Updated: Jan 25
You can’t hypnotize someone and expect to get a specific result each time. The hypnosis client can easily reject any suggestions that they had not previously agreed to or feel may not be in their highest and best good to receive. The relationship between the hypnotherapist and a client is one of cooperation. That is the most important thing—this cooperative component between these two aligning—people who are coming together to help transform a particular issue or problem that arises for the subject.
Topics on this article: Bypass the Guardian
Element #1 - Bypass the Guardian
The guardian is also known as the conscious mind. In some cases, it can also be called the ego. To do that, the hypnotist, with the willing subject, will either relax the mind or systematically allow the subject to go into a peaceful, open, relaxed state. Or the hypnotist may confuse the guardian using eye fixation or other hypnotic approaches. Bypassing the guardian is important because the guardian can at any time say, “I am not going to accept that suggestion.” That would happen regardless of whether or not the client is in a deep, relaxed state or completely confused during a sleep state. So no matter what, the guardian still can pop up and say, “I’m not going to accept that because we’re not taking away anyone’s free will, and this isn’t mind control.”
Bypassing the guardian helps the hypnotist get to the deeper levels of the subject’s subconscious mind. When it’s successful, it can help ensure that the subject is benefiting greatly from that which is running most of the functions of the subject's physical, mental and emotional bodies. In that case, we want to make sure we are giving suggestions that the subject will easily respond to, easily absorb into their subconscious mind, and allow themselves to act upon those positive suggestions that they would receive during a session at a later time.
Element #2 - Use Easy Language
Use easy language that the subject can say yes to. You see this with Ericksonian language patterns, and at hypnotherapyschool.net, we provide our students with a language patterns logbook when they sign up and enroll with us to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy Practitioner and receive your hypnotherapy certification so that they can log all of the good, easy suggestions that most people will respond positively to during a hypnosis session.
These Ericksonian language patterns are helpful because the hypnotist knows that if the suggestion is too positive, the guardian will suddenly wake up if the suggestion seems too unrealistic. For example, if the subject is unhealthy, and you suggest, “I am incredibly healthy. I’ve never been healthier in my life. I feel amazing. I feel so good, so healthy, 100% of the time,” the guardian will not see that as even remotely true, and will resist that idea. Instead, we want to use Ericksonian language patterns to take the information to the deeper part of the subconscious mind with a phrase such as, “I am willing to look at things differently to allow more help to come my way. I like feeling healthy, and I like feeling good. I enjoy understanding and knowing that my body is open to becoming more and more healthy.” So with that half step of patterning, it allows the subconscious mind to be even more open to the idea that is being presented to it and the guardian continuing to relax because it’s not feeling threatened.
Even before getting started with your hypnosis session, it can be helpful to have the client agree upon some of these suggestions and take note if they have resistant reactions. Consider discussing even better suggestions with their help. The more effective the suggestions, the more likely they can be acted upon later in a more resourceful way.
Element #3 - Activate Client Senses
During hypnosis with your client, make sure you activate the senses. Use words that would help them access their back system: visual, auditory, kinesthetic (and we could also add gustatory). Use sight, sound, taste, touch, smell in your suggestions. Get clear and use some of these beautiful words that activate all of those senses, and you will find that it goes even deeper into subconscious awareness. These things can be crystal clear, for example, “the smell of success," “the ringing of bells that signify you’re on your way,” “a light wind that moves through your hair," “tasting something delicious” can be very helpful.
Before you get started, ask your client what they love to make your hypnosis session even more effective—for example, their favorite landscapes, where they like to spend time, their favorite sounds. The client will feel at ease knowing that somebody cares about what matters to them. There are great opportunities to see your client in various ways, and most people are not “seen” on a day-to-day basis. Listening, seeing and collaborating with them on what will work best for them fosters a dynamic loop partnership with them, enhances hypnotic success, and ensures a joyful, happy experience for the client. That can mean a lot for both of you, and it will help the client achieve their result. The next time you see them, you can use this same approach again to help you get clear about what they need for the future.