State Induction

Concept. Sometimes we (or another) seem unable to access a particular resourceful state, way of thinking, feeling, acting, relating, etc. If we cannot reach a desired resourceful state when we need, then we will feel "stuck," i.e., at an impasse, without coping skills. To assist with this, we have three foci for accessing and inducing a resourceful state. We use these processes to move ourselves down "the royal roads" to state (Hall, 1995) of "mind" and "body." These include:

• Remembering a slate. We can use our memories to "recall a time when" we thought, felt or experienced the particular resource. "Have you ever X?"

• Creating a state. We can use our imagination to wonder about "what would it look, sound, and feel like if..." In this way we can construct the components that make up the state. Using the "as if" frame will enable us to find information coded in various modalities and submodalities and to construct the resource state we desire.

• Modeling a state in someone else. "Who do you know who thinks, feels, acts, relates, etc., in this resourceful way?" "Have you seen or heard them do this?" "Imagine yourself taking their place for a day, as you step into their body, looking out of their eyes, and you can be them for a while as you learn their strategy..."

The Pattern

1. Catch a state in process and anchor it. If we stay in uptime with our sensory awareness alert to the experiences of others, we will develop the skill of catching "states" as they occur. By accessing and anchoring these states, we can assist that person to learn how to control his or her own subjectivity.

2. Ask someone to specifically remember the state. "What did that state of...feel, look, sound like when you experienced it?" "Recall a time wrhen you felt safe and secure..." (or ¿my other resourceful state from memory). Have the person use his or her creative imagination about the components that make up the state. "Begin to allow yourself to simply imagine w¿llking in with calmness and presence of mind..."

3. Intensify the stale. Turn up the representations. After accessing the representations that induce a state, amplify them to strengthen the intensity of that state.

• Identify the driver submodalities that make the representations sensory rich and full. What submodality really drives or kicks in this state for you?

• Use various linguistic intensifies. What would you need to say to yourself that would crank up this state so that vou sizzle?

4. Access the physiology of the slate. To use physiology to access states, we put our body into the kind of posturing, movements, breathing, etc., that corresponds to the state. "Show me with your body, your posture, etc., what it would feel like if you fully and completely experienced X." "How would you breathe?"

5. Gauge the state. "How much do you now experience that confidence? If you gauged it between zero for not-at-all, and ten for totally, what would be your score?

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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