Month: February 2016

Dennis Windsinger Seavey and Hypnosis on the New Normal

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hypnosisHypnosis- what is it, and what can it do for me? Like so many other things having to do with our subconscious minds, most of us are a bit confused about, and maybe even a little nerbous about what hypnosis can do and can’t. This is not surprising when the closest many of us have come to hypnosis is seeing a show where people are hypnotised, and those are designed to be amusing.

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Dennis Windsinger Seavey is a hypnotherapist, and speaker at Changing Times Changing Worlds, (also an artist, musician, song-maker, film-maker, bodybuilder, historian, martial artist, EMT, healer, shaman, and a trained scientist). He’s done parapsychological research, ghost busting and gotten into trouble (from both sides) for applying the scientific method to metaphysical phenomena.
Hypnosis is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood techniques in use today. Discover the real facts about what hypnosis is and what it is not. Get a better understanding what is and is not. Call into the show live, use the live chatroom, or feel free to leave questions here on facebook for Dennis to answer on the air on Wednesday night.
The New Normal is here to dispel misinformation and make everything weird practical. Please call in with any stories or questions you may have about hypnosis (and related subjects): 619-639-4606

Some of the common questions I expect to ask Dennis Seavey-Windsinger:
What is hypnosis?
Can a person be hypnotized against his will?
Can hypnosis make a person perform acts he doesn’t want to do?
Does being a strong-minded person make hypnosis easier or harder to do?
How does hypnosis relate to sleep?
How much control does the hypnotist have over the subject?
Is hypnosis addictive?
How does self hypnosis work?
What can hypnosis cure?
How do you find a qualified hypnotist if you want hypnosis therapy?
Can hypnosis help you remember past lives?
Can hypnosis plant false memories?

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Life is like a mirror

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Holidays and Rites of Passage on the New Normal

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Please join Tchipakkan on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 2-24-16, 8-9 p.m. est.
Those who’ve known me for long know that my passions include history and food, and these come together to create a fascination with holidays. Why are certain days considered holy? Why do humans need holidays? What do they have in common?

Many times holidays provide an occasion for us to stop and orient ourselves with our culture, with the world around us (passing of seasons), or with the gods and spirits with whom we interact. Rites of Passage usually mark a change in our relationships with others- birth, death, marriage, becoming an adult, joining a group that is seen as different from other groups within our culture. Often we take these occasions to remind ourselves of old stories, we eat (or avoid) special foods, we clean ourselves and our living spaces. If these actions weren’t

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important, they would not be so prevalent. Looking at what they mean, what they do, how they change us and our relationships, we can make them more meaningful in our own lives.

We’ll also talk about when we don’t celebrate the “mainstream” holidays, and try to get time off for minority religious or personal holidays, how does that effect your relationship with those around you, both those who share, and who don’t share your faith based holiday?


Please feel free to call in with any stories and descriptions about how you and your family and friends celebrate holidays. Do you have special meaningful ones, or do you just go along with whatever happens and take advantage of a day off to sleep in?

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Energy Exchange

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Don’t forget to clap, don’t be afraid to cry.

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Runes on the New Normal February 17, 2016

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Runes Lakewd1-lady-aurelie-Version-2Please join me, Tchipakkan, on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 2-17-16, 8-9 p.m. est. on

I’ll be talking about Runes and Rune Divination.

In my opinion, Runes are not Tarot Cards. That said, I do accept that any system of divination that works – works. You can make up systems from scratch. You can incorporate bits of different systems together, and they will work. There is an amazing story (sorry, I don’t remember the source) about a cliff face in Scandinavia where it looks like there’s a long strip of runes cut into the rock, and when I say long, I mean a half mile. Someone copied them and translated them from Old Norse which resulted in a lovely poem in an ancient style. Except that later, it turned out that the “runes” were just the natural, random fragmentation of the rock. I’d say this is sort of a “if a hundred monkeys bank on a hundred typewriters for enough years…” situation. Something in the soul of the transcriber saw poetry in the marks, and the poem was there, even though no one wrote it, and no one else had seen it. Divination sometimes works like that.
A rock that has an inclusion shaped like a Hagal that you trip over has been there for millions of years, maybe dozens of people have even tripped over it. But if YOU see it, and see the hagel, and it feels like that’s a message for you that day, there probably is. You might not trip on it tomorrow, or might not see the hagal even if you trip on it on another day. That’s how omens work. The runes are just the symbol set- the vocabulary your subconscious is using to talk to your consciousness.  Another person might see kanji or an astrological symbol. We see what we need to see.

Even so, I don’t like reading runes as if they were tarot cards. I think the “Myrkrune”  (reading any rune that’s “upside down” as the darker, or more negative aspects of the symbolism) as being borrowed straight from Tarot cards, and inappropriately. I love the Tarot. I think reading reversals is a great way for a more nuanced reading  (if you want me to do a show on tarot reversals, let me know) but that’s tarot. The lesser arcana are symbols using numbers and elemental qualities, and the major arcana draw on assorted archetypal symbolism from Western Ceremonial Magic which has evolved over the past few centuries. But Runes don’t have reversals. They were written backwards, frontwards, upside down, and around the freaking dragon! It’s historically inappropriate, and besides which, there are other ways to get a nuanced reading!

I learned to read runes from Jane Sibley in the SCA  (in the Soothsayer’s Guild), over 30 years ago, and her technique, learned from her Norwegian grandmother, uses Rune sticks. There are two ways of making rune sticks- one is to take a branch (I used pieces from our orchard about the size of my wrist) and split them with a knife & mallet. Jane uses twigs. I use the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, Jane uses the Younger Futhark. Either way the runes are marked on each stick or “tine”.  Use the symbol set that speaks to you. You can also make a quick  starter set with simple popsicle sticks or coffee stirrers. I’m hoping Jane calls in, and we can talk about Runes and Divination, but I also plan to talk about the history of runes and how they were used for communication and magick more than divination. I or we’ll talk about Ralph Blum’s rune tiles and whatever else comes up.

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