(Dedicated to Jack Trinity
who inspired the challenge)
It is very under-rated how we
manage our thoughts, and it is well documented
that there are Rational (Head)
and Emotional (Heart) thoughts.
There are also many triggers
for our thoughts.
Triggers for our thoughts
You. Secrets, The Child in us.
Head.........Two sides of the
head are logical and artistic
Smell, Sound, Taste, Touch.
How to use Bin Magic
We can let unwanted thoughts
and/or voices, annoy us, or we can divert them.
If you find yourself being bothered
by unwanted thoughts and / or voices,
try pretending you have a bin
that you can chuck unwanted thoughts into.
Choose a bin, or a few bins,
either from the list, or invent your own bin.
Have fun, and just play with
them. Change the names of any bins to suit yourself.
Think positive and avoid negative
bins. and remember, they're your bins.
Bins For Attitude
Some people use their
bin to source Attitude, for example, peace, courage,
calm, or wisdom. Instead of
throwing things into it they draw from the
Peace Bin or the Courage Bin
or the Cruisin' Bin, or the Stay Cool Bin.
Depending on one's emotional
needs there can be a bin to focus on.
The possibilities here are endless,
they're your bins
A Special Message To Kids
and Young Adults.
The 21 Bin is a place to chuck
the stuff that you really don't have to worry about while you enjoy your
Youth. You might like to call it the 20 bin, or if you're 12 years old
you might like to call it the 16 bin. It's your choice and they're your
bins, call them what you like. Keep them positive.and avoid negative bins.
and remember, they're your bins.
“The concept of visualising
bins into which unwelcome or unacceptable thoughts
can be placed, is an interesting
variant on the visualisations which people use in
managing their thoughts when
utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).”
Jim McGinty, MLA Minister
for Health, Western Australia.
"Bin Magic fits well with Albert
Ellis' Rational Emotive Therapy in some ways, and encourages people to
take control of their thoughts, and hence their emotional responses to
situations that are often based on faulty assumptions on how other people
relate to them. I have let some
of my colleagues in mental health know about Bin Magic".
Jill Scanlan, B.Sc.
QUT MNursSt. Flinders. Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing,
Faculty of Sciences, University
of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
"Bin Magic is Cool Stuff ~ I
David Allen, Author of the
international best-selling book,
Getting Things Done, the
Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Viking; 2001).
"Bin Magic is similar to the
idea of putting it on the back burner.
It is simple ~ as is most truely
Tandy Beard ~ M.S.A. ( Master
of Social Work, U.S.A.)
" This is a good idea and similar
to one we use with the children in counselling,
to help them deal with unwanted
thoughts and bad dreams".
Katie Boast ~ B.Sc. Psych.
"Bin Magic has a great deal of
merit, and could be of assistance to
people in these troubled times".
Lenore West, B.Edu. J.P.
" I think Bin Magic is very positive,
and believe it can be of value"
Alan O'Day . Musician
When asked if there was any chance
that Bin Magic would create confusion in
a person with schizophrenia,
the reply was "to the contrary".
Dr Edwin S. Young. Psychiatrist,
M.B.,B.S., D.P.M., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., Brisbane Australia.
"You can put my name to this".
Doctor John Ryan ~ M.B.B.S,.(Qld)
F.R.A.C.G.P. M.Sc., Nutrition, (London) D.C.H., (Ireland)
M.R.C.G.P., (UK) F.A.M.A.S.(Acupuncture)
"This is a good idea".
Matt Taylor Musician
“Bin Magic is straight to the
point and effective”.
Yeaca Dhargo Family Project,
" Bin Magic is Realistic, Practicle,
and Easy to Use".
Sue Perel, Manager, Kurbingui
Youth Development, Brisbane, Australia.
"Bin Magic makes good sense to
me. It is very helpful in becoming aware of
dysfunctional thought patterns
and offers an effective strategy for
changing them by mentally discarding
the damaging thoughts".
Barbara Van der Meulen, Bach.
of Social Sciences/Counselling.
"Bin Magic is deadly"
Fred Leone, Youth Worker,
North West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Association
"Bin Magic works for me".
Lindy Morrison, Musician
(The Go Betweens)
“A child friendly and unobtrusive
way to deal with reality,
and a normal, simple action
that does not have to be learnt".
E.Drew. B.Sc. Psychology.
" It creates a thought process,
and with the results it seems to be getting,
it certainly needs further evaluation
Bernie Sanft Grad.Cert.Community
and Youth Work. Youth Worker Boystown 16 years,, Brisbane, Australia
" This method works for those
who can accept it ".
" Cognitive Behaviour Therapy"
is the right language for
some people and "Bin Magic"
right for others ".
Computer Systems Engineer.
"It seems like a good idea for
those who need it".
Merril ~ Administration Officer
Burnie Brae Senior Citizens Centre, Brisbane, Auistralia.
“Anyone can do it, I love it
Dawn, Mother of a long time
sufferer of Schizophrenia.
"The Bin Magic process is a useful
Aboriginal Elder, North Brisbane.
" This may work for some ".
M.B.,B.S., F.R.A.C.S., FICS.,
"Bin Magic is inoffensive"
Sergeant (retired) New Zealand
"Your program appears worthwhile".
Assistant Manager ~ Queensland
“Bin Magic is very innovating”.
Soldier, Australian Defence
"I've never used bin magic, but
it is a really good idea" .
Queensland Rugby League Junior
Magic Update (April 2008)
Since conceived in 2003, Bin
Magic has attracted widespread attention,
and has been featured in newspapers,
The Kurbingui Star (10/03 & 2/06),
The Bayside and Northern Star
(5/05), and The Northside Chronicle (5/08 ),
and in The Schizophrenia Fellowship
of Queensland Newsletter (10/06).
The Access Arts Newsletter (9/06).
Community Voice (10/06),
and QCAN Bulletin (11/06).
In December 2007 The Lord
Mayor of Brisbane advised I was welcome to
distribute Bin Magic Brochures
to all 32 Brisbane Libraries.
A very positive sign has been
the approval by all Police Sergeants, who are the
Managers of Police Citizen Youth
Clubs, in allowing Bin Magic brochures to
be available through their clubs.
In the inner and northern suburbs
in Brisbane, Qld., Australia, I have been given permission to distribute
Bin Magic throughout 20 suburbs at approximately 85 outlets,
including All 32 Brisbane Libraries, Police Citizens Youth Clubs
at Sandgate, Zillmere, Arana Hills, and Fortitude Valley, Community Centres
at Zillmere, New Farm, Wooloowin, Arana Hills, Red Hill/Paddington, Picabeen
Community Centre Enoggera, Nundah, and Sandgate. Indigenous Associations,
North-West Aboriginal &Torres
Straight Islander Community
Association, Kurbingui Youth Development, Kurbingui Star, Nalingu
Indigenous Elders Respite Centre, Umpi Korumba Housing, Dundalli Hostels,
Senior Citizens Centres, Burnie Brae Seniors Centre Chermside.
Zillmere Senior Citizens Association,
Golden Years Senior Citizens Centre Nundah, Sandgate Seniors Citizens Centre,
Mental Health Support Groups, The Salvation Army Mental Health Services
Stafford Corps, The Schizophrenia Fellowship Association of Queensland,
Nundah House, Brook Street Centre, Arts Related, Artrageous, Access Arts,
QCAN, Visible Ink Zillmere, and Classy Crafts, Religious Related,
Church of Christ Zillmere, Y-North Windsor (Y.M.C.A, ) Catholic Church
AspleyCare, Uniting Church Grapples Thrift Shop, Uniting Church Zillmere.
It is also available at eight Politicians and City Councillors Offices
throughout the abovementioned areas, and from WomenSpace, Brisbane Grief
and Bereavement Centre, Aid For The Blind Geebung, Lotus Place, Sandgate
Dental Hospital, Aspley Medical Centre and the Websites.
There have been several surveys
conducted, which all showed extremely positive
results. The overall result
showed, over 95% of the 52 Organizations etc. approached, approved of the
concept, and gave permission to stock bin magic brochures.
Some statistics of this approval
rate included, 100% of Police Citizens Youth Clubs
( 4 of 4 ), 100% of Libraries
( 6 of 6 ), 100% of Senior Citizens Centres ( 5 of 5 ),
100% of Community Centres (
9 of 9 ), and 75% of Youth Development Centres,
( 3 of 4 ).
60% of the sufferers of Schizophrenia
who have had the concept explained
to them, use bin magic, and
80% approved of it. While this was only a very
small survey, and cannot really
be compared to a major survey, it shows a
similar, and in cases better
success rate as major surveys namely,
1.Bleuler Burgholzi Study...
2. Hueber et al Bonn Studies...
3.Ciompi et Muller Lausanne
4. Tsuang et al Iowa 500....46%
5. Harding et al Vermont....62-68%
Bayside and Northern Star
courtesy of Bayside and Northern Star, Brisbane, Australia. MAY 4th 2005.)
Magic' aims to help people discard unwanted thoughts.
In December 2003 Zillmere resident Alan Smith met Jack, a schizophrenic,
and since then, their lives have never been the same.
Mr. Smiths encounter with
Jack led to the formation of 'Bin Magic', which can help people get
rid of their unwanted thoughts.
I started this (Bin Magic) after
I met Jack, and wondered how I could help him,
Mr Smith said. " I put
myself in his position,,, how would I handle schizophrenia?
With Bin Magic, If you find
yourself being bomb-barded by thoughts and / or voices,
try putting an imaginary
bin in your head and give unwanted thoughts the flick.
In the six months after Bin
Magic was established Mr Smith continued to visit
Jack, talking about his different
bins and how they helped him in everyday life.
"Then I started talking to the
children in my Zillmere community, who invented new bins," Mr Smith said.
"The only rule is, there are no negative bins." Through Bin Magic,
Jack has been able to better
control his thoughts, and Mr Smith has been inundated
with enquiries about the concept.
It has been a hit with residents in the local area, with many of Mr Smith's
neighbours and friends using Bin Magic.
"Angel, a five year old girl,
chucks the thoughts she knows will get her
in trouble with Mum into her
'get away' bin.
"Peter, a 50 year old
manager, chucks his work-related thoughts into the
delete bin when work is over.
"Bin Magic gives people the
ability to divert. People always say to me,
'it's so simple'. I'm pleased
that I have been able to help people - that's why I started it."
The simplicity of the concept
has seen it start to attract more widespread attention. According to Mr
Smith, hospitals, politicians, correctional centres, community
centres, doctors and churches
have all expressed their support for Bin Magic.
Mr Smith said he hopes it is
only a matter of time before the government starts trials
on Bin Magic's effectiveness.
I would like to see the education minister get a
trial going, just to see what
happens. I would also like the police and
corrective services minister
to conduct trials in jails, and the health minister to
conduct trials with mental health
patients," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith - who has been
a cleaner, farmer, factory worker, gardener,
public relations assistant,
webmaster and artist, to name just a few of his
past occupations - said he was
happy with the success of his latest project,
even though he didn't use Bin
I don't use the bins, but I
think a lot about them. I don't think I need them... I meditate instead,"
he said. There are a wide range of bins to choose from, and people can
create new bins to suit their
needs. Examples include chill out, work, soul, private,
later, miracle, love, lesson,
courage, recycle, pace, personal and family.
Mr Smith said there were hundreds
of potential bins, and 'anything could apply':
" The possibilities are endless,
They're your bins."
For more information about Bin
Magic, visit the website at http://www.oocities.org/binmagic1.htm
Northside Chronicle Article
(Reproduced courtesy of The
Northside Chronicle, Brisbane, Australia. June 11t,h 2008)
Rubbish Thoughts Should Go
A ZILLMERE man is helping sufferers
of mental illness to throw their problems
in the bin. Alan Smith's treatment
program, Bin Magic, is available in pamphlet
forms from 90 locations across
Brisbane, including council libraries and offices.
Mr Smith said Bin Magic was
very simple: it encourages people to have
different "bins" to consign
thoughts to. "For example, you can put bad thoughts
in the bad thoughts bin and
get rid of them," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith came up with the idea
in 2003 after meeting a schizophrenic man,
Jack Trinity. " I thought about
how I would deal with schizophrenia if I had it,
how I would deal with all the
voices and mess of thoughts," he said.
But Bin Magic is not just for
treating schizophrenia. Several psychological
professionals have voiced approval
for Mr Smith's system.
In December 2007, Lord Mayor
Campbell Newman gave Mr Smith
permission to distribute Bin
Magic pamphlets in council libraries and he is
in talk with Queensland Health
about incorporating Bin Magic into
mainstream psychological treatments.
A former musician, Mr Smith does
not use he bins himself, but
often thinks about them in day to day life.
Faith is a 21 year old wife
of a Police Officer, and mother of three, who invented her
own bin, the " not wanted bin
", and adds, " it is a relief to have discovered bin magic".
Angel is a 5 year old girl who
chucks the things she knows will get her in trouble
with Mum in her get away bin.
Paul is a 55 year old who says,
" In a way, I have a bin when I discard thoughts,
and we all do. People who don't
need bins still sort of use a bin ".
Jack is a 45 year old long time
sufferer of schizophrenia, and the person who inspired Bin Magic. Jack
says, It's a kind of magic, if thoughts are annoying you you can use the
bins to put it out of your mind. Jack adds when he is having a rough day
he refers to the bin magic brochure, reading through the list of bins for
consolation. Jacks' favourite
bins include, Cruising, Back
off, and No-ones talking about me.
Jack doesn't dwell on the bins
and adds it's good to know they are there if he needs them. (See Jacks'
Testimony and "How Bin Magic came about". for more of Jacks' story)
Joy is an 50 year old Executive
who I recently heard reply to a question from one of
her staff, “Can’t do, I’m in
the busy bin at the moment”.
Mahalia is a 21 year old receptionist
who invented, and uses one bin, the " wait bin ".
Dennis is a 63 year old carpenter
who says, " Bin Magic really works, I couldn't get to sleep for want of
trying, 'till I put the thought in the dust bin and put the lid on ".
(Dennis invented the "dust bin",
and the concept of putting a lid on a bin).
Peter is a 50 year old Engineer
and manager of an automotive workshop who I introduced Bin Magic
to, and was a little surprised to hear that he is using a
Delete Bin, and that every day
when he finishes work, all his work associated
thoughts go into his Delete
bin. I was surprised that a person with a
University degree had recognized
the Merits of Bin Magic.
Sally is a 51 year old long time
sufferer of Schizophrenia who invented, and uses one bin, “the feeling
good bin, and adds, Bin Magic has restored my confidence and self-esteem".
Rhonda is the Manager of a thrift
shop and quotes
" I use the bins to discard
bad things ".
Carol-Lee is a 21 year old office
worker who invented, and uses the stress bin.
Daniel a 16 year old boy who,
years after Carol-Lees' inventing of the Stress Bin re-invented the "stress
bin" as his one and only bin.
Mike is a 24 year old mechanic
who when told about Bin Magic, his immediate
reply was, I just need the one
bin, the chill out bin.
Benny is a 13 year old boy who
I recently told about Bin Magic. Within twenty-four
hours he said Bin Magic is great,
and that he was using a dump bin and a love bin.
Within seventy-two hours he
had told me that his friends in seven Brisbane
high schools were playing with
Alwyn is a 27 year old Salesman
for a large produce firm. When introducing
Bin Magic to him, he immediately
approved of the idea and uses three bins,
the Soul Bin, The Flick Bin,
and The Recycle Bin.
Melody is an 11 year old girl
who heard about Bin Magic from a girl friend
of the same age and says Bin
Magic is very popular.
Olive is a 12 year old girl who
I recently called to " Are you chucking the
troubles of today in the 21
bin and enjoying your youth, with her reply being,
" I’ll chuck you in the erase
bin if you keep annoying me ".
Karen is a 40 year old who says
"the Peace Theory really works".
Bins For Situations
We can use the bins
for different situations and here's a few examples.
You might think of it as sourcing
attitude from a certain bin.
For Relationships, you might
use bins such as Destiny, Choice, Cool, Courage, Faith, Time Out, Forgive,
Hope, Lesson, Positive, Respect, Soul, Space, Yes Dear.
For stuff you are not interested
in, you might use bins like, Banishment, Back off, Bulldust, Chasm,
Delete, Don't Need It, Dump, Erase, Go away, History,
Not On, Off, Sin, Time Out,
Past, Pause, Wait, Trash.
For stuff that is really cool,
you might use bins like Classic, Nice,
U Beaut, Fab, Great, Heavenly,
For stuff that is Personal you
might use bins like Love, Magic, Faith,
Personal, Morals, Private, Keep
it to Myself, My.
And for stuff you know
will come back around you might use bins like
Recycled, Later, Boomerang.
If someone is feeling fearful
they might use a bin like the Normal, Not Me,
No ones talking about me, Coincidence,
This is not happening.
How Bin Magic came about
I had never given a thought to putting an imaginary bin in ones' head,
until meeting Jack, a long time
sufferer of Schizophrenia. I decided to try and
help him with his illness and
suggested he put a recycled bin in his head, that
he could channel his thoughts
and voices into as a diversionary tactic.
Jack thought this was a good
idea and within a few months, Bin Magic was born.
Jacks' Schizophrenia has receded
by fifty percent. He is less angry, and feels
more in control of his life.
Jacks' wife says that it is wonderful, when she wakes
during the night and finds her
husband sound asleep. Jack does use the Peace Method
( see below ) and says that
this helps him to get to sleep. Jacks' need for drugs,
to help his sleep is now no
longer, and he is shown an interest in a course in Nursing,
with a special interest in helping
sufferers of Schizophrenia. He says he is more Positive. He uses several
bins on a regular basis and some of his favourites are, Recycled Bin, Flick
Bin, Trash Bin, Banish Bin, and No-Ones Talking About Me Bin.
Since being introduced to Bin
Magic in 2003 I have used it on numerous occasions
when I have been bothered by
voices and depression, and have got rid of these hindrances, with the help
of the Bin Magic procedure, Basically the bad thoughts were replaced with
positive bins, which led to positive thinking and attitude in general life.
These positive bins give a sense of confidence and protection.
At times when I do have
a rough day, I refer to the bin magic brochure, reading
through the bins for consolation.
I don't dwell on the bins, but
it's good to know they are there if I need them.
It's a kind of magic, if thoughts
are annoying you, you can use the bins to
put it out of your mind.
Initially my favourite bins
were the Recycled, Flick, Trash, Banish, Cruising, and No-Ones talking
about me Bins, and I have progressed through several bins, with my favourite
bins now being, the Cool, Classic, Courage and Confidence bins, that I
as symbols of character and
bravery, that I feel every man has to have. From time
to time I still refer to bin
magic for it's consoling and continuing benefits.
I also use the peace method,
which helps me get to sleep, and the need for drugs
to help me sleep is no longer.
I am also aware that other people
are sleeping better, with the use of the peace theory.
As a result I have kicked illegal
drugs for the past five years, and plus, have stopped smoking cigarettes,
for the last seven months. Alcohol is also under control, when
once it was being abused, as
myself was, and I am a social drinker only now,
at times going months without
having a drink..
My sleep pattern is now in order
where once it was totally erratic.
My Schizophrenia has receded
I am less angry and feel more
in control of my life.
I have explained the bin magic
process to other sufferers of Schizophrenia and
will gladly testify that it
has not only helped me, but these others as well.
Don't Need It
Keep it to Yourself
Need to know
No ones talking about me
Nothing to Hide
This is not happening
When you're trying to get to
sleep, and the thoughts won't leave
you alone, there's a magic little
five letter word called "Peace".
Every time a thought pops in
your head just say the word peace,
and please persist, for your
There is great value in encouragement.
It costs nothing and can
make someones’ day, and don’t
forget to encourage yourself,
I’m doing okay, I can getthings
done, I’m allright.
That’s all there is to it, Stay
Positive....... No Negativity.
Laughter is the music of the
Fake a laugh anytime by using
Things will not always go your
way, and when this is the case,
there's no use in fighting it.
Accept the situation,
and make the best with what
There's much that can be said
about this topic. Under-rated is the fact that, as well as making the other
person know they are forgiven, we release a burden from ourself.
And you don’t have to wait till
the person is around, you can forgive anyone now.
Forgiving yourself is also helpful.
For a while, I had a forgive list, and at the end of
each month I would go through
each name on the list and forgive them individually
for anything they had ever done,
and this would be said out aloud, as to enforce
the message. I would also ask
the person for forgiveness for anything I have ever
done against them, once again
saying it out aloud.
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