Click on any of the titles below to see Terry Hodgkinson's TV (& radio) appearances:
Terry Hodgkinson is a guest speaker on the TV documentary called:
“Bulling, Battered and Bruised” - 20:14
Terry Hodgkinson is asked on TV:
“How To Start Learning Meditation“ - 03:30
Terry Hodgkinson & Dr. Porter on TV talking about:
“MindFit Self-Mastery Technology” - 05:21
Terry Hodgkinson on TV teaching:
“Assault Prevention Theory and Techniques“ - 08:26
Terry Hodgkinson is asked to be a guest on TV and discuss his book:
“Memoirs of a Wandering NInja, Walking the Path of Enlightenment” - 04:54
Terry Hodgkinson stars in:
“Energy Lake Kung Fu Commercial (shortened)” - 0:36
Terry Hodgkinson demonstrates hypnotherapy in the TV documentary called:
“Dumped” - 07:30
Terry Hodgkinson & Dr. Gates are asked questions regarding hypnotherapy on TV:
“Positive Changes Hypnosis and Coaching Centre” - 09:33
Terry Hogkinson is asked questiions on TV:
“How Meditation Helped Me As A Teenager” - 04:21
Terry Hodgkinson & Dr. Patrick Porter on TV:
“How Meditation and MindFit Technology Compliment Each Other ” - 05:23
Terry Hodgkinson and Owen Durkin are guersts on the Wandering Ninja Podcast Radio How:
“Dealing With Anxiety” - 31:17
Terry Hodgkinson is interviewed by ZoeLena Shuster on:
“Zoe and Friends Radio” - 60:00
Terry Hodgkinson is interviewed by Russell Scott on:
“Mystic Misfits Radio: Being a Spiritual Entrepreneur” - 55:15
Meditation With The Wandering Ninja
Written by Andrew Bradley
December 12, 2012
I am seated on a folding chair in the basement at the Wandering Ninja’s office. A melodic chant plays from the stereo in the corner of the room. Incense, discretely wafting through the air, touches my nose. A woman dressed in comfortable-looking clothing is seated to my left on a mat, her back near a wall. I’m in my jeans and a collared shirt. To my right is a gentleman, perhaps in his early middle age, also opting for a chair. We’ve left our shoes in the hall near the archway to the room, ambled in, and found our places in sock feet on the carpet. A few pieces of art adorn the walls. Inviting, with painted pipes running along in view under the ceiling, the room’s atmosphere contrasts the day’s weather: cold, cloudy and damp.
We are greeted warmly by the Ninja, also known as Terry Hodgkinson, author, martial arts master, world traveller and owner of Positive Changes Hypnosis and Coaching Clinic, Etobicoke. Our host, at over six feet tall, casually-dressed, square-jawed, tough-looking, sits next to a small desk with one sheet of note paper, a smartphone and a single white flower on it. One more student arrives, a few minutes past ten o’clock. The session begins.
Hodgkinson, whose physical presence belies a compassionate, wise nature, is leading his first meditation class since returning from his pilgrimage to India. To start, we’re offered a debriefing of the journey. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes – the sheer daunting power that India serves-up for one’s senses hits us through his telling. We laugh. We cringe. I am awed.
“Most people in our society, were we to live in some of these incredible (to us) circumstances,” says the Ninja, “may consider suicide more appealing than continued life.” What he saw amid many of the most trying of human predicaments, however, was overwhelming acceptance. Some charity and compassion, too (his recent blog entry is worth the read).
For our first meditation of the two-hour session we sit, in contrast to our greetings, introductions and first-impressions, in stillness. To attempt to cultivate acceptance. Be with what is. We sit for about twenty minutes, and periodic claps from the stereo speakers juxtaposed to the soothing melody surprise me, and help to bring my awareness back to the moment.
“I’d like you to take a look around the room as you walk,”asks Hodgkinson, as he introduces the second exercise. “Notice what comes to mind when observing the ceiling, walls, chairs, floors, the artwork – anything you see. Be aware of what your mind is doing.” And so, as we explore the room for several minutes, I look to the screws in the ceiling thinking, “These must be for securing the sheets of drywall. They’re painted. I can do that.” I see the pipes and ducts, “Maybe they’re for water? Maybe they’re for heating? I like the look of them.” Then a second instruction: “Now I’d like you to observe these same objects with your heart centre. Mind and heart – when using one or the other, how does your perception differ?” All that I can say is that my mind offers categorizing, chatter, examination. My heart seems to offer a somewhat non-judgemental hug.
“Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, and all the great mystics, speak of our incredible in-born powers to heal,” says the Wanderer, as he introduces the third meditation. We begin by rubbing our hands together, quickly, as a chilled traveller would on a cold night. “As the friction creates heat, focus the mind, and bring energy to the hands (also known in Chinese medicine as Chi),” instructs Terry. “Then place them on your Tan Tien, just below the abdomen, breathing in that energy. Focus the breath there, the hands placed, breathing in and out, in and out.” We do the same for other energy centres and organs: the spleen, liver, heart, throat, forehead and, finally, the top of the head. Next, on the in-breath while standing tip-toed, we visualise calling forth energy from the earth into the body. On the out-breath we flatten the feet, bounce at the knees, returning the energy to earth. “We see how our bodies look on the outside,” says Terry, “but hardly give a thought to all the wonderful processes happening unseen inside us. This meditation is an effort to be attentive within. Why not begin each day with this meditation?”
Terry closes the four-meditation set with a final sit. “There are many methods and benefits. But there is one ultimate objective: to reveal and to know your true self. Meditation will get you there, with practice.” Today the way is meditation: sitting meditation, open heart meditation, Chi energy work and a final sit. Two hours with Terry Hodgkinson.
The Wanderer posted a beautiful photo to his Inner Outer You Facebook page recently. A stone woman stands, head bowed, as she works intently with a chisel. Stroke by stroke she chips away at her rock prison, slowly and surely revealing a beautiful human body within. Breath by breath, we are as this woman when we meditate – each sit, each walk, each intention to open the heart – inching closer to our true natures.
Beyond Breaking Bricks: Kung Fu Meditation is a Path to Enlightenment
July 29, 2011 | Author: Trevor Landon | Posted in Motivation
Chinese martial arts movies seem to portray Kung-fu or Gongfu, the martial artists as indestructible beings capable of fighting against an army alone. But Kung-fu, or any martial arts for that matter, is not just about self-defense or physical fitness. It is a philosophy and set of skills developed throughout centuries to exercise the body, the mind, and the spirit which are parts of the same whole according tol Asian cultures. In Kung-fu, our spiritual, physical and emotional aspects are distinct but united, and when these are cultivated through mental and physical exercises, they result to tremendous growth in our personal awareness and consciousness which eventually defines our health, our relationships and our interaction with the rest of the universe.
Meditation master and martial arts guru Terry Hodgkinson, who is the author of a groundbreaking book “Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja”, teaches martial arts as one of the best ways towards self-discovery and the awareness of the true-self.
An essential element of Kung-fu is self-control which enables you to control not just your movement, but your mental and emotional states. This is achieved through grounding yourself in your “power center” or the life force which in Chinese philosophy is called tan t’ien or the sea of chi. Chi is the energy that Kung-fu masters draw from the tan t’ien to places inside and outside the body. And that is how they can achieve some amazing feats like t breaking a pile of bricks. However, breaking bricks is only for demonstration; the real focus of this inter contactless is better applied to enhancing the quality of our life journey.
And that is why, success in martial arts is not just the color of the belt but the improvement of lives. By being able to manage energies and feelings, being able to detach from the ego, and being able to let go of the need to be right, students become masters over their own feelings and their actions – they cease to react to situations but rather, they act from their core. They learned to be grounded, to be centered. That is why you notice real Kung-fu adepts remain calm and serene in the most adverse situations. Harmony within and without (Inner Outer You) is what Kung-fu is all about. This is the harmony that seeks the Way, higher common good. Part of the training in martial arts is learning how to fall and to trust that you won’t get hurt. As the ancient Oriental proverb says, “Fall down seven times, get stand up eight.” This experience frees us from any fear which is a very liberating moment for all martial arts students.
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Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja – Walking the Path of Enlightenment,” provides life changing revelations to help you overcome life’s challenges and learn from the best history has to offer.
Toronto, Ontario – January 19, 2010 – Author and martial arts expert Terry Hodgkinson takes you on a virtual journey to some of the most remote yet spiritually awakened destinations on earth and shares the kinds of life transformations people can experience by following the philosophy Terry outlines.
For example, when Dennis Konkel left his home in Ontario, Canada for his annual fishing trip in November of 2000, he had no idea that the skills he had learned from author and martial artist Terry Hodgkinson would save not only his own life, but also that of a business partner he barely knew. Dennis Konkel, President of The Carlisle Group, was in a canoe with his partner when it capsized, plunging the pair into icy water. He had only a small window of opportunity to swim to shore before hypothermia set in. He reached the shore, freezing and exhausted, when he heard the cries of his partner who couldn’t swim. It was then that Dennis drew upon what he’d learned from Terry’s teachings, found the inner strength to swim back out to his drowning partner, and rescued him. “Thank you so much Terry,” says Konkel. “I can never thank you enough.”
Dr Patrick Porter, author of the award-winning book, Awaken the Genius, Mind Technology for the 21st Century, said he felt honored when Terry asked him to review his book and write the foreword to it. Dr. Porter says that while many of Hodgkinson’s experiences deal in the realm of martial arts, the book is actually a philosophical guide that can be appreciated by neophytes and masters alike. “Terry’s book is designed to give you tools to navigate through the school of life, giving you the golden nuggets that he learned as he spent time in sacred temples and studied with the enlightened ones that bless our planet,” says Porter.
On your reading journey you will discover:
*Four ancient timeless insights that put you in harmony with the natural laws of the universe
*Eleven points on The Essential Path that will awaken your spiritual self
*How your True Self is far different from the self you think you know
*Steps for progressing from simple communication to successful subconscious programming
*Eye opening information to enhance communication, meditation, and awareness in your life
A native of Toronto, Canada, Hodgkinson owns a health center where he helps people get minds and bodies into shape. He also facilitates seminars and performs inspirational speaking, which can be viewed at www.InnerOuterYou.com
The results people get using Terry’s advice is often dramatic. Randy Clusiau, a financial advisor from Sudbury, Ontario would agree. He weighed 350 lbs and had no energy and low self-esteem. Over the years he had tried all the fad diets but at age 32 he was in big trouble. “I was on a slippery slope that my doctor said was leading to diabetes and a ton of other health problems,” says Clusiau. He reached out to Terry’s health centre in desperation. “Terry was amazing. He took the time to teach me about diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. I felt empowered and encouraged,” says Clusiau. After twelve months of Terry’s coaching, Randy lost 120 pounds and went from a size 50 pants to a size 34. Randy says that for the first time in his life, he was really enjoying life.
Hodgkinson’s writing is inspired by people who live and act out of the wisdom of their heart and who have penetrated the veil of life and are aware there is more to the universe than what meets the eye. “This book is about those who have had the courage to investigate the deeper nature of our existence,” says Hodgkinson. “It’s about those who spontaneously and unselfishly made a difference in the world without harboring ulterior motives.”
Matthew Walker, a former teacher at Keswick High School in Ontario, says that the knowledge Terry shares in his book significantly changes people’s lives. In May of 2004 he asked Terry to speak to dangerously at-risk teens at his high school. Hodgkinson shared how he overcame significant challenges growing up, which he writes about in his book. Walker says of Terry’s message, “I can happily say that [students] paths changed for the better because of Terry's authentic, honest message.”
Hodgkinson says his goal is writing the book is to light a flame of inspiration that he hopes will continue to grow as people read it and choose to live the enlightened Way, bringing sustainable peace of mind and serene, meaningful actions to their lives.
“Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja – Walking the Path of Enlightenment” is available on Amazon.com
Workforce Management Tips from a "Wandering Ninja"
Article from ManageSmarter
January 19, 2010
A book by Terry Hodgkinson, " Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja: Walking the Path of Enlightenment," may give your workers that inner push they've been waiting for. What good is productivity strategies, after all, if your worker bees are losing ability to contribute because of an inner-deficiency, Hodgkinson might argue.
His book, he says, seeks to provide "life changing revelations to help you overcome life's challenges and learn from the best history has to offer."
Hodgkinson takes readers on a virtual journey to remote "yet spiritually awakened destinations," and shares stories of life transformations he says you can experience by following his philosophy.
Hodgkinson tells, for example, the story of Dennis Konkel, president of The Carlisle Group, who left his home in Ontario, Canada for his annual fishing trip in November of 2000. Konkel was in a canoe with his partner when it capsized, plunging the pair into icy water. He had only a small window of opportunity to swim to shore before hypothermia set in. He reached the shore, freezing and exhausted, when he heard the cries of his partner who couldn't swim. It was then, Hodgkinson, says, that Dennis drew upon what he'd learned from his teachings, found the inner strength to swim back out to his drowning partner, and rescued him.
Since not everyone seeks to nearly die in a canoe to become enlightened, it's good to know the book points out the following (without having to take the horrible-sounding canoe ride):
• Four ancient timeless insights "that put you in harmony with the natural laws of the universe."
• Eleven points on "'The Essential Path' that will awaken your spiritual self."
• How your "'True Self is far different from the self you think you know."
• Steps for "progressing from simple communication to successful subconscious programming."
• Information "to enhance communication, meditation, and awareness in your life."
A Ninja’s Manual in the School of Life
June 20, 2011 | Author:
Posted in Motivation
Hundreds of years in the making but finally written in the first decade of this millennium,
Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja is less of an autobiography and more of an encapsulation of the lessons that seekers sought and masters taught throughout human history. Its chapters speak of stories and parables of ancient times but spoken, or rather “deciphered” for today’s generation of seekers – or anyone who wishes enlightenment or a path to live their life to the fullest.
Martial arts expert and meditation master Terry Hodgkinson wrote this book not so much as a first-time author but as a collector of wisdom transmitted orally from generation to generation in ancient cultures around the world. For him to recognize these wisdom stories as tools for modern living indicates the high level of awakening and enlightenment that Terry experienced.
Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja is 557-page virtual journey to some of the remotest and spiritually rich places in the world. Readers will be treated to a personal encounter with the true teachings of the ninja, samurai and Shaolin masters. They will discover how their minds are far more powerful than their bodies. More than anything, Terry is a master storyteller. His compelling style uproots you from your present reality and brings you to the doors of ancient mystery schools where you engage with real masters.
Because ancient wisdom dictates that the universe works by the numbers, Terry shares his discoveries of the Four ancient timeless insights that put you in harmony with the natural laws of the universe and the Eleven points on The Essential Path that will awaken our spiritual body. These are blueprints that help readers discover what he calls our True Self.
A section on “The real Matrix” explores the internal system by which you construct your outer world. Once mastered, you’ll have all the skills and resources you need to be successful in any endeavor. There are step by step guides that serve as “deciphered” translations of the secret codes of the masters.
Movie buffs might be confused of the choice of Ninja in the title as the word reminds us of the image of a trained assassin. But as the author explained in the first chapter, the ruthless killers refer to the renegade Ninjas while the authentic ones were enlightened people who communed with nature and lived a life of non-violence amidst the violent world of feudal Japan.
Aside from the manual of living, the book serves as a travelogue and offers you glimpses of a different world. Terry uses terms and stories that windows into wonderful cultures. Together with these, you realize that ancient wisdom is as relevant today as it was before.
The book is not intended to be a complete guide nor a final word. Rather, it serves as an invitation to explore deeper the paths to enlightenment and the discipline of meditation.
A wise master once said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Reading this book makes one realize that this book was written because the world, especially the First World, is ready for it.