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Hypnosis helps you get in touch with your subconscious mind. There are ways to do this besides the formal trance. One popular method of self hypnosis is the use of the pendulum. There are small pendulums that you can buy, or you can make your own from something like a string and a fishing sinker or other small, heavy object. Put your elbow on a table with your forearm not quite vertical. Hold the end of the string with your thumb and first two fingers, wrist bent, and let the pendulum hang straight down, adjusting it so it's just above the table surface. Now concentrate on the pendulum and silently ask a yes or no question. (You will have established how the pendulum responds. Typically swinging back and forth is yes, side to side is no, and circular is uncertain.) Hold your hand very still and the pendulum will swing without you consciously moving, in response to your subconscious mind.