The Definitive Hypnosis Cheat Sheet
A Complete Induction Script for Hypnotizing Anyone
By Steven Hall, Author of How to Hypnotize
This cheat sheet was originally put together by professional hypnotherapist,
and former stage hypnotist, Steven Hall MCOH MASC NLP. Its purpose is
to reveal the secrets of hypnosis, making it accessible to everyone.
These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy but they
are taught here for information only. After reading this article you will
have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotize people, but please
do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing intensive study. Click
here for more details.
Lesson One: Hypnosis is natural
The first thing you need to know is that hypnosis is a very natural state.
It requires no special power to hypnotize someone. If you can talk you
In fact, it is such a natural state that people go into hypnosis regularly
without even realizing it. The most common natural states occur while
gazing into a fire or when driving (its that moment when you suddenly
realize that you are unsure as to which route you have just driven home!)
If you were to listen to some positive suggestions while in these naturally
occurring trance states they would have an effect on you
so be aware
of commercial radio on long journeys!
When you intentionally hypnotize someone what you are doing is operating
the switch that puts them into this natural state at a time of your (and
their) choosing, so that you can use it productively.
Lesson Two: Relaxation causes trance
There are many things that have been found to cause trance, these include
confusion, shock, repetition, focused attention and relaxation. For the
purposes of your studies we are going to be concentrating on relaxation,
as it is the easiest to produce without offending your client.
We will also be using focused attention as this will help to stop your
clients mind from wandering during the induction process.
The initial induction process is all about getting the client to relax,
many people have completely forgotten how to do this, you do need to help
them out a little; most people are a lot tenser than they realize.
Lesson Three: Relaxing the client
Before you actually begin the hypnotic process it is a good idea to have
your client do a few physical relaxation exercises. This will put them
in a much more responsive state during the actual induction and save you
a great deal of time.
The easiest and most effective way to do this is to have them tense and
relax their muscles. Start with the face, by having them screw it up nice
and tight, hold it for a few seconds and then relax. Next have them scrunch
up their shoulders, hold them relax. Move on to arms, torso, stomach area,
upper (then lower) legs and finally feet. When tensing the legs and feet
be sure to tell your client to pull their toes and feet up towards the
body rather than pointing them out straight as this could cause cramp.
You should also tell your client that if tensing a certain area might
be unwise due to health problems, then they can simply skip that area.
An example might be someone who has suffered with a hernia.
Once you have systematically tensed and relaxed each area have them tense
and relax their entire body in one go. This simple exercise will release
a lot of tension and set them up nicely for the induction process.
Lesson Four: The IRON MAN Induction Process
Now that you know that relaxation and focused attention are two of the
keys to successfully induction, you are ready to learn the induction script.
I have laid out a script for you word for word below, but these words
are not some kind of mystical incantation, they are not a spell that produces
trance, they are simply a suggestive list of instructions and commands
that will produce a relaxed state. You can just as easily make up your
own induction script using this one as a guide. The goal here is to get
your client to relax, so use your imagination and embellish on what I
have given you here.
When you deliver the script, do so in an authoritative confident tone.
Do not be overly forceful, or your client may object to being ordered
about and resist. As you learn more about trance from further studies
you will learn a lot about the hypnotic voice, however at this stage my
advice is to keep things very simple.
Use a basic monotone, speak clearly and slowly. As the trance progresses
your voice should slow down so that you compliment their relaxed state.
trance have your client sit in a position that they find comfortable and
continue with the following
Lesson Five: The induction script
You are sitting
here listening to the sound of my voice, perhaps wondering how it is that
you are going to go into trance. As you listen to these words I would
like you to focus your gaze on an imaginary spot on the ceiling. Thats
good, in a few moments I will begin counting, when I say the number one,
I would like you to close your eyes, and then on the number two, slowly
open them, continue to open and close your eyes on alternating numbers
in this way until your eyes feel so heavy that it would be easier and
more comfortable to just let them remain closed.
Whether you eyes are closed or open I would like you to keep your focus
on that spot on the ceiling. Do not lower your gaze during the numbers
on which your eyes are closed, keep your eyes fixed in position and imagine
that you are still gazing at the spot.
progress through the numbers, begin to lower the tempo of your voice,
by number 11 you should be at a relaxingly slow easy tempo. When the eyes
no longer open at all go onto the next section)
1. Close your eyes now, but keep them in position.
2. Now slowly open them.
3. Closing your eyes now, noticing how comfortable it feels to let them
4. Now slowly open them, continue to gaze at the spot.
5. Closing down easily and slowly while you listen to the sound of my
6. Slowly open.
7. Closing down now, and very soon your eyelids will begin to feel very
tired and heavy.
8. Nice and slowly open.
9. Just letting them close down now, so comfortable, so heavy and relaxed.
10. Slowly open them and focus on that spot.
11. More and more heavy with each number now, thats fine. More and
more relaxed as your eyes begin to feel so tired.
12. Softly and slowly opening them again now.
13. And closed, each time you open them it becomes more and more difficult.
Heavier and heavier.
14. Feel the heaviness in your eyelids as you open them now.
15. And let them close down. Your eyelids are getting heavier and heavier,
more and more tired with each number. Thats fine. As it becomes
more comfortable to just keep them closed you can allow yourself to keep
them closed now.
16. And open
17. And close them down again. So comfortable and relaxed. As you listen
to my voice you eyelids are becoming heavier and heavier, more and more
relaxed now. Heavy and heavy with each number.
18. Feel the heaviness increasing now as you open them.
19. Let them close down again. Heavier and heavier now, so heavy, so tired,
so relaxed, thats fine.
20. And open.
21. And closed. Your eyelids are so heavy now that as I continue to count
becomes increasingly difficult to open your eyes, do not try to resist
just feel their heaviness and when it is more comfortable to keep your
eyes closed, simply enjoy keeping them closed. Thats fine.
22. And slowly open.
23. Now close them down, just let them rest for a moment and enjoy feeling
your eyes resting in their sockets, thats fine.
(Your clients eyes should remain closed some time between numbers
10 and 15. Some clients will try to resist this and continue further,
simply tell them that this is not an exercise to see how long they can
last, and they should allow their eyes to close when they feel comfortable
doing so. If their eyes still open on number 22 tell them to close them
and keep them closed on number 23. Then continue with the following.)
Now that your eyes are closed, I would like you to continue listening
to the sound of my voice as you continue to relax. In a few short moments
you will be so completely relaxed and comfortable that it will be easy
for you to go into trance.
As you go into trance you will still hear my voice. You are still able
to think thoughts, thoughts can be thought, but you do not have to think
them, as you listen to the sound of my voice you may like to imagine your
thoughts floating away, as though they are tied to a helium filled balloon
that carries them effortlessly into the distance.
As you relax I wonder if you can recall, how does it feel when you are
so completely relaxed that you lose awareness of your body. Or perhaps,
whats it like when you are so comfortable, so snuggled and warm
that you can sink right down into the comfort. And maybe, sometimes when
you listen so intently to what someone is saying everything else seems
to melt away, and as you listen to this voice now, perhaps you can imagine
how does it feel as all of your tensions melt away, allowing you to sink
right down into the comfort.
Thats right. I dont want you to lose awareness of your body
just yet. For now just enjoy the process.
I dont know if you will go into trance quickly, or maybe take a
little longer to
really enjoy the process as it begins to happen right
Thats fine. Just relax and listen to the sound of my voice. You
are doing just fine.
To help you to relax I would like you to imagine that you are outdoors,
on a wonderful summers day. You find yourself in a safe and relaxing place,
where you are free to really relax and enjoy the environment. Find a comfortable
place to sit down; where you can rest for a moment, perhaps leaning against
a tree or a rock, thats fine.
You are safe and secure here, safe to relax completely, and no matter
how deeply you go into trance, my voice will go with you.
Lesson Six: The Black Mirror Technique
By the time you reach this section your client will already be in a suggestible
state, but the induction is not complete. It is now time to relax them
Continue with the induction process using the following script. As you
find your comfortable place to rest and listen to my voice you can begin
to allow any tensions to simply melt away from you, as though they are
simply dripping out from your body and soaking down into the earth, thats
fine. To help you to relax I would like you to imagine that a small orb
of positive relaxing energy is floating effortlessly above your head now.
Just hovering there waiting. You can imagine this orb any way you choose,
you might see it as a light or a colour, or perhaps you can simply sense
In a few moments this orb of energy will slowly move through your body,
as it does, every muscle that it touches instantly becomes twice as relaxed,
allowing you to feel a soft heavy sweetness deep inside your muscles,
causing your muscles to feel so very heavy, so limp and loose.
As you relax you can imagine this orb is beginning its journey now, slowly
lowering deeper and deeper as it eases gentle through your scalp and deep,
deep down to the very base of your brain, thats fine, relaxing you
completely as it does.
As this energy begins to soak around the sides of your head it sinks deep
inside your ears now, and no matter how deep into trance you go into trance
my voice will always be here with you. Gliding around each side of your
head now and gently soaking in and around your eyes, maybe bringing a
wonderfully relaxing warmth, or a cooling ease to your eyes as it does.
You can just
take a few moments now to really relax all of those tiny muscles in and
around your eyes, thats fine. Feel your brow ease as you relax your
face, your eyes just resting in their sockets now, so comfortable, so
easy and so relaxed.
As you notice your eyes relaxing this energy continues down through your
cheeks and slowly into the muscles of your jaw. This wonderfully relaxed
sensation soaking deep into the bones of your jaw now and as it does I
would like you to just let your jaw hang limp and loose, thats fine,
you are doing really well.
As you continue to relax this sensation eases its way down into the powerful
muscles of your neck, muscles that have been working so hard holding your
heavy head upright all day. Thats fine, just allow them to relax
as this sensation gently spreads out across your shoulders. Notice how
your shoulders can drop a little more with each relaxing out-breath, until
you feel quite free.
As you continue relaxing more and more this wonderful sensation eases
its way deeper and deeper now, thats fine, deeper and deeper and
just as you can go deeper and deeper into trance, this wonderful feeling
can drift so deeply now so deeply down, soaking deep into your shoulders
and slowly down your arms. Your arms getting heavier and heavier as you
relax, more and more relaxed, until they feel nice and limp and loose,
thats good. The muscles of your arms are so relaxed now, like a
handful of limp elastic bands, thats fine. As you enjoy these sensations
a gentle wave of relaxation begins at your shoulders and flows all the
way down your back, taking you even deeper into trance.
Deeper and deeper into trance now, with no effort required at all, it
is so easy to just relax and let it happen all by itself. Just like when
you go to sleep at night, you just relax and let it happen all by itself.
Trance is like that now, just let go into trance and really enjoy the
process as you relax deeper and deeper, thats fine.
As these feelings move down into your legs you can imagine you have been
running so fast for such a long time that you are so tired now, so tired
that all you want to do is rest
and now you can rest, thats
right, just allow your legs to relax now, relax and let go completely,
feeling the tired heaviness taking you deeper and deeper.
Lesson Seven: Deepening the Trance with the Clever Technique
The previous script will have put your client into a light state of trance.
At this stage, due to relaxation, they will be more susceptible to suggestion
normal waking consciousness; however, to ensure the hypnosis is successful
you need to deepen the trance state. Deepening scripts create an association
with moving in a downward direction and going into a deeper state of trance.
We are going to use a very simply script that is easy to learn here, it
is very effective and many hypnotists use this method. Simply continue
from where you left off with the following deepening instructions.
As a simple exercise, we have systematically relaxed your entire body,
and this has been very easy for you to do. Now, it is time to go even
deeper into trance, and to help you to go into trance, I would like you
to imagine that you are standing at the top of an escalator. In a few
moments I will begin to count down from 10 to 1.
When I say the number 10 you will step onto this escalator and as I count
slowly down you will ride the escalator down until I reach the number
1, where you will find yourself at the bottom of the escalator and step
Before we begin I would like to inform you of the magical qualities of
this imaginary escalator. This is the escalator of trance, and the further
down you ride the deeper into trance you will go. As I count down slowly,
each number that I count takes you even deeper into trance, and the deeper
into trance you go the more relaxed you become. The more relaxed you become
the deeper into trance you go.
So, as you stand at the top looking down I would like you to reach out
now ready to step onto this escalator of trance, and
10. Step onto the escalator now and hold the hand rail as you begin your
journey, deeper and deeper into trance.
Each number that I count takes you even deeper into trance, and the further
down the escalator you ride the deeper and deeper into trance you go.
9. Further down the escalator now, effortlessly gliding down into trance.
8. Thats fine, each number taking you deeper and deeper into trance.
7. Comfortably gliding down into trance, so easily, so effortlessly, just
relax and let it happen all by itself.
6. Deeper and deeper now, thats fine. As you listen to the sound
of my voice,
taking you deeper and deeper into trance.
5. Half way down the escalator now, relaxing so easily, each number taking
you deeper and deeper into trance.
Deeper and deeper, gliding effortlessly deeper and deeper down, becoming
more and more relaxed with every number that passes
3. As you approach the bottom of the escalator you drift deeper and deeper
into trance, becoming increasingly open to the suggestions that you hear.
Thats fine, so deeply relaxed now.
2. Almost at the bottom now, and as you reach the bottom you can step
escalator easily and naturally, the moment you step off the escalator
you fall into a deep, deep trance
1. At the very bottom now, as you step off the escalator you become ten
as relaxed, going even deeper into trance. Thats fine, you are doing
Lesson Eight: The Transition
Now that you have completed the deepening process, your client will be
in a very suggestible state of trance. However, through experience I have
noticed that the trance state can be further deepened if you take a moment
here to use a little confusion and a transitional process that will already
be associated with sleep in the mind of the client.
To accomplish this, as soon as you have finished the escalator script
continue you with the following.
You find yourself standing at the bottom of the escalator now, just in
front of you there is a bed, a very special bed, a bed of dreams. Should
you clamber onto this bed, you will instantly fall into a deep, deep sleep.
But not the kind of sleep that you enter at night, a special kind of sleep,
for this is the bed of trance and when you clamber upon it you will enter
a deep, deep hypnotic sleep.
Clamber upon the bed now and allow yourself to sink deeper and deeper
into the soft comfort. As you sink into the comfort you fall into a deep,
The kind of sleep where you can dream, a special kind of hypnotic
sleep, where you can dream that you are standing before a wonderfully
comfortable bed, a magical bed, a bed that can realize your dreams. As
you clamber upon this bed you fall into a deep, deep
The kind of sleep where you can dream
Dream that you are going deeper
and deeper now, deeper and deeper to
. SLEEEEP! A special kind of
sleep, where you can still hear my voice, a wonderfully relaxing sleep,
where you are free to dream, dream that you are listening to the sound
of my voice, hearing these suggestions like seeds, planted deep in your
Nine: Trance suggestions for stage
The transitional script that you have just learned makes it easy to follow
through with your suggestions. This is the actual purpose of the hypnosis,
without hypnotic suggestion you are doing nothing more than relaxing the
client, and although this is incredibly beneficial in itself, it is unlikely
to elicit positive life changes, and certainly is not very entertaining.
What you use the trance state for depends on your particular area of interest,
you may choose to develop trance for entertainment, or, as I would like
to think, you may be more interested in developing your skills as a hypnotherapist.
Perhaps one of the most important suggestions that you should include
at this stage is that your client will be able to get back into this state
easily. This will prove valuable in all situations, but it is essential
for stage hypnosis. This is done using a post hypnotic cue by attaching
a trigger to a desired action. Stage hypnosis is completely dependant
upon post hypnotic suggestions, such as, "When you hear this piece
of music you will leap onto the stage and start dancing." Then the
volunteer is woken from the trance state and asked a few questions before
the trigger music is played and the action carried out as requested.
The most important post hypnotic suggestion that stage hypnotists use
is, "For the rest of the evening, whenever I click my fingers
and say the word 'Sleep' you will instantly go back into trance."
Everything else a stage hypnotist does comes down to personal taste and
Note that I did say for the rest of the evening, you should include these
guards" to ensure that your volunteers do not walk away with suggestions
still active. A post hypnotic suggestions can theoretically last a life
time, the longest I know of has been 29 years, so be sure to use time
limits and to remove them at the end of the show by telling your subjects
that they are completely back to their normal waking consciousness and
that the suggestions that you have given them during the show no longer
have any affect.
Ten: Trance suggestions for therapy
As already stated, this area of hypnosis is simply for information at
this stage, if you want to develop your ability as a hypnotherapist please
first complete a course
of study, we have included some information on this at the end of
this article for you.
If you obey
the three golden rules of therapy creation you will be able to
develop effective hypnotic scripts for almost any situation. But, as I
say, this is not an area an amateur should experiment with, and under
no circumstances should you diagnose or treat any ailment, no matter how
obvious it may seem, without correct training.
The three essential rules of hypnotic suggestions are
1. Keep your suggestions positive
2. Keep your suggestions in the present tense
3. Test everything by future pacing before you make any changes
By adhering to these simple rules you avoid some of the common pitfalls
For example, if you are treating someone for smoking a statement such
as, "You will stop smoking in 2 weeks" would break the first
two rules, yet you are making a similar suggestion with the statement,
"In 2 weeks time, you are a non-smoker" while at the same time
keeping it positively focused and in the present tense, it might, at first
glance, appear to be future tensed, but the statement, "You
are a non-smoker" Is set in the present and this will have an affect
on how the clients subconscious mind accepts and acts upon it.
Lesson Eleven: Waking the client from trance
One of the most commonly accepted misconceptions of trance is that it
is possible to become "stuck" in hypnosis. This simply is not
true. It is no more possible to get stuck in hypnosis as it is to get
stuck in normal sleep. If a situation arose where a person was left in
a very deep state of trance they would either wake the moment the hypnotist
leaves, wake because of boredom, lack of comfort or a full bladder, or,
if they are very tired, fall into normal sleep and wake in the morning
It is actually very difficult to remain in the hypnotic state for a prolonged
period of time without the assistance of a hypnotist.
Having said that, you still need to know the correct way to wake your
client. The following script should serve you well. The golden rule here
is to not wake
your client too abruptly, and to always wake them in a good mood! Just
as you progressively reduced your tempo during the induction it is now
time to turn things up
increase in tempo and volume as you run through
the wake up script, be enthusiastic and make your voice vibrant and exciting.
In the next few moments I will count from 1 to 5. When I reach the number
you will be completely awake and feeling absolutely fantastic. With each
number that I count you become more and more alert, until on the number
5, you open your eyes and are wide awake.
1. Beginning to awaken now, aware of my voice and the room around you.
2. Waking from the trance state feeling fantastic, bringing with you all
that you have learned.
3. Aware of your body now, and the position of your arms and legs.
4. Stretch your arms now as you begin to open your eyes, feeling refreshed
and excited about your trance experience.
5. Eyes open and wide awake. Feeling fantastic! Well done!
And that is all there is to it! If you have their consent, you can use
these techniques to practice on your friends, but as the author of this
material I can accept no responsibility for your actions. Be sensible
and think about your suggestions before you use them, prepare everything
you are going to say before you start, if you make things up on the spur
of the moment you could say something that you, or your volunteer, later
As with all new skills practice makes perfect, and you will learn a great
deal about trance from your experiments with friends. Thats what
got me started, and in the early days I knew less about trance than you
have just learned from this short introduction. Sometimes my inductions
worked, sometimes they didnt, as your skills develop you will find
that your successes increase, so will your fascination with everything
Learning hypnosis is the single most valuable tool that I ever learned
and I believe that if you develop your skills as a practicing hypnotist
rather than settling for a curiosity satisfied then trance can change
your life too.
Steven Hall is the author of How to Hypnotize: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genuine Hypnosis
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