“I cannot be hypnotized!”

“I cannot be hypnotized!” by Peter Zapfella.

Since I began my career as a hypnotist in 1995 I have had so many people say something along the lines of “I volunteered to be hypnotized on stage once and the hypnotist sent me back to my seat in the audience. He said I cannot be hypnotized, so don’t try it on me now.” I always smile and laugh to myself when they say that.

I will tell you the truth. The stage hypnotist in me knows that the show must keep moving along and cannot wait for someone who refuses to cooperate. So, the stage hypnotist can either leave them sitting on stage where they may become a distraction for the audience or send them back to their seat in the audience where they can enjoy the show. The only reason people cannot be hypnotized are either;

I cannot be hypnotized. Everyone can be hypnotized, if they want. Everyone can refuse to be hypnotized if they want.
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  • Fear on their part. 
  • They are drunk or drugged and unable to concentrate.
  • They are an idiot. That is their Wechsler Intelligence Scale IQ is less than about 80 (low).
  • They are brain dead.

Intelligent, creative people make the best hypnotic subjects because they can relax and concentrate at the same time. Hypnotists who have been hypnotized many times by different hypnotists make the best hypnotists.

Stage hypnotists know this and quickly move uncooperative people off the stage because they simply do not have the time to waste on one person. The words “You cannot be hypnotized.” Is a polite way of saying ….  “I really do not have the time to hypnotize you right now.”

A stage hypnotist has the easy option of quickly rejecting volunteers while the hypnotherapist must assist his or her client to achieve the hypnotic trance, no choice about it. In the good old days, a hypnotherapist could ask his client to return every few days while they are trained to achieve deep and deeper trance states. Today people want it all now. People want it done in one session. If they fail to achieve trance they blame the hypnotherapist. To meet client expectations a hypnotherapist must have advanced hypnotic skills, flexibility to meet his or her client’s expectations, and advanced rapport skills.

Let’s get this myth out of the way now. A hypnotist does not do something to you. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist simply guides a person into the hypnotic trance, and then takes them on a journey with cooperation. Everyone can be hypnotized, if they want. Everyone can refuse to be hypnotized if they want.

Why would someone attend a stage hypnosis show and volunteer to go up onto the stage if they did not want to be hypnotized? The stage hypnotist stacks everything in his or her favor, but sometimes that is not enough. I think some people come up on to the stage for a bit of fun. Then when they take their seat on stage, looking back at the audience, they become self-conscious and fear they will be ridiculed, so they fight the hypnotic trance. Others fear losing control without knowing they are always in control.

I had been invited to the 21st birthday party of a young man whom I had assisted to quit smoking with hypnosis. His mother, cigarette in hand, told me she had been sent back to her seat in the audience at a stage hypnosis show. I knew she was actually telling me, in her own way, that she was not going to use hypnosis to quit her tobacco habit. I smiled and agreed with her. Truth is, I was there to enjoy the party, not recruit clients. 

On another occasion, a friend came to stay over a few days. He said the same thing, more or less. I decided to have some fun with him, so I agreed. “Of course, you cannot be hypnotized. But can we play a game?” He agreed. So, I hypnotized him.

Then I introduced his unconscious to conscious amnesia. In other words, I conspired with his deep inner mind to hide what I was about to say to his awake mind. I told his body that it would remain paralyzed from the neck down until I said the special code words. Then I awoke him.

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“Would you like a cup of coffee?” I asked as I stood up and walked to the door. “Yes, I would” he replied as he continued to lie on the bed. I went into the kitchen and boiled the water and made two cups of coffee, as I continued to talk to him in the other room. “Are you coming out, or shall I bring your coffee in there?” I asked.

He was still lying on the bed wriggling his whole body as if it was inside a sleeping bag. I could have laughed, but I kept a straight face and engaged him in an irrelevant small talk as I drank my coffee. “It will be getting cold if you don’t drink it,” I said as I motioned toward his cup.

He made some excuse about not wanting a cup of coffee, so I teased him some more. “You said you wanted a cup so I made one for you. Now you say you don’t want it?” 

He was still wriggling like a worm on the bed as he said “I can’t move!” in a frustrated voice.”What do you mean you can’t move?” I replied in a concerned voice. “All I know is I cannot move until you say the secret code words.” “Code words? What code words are you talking about?” I asked. “I don’t know.” He was almost in tears. 

Then I dropped the bombshell on him. “Are you hypnotized?” I asked. “No. I told you I cannot be hypnotized.” “Hmmmm … if you are not hypnotized and you cannot move then you really have a problem. As a hypnotist, I could say the secret code words so you could move again. But if you are not hypnotized there is nothing much I can do for you.”

“Just say the bloody words, will you?” he begged. “Are you hypnotized?” I asked again. “No. I told you I cannot be hypnotized. Just say the words … please.” Well since you said please you can move now.” The secret code words were ‘move now’, and he did.

“I will make a fresh cup of coffee if you like,” I said as he sat up. “Were you hypnotized?” “No, he said. Since that day he continues to say he was not hypnotized.

That is why when people tell me they cannot be hypnotized I smile and laugh to myself.

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If you are new to surfing or an intermediate surfer, here are 30 tips you really should consider to better surfing.

Better Surfing is a combination of skill, confidence, and the right attitude. It can be yours by following these 30 tips and by listening to your Welcome Better Surfing subliminal affirmations MP3s.

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If you are new to surfing or an intermediate surfer, these are a few tips you really should consider:

  • Learn from other more experienced surfers. Surfing with others who are better than you is the best way to learn because better surfing is a feeling more than a technique.
  • Keep your eyes open from the beach. Watch the waves. Watch other surfers.
  • Having someone video you from the beach, in slow-mo, is great feedback. You can spot your bad habits and fix them early. You can learn so much by watching yourself and other surfers in slow-mo.
  • Visualize yourself surfing the perfect wave, then when surfing you can really enjoy stepping into your visualization and repeating it.
  • Always be prepared to try something new. Challenge yourself by learning to adapt to different conditions.
  • Consider joining a group or club, or taking lessons in a surf school.
  • Teaming up with another surfer is a huge motivation for both of you.
  • Do a beach warm-up before entering the water. Take your time before catching a wave. Do not be in too much of a hurry. Learn the correct etiquette for the beach you are on, so you do not make enemies of the locals.
  • There are ideal boards for different conditions, with a range of shapes, sizes, rockers, and fins. Finding the right board for you and the conditions makes ALL the difference.
  • Start BIG with a larger board.
  • Start with SMALL waves.
  • Give the more experienced surfers space.
  • While standing on the beach assess the spot where you want to surf. Through practice and experience, you will learn how to choose the right break.
  • Walk along the beach directly adjacent to the spot, and then turn around with your back to the water. You will see the shore as you will later see it from the water, only closer. To get your bearings look for landmarks so you can use them later as reference points to find your spot while out in the water. I have a favorite swimming hole in a coastal reef which no one else seems to know about. As I walk along the beach I reference landmarks according to a clock, assuming the shoreline is at the center of the face of a clock. My landmarks are at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. The sand and the surf are always changing, but those landmarks never move. I can find the exact place to enter the water every time. In the same way, when you are in the water you can find the exact place to catch the best waves, at 6 o’clock.
  • Be prepared to get exhausted as you power paddle with elbows high and hands as deep as possible in the water, with long powerful strokes.
  • Never go full attack at a wave at the start. Instead, take it slow and easy and build up to it.
  • It is better to catch the wave on the peak than the flatter shoulder.
  • Keep your head centered over the body for balance and go where your looking.
  • Turn the head first, then upper body, hips, and legs.
  • Keep low. Bend at the knees, not the back. It will give you better balance, better turns, better surfing, and helps to absorb shocks.
  • Be prepared for wipe-outs. They will happen over and over again. 
  • Be humble, and be prepared to ask questions.
  • Exercise for flexibility and short bursts of explosive power.
  • Be prepared to push yourself, and to look silly because that is the fastest way to learn. The real competition is with your own mind.
  • Stay close to the pocket, and try ripping steeper shoulders.
  • You can generate speed by throwing your arms forward, and decompressing and compressing up and down the face of the wave. You can get extra speed by stepping forward.
  • The sweet spot on a board is just forward of the fins, on the top of course.
  • Enjoy yourself and have fun whatever mood you are in on the day.
  • Focus and visualize.
  • Download and listen to your Welcome Better Surfing subliminal affirmations daily, and feel the change in your inner attitude. Then you will see the changes in your outer performance.
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  1. Get plenty of good quality sleep
  2. Go for a swim to develop the right muscle groups for paddling, and build confidence.
  3. Hydrate by drinking more water.
  4. Develop your skills by riding a skateboard.
  5. Eat healthy food, including fruit and vegetables.
  6. Go for a run.
  7. Quit smoking tobacco.
  8. Practice holding your breath
  9. Meditate.
  10. Mind surf. Visualization. Exactly what the Welcome Better Surfing subliminal affirmation is all about, plus confidence building.
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“You might notice throughout the day you constantly visualize yourself surfing the perfect wave.

When out surfing you can really enjoy stepping into your visualization and repeating it, over and over again. You are more focused and motivated about surfing more consistently better than ever before.

In competition, the reputation of other surfers means nothing to you because you know even the champions have their ‘bad’ days, and today is your ‘best’ day ever.

You might not have noticed you are now more clear in the mind, more relaxed in the body, and you are coping better with everything and everybody. You are more confident. You have greater self-control… the way you feel is becoming better and better… because the burdens have been lifted forever and ever now that you are a better surfer.”

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