Friday, 30 September 2011

Past Life Regression Video - Jenny Cockell- The True story of a Woman Who Lived Before

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Cure for Cancer that the BIG Pharmaceuticals Don't Want us to Know About?

Monday, 26 September 2011

What are Dreams...and What do they Mean?

What are dreams? What do my dreams mean? What are my dreams telling me? These are very common questions we ask ourselves, from early childhood right through our lives in all likelihood. They scare us, they excite us, they inspire us, they can confuse us altogether...but why are dreams such a mystery?

Dreams have been studied and considered for thousands of years, but the truth is there are still not many ‘hard facts’ about dreams as science has not yet found a way to accurately measure their content, and is the reason why we have to rely on theories to explain something that plays such a strange role in our lives. It has been said that we spend around 6 years of our lives in dreaming state, a state often feeling so real we have no idea we are dreaming until we wake up. In dreams we feel pain, pleasure, fear, happiness – in fact every emotion possible in a form as real as we would in our ordinary waking life. The question is why do we feel these things and can these dreams have meaning?

The brain has been studied rigorously when asleep, with brainwaves being recorded through our 8 hours of nocturnal bliss. There have been four main stages identified in sleep when the brain works at different speeds, or cycles. The first three stages are different depths of sleep (N1, N2, N3) while the fourth stage has been names REM (Rapid Eye Movement) due to the quick movement the eyes make at the onset of this level. It is known that dreaming takes place during REM as when subjects were woken up in experimentation during the fourth stage they would always report being mid-dream.

Studies suggest that we dream every single night we sleep (when we reach REM that is, during a short nap not necessarily) and we skip through our sleep cycles every 60-90 minutes, therefore dreaming several times per night for periods as long as 20 minutes at a time. Whether we remember the dream or not is dependent on the stage of sleep we wake up in. Like in the studies those who are awoken in REM remember their dreams, while those awoken in the different stages don’t necessarily and sometimes never at all, although it is reported that you can train yourself to remember your dreams using various different methods (I can account for this myself).

In ancient times dreams were relied upon as interaction with the Gods or the dead, a supernatural world that was some kind of split reality from our own where messages of importance would be delivered (see ‘The Bible’) as well as warnings of the future foreseen. In other times nightmares were connected with contact with the devil while pleasant dreams with Gods or angels. In history dreams were considered highly important and served as messages or instructions to use in waking life, but those feelings towards dreams did not last.

Later, especially in western culture, dreams began to lose importance and became thought of as meaningless until Sigmund Freud wrote about their importance to psychology. Freud thought that dreams represented the innermost desires of the individual and were highly important in understanding the workings of the mind. Fritz Perls had similar thoughts to Freud but believed that every aspect of a dream was a representation of oneself, if someone was having a dream about an angry monster for example, that monster would represent an aspect of their own mind, perhaps anger or fear that was being projected by the subconscious mind.

There are also modern theories that dreams actually have no meaning at all and that they are just some kind of scrambled version of memories and emotions unwinding as we sleep, the brain untangling itself after a day filled of multi-sensory absorption. The one main problem I have with these theories is that they don’t seem to offer explanation to recurring dreams and nightmares, dreams with near identical structure or themes that we don’t seem to have control over and cannot shake off. Recurring nightmares can cause considerable stress and create immense frustration. Are these dreams without meaning and simply a process of memory/emotion? I find that very hard to believe.

Fritz Perls and successive gestalt psychologists/hypnotherapists such as Randal Churchill, have had great success using dream therapy, analysing dreams as projections of subconscious issues in order to fix problems in their client’s lives. Recurring dreams would be seen as subconscious problems that have not been dealt with, perhaps repressed feelings that the conscious mind has not overcome and the subconscious mind is continually pushing to be dealt with. During dream therapy the issues would be explored and dealt with, and after such work the recurring dream/nightmare will typically cease, with the individual reporting a great sense of relief and a feeling of being able to move on in their life. Is this proof enough that dreams are not simply scrambled memories?

I have seen this for myself first hand. I had a recurring dream for a number of years surrounding a childhood friend who would inexplicably enter into my dreams on a regular basic. It wasn’t distressing but it did make me wonder why he was there, and filled me with a sense of frustration. It wasn’t until I fully explored my feelings of guilt surrounding this particular friendship and circumstances surrounding it that the friend disappeared from my sleep! It was actually quite a wonderful experience to have my personal mystery solved. I have since worked with clients myself as a hypnotherapist and have found similar results, and not just with recurring dreams. Every dream has themes that can be explored and these are always of interest and of use to the dreamer so long as they are open and willing to delve deep enough.

In conclusion it is my strong opinion that dreams are a clear view of what is going on in your deepest state of mind; a strong connection to the subconscious. These messages from your subconscious can certainly be worked with to help further understand the mind and the way that it behaves. The subconscious mind works in mysterious ways that we cannot fully explain yet, but we can see the results of dream therapy enough to conclude that key inner feelings are brought to the surface in our dreams, which can then be dealt with to improve our REAL waking lives.

In short dreams can be used to help make us happier. In that respect dreams are very important to our lives and it would be ignorant to pass them off as meaningless without exploring even a little deeper beneath the surface.

What do you think about your own dreams? Is there something you find hard to explain? Please feel free to leave a comment, or if you would prefer email me at

On the internet there are many 'dream translation' guides, such as this one Some people find these interpretations of dreams helpful, and many dreams can have similar symbolic meaning for everyone, ie fear etc, but I think it is important to point out that dreams are immensely personal and so for instance if two people dream about a cat, the cat can represent two very different things to either person. We are all unique and have a unique representation of the world around us, so it is only you who can confirm for certain what different aspects of your dream truly mean, and not a generic description.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Matt Damon Hypnosis - Quits Smoking

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Recording Your Own Self Hypnosis

As detailed in my previous posts a very effective way to do self-hypnosis is to make a recording of your own voice then play it back to yourself either when you are already in a hypnotic state OR to actually help put yourself into hypnosis.

If you are not computer literate, one method is to use a cassette tape recorder, which is very user friendly and despite being anti-technological it gets the job done well enough and was the only method of use for many years. Put in a blank tape cassette, make sure it is at the beginning, press ‘record’ and start talking.

 However if you are confident using computer software ‘Audacity’ is a very competent free service downloadable from the internet to make digital recordings. Garageband is a great piece of software that comes included with Apple Mac computers, while Sony Sound Forge is great if you are willing to pay for something at the higher end of the market. The other benefit of using computer software is that you can more easily add in effects such as echo or background music as well as being able to digitally cut and edit your piece to suit your needs. For instance you might like one particular hypnotic induction that you have recorded, so instead of repeating yourself time and time again you can simply cut and paste it into the beginning of each audio you make using one of the software programs. Anything on the computer is easily sharable, either sending it by Email or uploading to MP3 player. For these reasons I use the computer a lot, it makes my life easier and the end product more professional. I put my recordings on my IPod and they are ready for me to use at the click of a button whenever I need them.

So what to record?

Building a script is very personal, and the content you include should be things that are specific to your needs. My previous posts on self-hypnosis (parts 1-3) as well as Rules of Suggestion will give you the basic framework from which to work your way through the basic three stages.

If you find imagery of the sea relaxing, build that into your induction script…use whatever it is that makes you feel the most relaxed, and be creative! This might take some experimentation by trial and error, and often things can take you completely by surprise. A client of mine once said she had never felt more relaxed when we did a visualisation of a steam train moving through a forest, even though she didn’t like trains! Simplicity is a good place to start, the subconscious mind likes things kept simple and focused, just remember to start with steady deep breathing, close the eyes and then RELAX!

Some are easier than others to word correctly. The Rules of Suggestion post covers this quite succinctly so I will not repeat myself, but what I will say is if you are just starting out doing something like this it is a good idea to begin with something quickly achievable, like stress relief or improved moods and not something bigger like dropping a lifelong habit. Engaging the subconscious mind takes practice, and tapping into it gently is certainly the easier route to follow. Also remember to include suggestions that every time you go into hypnosis you will find it easier and even more enjoyable and relaxing (this always helps with a continued program of hypnosis!).

Awaken in the same way you ‘went to sleep’. If your induction had you visualising slowly walking down some steps, your awakening should have you visualising walking up those steps, and with each step and every breath feeling more and more wide-awake and alert. Your suggestions at this stage should be about ‘coming back around’ and feeling fantastic, but also taking with you the positive effects of your session.
So be creative with your script and play around with it as much as you like so long as you stick to the basic rules. Write it down or type it on your computer and have it handy when you do your recording. Speak slowly and softly, and speak in a way that you would find soothing and relaxing. If music works for you and you know how to put some gently into the background that is both slow and relaxing then do so, or even recordings of the sea or a natural setting like a forest – whatever works for you. If voice on its own is what connects with you best then so be it. Experiment, you will soon find a good match, and even after that variation always keeps things fresh and interesting over a longer period.

I will be posting some information shortly on the different methods you can use in your script to both induce hypnosis and deepen the whole experience. But in the meantime…happy recording! for info on Apple Garageband. info on Sony's recording software. Audacity sound recording software FREE to download!

The 100th Monkey Principle: Can this Explain the Evolution of Human Consciousness?

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Article that examines how human ideas and consciousness may have evolved, and may still be evolving.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Advertising is behind the high take-up of antidepressants - Telegraph

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Article discussing the implications of advertising in the high numbers of anti depressants now being issued to the population.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

British Riots Video: The Real Source

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Sports Hypnosis Explained

Sports Hypnosis:

Athletes fail to succeed for two generalised reasons. 1. Their body fails them through injury of fatigue so they cannot continue to perform. 2. Their mind fails them; they lose their head and their performance goes with it.

Bodily injuries are concentrated upon by the world of medical science; a sports person gets injured and they are sent to the very best hospital to be repaired as quickly as possible. But what about mental issues? Years ago athletes had no one to turn to bar their own coaches, who were expected to perform the role of all things to all people, often with a severe ignorance toward anything involving issues of the mind. Luckily for the modern day athlete there are now several professions created to cater specifically for that very need, one of which being the sports hypnotherapist.

As documented in earlier posts hypnosis works by opening the mind, making it more suggestible to new ideas and then implanting new positive ideas within it in order to bring about positive changes to behaviour or mood. This can be applied to numerous different cases and profiles, and sports performance is just one of them.

Maybe you are reading this article and have followed sport enough to know examples of famous athletes losing their form suddenly for no reason other than psychological problems, Tiger Woods springs to mind immediately, or maybe you have experienced yourself what can go wrong in the sport setting when you mind just isn’t right. How hard can it be to keep exercising or going to the gym when you feel demotivated and without energy? How easy is it just to give up and go home to lounge in front of the television? I played competitive sports myself for many years and I know first-hand how important both confidence and motivation are to achieving and maintaining optimum performance levels, without them you can expect to achieve nothing, either in competition or on a personal level.  

For whatever reason it might be, if you mind is not completely focused on the task in hand then that task will not be completed either efficiently or to a high standard. Athletes speak frequently about the importance of being in ‘the zone’ during performance; where somehow time becomes lost, your body moves automatically or without conscious effort as focus is narrowed in toward a goal. Hypnosis is a means by which you can train your mind to be in this zone and block out the factors that might sway your mind away from it, thus being a very powerful tool towards achievement.

Regularly practiced hypnosis by itself reduces stress and anxiety allowing both your body and mind to rest more comfortably, conserving energy and facilitating a more restful night’s sleep. So you rest better and sleep better, this means you have more energy in both your mind and body which in turn increases both enthusiasm and motivation to do more. What sports hypnosis does next is to concentrate that natural energy and focus it into achieving your sporting goals.

A sports hypnotherapy session will first relax you into light hypnosis then gradually guide you into a deeper trance state, where your brain operates at a slower frequency and becomes more suggestible. Once in this relaxing state there are many different methods that can be used to incorporate relevant suggestions, tailored to treat the problems being faced. These methods include:

  • Focusing on success, or strategies toward success, for example the ideal technique
  • Overcoming mental blocks, such as associations with failure or making mistakes
  • Reinforcing positive thinking, motivation and self-belief
  • Visualisations, using mental rehearsal
Visualisations are commonly used amongst athletes and can be done alone or guided by a therapist, but it must be understood that using visualisations to aid performance will not work as a one-off practice, but instead as a regular part of an athlete’s routine. Visualising past successes is a good place to start, connecting the mind to what the body did so well before and all the emotions that went with it, then applying that knowledge to future situations and events to mentally rehearse success in advance. In the athletes mind a battle has already been won, they have succeeded even in the most trying circumstances albeit mentally, and are therefore one step ahead of the actual encounter. Such practice can help with ‘big game’ nerves in the same way hypnosis visualisation can be used to conquer a fear of public speaking. Practice makes perfect, even in the mind!

Post-hypnotic suggestions can also be used to great effect in sports. Under hypnosis a clear and focused mind set can be established (‘the zone’) which would then be anchored to some sort of cue, either a word, a thought or a bodily action. ‘Every time you say the word ‘Panther’ out loud, you will become totally focused and in control of your mind and body just as you are now’. Using the trigger word ‘Panther’ in the moments preceding a performance would then transport the individual’s mind into the anchored state of ‘the zone’, leaving them perfectly poised to achieve their optimum performance. This same kind of trigger can be seen when watching professional athletes perform various bodily routines before their own performance, be it a certain stance or pep talk they give themselves under their breath, the routine is a trigger to produce mental clarity to aid their performance level.

Being mentally switched-on can also help the athlete immeasurably in training properly and consistently, as well as living a healthy lifestyle that will come to aid their performance over the long haul of their career. But aside from performance itself hypnosis can also be utilised in different ways to help the athlete. When injury occurs and the sportsperson is undergoing physical therapy to heal their injuries, hypnosis can be used to actually speed up their recovery. Research has shown that regular hypnosis decreases the physical body’s healing time while also managing the stress and anxiety of being unable to perform for long periods of time. It is the belief of hypnotherapists that the subconscious mind can be instructed to focus its energies on healing one particular area of the body instead of spreading it throughout, in turn delivering more of the body’s vital ingredients to the injured area so that it recovers much faster than under normal circumstances. Mentally the mind can suffer from injury also through a lack of confidence in the body part or anxiety that the wound will reoccur, another two frequently occurring problems that can easily be dealt with using hypnosis in the sports setting.

To summarise then, even just scratching the surface of sports hypnosis it is clear the benefits of such practice are numerous, both to the professional performer and the keen enthusiast.  This point has been highlighted in recent years by the ever increasing call for specialised sports psychologists and hypnotherapists to serve equally fully fledged professionals, promising youngsters learning their trade and those just wishing to improve their performance at an amateur level. The results of sports hypnosis speak for themselves, and I certainly feel the more that is understood about the mind and the effect of hypnosis in all areas of human development the greater this need for specialists will become in the future. is a good site to visit for more information on sports hypnosis, or email me at if you have a question.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

The Trick to Funny Smoking Video...

Friday, 9 September 2011

Hypnotising yourself...(Part Three)

To hypnotize yourself you will need to use imagination, creativity, concentration and the idea of suggestion to be fully successful. In hypnosis a strong imagination and creativity helps greatly in reaching trance state by bringing to life your subconscious mind, while concentration is necessary in keeping you in trance while suggestion is the focal point for the whole exercise. You must be able to relax and free your mind from thoughts regarding pessimism or over analysing things as the whole concept of Hypnosis succeeds by shutting down the conscious, analysing mind to a bare minimum so that the subconscious aspect of mind can come to the fore. A relaxed state of mind is simply crucial to success.

In Hypnotic terms, suggestion is merely an idea implanted toward the subconscious mind. In regular Hypnotherapy the therapist will induce the client into a trance before delivering the positive suggestions into the client’s mind, for example to quit smoking or to become more productive. In self hypnosis you do not have someone guiding you and therefore must do this work by yourself. There are different ways to plant hypnotic suggestions into your own mind, either you can buy CD’s or recordings with a certified hypnotherapist’s suggestions on it, or you can pre-record a message (constructed using the guidelines at: that you can play back to yourself via a suitable audio player. It is possible to do self hypnosis without the aid of an audio, but once in the trance state it can be very difficult to guide yourself in the direction you want to go. If you want to simply enjoy trance state and its relaxing properties then by all means go without the audio, but if you want a clear direction to your hypnosis and want results to directly improve yourself then using some kind of audio is clearly the best option.

Before listening to any recording it is essential to make yourself as comfortable as possible with no tight fitting shoes or clothes, and to be in a place where you feel safe and secure and will be free from distractions such as ringing phones or door bells where possible. When comfortable it is far easier to remain still and become relaxed, paving the way for a successful session of hypnosis. In that comfortable place focus first on controlling your breathing, aiming for steady deep breaths that calm your body further still, until you feel relaxed enough to close your eyes and take yourself to the next level.

In the primary relaxed state your brain will be open to an induction into hypnosis. I outlined in a previous post the 'fractional relaxation' method which is a very good starting point, but it is only one of numerous others, some of which I will detail at another time. In self hypnosis you can go through a method such as fractional relaxation in your own mind or go through the induction provided in the audio you are listening to. Once into hypnosis your subconscious mind is open and free, and is exactly the time to have the suggestions implanted (again, either in the provided audio or the one you have recorded yourself). After allowing a short time for this to be absorbed an 'awakening' would come next (that you would also include in your audio) to slowly bring you back around from trance state and into normality. 

With every session of Hypnosis it is first advisable to suggest to yourself these four points;
1.        You shall come out of Hypnosis comfortably and quickly in any circumstance that you should need to.
2.        You are in control of when you enter hypnosis and when you chose to exit hypnosis.
3.        The state of hypnosis will be easier to reach on the next occasion.
4.        You decide the time when you will come out of Hypnosis, allowing you to dictate how long you wish to remain in a trance state of mind.


It can be very easy for some to fall asleep during a hypnosis audio session while at other times a very deep hypnosis will be reached that will appear very much like sleep. One way of determining whether it was sleep or deep hypnosis is the manner in which you awoke. If you woke up at some random time after hypnosis (perhaps the next morning) then it is very likely you were asleep, but if you awoke at the end of the hypnosis during the ‘awakening section’ the chances are that you experienced a deep hypnotic state. If you find sleeping is a problem in hypnosis then sessions should be attempted upright in a chair as oppose to lying flat. On the other hand if you are finding it difficult to reach an adequate level of hypnosis do not panic yet, deeper and more consistent levels of hypnosis are brought about by practice and nothing more. Some people also work better with different inductions, and the only way to find one that suits you is to keep trying different styles.

Not only is the right ‘type’ of hypnosis important for the individual, how the hypnosis is delivered has to be the most important factor of all. When recording your own hypnotic suggestion there are many things to consider, none more important than how the recording is delivered and on what subject. In the next post we will be exploring this in a greater depth, as well as discussing how to go about recording your own personal audio for self hypnosis.

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

This Kitty Does NOT Want to Quit Smoking Video!

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Monday, 5 September 2011

Suggesting Self Hypnosis...PART 2

Hypnosis is a method of systematically shutting down the conscious mind leaving the subconscious open and susceptible to new ideas. First the body is made to be still and calm, then the eyes are fixated and closed. Breathing is slowed and controlled as the body slips into relaxation, the mind urged into the subconscious realm. The senses have been nullified one by one leaving the client relaxed but at the same time focused only on the sounds reaching their ear, the sounds connecting directly into their subconscious mind. Once into the state of hypnosis the mind is perfectly poised to have changes made to its long held belief system, changes made by something known as hypnotic suggestion.

So what exactly is hypnotic suggestion?

A suggestion can be simply defined as an act of offering a thought or an action to another person, but while a suggestion is given when that other person is in a state of hypnosis this becomes a hypnotic suggestion. In regular waking state someone might tell you ‘your eyelids are feeling heavier and heavier with each moment that passes, as though they are longing to close’ but your critical conscious mind would consider the idea and most likely reject it out of hand. However under hypnosis this critical aspect of mind is subdued leaving the whole mind more responsive to suggestions, and given the exact same command as above the eyes will typically close almost immediately. Auto-suggestions are suggestions that you apply to yourself when in self hypnosis.

Hypnotic suggestions are designed to have positive effects on the mind and body in numerous different ways, and are basically a series of instructions aimed at making the mind realise it’s own potential. As humans we fail the majority of the time because we fundamentally believe we will fail, and is the core reason highly confident people tend to achieve far more than persons with low confidence and self esteem. A saying goes that if anyone could bottle confidence they would instantly become a millionaire. Hypnosis does not come ‘bottled’ but with due time and thought hypnotic suggestions are a great tool for bringing personal success through many different means, including boosting confidence and maximising the potential of the mind, and could very well be worth an absolute fortune to anyone willing to learn it’s secrets. In trance state suggestions can be used to alter perceptions, attitudes and behaviours to either STOP unwanted traits such as negative addictions or habits, or to START wanted changes such as weight loss or stop smoking.

Hypnotic suggestions come in a variety of different forms that fall into some easily defined categories:

·         Direct Suggestion (aka Primary/Authoritative): A simple straight suggestion that tells you exactly what to do. ‘You will notice your eyelids feeling heavier and heavier until eventually they will close and you will feel relaxed’ This is the traditional style of suggestion pioneered by James Braid, deemed authoritarian as it is worded and spoken just like a command.

·         Indirect Suggestion (aka Secondary/Permissive): was made famous by Milton Erikson and is the opposite of direct suggestion. Indirect suggestions are insinuations or the rhetorical, anything that has a concealed meaning in the same way a metaphor would work. Indirect suggestions are used a lot in TV adverts, music and images combining to produce a scene that will translate to the viewer’s subconscious in a way perhaps not so obvious straight away. For example it is not just a video of a Land Rover moving through the countryside to opera music, subliminally it is representing the power and prestige owning such a vehicle would represent…

·         Verbal Suggestions: are spoken instructions as in the examples above.

·         Non Verbal Suggestions: are any suggestions that are unspoken. These can include physical manipulations of the body (physically swaying the body gently), mental imagery (as shown via pictures or video) or tone of voice (sounds rather than words e.g. breathing) used to promote relaxation and trance.  These suggestions can be very helpful in hypnotising those with a language barrier or those that have strange associations with certain words that are best avoided. Non Verbal suggestions are the most ancient of suggestions and can still be seen in ‘shaman’ rituals of indigenous tribes based on dance, movement, images and rhythm to induce trance.

·         Post Hypnotic Suggestion: these suggestions are designed to trigger an effect AFTER coming out of Hypnosis, e.g. ‘every time I close my eyes and think the word ‘RELAX’ I will be brought back to my visualisation of lying on a beach watching the sunset’. The time frame can range anywhere from minutes, days, weeks or even years after the suggestion was planted, depending entirely on how the suggestion is worded. In the example the word ‘RELAX’ would be the ‘post-hypnotic cue’…the trigger for the suggestion to kick in.

·         Relaxation Suggestions: ‘My whole body begins to feel calm, and as it does so I notice my mind relaxing in the same way’. These suggestions ease the mind and body in preparation for deeper levels of hypnosis and further suggestions. They are frequently used most at the onset of hypnosis.

·         Deepening Suggestions: make the trance state more enhanced often by focusing on a single task. e.g. ‘My hands are locked together so tight the harder I try to pull them apart the tighter they will lock together and the deeper into hypnosis I will go’

·         Imagery Suggestions: create mental scenes or pictures to work directly or indirectly in producing a mental environment where alterations can be made to attitudes or connections made to one’s experiences. A common use of imagery in self hypnosis is to find your mental ‘paradise’ or ‘happy place’ where every aspect of your surroundings is as you want it to be and where they are totally comfortable and relaxed.

Many suggestions will combine aspects from the different categories to form one single set of instructions, the content of which is dependant largely on the goal of the suggestion as well as the personal choice of the individual constructing it. What will your auto-suggestion be?


You know the basic rules of self hypnosis, but how to actually apply them to YOU and YOUR OWN situation?

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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Lily Allen slims from size 12 to an eight by having her 'brain reprogrammed' | Mail Online