Hypnosis and NLP

10 Hypnosis Blogs On My Daily Must-Read List

Do you enjoy reading hypnosis blogs?  I think it’s great that hypnotists are blogging about their experiences, although some of them don’t know how to start a blog. If that’s you, then contact me and we’ll talk.

At any rate, here are the Top 10 Blogs that I always find myself reading:

1)  Whats On My Brain Hypnosis Blog

One of the most popular hypnosis blogs on the internet, Whats On My Brain is updated by my good friend Joshua Houghton, who puts all sorts of good content on there. This is probably the blog I check most often. Highly recommended.

2) Life of Brian

Second on the list is this site by Brian David Phillips. This site gets updated probably once a day, and even though the blog does go “off topic” of hypnosis quite a bit, Brian’s worthwhile posts often make up for it.

3) Champion Mind Skills

This is VelvetMallet’s blog, and he posts all sorts of great things on here! Definitely one to check out and put on your RSS feed.

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5)  Regression Hypnotherapy Blog

Matt Sison and Randy Shaw’s blog talks about Advanced Hypnotherapy concepts and techniques.

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8 ) Dave Sabat’s Exuberance Hypnotherapy

This blog is updated once in a while with some interesting things — the latest post while I am writing this is one on persistence, which I am sure all of us can use in our lives.

9) Success Work Hypnosis

Even though I’ve never met Jeff, this is a pretty cool blog with lots of interesting documents intermixed in. It might appeal more to the “conversational hypnosis” or “persuasion” crowd rather than the clinical hypnotist, though.

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And last by not least, Andy Mitchell’s blog contains guest articles and information for professional hypnotists. Andy and I have been friends for some time, and it’s always interesting to see what he comes up with!

That’s it! Did I miss any? Let me know if I did, and your thoughts on how you like these blogs. These are the ones that I read so you should be good in adding all of these to your RSS reader!

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Three Things Learning Hypnotherapy Taught Me About Living In The Moment

Here are three things that have come about as a result of my learning hypnotherapy (and learning hypnosis). Each one of these things has been a major force in my life, and has provided plenty of changes!

1) Sensory Acuity and Reading Body Language.

I used have a quality that a lot of guys have — which is being totally ignorant about body language. I didn’t know how to distinguish between different “eye codes,” and I wasn’t aware of the differences between confident and non-confident body language.

Through my study of Hypnosis and NLP, I’ve become very acutely aware of these presences, and it’s not because I am “analyzing” the different patterns. One of my friends does this — he will look for clusters of body language cues. I don’t do that. For me, it has become largely unconscious.

Because I am able to tell exactly what is going on, I actually know when the right time is to drop someone’s arm, or the exact intonation I’m going to use with an induction. It helps me to live much more in the moment instead of having to catch up with whatever just happened.

2) Dreams Are The First Step Of Any Outcome

In order to do anything, you have to go inside and make a picture, sound, or feeling. It might not even be consciously noticeable.  What I have found is that by simply making an intention or a dream towards what I want to have happen, my brain rewires itself to meet that goal.

What is really cool is that if my goal is to be in the moment with someone, I can do that. There’s a specific strategy for how to do it, and now it’s just automatic. Learning hypnosis helped me to understand consciously how all of this worked, so that I could trigger it.

3) It’s Okay To RELAX!

While it might be funny to a lot of experienced hypnotists out there, most people do not believe that they can simply decide to relax. They believe you have to do something before it. Hey, I used to think the same thing! Emotions just happen to me, right?

What I know now is that I can simply decide to relax and go with the flow. And I can do it in cool ways! The other day I was doing a hypnosis training, and I did the “Drug of Choice” induction with one of the women.

She wanted to have a “hypnotic joint”. What’s great about this is that she can now feel relaxed and feel pleasurable feelings any time she wants, without breaking any laws or spending any money!

Learning hypnotherapy has taught me that you can relax in the moment, be peaceful about whatever is going on, and feel complete all without effort.

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How to Meet Up With Other Hypnotists: The Top 5 Ways and Why Your Training in Hypnosis Absolutely Depends On It

There is no doubt about it

Networking, meeting, and knowing other hypnotists when you wish to become better is one of the most  helpful things you can do.

Just yesterday I had a bi-weekly hypnosis lunch here in Washington DC, next week I will be going to a monthly talk that a group here does, and a couple hours from now I am due to talk hypnosis yet again.

It is priceless to attend this type of hypnosis meeting, because you will learn insider information that most people simply are not exposed to. It is akin to getting free training.

Here are the Top 5 Ways to Meet Other Hypnotists:

1)  The Sleepwalkers Organization

In most major  cities, there is a sleepwalkers hypnosis group which you can get in touch with and go to the meetings. Not all of the groups are active (for example, the one here in DC is not very active), but I have had a lot of fun by attending the sleepwalkers meetings and by instructing them.

2)  Groups on allows you to create groups which have local meetings on topics that might interest you. Don’t just look for a “hypnosis meeting” but also “hypnotherapy meetups” and “NLP meetups”.

There’s at least 4 major Meetup groups near me that I could go to that are listed on the site. It happens that I know more than that, but this is a great start.

3) Visit Hypnosis Communities and Groups

Oftentimes with a simple search on a community site (such as, you can find people locally who are practicing in your same area. When you get active in discussions and post your name and location, you are announcing for the world to come and find you.

Also participate in groups such as the HypnosisTechniqueExchange, where you will not only find great information, but by posting your location you will attract the attention of others near you. You could even do an introductory post asking people to introduce you to other hypnotists!

4) Call up any practicing hypnotists in the area and introduce yourself.

This can be very effective. It may seem scary at first, and some hypnotists may be off-putting on even talking to you, but MOST hypnotists will be more than glad to help you out and become friends with you.

Offer to buy them lunch and find out about them. You will be surprised at the high-level responses you get. Whenever someone calls me in this way, I am always VERY impressed.

5) If no groups exist, create one.

This is how I started up The Hypnosis Club, which turned into the biggest hypnosis group in my area during college. I’ll never forget the first time we got 20 people to come to a hypnosis seminar in a near-by hotel. It was an experience, and because I had put so much publicity out about it, a professional stage hypnotist (Hypnotic Blaze) decided to drive down and do a show for us.

Are you ready to lead up your own events? This is the way to go. When you get a regular amount of people coming to the group, you can sponsor professional trainers to come and do trainings there. I’ve flown across the country just because someone took the time to start up a group and followed through with it!

Whatever the way that you meet up with others, it is very important to get out there and start learning techniques. You will grow much faster, and I have learned tons from my friends who are hypnotists, completely free of charge.

Hypnosis and NLP

Are You Going to the Hypnosis World Summit?

Tom Nicoli's Hypnosis World Summit
Imagine an absolutely-free hypnosis training, all through the comfort of your own home, that lasts 10 days with over 20 of the top self-hypnosis and personal change experts in the world presenting lessons to you while you relax with a cold beverage in your favorite easy-chair…

Welcome to the Hypnosis World Summit.

My friend and fellow hypnotist Tom Nicoli (who, if you’re familiar, is the creator of World Hypnotism Day) e-mailed me recently to let me know of a great event coming up called the Hypnosis World Summit.

If you have heard of names such as Paul Scheele, Jerry Kein, Tim Brunson and Dick Sutphen (all speakers at the event), you know that these people -always- produce quality no matter where they are, and they are going to make this event really shine.

The Hypnosis World Summit event is 100% virtual and online, and includes many topics about how to use the tools of hypnosis to grow our lives in many ways, like:

  • How to get relief from physical pain and discomfort
  • How to open the door to attracting abundance into your life
  • How to end unhealthy eating patterns to lose weight
  • How color can influence your life and how to use it to your advantage
  • How to improve study skills and academic results
  • Ways to manage your life more easily and relieve tension and stress
  • And much more…

That’s something worth checking out! Here is the link to the hypnosis summit:

Tom Nicoli’s Hypnosis World Summit

Hypnosis and NLP

10 Books Every Hypnotist Should Read

The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism (Hypnosis) by Ormond McGillThe New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism by Ormond McGill
This book is truly an encyclopedia which includes not only a wealth of information about Stage Hypnosis but a whole variety of techniques and principles that are applicable to any hypnosis situation. This book includes information about how hypnosis works, hypnotic principles that apply to any situation, a whole chapter dedicated to 100 ways to getting someone into hypnosis, and it even shows you how to hypnotize a chicken. Note: Even those hypnotists who are not interested in doing any stage work should read this book! Take my word for it, it is one of the best out there.


Hypnotherapy by Dave ElmanHypnotherapy by Dave Elman
Elman was a pioneer in the art of medical hypnosis, and this historical classic explores not only the Dave Elman Induction, but shows a wealth of other hypnotic techniques like using hypnosis as an adjunct to chemical anesthesia, as a tool for impotence and frigidity, and using hypnosis to eliminate stuttering. It’s worth it to read this book just to get inside the mind of one of the legendary hypnotists of the past, as well as learn a lot of useful techniques.


Uncommon Therapy by Jay HaleyUncommon Therapy by Jay Haley
This book quite simply blows my mind. Jay Haley provides a detailed account of Ericksonian hypnosis, and tells quite a few stories of how Milton Erickson performed his work. This is where you’ll find a lot of the examples of how to interact with a person, as well as information breaking down the structure of that communication and demystifying it so that you can use it. If you are a person who hopes to do any sort of therapy or coaching or to help people in their lives using hypnosis, this book is an absolute gold-mine of information.


The Ronning Guide to Modern Stage Hypnotism by Geoffrey RonningThe Ronning Guide to Modern Stage Hypnosis by Geoff Ronning
If you’re in for the par to learn stage hypnosis or want to be a professional stage hypnotist, I suggest checking out this book. Geoffrey Ronning has put together a very comprehensive guide on specifically how to perform a stage hypnosis show, how to get bookings, what happens if it all goes wrong, and tons of motivation. Although this book is mostly for stage hypnotists and it’s content is geared 90% towards that audience, if you do street hypnosis or even if you are just looking for a good suggestibility test to add onto your repetiore, this book will fulfill those needs.


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert CialdiniInfluence by Robert Cialdini
I do believe I’ve quoted this book about a hundred times in instructing various events and seminars over the years. Cialdini was a guy who always fell for scams; if someone showed up and gave him a fancy sales pitch, he had to buy it. He got very curious as to why he always fell for these gambits, and began a length research procedure which now has been very well documented in his book. Most hypnotists have probably already read this book, but if you haven’t, order a copy. It’s very interesting reading.


Applied Hypnosis and Hyperempiria by Don GibbonsApplied Hypnosis and Hyperempiria by Don Gibbons
Probably my second most quoted book is this one, and usually I’ll just reference the book and tell people to go get it. This book by Don Gibbons is an accurate and realistic portrayal of what hypnosis is and what it isn’t. He talks about how hypnosis has been associated with sleep over the years, and how hyperempiria is actually the opposite of that, but that we use essentially the same process to get people into both states. As a bonus for this book, you learn how to take people into hyperempiric states of consciousness which can be very fun to play with. I’m always surprised at how many hypnotists haven’t even heard of hyperempiria or some of the other states that we have available to us. This is a must-read.


Neuro-Linguistic Programming - Reframing by Richard Bandler and John GrinderReframing by Richard Bandler and John Grinder
Reframing is a critical part of working with people and yet some of us know so little about it. A caller’s objections or a client’s misperceptions both have to be reframed and put into their proper light. People who are talented in the art of reframing are perceived as smarter, they make more money, and their clients have better results. This book shows you how to do it, along with giving you lots of techniques and understandings. It is a transcript of a live seminar that Bandler and Grinder did, but do not be fooled, this is one amazing book. I highly recommend picking up a copy.


Patterns of The Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson by Richard Bandler Judith DeLozier and John GrinderPatterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., by John Grinder, Judith DeLozier, and Richard Bandler
Another great book by Bandler and Grinder, this one also by Judith DeLozier, is the book that introduced the concept of the Milton Model in NLP. If you’re not familiar, Richard Bandler and John Grinder spent 9 months studying Milton Erickson and watching his videotapes. The very core essence of his patterns, called the Milton Model, is now taught in 1 day in NLP practitioner trainings. There’s two volumes to the series, and they are both great, although difficult to get through. It’s not light reading, but I think it’s time well spent. Great book.


My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton Erickson by Sidney RosenMy Voice Will Go With You by Sidney Rosen
The subtitle of this book is “The Teaching Tales of Milton Erickson” and this one can be a lot of fun to read. These are some of the stories that Erickson used to tell people when hypnotizing them or before hypnotizing them. If you want to be fascinated with just how smart this guy was, read a couple of his stories and you might find yourself drifting off. Erickson was amazing at metaphor and relating concepts together, and Sidney Rosen does a fantastic job in this book cutting to the core of what we want to know. This should be in your library!


Trancework by Michael YapkoTrancework by Michael Yapko
Trancework is a comprehensive guide to learning the fundamentals of clinical hypnosis. Although Yapko is mostly an Ericksonian-style hypnotist, he provides step-by-step instructions for getting things done in hypnosis. The book is also grounded firmly in research and pragmatism, and provides a great introduction to the art of hypnosis which you should re-read every couple of years to find out what you missed the first time.