Unwanted Thoughts

Can we get rid of unwanted thoughts?

It is literally impossible to do so. The reason is because thoughts are something that appears out from nowhere (we cannot pinpoint where it comes from). All we know is it comes from our mind.

If you cannot know where your thoughts are, how can you prevent it from surfacing?

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The Different Induction

There exist many induction techniques to get people into a hypnotic state. It ranges from techniques that involves the eyes, the head, the hand, the posture, the muscles, the breathing, the arms and so on.

These techniques uses the relaxation of the mind and body or the use of words to put the person into state eg. the word sleepy, drowsy, dizzy etc.

Whether an induction is a fast one (ie it takes seconds) or a long one that takes 20 minutes or so, it revolves around mind/body and words.

Natural Hypnosis

Natural Hypnosis refers to hypnosis that occurs naturally without the inducement of a hypnotist. Eg when you are absorbed while reading a favourite book.

How frequent does it occur? The answer is very often. But the frequency also depends on individual and surrounding factors.

If a person does not sleep well or is in constant fatigue, then he may enter into hypnosis easily. It also does not matter the time of the day, for hypnosis can happen at any time.

Metaphor For Belief

When we accept an idea and reinforced it by repeating it or using other references as support, it will then form a Belief.

One metaphor we could use to describe belief is:

The mind is like a cement.  Ideas are written on it.  The references that support this idea is like a fan used to fan the cement.  The more supports your mind comes up with, the faster the fan swings and the quicker the cement hardens. Once it is hardened, it has formed a solid belief that is not easily breakable.

Now, you will need some tools such as a hammer to break it. It needs powerful force to do so because it is no longer fresh and soft.

Memory

Our memory is deeply seated in the subconscious mind.

When we recall a memory, it automatically plays out as per the subconscious way of responding based on the data of experience and events stored.

Since it is a response that does not require conscious thinking, it is a form of hypnosis.

Cold Reading

Cold reading is about reading the mind of people you are not familiar with or a total stranger.

This skill is especially important for hypnotist in covert hypnosis.

Covert hypnosis is about having conversation with people in a way that he is talking directly to their subconscious mind. For instance in street hypnosis, a hypnotist would approach any street guy and starts a conversation.

He would then use his cold reading skill to find out more about that person. In other words, he asks questions that point him the direction of what the stranger’s thoughts are.

Question like “You like brown colour, right?” – this question is not asked in order to have the right answer but merely to prompt that person to give the right answer. In this case, he would reply either Yes or tells the hypnotist the colour he actually likes. If he says that he likes green, then the hypnotist would focus on something that is green in colour to “suit his taste”, things like grassland.

Of course one question cannot reveal much about the person.  More questions have to be asked for the hypnotist to better know about her. 

And this is nothing new. We ask question when we want to get to know a certain person.