Episode 18 Interview With Dr. John McGrail
Welcome to Heartreprenuer radio. I am excited to be back with you. I have someone today who teaches something very simple and yet very profound. His name is Dr. John McGrail is a renown hypnotherapist and a self-improvement expert and spirituality teacher. He promotes and teaches precepts. Life is supposed to be fun. As Heartrepreneurs you know that. That is why I have him here. He has helped thousands of clients and students and all walks of life, find their fun. He does this in his clinical practice and through self-improvement and seminars and workshops. He has a book exclusive synthesis approach that integrates science, spirituality, transformation and listen, the things we all want in our lives. Balance. I have to tell you he is really a featured expert. He has had his writings featured in major print like Time, Readers Digest, Cosmo, Redbook, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, etc. He is here right now and his book, we will get into and talk about The Synthesis to Direct Path to Personal Power and Transformation. Welcome!
Dr. McGrail: Thank you so much I am delighted to be here today.
Terri: I found you online and sort of stalked you for a while. The whole philosophy I believe so strongly is life is supposed to be fun. Let’s talk about how you resonated with that and then your approach.
Dr. McGrail: First, I am not sure I came up with that slogan. I may have learned it along the way in my studies. What it means is not an endless series of hedonistic parties and just a big ole bash. What it means is when your life is working the way you want it to and you have balance working for you, then when you get up in the morning, you look forward to the day. You like the way you are treating yourself. You like the relationships you have. You love what you do, hopefully. Most of us, have to earn money. It is the nature of our society. When all of that is working, you look forward to the day. You like the people you are hanging out with. You like what you are doing for a living. It creates an enormous feeling of well-being. I don’t know the whole no pain no gain thing. It’s not supposed to be that way.
Terri: I couldn’t agree more with that. That way bugs me. My very first book I wrote about 20 years ago, Work Yourself Happy. I was living a miserable life and I didn’t understand the whole concept that life was supposed to be fun. It wasn’t fun.
Dr. McGrail: I had a similar experience in my earlier career. I have had several careers. I was in a similar place and I see this over and over again with my clients. People who are trying to live up to the expectations of others. Family, or society, memes, and they are miserable because they are not being true to themselves. When you live your life the way you want to live it, my favorite quote, There is only one success: To live your life in your own way. When you do that, it is just amazing how flow. How you begin to manifest in every way possible. That is what it is all about. That is what my synthesis process is all about.
Terri: Please talk about your synthesis process.
Dr. McGrail: It came from my terror, if you will at trying to find a topic for my dissertation. At the end of my PHD studies, I had done all of these research papers and now it’s time to do something original. I thought what do I have to contribute to the field of human beings. What am I going to add to this? I was really terrified because I couldn’t come up with anything. Call it divine providence, an inspiration, I thought I have over 1000 case files in my archives. I realized that most of my clients do very well, and some do ok. There are only a few that don’t do so well. I said, let’s see if we can find the common denominators for those folks who really excel and get through the process quickly, those that do ok, and those who don’t. What are the differences? After reviewing over 1000 case files, certain elements seem to come forward over and over again. When you balance Western thinking which is puristic, I will believe it when I see it. When you balance that with what we might call more indigenous or Eastern thinking, which is the exact opposite. You use tools like hypnosis, which is a tool a state of consciousness, meditation and a variety of other models I began to put together. When you bring them all together with your conscious mind, your logical thinking, and spiritual mind that is when things really begin to cook. That was the common denominator which was the birth of synthesis.
Terri: What can we get if we pick up your book The Synthesis Effect? Who should be reading it?
Dr. McGrail: I would like to say everybody. There is no silver bullet. What the book does, is it’s designed for anybody who feels stuck in any area of your life. It doesn’t matter because the common denominator of being stuck is explained how and why we get in these pickles. How did I get this way? Most of my clients don’t know. They say for as long as they can remember. I take them through the process of understanding how our mind works and is programmed in our positive and negative patterns. Once you get that, you say, it’s not my fault, even though I did it. Then the book provides a set of tools to use to change that and then a process through which to use the tools. Three parts: Create understanding, present the tools and techniques, and here is how to use them. What happens is the reader actually begins to do the process of synthesis themselves. By the end of the book, you are well on your way and are synthesizing a life that you feel is fun. I am gratified to say that you have an intention when you write a book. What you want it to do but the proof is in the pudding. The reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, are great. It works.
Terri: I love it. Not only the concept of what you teach, I love the title. As soon as I read it, it resonates with me. How can people get the book?
Dr. McGrail: It is available online on Amazon and BarnesandNOble.com both in paperback and ereaders. It’s not in stores anymore until the second printing. For those who prefer to read it in Chinese, there is a version published in China and it’s completely Chinese. The Synthesis Effect or just my name Dr. John McGrail. I have a challenge for everybody. I hope the listeners will take advantage of this. If you buy the book and do the process just like it’s laid out, if after 30 days you don’t feel a change in your life, you send me proof of purchase and I refund your money. Read the book do the exercises as they are laid out. If you don’t feel a change, contact me. I have not one reader ask me for their money back yet. I don’t mean to brag. I got lucky. I don’t know what guided me. Sometimes I can’t even believe I wrote it. It’s one of those incredible moments. So that is the challenge. I hope you all take me up on it. I am confident that you will feel better. You will have some powerful tools.
Terri: Wow, I have never heard that author make that claim. I will go get this book and I will work through the process. Thank you so much for being here on Heartrepreneur radio. Is there any other way for people to connect with you?
Dr. McGrail: Thank you again, for inviting me. I can be reached through either of my two websites: Dr.JohnMCGrail.com or hypnotherapylosangelos.com. There is tons of information. I have a new video on YouTube. The Better You is the name of the series on YouTube. If anybody emails me or calls me, you will get a personal response. I personally respond to every single inquiry. I don’t have my people do it. If you have any questions about the process or about finding professional help if they need it. Sometimes a book is not enough. I am happy to provide that absolutely free.
Terri: You rock. I got the book and am going to take the challenge. I am suggesting that you all do the same. Thank you so much. I know you are very busy.
Dr. McGrail: Thank you again Terry. It’s been a delight.