Your problems are like ants

This analogy might be stretching it.

Or it might be the most apt thing I’ve ever penned…

We’ll see, won’t we?

Let’s say you have ants in your kitchen. These aren’t the angry, bitey kind. They’re small, negligible, harmless.

Most of the time, you don’t even notice they’re there.

When you do, you want them gone – and fair enough, too.

Now, ants can be persistent. They can hide in cracks and crevices. They can disappear for days at a time, only to rear their mandibles once again…

Talk about a nuisance, right?

Except they are tiny, pitiful things against your full majesty.

You can crush them without even a thought – sometimes by accident.

And against even a fraction of all the tools and power you, as a human, can access?

No colony can survive a day against that.

Or even an hour.

So how do ants persist, survive or even thrive in your home?

Because you don’t bring your power against them.

You can’t be bothered or you’ll get around to it or it’s no big deal.

Thus, the insignificant problem endures.

This, as the title of this article suggests, is an analogy. Or maybe a simile, I suppose.

Your problems are miniscule compared to your power.

Yes, even the ones that seem overwhelming. Your miseries, your grief, your fear – if you even suspected what you’re really capable of, you would agree with me here.

You have the power to crush these problems.

If you doubt me, I can probably guess why:

You tried to fight your problem and it won.

You committed to quitting smoking, alleviating anxiety, processing your grief and trauma… but it persisted.

How can I claim you’re practically a god compared to your problems… if you fought your problems and lost?

A human can fight these ants and lose.

They might write a strongly worded cease and desist to the colony.

They might board up a few of the bigger cracks.

The ants might find the human in the kitchen, hurling threats and obscenities to them.

If you misapply your power, the ants can win, sure.

But when you fight them on their level, they stand no chance.

This is what happens when you tell yourself “no more cake!”… only to cave when the dessert menu comes around.

That conviction and that command came from your conscious mind… and went straight to your conscious mind.

But that’s not where your cake cravings come from.

Those reside in your unconscious.

To beat them, you have to apply your energies there.

That’s where hypnosis comes into it. They take your conscious desires and translate them into unconscious commands.

Anything else is like sticking a ‘KEEP OUT’ sign in your kitchen. It might feel satisfying, but it doesn’t do anything.

Real action leads to real change, banishing your problems forever.

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The true meaning of William T Batten

Since it’s the weekend, I want to do more than just indulge – I want to be self-indulgent.

Taken in parts or as a whole, William T Batten is all about strengthening, securing and protecting what’s important.

‘William’ means defender or protector – the same root that gave it gave us the word ‘helmet’. That’s easier to see in German – Wilhelm.

The letter T can mean precision, preparation and support. To fit you to a tee, to tee something up, to place it on a tee. What could be more supportive than tea – the beverages or the meal?

‘Batten’ means to secure something important in the face of adversity. “Batten down the hatches” means you can prepare for whatever bad thing is coming your way.

Is this deep and meaningful?

Is it self-indulgent nonsense?

If you know me at all, you know I don’t buy into either/or propositions. Both are likely true.

But, hey, if you need a little extra support during the crazier times, who are you gonna turn to? Wobble E Flimsy… or me?

Maybe you need a William to T and Batten for you.

Most hypnotists will tell you that labels matter. They’re not your destiny, but they are an ever-present reminder, nudging you one way or another. Coincidence or not, my name and my nature both point me towards being the sort of person who can eliminate what holds you back.

Something to think about or forget entirely, as you head here to see all the ways I can strengthen and support you now:

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Beware the mind vandals

You see it on hypnosis forums all the time:

Someone comes in, complaining that they watched some free hypnosis video and it messed them up.

That might mean they feel ‘on edge’ or ‘not themselves’ anymore.

It might mean their primal urges, to use a euphemism, have been… realigned.

These people, understandably, are eager for help.

While my heart goes out to them, imagine this:

Say you need some minor surgery on your kidney. You find someone called Docter Surferdude99… and, yes, ‘doctor’ is misspelled. They operate out of a dirty alleyway, with greasy rats running past. Their surgical equipment is kitchen knives and sewing needles.

Oh, but it’s not all bad – on the plus side, they’re free.

Want to book in your surgery now…?

No?

Then why would you do the same thing to your mind?

It’s not hard to find high quality hypnosis videos on YouTube. The first step is to eliminate channels created by randos. Look for someone’s real name, real hypnosis business and real credentials.

If you find a channel by someone whose name would make a great Hotmail username, then assume – at best – they’re unqualified.

And at worst?

They’re a mind vandal – someone who likes messing with folks.

It’s a sad comment on human nature, maybe – but that’s life for you. If you don’t take even basic precautions with something as precious as your mind, then someone, somehow, is going to break you for their own amusement.

Be selective with whom you let into your unconscious.

If only this only mattered online…

The vast majority of folks with hypnosis (and hypnosis-adjacent, like NLP) training I’ve met have been incredible. I’d trust them with any issue and full access to my unconscious mind in a moment.

But ‘the vast majority’ doesn’t mean everyone.

I met someone who used a range of techniques – some from hypnosis, some from elsewhere in psychology – to degrade self-esteem in minutes. Everyone they talked to left feeling miserable and insecure… including me.

Yeah, I let my guard down when I shouldn’t have.

Scars won, lesson learned.

I also met a few folks who didn’t know what they were doing. They didn’t mean to wreck anyone’s psyche – in fact, they were trying to help them – but they were using techniques they didn’t understand.

When they put their own spin on them, they violated the principles that made them work.

What was supposed to be an ‘inner cleanse’ simply brought up a lot of muck for us to wallow in.

Your mind and your life are important. They’re more important than your house – yet would you let any old plumber in? Or only someone you trust – someone who has the skills and the right attitude?

It takes the best to bring out your best, so find the best hypnotist you can.

By the way…

The best antidote to bad hypnosis is good hypnosis.

Learning how to defend your mind begins with learning what trance feels like. Until you can spot it, how do you know you’re not hypnotised all the time?

And if it’s too late – if someone has gotten into your thoughts and under your skin – hypnosis is a powerful tool for getting them out.

If you need either prevention or restoration, let’s talk:

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“I fell asleep”

That’s a comment I got on one of my hypnotic YouTube videos.

That’s good, since it was all about relaxation. It doesn’t get much more relaxing than nodding off – although a deep trance sure feels that nice.

But what if the video wasn’t all about relaxing?

What if you fell asleep while being hypnotised for anything else? Say, to quit smoking, feel more confident or pursue more opportunities?

Does it still work even if you fall asleep?

That’s hard to say.

Generally, yeah, it does.

That’s not an invitation to listen to those “reprogram your brain while you sleep” audios. Some of those work, some of those don’t. And some of them work for some folks but not others.

My take on it? If you’re asleep for eight hours, you’re not really listening. Once you go deep into REM, your unconscious deletes most of the outside world. It still absorbs some sounds – that’s how you know to respond to your alarm – but you don’t control which parts.

So maybe it works anyway, I don’t know.

But I do know that when you drift off for a few moments – yeah, you absolutely keep hearing what’s going on.

I’ve tested this by having conversations with someone’s body, even while their mind was asleep.

It’s interesting stuff.

Is it all that relevant, though?

Only if you plan on falling asleep during our session.

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Hypnosis’ darkest chapter

I’ve written a lot about hypnosis.

But I haven’t written a lot about MKULTRA – the (partially) declassified mind control research program run by the CIA during the Cold War.

It’s one of those topics that puts a bad taste in my mouth.

There’s not many nice things you can say about it. Even taking a generous viewpoint, you still find yourself scratching your head.

Sure, war – even the threat of it – makes us do terrible things. We built enormous nuclear arsenals capable of erasing civilisation with a glitch.

And if mind control were possible, better us than the Reds cracking the code first, right?

Even if you believe that and take the broadest interpretation of “all’s fair in love and war”, MKULTRA still didn’t make sense.

It explored a number of methods, from drugs to hypnosis to, well, anything, to test what was possible with mind control.

Could you take a US soldier and brainwash them into thinking they’re a communist, making them the ultimate infiltrator?

Could you take an enemy combatant and switch their loyalty from them to you?

What could you do with ordinary citizens – could you turn one into a sleeper assassin?

All valid, if horrifying, questions.

And if they stuck to asking those, maybe they could’ve hidden behind the “that’s war for you!” excuse.

But it turned into a farce involving dangerous and pointless experiments, conducted illegally on US and Canadian citizens. Many of the experiments could be summed up as, “what happens when we torture people a lot?”

It’s a dark and sad story.

I won’t go into any of the details, mostly because I don’t like thinking about them. Remember the lesson but forget the horror, or something like that. Besides, a fraction of the files are out there if you search for them.

Instead, I like to think about the big picture.

What does this mean?

It means ‘mind control’ as most people think about it probably isn’t a thing. Sure, using hypnosis or other tools you can drastically change some people, but for wide-scale changes to society, propaganda seems to be the best tool still.

Don’t get me wrong, propaganda can do incredible damage.

Less than literal mind control, though.

But how would I know I’m being mind controlled? Maybe I wouldn’t, but the world looks too polarised for that.

Certain countries, corporations and organisations would be willing to use mind control. None of them can act uncontested though. No one has conquered the world… or even their region, really.

Who knows, maybe I’m wrong.

It doesn’t matter either way, because here’s my point:

If someone tried creating mind control once, someone will try it again.

And they don’t have to succeed to harm you.

Don’t fear the government turning you into a mind-controlled super assassin. That probably won’t happen.

But do fear anyone who thinks it’s a good idea.

They say the best defence is a good offense. Shut them down before they can hurt you.

That’s kinda hard when you’re talking about even one vast institution, let alone many.

So, addendum time: the best defence is knowing how offense works. Shut them down when they make their move.

Like learning how to spar in class, wearing safety gear, can help prepare you for a street fight, the best way to defend against evil hypnosis is to experience good hypnosis.

What else is there? Until you know what it feels like and what it can do, you won’t know how to recognise it, let alone stop it.

It’s handy to stop and think when a salesperson tries to trance you out. Most folks never notice when that happens to them, though.

I’m not concerned about you seeing that in me. You know I’m on your side, using these abilities to serve you as best I can. That’s not just my business model – it’s my passion.

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Good hypnosis advice I ignore

I could look up who said this, but it’s not important.

A hypnotist once said you should be surprised by something, every time you hypnotise someone.

The idea is if you’re following the script instead of your hunches, you won’t achieve great results. If you dig deep enough, explore and be curious, you’ll not only find something surprising, the subject will get a lot more out of it.

It’s great advice for many folks.

So many people see hypnosis is a simple process, rather than a sophisticated relationship.

If they tried to be surprised, they’d look beyond the simple and remember there is, in fact, a human being sitting in front of them.

Every human being can surprise you, if you let them.

But I don’t follow this advice, good as it is.

In fact, I go the other way.

I can’t remember the last time anyone surprised me when I hypnotised them.

Even when they warned me they would.

So many folks have been nervous to open up, afraid that I’d judge them for their issues. It hasn’t happened yet.

I come from a place of radical acceptance. Whatever is true for you is okay by me. Your actions might have undesirable outcomes, sure, but your beliefs, identity and stuff you have rolling around in your head is welcome here.

That freaks some people out, to the point where they deliberately misunderstand it. People are so addicted to judging that radical acceptance sounds horrifying to them.

“What, so you’re okay with people being serial killers, child abusers and supporters of that politician I don’t like??”

Firstly, I judge people on their actions, not on their thoughts or intentions. Give me a millionaire who donates to charity solely for the PR and tax breaks – they do more good than someone thinking nice thoughts about the world.

Secondly, every honest thought you have is a valid part of your experience. This is how I’m more liberal than liberals – I accept whatever goes on in someone’s head, even as they beg me to help them change it.

Thirdly, you have dark desires too, you know. If you acted on them, you’d be a monster. But you’re a good person, so you don’t act on them. So what sort of idiot would judge you for thoughts you don’t act on – that you probably don’t even like?

If you want folks to do better, you lower a rope into the pit and help them climb out.

You don’t toss them into an even deeper one.

That’s my philosophy, at least. I know the majority goes against that and that’s okay too. I know why they do it, so it’s not so easy to judge them for it.

But I would struggle to do good hypnotic work if I saw part of you as the ‘bad part’ that needs ‘fixing’. Change isn’t the first step; acceptance is.

Whatever is going on for you, I guarantee I won’t be surprised, horrified or confused. I won’t leap to conclusions about what this means about you and your worth.

I’ll accept it as true and valid – a part of your current way of processing the world.

From there, we can change any actions and consequences that come from it.

Who else would give you an ear as open and honest as this?

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Medieval Tibetan Buddhism says to hipsters, “just stop already”

Lojong is some seriously old-school mind training.

It’s survived this long for a reason – it’s good.

How good?

12th Century Tibetan Buddhism good.

There are many aphorisms in its teachings – each short, yet holding a lot of wisdom.

One that I’m thinking of right now:

“Don’t misuse the remedy”.

A basic example – think of someone who travels all the time, who posts #TravelIsLife and #TakeMeBack everywhere. They’ve seen all the airports and Westernised tourist traps on the planet.

Does travel broaden the mind?

Sure – it’s the remedy for a closed mind.

But some folks misuse it, using travel as a form of self-indulgence – a distraction from their real issues.

That’s a trivial example though… unless you’re one of their friends, that is. Especially if you’re the sort who broadens your mind through study instead of tourism. I remember someone judging me, treating me like some insular hermit, because I’d never had the opportunity to vomit all over myself in a different country.

Here’s a more serious example:

You can use hypnosis to become neurotic, emotionally unstable, toxic and cut off from your own unconscious. I know, because I’ve seen it.

Heck, there are entire schools of NLP built around this practice.

Lojong says it best when it says, don’t do this.

That’s why it pays to have a hypnotist work with you with this.

One you can trust.

One who has your best interests at heart and has the skills to handle whatever you throw at them.

I’ve been doing this for years. You can read all about it on my website. And if that’s not enough, I have plenty of free and affordable resources to help you get to know my style better.

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How non-smokers quit smoking

Take a non-smoker and pay them $100 to smoke a cigarette.

Say they do it. Their reaction will range from complete disgust to mild indifference.

“Urgh, how can you stand the smell?” to “eh, it’s okay, I guess”.

Then ask them to quit:

“Done.”

They won’t have withdrawals. They might (but probably won’t) have a craving for another smoke – if they do, they’ll laugh it off.

Now that’s a great strategy to quit smoking: just do it and laugh off the cravings.

All this might strike you as oh-so-unenlightening. Of course non-smokers quit easier than smokers. Where’s the great revelation in that?

Yeah, I know it’s obvious but don’t let that fool you.

Have you ever stopped to think about why it’s so easy?

You might say it’s a matter of chemical addiction. Someone who smokes craves, on a chemical level, nicotine. Non-smokers don’t. But that goes against what we know about smoking. Nicotine cravings disappear within a day or two of your last smoke. You don’t have to salivate over another cigarette for long.

The difference between the two groups is entirely in how they think.

Non-smokers don’t smoke – I hope that’s obvious. But I don’t just mean it’s not an action they do. It’s not part of their habits or identity. It’s not that they can’t… they just, you know, don’t smoke.

Just as they don’t eat gravel, crawl down escalators or a million other things that are possible.

Now… what if it was that easy for you?

If quitting smoking is hard because of your habits or how you think about yourself, then that’s easy.

Like anything else, changing how you think is absurdly difficult without the right tools, yet so simple and automatic with them.

Can you imagine that? You look at a cigarette and instead of thinking about how you ‘shouldn’t smoke it’, you think ‘why would I when I’ve got better things to do?’

Just as a non-smoker would.

If you want to quit smoking, becoming a non-smoker is as easy and thorough as it gets. That doesn’t have to be the end of the process – it can be the start.

And since the only difference between you and non-smokers is in how you think, then change how you think.

Those unwanted thoughts don’t have to control your days. You can, in fact, achieve Freedom from Smoking faster and easier than you think.

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Rotten apples come from healthy trees

It seems obvious, no?

If someone comes across a rotten apple, there’s only so much you can say about it.

“That apple is rotten” seems pretty reasonable.

“That apple comes from a terrible tree” – well, not so much. No apple tree is so healthy that it can never make a bad apple. Take the healthiest apple in the world – vibrant, colourful, crisp and overflowing with sweet aroma – and leave it in the sun.

That’s all it takes.

You could call this the genetic fallacy, where you assume good things come from good sources, bad things come from bad sources, and there are no exceptions.

You could also call this a dumb way to think about people.

I’ve had this argument more times than I can count. Folks see bad behaviour and they assume it comes from a bad intention.

They see someone not scooping up after their dog and declare that person evil and selfish.

Eh.

More folks have been called evil than have been evil.

Behaviour can be good or bad. It can lead to positive outcomes or huge disasters. That tells you nothing about the person or their state of mind, though.

Rotten apples come from healthy trees.

Bad behaviour comes from good intentions.

Yes, even the most twisted actions you can think of qualify. Only cartoon supervillains do evil for its own sake. Hitler’s legacy is one of blood, misery, hate and death, but (in his mind) he was protecting his country.

Even serial killers kill for relatable reasons – to be seen, to feel safe, to be free from pain…

If you think people do bad things because they’re bad, you’ll spend most of your life confused and frustrated.

Thinking like that also caps your personal growth.

If you don’t learn to see the positive intention behind your own bad habits, you’ll fight your ‘stupidity’ and ‘weakness’… and lose.

Alternative approach:

Accurately see what you do and why you do it.

It can be hard to see your own patterns, though.

That’s where I come in:

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You, as a pretentious novel

They say there are three kinds of novel:

Man vs Man – where people outwit and outshoot each other.

Man vs Nature – where, like, a tiger eats your face or something.

Man vs Self – probably translated from Russian.

Most books are of the first variety. Whether you’re reading action, romance or anywhere in between, it’ll involve conflict between multiple characters.

The others are pretentious.

Yeah, yeah, Moby Dick is a classic. It’s also an exception… unless even it’s not.

It’s hard to write a tale where the drama comes from a ‘character’ without intelligible motivations.

Anyway, sometimes it can feel like you’re living at the pretentious end of the books.

When your life feels like a battle against yourself.

Examples:

You want to be fit and trim, then you eat ice cream.

You want to find love, but you don’t put yourself out there.

There’s a dream in your heart, but you don’t pursue it.

I know how that feels.

I also know that’s wrong. You’re not battling yourself. Yes, it can feel like there are parts of you pulling you in opposite directions. No organism works against itself so obviously, though.

There is no civil war in your mind and there’s no self-sabotage.

All there is are suboptimal strategies.

How do you resolve this seeming conflict and install better ways of doing things?

It’s not by forcing it or finding more information. If either worked, you would have fixed it by now.

It comes from working on the level of the problem – your unconscious mind.

That’s where I come in.

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