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Bryan M. Knight, MSW, PhD.

copyright © 2005 Bryan M. Knight

all rights reserved

edited by

Lisa Knight

The Chessnut Press

[Portions of this ebook have been expanded and updated from previouslypublished articles on the Hypnosis Headquarters website and from chapters in Dr

Knight’s printed books Health and Happiness with Hypnosis and Love, Sex &

Hypnosis: Secrets of Psychotherapy]


Introduction 3

The Hypnosis Quiz 10 Talent for Hypnosis 16 What is Hypnosis? 18 Can Hypnosis be Dangerous? 29 The Sequence 32 Inductions 44 Hypnosis and Therapy 69 Is Hypnosis a Panacea? 77 Hypnosis and Creativity 81 Hypnosis on the Job 89 Hypnotizing Friends, Family, Lovers and Strangers 92 Past Lives, UFO Abductions & Spirit Possession 98 Hypnosis and Psychoanalysis 100 Should the Practice of Hypnotherapy be Restricted to Doctors? 103 Training 109 Historical Notes 110 References 115 About Dr Bryan Knight 117 Introduction

This ebook is for you, if:

You’re intelligent, and curious about hypnosis, or You just want to understand more about hypnosis, or You want to use hypnosis to help yourself and others, or You might add hypnosis to your professional toolkit, or You’re considering studying hypnotherapy as a career.

You are about to discover how easy it is to hypnotize other people and what safeguards and responsibilities that entails.

One such responsibility is to understand that just reading this ebook will not qualify you to do therapy.

However, by the time you’ve finished reading you will have

a greater understanding of:

What hypnosis is What it can be used for What you can accomplish with it.

Who can you safely hypnotize? People who could benefit from positive suggestions. And who have no underlying

pathology. Likely candidates are people who want to:

Overcome exam anxiety Enhance sports performance Stop smoking Achieve specific goals.

Amplify their creativity You can induce hypnosis, give such people the positive suggestions they’ve requested and feel great about helping them.

Hypnosis is currently riding a wave of popularity among the public.

There are no side effects with hypnosis; it can relieve or banish so many psychological and physical ills -- and it’s easy to learn.

It’s not so easy to know what to do after you have someone in hypnosis so you are well advised to experience self-hypnosis before embarking on hypnotizing others.

Not only will you gain first-hand knowledge from the inside, so to speak, but you’ll also enjoy the process, and obtain relief from your own problems.

The rewards are immense. Like millions of people, I used to be fearful of public speaking. But since I began to use hypnosis on myself I thoroughly enjoy giving a public talk.

It's so fantastic to stand in front of a crowd, impart useful information, have a few laughs, and learn from the questions and comments of the audience.

I vividly remember the first time hypnosis helped me be relaxed in public. I was scheduled to give a speech at a large convention of hypnotists in the U.S. There were a dozen or so competing seminars offered at the same time so I thought probably 6 or so hypnotists would choose my session.

When I located the room in which I was to speak I had to fight my way in, there were so many people trying to enter. To my amazement, not only was the room packed with hypnotists, (I stopped counting at 103) but video cameras had been installed!

Well, I followed the advice on the "Self-Confidence" hypnotic video, took a slow deep breath, and, on breathing out, said "This is easy." And it was!

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The usual example given to support the idea that you’ve frequently been in hypnosis is that of driving from point A to point B with no conscious awareness of having driven the distance.

Or did you ever finish a pile of ironing, with your mind “elsewhere”?

I plead guilty to using these examples with clients.

Why guilty? Because you see, these are really examples of dissociation, not hypnosis. Your conscious mind was occupied with, for instance, thinking about which restaurant to choose for supper, while your subconscious kept a wary eye out for red lights, straying pedestrians and lane-changing cars.

On the other hand your hypnotic experiences are characterized by immersion.

Like the times you have been so absorbed in a novel in which story seems so real, that you could even be one of the people in the book.

Or maybe you’re an athlete and you complete a marathon, amazed at how quickly the three hours have passed.

A few years ago I was so absorbed, so focused, during a cross-country media tour that the four and a half days seemed like six weeks. Time had been stretched because, for those few days, I was in a book-selling trance.

Upon my return, I briefly could not understand why my children were not more excited to see me, how come they had not changed considering I’d been away so long. ☺ Perhaps you paint. Or love movies. Then you’ve experienced hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a temporary setting aside of your usual, rational thinking coupled with a deep focusing of your imagination.

Perhaps you’re saying to yourself, “hey, that’s not hypnosis. Hypnosis is swinging watches and glazed expressions and doing silly things.” Wrong.

You – and thousands of other people – believe that definition because your imagination has been filled with such images in movies, novels and television shows.

Actually, you have experienced hypnosis every time you have daydreamed.

To hypnotize others is to guide their daydream.

In other words, the person’s conscious mind is bypassed and the subconscious is engaged.

To change a negative daydream into a positive one is often accomplished with ease by using hypnosis. In essence, that’s how hypnotherapy helps people overcome their phobias.

[For more on this see my ebook, “How To End Phobias, Anxiety & Panic” http://hypnosis.org/phobias.htm ] Psychologist Ernest Rossi claims we all drift in and out of trance every day, every one-and-a-half-hours.

The best orators and some authority figures put us into hypnosis. Politicians, preachers, salespeople, psychotherapists, military honchos, and doctors (deliberately or unwittingly), use hypnotic techniques to engage our imaginations.

Politicians, preachers, psychotherapists and physicians presumably believe they have their listeners’ best interests at heart. Generals require obedience and salespeople desire sales.

Few of them are consciously setting out to hypnotize their audiences. Psychotherapists especially are generally unaware that their interaction with clients is basically hypnotic.

Indeed, they would likely emphatically deny this.

This ebook is about consciously hypnotizing others.

Does that mean you’ll be able to do therapy with them?

No. Therapy is done in hypnosis not by hypnosis.

You’ll need special training to be ethically and competently able to do psychotherapy with a person you’ve hypnotized.

[For more on training, see my ebook, How To Get Started As A Hypnotherapist].

http://www.dreamjobstogo.com/titles/djtg0061.html?10723 Perhaps you’re thinking that a hypnotist needs a special voice. No.

Your normal voice is fine for hypnotizing. While you might choose to speak more slowly than usual, and you must speak loud enough to be heard, you do not need to talk in a theatrical manner.

However, you do have to be careful about the tone.

Any kind of negativity in your tone could prevent rapport being established.

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could have the other person being bothered more about your tone than your message.

You don’t even need a particularly quiet room.

I used to think that a quiet room was absolutely necessary, that noise would prevent a client going into hypnosis. While that is true for people who are super-sensitive to noise, it is not true for the majority of people.

This became obvious when I worked in a U.S. medical clinic. There was noise from down the corridor where patients chatted while awaiting their doctors, noise from the intercom, noise from piped-in music, noise from the massage room across the corridor, noise through the window of men and machines digging foundations for an extension to the clinic.

And yet every client drifted beautifully into hypnosis!

Why were they not disturbed by all that noise? Because they didn’t know the room had to be quiet for hypnosis. Since they had no such expectations, they were free to relax despite the noise.

Similarly, I used to shiver with trepidation in my Montreal office when the fax machine rang loudly during a hypnotherapy session. My expectation was that the client would complain that the ringing had brought her out of hypnosis.

On the contrary, only one client was even aware the fax machine had rung! So focused and relaxed were most clients that such noise was something far off, unimportant compared to what was going on in their imagination.

For someone to go into hypnosis, they must be receptive to the idea, and the practice. People who proudly proclaim “I can’t be hypnotized” are speaking from ignorance. It is not a contest. And those who think it is are misguided. Or scared.

It’s best not to argue. And definitely not wise to enter a competition with such a person. It’s unlikely they will enter hypnosis no matter how skilled you become; but even if they do they’ll never admit it.

This reminds me of a client who I (privately) nicknamed “Mr Contrary”.

No matter what I said to him, he opted for the contrary.

His talent for hypnosis was certainly sufficient for therapy but his habit of doing the opposite of what was asked initially precluded him relaxing enough to enter hypnosis.

Eventually I learned to, as much as possible, say what I didn’t want him to do, so he would do what I did want.

For instance, it was no use saying “when you’re ready, you can allow your eyes to close very soon....” He would take that as a cue to keep his eyes open.

So I would say, “Probably you could keep your eyes open for the next ten minutes....” And of course, he would promptly close them! Conducting therapy with Mr Contrary was exhausting.

Hypnosis has helped me to build my confidence, overcome two phobias, breeze through serious surgery and, during the last couple of decades, provide an avenue of rapid relief from their problems for hundreds of clients.

You are now about to enjoy some of the fruits of my experience as a hypno-psychotherapist.

I envy the novelty of your encounter with hypnosis and trust that you will be gentle in your treatment of both hypnosis and me.

Before proceeding, test your knowledge of hypnosis with:

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Which of the following statements are true?

1. Hypnosis is safe.

2. When you are in hypnosis you are in control of your mind.

3. Anyone can learn to hypnotize themselves, or others.

4. You can tell lies while in hypnosis.

5. Hypnosis is a natural process.

6. Hypnosis cannot make you do something against your values.

7. You cannot become stuck in a trance.

8. Hypnosis does not make you dependent on the hypnotist.

9. You only need light hypnosis for therapy to work.

10. To go into hypnosis is a matter of choice, not weakness.

11. You can fidget, scratch or laugh while in hypnosis.

12. You remember everything that happens during hypnosis.

13. While in hypnosis you are awake.

14. Everyone has the ability to be hypnotized.

15. In hypnosis you are not in a strange, other-worldly stupor.

16. You have already experienced being in hypnosis.

17. You can be hypnotized only if you want to be.

18. Memories recalled in hypnosis are not necessarily true.

19. Your talent for hypnosis is biologically built-in.

20. Hypnosis is more than just being relaxed.

21. While in hypnosis, you are aware of your surroundings.

22. Hypnosis allows you easy access to your subconscious.

All the statements above are true.

Let’s examine them:

1. Hypnosis is safe.

Hypnosis is like daydreaming. Most of us drift in and out of hypnosis every day. There is nothing dangerous about it. But it can be misused. (More about that later).

2. When you are in hypnosis you are in control of your mind.

Of course. You are fully conscious, fully aware of what is happening.

3. Anyone can learn to hypnotize themselves, or others.

We hypnotize ourselves or others informally, unknowingly, quite often. With this book, you can learn to formally hypnotize others. (There may be a tiny percentage of the population who, although they want to be hypnotized, or use it on themselves, find it too difficult.)

4. You can tell lies while in hypnosis.

For sure. Since you are conscious, and know what you’re saying, you say whatever you choose to.

Ideomotor techniques can be used by an experienced therapist to check your responses directly with your subconscious but even they are not foolproof.

5. Hypnosis is a natural process.

Yes. It’s biologically built-in. Sort of the opposite of the “flight-or-fight” response.

6. Hypnosis cannot make you do something against your values.

Exactly. And that includes e.g., not stopping smoking if you have a reason for remaining a smoker.

7. You cannot become stuck in a trance.

Right. You’ll either open your eyes, or drift off to sleep.

8. Hypnosis does not make you dependent on the hypnotist.

Correct. You could become dependent on a hypnotist but it’s not the hypnosis that creates the dependency, it’s your needs and/or the unethical behaviour of the hypnotist.

9. You only need light hypnosis for therapy to work.

Right again. Although “going deep” into hypnosis is usually more enjoyable, it is not necessary for change.

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