Set the scene. You are walking down the street, in the park or having a night out with your friends. A complete stranger walks up to you and before you know what’s happening the conversation has turned to hypnosis or maybe just to imagination and pretending.
Then twenty minutes later you find yourself standing there wondering where that time went while your compatriots are either guffawing or also looking as stunned as you feel.
Scene two is different, you are at an event and a person walks up to you, announces they are a professional hypnotist or magician hired as entertainment by the venue or event organisers and would you like to take part. You wake up ten minutes later with an audience applauding both you and your performing friend who offers to give you back the memory of astounding reality you’ve just experienced in the last few minutes.
I have no problem with scene two and neither should you. Forgetting any laws or insurance neither of which would protect you from incompetence or for that matter stupidity, in the second scenario you can be assured that the hypnotist has two things to protect. Their reputation and their payment. If you like their living.
Similarly if you are somewhere and hear someone discussing hypnosis who then says they are a therapist, then if you ask and they hypnotise you then you have instigated the thing and they will want you, and the people watching, to take their card as a client base building exercise.
In both of the later scenes you have the security that the reason for the hypnosis is one of professional demonstration as opposed to a simple ego trip for the hypnotist.
Sadly that isn’t always the case. And when it isn’t you need to know how to recognise and to avoid being effected by hypnosis in places you wouldn’t go looking for it.
Unless it’s being done so quickly that it borders on assault, or so covertly that the only way to really avoid it is to hum a tune in your head and not talk to anyone you don’t know, the approach, setup and induction will almost always follow a set procedure.
So what to look for?
Watch out for anyone who tries to break your pattern. That is they will hold out their hand and as you go to shake it they will pull yours toward them or pull it up towards your face.
They may just shake your hand and not letting go put their free hand on your elbow or shoulder. While they do this they will either ask outright if you have ever been hypnotised or much more powerfully they will ask if you have ever felt “different” or “imagine yourself floating, or distracted, or day dreaming”.
One of my favourite terms is very simple and gets most people into a subconscious state instantly and that is, “Just Imagine.”
If they are a little less subtle they may ask you to stare at something, anything, doesn’t really matter, although something bright or their own eyes or your own finger are among the most popular.
Once they get past this point they are in your head and when that happens they become your conscious and your conscience. That’s right they are the ones making all the decisions and your subconscious hasn’t even been given the suggestion that you will not do anything that goes against your morals or your beliefs. This isn’t exactly right and is something which every hypnotist should implant because when they don’t your morals and beliefs are a very thin veneer and they are easily suggested away.
So now you are hypnotised and no longer in control of any but your very basic actions what is the point? Well in a lot of cases of street hypnosis, certainly when it’s covert, the intent is the gratification of the hypnotists ego and as such your benefit is a cursory consideration because they have nothing to loose. Not even in a court as it’s impossible even for the best of us to prove hypnosis occurred.
So can you go out and buy an anti-hypnosis shield? Is their a tin foil hat that will stop the hypnotic rays from entering your skull? Does your local Radio Shack or Maplins stock a covert hypnotist detector? Sadly no. You have two alternatives.
One is to visit a great hypnotist professionally and get them to install the suggestion against any inappropriate hypnosis, or your entering an unwilling hypnotic state at the suggestion of someone else.
Or you can learn how it’s done and then be in the place where if it’s attempted with you, your subconscious can take over and reverse the direction so the would be hypnotist becomes the hypnotised.
To learn how to turn the tables on anyone trying to hijack control of your brain without permission, click here to pick up a copy of my Svengali System online training.
Or you can own my new book “How to Make Friends With Yourself and Influence People” the transcript of the audio course available on Amazon or any other book seller.
No show on Sunday this week. I’m installing how to do real hypnosis into 30 odd minds this weekend and that is all about focus. But we recorded a very special mastermind show with me,Jonathan Chase, Justin Tranz, Reg Blackwood and our guest British award winning hypno-magician James Brown. You can listen to the show from the BlogTalkRadio page or here as a Podcast from iTunes