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Autumnal Callings

With the Harvest Full Moon having just shined brightly recently, what a glorious sight Mother Moon was, low in the sky, hugging the morning horizon. I am feeling the beginnings of that yearly “drawing in”. The drawing in of harvest, for sure, though this time of year applies equally to the inward arc of personal experience. By personal experience, I mean the heightening awareness of the ending of Summer’s warmth and long daylight hours. Our ancestors collected the harvest’s abundance, and stored what remained from the markets for the coming  winter. We might go so far as to call this awareness of
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Mountains and Oceans: Inner and Outer

I came across the following post, and think it fits well with my coaching philosophy: “Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water.” ~ Dogen Zenji Dogen was a Buddhist priest in early 13th century Japan, and although that’s a fair age away, his words can ring deep: if we allow them to by altering our perspective. So here’s my take on his statement. It’s a metaphor for our inner world.
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Purpose and the Masterpiece: a broader, transpersonal view on the meaning of goals

Sitting down to write contact emails to potential business partners can sometimes err on the painful side (I’m not the most gifted “formal proposal letter” writer), I came across an FB post on a quote by Michel de Montaigne, a 16th century French philosopher who lived at a time when France was wracked by civil war, famine and disease. Much as the quote is in the image, I want to share it again, and share my thoughts a little on what this means for working with people as a coach/guide. “The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to
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Presence and Purpose…

There is a word that’s been skittering around my mind recently, a word that, depending on context, can get a little fuzzy. That word is presence, which can range from the prosaic “leadership charisma” kind to the sensations you might experience (perhaps wholly imagined) when you’re walking around a graveyard late at night. It’s a tricky term to embody and give form to, and yet it is, in my experience, instrumental in evoking purpose, in ourselves and in others. Presence as a word can mean that we exist, that we are in a place; yet for me, when we’re with
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Thoughts and Decisions, Awareness and Will

Thoughts tend to come and go. Some hang around a while, guests overstaying their welcome. Some are fleeting, in the moment, requiring a notepad to-hand to record their passing. Your thoughts can be steady one time, erratic another. So what really matters? That you decide. From that decision, to take action. An impulse, a repeating desire to take action based on a compulsion that leads to doing something that you’d regret, and have regretted time and again. Maybe you have a goal that you’ve been putting off working towards. Maybe you’ve a habit that you’d rather put behind you. Your
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Is Hypnosis a Panacea?

It’s been shown that hypnosis can help with so many different problems, from assistance in treating cancer to teeth grinding and pretty much everything in between. This might give the impression that hypnosis is some kind of panacea, a cure-all approach to all ills. Given what we know of hypnosis, is this really the case? Not at all. I might be coming across as undermining my own belief in the power of the unconscious mind in general, and of hypnosis in particular, and that just isn’t the case. I simply want to manage expectations, and to emphasise the vital ingredient
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Clinical research into hypnosis for increasing self-esteem and lowering anger

In a 2004 research study on the potential for self-hypnosis a a means of relapse prevention with chronic drug/alcohol users, 261 US military veterans were admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). For those participants who repeatedly used self-hypnosis, from 3 to 5 times a week, reported at a 7-week follow-up the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity across the group, and who also experienced the least anger problems with impulse control, when compared to those participants in the minimal-practice and control groups. [1] Pekala RJ, Maurer R, Kumar VK, et al. Self-hypnosis relapse prevention training with chronic
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Confidence in following our own inner compass

Confidence in following our own inner compass, what I call ‘true north’, can sometimes ebb and flow with life’s circumstances. In our shared culture we’re bombarded with media messages suggesting that we look a certain way, behave in certain ways, in fact our preferences are subtly manipulated through the daily digestion of television, radio and web-based news outlets. Our sense of values, of what is meaningful and important to us as individuals, may sometimes be distorted by what we consistently pay attention to – both ‘out there’ in the world, and inwardly through repetitive thoughts and feelings – and so
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