I like a good action movie, especially a good kung fu movie. I like the idea of being dangerous and doing good in the world. Plus with kung fu movies, there’s usually a nice meditation theme woven through the story. Although I haven’t seen it in years, I still think about Hero every so often.
Author: William T Batten
Well, the weather has truly shifted now. In the southern parts of the globe, winter is in full force. Up north, summer has arrived. Near the equator… well, it just does its thing. And this is the perfect time to get some free hypnotic regressions. If you’re keen to return to a younger state of
One of the things on everyone’s (well, maybe a few people) minds is algorithmic transparency. Once upon a time, algorithms would recommend books to buy or people to date. Now, they make all sorts of decisions – how much your insurance costs or whether to drive your car into a tree. Algorithms are doing what
Boy, kids are stupid sometimes. Not a criticism of anyone else – this is me looking back at my own life and smacking myself in the forehead. Okay, story time: I remember once in primary school (or ‘elementary school’ for my international readers) I was hanging out with my mates (or ‘friends’ for my international
How’s this for a scene: take a custom-built bar with all the usual decor. Put trained bartenders in front of bottles of vodka and tonic water. Uni students come in, order their drinks, have a good time. If you want to know the cheapest way to get drunk, it’s this. Because unlike normal bars, the
The last time I had a casual browse through the latest hypnosis research, I noticed something interesting. Normally the research talks about the usual stuff medical folk think about. Managing chronic pain. Reducing pre-surgery anxiety. Improving post-surgery recovery. And, of course, helping people change habits – like quitting smoking. All great topics. And I was
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 elements. Some bizarre suggestions. Things that might make you assume I’m
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 we like to inject a little pain into this experience?
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 investigate them and are happy we understand them. But introspection is
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. So, good – we know you can enter a trance. But