How To Get Rid Of Negative Thinking
Catastrophic thinking is a critical feature of anxiety and depression (Beck, 1976 Ellis, 1962 Ellis & Dryden, 1997). Catastrophizing is a fundamental error of dysphoric thinking in which people exaggerate how negative an outcome will result or has resulted from entering into anxiety or depression-provoking situations. Anxious people often predict that terrible events will happen, even though objectively they have a low probability of actually occurring. If a person thinks an elevator is unsafe and will crash to the ground, it is understandable that he or she will experience an increase in heart rate in that situation. Thinking about past failures predicts negative outcomes in depression. If a person convinces him or herself that he or she will fail at whatever he or she attempts, and magnifies negative outcomes before or after they occur, depressive feelings are virtually guaranteed. The catastrophic and negative thoughts that fill the dysphoric person's mind are often unbidden, seem...
Rapid Cognitive Therapy Rapid Cognitive Therapy presents a brief psychotherapeutic approach to working with clients. Along with a description of principles and an outline of methods, this book provides the reader with easy-to-understand techniques which can be used as adjuncts to conventional behaviourist and analytical approaches to therapy, including NLP and Gestalt work. Rapid Cognitive Therapy The authors describe in detail the art of Rapid Cognitive Therapy and give the therapist the means to get started quickly, outlining the structures for the first few sessions as well as providing full scripts for analytical and non-analytical work with the client.
Negative thought resides in one's head constantly, if one permanently thinks of just one thing, then the wave is continually emitted, as long as the thought is there. Negative thought wave neutralizes the gray bioenergy as it passes through the aura and the body. When there are more than one simultaneously emitted thoughts, the aura is damaged in more places. When the same negative thought is repeated the damages in the aura become more serious.
Of course people everywhere experience negative emotions, and Tibetans are no exception. But negative emotions with low self-esteem and negative emotions without it are quite a different matter. If you feel positive about yourself overall, it is not terribly difficult to pass through negative moods, learn their lessons, and come out the other side, perhaps stronger and wiser. But if you do not feel good about yourself at the root level, negative emotions grab you more deeply. They pierce you to the core and are more difficult to heal. In the West, negative emotions present a special problem due to the background of low self-esteem. Our combined fragmentation, disconnection, and low self-esteem make us less resilient to negative emotions and mood states. They also present some special difficulties in learning to be more mindful and tapping into the healing and wisdom this brings. We will suggest ways to negotiate these difficulties in chapter 7, drawing upon both psychological and...
Although all the negative thoughts are energy waves of the same kind, they differ in their frequency. The reason for this can be found in our brain, which emits negative thoughts at various frequencies. The more the negative thought, the lesser the frequency. Negative thoughts of the first group have the highest brain wave frequency (16 to 18 Hz), and the lowest come from negative thoughts of the fourth group (6.25 to 9 Hz). Review of Negative Thoughts Frequencies Emission Review of Negative Thoughts Frequencies Emission The difference on level of the frequency of negative thought energy waves leads to the difference in the intensity of their capacity to do harm, for, the lower the frequency, the greater the damage of the aura, and consequently the harm done will be greater.
People have for long believed that stress, negative thoughts and emotions can lead to organic and psychiatric illnesses. Recently, modern medicine also admits that stress has a certain impact on the emergence of illnesses. My research work in the field of paranormal has shown that, if we put aside injuries and harmful radiation, then stress, negative thoughts and emotions represent the main cause of over 80 illnesses. Negative thoughts are discontent with oneself and ones work, hatred, envy, power struggle, fear, sadness and mourning. Our negative thought is an energy wave, which is emitted from the brain and induces damage on the energy structure of the aura and body. The level of the damage depends on the intensity, sort and duration of negative thoughts and stress. The consequences of these damages are chronic illnesses, both organic and mental. Even if the illness is infectious, the above may lead to the enormous development of viruses and bacteria. Stress and negative thoughts...
The wave of the negative thoughts energy and the stress energy field can not neutralize, can not destroy the white bioenergy. However, if the gray bioenergy is destroyed, harmony between the gray and white bioenergy is destroyed, because the white bioenergy overwhelms, and this leads to the deterioration of the state the aura is in. Besides, since the jelly entered the meridians, the flow of white bioenergy is slowed down, or terminated. That is why the amount of the white bioenergy on its way towards the energy stabilizer is reduced its functioning becomes weaker and it disperses a smaller amount of white bioenergy. As a consequence we have the white bioenergy piled up in one part of the aura, and less white bioenergy in the other. This is the way to substantially destroy the aura's harmony that was there before the harmful thoughts occurred.
Although depth of trance has been discounted as unimportant by some, many senior clinicians have believed that when suggestions are given in a deeper hypnotic state, they will have more influence. Erickson (Erickson & Rossi, 1974 1980) certainly believed that it was important to devote sufficient time to adequately produce certain hypnotic phenomena and he instructed Rossi in this regard. Erickson rarely gives therapeutic suggestions until the trance has developed for at least 20 minutes, and this only after hours of previous hypnotic training (p. 89). Erickson often treated patients in time extended sessions where the patient might be in hypnosis for hours, and a large proportion of his famous case reports involved work in deep trance. In fact, his widow informed me that his favorite paper that he ever wrote was his chapter on deep trance (Erickson, 1954 1980). It is my own personal belief that subjects often tend to be more responsive in deeper trances.
Ambiguity may well be the most powerful and pervasive risk factor for depression of all known risk factors. Ambiguity in this context refers to the lack of clear meaning associated with one's various life experiences. Events occur, we observe them occur, but what we most often don't know is what, if anything, they mean. The great majority of events in life do not have a clear and inherent meaning, leaving each of us the task of having to establish for ourselves our own subjective interpretation of what the meaning or significance is of the event. Similarly, a particular person's symptoms invite inferences from clinicians for example, I think you're depressed because your thinking is distorted and you need to learn to identify and self-correct your cognitive distortions or I think your depression is caused by too low a concentration of serotonin in your brain. Depression, like almost any problem, can be interpreted and treated from many viewpoints. Cognitive therapy (CT) in particular...
One simple over-generalization we want to make about the brain is that it is divided into two parts. The thinking part of the brain we will refer to as the cortex. We will refer to the emotional part of the brain we will refer to as the limbic system. The cortex is the part of the brain that helps us act rationally in the face of emotionally charged circumstances. The thinking part of the brain keeps us out of trouble by stopping us from doing harm to others when we get angry. It is also the part of the brain that helps us make good decisions for ourselves when the emotional part of our brain would have us do otherwise The emotional part of our brain, the limbic system, plays an important role in psychosomatic illnesses. The negative emotions are important to experience but also equally as important to discharge when the time is right. Hypnosis helps us do this as well. Pain is any sensation that is magnified to an uncomfortable level that includes a component of suffering from a...
Perhaps you're so full of negative thoughts and feelings that you find it virtually impossible to concentrate, even in meditation. The voices (or images) in your head keep spewing forth worries, regrets, judgments, and criticism with such volume and velocity that you can barely hear yourself think. Or maybe you can focus on your breath or recite your mantra with some success, but when a particularly compelling story or pattern gets triggered, you're swept away by the intensity.
I have also found that using another technique in conjunction with 7th Path can be very useful in moving practitioners through an emotional period more quickly. The process is called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). If you feel stuck at any time while going through an emotional phase of 7th Path, then talk to your hypnotherapist about using this technique.
Touch, and the sixth, mind consciousness or Manovijnana (yid kyi rnam-shes), there are two further types of consciousness the defiled mind consciousness or Klishta-manovijnana (nyon-shes), and the base consciousness known as Alayavijnana or Kunzhi Namshe (kun-gzhi rnam-shes). Defiled mind consciousness means the operation of the mind (Skt. manas) has become defiled (Skt. klishta) and distorted by the presence of the passions or negative emotions (Skt. klesha). Therefore, our mind does not work properly, but it sees everything in a distorted fashion, colored by the presence of passion.
You are peaceful, calm, relaxing deeper and deeper, deeper and deeper, deeper and deeper. As I talk to you, you continue to go into an even deeper state of relaxation. In the past you have had feelings of anxiety, doubts, fear, panic, and the sense of loss of control arises from flashbacks of reliving aspects of the shingles or from other past experiences which have evoked those kinds of feelings. All of these feelings and behaviors have interfered with your growth, sense of oneness, and natural healing processes and you acknowledging your uniqueness and goodness. If you experience any of those negative feelings as we're talking, either you can allow yourself to choose to look at what is causing those feelings at that time when you experience them, or you can imagine putting them into my locked file cabinet in my office. They will remain in the file cabinet in my office where they will be stored. These feelings will not surface and cannot be touched unless you choose to retrieve them...
As the result of this mistaken assessment, the passions come into existence as emotional reactions and impulses. In this way all the passions or negative emotions are created. If ignorance was not present there at the very beginning, the passions would not arise. Just look back into ourselves and observe how this ignorance functions. For example, if we intend to go to war, we must first know who is our enemy and what are his capabilities. We do not just jump into battle immediately. So we must recognize what the emotional defilements are and how they work, for it is by means of these defilements that we accumulate negative karmic causes. But there is also the possibility of accumulating positive karmic causes through acts of generosity, meditating on the Buddha image, and so on.
You must release the negative feelings, as they only eat away at you from the inside, and prevent more of the good stuff coming your way. Here is a question for you Who do you think most people have the most difficult time forgiving Step Four Imagine that you have a cord of some kind attached to your waist that ties you to all the negative feelings you are holding on to with regards to this person. Imagine each negative feeling or thought as a physical thing you can create symbolic, physical things attached to the cord that represents those feelings and thoughts. Really imagine yourself as being connected to them, even feel the way that they pull on you and weigh on you.
Mentally I create an aura of loving-kindness around me. By means of this aura, I cut off all negative thoughts, hostile vibrations. I am not affected by the evil vibrations of others. I return good for evil, loving-kindness for anger, compassion for cruelty, sympathetic joy for jealously. I am peaceful and well-balanced in mind. Now I am a fortress of loving-kindness, a stronghold of morality.
The question then arises of what to do when negative thoughts or images about yourself do arise, which they inevitably will. Cybernetics has the answer a servomechanism will attain its objective both by trying - and failing -to do so. Failures are examined and analyzed, and the necessary corrections are made. Negative past experiences, ingrained in our memory, do not necessarily inhibit the functioning of this servomechanism, but can actually contribute to the process of learning. The more we think about the event, the more details it evokes, and the more real the event becomes. We soon start feeling the negative emotions associated with it - tension, disappointment, anguish, and so on. As Maltz remarked, there is no effort of will involved - the cause of our anxiety is simply the result of our uncontrolled imagination.
THE REMOVAL OF ENERGY BLOCKAGES, THOUGHTFORMS, IMPLANTS, ENTITIES, AURIC EGG BLOCKAGES, DISAPPOINTMENT, BEREAVEMENT, NEGATIVE EMOTIONS -ANGER, FEAR, WANTING SYMPATHY, MANIC, SADNESS, DEPRESSION, CHRONIC DEPRESSION, ENVY, JEALOUSY, THE DESIRE TO DO HARM, EMOTIONAL IQ, CLEAR CANCER FROM THE DNA, CHAKRAS, PARTS OF THE BODY, THE TIMELINE, THE KARMA CLEANING PROCESS, THE WOMB, THE PRIMAL SCREAM, CLEAN THE KARMA FROM ALL THE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE, CREATE GOOD LUCK, AND GOOD HEALTH.
Karen, a 42-year-old unmarried secretary, entered therapy for a dramatic weight problem. Karen started therapy at 300 pounds and lost only 20 pounds after a year and a half of intensive psychotherapy. Her weight problem had originated in early childhood and in the past she had tried all kinds of diet. Each time when starting eating normally again, she put on weight immediately Because of her severe weight problem, she locked herself up in her apartment and only left her flat to go to work. She had extreme feelings of inferiority. Firstly, self-hypnosis was taught by means of an audiotape. We discovered that Karen had moderate to good hypnotic capacities. Since we had learnt from her weight history that losing weight would be very difficult, we decided to introduce hypnosis to alter her negative feelings and feelings of inferiority about herself. We invited Karen to imagine herself, during hypnosis, in a world where being overweight was highly valued Further exploration during hypnosis...
On the other hand, when subjects respond to affective test situations their EEC correlates are more predictable. This correlation begins early in life. Even at ten months of age, the particular female infants who already show a greater right frontal EEC activation will be the ones temperamentally disposed later to cry more when their mothers leave the room.23 In adult women, the EEG becomes relatively activated in the right frontal regions during negative emotions, whereas a left frontal activation predominates in association with positive emotions.24 And pharmacologic evidence supports the view that our left hemisphere is the more specialized to release positive, euphoric emotions, whereas the right tends to release negative, depressive emotional expressions.25 Overstated simply, and far too loosely the left side tends normally to be the upper the right side is normally the downer. The evidence just cited (in references 19,23, 24, and 25) suggest that negative emotions might rise to...
This, however, is the result of fixation and it is not Rigpa, or the Natural State. It is only an experience (nyams). Rigpa, the Natural State, is neither the calm state nor the movement of thoughts, but a state of pure immediate awareness which transcends all thought and workings of the mind. It is like a mirror reflecting whatever is set before it, without judgment or thought. When we enter into the Natural State, we are not practicing the cultivation of positive thoughts nor are we trying to repress negative thoughts. That is the method of the Sutras, namely, the application of antidotes to negative thoughts and emotions. But that is not the method of Dzogchen. The practice of Dzogchen means just continuing in the Natural State of Rigpa and allowing
Much to the surprise of this clinical hypnotherapist, it is often true and when hypnotherapy doesn't eliminate tinnitus it normally reduces the volume and the stress and negative emotions surrounding tinnitus. In fact, one recent study showed that 73 of individuals taking part in a study on the efficacy of hypnosis in tinnitus reduction, succeeded in doing just that.
Picture the winds of our karma stilling, the wave of the experience seeming no longer monstrous, and lastly the wave settling back into the ocean of our mind. If various positive or negative feelings arise while doing this exercise, we also try to feel them pass like an ocean wave, without grasping at or fearing them.
Resentment, without further harming the relationship with the partner. For example, such a patient may experience himself gradually smashing a huge boulder in the mountains while simultaneously venting his angry feelings. Other patients may imagine breaking through a barrier, discarding old parental messages that evoke negative emotions, or placing feelings of guilt in the gondola of a hot air balloon and watching it float away. The chronically fatigued patient may imagine an energy transfusion or withdraw to a serene place in self-hypnosis. The master control room technique, found at the beginning in this chapter, has proven surprisingly effective in stimulating feelings of sexual desire, particularly after roadblocks to desire (e.g., relationship problems) have been removed.
There are some conditions where hypnosis has proven particularly beneficial. While suggestions were not submitted in some of these areas, you should be aware of the potential benefits of hypnosis with these problems. One of these areas is hypertension. Hypertension has been benefited by deep muscle relaxation (e.g., Taylor, Farquhar, Nelson, & Agras, 1977), meditation (e.g., Benson, Rosner, Marzetta, & Klemchuk, 1974 Benson & Wallace, 1972) and hypnosis (Barabasz & McGeorge, 1978 Crasilneck & Hall, 1985 Deabler, Fidel, Dillenkoffer, & Elder, 1973 Friedman & Taub, 1977, 1978 Maslach, Marshall, & Zimbardo, 1972). Hypnotic procedures for control of hypertension include self-hypnotic training in relaxation and finger or hand warming. Consistent practice of self-hypnotic procedures several times each day is vitally important for success, and hypnosis may need to be combined with cognitive therapy, weight reduction, smoking cessation, and a regular exercise program for maintenance of change...
It can help to use imagery to access the wise voice. There are many ways to do this. You might imagine a holy figure such as Jesus, Mary, Krishna, the Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, or any representation of the wise woman or wise man within. Perhaps you will see the emaciated form of a Hindu yogi, wearing a simple dhoti (loincloth). Perhaps you will see a native shaman, or a wise old rabbi with flowing beard and prayer shawl. Be creative. Use whatever images help you to tap your inner wisdom. It isn't necessary to believe that you are really talking to the Buddha (though you indeed may be more than you realize). The image you use is a way of focusing your attention and finding your own wisdom. Imagine yourself approaching this person with imagery that suggests going deeper into the self to a bright center of your being. Here is an example you can start with to tap into your own existing beliefs and images. If you like, try recording it into a tape recorder and listening to it with your eyes...
The abhidharma discussion does not include as a form of anger negative feelings toward oneself. Yet, a disturbing emotion akin to anger clearly arises in people with low self-esteem. Something that either we or someone else has done often prompts it, while feelings of inadequacy and guilt normally accompany it. Thus, we may be infuriated with ourselves simply because of shortcomings we have or mistakes we have made. On the other hand, when someone acts terribly toward us, we may similarly overestimate our own bad qualities and blame ourselves. Insecure and afraid of rejection if we say anything about the incident, we suppress the anger we might feel toward the person. We direct it at ourselves instead.
It is not easy to stop the accumulating of negative actions without a strong antidote. But through practice, the antidote can become quite strong and in this way we can mitigate the influence of the passions. These negative emotions will become weaker and grow less because of our practice of meditation. Then we will do less harm to others and we will accumulate virtues. Just reciting mantras or circumambulating a stupa is not enough. It is bringing about a change in our consciousness that is most important. As for the fourth point, in Dzogchen there is nothing special to be grasped or apprehended. In terms of our ordinary common vision and our daily life, we can say that everything is an illusion and created by our consciousness. If we really understand this, then there is no point in grasping strongly at anything, for example, as enemy or friend. We are not attached too much to anything we do not grasp at wealth or possessions. Nothing is special. We come to understand that in terms...
Often the other person is incredibly relieved as well. If you cannot ring write to them. If they are dead simply talk to them as though you think they can still hear you. I know it sounds daft but can work wonders. There is no room in your life now for any kind of negative thoughts. They are a nuisance and get in the way. You don't want them and you don't need them so throw them away. Put them behind you for ever. Turn the page. What is past is past
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal approaches are the most widely studied and seemingly effective psychological interventions for both depression and anxiety disorders (Barlow, 2002 Chambless & Ollendick, 2001 Deacon & Abramowitz, 2004). The focus of CBT is on identifying and modifying (a) irrational (e.g., inflexible, distorted, and or exaggerated), highly negative beliefs about the self, the past, and the future (i.e., catastrophizing) (b) rumination about problems, failure experiences, and future events and (c) the idea that depressing or anxiety-producing life circumstances are unchanging and even unchangeable (Yapko, 1993, p. 344).
Now, if you still have any reservations about hypnosis, it can only be that you are asking yourself the question, But can hypnosis be harmful in any way This is the one great misconception that people unfortunately still have about hypnosis what some call the dark side of hypnosis. All the current research in this field shows it is difficult to damage someone else (either force them to do something or cause a psychological imbalance) using hypnosis. Psychological trials have actually shown that it is more difficult to get someone to commit an antisocial act or to damage themselves in trance than it would be to do that in the waking state. Your unconscious tends towards health, and as such interprets suggestions made to you in the way that is most beneficial to you and your beliefs about what is right. The worst that can happen to the average person in trance, when they hear a suggestion that they find contrary is that they will snap out of trance and give you a piece of their mind I...
If you have not yet learned or utilized the new therapies known as Energy Therapies, I sincerely recommend that you learn these. Among these techniques are Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Be Set Free Fast (BSFF). These techniques could constitute a practice all on their own. But I have also found that they will easily fit into a hypnotherapy practice as a supplement to hypnotherapy.
The preparation for realizing the Dharmakaya is the practice of prajna, or discriminating wisdom (shes-rab). This discriminating wisdom entails a kind of philosophical analysis of all of our experiences, where we discover that, at bottom, they are empty, that they lack any substance or inherent existence. The essence of the Dharmakaya is just this emptiness or Shunyata. We practice the other perfections in order to realize the Sambhogakaya and the Nirmanakaya. These three aspects of Buddhahood are known as the Trikaya or the Three Bodies of the Buddha (sku gsum). Hinayana practitioners do not recognize the existence of this Trikaya. They only recognize the visible historical Buddha Shakyamuni, who disappeared long ago and is no more. However, they do recognize the existence of the Arhats or perfect saints who have eliminated all their kleshas (passions or negative emotions) and who, therefore, will be born no more in the lower realms of Samsara.
Taoists reason that negative emotions can be transformed to utilize their life-force energy. Therefore, to expel or suppress unwanted, negative emotions is to expel or suppress life-force. Rather than suppress negative emotions in the Taoist system, you benefit more by experiencing them. (Fig.4.1) This means you permit them to emerge, but do not let them run wild or trigger other negative emotions. Instead, put yourself in control of them so that you may transform them not only into useful life-force energy, but also into the higher consciousness that is your spiritual energy. When connecting the senses with the organs in Chapter 3, you may have noticed your emotions beginning to emerge. You can control them. Review Table 1 in this chapter to note the negative emotions you will want to transform. After you have cleared the negative emotions from the organs, study Table 2 also within this chapter. Table 2 is more detailed, noting the negative and positive aspects of each modality...
Joe was, in a sense, the opposite ofJohn. John's image of emotional health emphasized expressing negative feelings. John believed this so strongly that he actually cultivated his anger. Joe had adopted a life philosophy that seemed optimistic, adaptive, and useful, but he misused it to deny his own experience. That's getting it backward. He was trying to impose his philosophy on his experience, rather than taking his life as it really is and working with that. And because Joe used his philosophy to deny negative aspects of his experience, he failed to heed the warning that the negative feelings were trying to give him.
Hypnosis, when added to traditional approaches to the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both males and females, facilitates treatment and extends treatment options. Hammond (1990) noted the advantages in using hypnosis as an adjunct to traditional forms of sexual dysfunction, particularly in the way hypnotically-based techniques may assist in working with the single individual if the patient's partner is unwilling, unavailable or non-existent. Hypnosis provides direct and indirect ways of effecting changes in negative thought processes at both the superficial and deeper schematic level. As Araoz (1982) noted, it is often the negative thinking of patients with sexual disorders that perpetuates difficulties. The involvement of thought, image and symbolism in sexual interest, arousal and behavior cannot be overemphasized. Changing the information, associations, symbols and images that contribute to dysfunction is a primary goal of therapy. Hypnosis provides a powerful means of...
Obviously, it is not good to wallow in negative feelings. But at the same time, when you feel anxiety (or some other emotion you would rather not have), that feeling is you. You cannot force it to change. To destroy the anxiety is to destroy yourself as well, since you and it are the same. When you learn to be present with it in an accepting way, breathing in and out, the energy behind the anxiety can be gently transformed, without any special effort to do so. You just meet the energy of this anxiety and observe it lovingly. If you try to disown it or push it away from you, you are damming up psychological energy. You are becoming a person whose energy no longer flows freely. When this happens, you will only feel more anxious.
(7) Not to speak words that are beguiling is to speak words that are moral and beneficial for society. Beguiling words are words that sound nice, but have wrong thoughts and may result in killing, robbery, adultery, falsehood and other sins. They can be meaningless prattle and a waste of time. (10) To be free from wrong views is to have right understanding. This means understanding and accepting the Law of Cause and Effect, the existence of past lives and future lives, the cycle of life and death, the state attainable by the saints and Arahats, and that Bodhisattvas and Buddhas are able to release themselves from the cycle of life and death. Do not let wrong thoughts, such as thoughts that claim death as the end of human existence arise.
The clinical literature and published treatment guidelines for treating major depression indicate the importance of teaching specific skills to depressed clients, such as the ability to recognize and self-correct cognitive distortions (i.e., cognitive therapy), the ability to develop effective strategies for performing life tasks (i.e., behavioral therapy), and the ability to relate to others in positive and meaningful ways (i.e., interpersonal therapy). The efficacy data on the treatment of depression consistently affirm that when people are empowered, and when they learn the skills for living better, they are more likely to recover (Lewinsohn, Munos, Youngren, & Zeiss, 1986 Schulberg & Rush, 1994).
Kaplan (1974, 1979) later extended the Masters & Johnson (1966, 1970) approach into a more comprehensive eclectic brief psychotherapy model. She proposed a model of brief therapy for sexual dysfunction starting from a psychotherapy base, but incorporating the cognitive-behavioral strategies available
This was one of my most difficult cases. Many things had to be dealt with poor self-image, negative feelings toward men in general, fear of releasing her toughness and allowing her femininity to emerge, and many other factors. 1. To deal with the self-image, negative feelings about men, etc.
The tension and stress we experience on a daily basis is generated by this kind of vicious circle of negative thought patterns. We criticize ourselves incessantly, and this critical attitude is often encouraged by the people around us, who seem to rarely find anything good to say, either about themselves or about anyone else.
Focus on, you amplify and such intense focus on anger may well serve to escalate it in many people. Tavris reviewed the evidence that showed that the more clinicians focus on anger, the angrier the client may get, but not necessarily better. As a result, simply encouraging clients to vent their anger is no longer seen as a viable sole intervention. The seminal work of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema (2003) on the dangers of rumination, another depressive pattern that amplifies negative feelings, lends further support to the observation that there is a danger of escalating negative feelings by focusing on them. There are many strategies of intervention that have been described in the literature for helping people become more skilled in managing their feelings rather than being depressed victims of their emotions. However, hypnosis as a vehicle of treatment in this regard has not received much attention. Zarren and Eimer (2002) did consider it, though, and emphasized the use of clinical hypnosis...
Everyone really wants to do something, but there are few that will put forward the needed effort to make the necessary sacrifice to secure it. There is only one way to accomplish anything and that is to go ahead and do it. A man may accomplish almost anything today, if he just sets his heart on doing it and lets nothing interfere with his progress. Obstacles are quickly overcome by the man that sets out to accomplish his heart's desire. The bigger the man, the smaller the obstacle appears. The smaller the man the greater the obstacle appears. Always look at the advantage you gain by overcoming obstacles, and it will give you the needed courage for their conquest.
Make it a daily habit of concentrating on this thought for, say, ten minutes. Practice until you can hold it to the exclusion of everything else. You will find it of the greatest value to centralize your thoughts on health. Regardless of your present condition, see yourself as you would like to be and be blind to everything else. You will find it hard at first to forget your ailments, if you have any, but after a short while you can shut out these negative thoughts and see yourself as you want to be. Each time you concentrate you form a more perfect image of health, and, as you come into its realization, you become healthy, strong and wholesome. Self-Distrust. Do you ever feel distrust in yourself If You do, just ask yourself, which self do I mistrust Then say my higher self cannot be affected. Then think of the wonderful powers of the higher self. There is a way to overcome all difficulties, and it is a delight for the human soul to do so. Instead of wasting precious thought-force by...
Deliberate acts of forgiveness and tolerance (table 5). Cognitive psychology is not a new invention. The early Buddhists were well-versed in the practice of arousing in themselves affirmative states of mind. These included limitless kindness, selfless compassion, boundless delight in the joy of others, and unbounded equanimity toward friend and foe alike.
A Recognition is a positive self-statement that resonates throughout your nervous system. Because the mind works by association, it will resonate with similar thoughts and beliefs that you have. It will also bump up against thoughts that are in opposition to the positive suggestion. It will reinforce positive thoughts and beliefs. It may also have a tendency to make your regular thoughts more positive. Also, the recognition will work toward, cancel out, or weaken your negative thoughts and limiting beliefs that generate the associated painful emotions.
In Part III, The Path, we show you how to deal more effectively with negative emotions and relationships, and how to work with dreams and use a journal. This is the most directly psychological part of the book, though as usual, spiritual themes are incorporated throughout.
Just the minute you are aware of thinking a negative thought immediately change to a positive one. If you start to think of failure, change to thinking of success. You have the germ of success within you. Care for it the same as the setting hen broods over the eggs and you can make it a reality. The Successful Lives Are the Concentrated Lives. The utterly helpless multitude that sooner or later have to be cared for by charity, are those that were never able to concentrate, and who have become the victims of negative ideas.
Prior to starting, you may even want to give yourself the kind of suggestion that you allow these words to become your words, your beliefs, your thoughts, that's right, your dominant thoughts. My natural state is that of wealthiness and abundance, I deserve to be wealthy, I release and let go of old emotional blocks to wealth, I release any old fears about money and wealth, release them out, even things that I am not consciously aware of I am letting go of, creating new wonderful states within me, I release any old limits about earning power, I allow money to flow into my life, it flows smoothly and naturally, I can and do imagine that I are surrounded in great wealth right now here in this moment, I smell the money, I see it, I touch and feel it, I have more and more of a wonderful intuition about money, I invite wealth and abundance into my life, I am more and more instinctively and intuitively astute and wise about money, I attract more and more of the kind of abundance I want in...
If the pearl formed has a good, shining light, you will be successful in your practice of balancing the energy and transforming the negative emotions. Then, like a factory that is set up properly, all you need do is check the finished product. If the finished product is right, the factory is running smoothly. The pearl is the finished product of your practice.
Despite the lack of research on the clinical applications of hypnosis in treating depressed children, the literature of hypnosis in general and hypnotic theory in particular may provide some valuable insights regarding the development of depression. In a theoretical article, Kaffman (1981) discussed the presence of monoideism in depression and the hypnotic influence of repetitive negative thoughts. In keeping with the important naturalistic concept of finding the hypnosis in the encounter (Sugarman, 1997), the initial therapeutic goal may be to elevate awareness of these unconscious scripts (i.e., beliefs and attitudes), examine their inaccuracies, and offer alternative therapeutic suggestions. This is a key aspect of cognitive-behavioral therapy, empirically a well-supported means of intervention for depression (Brent et al., 1997 Reinecke, Ryan, & DuBois,
Step Two Now as you relax, just reflect on your inner thoughts, not directing your thoughts, just observing them for a few moments. Become aware of what you are thinking and become aware of how you think. This might seem unusual, just observe yourself and let your beliefs, your abilities just roll around in your mind for a few moments. Then just have little think about how wonderful it is going to be to overcome limitations or blocks that may have been getting in the way of achieving dreams or goals that you have. Basically, here is an opportunity to be still and gain a greater awareness of your true inner beliefs, the core beliefs that allow you to create what you truly want. Really allow yourself to be confident that you have the ability to overcome barriers that may have got in your way in the past. Just encourage yourself for some moments here.
There is a golden thread running through this discussion of caring for negative feelings. That thread is We need to take responsibility for these feelings rather than blame other people or circumstances. No one but us can do the work of calming and looking deeply, of changing and transforming. Thich Nhat Hanh expressed the Buddha's teaching on this matter this way
It is a great victory, a true miracle, when you can respond to negative emotions in positive ways. Changing a negative mood is a greater miracle than walking on water or telepathy. Realistically, it is sometimes hard to motivate ourselves to do one of our healing things, however much we know we should. It may be all you can do to simply choose some form of distraction to at least help interrupt a negative cycle of worry or sadness. By distractions we mean things that are entertaining, but that may not be purely nourishing, or that may have limitations and difficulties attached to them. For example, a glass of wine (if you are not addicted) may be a form of distraction with some benefit. But there are difficulties. If one glass of wine becomes too many glasses of wine, the destructive aspects outweigh the helpfulness. Similarly, you may go to a movie, read an exciting novel, watch television, or go to the mall and buy yourself something special. However, each of these things has...
You can sense that stored on the red bits of what appear to be paper, are all the unwanted mind viruses you have picked up throughout your life. There are also the negative thought processes and uncomfortable emotional occurrences and unwanted feelings from all your past.
After making a direct connection, Energy Cloud told me that the level of functioning of the nervous system is the only true index. I can and should present this index in percentage, while all other methods of diagnosing that I had been using until then should be given only in a descriptive manner. When one speaks of the functioning of the nervous system one thinks of no particular illness, organic or mental, or the state of nervous fibers. If the operation of health and information function, as well as the other important functions of the aura are normal, and their relationship synchronized, then the nervous system's functioning of a person should be between 98.7 and 100 . Only enlightened persons can have the level of nervous system's functioning above 99.945. A person whose level is 98,7 , can suffer only from mild chronic diseases. We take this percentage to be the lower threshold of normal. People who had many stressful situations during their lives, and all of them were...
From the moment the first speck of your yellow core appeared, until today, its development was following an almost straight line, due to your full determination to deal with humane activities, reducing your negative emotions to minimum, excellent cooperation with the luminous body, and gradually increased exercising
Bad thought protector helps in changing the way of thinking in positive direction which leads to lessening of bad, harmful or negative thoughts. And by that the protection against new chronic diseases is created, lessens the difficulties with the existing illnesses, eases and accelerates their healing.
Positive and neutral thought also spread from the brain to all directions, like a spherical wave, and they immediately reach the furthest space, just like the negative thoughts. They do not damage the gray and white bioenergy, nor do they worsen the aura's harmony. On the contrary, these thoughts ensure a number of beneficial effects both for the aura and body.
Pinel, et al. Catecholamine levels in practitioners of transcendental mediation technique. Physiology and Behavior 2001 72 141-146. Davidson et al., The authors note that the relatively small number of subjects in this study limits its statistical power. State and trait tests were used to assess positive and negative emotions, and were supplemented with the subjects' own self-report evaluations.
Eighty per cent of diseases are a result of disturbances in the energy structure of the aura. 'How do they occur ' we may ask. Thoughts emitted by the brain represent the energy wave. This wave can be useful, indifferent or harmful to the energy structure of the aura. Useful thoughts are positive, creative, and do no harm, or are no threat to anybody's aura, especially human aura. Neutral or indifferent thoughts are of no importance to the development of humans. Negative or harmful thoughts give rise to different negative feelings. These feelings are aggressive, like hatred, power struggle, or passive, like sadness, sorrow, dissatisfaction with oneself, one's work, unrequited love, fear. Aggressive thoughts do more harm, but their length and intensity are also very important. For example, fear for someone's life, although it belongs to passive negative thoughts, can reach the highest possible intensity, which causes the biggest damage to the aura. Beside negative thoughts, stress is...
The tendency of your mind to compare you to others (or to some impossible ideal) and to judge every little thing you do as imperfect or inadequate just keeps you anxious, frustrated, and upset. Generally, this tendency originates in your stories or life script, a deeply held cluster of often negative beliefs. (See the Negative beliefs and life scripts section, earlier in this chapter.) After all, if you believe that you're lovable and inherently perfect just the way you are, your mind has nothing to compare you with. When you practice meditation, you can develop the capacity to observe the judgments and comparisons of your mind without identifying with them or mistaking them for truth. (For more on this capacity, see the Penetrating your experience with insight section, later in this chapter.)
One of the best things to do is some form of moderate physical exercise, or better yet, walking meditation. Walking meditation is a wonderful way to nurture yourself and heal negative moods or emotions. It is especially helpful if you try to keep your attention in the present instead of rehearsing negative thoughts. Walk with awareness of the many positive things around you trees, grass, sky, flowers. Smile and breathe mindfully. While sitting meditation may also help, if you are upset, it is often more helpful to give your body something to do. Changing your environment and doing some physical activity calms the body directly. And you may be better prepared to benefit from sitting meditation after you walk than before.
The following suggestions, for purposes of illustration, focus on a problem with overeating. The suggestions seek to reframe cravings and to facilitate positive self-talk. Cognitive behavior modification approaches offer us valuable strategies for impulse control. Unfortunately, cognitive therapy usually concentrates on only consciously teaching patients coping statements to say to themselves. Posthypnotic suggestions, however, may assist in making positive self-talk a more automatic process.
We practice the next phase of the exercise first while sitting in a circle with a group and then while facing a partner. During it, we work with our experience of seeing someone dualistically, with a seemingly concrete me over here and a seemingly concrete you over there. Disturbing emotions such as hostility or longing desire may or may not accompany our experience. A sure sign of a dualistic feeling, however, is nervous self-consciousness. We may be worried, particularly with strangers, that the person might not like us. Hypersensitive, we may even be worried about how our hair looks. Further, we may be uncertain of ourselves and of how we should act or of what we should say. Emotional blocks and fear may even cause us to experience the other person as an inanimate object without any feelings. Consequently, we respond insensitively. In an unexpected encounter, for example, we may be overwhelmed with thoughts of how to escape.
Unfortunately, you pay a steep price indeed if you spend your life resisting and denying your feelings. Unacknowledged negative feelings can impede the flow of more positive feelings like love and joy. As a result, you may end up feeling lonely because you lack close emotional contact with others, and you may be unable to give and receive love when you have an opportunity to do so. In addition, negative feelings that build up inside you tend to cause stress, suppress the immune system, and contribute to stress-related ailments like ulcers, cancer, and heart disease. They also hold valuable life energy that you might otherwise channel in constructive or creative ways. Besides, emotions that are persistently suppressed and denied have an annoying habit of bursting forth inappropriately, when you least expect them, prompting you to do and say things you may later regret.
There is a further reason to be cautious about advice It often has the opposite effect from what is intended. For example, if we are listening to someone who is sad, and we offer some well-meaning palliative, such as Don't blow things out of proportion, there's a chance the person will feel that you just don't understand. Now she not only feels sad but also misunderstood and even more alienated and alone. She may try to convince you it really is that bad and come to feel even worse as she rehearses all her negative thoughts and feelings, perhaps even exaggerating them so you will see that she is entitled to feel upset.
Answer Our brains are crammed full of negative ideas and scripts. How many movies have you seen with death, destruction, and loss of love and heartache How many newscasts have you observed examples of mans' inhumanity towards man How many times did we run those scripts in our minds when parents, relatives, or friends told us we would never amount to anything, or we should be grateful for what little we have
Clearing out negative emotions and blockages is important for another reason to prepare the body and make room to receive the higher Universal Force and a higher consciousness. The Universal Force supplies useful energy for healing, additional lifeforce energy, spiritual work, and for working on new projects when additional energy is required to make decisions or to solve a crisis.
It's something that you sub-communicate and something that, while at first it becomes a bit of pressure on you, over time you become so accustomed to it that you yourself become rock solid in your beliefs, in your convictions, and in the way that you project those through your frames.
Research on depression derived from a cognitive therapy viewpoint has demonstrated a link between depressed mood and a biased recall toward negative information (Lyubomirsky, Caldwell, & Nolen-Hoeksema, 1998 Williams, Teasdale, Segal, & Soulsby, 2000). That is, adults who suffer from depression have been shown to exhibit selectively enhanced recall for negative information. Recent research has shown that this recall bias is mediated by the accessibility of a cognitive schema that contains negative self-references and was likely learned as a result of earlier adverse experiences. This informational recall bias seems to also apply to children. In one recent study, children who displayed a high degree of depression had enhanced recall for negative stories over positive stories when compared with children with less depression (Bishop, Dalgleish, & Yule, 2004). Clearly, this bias toward the negative is capable of exacerbating depression and is, therefore, an appropriate target for...
Perceptions of the external world, and both the ordinary mind and the external world are comprised of, and compromised by, a certain degree of illusion. For example, when we are perceiving the external world we cannot know our minds at the same moment. Therefore, we are tempted by the external world and our minds are controlled by the material world. Since we lose control of our minds, greed, hatred and ignorance arise. In Buddhism it is acknowledged that the knowledge gained by human beings is far superior to that gained by other beings. We humans almost try to know everything, yet we do not know ourselves. This is a cognitive bias of ours. When we try to understand the external world we lack the ability to have a complete overview of it. Everything in the phenomenal world is impermanent and constantly changing, but we are always subjectively inferring about the nature of objects that this is their absolute existence and that they will be as they are forever. As a result, human...
Experience of depression in a given individual. We also know that therapy, any therapy, will necessarily have to interrupt ongoing patterns of experience in some way and generate some new patterns of experience that prove beneficial to the client's mood, outlook, and behavior. The task for the clinician is to absorb the client in new patterns, whether patterns of thought as in cognitive therapy, patterns of physiology as in somatic-based interventions, or whatever patterns are addressed in a style of intervention. Hypnosis is multidimensional in its ability to focus anywhere, and it serves to catalyze the merits of the intervention, whatever form it might take.
For as long as an individual is unable to tolerate uncertainty, he or she will be motivated to continue forming meanings about life experience with little or no insight into the interpretive process and, thus, suffer the mood consequences when they are negatively distorted yet accepted as true. Thus, one of the most basic goals in treating therapy clients in general, and depressed clients in particular, is to teach them how to recognize and tolerate ambiguity. It is a therapeutic goal that even precedes identifying specific cognitive distortions or irrational beliefs in the client. Before someone is taught to avoid jumping to conclusions (or personalizing, or thinking dichotomously, or forming any other cognitive distortion), that person would have to become more comfortable with no conclusions, that is, reduce the drive to have an answer. By addressing the issue of ambiguity in therapy and making it a primary target of a specific hypnotic intervention, the larger goals of therapy...
Occurrence of stress, negative thoughts or emotion - This phase can last from a couple of seconds to a couple of months. 2. The aura damaged by negative thoughts - the negative thought wave, spherical in shape and in contact with the gray bioenergy leads to interactions, and initiates a third kind of energy. You described this energy as the energy jelly.
For depressed patients, creating a sense of personal empowerment is an important theme thus, constructing a ritual that consistently stimulates a state of curiosity, expansiveness, and resourcefulness while encouraging a healthy disengagement from conscious, persistent negative thoughts (ruminations) and behaviors suggests obvious benefits for this population.
First, we imagine or look at a photo of someone toward whom we normally have only negative feelings. Reminding ourselves of the inner turmoil our hypersensitive attitude brings and the emotional blocks in other relationships that it causes, we try to motivate ourselves to overcome these feelings. With this motivation, we generate a conscious urge to focus on the person's good points. Following this urge, we try to distinguish these points and to pay close attention to them as valid and important. If our motivation is sincere, we naturally experience pleasant contact with this knowledge and feel happy discovering it. away, we try to develop the intention to remind ourselves of his or her positive qualities whenever negative feelings arise.
Please extend both arms straight out in front of you, palms facing inward, about four inches apart. Now I would like you to imagine that there is a large rubber band stretched around your wrists holding them close together, as they are now. This rubber band represents all the negative thoughts and feelings which have been holding you back and preventing you from attaining your true potential and as I continue speaking, you will begin to notice a force pulling your hands apart, until the rubber band will suddenly snap and you will be free of all these negative thoughts and feelings once and for all. Feel the force beginning to pull at your outstretched hands now tugging and tugging as it slowly draws your hands apart. Feel your wrists drawing farther and farther apart, and feel the rubber band stretching tighter and tighter between them. Soon the band will snap, and you will finally be free of these negative influences. It's ready to break ready to break. Now You are free
An approach called waking state reframing (Zarren & Eimer, 2002) was used to give the patient information to begin to understand, reframe, and change beliefs and labels that have been imprinted by trauma and through their repetition. The theoretical premise of waking state reframing is that the therapist is communicating directly and simultaneously with both conscious and unconscious mental processes in a focused but relaxed patient despite the absence of a formal hypnotic induction. This absorption has been called a waking or active-alert trance state (Wark, 1998). During this waking state, many of the indicators of hypnosis are present, such as infrequent eye blinking, breathing changes, increased blood flow to the extremities, relaxed facial expression, and relaxed body posture (Barabasz & Watkins, 2005). The key portion of this prehypnosis hypnosis was verbalized as follows Allow all of those negative feelings to move down your arm into the marble and be dissipated harmlessly into...
As an example, consider a man who frequently feels depressed and hopeless because, in his mind, nobody cares about or understands him. Such a man will not be assertive about making clear his contributions to the interactions in which he engages. In addition, he will likely demonstrate social behavior (e.g., irritability and impatience) that precipitates shunning, avoidance, or rejection by others. In the course of social interaction, he will naturally encounter some individuals who understand him and some who do not. He will also encounter people who shun and avoid him and some who will not. However, his negative conduct will most likely elicit a greater number of individuals who do avoid him and do not demonstrate understanding. In any event, he will selectively overvalue or focus on those who avoid him and do not understand him, and continue to conclude that he is misunderstood and that nobody cares, thereby reinforcing his self-limiting belief. One of my former clients used to...
Barnett's method illustrates the manner in which a therapist may use the metaphor of an adult ego state helping a child ego state to work through negative emotions. It is essentially a method, following catharsis, for facilitating self-healing. It will be apparent that Barnett uses a transactional analysis model for conceptualizing this process. For further details about the rationale of this method and additional examples, consult Barnett (1981).
After testing hypnotic susceptibility with the Stanford Hypnotic Clinical Scale (SHSS), Hilgard, Hilgard and Newman (1961) found 8 of their 220 subjects reported transient experiences of headaches, dizziness and confusion. Hilgard's (1974) study of negative effects in 120 subjects, tested for hypnotizability using the SHSS, demonstrated that 16 showed transient negative effects while another 15 experienced negative effects of greater than one hour duration. Crawford, Hilgard and MacDonald (1982) compared the negative effects reported after administration of the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (HGSHS) with those of the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale (SHSS), which has a greater number of cognitive items. The use of HGSHS resulted in 5 of the 107 subjects reporting negative experiences with 1 reporting that these lasted for more than one hour. In contrast, the use of the SHSS resulted in 29 reporting negative effects with 12 of these effects lasting over one hour....
In J. Zeig (Ed.), The evolution of psychotherapy (pp. 149-163). New York Brunner Mazel. Beck, A. (1997). Cognitive therapy Reflections. In J. Zeig (Ed.), The evolution of psychotherapy The third conference (pp. 55-64). New York Brunner Mazel. Beck, A., Rush, A., Shaw, B., & Emery, G. (1979). Cognitive therapy of depression. New York Guilford.
Suppose the undersurface of the frontal lobe is stimulated. Here, a few sites do yield relaxing and pleasurable responses. These sites tend to be located deeper and nearer the midline than are those other spots which sponsor negative feelings of anxiety and irritation. Deep stimulations around the hypothalamus cause the most vigorous responses, in either positive or negative directions. And a few stimulations around the midbrain have yielded euphoria. The patients laugh aloud and seem actively to enjoy themselves.5
If the person has no religion, use non-religious terminology to speak to them in ways that will help them to be free of negative thoughts such as anger and attachment, and develop positive thoughts and a peaceful state of mind. If they show interest in knowing what you believe in, you can tell them, but be careful not to preach. It might be more effective to have a discussion in which you openly share ideas with each other. For example, if the person asks you what happens after we die, instead of immediately launching into an explanation of rebirth, you might say something like I'm not really sure. What do you think And take it from there. Remember, the bottom line is to help them remain free from negative thoughts as much as possible, and to have a positive, peaceful state of mind.
Alladin's (1994) Cognitive Dissociative Model utilizes the hypnotic process to facilitate cognitive restructuring. He describes a theoretical model linking hypnosis with depression and reports preliminary data finding no difference in outcome between this treatment methodology and Beck et al.'s (1979, 1985) cognitive therapy approach . However, subjects in the cognitive hypnotherapy group showed more rapid improvement, greater reduction in anxiety scores, and a significant increase in self-confidence. Hypnosis has also been used to facilitate imagery techniques, from either a cognitive-behavioural or a psychodynamic theoretical framework. Fromm (1976) successfully used a metaphor of nature and new growth in her therapy with a woman following the deaths of her parents.
As we are dying, we may find ourselves experiencing physical discomfort and pain. In addition to this, we may also experience disturbing thoughts and emotions, such as regrets about the past, fears about the future, sadness about having to separate from our loved ones and possessions, and anger about the misfortunes that are happening to us. As mentioned above, it is very important to keep our mind free from such negative thoughts, and instead to have positive thoughts at the time of death. Examples of positive thoughts could include
Psychologists talk about three aspects of negative moods what we feel (emotions), what we think (cognition), and what we do (behavior). Each of these influences the other Our emotions influence our behavior and our thinking. Our thinking influences our emotions and our behavior. And our behavior influences our thinking and our emotions. While we cannot cause ourselves to instantly snap out of negative emotions or moods, there are
These suggestions were excerpted from a published case with an anxious female patient. The case illustrates how any ideas that may be conveyed in a conscious state may also be reinforced in a hypnotic state. These suggestions may be of particular value with anxious and overemotional patients, who catastrophize and are very demanding of themselves and others. They will also be reinforcing when a cognitive therapy approach is being used for part of treatment. Some aspects of the suggestions may be offensive to religious patients, but could be modified for use with such individuals. The suggestions are also somewhat authoritarian at times. Some patients will like the forcefulness but when working with someone who is very reactive to authority, you may want to phrase the suggestions more permissively. The suggestions were tape recorded for use in self-hypnosis, and were given following a progressive relaxation induction. (Ed.)
Move the tongue, connect the tongue with the heart, and become conscious of impatience, hastiness, cruelty, or any sensation that you do not like deep within the heart. It may manifest as a feeling, shape, sound, or image. The feeling can be of energy rushing out, and you can see and feel something wrapping and pressing in a bad way into the heart. The negative feelings of the heart can be sensed as a very muddy, red color, or can be hot, unsteady, small, noisy, or acidic. Spiral and breathe these emotions out of the heart, and collect them at the heart's collection point. (Fig.4.4)
We must make favorable conditions and not expect them to shape themselves. It is not the man that says, It can't be done, but the man that goes ahead in spite of adverse advice, and shows that it can be done that gets there today. The Lord helps those that help themselves, is a true saying. We climb the road to success by overcoming obstacles. Stumbling blocks are but stepping stones for the man that says, I can and I Will. When we see cripples, the deaf and dumb, the blind and those with other handicaps amounting to something in the world, the able-bodied man should feel ashamed of himself if he does not make good.
A Whether or not it's helpful to them, it is helpful to us. Metta is taught as the antidote to fear. That doesn't mean that we behave foolishly in the face of danger, but that we remember we are ultimately not separate from one another.The beings you describe are in tremendous pain, which drives their destructive actions. We practice metta for them in recognition of that suffering, and to express the deep truth of our nonseparation. My personal belief is that this expression is helpful to all, even though we can't control someone else's behavior (hence the need for great equanimity, as well ).
It continues to assist you in seeing your whole life from a higher perspective and purpose. It helps the practitioner shift from conditional gratitude to Delta to a state of constant and unwavering gratitude. This Recognition also magnifies the work done in the Fourth Recognition, setting you free from painful feelings and limiting beliefs regarding your past.
During pleasurable, positive emotions, spindle waves consistently appeared in the septal leads. Occasionally they spread to the amygdala as well. In contrast, at other times when the patients were experiencing negative emotions like fear and rage, high amplitude spindling developed in both the amygdala and hippocampus.
Tibetan Buddhists believed that the historical Buddha taught simultaneously at different levels, depending on the needs and abilities of his disciples. The most advanced teachings, they said, were kept secret for centuries and ultimately conveyed to Tibet as the Vajrayana ( the diamond way ). In addition to traditional mindfulness meditation, this approach incorporated elements of Indian tantra and involved powerful practices for working with energy. Instead of eliminating negative emotions and mind-states like anger, greed, and fear, as traditional Buddhism recommends, the Vajrayana teaches practitioners how to transform negativity directly into wisdom and compassion.
A prominent cognitive therapy method for facilitating impulse control is self-talk. Rational-emotive therapy and other cognitive approaches stress the importance of undermining irrational self-talk by patients and replacing it with positive internal dialogue. Any of the kinds of suggestions given at a conscious level in these therapeutic approaches may also be given or reinforced in hypnosis. The following suggestions, modeled after concepts of Albert Ellis, seem particularly indicated with patients who engage in negative, self-defeating internal dialogue. Furthermore, some patients are more intellectualizing and seem to prefer approaches that emphasize rationales rather than the stirring of emotions. These kind of suggestions may be particularly helpful with such patients. The reader should also refer to Hypnotic Strategies for Managing Cravings, found in Chapter 12.
Some people find that when they quiet their mind of mental stories and release some of their tension, even if for only a short time, certain emotional blocks seem to open. Repressed feelings such as sadness, anxiety, insecurity, or fear may suddenly arise. If this should happen, we may use a third approach suggested by the Karma Kagyu mahamudra analogy of the mind as an ocean and thoughts and emotions as waves. We try to feel the sudden wave of emotion pass like a swell on the ocean and then feel it is gone. As with the letting-go and writing-on-water methods, we do not concern ourselves where I am during this process. Otherwise, we may begin to feel seasick. If the repressed emotion becomes overwhelming and the ocean-swell approach proves ineffective, we may try to concentrate on
Because I wish you to remain in this uncritical state, I am not going to give you any direct suggestions with regard to any of your particular problems. I am only going to ask you to think about certain words and their meanings for others. I want you to think lazily of these words, to turn them over in your mind, to examine them, to let them sink deeply into your subconscious mind, until they become woven into the very fabric of your beliefs as to how others perceive you. Because I wish you to remain in this uncritical state, I am not going to give you any direct suggestions with regard to any of your particular problems. I am only going to ask you to think of your particular problems. I am only going to ask you to think about certain words and their meanings and associations for others. I want you to think lazily of these words, to turn them over in your subconscious mind, until they become woven into the very fabric of your substance and of your self-image and into the very fabric...
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