Non-Verbal Trance

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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.

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