You can also use presupposition to utilize time or a sequence of events. For example, when I say:

You can begin to notice the lamp on the table.

Your attention is focused on whether you’re beginning to do this or not. It’s not focused on the subsequent events. What this means is that there are words to use to imply time, such as begin, end, start, stop, continue and proceed.

“You may hear me vacuuming the room while you are cooking dinner.”

You can also use a sequence of events to imply time. Words such as before, after, during, since, prior to, when, while, as soon as, are all words that imply a certain sequence of events.

The third thing that I’m going to tell you after we’ve finished here is how to apply these techniques in your daily life.

The emphasis first goes on the fact that we’re going to be finishing at all, by saying “after we’ve finished here.” Also, there’s an ordinate sequence used to indicate that things are going to happen. When I tell you that the third thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll learn how to use these skills, you’ll be wondering what the first and second things were.

What these things do is they tie up one’s consciousness into figuring out what all these random things mean, when in reality, they’re of no importance to me but allows the actual suggestion to slip by in the background.

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