Incredible uplift after active-alert hypnosis course

Incredible things happen.

My friend Hans-Jürgen John took part in our active-alert hypnosis workshop in August 2017. Suddenly, soon thereafter, he was honored linkedin Global Goodwill Ambassador. He attended the second level workshop in my office in Zurich in November 2017. In December he was honored Brand Ambassador by Richard DiPilla, founder of Global Goodwill Ambassadors.

In January 2018 Hans-Jürgen John joined the Global Executive Board of the Global Goodwill Ambassadors as Director Digital Communications.


Here his profile on LinkedIn:

Normally most people would conclude the story with this as a Happy End. But here, this went further: What sounded incredible turned out fantastic. After having expressed his thanks to all people who had supported him in his humanistic work (including me an Bea Ribaux) Hans-Jürgen’s publication, the Johntext Platform for literature skyrocketed and received greetings from all over the world. Within very few days some authors from the Johntext Platform republished his article on their Johntext Websites and thanked him for years of support with free author services.

His article from Johntext Switzerland was shared 295 times on Linkedin. The articles of authors from Johntext New Delhi (35 times shared), Johntext Madhya Pradesh (105 times shared worldwide) show us the life of an author in India and bookreviews. Great!

Very pleased I am more and more convinced that  active-alert hypnosis helps people to reach their aims and become successful. In this case this uplift became visible in a few months! I will keep you updated about Hans-Jürgen’s future developments in the meantime our next active-alert hypnosis workshops will take place in March 2018 in Zurich in German language  or for English speakers in Belgium in February

#Globalgoodwillambassadors #RichardDiPilla #LinkedIn #acticealerthypnosis #newworkshopmarch2018 #clauderibaux #bearibaux #hansjuergenjohn

Thank you Hans-Jürgen for sharing your incredible experience with us
Claude Ribaux

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The art of not-thinking 2: Move into the flow state and staying there

Why is it so imported to be attracted by the profession? How can such attraction be produced and sustained over time?

How is it possible that one worker is happy and more or less relaxed coming home on Friday evenings, whereas others seem to be worn out already on Tuesday at lunch? The answer is simple: The happy worker performs his profession in a state of flow, whereas the worn out person is not in a state of flow and does, therefore, consume too much energy.

A person who succeeds to reach a state of effortless concentration and enjoyment is in a flow state. The effortless action they feel in moments stand out as the best in their lives.  It is more than happiness, it is the full involvement of flow, no passive pleasure. In this state there is no difference between the inner experiencing and the outer world. Time has lost its importance. Thinking, feeling, and action are balanced and well co-ordinated. Activity feels as effortless.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience,” describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

The more I am in a state of flow, the more I am motivated towards such activity. I just do it, because I like it. The motivation lies truly within me, and I do not need any motivation or benefits to come from outside. Under these conditions the work is done easily. Even, from doing an activity in the state of flow, I may gain some energy.

Methods and attitudes most likely pushing you towards a flow state

Step 1: Consider your task/job as a kind of game 

In a real game we get continuous feedback, usually by winning certain points. Imagine you‘re doing your job playfully like you do a sport game with specific targets. Imagine any task or assignment, as if it was pure sport activity. Become aware of possible difficulties or emerging conflict, and then design or appreciate the rules of the game. Make arrangements in your work to get fast and regular feedback.

Step 2:  Keep your intention in your mind

While you are doing you remember the main force behind the whole activity. What is the driving force that makes you do this at all? Remember: This activity means more to you than just attaining goals and achieving aims. More important is the reason, why you have decided to do this at all, why you wand to meet these targets.

Step 3: Concentration

Stay with your thoughts at what you are doing. If your mind wanders from the subject, this is a sign that you have departed from the flow state. In this case you turn back your attention and focus again on what you see, hear, feel, smell, just at this moment, for example on the detailed structure of the rock surface, when you are climbing in a cliff. Concentrate again on your specific next task and adjust the task‘s difficulty to such a level that you feel save to totally step in.

Step 4: Surrender to the occurrence of the flow feelings

This is the biggest secret related to the flow emergence process: You will have fun with your job, with the specific task. There is no requirement of giving you a special kick, no efforts are needed. You will be in a state of timelessness without any force pushing you to think or reflect.

Step 5: Being embraced in a sense of delight

Feeling exalted is an ecstasies result in this flow state emergence process. You start to realize you are in this state of extreme delight, almost ecstatic, just like flying through your work. At this moment you are aware of really being in the flow state.

Step 6: Peak performances

The sense of delight and ecstasies evolves because the brain in its totality is united in a joint action. It appears as if all nerves dance the same rhythm. This state of consciousness is easy to recognize. In the state of awareness you have the feeling to produce an effect without really thinking. Productivity reaches incredible levels of hight. In other words: In the case you intend to chase off boredom or disquieteness from your life, you just choose a challenging new mission or task and let yourself be emerged in the flow state. No matter what activity you may choose, it can be anything. Just keep thinking: It is a kind of game, and this game is about getting rewarded not criticized.


Wishing you plenty of opportunities merging into flow states.


Claude Ribaux



Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály (1996), Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life, Basic Books.

Jackson, Susan A. & Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály (1999), Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances, Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Publishers.

The art of not-thinking. Bike racer’s lessons for the coaching process

“Very gently. Like there are eggshells on your pedals, and you don’t want to break them. That’s how you drive in the rain.” Balance, anticipation, patience. These are all vital. Peripheral vision, seeing things you’ve never seen before. Kinesthetic sensation, driving by the seat of the pants. It is about having no memory. No memory of things he’d done just a second before. Good or bad. Because memory is time folding back on itself. To remember is to disengage from the present. ln order to reach any kind of success in automobile racing, the driver must never remember. Which is why drivers compulsively record their every move, their every race, with cockpit cameras in-car-video, data mapping; a driver cannot be a witness to his own greatness. Racing is doing. lt is being a part of a moment and being aware of nothing else but that moment. Reflection must come at a later time. A champion says: “When l am racing, my mind and my body are working so quickly and so well together, I must be sure not to think; or else I will definitely make a mistake.”

Not-thinking sounds simple, but to get there is more difficult. It requires mental toughness and coaching. How can I bring my body-mind system to co-operating so perfectly that I can experience these flow-states also in my professional life? Where is coaching useful to achieve this flow state of pure doing, remaining fully absorbed in the present, gaining more power the more I am doing? In the first part of these blog article series I will emphasize the need for thorough training to be able of ‘doing’ in the state of not-thinking. Thereafter we take a look at inner brakes, brakes preventing from using one’s full performative potential. Why is it so important to remain fascinated by what we are doing? How can we sustain such attraction over time? The answer to these and more questions will be provided in the subsequent parts of this article.



A) Preparation

To get started an activity within a few minutes, while keeping calm and concentrated, is an everyday challenge of our professional life. While we act and do, the most important thing is to stay focussed, being part of the moment and to evaluate afterwards. The champions are well prepared. They know and control their engines. Requisite to such ability is not only technical finesse, but also physical muscular strength. Here we may find considerable differences between the racers. You may see some among them in the gym every day, building up their strength, endurance, sense of balance, or the driving skills. Others, however, are less disciplined and thus take a higher risk to lose control over the bike. As a rule of thumb the physical condition of a race driver should such that would allow him to compete in three races in a row at the same level of intensity. Given this level of endurance and strength he can then ensure full performance in the competitive run. Similar to the race driver any person required to perform in present day business needs a professional preparation for his tasks. Such preparation has to cover some of these areas:

The (private) environment of the athlete or the staff: Is it sound or could it cause insecurity or change and therefore be the source of stress?

Is the working time compensated for by sufficient and restorative recreation? What goes on apart of the demanding professional performance needs?

What kinds of specific developmental support and appreciation are necessary?  Is there a need for more physical strength, muscel training or body building? Such questions are discussed with a qualified coach, when people’s promotion is on your agenda. Qualified staff need to be supported within the frames of a structured development process. What professional skills need to be enhanced? What about adding to the social competence? The development process has to be planned and the plans be assessed and monitored continuously. Such on-going constructive evaluation processes ensure more motivation and resilience to stress.


B) Remove inner brakes

Presumed a racer is technically and physically well prepared, the support team works in perfect coordination and the right decisions are taken, what then, in the race, makes the difference to success? Obviously, the racer’s mental and emotional pre-dispositions play a crucial role. Foremost important is  the dealing with emotions. Taking into consideration the challenges of driving, emotions must stay irrelevant during the race. The wish to revenge, anger, or other similar emotional states suck up a lot of energy diverting attention from the driving tasks. Therefore such emotions have to be neutralised before the race. Similarly I cannot unfold all my competence in my work, while emotions continue to irritate me. As a qualified team member I am aware of this condition and therefore I try to suppress such emotion. Again, this is using up energy and reducing my impact. So with increasing work we achieve lesser and lesser.

These emotions are normally re-processed by our body-mind system during the night. Normally.  Unfortunately most of the high performers in business amass emotional stress remaining undigested over weeks and months. Often, to remove these build-ups the help of an external coach is required. By applying such methods as for example wingwave or hypnosis the accumulated stress can be re-processed.

Yours Claude Ribaux

1)From:  ‘The art of racing in the rain’ by Garth Stein


Flying high: When a coach uses active-alert hypnosis

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Hildebrand or Wegelin Bank: Is coaching useful for persons under public attack?

My answer to this question is an unmistakable YES. The question that remains is: Who should how supplement the consultant staff already in place for the support of these important persons under public attack? How can coaching make a difference among all the existing guidance and mentoring? In this article I show, how von Guttenberg, Hildebrand, Wulf and other persons exposed to public criticism could have had more mental scope and space for action, had they made use of the right coaching process at the right time.  

Let‘s start at the outset: Charismatic and powerful managers in the public cross-fire theoretically could relay on their existing group of counsellors to cope with this crisis. Strategy consultants, members of task forces, quality circles, friends, mentors, management trainers, lawyers are already in place. Once their client is overexposed to public criticism – unfortunately – they tend to feel helpless. Out of the blue irrational things appear to happen: Where previously coping was easy by approaching the problem with logic and ratio, in the present crisis the normal problem analysis, the assessment of rational options, the monitoring of decisions, or the checking of consequences seem not to provide the required feeling and aura of integrity as they did before. What is going on in such situations?

The first blow hits like a shock or a stab in the back. Without prior announcement a person like Hildebrand sees himself flatfootedly exposed to severe accusations and charges. Unprepared he is required to respond to critical questions from journalists, politicians, and the larger public. Under such conditions human beings show natural shock reactions in three bio-social systems. These are:

  • Reactions of immobilization, for example to feign death, to black out, or to switch off all perceivable behavior;
  • Spontaneous activities of the mobilization system: Flee and/or fight behavior; and
  • Activities in the social contact system.

To blows of accusation we tend to react almost automatically within these three modes . And, in fact, for the past few thousand years this has saved human beings from being killed or from being isolated. Nevertheless one has to be aware of the fact that these spontaneous reactions are largely out of the control of our rational brain. It is difficult to influence them by simple intention. It is actually an unconscious or subconscious neurobiological motivational system. The persons are not doing what they are doing on purpose. It’s an adaptation to a situation that their nervous system has evaluated as dangerous. The question is, how do we get us out of feeling threatened? Traditional strategies would be to reason with these persons, to tell them they are not in a dangerous situation, to negotiate with them, to reinforce them, to punish them if they don‘t respond as directed. In other words, we try to get the behavior under control. But this approach doesn’t work very well with these reactions, because they appear to be driven by the body’s visceral state. Our current knowledge leads us to a better approach.

Wulff, Hildebrand and others tend to freeze their body-mind system, to sit the crisis out and wait, while they are overwhelmed by ideas of fight and flight. Also they have lost contact with the social ground they have grown on, and their social role is no more attuned to the actual challenges. Many of these fallen angels in reality try to disappear abroad, for example as University Teachers in the US. Just to repeat it: Essentially these are normal and healthy reactions. But to manage the crisis such a reactive set of actions is not very supportive. It leads to irrational behavior making everything worse.  What can be done with coaching to help a person get back to a rational action mode controlling his life?

Innovative approaches are needed. All processes supporting the information processing in the mind-body system provide the opportunity to get rid of stress and pressure remains. By applying such methods the system is de-frozen and the river of information starts to flow again. The person regains his flexibility and inner maneuverability, his mental vigor, and alertness. As the attacked person cannot go on in the society as he did before,   the person has to reflect his role in the system simultaneously through a systemic coaching method, for example mapping or constellations.  This means to start with a limbic coaching method and then to align with a freshly emerging social role. Once the basic stress is re-processed, the accused person can go on to use the headwind for his own advance and take a benefit of the difficulties. In this phase coaching apply coaching tools such as the active-alert hypnosis to induce a state of positive trance, a kind of runner’s high. The energy of the resistance or the power of the aggression can now be used to fly higher and look at the accusations as a sportive challenge to be met playfully. By applying these three coaching methods (limbic coaching, role reflexion, and high flying) the previous crisis can be transformed into a great opportunity to step into a bright future.

As regards these approaches, future articles will inform you further.

Your Claude Ribaux






Coaching in Depth: The Organizational Role Analysis Approach. Newton et. al. (eds.). Karnac Books (2006). ISBN-10: 1855753286.