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What is Hypnosis?

What is Hypnosis? by Tom Fortes Mayer is the third title in the What Is? series, a new series of fresh, accessible mind, body, spirit guides from Watkins Publishing. This book explores the fascinating phenomenon of hypnosis, revealing what the term really means, demystifying the…

Samhain – Letting Go

{image via DeviantArt} by Danu Forest The Celtic festival of Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween (October 31st) can be one of the most beautiful times of the year, as the leaves turn and the first frosts dust the garden in silver. In the Somerset levels…

Locker Rooms, Donald Trump, and the need for a new American Man

Do we even need to talk about Trump as an unfit, degenerate, clown of a presidential candidate? Only if we’re interested in what’s happened to the herd of the American populous in the past few decades. God help us if he’s elected. I shudder to…

Campaigning for Compassion: 8 Essential Tips We Need Now

This post first appeared on Positively Present website. Two new books -- Compassion and Forgiveness -- from my Effortless Inspiration series debut tomorrow, and their release couldn't come at a better time. Whether you're into politics or not, you've probably witnessed the craziness surrounding the American presidential election…

A Sneak Peek of Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by Ralph Alan Dale is an evocative and poetic translation of this great ancient treasure – illustrated with dramatic black and silver photographs that perfectly capture the beauty and essence of Lao Tsu’s spiritual masterpiece. You can read…

The Realm of the Ancestors

When looking to the ancestors, we are turning to the oldest parts of ourselves, calling to those memories, images, stories, people and practices that define who and what we are. We are a product of our past, genetically, psychically and relationally. A wise teacher once…

Being Hardy: Battling Demons and Building Resilience

There’s an old saying, ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones but names can never hurt me.’ Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a verbal assault will know that this is not true. They may not break bones but words exert a…

The Secret to Being Present in a Conversation

The fact that we’re 'not talking' doesn’t mean we’re listening. When someone’s speaking, we can be preoccupied with our to-do list, mull on better ways to spend our time, or compose our weekly shopping list. While we may be physically present, we’re mentally in another…

Needs, Perspectives and Defences

A key part of unlocking confidence is about getting a better insight into what makes you tick, that is what pushes you forward and what holds you back. To learn more, see Dr. Gary Wood's book Unlock Your Confidence.  Self-Actualization Statements These statements represent key attitudes…

Reaping and Sowing at the Autumn Equinox

by Danu Forest Autumn is here. The first of the leaves are turning, and the hedgerows swell with berries. In Somerset, my tiny village in the midst of the Avalon marshes is filled with the scent of wood smoke and apples ripening gently into cider.…