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Losing The Numbers With The Elman Induction
You know, there are so many hypnotists of ages and backgrounds who have had the same problem when using the Dave Elman Induction
with their clients... they all say that the client just can't lose the numbers.
This is more common than one might think but with some thought, perhaps the
situation can be eliminated and we can all move on to the work at hand.
First, we must change the terminology when we say that the client will "lose" the numbers...nobody will
"lose" numbers. Our brains just won't let that happen. You're telling
that client to do something they just can't do.
During the process, the numbers actually "fade" from the
conscious mind so, if they really want to find those numbers...they will! The
numbers never really leave. the idea is this, have the numbers fade away so
that if they want to find the numbers they would have to go look for them.
Remember, when you talking to the subconscious mind...the subconscious mind is
If you are reading the original Elman induction, there is no mention of
"losing" the numbers ...he actually used " Slowly begin counting out loud, backwards, starting with
the number 100. Saying the words, deeper relaxed... And relax those numbers
right out of your mind ...let them grow dim and distant." Now, this is a
lot different from "losing" the numbers for sure. You see, the
literal part of the conscious mind understands what dim and distant means but
when you tell them to "lose" the numbers, the conscious mind has got
to analyze it and thinks "Oh, what they really mean is this" the
subconscious mind doesn't do this so, how you present it to the mind is so
It is important to realize WHY things are done a certain way and HOW they happen...this way you are more
likely to be able to go back and work out the situation.
Below is the "numbers" part of the original Dave Elman induction and
again...he does not say for the client to lose the numbers.
the body's relaxed (------) so let's get the mind relaxed, that's really what
we want to do. When your mind's relaxed you really can achieve anything you can
think of, within certain restrictions of course. In a moment i'll ask you to
slowly begin counting out loud, backwards, starting with the number 100. After
each number, simply say the words, deeper relaxed. After each number double
your mental relaxation, let your mind grow twice as calm and still and serene.
Now if you do this, you'll discover by the time you just say a couple numbers,
doesn't take long, you've relaxed your mind so beautifully and so completely,
you've actually relaxed all the rest of the numbers out. Want that... And you
can have it quickly.
Slowly begin counting out loud, backwards, starting with the number 100. Saying the words, deeper relaxed... And relax those numbers right out of your mind.
(100 deeper relaxed.) That's good. (99 deeper relaxed.) That's fine. (98 deeper relaxed.) Now you can let those numbers grow dim and
distant, there not important. (97 deeper relaxed.) And when your're ready just
push them out. (96 deeper relaxed.) Now push them on out, just tell them to
leave and they will go. Just let them go... And let them be gone.
... Numbers all gone ? (yes)