Full text of world class hypnotist Dan Candell’s talk: Hypnotize Yourself at TEDxAuburnMiddleSchool conference.
Listen to the MP3 Audio here: Hypnotize Yourself by Dan Candell
Dan Candell – Hypnotist
Welcome everybody. My name is Dan Candell and I am a hypnotist.
Now before you all get really freaked out, I want you to know I’m not going to make you quack like a duck. I’m not going to make you cluck like a chicken. And most importantly, I’m not going to hypnotize you to make you hand over your wallets and money to me. So you can rest assured.
But I would rather teach you something very very important that you can use. And that is how to really take control over your life.
You see, I’m going to teach you something tonight that I’ve actually been using since I was in seventh grade. And that is the ability to hypnotize.
I want you to ask yourself what it would be like if you had this ability to hypnotize. What would you use it for?
Now most of you are probably thinking about how you would use it on somebody else. But tonight, I’m going to be teaching you how to use it on yourself: how to hypnotize yourself, so you can achieve and accomplish your fullest of potential.
You see when I was in seventh grade, I had a learning disability. And I stumbled upon this tool called Self-Hypnosis. And I actually hypnotized myself to get better grades. Now I teach it to people — over 70,000 people all over the world I’ve taught this craft to help them learn how to: gain control of their lives; feel more empowered, inspired and accomplished.
I’ve used it now to help athletes, businesspeople and students, just like yourselves. So ask yourself, if you could accomplish something better, what would you do? What could you use it for?
Ask yourself if it just — if you just started thinking a little bit better, how you could achieve your fullest of potential?
So when I teach you this tool, when I teach you self-hypnosis within the next nine minutes, I want you to develop a better picture of yourself and ask yourself: what you’ll be able to accomplish.
If you’re student, maybe you’ll be able to get better grades, eliminate exam anxiety, or develop a superpower memory.
If you’re in business, maybe you’ll be able to do better, be more productive, and as a result make more money – which everybody loves money, right. Absolutely.
But what I really want you to realize is this: it all starts with how you think.
You see I find that many people go to bed stressed and they wake up worried and anxious.
Raise your hand, if you have ever gone to bed stressed and woken up anxious about something? Absolutely. Every single person here has.
I find that’s a big problem in today’s society. Because when we’re not thinking good about ourselves, we’re not feeling good. And when we’re not feeling good, we’re not doing good.
So what I want to teach you is how to control your thoughts, program your mind much like you would program a very high efficient powerful computer.
Would you like that? Yes, okay.
So before I teach you this tool, I want you to know that you’re already telling yourself something that has programmed you. You’ve been exposed to programming, in essence, hypnotized, since you exited the womb.
You have been exposed to programming not only by society, not only by religion, not only by advertisers, not only by your peers, your parents, but also by yourself.
So you are already telling yourself something that is creating a thought. And that thought creates a feeling about yourself; and that feeling then creates an action. And it can also influence your body.
Now we really do become what we think about.
If you picture this: you’re walking into school and you have a test to take that day. Your teacher, the day before, told you that it was going to be the most difficult test you’ve ever taken. So now you have that in your mind. You’ve created that thought. And you’re thinking to yourself: no matter how much you study you’re destined to fail.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are sending those messages to other people outside of their realm. It’s time to control it, to eliminate that external program and to learn how to start programming ourselves. To start thinking better, so we start feeling better. To start feeling better so we start acting better. And it really is congruent.
So now I’m going to teach you: how you all become what you think about.
So I want you to follow along with me for a moment.
If you can, take your hands, clasp them together just like this (gesture). Good!
Take your two index fingers and put them out just like that (gesture). Wonderful.
As you do this, I want everyone to look at me for a moment.
Now in a moment I will count forward from one up to three. On my count of three, I want you to do three things. And don’t worry this isn’t going to put you to sleep, or cast a spell on you.
But on my count to three, I’d like you to separate your two index fingers, look at them, and then listen to my voice. When you do, you’re going to see something absolutely amazing happen. Get ready! Here we go.
One. Two. Three.
Separate your fingers. Look at them. They’re going to touch.
Imagine what it would be like for two rubber bands attached to your fingers pulling them closer and closer together. Imagine what it would be like for magnets to be attached to your fingers pulling them closer and closer together. Closer and closer together until they touch.
That space between your fingers gets smaller and smaller. It may happen slow, it may happen fast. But when your fingers touch, you can take them apart. They’ll actually touch faster the second time. Watch as it happens now.
Now ladies and gentlemen, you can take your hands apart. I know it’s a freaky feeling, but shake your hands out. Just like that good.
If that worked for you, you’ve just been hypnotized. That’s it, that’s all it is!
I find that people have this fear about hypnosis that they think it’s actually mind control or the work of the devil. They think that it’s sleep or being unconscious. But you go into hypnosis every single day, several times a day.
If you drive, think about this. You’re driving to your destination; all of a sudden you zone out. You end up at your destination. You don’t even remember how you got there right? That’s called Road hypnosis.
How about this? You see somebody texting on their cell phone. You walk in. That person is so focused on that text message. You start talking to them but they have no clue what you’re saying, right? That is hypnosis.
Hypnosis is just a natural altered zone focused state. And I’m going to teach you now how to use it effectively and efficiently.
At night as we fall asleep, we go into a natural zone state, a natural receptive state. And just like this exercise that you just did, where you thought about something, and it happened.
You see, your thoughts became congruent with your bodily functions and actions. The same thing is true at night when you fall asleep.