What is a suggestion in fact?
Before going further it’s necessary to shatter myths and illusions which are current among our colleagues and their disciples.
They collide with a fact when suggestions – spells don’t work. Why? We observed that they usually address wrong. They should address not to a conscious but to an unconscious world of a client’s psyche. This internal world doesn’t understand logics and abstractions and even words can’t be understood!
In his heart of hearts a man doesn’t understand words
But wait, what is he able to perceive in this case? Here is the key: he perceives images.
Till a person don’t have any images for any combinations of sounds and letters (words), this word is not understandable for him. Furthermore, a man is able to understand a word on the basis of his images only.
Unconsciousness understands only images and associations (chains of images).
What spells are, by the way? Those who think that they are words begin to create suggestions as a coherent text which appeals to the conscious. But we try to distract the conscious at the same time. Isn’t it quite strange? Coherence and logics, case endings and rhetorical figures mean nothing for the unconsciousness in spite of the images.
“Don’t even try to ask a question to yourself whether saliva secrets in a man’s mouth when he thinks about a real browned delicious fried eggs”. What this phrase is about? Take the words “don’t even try to ask a question to yourself”, “whether”, “in a man’s mouth”, “when he thinks about a real” away and you get the sense which the unconscious perceives. So, how many words do have sense? But they’re very reliable.
Those who remember that spells are a stimulus for provoking images, understand the sense of the speech influence.
And also understands that a spell can be represented not only by words, but also by everything that provokes images (gestures, mimicry, pictures, sounds, intonations, and feelings).
If you won’t have any connection and sequence within your text and you are able to offer brightly a recipient only the words “saliva secrets”, “browned delicious fried eggs”, you’ll get the same result. Even if you mix these words up the sense will be the same.
On the other hand, if all the words are in a right position but they don’t have an imaginary sense, we said nothing to the unconscious. Thus, it’s useless to wait any reactions.
The spells must provoke images and associations.
But this is not the end. As the sense of a spell is a command which initiates an action or a feeling, our spells should provoke such images. And our recipient should take them to his heart. Only in this case the suggestion is created according to all the mystical laws.
The suggestion may be concerned not only with actions (“do that”) or feelings (“feel that”) but also with thoughts (“think and tell that”). Such command is more difficult to carry to the unconscious: it’s senseless. In order to gain an effect you should repeat you idea many times. A learned idea becomes a habit usually reproduced automatically (it’s similar to singing in unknown language). But a person’s conscious take considers this idea to be right. Remember your parents repeating their ideas.
Thus we’re interested in a technology of creating images in a person’s mind. Things that you imagined brightly are similar to those you really experienced. A bright image becomes a part of experience and has a right to impact on it.
Phasil Iskander’s tales describe such a situation: if a person comes up with a choice: to do or not to do, sooner or later he’ll do. We usually yield to use this peculiarity. Let a person imagine an action, we don’t care what he’ll decide consciously, the created image will disturb and direct the person till it will be realized.
A similar peculiarity of a man’s psyche was described by Zeigarnic: an unfinished and undone action sticks in a memory better than a finished one. Undone things attract more attention than done.
“To imagine” means to begin action mentally, so we just have to wait for its realization.
A suggestion law: “A suggestion power is directly proportional to the actual resistance power”. Indeed, if a person resists something he bares in his mind an image of an undesirable object. Such a suggestion will be enforced by his auto-suggestion (like a hedgehog from a joke: “I won’t fart!”). In most serious cases people resist something for years and finally have an undesirable effect (for example, children reject parents’ experience, or a new car with a horrible design becomes a hit of a season).
If we want to enforce our suggestion, we should emphasize and italicize the necessary image, repeat it and add some obtrusive features.
The aim of the indirect suggestions is to provide “an internal imaginative pressure”. An image should be abandoned like a foundling.
A man can resist affirmative ideas, but almost can’t resist abandoned.
The aim of the indirect suggestion is to create and maintain desirable images
By the way, one and the same suggestion has different effects in different people’s mind because they provoke different images.
There are no universal suggestion schemes; we constantly try to find out how to get unconscious reactions. We’re looking for some variants till we find out effective ones. The more experience you get, the faster you’ll pick out a necessary word, gesture, glance or intonation.
While you’ll be reading indirect suggestion techniques pay attention to the main problem: it will bring you results if it provokes and maintains necessary images in you respondents’ mind.