Category: Hypnosis

The stage hypnosis gimmick that destroys problems

Catalepsy is where a group of muscles lock into place. Stage hypnotists love it because it looks great. The audience sees someone struggling to move their arm, or maybe their feet are glued to the ground. All with the power of suggestion. It’s a…

When Religion is Science and Science Breaks Logic

If you’re reading an article like this, you’re almost certainly smarter than the average person. That’s not flattery, it’s just a decent guess. You’re likely more educated, too. And many of you – not all, certainly, but many – will hold the power of…

Do self-improvement products languish on your shelf?

In self-improvement circles, it seems like there’s three kinds of folk: 1) Those who don’t want to improve. They’ve settled and aren’t looking to go anywhere, 2) The rare few who know what they want, buy programs that get them there and use them,…

You’re being hypnotised, so you might as well use it

Whether you like it or not, you’re in and out of hypnotic trances all day. The best marketing, public speakers and performers are at least a little hypnotic. After all, trances are about taking you out of your normal thinking. That describes pretty much…

Talk to Yourself in your own Language

I was hiking once, alone, lost in my thoughts. The air was cool and the ground was covered in snow. This was near Mt Kosciusko – Australia’s tallest mountain, which is embarrassingly short by world standards. As I was introspecting, I had an epiphany….

Cultures are Different and Humans are the Same

There’s a song by Sting I like. It’s not exactly recent – it’s about the Cold War, which ended when I was a toddler. Still, it rings true today. Sting sings that the propaganda he hears from his leaders doesn’t make sense. The Russians…

Freezing is More Than a Fear Response

If you like strange, quirky people, you should hang out with hypnotists more. I like to think all my friends are used to me by now… I was walking to the pub one evening, (a great way to start any story,) and my mind…

You Can Dance Even If You Don’t Want To

I was halfway round the world, standing in a hotel corridor with one of the finest gentlemen I’ve ever met. “Focus on your fingertips and let everything else go.” I obeyed. Between my fingertips was a piece of string, attached to a small weight….

Time Flies When You’re Unconscious

When I was dabbling in mesmerism – one of the stranger hypnotic arts – I was working through an exercise. This exercise was… well, tough. You had to stare at a fixed point, hold your attention and breathe in a certain way for 15…

Forgetting to Remember (or is it Remembering to Forget?)

It’s funny the things our mind protects us from. I remember back when I was a teenager – much more anxiety-ridden than I am now – I had an important application to make. For whatever reason, this form made me nervous. I forget why…

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