How mindfulness and some persistence can help you to get rid of phobias
Everything seems to have a season. Although the weather outside is topsy-turvy, clients tend to come to see me about now in order to start losing enough weight to look good in a swimsuit for summer.
Spring is also when phobias of things that crawl begin to make their presence felt again.
There are of course different ways to treat phobias and mindfulness is one of the best, although it does take persistence sometimes if the fear is very strong.
Basically the process is this: think of what makes you afraid, and then be mindful of the fear. Make sure to direct benevolent acceptance towards the emotion. For more details on this, I have a YouTube clip on the subject that you’ll find if you search my name there.
For faster results, try this: imagine yourself seated in a comfortable cinema which is empty except for you.
Visualise your spirit floating out of your body and into the projection booth at the back of the room. From the projection booth, you can still see your seated body.
Begin to play a movie on the screen of your own self experiencing your phobia. Safe in the booth, watch yourself down there watching the movie. Play it until the point where the immediate fear is over and you know that you are safe. Freeze the image on the screen.
Now, once again, as pure mind, imagine yourself floating through the glass of the projection booth, over your seated self, across the whole cinema, and all the way into the ‘you’ that’s frozen in the movie. At this point, you are in the movie.
Now, play the movie again, backwards and at fast speed. You should be imagining yourself in the film going through the whole scary episode in about 10 seconds.
It needs to be that fast. I like to add circus music as a soundtrack.
Open your eyes and check if your fear level has dropped. Although you may have to run through it a few times, it only takes a minute or so to complete it and may save you a lifetime of fear.
- 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