The eye fixation induction is probably the earliest hypnosis Induction. The eye fixation induction was developed by James Braid, the first clinical hypnotist (who also invented the word 'hypnosis'). Eye fixation is the source of the classic movie line for hypnotists 'your eyes are getting heavy, very heavy...'. The Eye Fixation Induction works because eyes staring at a point will quickly get tired. The hypnotist paces the physical reactions (blurring, watering, blinking) and implies that the changes are happening because of the hypnotist's suggestions.
The Eye Fixation Hypnosis Induction is one of the most commonly used hypnotic inductions. It works well with most people.
It does not work at all with people who are in the least bit skeptical of hypnosis. The eye fixation induction is taught in hypnosis classes for beginners learning hypnosis, but in fact it is hard to get right. Many clients notice their eyes defocusing and drifting, remember that they were told to stare at the point, and so actively start to control their eyes and keep them fixed on the point, which takes them right out of trance.. The client is left with their eyes wide open staring at nothing, trying to see non-existent changes and all the while their mind is actively disputing what the hypnotist is saying to them. All the hypnotist can do is keep going and hope they will eventually get bored and shut their eyes. Not a good choice.
|Just make yourself comfortable now... get into a position where you can relax... and look at that wall in front of you....||I||Seeding comfort, relaxation|
|lift your eyes up until you are looking up, higher than your normal eye level....||Strain the eye muscles|
|and now let your eyes find something on that wall... some spot or corner or maybe a small object.... and let your eyes rest on that .... hold your eyes open... and just look at that spot or that point.... for a few moments||I|
|...keep focusing on that spot...|
|[pause until you see some signs of eye fatigue]|
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|The rest of this script is in the Inductions Script Collection|
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|and it can be so good and relaxing to close those eyes... and closing those eyes means you can relax now.... really let yourself relax....||D||Leading|
|deep... deeply, deeply relax....||D||look for eyelid trembling|
|[Carry on with the therapy]|