Vulcan Hypnosis, the real techniques . . . reprise . . .
. . . more mind melds and nerve pinches

Okay, we’ve talked about the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and the Vulcan Mind Meld as hypnotic processes here before.

Once again, there’s a bit of discussion about it on the Hypnosis Technique Exchange, evolving out of a discussion on Mesmerism.

The current thread thus far . . .

Brian David Phillips (in reference to having used classic mesmeric passes as a covert hypnotic process with responses that it was stronger than hypnosis despite it so obviously being merely a form of suggestion):

I also will use the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and the Vulcan Mind Meld with equally "so much stronger than hypnosis" results.

Respondent One:

Will someone please explain how to safely do the Vulcan Nerve Pinch?

Respondent Two:

Take subject into somnabulism, then have them open their eyes. Say the following: "I am going to show you the vulcan neck pinch. When you feel me pinch your neck, you will immediately close your eyes and go totally limp, dropping deeper into trance than you are right now."

Respondent One:

Why bother pinching the neck when you can just tell client to close eyes again when told and go limp and etc.?  Are you putting us on with the Vulcan Neck Pinch?

That’s right, you don’t need to induce hypnosis first, the Vulcan Nerve Pinch can and is an instant induction in and of itself.  Setup the whole shebang, raise expectations, intensify imaginative involvement, and you’re good to go.

I have explained the induction before here but you can see a more complete description and explanation in this post.  Here’s a bit from a previous exchange post I made on the subject from a couple years ago:

"For those with an interest, I have placed my essay on a couple of my adaptations of Star Trek’s Vulcan Mind Meld and Vulcan Nerve Pinch as hypnotic inductions at http://tinyurl.com/cvjtq – the mind meld is great as a setup for regressions or parts work but really shines as a couple’s intimacy building technique. The nerve pinch is a very fast and very powerful instant induction when done well and when done correctly should NOT have any similarilty to the offensive and dangerous cartoid artery pressure induction (never never never do the latter). The Star Trek bits can be a lot of fun with or without the Trek context."

Here’s a straightforward explanation within context.

Some nifty mentions of Star Trek (which I love, and a buddy of mine, Kevin Dilmore is both a Star Trek novelist and regular writer for the official magazine, not to mention his other excellent work . . . so go read his stuff) and hypnosis (which I also love so the two are wonderful togehter) have popped up and I thought I would add a couple of my trek-inspired techniques. In Message #976 of the HypnoFocus Erotic Hypnosis News and Community, Terry O’Brien (of the excellent Hypnosis in Media webpages) said . . .

"The first mention on the subject [FCC regulations regarding hypnosis inductions] I ever saw was from, of all places, a book on the original Star Trek series. In it, a scene was described in which Spock was supposed to hypnotize a patient. The S and P department nixed the scene, saying that it ran the risk of hypnotizing the viewer, and, besides, it was a medical procedure and that Dr. McCoy should perform it. Instead, the Vulcan Mind Meld was created to get the same results."

Of course, the Vulcan Mind Meld makes a wonderful induction in and of itself. I’ve used it straight with some folks and just by their familiarity with the show and their knowledge that I am a "hypnotist" they pop just find. You can then run a regression on ’em to stick to theme or do parts work . . . or just turn them into Orion Slave Girls (the classic type not the scary Enterprise type who look hotter but who are too Machiavellian for my tastes).

I’ve also used the Vulcan Nerve Pinch as an instant induction. I start by explaining that Gene Roddenberry was actually a hypnotist before he gave it up to work in television as creative talent and a lot of folks don’t know that he was one of the lead hypnotic researchers in the MK Ultra Project and that he had learned a special nerve pinch technique which is similar to a sleeper hold but not dangerous as it pinches a nerve instead of an artery and the discovery was that it sends folks into a very very deep and extremely suggestible state immediately. In fact, Roddenberry was criticised by his former colleagues for revealing the nerve pinch, even if he did disguise the precise location and nature in science fiction (it was partly because of Roddenberry that the MK Ultra Project materials became classified). Of course, I learned the original technique from Roddenberry himself six years prior to his death, at a time when we were corresponding on the use of hypnosis in science fiction and fantasy (I do a lot of research into literary portrayal of hypnosis – in fact, right now, I am working on a paper that explores the language of seduction in literature, particularly the suggestive use of language to create emotional states – in addition to other research interests through my university position). I then explain very clearly that "when I press on the nerve, you will know it immediately as it will feel like nothing you have ever encountered before and you may find your eyes close down and you immediately drop into an extremely deep hypnotic state where you will be extremely suggestible and even though I will only give you good suggestions if I wanted to give you suggestions that went against your will you would have to accept them and do whatever I asked you because the state is so powerful as it comes from your autonomic nervous response system. Are you ready to feel this interesting state?" When they say "yes" I then reach over and place my hands on the spots of the classic Vulcan Nerve Pinch and then move my fingers up a bit and let them know that the "actual" spot is a little higher right at the base of the skull where the softness is and I gently press – never apply strong pressure as just a bit of a gentle kiss pressure is all that is ever needed as the switch is highly responsive – and pop they go.

Please note that all of the above is pure bullshit. Other than Roddenberry being interested in hypnosis and his desire to put it into the original Star Trek program. That part is real. There is no real Vulcan Nerve Pinch and he certainly had nothing to do with MK Ultra. But the reality of the story is created through the telling and everything is self-reinforced so that expectation goes pretty high. When you ask if the person is ready to go through the technique and feel the effects, when they say "yes" then you have ’em. It’s pure suggestion and it works beautifully.

I’ve done this with a lot of folks who respond extremely deeply and they always report the depth of the trance is incredibly deep and that they found themselves having to respond to the suggestions automatically. They experience it as a deeply powerful technique . . . bear in mind that I live in a country where Star Trek may be known by some folks but they’re not really a fan country . . . yet, I have never ever failed with this . . . imagine my success rates in a place where trekkies live and breathe the stuff. Muahmuahahahmuahaha (evil laugh).  Granted, I do have a bit of prestige suggestion going in my favor when I run these patterns. BTW, when doing something like this with extremely attractive women in appropriate context, one could also add the caveat right before gently massaging the "nerve point" . . . "some people report arousal when undergoing this technique and a few even report having spontaneous orgasms so if you notice yourself becoming sexually aroused, it’s okay, it’s just the technique." Of course, no one reading this here would do that. 🙂 Or, would they?

While the Vulcan Mind Meld is pretty straightfoward and can be adapted to a wonderful couples’ bonding visualization technique, the Vulcan Nerve Pinch is a little more problematic. If anyone reading this actually wants to give it a go, make sure you know the local laws regarding "practicing medicine without a license" as some overzealous types would call referring to nerve pressure as a medical procedure, even a fake one. You can also just simply refer to it as a massage that creates the response. Remember, gentle does it. You are not doing a cartoid artery pressure induction (an induction that is extremley dangerous, has nothing to do with real hypnosis and suggestion, and which I am deeply offended by when I see folks on DVDs teaching it to basic beginners who can’t even run an Elman yet alone responsibly handle the delicacies of performing that move without killing someone) or a sleeper hold. It is very very gentle, like a feather . . . part of the effect is that it is so gentle and yet so incredibly fast (Spock never takes a more than three seconds and his move is very elegant).

To stress again . . . make sure you are NOT using the so-called Cartoid Artery Induction as your effect for the Vulcan Nerve Pinch (that is a very dangerous procedure and I personally find it offensive that there are folks still using it in classes and worse yet putting it on DVDs to sell to folks without any appropriate background or understanding in just how dangerous it can be).  The Vulcan Nerve Pinch as I use it – and I have used it many many times (our exchange co-moderator and my very good friend David Fonteneau once saw me use it in a seminar and it worked like a charm and a half, David could see what was coming so he had to bite his tongue as I laid the patter on rather thick).  So, follow the directions as a hypnotic setup and it’s completely safe.

And remember . . . it’s not really a pinch, make it a gentle touch . . . pinching is a no-no as some folks just pinch too damned hard . . . I explained pinching versus touching for this before but I will repeat an explanation from an exchange post (here) in response to an exchange member who gave it a go but failed due to pinching:

I tried the Vulcan induction, not as much success, apparently i pnched too hard!

No pinching! It is called the Vulcan Nerve Pinch as it involves a nerve and looks like a pinch but remember it’s a fantasy construct. There is no nerve and there should not be any pinching! Simply gently massage the area, gently does it, and tell them it will be like immediately floating into a very deep and extremely relaxed state with perhaps a sense of bliss or euphoria surrounding them as the nerves are associated to pleasure and trance states. GENTLY DOES IT! It only need be a very gentle move. The trance partner’s body and mind take it from there, all you need do is give a very sleight gentle signal and then they take over. Many times folks at workshops will watch me do instants and it appears as if I am popping folks hard and fast or jerking them around as many of the trance partners who work with me drop fast and it almost looks violent how immediate and responsive they are. For instance, when I do the hand drop induction, I will have one hand in front of me for the trance partner to press down upon while looking into my eyes (which I will be glazing over or trancing out to lead them into experience with some breathing bits) and the other hand rests upon the person’s shoulder with the fingers pointing down the back and the thumb resting right at the base of the neck towards the back of the neck. When I do the move with the hand take away, I gently flick my thumb up on the back of the neck which gives a dual signal for the head to move forward and the person to go deeply into state along with the other signals being reinforced. Many times the head will fall forward fast and the whole body melts into me as the trance partner’s entire body slumps into me into an instant (need to be ready for that if it’s the sort of physical sets you do). For some observers the move looks really violent as if I’m jerking the head and neck forward but it needs to be just a gentle flick – otherwise you run the danger or hurting someone which is NOT a good thing. Even a gentle signal is enough to create an avalanche effect of a powerful and deep drop.

When doing the Vulcan bit, do it gentle and even more gently. Always error on the side of being too soft as you can always slightly and gently increase pressure – accompanied by patter – but if you start too strong or hard then you’ve broken rapport and will have a hell of a time getting them to trust you again, particularly if you’re playing at Dracula with your claws and pressing so hard as to create pain.

I was thinking of setting up a video challenge on google video for Society of Experiential Trance (SET), something along the lines of our old script/technique/process themes that this group used to have where folks were given a theme for the month and then contributed their own original processes along the lines of the them . . . but with a video of doing certain challenge processes . . . hmmm . . . maybe the ol’ Vulcan Nerve Pinch is one of the ones to go with for this . . . don’t be too shocked when an announcement comes forth on that within the next week or so.

BTW, when I run "couples hypnosis" workshops on sensuality trance and the like, I often teach Vulcan Mind Melding . . . as a powerful process as well as and much more overt techniques. We definately do a quickie couples variation of the mind meld and others. See the "training" section at http://www.briandavidphillips.com for details of upcoming courses, shows, products, and more.

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