"To his wife?" I asked, and the room exploded in laughter. But later, when a different participant asked Dr. Orne what percentage of the population was capable of experiencing literally anything that was suggested to them, he replied with the verbal equivalent of a shrug, "One or two percent.."
In most situations, suggestibility does follow the bell-shaped curve that Orne was talking about. Some peiple respond easily to suggesstion and some do not, with most of us bunched up somewhere in the middle. However, that estimate may be a bit conservative, because the data that he was referring to were collected under standardized testing conditions, usually a college classroom, in which the environment is held contsant. Nevertheless, the power of suggestion does not follow the bell-shaped curve! In the real world, Hyperempiria, or suggestion-enhanced experience, plays a major role in events as varied as falling in love, coming under the sway of a totalitarian dictator, being saved in a revival meeting. or, as in the present example, having an orgasm.
In the stage hypnosis video below, before the video began, the volunteers were first quickly screened for responsiveness to suggestion (which is necessary in any stage hypnosis demonstration to insure that the participants are all high responders). When the induction was completed, the hypnotist suggested that he was going to sprinkle itching powder on them, which would cause them to writhe with discomfort. After this suggstion had taken effect and the video had started, the hypnotist was able to induce a suggested orgasm with a light scratch on the chest.
Should stage hypnosis demonstrations like this be banned, on the grounds that it embarrasses and humiliates people for the sole putpose of amusing the audience? These critics, in my opinion, are not sufficiently familiar with the details today's "hookup culture," in which a sexual encounter between perfect strangers can be completely and convincingly portrayed from the first wink to the final gasp, without a single word being spoken.
In the video presesnted here, look at the faces of the volunteers as they await their turn turbefore, during, and after the hypnotist's suggestions have been given. Curiosity? yes. Showing off? perhaps. But shame and humiliation? obviously not! In demonstrations such as these, complaints from subjecds themselves are practically nonezistent, or this type of performance would have been banned years ago. Perhaps a more important question is, If these imaginatively gifted volunteers can undergo experiences this profound in public, much more meaningful results are possible between mutually consenting lovers in private? imagine what the lives of these exceptional couples would be like, and what memories they would have, if experiential hypnosis (hyperempiria) is used to paint upon the canvas of personal experience virtually any masterpiece of intimacy they may desire.
I have a colleague who is currently in a romantic relationship with a highly passionate and much younger woman, with whom he is personally much more compatible. He hypnotizes her and suggests that during their lovemaking she will climax whenever he caresses her nipples, which significantly enhances the quality of their lovemaking and is more than enough to make up for his own decreased responsiveness. "By the time we are ready to stop, t's become so intense that ishe begs me for mercy," he recently told me.
On occasion, the couple also enjoys a seduction script in which the woman is first hypnotized and given the suggestion that she will become progressively more aroused during foreplay as each article of clothing is gradually removed, and that she will have a full and intense climax when the last remaining piece of clothing is finally taken off. With proper timing and the use of additional suggestions for increasing arousal as foreplay continues, she is ready to climax profoundly and repeatedly when intercourse actually begins.
However, don't pay through the nose for information! Many organizations will spoon-feed you information about erotic hypnosis, or purportedly show you how to induce mystical and cstatic experiences at will They usually feature a series of workshops over time, each one more sensationalized than the last, to inrease their cash flow even more,.To obtain such knowledge, you don't have to join any pricey organizations, or qualify for membership in an artifical elite,.order instructional materials costing several hundred dollars.,or travel great distances to attend their presentations.. All the information that you need to put these skills into practice with an imaginatively gifted partner is contained in E. D. Alexander's Hypersex: Pathways to Ecstasy, which is available as an Amazon Kindle Edition and as close as your nearest Google prompt
There is also too much of a tendency in many such groups to glorify emotion and sensuality for its own sake, which is bound to wear off with time, no matter how attractive or responsive the partner is initially. Anthropologists are fond of pointing out that five years down the road, a couple who marries for love is just about as happy or unhappy as a couple who ties the knot in a culture where arranged marriages are the norm. In a long-term relationship, true and lasting passion is generated by the compatibility and meaningfulness of lives which are deeply intertwined, rather than by physical attraction or the strength of the love which they shared in the beginning..
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