Imagine becoming the most incredible, unstoppable version of yourself?
I’m not talking about the usual ‘self-help’ stuff. This goes beyond being a little better with the opposite sex or being a little more productive.
Want to take on all new challenges, explore new frontiers, grow and transform yourself?
Then the answer is to overcome your fear. Your fear is what is holding you back. Your fear is what is making you less capable and less formidable. And your fear is what is taking away from your happiness and your fulfillment.
It’s time we destroyed fear once and for all and unlocked our full potential.
THE SAMURAI CODE
If we want to learn how to really conquer fear, then we can turn to some examples from history. Some of the most fearless, formidable warriors of all were the samurai. So how did they achieve this complete lack of fear?
According to legend, there was a technique that the samurai would practice right before battle in order to eliminate their fear. To do this, they would vividly imagine every possible way that they could be killed. They would imagine being impaled, dismembered and decapitated.
Then they would focus on accepting these possibilities and coming to terms with them. They would become okay with a horrific and brutal death.
The samurai were actually a very morbid and fatalistic bunch. The bushido code explained that it was an honor to die in battle and that they should constantly keep their mind on death.
You’d think this would make them more fearful but paradoxically, it empowered them to be the completely ruthless, fearless warriors that they were. This makes sense: if you fear death, then you will fear life.
If the samurai have accepted the worst thing that could happen to them and if they have come to terms with it, then what reason have they to be afraid?
Now imagine fighting someone who has zero fear of death: who is willing to put themselves at risk, to launch 100% into a movement and not be concerned for the potential outcome. They would be devastating.
The good news is that we live in a much less dangerous time and you probably don’t need to come to terms with your death in quite the same way. But we can take this same notion and we can look at ways to apply it to our own lives.
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More than ever, scientific surveys are proving the primary role played by stress in causing and aggravating various physical and emotional disorders. In the June 6, 1983 issue of Time Magazine, the cover story labeled stress “The Epidemic of the Eighties.” The article also mentioned that stress is our prominent health issue. Indeed it is unquestionable that the world has become more and more complicated and stressful in the past 25 years since that article was written.
Many surveys indicate that almost everybody perceives themselves as being under a lot of stress. Authorities in the field estimate that around 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are related to stress.
Most people say that their job is the major reason of their stress. And stress levels have also increased in children as well as the elderly population because of several reasons including: Peer pressures that often lead to everything from smoking to drug and alcohol abuse; the dissolution of family and religious values and ties; growing crime rates; threats to personal safety; as well as social isolation and loneliness.
Stress can cause and aggravate problems such as diabetes, ulcers, low back and neck pain, hypertension, strokes and heart attacks and weight gain. This is due to the ever growing sympathetic nervous system activity as well as a flood of cortisol, adrenaline, and other hormones. Chronic stress is corollary of weakened immune system resistance. Stress can contribute to anxiety, depression, and its various effects on the body’s organs.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines “Stress” is defined as: “To subject to physical or mental pressure, tension, or strain”
The same dictionary defines” tension” as: “Mental, emotional, or nervous strain”. When combined with anxiety (“A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties”) and add in “depression” , we have the ingredients for a significant weakening of the body and interference with day-to-day social and emotional functioning.
There is a distinction between “depression”, “The condition of feeling sad or despondent” and “Clinical Depression” (“A psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, anhedonia, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death.”)
We can, nonetheless, be sure that our mind is the primary cause of our feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. We could also say that, what we think about, and our attitudes and the way we view our experiences dictate what we feel. That which you focus on, becomes your reality. So if we can manage to modify our thoughts, attitudes, and points of view, then we can be relieved of our stress, anxiety, and depression and replace them with a better state of being.
Since the beginning of time, people have tried methods for getting rid of stress. The pharmaceutical industry seems to have a drug for everything. For that the industry has produced a large line of drugs including those that are frequently abused such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax. If you choose to use drugs for relief, please make sure that you read the fine print and learn about the side effects, which usually are, among others, addiction and dependency. The critical failure of chemically treating the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause is the development of the psychological chemical dependency to the drugs. The relief is fleeting and requires that the person stay medicated to control their symptoms
A more intelligent method to eliminate tension, stress, anxiety, and depression is to treat its actual cause, which as I said above, is generally our thought processes. Hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) are powerful tools to help in finding safe and lasting resolution to the underlying issues and the symptoms. The basis of hypnosis is relaxing. The AMA accepted hypnosis in 1958 as an effective method of treating stress or stress related symptoms. However unlike benzodiazepines (class of drugs such as Valium, Ativan, Xanax), there are categorically no bad side effects.
Hypnosis is the Alpha level of consciousness. It is the daydream like temporary psychological state which we feel as we are about to fall asleep at night. And we feel it once more when we awaken again. There are several different ways we can guide ourselves into this relaxed mood, from step-by-step relaxation to visual imagery to listening to hypnosis audio programs.
When we enter the hypnotic state, we can communicate with our subconscious mind, which is the seat of our emotions. And one can more easily accept new points of view and ideas which will help us to dissipate anxiety, or even prevent it from occurring in the first place.
NLP provides the suffering person with powerful techniques for releasing stress. Maybe the technique that works best is called the “swish” pattern – or the “flash” pattern. After using the “flash” pattern, your subconscious will automatically use negative, stress triggering mental images, as triggers for tranquilizing mental images. Otherwise stated, what commonly makes you feel stress will now trigger relaxation!
Tension, stress, anxiety, and depression can be prompted by our thoughts. So by changing our attitude and point of view towards our situation and our experiences, we can dissipate these feelings at the source. Hypnosis and NLP are natural tools that make it possible to change our attitude and point of view to easily dissipate the source of our negative feelings.
Marc is an award winning, certified stage and clinical hypnotist, author and motivational speaker with experience entertaining both large and small gatherings.
Marc uses his skills and talents in a variety of areas that include self-improvement or clinical hypnosis, motivational speaking, and comedy stage hypnosis. He has worked with individuals and corporations throughout the United States to improve outcomes in personal lives and organizations.
As a clinical hypnotist, he has helped people resolve sleep issues, lose weight, stop smoking, deal with long held fears, deal with stress and anxiety, manage pain, improve sports performance, eliminate addictions, and improve sexual function.
His performance resume include international appearances for casinos and resorts, on live shows for Refinery29 Live and Elite Daily’s TrashED. He regularly performs for major corporations, at comedy clubs, fairs and , and for schools, proms, graduations, conferences and conventions.
Marc’s book, “Staying in the Moment – Helping Students Achieve More Through Mindfulness Meditation” helps educators, parents and students get better results in the classroom through the adoption of mindfulness exercises as part of the curriculum.
For more information about, or to book an appointment with Marc visit his website: www.hypnomarc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the years a significant part of my private hypnosis practice has been helping people deal with physical aliments that make live difficult. Typically, when people think of this, they immediately think of pain management. And while that is a large part of my practice, I also help people with other physical challenges that include improved sexual function, improved focus and concentration, managing migraines, removing crippling fears, and pre- and post-surgical healing.
One area that I have had good success in is that of helping women deal with hot-flashes brought on by illness, cancer treatment, or menopause. I know that I do not need to tell women how uncomfortable and even disruptive these sudden onset. They often disrupt sleep, which results in more stress and decreased functioning in the woman’s day-to-day life. This starts a vicious cycle of anxiety in anticipation of the next hot-flash episode, which in turn leads to hyper-focus and magnification of the symptoms.
Think about it this way. When you go to the dentist and he or she is about to give you a shot of Novocaine, what is the thing they usually say?…. “You are going to feel a pinch.” The problem with this is that they have now implanted a suggestion that has you focused on the “pinch” which creates anxiety, triggers flight/fight/freeze response to pain, and makes the dental procedure a negative experience. Honestly, I am grateful for the inarticulate way that dentists do this to their patients. It begins the dental fear/phobia cycle that begins with the painful negative experience and continues to grow as people anticipate the discomfort in front of their next dental visit.
Similarly, we magnify pain and discomfort as a result of unpleasant experiences, such as hot-flashes. The fear of that experience creates a cortisol stress reaction that wreaks havoc on the body. However, the really great news is that the impact of hot-flashes can be control by your powerful subconscious mind when the right post-hypnotic suggestions are implanted.
To this end, I would like to share a story about a friend that I recently had a chance to help control her severe hot-flashes. My friend, S.A. is a breast cancer survivor who is presently undergoing treatment to keep her cancer at bay. During her intense chemo-therapy and recovery, she discovered the power of hypnosis and having a positive attitude. She spent her time watching the comedy hypnosis of a good friend and colleague of mine, the Incredible Hypnotist, Richard Barker. This lifted her spirits and helped get through the ordeal.
One of the drugs that she is currently taking has severe hot-flashes as a side-effect. I had previously worked with S.A., who lives about five hours from my office. Over this past weekend, she was in agony and didn’t know what to do. In desperation, she contacted me and asked if I could help her. I am extremely pleased to be able to help her again. I am happy to be able to share her experience in her own words:
“Thank you Marc Marshall for being my saving grace this weekend. He hypnotized me via FaceTime to assist with my hot flashes. Yesterday, I had 37 intense ones and today not one. With his implanted suggestions, I was able to ward off 13 hot flashes! I love hypnosis, I love Richard Barker for introducing me to Marc and the world of hypnosis and I love Marc for helping me deal with my intense hot flashes, which are a direct side effect of the drug Lupron I take so I can keep the cancer at bay. I am so blessed to have such friendship and love surround me. “
S.A. you are very welcome! I am so glad that you are a friend and more importantly, that I could help. I wish you continued strength as you demonstrate how important positive thinking and focus is in battling cancer. I am excited that you have made the decision to become a hypnotist yourself. You will be amazing because you know that the subconscious mind is amazingly powerful. That which we focus on becomes our reality and our destiny. You have demonstrated that power to yourself and so many of those you come in contact with.
For those of you who want to learn more about how hypnosis can help you improve your life… email me at – email@example.com or better yet, just click on the red bar on the side of this page.
(photo credit – skin of the night by Emily – Flickr 2009)
,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.
“The more you stare at a clown’s perpetually smiling face, the more it warps into something more sinister.
Clowns are supposedly figures of innocent fun – brightly colored jesters to entertain our children and slip on banana skins in exaggerated displays of slapstick comedy.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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)