How would your best hypnotist in Toronto answer the question: Does effective hypnosis require the application of the hypnotic trance?
On the page #2 of the series of pages about your best hypnotist's technique, he has already partially answered the question: Does effective hypnosis require the application of the hypnotic trance?
He has supported his answer by quoting Milton H. Erickson who said:
"When I'm talking to a person at the conscious level, I expect him to be listening to me at an unconscious level, as well as consciously." And - "One merely needs to know how to talk to a patient in order to secure the (desired) results."
Experiencing Hypnosis, Erickson & Rossi, p. 3
On the page which you are reading now, a few more quotations from Erickson's books will be added in order to elucidate further the nature of the effective hypnotic work, in the context of the presence / absence of the formally induced hypnotic trance:
"It has been widely recognized that suggestions leading to the sort of behaviours exhibited by hypnotized individuals can also be effectively used in the absence of any induction of hypnosis...
From this standpoint there is no longer any distinction between 'waking' and 'hypnotic' suggestions...
To respond adequately to a suggestion is to be hypnotized...
Normally, the conscious dominates the unconscious. The traditional inductions of hypnosis are nothing more than freeing of the unconscious from conscious dominance...
Any shift from conscious to unconscious functioning is a passage from a non-trance to a trance state (and a trance state which develops as a result of such a shift of attention can be no more than a state of an inner absorption)...
To be suggestible is to be hypnotized..."
Hypnotic Realities, Erickson, Rossi & Rossi, p. xviii, xix
In the following quotations Erickson speaks to one of his patients and comments on the effects of his suggestions, which he delivers in the absence of the formally induced hypnotic trance:
"You don't need to go into a trance. All I want is the full attention of your unconscious mind, which goes everywhere with you; it is within six feet of me, and it is listening to me right now...
Yes, her unconscious mind was listening. What more did I need in the way of hypnosis than to have her unconscious mind listening?
And how deep a trance do you need with a resistant patient? Too many resistant patients make this matter of trance induction a contest between you and them. I think you ought to avoid that as much as possible...
I never did try to put (this patient) in a trance. All I wanted her to do was to let her conscious mind roam at will in its thinking... At the same time I wanted her unconscious mind, which was only six feet away from me, to listen."
Creative Choice in Hypnosis, Erickson, p. 100
Your best hypnotist in Toronto can relate to the above quotations very well. After more than two decades of practicing hypnosis he can authoritatively tell you that, EFFECTIVE HYPNOSIS DOES NOT REQUIRE a FORMAL INDUCTION of a HYPNOTIC TRANCE.
Your best hypnotist in town can tell you that the only thing that matters - as far as effective hypnosis is concerned - is that whatever he suggests to his clients has the POWER to INFLUENCE them on the level of their subconscious mind.
And for that INFLUENCE to HAPPEN a help seeking person can receive it in the state of being fully consciously awake.
This does not mean that your best hypnotist in town does not use trance in his work with hypnosis.
It only means that, his long-time-experience has taught him that in some cases it is possible to create POWERFUL and LASTING hypnotic effects, without the formal induction of the hypnotic trance.
Your best hypnotist in town utilizes this fact extensively in his HYPNOTIC WORK ONLINE.
For the description of his technique go to page #4