Month: May 2019

Dark and terrible meditation secrets

Dark and terrible meditation secrets

When I started writing my meditation training guide, I wasn’t aiming for anything controversial. A lot of the techniques are well known – just some of them weren’t talked about as much. Now I look back on it, I see it contains some… unusual…

Do you want learning mild, medium or spicy?

Do you want learning mild, medium or spicy?

Chili is a funny thing. Food is something of a social activity – a bonding ritual, often sacred. We share meals to celebrate, to get to know each other or just to hang out. So what does spicy food say about us? Why do…

What introspection is really like

What introspection is really like

We all tend to think we’re good at introspection. After all, we’re the ones thinking our thoughts. And everything we think and feel makes sense to us. Sometimes it feels like we’re forensic psychologists… or maybe expert computer scientists. Our minds run processes, we…

What part of you goes into a hypnotic trance?

What part of you goes into a hypnotic trance?

Fair warning: this article is speculative af. We know that people can enter hypnotic trances. If there was ever any doubt, brain scans cleared that up. You can watch the brain waves, electrical activity and blood flow dramatically change on the screen before you….

Worried about getting stuck in trance? Here’s how you get out of it

Worried about getting stuck in trance? Here’s how you get out of it

I was recently watching the Monde Tapes. Well, rewatching. If you’ve never seen them (or heard of them), it’s an old video of Milton Erickson – probably the greatest hypnotist who ever lived – as he hypnotises a woman named Monde. Since watching someone…

The kooky-sounding meditation practice that might just work

The kooky-sounding meditation practice that might just work

I’m going to describe a style of meditation and I’m going to ask to you defer judgement. It might sound a little out there. Maybe it’s pure nonsense. But until we reach the end and you have all the facts, hold back your scoffs….

I don’t know whether this will help you sleep

I don’t know whether this will help you sleep

Sleep is a weird thing. No one knows why we do it. We barely have any idea how it happens. There are a few clues on how to do it better, but anyone who figured it all out would make billions. Some people think…

How breathing boosts discipline

How breathing boosts discipline

Could you use a little more discipline in your life? Do you need to wake up earlier, work harder, be kinder to yourself or put away the hamburgers? With enough discipline, you can go further than other people and do what they won’t. Whether…

Is consciousness like white light?

Is consciousness like white light?

Consciousness is a strange thing. Your mind feels like a single, continuous entity, like a block of wood. There’s ‘us’, then there’s the point where we end and ‘not us’ starts. Except if it’s a block, it’s a strange one. Your thoughts, feelings and…

Think hypnosis doesn’t work?

Think hypnosis isn't real?

You go to any stage hypnotism show and there’ll be a cynic in the audience. “They’re just faking,” they’ll say. Or if you go to a hypnotist so you can quit smoking, lose a phobia, sleep through the night or unleash your motivation, the…

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