Catalepsy is where a group of muscles lock into place. Stage hypnotists love it because it looks great. The audience sees someone struggling to move their arm, or maybe their feet are glued to the ground.
All with the power of suggestion.
It’s a great way to show someone that something unusual is happening. If you want to convince someone they’re hypnotised, locking their arm in place is a good way of doing it.
Yet it happens all the time.
Imagine you’re holding a drink, your mobile phone, a cigarette, a novel, whatever. At first, you pick it up and move it to a comfortable position. Then you sort of forget about it and it just hangs there.
An extreme example of this happens sometimes when someone tells you a story while you’re eating. If they time the suspense just right, your fork can freeze halfway towards your face. You were eating, but now your full attention is on what happens next.
Your arm, forgotten for the moment, hangs there in space.
This happens more subtly when you stand upright. It feels like you’re doing nothing, even though your muscles are making thousands of tiny corrections every second.
Catalepsy is strange to experience. I once kept my arm raised for a couple of hours during a trance. I couldn’t have chosen to keep my arm in that position for so long – the muscles would tire and I would start to shake. But while my arm was cataleptic, it was more comfortable to leave it there than to move it.
That’s how you can hold a drink all night and not get tired.
It’s also how you can solve problems you don’t even know you have.
I teach you how in Everyday Hypnosis, which is part of Monster Mind Edukaré. Check out what’s there and what else you can get your fingers around:
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