The concept of time is experienced universally but in myriad ways. Learn how Hypnosis and NLP works in relation to time.

The concept of time is experienced universally but in myriad ways. Learn how Hypnosis and NLP works in relation to time.

The concept of time is experienced universally but in myriad ways. It is used as a standard component in hypnotic inductions, and time distortion is a key ratier of trance. Techniques such as age regression and age progression rely on time. Countless inductions could be developed based on this dominant, pervasive aspect of everyday life.

We have found embedded meaning inductions, such as the Time induction, very effective with both resistant and non-resistant clients. Non-resistant clients, who will likely go into trance without regard to the induction employed, seem to appreciate opportunities to stimulate their imaginations. Many resistant clients are disarmed by these inductions’ casual, innocent non-direction. In other words, they are not presented with anything to consciously resist, and so often incorporate the metaphor, or meta—message, effortlessly. 

Age Regression Hypnosis

Age regression is used for deepening, but it is prudent to first ask clients if they are comfortable with such techniques. For example, “In the deepening portion of trancework today I’m going to ask you to drift back in time to some point where you felt pleasantly relaxed. Is that okay?” If the answer is no, clients may be alerting us to a trauma or some other unpleasant experience in their background that they prefer not to revisit. If this is the case, another deepening may be substituted.

Dealing with Clients

Clients are asked to settle in, take two deep refreshing breaths, and either let their eyes gently close or simply fix their gaze on anything in the room.

Time, as we know it, is something that we often think about, and clock time can be a very interesting phenomenon, something that people often imagine … or wonder about.

Now, (client’s name), time on a clock, in trance, might seem to slow down for some people, and for others it speeds up, but for many they simply don’t notice, or don’t care, or are oblivious to it, perhaps just losing track of time altogether.

One time a man imagined how a minute can seem like an hour, or an hour like a minute. Of course, clock time and time in trance are not unlike an entrance into another state, and none of this probably matters at all anyway, mere temporal experiences that they are.

Flying on a long trip, a person goes through time zones. On any long trip people don’t have to do anything at all. They can just sit back and they don’t have to listen to anything or pay attention to anything, just enjoying the experience. I remember once, looking at a map, becoming absorbed in those time zones, and imagining going from one to another . . . but it may be that actually ying through them a person feels more detachment, like when you sit down anywhere for a long time and your foot, or your arm, can just fall asleep, which is different from looking at any one thing for a long time, like a world map, and all those time zones, part of you becomes absorbed in the map and part of you just observes or enjoys the experience.


Richard Feynman, the famous physicist, could look at a clock and then have a conversation or read a book, or do something else, for ten or fteen minutes or more, and at any point he could just stop and without looking at his watch he could tell you the exact time, nearly down to the second. Now I don’t know if that has anything or not to do with dual experience in trance, where part of the person is in trance and part of the person just observes the process, but it can’t not have to do with the hidden observer’s intuition or imagination, or the mind’s special ability to wonder, or wander, and maybe at the same time. One psychologist here, Bob, said he told his brother back in Iowa that he couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time. I don’t know about that, but I could never concentrate on two things at once, so I just quit trying, which is inherently akin to the experience of one of our psychologists, Deborah InghaInch, who entered through that door many times, and casually remarked how this entire process may be a matter of letting go of control, or controlling letting go, but never both at the same time, and how all this could be interpreted as being in the drivers seat, which we all know is very, very comfortable . . . and perhaps incontrovertible evidence that letting go is a pleasant experiencePsychology Articles, which has nothing at all to do with being in a convertible. 

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Mark Alexander is a blogger that lives in Los Angeles and is inactive in hynotherapy.

Mark Alexander is a blogger that lives in Los Angeles and is inactive in hynotherapy.