Hypnosis Step #2 - Deepening
After your mind and body are fully relaxed, you will now deepen your
current state of relaxation toward hypnotic state. This is a very crucial
step, because at some time between the relaxation and the deepening
procedures you will move into a full hypnotic state or what some people
call a trance.
One of the most popular deepening techniques is the countdown technique.
You may have seen this on TV when someone uses a swinging pocket watch.
Countdown is the same concept. To use the countdown technique you simply
start counting downward from, say, 10 (or 100 or whatever). Adjust the
countdown number to whatever feels right to you after you have practiced
a few times. Imagine that you are drifting deeper with each count.
Other images and thoughts will probably intrude themselves as you count.
That is natural. Just gently brush them aside, continuing with your
Like I said you will move into hypnotic state during this deepening
process and you probably won't know it, especially as a beginner, but
it will happen sooner or later. One of the first hurdles a beginner
must get over is the compulsion to "watch for it." That is,
you will keep waiting for hypnosis to happen, for some change in your
awareness or the way you feel that will say to you, "You're hypnotized."
after you have been practicing regularly for a few weeks or a month
or two, you'll be much more familiar with yourself and how it feels
to be hypnotized.