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Hypnotic Pendulum and Deep Trance Identification

By on October 2, 2014

The pendulum is often seen as a theatrical tool in the hypnosis world, a distant cousin of the Ouija board. In fact the pendulum offers a simple and powerful way to get in touch with your unconscious mind.

The pendulum exaggerates small unconscious movements, called ideomotor responses. When you hold a pendulum a small twitch of your finger becomes a much larger swing of the pendulum itself. The hypnotic pendulum therefore makes it much easier to see the ideomotor responses, particularly for your hypnosis client. Admittedly, it does also bring a sense of magic into the process as the pendulum seems to be ‘moving by itself’.

The hypnotic pendulum can be used in all sorts of hypnotic processes such as the classic NLP six step reframe where unconscious responses are required. The six step reframe is a technique to addressing again and therefore the conscious mind’s agreement to change is required.

The hypnotic pendulum can also be used where the source of the problem is unknown and there is no obvious way to address it other than trusting the unconscious mind to make the necessary changes.

There are many other areas of hypnosis where the pendulum is useful. For example we use the pendulum during Deep Trance Identification to make sure that the unconscious mind is comfortable ‘becoming’ the model for the DTI.

The use of ideomotor responses in hypnosis has been extensively researched and studied…

Ideomotor movements account for non-conscious motions of the hand held pendulum and Ouija board planchette that once were attributed to external spirits. Chevreul and Carpenter in the mid-1800s pioneered our scientific understanding of ideomotor movements. The intention or thought is transmitted to the motor cortex at a subconscious level, coordinated by the cerebellum, and sent down spinal nerves to the appropriate muscles, inducing micromovements not visible to the naked eye but amplified by the hand held pendulum or by the slow ratchet-like cumulative movements of a finger or other body part.

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