posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 02:13 PM
Began my last post by saying my first experience of hypnosis proved to be quite an eye-opener.
I'd decided to try hypnosis rather than traditional medicine, for a fairly common condition. Had never been to a hypnotist before, but as explained
in my earlier post, we had in our vicinity a highly regarded hypnotist consulted State-wide by surgeons and medical professionals as well as having
his own weekly column in the local and other newspapers.
It began very ordinarily: lie down, loosen any restrictive clothing and shoes. Place blanket over lower limbs. Make yourself comfortable. If you
wish, you can focus on the black and white spiral-patterned whirly-gig up there on the wall .. some people like and expect that. But it's not
necessary. Your choice. Look at your watch please and tell me what time it says. Your watch says 7.15. Fine. Now, just listen to my voice ...
Next I knew, I heard his voice telling me that I was feeling refreshed .. Four .. Wide awake now on the count of five .. Five. Something like
I opened my eyes and stretched my arms, the way you do after a nap, and looked at him. He was still as he'd been last time I'd looked at him, just
sitting there to my right, a notepad on his lap.
To be honest, I felt a bit stupid, lying there near a complete stranger. You wonder if your mouth's been hanging open, or if you've been drooling
or have broken wind. I couldn't remember a thing. I didn't even know if I'd been hypnotised or not. It felt as if I'd been there about two
' You can sit up if you like, and put your shoes on. That's all for today' he said, or words to that effect.
I still didn't know if I'd been hypnotised. I'd had no real preconceived ideas about what being hypnotised would be like, but even so, this felt
like a let-down.
' I must have fallen asleep', I said, 'Was I hypnotised at all ? '
He said yes, I had been. I wasn't convinced and said, ' I don't remember it '.
He asked what I did remember and I told him I remembered nothing at all past the point he'd been telling me my eyelids were growing heavier, etc.
Still unconvinced and unimpressed, I said, 'So is that all there is to it ? ' and he replied it was sufficient for today.
' So that's it ? ' I said, ' I thought it would feel different or last longer or something'.
It was at around that point that he asked if I remembered what the time had been when he'd told me to look at my watch. I replied it had been 7.15.
And I knew that was a fact, based on the time of my appointment with him, the time I'd left home, the time I'd arrived at his rooms and so on.
He said, 'And how long do you think you were hypnotised ? '
I replied, 'Oh, about two minutes.'
He raised his eyebrows a bit and smiled, so I said, ' Well, maybe for five minutes '
He said, 'No longer than that ? ' and I replied no, I must have been hypnotised for a few minutes, that was all. Five at the most.
' Would you look at your watch again please, and tell me what time it is ? '
I did. My watch said 8.20. I couldn't believe it and looked to the clock on the wall which said the same thing.
An hour ! I really couldn't believe it. I was convinced now that I'd fallen asleep and said so.
He replied I had not been asleep, but had gone 'very deep'. When I said again that it must be because I'd been asleep, he said he could assure me
I had not been asleep but in an extremely deep state.
I asked him how he knew that and he said he'd been taking my pulse throughout. Again, I found that hard to believe. I was sure I would have felt it
if he'd touched me.
'How do you know I wasn't just asleep ?' I said, and he said because he knew, and in any case, I'd been responding to his instructions throughout,
had been verbally responding, etc. He assured me I had not been asleep but in a 'deep' state, one of the deepest he'd witnessed lately.
That alarmed me, so he said although it was not particularly common, it was far from unusual.
I was still sceptical, but went away with a brief written post-hypnotic suggestion which I was to use 3 times daily until our next session. I asked
him how it would work without hypnosis and he said he had instilled post-hynotic suggestions which would take effect when I followed his simple
preparatory instructions (first, make sure you won't be disturbed. Make yourself comfortable. Breath regularly, etc.) and read the brief written
list, which I was then to drop by my side.
The hypnosis was successful in treating the reason I'd gone to him about, much to my surprise to be honest.
In later years, being more confident about hypnosis after my sessions with this man (who had died) I went to several other hypnotists, expecting to be
easily hypnotised. This wasn't the case however. Whether they lacked experience or simply lacked the ability, who can say. I went through a
pretence of 'waking up' each time, thanked them, paid them, but never returned. Throughout, I'd been fully and painfully awake, fully conscious
and embarrassed about what a sham I was taking part in, in order not to embarrass them. It's excruciating, lying there pretending to be hypnotised
out of politeness and at the same time wanting desperately to just sit up and face them and say, 'Look, this isn't working, let's forget about it
if you don't mind'. Instead, you lie there like an idiot, making yourself breathe evenly, resisting the urge to scratch an itch or wipe your nose
or wriggle your toes .. all for the sake of someone who's completed a 'hynotherapy' course and whose confidence will be destroyed if you don't go
along with the pretence.