Meditation is incredibly beneficial. It’s some of the best training you can give your mind. It directly enhances your focus and mindfulness, which in turn improve everything from mood to memory. Any task that uses the brain (which is every task) benefits from regular meditation.
If you find it difficult to clear your mind, you’re not alone. Don’t use that as an excuse to give up though. Difficult things matter – they filter out the uncommitted, leaving only those with enough elf-discipline to continue. Be thankful that it’s difficult, otherwise no one would appreciate it.
Don’t use the difficulty as an excuse to struggle, though. Meditation involves clearing your mind. It does not involve stressing over whether you’re clearing your mind well enough. All it requires is that you simply be.
Can you hypnotise someone without speaking to them? Of course, but it’s harder. For some reason, the spoken word – both what you are saying and how you are saying it – are intensely hypnotic. If you want to deepen your understanding of the hypnotic process, it makes sense to wonder why.
It’s almost strange how effortless it is to listen. Compared with reading words on a page, spoken words have drawbacks. There’s always background noise, no matter how quiet it may seem. Words tumble together, with your brain scrambling to figure out where the pauses are. Let alone what any of it means.
Funny – it’s almost as if your brain has serious computational power dedicated to deciphering speech. It does and it’s called the temporal lobe. And where the brain dedicates resources, hypnotists are sure to follow.
How many of you dabbled with meditation and then quit? Even if you were getting benefits? I don’t judge – it’s easy to fall out of positive habits. Whether it’s eating right, exercising, reading or delving into pleasant states of trance, life can distract you from your intentions.
This is why, if you’re new to meditation, I recommend creating a meditation ritual.
Habits and rituals are similar creatures. Maybe a habit is showering and getting dressed each morning, whereas a ritual is more complex. If you ignore the surface flourishes, they both boil down to the same process. You perform predictable actions to get predictable results.
A deep hypnotic trance is a strange (and pleasant) experience. There’s often a sense that something different happens. It’s as if your body is over there and your mind is over here. You don’t need to reach this disconnected state for hypnosis to help you but, if you do, it means that your mind is open and ready for new ideas.
This describes an entire class of mystical sensations. The ancients called it for how it felt – out-of-body experiences, entering the spirit realm, communing with gods. Whether or not these things actually happened, the feeling behind them is real enough.
How do you create this dissociation within hypnotic subjects?
Hypnotists, along with many other small business owners, think about what makes them unique. I strongly encourage this. Thinking about what separates you from others is a great way to develop your brand. But what does it mean to be unique and how is that useful?
These are important questions. One of the things your website’s homepage must do is emphasise what makes you different. Your potential client might have a hundred tabs open – something is going to grab their attention, so make sure you have what they’re browsing for.
If you are unique (and the right fit), then they’ll ignore all other offerings. They won’t even consider them. If you are just another hypnotist, though, then they’ll start comparing things like prices. Everyone loses, including the potential client.
Like all service-based industries, hypnosis relies a lot on first impressions. The moment you meet someone, they begin to form impressions about you. If a client forms the wrong impressions, it makes them harder to work with (assuming they don’t leave). But now, many clients form impressions of you before they ever lay eyes on you.
Many hypnotists ignore marketing. Some don’t bother because they get enough referrals to book the solid. Others struggle to figure out what to say. The good news is that, if you have a decent homepage for your website, it puts you ahead of everyone else.
I know of people who hate small talk. I get where they’re coming from, even if I don’t agree. Small talk is great. You realise this when you learn that small talk is not a simple exchange of information. Knowing what it really is helps you with your meditation practice.
Rituals are like catnip for your unconscious mind. If you want to meditate, then keep it happy. After all, your unconscious influences your attention and trance state. Meditation is little more than trying to meet your inner mind, so make it want to meet you.
If someone tells you that meditation involves clearing your mind, it can be difficult to begin. How do you clear your mind, exactly? If, like most people, trying to think about nothing just leads to more thinking, then you can feel less than encouraged as soon as you begin. If you focus on something like the breath, however, your thoughts will more easily fade.
There’s a reason why so many meditative practices involve your breathing. It’s a strange thing. Unlike your heart rate, you can quickly and easily control your breath. If you don’t consciously control it, though, your unconscious mind takes over and breaths for you.
You can think of your breathing – its rate and depth – as being the product of conscious and unconscious thinking. It’s a bridge between two minds. Since meditation is all about relinquishing conscious control to your unconscious mind, it’s a great place to start.
Hypnotists should make great marketers. We are experts in persuasion, masters at solving pain and sublime communicators. When we speak, we transform worlds. And yet most hypnotists struggle to attract clients. How many of us dream of meaningful and profitable work, only to be forced to return to corporate hells after a few years?
In person, you are literally mesmeric. How do so many of us have bland, forgettable websites? What’s with the incoherent email campaigns? Do we capture our client’s personal details as easily as we capture their hearts?
What is going on?
I’m here to tell you that the old magics work. I don’t believe in any fantasies. I’m a capital-C cynic who would point out that supernatural literally means ‘not found in nature’. None of this matters. Magic works.
How can I say that I’m a sceptic and I believe in magic? Don’t be ridiculous. Magic isn’t real and I never said that it is. I only said that it works.
What kind of magic? All kinds. Shamanism, Wiccan, Christian and D&D wizardry all work perfectly. You can use them to enhance your health, predict the future, banish problems, win battles and receive the wisdom of the gods.