Affirmation — An affirmation is a statement which has been carefully worded to channel positive intention. In hypnotherapy, affirmations are spoken directly to the subconscious mind, and so become "seeds of positivity" which have the potential to grow into healthier beliefs if correctly acted upon. Affirmations are also called therapeutic suggestions.
Alchemy — Alchemy is the willful transmutation of matter and energy from one form into another. In days of old, alchemists would labor over their alembics and crucibles with the intention of discovering the ultimate substance: the Philosopher's Stone, capable of transmuting base metals into gold, and an integral component in the elixir of immortality. Most agree that they failed in this pursuit... But what if true alchemy deals not in the realm of metals, but in the realm of mind?
Awareness — Awareness is the quality of one's experience which feels like knowing one's experience. It is one's experience of one's experience. Although awareness is a constant, one can hone and shift her awareness and enhance the sensation of her experience. For example, you are walking somewhere. You are very focused on where you are going, and so you are more aware of this than you are of the sensation of your feet on the ground. However, you are still aware of this sensation on some level, because if your foot suddenly went numb, you would immediately notice. Now, if you focus more on the sensations in your feet, your awareness of your feet touching the ground will be enhanced. In this way, although awareness is a constant, it can be altered, moved, and expanded.
Awareness (State of) — A state of awareness (s.o.a.) is a kind of awareness which is qualitatively distinct from other kinds of awareness. For example, the fully conscious awake s.o.a. is distinguishable from the sleeping and dreaming s.o.a., and these states are distinguishable from the meditative s.o.a. Other s.o.a. can be induced by drugs, chanting, breathwork, music, etc. However, in the same way that all colors of visible light, though distinct, are on a spectrum, all states of awareness are on a spectrum and flow smoothly from one to the next. We might say that there are actually no "states" of awareness at all, but for now it seems more practical to view them as distinct. There may not be much difference between sky-blue and baby-blue, but certainly between blue and orange.
Belief — A belief is an idea we have about ourselves and-or the world. Some beliefs are conscious, for example, "I believe that I will win the contest." However, many beliefs are unconscious, meaning that we are not aware of them. Unconscious beliefs like, "I am unworthy," or, "I am unlovable," shape our conscious thoughts and emotions, and consequently our behavior and the world around us. All is belief; negative beliefs are impossible. "I don't believe in (x)," is equivalent to "I believe that (x) is not."
Co-therapist — In the therapist-client relationship, this is simply another term for "client". It is the preferred term because it is more empowering. "Co-therapist" implies that you are equally responsible for your own wellbeing, and that You are the expert on You, as no one else can be.
Critical Factor — The critical factor is the part of the conscious mind which sorts through our conscious experience of reality, searching out experiences which either support or conflict with our beliefs. It can often be heard as the critical voice in our heads. "I could never wear that dress; I'm too fat." "I can't get that job; I'm not good enough." The critical factor checks our experiences with the store of beliefs within the subconscious mind. It rejects experiences that conflict with those beliefs and accepts experiences that support them, whether they are positive or negative.
Energy — Energy is everything; everything is energy. The various states of our experiential reality are simply differing frequencies of energetic patterns, differing rates of vibration. The solidity of the land on which we walk, the liquidity of the ocean waves, the airiness of a cool breeze, and the glowing spark of fire are no less energetic than the electric current which powers this very device. All experience is the result of energetic interactions.
Hypnosis — Hypnosis is a natural process of mind/awareness/consciousness during which the critical factor is relaxed and selective attention (focus) is maintained. When used intentionally, it leads to innumerable health benefits, and affects the entire person: body, mind, and soul. See Trance.
Intent — Intent is powerful. It is the force with which one truly moves the world. To understand intent, imagine the heat of passionate desire, the ferocity of unwavering determination, the decisive strike of a sword, and the wise grace of God. Like a sword, intent is double-edged. Without grace, it can only destroy.
Intuition — Intuition is a process seemingly apart from logical reasoning. However, it is not removed from Logic, only from logical reasoning as it is understood by the human mind and processed by the human (left)brain. To be intuitive suggests that one is capable of arriving at a conclusion or accessing knowledge by means other than logical thought. An "intuitive" may seem to know things that she would otherwise have no conventional way of knowing. Intuition, like Logic, is systematic, but relies on subtler aspects of experiential reality. Someone coming to mind just before he calls, gut-feelings, and knowing without cause are examples of intuition that you may have experienced.
Magic — Today, "magic" means many things. Here, magic means the willful direction of intent to affect the Inner and Outer Worlds. There are many things thought to be magic which are not, and many things thought not to be magic which are. In a very real way, that anything exists in this present moment is magic in itself. Magic is science. Magic is art. Magic is Mystery.
Matter — "Matter" what we call the states of energy as it is physically perceivable by the human senses. As the material components of reality become smaller and smaller, the line between energy and matter becomes fuzzier and fuzzier. Ultimately, there is no distinction between the two; they are one and the same.
Meditation — Meditation is a natural yet altered state of mind in which selective attention (focus) is honed to one point, one idea, image, experience, etc. Any experience, whether of the mental, the material, or the spiritual world, can be meditation, if the focus is sharp. See Trance.
Metaphor — Metaphor is a function of language which is used to describe one thing by equating it to another, and is similar to, though more direct than, simile. For example, "Her eyes shown like stars in the night sky," is simile, while, "Her eyes were the stars," is metaphor. The latter is clearly more powerful. Now, imagine using this power of metaphor to equate yourself to the Sun, and literally — not figuratively — embodying some of its qualities.
Mind — There is presently no fully adequate definition or explanation of "mind". It is analogous to the software programs of a computer, if the hardware is the body and nervous system — and yet, it is much more. For our purposes, we use this term to refer to the Inner World as opposed to the Outer World.
Mind (Conscious) — The conscious mind is the smaller part which is used regularly in waking experience. It is used for everyday activities: thinking, completing tasks, communicating with others, etc.
Mind (Subconscious) — The subconscious mind is the larger part which operates beyond conscious perception, usually. It is long-term memory storage, the seat of emotion, and the theater for sleeping dreams. Here is where many unconscious beliefs are stored.
Mindfulness — Mindfulness is the act of being present, here and now, in this very moment. It is being aware of one's experience, simply observing what unfolds without judgement. Setting aside time to intentionally practice mindfulness is called mindfulness meditation.
Qi — Qi (chee) is life-force energy. It permeates all things, and can be directed by natural forces and conscious intent. When qi is balanced within the human body, disease is only a story. In other traditions it is called ki (kee) and prana (prah-nah).
Qigong — Qigong (chee-gung) is the thousands-years-old Chinese practice of directing qi through and around one's body for the purpose of ultimate wellbeing. Continued practice of qigong leads to enhanced vitality, wisdom, and balance, as well as everflowing happiness.
Science — True Science differs from much of human science as it is practiced today. True Science is the pure, crystalline pursuit of discovering the World within and around us. It is an idea, a philosophy, that exists apart from any technology or belief. True Science is not constrained by what may presently be called "fact", nor is it swayed by promises or threats. To be a Scientist, one need not wear a lab coat, use high-tech equipment, nor receive monetary compensation for her work. To be a Scientist, one need only carry with him always the flame of Wonder.
Sliding Scale — When I say my prices are "sliding scale", this means that the price listed is the base price (what most people who ask for my services will pay), and that the price can shift depending on a number of factors. For example: If you cannot afford the base price but still wish to have my services, we may negotiate a lower price. If you are very equipped to afford the base price, you might pay more to demonstrate the worth of your experience. If you are a corporation, you will pay more than the base price to the degree that my services are utilized (number of employees, duration of event, etc.). If we organize a group workshop, the price for each person may decrease as the number of attendees increases. And so on...
Trance — Trance is a natural altered state of mind/awareness/consciousness in which one has more access to one's inner faculties, including knowledge and abilities beyond the scope of typical conscious awareness. Being "in trance" is equivalent to being "in meditation".
Worldview — This is the sum of one's beliefs about the world and one's relationship with it.