Cultivating Your Inner Guide

  • We each have within us an inner guide, inner voice, or wise higher self
  • Self-hypnosis is a way to communicate with our inner guide in a "quieted-mind" environment
  • Your inner guide always gives dependable answers, insight and direction in a loving, pleasant way although perhaps not immediately
  • Your safe and secret place is the perfect place for consulting with our inner guide

How to use imagery or visualization within your self-hypnotic exercise routines

In my previous post I explained how the repetitive body motion and repetitive sounds of exercise can have a self hypnotic effect, and how to incorporate rhythmical affirmations and suggestions into the exercise routine. Here is a way to incorporate imagery into self hypnotic exercise routines.

No, really, it’s the autosuggestion working

When a novice fails to recognize that their self-hypnosis autosuggestions are working, he or she can fall into a trap of believing that early success is a result of conscious effort, or will power, rather than self-hypnosis. This may lead the person to abandon self-hypnosis just when it starts working. Then backsliding starts.

Bedtime Autosuggestion

Last month I was teaching self-hypnosis to another group of hypnotists-in-training at the Academy of Professional Hypnosis in Union, NJ. The four hour class is not long enough for me to talk in detail about bedtime autosuggestion even though it is a part of my longer adult education course Self Hypnosis for the Life You Want. One of the students expressed interest in the use of bedtime autosuggestion, and during a break engaged me in conversation about how to proceed. That led to this post.

Hypnosis for Performing and Visual Artists

Fears, nagging inner criticism, and creative blocks are familiar to passionate performing and visual artists. The stress caused by any of these factors can be so debilitating for some that it ruins their live performance or prevents them from starting or even finishing projects.

  • Where do those negative performance ruining feelings come from?
  • Is there a totally effective, side effect-free, non-pharmaceutical and permanent remedy for stage fright?
  • Can my inner critic be transformed into a force for good?

Hypnosis removes barriers to creative expression. It rebalances inner resources and realigns inner drives with personal desires to provide uplifting support to creative goals. It gives immediate access to the most creative part of the artist, the mind. Discover how in this post.


Hypnotic Menthol Lozenge

Winter sniffles got you down? While there isn't much you can do to cure the common cold there is something you can do to lessen the severity of some of its symptoms. Learn how you can give yourself a hypnotic-menthol-lozenge so you can breathe a little easier.

Finding Misplaced Things 2

Here’s an example of how a recent search for some misplaced paint rollers was conducted. Two approaches failed to reveal the location of the rollers. But the third method was an immediate success.

Finding Misplaced Things

If you have ever misplaced something, then you know how frustrating it can be searching for it; whether it’s your keys, a tool, your phone, jewelry or some other valuable. If the loss was recent, then retracing your activities of the previous moments sometimes can bring you to the lost object. But more often than not this only leads to more frustration and lost time. Discover how use self-hypnosis to find misplaced things.

The Riddle

Ninety-nine percent of American households live with a personal hypnotist. It's true. See if you can solve the riddle and identify the personal hypnotist.

Self-hypnosis without boundaries

Doing self-hypnosis in the same old place without a change of venue limits your potential. Don't get too comfortable or it may let you down when you need it most.

Bad Habits Die Hard

Self-hypnosis is an excellent way to self-modify behavior. But before one can go about changing the behaviors associated with habits it helps to have some basic understanding of the nature of habits, how they are formed and why they are so hard to get rid of. Fact is that once learned, a behavior or habit becomes a permanent part of you. But there are sensible strategies for replacing the old with the new. Read what the National Institute of Health has to say about altering habits and then put their recommendations to work in your self-hypnosis routines.

Safe and Secret Place

All internal work that a self-hypnotist embarks upon should be done from his or her safe and secret place. I am not talking about some secluded hideaway far from the prying eyes and straining ears of friends, family and neighbors. Rather I am talking about a hypnotic mental device for associating positive feelings and emotions with an envisioned real or imaginary place. 

Self Timed Self Hypnosis Sessions

Your subconscious mind has a remarkably accurate sense of elapsed time during self-hypnosis . You can put this mental capacity to work timing your self-hypnosis sessions.


The following is an excerpt from the workbook for the "Self Hypnosis for the Life You Want" course that I teach.

Affirmations are short phrases always expressed in a positive sense that can change the way in which we think about things. If the way in which we think about things changes, then the way we act changes.

Don’t let context sabotage your performance

We all know the saying “Practice makes perfect”, but that is a misguided notion.

Many have come to accept it and believe it, perhaps even repeat it like an affirmation, but only because it has been drilled into the subconscious mind by authoritative sources over and over again.  The best that practice can do is make someone prepared. Instead consider this alternate and more realizable saying: “Practice makes prepared.”

How is practicing to be perfect working for you? Is it leading to frustration, tension, loss of interest or counterproductive thinking, or even worse, poor performance?

Take a Suggestion Capsule Before Bedtime

Bedtime autosuggestions? Take a suggestion capsule before nodding off to sleep to put your subconscious to work overnight while you get a good night's sleep. Deliver the most elaborate autosuggestions with just one word or image. It's like shorthand for the mind.

Things your subconscious wants you to know

In my course Mastering the Art of Self Hypnosis I present 25 fundamental principles or rules which help to explain the actions of the subconscious mind and its interaction with the conscious mind, and how that influences us throughout life. When drafting a plan for your self-hypnosis session you must make sure that your approach operates within these rules. Otherwise the work you do in your session may be unproductive, or worse, become counterproductive.  The subconscious mind makes a terrible leader, yet that is what will happen if you allow it. Keep these rules in mind and bring your subconscious in line. 

Here are the important things that your subconscious would tell you about itself—if it could.

Sources of Imprints on the Subconscious Mind

My earlier posts Before the Imprint—An Idea Evaded the Conscious Mind Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 presented a number of ways that ideas may slip past the conscious mind and into the subconscious mind. If you haven’t already read those posts, then please do so before continuing as this post builds on concepts presented earlier. This post reviews some of the more powerful sources of imprints.

2016 National Guild of Hypnotists Convention

Professional Hypnotist, John Kalinowski, Participating in the 2016 National Guild of Hypnotists Convention

The tail that wags the dog

A neighborhood friend of mine, when I was teenager, owned a friendly junkyard dog of no discernable pedigree named Butch. One of us discovered that Butch’s tail connected to his demeanor. Lift his tail and he held his head a little higher, his ears perked up and he would get all happy. Push his tail down between his legs and his ears would droop, his head would lower and he would mope about for a while. Try this with your own dog and you may see a similar response. Let us know what you discovered by posting a comment below. A change in posture—tail position—was all that was required to evoke an apparent emotional shift in Butch. A similar story told by Lee Pascoe in her book The Magic of Make Believe reminded me of my own experience.  But what has that got to do with self hypnosis?

Rediscover Forgotten Talents

What’s your talent?

Did the adult you follow the path set by the childhood you?

Childhood interests do not always blossom into talents. And talents do not always lead to careers. Yet scientists have determined that more often than not our choice of career or hobbies can be traced back to early childhood interests. Unfortunately we may be unable to remember many of the things we enjoyed doing well during those years. Remembering those things is the key to unlocking new talents. Here is a way to uncover your latent talents.

Before the imprint—An idea evaded the conscious mind. Part 3

Part 2 discussed how physical or emotional shock can so fully command the conscious mind’s attention that it gives up guarding the portal to the subconscious. In this installment the effects of anesthesia and sedation on the conscious mind are considered before moving on to the self-hypnotist’s preferred method of bypassing the conscious mind, relaxation.

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Before the imprint—An idea evaded the conscious mind. Part 2

Part 1 explored the development of the conscious mind from childhood to adulthood and how the conscious mind can become overloaded by too many ideas or tasks. Once that occurs it is easy for ideas to bypass the conscious mind and go straight to the subconscious. In this installment the effects of physical and emotional shock upon the conscious mind are discussed.

Considering that mental overload comes from herding too many cats, so to speak, shock is an event singularity—

Before the imprint—An idea evaded the conscious mind. Part 1

From birth up until about the eighth year of life the subconscious mind takes in all of life’s good and bad experiences without judgment. During this period the conscious mind begins maturing. By the eighth year the conscious mind has become sufficiently mature to control whether the ideas it encounters should be adopted as new learning by the subconscious mind or rejected.  Throughout adulthood the conscious mind becomes increasingly critical of, and selective about, the ideas it encounters. Yet there are circumstances in which the conscious mind drops its guard, and ideas slip by and find their way to the subconscious, where they may become imprinted. These imprints can have positive or negative consequences depending upon their nature. Many behaviors that we wish to change through self-hypnosis may have taken hold of us during momentary lapses of conscious guardianship, or formed during early childhood prior to full conscious development. This three-part article explores four ways that the conscious mind loses control of information flow to the subconscious—the first step to imprint formation.

A self-hypnosis script for improving sight reading of music

The following script has been adapted from one which I wrote for a hypnosis session. It is presented in a verbal form but is meant to be re-interpreted by you as visual imagery during your personal self-hypnosis session. You learned how to do that in my Mastering the Art of Self Hypnosis course.

Affirmations for improving sight reading of music

Affirmations are a part of my Trivantage method for successful self-hypnosis. They serve to reinforce ideas that were presented during self-hypnosis or, as a waking suggestion, to repeatedly reintroduce your subconscious mind to the concepts and ideas that you want it to accept, embrace and make into daily habits. Remember, repetition…repetition…repetition is a powerful means to bring about the change and improvements you desire. As a musician you already know that.

Repetitive motion and sound carries rhythmical autosuggestions to your subconscious

I hate to exercise. The post-workout endorphin push which brings feelings of wellbeing to many exercisers seems to be ineffective, weak or lacking in me. No sense of invigoration or exhilaration to pick me up—more like a truck just ran me down. It has always been that way. But there may be some hope for people like us.

Roxanne Louise gave a wonderful seminar at the 2012 National Guild of Hypnotists Convention entitled “Jingles, Rap and Walking Mantras—Fun, Autosuggestions for Everyone” There we learned some of her creative techniques for pairing repetitive physical movement and sound—which have a self-hypnotic effect—with delivery of autosuggestions. 

Tune in to your active imagination cycle and amp up your self-hypnosis session

The depth of hypnosis you achieve—or even the ease with which you enter self-hypnosis—may vary from session to session without any apparent reason. One day it is easy to go into self-hypnosis, another day it is not. The next time you go deep. Another time you feel like you barely skimmed the surface. You may even find that there are certain times of day which are more favorable toward self-hypnosis than others, again without reason or cause. Part of the answer to why that is happening may be related to your natural daytime ultradian rhythm—your active imagination cycle—and how well attuned you are to it.

Academy of Professional Hypnosis Open House Event

Please join us on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1-3pm for lunch and an introduction to everything hypnosis!! 

Repetition. . .repetition. . .repetition

Hypnocounselors—FYI: that’s what New Jersey would like hypnotists to call themselves—know that most clients will see them for only a few sessions. The main reason is that many competent professional hypnocounselors can resolve common everyday client issues in as few as three sessions—some claim success in just a single session. More difficult issues may take a few extra sessions beyond that. Yet the one thing a hypnocounselor can never be sure of is whether a client will backslide into their old ways after a few weeks or months or go about the rest of their life permanently free of their issue. A nagging concern of hypnocounselors is the backslider who experiences disappointing results and never returns. Customer satisfaction can be very difficult to manage. That’s why some urge their clients to come back for a “tune-up” at a later date, or to use their specially prepared self-hypnosis CD recording for a number of weeks following the sessions—very often for 21 contiguous days. They know that repeatedly hitting the issue or coming at it from a new angle brings eventual success.

Be careful what you wish for

Self-hypnosis gives you direct access to your inner dynamo, your motor, the very locomotion of your life—your subconscious mind, which works relentlessly to provide anything that you desire. Be careful what you wish for.

In his book “Mastering the Power of Self-Hypnosis” C. Roy Hunter recounts a personal experience which perfectly illustrates how the subconscious mind using its own form of logic will manipulate circumstances to achieve the desired outcome in unexpected and undesirable ways. He used an autosuggestion of the form “I will be out of debt by XX/XX (month and year).” It seems that the chosen date may have been somewhat arbitrary. But his subconscious mind worked dutifully to reach that goal. Unfortunately circumstances outside of his control made the goal unattainable. Mr. Hunter’s subconscious led him to bankruptcy by that date, which achieved the stated goal, but was not what he had in mind.

John Kalinowski to Present at National Guild of Hypnotists Convention

Local professional consulting hypnotist, John Kalinowski will present his Hour of Willpower seminar at the 2015 National Guild of Hypnotists Convention (, to be held in Marlborough, MA. Scheduled for August 7-9, 2015, this year’s event marks the 28th time the 65-year-old professional organization has held an educational conference and convention.

Weird link between Kellogg's Special K & willpower revealed

What is the weird link between Kellogg's Special K Fruit and Yogurt Cereal and willpower?

How self-hypnosis helps bertrand piccard endure non-stop days flying solo in the solar impulse 2

Watch a video to see how Bertrand Piccard uses self-hypnosis to endure non-stop days of flying Solar Impulse 2 during its round the world flight, which is to begin in a few days from now.

2015 National Guild of Hypnotists Convention Faculty Member

I am proud to announce that the National Guild of Hypnotists Convention Committee has selected me to be a faculty member at the 2015 NGH International Convention "A Tradition of Excellence" August 7-9, 2015, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, Massachusetts, where I will be presenting The Hour of Willpower--Give Your Clients More of What They Want--Willpower!

The Creativity Zone

Every artist must get into a creativity zone. It’s a special place from which new ideas emerge and coalesce. It’s the only place where ideas can connect, merge and flourish free from the chatter of the conscious mind, and its often negative criticisms. Mindfulness and mediation cannot lead you to a creativity zone. Only self-hypnosis can do that.

Learn Self Hypnosis at West Windsor Plainsboro High School in November

I am presenting my Mastering the Art of Self Hypnosis Course at West Windsor Plainsboro High School on four consecutive Tuesdays starting November 12, from 7:30-9:00pm. Full details are available here.

Money Magazine’s Magic Mantra for Savers

Money magazine reported in its August 2013 issue about the results of a Rand Corporation survey involving a group of 438 savers. Economist Jill Luoto discovered that those who pledge to be a better saver actually save more than those who do not pledge. Boost your savings by using what they discovered in your own self-hypnosis routine to become a better saver.


It gives me great pleasure to announce that I am now an instructor with the Academy of Professional Hypnosis, 1358 Burnet Avenue, Union, NJ 07083. This is in addition to my teaching Mastering the Art of Self Hypnosis at adult education and community education programs in New Jersey.

I will be teaching the self hypnosis portion of their Advanced Hypnosis Course, which is the middle level of a three-tier training program for those wanting to become Certified Hypnocounselors, or Certified Hypnotists.

The Academy of Professional Hypnosis is the oldest New Jersey Department of Education licensed school of hypnosis—since 1991.

Certified Hypnotist

NGH Certified Hypnotist

I am certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, the oldest, largest and most respected professional association of non-clinical hypnotists in the world, with 17,000 members throughout 80 countries.


Sep 21, 2019
Academy of Professional Hypnosis
Union NJ

Top NJ Hypnotists Collaborate on Book

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