Australia Day is complicated. It’s a day to celebrate everything from warm weather to freedom and prosperity. Or you see the chance to have a race riot on the beach. Then again, Invasion Day might mark the day when strangers displaced your people… and worse. It’s a celebration mixed with shame. It’s multiculturalism and xenophobia.
The debate is as old as the song itself. This classic by Madonna is about religion. No, wait, it’s really about sex. Actually, it’s about a hypnotic induction. … Really…? Hypnosis? Oh, yes. Listen to the verses – really listen to them – and you’ll hear someone describing a hypnotic trance.
The government seems almost like a force of nature. Always fickle but always there. And then – suddenly – it’s not. Parts of the unstoppable machinery grind to a halt. The government lets you down. These can be scary moments. When your livelihood depends on the government, it’s a shock to remember that you can’t
I defer to Yoda’s expertise when it comes to The Force. The little dude has centuries on me. But I have to disagree with him about ‘doing’ vs ‘trying’. Maybe meditation works differently for Jedi. Who knows. But his famous quotation is completely backwards: Try or try not – there is no do. Many people
I like dancing when there’s a point to it. For example, I spent many years learning swing dancing. It’s great fun because there are moves, connection, and other great stuff. But the dancing you do in nightclubs – where everyone just sort of flails around – isn’t for me. It’s feels awkward and boring. Yet
I love coffee. Unlike many coffee drinkers, I like it enough to take it black, no sweetener. (I confess to liking the occasional bit of spice – ginger and chilli, for example. But my default brew is straight from the plant). Also, I drink it because I like it. I’m lucky enough to not rely
Instant relaxation is not only possible; it’s the most natural thing. How fast can you move from relaxed to alert? If you see a car speeding towards you, it’s immediate. Moving from stress to calmness is almost as quick. If it’s so natural, what stops us from doing it? How can we use this comforting
Hypnosis is polarising. Broadly speaking, there are three reactions when someone mentions hypnosis: It’s weird, evil mind control, It’s as useful as astrology – fake, mystical nonsense, It’s a fascinating piece of mental technology. All are common. Only the last is accurate. Imagine if antibiotics had the same reputation: “It’s all in the name: they
There are a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis. But in my experience, people are eager to learn more about hypnosis. After all, it’s interesting, it’s useful… and the mind is a very strange thing. These are some of the questions I get. If you have a question that I haven’t answered, please get in touch. Is
You’ve probably heard the term ‘trance state’ before. Especially if you’re familiar with hypnosis. A question you might ask is: what is the trance state? Hypnosis activates the trance state, which is 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