Hypnosis Glossary


Amnesia is defined as a state where memory is disturbed or lost.

In stage or street hypnosis, amnesia is used as part of an act to hide a number or a name from a person. For instance, they forget the number 7 and then count their fingers to find they have 11, or they have forgotten their own name.

Amnesia is generally used to give suggestions that the person carries out but doesn’t remember. These suggestions are harder to ignore if they cannot be recalled by the conscious mind. The body appears to do the action on auto-pilot.


Anaesthesia, like analgesia means no pain, but unlike analgesia means no feelings.

An example would be the difference between childbirth, where the client wants to feel the baby coming out but doesn’t want the pain associated with it with a major surgery where the client doesn’t want to feel anything.


Analgesia is pain control, so if a client is having surgery and the doctor, dentist or surgeon needs an area of the body to become numb, then analgesia is the technique that is used to do so.

Analogical Markings

When embedded commands are used in a script, they are often spoken with emphasis, either through a change in tone or accent. For example, the embedded commands in the following sentence may be emboldened on the page such as:

“You may be wondering how long it will take to relax and go into trance” could become “You may be wondering how long it will take to relax and go into trance.

Authoritative Relaxation Script

Authoritative relaxation scripts are guided induction scripts, where the journey into an altered state is written out in long form. Compare with rapid induction.


Catalepsy is the term that means that limbs are stiffened by the mind.

In medical terms, conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Epilepsy experience catalepsy in certain degrees.

In hypnosis, the term simply implies that the organ is rigid, in the form of arm catalepsy and stuck in the form of eye catalepsy.

Deep Trance (also known as Somnambulism)

In deep trance, the client may experience Positive and Negative Hallucinations, be acceptive of post-hypnotic suggestions and experience anaesthesia.

The client’s ability to remember the trance state diminishes naturally the deeper the trance state. The hypnotist can suggest that the client remember, otherwise the client won’t.

Deep Trance (Somnambulism)

In deep trance, the client may experience Positive and Negative Hallucinations, be acceptive of post-hypnotic suggestions and experience anaesthesia.

The client’s ability to remember the trance state diminishes naturally the deeper the trance state. The hypnotist can suggest that the client remember, otherwise the client won’t.

Somnambulism is considered to be a very deep level of hypnosis. However, lighter levels of hypnosis are of little practical use, except as a way of working with your client to reach somnambulism. With the appropriate induction, and a client who is absent of fear, the maximum time needed to obtain somnambulism is 3 minutes.

Embedded Commands

When writing an indirect hypnosis, the hypnotist can use embedded commands which the conscious mind will ignore but will have an effect on the subconscious.

Esdaile (Coma) state

The name coma is an historical artefact by the 19th century discoverer of this state, Dr. James Esdaile. Esdaile was a British surgeon in India prior to chemical anaesthesia. In addition to the horrible suffering caused by surgery on an un-anaesthetised patient, the shock of the pain caused over half of the patients to die.

To induce anaesthesia, Esdaile replicated Mesmer’s trance-induction techniques and bettered them. In the course of 300 surgeries, “including amputations, abdominal surgery and various types of suturing for assorted wounds,” according to Dave Elman’s classic Hypnotherapy, the mortality rate fell from 50% to 5%.

The Coma, or Esdaile, state became a lost art, remembered if at all chiefly because a small number of subjects, especially in stage hypnosis situations, spontaneously entered the state and remained in this deep trance in spite of the hypnotist’s efforts to arouse them. This was misunderstood and caused much consternation for the hypnotist and the audience, who interpreted this refusal to emerge from trance as alarming.

Reports Elman, “I quickly learned that the coma state was one of euphoria and that the subject merely didn’t want to be disturbed. That was the reason he wouldn’t come out of it. He had never had such a pleasant experience and he didn’t want his enjoyment to be interrupted.”

Until Elman, this depth of trance was elicited in one in 10,000 or so subjects. At the suggestion of his wife, Elman learned how to produce this state of euphoric trance routinely, restoring the lost Esdaile technique, succeeding with eight of his next nine subjects and routinely thereafter inducing it.

Glove Anaesthesia

Glove anaesthesia is a pain control technique where the client experiences anaesthesia where they touch. If they have a back complaint that normally is too sensitive to touch or is too painful.

Hypnoidal state

The Hypnoidal state simply means resembling sleep or hypnosis.


Hyperaesthesia is a condition where there is an abnormal increase in the stimuli of the senses.

Stimuli of the senses can include sound that one hears, foods that one tastes, textures that one feels, and so forth.

Increased touch sensitivity is referred to as “tactile hyperaesthesia”, and increased sound sensitivity is called “auditory hyperaesthesia”.


Ideomotor is where the body makes unconscious movements. An example of ideomotor movements are tears, since they are generated by the unconscious in response to powerful emotions.


Ideosensory activity refers to the capacity of the brain to develop sensory images, which may be kinesthetic, olfactory, visual, auditory, tactile, or gustatory.  A common example of ideosensory activity is looking at a fire and “seeing” the “face” of one’s beloved.

Light trance

The light trance state is very much like those absent moments you get when watching television, getting involved in computer games or while taking a long journey.

Sometimes you get to your destination and can’t remember how you got there, you were in a light trance state.

When you are in a light trance state, you experience relaxation, lethargy and even eye catalepsy.

Medium trance

During medium state trance, a client may experience amnesia, analgesia and can perform automatic movement. The client will also experience glove anaesthesia.

Negative Hallucinations

Negative Hallucinations are where the mind sees less than what is physically there.

A good example would be a nervous comedian being heckled on-stage, if the comedian doesn’t see or hear the hecklers, then the comedian would perform brilliantly.

Positive Hallucinations

Positive Hallucinations are where the mind sees more than is physically there.

An example would be if someone had to give a speech and only felt confident when his parents were there, then a positive hallucination would be for him to see his parents in the audience.

Rapid Induction

Rapid induction is a set of short induction scripts that guide the client quickly into an altered states, compare with authoritative scripts.

Sichort state

The Sichort state is named after Walter A Sichort Jr who discovered a level deeper than the Esdaile state and forms part of the process known as Ultra Depth®.

The Sichort State is best for self-healing for in this state healing is increased six to ten times the individual’s normal rate of healing. Suggestion is only necessary for the Conscious and the brain (unconscious).

All that Subconscious needs, is just time spent by the individual in these states and their Subconscious can do what must be done.

Spiegel Eye Roll

The Spiegel Eye-Roll or Hypnotic Induction Profile is a technique developed by Herbert Spiegel to identify highly hypnotisable people with a 75% probability rate. The subject looks up and closes their eyelids slightly, if they show a lot of whites in their eyes, it is said they are highly suggestible.

Ultra Depth® Process

The Ultra Depth® Process is the term coined by Walter A Sichort Sr and extended by James Ramey.

This remarkable system that James worked extensively to develop allows an individual to experience such things as rapid self-healing, general anaesthesia without suggestion and much more. James Ramey discovered that the Sichort State is the same hypnotic state that Edgar Cayce entered when he did his medical readings. James also found that any individual who achieves this profound state, can do exactly as Edgar Cayce was able to do and even more.

Ultra Depth® can be found at this site: ultradepth.com

Ultra Height®

Ultra Height® is the hypnotic state discovered by Gerald Kein. Ultra Height® involves first guiding the client as deep as possible into hypnosis. Optimally, to the hypnotic coma state, but, at least somnambulism.

Then the hypnotist guides and directs the body to continue to relax deeper, as he guides the clients mind to rise higher. The clients mind is directed to rise well above the level of higher self and higher consciousness into a newly discovered level, Ultra-Height®.

The link to Gerald Kein’s Ultra-Height® can be found here: UltraHeight.com