Its all in the Mind,

you know!

A book of helpful metaphors

by Phil Hughes

“If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world.”


“Thought is not reality; yet it is through Thought that our realities are created.

It is what we as humans put into our thoughts, that dictates what we think of life.”

SYDNEY BANKS, The Missing Link


Chronic overwhelm is one of the biggest problems of our age. Stress, ill health, absenteeism from work and deteriorating relationships seem to be inexorably on the rise.

The metaphors in this book point to a simple truth about how the human experience works. The truth is our experience works in one way, and it works this way whether you know it or not, in the same way that being ignorant of gravity will not save your phone from falling if you drop it.

An understanding of this truth will improve your life in innumerable and surprising ways. It will take things off your mind, because once you know something only works one way all other options are no longer possibilities. It’s a bit like viewing a police line-up, and you don’t even have to consider five of the six faces because you already know who the guilty party is.

With a clearer mind, a world of possibilities opens up. Stress fades. Creativity rises. Solutions to the most difficult problems are suddenly within reach. Relationships go from strength to strength. Interested in unlocking more of your true potential? Then read on!


Metaphors are powerful change agents because they tend to take as their basis everyday situations and images people can relate to.
They also highlight the number of parallels that can be drawn between humans and nature.
And that’s the point. Human nature is so labelled because we are part of nature.

What people have to say about the book …

“Phil has a way of describing the indescribable that I know will help you see things in a new way.”

Amy Johnson, Ph.D.

Author of Being Human and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit

“Phil Hughes has written a beautiful book, with every page pointing the reader to wisdom. Open it anywhere, and you’ll find what you need.”

Jamie Smart

Sunday Times bestselling author, speaker and executive coach

“A unique book, a really lovely way to delve deeper into the human experience. Ideal for the night table, the loo, or the subway”

Ken Manning, Ph.D.

Author of Invisible Power: Insight Principles at Work

About the Author

Phil Hughes is forty-seven years old but by the time you read this may be older. He lives in Sunningdale in England with his beautiful wife and two daughters who claim to be thirteen and eleven, but he doesn’t believe this for a moment. They also have a cat who is forever hungry no matter how much food we put in her bowl.

This is his first published work. Should you be interested in learning more, please visit the website noted below where you can share your own metaphors as well as enjoy animated versions of many of the metaphors in this book.

Phil Hughes

Blogs and Podcasts

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
This memorable line is uttered in the movie The Usual Suspects by Roger Kint, a suspect being questioned by the LAPD about a heist gone wrong which led to the murder of a crime gang member.

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A Blank Canvas

A Blank Canvas

We are not our thoughts. We are the blank canvas on which our thoughts appear. We have a thought, and a picture develops. That picture will have more or less detail according to how much attention we pay to it.

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The Rollercoaster of Life

The Rollercoaster of Life

Anytime you lose sight of how the human experience works, go easy on yourself.
Anytime you feel low, angry, or upset, give yourself a break.
As my friend Garret Kramer says, the human experience is a rollercoaster.

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Should you like additional support in deepening your understanding of the human experience and your innate well-being, I’d love to help. I offer personal coaching in a variety of means that can be tailored to your needs and enable you to learn more about this amazing, self-correcting system which is the birthright of everyone in this world! Similarly, I’m very happy to receive your comments or answer any questions you may have!

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