Hypnosis is sometimes used to help people overcome personal problems. A common example of this is in stopping the habit of smoking. Some people have used hypnosis to overcome fear, such as fear of water, or fear of snakes. Research will show you many ways it has been used from age regression to weight control. If you propose using hypnosis for some problem, first study material about the use of hypnotic trance for that specific difficulty. See how others have succeeded in solving that problem with hypnosis.
Do not dump multiple problems into one hypnotic session. Tackle one specific challenge at a time. Remember that some problems may be more complex than they appear. Insomnia, for example, is often more than just not being able to sleep. There is usually a deeper cause for the insomnia. The cause must be discovered and eliminated, not just the symptom of not sleeping.
While in high school, I started studying hypnosis, and befriended another student who had learned the skill from a professional. My classmate shared with me this "falling method" of hypnotizing a subject, and we used it successfully. It requires a strong assistant and a soft chair into which the subject will collapse.
Things You Will Need
volunteer subject, witness, strong assistant, soft chair, quiet location
Before practicing hypnosis on a subject, it is best to write up a disclaimer for your subjects to sign, and insist on a witness being present during each session. This may solve legal repercussions if they arise afterward. Your disclaimer should clearly state that you do not promise solving any problem. The hypnosis session is only an attempt at clearing up the difficulty at the subjects request. Do not take money for the hypnosis unless you have the proper license and certification required where you live.
To begin, explain to the subject that the witness, preferably brought by him, will be watching all the time. The subject will stand calmly and you will stand behind him. Your assistant will stand in front of the subject facing him. Tell your subject that you will command him to fall backward and forward, and that you and the assistant will catch him each time he falls. After he has been falling backward and forward for a while you will settle him into the soft chair.
Commencing the hypnosis, tell the subject to relax and close his eyes. He is to pay attention to your commands and do exactly as he is told. Say to the subject, "Upon my command to fall, you are to fall backward. Fall."Allow the subject to fall backward just enough to lose his balance, and catch him at the back of the shoulders. Carefully raise him back to a standing position and remove your hands.
Say, "Upon my command to fall, you are to fall forward. Fall." The assistant will catch him at the shoulders a few inches ahead just as he loses his balance. The assistant must raise the subject to stand and remove his hands.
Say, "Upon my command to fall, fall backward. Fall." This time you allow the subject to fall a few inches farther than you did in his first fall before catching him and raising him to stand.
Say, "You are to fall forward. Fall." The subject is again allowed to fall a few inches farther and caught by the assistant to raise him to a standing position.
Continue this procedure, having the subject fall backward and forward, allowing him to fall a couple inches farther each time before catching him. Do this until he is falling to about a 50 or 60 degree angle, but do NOT let him fall so far that you can not stop his fall in the catch. Remember that each fall will be harder to stop, and the subject's size will play a part in the difficulty of catching him.
The last fall will be backward. The assistant should get the chair in position. You must alter your last instruction by saying, "At my command you are to fall backward and collapse into a deep, relaxed, hypnotic sleep. Fall." You and your assistant catch the collapsing subject and lower him into the chair.
The subject is now hypnotized and the subconscious mind can be instructed to correct the issue agreed upon or pursue the desired study.
The subject can be awakened by a simple count to 10. Count slowly, using the present tense of verbs, not the future tense. Tell him he is waking up relaxed, comfortable, and happy.
"Open your eyes. How do you feel?"You will learn more as you work with hypnosis. Take notes for your personal study, and keep reading about the subject.