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 great way to show someone that something unusual is happening. If you want to convince someone they’re hypnotised, locking their arm in place is a good way of doing it.
Yet it happens all the time.
Imagine you’re holding a drink, your mobile phone, a cigarette, a novel, whatever. At first, you pick it up and move it to a comfortable position. Then you sort of forget about it and it just hangs there.
An extreme example of this happens sometimes when someone tells you a story while you’re eating. If they time the suspense just right, your fork can freeze halfway towards your face. You were eating, but now your full attention is on what happens next.
Your arm, forgotten for the moment, hangs there in space.
This happens more subtly when you stand upright. It feels like you’re doing nothing, even though your muscles are making thousands of tiny corrections every second.
Catalepsy is strange to experience. I once kept my arm raised for a couple of hours during a trance. I couldn’t have chosen to keep my arm in that position for so long – the muscles would tire and I would start to shake. But while my arm was cataleptic, it was more comfortable to leave it there than to move it.
That’s how you can hold a drink all night and not get tired.
It’s also how you can solve problems you don’t even know you have.
I teach you how in Everyday Hypnosis, which is part of Monster Mind Edukaré. Check out what’s there and what else you can get your fingers around:
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 science near and dear to your heart.
As you should. The scientific method is one of civilisation’s greatest accomplishments. It gives you a way to sort truth from tradition, fact from fiction and logic from lies. It transcends human frailty and stares nature in the face – unwaveringly and desperate for truth.
That’s how we dispelled the old superstitions and build all these technological marvels.
Religion is not the enemy or opposite of science. I’m not going to say they’re both ways of exploring the universe, although they are. The earliest religions used scientific principles, because theology appealed to the great thinkers of its time.
Sure, they didn’t use scientific principles consistently. Proper scientific enquiry would have found sacrificing animals didn’t change the weather much.
But you can’t be too hard on them. Modern scientists hardly apply the principles consistently either. That’s partly why nutritional science and medicine are so unsure and conflicted.
It’s how corporations and governments can pay for results they want.
It’s why universities struggle to innovate on how universities should run, and why so much valuable science time is wasted on grant applications and politics.
This is not a judgement against science. I just want you to see the gap between science and religion (and there is a gap, I don’t deny that) is smaller than you think.
Consider that the Buddha told his followers not to believe anything just because he said it or it’s tradition. And the Jewish faith has a strong tradition of analysis and doubt. Meanwhile, science often gets sidetracked with bouts of hero worship or politically motivated research.
Those are failings of our institutions, though, not of science itself.
But even an ideal scientist needs to break the rules of the scientific method sometimes.
Take Einstein, for example.
He didn’t develop his theories from observation or incremental improvements. He daydreamed possible models of physics that explained the universe, then sought to create them mathematically.
When asked what he would do if one of his key experimental tests – a measurement of starlight during a solar eclipse – proved his theory wrong, he said he’d pity God for making a mistake, because his theory was right.
This is not the correct scientific attitude to take. But he was right – and he knew it, purely from the strength and elegance of his model.
Intuition and faith are key virtues of the scientist. They simply use different (and generally better) tests to check their guesses.
A close mind advocated logic over instinct, or vice versa. A smart person knows to use one to bolster the other.
And a really smart person?
They find a way to strengthen both – something like this:
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,
3) Folk who buy something, then quickly lose interest.
If you’re part of that last group, you’re not alone. It’s a crowded number to flock behind.
But, boy, wouldn’t it be better to be part of Group 2?
Most people who start a self-improvement project never finish it. Even if it’s what they want, it’s easy to use and they spent a fortune on it.
And a lot of those who do finish simply go through the motions – happy to coast to the finish to avoid the embarrassment of quitting.
But Monster Mind Edukaré is different.
Right from the start – and again in the middle – I use my IGNITE System. This system clears the obstacles in your mind, overpowering your excuses and keeping you on track. It’s a sophisticated, multilayered approach that uses everything from your drive to your laziness to move you forward.
Yes, it uses your laziness for you, not against you.
Now, it’s not all up to me. You have to put some of the effort in.
In fact, it’ll still be a lot of work.
But it’ll be easier than continuing with your current limitations and hassles, that’s for sure.
With Monster Mind Edukaré, I know the moment you’re most inspired is when you begin. And the trickiest parts pop up at predictable moments along the way. (Few folk quit two metres from the finish line, after all.) Unlike other self-improvement programs, this eases those moments as best as possible.
If you don’t give up on Edukaré, then Edukaré won’t give up on you. It’s rooting for you from the first module.
That’s about as good a deal as anyone can offer.
If you’d like to see that in action, keep reading:
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 all communication.
Even without other folk, nature is incredible hypnotic. Try sitting by a peaceful creek without entering at least a light trance.
So if the world is inviting you to enter trance, you can’t fight it.
You can either go with it, or use it.
The goal of my book, Everyday Hypnosis, is to change your thinking on this topic. And, with it, change your thinking on everything else. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for change. Those habits, phobias or limitations you’ve had forever can disappear in an instant.
You can grow and change like never before.
That’s what hypnosis truly is – your brain’s mechanism for changing.
And now you know how to use it.
From here, if you use what you’ve learned, everything will change.
And I look forward to you meeting your better self.
Here’s the wrinkle, though:
There’s only one place to get this book. I’ve done you the favour of including it in Monster Mind Edukaré, which means it’s only available with a huge pile of other mind training material.
Because you could learn how to use hypnosis…
Or you could go beyond that and completely enhance the way you engage your mind.
So go beyond now:
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.
This was about a bad habit I had sometimes. Nothing major, just a little nuisance that popped up here or there. I suddenly realised where I had learned that – tracing it to a bad moment in my early childhood.
Once I knew the cause, it was easy to take care of.
I popped myself into a trance, cleaned out the habit and opened my eyes.
When I was done, I decided to use the sound of a creek nearby to remind me of this. Whenever I hear running water out in nature, it’s like my mind is being washed clean all over again.
In a way, I replaced one bad habit with a better one.
Which reminds me…
Do you feel like you don’t listen when you talk to yourself?
You say, “I’m skipping dessert” then suddenly you’re eating cake.
You tell yourself to relax and you still keep stuttering.
It’s not that you’re ignoring yourself. You’re just speaking a different language, that’s all.
Most of the time, we have our mental shields up. Someone tells us to do something and we think about it.
We might do it, we might not.
But there are times when our shields drop.
If you don’t know how to make your own shields drop, you’re in trouble. Some folk do and they will take advantage of you – dropping your shields, implanting suggestions and getting you to do what they want.
And you’ll think it was your idea.
But forget about them for the moment.
If you can’t bypass your own shields, then any self-improvement is pure chance. You don’t know whether you can make your changes stick or not.
The funny thing is your shields drop all the time. There are plenty of moments to change your thinking about stuff.
Once you recognise how to spot them, self-improvement is a whole lot easier.
Here’s where you can learn how to do that:
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 were portrayed as inhuman monsters, lusting after a war with the West so it could destroy freedom and spread misery. They were so desperate they would set the world ablaze in nuclear destruction… if only they had the chance.
He argued that, no, the Russians don’t want to wipe out all life on Earth. They don’t want a war. Russians are humans and humans love their children, so they’d probably prefer peace.
It’s an important lesson.
Our enemies are humans too. They might do terrible acts. Some humans enjoy causing suffering and death. That’s not because they’re mutants, though. On some level – deep down – their motivations would look uncomfortably similar.
But that’s not to say we’re all identical.
Don’t assume everyone sees the world the same way you do. Those common human experiences only make up a small part of us. Even the craziest person’s actions make sense when you understand how they see the world.
They say travel broadens the mind.
I guess it does.
But travel has nothing on this:
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 told me I was ready to resolve an old problem.
If you dabble in hypnosis long enough, by the way, this will happen to you too. You’ll learn to recognise when your unconscious is ready to move on from something. For me, it comes on like you’ve opened a door to your house you never knew was there, and you’re standing in the doorway, looking out over a whole new room.
Or something like that.
Anyway, I got that feeling. I have no idea what the problem was, but it was an old one and I was ready to be done with that.
So I trusted my instincts and went with it.
My right hand felt light, like it was floating in a bathtub. It felt more comfortable to let it rise, so I did. It found a comfortable place around my shoulder’s height, just floating there in space.
I kept it there as I walked to the pub.
And while sitting there, chatting.
A few people asked if it was injured. No, I explained, my hand is just solving a problem for me.
(No one questioned it. Like I say, I think they’re used to me.)
It was floating in that position for over an hour. I drank my wine and ate deep fried potato with my left hand, as my right was preoccupied.
Eventually, my hand settled into my lap. As it descended, I knew it had released an old problem from my mind. I felt better in a deep way, on a deep level like has never happened before.
To this day, I don’t know what the problem was.
But I sure am glad to be rid of it.
Want to learn how to rid yourself of problems like this too?
You’d better check out Everyday Hypnosis then. There’s only one place to get it and that’s right here:
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. In hung there in free space.
“Inside your mind, make a statement you know is true.”
I took a deep breath. My name is William.
“Hold it still and notice which way the weight swings.”
I held it as still as I could. Even so, it started swinging towards and away from me.
“Very good. Now, in your mind, think a false statement and notice which way it swings.”
I was surrounded by Americans, so that was easy to think of. I am a US citizen. Sure enough, it started to swing left and right.
“Clear your mind and make a statement. Make this something you want to know whether it’s true or not.”
I had the perfect conundrum in mind. I’d been practicing my marketing skills a lot and even offering my services as a freelancer. It wasn’t quite going how I’d hoped. I’d been wrestling with whether I wanted to abandon the enterprise or stick with it.
I should be a freelance copywriter, I thought.
The pendulum immediately arced, settling on a flow to and from me.
“There’s your answer. Whatever that statement was is true.”
No kidding. It sure was.
Too often we lie to ourselves. About who we are, what we should do and what will make us happy.
Yet it’s strange – we have built-in lie detectors we can use.
And it goes so much further than self-interrogation. You can use this technique to relax, sharpen your creativity, solve complicated problems and have the vision to change your life.
Check out the Everyday Hypnosis part of Monster Mind Edukaré to learn more:
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 minutes.
Fifteen minutes is a tall order. It’s more than a question of patience – you need to hold your eyes (and eyelids) in a certain way. Blinking is discouraged.
But that’s okay – I would work my way up to it.
I surprised myself by starting off well. It felt like I could make the time. I zoned in on my target, completely fixated.
Then my eyes started to feel irritated.
I blinked a few times and kept my attention locked.
But I couldn’t hold it. Eventually, I had to relax.
I knew I’d lasted about ten minutes. I was eager to try the exercise again, hopefully build up to the full time…
When I checked my watch, I realised I’d lasted longer than ten minutes.
In fact, I’d lasted 45.
Yep – I’d gone triple the expected time, all the time thinking I hadn’t even come close.
I don’t know where the time went, which is how I know I did that exercise right.
Time distortion is a strange phenomenon. It’s usually a side effect of hypnotic trances… but anything that’s a side effect can be deliberately cultivated.
Imagine being able to stretch time – to slow those moments you want to treasure and fast forward through the dull bits. How much tedium would you replace with real, rich moments?
If you want to learn how, keep reading:
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 – maybe I was afraid of rejection or something.
Anyway, I’m filling out this form and it asked me for my ID number.
I didn’t have an ID number yet… did I?
I looked through my papers, couldn’t find anything. Searched my email history, same result.
Eventually, I called them. They were confused – my ID should have been mailed to me. Whatever, no problems, I got it then and completed the form.
Woo for overcoming anxieties!
A few months later, I was cleaning out my things when I came across a few pieces of paper.
One was the ID that they had mailed to me.
Another was the ID written in my handwriting.
I genuinely believed I hadn’t seen it… even after writing it out. This was my brain’s amusing way to try to spare me whatever it was afraid of – by deleting this key info from my mind.
We’ve all had moments of amnesia, where our minds simply forget something.
Usually because it’s not important.
Sometimes because our brain’s trying to protect us.
And it might sound strange, but you can choose to use this – to forget something. But not by thinking about it. The harder you try to forget a memory, the stronger you memorise it.
So what’s the answer?
I’m more than happy to share it.
It’s part of the Everyday Hypnosis module in Monster Mind Edukaré. It’s overflowing with so much content, you might struggle to find it. When you do, though, you’ll never forget it.
Unless you want to, that is…
Anyway, here’s the link: