The Mirror Mirror Induction


This induction probably belongs in the My Friend John family of inductions. It relies on pacing and leading, observation and utilisation.


As you sit there, arms on your lap, shifting around to get comfortable, I would like you to imagine a mirror in front of you.

And in that mirror, you can see your reflection. So, go ahead and look in the eyes of your reflection. And you can notice that you can see yourself reflected back in your eyes.

So, you will notice as you, that's right, get more comfortable... as you breathe in and out, breathing in peace and calm and letting go of any stress and tension. And you can see what it looks like as your breathing changes.

And as you see your reflection in the eyes of your reflection, you might notice each time that you blink. That's it. And you will be able to see, as well as me, that each blink seems slighter slower than the one before, as if your eye-lids are becoming just a little bit reluctant to open each time you close them.

That's right.

And as your shoulders drop as you continue to relax, you might notice those further changes in your breathing, getting deeper now, slower, more relaxed.

And you may have noticed your eyes blinking more quickly now, a sure sign that they are preparing to close, so that you can let go and go inside.

Keeping your focus on that reflection in your eyes in that reflection, breathing slowing down, blinking more quickly, eyes ready to close… That's it.

And you can go all the way inside now...


The Mirror Mirror induction relies on the same principles as My Friend John. In effect, you describe someone going into hypnosis. However, in this case, you are describing the client themselves.


Mirror Mirror makes good use of pacing and leading. As you begin, you are merely describing the behaviour of the client in front of you. They can "see" the stated behaviour in the reflection in front of them. This creates an element of dissociation and has a "trancey" feel about it.

After you have described the client's current condition (pacing), you can begin to add some instructions (leading). These can be direct or indirect, depending on your style. A recommended approach is to be indirect in the beginning, gravitating towards being more direct.