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My NLP, hypnosis and motivation quotes

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Some people have been asking me to post some of my quotes in one place.  Here you go:

“Think of all the things you want in life.  All of your hopes, dreams and desires.  They are the cost of not stepping out of your comfort zone and not taking action.”

“Transformation begins not by waiting for the right circumstances, but my making commitments that create the right circumstances, right now.”

“Ships have heavy anchors that keep them stuck in one place. You have an anchor, too… it’s your index finger. And as long as it is pointing at someone else, you’re stuck.  Want to raise your anchor? Learn to be at Cause for everything in your own personal reality. Then you can sail anywhere.”

“The worst things in life are not those things that happen to you, but rather the things you never do. Excuse is the monster in Opportunity’s closet.”

“You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want.” (Not my quote, but everyone asks for this one)

“At the end of the day… guess what? You’re short one more day. Better get off your butt and do something that counts while you’ve got the chance!”

“Your obstacles to happiness, success and prosperity are simply projections of the limits you believe yourself to have. Powerfully shift your beliefs and the doorways of success will open for you, no key needed.”

“The only limits you have are those you’ve decided to believe. Learn to control your beliefs, or they will control you.”

“Intention + potential x action = change”

“(Intention + potential x action) x repetition = success”

“Now is not the time to worry about details, to fret about what-ifs or to learn that ‘just one more thing.’ Now is the time for action.”

“Nothing is more important right now than gaining total control over your emotions, your decisions, and your beliefs. Life after that will never be the same again.”

I’m sure there are more than that.  When I think of more, I’ll update the blog.  🙂

Are songwriters natural hypnotists?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

People are so naturally drawn to music.

Think of a song that brings up deep feelings and ask yourself, why does it do that?

Is it the individual notes played one after another in sequence? Probably not.

Is it the rhythm or the baseline? That can get you grooving, but that’s probably not it.

Is it the words themselves? Maybe, but I think it goes beyond that.

It’s something about the words that makes them so special.

They’re so hypnotic.

I found a few of these lyrics from popular songs that come right out of the Erickson handbook for ambiguity, presuppositions and Milton Model patterns.

If you’re not familiar with what these patterns are, be sure to join my free webinar, “EXPOSED: Conversational Covert Hypnosis,” Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 PM Pacific time. Click here to register for free to be in the webinar. Did I mention it’s FREE?

Hypnotic Language in Music

“Baby Come Back.  Any kind of fool could see. There was something, in everything about you.” (by Player: Ambiguity, universal quantifiers)

“Every breath you take. Every move you make. Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.” (by The Police: Universal quantifiers)

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better (Better).  A little better all the time.” (by The Beatles: Modal operator, comparative deletion, universal quantifier)

“Always something there to remind me.  I was born to love her, and I will never be free. She’ll always be a part of me.”  (by Naked Eyes: Universal quantifiers, unspecified verb)

“Jeremiah was a bullfrog.  Was a good friend of mine.  I never understood a single word he said, but I helped him drink his wine. zolpitem tartrate or ambien” (by Three Dog Night: Selectional restriction violation, lost performative, universal quantifier, nominalization)

“There is nothing to see here people keep moving on. Slowly their necks turn and then they’re gone. No one cares when the show is done” (by She Wants Revenge: Universal quantifier, lack of referential index, presuppositional adverb)

“I’ve done everything as you say. I’ve followed your rules without question. I thought it would help me see things clearly.” (by Hoobistank: Universal quantifier, nominalization, unspecified noun, presuppositional adjective)

These are just a few examples.

As you listen to your favorite songs and drop down into that nice, light, music trance, maybe your unconscious mind will allow you to hear these patterns that seem occur in all music.


Breakthrough with Tony Robbins

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Good news, everybody!  Tony Robbins’ new show, Breakthrough with Tony Robbins starts tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 27, 2010) at 8pm on NBC.

Breakthrough with Tony Robbins will document Anthony Robbins working with clients in private practice.

Tony uses Neuro-Linguisic Programming or NLP (which he sometimes refers to by his own trade name, Neuro-Associative Conditioning) to help people change their lives.

If you want to learn how to change people’s lives using NLP — the same tools Tony uses in Breakthrough with Tony Robbins — check out our NLP Practitioner Training where you’ll learn the same tools as Tony Robbins.

Check out Breakthrough with Tony Robbins on NBC on Tuesday at 8pm.

Warning: New way for kids to get high… over the internet

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I just came across this video about a new trend among teens, called I-Dosing.

I-Dosing allows kids to get high over the internet, using their computer or MP3 player.

They download the MP3 and listen to it through headphones and it induces drug-like effects.

As silly as this sounds, I’m very familiar with this technology.

It’s called binaural beats, and it has been around since the early 70’s. It’s well-established science.

I sometimes use it in my practice and at home, and I actually have two binarual beat machines for my kids (though, they obviously don’t have a “high” setting).

This is definitely something to keep an eye out for.  Even though it’s not “chemical,” this is still very, very dangerous.

Here’s the news clip:

If you have any questions about the technology of it, just ask. I’m quite familiar with it as a therapeutic tool.


The Tiger Woods affairs – Could it have been avoided?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Check out my new, free, mini eBook just released today:

Lost in the Woods: How Tiger Could Have Stayed a Champion

It’s free, so feel free to send a copy to anyone interested.  🙂

How Masterlock taught Houdini a lesson about the unconscious mind

Monday, October 5th, 2009

When people ask me what hypnosis can be used for, I have a hard time pinning it down, because it can literally be used in all areas of life.

It can be used for everything from smoking to weightloss, nail biting to fears, and can even be effective for improving your performance on a hobby.

In fact, when I think about the benefits of hypnosis, I’m often reminded of the story of Houdini, the greatest escape-artist of all time.

Houdini was famous for being able to pick any lock in the world. In fact, he had a standing challenge to anyone that could make a lock that he couldn’t pick.

One day, the Masterlock company decided to take him up on his challenge.

They said that they had developed a lock that was impossible to pick, and if it was fastened to a barrier, it would be impenetrable.

Houdini, never being one to walk away from a challenge, told his challengers, “I can get inside whatever you have locked. No matter how sturdy your lock may be, I can get through it.”

This was a bit of a bold claim, but he knew he had the skills. It became a wonderful media event.

Masterlock decided to place Houdini in a jail cell, and fasten the lock to the door. The only stipulation that Houdini made is that no one was allowed to watch him pick the lock.

So off into the cell he went. Searched thoroughly before entering, and stripped down to nothing but a pair of shorts, Houdini had one hour to pick the lock.

The camera crews, the reporters, all of the press were anxiously waiting to see if he could actually pick the lock. At fifteen minutes they checked in with Houdini to see if he had made his escape. When they opened the door, to their surprise, they saw Houdini still locked in the cell, desperately trying to get out. By this time, he had broken a sweat and was seriously beginning to wonder if he had the skills to open the door.

And you know, when you think about it, that’s very similar to what some people experience daily in their lives. They can see where they want to go, it’s just an arms length away in some cases, whether that be financial security, or getting their body into shape, or having a fulfilling relationship.

Often times, people can almost reach out and touch what it is that they want, but there is something holding them back, keeping them trapped in their cells of mediocrity or lack. This is where hypnosis works its magic.

You see, if Houdini would have known what you know about the unconscious mind, perhaps he would have been more successful in opening the lock, because after two hours of attempting to break free from this lock, the press came in to find him dripping in sweat, emotionally and physically spent.

Masterlock had won, and as Houdini collapsed with fatigue and fell against the door, it opened without any resistance.

It was never locked in the first place.

And you can’t pick a lock that isn’t locked. So many times, we have these barriers in our life that we think are locked tight. But sometimes, all we have to do is turn the handle and open the door.

What handles do you need to turn on the doorways of opportunity in your life?

The business of changing lives

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Well, it has been five-and-a-half long, satisfying weeks.

Our once-per-year round of NLP trainings, starting with NLP Practitioner, then NLP Master Practitioner and finally NLP Trainer’s Training has come to a close.

After graduation and a few days off for relaxation and reflection, it’s time to get back to the work of spreading the message.

And it really is a simple message: We have the inner-mind tools to change people’s lives, and ANYONE can learn them.

You can learn them to eliminate all the negativity from your life and create happiness, health, wealth and abundance for yourself.

You can learn them to help your family – parents, siblings, kids, whomever – to change their lives for the better.

You can learn them to help others overcome all the obstacles that have ever held them back and charge hundreds of dollars per hour to do something truly amazing.

And you can learn to train others to do all of that and to create immense prosperity at the same time.

The problem with all the get rich quick scams, pyramid schemes and other “opportunities” that have traditionally been available, is the focus. It’s all about the money.

Don’t get me wrong, money is awesome. I love having it, and I love helping other people have it, too.

But money doesn’t make people happy. Study after study of lotto winners will show you that.

What makes you happy is having a purpose in life and working to fulfill it. And when you have that, and you live it with real passion, the money flows in easily and effortlessly.

We’ve got a great new bunch of trainers this year who have adopted my mission to change the world, one person at a time. I want to congratulate them all on an amazing Trainer’s Training. Here’s what some of them said about the event:

“Truly the most intense growth experience I have ever had! I cannot recommend it enough.” -Ryan Camana

“This has been amazing. I feel completely transformed in regards to speaking in front of people.” -Chris Crockett

“I pretty much love Transform Destiny! Michael comes from a place of genuine, positive intention and is committed to his students excellence.” -Ami Izzo

“I entered as a timid, nervous young man, not knowing how to express myself in front of a crowd. I left as a confident, congruent young man with a burning passion to go out and connect with people, spreading the message of love and oneness that will ripple out, creating an unstoppable positive change.” -Chris Rodriguez

“Trainer’s Training has been the best training I’ve had and I commend Michael for his expertise, practicality and care. If you want to transform your speaking and presentation skills to the next level, invest in yourself and attend Transform Destiny’s Trainer’s Training” -Cesar Vargas

“Thank you for taking me to the next level. I look forward to going out and sharing NLP with as many people as possible. I now know that my message will be well received by everyone, thank to this training. Speaking and presenting are now in my future timeline.” -Alisha Camana

“Thank you Michael for an awesome training, for ensuring a supportive and conducive learning environment. Thanks to you, Eugene and Andrew for the quality feedback that caused me to break the boundaries of my comfort zone. :-)” -Alicia C.

It didn’t take them a lifetime of learning to achieve this. It didn’t even take years of schooling, because as we evolve and learn more about the human mind, what we find is that tools can be (and have) developed and discovered to make change easy.

If this notion of changing the world from the inside-out appeals to you, you don’t have to take a big leap and sign up for all our trainings at once (even though you’ll get massive discounts if you do just that!).

If you want, you can dip your toe in and try it out. We have several introductory trainings both live and online. Even if you just want to improve your own life, you should definitely check them all out.

Here is some of what we offer that is guaranteed to change your life for the better:

Online Trainings:

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My mission is to impact the lives of as many people as I can while I’m here, sending a ripple of change around the world. If you feel like your purpose or mission is to change the world in some way too, come join me and find out exactly how possible that is.

To your success,

Listen to my talk show live on Thursday, May 7

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Join me, hypnotherapist, success coach and trainer Michael Stevenson, to learn more about hypnosis and success on on on Thursday, May 7 from 3:00 PM –  4:00 PM PDT.

Listen to the show and call in with a question to win a copy of my book, Learn Hypnosis… Now!, or a copy of my music CD, Hypnotic Trancescapes! Every caller whose question I answer wins!

The title of this show is, “Changing Your Thoughts for Automatic Success.”

Deep inside, you know that we are all unlimited and capable of anything. We are all born as whole individuals with no bad thoughts or limiting beliefs. We learn those on the path to growing up.

But we can unlearn those things that block us, as well, by changing our thoughts and focus. That’s the topic of this show, and I guarantee you’ll get some nuggets worth their weight in gold.

Make sure you get near a computer on May 7 at 3:00 PM and listen the to the show.

Call in at (347) 996-5046 during the show with your questions and/or comments to participate, or visit to participate via chat.

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You can also go there right now and register for an email reminder of the show, or visit after the show to listen to it in the archives.

Mending a Broken Heart with Hypnosis… Literally

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

People are always surprised when I tell them I’m a hypnotist.

It starts with a twinkle in their eye, then a curiosity builds. Then, often, they put up their fingers in the sign of a cross and jokingly say, “Don’t look at me!”

People often wonder what the limits really are. Is it just for fun? Can it be used to hurt people? Isn’t it all just in your mind?

All good questions, but let’s look at the last.

The evidence for a mind-body connection has been conclusive for decades now.

Neuro-transmitter, the chemical that shuttles thoughts between your brain cells, has now been found communicating these “thought messages” to all cells. This means that your mind has the ability to speak to any organ in the body.

Deepak Chopra put it best in the late-eighties when he said, “The immune system is constantly eavesdropping on our internal dialogue.”

What this means is, that while hypnosis does start in the mind, your mind has the ability to communicate hypnotic suggestions to any cell in the body at a speed of over 200 MPH.

This was dramatically illustrated in two cases involving heart surgery for two teens, written up in the TIME Magazine article called, “The Hypnotized Heart.”

This article describes two surgeries, one with a thirteen year old girl, and the other with a 14 year old boy. Because of the delicate nature of the nerves that control breathing and heart rate, chemical anesthesia is always a danger. And in these two particular cases, the danger was even greater, due to the deteriorating health of the patients.

So, anesthesiologist Milton Marmer decided to use hypnosis.

Not only did both surgeries go well, Marmer had each teen open their eyes and communicate with doctors in the room while on heart bypass with an open ventricle during each operation.

Surprised? This certainly sounds like ground-breaking, cutting edge use of hypnosis, doesn’t it?

It’s not. The article was written in July 1958.

The fact is, the average person hasn’t been made aware enough yet of the amazing ability of the human mind. And this ability is enhanced to nearly limitless degrees using hypnosis.

In the 1920s, the Mayo brothers performed more than 17,000 deep-abdominal surgeries using no anesthetic, whatsoever.

And, nearly 150 years ago in the 1860s, Esdaille used hypnosis to improve his morbidity rate for amputations from 80% down to just 10% – a feat totally unheard of at the time. Unfortunately, within a few years of his discovery, chemical anesthesia was invented, which was far easier and quicker to use, despite the chemical drawbacks.

The most important thing to remember in your life is that you and your mind are unlimited. You have to fix the realization in your mind that your mind and body are intimately connected and can influence each other on a level still not fully understood by modern science.

The more you believe in your ability to have, be and do what you want, the better results you will get in your life.

Michael Stevenson is a recognized expert in the field of human potential. He has been in the helping and healing profession for over a decade, and speaks routinely in and around Southern California.

To realize and reach your own potential, visit one of Michael’s seminars and workshops, which you can read about at the following page at Transform Destiny’s website.

Why it’s imperative to be “at cause” in 2009

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

As a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, people are always looking to me for advice about how to live your life to the fullest, and to have, be, and do what you want in life.

I’m always happy to share my ideas and philosophies, and people are always thankful to receive them.

In the past, my message was one of hope, and desire.

Now, it has become one of necessity.

The idea of “stability” that we have come to know has disappeared.

Our economy, based mostly on “confidence”and speculation, has crumbled. Our new leadership who promised change in their campaign, are now predicting more of the same, but worse.

Companies that never had layoffs are beginning to let people go by the dozens, hundreds, or even the thousands.

Last week, Microsoft let go of 500 employees, Home Depot shut down a division, the Caterpillar company laid off 20,000 employees. This is just the beginning.

If your idea of “playing it safe” in 2009 is to keep your head down, your nose to the grindstone, and hope to weather the storm at your current job, you’ve got it all backward.

We are moving into a new world mindset. This is not a mindset of career, places, and things, but a mindset of connection, empowerment and action.

In this new world mindset, what is important are the connections you have with people, the tools you have to empower yourself and others, and your ability to be decisive and take action.

Now more than ever, it is imperative for you to be “at Cause” in your life.

What does it mean to be at Cause?

It means taking responsibility for your life — for where you are now, and where you want to be.

It means that no matter what is coming in the future, you are ready, prepared, and willing to take action, have, be, and do what you must to make the most of each and every day.

So that no matter what happens in your life, there will be no reasons (no excuses). Only results.

While other people will be living unhappy lives and blaming it on their employers, the economy, the government, you have everything you need, everything you desire, and more.

If Microsoft, Home Depot, and Caterpillar — three very well-established companies — are laying off employees now, how long will it be before that your story?

It doesn’t have to be, if you’re willing to take action.

You need to disengage your autopilot and take control.

I am certain that NLP is the key to creating incredible connections, empowering yourself beyond any of your current beliefs, and being decisive in taking action, that it is my mission to change the world one person at a time.

That’s why I’m taking drastic measures.

Of all the obstacles (excuses) people give me for not making it to an NLP training, the two biggest are time and money.

That’s why in 2009 I have chosen to be “at cause”and created new opportunities for you.

If money is your obstacle to taking this life-changing training, we have a new payment plan that makes these trainings a reality for you.

Starting right now, just $400 down and $200 a month for 12 months gets you into NLP practitioner training immediately.

Most schools require you to pay in full before coming to the training. On our plan, simply making the down payment and staying on the payment plan gets you into any Practitioner training on the schedule, regardless of whether or not you have paid in full yet.

If, after seeing these astonishing new offers, you are still thinking that you don’t have the time or money, that’s exactly why you need these trainings.  Those debilitating limiting beliefs are what are keeping you from having the time and/or money to do what you want.

After eliminating all of the mental obstacles that have been holding you back all these years, after developing your new money consciousness, and after developing the tools to start a new business as a practitioner in self-help, business, or education, you will have the tools to generate more money and more time in your life then ever before.

If you really want to be empowered, if you really want to be successful, if you really want to be happy in the coming months and years, call me.

I am an expert at helping people get over those obstacles and limiting beliefs, and I can help you.

You can read more about her trainings at, or call us on the phone at 800-497-6614 to discuss your new destiny.