Hypnosis has been around for hundreds of years, although it never really hit the mainstream until the 1800’s. Most people thought of hypnosis as some kind of magic trick that worked well with illusionists for parties with the rich and famous until a Scottish neurosurgeon named James Baird coined the phrase and lent it scientific credibility.
Baird realized that there was an ability for anyone to be able to pick up hypnotism and be able to master it with practice. It was no longer something that mysterious performs did to impress people; instead, anyone could pick this ability up and master it.
In order to make hypnosis work for just about anyone, Baird came up with 4 stages that need attention to. The first stage is to Absorb Attention. This requires you to have a deep and focused concentration to gather the person into your focus so that they are following your language and suggestions. Once they are absorbed in you, then you can move to the next stage and Bypass the Critical Factor. If you do not bypass the critical factor, then the person’s conscious mind starts to tell them that none of this is possible and they won’t be able to go into the trance state.
Once you have succeed in bypassing that critical factor and are able to give your suggestions freely and without and complications, then you are ready to go to stage three, which is to activate an unconscious response. An unconscious response shows you that the person you are hypnotizing is in a suggestive trance and ready to listen to what you have to say. These responses can be just about anything, but they are usually tied to emotional responses. Emotions are a subconscious construct that happen regardless of the conscious mind, so they are fairly easy to pick up on.
Once you have your unconscious response, you are ready to go to the fourth and final stage and lead the unconscious to the desired outcome. Now that the person is focused on you, has lowered their critical factor, and has given you the unconscious response, they are finally ready to listen to the suggestions that you have for them in order to help make their life better.
When you are able to complete all four stages, then you will find that hypnotism is available to anyone with the patience to learn and willingness to achieve a state of awareness in people in order to help and not hinder.