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This article contains many quotations from Milton Erickson's early article on Confusion Technique of trance induction. The Anticult, who in 2008 gave lessons to CEI message board about methods of trance induction, told us about the work of Milton Erickson, who created innovative methods of trance induction - methods where it is unnecessary to put the subject to sleep.
Dr. Erickson used these methods for therapeutic purposes. Too many are now using these methods for self gain.
Corboy is going to take us from Moojibaba on a brief journey. Corboy is temporarily diverting the discussion toward L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.
L. Ron Hubbard was aware of Milton Erickson's work as far back as 1950.
It was from L. Ron Hubbard that several commercial gurus learned confusion technique and have exported this material into the guru business. Among these persons were Adi Da (Da Free John) and Werner Erhard, who created est, The Forum and Landmark Education, which in turn have inspired many many imitators.
L. Ron Hubbard published many books and with some effort it would have been possible to obtain his advanced training materials. Rajneesh was an avid reader and may well have found a way to learn about Milton Erickson, and perhaps got hold of Hubbard's material.
This item is from an expose site for Scientology. It gives many citations of Erickson's trance methods.
Here is one quote from the article.
More excerpts about the Confusion Technique from the book,
The Letters of Milton Erickson
"Important Names in Hypnosis"
Letter to Andre Weitzenhoffer
I wrote this hastily last night. It can properly be filled out. Stored away, I have many old manuscripts, starting with such ideas as "If your left hand were your right hand, then your right hand wouldn't be your right hand. Instead your right hand would be your left hand, and you right-hand, left hand pants pocket would be your right hand pants pocket. But that would put it on your other leg." (I trust, merely trust, that you followed me without difficulty.)
You can start a confusion technique with literally anything; for example, that chair (1) is there (1) and that chair (2) (pointing to another) is there (2). And where is there, and if that chair (1) isn't there (2), and that chair (2) isn't there (1), tilting the head slightly to direct the subject's gaze, but we may talk about yesterday instead of today, but last year has so many yesterdays.
It's really simple. Keep time, particularly present, recent and remote past, in mind as you say obviously factual things, but without leaving your subject time to catch his breath or to interrupt, or to reach any clear understanding. Then when you offer a clear understandable idea, he grabs it and holds on for dear life, even if he has to regress to do it.
In any event, on the yellow sheet is a crude rushed paper I wrote last night after I got ready for bed.
Should it be worked up? SHould I do it? I wish you would collaborate because my rapidity if shifting ideas on papers like this tends to ruin them and I feel that I need your clarity of thought.
P.S. Betty (Dr. Erickson's wife) can't stand to read this material. She has the reaction of being so irritated that she escapes into a trance - so do others - and some laboriously follow along and fo into a trance. And when people get too irritated, I shift into another technique, which they gladly accept.
P.S. by Betty. Milton is wrong when he says I escape into a trance! Some subjects may react that way, but the technique irritates me so that I refuse to cooperate in any way. I leave the room if possible.
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