Today was the fourth Hypnosis Amsterdam Meetup, with an incredible 22 people joining us. It was lucky that I had a (temporary) location that could fit them all.
Because of rebuilding on the 1st floor, there was a very nice corner mostly screened off with a lot of chairs accessible. It was much quieter than the restaurant upstairs, but unfortunately could only be used this one time.
If you know a better place, let me know!
So, thanks to the feedback on the previous meetups, I've made this one much more structured. Planning (social) breaks, workshops and feedback time.
Matsuru asked to participate in showing/explaining as well which was very much appreciated.
After every workshop there was a break for some socializing, practicing and anything else needed. Some people did some practicing or trancing with new people. It was very nice to see everyone mingle.
Matsuru showed a nice induction combining Ericksonian patterns with more traditional deepeners.
The second demo was an induction showing off some various ways of confusing and helping someone go into a nice trance. Using word association to describe their current state and then helping them past it.
A short explanation and display of how you can use almost everything as an induction. Including using spatial anchoring (tying a place to a feeling) to be awake or in trance.
Next up were some examples of "waking trance" with the whole group, using magnetic fingers and heavy/light hands.
Discussing this was a lot of fun. Pulling someone in and out of trance repeatedly can easily be used for very intense and deep trance. The demo for this linked hands moving down to falling into trance with a shock of pleasure. Because the shock was deliciously intense it caused some good confusion as well. The subject no longer quite knowing if they were up or down.
The questions after this one were especially interesting.
For the final workshop it was again time for more audience participation. This time in the form of coming up with various feedback loops. While the intention was to keep it focused on hypnosis, some of the mentioned loops rang very true. Some of the loops mentioned:
As always I invited feedback for the meetup. It took a bit of time to get everyone started on this, but the amount and quality of feedback was fantastic!
Thank you all for coming, your participation and feedback.
See you in March!