I am reading, studying, and working with people to improve our minds, bodies, & souls.
My mission is to work on myself towards thriving; use what I've learned to help others thrive.
What are my plans for 2016?
I intend to help at least 10x more people than I did in 2015
I utilize modalities (hypnosis, NLP, Ericksonian, Parts, Etc.) with your desired result in mind,
the way a chef pulls together spices and ingredients to create a new recipe. Hypnosis, NLP, Ericksonian,
and Parts, etc. all have unique characteristics that harmonize in intriguing, surprising ways.
We are finished only when we've found that elusive result--a balanced life with complexity and layers of
accomplishments not easily attained by a single-origin modality.
How Did I Get Interested in Hypnosis
"All that appears is as it appears"
For some reason I started out early in life as scientifically, logic-brained oriented (3rd grade chess champion of Brooklyn, mathematics prize junior high) and
therefore enrolled in Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1980 (aka "The School of Mines" but now Fu School
of Engineering). Along with my peers, we "invincible" 18 year olds thought everything had a scientific explanation
and if not then someday it will by one of us!
"Not all that appears is as it appears"
Sometimes it takes something as powerful as an atomic bomb to change beliefs and in this case it happened when I took
a course required of all freshmen engineers taught by Professor Mario Salvadori (at the time, one of the last living collaborators of
the Manhattan Project). I took the "cold war" bait. Cool, I'll write my dissertation on how to build a 10 megaton thermonuclear device, NOT!
Intead, he introduced us to conservation (not of matter and energy but of nature), social effects of engineering solutions,
parapsychology, tapping the power of the subconscious mind, among other things.
He taught human excellence and human responsibility. I figured that he figured we would all figure out
any technology on our own (empirically or by reading of others' works) and that these "left-brained" topics were much
more important to make us better, well-rounded providers of technology.
He presented dozens of examples of inventions/innovations/discoveries where the inventor "should not" have made that
invention/innovation/discovery because conventional wisdom "right-brained" (up to that point) DISALLOWED it.
He flipped through kodak carousels of Bini domes, domes created by blowing air under sheets of concrete reinforced by
The inventor, Mr. Bini, fortunately for the modern architectural world, "didn't know" it "shouldn't work." And that's
did it and thereafter saved builders magnitudes of time and resources when doing it the "Bini" way.
Everyone should know the story of how Einstein put himself into an altered state to "imagine"
riding a photon and figured out some of the theory of relativity from that psychedelic thought experiment.
How true, most human excellence and fulfillment happens inadvertantly in "altered states."
In dreams, daydreams, trances, light-bulbs, flashes of genius, etc
and not that often from blood, sweat, and tears.
Even the guy who said "Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration," Thomas A. Edison, took inspirational naps
everyday where he would go only into the altered state of R.E.M. and keeping a notepad nearby to write down any inspirations (what a hypocrite).
We go in and out of altered states all the time; some people just utilize it better than others (usually the ones who are aware
of it happening.) Sports people call it being "in the zone" and try to reproduce it on the field, courts, course, ranges, track, etc.
Is happiness an altered state? When facing adversity, it most definitely is. If we keep happy
in difficult times, we continue to think clearly and our memories
are intact. These are the very resources that could get us out of our difficulties.
How about humor? Is that an altered state? Humor gives us perspective and helps us overcome mental blocks and bad
Deep relaxation is where we allow good to come into us. (Bad is the absence of good)
There are many valid ways to go into altered states. Meditation takes months to years, drugs can be addictive and/or
have unwanted side effects. Sensory stimuli like music, touch, etc can have profound effects.
However, hypnosis is quick and to the point taking at most 2-3 minutes (with a skilled hypnotist)
to induce trance (and sometimes just a few seconds)
ideal for clinical work and there is no limit in our imaginations to what we can then do while in trance.
Limiting beliefs can be suspended; empowering ones instilled.
Sounds like an ideal playground for attaining human excellence and fulfillment.
How does this play out in real life? Performance plateaus slope upwards, Huge spikes in improvement, step-function-like advances in technology,
exponential accelerations in net worths, overnight remission of physical or emotional pain are characteristics
of "short work" in altered states and not characteristics of enduring willpower and conscious effort.
In 1986 I was introduced to the work of Anthony Robbins (a hypnotist who popularized NLP, a subset derivative of hypnosis)
and his firewalking seminars (no, I didn't pay Robbins to let me walk on fire but I did break a "40lb test" arrow into
the depression of my throat for free). However, I figured it'll be better to learn from Tony Robbins' teachers and read Richard Bandler and John Grinder's "Frogs
into Princes" in 1986.
My eyes were opened (a little wider). Being in the finance world at the time, I tested the technology on trading and it worked!
Not only did I use it successfully for myself, I was able to apply it to others. I studied all I could of this wonderful technology.
From 1988 to 1995 I traded for a Top Commercial Bank. However, instead of controlling my state, I tried controlling all my
context anchors to get into lucrative states and my bosses did not like it one bit. I had a big year in 1994 (by being
very counter-intuitive), got paid for it and stated my own Commodity Futures Trading Firm (a CTA). I was usually in the top
40 of all traders and in 2000 (the year of the big market crash) I was ranked number 1 with a return of over 65% (according to March 2001 edition Futures Magazine and Barclay Trading Group Report.) Again, very counter-intuitive methods were used.
But then, in 2001, a couple of emotional traumas occurred in my life. Several scores of my friends, former high school and college classmates,
coworkers, brokers I argued with everyday, perished on 9/11. My personal relationship collapsed. I developed chronic pain, I was 45
pounds overweight. My optimism was gone, temporarily.
I searched on the internet for NLP practitioners to help me. I saw all kinds of therapists, etc. I went to seminars, workshops (one was like an
LSD trip not that I ever took LSD), met with an Indian guru (Maharishi Guruji Om), meditated for months.
I am long out of that funk but it wasn't a accumulation of all that that helped. But they all pointed towards hypnosis (deep trance phenomena), and I experienced a spontaneous
remission. I felt empowered. I just tried it on everything I could think of. I hypnotized myself in order to drive
24 hours straight from Illinois to Florida (so well that I stayed awake another day after arriving). I scored higher on Skee-ball by relaxing myself. I eliminated most
of my chronic pain and reduced my weight by 48 lbs all
through self-hypnosis. Recently tested it on karate and came in 2nd in 2 events in the American Shotokan Championship
in 2008 (never before placed in any karate competition). All the NLP exercises I've used the last 20 years worked way better while in trance.
After all that, I can replicate it all down to a feeling and that feeling is the same one you get when
you're unconscious in hypnosis and loving it.
It is amazing when previously depressed people who I replicate the process with tell me that they can't feel depressed
anymore. As if it were something they could misplace, like keys and such.
And since hypnosis is one of the few things that I found that consistently helps people quickly and effectively,
I'm sticking with it as my methodology of choice for myself, my friends, and my clients.