A magician never reveals her secrets.
A scientist always does.
An induction into hypnosis is the series of steps you take to enter hypnosis. You can take a magical path using an ‘indirect induction’, long, winding, imaginative and full of distractions that might cause delay. Imagination, relaxation, dream state and sleep are all NOT hypnosis. They can be combined with hypnosis. However hypnosis should be established FIRST, to limit confusion and doubt of the state you are in. You can take the direct path using a ‘direct induction’, methodological, scientific, fast, efficient, focused. This will leave more time for the transformative work.
The Elman Induction.
In the late 19th century a great hypnotist, Dave Elman created the ‘Elman Induction’
The steps of his induction were instructions for mimicking the steps needed to enter trance quickly. It is a widely popular induction that is also used in the Ines Simpson Protocol.
Here is a video in which I explain the theory of the induction.
Here is a video with a modified guided audio of the induction for you to experience at home. To learn self-hypnosis properly, I advice you book an in-person session with a hypnotherapist who uses DIRECT hypnosis techniques. The hypnotherapist can tailor the rhythm of the induction to suit your needs and help you whenever necessary, important things that an audioguide cannot do.
The hypnotic state does not require relaxation. However combining relaxation and hypnosis is very useful, especially when it comes to energetic realignment and exploration of the non physical dimensions. Relaxation also allows your body to rest and rebalance. It helps your mind maintain a longer focus. This is the reason why I personally use and will explain the process of induction that includes relaxation.
The Steps of the Elman Induction (also the steps for entering trance):
1. Establish intention and willpower
2. Inner focus
3. Physical relaxation. Beginning with the eyelids, sent to the rest of the body.
4. Mental relaxation and FRACTIONING, the opening and closing of the eyes.
5. Selective amnesia
(You are now in hypnosis)
6. Deepening hypnosis and doing the work
Is it that simple?
Yes. But you have to DO it. Through doing it you understand what you’re looking for and realise how to apply it to a variety of practices.
The first induction I learned (and used for almost a year) took 15 min. I was also advised ‘to take my (sweet) time’. Needless to say it was an ‘indirect induction’. When I learned the Elman I thought ‘How could this much shorter induction work better?’ I had to deprogram a belief I had, that inductions were supposed to be journey like experiences that took you to a dreamlike dimension. Learning and applying he Elman induction was like returning to essence.