Ericksonian Hypnosis differs from classical hypnosis in that it is performed through indirect suggestion and embedded commands during casual conversation.
Ericksonian Hypnosis relies heavily on neuro-linguistic programming thus, building a symbiotic relationship between the unconscious mind and the conscious mind.
It is through this process that problems and issues tend to dissipate all the while without direct commands and guidance.
The aspect of indirect suggestion is the key to Ericksonian Hypnosis.
Milton Erickson is regarded as one of the pioneers in conversational hypnosis but his road to fame started out under tragic circumstances.
As a young adult, Milton Erickson was stricken with polio and fell into a deep coma.
Upon waking, he found himself paralysed and all he really had were his mind and his thoughts. He began to observe the world in intricate detail.
Erickson started to uncover the basis for his hypnosis method as he sat immobilised in a chair day after day.
He yearned to be outside and longed for the day he would be able to go out and play in the outdoors again.
Being born at the beginning of the 1900s, there were few alternatives for Erickson to turn to for help. So, he turned to himself and his mind.
As he would imagine playing in the fields, his chair began to rock ever so slightly. The mere thought of playing outside induced a stimulus that created this motion.
Erickson then attempted to command his legs to move and rock the chair. Nothing. In his frustration, he began thinking about playing outside and running around and again, the chair moved. This was the birth of Ericksonian Hypnosis.
It is through the indirect suggestion that he was able to accomplish the rocking of his chair and eventually he regained the ability to walk again.
Ericksonian Hypnosis focuses on the indirect suggestion through the use of embedded commands.
By not focusing on the negative, he was able to produce a more focused mind that became more confident and able to mend itself from obstacles in the mind.
The subconscious mind does not have the ability to compute negations, which means that if we hear something to the effect of “Don’t spill that” we are more likely to spill that.
This is because our subconscious minds can only process actions and ignore negations.
Ericksonian Hypnosis focuses on reinforcing positive behaviours through positive reinforcement.
Through positive encouragement such as “Good job bringing that full glass of water over” We would respond accordingly.
I hope I haven’t lost you on that example.
For those of you who may be a bit confused as to what I am trying to convey, try not to think about breathing for about 15 seconds.
Ok, are you done? What did you think about for those 15 seconds? My guess is breathing even though you were specifically instructed not to do so.
Erickson hypnosis relies heavily on a connection between your unconscious mind and your conscious mind.
This is due to the indirect nature of the Ericksonian Hypnosis method, In theory, it is possible to hypnotise anyone at any time without their knowing.
This quality makes the Ericksonian Hypnosis method one of the most powerful ways to make positive changes in you and your life.