Hypnosis Training – Learn the 4 Stage Hypnosis Protocol
Hypnosis is a widely acknowledged process that can change the lives of many,
by using hypnosis you can change your ways of life to be happier, healthier and
more personally satisfying.
Hypnosis is created when a person is so intensely focused that it creates a
freedom within the unconscious mind to act beyond the normal restrictions of
what the conscious mind deems possible, real and proper
Hypnosis training is best started by learning about the past and present of
hypnosis itself. The history of hypnosis reaches centuries back; it wasn‟t until
the 1880‟s that hypnosis advanced from the „Dark Ages‟ and into a more
It was then that a Scottish neurosurgeon by the name of James Braid came up
with the term hypnotism. Not only is James Braid responsible for coining the
term hypnotism he is also responsible for the study that proved that hypnotism
was not a product of magnetic fluids flowing through our bodies.
Braid spent time studying Animal Magnetism and Mesmerism and concluded
from those studies that hypnosis could be induced by anyone as long as they
followed a certain set of simple rules.
As Braid experimented and studied hypnosis he coined the term hypnosis for
reasons that the subjects undergoing it looked to be sleepy. After further
study he found that one could be hypnotized and still be wide awake, at this
time he attempted to change the term hypnotism to monoidealism; mono-
meaning one, and idealism for the focus on a particular idea.
This term made better sense as the act of hypnosis is created by complete
focus on one idea to the extent that it eventually becomes a reality for the
subject. The term monoidealism did not take and hence today hypnosis is still
known as hypnosis.
As James Braid has shown us through history there are rules to follow and steps
to take to induce a person into a hypnotic state. These steps are known today
as the 4 Stage Formula. The 4 Stage Formula begins with Stage 1, to Absorb
Attention. Absorbing attention is simply to capture the focus of your subject.
This requires intense concentration and the ability to draw your subject into
you and to keep them following your lead with suggestions and language, after
you have accomplished this you can move on to the second stage.
The second stage of the 4 Stage Formula is to Bypass the Critical Factor.
Critical factor is known in hypnosis as the reasoning of the conscious mind that
says, “this is not possible”.
Resistance to hypnotic trance is created when the critical factor stands
between your subject and their hypnotic state. This must be bypassed in order
for your subject to respond to you on an unconscious level.
Once you have bypassed the critical factor, which you will learn as we move
through different articles, you will be able to present hypnotic suggestions in
the form of advice. As long as no critical factor is standing in the way the
suggestions will resonate with your subject and the advice will come out
through the conscious mind and take effect.
After you have bypassed all critical factors stage 3 of the 4 Stages is to Activate
an Unconscious Response. Activating unconscious responses is your sign that
you have successfully led your subject into a hypnotic state.
Any unconscious response is a positive sign for you as a hypnotist, as well as for
your client, because you are doing your job. Unconscious response can vary; a
good example of an unconscious response is an emotional response.
Emotional responses are derived from an unconscious level, you have no choice
in your emotions they are simply a product of your unconscious reacting to and
implementing the thinking and understandings you posses.
Make sure to note that if you are dealing with a subject that is in a heightened
state of emotion, say a breakup or recent loss, the subject is already in their
own hypnotic process.
You as the hypnotist will have no control over a person in hypnotic process of
which you are not the authority. They will not listen to you or attempt to
follow your suggestions, they are immune to your reasoning and need time to
emerge from the state they are in before you can induce a hypnotic state of
which you are in control of.
You must be able to access and retrieve a response from the unconscious
before you can begin working toward any desired outcome. This brings us to
the fourth and final step in the 4 Stages; the fourth stage is to Lead
Unconscious to Desired Outcome.
This step is simple to explain really it is as it sounds. Once you have your
subject in a hypnotic state and have accomplished the three previous stages
you will lead your subject through their unconscious by way of suggestions to
obtain your desired outcome. When you successfully combine all four of the 4
Stage Formula you will be engaging with your subject in a conversational
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