In the field of mind training, sooner or later someone mentions lucid dreaming.
It’s one of those skills that’s practically a superpower. You spend so much time asleep. Reclaiming that time, while still resting deeply, would be valuable.
In a dream, you can learn and explore without the limits of time, space or matter.
Your own virtual reality training pod.
I get why people like it. A younger version of me almost learned how to do it.
What stopped me?
I realised that, as incredible as the technique is, it wouldn’t do much for me. I already knew something better.
Yes, I am confident enough to dismiss something that I call a superpower.
To learn lucid dreaming, most instructors will tell you to interrupt your sleep.
Spend the last two hours of your sleep napping in chunks of 20 minutes. Or set alarms randomly through the night. This wakes you when you are most likely to remember your dreams.
Remembering dreams, they say, is the first step towards controlling them.
My hat comes off to these people. It takes discipline to change your sleep habits. And a lot of practitioners recommend spending weeks, if not months, on this step.
I think it’s great that people are willing to invest in themselves like this, to power through difficulties to reach the promised rewards.
I wish they knew what I knew, though.
It took me a couple of days to learn something better than lucid dreaming. No need to disrupt my sleep.
I once built a library in my mind. Its tall shelves are packed with gorgeous, leather-bound books. It doesn’t have any ladders or anything – I can fly to reach the top shelves. The entrance to the library has clear line of sight to the sitting area, which overlooks a beautiful forest. In the sitting area is a statue that changes every time I enter the library. I’m surprised by new rooms that appear off to the side, including an alchemy lab guarded by a mysterious metallic sphere.
If you turn right as soon as you enter the library, there’s a room I call the auditorium. It’s like the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter – its contents, layout and size change according to my needs. I go there to practice skills.
I’m not bound by time or logic – if I’m in the right trance, I can spend hours in there while only minutes pass in real time.
Somewhere far from the library, I once spent time with a Martian farmer named Sam. Unlike me, he’s pragmatic and grounded. I asked him for life advice and he told me things I never considered before. But I had to work for it – my manual labour in exchange for his wisdom.
Oxygen ain’t free on Mars, so even talking has a price.
I offered to use my godlike powers over this mental scenario to build whatever he needed. The offer offended him. I get it now.
In my mind, I have two places where I go to heal, dozens where I can relax, even a couple where I feel safe.
This sounds like lucid dreaming, except I can access these places in seconds while fully awake. And I can create new ones as easily.
So learning my approach is quicker, easier and more fun than making chicken scratchings in a dream journal.
What is my technique?
You could call it meditation or self-hypnosis. Neither term is as cool (or as precisely defined) as lucid dreaming. But it works, so who cares about labels?
When you enter a trance state, random thought like to bubble up. Normally, you learn to ignore those distractions. For this technique, those thoughts are the raw material for your waking dream state.
In a dream, your unconscious mind controls the situation. Unlike your conscious mind with its fixation on details, your unconscious views things holistically. Its worlds are strange but they always draw inspiration from reality. And they draw inspiration from you. As you dream, you are open to all of this. Your conscious mind can’t block or filter any of it. It pours into your awareness and consumes you.
The waking dream technique recreates this experience. It’s easiest in a trance, so enter one if you know how and it’s safe to do so right now.
Hand control of your mental experience to your unconscious.
Don’t block, deny or judge anything that happens.
What do you do then? It depends what happens next. If nothing seems to be happening, then you’re still holding the reins too tightly. Relax, focus on your breathing and wait a while. It’ll come.
Daydreaming is the easiest thing in the world – this is just a hypnotically enhanced version of it.
If you experience nothing but churning thoughts, the kind you get as you drift off to sleep, then congratulations. It’s almost working. Focus on the experience. Calmly request a stable landscape from your unconscious. It’ll provide one, or not. If not, try again a little later.
When a landscape appears – to matter what it is or how stable it is – interact with it. Touch the floor. Look around. Breathe the strange new air. Experience it. Accept it.
Sometimes your mind will throw something at you.
A monster, a disaster, a group of thugs.
Whatever it is, accept it. Talk to the monsters. What’s the worst that they’ll do? Kill you? So what? If they do, calmly reset. If your unconscious throws a tantrum, don’t get angry. Show it patience and it will come around.
Carl Jung hallucinated terrible demons, even in an everyday state of mind. He wouldn’t let them leave until they told him something valuable. That’s the attitude I want you to take. Politely expect gifts from your inner monsters. They’ll oblige.
All of this is the foundational skill for waking dreaming. Practice this until its smooth. Don’t judge your unconscious mind. Kindly accept what it offers and politely request some changes.
If your inner world is full of monsters, criticising yourself is their source. Treat them well. They’ll come around.
When you feel ready with the foundations (take at least a day with this, longer if needed), then you’re ready for what comes next.
And what’s that?
Let me show you…
The churning of your sleeping mind isn’t random. Learn how to use it through the link below:
Let’s talk about a major trend in health right now:
Baby Boomers are getting older. Time marches on for every generation and they’re beginning to feel it.
They know that health isn’t an infinite resource. It’s a campfire in a storm – you can keep it burning only with dedication and effort.
But there’s many ways to feed a fire. Carelessly toss logs onto the flame and you’ll smother it. You want to be smart with the flame – and your health – not just vigilant.
So there’s a growing scepticism, especially among Boomers, of drugs and surgery.
Sure, sometimes they’re useful – vital, even.
Sometimes drugs are overprescribed by someone wanting the easy way out. “Take this pill to mask the symptoms because diagnosing the cause would be hard.” Maybe they’re well-meaning but prescribing something with horrid side effects.
Same with surgeries, which can be lifesaving or just as harmful as the condition they treat.
This is the growing perception, at least.
Which is why natural supplements are a hundred billion dollar industry. Folk are looking for better ways to keep the campfire burning.
Fantastic, I say.
People are paying attention to their health and considering all their options. That can only be a good thing.
I wonder how many of you feel a little strange about this change…
I mean, you still swallow a pill… that’s been pushed on you by a giant corporation… which works in ways you don’t fully understand… (and probably no one does…) that can have side effects…
Are supplements simply the new drugs?
And, no, they’re not better because they’re “natural”. Most drugs are derived from chemicals sucked out of trees. Even if they’re fully synthetic in how they’re made, the design still probably came from nature.
Besides, Vitamin A is perfectly natural but will still kill you in the wrong dose.
I’m not saying to avoid supplements. For one thing, I’m not offering health advice and you’d be crazy to listen to someone without medical qualifications. Not to mention I take a few supplements myself.
But I don’t rely on them.
I… uh, supplement my supplements with something else.
Something much older yet based on much sounder science than natural supplements.
Something that doesn’t come from big business. Megacorporations would scoff at what I do, because they’d only be able to sell it once per customer, not over and over.
I’m talking about engaging with your deepest inner thoughts. It’s deep mind training that targets your unconscious mind in new and effective ways.
It’s like meditation… only it goes beyond that.
Maybe you already meditate.
Or maybe you gave it a crack and it’s not for you.
Trust me, this is different. You’ll find it easier and more effective than anything you’ve tried before.
A real alternative that uses your mind-body connection, in ways nothing else can.
Eager for some more details?
Either way, have at it:
I read an article talking about the “holistic health” of next year, and what trends will dominate the market.
And I gotta say, folks, the future looks bleak.
Here’s what lies on the other side of the crystal ball:
A few gizmos that do all the work for you. No effort required on your part – simply lie there and let the healing wash over you. Does it work? Who knows… but I’d be sceptical of anything allegedly holistic that doesn’t involve your mind at any stage.
Remember: the whole point of holistic healing is that it heals everything. Sidelining all thinking and effort sounds dubious.
Then there’s crystal healing, which is surging in popularity because science shows it works.
It’s booming because celebrities like it.
I don’t have anything against crystals, as such. They look cool – and surrounding yourself with beauty is smart.
I just hope you remember that it would work just as well with sea shells, cool pebbles and clay figurines you sculpted, baked and painted yourself. (Actually, that last one would be way better. Art therapy rocks.)
Crystals are gorgeous. They also float in a sea of baseless hype, predatory marketing and crazy mark ups.
And then it mentioned meditation.
Thank goodness – a mind training discipline that works. One that requires patience, dedication and sac…
Wait, no. Not meditation. Apparently what’s set to boom are guided meditation apps.
Guided meditation apps are better than nothing, in the sense that some folk use them who would otherwise not meditate at all.
But they’re worse than nothing in a very real sense:
Guided meditations keep your attention on the task. They help keep distractions at bay. Except distractions are the entire point. Keeping your mind on the present moment – despite thoughts, sounds, sensations, boredom… – is where the benefits come from.
Sure, guided meditations make it easier. In the same way a crane makes it easier to lift weights. That ease robs you of the real benefits.
You’re better off struggling and persevering. You can’t outsource your attention and expect the same results.
How disappointing. Once more, there’s a gaping chasm between what’s trendy and what’s worthwhile.
But maybe that’s a good thing.
Maybe while everyone else is taking mind training advice from singers, you’ll do the smart thing.
You’ll tackle meditation the hard way.
Learn some bizarre, confusing and confronting facts about the mind.
Same again, only for your mind.
All this after spending hundreds of dollars and committing to work on it for months.
Because all of that is trivially cheap, quick and easy when you remember it’s your mind that you’re training. This is how you get holistic health – through dedication and effort.
The paradox is if you don’t understand that on a gut level, then you need this training more than most.
Either way, here’s the link:
You’ve probably heard the term ‘trance state’ before. Especially if you’re familiar with hypnosis.
But what is it?
You could say a trance is something hypnosis puts you in. While true, that explains how to enter it, not what it is.
As the same suggests, it’s a state – like focus or optimism. And it’s so much more.
It’s a way the brain likes to operate sometimes. In this state, you think more creatively and you’re open to new ideas.
You’re more willing to accept things as true in a trance state.
Now, if that last line concerns you, then you can relax. You might be more open to suggestions but you’re still fully aware and in control. If someone says something wrong or harmful, you’ll consider the idea… then reject it.
No one is a puppet – whether or not you’re in a trance.
But if there’s something that you know is true – something like smoking is harmful and you should quit…
… then you’ll accept the idea more readily in a trance state.
What happens during a trance state?
How does a trance work? Why are you more open to new thoughts and ideas? It’s simple.
There’s a part of your mind that rejects information.
And it tends to be very busy. After all, there’s a lot of bad advice and poor reasoning in the world.
And it’s quick. If someone tells you to touch fire, you can’t feel yourself considering it. Straight away – or so it seems – your mind says ‘NO’. The truth is, your mind does consider the idea. After all, it has to know what it’s rejecting – the way it does that is by accepting the idea, then assessing it.
This system keeps you safe.
At least, it keeps you what some part of you thinks is safe.
The bad news is that it also keeps you the same… even when you want to change. Back to the smoking example – someone tells you to quit, and your brain as assessed and rejected it before you even become aware of it.
Even though you want to agree, some part of you has decided against it.
But in a trance, this system works differently. Because you are so relaxed, this assessing/rejecting system can slow down a little. If you’re relaxed, then there can’t be any urgent danger. So the rejection slows down just enough for you to be aware of the idea.
If someone tells you to touch fire, you still reject the idea. Consciously and unconsciously, you know that’s not smart.
If someone tells you to quit smoking, you think “hang on, why shouldn’t I quit? I know it’s bad for me!” There’s just enough time to accept any idea you want.
How do you go into a hypnotic trance state?
The good news is that you’re already an expert in going into trance. After all, you go into one dozens of times during a normal day.
Have you ever been daydreaming and someone calls your name? There’s that moment of feeling disjointed or confused. Why? Because you were in a trance state, then suddenly pulled out of it. Same thing when you ‘zone out’ doing something simple, like driving your usual commute.
Going into a trance is easy. It’s what your mind does when it doesn’t need to focus. If you can relax while doing something – say, doing the dishes – your mind likes to wander. If it starts to wander then, perhaps quickly, maybe slowly, you’ll slide into a trance.
The opposite is also true. Paying attention can also lead into trance. Think of an athlete in a pure state of focus. Like a tennis player whose eyes are locked on the ball. All other thoughts fade to the background. Even their sense of self fades as they focus on hitting the ball perfectly.
What does a trance feel like?
What a trance state feels like varies from person to person. And even from trance state to trance. But there are some common themes.
One is relaxation. Being in a trance state is like being open and connected to a world of possibilities. It’s not the sort of thing you can do while tense. If you see a tiger, you don’t need to consider the idea that it’s friendly – you need to run. But if there’s no threat, no stress and no tension, you can slip into a nice trance. Being relaxed makes you go into a trance state, and going into a trance feels relaxing. A virtuous cycle.
Another sensation is focus. Like the tennis player, your awareness of the world might sharpen. Or like a monk in prayer, awareness of your thoughts and feelings grows. Distracting thoughts often fade to the background.
Often it feels like falling asleep. Imagine yourself falling asleep. Your muscles relax, your breathing shifts, your thoughts soften, sometimes you twitch a little. If any of these happen while you’re awake, it’s a good sign that you’re in a trance.
Another common experience is strong, positive emotions. For me, it feels like pure joy rising from my stomach or chest. It’s difficult to resist – even if I want to.
There are other sensations, but I won’t list them all. In time, you will learn how you respond to being in a trance state. It’s a complex phenomenon with no set rules. Just like everything else in the human experience.
But above all, trance is usually a positive experience. It feels good because it’s your mind’s way of rewarding fresh thinking, openness and a new way of thinking. When you learn to recognise it, you’ll see the hallmarks of trance in all the best moments of your life. The trance state is many things, but it’s always fascinating.
Anyway, let’s get practical for a moment.
I’ve mentioned using hypnosis to quit smoking a few times. If you’re a smoker, you might be wondering how.
Well, there’s a link right below here.
So follow it because it’ll take you to a program that makes quitting simple, easy and even a little fun.
It’s module 8 of this 19-module program.
If you’re tired of struggling against yourself over this, then head on over now:
I remember lurking on a forum or Facebook group yonks ago. A guy asked the group for help with his problem.
He ate well and exercised often. Even though he was in his 50s, he was in better shape than many folk decades younger. He was slender and toned.
Except around the middle.
He was a skinny guy with a belly – and he shared pictures to prove it.
Wanting to get rid of it, he asked the group for weight loss advice.
(Some of you can already spot his mistake – that is, apart from asking randos of Facebook for health advice…)
Anyway, he asked for weight loss advice, and that’s what he got.
Including one helpful soul who simply posted “less bread, more meat!”
Generally, telling folk to eat more meat ain’t great advice. But, sure, doing that will help you shed a few kilos.
And so he upped the meat in his diet (he didn’t eat much bread, so that was easy).
It make his belly bigger.
He asked for weight loss advice, so that’s what he got. But it seems no one bothered to read his story and think… hmm, maybe this isn’t a weight issue.
The guy had, to put it in civilised terms, something of a block in his colon. What he needed was some quality toilet time, not advice on how to deflabbify.
It was pretty obvious based on his story, let alone the pictures. I couldn’t have been the only one to spot it, surely…
Anyway, long story long, he swapped meat for water, fruit and veggies. Lo and behold, everything starts flowing and he gets the flat belly he wanted.
It’s really easy to get terrible advice – especially if you ask for it.
That’s why it pays to know what you want and why. Only then can you ask how to get it and get a useful answer.
I know this all too well – which is why not one, but two modules of Monster Mind Edukaré focus on clarifying what you want. Many self-improvement programs ask you for your outcomes. They have a section right at the start telling you to “define your goals!”
With Edukaré, I go deeper than that by asking much better questions.
And then I ask them again later.
Because if your goals don’t change – even if you gain more clarity about what you want – then the self-improvement program probably hasn’t worked.
Other systems lock you into your first vague, poorly-informed thoughts.
Edukaré grows with you.
Anything short of that is robbing you of your real victories.
Anyway, enough tonguewagging.
Here’s the high-fibre link:
Stuck in a rut?
Can’t see your way forward?
Feeling like you’re somehow squandering your potential?
It’s frustrating, I know.
That particular lack of fulfilment is a slow burn. It’s not an urgent pain, like a dog’s fangs in your leg. It’s a niggling thought. Something whispering in the back of your mind.
You could ignore it for a while, and sometimes you have to just to get on with life.
Or you could ignore it til the day you die.
You wouldn’t be alone in that.
You could walk the smarter path.
You could break the rut, move forward and feel that release.
Okay, great advice…
Sometimes that’s easy. You know the problem and you know the solution. In which case, your strategy is nothing more complex than ‘do it’.
If, however, you don’t know what to do…
You know something’s wrong but you’re not sure what…
Well, you might feel unsure of what to do. If you’re not clear on the problem, then what on earth could the solution be?
When in doubt, the best solution is this:
Improve as much as possible in as many ways as possible. Master your hobbies, your appearance and your finances. Learn something and do something.
That’s why I wrote Three-Score Navike. It contains 60 simple, practical things you can do, most of them today, to improve as a person.
It’ll be subtle at first for most of you.
But a little bit each day can move mountains.
Integrate one of these habits into your life, then move onto the next. I mentioned above there’s 60 of them, and you always have more to learn, and you can begin right now, so grab a copy because you can find what you’ve been missing.
Here’s the link:
There’s an old joke, assuming this is even funny, that goes like this –
A: I wish I had your attitude towards that.
B: You can have it.
A: Wait… really?
B: Sure. You having it won’t stop me using it.
Okay okay, let’s move on…
The reason I bring this up is it’s a great form of mind training. If someone has an attitude, aptitude or trait you want, steal it. It’s okay – it doesn’t stop them from using it.
Not sure how to steal something as intangible as habits and personality?
Luckily for you, Monster Mind Edukaré has at least two ways of doing this.
The easy way is through module 9 – Mastery & Meditation. It’s a collection of meditation techniques I pilfered under the cover of darkness and loaded into a windowless van, which I now sell in seedy alleyways. These are what top performers in all sorts of fields use to focus their minds and calm their emotions, and now they’re yours.
These are simple drills, vetted by the best at what they do.
That’s the easy way.
Then there’s the hard way.
Module 18 – the Hall of Heroes, which is buried way at the back.
This is because you need the skills from the rest of the program to handle it. It builds on everything else. Skip ahead at your peril.
This is much more powerful.
It’s like reaching into another person’s mind and taking what you want.
Even if you’ve never met them.
Heck, I’ve done it with fictional characters. It works just as well.
And the victims of your insidious mind crime never care, complain or even notice…
Anyway, enough planning. Time for action.
Everything you need is right here:
Want a free hypnosis lesson?
You got it…
Simply read, absorb and apply the core lesson from The Art of War:
Know yourself and know the other, and you can’t lose.
That’s all it takes to hypnotise someone.
No, really. You’ve probably met folk who are completely comfortable in their own skin. Talking with them is amazing. Their sense of inner peace, confidence and self-worth are contagious.
And if they know what makes you tick?
Forget about it. You’ll be in a trance in no time.
“But William,” some of you say, “that can’t be right. That’s not hypnosis!”
Au contraire, pendo.
Hypnosis isn’t all swinging watches, “look into my eyes”, close your eyes and cluck like a chicken.
Trances are often more subtle. After all, you’re in and out of them all day. Even folk who don’t “believe” in hypnosis or are “too strong” to be hypnotised are in a trance half the time.
I could talk more about this.
But words are just words.
It’s much better to experience hypnosis for yourself.
And even better than that?
Become the sort of person who’s comfortable in your own skin. The sort who automatically trances folk out just by walking by.
And there are several ways to do that in Monster Mind Edukaré.
Of course there are – with 19 modules, some of which courses in their own right, there are several ways to do just about anything.
Divide and conquer your way to its sales page:
A lot of folk want to know how hypnosis works. I’m one of them. I use hypnosis (on myself and others) every day. My skills are at an advanced level. I’ve thousands of different hypnotic experiences and have created trances in the strangest ways.
This isn’t some glaring gap in my education. I don’t know how it works because no one does.
Science doesn’t know how hypnosis works. It knows that it does and some of what it can do. But how? We have some clues, guesses and not much else.
It’s a great counterpoint to anyone who calls scientists arrogant. Plenty of slackminded and silver tongued fortune tellers will say, when challenged on the validity of their craft:
“Science doesn’t know everything!”
Science doesn’t know anything. It’s not a store of knowledge; it’s a way of testing reality. Tarot cards come up lacking. Hypnosis kicks the snot out of placebos.
We can measure hypnosis without knowing what it is. Before Einstein, before even Newton, people could measure gravity without having the foggiest idea of what it was. Tell a medieval scholar that the same force that makes things fall down is what makes planets move across the sky, and they’ll look at you like you’re crazy.
Even so, they could measure how fast something falls.
They could see it’s the same, roughly, not matter where you are in the world.
And if they somehow invented spaceships, they could measure it getting weaker as they left the Earth.
It’s easier to know that something works than to know how it works.
Maybe I don’t have one.
If you want to know how hypnosis works, I could spout some theories. There are social models and psychological models and neurological models and evolutionary models…
There are even some genetic and quantum physics ideas on how it works.
But I won’t talk about any of that.
Do you honestly care how it works, if you know it does?
Maybe, maybe not.
If you want all the answers, you’re probably waiting impatiently for me to elaborate on some of those theories. But I won’t do you that disservice. You won’t be able to tell which theories make sense and which are pure nonsense, though.
Not until you experience it.
Not until you have deep revelations about yourself – the kind that only come through hypnotic trances.
Hypnosis is best experienced and then analysed. Otherwise we’re talking about everything and nothing.
So experience it.
How, you ask?
Bah – that’s simple. The next step is to keep reading:
Alright, let’s stretch our imaginations a smidge. Consider this for a moment:
What if you were to challenge yourself to improve…
… but you weren’t allowed to use books to do it.
I know, I know. That’s dumb for a few reasons:
Books are great.
There are plenty of ways to improve without picking up books. Picking up dumbbells, for example – everyone knows that one.
And… uh… didn’t I write a bunch of self-improvement books…?
But there’s a reason I say this.
Many folk like to think of self-improvement as something that comes from a book. I hear it in conversations and I see it in web traffic analysis.
“I want to live a better life. What book should I read?”
A noble intent, I’m sure.
But are you thinking a little too small?
And a little too comfortably?
Books are only useful if you apply them – which is easy to forget while thumbing through the pages and enjoying the dopamine hit.
Many books just give you the theory.
The better ones show you what to do with it.
And the best ones make you think of that for yourself.
To really get your neurons firing and rewiring, though?
That takes a full-fledged training course.
So what are you after, really? Do you want to read a book because it’s a great way to pass the time (no judgement if that’s the case)?
Or do you want to become stronger, smarter and more effective, every day?
If it’s the latter, check this out. Yes, it contains a few eBooks. But they don’t stand alone. Rather, they’re nestled in a clear and smooth path, leading from one victory of the mind to the next.
You can see all 19 stops on this road to a better you, right here: