How to Use Erickson’s Secret Trance Voice Induction – a step by step hypnosis training guide

By Covert Hypnotist | August 16, 2012

In the study of Conversational Hypnosis there are various inductions and tools you can use to help your subject’s to enter into an altered state of mind. Hypnosis is just like any other profession or activity; there are steps to take to set up the environment and get people to respond to you in the ways that you want.

The trance-voice hypnotic induction is one of the tools that you will use to get hypnosis underway. The trance-voice hypnotic induction is the skill of changing your voice into your hypnotic voice in order to induce a trance. It is a very powerful way to condition people to enter an altered state of mind just by the tone of your voice.

In this induction you will spend time conditioning your subject to recognize and respond to the particular tone, rhythm and pitch of your voice. Once they are conditioned correctly they will respond much like Pavlov’s dogs in that the response will come with little coaxing and the reward will not even have to be in sight.

Milton Erickson, however not credited with the discovery, was the great hypnotist to discover the power of trance-voice hypnosis.

The steps you must take for this induction are pretty simple once you are acquainted with them. The first step to the trance-voice hypnotic induction is to compare the conscious and unconscious minds.

This is as easy as making a list of things to do; instead you are going to recite a list of concepts. The concepts you will include in this list are going to be comparisons between the conscious mind and unconscious mind’s activities.

Conscious mind activities are going to include things that happen when you are awake, logical things, processes you work through on a daily basis. These are things you choose to do, or you do on purpose.

Unconscious mind activities are going to be the things that take place when you are dreaming like sleep and dreams themselves. An unconscious activity is anything that you do automatically; you don’t choose to dream, breath, keep your heart beating or control the temperature of your blood.

As you do this list recital you will move on to step two; use a conscious voice and an unconscious voice to do this. As you read each conscious mind’s activities you will use your conscious voice, like wise as you read the unconscious mind’s activities you will switch to using your unconscious voice.

The differences between these voices will be that your conscious voice is the same as your normal tone of voice. Everything about this voice will be the same as your natural conversational voice. You will use the same pitch, tone and rhythm that you would if you and your best friend were discussing the dates you had last night.

Your unconscious voice however, will be different. It will typically be slower and more comforting. This is your hypnotic voice. In the beginning of the inductions you will typically be using your normal or conscious voice more often.

This is because you are still working in the conscious frame of mind, which is the activity that is really going on. As you work through the induction a little way you will be using your unconscious slower voice more frequently. This is really bringing us to the third step in this induction.

The third step to the trance-voice hypnotic induction is going to be going between the conscious and unconscious minds. As you are primarily talking about the conscious activities in your conscious you will work in this step.

This is going to be gently including an unconscious mind activity from time to time. You will switch to your unconscious mind voice and with its slow and smooth tones include unconscious mind activities.

As you read before you will be primarily working with the conscious mind in the beginning of the induction. As you begin to weave more and more unconscious mind activities into the conversation, always being sure to change your voice, you will eventually be only talking about unconscious mind activities. In this you are conditioning the mind to respond hypnotically to your trance-voice.

The fourth step in this process is simply reversing the process at the end of the trance. When you are ready for your listener to emerge out of their trance you will simply change the direction in which you were going previously.

You will start with unconscious mind activities in your trance-voice and slowly integrate conscious mind activities back in with your normal voice. Soon you will be speaking only of conscious mind activities in a normal voice which will bring your subject out of their altered state.

Now that you know the full process for the trance-voice hypnotic induction you can practice it, think about it and more fully grasp the different minds and their activities.

Just remember as you do this that the conscious mind had a small capacity of 5 – 9 processes at once and is the planner, doer, and the analyzer.

The unconscious mind has an enormous capacity of up to 2.3 billion process it can handle at a time. It is the more holistic side of things and likes to take a look at the bigger picture of things, put the pieces together instead of separate them and be more spontaneous.

These little facts will help you in deciding when to use which voice. It is important that you not only know when to use which voice but that you also make a clear distinction between your voices so as to never confuse them or your listener.

This is because when you start in on unconscious topics you unconscious mind will always be in the conversation more fully and start to respond, getting the voices confused or making them so unclear that your listener is confused can be an unfortunate event for both of you.

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Milton Erickson’s Hypnosis Secret: The Trance Voice Induction

By Covert Hypnotist | July 16, 2012

There are many types of inductions in the area of Conversational Hypnosis. As you learn each of them you see that they are appropriate for different people at different stages of their lives. Another of the many inductions we are learning about is the trance-voice induction.

While the discovery of this type of induction was attributed to John Grinder and Richard Bandler, it was actually Milton Erickson who was the true discoverer of the trance-voice induction. It was only when Grinder and Bandler, creators of NLP, studied and modeled Dr. Milton Erickson’s hypnosis that they “discovered” the trance-voice induction.

Erickson’s discovery in this type of induction will be very helpful to you in your practices. The trance-voice induction is powerful, interesting and shrouded by myth. You know the myth that a certain tone of voice, usually monotone, would instantly cause people to fall into deep trances. Another myth that surrounds the trance-voice is that there were some sort of magical powers involved that would cause a tone of voice to instantly send those around you into trance.

Well the truth about the trance-voice induction is that it will in a way fulfill the above myths but not to the degree in which they are usually regarded. In a trance-voice induction the listener is conditioned over a period of time to respond hypnotically to your specific trance voice.

This is specific to you and the person you have conditioned to go into trance when you use a certain tone of voice, not something anyone can do to everyone with a certain pitch of voice. The trance-voice induction and its conditioning are similar to Pavlov and his dogs. He conditioned the dogs to have the expectation of food when a bell was rung. After a while whenever the dogs heard the bell they would begin to salivate whether food was presented or not.

There certainly is not magical happenings in this induction, there is actually work to be done. You have to condition you subjects to respond hypnotically to your trance voice. In order to do this you are still required to create the experiences in order to condition each new subject.

There can be a big problem with this idea if you use your normal speaking voice for your trance voice. You will be conditioning people to respond to you every time they hear you speak; this is not a good idea. In order to avoid sending everyone you know into trance all the time you will want to develop a trance voice that is varied from your normal conversational speaking voice.

This all ties into knowing when you should and should not be using hypnosis on a person. There are appropriate times; in an office or park when there is no task other than hypnotism at hand. There are times when it is inappropriate; in a car with someone who is driving. These inappropriate times would be hard to control if you did not have at least two different voices; one for hypnosis and one for casual conversation.

Even Milton Erickson, the discoverer of trance-voice induction used many different voices for appropriate environments.

In order to set up your separate induction voice you need to learn to add different qualities to your speaking. We have covered in past articles how to change the tone, rhythm and pitch so it is easily recognized by the unconscious to connect that voice with trance characteristics. You should also add pauses and make your voice soothing and comfortable; these will be things that are identified with your trance voice.

In the trance-voice induction you will need to keep in mind all the other aspects of inductions you have learned previously. You will need to use all the skills you have learned; language skills, hypnotic gaze, piggy back inductions, yes sets and of course other indirect skill such as the ‘my friend John/Jane’ concept.

When you start to use this induction you will be incorporating two very different aspects into one, you will be speaking to both the conscious and unconscious at the same time with two different voices.

The two voices will of course be varied so they can be picked up on by the conscious and unconscious. How varied you would like to make them is up to you. The more difference between your voices the more obvious and direct you will become, the slighter the difference the less obvious.

As time goes on you will develop many different trance voices, each one will accomplish different purposes. Each purpose will depend on the subjects you are developing voices for but it is safe to say you will probably at some point have different voices for story telling, learning, relaxation and excitement. They will all vary slightly to call to action either the conscious or unconscious.

The different voices you create will be used to recall within your subject time when they experienced the thing you want them to do; the learning voice will talk about times they have learned. As you do this you are attaching the experiences, their experiences to the act of learning.

This activates the neurology in their brains that makes it easier for them to learn. When that neurology is activated the setting is created for that activity to happen more efficiently and quickly; in our example learning. As your listener activates all the learning experiences they have had inside their mind they will become more able to learn.

As Milton Erickson discovered through his excellent hypnosis the secret of the trance-voice induction is to essentially return the neurology in the brain to a certain experience through the conditioning to voice. Once they start to respond to you in that way you will see they are in trance.

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How to Refine the Piggy Back Hypnotic Induction

By Covert Hypnotist | June 28, 2012

The piggy back hypnotic induction is a perfect induction for many different clients. When it has become a skilled and practiced technique it will cover all of the stages in the 4 Stage Protocol; these include absorb attention, bypass critical thinking, get an unconscious response and direct an outcome from that response.

In the piggy back hypnotic induction you will absorb attention through four or five statements you make that are verifiable facts about the sensations and sense in their physical being. These are statements about how their hand my feel or comment on their breathing. At the end of the statements you will attach a suggestion.

This is why it is called the piggy back hypnotic induction. The induction and placing of suggestions happens using the piggy back principal. As you attach suggestions to your true statements they will generally be accepted as truth simply because it is easier to accept than deny them.

As you make the true statements you are taking control of the person’s attention by directing it to the true sensations of the body and its experience. Those statements are accepted which sets the critical factor up for bypass. As the suggestions are attached the slip in unnoticed to the listener and an unconscious response is usually the result. After you have attained an unconscious response you can go ahead with the hypnosis and embed your life changing suggestions.

This is a brief overview of how the induction works and how it utilizes the 4 Stage Protocol. Now it is time for you to refine the method, reading in detail about the piggy back hypnotic induction is suggested. After you have studied the process you should be ready to refine it with the remainder of this article.

The first way to improve this induction is to talk about indirect hypnosis themes. When you decide it is time to go in a more indirect route with your induction you will use these suggestions to do so. The best way to alter your induction so that it is more indirect is to go from talking about trances and hypnosis to talking about comfort and relaxation.

As far as the induction itself goes it doesn’t matter whether you choose to go the indirect or direct route. You will choose your approach depending on which is more suitable for the situation. You will get more skilled at making these determinations as time goes on, for now just do what is comfortable to you. There is always the option of merging the two, direct and indirect, to come up with something in the middle.

The second refinement that you should be aware of is to use the ‘my friend John/Jane’ technique. This is the same as in the hypnotic gaze induction. This addition to the induction will also take your piggy back hypnotic induction in a more indirect direction.

This becomes more indirect because you are no longer talking about them in the audible sense. You are describing someone else’s experience. However the listeners sub-conscious will pick up that you are speaking about them on some level and internalize the experience as if you were telling them it was their own.

Refinement number three is to start with external awareness and move to the internal awareness. This again makes the induction much more indirect by starting your statements with the external things that are going on. These things may include things that are seen, heard and felt outside of the body.

As time goes by you will move your statements to bring attention to the more internal thing that are going on within them. These would include subjects like bringing attention inside themselves, feeling the way relaxation affects the way their body feels on the inside. This would include anything you can direct to the feelings and senses that happen within the body.

The final refinement for the piggy back hypnotic induction is to read minds. Yes you need to learn how to read minds. But not quite in the sense you see in old movies and Hollywood. Reading minds in this sense is the same but then again different.

In this refinement you be changing the type of true statements that you are making, you will give them a ‘guessed’ truth instead of the sensory rich statements you have been using up until this point. The statements you have been using are all about things the person can see, hear and feel. These can become very tired and predictable pretty quickly.

So your other option is to use the mind read statements. These are thoughts that you retrieve from their experiences, you pretend to be at the library in their mind checking out and using their experiences on a more intellectual level as opposed to a sensory level.

There are several different types of mind read statements. The first is that of personal experience. The way this works is to use themes that everyone must go through in their lives, and make true statements about those themes.

An example might be that they have met both nice and not so nice people through out the course of their lives, or they have disagreed with a parent. These two statements are true for nearly everyone you speak to, the only thing to beware of in this is to know the area you are in and know the common practices there.

To say to someone in America that they have know freedom for the majority of their lives would be true, but to say that to someone who lives or has lived in China may not apply. Just be aware of your surroundings and the customs there and in the environment your listener is from.

This mind read is in a nut shell like making a very, very accurate guess at the personal experiences they have had in their lives. It is determined by cultural experiences and common themes that run along the lives of many.

The second mind read technique has to do with beliefs and expectations. The same principal applies, that you will be making an accurate guess involving the beliefs and expectations of your listener. The difference is simply the subject matter.

Beliefs and expectations that you may use in your mind read are political views, religion and religious beliefs or anything you may know their personal view on. In order to use this mind read you will have to be more than just casually acquainted with your listener, you will really need to know something about them; this is not a huge requirement but nonetheless it is necessary to know a little.

You can usually use just about anything you know about them, especially things they have personally told you, in this mind read

The third type of mind read is one called truisms and generalizations. These are simply statements in each culture that is generally accepted as true due to passed down belief. A great example of a truism is ‘better safe than sorry’, or ‘better late than never’. These are both things that most people would agree with and have agreed with since they heard it.

And finally the last form of mind read is cultural assumptions. This category is quite similar to the beliefs and expectations; these are the things that most will assume to be true given the culture they are in.

Remember that these will of course vary depending on the area and culture you are in. Do not make assumptions that could be ill conceived. Keep in the cultural reference points of where you are that they accept.

As you now take these refinements of the piggy back hypnotic induction with you, you will realize all the different ways that people internalize and experience things. You can use any of these mind reads in regular conversation and you should in order to see how they work and get a good grasp of them.

This will be good practice as you will soon be using them in your hypnosis.

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A Step by Step Guide to Using the Powerful Piggy Back Hypnotic Induction

By Covert Hypnotist | May 26, 2012

When learning Conversational Hypnosis you will be building a bank of inductions that you will use at different times for different purposes with different people. One of those inductions that you find to be very useful will be the piggy back hypnotic induction.

In the piggy back hypnotic induction you find that you can accomplish all four stages of the 4 Stage Protocol easily and powerfully. Through the simple task of attaching suggestions to statements and yes sets you will successfully absorb attention, bypass critical thinking, solicit an unconscious response and use that response toward a specified outcome.

In the piggy back hypnotic induction you will do this mainly through making verifiably true statements about direct experiences. These will use sensory words like feel, notice, see and hear. You will use these words in a way the redirects awareness by way of taking control of their attention.

Let’s take a look at a step by step guided way to use the powerful piggy back hypnotic induction. To begin this induction you will first start your session out with making verifiably true statements. These statements should contain words like notice, feel, see or hear.

You can use taste and smell but they are more difficult to work into a conversation where you are really having that experience. You will usually be using the sensations that are associated with hearing, seeing and feeling.

Each of these true statements should portray physical aspects all about the sensory experiences that are true. You do have a feeling in your leg; you can become aware of it when it is brought to your attention. Remember these are simple statements about the person’s physical state that are true.

In the second step of the induction you will simply add a conjunction at the end of your set of statements and a word that makes a suggestion to do something. Conjunctions that you would use are words such as while, and, because or that means. After adding the conjunction you will simply add a word like relax, grow heavy or breathe.

When you use this induction you find it easier to accomplish the induction if you use your hypnotic language that you have been learning through out your training. In this induction all the other things you have learned are still going to be very useful, especially the language skills.

By the end of step two you have made your four or five sensory rich true statements and have added a suggestion to the end of them by way of using a simple conjunction. In doing this you have started a process of relaxation for your subject.

The next step will be to repeat the first two steps over again. In this step you need to be sure to keep your statements again a completely verifiably true about physical aspects of your listener. Then you will again attach a relaxing suggestion to the end by way of conjunction.

Each time you do this you will take the suggestion just one step further into whatever state of relaxation you used in the original set of statements. Using your hypnotic language you will continue to add to these suggestions throughout the induction.

The final step in the piggy back hypnotic induction will be to continue your statements each time making them less true. By this step you will have been creating a very strong and powerful yes set. You will make your verifiably true statements less true and your attached suggestion in a way that they will stand on their own.

Eventually as you progress through the continuous loop that is this induction you will be making only stand alone statement for your listener to take in and actualize.

Now that you know how to take your listener through the entire piggy back hypnotic induction there is one more concept to keep yourself aware of. That is that in this induction you have the option of making it a very direct or indirect type of induction.

When you use this induction as a very direct induction the suggestions you attach to the true statements will use terms that are directly related to hypnosis or going into trance. These will be words like hypnosis and trance; you will use them frequently and liberally within the induction.

To create a less direct induction you will use all the same steps only you will utilize more indirect trance themes. You have read about these before and they will be words like relax, imagine, go within or to make comfortable. There are many other examples and strings of words that you can create for yourself and use in this indirect way of performing the induction.

When you apply the indirect way of using the piggy back hypnotic induction you will be able to conduct the induction without ever really directly stating what it is you are doing, and all the principals will still be there.

Choosing to use the direct or indirect area of this induction will largely depend on the person you are working with and what you would like to accomplish. Either way will work and accomplish the goal you have in mind when it is done correctly.

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