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I recently had a client who had a unexplained experience where about 30 minutes of time had been lost. She remembered one moment and the next memory she was in a another location doing something different. She wanted to use hypnosis to recover what happened during those 30 minutes. While her experience would be an interesting story on it’s own (I’m not going to recount it here) it got me to thinking about the whole topic of “lost time”.
The word dissociation in hypnosis means to distance oneself from a certain thought or awareness. It is something we do all the time because we can only focus on a limited number of things. If there were a scale of dissociation the low end would include day dreaming and preoccupying thoughts. On the far end of the dissociation scale would be the experience of lost time.
Hypnosis is filled with stories of hypnotized subjects being told to “forget” and, to the amazement of many, amnesia is exactly what happens. Even more amazing is when amnesia happens during non-hypnosis situations. What follows are some thoughts about memory in general and how information is forgotten. For the sake of this article “information” could be anything that is brought into awareness, from a name, a phone number all the way to period of time in which something has happened.
Functional memory, whether digital of organic, consists of two parts, 1) the storing of the information and 2) the recall/recovery of the information. Forgetting/amnesia happens when one or both of those parts are disrupted. What follows are my thoughts on what can disrupt the processes of storing and recall. None of these processes are fail safe and none promise amnesia. They may however, strongly contribute to forgetting.
Present the information out of context without explanation and without referring back to it.
Imagine participating in a lecture on a topic you find very interesting. In the middle of speaking the lecturer says “four, three two, one… don’t take public transit today… one, two, three, four” and then proceed back on topic where he left off. In the moment those words would stand out but he proceeds where he left off and never mentions public transit there is a very strong likelihood you will never remember it.
Another example would be to awaken someone in their sleep, ask a question, then return them to sleep. Most people who return to sleep might have no memory of it.
People who experience lost time are often shifted very quickly from a situation they know and understand to one unfamiliar and out of context then back where they started. Imagine taking a familiar ride, in the midst of it you appear in a black room watching people in suits speaking in a different language, then instantly return to the ride as if nothing has happened. While many people think they would remember the strange room there it is equally likely that it might be compartmentalized in a part of your mind away from normal access. This explains why some traumas are blocked from memory.
Making the information unimportant, zero priority.
We intentionally remember things that are important that will either benefit or protect us in some way. Things that don’t matter are never recalled or reinforced and tend to not be stored in memory.
Instructing not to remember.
As simple as it sound simply telling someone “This isn’t memorable. Let is go.” is often enough to prevent something from being remembered.
Alcohol effects memory. That’s no secret. People who have blackouts from alcohol consumption will tend to repeat themselves when drunk, often saying the same thing and asking the same questions. This is an indication the mind is not storing their experience for recall. It is also a strong indication they will have no memory of their activity (aka blackout). Considering the dangers of alcohol there is no recommended use of it as a method to induce amnesia.
Link confusion to the information through anchoring. Confusion is not a pleasant state of mind. No one likes being in confusion. In a state of confusion a person will search for any way to end the confusion and tend to grasp the first explanation that will provide a solution. A person may also choose to disregard whatever causes the confusion. Knowing this, confusion can be elicited and anchored. Upon any time recall of specific information is attempted the confusion anchor would be fired. It should take only a few repetitions resulting in instant confusion anytime they try to recall that specific information.
Place the information with loops (doors). A “loop” is a Neuro Linguistic Programming term used to describe a story within another story. A story with multiple loops will begin with story A, then, in the middle of the story, will begin another story B. Before story B concludes may be another, and so on. The central most story hidden within all the other stories with all the important information. Once the central piece of information is give each of the previous stories are concluded, until story A is completed.
Begin Story A ⇒
Begin Story B ⇒
Begin Story C ⇒
⇐ Story C Concludes
⇐ Story B Concludes
⇐ Story A Concludes
Hiding information within multiple loops (stories) makes recall of the Central Story difficult especially if each story seems unrelated to the preceding story. In a similar way loops can be created by engineering a set of experiences, one inside the other, with a specific experience locked away within the center of them all.
There is research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggesting that passing through doorways can cause memory lapses. The assumption is that memories are linked to their surroundings and doors represent the boundaries of the surroundings. In this way a door can represent a loop in material form. To exploit this function of memory a series of events could be engineered, each happening within a series of rooms connected by multiple doors and hallways. The most central event/experience/information is the one least likely to be recalled, especially if it is never time reflection.
Instruct the mind to not recall the information. As simple as it sounds saying “Your mind will not recall nor remember what you’ve just heard or experienced.” can have a dramatic effect on some people.
Priming the mind by emphasizing and repeating the word “forget” and mentioning the process of forgetting. By mentioning how forgetting is a natural part of life, or recalling moments of lost keys and cell phones, or forgotten names of people we should know, the mind is primed for the process of forgetting. This process is used by stage hypnotists to make people momentarily forget their names. During these conversations about forgetting anchors could be set for use as mentioned
All the methods here represent techniques that can contribute to amnesia. Results will vary. While I have not tested out all of these methods together at once, I have personal experience with some of them that have been effective at times. A well engineered study might be able to apply these methods to create the “lost time” experience in some subjects.
I’ve been working on another book about hypnosis and wrote a chapter called “The Hypnotist as Authority”. I realized what I wrote applies to more than just hypnotists. The idea of having authority is a powerful tool anyone can use. As I’ve written, being an authority is about constantly working to keep your life in order. I’m certainly not saying that I have no challenges, just that constantly working on being a better person has some real long term benefits. Those people who seem to have some sense of authority are constantly working to “get their act together”. A hypnotist who has such authority is one I respect.
Here’s the excerpt on Authority.
The Hypnotist as Authority
As a hypnotist your responsibility is to give instructions (some say “suggestions”) to your client so they end up making the changes they want in their life. In that relationship of hypnotist/subject you are the authority, the person being relied on and trusted to lead them. You are an authority in your field. That doesn’t mean you boss them around barking hypnotic commands and instruction. It mean you must behave in a way the makes them want to follow you.
Authority is demonstrated by more than just confidence. Authority is demonstrated by having your act together and being a healthy well rounded person, comfortable with what you are doing and confident in your ability.
Small changes you can make can immediately enhance your authority. Here are a few:
Seeing authority from a bigger perspective there are a lot of things you can do to “get your act together”. You’ll notice the items on the next list are not things you can simply do and move on. They involve every part of your life and should be regularly focused on.
As mentioned real authority comes when you have all your life together. In that way there is nothing external, outside of the hypnosis practice, to distract you. Having your act together is a much longer term endeavor which has no conclusion.
I made this video in an attempt to dissect how I influence telemarketers trying to scam me. This is one of the more dramatic and heart wrenching calls. By the end you will feel really sorry for the person I’m talking to. (Yes, I know there are spelling errors. Get over it.) https://youtu.be/KZkS_N1swKU
I’ve been doing some testing to see how quickly I can make someone quit smoking. I asked for a few volunteers and got permission to videotape them. If you want to see the full 20 minute appointment from start to finish here is the youtube link.
Here is the process I developed.
Let’s remember that one session does NOT always mean complete success so I’ll be doing follow ups to see what happens.
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We all want to do that right thing. Imagine an “inner voice” that always knew the right thing to do and would instantly remind you of it. This voice would be exactly the type of voice you WANT to follow because you KNOW it will always have your best interest in mind.
This audio recording is designed to help you build your own “inner voice”.
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David Barron (aka Dantalion Jones)
I don’t get to post much about my professional hypnosis business but I think there is something important people should know about post traumatic stress (PTSD).
If you’ve known anyone with PTSD it can be an incredibly debilitating disorder. They live with the constant reminder of a trauma that will never leave their mind. People cope with PTSD using everything legal, illegal, prescribed and recommended.
Before talking about hypnosis and PTSD it’s a good idea to remember Hypnosis is good at changing our internal perceptions. That means it can change the things we think, feel and how we respond to the environment.
Hypnosis has a long history of helping people quit smoking so it should be equally as good at helping PTSD.
The following story is only one insident of how hypnosis helps with trauma. Results may vary from person to person.
A hypnosis client came to me for the three session quit smoking program. From the very first session she did amazingly well. People at her work could not believe she quit smoking and it was much easier than she had ever imagined.
During the intake part she told me she was a veteran working at the VA. It wasn’t until the third and final session she told me about the combat trauma and the resulting PTSD.
Even though she hired me to quit smoking and was doing well, it became clear that our third session we’d focus on the PTSD. At the end of the session she was amazed. The feelings of fear and empending doom that hovered over her every moment was gone. I jokingly challenged her to “Go ahead and try to feel fear”. She looked confused and then began to laugh.
“It’s like there’s a wall stopping it from reaching me.” Other emotions started to show on her face: amazement, relief, joy, gratitude, to name a few.
When thinking about the various traumas that caused the PTSD the memories were clear but the emotions weren’t there. They were now simply memories.
“Do you do therapy?” she asked.
My standard response is I don’t call what I do “therapy”. I call it “fixing problems”. Therapy is typically interested in a “theraputic process”. I’m only interested in a result.
Understand therapy has it’s place and should be an option for anyone with PTSD. What the therapist and hypnotist are both concerned with is the health and happiness of the client.
If you know someone willing to consider hypnosis for help with PTSD give them encouragement.
If they have questions about the process you can direct them to me. I’ll be happy to answer any questions personally.
aka Dantalion Jones
What does it mean to give up ones ego?
First, let me tell you why I’m presenting this question and how it came about.
I’m part of a very small group of experimental hypnotists and behavioral engineers, wanting to test the limits of hypnosis and safely share the results. The discussion came to how Charles Manson was able to convince smart, young people to commit mass murder. One method Manson used was on emphasizing the importance of “giving up the ego” to attain greater spiritual understanding.
This is a common theme in many spiritual movements. There are reasons giving up the ego can be of benefit and there are reason it can be dangerous and easily abused.
Let’s go as deep as we can to explore this concept and it’s consequences, both good and bad.
What is the ego, first of all?
The ego is anything you recognize as “you”. Any time you say the words “I”, “me”, “my” or “mine” your ego is present. The ego is essentially your personal identity and contains your wants, hopes, desires, memories, ambitions, fears and aversions. It also contains everything you recognize about the world.
The power of the ego is in its ability to make act without thinking. These actions are the result of social programming by parents, peers and culture as well as personal experiences both pleasant and traumatic. The ego helps us navigate the world around us but it also limits many of our actions. Anytime we go against what are ego says we should do we feel “that’s just not me”. Thus actions dictated by the ego seem natural and those contrary to the ego seem alien and sometimes offensively repellent.
So why do some spiritual movement insist on destroying the ego?
In eastern mystical traditions where a gurus acts as divine teachers the students are asked to follow the guru’s instructions without question. If the guru is truly wise, kind, compassionate and truly guided by a selfless desire to benefit others the student will receive all the benefit of their teachings without understanding why they are being taught. The guru may ask the student to do something difficult and uncomfortable but the student knows at some time in the future it will all make sense. They will receive the benefit and wisdom and be made better by doing so.
In this context the student is asked to “give up the ego” they also give up fear, limiting beliefs and internal resistance and aversions and in so doing be remade. Thus they can gain spiritual understanding quickly through experience guided by their guru.
It should be noted that in the case mentioned above this is culturally accepted. In western cultures it is less accepted but has similarities, for example, when a person takes monastic vows in Catholicism.
The downside of giving up ones ego should seem obvious; anyone who gives up their ego can potentially be exploited to do anything… ANYTHING. Charles Manson new this and took it to it’s limits. Using a spiritual context he insisted his followers give up their egos. In so doing they gave up all connection to the past, they gave up all association to existing values, all cultural norms, they gave up all fear and hesitation. At that point asking them to commit murder was nothing.
An alternative to giving up ego is possible.
An alternative to this process begins with understanding the ego and following it. The ego will reveal what is most interesting and desirable. It will provide what you want to do and focus on. By following what your ego provides it will reveal your limitations in the form of fears, anxieties, aversions and frustrations. These should not be avoided but recognized and explored.
By following your ego and willingly confronting the unpleasantness it reveals what to examine. Those things that don’t feel natural could be just the weakness to be strengthened or the obstacle to overcome.
If you want read more about how Charles Manson used manipulated people read Building Your Cult – 2nd Edition by Dantalion Jones (aka David Barron)
It still happens every once in a while. I’ll get a call from someone who wants to use hypnosis to get nothing short of super-powers.
They will often reference at least one of these movies: Lawnmower Man, Lucy or Limitless.
What each of these movies promise is a mind bending ability to heighten ones awareness so that it surpasses anything ordinary and human.
It is a seductive idea to believe some drug, technology or magical ritual will instantly transform you into a form of ubermensch.
As amazing a tool as it is I have to help people understand what hypnosis can and can’t do.
There is no substitute for practice. I can’t stress this enough “There is no substitute for practice“.
A great book I recommend for anyone who wants to be “great” in their field is Mastery by Robert Greene. In it Greene illustrates how mastery (real mastery) of a skill only happens after about 10,000 hours of practice. After 10,000 hours the skill learned becomes so ingrained it effects other parts of the human neurology and begins to incorporate other experiences to create a new level of study.
Hypnosis is not a substitute for study, learning and practice but it can make those things easier.
Final Note: I’ve been asked how one can get good at going into hypnosis. It’s not hard to do on it’s own but many of the “weird” hypnotic phenomenon seem strange to imagine. That’s why I developed The Super Somambulist Hypnsis Training. Check it out and tell me your thoughts.
David Barron (aka Dantalion Jones)
Here is an interesting pdf I found. I’ve no evidence who was the real author so I’m guessing this is still in public domain.
To my knowledge “Jack Ellis” has a history to offering other peoples works under his own name.
It will give you an idea of how deprogrammers work with people in cults.
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