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Let’s face it–one of the nicest things about hypnosis in D/s play, beyond the simple joys of being in trance and obeying without thought or question, is the way that it can be used to make post-hypnotic suggestions that give someone the experience of helpless obedience even after the trance is over. There’s nothing quite like the sensation of doing something without consciously deciding to do it to make you feel like you’re really submissive, and I speak from experiences on both sides.
So with that in mind, let’s discuss some basic triggers that people kind of like to install as “default” in submissives, and how they can be achieved. Keep in mind a few basics–one, I’m not going over hypnotic inductions right now, because you can find tons of scripts and because really, just having a willing subject is 90% of the work of a hypnotic induction. (The biggest secret of hypnosis is that it’s mostly just hypnosis-y sounding stuff to say while the subject does the work themselves.) And if you don’t have a willing subject…JEEZ! What is wrong with you?
Two, it’s always a good idea to choose uncommon words or phrases for your triggers. The subconscious is actually a pretty wonderful thing, and it’s better at interpreting context than media depictions of hypnosis would make it out to be, but it’s also mischievous and presumably enjoys doing the things it’s being programmed to do. Making “Sleep” your trance trigger doesn’t mean someone’s going to keel over in the middle of a mattress store, but it does mean they will be constantly feeling the tug of their trigger in situations where they don’t necessarily want to. Which brings me to…
Third, it’s always a good idea to implant the trigger using the reinforcing phrases, “When you are safe” and “when I say”. (The latter is sometimes referred to as “locking the trigger”.) As I said above, the subconscious mind is very good at interpreting context, so you can get fairly specific in terms of what causes a trigger to go off. Even though it’s not likely that someone will go into trance while driving, or for someone they don’t trust just because they hear a trigger you’ve implanted, they’ll have an easier time resisting it if you give them “permission” to ignore it when it’s not wanted.
And fourth, if you implant a trigger you want to reinforce it. Use it immediately after you implant it, and use it frequently thereafter. The more often you use it, the better it works, because 90% of the work of hypnosis is done by the subject and the more they convince themselves that the trigger works, the better it will work. Plus, as noted: Fun.
That said, here are the most common triggers I use and have used on me:
Reinduction Trigger: This is the simplest and most obvious trigger. When the subject hears it, they return to the trance state. It’s nice because a long induction, while fun and hot, isn’t always necessary or desirable for whatever play you’re doing. It’s generally very easy to achieve–you remind the subject that they enjoy trance, that they like to be hypnotized, and that they can go back to this very enjoyable state when you say a particular word or phrase. Assuming they’re having a positive experience, very little is required beyond that.
Pleasure Trigger: This is one of my favorite triggers. When the subject hears it, they feel a warm, pleasant sensation in their body–not necessarily sexual, but it can wind up that way. Again, this one should be easy to implant as long as the subject is having a good experience–just do nice, happy things and tell them that the trigger will make them feel those nice happy things all over again.
Freeze Trigger: This is a very useful trigger for a lot of D/s play, because it gives a lot of the same functionality as ropes without needing to worry about circulation issues or untying people in a hurry when your in-laws stop by. There are two ways to approach a freeze trigger–one, you can have the subject imagine their muscles tensing up into immobility, or two, you can have them imagine feeling too relaxed to move. I kind of like the latter approach because it works will with the general feelings of relaxation in trance, but it’s up to you. Either way, the suggestion should include the idea that although they can’t move of their own volition, they can shift to be more comfortable, move at your command, and be poseable.
Puppetry Trigger: This one usually works just the way it sounds–have the subject visualize invisible strings around their wrists and ankles, so that your commands make their body move independently of their will. Works very nicely with a freeze trigger, because you can move them but they can’t move themselves.
Arousal Trigger: Just as you can have a trigger that creates pleasure, you can have a trigger that makes someone sexually aroused. You can achieve this by finding something that turns the person on (again, in all probability this will be the hypnosis you’re doing right then) and associating that arousal with the trigger phrase. Generally try to achieve a small effect on this one, so that you can ramp it up by repeating the trigger.
Orgasm Trigger: The bestest trigger. You can induce this by guiding the person hypnotically through an orgasm, or back to one they’ve experienced recently, and then associating it with the trigger phrase. It won’t generally trigger a physical orgasm, at least not at first, but it will produce a very strong mental sensation right away. And like all other triggers, the more you use it, the better it works.
Those are my standard triggers–if you have some you like to use, feel free to toss them into the comments!