Eek, five weeks of silence.

In the mid-1960s, then British Prime Minister Harold Wilson declared “a week is a long time in politics.”

With what’s currently happening on both sides of the Atlantic at the moment, that’s never been truer.

In fact you may even want to revise “week” down to “day.”

Don’t fret, however.

We’ve always kept Moodnudges a politics-free zone, and that’s not about to change.

I simply recalled Harold Wilson’s remark when I realised that to my considerable unease I haven’t written a Moodnudge since November 7th, and five weeks is an uncomfortably long time in emotional well-being.

First, therefore, an apology.

I’ve been religiously writing, and you’ve perhaps been religiously reading, my posts for a pretty long time.

Since this is the first time I’ve gone off the radar for such a lengthy period, I definitely should have had the courtesy to let you know that I was okay.

Rest assured, I am quite fine and definitely firing on all cylinders.

In fact, after our fascinating experiment with guided imagery back on November 7th, I’ve been doing a great deal of new work.

Just to remind us both, back then I invited readers to answer a brief questionnaire, then to listen to one of several tailored audio recordings of me delivering a session of guided imagery, designed to lift spirits.

Almost 250 readers tried it out, and dozens provided insightful feedback on the Moodnudges blog, which was overwhelmingly encouraging.

Karen said, “Amazing.”

Sue commented, “Fantastic. More please.”

Ingrid added, “Definitely like to do this on an ongoing basis.”

Marie spurred me on – “Glad you are coming up with new things.”

And Sonia quite frankly left me pretty flabbergasted by saying it had left her “with a feeling of relief (she had) not experienced since 2008.”

Since this seemed an uncommonly decisive vote of confidence (!) I decided to draw breath to properly consider where I should go next.

I saw that when I wrote and recorded the experimental guided imagery over a month ago, I’d done so as a somewhat naive beginner.

Before carrying on, therefore, I wanted to learn as much as possible about this fascinating area.

A psychologist friend here in California pointed me in an intriguing direction, leading me to spend some amazing hours among the miles of shelving in the Stanford University library exploring possible connections between guided imagery and hypnosis.

It’s really, really, interesting.

You’ll be relieved to hear that I certainly don’t plan to become the next Paul McKenna, but I do think there’s much to learn from the power of suggestion which lies close to the heart of hypnosis.

I’m still not 100% clear what will happen next, but it seems to me that I should work on creating some new guided imagery sessions with the benefit of being more enlightened via my ongoing informal Stanford education.

These recordings will probably see the light of day early in 2019, but I’ll definitely keep in contact between now and then.

Who knows where the political world will be by then, though?

More positively, my very best to you at this rather odd time.

Let’s all keep going.

11 thoughts on “Eek, five weeks of silence.

  1. Hi Jon
    Good to hear from you. I’d been aware that I hadn’t had a post for a while but hadn’t realised it had been five weeks. I was hoping you were OK and am glad to have it confirmed. Good luck with your research, it sounds fascinating. And Happy Christmas.
    From Jean

  2. Hello Jon
    Lovely to know all is well with you, I was beginning to wonder if you were ok. Looking forward to hearing about your continuing great insights and findings regarding the power of suggestion and visualisation, this is something I myself have used when dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions. I have struggled a lot especially this time of year with stress and worry , as I am sure many others do too. I often find a quiet place and transport myself to ‘my happy place’ in my mind and find this very comforting.
    May I take this opportunity Jon, to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year and thank you for all your great work.

  3. I as without a computer for a few weeks so I missed the guided imagery post although I have experienced guided imagery through my yoga training. I find it very helpful and relaxing. I look forward to learning more. Glad to hear all is well! 😊

  4. As I was weeding out my overflowing Gmail Inbox earlier this week, I realized the Moodnudges messages were more than a month old. Which meant more than a month had transpired with no blog entries. Which made receiving this morning’s message quite a pleasant surprise. Thank you!

    While your apology is appreciated, I fully understand the radio silence during your absence. Being in the sweet flow of kairos time is intoxicating, as chronos time flies by in a blink. Those are the precious and few moments I treasure most in my life.

    And now you’ve returned to the Moodnudges community to share about the kairos time of your absence, hunting for connections between guided imagery and hypnosis at Stanford Library. Whoa.

    Earlier this year, I volunteered for a research study at Stanford’s Brain Stimulation Lab involving the use of hypnosis and hypnotic analgesia with transcranial magnetic stimulation for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. (Ultimately, I wasn’t accepted into the study. Which actually turned out to be a good thing.)

    The brain jockeys at the lab have been aware of hypnosis’ efficacy in treating pain and are now looking for ways to improve it. I see your search for ways to improve guided imagery, possibly through hypnosis, as akin to their quest and the greater Stanford mission in helping to improve our lives through better health.

    Here’s to the coming new year and your future success in working with guided imagery. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another five weeks for your next blog entry (hint hint). Thanks again.

  5. Glad to have you back. I’ve just received a cancer diagnosis and as a retired therapist who used guided imagery and relaxation exercises in my practice I know how helpful and healing these techniques can be–I’ve been following you since Moodscope whose messages I still receive–only sorry that I found you AFTER I retired and wasn’t able to pass these wonderful sites on to my clients. Keep being there–I will need you over the next few weeks/months.

    1. The making of you Gayle and hoping your treatment is kind and effective. I used John’s Moodscope with my clients and still recommend both it and moodnudges- plus the 30 day book.

  6. Good to hear from you John and looking forward to reading more of your new insights into guided imagery. I thought of you and the guided imagery experiment recently when I read a blog post. Elke suggested that each thought could be like a bird within a flock circling a mountain that she’s climbing. As each comes close she can acknowledge it and let it go back to the flock as she climbs to the top. When there, the flock has gone and there’s a beautiful view.

  7. Have missed you Jon and glad you are well.
    Have been going through a really difficult few months but hopefully I’m on the long road upward.
    Always good to hear your latest thoughts and looking forward to seeing what you come up with soon! Just take your time – time is what we all need to do what’s required of us!
    Best wishes and if it’s not too early – I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a gentle New Year 🤗

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