Have you ever been in a hypnotic trance before?
Have you ever seen one?
Do you know what it is like to go into hypnotic trance?
Do you know that you have to do all the work and that I just sit by and enjoy watching you work?
(No, I didn’t..)
You didn’t know that?
Well, I am really going to enjoy watching you work.
And the first thing that I am going to do is this.
I am going to take a hold of your hand like this. （エリクソンが女性の右手を掴んで持ち上げながら）
And it can lift up like that. So that you can look at it.
And close your eyes.
And go deeply, soundly, asleep.
So deeply, so soundly asleep…
So deeply, so soundly asleep…
that you could undergo an operation,
that anything legitimate could happen to you.
Now, I am going to surprise you a little bit,
but that’s alright.
I will be very, very careful about it.
And are you comfortable?
And can you nod your head again?
And do you know how the ordinary person nods their head?
You really don’t.
But They nod their head this way.
And you nod it this way.
And you don’t know what I am talking about, but this is all right.
An now your hand is going to lift up towards your face. （エリクソンは女性の右手をさわり顔の方へ動かすようにそっとうながします）
“And when it touches your face,
you will take a deep breath
and go way deep sound asleep. ”
“And you didn’t really know
that it was that easy, did you?
And it is so far different that the showoff stage hypnosis, isn’t it?
Because you realize that you are the one that is really doing it.
And you know that, do you not.
Now I am going to ask you to open your eyes.
Have you been in a trance?
(Client: I don’t know.)
You don’t know?
You really don’t know?
Well, I will tell you the way to find out.
Watch your eyelids to see if they start closing on you …
And as they start closing on you,
that will mean that you have been in a trance.
As down they go.
Down they go.
Down they go.
All the way now …
All the way …
All the way, and they stay shut.
And now all that proof came from within you, did it not?
And you can talk,
and you can understand,
and you can hear,
and you can obey instructions.
For example, if I asked you to lift your right arm,
you can lift your right arm.
And it is slowly lifting up.
Now it stops right there.
And you know
no matter what you try to do,
it stays right there.
Now really try hard to put it down.
The first time in your adult life that you have ever experienced such difficulty in lowering your hand.
Isn’t that right?
Isn’t it charming?
Isn’t it interesting?
Now tell me, do you think that you will believe that you have been in a trance after have you open your eyes and wake up wide aware?
Well, I would like to have you believe that you can’t be hypnotized.
Is that all right?
You know that you can’t really be hypnotized as soon as you open your eyes, you will know that.
Tell me, do you think that you can be hypnotized?
(No, I don’t think so.)
You really don’t?
Well, I would like to have you explain this one little thing.
And did you ever have a strange man lift your hand and leave it in mid-air like that before?
Well, you know in hypnosis, in medical hypnosis sometimes you want a patient to hold very, very still
so that you can do an operation, do all manner of things with the patient’s full cooperation.
And, you know, in doing an operation
you haven’t got time to explain to a patient exactly what they should do.
For example, if, I told you to close your eyes,
you would close them.
You can close them so nicely
and keep them closed so nicely
and surgically, that might be a most important thing
and the immobility of your right arm might be a most important thing surgically.
Now you know that medical hypnosis is far different from stage hypnosis.
Stage hypnosis is where someone throws out his chest and widens his eyes and tells the audience what a great man he is.
What I would like to have you understand is
that you, as a person, are really a very great person able to a lot things that will help you medically.
Does that make you feel happy?
Now I don’t know what your future goals will be,
but I hope that if you ever get married and have a baby,
that you will have it very comfortably and easily
that if you have an operation you can have it comfortably and easily,
that any surgery that you can have
will be comfortable and easily.
Any dental work that you have will be comfortable and easy.
Does that seem agreeable to you?
I am so glad of that.
And I hope that you keep that knowledge with you for all the rest of your life.
And it isn’t ever really important for you to know that I hypnotized you.
The important thing for you is to know
that you did it
all by yourself.
Now I would like to have you take one or two or three deep breaths
and wake up wide awake.
Milton Erickson, 3 hypnosis sessions
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The Process of Hypnotic Induction: Featuring Milton H. Erickson, M.D. 1964 DVD(⇒リンク）