Are You the Captain of Your Own Ship?

Dr. Balázs Karafiáth was one of the most acknowledged figures on the field of online communication in Hungary. His name is attached to the foundation of Sziget Festival, he worked as an achor at Tilos radio, He lived in California for five years where he became a mindfulness and co-creative coach – a purpose guide according to his title. We sat down to discuss what this exactly means.  

What do you think is the most important thing to tell about yourself? What can we find in the “about” section on your new website?

One of the biggest discoveries of my own self-exploration was that, in fact, “I am the captain of my soul” – and it can only be me. It was a certain self-reflection, a mindfulness practice that led me to this assignation. Slowing down my life helped me to recognize and believe that I can grab the wheel and learn to lead my own life. I’m not drifting, I’m sailing. What I can pass on to those who decide to see me builds on this very experience. The people who come to me want  to become better at navigating themselves through different challenges. Many of them are already on the right track, wanting to conduct their “ship”, their business or their life in an even more conscious and responsible way.

How can you achieve this level of awareness?

Anyone who decided to consult with me has already took the most important step and reached the entry level of awareness: they reached out! They want to lead their life, or become better at this special leadership. I can give them a map that they can use and rely on. My work encompasses three topics: one isthe conscious- subconscious integration The things that block our progress are usually found in our subconscious. With different techniques and methods, jungian archetypes, meditative journeys or by dealing with the various ego-states , we can reach new resources in ourselves.

The second is“rewriting your story”, performing a narrative reconstruction. In this phase, we examine the self-image, the way you look at yourself and at the things that happen around us, what our options are and what bears importance to us.

The third topic is about purpose: exploring the deeper meaning of our life, our calling. I help my clients – in private or group sessions and I also work with big companies- to find their real purpose in their daily life or with regards to their leadership..

I am not a medical doctor, nor a psychologist, but a business man and a communications expert with good questions and a strong sense of purpose and responsibility. Besides Hungarian, I also hold English sessions – for example, I work with my American clients through an online video chat app called Zoom.

You learnt the method of hypnosis in California. Is this practicable through your online sessions as well?

Every hypnosis is self-hypnosis, it takes place in your own head. I can help you access new areas of your psyche. I don’t really like the word “hypnosis”, because it refers to something different than what it really is. There is no transfer of controlhere, which tends to be the main illusion in connection with hypnosis. In reality, your brain is capable of accessing a deeper level of focusing and thinking. You can reach that special place by hypnosis.

If someone needs your help, how can they reach out to you?

At first, we should sit down and decide if we would like to work together. It’s important for me to know that I can support your goals fully. I can only work you if I am your number one fan. Then I can provide the guidelines and the suitable environment for you to achieve your goals. We both need to know that you are truly determined before we embark on this journey. First I usually offer a program that consists of 5 appointments.

How do you deal with those who seem more sceptical about your methods? Are you willing to work with them, too?

I am a very sceptical man so I canidentify with sceptics very easily. I am offering a way of accessing a creative part of your brain that you don’t normally use. It also means that if you don’t want to do the work, it simply won’t work. I invite my clients to consider this an experiment and only trust the results.. If you’re the “right kind of” sceptical, the results will prove themselves!