Cues, also referred to as triggers or anchors, are specific stimuli that shape our thoughts or emotions. They are omnipresent in daily life, dictating our responses to various situations. Whether it’s answering the doorbell, saying ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes, or responding in kind when whispered to, our behaviors are often conditioned by these learned reactions. Life is essentially a sequence of responses to different types of triggers, and when coupled with hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestions, triggers become exceptionally influential.

These triggers, be they a touch, a spoken word, or a deep breath, can be intentionally created to elicit positive feelings and responses. This is particularly valuable in unfamiliar or potentially anxiety-inducing situations, such as childbirth. By leveraging the hypnotic state and bypassing the conscious mind, these triggers can embed positive responses as learned behaviors, unaffected by rational thought. Consequently, when the trigger occurs in the future, the subconscious can evoke the associated positive feelings and responses.

The effectiveness of triggers is further enhanced when they align with an individual’s preferred learning modality. If unsure, incorporating triggers that appeal to all senses ensures comprehensive coverage.

Visual Triggers:
Suggestions may involve looking at a partner’s face, recalling an image of the unborn baby from a scan, or focusing on a specific point, like a mark on the wall.
– “Every time you gaze into your partner’s eyes, a deep sense of relaxation washes over you.”
– “Focusing on the mark on the wall encourages an even deeper sense of relaxation.”

Auditory Triggers:
Sounds, such as music or a partner’s voice, can serve as effective cues for deep relaxation.
– “When you hear your partner’s voice or soothing music, it reminds you to breathe deeply and calmly.”

Olfactory Triggers:
Certain scents, like aromatherapy oils, can be associated with relaxation and act as powerful triggers.
– “The scent of lavender, when detected, soothes and calms, reinforcing the idea that your body is intricately designed for childbirth.”

Kinaesthetic Triggers:
For those who find comfort in touch, suggestions related to physical sensations can be beneficial.
– “Feeling your partner’s touch on your shoulder, arm, neck, or back prompts your muscles to relax and release any remaining tension.”

In the context of the contemporary birth experience, often managed in a hospital setting, where triggers associated with hospitals may induce fear and anxiety, introducing new triggers becomes a potent tool. Integrating these triggers into a hypnosis script can help reshape responses and foster a positive birthing environment.

Have a think about what triggers you might like to have around you and possibly incorporate into a script and yes, they are very similar to post-hypnotic suggestions. Note down your ideas.