«Once upon a time there was a wizard and this wizard had a secret book of spells, but the secret book had a very special enchantment placed on it. You see it was given to him by his master teacher when he was very young.
The Wizards teacher had to go away to live in a far away land but he wanted to make sure that his young apprentice would continue to learn the ways of magic and grow up to become a powerful wizard and do good things for the people.
So he created a very special book of magical spells to train the young wizard.
Every time the young wizard opened the book he would be given a new magic lesson to learn and practice; and the magic of the book was such that it would never let the young wizard turn the page until he had achieved a certain level of skill with each particular lesson… and in this way, the master wizard made sure that his young apprentice would learn at just the right pace, at exactly the right time.
And that he would do the lessons and learn the skills in the proper order to insure that the young wizard grew skilled and powerful in a way that was good and natural with each new lesson serving as a reward for a job well done, for doing what was asked and required,
… and so the young wizard worked diligently taking delight in each new lesson and the powers, skills and wisdom gained from learning, really learning, both from the book and by having to figure out certain things that weren’t directly stated.
The young wizard learned to become very perceptive, to read between the lines and discover the hidden wisdom lurking just below what was obvious.»…
Let me ask you a question.
How sucked into the story were you just now?
Go back and remember the brief story I just told you. What color was the wizards robe? Did he have a robe. What did the Master Wizard look like. What about the magic book?
All of these things were going on inside your head, making the story come alive inside your mind.
Such is the power of stories, even short stories like the one above not only attract your attention, but also keep you focused, move you out of your rational, logical analytical mind and associate you right into the story.
Stories or «metaphor» can be powerful vehicles for delivering powerful hypnotic suggestions, without ever telling someone to go into a trance.
Stories automatically induce a hypnotic state.
Remember that our definition of Covert Conversational Hypnosis is the Deliberate Use of Hypnotic Operators for the express purpose of bypassing and or reorienting the critical factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking.
For those brief moments in time you were suspended and sucked into my story, in just a few sentences I could have given you any number of suggestions, expertly hiding them within the structure of the story and ultimately you would have thought they were your own idea simply because I did NOT state them directly, but your unconscious mind got the message.
When it comes to the «magic» of covert and conversational hypnosis, the vast of majority of conversational hypnosis falls into one of two categories.
Category 1 — Presuppositions.
Category 2 — Metaphor.
Today’s lesson in S.T.E.A.L.T.H. HYPNOSIS will cover the ever-alluring and subtly seducing secret of stories.
Stories will effectively hypnotize anyone hearing them.
The problem is that in order to get your specific result you have to construct your stories in a certain way.
Now I will be honest, I am a big fan of presuppositional hypnosis.
Especially in a business context. But we will save that for another silo of articles.
Just in case you do not know what presuppositional hypnosis is, they are hypnotic language patterns that cause the brain to respond in a certain way. For the most part, they are the linguistic equivalent of assumptions.
But I will tell you that if you are going to be doing any kind of hypnotic writing, talking to a group of ethnically or linguistically diverse people…
You had better be telling some stories.
Especially if you are into marketing or any form of copy-writing.
Stories are by far the most universally compelling way to bypass a persons critical factor. Some languages are harder to do presuppositional hypnosis because the structure of some languages doesn’t work the same in all cultures.
But every country and every culture tells stories…
and for good reason.
They work, they induce an instant altered state and convey powerful messages to a persons unconscious mind.
Hypnotic Metaphors, or stories come in two basic varieties.
Isomorphic Metaphors And Analogies
isomorphic metaphors, are metaphors where everything has a one to one correspondence for instance in an isomorphic metaphor A teacher of covert hypnosis could be a Master Wizard, and a student of covert hypnosis could be a young apprentice.
A book of spells might be an article or series of articles that only come out after certain conditions are met.
In an «isomorphic metaphor» the process is the same only the names and identities have been changed.
Then of course we have analogies and simile’s.
Analogies have more indirect correlation to the subject.
Instead of a wizard being the hypnotist, it might be a mother bird, who has to leave the nest for a while and leaves little piles of food at various places that the baby bird can only reach after they are old enough and strong enough to get to the next level on their own, until finally they reach a point where the now young and strong baby bird actually has to spread its wings and fly to the next place to get the goodies mommy left behind.
See the process?
At the beginning of the article I gave you an isomorphic metaphor, compare it to the bird analogy I just gave you. Notice that underneath the apparent differences, how similar the process is.
Now all the while you were doing that, I will bet it never occurred to you to think about how sucked in to the bird story you were, even when you were analyzing it, I am betting you had a wonderful little bird movie going on inside your head.
It’s okay, I know. I’m sneaky that way.
But what you probably did not know I knew or maybe you didn’t even realize it your self but you were also probably identifying with either the wizard/momma bird or (as is more likely) the young apprentice/baby bird.
This process of identification is called the Thorndike Effect and its one of the most powerful and subtle hypnotic operators there is. Every human being going through the process of a story automatically imagines them self as one or all of the characters in the story.
Stop for a moment and think about what that actually means and what you could do with a power like that.
Until Next Time…
Trance The World And Take Names!