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 give meditation a go, then stop. It doesn’t seem to work for them. I get it. Other people talk about all these benefits – relaxation, focus, inner peace – that seem so out of reach.
Here’s the thing:
Meditation is WEIRD. You probably don’t understand it – even if you think you do. Read More
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 this awkward, boring dancing taught me something valuable about feeling more energetic.
This lesson came at a meditation workshop / concert / party. It priced out the dirty hippies, leaving only cool people who were eager to connect with something inside. The guy leading the chanting and instruments was super chill – liquid relaxation in a human-sized bottle. He drew everyone into this calm, focused and awesome state.
He could have left us there.
Oh, no. He had bigger plans. Read More
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 on the caffeine hit. Coffee is a treat to be savoured, not a biological requirement.
It’s tasty and good for you. And, boy, do people love it. Read More
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 influence?
The answer is over 2,000 years old. Read More
Hypnosis is polarising. Broadly speaking, there are three reactions when someone mentions hypnosis:
All are common. Only the last is accurate.
Imagine if antibiotics had the same reputation:
Oh, well. Read More
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.
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 willing to accept things as true in a trance state.
Now, if that last line concerns you, then I can assure you that 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 can make you do anything you don’t want to – 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.
It’s an excellent question.
And the answer is…
… we don’t know.
Hypnosis is complex. It’s kind of like asking ‘what happens in the brain during thinking?’ There probably is an answer to that question, but we certainly don’t know it yet.
Having said that, there is a lot we do know. Aside from all our unanswered questions, we have the results of research, measurement and experimentation. These all provide clues as to what happens, physically, during hypnosis. Read More
Hypnosis is a powerful and mysterious process. We know a lot about what it can do and how to use it. What we don’t know is why – the underlying mechanisms behind trance and tapping into the unconscious mind.
But that comes later. Let’s start with what hypnosis is and why it has such incredible results. Read More
You go to any stage hypnotism show and there’ll be a cynic in the audience. “They’re just faking,” they’ll say.
Or if you go to a hypnotist so you can quit smoking, lose a phobia, sleep through the night or unleash your motivation, the cynic will laugh. “Why waste your money?” they’ll ask.
I don’t blame the cynic for being… well, cynical. The world is full of people peddling mystical nonsense. But hypnosis is different from. It is neither mystical nor nonsense.
Other alternative therapies claim to heal the mind. Unlike these, hypnosis has proof. Rock-solid, unambiguous, scientific proof.
And, no, it’s not the placebo effect. Hypnosis works whether you accept it or not, doubt it or not, or are open minded about it. It gets results even if you think it won’t.
If hypnosis is real, how come so many people deny it? Read More