Dave Elman Induction

This is a script, excepted from Dave Elman’s “Hypnotherapy”.  Before beginning this process, it’s good to explain to the hypnotee what hypnosis is all about, and agree to the hypnotic contract. Then you begin giving suggestions. If they don’t follow, remind them of the contract. The whole process relies on whether they want to be hypnotized or not.

I have taken the liberty of reformatting the script a little bit, however the text is the exact same. I have also added some small notes in parentheses.

Will you just take a good long deep breath and close your eyes. Now relax the muscles around your eyes to the point where those eye muscles won’t work and when you’re sure they won’t work, test them and make sure they won’t work…

(If the hypnotee opens their eyes: No, you’re making sure they will work. Relax them to the point where they will not work and when you’re sure they won’t work, test them. Test them hard. Get complete relaxation in those muscles around the eyes . . .)

(Alternatively, here’s what I prefer saying: Great, now you know that you can relax them even more, your eyes, your eyelids, to the point where they actually won’t want to move, they won’t work; relax them completely, and test.)

Now let that feeling of relaxation go right down to your toes…

In just a moment we’re going to do this again and when we do it the second time you’re going to be able to relax ten times as much as you’re relaxed already.
Now open your eyes. Close your eyes. Completely relax-let yourself be covered with a blanket of relaxation.

Now the third time we do it you’ll be able to double the relaxation which you have.

Open your eyes – now relax.

I’m going to lift your hand and drop it and if you’ve followed orders up to this point that hand will be just as limp as a dishrag and will just plop into your lap.

(Lift the hypnotees hand – not high, just enough to feel that it’s completely relaxed and limp)

No, let me lift it – don’t you lift it – let that hand be heavy as lead. You’ll feel it when you’ve got the real relaxation.

(If they have total relaxation – let it go. If not, suggest further relaxation.)

That’s complete physical relaxation, but I want to show you how you can get mental relaxation as well as physical, so I’m going to ask you to start counting – when I tell you to – from a hundred backwards. Each time you say a number, double your relaxation, and by the time you get down to ninety-eight you’ll be so relaxed there won’t be any more numbers. Start with the idea of making that happen and watch it happen. Count out loud, please.

[100] Double your relaxation and watch the numbers start disappearing.
[99] Watch the numbers start disappearing.
[98] Now they’ll be gone . . . Make it happen. You’ve got to do it, I can’t do it. Make them disappear, dispel them, make them vanish.

Are they all gone?

(If yes – congratulations, you have a person in somnambulism. If not — read on. This is the way Elman dealt with it.)

Make them disappear. I’m going to lift your hand and drop it, and when I do, the rest of those numbers will drop out. Want them to drop out and watch them go.

(Lift hand and drop it.)


This should be more than enough to achieve complete somnambulism in essentially anyone, as long as they cooperate.

Hope this proves helpful.


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