Mindful Self-Hypnosis: Faster, Deeper, Better

Learn a combination of mindfulness and self-hypnosis in just one hour.

Mindfulness meditation is all the rage, and rightly so! It’s an effective method with a long pedigree. But it can be elusive and confusing to the newcomer, tied as it is to Buddhist spirituality, which most of us aren’t very familiar with.

As Albert Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” I’ll show you something simpler than mindfulness meditation that works as well or better, at least for beginners. Easier to learn, with fully actionable step-by-step instructions. I call it mindful self-hypnosis.

And if you’re in the Corvallis area, you can sign up for my quick, one-hour class in mindful self-hypnosis. More about that in a bit.

Mindfulness from a Hypnotist’s Perspective

A lot of definitions of mindfulness boil down to “minimizing self-talk.” What is self-talk? Most of us endure a lot of distracting, unhelpful chatter (and imagery) inside our own heads, as we scold ourselves, second-guess ourselves, and generally freak ourselves out. Mindfulness promises to dial this down … and it does. Continue Reading...

I’ve Republished Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses [Video]

Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses by John G Watkins, ptsd hypnosisIt was World War II. Thousand and tens of thousands of battlefield casualties with PTSD were streaming back to the States. How to treat them? The gold standard of therapy, psychoanalysis, required hundreds of sessions, far more than could possibly be provided by the small numbers of psychiatrists and psychologists who knew how to do it.

In the Welch Convalescent Hospital in Florida, a young psychologist named John G. Watkins looked to hypnosis as a more rapid way of giving his patients relief. And it worked!

His book, Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, chronicles his experience, giving the background, theory, practice, and a series of case studies. Even today, this book is a valuable source of insight and techniques. I’m not saying that the state of the art hasn’t advanced since the Forties, because it has. Watkins himself saw to that, with many additional contributions over the course of his long, 98-year life. But I’ve never seen anything like Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, with its careful descriptions, its detailed case studies, and its explanation of military vs. civilian therapy. Though it has out of print for decades, it has always been an essential part of the serious hypnotherapist’s bookshelf. Continue Reading...