypnosis (if they so desire). Because everyone is different, how long it can take to experience the effects of amnesia can vary from individual to individual. I have had clients who have been able to experience amnesia in our first session, and others for whom it has taken a few weeks or months. There is no right or wrong here. No ideal length of time before one should be able to experience amnesia. What’s “right” is unique to every individual so just because another person has experienced amnesia quicker than you does not make them or their experience better – it’s simply different. A reflection of individuality.

I know it can be easy to feel frustrated if you’re not achieving results as quickly as you would like, but engaging with the frustration will not help you achieve amnesia any more quickly. By all means acknowledge the frustration but aim to avoid engaging it. Far better to focus on progress you are making, however small or seemingly insignificant. Every step you take toward your goal, no matter how small, has a positive impact.  Anxiety and fear are the underlying causes that are holding you back from what you want to achieve.  If you focus on communication, trust, understanding, your subconscious will be more receptive to allowing you to enjoy amnesia.

After all, experiencing amnesia doesn’t mean that you completely forget. The knowledge hasn’t disappeared. It isn’t gone forever. All that’s happened is that the knowledge you’ve “forgotten” has been safely stored in your subconscious mind and temporarily withheld from your conscious mind.  The knowledge isn’t “lost”. It’s safe and secure. It can be easily retrieved if required. Understanding and appreciating the reality of amnesia, coupled with undertaking the experience under the guidance of a hypnotist who you know and trust will make the experience more accessible. I always deliberately avoid forcing or rushing amnesia with my clients – doing so can have a negative impact on trust, which in turn hinders one’s ability to enjoy amnesia. Instead, if the client is patient, trusts my approach and is willing to accept steady progress over a potentially longer period then they can achieve amnesia.

As an example – a year or two ago I worked with a client who was desperate to achieve amnesia but despite trying for years had never managed it. It took time, patience and acceptance that the process could not be rushed. He followed through and after a few months not only had he achieved his dream of being able to experience amnesia, but he trusted me enough to allow him to experience anything he or I desired whilst he was in trance for me. It was a substantial achievement for him, and in hindsight I am sure he appreciated the results made the longer time to achieve his goal more than worth it.

In summary, the keys to achieving your goal are perseverance, trust and communication.

If you’e curious about enjoying amnesia I do have an amnesia MP3 called “Mind To Forget” which you can enjoy by clicking HERE.

How your preconceptions of hypnosis are setting you up to fail

There are innumerable myths and stories surrounding hypnosis. It’s perceived as somehow magical and mystical – a profound and yet somehow unknowable experience. Ideas like you can’t be tranced or will struggle with trance if you’re analytical (which is absolute nonsense); that hypnosis is like sleep (it’s not) or that you have to be lying down to achieve trance (you don’t) – just to give you some examples.

Most of these myths and preconceptions are harmless, but they can also affect you and your ability to trance, even if you don’t realise it or fully appreciate their impact.

If you go into the trance experience with the expectation that you are going to struggle or find it difficult then you’re suggesting to yourself that this is what you should and will experience. Your mind is incredibly powerful. It shapes your reality so if you prep it with negative ideas then these can very easily potentially translate into a negative reality.

Setting out with preconceived ideas of what trance is or how it should be/feel can also be counterproductive. Granted there is so much misinformation floating around (trance is sleep, etc) that it can be difficult not to pick up on common assertions/assumptions about hypnosis and how it works (1980s cartoons are also awash with “hypnosis” scenes) and assume that this is how hypnosis is supposed to play out. But if the reality doesn’t align with your expectations of what you feel trance “should” feel like then this can throw you off, make you doubt your experience and once again, sets you up for failure which is obviously not what we want!

Whilst it is important to learn about hypnosis so you can understand the experience and what to expect, it’s also important not to be led astray by the plethora of misleading information, assumptions and downright fiction that is floating around.

The problem is – if you know little to nothing about hypnosis (which isn’t a bad thing – everyone has to start somewhere) how do you separate the genuine information from the assumptions and misleading information that abounds? How do you ensure you’re giving yourself the best possible shot and not setting yourself up to fail by being misled by misconceptions?

You can take steps to ensure your success by making sure you critically evaluate the information you receive about hypnosis. What is the source? Is the source likely to be legitimate? Credible? (E.g. has the information come from an experienced hypnotist? How do you know they are experienced? A recommendation? Do you trust the person who made the recommendation?)

I know this seems like a lot of additional effort to go to – giving critical consideration to every piece of information – but doing so will pay dividends. You’ll be much better placed to understand what to expect which in turn will allow you to feel less nervous and more confident in your experience.

You can also try reaching out to experienced hypnotists with carefully thought out questions. Most experienced hypnotists will be happy to answer one or two simple questions but be mindful that you’re making use of their time/expertise so don’t be surprised if they request to be reimbursed – especially for more detailed questions/ more time taken up. Even if they don’t, it is polite to offer to show that you appreciate them sharing their knowledge with you. Especially as it is directly benefiting you.

At the end of the day, you can bolster your chances of success with trance by taking time to research and filter information. Knowledge is power after all. The more you know and understand, the less nervous and more comfortable and confident you will feel which in turn will allow for more success and opportunities with trancing.

Now – go forth, learn, and most importantly – have fun!