How we can find and kill off those 'zombie' ideas
Ever wonder how you'd survive the zombie apocalypse? Sure, you'd bar the doors and windows and you'd be safe... for a while. But what if one of your own on the inside turned? With the doors and windows blocked, there'd be no escape. You'd get eaten alive.
Zombie ideas are those that should have died a long time ago, but which just keep clumsily bumbling around. Fascism is one example.
Individually, we all have less-than-useful self-beliefs trapped inside our heads that wreak havoc.
So here's how to kill them: first, you find them. Think of a belief about yourself that's no longer serving your needs. "I'm currently two stone overweight," may be a statement of fact, but "I'm a fat person" is a zombie idea.
Once you've identified a self-belief that you'd like to change, ask yourself the question: "When I think of X, do I have a picture?" Most of us do. Asking this question will create a visual representation of your unwanted belief even if one didn't exist before.
Now, examine the image. Since you 'see' the image, it must be as though it's in front of you like a photo at a gallery. Note its size, its apparent 'location', and whether it's a still or moving image. Do you see yourself in the picture or is it as though you're looking out from your own eyes? Does it seem very close or far away? Write these answers down.
Now find a belief about yourself that used to be true but no longer is. Incidentally, today's my daughter's eighth birthday so no doubt she no longer believes she's seven. Find a similar no-longer-true belief about yourself. As before, get a visual representation of that belief and note all the same details. Write them down as well.
Now, the fun begins. Take the representation of the zombie idea and change it so that it's superimposed over the no-longer-true belief.
Change all the details so they're identical to the visual representation of the no-longer-true belief.
Now, take steps in the real world to reinforce the change. Open the barricades and go outside.
- Joseph Pond is a clinical hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a mindfulness instructor. He is co-founder of Hypnosis Explorers NI and conducts workshops in hypnosis with PowerTrance. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://www.facebook.com/Belfast Hypnosis/ ?ref=hl/?ref=hl