Real time, schmeal time

Real, physical time flows at a rate of one second per second. Short of accelerating to near lightspeed or mucking around with black hole-sized gravity waves, that’s not going to change.

Yet there’s such a thing as psychological time – the perceived flow of time.

Sometimes hours feel like minutes, as time evaporates before your eyes.

Other times minutes feel like hours, as each moment drags on.

Your conscious mind is pretty good at tracking the flow of moments. Time distortion is a sign your conscious mind is out for lunch.

When you’re bored, you zone out because there’s nothing to focus on. As such, time slows to a crawl.

When you’re excited and in the moment, time flies because there’s so much to engage with.

And then there’s the ultimate time distortion you (hopefully) experience every day: sleeping through the night. Eight hours can disappear in a flash.

Or if you take a nap, you can experience what feels like hours’ worth of dreams in ten minutes.

This is intense time distortion, and it’s while your conscious mind is at its most disengaged.

You can use this while fully conscious though. It’s one of the tricks I teach in Everyday Hypnosis (module 7 of 19 from Monster Mind Edukaré). If you’re even a little intrigued, you owe it to yourself to keep reading:

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Just because it’s irresistible, it doesn’t mean it’s a sin

I liken my trance audio – module 6 of 19 in Monster Mind Edukaré – to the Siren of mythology.

Elusive.

Mysterious.

And, on a superficial level, works with sound.

Hypnosis ain’t like how you see it in movies and TV. It’s not like the moment you hear this, you’ll lose all conscious control and slip immediately into a deep trance.

That’d be wild, huh?

But it can be just as irresistible.

For some people, listening to it is all they need. They gently begin to slip into a trance.

For others, it takes practice to fully experience that.

It’s slower, more subtle and less… well, magical than what you see on TV. But, whether you respond powerfully or subtly, it moves you closer to a trance.

Either way, you can begin to see what the trance experience is like.

Probably in a small way the first time round.

Possibly dramatically in the first minute.

It’s irresistible. If you listen and focus, you’ll move deeper into a trance just by lying there.

How deeply?

Well, that depends on a lot of factors, pendo.

All that matters is trance is the keystone to all great mind training programs. With mine, I infused it into every corner of its DNA.

That’s how I can promise such dramatic results, assuming you put the work in.

I’ve talked a lot about how irresistible it is and the choice is yours – you can decide, right now, how far you want to refine your own mind. There’s nothing more to it but to read this entire letter, which I wrote with you in mind.

Here’s the link:

/monster/

Solving problems with both bucks and batarangs

I like Batman. And I like the stories that explore how much Bruce Wayne needs Batman.

Is dressing up and punching people the best way to stop crime?

Maybe, maybe not.

But he’s addicted to it.

He needs Batman just as thoroughly as Gotham does.

And yet… how often does Batman need Bruce Wayne?

Being a rich, famous playboy gets you into places. And, while no one underestimates Batman, everyone underestimates ol’ Bruce…

But he’s not really a playboy, of course. That’s just another mask he wears.

How many masks do you have, pendo?

Probably fewer than you need.

What if you could step inside the skin of whoever you needed to be?

The perfect entrepreneur.

The perfect friend.

The perfect lover.

You can become whoever you want, right whenever you needed it.

The Hall of Heroes (module 18 of 19 in Monster Mind Edukaré) creates a place in your mind where you can store and retrieve these alter egos, sliding between them in seconds.

How much easier and more fulfilling will your life be when you’re always perfect for it?

It’s towards the end because it takes a lot to do this.

But Bruce Wayne didn’t become the Dark Knight without a lot of training too…

Use your nearest Bat-computer to check out this link:

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Time is running out… (for all of us)

You may have noticed that, while everyone else was slamming you with “Black Friday this” and “Cyber Monday that”, your ol’ pal William was silent.

Silent on that, at least. I was still writing as usual.

There are a few reasons why I didn’t have some epic sale – the main one was to spare you from it.

You might have received a lot of emails or Facebook ads or whatever, saying the same thing:

“Time is running out!”

They’re right.

Not just for their deals, but for everything.

Consider Monster Mind Edukaré. One on level, time is running out because it’ll only get more expensive over time. Each time I add something, existing customers get it at no extra cost, while future customers will have to pay extra.

This is an investment – it’s useful and grows more valuable over time.

Then there’s the other meaning of the phrase…

Time is running out for all of us.

We don’t know whether we have decades or minutes left to live.

Some of you are tempted to ignore that – to blame me for putting a downer in your day.

Fair enough.

But I’m not telling you anything new here.

You know you’re mortal. Even if you hope eternal life will be discovered in your lifetime, there are no guarantees you’ll make it to that point (and be able to afford it).

If this rattles you, even just a smidge, then ignoring it won’t help.

The fear of death is one of the many demons to face in life.

And the longer you go before facing it, the more time you waste feeding it instead of your dreams.

Time is running out indeed…

Here’s the link for Monster Mind Edukaré:

/monster/

Laugh your way into trance

Want an easy, fun way to experience hypnosis?

Turn to stage comedy.

This doesn’t work for everyone and it needs to be a great comedian. Still, if it doesn’t put you in a trance, at least you got some laughs out of it.

Here’s how you know it worked:

If the time passes in a delightful blur that you struggle to recall later, that’s because you experienced classic hypnotic amnesia.

You remember the quality of the experience – funny and enjoyable – while struggling to remember many of the jokes.

(Especially those in the middle of the routine.)

That’s just one of the many ways hypnosis shows up in everyday life.

You could call it accidental hypnosis – the trance appears then disappears later.

There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s great for your mind.

Deliberate hypnosis is even better, though.

It creates the trance on purpose, then uses it.

A trance is a beautiful thing… and it’s a shame to waste the opportunity.

So start using them and stop letting them slip through your fingers.

Here’s how to begin:

/monster/

Give trance a chance

A lot of folk wonder about trance. What it is, how to enter it…

But the big question is: what’s it for?

The trance state wasn’t something hypnotists invented. It’s something we discovered that the brain does naturally.

But why does the brain bother?

Surely anyone who clucks like a chicken on stage would vanish from the gene pool…

As it turns out, being open to suggestions has its advantages.

That might sound strange. Being that open sounds like a vulnerability – a bug in the software that needs patching.

Until you think about how many of your problems you’ve held onto because you were stubborn.

Or rigid in your thinking.

Or because you didn’t believe there was a better way.

Trance opens you up because sometimes you need that.

If you’re at all stuck with anything in your life, now you know a little better.

But, okay.

That sounds great and all…

But how do you use trance?

How can you give trance a chance?

A chance to resolve some of your longest-held challenges – the ones you’ve given up on fixing and have learned to tolerate?

Most of us have issues like that. After all, we’re all human – it sorta comes with the package. Resolving these issues would make you a lot happier.

You should keep reading because the answers are right here:

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Using hypnotic Russian weapons for personal growth

When the topic of weaponised hypnosis comes up, folk tend to think of MKULTRA – the CIA’s secret mind control program.

But what they sometimes forget is the US was only one half of the Cold War.

What were the Russians doing with mind control experiments?

We’ll never know all the answers, of course.

But in Josh Waitzkin’s amazing book, The Art of Learning, he talks about going head to head with a Russian kid in a chess competition.

What we younger folk don’t remember is, for a while there, chess was Big. It became one of the symbolic battlegrounds between communism and capitalism. The US and Russia both wanted to prove their superiority in every way, and chess was one of the chosen propaganda tools.

So Russian chess players learned all kinds of dirty tricks.

Including some simple weaponised hypnosis.

Weapons that they still teach today.

And it worked on Waitzkin. Dude’s a chess champion but, when facing this Russian kid, he’d make basic blunders.

He let the other guy get into his head, somewhat literally.

The cool thing is you can use this weapon for self-improvement.

How?

Well, to answer that, you have some options.

The first is to read The Art of Learning, which you should do anyway. Then take the hypnotic weapon as described, and reverse engineer it into something helpful.

Or…

I want to trial something new, where I make myself more available to you, dear reader.

If you’re already subscribed to my email list, then great. Simply reply to this, and I’ll explain the weapon and how to use it for good.

If you’re not on my list yet, then get thee onto it. My time is what it is, and I’m not about to spend it on anyone outside my happy little community.

I won’t always be quick, but I’ll do my best to respond to any questions you have. I want to make sure I’m giving the best answers I can, which means occasionally taking my time in responding.

Anyway, enough of all that.

That link for the signup page is, one more:

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Positivity is the weapon of choice

Isn’t it strange how much life rewards positivity? I don’t mean in the sense that the universe is waiting for us to smile. I mean in real, simple and common sense ways.

Under the old corporate model, folk worked best when given a title, a cubicle, precise instructions and enough money to be motivated follow them. It didn’t work great then, and it’s getting worse over time.

It turns out happy employees are effective employees. Money gets folk to show up, but it won’t invite them to be their best selves.

Take mental health. It’s plausible that focusing on becoming mentally tough would make you… well, mentally tough. And it certainly helps, if you do it right.

A better strategy, though?

Practice gratitude and anticipation.

And then that improves your physical health too.

If health and wealth aren’t enough for you, the benefits don’t stop there. Positivity makes you more popular, your senses sharper and your days brighter.

It makes life fun.

But I know, I know.

Some of you are scoffing so hard I can hear you from here.

“Not all life is fun. Some folk are hardened criminals. Some folk we have to fight a war against. Where’s all you sunshine and rainbows now, William?”

If you want a fleeting sense of power and righteousness, you should beat criminals and toss them in a hole. If you want to, you know, reduce crime, then take a more humane approach. Take a look at the experiments Scandinavia are running where they try to rehabilitate criminals.

It’s better for the criminals, the workers at the prison and society as a whole.

As for war, I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t get messy.

But it reminds me of a story where Coalition forces captured an enemy leader (I’m a little vague on the details). This dude was tough as nails and, naturally, refused to collaborate.

Think torture would get useful information out of someone like this? He’d just lie to make it stop. At best, he’d make an unwilling ally.

Every interrogation, they’d bring him cookies that he’d ignore. Then someone twigged that he’s diabetic, so they brought him sugar-free cookies and that did the trick. He opened up and started working with the good guys.

No, this seasoned warrior did not sell out his comrades in exchange for dessert. My version here skips a lot of context – trained interrogators building up the relationship and trust, etc etc.

But it wasn’t the cookie that did anything. It was how they treated him as a human being.

Disagree if you want to be wrong and I still love you for it.

Either way, here’s a link you could read. It’s on a completely different topic, or is it?

/monster/

Psychology’s dangerous hidden assumptions

I was recently reading some Bruce Tift – a therapist who merged Western psychology with Buddhism – and something he said jumped out at me.

He wanted to study to be a psychiatrist, but he couldn’t reconcile the teachings.

There was a pair of hidden (and very much untested) assumptions underlying every lecture:

The psychiatrist is sane.

The patient is, at best, neurotic. If not outright crazy.

And you wonder why talk therapy takes years to get a result, assuming it ever does…

#NotAllPsychiatrists, different strokes for different folks, YMMV and all the usual disclaimers. And this was a little while ago, so I’m sure teaching has come a long way since then.

But it reminds me of the time a psychologist told me it takes six months – at least – to treat a phobia. And that’s assuming the one with the phobia is properly motivated.

To which I have to wonder:

Who isn’t ‘properly motivated’ to treat a phobia? I hear they’re not exactly fun…

And have you seen the video of Igor Ledochowski treating a snake phobia in 20 minutes?

A woman was so phobic that thinking about snakes made her pass out, then she was fine in the length of a sitcom episode.

Permanently treated.

Hypnosis is a sophisticated mental tool. The field of psychology admits hypnosis is real and it works. Plenty of psychologists use it and study it.

And yet, the field is a little sluggish to fully admit what it’s capable of.

Of course it is – academia moves slowly.

(Even Harvard, who decades ago published the importance of body language in communication, barely teaches body language analysis to its psychologists…)

They’re coming round to the real power of hypnosis. The evidence is too strong to ignore. Still, it’s slow going.

That’s bad news for society as a whole but it’s okay for you. You can get well ahead of the curve by learning how to use hypnosis to improve your own life.

If you want enough practical, immediately applicable content to choke a horse, then you’re in luck. You can go from barely knowing you have a mind to expert self-hypnotist with nothing but everything at this link:

/monster/

How to stop feeling invisible

How many folk know you? I don’t mean your name and what you look like – how many folk in your life know the real you?

If I were to interview your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, how many could tell me what you like to do?

What your values are?

Your dreams and aspirations?

I hope the answer is ‘many of them’.

But for a lot of us, that wouldn’t be the case. Folk you know – even those you’ve known for years, even decades – don’t know what goes on in your head.

It sucks. I’ve been there and it’s the worst kind of loneliness. People surround you, yet you’re utterly invisible.

It makes you want to do something drastic, just to be seen.

Just to make that feeling go away.

If that’s where your mind is leading you, then there’s truth in that. Positive and drastic action can get you the recognition and acceptance you deserve.

(Destructive and drastic action gets you attention, but not the kind that’ll help you. If you have the urge to go nuclear – literally or figuratively – there’s a better way.)

But before I go deeper into that, let me be blunt. If you’re suffering like this, then false politeness and beating around the bush won’t help you. Just know that I say this with love:

The problem is with you.

It’s not that your friends and colleagues are blind to your amazing inner world, it’s that you’re not sharing it.

Now, I’m not blaming you. If you’re like me, you had a situation (or a hundred) where opening up led to pain and ridicule. You closed down and put walls up in order to protect yourself.

Or maybe your story is different.

Either way, I’m not blaming you. I’m not blaming anyone because that would be pointless. If I could say “that guy over there caused all this!!” would that help you?

No?

Okay, let’s move on.

One of two things is true:

Either you’re surrounded by decent folk who’ll accept you once they finally see you.

Or you’re not. In which case, becoming visible will attract decent folk to you. Not in any woo-woo, channelling the energies of the Universe sort of way. It’s simple psychology. People like to spend time with people they like. That’s so obvious, it’s a borderline truism.

But if no one can get a read on you, no one will know they want to be with you.

So far, so good. But let’s roll up our sleeves and talk about how.

  • Download Three-Score Navike and read it cover to cover.
  • Pick three habits that sound cool, interesting or useful.
  • Practice them.

When someone asks you what’s new with you, talk about these habits. Mention how far you’ve come and how far you want to go.

And, if you’re bold, talk about why you picked these three, as opposed to the other 57. What attracted you to them?

It might be slow going, but at least it’s movement in the right direction.

That just brings us to the first step. You can download it here right now:

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