You are in a forest in which you are making your way to a mineral spring, a familiar mineral spring (1)… You now reach it and you are there, all alone. You undress and slip into the warm water. The water is soothing and it is relaxing all of your muscles (2)… You can feel the beneficial effects of the minerals that are passing through all the parts of your skin, and into your body. And as the minerals enter your body, they are relaxing all of your muscles – large and small. You can feel the soothing freshness on your face (3).
And you are now getting out, slowly, feeling very relaxed and just wanting to lie down. And so, you lie down in the warm sun, the warm rays shining on your body and mixing with globules of mineral water, relaxing you still further, and sending you into a beautiful deep sleep, not a natural sleep, but a deep hypnotic sleep. Becoming all the time more and more relaxed, and deeper and deeper asleep. Everything is utterly peaceful and tranquil (4).
And as you are lying there looking up at the sky you are going deeper and deeper. And the day turns into night, but you are so relaxed that you don’t want to move. And the night is warm also and you can see the stars in the sky and the moon that is full. And you are going deeper still. In fact, you are going to go considerably deeper with each day and each night that passes. Yes, with each day and each night that passes, you will go deeper and deeper into trance.
And now the day returns once again, warm and pleasant. And now the night returns, dark but warm. And the night turns into day, and you are going deeper and deeper all the time.
[Just keep this up for a while. Then slow it all down to the present.]
1. The more these suggestions are used, the more familiar will become the mineral spring. Picture it in full. See its surroundings, the colours, whether there is a waterfall there, (although it is best to consciously introduce one!). Make the whole scene so familiar that it becomes your private place for rest, relaxation, and the gaining of inner strength. And that is exactly what it will become to you. After using this instruction a few times, you will simply have to imagine the place and youy will immediately elicit the relaxation and warmth in their body, without having to repeat the instructions at all – a picture is worth a thousand words.
2. Imagine yourself taking handfuls of water and rubbing your arms and face, and other parts of the body not in the water. See yourself ducking or swimming.
3. It is most important, both here and earlier in the scene, to actually feel the water. Feel the water on your face. Let the feeling be one of luxuriousness, as if the minerals were giving you a tingling feeling as you enter your skin and into your muscles.
4. You can keep up these suggestions, but you should find, by this stage, that you are extremely relaxed.
You are in the desert; the sun is beating down and it’s very hot and dry. You have no water, since you used up the last of your water some hours ago. And you are very thirsty, very thirsty indeed … The sun is hot and your mouth is dry and your lips are parched. Hour after hour you have been walking over the sand dunes and becoming more and more thirsty, and your mouth more and more parched.
[You can continue this saga until the full effect is felt. You can, however, obtain the full impact of the suggestion by continuing in the following manner.]
You now reach an oasis with palm trees and a pool. Yes, you now reach the pool and drink the cool clear water. It’s so refreshing … And now you sit under a palm tree, relaxing in the warm sun and the day passes into evening, but you are so relaxed that all you just want to do is sit here, undisturbed.
You are going into a Roman Baths with two rooms. The air is warm and you undress. Already as you undress you begin to feel relaxed, knowing that you are going to have a very relaxing massage and bath. You are very much looking forward to this, and as you are undressing the expectation is already giving you a feeling of calm expectancy.
You walk in and lie down on a table ready to be massaged. You are very much looking forward to this massage because you know that it is going to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. And now the masseur begins to massage your neck muscles and your shoulders. The masseur’s hands are going over your muscles in a steady circular motion, taking away all the tension and all the worries of the day. And you are beginning now to relax more and more. Your eyes are closed and all you feel is the relaxation and calmness spreading through your body. You are very warm and calm, feeling more and more relaxed. You can hear the masseur saying to you to relax all your muscles and let all the tension drain out of your body. And this feeling of relaxation is getting stronger and stronger.
Now you go into a second room that contains three small baths, like jacuzzies. Each pool is a different colour. The first pool is red, and it is red because it contains a very special aromatic oil. And you now step into the pool, which is not deep and very easy to get into. The water is warm and relaxing. You take the water in the cups of your hands and rub your arms and face. You dip into the water if you feel like it. What you do feel, though, is the water over the surface of your skin. And the aromatic oil in the water is going very quickly into the pores of your skin. Very quickly the aromatic oil gets into your blood stream and goes to your brain. And because of its effect, which you are now beginning to feel, you are beginning to be unconcerned about anything except your own suggestions. Nothing else matters except what you wish to tell yourself. Yes, the aromatic oil in the water is taking away all your cares and worries of the day. It is very quickly making you unconcerned about anything except your own suggestions. Nothing else matters except what you wish to tell yourself. Yes, the aromatic oil in the water is taking away all the cares and worries of the day. It is very quickly making you unconcerned about anything except your own suggestions. For this period only, the only thing that matters to you is what you wish to tell yourself. Nothing else matters, nothing else is of importance, nothing else is of concern to you. The only thing which concerns you is the suggestions you are giving yourself. The only thing that matters is what you want to tell yourself. And this feeling is getting stronger and stronger as you feel the water over your skin, as you feel the aromatic oil getting into the pores of your skin and going up to your brain. You are feeling so good, because you are free from all the worries of the day, all the concerns of the day. The only thing that matters to you is being here and now, feeling unconcerned about anything except what you tell yourself.
You now come out of the first bath and go into the second bath. This second bath is blue, blue because the water contains yet another aromatic oil. The water is warm and you can feel it over your skin. You are again wetting all parts of your body with the warm blue water. And the blue aromatic oil in the water is getting very quickly into the pores of your skin; you can feel the aromatic oil entering your body. It is quickly getting into your blood stream and going very easily and quickly to your brain. You are feeling good, very calm with a feeling of luxuriousness. And this aromatic oil that is making the water blue, is helping you to go into a deeper relaxed state. And you know that as you go deeper and deeper so you will find it easier and easier to follow all your suggestions. Yes, the blue aromatic oil is helping you to go easily and quickly deeper and deeper, where it is becoming easier and easier to follow all of your suggestions. More than that, it is so effective that you want to follow your suggestions; you want to follow them very much. You are looking forward to following your suggestions. The only thing that matters to you is what you are saying and the only thing you want to do is to follow all your suggestions to the best of your ability. There is going to be no strain in doing this, no forced actions, all you want to do is simply follow the suggestions because you want to follow the suggestions.
You now come out of the second bath and go into the third one. This third bath is green. The water is warm and you can feel the water all over your body. This final bath has an aromatic oil which is taking away all final resistance you may have for going deeper and for following all your own suggestions. Yes, the green aromatic oil is getting into the pores of your skin and going quickly and easily to your brain, where it is removing any final resistance you may have to going into the deepest relaxing state, a state which is deeper than ever before, a state where you feel utterly relaxed, utterly calm, utterly free from worries and concerns, where the only thing you wish to do is to carry out all of your suggestions.
Now you come out of the third bath and return to the table where once again you begin to be massaged. But now as the masseur goes over your back all the three aromatic oils are getting mixed together and entering the pores of your skin much easier. And their effect is getting stronger and stronger and they are reinforcing each other. You are finding it easier and easier to let go and sink into a most deep, deep, relaxed state… deeper than ever before, more comfortable than ever before. You have no worries and no concerns. The only thing you wish to do is give yourself suggestions and follow them to the best of your ability. And with this very strongly in your mind, you drift down letting all these thoughts sink deep into your unconscious mind.
You are going into a sauna lounge. You have a sauna that relaxes all of your muscles. You are lying in the room, letting the warmth pass all over and through your body and, as it does so, it takes away all your tension, all of your stiffness away from your body, and you begin to feel much more relaxed and less and less tense. And the warm air is relaxing all parts of your body, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head.
You now come out of the sauna and lie down on your stomach, letting yourself relax ready to be massaged. And the masseur begins with your shoulders, relaxing the muscles of your shoulders and your neck. And as he [or she] does so, still more of that tension is just draining away. And now the masseur begins to work on your back and on your arms, rubbing and massaging away all the remaining tension. And as he [or she] does so, so you are feeling much, more relaxed and you are going into a still deeper trance state, limper and relaxed as the massage continues.
[Keep this up for as long as you want. Elaborate the scene if you like.]