MODERN HYPNOSIS TECHNIQUES. Advanced Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis - Tony Gaschler - E-Book

MODERN HYPNOSIS TECHNIQUES. Advanced Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis E-Book

Tony Gaschler



Visualize how you are hypnotizing a person who then with great relish devours yummy apples although they are actually potatoes. Or your subject is convinced that the color "YELLOW" is actual called "RED." You can be assured of an astonished audience admiring your new abilities and skills. As a "byproduct", the hypnotizer slowly becomes aware of his or her private and professional success and the associated limitless confidence and self-efficacy that the new and powerful abilities generate. He or she is admired and held in high esteem – life is good. With the self-help method MODERN HYPNOSIS TECHNIQUE, Tony Gaschler has combined only tried and proven hypnosis techniques used in many highly interesting hypnosis experiments into a method. You will learn about modern hypnosis techniques and methods as they are practiced around the globe today – no prior knowledge is required – you will learn everything you need to know to be able to hypnotize others successfully, and you will learn this in a systematic and gradual manner. After many years of research and based on the successes of numerous hypnosis techniques from the world over, the specialized author and hypnosis expert Tony Gaschler developed this unique easy method leading to quick success. You learn SELF-HYPNOSIS that can serve to improve your life in so many ways: to eliminate bothersome habits and characteristics such as nervousness, listlessness, lack of energy, lack of drive, smoking, excessive weight, tensions, etc. and even some emotional inhibitions. You will also learn ADVANCED SELF-HYPNOSIS techniques used, among others, to increase performance, eliminate pain, or influence others. These advanced techniques are practiced by athletes, politicians, traditional healers, and on radio, TV, at events, etc. Nonmedical practitioners and physicians can also benefit from the Modern Hypnosis Technique. Of course, you can also use your acquired skills to astonish and surprise your family, friends, and acquaintances as the excerpts from the following three experiments shows: An EXPERIMENT with FALSE MEMORY: Hand the test subject a piece of paper listing a very long number. For example, something similar to this: 164839244312673, 778241983711893. Tell the subject: "Please read and memorize this number. Once I take the piece of paper away after a few seconds, you will have memorized the entire number and can write it down." Then take the piece of paper away from the test subject and say: "And now you are able to write down the entire number without errors just from memory." Remember: Each suggestion must be canceled by a counter-suggestion. An EXPERIMENT with FALSE PERCEPTION: Tell the VP the following while handing him or her a peeled onion: "I am giving you here a nice, juicy apple! Eat it, you will love its taste and it's good for you!" The subject will think of the onion as an apple and actually eat it like an apple. A counter-suggestion is here not required since no effect continues after the action has been completed. An EXPERIMENT with POST-HYPNOSIS: You can also use a subject and post-hypnosis, an action that is to be carried out at a later time. Example: "Call me at 8 in the evening to tell me that you cannot visit me tomorrow. When I ask you why you cannot come, you tell me you don't have time!" Remember: All these experiments must have a clearly defined effective start and end of a suggestion. Never allow an effect to continue after the hypnosis without first canceling with a counter-suggestion. The listed experiments were just a small excerpt from the many possible hypnosis techniques. Moreover, you can also use your own creative ideas to develop and carry out new and interesting experiments. The number of fantastic possibilities is endless once your have learned the methods provided by the Modern Hypnosis Technique instructions.

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Tony Gaschler


Advanced Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis

Learn how to hypnotize yourself and others

A step-by-step guide to hypnosis withmore than 60 practical exercises

© 2018 by Verlag4You - Germany

Translated by L. McDonald

1st edition

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Table of Contents

Part I (Lessons 1 - 6)



Hypnosis Forum

Lesson 1

Hypnosis is only technique

Download the Hypnosis Pendulum Board

The Chevreul Pendulum

The first basic exercise (Chevreul's Pendulum)

Why the pendulum swings

The second basic exercise

The task-oriented ideomotor system

The third basic exercise

Dynamic ideas take effect on schedule

Tips on successful self-study

Lesson 2

The Carpenter effect

What are “ideomotor actions”?

The fourth basic exercise

The difference between thoughts and visualization

The subconscious or “ideomotor system”

Additional basic exercises

Clear basic terms

A new term: “videe”

Lesson 3

The first suggestion exercise

Systematically finding test people

Suggestion exercises when awake

What suggestion exercises are all about

Basic rules for suggestion exercises

The second suggestion exercise

The dynamics of gestures

Lesson 4

What happens during suggestion exercises

Deprivation of personal liberty through hypnosis and suggestion

The third suggestion exercise

The dynamic moment during your exercises

The core problem of the suggestion technique

Lesson 5

The fourth suggestion exercise

What to do if hypnosis occurs during suggestion exercises

How to form suggestions with words

The fifth suggestion exercise

Is a hypnotic gaze necessary?

The diversity of expression

The sixth suggestion exercise

The advisable sequence of exercises

Lesson 6

The theory of movement

Putting theory into practice

The seventh suggestion exercise

The transition to hypnosis techniques

The eighth suggestion exercise

Part II (Lessons 7 - 12)

Lesson 7

The first hypnosis experiment

The first hypnosis test

The simple wake-up method

A wake-up formula for deep hypnosis

A simple method to deepen hypnosis

Lesson 8

The second hypnosis experiment (a quick method)

The theory of hypnosis

The mysterious physiological hypnosis process

Hypnosis and the human gender function

Systematic hypnosis – now possible

Lesson 9

Two types of hypnosis

1. Indirect hypnosis

2. Direct hypnosis

The only difficulty with hypnosis

How this single difficulty is removed

The third hypnosis experiment

Lesson 10

Successful hypnosis in three stages

The fourth hypnosis experiment

Fast hypnosis or deep hypnosis

The difference between hypnosis and sleep

The role of belief in hypnosis

Lesson 11

Hypnosis changes a person

An effective method of deepening hypnosis

How to discover your own method of hypnosis

Adapting to the test person

The fifth hypnosis experiment

The theory of the fixation method

Lesson 12

Work scientifically

There are many methods of hypnosis

Repetition of the basics

The theoretical foundations of the hypnosis technique

The practical foundations of the hypnosis technique

Effective self-study and self-training

Part III (Lessons 13 - 18)

Lesson 13

The theory of hypnosis experiments

Important factors in hypnosis experiments

An informative experiment

Videes also have a post-hypnosis effect

Suggestions while awake and suggestions under hypnosis

Lesson 14

Hypnosis experiments

Safety during experiments

Confirmation of suggestions

Numerous possibilities for experimentation

The basics of simple hypnosis experiments

Lesson 15

Further experiments: Illusions

The post-hypnosis effect

Post-hypnosis experiments

Lesson 16

Secondary hypnosis in split seconds

The test person’s safety

Past memories in hypnosis

The famous “cataleptic bridge”

Removing sensitivity to pain

Lesson 17

What to do when individual experiments fail

A way of achieving very deep hypnosis

Hypnosis demonstrations for a private audience

The test person speaks under hypnosis

Leaving the eyes open during hypnosis

Illusion experiments with open eyes

Lesson 18

Illusion experiments in deep hypnosis

Interesting additional possibilities for experimentation

1. Personality change

2. Post-hypnosis illusions

3. Experiments for doctors

Part IV (Lessons 19 - 24)

Lesson 19

What fast hypnosis is

The simple immediate hypnosis

The safe three point immediate hypnosis

An American fast method

Speed hypnosis (ultra fast method)

Other fast methods

Lesson 20

Light hypnosis and hypnoidisation

The depth of hypnosis scale

Hypnoidisation in daily life

Hypnoidal suggestions

The collective person and the individual

Lesson 21

Subliminal suggestion (speed suggestion)

Why subliminal suggestions work so well

Subliminal hypnosis

Suggestions during natural sleep

Hypnotizing out of natural sleep

Hypnotizing children out of sleep

Hypnosis equipment and hypnosis devices

The skills of the proper hypnotist

Lesson 22

Magic and modern hypnosis techniques

The technique of modern audio equipment hypnosis

Audio equipment as proof of modern hypnosis theories

Hypnotizing step by step

Hypnotizing difficult test people

The test person’s safety (wake up reflex)

Lesson 23

Hypnotizing several test people simultaneously

Experiments with a group of several people

Mass hypnosis

Animal hypnosis and human hypnosis

What do hypnosis and telepathy have in common?

The fundamental secret of successful hypnosis

Lesson 24

One of the most interesting hypnosis experiments

How can I earn money as a hypnotist?

Hypnosis heals --- Hypnosis helps

Possibilities for applying hypnosis in practice

Part V (Lessons 25 - 30)

Lesson 25

The extended ideomotor principle

Strengthening ideomotor actions through suggestion

A surprising suggestion exercise (hand levitation)

Improving suggestion exercises through videe aids

Increasing suggestive effects through videe movements

Rules for the best results from suggestion exercises

Lesson 26

The second ideomotor exercise (arm levitation)

Automatically folding hands

Slow and fast suggestion exercises

An exercise with opposing arm movements

Effective preliminary training for suggestion exercises

Lesson 27

Induction effect during suggestion exercises

Suggestion exercises on the street

The reciprocal attraction of hands

Hand closing exercise with folded hands

The opposing efforts effect

Hand closing exercise above the head

Lesson 28

What is monoidealism?

The suggested eye closure as a test of perfection

The arm becomes stiff through suggestion

Three suggestion exercises with objects

Not being able to hold an object

Not being able to release an object

Not being able to touch an object

Lesson 29

What can be achieved with suggestion exercises?

The TP cannot move from the spot

The TP can no longer sit down

The TP can no longer stand up

Forced responses as suggestion exercises

Lesson 30

The proper hypnotist and the suggestion technique

The formula for 100 suggestion exercises

Feeling of warmth through suggestion

Pain sensitivity through suggestions

Proof of far-reaching suggestion effects

Part VI (Lessons 31 - 36)

Lesson 31

The proper hypnotist

Ideomotoric hypnosis methods

Hand and arm levitation as a method of hypnosis

Automatic hand folding as a method of hypnosis

Deepening hypnosis by relaxing the hands

The index finger method of hypnosis

Lesson 32

Improved success in a first hypnosis

The 7 stages of first hypnosis

Preparation for first hypnosis

Carrying out a pre-hypnosis influence

Which methods are suitable for a first hypnosis?

Clear suggestions during a first hypnosis

Practical exercises during a first hypnosis

Suggestions to improve a second hypnosis

Lesson 33

Proven methods of hypnosis

The automatic occurrence of expectation hypnosis

The slow deepening of hypnosis

The modern placebo schedule method

The successful Ralph Slater method

Lesson 34

The method that Dr. Tracy prefers

A Dunninger method

The Arons three-stage method

The flashing light method

Technical advice on the flashing light

Lesson 35

Methods for difficult test people

Double hypnosis for difficult TPs

The dream method for difficult TPs

Fast methods for difficult TPs

A Dr. Gindes fast method

The fast falling method for difficult TPs

The self-increasing hypnosis for difficult TPs

Lesson 36

The expert stage of hypnosis technique

The best hypnosis method (feedback method)

The feedback method technique

Feedback of feelings outside of hypnosis

Feedback from suggestion effects

Feedback from the depth of hypnosis

Allowing for preconceived ideas about hypnosis

Part VII (Lessons 37 - 42)

Lesson 37

A measuring system to determine the depth of hypnosis

The LeCron-Bordeaux scale of depth of hypnosis

Practical use of the LeCron-Bordeaux scale

Exceptions to determining the depth of hypnosis

Special methods for deep hypnosis

Lesson 38

Eight different types of suggestion

Different types of hypnosis

Different theories of hypnosis


Material views of hypnosis

The human being as an electronics system

Lesson 39

Excellent results with average TPs

How the best and deepest hypnoses succeed

Theoretical factors of success

The generalization of suggestion effects

The psychological moment of monoidealism

The changing identification

Voluntary passiveness

Lesson 40

Emile Coué’s doctrine of autosuggestion

Today’s view of Coué’s doctrine

From Coué to self-hypnosis

Self-hypnosis with the H. Arons pre-hypnosis suggestion

An audio device to give suggestions during self-hypnosis

The introduction of self-hypnosis through the audio device

Lesson 41

How deep should the self-hypnosis be?

The introduction of self-hypnosis by a hypnotist

Testing post-hypnosis produced self-hypnosis

Reinforcing post-hypnosis self-hypnosis

The practical use of self-hypnosis

Testing a pre-hypnosis suggestion

Practical suggestion formulas for self-hypnosis

Lesson 42

The core problem of experimental self-hypnosis

Rhodes's technique of self-hypnosis

Self-hypnosis in stages

Self-hypnosis through hyperventilation

Sound recording suggestions during normal sleep

Part VIII Lessons (43 - 48)

Lesson 43

The awake state of hypnosis.

The first attempt at awake hypnosis

Testing the awake state of hypnosis

First experiments with awake hypnosis

Transferring the complete state of hypnosis to the awake state

Which experiments are suitable for awake hypnosis?

Lesson 44

Real magic: awake state of hypnosis with a magic wand

Practical advice on reinforcing awake hypnosis

The awake self-hypnosis

The first attempt at awake self-hypnosis

Testing the awake self-hypnosis

The permanently effective awake self-hypnosis

The use of the permanently effective awake self-hypnosis

Lesson 45

Transfer of thoughts and transfer of consciousness

Examples of the transfer of consciousness in hypnosis

Improving hypnosis success through the transfer of consciousness

Interesting experiments with the transfer of consciousness

How experiments with the transfer of consciousness succeed

Is it possible to see the future through hypnosis?

Lesson 46

Aids for hypnotizing and hypnosis equipment

Hypnoscope, hypnotic crystal ball and hypnotic pendulum

Hypnodisc, hypnofix and hypnotic eyes

Radiometer, electric hypnotism machine and rotor mirror

Metronome, flashing metronome and audio rhythm player

The electronic brain wave synchronizer

Interesting facts about brain waves

Lesson 47

Interesting opportunities for applying hypnosis

Applying hypnosis in sport

The lay hypnotist in medicine

Examples for putting hypnosis to practical use

What it boils down to: how do I get the best out of it?

Lesson 48

The secret of all marvels

What purpose does real magic serve?

How can real magic be learned?

The magical effect factors

The purpose and goal of humans


A TP can also be hypnotized against his/her will

The induction hypnosis method

The counter-hypnosis method


Further title recommendations

Part I

(Lessons 1-6)



This book has a clear and well-defined goal: to provide a systematic self-study program that will teach you how to hypnotize successfully in any circumstances. To achieve this goal your full and active participation in the practical exercises included in this book, together with careful and thorough study of the individual lessons, will be essential.

In the following lessons you will learn everything you need to know and do in order to reach your goal quickly and reliably. To give you the best possible chance of achieving this, I have written this book to explain the theory behind hypnosis and suggestion in a new way, which makes it much more accessible and easier to put into practice.

Hypnosis Forum

So that both prospective and practicing hypnotists can receive answers to specific questions or exchange impressions of their first experiences, a hypnosis forum is especially available for you, which has been set up at the website exclusively for “Modern Hypnosis Techniques”.

The forum is intended as a platform to give long term help in improving your knowledge and ability, and also to provide answers to any questions that newcomers might have.

And now I would like to wish you hours of fascinating study and great success in putting everything into practice.

Yours, Tony Gaschler


Lesson 1

It is a long accepted fact that your own experiences remain in your memory much better than anything you might read, and it is also a fact that you can only learn to hypnotize through practical experience and not simply by reading pamphlets and books. There are tens of thousands of people who have already read all the pam-phlets and books, but in reality only a very few can hypnotize properly.

This self-study method therefore follows a course of practical exercises. You are given certain instructions on how to do the exercises. You carry these out and learn from your own success. The consolidation of your theoretical knowledge only commences once you have gained some experience from the exercises.

I believe that this method of learning will appeal to all and will be very enjoyable. I am certain also that this method will enable you to achieve your desired level of success.

Hypnosis is only technique

For those who believe that there must be some kind of supernatural power, magical force or special rays behind hypnosis and suggestions, I must say that hypnosis is simply a matter of technique. It really only involves the triggering of ideomotor actions and anyone can learn how to do it. You do not need to have a special talent for it, nor do you need an iron will or any other special quality. Any normal, intelligent, healthy person can learn how to hypnotize perfectly in a relatively short space of time following this self-study method. Hypnosis is not to be seen as something that happens by chance, rather it is an ability acquired systematically as a result of your own learning and experience. And now let’s get straight down to putting it into practice.

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The Chevreul Pendulum

There is no instrument that is simpler and easier to use, when carrying out basic suggestion and hypnosis experiments, than the “Chevreul pendulum”, as it is known. (The pendulum owes its name to Chevreul, who had already begun to use it in experiments at the start of the 18th century.) Moreover, experiments with the pendulum – we will use the shorter name – can be very interesting and fascina-ting.

You can make your own pendulum, like the one illustrated (ill. 1). It comprises a thin length of string or cord with a weight attached. You can use, for example, a signet ring, a metal sphere or any other small item as a weight. The string or cord should not be too thick and should measure about 16 to 24 inches long. The material you use is not important.

Ill. 1

Ill. 2

The first basic exercise (Chevreul's Pendulum)

Take the pendulum board, which has been included with the book, and the pendulum you have made. Sit at a table (ill. 2). Hold the pendulum over the large dot in the centre of the circle and try, as best you can, to hold the pendulum still. If necessary, use your other hand to hold it steady for a while. When the pendulum has come to a standstill, take your other hand away. Now relax your entire body, especially your arms, and look at the pendulum (at the object you are using as a pendulum). Try to form a picture in your mind, as vividly as you can, of the pendulum starting to circle in a clockwise direction round the circle. The more vividly you can visualize this, the sooner the pendulum will start to move in the direction you are imagining. When you carry out this exercise, think only of the pendulum and picture very vividly in your mind the pendulum starting to move clockwise. This exercise works best if you observe the following:

1.Keep your body and arm fairly relaxed – do not tense your body or arm, or hold yourself stiffly!

2.Hold the pendulum completely still and try not to make any involuntary movements!

3.Close off any conscious thoughts and focus all your attention on the vivid picture in your mind of the pendulum’s movement.

4.Although this visualization must be totally vivid, it should not be too much of an effort if you do it correctly.

5.Before the pendulum makes the movement you are visualizing, you have to experience and feel it mentally.

Why the pendulum swings

It is a well-known effect that a pendulum will swing in the direction that has been visualized vividly. In earlier times, the pendulum’s movement was deemed to have been caused by secret and magical powers, or by magnetic rays etc. Today we know that it is ideomotor actions that cause the pendulum to move. As a result of vivid vsualization, which is identical to creating vivid ideas (vital ideas), very slight muscle movements are triggered in the ideomotor system (unconscious state) in the arm muscles, which correlate with the visualization, and these cause the pendulum to move. This phenomenon is actually one of the most important and most fundamental aspects of suggestion and hypnosis.V i v i di d e a s (produced by vivid visualization)c a u s ei d e o m o t o ra c t i o n s .This is the first basic law of suggestion.

The second basic exercise

Sit at the table again with the pendulum and the pendulum board (ill. 2) and bring the pendulum to a standstill. Now picture the pendulum in your mind as it swings back and forth from left to right along the thick L - R line. Once the pendulum starts swinging distinctly along the line, change the image in your mind, so that now you picture the pendulum swinging from top to bottom along the O - U line. In just a few seconds the pendulum’s movement will change. First of all, it will form the shape of a flat oval, and then it will gradually change and adjust to the new direction. When the pendulum swings distinctly along the O - U line, then you have completed the exercise.

The task-oriented ideomotor system

This exercise shows clearly that the ideomotor system is task-oriented. The pendulum’s movements (ideomotor actions) always adjust to match the goal of the vivid mental visualization. In other words, dynamic ideas (triggered by vivid mental visualization) cause task-oriented actions through the ideomotor system. This is what hypnotherapy, for example, is based on. In hypnotherapy, task-oriented suggestions for healing are made to the patient’s ideomotor system (subconscious), which then produces the appropriate effect (ideomotor actions).

The second basic law therefore is:t h ei d e o m o t o rs y s t e m(subconscious)w o r k si nat a s k - o r i e n t e dm a n n e r .This is especially important for the suggestion technique, as it follows from this law that each suggestion must be clearly formulated and expressed with a clear goal to achieve, so that the ideomotor effect triggers the desired action in just the same way. Suggestions that are formulated unclearly not only lead to failure, they can also be dangerous!

The third basic exercise

Sit at a table with the pendulum and the pendulum board (ill 2.). Think about a time early tomorrow morning when you want to wake up. Now choose a time that is half an hour earlier than you would usually wake up. Hold the pendulum still and picture the pendulum vividly in your mind as it swings over the area where the number is that represents the hour you want to wake up. (For the half hour, use the dividing line between the individual number sections). After just a few seconds, the pendulum will start to swing. Now follow the pendulum with your eyes as it swings back and forth, and on every swing say the hour quietly and monotonously, for example: “eight o’clock – eight o'clock …” and so on. Remain seated for about three to five minutes and then stop the exercise. You will find that you really do wake up at the time that you visualized and that you repeated to yourself as the pendulum swung.

Dynamic ideas take effect on schedule

From this exercise you will see that dynamic ideas can also take effect on schedule, that is, the desired ideomotor action can be triggered at a given time (which in this instance is demonstrated by waking up at the scheduled time).

This effect is the basis of the so-called post-hypnotic suggestion (post-hypnosis). The third basic law is as follows:D y n a m i ci d e a sc a nb es t o r e di nt h ei d e o m o t o rs y s t e m .T h e s ew i l lt h e nt r i g g e ri d e o m o t o ra c t i o n sa tt h er i g h tt i m e .

Tips on successful self-study

Self-study is not simply a matter of reading through the lessons. Self-study involves much more. First of all, read all six lessons in each section all the way through, so that you get the total picture and overview. Then go back to the first lesson and go through it slowly, studying it carefully. Mark everything that you think is particularly important with a red pen. Only start practicing the individual exercises when you have studied all six lessons. You should proceed in the same way with all eight parts (booklets) of the “Modern Hypnosis Techniques”.

Before you start an exercise, think carefully about every specific detail. Only start the exercise itself when you are completely clear on all the details. This applies to all the exercises in this book.

You can prepare yourself to carry out the suggestion exercises using the imagination exercises. These consist, first of all, of carrying out the entire exercise in your head with an imaginary test person. Form a vivid mental picture in your head of a test person standing in front of you. Act and talk to this person, and do everything that you need to do to carry out the exercise. This will help you to become familiar with the specific details and, when you have a real test person in front of you, it will then seem completely normal and will not be new to you. For exercises that appear difficult to you, repeat the exercise with your imaginary person as often as necessary until you feel more confident.

Lesson 2

The Carpenter effect

As early as 1874, the English doctor, W.B. Carpenter, had already identified the “ideomotor principle”. This principle states that simply the mental image alone of a movement will cause the movement to happen to a lesser extent. This phenomenon, which we can see in the pendulum exercises, is also known as the “Carpenter effect”. When awake, and when the entire consciousness of SELF is alert, the mental picture of a movement causes only a slight, often scarcely discernible, duplicate of this movement. In a hypnotic state, when the SELF-conscious state has been entirely or partly deactivated, a mental picture which is created by suggestion (emotional influence) can trigger the corresponding movement in its entirety.

It is important for us to know that the mental picture of a movement can be enough to trigger it. Mental pictures therefore have a tendency to become reality.

What are “ideomotor actions”?

Ideomotor actions are those actions (activities, undertakings, movements, effects etc.) that are triggered by ideas. At this point I would like to emphasize that these ideas must be vivid and dynamically (vitally) animated. In no way should they be considered to be simply thoughts or imaginary words. The more vivid and animated (dynamic) an idea is, the clearer and more perceptible the action. You must bear this in mind in all the following suggestion and hypnosis experiments. The distinction between thoughts and dynamic ideas will be made clear to you by the fourth basic exercise, which now follows. Repeat the exercise until the difference is clear to you.

The fourth basic exercise

Sit at a table with the pendulum and the pendulum board (ill. 2) and bring the pendulum to a standstill. Then, as in the first basic exercise, picture in your mind very vividly how the pendulum starts to move in a circle in a clockwise direction. You must make sure that you make it very, very vivid. You can also use your eyes in this exercise by following the pendulum’s imagined movement to the right with your eyes. Let your eyes follow the circle around. This will strengthen the mental picture and make it more animated. At the same time, you should start to repeat the following phrase in your head: “The pendulum circles to the left in an anticlockwise direction!” --- The pendulum …” etc.

This creates a conflict between visualization and thought. That is to say, it creates an internal conflict between dynamic ideas and thoughts. You will see that visualization triumphs over thoughts and the pendulum really does turn to the right, exactly as you pictured it.

The difference between thoughts and visualization

This fourth basic exercise shows us that:

1.both mental pictures (dynamic ideas) and thoughts can be at the center of our consciousness at the same time.

2.both can be contradictory at the same time. a contest or conflict between thoughts and visualization, visualization will always win.

4.there is a clear difference between thoughts and visualization.

The subconscious or “ideomotor system”

In all the literature on hypnosis, and even more so in all the psychology literature, you can read a lot about a so-called “subconscious”. In the subconscious, suggestions and autosuggestions are supposed to materialize. Well then, just who can picture this dubious subconscious? In this self-study method, I use the term “ideomotor system” for this subconscious. This allows you to picture something beyond this term, and this is important if you want to achieve success and not just accumulate factual knowledge.

The word “ideomotor” is made up of “idea” and “motor”. In this combination it means: “cause movement to happen through ideas”. “System” is understood to mean that part of our entire nervous system that makes it possible for ideomotor actions to take place. You can picture the human ideomotor system as the part of the nervous system that plays a role in the perception of vivid ideas and in triggering ideomotor actions. You have to admit that this description is much clearer than the word “subconscious”, for which it is much more difficult to picture the meaning in practice.

Additional basic exercises

When mastering suggestion and hypnosis, a lot depends upon your own experience. This is why I would advise you to carry out more exercises with the pendulum yourself. Here are some suggestions:

1.Lengthen the pendulum and try the exercises when standing up.

2.Use the pendulum when you are in different moods. If you are agitated, concentrating actively on a mental picture will calm and distract you.

3.Try to devise other pendulum exercises yourself.

The pendulum, as it is used here, is a material, scientific instrument.

Please do not use it for superstitious games and fooling around, such as for fortune-telling, divining lottery numbers etc. As a future hypnotist, you should think clearly and objectively, for it is only from this that success can grow.

Those people who are involved in superstition and mysticism do not enjoy success in life, for their thinking is not focused on the essential, or on the reality to be found in and around them. If you do not search for truth where it really is to be found, namely in life and in being active, then you place yourself outside of life, and should not be surprised when success avoids you like a leper in every aspect of life.

Clear basic terms

Before we carry on to the next set of exercises with test people, I would like to try and explain some basic terms to you.

1.Idea: By idea we mean a mental prototype, a fundamental term. We have to differentiate between normal ideas that do not trigger ideomotor actions and vivid ideas. For this reason, from now on we will use a new word:v i d e e(formed from vital and idea). By this we mean vivid (vital) ideas that have an effect on the ideomotor system and trigger actions there.

A new term: “videe”

To explain this new term “videe” as clearly as possible, here is an example: If you were to picture Napoleon in your mind as you might have seen him in a painting, then you would be picturing an idea. This is passive and would not have any particular effect on you. However, if you were to picture yourself as Napoleon or you were to picture having to play the role of Napoleon, then you would be placing a videe in your subconscious. Your entire behavior, your appearance, your facial expression and your entire personality would purposely alter to fit the videe. Please note: ideas are passive mental images, passive prototypes. Hence, they do not produce any effect on the ideomotor system. Videes, on the other hand, are active, dynamic mental images, and are active and effective prototypes. They trigger actions in the ideomotor system.

Lesson 3

The first suggestion exercise

You can carry out this exercise in the presence of several people, each of whom, from now on, will be called a “test person” (abbreviation: TP, plural: TPs). Tell your TPs that you would like to carry out some interesting psychological experiments that show how easy it is to turn vivid visualizations into reality. First of all, give a demonstration yourself showing how easily the pendulum starts to swing for you as a result of simple visualization. Then let the first TP sit at the table, whilst you position yourself at the other side of the table (ill. 3).

Now say to the TP: “Hold the pendulum exactly as I did just now. Look at the pendulum and make it stand still over the centre of the circle.” If the TP does not manage to do this straight away, hold the pendulum firmly until it comes to a standstill. “From now on, do not pay any attention to your arm or to the hand that is holding the pendulum. Instead, pay very close attention to the words that I say to you. --- Picture the pendulum very, very vividly in your mind and watch it swing back and forth from left to right. --- It swings back and forth more and more along the L-R line.” At the same time move your finger on the table to indicate this back and forth swinging motion as shown in ill. 3. When doing so, adapt the rhythm of your finger to match the back and forth movements that start to appear, appearing weakly at first. When the pendulum starts to swing more distinctly, continue saying: “Now the swinging is becoming stronger --- stronger and stronger. --- The pendulum swings further and further, back … and forth … back … and forth … back …. and forth.” Adjust the speed of your last words to the speed of the pendulum’s swinging. When the pendulum’s swinging is completely distinct, end the exercise and say to the TP: “You have now seen how easy it is for you, too, to turn vivid visualizations into reality. The exercise is now over. Put the pendulum down!”

Systematically finding test people

To be systematic about carrying out the exercises, keep a record of the results of your exercises in a notebook.

When you do this, put your test people into categories. Each TP is allocated to a category depending on the results of an experiment.

So that you know exactly which TPs you should use for exercises, repeat the respective exercises with those people in category III. Should the exercise still not work properly, then allocate the TP concerned to category IV. If the exercise works better the second time, then allocate the TP to category II.

For further exercises, only use TPs from categories I and II.

Suggestion exercises when awake

A range of exercises can be carried out with TPs who are awake without them having to be hypnotized first. In the literature on this you will find the terms “awake suggestion” or “awake hypnosis”. As, in my experience, TPs are neither totally awake nor totally hypnotized during such exercises, I prefer to use the term “suggestion experiments” or, in this self-study method, “suggestion exercises”. As a state nearly always occurs that lies somewhere between being awake and actual hypnosis in such exercises, a sort of half hypnotic state or a half trance, we could also speak of half trance exercises. However, we do not want to confuse things by introducing too many new terms unnecessarily. Exercises of this kind are used over and over again to learn how to hypnotize, especially in the United States where hypnosis is much more well-known and more widespread. In fact these exercises are very suitable for this as it is easy to extend a half trance to full hypnosis, as you will see in Part II.

What suggestion exercises are all about

Suggestion exercises are concerned with making sure that you manage to form your words, gestures and actions, so that these express clear and intense videes. Only when you can actually impress and influence a TP, will you manage to force his/her SELF from the center of consciousness and then your videes can penetrate the TP’s ideomotor system, where they will trigger the desired effect.

As suggestion exercises can reach quite deeply into the mental fabric of a person, I must now give you a list of fundamental rules that you should adhere to fully if your exercises and experiments are to remain without risk.

Basic rules for suggestion exercises

1.ONLY accept healthy people of normal intelligence as your test people.

2.Ensure that each exercise or experiment can be carried out without interruption and can be brought to a complete close.

3.Each word and each sentence that is spoken to the TP must be clear, precise and explicit.

4.Each suggestion must be removed again by a counter-suggestion. This is very important as suggestions can continue to have an effect on the TP after the exercise or experiment.

5.Remain completely calm and self-controlled throughout all the exercises, even if not successful. You must NEVER lose control during the exercises!

6.Each exercise and experiment should be planned and written down in advance. If possible, record every exercise and experiment on an audio recor-der.

7.Even if a TP does not respond to a suggestion, always give a counter-suggestion. For example, even if you say: “Now you can no longer move your arm!” and the TP does move his/her arm, in every case you MUST still give the counter-suggestion afterwards: “You can now move your arm again!”

8.Never attempt to carry out an exercise or experiment that you have not previously mastered. Imagination exercises with imaginary TPs will help you to master an exercise.

9.Do not simply carry out the exercises mechanically, instead you should always try to understand the theory, this will give you confidence both in yourself and in the exercise or experiment.

Ill. 3

Ill. 4

The second suggestion exercise

Start as described for the first suggestion exercise in Lesson 3. Use a good TP for this exercise. When the pendulum starts to swing back and forth very strongly, say:

“Now the pendulum is swinging completely on its own! You can no longer stop it! The more you try to stop the pendulum, the more it swings, stronger and stronger!” At the same time, make movements with your hands back and forth in front of the TP to the rhythm of the pendulum’s swings, as shown in ill. 4. Continue saying: “The pendulum’s swinging is becoming stronger – and stronger – and stronger and stronger. The more you want to stop the pendulum, the more strongly it swings --- more and more strongly!”

The pendulum will probably now swing more strongly than you ever expected. The TP will try to stop it, but by doing so will make exactly those movements that allow the pendulum to swing even more strongly. When you want to end the exercise, say: “Now the pendulum is becoming slower --- Now you can stop it again. Stop it!” When you notice that the TP has control of the pendulum once again, say: “That’s good! You feel fine. You are wide-awake! Put the pendulum down, the exercise is over!”

The dynamics of gestures

During this exercise you can practice making your gestures, in this case your hand movements, as lively and dynamic as possible. Try this exercise as an imaginary exercise first of all. Choose a time when you are alone and unlikely to be disturbed, and practice the hand movements – which must be adapted to the rhythm of the pendulum movements - and try to make them as lively and dynamic as possible.

Lesson 4

What happens during suggestion exercises

When awake, the human SELF is alert and, from a functional point of view, finds itself between the sense organs and the ideomotor system. When a videe enters a person through the sense organs, it is controlled, inhibited and weakened by the SELF. This is why people who are awake are less susceptible to suggestions.

During suggestion exercises, the SELF is forced out of the center of consciousness for a time by intense videes (created by dynamic words and gestures) and videes are better able to enter the ideomotor system where they trigger actions.

During actual hypnosis, the SELF is as good as deactivated by physiological processes, so that it no longer prevents the videes from penetrating, and these then penetrate the ideomotor system directly. For this reason, suggestions can become reality more easily under hypnosis.

During suggestion exercises, two things happen:

1.Through especially strong and effective videes, which are created using dynamic words and gestures, the inhibiting SELF is forced out of the center of consciousness for a time.

2.The videes that penetrate during this state reach the ideomotor system where they trigger corresponding actions and effects. The essential difference between suggestion exercises and hypnosis experiments is that during suggestion exercises the SELF is only deactivated or forced out for a short time, whereas during hypnosis experiments the state of mind where the SELF is forced out or ineffective lasts for a longer period of time. During a deep enough hypnosis state, the corresponding inactive state of the SELF can even be maintained for several days.

Deprivation of personal liberty through hypnosis and suggestion

Through hypnosis, and even through suggestion exercises, a person's personal liberty can be taken away from them. Therefore I must point out to you that you should observe the following very strictly during your exercises and experiments:

1.Only use those TPs for your experiments that have volunteered freely to take part. Never try to persuade someone to take part in an experiment. Inform each TP that he/she is placing him/herself voluntarily under your influence and, in case of doubt, have this confirmed in writing in front of witnesses.

2.Never carry out experiments with people whose mental state is uncertain or who may not be fully competent. In particular, never carry out experiments with those who are of unsound mind or are mentally impaired.

3.If you carry out experiments with young people or children, always make sure that you have the full permission of their parents or legal guardian.

4.If you carry out experiments with female TPs, ensure that witnesses are always present.

The third suggestion exercise

This exercise, which appears very impressive, is actually very simple to carry out. It is excellent for performing in front of an audience, who can themselves then take part as TPs. Take a TP from category I or II and look the TP straight in the eyes. Then say: “Place your feet completely side by side, so that your heels and toes are touching (ill. 6). I am now going to carry out an exercise with you, in which you fall backwards. Do not be afraid, I will catch you safely. During this exercise you will feel everything exactly as I tell you.”

Now move behind the TP and hold your hands in front of his/her face (ill. 5) so that your middle fingers are touching each other and are about four inches in front of the TP’s eyes (ill. 7). Then say: “Look now at the two fingertips that are touching each other! --- Listen to my words. --- Now relax your whole body – and now relax your arms – relax even more. --- Now feel how your arms become heavy – very, very heavy! --- Focus on your arms – they are becoming heavier and heavier and heavier -- heavier and heavier. --- You feel it very clearly now. --- Now watch my fingertips closely. --- When I now move my fingertips away from each other, -- you will feel a very distinct force --- that draws you backwards! --- It draws you further and further backwards!”