Its Time to Awaken

You are getting sleepier ... sleepier As I count backward from 10 to 1, you will feel your eyelids getting heavier ... and heavier "

That's the image you probably get when you think of hypnosis. And you're right. Hypnosis is about getting you so relaxed that your mind, especially your subconscious, is more receptive to commands. Hypnosis is controversial but effective. It's been around since 4 B.C., and for good reason. It works. To understand Hypnotic Writing better, let's begin with a little history.

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE TRANCE

According to William Edmonston in The Induction of Hypnosis, trance states and the seeds for hypnosis began with the ancient Hindus. Later, ancient Greeks in the fifth century B.C. used "sleep temples" to help cure people. Most of the other ancients, including the Romans, used words to create spells. They also usually placed their hands on or over people to move the "magnetic energy" within them.

In 1765 Franz Anton Mesmer, generally (and inaccurately) considered the father of "mesmerism," opened salons where patients applied magnets to afflicted parts of their bodies. Later Mesmer moved to Paris where he further developed his theory. He became very popular. He wasn't using hypnotism per se, but he was using words to create suggestion, probably unknowingly, to influence his patients.

In 1784 Louis XVI set up a commission to investigate Mesmer. It included Benjamin Franklin, M. La Guillotin, and Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier. They concluded that magnetism with imagination had some effect, but Mesmer's magnetism and magnet healing theories were discredited.

Le Marquis de Puysegur believed magnetic power was produced in his own mind and was transferred to the patient via his fingertips. He found that he could produce a sleep in which the patient would follow his commands.

In 1841 the British doctor James Braid saw a demonstration of mesmerism by a Frenchman named La Fontaine. He was impressed, and started using the mesmerism techniques in his practice. He used a shiny bright lancet case to induce his patients to enter a deep "hypnotic sleep." In that state his patients would accept his suggestions. He coined the word Neurypnology (literally 'nervous sleep'), from Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep. This was the first use of the word hypnosis.

Dr. Braid didn't care for magnetism, believing rather in "fascination" (fixation) and verbal suggestion. He also instituted the use of hypnosis as anesthesia for both minor and major operations.

In 1884 Dr. Ambroise-August Liebeault of France proclaimed that he could cure people in a hypnotic state by suggestion. In 1886 he was joined by Professor Bernheim from Paris, and together they published De La Suggestion, which further rejected the concept of magnetism.

During World War I, between 1914 and 1918, the Germans realized that hypnosis could help treat victims of shell-shock. It allowed soldiers to return to the trenches almost immediately. A formularized version of hypnosis, called Autogenic Training, was devised by Dr. Wilhem Schultz.

After World War II, Milton Erickson—arguably the most famous hypnotist of all time—had a major impact on the practice and understanding of hypnosis and the mind. He theorized that hypnosis is a state of mind that all of us are normally entering spontaneously and frequently. As you'll soon see, this has enormous implications for your ability to influence people through your written words.

On the heels of Erickson's work, hypnosis evolved into a well-respected practice, used by doctors, psychologists, business and law enforcement personnel, and even by people in sales and marketing. It's also used for self help and self improvement. With the development of self-hypnosis, one doesn't even need to rely on a therapist any longer.

Hypnosis is a tool, not a cure in and of itself. It is used for stress management, stress related disorders, dental and medical anxiety, and anesthesia, even in obstetrics. It is also used for pain management, as an adjunct to psychotherapy, and in the management of a wide range of phobic, anxiety, and other medical and psychological problems.

It's being used by dentists, doctors, and therapists as well as stage hypnotists. It's been sanctioned by the American Medical Association since the 1950s. It's been used to help people with a variety of problems, from psychological to physical ones.

HYPNOTIC WRITING

But none of the above is Hypnotic Writing.

You don't want your readers to fall asleep and neither do I. By "Hypnotic Writing" I mean writing that is irresistible. Writing that rivets your eyes to the page. Writing that is so clear and concise and effective that you can't resist reading all of it. And more than that, Hypnotic Writing gets you to remember—and act—on what you've read. Hypnotic Writing is spellbinding, unforgettable, and filled with embedded commands.

That's a lot better than putting your reader to sleep, isn't it?

I believe you've come across Hypnotic Writing at one time or another. Think back to the last time you were totally focused on a letter or a book. Did you lose track of time? Did someone call you, but you didn't hear them yell out? Were you so absorbed in your reading that nothing else mattered?

Face it. You were hypnotized.

Even Shakespeare used Hypnotic Writing, though of course he would never have called it that. According to Peter Brown, in his book, The Hypnotic Brain, Shakespeare's The Tempest uses hypnotic induction to get readers captivated. The play begins with a shipwreck, causing people to sit up and take notice. That's a key element in hypnosis: Get attention. Shakespeare did it. The play then moves into a dialogue where the audience is told to sit still and listen. That's a hypnotic command. Brown adds, "The story is as absorbing and moving today as it was nearly four hundred years ago."

One of the readers of my books wrote me one day to tell me a book he had read hypnotized him to stop smoking. He said Allen Carr's book, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, actually awakens people from their trance of addiction. By the time they finish reading the book, they are nonsmokers. Apparently Carr's Hypnotic Writing works, as he has now helped millions of people stop smoking. Many people said just reading the book will help you stop smoking.

Friends told me the same thing happened when they read Healing Back Pain by John Sarno. Again, apparently just reading the book helped them awaken from the "pain trance" and actually alleviated and in many cases cured their back pain. I had a similar experience while reading Sarno's latest book, The Divided Mind. It seemed to take me from one trance—believing in the power of traditional medicine—and to put me in another trance—believing in the power of the unconscious mind. This is the power of Hypnotic Writing. (I explore this trance state in my next book, Buying Trances.)

In fact, in a few pages I prove how one of the greatest mystery writers of all time actually used hypnotic techniques in her books to make her readers buy more of them. In short, she made readers addicted to her novels.

I love Hypnotic Writing. I long to read books that capture my attention and won't let go. Actually, I don't see enough writing of that caliber. Do you?

If you want to hold your reader's attention, then you have to learn how to create Hypnotic Writing. That's what this book is all about. My intention is to reveal—for the first time anywhere—the principles and strategies that will transform your writings. In an age when radio, television, computer games, videos, and movies are screeching for our attention—and when there is more information than you can possibly read—you must learn to write material your readers can't avoid. You don't have any other choice.

With these Hypnotic Writing concepts in mind, you'll begin to write memos, letters, ads, reports, and yes—even books—that few can resist. You will be able to create mesmerizing writing. You will become a superwriter! You will be equipped to develop writing that outshines the competition and dazzles your readers!

And with your new ability, you'll be able to get more results and command higher pay for your work. "Hypnotic Writing," in short, will give you the edge you need to create successful and powerful writing.

Hypnotic Writing isn't about manipulation; it's about communication. You won't put your prospects or buyers into trance states where they do your bidding. People will never do what they don't have a latent desire to already do. The idea behind Hypnotic Writing is to help you better communicate, and thus better persuade people.

All of this will become clear as you move through this book.

Are you ready?

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

—Galileo

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