If You’ve Ever Given Up on Mind Training, Here’s Why

I hear a lot of folk who dabble in meditation or self-hypnosis, then stop.

Even though it’s a shame… I get it. It’s not easy to stick with it.

But I’m here to encourage you anyway, because it’s worth it. Mind training is one of the best things you can do with your time. That’s a bold claim, I know, but I can make it because it makes everything else better.

It makes you smarter, sharper, happier and more focused.

This improves every part of your life, some more than others.

If you didn’t get anything out of meditation, self-hypnosis or any other mind training practice, this won’t help you. This advice is for anyone who tried it, felt great for a little while, then stopped.

Like any skill, it’s a thrill at the start. You learn so much, so quickly.

But it takes effort to keep climbing that incline.

And eventually… you plateau.

Now, I’m not going to tell you to power through that plateau. That on the other side are greater improvements like you can’t even imagine.

You already know that – and knowing that didn’t help.

Here’s what happened to most of you:

You started off knowing nothing.

Then you learn a simple technique or two, and suddenly you can do a lot.

It’s exhilarating. You imagine what you’ll be able to do with 50 or 100 techniques under your felt.

Except… it doesn’t work that way. More techniques don’t lead to more experience.

You stop progressing as fast.

It stops feeling as fresh, new and exciting.

So you start going through the motions.

And that, right there, is the killer. I’d put money on it. You start showing up to the sessions with the attitude of ‘here are some techniques for me to follow’, the techniques don’t work like they used to…

It’s easy to get bored or discouraged.

But there’s another way to approach it.

Instead of thinking about the techniques as things to tick off, think about what the techniques do.

Think about what you get out of them.

Say your goal is inner balance, and the techniques give you that, then great. But if the techniques don’t, then you’ve wasted your time… right?

Or you can approach each session with the intention to create inner balance.

The techniques are irrelevant. You could follow them, or you could not. So long as you cultivate inner balance, you’re winning.

I remembered this recently after constructing an elaborate self-hypnosis sequence. Six days a week, it works beautifully and I access fantastic inner states.

That other day, though?

It feels like I’m just going through the motions.

So I stop, reset, and wonder how I can get what I want. Is this technique the best way?

Or is there some other way to do it?

While you’re learning, you’re not going to know many alternative techniques. But while you’re learning, it’s easy to continue with it.

By the time you plateau like this, it’s because you know enough to mix it up.

So mix it up.

Going through the motions will stall you.

Having said that, knowing many techniques helps. That’s why I describe over half a dozen ways to hypnotise yourself. If you get bored with one, move onto the next.

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I Woke Up, Then Had A Nightmare. That’s When Things Got Weird

Let me tell you about a recent trance experience I had. It was stronger, wilder and a whole lot weirder than my usual fare. When this sort of thing happens, it’s too great to keep to myself.

When talking to me about meditation and self-hypnosis, a lot of folk wonder about falling asleep during.

It’s easy enough to do when you relax and focus.

Generally, it’s not a problem. My philosophy is if you need sleep more than you need to focus, then your body will tell you.

But I get it. If you’re meditating, it’s nice to meditate. If you wanted a nap, you’d do that instead.

There are simple solutions to this. The easiest ones are to meditate while standing, walking, maybe even jogging. It’s a tougher mental workout, which creates better results. And you certainly won’t fall asleep doing this.

Anyway, I was a little rundown when I entered this trance. My body needed sleep, so I let it. The fact I could doze with such loud meditation music playing only shows how much I needed it.

I drifted off for who knows how long.

Then I woke up.

Sort of.

Because here’s the strange thing about deep hypnotic states – you can be wide awake yet feeling like you’re dreaming. Having tranced, slept and woken up in such a short time, I was straddling that wonderful state of consciousness where everything is intense and nothing seems quite real.

Lying there like this, with the music blaring, I had a nightmare.

I was awake, lucid and able to move.

And I was hallucinating.

The nightmare wasn’t anything scary. It wasn’t like a monster was chasing me (my monsters are scared of me these days). It was far more abstract, confusing and terrifying than that.

I rolled with it. With apologies to Mr Roosevelt, fear itself is nothing to fear.

It passed, as intense emotions like to do.

And then…

I started laughing.

Not chuckling or giggling. I’m talking belly laughs. Deep, booming, eye watering, breath impeding laughter.

And it didn’t stop.

I laughed for an embarrassingly long time.

Then it became a concerningly long time.

Then it was painful – there’s only so much laughter your ab muscles can take.

That was in the first five minutes. I swear I laughed for another ten or fifteen after that.

What was so funny?

I could explain the joke, but it barely makes sense to me.

Laughter is a release of tension. If you fall off your bike but don’t hurt yourself, you laugh. It lets everyone know to stop worrying.

That’s what this laughter was all about. I had a lot of worry and tension I needed to let go of. This is how my unconscious chose to do it.

Hey, I’m not complaining. It sure beats crying.

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