An ever-lowering bar of intellect

I’ve seen a few variations of this meme in my time:

It’s a post making fun of people who complain about not having enough time and money… after squandering all their time and money.

Saying things like:

“$100 for healthy groceries? Too expensive. $100 for a night out? Hell yeah!”

“Five hours to do some training? No time! Netflix series – 12 episodes of an hour each? One more before bed!”

It’s all pretty obvious stuff. In some circles, it’s ‘normal’ and ‘expected’ to blow a grand on a new phone, but you’d never spend that on coaching. For some of those people, they talk about how they’d love to start their own business, if only they had the time and money…

Anyway, the last time I saw this meme, it had a moronic rebuttal.

“I don’t watch TV because I don’t have time. I don’t spend $100 on going out because I’m too poor for that. This just shows how out of touch this person is!!!”

Uh…

Instead of informing this person that their argument is pure nonsense, there was a pile of “yeah” and “I agree!”

Let me spell it out:

“I don’t do this, therefore no one does” is incredibly stupid. Anyone who says that proves they can’t imagine anyone who’s different from themselves.

Following that with a “you’re out of touch lol” zinger is just darn hilarious.

This is what happens when people post and algorithms promote based on emotional response and provocation. Having an emotional reaction replaces taking a moment to think through your opinions.

I mean, this post I’m making fun of? That’s far from the worst you see each day. That’s common, normal, even typical.

You deserve a better calibre of social media.

Let me direct your attention to SocialLair.io.

Sign up for an account, then find me on there. I’ll add you to my lair which does two things for you in the short term:

It gives you a discount code, giving you a $361 and months-long (even years-long, really) training program.

It gives you access to exclusive training for deprogramming what social media has done to you. The addiction, the skewed perceptions, the dulled intellect, the warped attention span, the habit of turning to a wall of ads when you’re bored – all of it, lessened if not removed.

Both of those have time limits though. The code is only valid for 15 uses, while the deprogramming will only be up for a week or so.

Get a wriggle on. Sign up, then track me down – that’s it.

How social media creates that awful ‘stuck’ feeling

Many folks have felt stuck over the years.

Stuck in bad relationships, stuck in dead-end jobs, stuck with debt, stuck with responsibilities…

Then 2020 came along and people have been stuck in their homes, on and off, ever since.

There’s another way many of you feel stuck:

Social media.

You know Twitter is infested with nothing but the most pathetic, deluded and politically extreme basement-dwellers and shallow D-listers.

You know Facebook is corrosive to relationships, productivity, privacy and democracy.

As for Instagram, no wonder the influencers get paid so much, given how much they have to erode their own mental and physical health. If there were any justice, though, the non-influencers on there would get compensation for the same reason too.

If there were a pill or burger that was an bad for you as social media, they would have banned it years ago.

So why don’t you quit off it?

Because… well, you’re stuck.

Unless all your friends, photos and groups migrate off it, what can you do? These platforms are only technically optional. Sure, it’s possible to go without them, but they’ve become so tightly integrated with our social, business, educational and private lives that it’s hard to shake them.

And if you’re a business relying on these platforms, then you’re doubly stuck. You don’t own that virtual space – you’re renting it from a psychotic, untrustworthy monster who has two fingers ever-poised over the BAN button.

The only way to get unstuck is to delete your accounts and never venture back onto these platforms.

If that works for you, great.

If that’s not so practical though…?

The next best thing is to untangle some of the knots they’ve woven in your mind.

It won’t fix things – again, only deleting your accounts can do that – but it can stop those times where you scroll your feed out of fatigue or boredom.

It’ll take the addictive sting out of it, unravelling the habit where you fire up social media in your downtime.

Oh, and the little buzz you get from a new message or notification? It’ll lessen that, redirecting it towards something actually useful.

Here’s how you learn all this, and more:

  • Sign up to SocialLair.io.
  • Send me a message on there or to hello at guided-thought.com

I’ll add you to my lair, which is where I’ll share how to do this.

Oh, and speaking of Social Lair…

If you want all the benefits of Facebook groups but with more control, the ability to export your data, freedom from arbitrary deplatforming and a GD nice interface, then you should sign up for Social Lair anyway.

Double-oh – the first 15 folks to do so can get Monster Mind Edukaré, which will teach you how to deprogram yourself, at no cost.

Literally the best possible discount

I’ve given all sorts of discounts in my time, but this one’s a doozy:

Monster Mind Edukaré – my biggest, most intensive, most thorough and therefore most expensive product – has a tasty 100% discount going on right now.

Yep, all 361 dollars of it have been slashed off the price, for some of you.

Now, now, I know what some of you smartasses are thinking:

That’s not the literal best discount. I mean, I could give you something on top of that.

So I will.

If you use social media at all, it warps your mind on not just a psychological level, but a chemical one too. You might think you’re somehow immune or you use it responsibly – fine. Watch someone scrolling through their Twitter feed and notice what you see.

Don’t worry, they probably won’t notice you staring.

Notice, then file that away in the back of your mind.

If you pay enough attention, you’ll catch yourself doing exactly the same thing sometimes.

Hey, maybe you think it’s no big deal. Is it any different from losing yourself in a good book or the act of painting with watercolours?

Well… yes, it is.

If you can’t spot the differences, you’re not self-aware enough to believe my explanations.

The rest of you, though, know how great it would be to loosen Big Tech’s grip on your psyche.

Next week, I’ll show you how to do that.

And that’s the bonus I’m throwing in, on top of the Monster Mind Edukaré giveaway.

This makes it better than 100% off – it’s over $400 worth of value, just waiting for the first folks to claim it.

Here’s how:

Sign up for an account on SocialLair.io. It’s social media done right, so you should do that anyway.

Then send me an email and I’ll let you into my lair. My address is hello at guided-thought.com.

That’s all.

P.S. The discount code is only valid for the first 15 uses, but everyone in my lair will get my social media deprogramming video. It’s my gift to all of you.

I know I don’t need to explain this to you

Here’s a concept I’m sure you already grok:

Facebook isn’t free.

People say it is, but they’re wrong. They think that just because you can create an account without whipping out your credit card, that means it’s not costing you anything.

As they say – if it’s a free service, then you’re the product.

If you’re the product, then you pay on other ways. No business owner wants a product that’s unreliable and out of their control. That’s why they build addiction into it, from the algorithm favouring stuff that pisses you off to the weird enthusiasm it has for showing you the same posts over and over.

Plus dozens of other tweaks to the interface, designed to make it less usable and more addictive.

They want you on there, giving as much of your time and attention as they can get from you. That’s no conspiracy theory – they openly admit that.

This makes social media expensive.

Which makes a paid social media platform – free of the privacy violations, restrictions, hideous interfaces, random and ever-changing excuses to ban you (shadow- or otherwise) and user-hostile business practices – a really good deal.

I’ve always said that if someone made a version of Facebook that wasn’t horse manure, I’d sign up like *that*.

Enter SocialLair.io.

By paying for an account with money, you’re not paying for it in other ways. That means you get to control your data and your experience. Seriously, the usability features built in are what Facebook Groups would have if Zucky and Co cared about your experience.

I’ve only dabbled in Social Lair and already I’m blown away. You’ll love it too.

But, I get it. Paying for a social media account is a new experience.

Let me ease the transition a little:

If you sign up for an account and join my Lair, I’ll send you a link for a video sometime next week. This video will use a lot of hypnotic juujuu and other fun psychology to break the shackle of Big Data on your psyche.

If you’re sick of how much time and energy social media saps from you, you’ll want to see this.

But that’ll come next week.

Rather than leaving you to wait for your reward, I want to give you something now.

And to show I’m serious, I pull not a punch here:

Monster Mind Edukaré is… well, it’s a monster. It bulges at the seams with 19 modules, each teaching you the finest arts of self-hypnosis, meditation and mental transformation.

If you want to take charge of your life, this is how.

You can go from not knowing how to meditate to being able to change habits, learn from the dead and even install new personalities.

It’s insane, intensive and darn awesome.

It’s also expensive – at US$361, it’s almost what Social Lair will cost you in a year.

I’ve uploaded a discount code, though – one that knocks off a reasonable 100% percent.

That’s no typo – I mean one hundred percent.

If you do the maths, that makes it quite affordable indeed – especially compared to the price of Social Lair.

The discount only works for the first 15 uses, though, so don’t dawdle.

If you want to join my lair, send me an email to hello at guided-thought.com. I’ll add you soon and see you in there.

Your problems are like ants

This analogy might be stretching it.

Or it might be the most apt thing I’ve ever penned…

We’ll see, won’t we?

Let’s say you have ants in your kitchen. These aren’t the angry, bitey kind. They’re small, negligible, harmless.

Most of the time, you don’t even notice they’re there.

When you do, you want them gone – and fair enough, too.

Now, ants can be persistent. They can hide in cracks and crevices. They can disappear for days at a time, only to rear their mandibles once again…

Talk about a nuisance, right?

Except they are tiny, pitiful things against your full majesty.

You can crush them without even a thought – sometimes by accident.

And against even a fraction of all the tools and power you, as a human, can access?

No colony can survive a day against that.

Or even an hour.

So how do ants persist, survive or even thrive in your home?

Because you don’t bring your power against them.

You can’t be bothered or you’ll get around to it or it’s no big deal.

Thus, the insignificant problem endures.

This, as the title of this article suggests, is an analogy. Or maybe a simile, I suppose.

Your problems are miniscule compared to your power.

Yes, even the ones that seem overwhelming. Your miseries, your grief, your fear – if you even suspected what you’re really capable of, you would agree with me here.

You have the power to crush these problems.

If you doubt me, I can probably guess why:

You tried to fight your problem and it won.

You committed to quitting smoking, alleviating anxiety, processing your grief and trauma… but it persisted.

How can I claim you’re practically a god compared to your problems… if you fought your problems and lost?

A human can fight these ants and lose.

They might write a strongly worded cease and desist to the colony.

They might board up a few of the bigger cracks.

The ants might find the human in the kitchen, hurling threats and obscenities to them.

If you misapply your power, the ants can win, sure.

But when you fight them on their level, they stand no chance.

This is what happens when you tell yourself “no more cake!”… only to cave when the dessert menu comes around.

That conviction and that command came from your conscious mind… and went straight to your conscious mind.

But that’s not where your cake cravings come from.

Those reside in your unconscious.

To beat them, you have to apply your energies there.

That’s where hypnosis comes into it. They take your conscious desires and translate them into unconscious commands.

Anything else is like sticking a ‘KEEP OUT’ sign in your kitchen. It might feel satisfying, but it doesn’t do anything.

Real action leads to real change, banishing your problems forever.

You can experience hypnosis as simply as following this link and signing up for any session you choose:

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

The true meaning of William T Batten

Since it’s the weekend, I want to do more than just indulge – I want to be self-indulgent.

Taken in parts or as a whole, William T Batten is all about strengthening, securing and protecting what’s important.

‘William’ means defender or protector – the same root that gave it gave us the word ‘helmet’. That’s easier to see in German – Wilhelm.

The letter T can mean precision, preparation and support. To fit you to a tee, to tee something up, to place it on a tee. What could be more supportive than tea – the beverages or the meal?

‘Batten’ means to secure something important in the face of adversity. “Batten down the hatches” means you can prepare for whatever bad thing is coming your way.

Is this deep and meaningful?

Is it self-indulgent nonsense?

If you know me at all, you know I don’t buy into either/or propositions. Both are likely true.

But, hey, if you need a little extra support during the crazier times, who are you gonna turn to? Wobble E Flimsy… or me?

Maybe you need a William to T and Batten for you.

Most hypnotists will tell you that labels matter. They’re not your destiny, but they are an ever-present reminder, nudging you one way or another. Coincidence or not, my name and my nature both point me towards being the sort of person who can eliminate what holds you back.

Something to think about or forget entirely, as you head here to see all the ways I can strengthen and support you now:

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

Beware the mind vandals

You see it on hypnosis forums all the time:

Someone comes in, complaining that they watched some free hypnosis video and it messed them up.

That might mean they feel ‘on edge’ or ‘not themselves’ anymore.

It might mean their primal urges, to use a euphemism, have been… realigned.

These people, understandably, are eager for help.

While my heart goes out to them, imagine this:

Say you need some minor surgery on your kidney. You find someone called Docter Surferdude99… and, yes, ‘doctor’ is misspelled. They operate out of a dirty alleyway, with greasy rats running past. Their surgical equipment is kitchen knives and sewing needles.

Oh, but it’s not all bad – on the plus side, they’re free.

Want to book in your surgery now…?

No?

Then why would you do the same thing to your mind?

It’s not hard to find high quality hypnosis videos on YouTube. The first step is to eliminate channels created by randos. Look for someone’s real name, real hypnosis business and real credentials.

If you find a channel by someone whose name would make a great Hotmail username, then assume – at best – they’re unqualified.

And at worst?

They’re a mind vandal – someone who likes messing with folks.

It’s a sad comment on human nature, maybe – but that’s life for you. If you don’t take even basic precautions with something as precious as your mind, then someone, somehow, is going to break you for their own amusement.

Be selective with whom you let into your unconscious.

If only this only mattered online…

The vast majority of folks with hypnosis (and hypnosis-adjacent, like NLP) training I’ve met have been incredible. I’d trust them with any issue and full access to my unconscious mind in a moment.

But ‘the vast majority’ doesn’t mean everyone.

I met someone who used a range of techniques – some from hypnosis, some from elsewhere in psychology – to degrade self-esteem in minutes. Everyone they talked to left feeling miserable and insecure… including me.

Yeah, I let my guard down when I shouldn’t have.

Scars won, lesson learned.

I also met a few folks who didn’t know what they were doing. They didn’t mean to wreck anyone’s psyche – in fact, they were trying to help them – but they were using techniques they didn’t understand.

When they put their own spin on them, they violated the principles that made them work.

What was supposed to be an ‘inner cleanse’ simply brought up a lot of muck for us to wallow in.

Your mind and your life are important. They’re more important than your house – yet would you let any old plumber in? Or only someone you trust – someone who has the skills and the right attitude?

It takes the best to bring out your best, so find the best hypnotist you can.

By the way…

The best antidote to bad hypnosis is good hypnosis.

Learning how to defend your mind begins with learning what trance feels like. Until you can spot it, how do you know you’re not hypnotised all the time?

And if it’s too late – if someone has gotten into your thoughts and under your skin – hypnosis is a powerful tool for getting them out.

If you need either prevention or restoration, let’s talk:

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

“I fell asleep”

That’s a comment I got on one of my hypnotic YouTube videos.

That’s good, since it was all about relaxation. It doesn’t get much more relaxing than nodding off – although a deep trance sure feels that nice.

But what if the video wasn’t all about relaxing?

What if you fell asleep while being hypnotised for anything else? Say, to quit smoking, feel more confident or pursue more opportunities?

Does it still work even if you fall asleep?

That’s hard to say.

Generally, yeah, it does.

That’s not an invitation to listen to those “reprogram your brain while you sleep” audios. Some of those work, some of those don’t. And some of them work for some folks but not others.

My take on it? If you’re asleep for eight hours, you’re not really listening. Once you go deep into REM, your unconscious deletes most of the outside world. It still absorbs some sounds – that’s how you know to respond to your alarm – but you don’t control which parts.

So maybe it works anyway, I don’t know.

But I do know that when you drift off for a few moments – yeah, you absolutely keep hearing what’s going on.

I’ve tested this by having conversations with someone’s body, even while their mind was asleep.

It’s interesting stuff.

Is it all that relevant, though?

Only if you plan on falling asleep during our session.

Either way, you’ll get the results you want:

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

Hypnosis’ darkest chapter

I’ve written a lot about hypnosis.

But I haven’t written a lot about MKULTRA – the (partially) declassified mind control research program run by the CIA during the Cold War.

It’s one of those topics that puts a bad taste in my mouth.

There’s not many nice things you can say about it. Even taking a generous viewpoint, you still find yourself scratching your head.

Sure, war – even the threat of it – makes us do terrible things. We built enormous nuclear arsenals capable of erasing civilisation with a glitch.

And if mind control were possible, better us than the Reds cracking the code first, right?

Even if you believe that and take the broadest interpretation of “all’s fair in love and war”, MKULTRA still didn’t make sense.

It explored a number of methods, from drugs to hypnosis to, well, anything, to test what was possible with mind control.

Could you take a US soldier and brainwash them into thinking they’re a communist, making them the ultimate infiltrator?

Could you take an enemy combatant and switch their loyalty from them to you?

What could you do with ordinary citizens – could you turn one into a sleeper assassin?

All valid, if horrifying, questions.

And if they stuck to asking those, maybe they could’ve hidden behind the “that’s war for you!” excuse.

But it turned into a farce involving dangerous and pointless experiments, conducted illegally on US and Canadian citizens. Many of the experiments could be summed up as, “what happens when we torture people a lot?”

It’s a dark and sad story.

I won’t go into any of the details, mostly because I don’t like thinking about them. Remember the lesson but forget the horror, or something like that. Besides, a fraction of the files are out there if you search for them.

Instead, I like to think about the big picture.

What does this mean?

It means ‘mind control’ as most people think about it probably isn’t a thing. Sure, using hypnosis or other tools you can drastically change some people, but for wide-scale changes to society, propaganda seems to be the best tool still.

Don’t get me wrong, propaganda can do incredible damage.

Less than literal mind control, though.

But how would I know I’m being mind controlled? Maybe I wouldn’t, but the world looks too polarised for that.

Certain countries, corporations and organisations would be willing to use mind control. None of them can act uncontested though. No one has conquered the world… or even their region, really.

Who knows, maybe I’m wrong.

It doesn’t matter either way, because here’s my point:

If someone tried creating mind control once, someone will try it again.

And they don’t have to succeed to harm you.

Don’t fear the government turning you into a mind-controlled super assassin. That probably won’t happen.

But do fear anyone who thinks it’s a good idea.

They say the best defence is a good offense. Shut them down before they can hurt you.

That’s kinda hard when you’re talking about even one vast institution, let alone many.

So, addendum time: the best defence is knowing how offense works. Shut them down when they make their move.

Like learning how to spar in class, wearing safety gear, can help prepare you for a street fight, the best way to defend against evil hypnosis is to experience good hypnosis.

What else is there? Until you know what it feels like and what it can do, you won’t know how to recognise it, let alone stop it.

It’s handy to stop and think when a salesperson tries to trance you out. Most folks never notice when that happens to them, though.

I’m not concerned about you seeing that in me. You know I’m on your side, using these abilities to serve you as best I can. That’s not just my business model – it’s my passion.

So learn to see it by first experiencing it:

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

Good hypnosis advice I ignore

I could look up who said this, but it’s not important.

A hypnotist once said you should be surprised by something, every time you hypnotise someone.

The idea is if you’re following the script instead of your hunches, you won’t achieve great results. If you dig deep enough, explore and be curious, you’ll not only find something surprising, the subject will get a lot more out of it.

It’s great advice for many folks.

So many people see hypnosis is a simple process, rather than a sophisticated relationship.

If they tried to be surprised, they’d look beyond the simple and remember there is, in fact, a human being sitting in front of them.

Every human being can surprise you, if you let them.

But I don’t follow this advice, good as it is.

In fact, I go the other way.

I can’t remember the last time anyone surprised me when I hypnotised them.

Even when they warned me they would.

So many folks have been nervous to open up, afraid that I’d judge them for their issues. It hasn’t happened yet.

I come from a place of radical acceptance. Whatever is true for you is okay by me. Your actions might have undesirable outcomes, sure, but your beliefs, identity and stuff you have rolling around in your head is welcome here.

That freaks some people out, to the point where they deliberately misunderstand it. People are so addicted to judging that radical acceptance sounds horrifying to them.

“What, so you’re okay with people being serial killers, child abusers and supporters of that politician I don’t like??”

Firstly, I judge people on their actions, not on their thoughts or intentions. Give me a millionaire who donates to charity solely for the PR and tax breaks – they do more good than someone thinking nice thoughts about the world.

Secondly, every honest thought you have is a valid part of your experience. This is how I’m more liberal than liberals – I accept whatever goes on in someone’s head, even as they beg me to help them change it.

Thirdly, you have dark desires too, you know. If you acted on them, you’d be a monster. But you’re a good person, so you don’t act on them. So what sort of idiot would judge you for thoughts you don’t act on – that you probably don’t even like?

If you want folks to do better, you lower a rope into the pit and help them climb out.

You don’t toss them into an even deeper one.

That’s my philosophy, at least. I know the majority goes against that and that’s okay too. I know why they do it, so it’s not so easy to judge them for it.

But I would struggle to do good hypnotic work if I saw part of you as the ‘bad part’ that needs ‘fixing’. Change isn’t the first step; acceptance is.

Whatever is going on for you, I guarantee I won’t be surprised, horrified or confused. I won’t leap to conclusions about what this means about you and your worth.

I’ll accept it as true and valid – a part of your current way of processing the world.

From there, we can change any actions and consequences that come from it.

Who else would give you an ear as open and honest as this?

Sign up for a Consultation and let’s chat:

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