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Meet Your Therapist: James Gibbs

Meet Your Hypnotherapist: James Gibbs | Gibbs Hypnotherapy | Melbourne, Australia

Science and philosophy have always interested me - I believe the search for true understanding in a world of so many illusions is a worthwhile pursuit. Being of service to others and in some way working to foster greater peace and happiness in the world is also deeply important to me. Practicing hypnotherapy is incredibly rewarding as it affords me the opportunity to continually seek knowledge whilst being genuinely helpful to people.

Meet Your Therapist | Hypnotherapist James Gibbs | Gibbs Hypnotherapy | Melbourne, Australia

Among the great traditions the best of knowledge is considered to be knowledge of oneself. We all look in the mirror every day but rarely do we see who we truly are; perhaps that is better stated, rarely do we see who we could be if we were to get out of our own way. To lift the veils of opinion, emotion, culture, biology and even logic in pursuit of reality is a lifelong journey and it is one of the reasons I am passionate about hypnotherapy. Deep exploration of the mind in all its beauty, in its dark and its light, reveals what is shared among all people and what is most important in life. When the body relaxes and thoughts slow down, awareness and focus increase, and our vision of who we are and what we want at a deeper level becomes clearer.

More importantly, our capacity to change, to heal, to move towards peace and happiness is magnified through hypnosis. In my practice I have seen hundreds of people experience a freedom from limitations and fears that they had previously not thought possible. Meet Your Therapist | James Gibbs Hypnotherapist | Gibbs Hypnotherapy | Melbourne, AustraliaI believe in the techniques of hypnotherapy - not as the answer to everything, but as a powerful set of tools allowing an individual to direct their attention inward and to discover for themselves the route to personal success and freedom. I also believe that any positive results from a session in the therapy room are as a pebble thrown into a lake: nobody knows how far the ripples may spread.

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The Odyssey Program

Alongside hypnotherapy, I am a Workshop Presenter and Victorian State Manager for The Odyssey Program - a series of in-school workshops for adolescent boys. This work involves travelling to schools around the country, taking a year level of teenage boys aside and presenting them information and entering into conversations about the nature of masculinity and mateship, the truth behind bullying and drug abuse, how to manage anger and be a good man in relationships, and essentially to develop the ability to look at things from fresh perspectives. This is an amazing program developed by Jane Higgins in Adelaide in response to the increased rates of teen suicide and sexual abuse, violence and cyberbullying, and emerging trends in alcohol and drug abuse. Systemic change is necessary if we are to truly look after our young men, but until that day of awakening we will continue to reach as many students as we can with the limited time we have.

If you are involved in a school community - as a student, teacher or parent - ask what is being done to assist boys in becoming men. Depending on the state there may be other programs available, and I would always recommend having a look around for what might best suit a particular school. But for a program that is available Australia-wide and designed to connect with teenage boys of any cultural or socioeconomic background, teaching principals that span religious and non-religious bounds, The Odyssey Program is the best. I don't say this because I work for the program, quite to the contrary: I work for the program because it is the best.


For Contemplation

A video of Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) and Bill Moyers (1934-), discussing the mythology of conquering the dragon within:


A poem by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887), based on an Indian legend regarding the nature of truth, opinion, relationships, humour and wisdom:

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approach'd the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he,
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!"

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!"

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!


So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

Blind monks examining an elephant

"Blind monks examining an elephant", an ukiyo-e print by Hanabusa Itchō (1652–1724).


An interview with Roberto Assagioli (1888 - 1974) on the topic of psychosynthesis: