The Thumb Stare


This induction is a variation of the arm drop and the coin drop. It lacks the coin drop's kinesthetic quality, but adds a note of eye-fixation. The script includes a fractionation deepener.


You can just shuffle around a bit until you're comfortable. Then, when you're comfortable and ready to slip into trance, we'll get started. Okay, you're ready, now?


That's good. What I'm going to ask you to do now is just raise your arm up like this.

[Demonstrate, by raising you arm so that it is level with your forehead and your thumb is pointing up.]

That's it, just a bit higher.

And you can just look at the back of the thumb, perhaps fixing your gaze on the fingernail, or one of the creases on that knuckle. Okay?


That's good. So, as you look at that thumb there, I'd like you to keep your head still, but don't take your eyes off of that thumb. As you fix your gaze on it you will notice that the other fingers tend to fade out of focus and you've already begun to notice tiny movements in your arm...

[Wait for next twitch, or slight downwards motion. If none occur, wait until you are convinced that their gaze is fixed on the back of their thumb.] ...That's it.

And as those tiny movements continue, you arm begins to feel heavier and heavier, as your body and mind prepare to enter into a deep state of relaxation. [Wait for movement.] That's right.

Now, I don't want you to go into trance yet. You will not go into a deep state of relaxation until that arm reaches your lap. When it does, your eyes will close and you will carry on going deeper into trance.

Keep concentrating on that thumb... [Wait for movement.] That's right... and notice that the arm gets heavier and heavier and heavier, as you become more and more relaxed. And the more relaxed your mind becomes, the lower it allows your arm to lower.

Slowly going down, down, down... That's it... Preparing to go into trance. Nearly there... relaxing into a deep and profound state of relaxation as the arm lowers all the way down. Going down, down, down, deeper, deeper, deeper.

That's it... and the eyes can close.

[Proceed to the Deepener...]

And now... yes, you can keep relaxing deeper and deeper... going more and more into trance... and now with your eyes closed, simply allow yourself to continue drifting, sinking, floating down into a peaceful state... of deep and profound relaxation.

In a moment, I'm going to count down from 10 to 1... and with each number, you double the sensation of relaxation.


Nine... that's it.

Eight... Doubling the sensation of relaxation.




Six... Becoming twice as relaxed with each number, physically and mentally.



Five... Each breath you take now, taking you deeper. Each noise you hear, another step down.



Four... tensions of the day, drifting away as you float down.



Two... doubling that relaxing. Going down twice as deep with each number, each breath. [Wait for exhalation...] That's it.


Two. Almost there. Totally relaxed. Not a care in the world.





Resting now. Relaxed.

Allow yourself to simply enjoy this experience.

The client's arm is placed just above eye-level, in a position where fatigue will eventually bring it down. However, you link the tiring of their gaze + the downward motion of the arm with them going deeper into trance. This gives a message to their subconscious mind that they must be going into a deep state of relaxation.

Then, as they continue to relax, their arm and gaze tire more, and the circle continues!


In this transcript, I suggest that they don't lower their head. This helps their eyes to feel like they are closing, as they follow the arm down. Some people, however, like to instruct the head to lower with the arm, adding to the physical sensation of going deeper.

It's essential to time your suggestions with the actual movement of the arm, but this soon becomes second nature. In fact, the ideal is to make your suggestions exactly at the same time, if not slightly before.