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Productivity – Get Productive NOW!

I’m super excited about my latest product “Hypnotic Productivity™” that was just launched this past weekend.  I’m getting great feedback on it so far!  Be sure to check it out at http://www.metashifts.com/productivity.

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Hypnosis and the Bible – What do the Scriptures have to say about Hypnosis?

A couple of questions I am most often asked
about hypnosis is “Is it safe for Christians to be hypnotized?” and “Aren’t you opening yourself to evil influences when you allow yourself to be hypnotized?” These are legitimate questions to be asked by devoted Christians, and I applaud you for seeking to understand. It is perfectly natural for people to fear what they don’t understand. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:14: “The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.” or in plain words, A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. There is a lot of ‘trash’ out there regarding hypnosis, and when you understand what hypnosis is, you’ll quickly find that hypnosis is completely safe for anyone, Christian or non-Christian, to use as a therapeutic tool or simply to improve themselves.

But wait Jason, I personally know someone who was hypnotized at a hypnosis show!  He swears that he was hypnotized to do all kinds of crazy things when he was on stage.  And what about all of those movies where someone is hypnotized to assassinate the president or some other public figure? Or my favorite example from the movie Office Space, when Peter becomes stuck in hypnosis after his hypnotherapist keels over in the middle of a session. So let’s debunk a couple of myths right off the bat…hypnosis is not mind control. You can’t be made to kill someone or for that matter do anything that goes against your moral compass (I’ll explain more on this in a bit). It’s impossible to get stuck in hypnosis, because you’ll see in a little while that hypnosis is a completely natural state that we all go through all of the time, and you would simply ‘wake up’ naturally.

So in order to understand hypnosis, let’s start off with a definition: Hypnosis is an artificially induced state of deep relaxation, focused concentration, and heightened imagination in which deeper parts of the mind become more receptive to suggestion.

In clinical EEG studies, they have found that when people enter a hypnotic state, their brainwave patterns hover primarily in the Alpha range of frequencies (9-14 cycles per second), with an occasional dip into the Theta range (5-13 cycles per second). These are natural states which we enter every day, several times a day. If you’ve ever found yourself completely engrossed in a movie, or a really good book, completely oblivious to everything going on around you, you were technically in a hypnotic state. If you’ve ever found yourself driving on the freeway, and all of the sudden you’ve realized you’ve driven several miles past your exit, you were in hypnosis (we call that ‘freeway trance’). If you’ve ever caught yourself sitting at your desk, daydreaming about that vacation spot you’ve been dying to visit, you were in a hypnotic trance. If you happened to be given a suggestion that sounded like a good thing while you were in this state, you would be much more likely to follow it. That’s it. That’s all that hypnosis is.

But wait a minute Jason…deep relaxation, focused concentration, and heightened imagination…those are all good things, aren’t they? That’s right! They are! Using hypnosis, you can do all kinds of things… from improving your memory, to eliminating bad habits, to getting over negative emotions, to ridding the body of disease, to full fledged surgery without anesthetic! You know that you have a powerful mind…much more powerful than your body. And when you enter the state of hypnosis, you allow your mind to do those things that are difficult for your body to do on it’s own. Things like controlling cravings, or overcoming procrastination, which we all know can be so difficult to control through sheer willpower, become easy when your mind is in charge. Because you are now aware that you’ve been in this state many many times before, you obviously realize that if someone were to tell you to do something you didn’t want to do, or went against your character, you would simply snap right out of that state, instantly. Likewise, you should now realize that it would be impossible to be stuck in a hypnotic state…eventually you come back to your senses! When was the last time you’ve seen someone stuck in a daydream? It just doesn’t happen!

 

So where did all this craziness about hypnosis being unbiblical, demonic, and occultist come from? To understand this part, it helps to know some of the history behind hypnosis. Hypnosis, in one form or another, has actually been around since the beginning of human civilization. Only they obviously didn’t call it hypnosis. Mystics, witch doctors, high priests and priestesses learned that when people entered this special state of mind, they could do what, at the time, seemed miraculous and magical – illnesses being healed, surgery without anesthetic, etc. Of course as primitive peoples, they attributed this to the gods, or magic, or witchcraft. Elaborate rituals were devised to help people enter this state of mind: monotonous drumming, chants, dancing…all things which will assist someone in achieving the hypnotic state, without understanding the brain mechanisms behind it.

Much like the science of medicine, as science progressed through the ages so did the explanations of the causes behind disease, and the subsequent remedies. At first, there was a lot of superstitious beliefs surrounding diseases, which were treated with rituals clearing the body of demons and evil spirits. Later, physicians believed that an imbalance of humours played a major part in illnesses, and resulted in the painful practice of cutting people and bleeding them to near death. Nowadays, with our current germ theory of disease and our understanding of microorganisms, we realize that disease is not caused by demons or a punishment from God, but can be linked to a specific cause. Hypnosis is much the same way. As science progressed, so did the beliefs surrounding this seemingly mystical state. A man by the name of Franz Anton Mesmer popularized the idea in the 1700s that magnets caused that special state of mind, and that people were somehow magnetized. Later, when Mesmer realized that he didn’t need magnets to heal, he believed that he was magnetic, and that magnetic fluid was somehow flowing through him.

It wasn’t until the 1800s that this state was linked to the mind and the term ‘Hypnosis’ was coined. Although there is still much to learn about hypnosis, science has fully recognized the potential of hypnosis, and was even approved by the American Medical Association in 1958 and several other medical and psychiatric boards over the coming years. In fact, medical studies have to take hypnosis into account in every new medication they develop. That’s right! Scientists recognize the power of the placebo effect and know that a certain percentage of people will heal regardless of whether they take medicine or not. Simply the suggestion that they are going to heal causes them to heal. That’s hypnosis folks!
So what does the Bible say about hypnosis? Well…nothing really. Its not mentioned in the Bible once. Remember, hypnosis in its current form didn’t exist until the 1800s. The Bible does however mention what we now recognize as the hypnotic state several times. In Genesis 2:21, God put Adam into a deep sleep to remove his rib to make Eve (this, in my opinion, was the first case of hypnotic anesthesia). The Bible specifically mentions ‘trance’ several times: In Acts 10:9-10, Peter went to the rooftop to pray, and “…he became hungry, and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance”. Note that the original Greek for trance here derives from ekstasis. The Greek lexicon defines this word as “a state of being brought about by God, in which consciousness is wholly or partially suspended. This definition practically reads out of a book on hypnosis! Abraham, Balaam, Ezekiel, Paul, Peter, and many others all entered states of trance. Of course, like everything else in the Bible, its words are open to interpretation. Some people choose to interpret the Bible to fit their own agenda.

One of the most oft quoted (and misinterpreted) verses, when it comes to bashing hypnosis, is Deuteronomy 18:9-14: “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.” Because many uninformed people didn’t bother to do their due diligence on the subject, they simply lumped hypnosis in with witchcraft, sorcery, and all that other crazy stuff. Now one could argue that I am interpreting the Bible to fit my own agenda, which is why I’m calling in the big guns: Dr. Fred Bush, the D. Wilson Moore Professor of Ancient New Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary is an expert on Eastern languages, and states that “to use these passages as a reference to hypnosis is exegetically indefensible” [Bush
in Court, 123]. Since you now understand what hypnosis is, and how it works, it is quite obvious that hypnosis doesn’t have anything to do with any of the above mentioned terms.

So can hypnosis be used for evil? Well, duh! Of course it can. Just like a knife can be used to go on a murderous rampage or used to cook a delicious meal…hypnosis is simply a tool. A tool in the wrong hands can be deadly, whereas a tool in an artist’s hand can create a majestic masterpiece. Remember what hypnosis is though, and that we are being hypnotized all the time: Whenever we watch television, whenever we read a book, or listen to a politician speak. We are constantly being given suggestions everywhere we go. This doesn’t mean we are going to follow those suggestions however. Remember that you can’t be made to do anything you don’t already want to do. There’s a saying among hypnotists: “All hypnosis is self hypnosis.” Remember that evil comes from within: Jesus said in Matthew 15:19-20, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.” So even though you can’t be controlled, it is of course a good thing to be aware of and trust who is giving the suggestions, whether you are watching TV or choosing a hypnotherapist to work with. This is why you should always choose a reputable hypnotherapist to work with.

God gave us a wonderful gift when he created us…the ability to control our own mind. Much like the gift He gave us of a body that will naturally heal itself after injury, we can use our mind to heal ourselves of bodily ailments, negative emotions, and bad habits. Using hypnosis to make us a better person or heal ourselves is no more sorcery or witchcraft than taking an aspirin is to heal a headache. Hypnosis on its own is neither good nor evil. When used properly, it can help everyone, both Christians and non-Christians to improve themselves and heal their bodies.

 

 

Jason D. West, MNLP, CCHt is a board certified clinical hypnotherapist, master NLP practitioner, trainer, transformation coach, author of the book “Unstuck: The Owner’s Manual for Success”, and the creator of the POWERPERSUASION™ Boot Camp. In his clinical practice, he specializes in helping women unlock the power of their mind to let go of their emotional blocks, and achieve the life of their dreams.

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Are you running a pattern of destruction or success?

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle.

Are you running a pattern of destruction or success?  

We all have them…patterns that we run our lives by. Patterns are automatic habits or unconscious behaviors that we live our lives by. It’s how we create some sort of normalcy in our hectic lives. Without them, life would be chaotic and unpredictable.

Some of the patterns are good, like getting up at 6am every morning, going to the gym 3 times a week, or brushing our teeth after meals. Some of them are bad, such as uncontrollable eating, biting your fingernails, or uncontrollable emotional outbursts.

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Some patterns take place at such a subconscious level that we are not even aware that we are running them. Have you ever noticed that some people seem to date the same type of person over and over again…always winding up in an abusive relationship, or dating a complete loser? Others always seem to be broke…even if they come into a considerable sum of money or have an amazingly well paying job.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have people that always seem to wind up with the most amazing, beautiful, and successful people at their side. If one leaves, another amazing person quickly takes their place. You have people like Donald Trump, who have filed for bankruptcy several times, but no matter how many times he fails, he always seems to come out on top. He simply CANNOT be broke. It’s not in his DNA.

How is it that some people have these patterns of success while others who are equally, if not more capable seem to live a mediocre life, never living up to their full potential. Some people might just say they are lucky. But it actually goes much deeper than that. It comes down to the subconscious patterns that we are running every day, whether we realize it or not. How do we develop these patterns? Past experiences, values and beliefs from family, friends, and others all contribute to developing these patters.

Fortunately, these patterns can be changed. While you cannot change the past, with hypnosis, neuro linguistic programming (NLP), and other types of mind therapy, you can break behavior patterns by changing the way you feel about the past, and you can change your perceptions on your beliefs and values and install new strategies of success so that you automatically begin running healthy patterns of success.

Many years ago, I was running a pattern of negative thinking that took me into a downward spiral loop of major suicidal depression. While the medications I was prescribed put a nice pretty temporary band aid on the problem, it wasn’t until I began to change my patterns of thinking that I was able to completely conquer the depression I was in. Now, even though I still encounter many of the same issues I had in the past, I think about them differently, and I’m known by many as the happiest person they’ve ever known.

WHAT WOULD YOUR LIFE BE LIKE IF YOU COULD REPLACE YOUR DESTRUCTIVE PATTERNS WITH PATTERNS OF SUCCESS?

Hypnosis is considered by many experts to be the most powerful method of changing your thought patterns. In addition, it has been approved and/or endorsed by many medical and psychological associations, including the British Medical Association, American Medical Association, and American Psychiatric Association among others.

If you are interested in breaking negative patterns, click here to book a hypnosis session.  I can do hypnosis in Orange County, and I can also do hypnosis via Skype.

Dear Jason,
Thank you so much for all the effort and care you have so genorously given me. I am so grateful. Since our meeting and working together i have experience unbelievable changes in my life, where nothing has changed, yet everything has changed sort of thing if you know what i mean. Everything from embracing my work challenges and walking through somewhat fearful tasks, to meeting the girl of my dreams, and finally to consciously and diligently working with other people listening and embracing what is in front of me, task or friend. Dude my attitude has been outstanding even when i feel otherwise. I dont know what else to say other than, i am so grateful to you for taking me on and working with me despite my shortcomings and how little i had to offer, your efforts have contributed greatly in my opinion to the recent changes and goodness i feel around me, and we both know how i felt when we met !!!! Thank you so much !!!!!!!!! – Derek S.

 

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Insight Into PowerPersuasion(tm)

I’m so amped up about your ability to persuade and influence this year!  I’m offering my PowerPersuasion(tm) Course to facilitate your growth and potential.

Here’s what some previous attendees have to say about it.

“Best course for people who are starting off in sales, or wanting to improve in sales, or take it to the next level.”

“What is learned here, can be applied to any field.”

“I Particularly like way Jason went about teaching this course. To go over exercises, actually practicing what you are learning – there’s no better way to committing to memory and having it become a part of you.”

“This will make me better at relationships personally or professionally.”

“You can learn how the unconscious mind works and how you can use that to leverage in your business – it has an immediate effect.  If you are trying to persuade or influence then look into this course!”

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“The activities we did were good- we put into practice right away and it gave me a feeling of doing it correctly.”

This course gives you practice time to really learn the principles of persuasion and influence so you can walk away with tools you can use immediately!

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Influence – Fact or Gut Feeling?

I found an interesting study in influence and how the factor of “gut feeling” is tied to our acceptance of information being presented to us.

This new research looks at one form of influence – teaching, and one controversial topic – evolution –  to determine if students accepted the concepts based on the facts presented. “The whole idea behind acceptance of evolution has been the assumption that if people understood it – if they really knew it – they would see the logic and accept it,” said study co-author David Haury, an associate professor of education at Ohio State University.

What did the researchers find? They found that neither being religious nor knowing the facts about evolution were reliable predictors of an individual’s acceptance of evolution. But “intuitive cognitions” about evolution were predictive. In other words, students knowledgeable about evolution were more likely to accept evolution if they also had strong “gut” feelings that the facts were real.

Could this be tied to the persuasiveness of the influencer?  I think so.  To learn more about making sure your audience is accepting whatever it is you’re communicating, check out my PowerPersuasion bootcamp, or contact me for personal coaching.

The original article here.

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Memory Metashift

I read a recent article where Joe Vitale talks about some events from his childhood that had shaped his life today.  Interestingly, he remembered that as a teenager he helped his dad build a house.  He had strong kinetic and emotional experiences that helped locked in that memory.

But he was wrong. While the memory of the experience is right,  Joe’s father reminded him that Joe was NOT a teenager, but a mere 10 years old when they completed the house.

Isn’t the mind strange?  Maybe some of the grudges you hold about how you were raised are completely off base.  As Joe points out, this story shows how inaccurate our memories are… and since most of us can’t remember what we ate for lunch yesterday, recalling memories from decades ago is ripe for inaccuracy.

We can use this capability of the mind to create and reposition our perception.  Keep learning more at this blog.

Read the original article here.

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Becoming an Influence in 2012

It’s a new year! Time to set goals, make resolutions…or not.  However you do it, there’s a lot of focus on making changes whenever that calendar turns over to a new year.

Would you like to be able to influence your own outcome this year?  You can actually learn how to use influence to persuade the situation to go your way.  Two keys in influencing are rapport and positive recall.

One part of rapport is understanding that everyone has various styles of communication.  Some may be visual communicators, where they “see” what you are saying and often express themselves in imagery and physical attributes. Some are auditory communicators, where they “hear” what you are saying, and may express themselves with sounds.  Some are tactile communicators, where they “experience” what you are saying and may look for connections to the physical senses as they express themselves.  One of the things I teach in my PowerPersuasion(tm) Course is to identify and adapt to the different communication styles.  There are several other aspects of building rapport, and I teach those in my course, too.

Once you have rapport with someone, you can then establish an environment for them to receive the idea as you see it. When is the best time to make an ask or persuade someone to give you something?  When they feel good, right?  In order to lead someone in feeling good, one technique I teach is positive recall. This is the technique a child might use when they want a new toy.  First, they say, remember when I cleaned my room without asking?  And when the parent is feeling really satisfied of their own parenting and pride in the behavior of the child, the child knows that is the time to make the ask.

These techniques are based on science, but there’s an art to it, of course, so you don’t blatantly go around analyzing communication styles and asking people to remember something good.  Being aware of how you listen and respond to the different styles, and asking positive questions about the other person is a good start to a year of influence!

For more powerful techniques, and to learn the complete system of developing influence and persuasion, attend my PowerPersuasion Bootcamp, or contact me for more information.

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The Mind-Body Christmas Stress Connection

Does Christmas really make us crazy?

Dr Robert Lustig from the University of California at San Francisco says  the season’s hectic schedule and excesses of festive eating can wreak havoc upon hormones.

Just how much those ‘Christmas hormones’ take hostage of our bodies was described by Dr. Lustig on ABC’s Good Morning America saying the season is fraught with hormonally-driven behaviour – driving irrational actions and thoughts.

He says a potent mix of cortisol, serotonin and dopamine are at play over the holiday season.

While the togetherness of Christmas – ultimately what the day is all about – fosters surges in the happiness hormone, serotonin, the build up is characterised by high levels of stress, or cortisol.

We seek quick contentment fixes in food, for example, which boost dopamine levels temporarily.

And the more that dopamine is triggered, the larger the amounts of food that are needed to feel the hormone’s pleasurable effects – which leads to over-eating, peaks and troughs of insulin and sugar highs and lows.

In the meantime, high stress levels see rises in blood pressure, suppression of the immune system and increased sugar production, he told the show.

It’s only to be expected that mood swings – and arguments – may ensue.

It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that close to 70 per cent of Americans say they are fatigued by Christmas, says the American Psychological Association.

Some comfort, though, can be taken in another finding by the American Psychological Association, as cited by GMA, that almost 80 per cent of Americans feel positive and happy around the holidays.

Rather than let the holiday’s excesses defeat and traumatise, the secret is to make the most of your companions, family and friends over the period, suggests Dr Lustig.

‘Happiness has nothing to do with money. It has nothing to do with food,’ he told the show’s site.

‘The best is to have a community and to be happy with what you’ve got.’

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The Mental Game of Marathons: Life or Death?

A recent news story talked about two men who died at or near the finish line of the 8th Philadelphia Marathon.  The apparent cause was-heart related according to a source for the article,  Dr. Lewis G. Maharam.  Maharam explains that it seems like we’re seeing more deaths, but the death rate has remained the same – there are just more people entering marathons and half-marathons.  He went on to say that some runners’ hearts are particularly vulnerable to an adrenaline surge that occurs when they first spot the finish line, a location Maharam called “The X Spot,” which he said “comes from the excitement of knowing you’re going to finish.”

I’m wondering if adding mental training to the physical training of a marathon or half marathon is a matter of life or death for some people.  By harnessing the power of the mind, an athlete can learn to control surges of adrenaline and minimize the effect on the body.

An interesting observation by a colleague in the field says that mental preparation may help with reducing eliminating panic attacks that may be a cause of deaths of triathletes in the swimming leg.

It seems like there’s a connection to me.  What do you think?  Follow the discussion at http://www.metashifts.com/blog.

For more information on the Philadelphia deaths, see this ABC News article.

For more information on deaths among triathletes, see this article.

Also see Brian David Phillips’ perspective on mental preparation for extreme athletes.

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