We had the good fortune of connecting with John McGrail and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi John, what principle do you value most?
I would say that the single most important principle guiding my life and my work is, balance. Living in physical, emotional and spiritual balance is the secret to living a life of peace, joy, love and abundance; a life virtually free of suffering. It is a state of being I call “practical enlightenment.” The Buddha defined enlightenment as, “the end of suffering.” It is a definition that is simple, elegant and easily understandable. I have discovered both in my own life, and also working with thousands of clients and students through the years that most suffering is the product of energetic imbalance in one or more areas of life. Thus when we re-establish that balance, we end most of our suffering. It isn’t perfect, but it can be where we spend most of our time, thus it’s practical, doable. My whole practice and philosophy, as well as my “Synthesis” process is all about establishing and maintaining that precious balance, living in practical enlightenment, and I take great pleasure in guiding my clients and students to that state of being. 

What should our readers know about your business?
I created, A Better You Inc. as my clinical hypnotherapy practice grew into a thriving concern. We service a national and worldwide clientele comprised of both individuals from age 7 to 85 across all socio-economic demographics as well as select corporate entities who are committed to giving their management teams and employees the very best training and tools for performance excellence. There is both an art and science to personal empowerment; anyone can learn the science, but mastering the art takes a combination of desire, commitment, passion, hard work and a certain amount of what I can only call divine inspiration that leads to some level of mastery in tuning into and heeding one’s spirit and intuition. It is important to state that I do not take personal credit for that part of my talent; it is a gift from the Creator. As I was taught by many Native American teachers I have met or whose teachings I have read, I have been blessed to be a vessel, “a hollow bone” through which the healing energy flows. That gift may set me apart from some others, and it is what led to my developing my “Synthesis” process, which seems to resonate with so many people, both readers of my book, “The Synthesis Effect,” and also with my clients and students. Growing my business was the result of getting good at what I do; getting my clients results quickly and profoundly, Equally important, however, was doing the “grunt work” around sales, marketing, pr, communication and networking; executing the basic business fundamentals required to build any successful venture. This is where I have seen and see so many talented practitioners lose ground. They love the work of helping their clients, but are unwilling or unable to do the business side of it all. No, it was not easy, but I had and have a passion for what I do, and was fortunate enough to have enough business acumen and a willingness to do the work to see it through. There are two things I want the world to know about me, my story and my brand: First, anyone, and I do mean anyone, has within them the resources and the ability to create the life of their dreams. They will almost certainly need some assistance tap into it and make it happen, almost everyone does. We humans are innately resistant to change; it’s in our DNA. I am here to provide that assistance. Second, I am no different from anyone else; just a normal person with a passion who was brave enough to get the help I needed to tap into my power and ability, and then go about creating that powerful life. I am simply giving back to my clients what I learned.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start with a couple of days in the city; a very quick tour of Hollywood and the world of movies since most everyone is curious about “Tinseltown.” We would some great meals–too many super restaurants to choose from–, catch a Dodger game and maybe take in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl; it’s a unique experience. Then we would hit the road on a camping, hiking and sight-seeing trip: driving north on Route 1 to Big Sur, Carmel by the Sea, Monterey (and the aquarium), San Fransisco, then over to the Sierras and back down through King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Our final stop before coming back to L.A. would be Visalia for a Rawhide game (their single A baseball team), and a lovely dinner at one of the many great restaurants up there. If I could swing it, I’d also opt for an Amtrak Surf-liner ride down to San Diego, one of my truly favorite cities, for a night or two.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My first shoutout goes to all my clients and students over the years, from whom I’ve learned much of what I know about living an empowered life. They keep me “walking the walk” so to speak, since if I don’t practice what I profess I become a fraud. The second shoutout goes to my many teachers, most notably the Native American Shamans, Staking Wolf and Fools Crow; writers Bruce Lipton, Don Miguel Ruiz, Tom Brown Jr., Michael Talbot, Lynn McTaggart, and Jerry and Esther Hicks of Abraham-Hicks, and finally, James Redfield, whose book, “The Celestine Prophecy” started me on this path so many years ago. Finally, my biggest shoutout goes to my wife, soulmate and life’s partner, Lynne-Anne McGrail, who is and always has been there for me.

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