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Don’t Be a Victim of Mass Hypnosis

“Ya Gotta Believe!” thunders the preacher as he leans into your face. “Follow the Lord!” intones the priest as he swing his incense censer your way. “Support your Leader!” chant the amplified voices of the cheer-leading Advance Guard over the beating drums. “Defeat the Enemy!” yells the politician. “Buy this Now!” shouts the headline. “Place […]

The Myth of the Will

For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect. —The Book of the Law, Chapter I, Verse 44 Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. —Dan Millman, author of Way of […]

When There’s Nothing You Can Do…

Although I have been studying and practicing hypnosis and hypnotherapy for a long time, I took my first formal training in hypnosis just 15 years ago. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are unbelievably powerful tools for personal change. It can help people change beliefs they no longer want to have. It can help people overcome behaviors that […]

Words Have Power and the Hypnotic Difference

It wasn’t until I was in college, taking a class in children’s literature (OK, it was supposed to be easy, but it had tons of reading), that I read Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic book, A Wizard of Earthsea. It’s an incredible tale filled with Jungian overtones as well as a great version of Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey.” […]

The Hidden Factor of Magick

“Will this ritual or spell really work?” There are really only two possible answer to this question: “No” or “I don’t know.” There are some rituals and spells that have no rhyme or reason to them. They don’t work. Or at best you get something out of them in spite of the ritual. So in […]

Swordfish! (Affirmations vs. Hypnosis)

My favorite anarchic comedians are the Marx brothers. Of all their movies, I liked 1933′s Duck Soup, the crazed, anti-war political satire, the best. All of their movies were really excuses to present comic bits. Some of the bits were recreations of movie skits created by Buster Keaton; he even helped them, without credit, perform them […]

Hypnosis Myths

For those of you reading this who don’t know it, I’m certified as a hypnotherapist and I’m certified to teach hypnotherapy. I’m tentatively scheduled to be teaching some of the basics of hypnotherapy at Pantheacon in San Jose, CA, February February 15–18, 2013. Many authors and speakers, including several from Llewellyn, will be there. Hypnosis […]

Coming Appearances

This weekend is going to be very busy for me. I hope to see lots of Southern California people at these events: Antelope Valley Pagan Pride Day Saturday, October 20 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. LOCATION: George Lane Park in Quartz Hill Just north of Los Angeles, CA Antelope Valley Pagan Pride Day This is going to […]

Developing Natural Magickal Energy (And Coming Events!)

Before starting this post I have a couple of things to announce: First, this Sunday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (10:00 Eastern) I will be interviewed on the Breath of Terra Show with Teresa Sixberry. You’ll be able to hear it over the internet and you can call in with your questions. For […]

How Magick Works

One of the most common questions I receive seems to be the most basic: How does magick work? Why is it that when you properly perform a ritual or spell you get the desired results? The simplest and most honest answer is: I don’t know. It seems weird, then, that we should literally depend upon […]