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,Just in time for Halloween Stephen King’s film IT (#IT) is set to open on September 8th. We can be sure that Throughout the U.S. there be a resurgence of Scary Clowns invading communities and terrorizing people. In the past, these reports included attempts by some to lure children into the woods. The Scary clowns have people afraid, police and sheriff’s departments scrambling, and reports of physical attacks on innocent pedestrians.
Every year, about this time, I receive a few phone calls from people with a special fear. The technical term is Coulrophobia – The Fear of Clowns! This fear seems to haunt more people in Gen-Y and Gen-X than prior groups and there appears to be some strong indicators as to why this is.
The boomer generation grew up with clowns such as Bozo and Clarabel during the 1950’s and 60’s. These clowns were associated with fun, laughter and cartoons, the pacifier of the generation. That, however changed dramatically in the early 70’s with the infamous – Killer Clown – John Wayne Gacy (Pogo the Clown).
Originally, clowns were more an adult entertainment going back to the “court-jesters” or “fools”. Beginning in the late 18th and 19th centuries, the appearance of clowns began to shift and the first appearances of the painted white face and exaggerated expression (makeup) entered the scene. These exaggerated expressions, which hide true, and recognizable facial features are in large part the reason for the fear.
Olivia Goldhill, former features writer for The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/halloween/11194653/Why-are-we-so-scared-of-clowns.html) sums up the reaction of many in regards to clowns:
“The more you stare at a clown’s perpetually smiling face, the more it warps into something more sinister.
But the manic joy, the mask of make-up and the excessive familiarity are just a hair’s breadth away from terror.”
It is the grotesque, unnatural appearance of the human face and body, which triggers the fight/flight/freeze mechanism deep within our brains. We get a sense of unease which is often amplified by the clown character acting in ways that would otherwise be socially unacceptable. It is this very sense of discomfort and unease that authors such as Stephen King and director Stephen Spielberg tap into in the film IT with the character PennyWise, or the character Twisty the clown in American Horror Freak Show, or the Joker in Batman. In each of these, the clown embodies evil. The fear that often develops in young children who are sensitive to this odd, unfamiliar face (exaggerated features and hair) in a familiar body. Historically, the actual people who have played clowns are themselves, sad, tragic, and often times sadistic people.
Children are taught, from the earliest ages, to avoid strangers. It’s common for children to think that “bad strangers” look scary, like the villains in cartoons. This is a natural growth that results from both the experience of seeing scary scenes, and creating them within their own minds. This taught response, along with the stories reported in the news and social media have heightened the concerns and level of angst parents and communities are having. Schools are reinforcing the warnings, especially among younger children.
While a small percentage of the U.S. population would actually be classified as coulrophoic (having the fear of clowns), they nonetheless do exist. It is particularly difficult for these people during the Halloween season, when there is a greater number of people dressing up as clowns, and is further amplified by constant and increasing number of reports.
Fears or phobias are generally the result of unresolved processing of a traumatic experience. Through hypnosis, the person suffering from the fear often plays a self-reinforcing, though unhealthy, mental loop that confirms the feeling. I have helped a significant number of clients remove a host of fears and phobias that have previously paralyzed them. Hypnosis is a powerful and useful tool in helping people overcome fears and phobias by helping them address and resolve the originating event that is the basis of their behavior. Clients are then able to enjoy life.
Whether you fear clowns, heights, bridges, snakes or spiders, isn’t it time you made a positive change in your life with hypnosis? STOP being controlled by your fear! START living life free of anxiety. I can help you with hypnosis. SEE how! Contact me at – email@example.com or visit my websited – www.hypnomarc.com to request more information and to schedule your appointment – RIGHT NOW!
Marc Marshall, CH CHMI, is a certified consulting and stage hypnotist, author and motivational speaker with offices in Summit, NJ and Shaftsbury, VT. He has helped people make dramatic improvements in their lives through his pain management, smoking cessation, weight loss, reducing stress and anxiety, and resolving fears and phobias programs. Learn more today.
What if you had the power to change your students’ outcomes, improve their ability to regulate behaviors and emotions, and give them a life-long tool that has been proven to be beneficial to their health? And, what if that could be done in every school, every day, without taking away instructional time or adding additional planning burdens on educators, or costing hundreds of dollars? And, what if parents, educators and administrators also reaped these same benefits, would you do it?
As we enter a new school year, these are the questions we should be answering, with a resounding “YES”. The scientific proofs are irrefutable. Thousands of studies, throughout the world, have shown the benefits to the individual, the institutions and to society. Mindfulness practice is taught, or researched in the top universities including Yale, Harvard, Stamford and Oxford. Oxford even offers a master’s degree in mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness practice is not a religion or new age practice
Mindfulness practice is not a religion or new age practice. Rather, it is a skill that trains people to be able to control their reactions to emotions and stimuli. It does not negate emotion. On the contrary mindfulness allows us to feel the emotion and become active, rather than reactive. It gives us the ability to place a pause and to become reflective instead of reactive. The skill of learning not to be controlled by our emotions is critical for both physical and emotional health. It is a skill that is required to succeed in life, not just in school. In fact, major corporations and business leaders spend thousands of dollars to learn mindfulness for themselves and to train their team members, so they can improve success rates and increase bottom-line results.
Among the results of research on high school aged children in the United States, we have found that nearly half meet the criteria for having a mental health issue. This includes conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and ADHD. These conditions often lead to suicide attempts or ideation. Behavioral issues are the single most cited reason for student drop-out.
Further studies on teaching mindfulness practice in the classroom have shown dramatic increases in the ability of students to regulate their emotions, demonstrate pro-social behaviors and improve academic achievement. These are important results because they ultimately result in teachers having more instructional time, rather than less.
So, the question that must be answered is “Why Don’t We Teach Mindfulness in Our Schools?” Why aren’t parents, business leaders, educators demanding the inclusion of mindfulness practice as a required course in the school curriculum? These questions are confounding when we look at those schools that have incorporated mindfulness practice as part of their curriculum and the results they have achieved.
Mindfulness practice trains us to be “present”
Mindfulness practice trains us to be “present”; that is having an awareness of the moment so that you can connect with it. It is about focusing your attention on one thing at a time, focusing on a person, a task or an event. The result of such practice is a greater sense of calm and well-being, better understanding of self and subject, and more productivity. Imagine the benefits that educators, students and families could reap from the inclusion of mindfulness practice in our schools.
The challenge for school administrators is recognizing the amazing benefits of including mindfulness practice in the classroom. Most administrators are driven by the cost of implementation or push-back resulting from fears of failure. These drivers include staff development time, impact on instructional time, result measurement, intractability of Boards of Education and Superintendents. Another challenge is finding the experts to train staff, as well as finding the materials necessary to successfully design a program. But, what if the cost of such a program was less than their morning coffee and bagel? What if, there was a resource that provided a step by step, fun instructional guide for teachers and the research to demonstrate the benefits to Boards of Educations and Superintendents?
These are exactly the challenges that I sought to address when I wrote – “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation”. This ebook gives you a proven path to improve student outcomes and help you once again energize you and your classroom. Implementing mindfulness practice in your classroom significantly reduces disturbances and behavioral issues, increases student participation, and most importantly empowers you and your students to achieve more than ever thought possible.
The exercises that I give you in “Staying In The Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation” are easily adapted to any age group, including faculty and staff. You owe it to yourself and your students to discover how this ebook gives you the exact steps to improve student outcomes… in a couple of weeks.
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Improving Sleep with Hypnosis
Over the years, I have had many people come to me because of non-biologically based sleep issues. Some of these issues are related to Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Some are related to work; some are related to relationship challenges; some are because of diet. And others present with no consciously apparent cause.
For those clients who present with a specific issue such as trauma or stress, our work to clear and address these issues is frequently all that is needed to help them once again enjoy life and resolve the challenges that have created the negativity that has been controlling their lives. In the case of those that are unable to specifically pinpoint a cause or causes, I work with them to clear those less than positive experiences that the subconscious mind is focusing on and which is playing out as a negative loop when they are trying to sleep.
It is the negative loop that needs to be broken in order for the client to move forward and experience success. Hypnosis, unlike prescription medications, which have significant and often dangerous side-effects, including addiction and abuse, improves feelings of general well-being, peace and calm. As with many other presenting complaints, clients seeking to deal with sleep deprivation or insomnia, find that hypnosis empowers them to take back control of their lives. It is this empowerment, along with the immediately recognizable phenomena, that creates a new, positive resource state that the client can use in all aspects of their lives.
The use of hypnosis as a means of resolving a host of issues dates back more than 4000 years to the Egyptians. There are many documented instances of the presences of sleep chambers or sleep temples that utilized trance states. [i] The process used by the Egyptians is well documented through hieroglyphics. Other later civilizations, including the Romans and Chinese, also utilized hypnosis for resolving and treating many maladies or to reach enhanced states of awareness.
One of the more interesting phenomena that I have recently noticed is an uptick in the number of new clients who are seeking help to resolve sleep issues. The majority of these clients are reporting increased levels of stress resulting from demands at work, in relationships, as well as feeling uneasy about the world around them. Most of these people are tethered to their computers, tablets and smart-phones, leaving them no ability to shutoff the constant bombardment of information and stimulation. They report less satisfying or no intimacy with others. They seek activities that will help them escape, only to discover these don’t work. Hypnosis, however, provides these people with the tool they seek to finally close off the “noise” of the outside world and get the sleep and relief they are searching for.
While I am able to address a broad range of concerns in my individual or group hypnosis sessions with clients, I also get inquiries from people who want to see what hypnosis feels like without having to come to my office. Through these recordings, individuals get some of the benefits they are seeking and often provides them with a positive hypnosis experience. This positive experience with the specially developed recordings, eventually leads many of them to contact me and move forward with a more comprehensive hypnosis session. If you, or someone you care about, suffers from insomnia or other sleep related issues, and are not yet ready to make an appointment to see me, consider purchasing a no-risk recording to improve your sleep. This link will take you directly to my secure store-front where you can quickly and easily download your recording and start sleeping better tonight for just $8.99. Buy Now - Sleep Tonight
[i] Chokroverty, S., & Billiard, M. (2015). Sleep medicine: a comprehensive guide to its development, clinical milestones, and advances in treatment. New York: Springer. (Sleep in Ancient Egypt, Tarek Asaad)
Has anxiety, fear, shame, guilt or depression taken control of your life? What if I could show you a method that empowers you to take back control and feel great, maybe for the first time? You see, you are not alone. Many of us experience horrible things at some point in our lives. This is especially true when we are young and don’t have the tools to process or deal with the experience in a healthy or proper manner.
The result is that emotions and memories get placed into the subconscious mind as programs which constantly feed our emotional responses and information and feelings day to day even into our adult lives. However, it is remembered as we experienced it and most importantly, at the maturity level or age it was experienced at. Many times, these experiences are the result of repressed trauma from younger years. As adults, we can experience depression, fear or anxiety and not know why. Situations arise and you begin to get this overwhelming feeling, but have no understanding as to why. You have no conscious awareness of the root cause of the feeling. All of these feelings – fear, guilt, anxiety, depression, or other feelings of unease are symptoms of repressed memories.
The unrecalled events and traumas, or past emotional experiences resides in our subconscious mind. Very often, we are unaware of them or may have forgotten them. Yet, in our daily lives, the feelings that were associated with the experiences or traumas, come to the surface causing us to feel anxious, fearful or depressed. Many seek traditional treatment and are often prescribed medications or traditional psycho-therapies that rarely, if ever get to the heart of the problem.
As a trained clinical hypnotist, I help my clients unwind the entanglement of emotions that often create negative spiral loops. Hypnosis is beneficial for several reasons. First, it allows you the opportunity to return to the trauma or causative event in a safe and controlled setting. In this setting, you are able to face the experience as an adult. An adult has the life experiences and emotional tools that the child lacked to process the experience. Through hypnosis, the subconscious mind can release and rewrite the experience that is the underlying cause of the unease. A second benefit that clients receive is the feeling of complete relaxation.
Through hypnosis, the mind and body come to a place where they are not fighting each other. Additionally, I teach my clients how to use mindfulness meditation and self-hypnosis to improve all areas of their lives. This is particularly useful when we realize that the subconscious mind’s dominant thoughts control our behaviors. If we are labeled depressed, anxious, or fearful, we generally tend to act in that way because it is the belief system of the subconscious. When that label is replaced with positive feelings and emotions, we adopted through hypnosis and resolution of the traumatic event, our feelings change. Simply put, emotions control thinking, thinking controls behavior, behavior controls your destiny.
Painful past experiences shape the emotional memory (in the subconscious mind). When, through hypnosis, you resolve the pain, you are finally able to move forward. You are no longer carrying that hidden anchor that is holding you back from achieving your fullest potential.
Let’s explore your potential and see how empowered you will become. Let’s melt away the fear, trauma, stress and negative experiences that you subconsciously focus on and that are keeping you stuck.