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My Experience With Self-Hypnosis (Part 3)

Posted by jeromefaraday on October 1, 2010

The last few blog posts have been grouped around the theme of self-hypnosis. On Wednesday, I discussed what it is and how to enter a trance. Yesterday, I explained how trance feels. Today I want to talk about how the actual experience has impacted my life.

Let me say that I’ve come to rely on my daily dose of trance a lot. If I don’t self-hypnotize myself, I miss it. If I go several days without it, I feel less mentally powerful, if that makes any sense. Why? I think it’s true for several reasons.

First, my trance time is ‘me time.’ As much as I love my family and my life, it still has a hectic side to it. It’s especially easy to dwell on my current lack of employment, for example. My trance is a time where life slows down instantly, the worries disappear, and I have time to assess my thoughts.

Second, my trance time is relaxation time. Part of my emphasis during trance is de-stressing. My script specifically relates to this theme and the results are very positive. It’s twenty minutes of purposeful relaxation which is often missing from most 21st century American lives (mine included).

Third, my trance time is my cheerleading time. In this case I am my cheerleader. During trance, my recorded self reminds my real self of my reasons to be happy, my affirmations, and above all, the feeling of joy and success. Each time I go into trance I am reminded what life is all about and why my life is no longer the negative one I left behind.

Finally, my trance time is insight time. I not only use my self-hypnosis sessions as a time to relax and remind myself of the better things in life. I also use it to get deeper insights into myself and the world. Trance is that rare time in which we’re plugged more deeply into the universe and our own consciousness. I keep a running diary of insights (Word file) and sometimes even talk during trance and see what I say. It’s more of a stream of consciousness type of thing. I also visualize what comes to my mind and run with it (e.g. if a house comes to mind, I walk in and look around, etc.).

As I conclude my 3 part series on self-hypnosis, I would like to recommend it to everyone. It can be used as a form of meditation, prayer, self-improvement, etc. It has transformed my life and I hope it can do the same for you. If you have any questions, consult books, the internet, or ask a question in the comment box. I’ll try to offer as much help as possible.

Part 1
Part 2

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Morphogenic Fields, Cultures, and Cities

Posted by jeromefaraday on September 22, 2010

Yesterday I posted on the idea of M-fields and thought today I’d discuss what I see as the cultural connection. Specifically, do groups of people, through collective ways of thinking, create their own reality? I think the answer is yes.

I’m going to look at the city of Cleveland as an example. The city started out in a spirit of success. Even though it had terrible winters and less than ideal land, the people made the most of its location next to Lake Erie and Cleveland prospered. In 1949 Cleveland was named an All American City.

However, in the 1960’s, a shift occurred. A combination of racial unrest, lagging industry, and a loss of talent to the suburbs created a more negative environment. This reached its height when the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969. The next decade wasn’t any better as the malaise continued and the city defaulted on its loans in 1979. Cleveland became “the mistake on the lake.”

Since the 80’s Cleveland has seen some improvements, but its population still stands at half of its 1949 numbers. The city is still mired in low housing prices, economic despair (it jockeys with Detroit for poorest city in the US), and bad sports teams.

In fact, all three professional teams (Indians, Browns, Cavaliers) have suffered from awful performances and the tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory even when they do achieve some measure of success. The recent debacle over LeBron James’ departure is indicative of a city resigned to despair.

The question is this: did Cleveland create a morphogenic field for failure by internalizing the media barbs from the 1960s and 70’s and failing to re-imagine itself? Sure, demographic trends hurt Cleveland (white flight, moves to the sunbelt, loss of manufacturing). But, other cities have successfully re-invented themselves. Did enough people in Cleveland just simply give up that failure became inevitable?

Perhaps. But, whether Cleveland (or other cities, groups, etc.) created a negative M field, the good news is that these are not life sentences. If Cleveland can pull itself together and change its culture of failure, then it could create a new field of success. It certainly has the tools to do it (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Clinic, hard working people, etc.).

And, maybe the success of Cleveland could create a positive morphogenic field for all Americans, allowing us to pull ourselves up from this recession and again assume a spot as a place of success, innovation, and freedom.

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