Of all the topics on this site, hypnosis probably seems the most unusual. While I've later learned that extensive scientific documentation exists, I was for whatever reason completely unaware of this and felt both skeptic and intimidated when I first heard David Shade mention the subject. This is in many ways exactly the kind of event that inspired me to found this site - a teacher whose advice I knew I could trust beyond a doubt, recommending something I would never on my own accord have given the slightest credibility or even consideration. Yet I eventually took the leap of faith, approaching the topic with an open mind and was absolutely blown away by the sheer ease with which hypnosis makes so many results available.

As I've later embraced my identity as a hypnotist, I've actually found it a huge benefit that the scientific mindset is so pronounced in my social circles: True scientists are extremely easy to convince to embrace a new experience with genuine skepticism - that is, without any confidence in the process whatsoever, but with an open mind to have the experience and then form their own judgement. As a hypnotist these subjects can easily be shown beneficial results. It's the false "skeptics" (e.g. the media-definition of "skeptic") who are almost religiously invested in a pre-formed opinion, that I would never bother wasting my time on.

Before moving on, I need to make one thing clear: Hypnosis is a wide topic with many different interpretations (or lack of same). Just because I believe that certain alternative fields may contain merit, does not mean that I believe 90% of the practitioners in that field have any clue what they are doing. I have studied from some of the best teachers in the world, who are often far from mainstream even within the hypnosis community. I can vouch for the effect of hypnosis as a concept, point out what this path has to offer and recommend outstanding teachers to enable you to reap those benefits for yourself. I cannot vouch for your results if you just go see an arbitrary mainstream hypnotist and hope for the best.

What is hypnosis anyway?

Hypnosis is basically the act of bringing a person into trance and guiding that person to various results in that state. If you've seen any movie or book ever, you've probably been sold on the idea that a person in trance is a kind of zombie, unaware of his surroundings and under the complete control of the hypnotist. This is in many ways the exact opposite of real trance.

Trance can be many things but its a natural phenomenon that occurs every day. It's when you're so caught up in an engaging conversation that the words touch you profoundly and the rest of the world doesn't seem to exist. It's the great teacher who manages to truly connect with you and have things make intuitive sense. It's when you're faced with a person/object of authority and automatically accepts what he says as fact (e.g. a typical response to doctors). It's when the acrobat or martial artist pulls off a combination "without thinking". It can also be when you're driving home and realize that you have no clue what you were doing for the last 10 minutes, but that you were driving the car just fine.   Basically, trance is what you've been experiencing whenever you allow some interaction to touch you deeply or when you run things on instinct, rather than letting your rational/logical mind insist on running the show.

When you go into trance, your senses kick out to max and you become intensely aware of your environment (i.e. you drop your filters and default to the same level of awareness as when you pick up your name spoken from the other end of a crowded room). You just don't care, because you are utterly focused on the voice of your hypnotist, as he leads you through the experience. This brings us to the second myth: Like a martial artist acting on instinct because rational thought is too slow, you are utterly in control - just with a different part of yourself. True control (i.e. not the emotional stiffness some people confuse for control) includes the ability to let go and be led. As a hypnotist, this is your role: The person who opens the door and takes someone on a guided tour, showing him all the possibilities of his own mind.   The subject is actively participating, making decisions all the time, though not with his rational mind but rather with the very essence of what he is. He can wake up anytime he likes (and will do so instantly if you ever try to violate any core beliefs), but he just does not feel like it as long as you make the journey a good experience for him. When you do make this a good experience for him, and act with his best interests at heart, the potential is nearly limitless.

Hypnosis can be very effective, but it is not a science, so much as a discipline. Rather than taking the perspectives I present as proven fact, treat them as you would the experience of a martial artist who may have a deep understanding of his craft as well as personal techniques and mental models that allow him to achieve incredible results. Though he applies the laws of physics with great intuition, that does not mean he has to prove them as he goes along, or even fully understand them - though it's my experience that hypnotists build an understanding of the human mind that easily surpasses what any traditional psychological discipline offers. I may be biased here though, as my main mentor majored in psychology before discovering hypnosis and finding that it offered a far more effective approach.

What can I use hypnosis for?

For some reason, many people have an image of stage hypnosis and start out by asking if I'm going to make them cluck like a chicken or the like. These questions seem to be the mark of people who haven't yet begun to consider the full potential of hypnosis: I could probably make those things work quite easily, but the main question really is why I would ever want to, when I can spend that same effort helping them let go of limitations, or permanently building their confidence just by talking with me? While this is by no means an essential step for seduction, things are going to turn out pretty damn easy for you when you can enable women feel more sexy, confident and relaxed merely by speaking with you or having been in your presence.

Likewise, a lot of people take a while to fully comprehend the scope of what's possible with hypnosis. When you take the time to think it through, you're probably already aware that physical effects can result from placebo-effects (accidental, undirected hypnosis) or powerful pleasure responses and orgasm from wet dreams with no physical stimulation. While these and similar results can be achieved both more powerfully and more reliably by the use of directed hypnosis, it's important to keep in mind that the fact that one person can experience a particular placebo effect does not mean that this exact response is possible for everyone - even if virtually everyone is capable of some kind of powerful placebo effect for that general purpose. While hypnosis is easy to apply as a powerful tool, the primary challenge is in consistency of results from person to person. Nearly everyone is fully capable of learning, stress relief, pleasure and orgasm responses, but more dramatic effects (e.g. physically manifesting placebo responses) cannot be assumed to identical. On the bright side, the side effects of applying it are unlikely to be more dramatic than stress relief and increased confidence.

The structure of the mind

From birth, our minds are essentially blank slates, eagerly soaking up all the information we're presented with. At around age 5-6, we form our critical sense, as we now have enough knowledge to hold new inputs against it and see if they fit with the reality we already know - that is, the reality that we have been taught by our environment. From this point on, our rational/logical mind acts as an outer layer that judges whether information is allowed to be taken in and truly touch our identity, beliefs and emotions, or should be discarded because it doesn't match our learned reality. Notable exceptions exist however: When in a highly emotional state or presented with a person of perceived authority (e.g. a parent, a doctor or an army officer) we may take in what they say unquestioningly, and let it go directly to our subconsciousness which controls our emotions and body. As hypnotists, we bypass this rational layer in order to speak directly to the subconscious mind that is actually capable of changing emotions, taking in learning faster than the rational mind can process, or control our instinctual bodily processes.

The subconscious mind is a powerful driving force behind most of our body, emotions and perceptions, to the extent that one of the easiest ways to achieve profound change, is just to change how a person perceives him- or herself at the emotional level, and leave it to the subconsciousness to let everything else fall into place. Examples include both how low self-esteem people will eventually sabotage themselves, if their outer circumstances don't match their inner sense of deservedness, but also how scientific experiments show that people who consider themselves to be lucky are far more likely to notice a planted 100-dollar bill on their way home from the experiment, while the "unlucky" ones zone it out because it's inconsistent with their reality. Similarly, if your subconsciousness gets a changed image of, say, your body, it's quite easy for the force that's controlling all of your drives and habits, to bring reality in line with that image.

Learning hypnosis

Mark Cunningham is my own mentor and without a doubt the person I consider to be the world's best hypnotist. He is controversial in the extreme but also an amazing teacher who enables his students to achieve results in no time.

Secrets of Erotic Hypnosis is an excellent place to start. It's a full-scale introductory program by Mark Cunningham, in cooperation with David Shade, and includes all the instructions you could wish for on sexual applications (hypnotic pleasure and orgasms being one of the easiest topics of hypnosis). This is the program that first taught me what hypnosis was capable of and how to do it with ease.

Should you wish for either something cheaper or something more focused on identity work to start you out, Beyond Seduction is an entry-level program which helps you define who you want to be and get in powerful touch with your own masculinity and desires. Hypnotic Awakenings is smaller in scale but has a lot of useful knowledge about trance and hypnosis, while familiarizing you with Mark Cunningham and also providing a lot of recorded trance sequences that you can experience yourself.

Going even further than this, Mark has also recently gone public with his Renegade Hypnotist Project which takes everything he teaches and puts it into overdrive. It contains a set of introductory videos along with a lot of demonstrations of him going all out with his techniques to achieve extremely powerful results with many different women who are loving the process of surrendering control, becoming fully orgasmic and finding renewed strength and confidence in all aspects of their lives. For a more comprehensive understanding of what's possible with hypnosis, and a broader range of technique, all his older programs are definitely worth checking out as well, and provide amazing value. For skipping straight to learning the most extreme master-level techniques (particularly in relation to women), there's nothing else like the RHP from any other teacher out there.

If you want a peak at what Mark Cunningham AKA "Major Mark" is like, you can check out this 1-hour interview on Youtube. Or you could just watch a quick clip of him giving women intense hypnotic orgasms.

Other resources

Gerald Kein of Omni Hypnosis is one of Mark Cunningham's old mentors and an extremely skilled hypnotist in his own right, with a large catalog of quality material. While I prefer Mark's flamboyant and overwhelming style, some may enjoy Gerald Kein's slightly more formal approach, higher production quality and the ability to pick out and purchase individual lectures and examples on very specific topics. Of particular note:
- Emergency Hypnosis: How to seize control in an emergency and make sure every conceivable placebo effect is working in the victim's favor. Most of the techniques don't require formal hypnosis training and should be mandatory viewing for doctors and first-responders.
- Regression and Parts Therapy: This is a traditional and somewhat slower method than what Mark Cunningham might employ, but it's excellent for demonstrating regressions, and if you're curious about what kind of tools separate hypnosis from traditional mental professions, then this is highly recommended.
- His product range on ultra-height and metaphysical techniques have also proven interesting and useful to me, though I cannot vouch for the worldview that he presents, as I have only gotten around to personally applying a small fraction of the techniques he presents.

Stephen Parkhill was famous in the hypnosis community for the progress he made in applying the techniques to treat disease, as well as his discoveries of how old and unconstructive subconscious drives are often the root causes for chronic or lethal disease. In Answer Cancer (kindle edition) he lays out both his models for the factors at play (the model of the mind I present above is a simplified version of this) as well as his techniques for solving them. I can't claim to agree with all the political/religious views he also presents, but as a whole I've found the book both enlightening and very useful. The DVD series is also the first place I'd go for more in-depth teaching on how to apply hypnosis for healing purposes.

Igor Ledochowski is another skilled hypnotist who, in contrast with Mark Cunningham, is a lot more focused on specific techniques rather than the Mark's approach of learning basic hypnosis and then just building up enough force of personality that everything you say will be powerfully true. While I personally prefer Mark's teaching style, Igor Ledochowski has far greater production value in his materials and is often able to supplement Mark's materials in useful ways: - Power of Conversational Hypnosis and Mind Bending Language are both excellent products for learning how to wrap hypnosis in daily language, if that's your thing. Again, you can go the Marknosis way and achieve most of the same results with pure overwhelming force of character, but these programs do contain a lot of useful techniques and can make you far more aware of what you are achieving by the nuances of your language. - Hypnotic Pain Control is a pretty large product for what is essentially a quite easy thing to achieve with hypnosis. While I rarely use the full extent of what is taught here for simply muting pain, the process he uses for getting in touch with and handling the cause of it has proven valuable to me on a number of occasions. Just keep in mind that pain serves a purpose as a message from the body, so if you plan to remove any chronic pain, you damn well better help your subject in becoming aware of the root cause and handling it. - If you want to go professional with your hypnosis, Hypnotic Business Methods offers great strategies and advice for doing so. Whereas many hypnotists fail on the business-side of things, this eases the starting process greatly and outlines a realistic path for making it to a 6-figure income with a good degree of personal freedom as well.

(Igor Ledochowski sadly has some pretty specific preferences about which products are publicly available. If you want to access the others, either buy The Power of Conversational Hypnosis or a free program such as Secrets of Hypnosis Revealed and I expect his sales-setup will eventually make the other offers available to you.)

I make it no secret that stage hypnosis is not my own area of expertise, but if it's something you want to explore, Ormond McGill's The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism (.uk / .ca) is a classic that I've seen widely recommended. Don't expect the same wealth of actually useful techniques or sheer power of the results as some of the more recent products from Mark Cunningham and others, but it does list a ton of flashy stage classics as well as guiding you in faster on-the-fly ways of hypnosis, reading and playing to a crowd, structuring a show and the like. By no means essential, but worthwhile reading for anyone who either wants more insight and inspiration in this particular subtopic, a wider knowledge of hypnosis in general or just to find some inspiration in the many flashy techniques he presents.

Hypnotica is a hypnotist I don't have a lot of experience with and he does not actually teach hypnosis. What he does offer is a series of specialized hypnotic products for self development and, based on my limited experience with it, both the quality and production value appears quite excellent. If such products have your interest, his Sphinx of Imagination is a pretty good first bet.

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