Category: Hypnosis

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…

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…

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…

Is trance like the YMCA?

Is trance like the YMCA?

When you spend as much time as I do, looking for things as strange as this, you learn to spot some interesting metaphors. In today’s instalment: is the YMCA – as in, the Village People song – like a trance? This isn’t the first…

Some weird self-hypnosis side effects

Some weird self-hypnosis side effects

Self-hypnosis works best when you explore your unconscious. Meditation can be quiet, emptying and passive – especially early on. Right from the start, though, self-hypnosis is quite involved. Some people get bored meditating. It’s hard to be bored by your own unconscious, though. With…

How do you cut back without cutting out?

How do you cut back without cutting out?

I remember a story from one of my hypnosis teachers. I forget which one, but that doesn’t matter. It was the story of a woman whose experience is kinda familiar. In her early 20s, she partied hard and partied often. She could do that…

Your personality is your spirit (no, not that kind of spirit)

Your personality is your spirit (no, not that kind of spirit)

There’s a cognitive bias called attribution error. It’s a common glitch in thinking, yet not many people talk about it. Unless you’ve dabbled in psychology or rationalism, you might never have thought about this before. If you’re vigilant, you might catch yourself doing it….

Like meditation without having to clear your mind

Like meditation without having to clear your mind

Meditation draws you into an altered state of consciousness. By quietening your mind and focusing on the present moment, your attention shifts. With a clear enough mind, things begin to change. You become more resilient and creative. Your health improves. Small hassles stop bothering…

The other reason to dislike Svengali

The other reason to dislike Svengali

Many people hold the fictitious Svengali in their mind. He’s the hypnotist archetype. When someone mentions hypnosis, a lot of people think of him: a seedy man with creepy facial hair, saying “look into my eyes…” You’re not supposed to root for this character….

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