I have absolutely nothing to say.
Or at least that’s what I thought…until I opened my mouth and started to talk to people about what I do.
It was then that I realised I actually have a lot to say. In fact, it turns out I am quite opinionated. Perhaps ‘opinionated’ is not the right word….perhaps ‘passionate’ is a better one.
You see, I have a passion for hypnotism, and it’s important to me that it is done right. I see a lot of hypnotherapists who frankly wouldn’t recognise hypnosis in their clients if it ran up to them, smacked them in the face, stepped on their neck and screamed “I’m hypnosis!!”. They might well be hypnotising their clients, they might not…but they certainly can’t be sure that they are, and as a result their clients don’t know if they’ve been hypnotised.
Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that…except for the fact that the poor soul sitting on the couch with their eyes closed thinking “I don’t think I’m hypnotised” is paying money for you to do a bit of hypnosis on them. Is it too much to ask that they get what they are paying for…you know…the thing that was advertised?
If we call a plumber out to fix the toilet we expect some evidence of plumbing having taken place before we hand over our hard earned cash. So why should the hypnotist expect any different treatment?…and why should his clients be asked to take his word for it…especially if he doesn’t know if they were hypnotised either?
So what about a guarantee? How about some evidence?
Now the problem with therapy is that it’s not an exact science (no matter what the NLPers would have you believe). It can be very difficult to give any guarantee of results. In fact, you could easily argue that any guarantee equates to a careless mismanagement of the client’s expectations. However…if you are a hypnotist there is at least one thing you can guarantee…hypnosis. If you are a hypnotist who knows how to do hypnotism then you also know how to make sure the client knows they have been hypnotised. This is the stuff you should have learnt on day 1. So even if you can’t guarantee a miracle cure, hopefully you can at least guarantee that as a hypnotist you will be using hypnosis to attempt to perform that cure.
This all sounds simple enough until you realise…
…you can’t guarantee hypnosis.
You can’t do this because not everyone’s brain can do hypnosis. It’s a matter of neurological architecture. Studies suggest that a certain part of your corpus collossum (the anterior rostra for you neurology fans) has to be sufficiently developed to facilitate the ability to be hypnotised. It appears that people with strikingly large rostra are much better hypnotees than those with disappointingly small rostra. This doesn’t mean that categorically there are people who cannot do hypnosis…it just means there are people who are very unlikely to be able to develop that ability in the space of a few 90 minute hypnosis sessions. The brain has a good degree of plasticity…but growing larger rostra isn’t going to happen overnight.
So if we can’t guarantee a result and we can’t guarantee you can be hypnotised…what exactly am I charging you for?
Here’s where we start to see the wood for the trees. You see, the one guarantee I can give is that I won’t charge you for not hypnotising you. If your brain is one of those few (roughly 10%…roughly) that isn’t about to drop into hypnosis then this particular hypnotist won’t charge you for finding that out. Fortunately, I don’t need an MRI scanner to discover whether or not you have super-sized rostra…I just need to take a few moments to try and hypnotise you (that’s right Yoda, I said ‘try’). This happens in one of my famous free consultations. I shall speak more about why I do free consultations in a later blog, but for now let’s just say that before my clients are asked to pay for a session they have already met me, found out what a nice man I am, and most importantly…they know they can do hypnosis.
Most of them have also already used the words ‘wow’ and ‘that was weird’ a few times in that consultation as well.
Hypnotists are notorious for disagreeing about what we are actually doing when we hypnotise someone, but in this hypnotist’s opinion hypnosis is more than sitting on a couch with your eyes closed. Hypnosis is a remarkable experience…you know when it happens. If you don’t know it has happened, chances are it probably hasn’t. This (among other things) is what this blog is about. This blog represents the random musings of a man who never wanted to be a therapist…but instead wanted to be a hypnotist who uses hypnosis to help people. Sometimes I manage to do this…sometimes I don’t.
Here are some videos of me doing hypnosis:
(In a later blog I will explain why I appear to be hypnotising someone in a derelict building!)
Hopefully, these videos illustrate how the hypnotee knows she has been hypnotised.
That’s all for now…
Onward and upward!