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Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Tunnel Vision”!

September 28, 2017

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Quill Pen Feather”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Tunnel Vision” (MC MF MD)!

Jessica’s off in ‘gamer trance’ at the moment, playing a puzzle game that’s occupying every ounce of her attention. Which means that she doesn’t even notice what Luke is saying to her. Or doing to her. Here’s a taste:

It was so easy to play when she felt like this. Every piece seemed to fit perfectly, every row seemed to clear away almost as soon as it built up, and Jessica felt like she could just keep going forever. Like she couldn’t lose, like she couldn’t even stop. Nothing mattered but the game. Luke said something to her, and she knew she responded to him, but a few seconds later she couldn’t even remember what they said to each other. It probably wasn’t important. Luke knew better than to try to have an important conversation with her while she was in her ‘gamer trance’.

She dropped three pieces in short succession, clearing another three rows at once and earning her another one of those little starburst sensations of pure pleasure. Jessica was glad she’d remembered to put a towel down this time; it was kind of embarrassing when friends came over to visit and she had to hide the damp spot on the couch with a blanket. They probably wouldn’t understand how satisfying it was to get that perfect clear, erasing four whole rows of distracting thought with a single piece.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Is It Hypnosis? – Part Five

September 24, 2017

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It’s been a while since I’ve visited this topic, so as a refresher–we’re going back through my old stories that feature ostensibly realistic hypnosis to examine just how believable it is (and, not incidentally, how ethically acceptable it is). Let’s look at another batch, shall we?

Hysteria: This may not be precisely realistic, but it does draw on a lot of facts about the history of women’s medicine and of hypnosis. “Hysteria” was considered, in the Victorian era, to be an emotional ailment affecting women, with symptoms of lethargy and “melancholy”; the cure for it was literally stimulation of a woman’s genitals to orgasm. This wasn’t considered to be a sexual act; it was a medicinal treatment, like getting a massage to work out the tension in sore muscles. You just went to the doctor, he finger-banged you (or, thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, pressed a vibrator to your clit) until you came, then you got dressed and went home. Because the Victorians were weird and fucked-up about sex.

And Mesmer, in his original experiments with “animal magnetism” that form the foundation for research into hypnosis, did manipulate the animal magnetism by stroking the skin with his fingers. And yes, the women he manipulated in this fashion were naked, and yes, they did frequently experience great pleasure from this act. (And again, it wasn’t viewed as sex. Sex was penis-in-vagina until the guy came. This was SCIENCE!) So while the specific details might be a little shaky, this one is actually pretty darned good about a lot of not just the way hypnosis works in general, but the way it might have been used in that specific context. Especially by an obvious quack like Faschen.

Always Something There to Remind Me: This one is another one of those where the answer is “probably not, but it’s ultimately untestable without doing waaaaaaay too much unethical stuff so we’re never going to know.” The main character, Jay, has admittedly been under Mathilda’s control for long enough (a full year, at least as far as he knows within the context of the story) to be very susceptible to a lot of complex suggestions; certainly, it’s not out of the question that he could legitimately be experiencing triggered hallucinations and implanted memories. (Which gets into the unreliable narrator question–we only know he ever even tried to resist because he remembers trying to resist, but the whole thing could be an elaborate CNC fantasy.)

Again, I don’t know how much a metric fuckton of hypnosis over a long and sustained period could do to permanently alter your personality against your wishes, because that’s not something I have tried, will try, or want anyone to try. It is possible that something like what Jay believes happened to him could be achieved; I don’t think it’s likely, because everything I know about hypnosis says that the more someone pushes you to do things you really don’t want to do, the less you trust them and the less well the suggestions will take, but I don’t know. And I’m not going to find out.

Love in an Elevator: This one is…not necessarily plausible, but certainly possible. It’s unlikely you’d run into this situation, but Naomi could absolutely have a hypnosis trigger that is locked to “anyone but her”, and she could wind up being docile and horny with no critical judgment regarding sexual activity when it was used, specifically as one of the intended effects. Her explanation of the trigger certainly seems to indicate that it was explicitly sexual, that it was consensual, and that the effects of the trigger were “working as intended” when Dan used it. (Hopefully her ex gave her the option to remove the trigger when they broke up, but it’s possible that the break-up was of a nature that she no longer trusted him to hypnotize her. Or maybe she just decided to keep it. Always remember that it’s the subject’s choice to keep any triggers and lock them any way they choose.)

It’s probably not the wisest thing to do; even if you have a fetish for public play, for promiscuity triggers, and for basically everything Naomi gets out of this, it’s probably not a good idea to make it so open-ended. She really only has Dan’s word that he’s not going to tell everyone in school about it, which could result in all sorts of complications that could make her life less than ideal. (Dan already pointed one out within the context of the story–she doesn’t seem to care about things like birth control when she’s under.) If you do want to do this sort of thing, you should probably still lock the trigger and open it up only in specific circumstances, rather than make it generally open.

Video Killed the Radio Star: Certainly the FCC thinks this one is plausible; there are actually rules about broadcasting genuine hypnotic inductions on radio and television. (It’s why television hypnosis scenes tend to be so ludicrously implausible; they can’t show someone being hypnotized out of fear of getting angry letters from someone demanding to know why their husband spent all last night clucking like a chicken. When realistic hypnosis is depicted, they usually do voiceovers or cutaways to prevent a full induction from being shown.)

Now that said, it’s very unlikely that Myra could get away with running a weekly hypnosis show that was so thorough that nobody who listened to it remembered being hypnotized. Hypnotic amnesia doesn’t work that way. Other than that, though, and assuming it was really her agent who secured her the tapes of her broadcasts, most of what she actually describes is pretty plausible. She hypnotizes people by phone and guides them through sex fantasies for money. Shoot, NiteFlirt has probably a hundred people who’ll do that.

Love Bites: The main reason I’d put this as “plausible”, instead of “hahaahahaha are you kidding me”, is that Darla clearly has a hypnosis kink that’s working overtime. Hell, working overtime? It’s holding down three jobs, taking night classes, and raising two or three little sub-fetishes of its own. (Darla’s kink is a 99-percenter.) She’s very obviously begging for some hypnosis action, and her subconscious is perfectly willing to throw out a lot of what her conscious mind considers to be “important” aspects of her self-image to get a taste of what she’s craving. (Um, no pun intended.)

So while she considers herself to be a Dommely Domme and a Mistress of the Hypnotic Arts and all sorts of other capital lettered things, her subconscious is much more switchy and possibly has a bit of a humiliation kink. She’s genuinely interested in what Jane has to offer, even if she’s telling herself consciously that no no no she’s not why would you even think that nopeity nope, and hypnosis is basically acting as the excuse she needs to give herself permission to act on the desires she’s been consciously repressing. You’ll see this a lot at hypnosis stage shows, too–not the hickeys and the fondling through the clothes, necessarily, but people doing very silly things because hypnosis gives them the excuse to lower their inhibitions. “I’d never sing like Madonna in front of other people, but gosh darn that hypnosis!” Darla is basically convincing herself she has no choice but to follow Jane’s commands, because it makes it easier to accept the enjoyment involved in doing things she doesn’t think of herself as wanting to do.

Which is why in the next story between the two…oh, but we’ll get to that. Another post next week, and I promise we’ll come back to this at a later date!

Early Bird Sneak Peeks: “Lost in the Echo” and “You’re Not an Ordinary Girl”!

September 21, 2017

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Free Coffee”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA (along with last week’s story on Literotica, “Vacant Moan”). But the Early Bird patrons will be getting both “Lost in the Echo” (MC FF) and “You’re Not an Ordinary Girl” (MC FF RB)!

“Lost in the Echo” tells the story of college student Dian, who’s trying very hard not to listen to the hypnosis MP3 that she’s gradually become addicted to. But even when she’s not listening to it, that doesn’t mean she’s not thinking about it. And the echo in her head is just as irresistible as the real thing. Here’s a taste:

If only it didn’t loop, Dian thought. If she could just play it for twenty minutes, a half hour, however long it actually was, it would be fine. She could listen to it and tease her pussy until she came and walk away. But it was all so seamless. There was no point to break the cycle. Once she started to listen, the opening line (she could hear it now in her head, tempting her to come back to it, whispering, ‘You want to go deeper for me now…’) always blended so smoothly into the flow of the recording that she never realized when it started and stopped. So it never stopped once Dian started it.

And she could start it right now. She could go back over to the computer and start the file. She knew it was a bad idea, she knew that if she started it up again she’d wake up Sunday morning naked and confused with a damp spot on the towel she always placed on her computer chair…but she could hear the voice in her head, saying, ‘My voice fills you with so much pleasure. Every time you think about resisting, you find your thoughts sliding instead to just what it is you’re trying to resist. Inexorable bliss. Until your resistance falls away and only the pleasure remains.’

Meanwhile, “You’re Not an Ordinary Girl” returns to the Girls(tm) universe with the story of Charity, who’s got some very…specific needs in her idea of the perfect Girl. Ideas she can’t get from the website. Ideas that make her horny enough to track down someone else’s Girl just to talk about it. Here’s a taste:

Aaron smiled at the Girl with a warmth that Charity had some very uncharitable thoughts about. “She’s an old friend who wanted to speak privately to you,” he said, the ironic tone of a few moments ago now completely gone. “I’m going to leave the two of you alone for a few minutes, but…” He frowned slightly, lost for words for a moment. “Nothing romantic, please? Not even if she asks. Things are settled between us, and I’d rather not complicate them.”

The Girl nodded. “Of course, Aaron,” she replied, sounding oddly indulgent in her agreement. Charity somehow expected her to sound like a maid or a nanny or something, all verbal curtsies and ‘sir’ after every sentence and ‘how may I please you?’ as a conversation starter, but this Girl sounded like she was letting the dog sit on the couch with her to watch television. It made it a little harder for Charity to hide the reason she came; her cheeks prickled with the heat of an involuntary blush.

Once again, though, her specific embarrassment was covered by the general embarrassment of the situation. Aaron smirked at her, but it felt like the smirk of someone who thought his ex-girlfriend was finally doing what she should have done a long time ago and getting over her weird reticence about sex. Charity was okay with that. Well, not okay okay, because it brought up a lot of painful memories about the way that they drifted apart over a wide and aching gulf in sexual compatibility that he couldn’t even understand, let alone bridge, but at least she wouldn’t have to have another halting conversation about ‘sexual, y’know, fantasies’ that trailed off into choking silence.

Hope you enjoy them!

Hypnosis in Action: Latex

September 17, 2017

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So a few moments ago, I answered a question from someone on Tumblr who wanted to know if it was weird that they wanted to combine latex kink and hypnosis kink. With the caveat that when it comes to kink, “weird” is pretty much what you make of it, I said no…but it occurred to me that this is a good opportunity to show my work on my dictum that all kinks are better with hypnosis. So let’s talk a bit about a few things you can do if you have a latex fetish and want to combine it with hypnosis.

First, let’s strike out with the wild assumption that if you have a kink specifically about a particular type of clothing, you’re probably at least somewhat kinesthetic in your sensory processing. Let’s also strike out with the far less wild assumption that because latex is expensive and strongly associated with kink, you don’t get to play with it as much as you’d like. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to combine your latex play with your kink play, which I’ll take a moment to generalize out as we go for those of us who aren’t latex fans.

  1. You can use latex as an anchor. I’ve talked about anchors in the past–the rough idea behind an anchor is that you get someone in trance to pay very close attention to a sensation, then you associate a hypnotic effect with that impression, then you repeat that until the association becomes automatic and unthinking. The simplest version is that you play with a small piece of latex fabric, stroking their skin with it, and tell them that every time they feel the latex touching them they’re going to find themselves sinking into a hypnotic trance. You can also come up with other effects, like arousal or submission or immobility, and you can localize it down further if you don’t want all your latex play to be trance play (“whenever you wear your pink full-body latex suit, you’re going to feel like a doll, and only move when I pose you”). And of course, if you’re into rope instead of latex, or flogging, or what have you, you would anchor your subject instead with that. The key idea is that the post-hypnotic suggestion helps the submissive get more into the state they already want to be in, faster.
  2. You can use trance to substitute for latex. Obviously, you’re not going to completely swap them out, because presumably the person who’s into latex play wants to enjoy latex play. But let’s say you want to do public play in a situation where you can’t wear anything big or obvious made of latex, or you want to do latex play but you don’t have much latex clothing available (either due to lack of funds, or just because you didn’t want to show your full-body latex suit to the TSA in the airport). The solution here is to use hypnosis to bridge that sensory gap. You can have the submissive wear a pair of latex underwear, or something similar that doesn’t show, and then through hypnosis suggest to them that they’ll experience the sensation of latex all over. The local sensory impression of the latex gets generalized to the entire body. (Perhaps you suggest that their other clothing will feel like latex, perhaps you suggest that the layer of latex spreads underneath their clothing.) The point–and this is also true of other fetishes–is that you can give them the experience of full play in a situation where it’s not achievable.
  3. You can do the things you were already planning to do with hypnosis, only with one or more of you wearing latex. The kinks do not have to be serial processed for them to be fun. You can enjoy doing one thing while doing another without having to integrate the two–someone who loves latex and loves hypnosis will love being hypnotized while wearing latex, just like someone who loves being tied up and loves hypnosis will enjoy them more when combined (et cetera). Each of them is erotic in and of itself to a fetishist, and each of them puts the submissive more into subspace, so feel free to just combine them in the simplest and easiest of ways. It will be fun, without a doubt.

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Any Time Now”!

September 14, 2017

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story–“Vacant Moan”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA for inclusion when updates resume in a week and a half, as well as to Literotica. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Any Time Now”! (MC FF)

Ever have on of those conversations you can’t quite seem to extricate yourself from? Lucinda’s having one of those. She’s in a bar looking for a quiet night of drinking, dancing, and maybe a cute guy, but Andrea keeps talking and talking until Lucinda’s practically numb. Then again, that may be the idea. Here’s a taste:

And when Lucinda did make her first escape attempt of the night, mentioning that she really needed to use the facilities, Andrea leaped right past the hint with, “Oh, I need to freshen up myself! Let’s go ahead, and maybe we can look for somewhere a little quieter on the way back. This is kind of a high-traffic area.”

Of course it was. That was why Lucinda picked it. But somehow by the time they wended their way through the crowd, with Andrea continuing her one-woman show the entire damn time (“and you can see how this part of the room is dark, and quiet, for people who want to relax a little after an exhausting day”) and made it through the restroom line (“isn’t it funny the way your brain just sort of shuts down when all you have to do is stand and wait? You find time just sort of disappears while you’re not really thinking about anything”) and made it back into the club, Lucinda found herself being steered to a dimly-lit booth near the very back of the seating area.

And of course, that was when Andrea began dominating the conversation in earnest, her ramblings covering everything from the thrilling centerpiece (“the candleholder looks handmade too, see how the flickering firelight catches all those little imperfections in the glass and draws your eyes to it”) to her outfit (“Do you like my necklace, Lucy? I don’t normally wear jewelry, but this just seemed to call to me until I couldn’t look away”) to her boring office job (“and I was so tired, Lucy, like my head was wobbling on my shoulders from deep, powerful exhaustion and I just couldn’t fight it anymore.”) Lucinda could barely get in a word edgewise, and even when Andrea did prompt a response, it always just seemed to be waiting for Lucinda to say ‘yes’ so she could get back to talking.

Hope you enjoy it!

Shameless Meta Posting

September 10, 2017

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Occasionally I do like to let people know where my writing is going, both in a literal sense of “what I’m writing in the future” and “where I’m going with my plans to do things for my readers”. Since this has been a busy couple of weeks, I figured I’d do that thing.

First, I’m pretty proud to say that as of last week, I got my backlog of stories up to a full 52 (it’s now back down to 51, because I took a week off to celebrate, but that’s neither here nor there). I will now be using some of the time I’ve bought myself to learn how to properly format ebooks for Amazon, Smashwords, et cetera, and working to get as much of my work up there as feasible. (It will not all be immediate, unless you know someone who can do over 400 cover illustrations on demand with the promise of payment later.)

Second, this is a good thing for my Early Bird Patrons, because I really want to keep giving you something for your constant support even as I sell my work. You’ve probably noticed if you’re a Patron of mine that I’m now up to nine weeks of advance stories for my Early Birds, and that’s going to keep growing–my current pattern has been to treat my ongoing series as an excuse to give you a bonus story, since I think I do well at those and it’s always nice to say, “Hey, you’re getting the next Girls story even earlier!” Expect that to stabilize at 24 stories, which is I think a really good deal for $2 a week.

Third, speaking of my Girls stories, you’ll be pleased to know that I spent a weekend brainstorming on these, and the inevitable last Girls story has been postponed a bit by some of the ideas I’ve had. (Yes, there is an inevitable last Girls story. They can only go on brainwashing people so long before they run out of people to brainwash. That point isn’t coming any time soon, though.)

Fourth, I’m back in college! Just for a semester–when I gave up school to focus on writing, back in the summer of 2000, I thought it would be for a brief period. But I got a decent blue-collar job that paid well and let me write, and then a decent white-collar job that paid well and let me write, and way led onto way and it’s only now that I’ve decided to go back and finish my degree. This should be of interest to you only as a “neat, Jukebox does things and we have now forged a personal connection together and I understand him more as a human being!” sort of way, unless I have to spend a day studying and can’t get anything done and have to post an apology to all and sundry for a lack of a caption. The good news is, it’s only through mid-December; after that, I should have either graduated or failed miserably.

Fifth, speaking of captions, I’m now about $76 away from doing two captions a day instead of one. So if you like my stuff, that’s a goal to work towards, collective fandom!

Sixth, at this point it seems pretty certain I’ll be attending WEEHU out near San Francisco this October 20-22. I’ll be doing some presenting (details still to be finalized) and generally chatting with people. If you buy one of my print-on-demand books and present it to me, I promise I’ll sign it!

Seventh, I put up the link to my commissions in my Tumblr banner, so if you want to commission me, this is a good time!

And eighth, I should be doing another GoFundMe for Charmed this year, with details to come in the ensuing week or so. I’ve been brainstorming with Goddess to come up with some rewards that will make giving to us seem less like an act of charity and more like a way to get cool goodies, so watch this space!

(Not all the time. Just, you know, when you have a moment or two.)

Early Bird Sneak Peeks: “I Just Want to See His Face” and “Bent 4 U”!

September 7, 2017

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Notepad”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “I Just Want to See His Face” (MC MD) and “Bent 4 U” (MC MF MD FD)!

“I Just Want to See His Face” is the story of an employee who’s done with their co-worker’s subtle patronization and is about to give him a piece of their mind. As sometimes happens, though, there’s more to the story. Here’s a taste:

After all that, I just want to see his face when I tell him. I want to see the look on his face when I finally drop the bomb I’ve been waiting all weekend to unload on him. An email just wouldn’t give me the same satisfaction. I need to see the look on his face when he finally hears that I’m not going to be his stupid sidekick anymore, that I’m done with this weird teacher/student relationship that he thought we had when we never really did, I was hired to the same job he was, not to “learn the ropes” or be “mentored” or any of the other goddamn wrong ways he described it during his endless fucking periods of droning on and on like he was doing his best Ben Stein-in-Ferris Bueller impersonation.

That’s the problem with guys like that. They get settled into a job, something that’s a little esoteric and technical, and they decide to spend their every waking moment making it even more esoteric and technical until before anyone really realizes what’s going on, they’re the only person at the company who knows how something really vital works and nobody can challenge them on any of their methods or procedures. And of course they huff and puff and groan about never getting a vacation, but you know they secretly love being able to do whatever the fuck they want because if they get fired, nobody’s going to be able to fix things when they break.

That’s why he acts that way around me, always cutting off my sentences and correcting me on obscure little details just to remind me that he knows everything and futzing with my computer and changing all the settings to the way he likes it because he thinks it’ll ‘help me work’. It’s because he feels threatened by me. He knows that I’m just as smart as he is, he knows I’m an expert in his field, he knows that I know that there’s not really even enough work for one full-time person in the department let alone two, he knows that I’m younger than he is…oh, damn, this is gonna be sweet. I’ve been fantasizing about this all weekend.

While in “Bent 4 U”, Service Unit 4U is back, carrying out a mission that’s sanctioned by at least one of her Masters…but definitely isn’t above-board. Here’s a taste:

The wonderful thing about being an obedient slave is that I don’t have to feel guilty about any of this. It’s not a sin. It’s not a crime. It’s not wrong, because ‘wrong’ implies a judgment and I am incapable of exercising judgment. I simply obey. This is a command and I am following it, that’s all. It’s that kind of mindless devotion that makes betrayal so much easier, and I am once again grateful to the Masters for taking away my capacity to desire anything but what I am told to desire.

Not that I think they would thank me right now.

I glance down at the man on the bed. He’s trembling, shaking with the mindless bliss that only comes from true, deep, will-breaking hypnotic pleasure, but that’s all the motion he’s capable of right now. He’s in a trance so deep that his body treats it almost like a form of sleep, shutting down his motor cortex so that he doesn’t act out the things he imagines himself doing right now. It’s a level of hypnosis that’s useless for most practical applications, but not for the kind of deep brainwashing I’m performing right now.

I reach out and stroke his cock again, providing him with just enough sensory stimulation that he can never drift all the way from deep trance into full sleep. I don’t need to speak–the earbuds he’s wearing are playing the script to his hypnotic programming, just like the goggles covering his face provide him with all the inescapable visual fixation he needs to completely lock down his ability to think critically. He can only accept the voice that’s telling him what to think from now on. Normally I would already be gone by this point, off to my next assignment as Service Unit 4U or returned to my surface identity as Haley Keene, but of course I can’t call in a programming team to handle this young man. They would ask too many questions. They might even think to contact the Masters, and I can’t allow that right now.

Not when the man on the bed is one of their sons.

Hope you enjoy them!

Non-Verbal Trance

September 4, 2017

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Sorry about the slight delay on posting–I was off on an absolutely perfect vacation and I’m just now settled back in at home. Still, I take my responsibility as…um, That Guy Who Talks About Hypnosis and Stuff…very seriously, so I thought I might take a moment to talk about one of those trances that I don’t get to do very often (but which other people might experience virtually as their default): The non-verbal trance.

Put simply, a non-verbal trance is a hypnotic state where the subject has reached a sufficient depth of relaxation that either they’re not thinking enough to form a coherent verbal expression, or they’re so relaxed that it’s just too much effort to talk. It’s a very nice place to be in with the proper direction, so let’s talk a bit about what’s needed to set up that state.

First, it’s probably pretty obvious, but this is something you can’t do over text or phone. If the subject can’t respond verbally, you’re going to need to be able to go off of their visual cues–a webcam set-up might work, if you can arrange things so that the person can relax very deeply without slumping out of view of the camera, but it’s probably best performed in person. A lot of these visual cues aren’t going to be big or obvious, because the subject is so relaxed, so the closer you can be, the better.

Second, you do want to set up non-verbal safewords, just in case. Goddess set up mine as follows: thumb and forefinger extended in a rough L-shape for “green”, thumb and pinky finger extended for “yellow”, index and middle finger extended and crossed for “red”. I do the same with anyone I play with like this. As with all safewords, I recommend that you also install them as suggestions (with your sub’s permission) simply because trance tends to be somewhat of a passive state and you’re going to want your sub to let you know if something’s wrong.

Third, the actual deepening. You’re going to want to make very sure that the subject is physically comfortable before you start–it’s also good to suggest that shifting to a more comfortable position will send them deeper into trance, but the point is that if they’re too relaxed to talk, they’re also too relaxed to hold their head or body up. This is best performed lying down. You can use pretty much any induction, but you’re going to do a lot more deepening than usual; as with any deepener, the emphasis should be on thinking less and relaxing more, and you should try to work in their sensory modality. Have them walk down a spiral staircase if they’re kinesthetic, imagine staring into a crystal if they’re visual, give them a metronome to listen to if they’re auditory…you get the idea. The main point is that you want to do a lot of deepening and relaxation language. (If you have a relationship that involves permission to touch, petting the subject really helps here by relaxing them and raising endorphins.)

You’ll notice after a while (and for some people this “while” may only be a few moments–everyone goes under at their own pace and finds their own depth) that the subject’s responses become murmurs, and that they tend to respond to any question that doesn’t require a specific answer beyond yes or no simply by nodding or shaking their head (and that the motion they make is very small). They may also make “mhm” or “m-m” noises to indicate yes or no, but the point is that they’re not talking unless you make them. That’s your cue to go ahead and tell them that they don’t have to talk anymore if they don’t want to, and continue deepening them.

You’ll notice at that point that they pretty much stop speaking entirely, responding only with those tiny head motions to indicate yes or no. At that point, you should be phrasing your questions to them accordingly; check in with them with, “Is there anything you need me to know?” instead of “Tell me something you need me to know,” for example, so that they have the option to continue communicating with you without forcing themselves to think and speak in more complex concepts than they’re able to express without coming back out of trance a little. It’s okay at this point to give them verbal statements that don’t require responses apart from your check-ins, but if you do need them to respond, you should give them a way to do it very simply. Ideally, at this point they’re thinking as well as communicating on a very basic and instinctual level.

You’ll know that they’re really deep when they have long stretches where they don’t move at all unless prompted, and when their breathing has brief, momentary periods of sleep rhythms. (Not to put too fine a point on it, but they may snore a little when they’re this deep. That’s okay, that’s good. They’re not asleep, they’re just so deep that their body is relaxed enough to fall asleep for really short stretches.) This is the state that you’ll want to maintain and to return them to in future trances.

“For what?” you may ask. Well, a number of reasons, which you should be discussing and getting mutual consent for with your sub. The first and most obvious is sleep. This is a good way to hypnotize someone into a very deep and restful sleep, which is nice for them. The second is simply that the state is enjoyable in and of itself. You’ll probably start to see it once you do it, but there’s a very characteristic smile of someone who’s incredibly happy and so deeply hypnotized that they can’t express it in words. It’s both really small (because their muscles are too relaxed to smile widely) and very constant (because they’re so happy that they just can’t stop smiling). Once you get it, you’ll probably want to give it to someone again. And third…this is a state of extremely deep trance. The conscious mind is more or less gone, because the conscious mind is the narrative self that thinks in words and they’re too deep for that. If you and your sub want to do some deep brainwashing play, this is a nice state to get them into for that.

The last thing to keep in mind is that this is a very, very deep state of trance. Just snapping your fingers and saying, “Wake up!” is probably going to leave them either groggy and disoriented, or simply do nothing. This is a time for a long, slow, gentle count-up out of trance and back to wakefulness, and quite a bit of post-trance aftercare to make sure they’re fully awake. (Although again, some people find waking easier than others. You’ll find out with each subject what they need to come back all the way.)

And that’s the basics. It’s a fun way to while away an hour or two, and hopefully if you follow these tips your subjects will want to spend many happy hours going too deep to talk.