When it comes to hypnosis, one tool is more powerful than all the others put together.
You might even say that, without it, hypnosis would be impossible.
And that tool is: words.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
To be a hypnotist, you just need to be able to use words. Anyone can do that. So why isn’t everyone able to hypnotize everybody else?
Because they aren’t just any old words.
Hypnotists use specific words and phrases to help people imagine possibilities, which means they need to choose their words with care.
We call those choice words power words (or hypnotic power words).
But here’s the thing:
Power words aren’t really anything different than the words you use on a daily basis.
Whether you’re answering the phone, talking to a neighbor, or discussing an idea with a colleague.
They’re not secret words given to hypnotists when they reach a certain level. You don’t have to be a grand master to be able to use them.
They’re not reserved for a select few who are privileged to speak them after years of study.
What makes them power words isn’t necessarily the words themselves, but the way in which they’re used.
Yep, that’s really the secret behind making them “hypnotic.”
Which is why we decided to expand upon this original blog post (which previously only listed 3 power words) to give you a list of 15 so you can fine-tune your hypnotic language skills – regardless of whether you’re working with a hypnosis client, or you’re looking to improve your communication skills.
(And as an added bonus… we’ll later reveal how you can up your hypnotic language repertoire with 70 different power words and phrases!)
But in the meantime, let’s discuss why…
All Words Have Built-In Magical Power
Why are words so cool?
How is it possible to use words that everybody knows and somehow put a person into a trance?
To find out, let’s briefly look at the character of words in general.
Suppose someone told you to imagine yourself biting into a lemon. Without having a lemon in your hand, you can still do it.
You can feel yourself biting into the yellow flesh. You can feel the juice squirting out and dripping everywhere.
You can taste the bitter citrus that almost sets your teeth on edge.
You can smell the lemony scent as it tingles your taste buds and works its way up into your nostrils.
And even without holding a lemon in your hand, or biting into it, your saliva glands somehow get activated.
That’s what words can do. They’re capable of:
- Stimulating your imagination
- Distracting you
- Painting pictures in your mind
- Activating your senses
- Creating associations
- Linking two things that wouldn’t normally go together
- You’ve probably heard the expression “cool as a cucumber” – but does it make any sense?
Cucumbers aren’t particularly cool, unless they’re kept in the fridge. Go to any garden plot and touch one. Nope, no cooler than the pumpkin growing next door.
That’s what makes words so cool. Stick a couple together in an interesting phrase, and BAM! You’ve got a winner that everybody remembers. And once you know how hypnotic power words work, that’s what will make you a fantastic hypnotist.
The Big 5 Hypnotic Power Words
There are dozens of power words you can use, so let’s start with what we’ll call the Big 5. They are:
Example: “You’re listening to me, you can relax, and because you’re relaxing, you can feel comfortable because comfort builds more relaxation, so you can relax even more comfortably and because you’re relaxing right now, you can feel more comfort developing inside you.”
Example: “You can relax and feel comfortable, and the comfort you feel will make you relax even more, and the more you feel the comfort, the more you’ll relax. And as you relax, you’ll feel more comfortable. As you feel more comfortable, you’ll relax more and more. Relaxing more and feeling comfort is important for relaxation, so as you relax and feel comfort and relax even more and feel even more comfort.”
Example: “As you listen to my voice, you can start to focus your attention inside. As your attention focuses inward, so your unconscious mind begins to take you into trance. As you breathe in and out, you will notice an ever deepening comfort starting to develop.”
Example: “Can you imagine going into trance? Imagine yourself drifting on a calm and beautiful river. Picture your muscles becoming loose and limp. See yourself feeling completely relaxed. Then imagine enjoying the most exquisite trance experience.”
5. Which Means
Example: “You have been studying these language patterns for some time now, which means that you are learning something of tremendous value. The fact that you are reading this right now means that you are learning at the unconscious level…”
You can see that these are just ordinary words, but their power comes from how you put them to use.