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Doctor H thanked the subject for coming forward to assist in the demonstration. Your patient, when he sits down in your dental chair or medical office, is there voluntarily. Appreciation is tremendously important to him—and to you. "You might like to feel all the sensations in your hand." . . . "You might like to... " Thus you give the patient adequate opportunity to participate and to participate in his own way. "You might enjoy all those feelings." Certainly you do want the patient to enjoy his own feelings. In fact, that is why he is coming to you. Then, as Doctor H talked, he gave his suggestions, urgently some of the time, then more slowly at other times.

That matter of rhythm is important. At times you want to rush a patient along, then you want to give him time. Doctor A likes to make long pauses—he pauses between words. Doctor H has shown you another way of making pauses, i.e., by urgency and then slowing down, and then again urgency—by a certain rhythm. Doctor H gave the subject a wealth of opportunities. His hand could lift, the fingers could spread, they could move forward or backward. He could press down or could lift up. In other words, he gave the subject an opportunity to respond in any way, and any response would he the one that had been suggested to him. "The feeling will get stronger in your hand, until you can feel it actually lifting." This creates urgency, but postponing the actual lifting as the feeling gets stronger makes it a waiting situation, a very impressive waiting situation. Then, Doctor H introduced the matter of breathing and of going into a trance. Having made that general introduction, he went back to the movement of the hands again, but he had laid the foundation for a general trance state. After suggesting further hand levitation, he went on to the matter of the eyes, introducing another type of behavior. Then he introduced still another type of behavior by the alternation of the hands—one pressing down and one lifting up. You never know whether your patients wants to resist you or cooperate wish you. They often have both feelings, so you can have them resist by pressing down with one hand and lifting up with the other. You are meeting their needs in a very comprehensive fashion. Doctor H also said, "You can keep your eyes closed." It was not a command; it was an observation, something that could be accepted by the subject. He then showed how to utilize the slow progress into the trance by explaining the entire trance situation here in terms that the doctor could understand, but in the dental office or the medical office, you would explain in terms that the patient could understand. Dr. K, I think I'll let you go ahead now.

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