Back in 2009, I installed my first post-hypnotic trigger, but I had no idea what I was doing. All I did was follow along with the audio recording I had, and the next thing I know, I was in a deep meditative state.
From there, they anchored the state and gave me a post-hypnotic trigger to go back to that state whenever I wanted to.
But at that time, I thought this was just a novelty that I wasn’t sure even worked. What if I was just fooling myself?
So I lost interest and quit practicing until a year and a half later when I tried the trigger again, and it still worked!
It was a heck of a lot weaker than I remembered, but the loss of potency made complete sense.
As a general rule, Hypnotic triggers tend to wear off if not used regularly, as the installed connection between the trigger and the desired effect breaks down over time.
But still, this was over a year of non-practice, and the command was still there, impressive.
Personally, this was an important realization for me, but it also speaks to the power of the post-hypnotic process.
The Anatomy of a hypnotic trigger
A hypnotic trigger is a stimulus that has been previously associated with the desired reaction that can be used in the future.
The first step to creating a hypnotic trigger is to decide what you want the trigger command to do.
It can be just about anything.
There are 100s of uses depending on what you want to do.
The second step is choosing what kind of stimulus you want your trigger to be associated with.
For example, it could be a specific word that you repeat to yourself, or the contact of two fingers on the same hand, or seeing a number in your mind’s eye. The options are endless.
You can even use more than one stimulus at a time if you want.
The third step is to decide what kind of response your trigger will elicit.
This is directly involved with the first step. Still, here we’re determining what neural pathway you want to be channeled into when a stimulus (such as closing your eyes) activates the trigger (i.e., hypnotic command).
The fourth step is to plant the trigger and reinforcement.
For this, you must implant into your subconscious mind whenever you have decided the trigger to be.
As for reinforcement, you will be doing self-hypnosis sessions on yourself to practice and strengthen your new ability.
The last step is actually using your trigger in daily life.
You need to practice it until using it becomes second nature, just like any other behavior or skill. Once you are comfortable doing so, you can use that ability in numerous situations.
Did the hypnotic trigger wear off, or did you get used to it?
Let’s say you learn a process for self-hypnosis, and you set up a trigger to take you into that state, and over the next several months, you practice daily.
There will come a time where you will be in the deepest of trance, but it won’t feel like it. Your body will feel relaxed, but your mind will still be active.
It won’t feel like your trigger is’nt working, but it is.
If you take a moment and search your inner self, you will notice the difference in your level of awareness. This is because you have now gotten used to your trigger.
It has become part of your daily routine.
But this doesn’t mean that the trigger is gone or that it has lost its power. Instead, it just means that you have mastered it on a subconscious level.
People have also thought of this level as a kind of plateau. That may be true in a sense, but it’s also true that once a skill is mastered, you can put that skill to better use.
And in our little example, you’ve mastered the self-hypnosis state to the point where it is almost second nature to you.
Now would be a great time to start buying up hypnosis scripts to improve whatever areas of your life you’re interested in.
You could also try big picture big goal setting visualizations.
You can experiment with the self-hypnosis state in public around other people and see what happens.
I can’t promise anything with that, but I would highly advise you to give it a try and see for yourself.
The one thing that will evaporate your Post hypnotic program
The majority of people spend at least half of their waking hours in a state of trance. You don’t even need a hypnotist for that.
Your iPhone or Android will suffice, or a campfire or a tedious lecture. Or Netflix…. you get the picture.
Anyway, my argument is that we are frequently in and out of trance and therefore more or less susceptible to suggestions.
Once an idea or concept is accepted subconsciously (even if it was implanted by a hypnotist), it can be modified without hypnosis.
Conflicting suggestions will kill your hypnotic triggers. Once set up one anchor, keep it consistent and don’t go editing it. If you want to do something new, set up a new process.
That way, your subconscious mind knows that this is a different container you are working in.
Other things that can also have an impact on your hypnotic anchor are
- Authoritarian figures
- Peer pressure
- Societal conformity
Fear of losing repetition/status are among the biggest invisible horrors to overcome.
And these examples can break your hypnotic anchor at least temporarily.
This is why so many hypnotic triggers lose their strength over time. This is especially true if there is a debilitating emotional state like fear.
Negative influences such as fear destroy your progress with this kind of work. However, the negative conditioning will only last as long as the belief does.
In effect, this is just another form of mind control, and you can take the wheel of your mind and go in another direction.
In fact, post-hypnotic triggers were designed to help you do just that. But you have to remain in control of your path.
If you’re getting the sense that controlling your path is a full-time job, you would be correct.
But that’s why hypnosis and using hypnotic triggers and anchors are so helpful. They allow you more control over your emotional, mental, and even phyiscal state.
So how do you make a hypnotic trigger for yourself?
You learn by first learning Self-hypnosis. Then you create or buy a script that will have the language to install the anchor.
Then play your recording and practice daily.
You can also try an alternative method with hypnosis and hypnotic triggers built-in. Still, this path is more about energy work.
However, either choice is a good one. Or you can do both.