Month: January 2018

The strange way I rediscovered how to meditate

Some of you might wonder what qualifies me to talk about meditation. I’m a certified hypnotist, sure, but that only covers part of this blog. What about the rest? I learned to meditate from the school of life. Then from a hypnosis school. Then……

A Short Parable About Wisdom

There’s a parable about a mysticism expo. On a dusty alley, just off the expo’s centre, were three booths. “Come,” said the psychic in the first booth, “see into your past. I will read your soul and tell you its many earlier lives.” People…

Reconciling Australia Day and Invasion Day

Australia Day is complicated. It’s a day to celebrate everything from warm weather to freedom and prosperity. Or you see the chance to have a race riot on the beach. Then again, Invasion Day might mark the day when strangers displaced your people… and…

The Hypnotic Secrets of ‘Like a Prayer’

The debate is as old as the song itself. This classic by Madonna is about religion. No, wait, it’s really about sex. Actually, it’s about a hypnotic induction. … Really…? Hypnosis? Oh, yes. Listen to the verses – really listen to them – and…

When you can’t rely on the government…

The government seems almost like a force of nature. Always fickle but always there. And then – suddenly – it’s not. Parts of the unstoppable machinery grind to a halt. The government lets you down. These can be scary moments. When your livelihood depends…

Try or try not – there is no do

I defer to Yoda’s expertise when it comes to The Force. The little dude has centuries on me. But I have to disagree with him about ‘doing’ vs ‘trying’. Maybe meditation works differently for Jedi. Who knows. But his famous quotation is completely backwards:…

What a stoner taught me about feeling energetic

I like dancing when there’s a point to it. For example, I spent many years learning swing dancing. It’s great fun because there are moves, connection, and other great stuff. But the dancing you do in nightclubs – where everyone just sort of flails…

I like my coffee how I like my meditation

I love coffee. Unlike many coffee drinkers, I like it enough to take it black, no sweetener. (I confess to liking the occasional bit of spice – ginger and chilli, for example. But my default brew is straight from the plant). Also, I drink…

Relaxation within 15 Seconds

Instant relaxation is not only possible; it’s the most natural thing. How fast can you move from relaxed to alert? If you see a car speeding towards you, it’s immediate. Moving from stress to calmness is almost as quick. If it’s so natural, what…

The Hypnosis Brand

Hypnosis is polarising. Broadly speaking, there are three reactions when someone mentions hypnosis: It’s weird, evil mind control, It’s as useful as astrology – fake, mystical nonsense, It’s a fascinating piece of mental technology. All are common. Only the last is accurate. Imagine if…

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