ASL – Alluring Sign Langauge

The simplest gestures often carry the most engaging understandings.

“So, what’s today’s lesson?”

“The signs for ‘hypnosis’ and ‘hypnotize’.”

“Didn’t…wait, didn’t you already teach that?”

“Yeah, but retention for that lesson is pretty low for some reason.”

“Really?”

“Really. I’m sort of surprised you remember it this time too.”

“What?”

“On second thought, your memory of it may still be up in the air. What does this mean?”

“Uh…”

“It means hypnosis. Say it with me. ‘Hypnosis'”

“Hypnosis.”

“And this means ‘hypnotize.'”

“Say it with me. ‘hypnotize'”

“Hypnotize.”

“Good. And you should remember what ‘hypnotized’ in ASL is, right?”

“…..”

“Right, exactly. You do remember. For now. Hah, sorry, hope I didn’t scare you with that little fun demonstration. Some like to mess around with learning random hand signs. Curse words always get lots of interest at the start; I teach words that affect more than whoever is receiving, like words to do with hypnosis. Yeah, they do play along really well; good sub-I mean students…when they want to be. Unfortunately not here for the full lessons like you are; as your teacher, I’m glad to see you’re still eager to start already.”

“Thanks, it’s all pretty interesting. But I hope I don’t seem eager enough to throw me into the deep end or anything.”

“Well, that was me suspecting you are. And I wouldn’t short-change yourself; I’d bet you’d handle the deep end swimmingly. I bet your keen eyes picked up a lot just from that earlier demo, like you know a little about hypnosis. That smile you’re trying to hide is kind of giving you away. I’m guessing read or seen but not practiced? If I’m right, that’s cool, so you might’ve understood a little more than I thought what happened. Probably more than you’d think actually.”

“With that in mind, as a quick aside, I wonder if you noticed, that if I keep doing it, to the hearing, it would just look like a normal induction. Like, swinging my finger back and forth like this is just imitating swinging a watch or something. I swing, your eyes follow; pretty simple. It’s almost as simple as it would mean for those with hearing disabilities, except there’s a well-defined meaning to this simple gesture, so swinging my finger this way in front of your face a little would mean ‘hypnosis.’ But if I didn’t stop, and it kept swinging, and swinging, and swinging, it would kind of be as if the defined phrase repeated over and over again.”

“Hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis…”

“It’s ok, no need to apologize, didn’t seem like you were drifting off there. Like a few who’ve had this lesson before you, sometimes they get into a nice learning disposition and don’t even know it. Trust me, it’s kind of like that classroom focus A students have; keep at it if you want to excel and feel good, or even if just it feels good. I’m a progressive-enough teacher that appreciates different forms of learning. You’re learning more than you think already.”

“And if the repetition worked so well for that just one word, it’s hardly arguable that it should work for another, like a butterfly induction. Another eye fixation technique with multiple fingers moving at once; you’re shaking your head and giving me another little ‘yes’ smile, so you are pretty knowledgeable. So ‘hypnotize’ to those with hearing is the good old butterfly induction, again back and forth in front of your eyes. It’s supposed to signify the act, what’s happening, but it’s a little too hyper-accurate to me since it’s causing act it’s defining.”

“But then another big difference is who’s hand is doing the motion. Supposedly it might not count if it’s my hand doing it in front of your eyes, even though the act is obviously in progress, so technically it should count. But it could always be your hand doing it to your eyes, it’s not like you don’t know how. And if it makes it easier to imitate what happened before, in case ‘you are getting sleepy’ like the dastardly hypnotist would say in a silly voice that might actually make you get sleepy, drowsy, tired, arms too heavy to keep that motion up, an offer to hold your hand up at your wrist wouldn’t be troubling at all. Yeah, just like this, a gentle touch taking the effort away from your muscles, tendons sagging and relaxing cause they don’t really need to do anything, so it might feel good to just let your whole arm sag, letting only your fingers and me do all the work as it feels equally good to witness the butterfly induction over and over and to know that to the deaf, it’s the repeated phrasing of…

“Hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize…”

“And when all is said and done, done meaning you could be done thinking, could be done moving, could be done being awake and aware of everything except what you hear me telling you, you just happen to embody another phrase pretty well. If you don’t know what that is, let me explain verbally…

“Hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized…”

“And I think that at some level, with all this repetition, you can appreciate a deeper understanding of the word, to not just hear it, but to feel it. Plenty of the hearing impaired in the world have lost that particular sense well before they came into contact with the concept of hypnosis, let alone any words describing it, especially the ones who were born deaf and never heard any word the way we do. And yet, that doesn’t stop them for being just as susceptible to hypnosis as anyone else. All they need is a mind, and a hypnotist as some kind of gateway to make them feel what you’re feeling, like no words are really necessary.”

“That’s perfect, no words are really necessary, just an impressive adherence to what you feel, what you’re supposed to feel, knowing that could be all there is to feel, to be. So you might find yourself experiencing this exactly the way you would without hearing. You feel your eyes become fixed on my swinging finger, and you don’t even have to hear me say the word, you just know, with this deep assurance about it, and pleasure and satisfaction flowing over you for what you’ve learned, to what you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my swinging finger is

“Hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis, hypnosis…”

“You’ll never have to hear it from me again to know what this is, you’ll just feel it, and feel as you are now, just as you know that flowing, fluttering fingers in front of your eyes, whether I do it to you, suggest that you do it to yourself, or help you do it, that how to define what’s happening, will always mean

“Hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize, hypnotize…”

“And if one or the other happens, or both of those motions happen for you to get lost in, you might whisper to yourself, you might be left to think that lone thought to yourself, but you will be that dictionary-definitive example of

“Hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized,
hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized,
hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized,
hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized…”

“It’s so fascinating in this interpretation of that word that the symbol is also the state of being, in a much deeper sense. That silence beyond silence, where more than one sense is deafened, and yet still hears all that it needs to. That stillness beyond stillness, a dormant state you’re happily inclined to remain in until given proper incentive to move, to do a bidding compelling and beneficial to you. And you have to admit, everything I’ve said up to this point has been very compelling and beneficial to you; it’s the way it should be between a wise teacher and a grateful pupil.”

“And knowing, feeling exactly what you are, what I explain, what is felt beyond hearing, what is you, beyond just feeling. You’ll be so much more malleable, agreeable, teachable. You’ll become such a faster learner than before, an eager, dry sponge ready to soak up every instruction, retaining and accept them as your own independent thoughts. And some things you might inadvertently learn could become just as important; to become even more versed with hypnosis, how to sink easily into it, to learn how to follow fun suggestions that please not only you the recipient, but me the giver. You’ll come to love all the silly, amusing tricks I make you do, and residual side-effects of bliss that come as you do them, but you might love nothing more than the sincere willingness to do whatever I want.”

“Of course, you’ll learn more sign language, more well-versed with every lesson, and increasingly eager every time you’re exposed to those repeated, and new favorite signs of yours. We’ll be able to talk to each other without a single word spoken before long, and my lips can just be left to smile deeper and deeper as you go deeper and deeper if I do this

Or this

and you are

“….hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized,
hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized,
hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized,
hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized, hypnotized…”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s