The Gift of Hypnosis: A Therapist's Guideby Benjamin Moss and Judy Prince Be it said from the start that I am not the target audience for this book. The target reader is the therapy practitioner intrigued by the potential of hypnosis and looking for ...

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  1. GOING DEEP: A Book Review
  2. HYPOCRISY?
  3. ABSTRACTION
  4. A HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR
  5. ARS VIVENDI...
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GOING DEEP: A Book Review

by Benjamin Moss and Judy Prince

Be it said from the start that I am not the target audience for this book. The target reader is the therapy practitioner intrigued by the potential of hypnosis and looking for another tool in the therapeutic toolbox. The book is a concise, experiential and eminently practicable manual in the art of hypnotherapy. If I were a therapist—I’m not—I would value its detailed, easy-to-follow scripts and its no-nonsense...

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HYPOCRISY?

An interesting question came up after the bi-weekly meditation session at my house this past week. I had suggested at the beginning of our sit, in conformance with the metta practice I have learned over the years, that participants send out wishes of compassion and goodwill to all, including those we dislike or mistrust. In this context, at this point in our history, the name of Donald Trump comes inevitably to mind.

So do we send out wishes of goodwill to a man who represents everything...

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ABSTRACTION

No surprise that I found myself thinking about abstraction as I made my way through the spectacular Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last week. I was pondering some pretty basic, perhaps even naïve questions, like Why abstraction? And, What is abstraction anyway? Also, gazing at the sometimes unfinished, sometimes sketchily brushed surfaces of both these artists’ paintings: Why leave these surfaces incomplete? And, Is incompleteness abstraction manifest?

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A HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR

Here's a story of my own that has been on my mind to write.

A HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR
By Peter Clothier

My uncle Neil was the back sheep of the family. At least so I believed from conversations picked up from my parents when I was perhaps ten years old. He was my father’s youngest brother (there were three of them) and he had left England as a young man, emigrating to what was then the British colony of Rhodesia. He was, horrors, divorced—an unheard-of scandal in my family in the late...

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ARS VIVENDI...

... the art of living.

I was surprised to discover, in the course of this morning's meditation, a previously unnoticed reserve of tension in the wrists and hands.

Asking myself what might be the cause of tension in this unexpected place, I came upon this insight: if heart and mind are the instigators, wrists and hands are the instruments of much of my daily action.

The tension, my mind concluded--spontaneously, without great effort of thought on my part--derives from the need to ...

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