Creating Mental Nothingness/Amnesia

Instructions to hypnotist

This technique can be used for both mind clearing or amnesia. The "Room of Nothingness" can become the "Room of Forgetfulness." The suggestion is given that any suggestions given in the "Room of Forgetfulness" will not be remembered by the conscious mind, but the subject will act upon them none the less. The suggestion is also given that the more the subject tries to remember the suggestions, the suggestions will be forgotten.

Spoken to the subject

I want you now to imagine that you are standing in front of a house. This is an unusual house. It's twelve feet high, twelve feet wide, thirty-six feet long. There are three rooms, one behind the other. And this structure stands over a basement. There are three steps that lead up to the house.

I want you to walk up and open the front door. As you do, you step into the first room. It's a very unusual room because there is only one piece of furniture in the room, a reclining chair.

The carpeting, the walls, the ceiling, and the upholstery on the chair are all a beautiful sunny yellow. This is the Yellow Room.

The chair looks so inviting that you walk over to it, sit down in it, and push it back into a reclining position.

You feel so relaxed, and as you do, you let your mind drift to a pleasant experience of the past thirty days. A pleasant experience of the past thirty days. [Fifteen second pause]

And now that memory causes you to feel even more relaxed. But it's time to get up from the chair and move on to the second doorway and step inside.

This room is almost identical to the first, except the color is gold. This is the Gold room, and there is that reclining chair in the center of the room.

Since your experience was so good the first time, you walk to that reclining chair again, sit down in it, and now you just lean back. As you do, you bring into your mind the memory of a very pleasant experience of the past twelve months - the past year. [Fifteen second pause]

Alright, it's time to get up from that chair, and you move into the third room.

This is the Blue room. It's exactly like the first two, except for the color.

You walk to that chair, you sit down in it, and you lean back. But as you lean back, there's something very interesting occurring. What's occurring is that the chair now is on a hydraulic hoist, and it begins to slowly move down. It's going down into that lower level, passing right down through the floor. As you're going right down, deeper, sitting in a very relaxed, comfortable position. Now it stops, and you're down into the basement.

Now as you stand up from the chair, there's one door ahead with a sign that says, "The Room of Nothingness." You walk to the door, turn the knob, and step inside.

As you do, your eyes narrow down and you hesitate, because it's very dim in this room and the door closes behind you. There a strange feeling beneath your feet, because you're standing on a foam rubber pad which is three inches thick.

Now the door is closed and your eyes slowly become accustomed to the gloom. There is a kind of a rosy glow in the room. You take a few more steps in and you decide to just sit down. Now you sit down and you feel this soft foam, three inches thick, cradling you so comfortably that you just decide to lay back.

Now all the light is gone and the room is filled with nothingness. As you like there, that nothingness moves across your mind. You mind is filled with nothingness. [Five second pause]


Spoken to the subject

I am going to give you a signal so you can enter into hypnosis more easily.

I am going to count from one to three. At the count of three, you will open your eyes, remaining deeply relaxed. When I say "Sleep now" and snap my fingers, that will be the signal for your eyelids to close down and you will go deeper into hypnosis.

All right. One. Two. Three. Open your eyes. (Snap finger)

Sleep Now! Close them down and go deeper asleep. (Repeat both several times)

Signs of Trance

Instructions to hypnotist

There are several outward signs of trance that can be observed in all subjects. These signs can not be simulated by the subject. The subject will exhibit at least one, and in many cases, multiple signs.

  1. Body warmth

    Many subjects note a distinct change in body temperature. Many subjects feel cold, and others feel warm. This is attributed to the lower pulse rate and extreme relaxation of the subject.

  2. Fluttering eyelids (R. E. M.)

    Virtually all subjects in trance exhibit a 'fluttering of eyelids'. The subject is actually in R. E. M. state. (Rapid Eye Movement)

  3. Reddening of the eyes

    All subjects will demonstrate a reddening of the eyes once they've entered trance. This phenomenon is attributed to the relaxation of the muscles in the eyes of the subject, allowing a greater flow of blood through the veins.

  4. Increased lacrimation

    Many subjects, upon entering trance, will exhibit an increased 'tearing of the eyes.' This is attributed to the relaxation of the muscles surrounding the tear ducts.

  5. Eyes rolling back

    Many subjects, upon entering trance, will experience their eyes rolling back in their head. It will appear as if the subject is looking up through the top of his head.


Spoken to the subject

(Based on the type of session, you may care to skip this paragraph) Each time that you use this method for easy relaxation, you relax more easily, more quickly, and more deeply. Relaxation is a skill that you are easily developing with trance.

Now, I'm going to count from one to five, and then I'll say, "Fully aware." At the count of five, your eyes are open, and you are then fully aware, feeling calm, rested, refreshed, relaxed.

All right. One: slowly, calmly, easily you're returning to your full awareness once again.

Two: each muscle and nerve in your body is loose and limp and relaxed, and you feel wonderfully good.

Three: from head to toe, you are feeling perfect in every way. Physically perfect, mentally perfect, emotionally calm and serene.

On the number four, your eyes begin to feel sparkling clear. On the next number I count, eyelids open, fully aware, feeling calm, rested, refreshed, relaxed, invigorated, full of energy.

Number five: You're fully aware now. Eyelids open. Take a good, deep breath, fill up your lungs, and stretch.

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