The naive view of chess is it’s simple and logical.
You can see all of your pieces, you can see your enemy’s pieces, you know what they all do.
You have a clearly defined grid.
There’s no surprises, no hidden traps, nothing like that.
Plus you have a clearly defined objective: get the enemy king into a position where they cannot escape doom.
It sure sounds simple.
Or if not ‘simple’, at least it’s precisely defined.
But of course, we know that chess doesn’t function quite that logically. It’s not as simple a game as tic-tac-toe, where you can quickly explore all the possibilities.
Because even with such clearly defined rules, chess is full of surprises.
It’s full of creativity and intuition. Listen to the grandmasters talk, and sometimes they talk about calculating the probabilities. But more often they talk about energy, they talk about force meeting resistance.
They talk about the game of chess, not in logical terms, but more like they’re composing a melody.
They don’t so much think about the solution as they see the solution emerge from the board.
It comes from their intuition.
Think about that for a moment: chess, where everything is so understood, where every single piece is so clearly defined is still a game of creativity.
Sure, computers calculate their way to victory.
(They can certainly wallop me.)
But let me ask you this:
How good are those chess playing computers at life?
In life, you can’t see all your pieces.
You can’t see your enemy’s – assuming you even know who your enemies are.
Each piece can do strange and unpredictable things.
And nothing is clearly defined.
So if something as logical as chess relies on creativity – at least, when humans play it…
… then what about everything that’s far less logical than that?
I hope that gets you thinking.
And that you think of this the next time you try to reason your way to happiness.
(I’m gazing at you, pros-and-cons-list lovers!)
If you believe you can’t train your creativity, you might wonder why I’m rubbing this in your face. And you’d be right to wonder. It would be a cruel, cruel thing for me to do.
The good news is, that belief can’t hold vodka.
You can, in fact, train your creativity.
The basic level training is to practice it. Don a smock and get to painting.
The deeper level training involves experiencing your mind in whole new ways.
If creativity involves thinking a thought you’ve never thought before, what would experiencing a new state of consciousness be like?
If you wonder how hypnosis can improve your life, this is how.
And you can experience the next level of hypnosis, simply by following this grand and charming link:
If you’re absentminded, then I invite you to focus on this article. Don’t worry – I’ll be quick, and I’ll make it worth your while.
Maybe your constant daydreams frustrate you. You bump into things, miss key details when folk talk to you, overlook the beauty in front of your eyes…
Or perhaps you were it as a badge of honour. You’re absentminded… like a professor. Like an eccentric genius. You’re not mentally flaky – you simply have a rich, inner world.
Either way, self-hypnosis can help you.
Yes, either way.
Because when you use it right, it’ll supercharge your focus while also enriching your inner world.
A tall order?
It sure is – and here’s how it works.
Some self-hypnotic trances require you to lose yourself in a mental landscape. And I mean that literally. You’re lost because you don’t know where you are, where you’re going and what’ll happen next.
Other people struggle to immerse themselves in their mind like this. Something tells me you’ll have no problem.
Then, at the same time, you focus just enough to achieve some outcome – like greater relaxation, confidence and creativity.
In other words, you strengthen both focus and unfocused thinking.
I said I’d be brief, so here’s the link you should read to learn more:
Consciousness is a strange thing. Your mind feels like a single, continuous entity, like a block of wood. There’s ‘us’, then there’s the point where we end and ‘not us’ starts.
Except if it’s a block, it’s a strange one.
Your thoughts, feelings and behaviours change day by day, moment by moment. Sure, there are boundaries around what you think. That’s why other people have such strange opinions – it’s common sense to them, even if it’s unthinkable to you.
Within those boundaries, though, it’s as if anything is fair game.
Consciousness doesn’t seem to be solid. It’s more like white light – made up of other colours, blending seamlessly into a single shade.
There’s your primal consciousness, focused on avoiding angry rivals with spears and finding tasty food.
There’s your tribal consciousness, obsessing over who is on your side and who is being an unpredictable, unwashed weirdo.
Part of you dreams, while another part plans.
And so on.
All coming together to make a single colour.
And that’s another way how consciousness is like white light:
It’s an illusion. It only looks like one thing, because we can’t see the parts making it up. Only when we look closer do we see the individual wavelengths that combine to make this solid colour.
This makes it hard to change, by the way. If you have a bad habit or an old emotional wound, how do you deal with it if it’s… well, you?
But if it’s only a small part of you…
Well, that’s a little easier to manage.
You can remove a part. You can replace it, modify it or turn it upside down.
But not by using your conscious mind. That’s like trying to build a hot air balloon while you’re flying it. Conscious thinking isn’t so good at pulling itself up by the bootstraps.
Fortunately, you have other tools in the shed.
Tools which are perfect for taking some part of your thinking and changing it. It’s less like tuning a car and more like training a wild animal, but it works.
It all comes from shining the spotlight of your attention where you need to.
How do you do that?
I explain all about it here:
It’s amazing what a difference a decade makes.
If you were to turn back the clock that amount or so, walking around you would see something strange. The hippies, the health conscious people, the hipsters, all of them would be bragging about how they’re drinking bottled water, how they avoid tap water.
At the time, that made perfect sense.
The bottles (allegedly) came from natural springs, or glaciers, or whatever.
Beautiful, natural sources.
And yet, just think about that now from the modern perspective. All of those bottles would’ve had BPA in them and who knows what else.
So you have these health conscious people, going out of their way and spending extra money to slowly poison themselves.
Now, what’s the point of this?
To make fun of some people who didn’t know better?
Well, there’s some value in that. It’s easy to get ‘healthy and natural’ and ‘industrial poisons’ mixed up if you’re not paying attention.
But, no, that’s not it.
I don’t really have a point.
I guess it just goes to show you that sometimes you have an intention.
That intention can be the most noble, the most good, the most wise thing.
And then, sometimes your actions don’t align with that intention. Sometimes it’s because you lose perspective for a moment and do something foolish. And sometimes, it’s simply because you don’t know better.
There’s no cure for this, but you can always improve.
Train your mind to think, not just regurgitate old patterns.
It won’t be perfect. Life is suffering, most of which is self-inflicted. But that’s good news, because dialling that back even a little – even just a few percent – will change your life. That’s what the old philosophies and modern neuroscientists say: pain is inevitable, but you can always do something about it.
But what, exactly?
Wishful… I mean ‘positive’ thinking?
Cutting out sugar?
Going on a social media cleanse?
Sure, each of those will help.
But to really make a difference, it takes deep, dedicated training of your mind.
Meditation is one answer.
But if you want to go beyond just meditation, in a fraction of the time and effort, I recommend starting here:
In Norse mythology, Odin is not what he might seem. If you think of Marvel, you think of Thor and Loki being the ones who get their hands dirty.
If you compare him to Greece’s Zeus, you might think he sits back, maybe throwing lightning or turning into an animal.
Odin is… a little crazy.
Like how he became one of the most powerful beings in the universe. He mastered the mysteries of magic by sacrificing himself.
Yeah, he sacrificed himself in a ritual.
And even weirder than surviving that is he sacrificed himself… to himself.
I won’t judge because it clearly worked out for him.
The other story I like is how he lost his eye. He’s famously one-eyed, but what happened to the other?
Did he battle a god?
Did some mighty mortal rise up and injury Odin?
No, nothing like that.
He sacrificed his eye in a separate ritual to gain immense wisdom.
That’s what can blind Odin – Odin himself.
And if wisdom ever needed a glowing endorsement… well, that’s it. It’s worth losing a divine eye over.
How can we mere mortals become more wise?
And preferably remain physically intact?
Well, that depends on how you define wisdom.
Is it to know yourself, like the Oracle at Delphi said?
Is it to act in accordance with your values, instead of being seduced by lesser instincts?
How about intelligence plus street smarts and common sense?
Either way, self-hypnosis can clear out the junk in your head that blocks you from this. It undoes the lessons that need undoing, while reinforcing everything that aligns with your virtues.
It’s similar to meditation, and is easier (and more fun) to learn.
Speaking of learning it, here’s the best way to clear your mind… more literally than most people mean when they say that.
Sacrifice a few skin cells from your pointer finger by following the link below:
If you’re into positive thinking, psychology or related fields, you’ve probably come across this line before:
“Imagine what you want to happen, because your brain can’t distinguish your imagination from reality.”
Now, I’m not going to call BS on that. There’s truth to it. If you imagine a lemon wedge, with the rough peel on one side and the squishy flesh on the other… that sweet and acrid smell filling your nose… the strange pulpy grooves running down the sides…
… then you imagine talking a big bite of it…
… your mouth will water. If your imagination is strong enough, you’ll even shudder.
Either way, your brain confused reality and fantasy for a moment there.
This might be the dumbest thing I ever write. On the one hand, can it really be that bad if it’s good advice? On the other hand… yeah, no, this is really dumb.
And that’s excellent news. It means most people who read this won’t do it. If you do what I say here, you’ll be one of the chosen few who see dramatic improvements.
So, here it goes. This is the moment where I sacrifice my ego and dignity to share something amazing.
If you want to be a success in your sphere, then I officially recommend that you play make-believe.
“Oh, I get it,” some of you are thinking. “You’re talking about visualisations. Like how athletes imagine themselves at peak performance and winning championships. That’s not so bad.”
Ah, no, not quite.
Have you ever caught children dressing in their parents clothes, clomping around while pretending to visit the doctors? Or maybe they were in the garden, pretending to be kitty cats and fairies?
That’s playing make-believe.
And it might be what your career is missing.
“So… you want me to dress in my bosses clothes…? And pretend to order people around…?”
And stop interrupting.
A special trick turns this childlike whimsy into serious mental training. One that allows you to do it all in the privacy of your own thoughts. Unlike me, you come out of this with your dignity intact.
You don’t even have to break into your boss’ wardrobe.
No one has to know about it except us. You can admit it if you want or it can be our shameful secret.
And that’s okay. Playing make-believe will earn you respect… if you do it right, that is.
This technique is just one of many I cover that could boost your career. It’s definitely the most fun, though.
If you can’t wait to see the look on everyone’s faces when your skills jump a notch…
(… sometimes overnight…)
… then start reading and, more importantly, start practicing:
I have something you can have a crack at right now.
Do this right and you’ll free yourself of some phobias, neuroses or unpleasant quirks.
It’ll help you find more energy, creativity, patience and insight.
It’s even useful for those of you chasing spiritual growth – whether that’s enlightenment, shadow work or communing with whoever will take your call.
I’m making some big claims here, so why not give it a go and experience it firsthand.
Think the thoughts you’re too afraid to think.
There are corners of your mind you don’t go, because they’re too raw, too painful or too deeply buried.
They’re the source of all your miseries. Dig them out and you unshackle yourself from great and terrible burdens.
They’re also the source of your greatest power, just waiting for you to integrate them.
Of course, there’s one little problem there…
“Thinking thoughts you’re too afraid to think” – that doesn’t sound easy.
In fact, by that definition, it might be impossible.
Well, it’s not impossible – just extremely unpleasant.
Like marinading in all your worst childhood fears while getting punched in the gut.
It’s easy to go astray when facing something this intense.
That’s why it pays to focus on safety.
Learn how to ground yourself first.
Know how to step back and reset when things get tough.
You can delve deeper and faster into your own mind when you know how to do it safely.
And it doesn’t get much safer than the Neural Reset – my hypnosomatic technique for releasing your stored tension and trauma.
You could do it after thinking those impossible thoughts – to keep them from infiltrating your normal waking state. Kind of like an airlock to deep the darkness out.
You could do it before – so you enter your shadow loose, open and relaxed.
If you were a student or protégé of mine, I’d insist – yes, insist – on you resetting before and after.
But you’re probably not under my wing.
So all I’ll say is I strongly recommend it.
I’m not sure if you could put a price on this level of personal growth. Since you can’t face those thoughts now, you literally can’t imagine how good your life will be once you’ve resolved that.
Folks happily pay tens of thousands of dollars on the mere promise of a better life. They think a degree will unlock a fulfilling career, or an amazing trip will help them find themselves.
Maybe it will.
But often those goals disappoint us – because the real issues lie in the parts of your mind you dare not venture into. Changing your circumstances can help… but that’s nothing compared to changing your mind.
The Neural Reset gives you the chance to finally find what you’re looking for.
Much more affordably.
And more convenient, too.
If you want to free yourself from what’s holding you back, book yourself in for a Neural Reset or two here:
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:
Out there in the halls of science are a few studies about who can be hypnotised and who can’t. They run through some experiments on a random sample of the population and crunch the numbers. At the end, they say something like:
“20% of people can’t be hypnotised!”
And because it’s Science, people take it and run with it. I even saw one news article describe this as “science proving the obvious”.
If you think it’s ‘obvious’ that not everyone can be hypnotised, then hold onto your hats.
Because those studies showing so many people are somehow immune to hypnosis?
They have, to put it politely, flawed methodologies.
In simple English, they’re wrong.
Here’s how they come up with that number:
A researcher – usually an academic, rarely an experienced hypnotist – records a hypnotic script. In the script, there’s a suggestion to do something noticeable, like lift your arm at a certain time.
If someone lists their arm, they’re in a trance.
If not, they’re not.
20% or so of people listening to it don’t respond, therefore they aren’t hypnotisable.
Well, not so much. A few nitpicks:
In other words, the entire premise is flawed.
Both of these are obvious to any hypnotist with real-world experience.
Like, for example, Dr Richard Bandler – renowned psychologist, hypnotist and co-creator of neurolinguistic programming (NLP).
He takes great delight in taking unhypnotisable people and dropping them into trance within minutes. In one of his many books, he says 100% of people he’s met are hypnotisable.
That 100% mathematically includes you, unless you have a strange brain mutation making you different from other humans.
You might have an anecdote saying otherwise. Maybe you say a hypnotherapist or got on stage with a comedy hypnotist and it didn’t work.
My first point would be, if you only have one experience with hypnosis, how do you know it didn’t work?
Until you know what hypnosis feels like, how do you know what it doesn’t?
Or maybe you weren’t in a trance… but going from “it didn’t work once” to “it will never work!” is a mighty leap.
Just as everyone can be hypnotised, everyone can resist it. I’ve resisted trance from some of the greatest hypnotists in the world – and I’m certainly susceptible to it.
All I know is it’s much better to go along with the experience.
To surrender just enough control to enter a new part inside of you.
To be open enough to change your mind – more literally than most people mean by that.
If you’re breathing, you’re hypnotisable.
And this is great news, because you can use hypnosis to improve your life.
The easiest way is to listen to the hypnotic audios I offer here. You can access more hypnotic content you’re likely to listen to in a year – and I can’t offer much more value than that.
It’s all here: