The pendulum has long been associated with hypnosis. In fact apart from a swinging watch it the second most common object that people think of when they picture a hypnosis session. It was in the 18th century when Anton Chevreul first to discovered that information in the subconscious mind could be uncovered using a pendulum.
The whole purpose of using a swinging pendulum or pocket watch is designed to create involuntary muscle movements to induce hypnotic trance. These unconsciously coerced muscle movements are known as “ideomotion”.
Using a pendulum during a hypnotic session is extremely useful not only as a means to get a subject to enter trance but also as a suggestibility test.
A hypnotist will have a subject hold a pendulum straight and “will” it to move in a clockwise, anti-clockwise or straight back and forth motion. In almost all cases the pendulum will start to move seemingly on its own.
Of course the pendulum is moving due to small imperceptible muscle movements in the hand and rest which are a direct result of the suggestion to move the pendulum with just the power of the mind!
This small test is usually enough to convince a subject in the power of the mind and the hypnotist. Either they will believe that they have moved the pendulum via their minds or will believe that the hypnotist has somehow influenced them to move it without their awareness.
Using the pendulum test can determine how open to deep trance a subject is.
However, it is also a powerful way to convince a subject that they are capable of going into a hypnotic trance and to convince them that the hypnotist has the power to do it!
Therefore as a way to convince a subject that you are capable of bringing them into deep trance you should tell them that you will directly influence their subconscious mind to move the pendulum!
Once they have “proof” that you are capable of making their inner mind move matter in this way they will be more open to your suggestions and more willing to follow your induction cues.
It is also possible to use this test to determine how a person responds to suggestions. At first try the indirect approach “you may find that the pendulum swings back and forth”, to see if the subject responds to the suggestion that the pendulum may move.
If the subject does not respond to this approach try the direct command type approach. Say something like, “now you find that the pendulum begins to move back and forth”.
99 times out of 100 the pendulum will move as everyone is open to suggestion. So this method is ideal for testing whether a subject responds better to direct command type suggestion or subtle indirect suggestion.
Only very resistant subjects will find that the pendulum does not move as the resist the unconscious urge to follow your suggestions. As resistance has its root in fear you will then know that you must address any conscious, and unconscious, fears the subject has about hypnosis or losing control to another.
So, as you can see the pendulum test is simple but has many great advantages. Next time you have a hypnotic subject be sure to use it!