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Such an association (a neuro-semantic association) can even become linked and conditioned in us apart from our conscious awareness, since this process involves the functioning of our entire nemo-physio-psychological state. This description also accounts for the state-boundness of information. When we have accessed a state, all of our learning, memory, communication, perceptions ¿md behavior operate as state-dependent.

So what? We all have anchors set in our neurology! As a semantic class of life, living in the world where billions of stimuli occur, we inevitably get things linked together. And many of these connections do not serve us well. They just wire us up with lots of "buttons" so that we experience emotional states (semantic reactions) to certain stimuli.

Now we can explore these neurological linkages. "What kind of anchoring situations have you had?" or "Which ones would you like to change?" On the downside, we find that many people do not associate» resourceful stales, but unresourceful states, to challenging situations. In other words, they have linked up meanings that put them into a negative neuro-semantic state in response to some trigger.

An anchor then operates as a sensory stimulus that has become so linked to a specific stale that it can instantly put one into that state in a way that "feels" automatic, immediate, and beyond one's control. Recognizing that this neurological mechanism empowers us to set up useful anchors, we can change "internal experiences" (states) so they can serve as resources.

1 his also indicates the extent to which we live in a symbolic world. We take in various stimuli as "symbols" and then react/respond to those symbols which create our semantic world or reality. When we create our symbolic/semantic model of the world, we respond to the world via our symbols (meanings: memories, imaginations, beliefs) rather than to the stimuli as stimuli.

The result? Our meanings begin to carry far more importance than mere stimuli and eventually become stabilized into beliefs, values, attitudes, etc. Anchors function as triggers for state access. Anchoring uses an element of an experience to bring back the full experience. Anchoring can occur in any sensory system and also in the language system. Finally, anchoring re-induces states without the need to "think" about things.

The key anchoring factors involve:

• State intensity: at the peak of an experience.

• State purity: distinct, discrete, specific.

• Anchor uniqueness: unusual, precise, distinct, replicable.

The anchoring pattern gives us the ability to work with association and dissociation ¿is states (as in the phobia cure). We can also anchor an unresourceful cue picture to a resourceful desired outcome picture and Swish our brains (the Swish pattern). We can anchor resourceful states so that we can later "fire them off" and re-experience them. Thus, the general purpose in anchoring involves managing an experience so that we can access it at will.

The Anchoring Pattern

1. Decide on a behavior, state, or response you would like to recreate. Also identify what kind of an anchor (cue system or trigger) you want to set (e.g., a silent hand movement, a smile, an unobtrusive touch, a word).

2. Elicit a response. Ask a person to remember, imagine, or think about a state and go biick and remember it fully... - In eliciting the response, make sure that the person has an intense response (something worth anchoring).

3. Calibrate to and detect the response. Because anchoring links a new stimulus to a response, notice when a person has a response, and calibrate by noticing eye accessing cues, body gestures, posture, breathing, movement, etc.

4. Add a stimulus. Now, to the person's response add a sight (make a face or gesture), sound (make a noise), sensation (touch) or word. Always anchor with unique triggers, and do so in all of the sensor)' systems (this creates redundancy which makes it stronger).

5. Test. Break state and then re-trigger the stimulus and notice if the response occurs again. If it does, then you have anchored the response.

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy, however, they are taught here for information purposes only. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotise people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing more intensive study.

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