Give trance a chance

A lot of folk wonder about trance. What it is, how to enter it…

But the big question is: what’s it for?

The trance state wasn’t something hypnotists invented. It’s something we discovered that the brain does naturally.

But why does the brain bother?

Surely anyone who clucks like a chicken on stage would vanish from the gene pool…

As it turns out, being open to suggestions has its advantages.

That might sound strange. Being that open sounds like a vulnerability – a bug in the software that needs patching.

Until you think about how many of your problems you’ve held onto because you were stubborn.

Or rigid in your thinking.

Or because you didn’t believe there was a better way.

Trance opens you up because sometimes you need that.

If you’re at all stuck with anything in your life, now you know a little better.

But, okay.

That sounds great and all…

But how do you use trance?

How can you give trance a chance?

A chance to resolve some of your longest-held challenges – the ones you’ve given up on fixing and have learned to tolerate?

Most of us have issues like that. After all, we’re all human – it sorta comes with the package. Resolving these issues would make you a lot happier.

You should keep reading because the answers are right here:

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Using hypnotic Russian weapons for personal growth

When the topic of weaponised hypnosis comes up, folk tend to think of MKULTRA – the CIA’s secret mind control program.

But what they sometimes forget is the US was only one half of the Cold War.

What were the Russians doing with mind control experiments?

We’ll never know all the answers, of course.

But in Josh Waitzkin’s amazing book, The Art of Learning, he talks about going head to head with a Russian kid in a chess competition.

What we younger folk don’t remember is, for a while there, chess was Big. It became one of the symbolic battlegrounds between communism and capitalism. The US and Russia both wanted to prove their superiority in every way, and chess was one of the chosen propaganda tools.

So Russian chess players learned all kinds of dirty tricks.

Including some simple weaponised hypnosis.

Weapons that they still teach today.

And it worked on Waitzkin. Dude’s a chess champion but, when facing this Russian kid, he’d make basic blunders.

He let the other guy get into his head, somewhat literally.

The cool thing is you can use this weapon for self-improvement.

How?

Well, to answer that, you have some options.

The first is to read The Art of Learning, which you should do anyway. Then take the hypnotic weapon as described, and reverse engineer it into something helpful.

Or…

I want to trial something new, where I make myself more available to you, dear reader.

If you’re already subscribed to my email list, then great. Simply reply to this, and I’ll explain the weapon and how to use it for good.

If you’re not on my list yet, then get thee onto it. My time is what it is, and I’m not about to spend it on anyone outside my happy little community.

I won’t always be quick, but I’ll do my best to respond to any questions you have. I want to make sure I’m giving the best answers I can, which means occasionally taking my time in responding.

Anyway, enough of all that.

That link for the signup page is, one more:

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Positivity is the weapon of choice

Isn’t it strange how much life rewards positivity? I don’t mean in the sense that the universe is waiting for us to smile. I mean in real, simple and common sense ways.

Under the old corporate model, folk worked best when given a title, a cubicle, precise instructions and enough money to be motivated follow them. It didn’t work great then, and it’s getting worse over time.

It turns out happy employees are effective employees. Money gets folk to show up, but it won’t invite them to be their best selves.

Take mental health. It’s plausible that focusing on becoming mentally tough would make you… well, mentally tough. And it certainly helps, if you do it right.

A better strategy, though?

Practice gratitude and anticipation.

And then that improves your physical health too.

If health and wealth aren’t enough for you, the benefits don’t stop there. Positivity makes you more popular, your senses sharper and your days brighter.

It makes life fun.

But I know, I know.

Some of you are scoffing so hard I can hear you from here.

“Not all life is fun. Some folk are hardened criminals. Some folk we have to fight a war against. Where’s all you sunshine and rainbows now, William?”

If you want a fleeting sense of power and righteousness, you should beat criminals and toss them in a hole. If you want to, you know, reduce crime, then take a more humane approach. Take a look at the experiments Scandinavia are running where they try to rehabilitate criminals.

It’s better for the criminals, the workers at the prison and society as a whole.

As for war, I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t get messy.

But it reminds me of a story where Coalition forces captured an enemy leader (I’m a little vague on the details). This dude was tough as nails and, naturally, refused to collaborate.

Think torture would get useful information out of someone like this? He’d just lie to make it stop. At best, he’d make an unwilling ally.

Every interrogation, they’d bring him cookies that he’d ignore. Then someone twigged that he’s diabetic, so they brought him sugar-free cookies and that did the trick. He opened up and started working with the good guys.

No, this seasoned warrior did not sell out his comrades in exchange for dessert. My version here skips a lot of context – trained interrogators building up the relationship and trust, etc etc.

But it wasn’t the cookie that did anything. It was how they treated him as a human being.

Disagree if you want to be wrong and I still love you for it.

Either way, here’s a link you could read. It’s on a completely different topic, or is it?

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Psychology’s dangerous hidden assumptions

I was recently reading some Bruce Tift – a therapist who merged Western psychology with Buddhism – and something he said jumped out at me.

He wanted to study to be a psychiatrist, but he couldn’t reconcile the teachings.

There was a pair of hidden (and very much untested) assumptions underlying every lecture:

The psychiatrist is sane.

The patient is, at best, neurotic. If not outright crazy.

And you wonder why talk therapy takes years to get a result, assuming it ever does…

#NotAllPsychiatrists, different strokes for different folks, YMMV and all the usual disclaimers. And this was a little while ago, so I’m sure teaching has come a long way since then.

But it reminds me of the time a psychologist told me it takes six months – at least – to treat a phobia. And that’s assuming the one with the phobia is properly motivated.

To which I have to wonder:

Who isn’t ‘properly motivated’ to treat a phobia? I hear they’re not exactly fun…

And have you seen the video of Igor Ledochowski treating a snake phobia in 20 minutes?

A woman was so phobic that thinking about snakes made her pass out, then she was fine in the length of a sitcom episode.

Permanently treated.

Hypnosis is a sophisticated mental tool. The field of psychology admits hypnosis is real and it works. Plenty of psychologists use it and study it.

And yet, the field is a little sluggish to fully admit what it’s capable of.

Of course it is – academia moves slowly.

(Even Harvard, who decades ago published the importance of body language in communication, barely teaches body language analysis to its psychologists…)

They’re coming round to the real power of hypnosis. The evidence is too strong to ignore. Still, it’s slow going.

That’s bad news for society as a whole but it’s okay for you. You can get well ahead of the curve by learning how to use hypnosis to improve your own life.

If you want enough practical, immediately applicable content to choke a horse, then you’re in luck. You can go from barely knowing you have a mind to expert self-hypnotist with nothing but everything at this link:

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How to stop feeling invisible

How many folk know you? I don’t mean your name and what you look like – how many folk in your life know the real you?

If I were to interview your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, how many could tell me what you like to do?

What your values are?

Your dreams and aspirations?

I hope the answer is ‘many of them’.

But for a lot of us, that wouldn’t be the case. Folk you know – even those you’ve known for years, even decades – don’t know what goes on in your head.

It sucks. I’ve been there and it’s the worst kind of loneliness. People surround you, yet you’re utterly invisible.

It makes you want to do something drastic, just to be seen.

Just to make that feeling go away.

If that’s where your mind is leading you, then there’s truth in that. Positive and drastic action can get you the recognition and acceptance you deserve.

(Destructive and drastic action gets you attention, but not the kind that’ll help you. If you have the urge to go nuclear – literally or figuratively – there’s a better way.)

But before I go deeper into that, let me be blunt. If you’re suffering like this, then false politeness and beating around the bush won’t help you. Just know that I say this with love:

The problem is with you.

It’s not that your friends and colleagues are blind to your amazing inner world, it’s that you’re not sharing it.

Now, I’m not blaming you. If you’re like me, you had a situation (or a hundred) where opening up led to pain and ridicule. You closed down and put walls up in order to protect yourself.

Or maybe your story is different.

Either way, I’m not blaming you. I’m not blaming anyone because that would be pointless. If I could say “that guy over there caused all this!!” would that help you?

No?

Okay, let’s move on.

One of two things is true:

Either you’re surrounded by decent folk who’ll accept you once they finally see you.

Or you’re not. In which case, becoming visible will attract decent folk to you. Not in any woo-woo, channelling the energies of the Universe sort of way. It’s simple psychology. People like to spend time with people they like. That’s so obvious, it’s a borderline truism.

But if no one can get a read on you, no one will know they want to be with you.

So far, so good. But let’s roll up our sleeves and talk about how.

  • Download Three-Score Navike and read it cover to cover.
  • Pick three habits that sound cool, interesting or useful.
  • Practice them.

When someone asks you what’s new with you, talk about these habits. Mention how far you’ve come and how far you want to go.

And, if you’re bold, talk about why you picked these three, as opposed to the other 57. What attracted you to them?

It might be slow going, but at least it’s movement in the right direction.

That just brings us to the first step. You can download it here right now:

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The weird ways your mind fixes itself

You’ve solved millions of problems in your own mind. Really – millions. Many of the things that scared you as a toddler are irrelevant now. How many of your pains from your teen years are downright laughable?

This is proof of progress.

Things that were difficult are now trivial.

It’s not all progress, of course. You can face setbacks in your life. Something can shatter your confidence.

But if you’re reading this, then you’re more mentally powerful now than when you were a baby.

You rise more than you fall, at least while you’re alive.

And here are a few rules – or maybe guidelines – your mind uses to perform this miracle.

Some are obvious, others are controversial.

Some are universal, others are reliable generalisations.

A few of these are accurate descriptions, while others are a smidge more metaphoric.

I’m not fussed if you agree with these or not. But if you don’t, you might want to reflect on it more deeply – you could have an epiphany that’ll open things up for you.

Here we go:

  • Your problems don’t exist in the world. They exist in your mind. This is good news, as it means you own them.
  • Your mind carries the solutions. It also carries a lot of things. Growth occurs when you figure out what solution goes with what problem.
  • Your mind is on your side. Every thought, feeling, impulse and craving is there because your mind thinks it helps you.
  • Your mind is clumsy. It might think smoking protects you because, as a teen, you accidentally learned it makes you cool. Being cool is important.
  • Your mind is sophisticated. It knows how to transform your life into something unimaginably better, and I mean that literally.
  • Your mind is like another person. They want what’s best for you, but will only put up with so much abuse and neglect.
  • Your mind wants to change.
  • Your mind resists change.
  • Your mind is phenomenally complex, which is how it can be seemingly contradictory at times. If you’ve ever met a human, you know they’re complicated and fickle.
  • Your mind is like the internet. There’s only so much you can say about the network as a whole. As you focus on smaller chunks of it, you can describe it with greater detail.
  • Some of those chunks are in competition with others. All of them can be broken down into smaller chunks. While they sometimes clash, they all want what’s best for you.
  • Important thoughts tend to loop. Thinking requires mental energy, which is finite. This means shutting down a harmful or even useless loop releases more energy for other things.
  • You can consciously control your attention. What you focus on is what your mind assumes is important.

I could go on, but that’s a heck of a list already.

And you might be wondering – so what? How does this help you?

How can you use this in your everyday life?

Countless ways.

But if you really want to apply all that at once, turn to hypnosis. Hypnosis, at least the way I practice it, works by knowing principles like these.

If you think your brain is hardwired, problems exist in the world, your mind is homogenous and you’re aware of everything you think, you’d struggle to hypnotise anyone else.

But disciplined exposure to hypnosis would change your life.

It’ll open your mind to everything going on beneath the surface.

From there, you have the power to change it.

Alright, that’s enough on all that.

Enough theory, more application.

Put these principles, and more, into action right here, right now:

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Turn your back on “peasant-tier” visualisations

If you’ve spent any time around sports psychologists, self-help authors or anyone who’s quite zen about the universe, you’ve probably heard of visualisations.

It’s a simple enough idea. Vividly imagine what you want and you’re more likely to get it.

And it works. You might think self-help authors are full of it but, trust me, sports psychs don’t mess around. If it doesn’t get results, they drop it faster than a quarterback with two left thumbs.

And yet…

There’s a subtlety to visualisations.

A key ingredient that, without this, renders the entire exercise pointless. It’s little more than idle daydreaming at that point.

You could call these peasant-tier visualisations – and they’re what most folk end up doing.

The thing is that many (maybe most?) guides on visualisations don’t mention this.

Or if they do, they skim over it. They think of it as icing, not realising it’s the entire bakery.

Quite a few folk manage to figure out this X factor without being told. But, even then, they often underestimate its importance. They can drop it from the practice, then wonder why it stopped working.

It doesn’t have to go this way for you, though.

Imagine taking any downtime – queueing, waiting, sitting through a meeting – and using it to train. You can inspire yourself, hone your skills, explore possible futures, or simply kick back and enjoy some surreal landscapes.

Because in Unlock the Vault (module 16 of 19 from Monster Mind Edukaré) I’ll train you how to do this, putting you in the small group of folk who can make visualisations work.

These are warrior-tier visualisations – a cut above what the unwashed and untrained peasants manage.

And then I take it further.

Making your visualisations so real that your body can’t tell the difference.

Think you can’t become stronger and better coordinated by sitting around and daydreaming?

Think again…

Forget operating like a warrior – master this and you reach superhero status.

That incredible skill, and hundreds like it, await on the other side of this link:

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Do you automatically improve every day?

Improving your life – whether physically, financially, spiritually, mentally or socially – takes time and dedicated effort.

It involves careful planning, advanced training and lots of introspection.

It’s a long, gruelling slog.

Right…?

Surely it must be…

But what would it look like if it wasn’t?

You could wake up each morning and go through your day without thinking about it. Then, by the time your head hit the pillow again, you’re a better person.

Healthier, richer and more fulfilled.

Impossible, right?

Not only is it possible, it’s easy.

Someone who hits the gym every day before work is going to get stronger and healthier. Assuming they’re not breaking themselves on the equipment or something. Obvious exceptions aside, it’ll happen.

Same with someone who spends sensibly, works hard and keeps an eye out for opportunities. Barring bad luck, they’ll start accumulating wealth.

That might sound difficult to you.

Like every day must be a struggle.

For these folk, though?

They’ll simply shrug and get back to it.

Everything is hard until it becomes a habit. Then it becomes normal. In time, it becomes easier to do what you need to than not.

Because it all comes down to habits.

Which habits, you ask?

Well, here’s 60 excellent ones to get you started:

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How much patience do you need to rush?

It takes an awful lot of patience to take things slow.

To simply breathe, relax and focus.

Making each move deliberate, controlled and precise.

That’s all common sense.

But how much patience does it take to move quickly?

Hastily?

Even impulsively?

Surely less…

Unless you remember how much time and effort it takes to be able to move quickly. A toddler isn’t able to leap to their feet and dash into action. They don’t have the skill.

There are a couple of relevant expressions here:

“More haste, less speed.”

“Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.”

The idea is simple:

Move with patience now so you can move without it later.

Otherwise your impulsiveness only causes you to trip over your own feet.

Here’s a skill that takes at least a little patience to get started. The more you learn it, though, the more patience you get in return.

I’ll keep this short, because who wants to read a long article?

(Irony, I know…)

Patience is like a superpower you can learn. To get more of it, you have two options:

The first is to check out the 8P System. The first P is patience, given how important it is. And to remove all obstacles, it won’t even cost you anything to download these hypnotic audios.

The second…

And much more powerful…

… is to mosey on over to Monster Mind Edukaré. If you want elite levels of patience, here’s where you should go:

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The fun way to surrender to yourself

I often talk about super serious hypnosis stuff, like how it can unlock motivation, destroy bad habits and addictions, and enhance just about anything.

And it’s true. When you’re improving your mind from the inside out, what couldn’t it do? There’s no corner of life that doesn’t intimately rely on your deepest thoughts.

But enough seriousness for today.

Let’s talk about how you can play with recreational hypnosis.

For example, have you ever tried a virtual reality headset? I have, only three or four times. The first was a while ago and that wasn’t a great experience. It immediately left me queasy. You couldn’t play it for more than ten minutes without feeling like your brain was caving in.

The second time was years later. I had fun – technology had come a long way by then. And I’ve used it twice in the last year or so – it works a lot closer to the promises of my youth, when VR was pure fantasy.

Even so, that’s nothing compared to what you have in your head.

I can enter and control rich fantasy worlds whenever I want to. In fact, it’s so easy that I like to relinquish control. The scene unfolds like a dream, where everything is connected in the most bizarre and surprising ways.

Like working on a farm, only for it to turn into a forest.

A forest full of the best emotions forgotten since your childhood.

But maybe that sounds like childish daydreaming. Or something so far off the woo-woo scale, it wants to study homeopathy.

So how about intense relaxation? I’m talking the sort of deep sensations that only come from a great massage. Imagine feeling someone work your shoulders right now, without having to beg, bribe or coerce them into it.

What about dialling up your senses? I tend to do this accidentally – a side effect of other internal work. But maybe you want to increase the brightness and resolution of the world. I’ve done it and it always makes me want to go outside to really see the world.

I don’t often use this stuff for fun – not on purpose, at least. To me, self-work is more fun than simple pleasures. And I trust my unconscious to give me what I need for the day – if that happens to be fun, so be it.

I know how to steer things and sometimes I do. But, for me, the real fun comes from novelty. And there’s no shortage of that when your unconscious mind takes charge.

There are many excellent reasons to learn self-hypnosis. Maybe you have a list already. But is on that list gaining control over the greatest entertainment system on the planet – your brain?

If not, it should be.

It’s endless fun.

This scratches the surface of how much you can play with this. Like your unconscious mind, it’s practically infinite.

And here’s a painfully thorough way to learn self-hypnosis. Sure, you can breeze through an eBook and pick up some gimmicks.

Or you can go hard and really invest in your mind training.

This will challenge you. If you’re anything like me, that’s all the fun you need.

It’s up to you. This program isn’t for everyone, it’s true. But you won’t find anything else like it.

Here’s your linky link:

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