First off, welcome Ian to my list of Blogs there on the right. It looks like he’ll end up being foreigner assimilated to the Taiwan Isle.
So I went to a hypnosis show hosted by Brain Philips last night. I’ve been really interested in Hypnosis for a long time and was really happy to finally make it to a show. I’ll get right to it. Yes, I volunteered and yes I was hypnotized… or was I (dum dum duuuuuuum!) I’ll relate my experience for you all right here, but here’s a quick link to Wikipedia for the skeptics 😉 Hypnosis (Stage Application).
It was a small crowd, at the atmophere was pretty mellow (lights low, dark room, candle light… I like mellow.) They were going to start late, so I darted over to 7/11 for a sandwich and a tea egg. Shortly after I came back, he started the show and asked for volunteers. I emptied my pockets of my phone, loose change and keys and jumped on stage.
Now, before jumping on stage he did an example on everyone and explained that for it to work, you must follow his instructions and “open up” (I can’t remember the exact words.) My mind translated that into it being a game and I was just going to do what I do best… play.
So what happens is Brain would setup scenes for my mind to play with and my mind would make images of those scenes for me to play in. There were times when I was REALLY into whatever he was talking about. Almost totally zoned out. One of the times was during a bus ride and looking a people on the beach, who all of the sudden didn’t have any clothes, and then I got to pull my bi-noculars out for a closer look. I have a vivid memory of what I saw. I remember other times laughing so hard about… something. Like watching a prono, pornos are funny to me.
Anyway, it was a fun experience and I’ll be spending more time researching that whole thing. I talked with Brain for a bit after the session about how Hypnosis can be learned to learn other things. All and all a good time.