Jeremy Walker is an experienced Psychosomatic Therapist and Hypnotherapist. He is the owner of Inspire Hypnotherapy, located in Brisbane Australia, and wrote the groundbreaking book Freedom From Addiction, where he shares the WARP (Walker Addiction Removal Process). Jeremy has studied extensively over the past 15 years and believes ongoing learning is important for long-term well-being. His style is non-judgmental, having overcome challenges with drug use, chronic fatigue, and anxiety disorders.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up by the ocean in Ballina, Australia. Childhood was relatively good however I suffered anxiety and a lack of confidence. My father passed away early and I wasn’t given much guidance growing up. I was very disconnected from my emotions and body, which led to a determination in mastering my mind and eventually becoming a Hypnotherapist.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
Self-acceptance. Living too much in the mind can be a defense mechanism; this is worth being aware of. Getting caught up in thought processes can be used to avoid being rejected and hurt. “If I’m the smartest, quickest, and most clever no one can hurt me.” Vulnerability was a key theme in my adult development. Being okay to be seen, heard, to fail, and succeed are all big areas to develop. High achievers can accept less desirable aspects of themselves, as well as terrific. I call that self-love.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Anything that is polarized or extreme can hinder progress. Calling something ‘bad’ is an example of this. People visit the clinic, trying to change a ‘bad habit’ like drinking lots of alcohol. After talking, it is revealed that that habit was allowing relaxation, to escape pain and sleep.
It’s not all good or all bad. We discern if the habit is functional and work on meeting needs by healthier means. By talking about needs, rather than the judgment we can start implementing alternative behaviors, like exercise, quality food, water, and mindfulness. Labels of good or bad serve only pride and shame. Transformation happens through understanding and satisfying the needs of a human being.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
My darkest period was going through a spiritual awakening. When studying ‘A Course in Miracles,’ the quote “everything is meaningless” rocked me! Is there a point to existence? Why bother doing anything in the grand scheme of things, if meaningless? I was going through a period of chronic fatigue, had learnt my son was not mine, and everything’s pointless!
I kept putting one foot in front of the other and believed that I was creating the life of my own choosing, even if I couldn’t see the whole picture… A bit like when someone trips over in long grass but they hit the ground and find gold bullion. I kept striving and looking for the gold amongst the darkness.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Critical thinking. The ability to separate fact from fiction and truth from judgment is huge. Seeing what’s working vs not working in an unbiased way can free a person. Imagine someone believing that they are not enough and unworthy… with critical thinking, we could explore how so? who said that? when did that first become a belief? what is actually true about you? in what ways are you valuable to others? and eventually, clear the self-defeating pattern.
What is your morning routine?
My mornings are relaxation and self-care-based. I get up at 6:30 am and drink 900ml (30 oz) of water. If the sun is out, I’ll catch some rays for 5-10 minutes. Breakfast is toasted muesli with rice milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and honey. There are usually a few jokes with my partner as we start the day.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
It is reading. On average I read 100 books per year for 12 years. I filled my mind with knowledge and created a new way of being from scratch. A few years ago, learning reached a critical mass, where I had something valuable to share with the world. These days I teach about addiction and anxiety treatment, to give back.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
Delegation. Eg. I used to deliver thousands of brochures in my local neighborhood, now I use a marketing company to promote online.
List writing. Eg. Every evening I write my to-do list for tomorrow, so I am organized and sleep with a clear mind.
Resting. Eg. I spend a few hours a day relaxing with my partner, making time to hydrate and eat well.
Working blocks. Eg. I’ll decide that 9am-12pm is a work block. 12pm-12:30pm is for answering emails and lunch. 12:30pm-2:30pm is a work block/writing. 2:30pm-3:00pm is for distractions. 3:00pm-5:00pm is another work block. 5:00pm-9:00pm is allocated for my relationship and fun.
Schedule distractions. Eg. At some point, you are going to watch YouTube, play games, or get on social media. Book times in the diary where you do and don’t allow distractions. See above about working blocks.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
I’ll start at the beginning. ‘Awaken the Giant Within,’ by Tony Robbins was the first book I bought. I was scared to pick it up because I sensed I would be facing my weaknesses. I walked in and out of the store a few times until I mustered the courage. I’m glad I did. That book taught me that I am responsible for my life. My results and perceptions are up to me!
‘The Power of the Subconscious Mind,’ written by Joseph Murphy was integral to my development. I saw that many people, including myself, were living on autopilot. The subconscious mind untrained reacts wildly and ineffectively. I discovered that my mind, with practice, could become a friend, not a lifelong enemy.
‘Communion with God,’ by Neale Donald Walsch was important to me. The author shares 10 illusions and 1 of them struck a chord. “There is no judgment.” I sat with this for weeks and realized all self-judgments and those place upon me by others, were made up. All fear and shame, baseless. Being free of judgment and condemnation means I am more likely to love because fear and shame aren’t running my mind.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“Think to reveal truth.”
“Love to be meaningful.”
“Act to promote healing.”
“For every grief there is relief.”
“Every behavior has a positive intention behind it.”
“Don’t believe what you think, unless it empowers you.”