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November 2012

Buddha’s distinction

“In the sky there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and believe them to be true” – Buddha

To build on the words of Buddha, our minds and our lives are like the sky. They exist as they exist without labels – until we start to project meanings and distinctions onto them.

This helps us understand the complexities of our lives, but also sets up limitations.  When we create distinctions and ‘fix’ beliefs to them, it means that we often screen out other potential meanings, other possible distinctions, and remain fixed around what we think that we believe.

How do you know that what you believe is true?  How do you judge?

This may seem like a very philosophical post, but it has practical implications.  onsider:

  • The client who distinguishes themselves as ‘anxious’ or ‘depressed’
  • The parent who judges their child as ‘completely out of control’
  • The person who believes “I’m sick and cannot get better”

How has this view of their ‘sky’ now changed by their very act of creating distinctions, and fixing beliefs around them.

One of the really powerful aspects of using clinical hypnotherapy is inviting clients to ‘see the sky’ again.  To provide a space with hypnosis and strategic therapy to move them beyond their distinctions, to show them new distinctions, to provide a broader scope of choices.

As you think about your life, what are the distinctions that you create and believe?

What is the true nature of your ‘sky’?

What lies beyond your sky, and what possibilities does that suggest?


I would love to know you reflections.


Live Well,


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Hypnotic skills

What are you capable of?

This is a curious question – and an important one in helping clients to get their outcomes with strategic hypnosis.

I was working with a client recently who spontaneously developed a whole body anaesthesia.  How did they know how to do that?  Did they even realise that they could?

What is interesting was that the client had never experienced this before.  They had no idea of their capabilities in this regard.

Each client brings with them their own resources – many which they are aware of and many which they are not.  I can invite a client to elicit and utilise these resources, but I cannot ‘impose’ a requirement for the client to be able to ‘perform’ in any particular way.

This is the true nature of working with a client, rather than ‘on’ them.

Some clients can create dissociations leading to anaesthesia or analgesia.  Others can create catilepsy (rigidity).  Others can demonstrate hallucinations, regressions, or amnesias.

As a strategic therapist using hypnosis, finding out what a client CAN do, and using this in strategic ways to help them get to their goals, is such an empowering way to work.

Many phenomena that we associate with hypnosis we perform without thinking, in normal life.  

You may not know what you are capable of, but you can be sure that regardless of your problem, you have some resources and skills that can help you achieve your goals in ways that you may never have realised.

What skills do you have?

What skill or resource would you ‘surprise’ yourself if you found out that you had?

How could you think of your problem as a place where you could apply some of your skills and resources?

I would love to hear about your experiences (which are skills and resources…)


Live Well,


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