Every picture that is seen by your friend has arisen in their visual system: a complex one which extends from the eyes to the visual cortex at the back of the brain. When the eyes are open then this system responds to the messages it gets from the eyes. In these exercises you will have seen that it can also be activated by messages from other parts of the brain. In particular the words that you use are altering the content of the system.
One of the beauties of these exercises is that the visual system usually responds more readily, in more people, and more richly, than does any other system. You will have seen in Chapter 1 how muscles will react, for example, but they do so on the whole more slowly and the effect is simpler.
Because of this you will find that the imagination or visual system plays a large part in many of the changes produced by hypnotic techniques.
But in the mean time it is well worth getting a lot of experience of the ways in which this system works in different people, and realise how much of what happens depends on their minds. You should also get some practice in being flexible, and adapting to the answers you get.
Finally I want you to discover for yourself that much of what passes as a result of entering some "deep hypnotic state" can be evoked very simply with no preamble, no complex induction and no particular skill at all!
This is not to say that there is NO skill in the practice of hypnosis. The ability to enable a wider range of people to experience phenomena such as the above comes from experience. The value of various preambles and processes such as the deep relaxation of Chapter 2 is that they enable the responses you will have found in this chapter to be evoked more readily. However all these things are in the end merely sharpening and extending things that for some people can happen quite easily and with little or no preparation.
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