This cheat sheet was originally put together by professional hypnotherapist, and former stage hypnotist, Steven Hall MCOH MASC NLP. Its purpose is to reveal the secrets of hypnosis, making it accessible to everyone. These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy but they are taught here for information only. After reading this article you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotize people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing intensive study. Click here for more details.
Lesson One: Hypnosis is natural
The first thing you need to know is that hypnosis is a very natural state. It requires no special power to hypnotize someone. If you can talk you can hypnotize.
In fact, it is such a natural state that people go into hypnosis regularly without even realizing it. The most common natural states occur while gazing into a fire or when driving (it’s that moment when you suddenly realize that you are unsure as to which route you have just driven home!) If you were to listen to some positive suggestions while in these naturally occurring trance states they would have an effect on you… so be aware of commercial radio on long journeys!
When you intentionally hypnotize someone what you are doing is operating the switch that puts them into this natural state at a time of your (and their) choosing, so that you can use it productively.
Lesson Two: Relaxation causes trance
There are many things that have been found to cause trance, these include confusion, shock, repetition, focused attention and relaxation. For the purposes of your studies we are going to be concentrating on relaxation, as it is the easiest to produce without offending your client.
We will also be using focused attention as this will help to stop your clients mind from wandering during the induction process.
The initial induction process is all about getting the client to relax, and, as many people have completely forgotten how to do this, you do need to help them out a little; most people are a lot tenser than they realize.
People always ask me about the secret to abundance. They say, “How can you give away so much, Mike, and still attract so much abundance at the same time?” Actually, that’s the whole secret right there. Be a river, not a dam, and abundance of all kinds (financial and otherwise) will flow through you.
This article is a discussion about what I call “money harmony” or “energy harmony”. Being a river means being the kind of person who is a conduit, who allows resources, including money, to flow through you rather than being the kind of person who tries to dam up the flow of energy and selfishly keep it all for yourself. This whole discussion gets rather philosophical, but it’s also quite practical as you’ll soon see.
There is a system at work in the universe that distributes resources to those who are the most responsible in putting them to good use. Of course, there’s a competing system at work, too. That is a system that results in resources being collected in the hands of people who are deceitful, who cheat others, who are dishonest, unethical and so on. That system definitely works for some corporations and some individuals, but the price they pay for that is much too high.
I advocate a system that allows you to be rewarded for being a conduit of responsible use of money and resources.
In this system, the universe acts almost as if it were a conscious dispatcher of resources. This consciousness takes a look at who is allowing resources to flow through them, distributing them and putting them to good use. It then rewards or replenishes that person with more resources, usually much more than what they allow to flow through them.
So if you’re the kind of person that donates money or time to a constructive purpose, and you approach it with the attitude of being a river and not a dam, you will be blessed with far more wealth than you give to others.
Let’s return to the metaphor of being a river and not a dam. Healthy rivers flow; water continues to move downstream and it gets replenished from an upstream source. In that river you’ll find all kinds of life: fish, micro-algae and plants. But if you dam up that river, you cause stagnation. You stop the flow.
This is what happens when people try to covet money. They try to collect money and put it all in their pockets without sharing with anyone. They become a collector or a dam rather than a conduit. What happens when water starts collecting and it’s not moving? It begins to stagnate; it becomes brackish and the life in it dies. The energy becomes a negative energy and it’s not the kind of place that people want to be around.
This is also true with people. People who operate on greed and whose main purpose is to try to collect and control resources, rather than share them, are not well-liked by other people. They won’t be successful in any business endeavor, other than by using methods of deceit and dishonesty. The dam model is the model of stagnation.
If you function as a dam in life you’re typically espousing a philosophy of scarcity. This is how a lot of people accidentally end up functioning as dams. They approach life with a fear… a fear of not having enough. They’re afraid they won’t have enough food or money. They contract and stop the outflow of resources, thinking if they conserve more money, if they try to keep everything for themselves, they will be better protected. And in fact, that only creates a situation of stagnation.
On the other hand, a person who approaches life from a point of view of abundance believes there is more than enough financial wealth for the world and more than enough food. They say, “In my life, I am an abundant person in everything I deal with,” and they attract abundance and wealth. That person is going to flow like a river and notice that, even as they allow all of that water to flow downstream to other recipients and provide life further down the line, they are always replenished with new water coming from upstream. It is in fact the flow of that water that keeps it healthy and full of life.
So remember, fear creates constriction or contraction, which leads to stagnation, loss of life and negative energy. On the other hand, sharing or opening up to others through generosity creates abundance; it brings life and broadcasts a higher vibration that attracts people. People want to be around you.
I’m suggesting that you adopt the vibration of abundance, and you can start by giving. It may sound counterintuitive if you’re new to any of this, but the best way to become wealthy, in terms of money, friendships, wisdom and everything else that matters in life, is to actually start giving away all of those things.
By that I mean, start giving away some of your money. Find a good cause that you can donate to. Start giving information to the people around you. Give the gift of knowledge. Give the gift of time and effort or volunteer somewhere. Make the effort to be part of something constructive.
As you start doing this, you may say, “Well, I was broke before I started this. Now I’m giving away my money and my time, and I’m even more broke.” To that I would advise to look where you’re coming from. Once again, it’s from a perspective of scarcity and fear of not having enough. What if, instead, you started giving away time, financial resources and gifts of knowledge and information, and told yourself that this is an investment? Tell yourself, “I’m investing in others and in the flow of the river, and I know that this investment will come back to me. By taking these actions, I am in fact enhancing my wealth.” What if you said that? What would happen?
Be an attractor of abundance
You’ll notice that I give away far more information than I charge for. I give away 90 percent of what I write. That is intentional; that’s my way of sharing information and allowing the river to flow. A shrewd businessperson who didn’t understand this concept might say, “Mike, you could make a lot more money if you stopped giving away all this stuff and started charging people for it.” I’ve heard that before, too. When someone tells me that, however, it indicates they don’t understand how to be a river and not a dam.
They don’t understand the power of being a river, because once you start to flow, to allow resources to flow through you by helping others, the universe will reward you. It’s as if someone made a decision and noticed that you are responsible and you are a good steward of financial resources. You therefore are being granted a much larger collection of those resources.
You must unlearn false beliefs about money
Most of us have been trained that we have to hold on to every single dime and the only way to achieve long-term financial success is to cut our costs and not give away anything that we don’t have to give away. Basically, we’re taught to pinch pennies.
But I’m coming from a very different point of view, which holds that pinching pennies is exactly the wrong attitude. You should not go around wasting money on silly products you don’t need; rather, put your money to a good use. For example, I buy no jewelry. Buying jewelry does nothing for me personally. I don’t typically spend a lot of money on clothing, either. I buy only enough clothing to look presentable at board meetings. I dislike fancy cars, and I have no interest in a lot of material stuff. I prefer comfortable clothes, such as hemp pants, silk shirts and materials that feel good and are made from natural fibers. I don’t spend a lot of money on frivolous things.
However, I do spend money on good causes. I will send a few thousand dollars worth of food supplies to a needy community, or I’ll send emergency preparedness supplies to the American Red Cross. I’ll donate money to earthquake victims, tsunami victims or people who are caught in some kind of a natural disaster. I’ll donate software to groups that are doing good work and need some technology for their automation. Such acts are more important to me than collecting a lot of consumer products or things I don’t really need.
Heal yourself with flow
In a nutshell, that is my own personal secret to abundance. From my experience, this is what really works. You’ve got to give, have an open heart and be willing to invest in others around you in order to attract more abundance to yourself. Whether your goal is to have financial success, meet new people or heal yourself, you’ll find all of those things happening when you’re willing to give to others.
In fact, this is a very healing exercise to engage in. If you are knowledgeable about chakras and the energy centers in the body, you are most likely aware that simply giving actually opens up the flow of energy through those chakras. Once again, that returns us to the metaphor of the river: When you give, you flow. At an energetic level, that is exactly what’s happening. When you flow, you actually prevent disease and you can start to reverse diseases.
Many diseases are energetically related to stagnation and lack of flow. Heart disease is definitely one of them. It’s no coincidence that individuals who aren’t willing to give to anyone are said to “have no heart.” That’s technically quite true. They have no heart health, and they tend to be struck down by heart attacks, strokes or other forms of cardiovascular disease. That saying is part of our reality because it’s been based on observation over the years. People who don’t give don’t flow, and people who don’t flow tend to have heart attacks. So by allowing yourself to flow by giving to others and being generous, you will simultaneously attract health and heal yourself.
You will also attract financial abundance, and will meet new people who can help you succeed in practically any endeavor. You will be able to create every bit of the success you imagine (and most likely achieve something far beyond that as well).
With financial wealth comes responsibility
Do you now have a sense for how incredibly powerful this can be in your life? How healing is part of every step here? How healing others is also healing you? All of this is absolutely true. When you heal others, you become healed in the process. When you allow resources and money to flow through you, you will be recognized and rewarded with more resources and more abundance. You’ll have so much financial abundance that you won’t know what to do with it.
At some point – and it doesn’t take very long to get there – you’ll have more than you need to feed and clothe yourself and live comfortably. Everything else, then, is excess money. Here’s perhaps the most important point of all: when you reach the point where you have more money than you know what to do with, be a responsible host of that money.
Let’s say that you receive a nice fat raise to $250,000 / year in salary. “Gee, I’ve made it. I’m going to have a quarter of a million dollars a year. I’ve got a lot of money coming in. I’m going to blow it on a world cruise, a brand new Jaguar and this $10,000 necklace I’ve been wanting.” You start loading up on all these luxury items that serve no one but you.
I guarantee the first thing that will happen is that the universe will say, “This person doesn’t need any more money, because they sure don’t know how to use it.” You’ll then find that that flow is going to stop. That is the natural order of the universe; it’s the way things work.
On the other hand, if you say, “I’ve got a couple hundred thousand dollars here. I’m going to take 10 percent and donate that to some important causes. I’m going to take another 10 percent and buy some health products for people who need them. I will also go to the nursing home here and work with some patients as a volunteer.”
When the universe sees that happening with you, it says, “This person is a wonderful steward of financial abundance. This person knows how to take care of money and put it to a good use. We’re going to reward this person with some more money.” You’ll then find even more abundance headed your way. That’s the magic of abundance.
I find too often that in the natural health industry, people feel guilty spending even one dollar on themselves. That is ridiculous. There is a time and a place to say, “I deserve to have some nice natural-fiber clothes, or to upgrade my automobile to something that’s more comfortable and safer. We deserve a nice meal at a fine restaurant, or we deserve to buy organic foods, and move to a better part of town, or to a better part of the country.” You deserve to be abundant. But it’s important to do these other things at the same time that you’re rewarding yourself. Don’t feel guilty about spending money on yourself. Just make sure that you are allowing the flow to others at the same time that you are rewarding yourself.
Remember to reward yourself, too
One final thought on this. While this is going on, recognize that as you’re receiving financial abundance, you do have the right to spend some of that money on yourself. As long as you are simultaneously sharing and rewarding others around you, you deserve to reward yourself as well.
Now, of course, the purists out there would say we don’t need anything material at all. The fewer attachments we have to material wealth, the freer we are. I agree with that completely, but I also recognize that for the vast majority of people in the western world, there’s a certain level of “stuff” that’s necessary simply to operate in this society.
That’s true for myself as well. I couldn’t do this work without having lots of computer equipment and a comfortable place to write. I couldn’t talk about nutrition and physical exercise if I didn’t invest in nutritional supplements and exercise equipment. So there’s a certain level of physical infrastructure that’s necessary to even have a conversation with those in the western world. But the key is to gather what you need to do your job (and pursue your mission) without going crazy on the accumulation of stuff.
There’s a saying in the west: “He who dies with the most toys wins.” And actually, it’s completely backwards. In reality, he who accumulates the most toys dies while still alive, because he turns into a dam and stagnates. The measure of a person is not how much she accumulates in life, but how much she helps others.
Understanding this flow of energy is truly one of the secrets to abundance. You can call it energetic, you can call it karma or you can call it a spiritual approach. It doesn’t matter what you call it; it’s the way the universe works. If you flow, you will be blessed with more resources than you know what to do with.
It may be time to look at your life and be honest with yourself about what you do with your money. Be honest about what you do with your time, and what your reasons are for getting involved with any endeavor. If you don’t have the most altruistic reasons yet, or perhaps you don’t have any altruism at all, it may be time to redefine yourself.
You can alter your flow in an instant
We can choose to change at any time we want. Even if we’ve never given a penny to anyone in our entire lives, we can make a change right now, and make a donation today. We can restructure the river inside of us right now. It only takes one decision and one action. You can restructure your life from this moment forward; you can create the flow even if you’ve never had it.
If you have a river that’s dammed up and the water is stagnant, brackish and lifeless, you can tear down that dam. The water will break through and begin to flow downstream, and all that brackish water will empty out and be replenished by new, fresh water. With that new, fresh water will come new life, oxygen, plants, fish, living creatures and energies of incredible joy and health. You can do that right now by making the decision and breaking down any dams inside your own belief systems that may have been stopping the flow of resources. You can create a river of abundance in your own life right now.
Opportunities are everywhere. If fantastic wealth is what you want, you could not have chosen a better time in the history of our planet to be alive. There are billions of people alive today who will gladly pay money to have their needs fulfilled. You simply need to fill a need for a tiny percentage of the population and financial freedom is yours. Simple? It’s never been easier.
Today I would like you to begin to program your mind to always be aware of money-making opportunities. Anything you read, or watch on TV, or learn in a conversation can be turned into a source of income for you if that’s what you desire.
If you honestly open your mind to the idea that money-making ideas are all around you, you will be amazed that you never noticed them before. Simple expectation is all that is necessary for your mind to easily find opportunity in your everyday life. The truth is that your brain can find a solution to any question you ask it. By focusing on a search for opportunity, you will find opportunity.
This is your exercise for the next 24 hours. Try to imagine how you could, if you wanted to, use your creative energy to create wealth for your life. Try to come up with five or ten or more ideas for creating income in your life. Whether or not you have any intention whatsoever of following through with any of these ideas, this exercise is simply to awaken in your mind the ability to think of income generating opportunities.
The point is that you need only one good idea to change your financial life, so if you are constantly on the lookout, and open to new ideas, you will inevitably strike upon one idea that truly inspires you, and allows you to use your creative energy to attain financial prosperity. So right now, write down three ideas you have for making money. If you can’t think of any, make them up. And over the next 24 hours, come up with five or ten more income-generating ideas. And always remember that opportunities are everywhere.
“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” –Somerset Maugham
You can do a lot of things to be more persuasive, from learning better ways to communicate to more shady manipulation techniques. Here are some of the easiest (and possibly evil) ways to get someone to say “yes.”
Scaring The Hell Out of You: The Fear-Then-Relief Procedure
What it is: Arguably the most evil manipulative technique is what psychologists call the “fear-then-relief technique.” The technique preys on a person’s emotions. Here, the manipulator causes someone a great deal of stress or anxiety and then abruptly relieves that stress. After this sudden mood swing, the person is disarmed, less likely to make mindful or rational decisions, and more likely to respond positively to various requests.
Examples: The book The Science of Social Influence details a few experiments that showed this in action. In one, shoppers in a mall were scared by a stranger touching their shoulder from behind. When they turned around, the shoppers found that their assailant was a (supposed) blind man who just wanted to ask the time. After that deflection and relief, someone else—the fake blind man’s confederate—asked the targets if they would buy and sign postcards for a political charitable cause. Those who had met the blind man and experienced the fear-then-relief rollercoaster were more likely to do so than the control group which wasn’t manipulated.
This fear-then-relief manipulation technique is most popularly portrayed in the classic bad cop/good cop routine: one person scares the hell out of you, another saves you, and then you’re more willing to talk. You see this in everyday life, too—from the fear tactics of insurance agents to bad managers who suggest your job is on the line, backtrack, and then ask you to work overtime.
Making You Feel Guilty: Social Exchange
What it is: One strategy con artists and unethical marketers use is simply called “social exchange.” The book The Dynamics of Persuasion describes it as:
an interpersonal persuasion strategy in which Person A provides Person B with a tangible or psychological reward; in exchange, when Person A approaches B with a request for compliance, B feels pressure to comply.
Exchanging favors and doing things for others is a basic part of human society, but this can be manipulated by aggressive people.
Examples: A co-worker could remind you about that time they bailed you out big time in the past, then use that as leverage every time he/she needs something. Or someone who loaned you money or knows a secret of yours could continually blackmail you into doing what they want (a subject we’ve covered extensively). Photo by Jhayne
Priming You With a Small Request: The Foot-in-the-Door Technique
What it is: This manipulation technique is evil because it’s so tricky, subtle, and simple. With the foot-in-the-door method, someone asks you to do a very small and easy request and then follows up with the real request.
Examples: NPR gives an example of a panhandler who asks you for the time, then asks you to spare a buck. By getting you to say yes to one request, you’re more likely to say yes to a second one.
Avoiding These Manipulations
Just knowing about manipulative techniques can help you avoid falling victim to them. For the fear-then-relief technique, for example, be on the lookout whenever you feel a surge in negative and then positive emotions. You’re more vulnerable at that time to do things mindlessly and at the suggestion of others. Watch out for statements that follow this general formula: [Something terrible] could have happened to you, but it [didn’t/won’t]. [Now do this]. These aren’t the only ways someone could trick you into saying yes, of course, but they are some of the more common—just keep an eye out, stay on your toes, and you should be able to spot when someone’s trying to pull a fast one.
Opening your third eye can freak you out if you’re not prepared for what you might experience.
I activated my third eye using a technique I learned for projecting astrally, and the most peculiar thing happened…
A bright-green cyclone appeared from the virtual space behind my eyelids and began to twist outward. This isn’t something I visualized or imagined… I could clearly see this cyclonic twisting tunnel and the more I watched it, the more it seemed to fade away.
It was like when I would place my focus on the cyclone, or try to make it twist, or see it better… it would vanish. But as soon as I realized what I was doing, I let go and simply observed. And in a few seconds it would come back, big and bright as ever.
I will share the particular technique I used with you in just a moment, but what’s most interesting is that once I disciplined myself to the point where I could just “be” and observe with pure awareness, the cyclone would stay and move further outward into the virtual empty space from behind closed eyes.
I could then project an image or a symbol representing someone I wanted to see, or some place I wanted to visit at the very end of this twisting tunnel and at some point there’s a *POP* and my conscious awareness would propel itself at an incredible speed through this strange tunnel.
Once it hit the “light” at the end, I would project out of body.
It’s no secret that the Mediterranean diet can help us achieve longevity, but the overall lifestyles of the region’s populace shouldn’t escape our attention.
Tucked away in the Aegean Sea is a small, rocky island called Ikaria, where residents on average reach the age of 90. Here are a few island secrets of longevity researchers have picked up after years of studying the dreamy getaway.
1. Drink Herbal Tea
The Ikarians love it. Many teas found on the island are mildly diuretic and help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of dementia. A few diuretic herbs are yarrow, dandelion, stinging nettle, and green tea. The health benefits of green tea are amazing, so this may be your first choice.
2. Take a Nap
Like typical islanders, Ikarians don’t bother getting up—or opening up shop—earlier than they feel like it. Something as simple as an afternoon siesta can reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems including heart attack, and it can help you feel more energized and well-rested in the afternoon.
3. Eat fresh Vegetables
Ikaria boasts over 150 varieties of greens. Much of what the islanders eat, in fact, they grow themselves. As with the typical Mediterranean diet, this means very little meat and sugar and lots of vegetables, beans, and antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil.
4. Drink Goat’s Milk
Unlike cow’s milk, goat’s milk is easier to digest and contains tryptophan, an amino acid that reduces stress. Goat cheese also contains vitamin D, although there’s plenty of that from the sunshine on this dreamy island.
5. Walk it Off
When you live in a mountainous region like Ikaria, you walk—uphill—a lot. Besides, the islanders are rarely in a hurry to meet anyone, so when they agree to catch up over tea, they take a long, leisurely stroll to do so.
6. Dip into a Hot Spring
Radium is a nasty word in America, but the Ikarians have sworn by radium-rich hot springs since the 4th century. Reduction in joint pain, stress, and skin irritation are often cited as benefits.
7. Just Dance
Rather than chugging flavorless beer and going broke paying for sugar-laden mix drinks, Ikarians drink and eat in moderation, focusing on letting go of (what few) cares they have and simply enjoying each other’s company. This leads us to their final piece of advice…
Stress can greatly increase your risk of numerous diseases as well as dangerous behavior. Ask Ikarians what time it is. They probably won’t know—or care. It’s difficult to approach most work days with an Ikarian attitude, but learning basic stress reduction techniques can add years to your life. These can include exercise, meditation, yoga, tapping, or taking a fifteen-minute break to drink a sip of herbal tea.