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Change your life Script

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Change your life

Looking forward to the future

This free hypnosis script was used to help a woman who felt she had no future. All she could think of as success was 'a house and a car'. She felt she was stuck because of her past, her 'loser' friends and bad family history. The script uses a metaphor of seeing the future from a hill top to get unstuck and change your life.
The script shows how to use Future progression to change your life. Future Progression is a hypnosis technique where the client imagines looking back to the present from their own future. The hypnotist shows the client what their life will be like at some point in the future, a future in which they have achieved everything they want. The client is then asked to 'enter into' that future self, to get into the mind of that future self and to learn what that future self did in order to make it all happen. By visualising the future and thinking about how it was achieved, the client becomes open to change your life.

You can create your own future and change your life.

 

Change your life hypnosis script

 
You can relax your mind
 
 

Now are you ready to go into trance?

Yes Set

 

I am.

 

 

Feeling nice and relaxed?

Yes Set

 

I am.

 

 

That's good. And I am going to take you into the future. Is that what you want?

Yes Set

 

I do.

 

 

Right. So, just settle yourself in there. And I'd like you to close your eyes.... Thank you.

 

 

Now I would like you to take a deep breath.... hold it.... and just push that breath all the way out.... that's very good.... now take another deep breath... and this time just shrug your shoulders down and make sure that there's no tension there. That's good. And when you are ready.... take another deep breath.... and just allow yourself to completely relax.... let it all trickle through.... that's good.

Invoke the para sympathetic relaxation response

 

And now I would like you just to focus on your breathing.... just become aware of your breathing... how you breathe in and then breathe out.... that's excellent... and with each breath out... I would like you to wonder just exactly how relaxed you could become... with each breath out... you can just become aware of how your arms and legs can get so heavy... so relaxed... and how comforting that weight can be.... and with each breath... your arms and legs... shoulders.... muscles... all begin to feel completely relaxed.... you become aware of being held safely securely comfortably in that chair... and you are in that chair breathing gently ... listening to my voice... and each breath is allowing you to relax more and more.... just allowing you to drift away.... that's good...

Dissociation Induction

 

Now I'd like you to imagine a staircase somewhere... it could be in a building or in a garden or something different... and just imagine you are about to go down that staircase and with each breath out you can go down one step down of the ten steps... and each breath out will take you from ten down to nine and so on ... until you get to one... and it will be so comfortable and enjoyable.... and when you get to one... you will be totally at ease.... and you can forget about everything and anything... and just enjoy that feeling.... so now... allow yourself.... to count each breath.... and with each breath you will tell yourself... "going deeper and deeper" more and more relaxed....

Countdown deepener

Memory

and you know Rebecca we are coming to the end of winter... it's spring although you might not think it... And I wonder if you can remember springs long ago? And springs bring daffodils and other flowers.... and maybe you can remember a paddock or a meadow or a field where there were lovely spring flowers and how the weather begins to get more gentle.... a little warmer... a little more comfortable... and as time goes on summer comes along... and its warm... and the nights are long and everywhere the trees are green and little girls go out to play ... and there's warmth and friends to play with...

Dissociation back to childhood happiness via memories

memory

And sometimes you get a very special day.... a day when the sky's a particular shade of blue.... a day when the sum is warm... the breeze is just right... and everything smells fresh... and maybe you can smell the sea.... seaweed and rocks and little fish darting... and as you look around you can wonder how many shades of green there are.... there's dark green and light green and mid green.. and all kinds of green... there's apple green and forest green and olive green...


Anchoring feelings of happiness to colours

Memory

And on days like that people can go for walks... sometimes people walk for a lot further than they expect to.... sometimes people can get lost... it's as if they are in a fog or a mist... and summer mists can come up suddenly...

Metaphor

Rule

and people think they must go back... and yet it is just as easy to go forward as to go back... when you are in a mist... and sometimes if you are walking in a mist... you can wander into different places... somewhere you have never been before... and as you walk through that mist... it is possible... that the mist will clear... and you find yourself under that incredibly brilliant sky... just the right shade... and below there are groves of trees... in all colours of green... and as you take a few more steps... you realise you on the top of a hill.... a gentle sloping hill with grass rolling gently down on all sides of you.... and each blade of grass is a different shade of green... and the mist is behind you.... and ahead... you can see further... much further than you have ever seen before....

 

Behaviour

And things can look very different... when you leave the fog.... that mist hides so many things... things from the past... and if they are hidden in the past... then... you may as well forget about them..... there's no point in thinking about things that are past....

Suggestion for letting go

 

and so you can look forward.... and maybe there's a sunny rock to lean against... and you feel the warmth coming out of that rock... and that can make you feel good... about a lot of things... about how far you can see ahead... and maybe from that vantage point... you can see things you have not seen before.... if you look really closely... really carefully.... you can see where you are going... because where you have been is just mist.... not important... it doesn't matter how you got to this position now... You've got a warm rock to lean on... and a clear view...

Rock = resource

 

And the thing about finding yourself on a hill top... is that from the top of that hill.... every way is down.... every direction is equally easy... and it is just as easy to go ahead as it is in any other direction... and if you start to walk... down from that hilltop.... something else magical happens.... going over the hilltop means you can no longer see what was behind the hill... if you take just a few steps forward... all the stuff on the other side disappears...

Suggestion for letting go

 

And if you just take few steps forward... you can see clearly now.... everything in front of you is fresh and bright.... and you can walk down that hill... and from the front of that hill you can see... maybe a river ... a town... a house.... a car... and you can look out to a particular house... and maybe it's on the edge of a town or a city... or maybe it's in the centre... or by the sea.... and this particular house... is the house you always wanted... and there's a car in the driveway... and there are toys scattered around... and there's a mail box with a newspaper... and the grass is neatly trimmed.... and it looks like maybe there's a gardener... someone who does the gardening... and it almost seems as if the sun shines on this particular house... more than the others... and everywhere there are these wonderful shades of green... and you look at that house.... in wonder... because that’s your house Rebecca... and you can see it from that hill and I don't know if it is one year away or two years or three year or some other but you know...

Visualisation of a successful future

 

and you know that there is a happy and content woman called Rebecca who lives in that house.... and she has a good job... and she has a driving licence... and a car.... and she has a place in the community ... and respect... a lot of people know she is very special... a lot of people are very proud to know that Rebecca... and from that hilltop you can see that other Rebecca getting out of her car... she slams the door... pushes a little thing in her hand and locks it all ... and as she walks up towards the front door... she pauses, turns and looks around the garden... and sees everything is good... everything is tidy.... controlled... neat... That Rebecca is in control of her life.... That Rebecca... is a winner.... that Rebecca is a battler.... She got through.... she succeeded.... she got what she wanted.... and as that Rebecca stands there... looking at the garden... the house behind her.... she puts her hand out onto the rail... and she looks back at the hilltop.... and she remembers...

Dissociation: viewing future self

Expectations

She remembers coming down that hill... deciding... the only way is forward.... and she remembers how... as she came down that hill.... her feet.... her footsteps... her walk.... got stronger and stronger... how every step down that way she got stronger and more determined... and things just got easier.... and when she got down there... she discovered that life was so much better on this side of the hill... and when she looked up, she was amazed at how far she had come.... all on her own.... and she was amazed to find that other people thought she was really quite something.... that she'd got through that... that she'd got over that hill... and came down the other side .... strong... proud... fiercely independent.... a woman who decided what she wanted ...

Suggestion for new behaviour

Rule

And as that Rebecca stands and looks at the hill and remembers.... she remembers how she got... the house... and the car... and the job... she remembers it was tough... at first... and every time she came to an obstacle she mentally returned to that hill and looked at the way ahead... and the future that awaited... and she remembers how every time she came to an obstacle... she damn well climbed over it.... that determination came from deep inside... never quitting... that was the answer... she never quit. She just decided "I'm going to be first". And that Rebecca put herself first... and that Rebecca decided what was good for her.... was good for everybody.... And that Rebecca decided it was time to look after No.1. That it was right... and so she decided on education... on training... on what she really wanted to do... and maybe she can remember leaning on a warm rock.... thinking.... planning... of how best to succeed... and it wasn't always the direct way... and it wasn't always the easy way... but it was the way forward... and she knew she was doing it right....

Future regression

 

And that Rebecca is standing outside her house.... looking back... and she remembers... every step of the way... and she remembers how she got there... what it was that gave her the strength to go on... what it was that made it just right... and she remembers... the anniversaries, the birthdays and all the other markers... that she set up for herself... and she determined "I will do this by this date... and I will do that thing by that date...". And how she crawled and climbed and clawed.... and did whatever it took... and made it.... and she smiles... because as well as that, she did so many other things... she built a family life again... it was difficult... but she found it inside herself to look beyond the obvious... to see behind the surface... to look inside... and see what was driving people.... and to realise that everyone is a victim... that the real victims are the ones who stay victims.... and she remembers deciding... that wasn't for her.

Suggestion for re-connecting to estranged family

Behaviour

And she remembers building bridges... socialising... networking.... becoming what everyone wanted... as long as it was what she wanted... and how she skillfully used friendships and family and relationships... in a clever honest way... that brought her the rewards and success that she enjoys.

Suggestion for new social behaviour

Behaviour

And that Rebecca standing there with her ideal house... the perfect house... behind her... thinks about all the other perfect things in that house... that she has... and how she has... not quite a perfect life.... but pretty good.... and as she stands there... all these things go through her mind... and you can think about it .... looking back to look forward... and looking forward to looking back... and planning to plan... and planning to change and changing to plan.... and changing your life in so many ways... and living the change... and enjoying the difference... and choosing to be different.... and choosing what to do and how to go forward... and there are so many roads... so many ways forward.... and that Rebecca didn’t always choose the right one but she always chose one that was pointing in the direction she wanted...

Visualising

Expectations

and if other people couldn't keep up... well... they can choose their own roads... and if other people choose to put blocks in their road... well that's fine.... they can stay there.... that Rebecca went round them... and carried on...

Suggestion for moving on from unsupportive relationships

Behaviour

And when people offered help... she accepted it... gratefully... and paid it back eventually.... and got more and more respect... and more and more confidence... and her abilities multiplied... her capabilities multiplied.... on and on and more and more....

Suggestion for accepting help

 

like a snowball going down a hill... without any effort it just accumulates more and more.... attracts more power to itself... and gets bigger and bigger until is an irresistible force.... and just keeps going in the right direction... guided here and there by the shape of the land... and that Rebecca stands there.... remembering those things...

Metaphor for success

 

And I would like you to move into that woman's body.... and she what she sees...and think what she thinks.... and remember what she remembers.... and put yourself in that future time when you have almost everything you want ..... and I'd like you to look back now... just look back at all the stages in everything you did... and take a few moments to enjoy that... and to remember what you did and how you did it... and to remember how you chose what you wanted to do... and all the rules you made for yourself.... that allowed you to succeed.... all the ways that a special person becomes a winner...

Re-association into the successful future self

 

So take a few moments now Rebecca... and just think about that.... and you can take as long as you wish.... remembering that an hour of real time is like a second of internal time... and a second of internal time can be a day or a week or a month... and you can think about those years... and you changed...

Sensory Distortion

 

and when you have done that...and you are ready to move on... you can signal by moving a finger or a thumb.... or finding some other way to signal that you are ready to move on...

Get unconscious commitment

 

[finger moves]

 
Behaviour

Thank you.... that's very good... And that is your guarantee that things are different now... that your mind has taken a decision... That you are going to change... that something fundamentally different has changed.... and that you will succeed... beyond your dreams... and success lies ahead of you ... and it starts tonight and tomorrow and the day after... and every minute of every day you are going to be focused on what you want and how to get it.... and you will do it... honestly and decently... and people will respect you for it... and you will take every opportunity... and you will make friends... colleagues... partners... Oh yes.... you can do that... and you will have a special knack of turning enemies into friends.... of turning rivals into colleagues... of seeing the good in everyone... of looking beneath the surface to find out what you can like.... and as you find the good in others... you will find the good in yourself... those special qualities that only you have.. that unique specialness that is Rebecca.... because in all the world... all the millions of people.... no one has ever been exactly like you....

Direct suggestions

Identity

And you can move from that position of specialness, of uniqueness... to live a unique life... a uniquely good and useful life.... a uniquely valuable and special life.... one you choose.... throw away any idea of just letting things happen.... throw away any idea of using substances you don't need... you need a clear mind for a clear vision... and you can do that... because you have a good mind... you know you have... and wonder if you have decided now that you can use it... like that other Rebecca... and just look once again... at the house... and the car... and that success... and the money in the bank... all the other things that other Rebecca has earned... And there is more to come, you know... much much more... that is just a start...

Direct suggestions

Capability

So now allow yourself, Rebecca.... allow yourself to really think of the possibilities... really think of what you can do... really think of what it would be like if you dared to be different... if you dared to choose.... to forget all the old stuff... if you dared to use your intelligence and intellect... if you dared to take that strength.... nothing could stand in your way... you could learn anything... you can master anything... you could control anything.... you can choose to do anything... you can choose to be anything.

Direct suggestions

Capability

Just take a moment to look at yourself... a young woman... full of potential and promise... a young woman who can choose to stand on a hilltop... and look far into the distance... who likes what she sees... who can begin now... walking down that hillside in the direction she chooses.... and do you dare choose the best direction?

 

Capability

You can do that.

Direct suggestions

Capability

Just allow you mind the time and the space.... to really, really think.... of how to achieve what you want... to really really decide not to accept any limits... to wake up in the morning.... invigorated... fresh.... determined... to squeeze out of every day whatever it's got.... to not just accept another day... you can do that.... you can wake up in each morning with fresh eyes... fresh mind... and a fresh attitude... and you can stride out... and decide what you want... and decide how you are going to take it....

 

Identity

You know you are a special person... and you know special people can succeed... and they can succeed and still be warm, feminine, strong... loving... they can have relationships to be proud of.... families to be proud of....

 
 

because outside your front door there's a whole big blue sky... and it stretches from horizon to horizon... and it is lit up from dawn to dusk.... and every day's a summer's day... because every day brings a special opportunity... of a special kind.... and I wonder if you can stand on that threshold and just open your arms and take it all....

Metaphor

 

and begin that journey... striding forward... knowing where you are going... knowing who you are... proud of who you are.... proud of what you have done and what you have been.... proud of being a survivor... and making a new start with every step.... and I wonder which part of that will give you the most pride... which part will feel best... You can think about that... and you can decide...when and where and how you are going to start... and the memories of that other Rebecca will be with you... guiding you... showing you the way... warning you... helping you... encouraging you.... and there is a long fruitful... passionate life ahead of you.... I think you can see that now... there's a long way to go....

Direct Suggestion

 

So you can think of all these things... and others.... and what you have learned.... and what you have decided.... and you can choose to dare.... and you can think about... the endless possibilities.... how much fun it would be to choose this one or that one... whether you are going to be very successful or outstandingly successful..... and how good that will be.

Reframing: choosing = fun

 

And so you can think about these things now.... and feel that certainty inside you... feel it rising... feel it in your chest perhaps or maybe in your head... that absolute certainty... growing... growing like a wall of fire.... spreading and supporting.... encouraging.... and you can feel that internal warmth... it will always be there for you... .

Metaphor

 

and so thinking about those things..... just allow you mind to dwell on them... and when you are ready ... you can choose to come back to the present.. feeling really good... so start that now....

Reorientation