Solutions for Anxiety Training, an online conference (CEU’s available)

Six experts share their experience and insights.

I am one of six presenters in this online “conference.” My segment is titled, “Resolving Anxiety rapidly by directly changing its unconscious auditory and kinesthetic process elements.” Much of the content will be familiar to those who have been reading my blogs over the last year or so in regard to using Nick Kemp’s spinning feelings and tempo shift processes to permanently change the cause of anxiety. However, my presentation in the conference is better organized, and it includes demonstrating these methods with Ryan Nagy, the interviewer. I will also do a live video coaching call later (see below) in which I’ll do my best to answer any questions you ask.

Other speakers in the conference include Erickson students Dan Short and Rob McNeilly. Other presentations are by Carolyn Daitch, Bill Wade, and Carol Kershaw. There is also a bonus audio presentation by Michael Yapko, another student of Erickson’s. And there will be six live follow-up coaching calls where you can ask each of the presenters questions.

The conference is available in video, audio, and smartphone versions – you can watch online and also download a copy of all the materials to keep. The conference also has a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with it, so you risk nothing by signing up. Registration is open through Sunday, February 7th.

You can check out more about this online Ericksonian Conference.

 

Whoops! (A Playful Exercise)

Recently someone (unfortunately I have forgotten who it was, so I can’t thank them directly) sent me the interesting cartoon below by Randall Munroe http://xkcd.com/1582/

After enjoying it for some time, and sharing it with others, I started wondering if the principles could be put to other uses than just amusement. I revamped the story somewhat to the following:

“Picture a meadow in warm springtime, grasses and wildflowers gently moving in a soft breeze. In the center sits a small big-eyed creature with the power to escape from any visualized scene, and move freely throughout the mind/body that imagined it, leaving behind sparkling champagne bubbles of lightness wherever it goes. It looks up, glances around curiously, and then—whoops, where did it go?”

How did you respond to this? I got a very nice subtle bubbly/sparkly feeling throughout my body.

Notice that the phrase “sparkling champagne bubbles of lightness” can be replaced with any other description of a desired state, such as, “feathery silken threads of connection with others,” or “the faintest whispers of a song of happiness,” or “tiny morning dewdrops of clarity,” etc.

I have identified several criteria for doing this that I think makes the process most impactful:

  1. The general state (lightness, connection, happiness, hope) is the core of the phrase.
  2. The state is embedded in a more sensory-based description (sparkling champagne bubbles, silken threads, melodic song, morning dewdrops) to create a specific image.
  3. The experience is made subtle by minimizing it, either by implication (silken threads, dewdrops, whispers) or by using some adjective (tiny, faintest), or both (faintest whispers). This makes it easy to imagine, and less likely that it will conflict with the present state.

Algorithm

Take a minute or two to think what kind of state or experience you would like to have as an underlying background to whatever else is happening in your life at the moment.

  1. This will usually be a somewhat general state, such as calm, relaxation, love, etc.
  2. Embed that state in specific visual, auditory, and/or kinesthetic imagery.
  3. Minimize the intensity of this experience by presupposition or implication, or by adding a diminutive — or both.
  4. Put the phrase you have created into the little story of the big-eyed creature in the meadow, and enjoy the results.