When you experience unpleasant and painful emotions, the typical reaction is to try to restrict them, stop them, or run away from those feelings. Let’s be honest, though — this doesn’t really work, does it? Surprisingly, one of the most effective ways to control a negative emotion (such as anger or fear) is to give up […]
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December is a complex time of the year for many of us. It is a time of blessings and celebration but for many it is a time of loneliness and sadness fueled by anger or grief. My experience of joy and celebration at this time of year is always colored by the fact that my dear […]
There are many ways to define hypnosis. Here’s the central definition of hypnosis that I teach my students at the Institute for Therapeutic Learning: We’re always selectively paying attention to only a small portion of the data that comes to us through our senses and our thoughts. When a hypnotist invites a person to move […]
What can we do when we feel stuck? I am amazed at how easy it is for me to forget that my mind is creating my “stuckness” not the world. My mind is very good at pointing the finger at the world however — very good at not being noticed as the culprit. And even […]
Have you ever gotten to around 5:00 PM feeling like you were having a pretty good day, then you turn on the news and everything seems terrible? When we forget that we live in the world of the mind and start thinking we live in what we see outside of us, just by watching world […]
The energy we access when we’re angry has tremendous creative potential. The problem occurs when we channel this energy into toxic thought forms and destructive behaviors. The basic capacity to access such powerful energy, however, is potentially a great gift.