Entrancing Tales for Change

Entrancing Tales for Change

               The English Sisters

The intriguing title of this book gives a flavour of what is to come.  It is at once ambiguous and enticing and, whether you are an NLP practitioner or hypnotherapist; someone looking to make some changes in your own life; or an artist wanting nurture your creativity it will not disappoint.

At first glance it has the appearance of a poetry collection and with its short lines, truncated syntax, occasional rhyme and quiet metaphorical allusion, each tale does resemble a poem.

The beauty of this is that even if you are not interested in poetry, the short lines, rhythmic prose and occasional rhyme makes it an easy book to keep nearby to pick up and read just one short tale at a time.  And the stories themselves are disarmingly simple.

This poetic layout lends itself to hypnotic trance.  Much as a poem invites you to suspend your hold on the conscious mind, so these brief stories will take you back to a time of listening to the barely understood stories of childhood. The subtle use of Ericksonian language has the lilt of a story heard in translation, leaving meaning open to interpretation at many levels.

Who could argue with          

‘As you are reading
changes are taking place’


‘you can only begin
to imagine how much information
your unconscious mind
has already begun to absorb’

With titles as varied as The Crystal Palace, Wild Fire, and You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, something here will speak to you.  I’m going to keep a copy on my bedside table to nurture my dreams.


Front cover

Violeta and Jutka Zuggo

Entrancing Tales for Change with Hypnosis and NLP

By The English Sisters – Violeta and Jutka Zuggo

published  MX Publishing

ISBN  978178922034


Science, Maths and Lady Macbeth

Why Poetry? Why Art?

I like to get up early, an hour or so before I need to, and read poetry. In that quiet time when the rest of my world is still dreaming, my mind is loose. It is as if I am still dreaming. I read and then I write and in the writing I discover thoughts and ideas that I might never have encountered in any other way.

When I was teaching I would tell stories.

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Stories which might seem unconnected with the work at hand. One of my favourites was to tell was the story of Lady Macbeth at the beginning of science and maths lessons. It was unexpected. What did I think I was doing? How did it fit the curriculum planned for that day? How could it possibly be relevant to the maths or the science on the timetable?

I didn’t know. There’s the rub. I couldn’t say in advance what connections pupils would make, how their developing, imaginative, creative brains might link two thoughts, two experiences, one lesson and one dream, and come up with something entirely new that transformed their understanding.

But they did. Time and time again they amazed me by learning something I could not have taught them in any other way.

Science and maths

In a lesson timetabled SCIENCE we were studying autumn and natural cycles. I told the story. A six year old boy, already labelled ‘difficult’, stood up and said “The leaves smell brown”. That was the first indication that he had engaged with the topic at any level.

A 13 year old girl whose special needs report stated ‘unable to sit still for more than 2 minutes’ and was being considered for the label ‘autistic’ because of her ‘complete inability to empathise’ took on the role of Lady M and strode around the classroom quoting “Out, damned spot! out, I say!” for a few minutes after which she looked me straight in the eye and said “Thank you Miss, I feel better now” before sitting down and concentrating for the entire MATHS lesson.

These snapshots from my past inform my future. We cannot know for sure what response our communication will evoke but if want to create new possibilities for the future we can turn to art for a moment and allow our minds to loosen. Maybe we will dream up something we could never have imagined in any other way.


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