Recreational Hypnosis

 

What is Recreational Hypnosis?

General points

Trance is fun whatever way you get there. It is where the fun comes from in movies, TV, theatre, storytelling, play, computer and roleplaying games, some drug experiences (particularly cigarettes, grass, hallucinogens and opiates) massage, even good sex. It is how we judge the success of these art forms. Daydreaming and the process of going to sleep involves it. Hypnosis is about understanding and consciously using the spectrum of trance to deepen and make more powerful all these arts experiences. You can play with it in itself - mindfulness, meditation, contemplation focus on it. Ritual uses all the arts mentioned to target trance specifically rather than as a tool or side effect the way the other arts use it.

This 6 week course will be Experiential and Demonstration based with just enough theory to help you know what you are doing.

A lot of hypnotists run off scripts this works with limited effectiveness. I will provide script outlines that give you the structure and principles, but not word for word scripts. Hypnosis is at its most powerful when the focus is on the relationship and sensitivity to the connection shared. There are plenty of sources online and in books for word for word scripts and I'll provide some of those. There are some in our main text. You will have to buy this $8.56 on Kindle and $US32.95 hard copy - Mind Play Study Guide by Mark Wiseman

NOTHING WILL HAPPEN WITHOUT YOUR CHOICES BEING RESPECTED

Basically recreational hypnosis is hypnosis for fun. It includes

  • explorations of altered states through trance
  • for spiritual development meaning improving, deepening and you understanding of your experiences of your daily life no matter how good it might already be (as opposed to therapeutic and coaching uses to correcting problems)

  • exploring the power of mind in its broadest sense by stretching the limits of perceptions (also part of spiritual development)

  • performance hypnosis (but this course won't be teaching you how to do that because it is very advanced)

  • fun with friends and lovers
  • kinky play between lovers

  • Role-playing fun
  • fantasies realised fun

  • discovering the superpowers your mind can give you - "you are far more capable than anyone has let you believe, including yourself."

  • power storytelling
  • De-trancing - if you know its mechanisms and how it feels and how to use it you'll know how to wake up from the covert trances sales, advertise and other media try for. It plays a role in the ways individual seek to influence each other one on one in relationships and families.

  • trance for de-stressing

  • Learning meditation and mindfulness

  • mechanisms of ritual

What Recreational Hypnosis is not?

It is not aimed at intentionally creating long term change for the people involved, improving them or their lives in any permanent way. The games and rituals are designed for temporary play with different states of mind, perception and experience. It lets us explore the spectrum of trance so we can enjoy it's fun in itself and its power to enhance freedom and choice. However, all experiences no matter what type will change participants. Therapeutic hypnosis in conjunction with psychotherapy is using hypnosis to solve problems people feel about themselves, their emotions and their lives. Recreational Hypnosis can, in fact, is very likely to change your perception of yourself and be empowering which is the aim of most psychotherapy using hypnosis.The difference is that it is not the target of Recreational Hypnosis, it's a side effect. For this reason we will be talking a lot about safety, consent and choice focusing on time bounded suggestions in our games/rituals.

In the version I do and teach we respect the people we play with. It is for use between consenting adults to explore subjective experience together. Performance hypnosis is recreational and can be respectful and empowering but it seems to me it is focused on audience experience rather than the experiences of the partners in trance.

The aim of this course.

Is to teach safe ways to use hypnosis with acquaintances, friends and lovers explore the power of the mind for fun.

Outline of the Course

We will cover consent and choice, safe ways of playing, keeping to limits, aftercare. It will be experiential - ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE HYPNOTISED.

  • safety issues

     

  • Presentation methods

    • demonstration - group experiences
    • demonstration - with individual volunteers
    • observations and examples of the role trance plays in everyday life
    • group discussions sharing experiences
    • games for groups and couples exploring relationships and power exchange/dynamics
    • participation experiences - you'll be hypnotising each other
    • demonstrating of power storytelling
    • and you know it, the occasional lectures but I'll keep these to a minimum.
  • what is Hypnosis

    • history
      • cross cultural uses uses of trance
    • theories
    • different styles
    • practices
  • The Hypnosis Ritual

    • Pre-induction - You will learn to negotiate the limits of the what will happen in the session it also sets up the trust that is foundational to the process.
    • Induction - taking someone into trance you'll learn a number of different types of inductions - some slower, some faster, some more sensual than others

    • deepening or strengthening the trance

    • well formed safe suggestions - including post-hypnotic suggestions
    • the journey back

    • Aftercare
  • references sources for more learning

Details of course

 Introduction

Course General structure and information

We will cover consent, safe ways of playing, keeping to limits, aftercare. Reiterating - It will be experiential - ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE HYPNOTISED.

Styles of Hypnotism - the spectrum from Permissive to Directive

    • demonstration - group experience - permissive
    • demonstration - with an individual volunteer

safety issues are central we'll be talking about this all through

history of Hypnosis in the western and cross-cultural uses of trance
what is hypnosis

  • different approaches
  • uses
  • non-trance versus trance/non-formal versus formal

participation experiences - you'll be hypnotising each other
demonstrating of power hypnotic storytelling

The Formal Hypnosis Ritual Outline

  • Pre-induction - You will learn to negotiate the limits of the what will happen in the session
  • Induction - taking someone into trance you'll learn a number of different types of inductions - some slower, some faster, some more sensual than others

  • deepening or strengthening the trance

  • well formed safe suggestions - including post-hypnotic suggestions
  • the journey back

  • Aftercare

Demonstration

safety issues

references sources for more learning

Pre-Inductions and Induction

Two Demonstrations of super powers of the mind

Pre-inducfion - Negotiating a Scene

NLP Theory

Eliciting Modes of thinking/feeling

practice partners whose lying

Discovering how does pleasure works for your partner.

partner practice with someone you don't know

Dominance to surrender/submission spectrum

Permissive and directive styles - the spectrum to needs for Control to submissive/surrender

Considerations for what styles to use

Hypnotising for submissive/surrender types

Hypnotising Dominant/controlling/leadership types

Partner practices

Inductions

Group demo

2 individual volunteer demonstrations of 2 different inductions

principles

  • permissive
  • directive

guided relaxation

Elman

7 give or take 2

confusion

non-trance versus trance

Suggestion Games

Demonstrations 

Well-formed suggestions

Partner play

Super Powers of the mind games experienced

The Return and Post hypnotic play - After care safety

Applications beyond trance and play

Self hypnosis

Social Influence

Power Storytelling

Demonstrations

Self Hypnosis

How to enhance your practice by exploring self control and change through auto-suggestion, that is self-hypnosis.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Personal Change

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