The Importance of Intent in Hypnotising

There seems to be a bit of a debate rattling at the moment – some hypnotists have been saying that language patterning doesn’t really matter so long as your intent is strong enough.

Well, even though I teach language patterns, I half agree! BUT BE CLEAR… only half agree!

This video is all about ‘intent’, and its importance to doing good hypnotic work.  In addition to introducing intent, I am also talking about:

  • How to ‘coach’ hypnotic responses from people (clear intent very necessary)
  • An example of ‘coaching’ the desired response
  • How to build clear and focussed intent
  • How Richard Bandler’s intent reflects naturalistically in his language

What I don’t talk about is languaging, so let me make this clear now!  Languaging is VERY important.  It is good to get your languaging skills tight and operating at unconscious competence.  But, the beauty of intent is that it automatically harnesses your natural language knowledge to the cause you seek to promote (hypnotic phenomena).

Anyhow’s… watch the video and discover the juice!

All the very best

James

httpv://youtu.be/9mJ5IpqwmKc

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James Tripp

Hypnotist and Transformative Facilitator. Creator of Hypnosis Without Trance.

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  • wayne

    August 13, 2010

    Hi James,

    Where is the vid?

  • James Tripp

    August 13, 2010

    Working on it right now – weird glitch occuring!

  • Bill

    August 14, 2010

    James, I have your, ” Hypnosis with out a Trance” Mastery program, and I think its great, I have had a great deal of sucess with it, I took your advice, and tried going through the experience myself to get a better understanding of what the person I am working with is going through, but I cant get the same sucess with myself, as I have with others, I have yet to sucessfully stick my own hand to a table, no matter how focussed I am. I am just curious to know if you have ever successfully stuck your own hand to a table?

    • James Tripp

      August 15, 2010

      Hi Bill

      Yes! I can stick my hand quite easily, and often do when I am teaching (because I often look at my own hand when I talk through parts of the process, and it often sticks).

      I also know how to unstick it – for me it is just a matter of where I put my mind. When I ‘go into’ and stay ‘in’ the experience, it sticks.

      BUT… even if you can’t fully stick it, it is still of value to PRETEND and ‘go into’ the experience with all your imagination. This will help you to ‘model’ how it could be, which will help to set your intent.

      All the very best

      James

  • kojasa

    August 14, 2010

    Hello James,

    Once again I find myself nodding along as I either read your words or watch your videos. Here’s some notes I had scrawled to myself a short while ago that relate to your post:

    “By focusing on self control we are able to access our persuasive abilities, readily available within our subconscious awareness, when a lack of self control cuts those abilities off. It is not that the subconscious has some magical/mystical/supernatural connection to the universe, it’s that the subconscious is an integral part of our awareness (made up of both conscious and subconscious processes).
    And when we are aware of what we want (i.e. our Intent) and aware of relevant current reality what we need to do to achieve our goals comes about organically from the situation itself.”

    As you say, Intent is important and the other half is the persuasive skills that drive the Intent forward.

    I also like the coaching angle. I liken hypnosis to being a personal trainer of the mind. As the trainer/hypnotist I am the expert in specific techniques and methodologies, yet the client is the one who must implement my directions. In essence, they do all the work, I just know highly effective ways to get the work done.

    Just thought I’d add to the conversation.

    Pleasure as always,
    Korey

  • Ben

    August 14, 2010

    Another fantastic video from you James and I love all the peripheral stuff that we can learn: for example, just how in control you can be to say “stop!” and be such much more direct and directive. Its like when you learn as a beginner that hypnosis is not some wispy and fragile state that the subject could snap out of at any moment. The HWT stuff really shows that, but the example you use here goes even further to demonstrate just how strong and it actually is.

    • James Tripp

      August 15, 2010

      Thanks Ben

      Giving strong direction is pretty important – I reckon if things aren’t happening as you want, give the appropriate directions.

      James

  • Kim Robinson

    August 14, 2010

    Hi James
    Always a pleasure and an education to watch and listen to you.
    The ‘self hand stick’ is such good practice for making sure you are at the top of your game. If you can’t stick your own hand, how can you confidently expect to stick someone else’s? Start small… spread some imaginary glue on the table top… place your left hand onto the glue and press down. You might want to use the right hand to press down on the back of the left hand to ensure good adhesion. Like all good glues, give it a few moments to set. Once you know it has set, start by trying to lift just one finger – it is best to test by using the 3rd (ring finger). Once you find that this finger won’t budge, try another – probably the little finger… you will find it impossible to lift it. In fact, the harder you try, the more impossible it becomes. Do the same with the middle finger. Once you are confident your fingers are firmly stuck, you can try and lift your entire hand but by now, you will find that it is firmly stuck to the table and it has become impossible to lift it.
    Enjoy the sensation.

    • Tim

      August 15, 2010

      “If you can’t stick your own hand, how can you confidently expect to stick someone else’s?”

      Hi Kim,
      That’s an interesting question that really got me thinking today and kind of led me to a bit of a revelation as to why my attempts at self hypnosis have so far been fruitless.
      I am by no means a massively experienced hypnotist, certainly not compared to others on this site, but was fortunate enough to have been taught from day 1 that hypnosis is not about trance. As a result I have always worked with ideomotor phenomena and tend to have no difficulty getting the desired results from subjects. In fact it has been a while since I actually had anything like what you might call a ‘fail’. My confidence in the outcome and focus of intent is unaffected by my lack of any first hand experience. I just put it down to being very clear in my mind about the suggestions given. I think my stumbling block with the self hypnosis side of it comes from a difficulty in accepting those suggestions, no matter how hard I try!
      I don’t believe for a moment that it is necessary to experience hypnosis to be a good hypnotist. Or at least I hope not…
      I understand the value of joining the subject in their experience but until you posted this Kim, it hadn’t occurred to me that sticking your own hand was possible.
      My issue comes with being the hypnotist and the subject. I don’t find it as easy to change my own reality in this way as I do someone else’s.
      James, I would also be interested to find out if you can stick your own hand to the table. If so, do you view this as essential to the process of achieving the results you are after with others?
      Apologies if I am going over things that are covered in the Hypnosis Mastery Programme, I am really enjoying the blog and will be purchasing the training very soon 🙂

      • James Tripp

        August 15, 2010

        Hey Tim

        Yes I can stick my own hand (see my above reply to Bill).

        I have often heard people say that you need to be a good subject to be a good hypnotist, but this can’t be true because I have met too many good hypnotists who are not so good subjects.

        I still feel there is value in using the imagination to model phenomena, for the purpose of shaping intent (and who knows, go into it enough and it may just step over into reality – but don’t make this your outcome).

        Glad that you are enjoying the blog!

        All the very best

        James

    • James Tripp

      August 15, 2010

      Ha! That’s sweet! Nice directions… thanks Kim!

      James

      • Kim Robinson

        August 16, 2010

        Forgot to add that you can increase the difficulty in trying to lift the first finger by raising the elbow above the level of the table. Its actually impossible to lift any finger if you are standing, rather than sitting at the table.
        Of course, as with magnetic fingers (hands clasped and index fingers pointing up) this is only the initial part of the suggestion process. However, I have found that by starting with an failsafe step, the conscious bypass happens even more readily – especially with clients/subjects who might be more sceptical to begin with.

  • Roger Foxwell

    August 14, 2010

    Hi James,

    Thanks for this video blog about something we do not always pay particular attention to. Intent and belief are two of the most powerful energies that we need to use if we are to get excellent results and the person we are working with will subconsciously sense how much of this we have moments into any induction if not before.

    Also after buying your brilliant HWT I have just finished the “No-fail Protocol” which is excellent. This must be some of the best yet easiest to understand training material available and certainly better than anything else I have bought so far. Thanks!

    Roger

    • James Tripp

      August 15, 2010

      Thanks Roger for the feedback on the Home Study material! always good to hear!

      All the very best

      James

  • JP

    August 16, 2010

    Awesome. Great story about the golf coach and nice catch on Bandler’s language pattern.

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