Mike Mandel and Chris Thompson are hypnotists and teachers that know how to use hypnosis and the physiological state of trance (an amplifier of human experience) to enhance learning in many different ways.
Keep reading or watch Mike and Chris explain how you can start learning better and faster today!
#1 - Pick The Right “Ego State” For The Job
Ego states are most simply defined by Mike as “sub-personalities.”
We all have different “parts” of us that show up to carry out the different tasks of life. Have you ever found yourself at the fridge with the door open trying to remember what you were after or how you got there? That would be an example of mismatched ego states. The ego state that had the idea to get food clearly wasn’t the one that showed up at the fridge.
In hypnosis, a hypnotist can directly ask for a specific ego state to “show up” when a client is in trance. This is incredibly useful as it cuts out the trial and error period saving a lot of time and accelerating the entire process.
If you aren’t connected to the world of hypnosis this can still be helpful to be aware of. For instance, if you have a lot of homework to do and you know you are not in the “mood” you might wonder what you look and feel like when you are in the right mood/ego state. If you can show your body what it would look, sound, and feel like to be ready to dive into your homework, you are sure to get there faster!
#2 - Memorization
If you have difficulty remembering names, dates, directions, lists, formulas, you might be surprised to learn that you can flip a hypnotic switch and change that!
When someone is in a trance, the hypnotist can directly suggest that you “will be able to recall (desired outcome) easily and access that information at will from now on.”
You might be wondering if this can be done within self-hypnosis and the answer to that is also a resounding yes! By the way, we have a simple course called Easy Self Hypnosis that you can access as part of our Personal Growth Membership.
#3 - Mental Rehearsal
Want to be a better artist, athlete, public speaker, or ace your next exam? With hypnosis this can be very easy to do. All you need to do is go into trance and have the hypnotist vividly describe your ideal result.
Some people are surprised to learn that our visual cortex/neurological pathway cannot imagine AND see something simultaneously. This means that the images we create in our brain through our imagination will be received in the same way as if the imagined event actually occurred. We learn through experiences, and in this frame, we can learn by imagining just as effectively!
I am sure you have heard stories about Olympic athletes visualizing each element of the event going exactly as they have planned. Hypnosis has been effectively used to improve scores and times of competing athletes by helping them go further in their mind than they would have believed possible in real life.
#4 Hypnotic Dissociation
When we experience life, we are seeing it through our own eyes, we are “associated into our body.”
If a person with a snake phobia were to use their imagination to watch a second copy of themself holding a snake, that would be a dissociation. They are dissociated out of that primary position that we typically experience life through.
If they wanted to dissociate even further, that person could be watching the second version of themself that loves to hold snakes on a tiny, pixelated, black and white television. The vague details of the tv further the dissociation.
Sometimes a hypnotist may even opt to make a third copy of the person to further the distance between the experience and the perceived danger/recalled trauma. The setup could be as described here (or see the video included in this post above):
1. Happy snake handler on the tiny television screen
2. Seated viewer with the remote control watching the screen
3. Third copy looking ONLY at the person sitting in the chair. The third copy would be able to see the face and body of the seated viewer but not the snake.
You might be wondering what this has to do with learning? Just as we can learn fears, we can unlearn them as well. When a person visualizes a success in the associated perceptual position, the unconscious mind may think that you have already accomplished that success and it is no longer on the “to-do” list.
Don’t worry if you don’t fully understand how this applies to you! A well trained hypnotist will understand what model to use with each specific client to accelerate learning results. And, if you still want to learn more, this concept and process are thoroughly explained in the online courses Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy offers!
#5 - Increase Concentration
Trace draws you inwards. All the externals are no longer relevant (unless they are suggested to be!). If you are easily distracted then trace may be your new best friend! You can program in suggestions to eliminate anything that used to bother you like loud chewing, someone in your personal space, the sound of loud nails Nelly typing away on her keyboard.
You could make a rule about a tiny habit to automatically occur from now on to improve your practice or schedule your time. Read: How Incrementalism Can Improve Your Life (In 5 Baby Steps and 2 Warnings)
The results are in and, yes, hypnosis can help you with almost anything including learning faster!
With hypnosis at your fingertips, the world is your oyster. Anything you can dream of and visualize you can likely move towards. You could ask to wake up with an answer, you could wake up well rested and ready for any day, you could get a full night's sleep in a power nap.