“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 your Order within the next Ten Minutes for Double the Benefit!” promises the fast-talking sales person. “Do it! Do IT! DO IT!” sings the swaying dance chorus.
These are all examples of mass hypnosis—used just as it was practiced by Hitler, Stalin, and other “popular” (to their targeted audiences) dictators, and as is
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 the Peaceful Warrior
Dr. Walsh: So, the Slayer.
Buffy: Yeah, that's me.
Dr. Walsh: We thought you were a myth.
Buffy: Well, you were myth-taken.
—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode entitled "A New Man"
An absolutely phenomenal number of books, bloggers, writers, speakers, and teachers tell us it is important to strengthen our wills. If there is something lacking in our
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 are hurtful to themselves or others. The list goes on and on.
One of the most difficult concepts a new hypnotherapist has to learn is what is called the scope of practice. Its formal meaning concerns what you legally may and may not do. For example, legally I cannot cure any phobia. Some people call any personal fear a "phobia," but legally the term is a
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." It presents a concept that a lot of magickal people have taken to heart: if you know a person or thing's true name, you can use that name to have power over that person or thing. This, of course, became part of the background of the Harry Potter stories, as well as in other tales.
In certain aspects of real magick this is partially true. For example, in dealing with