I went to see a business advisor the other day and told her what I’d been up to over the last couple of months. When I told her about the Hypnotic Storytelling program I’d been working on she looked at me with a mischievous smile and a glint in her eye and said “Hypnotic Storytelling? What The Devil Is That Mr Manuell?”
I laughed because I guess there is something a little devilish about the whole idea!
To start at the beginning. When I first began studying hypnosis and NLP back in 1996 I went to train first with Richard Bandler, the co-creator of NLP. On the first day of the training he walked onto the stage and started telling stories. This wasn’t at all what I had expected but it was very entertaining, it was like watching “Stand up” therapy, he was more like a comedian than a therapist.
He told us stories about Milton Erickson, the founding editor of the American Journal of Clinical hypnosis and how people would come to see him and he would sit them in a chair and start telling them stories.
As I listened, and as I watched the response of the audience around me I realised that as we were listening to him, slowly, one by one, people were beginning to drop into deep hypnotic trances.
It was like being hit by a train. I had an epiphany! I wanted to be able to do this! I was an actor already, I had loads of experience with creating and telling stories and I knew how to improvise thanks to the teachings of Keith Johnson.
So began a 12 year adventure of learning. I read all the teaching tales of Milton Erickson, I listened to hundreds of hours of recordings of Richard Bandler, I went deeper, to find their sources and stumbled into the bewildering tales of Gurdjieff, Steiner and the parables of the Rosicrucians. I trained in NLP and Hypnosis and started to use what I had learnt in my trainings and client sessions.
The beginning of this year my good friend Igor Ledochowski skyped me from Canada. “Robin,” he said, “I have learnt more about storytelling from you than from anyone else- including Richard Bandler. I have 30,000 subscribers to my Street Hypnosis and Conversational Hypnosis websites, will you let me interview you and pick your brains about hypnosis and storytelling?”
Of course I said yes straight away to this generous offer and you can hear the results at Hypnotic Storytelling
Bye for Now