There are many different
types of hypnosis
that are used to reach the unconscious mind to invoke
change. Each method has it's strengths, and it's
Every person is different, so it
stands to reason that the best results will be obtained by
utilizing the methods that each person will respond to.
With "Traditional Hypnosis,"
we simply make direct suggestions to the unconscious mind.
In case you are wondering, as far as Iím concerned, the
terms unconscious and subconscious are interchangeable Ė they
refer to the same part of the mind. This type of hypnosis
works well for someone who generally accepts what they are told
without a lot of questions.
Most hypnosis tapes sold today
are based on "Traditional Hypnosis" techniques. The reason for this is that it really doesn't take much training
or experience to write a script and just tell someone what to
do. Unfortunately Traditional Hypnosis is not very
effective for people who are critical or analytical in their
By contrast, Ericksonian Hypnosis
and Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques work far better for most members of today's
generation! This is because today people are taught to
question everything, rather than just follow the flock. So
these methods do work very well on people who are
critical or analytical in their thinking processes.
These methods are much more effective at reaching and
influencing the unconscious. However, it can take
years of training, study, and most of all experience to learn
how to apply these techniques effectively. This is a
challenge that is only accepted by the truly dedicated.
With "Ericksonian Hypnosis,"
we use little stories, called metaphors, to present suggestions
and ideas to the unconscious mind. This is a powerful and effective method, because it
usually eliminates the blockage of and resistance to suggestions
that is often caused by the conscious mind. There are two types
of metaphors, "Isomorphic," and those of the imbedded
command or "interspersal" nature.
Isomorphic metaphors offer
direction to the unconscious by telling a story that offers up a
moral. The unconscious draws a one-to-one relationship
between elements of the story and elements of a problem
situation or behavior.
For example, if a child is telling
a lot of lies, the parent might tell the child the story about
the "Boy who cried wolf." The unconscious would
draw a parallel between the boy in the story and the child and
realize that telling lies could lead to disaster, so the child
would probably stop lying.
With the Embedded Command
technique, the hypnotist tells an interesting story that engages
and distracts the conscious mind. The story contains
hidden indirect suggestions that are usually accepted by the
Instructions direct the unconscious to find a memory of
an appropriate learning experience from the past, and apply that
experience to making a change in the present.
Programming" (NLP), rather than using suggestions, we
use the same thought patterns that are creating a problem, like
an excessive appetite or stress, to eliminate the
problems. NLP in the hands of an experienced practitioner
can be very effective. I utilize several different NLP
techniques in my practice, and in my pre-recorded programs.
Have you ever heard an old song and had it trigger feelings from
the past? When you originally heard the song, you were
feeling those feelings, and they unconsciously became attached
to the sound of the song. So the song became an Anchor for
the feelings. Now when you hear the song, it triggers the
same feelings again.
Anchoring can be a very useful
technique. Suppose that you have a memory of being
commended for having done something well in the past. If
you go back into that memory, you'll be able to recreate the
feelings of self-esteem that you had at that time. If you
touch two fingers together while you re-experience those
feelings of self-esteem, that touch will become an anchor for
the feelings of self-esteem.
Now suppose that you want to
create motivation to stick to a diet and lose weight. If
you make a mental image of yourself with a thin, sexy body, and
simultaneously trigger the anchor - (press the two fingers together
your unconscious will attach the feelings of self-esteem to the
image of you with the thin body and your level of motivation to lose
weight will increase dramatically.
is a very powerful
Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique that can be used to
"flip" things around in the unconscious, so that
thoughts and experiences that used to trigger feelings of stress
actually trigger relaxation instead.
The NLP Flash technique is
also extremely effective for extinguishing conditioned
responses. For example: If a smoker has a cigarette while
drinking coffee, his/her unconscious will pair the two behaviors
together so that he/she automatically gets a craving for a
cigarette anytime he/she has a cup of coffee. The Flash
will cause the smoker's mind to disassociate the image of a
cigarette from the cup of coffee so that he/she does NOT get an
urge to smoke just because he/she is drinking coffee.
Reframe: Reframing is a potent technique for helping a
person change their behavior. We must respect that there
is a positive outcome (secondary gain) accomplished by all
behaviors. The outcome is always important. However,
the behavior that is used to accomplish that outcome is
When we do a Reframe, we
negotiate with the unconscious and have it assume responsibility
for making the client unconsciously substitute some other
behavior that is as effective and available at accomplishing
that secondary gain, but is more consciously acceptable to the
individual. You can read more about reframes in my article
Secret Formula For Successful Change."
Hypnosis / NLP (trademarked
) is a new form of commercially available hypnotic
techniques used in Neuro-VISION
are based on the
Neuro-Linguistic Programming technology, which works based on
the utilization of a person's existing thought processes instead
of post-hypnotic suggestion.
70% of the population learns much more quickly and easily by
seeing, rather than by hearing.
Think about it. If
you feel an urge to eat or smoke when watching television,
itís because your mind recorded the video image of either food
in your hand, or a cigarette in your hand, and then associated
that image, with the image of the TV. You never spoke to yourself and told yourself in words to
associate them together, did you?
why Neuro-VISION®, which
was awarded a US Patent, is so effective.
Neuro-VISION is not hypnotic in the
traditional sense, relying on the spoken word; rather, it is a
form of video hypnosis.
And, if youíve ever cried when watching a sad movie,
then you know how effective video hypnosis can be at reaching
the unconscious mind.
is a computerized video, so rather than listening to a
hypnotistís words, the mind learns to automatically change
feelings and visual associations at the unconscious level using
video method trains the unconscious
a high-tech simulation process called computerized digital
a person of their compulsions, urges, and tensions and allows a
smoker to quit effortlessly, and a dieter to lose their
start with the very first viewing!
programs, the recording has two tracks. One track contains
a cover sound that is heard by the conscious mind. The
cover sound could be anything from music to nature sounds.
The second track contains direct suggestions that are heard by
the unconscious mind. These suggestions are repeated
hundreds of times during a session.
Subliminal programs can be played
in the background while you are working, or watching TV. You don't have to stop what you are doing and relax like you do
with hypnosis or NLP. Subliminals can be an addition to
hypnotic programs. But Subliminals will never replace
Hypnosis or NLP because they are not as effective!
They don't even come close!! Some studies have
claimed that it can take up to 80 hours of listening to a
subliminal recording before it will have any effect on many
Joel Weinberger, Ph.D., an Adelphi University professor and psychologist who has done 30 years of research on Subliminals, says that run-of-the-mill
"silent" audio subliminal tapes do not work. He claims that Subliminal psychodynamic activation works, but it is a visual form of Subliminal, and not auditory like the recordings being sold.
It boosts psychotherapy, Weinberger insists. On its own, it doesn't do anything; but it improves people's moods to enhance treatment effectiveness.
Newly released Threshold
Subliminals are a technology that does work. Unlike "silent"
subliminals, if you listen carefully, you can consciously hear
The user focuses on the
cover sound which can be a nature sound, binaural beats, or
any type of music, and that distracts the conscious mind so
that the positive affirmations are easily injected into the
subconscious mind. The results can be dramatic!