Helping The Hypnotist
If you are preparing to be hypnotized, firstly, if you wear contacts, carry a case with you, so you can remove them. Don't wear earrings, or be prepared to put them in your purse. Dress comfortably, and feel free to loosen your belt or kick off your shoes.
If you are to be hypnotized for smoking, don't smoke before you arrive. Come wanting a cigarette. Likewise, if you "dip," don't take anything for several hours before you come in.
It is helpful if you can describe the details of your problem in behavioral terms.
For example, a karate player was able to tell me that one problem was a lack of concen-tration. Sometimes something would happen, and he would think of the points that had cost him, which weakened his reflexes for a moment. Or he would think about how he looked to the audience.
A track runner would sometimes reduce his effort when he would think, "Oh, no, two more laps to go!" A gymnast knew that she had fallen before, and it didn't hurt her, but when she started a backflip, she would have a feeling she would get hurt. A student was a good reader, and was interested in history, but would become bored when he thought of how much there was yet to read.
A person who was afraid to fly knew that she also feared being a passenger (but not a driver) in a car driving fast on the highway. Standing on a mountain or tall building didn't bother her, nor did watching an airplane take off, and she had no belief that the airplane would crash.
Also, consider that if a direct suggestion doesn't work, an age regression might get to the source of the problem, which would then enable me to know what suggestions to make.
If you can provide me with detailed information, I can create a hypnotic suggestion which can directly address your problem. For example, simply suggesting "you will be a better karate player" would be far less effective for that particular person, than concentrating on loss of concentration, or the things that trigger that.
Likewise, if you tell me you want help with "procrastination," it is more helpful if you can tell me how that happens. That is, what do you procrastinate about, what do you think, and what do you do when that happens?
For example, if you could tell me, "I procrastinate studying. Math bores me. When I begin to study, I go to the fridge and get a snack. Then when I start to study, I call a friend first, and we spend some time together. Before I know it, the day is gone, and I figure I can do it tomorrow. But tomorrow, it may be a good TV show, or something on the internet that distracts me."
If you can give me that kind of detail, you help me to write a suggestion that is directly on target.
If you are to be hypnotized to stop smoking, don't smoke before the session. Show up wanting a cigarette.