Making Clean Language Work in the Real World!


Hi All!

As many of you may know, I am a big fan of a ‘hypnotic language’ model called Clean Language. Clean Language (CL) is not only a key element to the professional changework and coaching that I do, but also one of the major influences on my personal approach to my ‘Hypnosis Without Trance‘ approach.

Now I cannot overstate how important CL has been for me. It was certainly the difference that made the difference for me regarding efficacy as a changework practitioner, and is one of the most powerful and consistently effective modalities for change that I have experienced on the client end of the equation. From a practitioner perspective, as I have often said…

“If you are going to take away all my tools, leave me with Clean Language!”

And yet… So many people I have pointed in the direction of Clean Language have looked it over and apparently totally failed to ‘get it’ – why?

Well, I think in part it is down to it’s apparent, but deceptive, simplicity…

…on the surface it’s just 12 basic questions, asked in a particular ‘hypnotic’ (and slightly unusual) way.

Because of this, it is easy to learn the questions and ask them, but in doing so all the stuff that really makes it rock gets missed. And rock it most certainly does!

Clean Language was originally developed by New Zealand Hypnotherapist David Grove. Grove developed the approach as a means of facilitating ‘psychoactive processing’ of the clients material in real-time – moment-by-moment. CL is about being there in the moment with the client/subject, and facilitating their shifting experience – no scripts, no ‘pre-boxed’ technique, just real-time psychoactive facilitation. It really is magic!

Sadly, David Grove passed away a few years ago and there is no video of him available on YouTube or anything similar. However, his legacy lives on in a select few who have mastered the art of CL. One of those people is Judy Rees – top international coach and co-author of the book Clean Language (Crown House Publications). Now Judy is no ‘power hypnotist’ in the classic sense, but boy can she get change happening (she is not my personal coach without reason!). And…

On Wednesday 4th April 2012 at 8pm GMT (International Time) I will be interviewing Judy about Clean Language, and specifically about making Clean Language work in ‘the real world’.

Judy will be sharing some of her personal tips for making CL work across a range of contexts, so if you are a changeworker, coach, hypnotherapist or just someone interested in pragmatic applications for ‘hypnotic technologies’ you will want to be on this call. The details are all below!

And if you want to find out a little more about Clean Language in the meantime, I strongly recommend that you visit Judy’s website Learn Clean Language where you can do just that – totally free of charge!

Anyhows, enough said for now…

…and I look forward to having you join us on the call.

All the very best


P.S. If you have questions – particularly if you have looked at CL before and not got it to work for you – please do ask your questions via the Q&A box below. We will do our best to cover as many questions as possible during the call.

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About The Author

James Tripp

Hypnotist and Transformative Facilitator. Creator of Hypnosis Without Trance.


  • cdabam

    March 24, 2012

    There’s only one thing I’m not sure about…

    If you don’t get the green flags at different stages, what do you do? Say you get red flags & they just don’t seem to be able to focus. Their hand is already on the table but their eyes are darting about. How do you control their attention if pacing & leading isn’t enough to focus them?

    • admin

      March 27, 2012

      As Kenny Rogers said (my Mum was a big fan) “You’ve got to know when to hold, know when to fold, know when to walk away, know when to run”

      If I get a bunch of red flags, I have a choice to make – do I proceed knowing that there is a good chance of ‘failure’ (and often times I will do this, because ‘failure’ makes for great learning) or do I just bail out before reaching a critical point?

      If you take the latter, it’s easy enough to ‘exit by your own terms’. So you say something like…

      “Hmm, interesting. On reflection I’m not sure that now is the right time to do this… perhaps right here and right now isn’t the best time or place for you to really focus in”

      Sometimes a take-away like this is enough to get the person to ‘snap to attention’. If they do – great! If not, you can just exit or change direction and go into something else.

      What that something else is will depend upon the context – if it is informal and fun, I will segue into some Mentalism or ‘subliminal decision influence’ stuff. If the context is changework, there are just too many choices to list :-).

      The trick is, build a sufficient repertoire and flexibility in response to always have somewhere to go. My motto is:

      “Get something happening whatever happens”

      Which is largely what the No-Fail Protocol is about. (The No-Fail Protocol is NOT recommended for those who have not yet studied the Hypnosis Mastery Programme BTW)

      Hope that helps!


  • Larry

    April 6, 2012

    Are you religious James? If not I’d love to talk to you about spirituality and metaphysical …looking at it as a hypnotist, do you feel that experiences of divine connection are simply elicitations of phenomena because they are believed and expected to happen, rather than divine connection? I’d love to have a personal chat about this with you.

    • admin

      April 7, 2012

      Hi Larry

      I’m not at all religious. I think that, in general, we have a massive creative input when it comes to generating our experience, which has the downside of making us rather poor witnesses to reality beyond our perception. This is something that is known by most good magicians and mentalists, who utilise it to their advantage (having experience something different from what is actually happening, and certainly remembering something different).

      All the very best


      • Larry

        April 7, 2012

        Thanks for the reply James – I know exactly where you’re coming from, and I think we’re on the same lines. Maybe if more people understood the incredible phenomena that our minds create for us when we expect them to be created, and the huge distortion of events after they’ve happened, they would understand the illogical leaps of faith which they use to categorize their experiences. And as Richard Dawkins said…”the mind is very susceptible to hallucination”.

  • Larry

    April 7, 2012

    On a similar theme, I think I’m correct in assessing that you define the components of a hypnotic loop to be:

    • Belief
    • Imagination
    • Physiology
    • Experience

    …and of course focus. Now, is the physiology a necessary component, if we are only interested in evoking emotional responses?

    • admin

      April 8, 2012

      As you point out, it’s not really necessary Larry. I could make a case for it (emotions being a physiological response) but the model is about functionality, so in the case of emotional response you could take that step out and not lose too much.

      All the very best


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