Hypnosis: Deeper & Deeper into… New Hypnotic Realities!

As you may have noticed, the ‘tag-line’ for Hypnosis Without Trance is “No ‘Sleep’, No ‘Eyes Closed’, No ‘Deeper & Deeper’…” I love this tag-line, but I have a confession to make – it is not strictly true!

No ‘sleep’… true! No ‘eyes closed…’ mostly true, but I do use eye-closure as part of my set up for negative hallucination. No ‘deeper & deeper’?

Well, ‘depth’ and going ‘into’ are great metaphors, and as a hypnotist I never would want to pass up on a functionally useful metaphor. BUT… what I would like to suggest is that you use them with a little more creativity than most hypnotists do! Because when you do, you can get some REALLY POWERFUL RESULTS!!!

The video will explain all! And please leave your comments here on the blog!

Happy Hypnotising

James Tripp

httpv://youtu.be/0MDVJ4SXfwc

P.S.

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“I want to thank James Tripp. I’ve never endorsed a hypnosis product before, but I think his is really good.” Jörgen Rasmussen

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James Tripp

Hypnotist and Transformative Facilitator. Creator of Hypnosis Without Trance.

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29 Comments

  • philippe

    September 26, 2010

    funny taht you talk about that, because i m working about analgesia/anesthesia those times ( i m dentist)
    And i was bothered yestey day, reading int the Hilgard book, taht phenomean are not really related with depth. So i was wondering if it would be possible to get it qith HWT;)
    ( and how. very specificely)

    By the way , how do you take someone OUT OF a feeling ? ( anxiety before dental care for exemple )

    PS i m still waiting for your last DVD;)

  • Gareth Lee Morgan

    September 26, 2010

    Great video James, that’s just the kind of information I’m looking for at the moment, I’m very interested in knowing what part of what I say or do is actually helping my subject change their reality or go into trance and do I need to do everything I’m doing or is it just for show. Good work 🙂

  • James Tripp

    September 26, 2010

    Hi Philippe

    Getting someone out of a feeling? Using submodalities is one way. I use variations on Richard Bandler’s spinning feeling technique, as well as using the submodalities of distance.

    Another method is to watch how the use their eyes when they do anxiety, then change the eye pattern and challenge them to do it with a different eye pattern. For example, if they have a pattern of looking down and darting left and right with their eyes, have them take a deep breath in, let it out and look up and to the right, keep their eyes there and TRY to do the anxiety. Or model a symbol for comfort and relaxation and have them associate with it.

    Or all of those things!

    Don’t know why you haven’t received the DVD’s – they were re-sent early in September. I’ll check the tracking service and find out what is happening.

    All the very best

    James

  • John P Morgan

    September 26, 2010

    I agree that it’s a more direct and more effective way to get phenomena. Many hypnotists don’t get the idea that trance is a phenomena, but I also think this is true.

    When I switched to going deeper into the experience of a hand stick, it got more stuck more quickly.

    If most hypnotists believed as strongly in getting a particular phenomena as they do in getting trance, then they’d be better much better at getting that phenomena. The hypnotists belief is subtly communicated to the subject and this subtle communication is a big part of how likely the subject is to accept the hypnotic reality.

  • Lee "Stevo" Stephens

    September 26, 2010

    I too believe that it can be a faster and more direct way of achieving phenomena and can’t wait to experiment with this.
    What if the subject expects to be going ‘deeper’ into ‘a state’ with ‘eyes closed’.
    Their belief is (not everything) but quite a lot.

    • James Tripp

      September 26, 2010

      Interesting you should ask…

      “What if the subject expects to be going ‘deeper’ into ‘a state’ with ‘eyes closed’”

      I was speaking at a conference full of hypnotists recently (Change | Phenomena) and my first volunteer had just that expectation set. I had her sit down and asked her to look at her hand, started pacing current experience… and she was gone! Eyes closed, zonked out. Her belief about what hypnosis was totally pipped my process (bummer of a demo, considering the point I wanted to make).

      Demo’s aside, if people expect a ‘trance ritual’ much of the time this is exactly what they get. No point working against the established belief system, so long as it creates no obstacles to the process.

      All the very best

      James

  • Andy Smith

    September 26, 2010

    Hi James,

    I came across your site via Judy Rees and it’s great to see someone creatively applying some of the clean language concepts to hypnosis.

    I’m not sure that ‘going into’ something is always a container metaphor – e.g. into the sea, into the void.

    Plus you’re probably sick of people pointing out that the singular of ‘phenomena’ is ‘phenomenon’!

    If I was still a hypnotherapist I would definitely be checking out your courses, and I’ll be pointing people this way in future if they want to upgrade their hypnotic skills.

    Best wishes,
    Andy Smith

    • James Tripp

      September 26, 2010

      Hi Andy

      Thank you for taking the time to comment here.

      I guess the ‘container’ in ‘container metaphor’ is in itself a metaphor. For me, the sea and the void can both contain things, and so are containers.

      When I stop and think about is, I know that the singular is phenomenon and the plural phenomena, but I have no ‘felt’ distinction, so I always default to ‘phenomena’ when speaking on the fly. I guess I could take the time to build one.

      All the very best

      James

  • john

    September 26, 2010

    James,

    Really enjoyed this post. As a therapist I’m always looking to improve and add new skills/ concepts to my skill set. Lately I’ve been exploring the whole concept of metaphor (Ericksonian) and its power to enhance persuasive healing. Your post adds to this , thank you.

  • James Tsakalos

    September 26, 2010

    Brilliant stuff as usual James!

    I really hope your viewers appreciate how significant this stuff is. Too often people see the simplicity in something and give it less serious attention than it deserves, but it’s often these simple refinements that take your skills to whole new levels when put into practice.

    I suspect many people who follow your posts here are in a fantastic position to make the shift from competence to expertise. And the trick is just dropping out of that space of just thinking “what a great idea” and slipping straight into the habit of incorporating it into your work with people right away.

    Rock and roll mate.

    James Tsakalos

    [ grumble grumble – I can’t even just sign off as James T here … 😉 ]

    • James Tripp

      September 27, 2010

      Thanks James.

      Love to catch up if you are going to be in the UK in 2011.

      James T 😉

      • James Tsakalos

        September 28, 2010

        James T 😉

        … cheeky bugger.

  • Jim Macy

    September 27, 2010

    James,
    I have been practicing hypnosis since the mid 1950’s and your insights are a breath of fresh air. When you said that trance was a phenomenon of hypnosis it was a break-through moment.
    Now I think deeper may translate toore focused,committed, congruent, or experiencing the altered reality more fully.
    This post of yours again hits the target if a person is willing to expand or set aside old notions.
    Thanks

  • Peter Wright

    September 27, 2010

    Great post James, as always.
    Another chunk of mindful insights and stimulating and thought provoking invitations.

    I don’t get hung up on the phenomena(non) bit – because to my mind there’s not one but many things going on, so phenomenA is quite appropriate!

    Sorry I missed the Change | Phenomena Conf recently, and your demo illustration bears out what I encountered last week. I was just showing a coaching/therapy client the hand-clasp with index fingers apart routine, and as his fingers closed the gap and touched – he too was ‘gone’ without invitation and I had to encourage him to return to our conversation!

    The box metaphor is interesting, and I wonder if there are any derivatives of this that we as hypnotists have already been using without realising it. Mainly because it comes under the banner of “client interpretation”. On the occasions when there’s been a ticking clock available (in a client’s home for instance) I can (now) well understand how they might hear the spaces between the ticking sounds as being a kind of “silent box” with the tick sounds being the box boundaries. To ‘go deeper into that silence’ is another means of searching into the dark recesses of perception their metaphor is representing.

    If WE keep our minds open to everything, anything (pretty much) is possible for our clients!!
    All the best,
    Peter

  • James Tripp

    September 27, 2010

    Thanks Peter

    Deeper into the silence between the ticks – I love it! (and will use it, because I have such a ticking clock in my changework office).

    J

  • austin

    September 28, 2010

    Great Disk James. Just looked at it 4 times ha ha
    Best Wishes Austin.

  • Darío Piera

    November 2, 2010

    I have experiment this on myself long time ago as a patient, long time ago.
    I thought the Dr. was able to hypnotize me in some way.

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    • James Tripp

      November 16, 2010

      Please PM me and we can discuss!

      All the very best

      James

  • medical billing

    November 12, 2010

    Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

    • James Tripp

      November 16, 2010

      I am JamesTripppHypno on Twitter! And ny personal Facebook is James Tripp.

      All the very best

      James

  • Milly Britz

    November 18, 2010

    pretty helpful material, overall I consider this is well worth a bookmark, thanks

  • Ron Tedwater

    November 18, 2010

    Great work keep it coming

  • disa

    January 9, 2011

    great video, I have a question since you are not a fan of a trance model how would you aproach self-hypnosis how would you do it? I tried to think of a way but apparently my knowledge of this hypnosis model is at this time a bit short, so if you could answer this q i would be grateful. Thanks

  • Don

    January 9, 2011

    Just ordered your new program last week and waiting for it to come. I’d signed up for your newsletter and it is great. This video leads me to make a comparison between this statement and your belief in ” The Big Because”. Isn’t what you are marking as a RED HERRING just “The Big Because” that you use as your access point to gain credibility and begin? Seems like it is.

    • James Tripp

      January 9, 2011

      Hi Don

      Yes, absolutely ‘trance’ can be used as a big because to engender buy in, and I use ‘classic’ hypnosis exactly that way. But that think that ‘trance’ is necessary is a red herring, and to become preoccupied with depth of trance is definitely so.

      All the very best

      James

  • Hello James,
    I received your HWT discs last Friday and have been listening and absorbing the info since. I think they are a fantastic tool! I did my first card stick a couple of days ago on a family member after using the magnetic fingers and hands (to confirm compliance) and also got an arm lock too. I was so pleased that I lost focus and thus so did she. Still, I was happy with it and learned for next time.
    I have shared the discs with my friend, and new business partner, James and we are going to go out on Saturday (separately) to experiment with people that we find. It will be the first time either of us has done hypnosis in public. It is scary and very exciting.
    I am hoping that you will give me some advice: With the sticks, the tests are analogue and gradual first and I can utilise them not working by saying “that’s right” and comparing the difference with the other hand etc. What happens if I try to open a new loop for something specific like amnesia or an hallucination and it just doesn’t work? They are digital tests. I will preframe the experience as an experiment and so the outcome is unknown, but if it is obvious that it just doesn’t work the subject may lose the focus (and pop out of the loop) which I need for other phenomena; plus reducing my credibility with the onlookers as an Hypnotist.

    Also, when working with a crowd, do you have any tips to keep it entertaining? As I am new to this I may use the same phenomena elicitation again and again, which is great for me but not so good for spectators.
    As I have trained in NLP I can use other tools like the hand shake interrupt or new code games etc, but would like to focus on hypnotic phenomena without trance as much as possible.
    Any tips are very welcome.

    David.

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