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A learning center for hypnosis and self hypnosis education. A resource for finding professional referrals for hypnosis treatment of medical and psychotherapeutic issues. A learning center for hypnosis and self hypnosis education. A resource for finding professional referrals for hypnosis treatment of medical and psychotherapeutic issues.
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Hypnosis: Fact and Fiction
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Ideomotor Action
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Testing the Hypnotic Trance
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Testing The Hypnotic Trance

The only purpose of testing is to satisfy yourself as to the depth of self-hypnosis that you have reached. Some people never use tests because they easily learn to recognize the "feeling" of hypnosis and do not question or worry about depth. If you are one of those fortunate people and already realize that you have achieved self-hypnosis, do not waste time on tests. Use this time to program your nervous system with positive ideas and mental pictures. If you are still having trouble recognizing the "feeling" of hypnosis, the tests will prove to you that you are hypnotizing yourself.

There are several tests that we have used in our classes that you can give yourself. They are the handclasp, arm-rigidity, arm levitation and eye catalepsy tests. You can easily re-create these at home. The eye catalepsy test is done as follows: After hypnotizing yourself, picture two windows with the shades drawn. Then visualize that the springs in the rollers have lost their tension and therefore it is impossible to raise the shades. When you have a good picture of this, imagine that your eyes are the windows, and your eyelids are the window shades, then relax the muscles in the eyelids so much that they would not work if you wanted them to. When you KNOW that you have relaxed them that much, roll your eyeballs up in your head as if you were going to look out a hole in your forehead, now say, "My eyelids are so relaxed they just won't work," then try to open your eyes. Now, when we say try to open your eyes, we do NOT mean that you should try and keep on trying, because if you struggle long enough you lighten your state of hypnosis. Just give a brief try and when the thought comes, "good heavens they're really stuck," RELAX, stop trying.

The handclasp test is given in this manner: Clasp your hands together tightly and extend your arms out in front of yourself with your elbows straight. Now imagine a strong rope being looped around your arms at the elbows in such a manner that it draws the elbows toward each other. Now imagine that there is a strong liquid glue being poured over your hands and that it is drying hard and sticking your hands together into one solid mass. Think about the rope around your arms being drawn even tighter. Develop this to the point where your arms are strained and stiff. Think again of the glue as now being hard and solid around your hands. Keep this in mind as you go back once more to the rope. When you are imagining the rope vividly as getting tighter, you can try hard to take your hands apart, but you will be unable to do so. Let the thought go through your mind that the harder you try, the more firmly your hands are stuck together. You will find this is so!

Arm-rigidity test: After hypnotizing yourself, extend your arm straight out in front of you. Curl the fingers of that hand into a tight fist. Now imagine your arm as if it were carved out of wood and sticking straight out in front of you stiff and rigid! Keep thinking of your arm this way -- stiff and rigid. Now, imagine that you are writing the word "rigid" on the blackboard and that each time you write the word "rigid" your arm gets stiffer. See your arm so stiff and rigid that you cannot bend it. See yourself trying to bend your arm but the more you try the stiffer it becomes. After a few seconds tell yourself to relax and let your arm drop to your side.

This is the way you give yourself the arm levitation test at home: Hypnotize yourself and give yourself this suggestion; "I am going to count to ten, as I do a pleasant feeling of lightness moves into my hand and arm, as I continue counting my fingers begin to lift and move, then my hand begins to lift and finally my arm begins to lift and continues rising until it is touching my face. Imagine as clearly as you can a balloon tied to your wrist with a piece of strong string. Imagine that this is a big balloon filled with gas and it is so light it is pulling your arm up. Now begin counting to ten. With each count imagine another balloon is being tied to your arm. Develop this image clearly. Think about the color of the balloons being tied to your arm, think about their size and shape. As each balloon is tied to your wrist feel the pull of the balloons increasing. At the count of ten as the last balloon is tied to your arm, think of your arm floating up, higher and higher. Do NOT try to resist. This is not a contest, you could resist if you chose to, but that is not the purpose of the test.

Additional Instructions

Once you have started to give yourself a test, avoid analyzing or thinking of anything else. Practice the tests with the attitude, ambiguous, as it may seem, of not caring whether or not you get results. This is far more effective than an intensive effort to succeed. Over anxiety in any form is apt to be inhibitive. In the beginning, do not keep trying to open your eyes or separating your hands for more than a few seconds. Although it is important for you to experience this difficulty, remember it is not caused by some external force but by responses developed by your own mental processes. This is what you want to happen as a step to more important accomplishments. Accept the response of your hands feeling stuck together or your eyelids stuck together for a few seconds as evidence of your effective use of suggestion and imagery in bringing about a physiological reaction.

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The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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