Reaching the Swamp Hag in your spare time

The Swamp Hag is an interesting figure.

She’s difficult to reach. Most folks who seek her out never reach her.

Once you do, the danger isn’t over. You have to be smart about the question you ask. You might get the answer you asked for but not the answer you need.

Does that make her wicked? I’m sure the intellectually lazy people of the village think so. They’d love for her to set up a stall next to the vegetable markets, so they can wander on over whenever they have a half-formed question.

That’s not how wisdom works, though.

Module 04 (of 19) in Monster Mind Edukaré is a list of podcasts. Each is five to 15 minutes long, which is great for tackling them in your spare time.

But the sound quality isn’t great and you’ll have to (gasp!) load them onto your phone yourself. If that second point is a problem – if a simple, one-off, manual task that you can do while eating dinner, watching TV or (if you’re brave) listening to your spouse talk about their day – then you won’t have the time to implement what you learn anyway.

It’s low tech and high impact.

And, sure, I could make it more convenient for you, just as the Swamp Hag could move her hut onto dry land. As far as I’m concerned, this is a feature, not a bug.

Anyway, back to the podcasts. Here’s the list of what you’ll get:

  1. Hypnosis Mythbusting
  2. Instant Relaxation
  3. The Memory Defuser
  4. How to Reclaim Thwarted Power
  5. The Resource Scan
  6. Using the World to Hypnotise You
  7. How the Body Heals the Mind
  8. Meditation without Meditating
  9. Positive Thinking without Wishful Thinking
  10. How the Mind Heals the Body
  11. Using Jealousy to Grow
  12. The Financial Placebo Effect
  13. Keep Mind Training Interesting
  14. The Secret to Easy Mind Training
  15. What Is (And Isn’t) Mind Training
  16. Brain Training vs Mind Training
  17. Rationality and Mind Training
  18. Intuition and Mind Training
  19. It’s Like Napping 50 Times a Day
  20. When Justice Eludes You
  21. When You Feel Self-Conscious
  22. When You Hate Your Job
  23. Grace Under Pressure
  24. The Surefire Self-Hypnosis Technique
  25. Hypnotising your Heart and Gut
  26. Ethical Manipulation
  27. The Superhero Secret to Longevity
  28. Left-brain Meditation
  29. What Happens in the Brain During Hypnosis?
  30. Train like a Mental Olympian
  31. How Much Mind Training is Too Much
  32. Falling Asleep During Meditation
  33. Mind Training as a Team
  34. How to Easily Stick With this Program
  35. How to Sleep on Aircraft
  36. The Dangers of Mind Training
  37. How to Know You Need Mind Training

There’s some good stuff in there.

Get your withered, wrinkled, claw-like hands around it here:

The hypnotic teaching paradox

Saw this on a hypnosis discussion forum:

“I have my first client coming round later this morning and wanted to ask a quick hypnotherapy question. How do you hypnosis someone? What’s the best way to learn in the next 2 hours? Would it help if I tapped them (or myself) repeatedly? Do I need incense sticks?”


I have many answers I can give to this.

Some, snarky and sarcastic.

Others, alarmed and confused.

Really, I feel bad for the client. Even if that session is free, they’re overpaying for it.

But here’s the paradox:

I could teach you to hypnotise someone in two hours. Not to do hypnotherapy on someone – that’s not a good idea. But to, say, teach you a quick street hypnosis routine? I could do that in two hours with time to spare.

Unless you’re the sort of person who thinks that’s a reasonable thing to expect.

Thus, the paradox – I could teach anyone in this timeframe, unless they want it.

If someone wanted to spend a week, full-time, learning this stuff, I could teach them in two hours, then spend the rest of the time practising, elaborating, refining and enriching the skills.

And if you think that means that week would be 95% fluff, then you don’t understand mastery.

Anyway, it’s the same with self-hypnosis and meditation.

Want to learn it?

I could teach you a gimmick in a few hours that won’t be adaptable, scalable or flexible. It’ll be a black box that you do to get results. If it doesn’t work for something, you’re out of luck.


I could offer up 19 modules, each exploring a new aspect of self-hypnosis. Each module you complete deepens your understanding, allowing you to tailor the techniques to your situation.

By halfway through, I doubt you’ll even use my techniques – you’ll take each new principle and tweak it to how you need it.

If you’re not afraid of putting the work in, you can unleash the power of your mind here:

P.S. Are you a Phronesis Accelerator subscriber? Members of the phrony family have a sweet discount code – be sure to use it.

Joan of Arc’s much older husband

Overheard while near a game of trivia:

“According to a survey, 12% of Americans believe Joan of Arc was married to whom?”

I’ll admit that I chewed on that one and didn’t find the answer.

But I could have guessed it.

Because the answer was…


The temptation is, like the trivia host did, to crack a joke about ‘stupid Americans’. Or maybe ‘stupid humans’.

But I disagree.

For one thing, 12% is a small number. If you take a soccer team, then statistically, that’s one player who thinks that way. The rest won’t.

“Even one is too many!”

I disagree – here’s why:

Not knowing that Joan of Arc was a medieval French warrior saint might be ignorant… but guessing she was Noah’s wife makes sense. I mean, I said above that I could have guessed that answer. How, unless it followed a certain logic?

Sure, sure, it would be better if 98% of people could tell their medieval history from their biblical history.

But isn’t ‘Noah’ a better answer than something utterly random, like Lois Lane?

Isn’t the presence of some logic worth celebrating?

If you want to build a bonfire, you nurture the spark. You don’t condemn it for not being hot or bright enough.

Besides, ask enough questions of us and we’ll fall into the embarrassing 12% eventually.

Something to think about as I transition into talking about Monster Mind Edukaré. You might wonder what my thorough and intensive self-hypnosis, meditation and personal evolution program has to do with all this.

I could say that it makes you more likely to sit in the more learned 88%, but I don’t know if that’s a useful claim to make.

If you know my style, you already see the connection. We all judge people – I do it too – which only invites us to judge ourselves.

Throw accusations of stupidity and ignorance, and you’ll eventually accuse yourself of the same thing.

I believe in celebrating the sparks, even in a world full of darkness.

Especially in a world full of darkness.

The first, most difficult and most important step is acceptance.

If you struggle with that, that’s where self-hypnosis and meditation come in. No matter where you’re coming from, you can begin to experience it here:

P.S. If you’re a subscriber to Phronesis Accelerator, you have a discount code for this program. Be sure to use it.

When darkness defeats darkness

You’ve heard the story before:

Darkness doesn’t dispel darkness – only light can.

What that means is you can’t fight hate, fear and anger with more hate, fear and anger. It takes love, compassion and understanding to do that.

No arguments here.

But that’s the funny thing about metaphors…

Darkness doesn’t only refer to the bad emotions. It can also refer to a stillness and an emptiness at the heart of your mind.

A perfectly calm mind, free of ego, can defeat hatred and loathing.

It stops you feeling it in yourself.

It can also shut it down in others. When someone spews toxic bile towards people, they expect them to agree or fight back. Ignoring or engaging them, free of ego, breaks that pattern.

Hatred needs fuel to burn and spread. It can’t find it in a truly darkened mind.

Like I say, metaphors are funny. ‘Your inner darkness’ can refer to different things, one of which is the remedy for the other.

Still, emptying your mind of all thought and ego, even for a moment, can be confronting. Many experienced meditators know what I mean – there’s a point where you can go too deep, coming face-to-face with this gnawing, existential emptiness.

It’s a powerful thing. When you become nothing, you can become anything.

It’s also intense enough to scare away even some monks.

That’s why I only cover how to access it in module 17 – right towards the end of Monster Mind Edukaré. Everything leading up to it is preparation for it.

Begin your preparation here:

If it’s in a dragon’s hoard, it must be good

It’s one of the great archetypes:

A powerful dragon, radiating physical things like heat and smoke, abstract things like savagery and destruction.

These great and dreaded wyrms have the means to destroy entire villages – even entire kingdoms.

Defeating one is an act of self-defence against the forces of nature.

It’s not all altruism, though.

After all, what pile of treasure could compete with a dragon’s hoard?

That’s sort of how your mind operates. There are ancient and mighty monsters lurking in your unconscious, ready to bring havoc at any time.

Defeating them would be great for you, in the sense that you no longer have a bad thing to worry about.

It’s also great because you uncover riches. It’s not just removing a negative, but adding a positive too.

That’s why I chose the dragon for module 15 in Monster Mind Edukaré.

Edukaré is an intense mind training program. I start at the basics, assuming you know nothing about self-hypnosis or meditation. By the end, you have a level of self-mastery over your mind that might surprise you.

Think about a big challenge for you. Maybe it’s quitting smoking, exercising more or letting go of your anger.

Now, imagine you did that by accident – a side effect of becoming in tune with your unconscious mind.

That’s what Edukaré offers – and you can grab it here:

P.S. If you’ve subscribed to Phronesis Accelerator, then don’t forget to use your exclusive discount code. It’ll give you back almost twice what you paid for your subscription.

The last train out of victimhood – leaving now

I’m sending the first issue of Phronesis Accelerator out in a few moments. If you’ve been procrastinating, you’re cutting it awfully fine.

Here’s what the issue empowers you to do:

  • Create your power. This will make the PC police cry, but the victimisation hurt both men and women. I know I’m ‘supposed’ to say it hurt women/minorities more – and maybe it did. But is it useful to argue about who got the worse deal? Wouldn’t you rather learn how to reclaim your power as a man or woman?
  • Create your courage. If you ask the authorities, bravery in 2021 is where you blindly obey and give into fear. True bravery is about clinging to hope and not squandering your energies. Fear is useful in bursts, not as a ‘new normal’.
  • Create a sense of perspective. Remember in 2018 how everyone said it was ‘the WORST YEAR EVER omg!’ because, what, three ageing celebrities died? How idiotic do those people look now? Trust me – everyone calling 2020 the worst year ever are just as worthy of pity.
  • Create your vitality. The danger of modern life is living out of sync with your nature. It’s time to restore your connection with your true self and revel in all the wonder it brings.
  • Create surprises. Are you in a rut after months of working, resting and socialising at your desk or on your couch? Just because they say you can’t travel, that doesn’t mean you can’t break the stupor and really embrace living again.
  • Create human connection. This powerful influence secret always worked. Now, it works even better – and it shows everyone how great a leader you truly are. Best of all? It’s so fun they’ll thank you for it.
  • Create epiphanies. You know the Einstein quote about not solving problems with the same level of thinking that created them. So find your new level of thinking – it can happen in an instant.
  • Create your authority. People tell you to grovel, to beg, to apologise for being alive. Reclaim the sovereignty that is your birthright.

And if you refer someone to me before the issue goes out, you learn:

  • the ‘anti’ ‘bullying’ technique for persuasion and personal growth that’s older than the Bible,
  • how a recent linguistic shift (used by everyone from politicians to adult entertainment stars) reinforces a culture of fear – and what you can do about it.

Be sure to read the instructions in the Welcome Letter to learn how the referral program works.

Grab it here. If the subscribe button is gone, it means you’re too late.

17 ways to create epiphanies when you need them

Is there anything more magical and satisfying than an epiphany?

It’s less like getting a new idea and more like becoming a new person. It a moment, your brain lights up and you can see a new answer.

There’s nothing like it – it’s like raw neurological power pouring through you. When you have an epiphany of the religious variety, it’s a transformative experience, like connecting with everything in the universe.

When you invoke them to solve a problem, it’s like peeking into the future – or cheating off the answer sheet.

Answers you would never have found through research, calculation or trial-and-error burst in your brain.

I love them. They’re absolutely delightful to experience.

The only problem?

There comes a point where you have more ideas than you can bring into reality. Then, epiphanies are like a hedonic thrill – lots of pleasure, but ultimately a distraction.

That’s not a problem, though – there are worse pleasure points you could put pressure on…

Anyway, translating epiphanies into outcomes isn’t the purpose of this little spiel. When your Impact is great enough and you connect with it, that will come naturally.

And that’s the first tip to having more and better epiphanies: live up to your purpose, your vision for a better life. The creativity and insight will flow.

You’ll see around the obstacles that others have chosen to accept.

I give you that one for free and it doesn’t even count against the 17 other ways.

But assuming you want to supercharge your inner genius… and let the epiphanies really pour from your mind…

… there are a boatload of exercises you can do to stoke this fire.

Grab them all if you subscribe to Phronesis Accelerator before the deadline.

And that deadline is approaching fast – it’s about seven hours away, give or take.

So sign up now before you miss this issue:

The slave who charmed, embarrassed and taught his way to freedom

If anyone had earned the right to be a victim, it was Epictetus.

He was born into slavery. Surrounded by the heart of civilisation and free citizens of the Empire, he was owned by someone else.

More than that, he was physically disabled. Either he was born with a funky leg, or he broke it and it never healing properly.

Imagine that – you’re a slave, and not even a very appealing one. And if your master forced you to work a field anyway, it’s not like you could say no…

Sound like the recipe for a meaningful, enriching life?

Epictetus is one of history’s clearest examples of what you know is true:

There is always a way to improve your circumstances.

And there is always something to be grateful for.

He learned Stoicism, through which he learned he could choose to be happy. There was so much about his life he could admire.

So much that others would envy.

Sure, the Roman nobles probably didn’t envy this crippled slave. But a citizen living on the edge of the Empire, sweating for every meal, weeks away from the glories of Rome?

However he did it, Epictetus learned to be happy.

I don’t mean he put on a brave face. I mean he fully embraced the joys of life.

He’d spend whatever moments of spare time he could snatch on the streets of Rome, lecturing whoever would listen about Stoicism.

It was hard to ignore him – he radiated enthusiasm and excitement. While others discussed philosophy, he lived it.

Wealthy merchants and powerful nobles would walk by, frowning – and he would call them out on it. How could they be so miserable when they had everything? He, a slave, had nothing and was truly happy.

As he became more popular, it became more embarrassing for the elite. Not only was he right… but this exceptional master of Stoicism was being wasted as a slave.

So they freed him and gave him an academy, so he could teach their kids.

Or, to put it another way, he freed himself.

There’s a lesson in there about empowering yourself. You can, in fact, improve your circumstances, not matter who you are.

There’s another lesson in there too.

One about how to communicate hypnotically and ethically influence everyone you meet.

It might not be the flashiest or most exciting ‘technique’ (if it’s even a technique at all) – but it’s powerful and rarely used.

Do this and you will stand out – guaranteed.

I show you how in the first issue of Phronesis Accelerator. But I have bad news there. The deadline to subscribe isn’t measured in days but in hours.

If you miss the deadline, you miss this issue.

So catch it here before it slips by:

Do emotions empower you or ensnare you?

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” – Salvor Hardin, The Foundation

Consider each of the following emotions:

  • Anger of all kinds. Bonus points go to outragism, where you trawl social media for things to get mad at. “Oh, good, a politician on the other side of the country tweeted something inappropriate? Luckily I have my emojis all lined up and ready to go!”
  • Sadness of all kinds. This goes double for when you’re sad because of what other people do. If only they’d date you, hire you, promote you – then you’d be happy!
  • Fear of all kinds. Especially fear of invisible things, like ‘social unrest’, ‘failure/success’ or ‘loneliness’
  • Anxiety, for similar reasons.
  • Shame of all kinds. Especially the shame of not fitting in.

All of these emotions are healthy and appropriate.

If you walk the streets naked, you should feel shame at ‘not fitting in’.

If your crony boss fires you and gives your job to his drinking buddy, you should feel anger.

But know this:

These emotions don’t empower you. In fact, they sap your power from your very bones.

Sure, anger feels empowering. In a fight for your life, it certainly is. Same with fear in that situation, too.

But those emotions compel you to take action.

Useful, powerful action.

Then they fade away. If they don’t fade, then they stick around, burning more and more of your body’s resources until you’re a husk.

One action isn’t useful or powerful – and instead of making these emotions fade, it invites them to stick around and grow even stronger.

I see this action every day – in real life and online.

And the weakest people do it. In fact, you can measure a person’s inner sovereignty by ow infrequently they do this.

I’m talking about, of course, none other than


The very act of complaining – even in the privacy of your own mind – robs you of power. It puts you in the mindset of a child, hoping an adult will pity you and fix everything.

If you want a challenge, go a month without complaining about anything.

But I’m not the first person to suggest that. In fact, that’s from Stoicism and Buddhism, making it as old as dirt. You read me for something new – something you can’t find anywhere else.

That’s why the inaugural issue of Phronesis Accelerator has a five-step process that’s even better than taking a break from complaining.

But the deadline to grab it is coming up fast. If you miss that deadline, the issue’s gone.

So get a wriggle on and get it here:

Are you going to be a phrony or a victim?

The deadline for Phronesis Accelerator’s first issue looms. You have less than two days before it’s too late to pick up the first issue.

If you haven’t chosen already, now’s the time.

Are you going to be the hero of your story?

Or the victim of someone else’s?

That sounds like an easy decision to me…

Join the phrony family and soon all 36 pages of empowering goodness will be in your hands – and that’s just the first issue, and not including the bonuses:


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