Now that you know the basics of anchoring, it’s time to go a step further and learn a slightly more advanced technique of anchoring your states I like to call self anchoring visualization.
Because this technique will be even more useful in later training when we’ll look at using anchoring on other people, make sure you really do the necessary exercises until you really understand, feel and know what’s going on.
The more you understand the subtle nuances, the better you’ll be as a persuader (and don’t worry, I’ll point everything out to you so all you have to do is practice, OK?)
Great, let’s begin, it really isn’t all that hard…
The concept is based on Tom Vizzini’s teachings of visualization anchor manipulation and on the Ross Jeffries concept of signal recognition technology.
Fancy names for pretty simple and extremely effective techniques.
Here’s How You Do The Self Anchoring Visualization
First, think of a state you wish to anchor. Let’s say “Excitement”.
This is a wonderful state, but it’s also an ambiguous one as you can get excited in the face of a desirable expectations as well as in the face of danger.
So, the first thing we will do is consciously tell ourselves what kind of excitement we want to anchor (again, notice how we consciously manipulate the desired states even before we really elicit them.Be aware, though, that even a thought of a feeling or a state already makes our unconscious to prepare to be served consciously. What’s more, certain states can even influence our behavior and we don’t even know we’re feeling them! They can work completely unconsciously, which is what often happens with exposure to subliminal messages).
OK, so now that you want to elicit the good kind of excitement, like when you’re about to discover an important secret… Can you begin to remember what it’s like to feel that way? And when you think about this feeling, notice where in your body you feel the associated sensations first… Some people feel sort of butterflies in their belly, some feel warmth in their chest, some feel a certain feeling in their throat and still others feel a tingling down their spine.
Everybody is different, yet everybody gets a certain sensation in their body somewhere… Where would you say you feel it?
Great. Now notice where that sensation begins to move inside your body… Is it radiating in all directions? Is it going up or down? What would you say would describe the sensation the best for you?
There’s no hurry, take your time, however most people know it almost instantly and are able to describe it. So do you, don’t you?
Now that you’ve established where you first feel a physical sensation and where it’s starting to spread throughout your body, hold out your hand and think about the next question…
If you could grab that sensation and that feeling and hold it in your hand, what color would you say it would be?
Remember: just like when you were anchoring yourself with touch, it’s also important here to have an INTENT to create a vivid visualization in your hand!
Without intent it’s a hit-and-miss, with intent you’ll be successful every time.
Does it have a shape? Is it a sphere? Is it 3D or 2D? Is it a smudge? Answer this question to yourself and observe holding the visualization of this state in your hand.
Now, slowly bring your hand towards your face and notice that as the visualization comes closer to you, the feeling associated with it gets stronger and as you extend your hand and your visualization with it, the feeling becomes less and less intense.
Play with it for a while. Try moving the visualization up, down, closer, further, left, right and so on. Make it real in your mind and as vivid as possible.
See the video demonstration below: