Signs of Hypnosis

Alternative Healing

From my nine years of practice as a facilitator of Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique and more recently as a Beyond Quantum Healing practitioner, I have found most people do not know what hypnosis is and what it feels like to be hypnotized. Even when I was a new practitioner of hypnosis techniques, I didn’t know all the signs of someone who is in deep trance. I only knew from my own experience as a trance channel what it feels like to be in an altered state of consciousness.

I’m sharing in this article what I’ve learned over the years and in my certification classes in hypnotherapy. The following are signs the practitioner can use in the observation of hypnosis clients and the potential client can inform themselves about the nuances of hypnosis:

Eyelid Fluttering

One of the first and easiest signs is the eyelid flutter, otherwise known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM). This can occur quite quickly, as the client closes their eyes. Personally, I experience the fluttering eyelids when meditating, channeling and during hypnosis. This body movement is not voluntary. It is a natural phenomena. I find it is helpful for the client to know this can happen and to use it as a message to go deeper relaxed every time they notice the eyelid flutter.

An example would be: “It is possible you may notice your eyelids flutter while in hypnosis. This is a natural response that occurs in hypnosis and meditation. Every time you notice it, you automatically go deeper into relaxation.”

The eyelid flutter reminds me of the old time silent movies with the projector fluttering, letting me know my client is looking at scenes or other visuals in their third eye.

Eyes Rolled Up

Occasionally, I’ve seen clients in deep hypnosis with their eyes rolled up. There’s nothing to be concerned about, because they are in a deep hypnotic state.

Increased Lacrimation (Tears)

Tears can form from emotions such as grief, sorrow, sadness, abandonment, etc. Emotions cannot be faked during hypnosis or meditation. When the client is experiencing emotions, they are in deep hypnosis.

I always prepare my clients to know that tears can form, even before they tell me the reason for the tears. If indicated, I will give my client emotional support, hand them a tissue and allow the processing of the emotion, which takes, on average, less than a minute.

An example would be: “You may or may not be aware of emotions arising during hypnosis. I will give you emotional support during the processing that takes place very quickly. You can wipe your tears, sit up, blow your nose, cough and lay back down. Emotions experienced during hypnosis are very healing and you’re still in deep hypnosis.”

Also, tears can form due to muscle relaxation and are not connected to any emotion.

Jerky, Slow Hand and Arm Movements

Over the years, I’ve seen clients move certain parts of their body, such as the arm, leg, head, fingers, even the torso, when high energy is surging through the body. In general, the movements of the limbs are jerky. When I channel my Higher Self and my nose itches, my arm and hand slightly wipe my nose, in a jerky movement. This has been seen on video recordings of my monthly channeling.

Repetitive Extremity Movements

This is one sign I don’t see in the literature about hypnosis. I have seen my clients move their hands and arms during the hypnosis session. One client massaged the bed mattress with his right hand, in a circular pattern, during the entire hypnosis. He was not aware of this phenomena when I emerged him from the trance state.

Another client waved her arms in the air above her, in a swimming motion, because she was a mermaid raising herself through the water, to the surface of the ocean.

One client rubbed his chin during the entire hypnosis. I thought he would rub his chin raw, but he didn’t. He was not aware of his finger rubbing his skin.

In one of my own hypnosis sessions, while my Higher Self was talking with the practitioner, my left hand thumb was rubbing my fingers repeatedly.

These movements of the body do not hurt the client. I consider them to be a way for the energy to move through the body. I do make a point in my prep that if a movement like this would occur, we really don’t need to focus on it and bring it up to our consciousness. I will see the movement, make note for my client’s record and share the information during the session debriefing. Informing the client is considered reference points, so they don’t get stuck on what their body is doing.

Increased or Decreased Swallowing

When the Eustachian tubes in the ears relax during hypnosis, drainage in the back of the throat occurs, causing the swallow reflex to occur. This can be used as a deepen-er by telling the client: “You may notice the need to swallow more often. This is a sign of hypnosis. Every time you swallow, you allow yourself to go deeper.”

Its possible relaxation causes a decrease in swallowing and the client’s mouth feels dry.

Pupil Dilation

Large pupils occur when a person is interested and fascinated in a subject. These type of people are more susceptible to suggestions and will follow instructions very easily. Although the eyes are closed during hypnosis, during the prep, this sign assists the practitioner to know the client is a good subject for relaxation.

Muscle Relaxation

It has been demonstrated with the Dave Elman induction, catalepsy of a large muscle group, when the arm which is loose and limp. In these people, the hypnotist can pick up the arm and drop it to demonstrate the relaxation of the muscles.

When a client relaxes during the induction, the jaw will drop. I encourage my clients to let the jaw slack, because this maneuver will lower the pulse rate and blood pressure due to stimulation of the vagus nerve. The neck muscles relax during the induction. This is most notable during rapid induction techniques and is the reason why the hypnotist holds the back of the client’s neck for support.

I remember my hypnotherapy instructor used me as an example to help a person go into hypnosis while standing, because I voiced my opinion of safety concerns of someone falling down. When I went into hypnosis, my instructor moved me slightly closer to him. My head planted into his chest. I could not move. He continued to talk with the class while I was in hypnosis, with the instruction my legs will stay standing. I am so glad I got to experience this. Yes, my muscles were relaxed too!


Catalepsy is the inability or unwillingness to move your body. I’ve experienced this in one of my sessions. In the prep, I tell my client, “If you experience the inability to move your arms and you are too warm under the blanket, just let me know and I will gently move the blanket down toward your legs. Your body will cool off instantly.” I know this works because it happened to me. My body felt like it was on fire! My Higher Self told the practitioner, “Better get that blanket off!” The heat produced in my body was a byproduct of the healing being done.

Slower Respirations

The normal, healthy adult respiratory rate is twelve to twenty breaths per minute. The client’s breathing will slow down when the body is relaxed in hypnosis. This is an easy sign for the practitioner to see because the rise and fall of the chest or abdominal muscles can be counted in fifteen seconds, multiplied by four, which yields the respirations per minute. With experience, the practitioner will develop a feel for the respiratory rate and not have to count.

Distortion of Time

Time is skewed during hypnosis, because the client and the facilitator are in the quantum field. There really is no such thing as time. Rather, we use it in the third dimension as a reference for past, present and future experiences, events, schedules, etc.

When the client emerges from the hypnotic state, I will ask, “How long do you feel you were in hypnosis?” Most answer with a shorter perception than what my clock says. A fewer number of clients will say they were in hypnosis for a longer amount than what was recorded. I will emphasize that this is another example of time distortion. Rarely, a client will give me the exact amount of time as the recorded one. All of the above clients were in a deep trance state during their session. While others will use this as a convincer of hypnosis, I phrase it as one factor of their ability to relax and its a good thing!

Barbara Becker is a BQH practitioner, QHHT practitioner, certified hypnotherapist, channel and author. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, she works with people from all over the world, in-person and on-line, specializing in past life regression and healing.

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Lainie Shinn

Lainie Shinn says:

Thank you so much for this! So many times, I wonder if my clients are actually under, and these “clues” will really put my mind at ease! Much love and light to you!

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Barbara Becker

Barbara Becker says:

Thank you, Candace!

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Candace Craw-Goldman

Candace Craw-Goldman says:

What a super great article, well done Barbara.

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Barbara Becker

Barbara Becker says:

You’re welcome, Lauren!

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Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner says:

So informative Barbara, thank you!

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