Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hypnosis Fact and Fiction

By Veda Kalidas

There are many misconceptions of what hypnosis is. Most of these misconceptions are perpetuated by the popular media. The truth is, hypnosis has been used throughout history and continues to be used today, both legitimately and fraudulently. I decided to write this article to clarify just what hypnosis is exactly and what it is not for inquiring minds and to help those that could truly benefit from the true, legitimate practice of hypnosis.

I will start by addressing the misconceptions of hypnosis and tell you WHAT HYPNOSIS IS NOT. Hypnosis is not a form of mind control despite its portrayal in movies as such... you know, the guy dressed in the black tuxedo with big, bushy eyebrows that can swing his pocket watch as a pendulum before people's eyes to make them cluck like chickens upon the snap of his fingers... No, hypnosis is not capable of taking over another's free will. Hypnosis is not brainwashing and is not capable of controlling a person's behavior and judgment. Hypnosis is not caused by the hypnotist's "power", as this would allude to the possibility of "mind control" of which there is no hard scientific evidence.

It is also a big misconception that hypnosis is possible only upon weak-minded individuals. In actuality the ability to enter a hypnotic state has nothing to do with one's intelligence. The hypnotic state can be reached by any individual through self-hypnosis techniques however the ability to be hypnotized by an outside party (hypnotist) is dependent more upon genetic factors. Neither is hypnosis dependent upon individuals with vivid and overactive imaginations.

Hypnosis as a process is not necessarily time-consuming nor does it require the subject to be completely relaxed. And although named for the god of sleep, hypnosis is not sleep. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, hypnosis is "a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject".

Now I will delve into what hypnosis is and real world applications of hypnosis. There is a plethora of ways in which hypnosis has been and still is used today in treating mental, physical and social problems.

Hypnosis is used to treat obesity, anxiety, depression, phobias, fears and habits such as quitting smoking. Hypnosis is used to alleviate the pain associated with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Hypnosis is also used in dentistry (hypnodontia) to decrease anxieties and make patients feel more comfortable with the dental experience. Hypnosis is used to treat skin diseases through a practice known as hypnodermatology.

Mental health applications of hypnosis include the treatment of dissociative disorders, depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Hypnosis is used in the educational field to increase memory and learning capacity as well as focus and energy. Hypnosis is also used to improve self-esteem and confidence.

Altered states of consciousness such as relaxation, meditation and sleep have been achieved through hypnosis. Self-hypnosis with binaural beat audio is used to achieve states allowing for astral projection, remote viewing, past life regression, ESP and telepathy. Of interesting note, binaural beats have been used by top secret members of the US government to utilize remote viewing tactics.

Hypnosis has been used in the past to suppress pain during medical procedures before the advent of chemical pain killers and anesthesia. And let us not forget a very important use of hypnosis... entertainment. Unfortunately entertainment is one of the prime sources leading to the many misconceptions involved with hypnosis.

Despite the misconceptions of hypnosis perpetuated through popular culture and the entertainment industry, hypnosis remains a powerful tool that continues to be used today in the medical, mental health and self-help fields to help people to live better, live longer and enhance their lives.

If you are interested in learning more about using hypnosis to achieve altered states quickly and easily to enhance your life, you may want to look into brainwave entrainment. Brainwave entrainment is the process of using audio frequencies, called binaural beats, to achieve altered states of consciousness. Binaural beats can achieve almost any state of consciousness in about 5-10 minutes.

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Self Hypnosis Guidelines

By Timothy Hansen 

Self-hypnosis does not have to be hard work. It's actually much easier than most people think and can provide pretty much everyone with a tool to create great changes in their lives. There are many uses of self-hypnosis, including weight-loss, quitting smoking, improving self-esteem or other habits that you may want to rid yourself of. Self-hypnosis is not something limited to a select number of people. Pretty much anyone can do it with just a little bit of practice.

When hearing the word "the mind" most of us immediately thinks of the brain. Well, there are actually two parts to our mind, the conscious and the sub-concious. About 75% of all our brain activity is sub-concious, meaning tasks completed by our brains without us knowing. It goes on behind the scenes all day. Every one of us have certain things we like and don't like, habits or views of life in general. As we embark into adult life these traits tend to remain unchanged because they have been programmed into us from our early years. People we have met, skills we have attained, experiences we have had, these all have influenced our core programming and made us into who we are today. Most of us like who we are in general, but may feel that if we made a few changes (losing weight, quitting smoking, stop biting our nails etc.) things would just be that much better.

Our biggest challenge is that even though we would like to consciously change things it does not mean that our sub-concious will let us. Think about a smoker for a moment. They know consciously that smoking isn't very good for them and most likely will shorten their lives dramatically. Still, does this mean that because they know that quitting is smart, they will? No, because our sub-conscious mind will always take over in times of struggle (and changing our old ways IS a struggle) and most of the time the sub-conscious mind says "keep smoking", so smoking it is. Self-hypnosis is the key here. Why? Because it provides you with an access to your sub-conscious mind and the tools to re-program it.

The first thing you will learn in self-hypnosis is simply closing your eyes, relaxing and counting down from 10 to 0 whilst exhaling. As a result of doing this, most people will fall into a light hypnotic state. This does not mean that you lose control and do not know where you are. It just means you have found a state of rest and relaxation where you are slowing down and shutting out your conscious mind. This state of ease may be taken a step further by visualizing a peaceful place, such as a beach, forest or maybe in your mothers lap. The main idea here is for you to find a place where you feel safe and secure. Through visualization we can actually have a great impact on emotional, mental and physiological states of our body, to the same extent as if we were there. When we are in this state of relaxation and visualization our mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not.

I am not going to lie to you and say that self-hypnosis is real easy and that five minutes of practice makes you a master at it. What I will say however, is that it is a skill just like any other, and with good practice can be developed and perfected. When going to see a hypnotherapist, they will act as a guide to help you through your mind. With self-hypnosis, you are the hypnotherapist and you provide your own therapy. That way, you choose when to start, how far to go, and when to stop. This is a very important point and should be repeated. Before you start any self-hypnosis session, you have to decide on what it is that you want out of it, how you are going to achieve it and also how you will feel once you're done. It may help to simply write a script or create a map of the journey through your mind. Once in a hypnotic state you will repeat the script over and over whilst following your map. This way you will stay on target and won't get lost.

The vast majority of us don't even realize that they fall into this state of hypnosis many times a day. This may happen while enjoying a book, playing a computer game or simply doing work. This state allows you to narrow your focus of your attention and makes your brain absorb the information much better. The ultimate goal of self-hypnosis is to create an access point for you to the part of your brain (sub-concious) that controls the behaviours, habits or attitudes you want to change.

Tim Hansen is a hypnosis expert. For more great information on self hypnosis, visit
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Friday, April 1, 2011

7 Proven Tips on How to Set Goals

By Gitana M 

If you want to learn about how to set goals effectively, then you will want to read this article. In this article, I want to provide 7 proven tips on how to set goals.

What we will achieve in our life depend on what goals we set. If we want to live a meaningful life, we have to know clearly, what we want out of life. What is the most important to us. Successful people always know clearly, what they want out of life.

What can be worse than people don't know what they want to reach in their life, when they always focus on their problems, when they always talk about what they don't want.

Why set goals?

Our goals give a meaning to our life. They increase happiness, self-confidence and success. Clear and specific goals help us to focus on what is important to us; they help us to stay motivated.

Now let's discover 7 proven tips on how to set goals:

  1. Decide what you really want to achieve in your life. What is the most important to you? What things will make you happy? 
  1. Write your goals. Writing will help you to increase the implementation of your goals. Set realistic, clear goals. Clearly defined goals will help you to stay motivated. Motivation makes a big influence on our goals. 
  1. Set a deadline for your goals. Make a note for how soon you would like to achieve those goals. 
  1. Clearly realize "why" you want to achieve those goals. Strong knowing why you want to reach your objectives increases motivation. 
  1. Make a list of things what you will have to do. What things will help you to reach your objectives? Make a clear and consistent plan of things you will have to do. This will help you to focus on what is the most important to you and what can help you to reach your objectives. Take action. 
  1. Identify the skills you will need to develop. What skills you need if you want to reach your goals successfully? Try to identify them and then develop those skills. 
  1. Recognize resources that can help you to reach your goals.
Goals influence our success and happiness. They give a direction and meaning to our life. It would be difficult to achieve successful life if you don't understand clearly, what you want to reach in your life. So don't delay and take action today. Set your goals. Every day do something what can help you to achieve those goals.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Power of Negative Thinking

by Remez Sasson

Negative thinking appears to be more prevalent than positive thinking. It seems that with most people positive thinking requires some effort, whereas negative thinking comes easily and uninvited. This has much to do with education and the environment one has been living in.

If you have been brought up in a happy and positive atmosphere, where people value success and self-improvement, then it will be easier for you to think positively and expect success. If you have been brought up under poor or difficult situations, you will probably go on expecting difficulties and failure.
We all view everything through our predominant mental attitude. If our thoughts are positive, that is fine, but if they are negative, our lives and circumstances will probably mirror these thoughts.

If you believe that you are going to fail, you will unconsciously sabotage every opportunity to succeed. If you are afraid of meeting new people or having close relationships, you will do everything to avoid people and relationships, and then complain that you are lonely and nobody loves you.

Do you often think about difficulties, failure and disasters? Do you keep thinking about the negative news you have seen on the TV or read in the newspapers?

Do you see yourself stuck and unable to improve your life or your health? Do you frequently think that you do not deserve happiness or money, or that it is too difficult to get them? If you do, then you will close your mind, see no opportunities, and behave and react in such ways, as to repel people and opportunities.

The mind does not usually judge or examine thoughts and opinions before accepting them. If what it hears, sees and reads is always negative, it accepts this as the standard way of thinking and behavior.
The media constantly bombards the mind with a lot of information about disasters, catastrophes, wars and other unhappy events. This information sinks into the subconscious mind, and then manifests as your habitual manner of thinking. By occupying the mind with depressing and pessimistic thoughts you radiate negative energy into the surrounding world, thus creating and recreating more negativity, failures and disasters.

The mind is neutral energy. The way you think determines whether the results are positive and beneficial or negative and harmful. It is the same of energy acting in different ways.
The good news are that persistent inner work can change habits of thinking. You must be willing to put energy and time to pursue positive thinking, in order to change your mental attitude.

A few Tips:

- Each time you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, reject the thought, and think a positive one instead.

- If you catch yourself visualizing failure, visualize success instead.

- If you hear yourself uttering negative words, change to positive words instead.

- When you say, "I cannot", say, "I can".

- Do you repeat negative words and phrases in your mind? Change them to positive ones.

- Open your mind to positive attitude and expect positive results.

- Decide that from today, from this very moment, you are leaving negative thinking behind, and starting  on the way toward positive thinking and behavior.

It is never too late to change your attitude and your life.

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© Copyright Remez Sasson
Remez Sasson teaches and writes on positive thinking, creative visualization, motivation, self-improvement, peace of mind, spiritual growth and meditation. He is the author of several books, among which are "Peace of mind in Daily Life", "Will Power and Self Discipline", "Visualize and Achieve" and "Affirmations - Words of Power".

Visit his website and find articles and books filled with inspiration, motivation and practical advice and guidance.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Pakistani Students Win Intl Windows Phone 7 App Competition

In an exclusive on-going set of competitions sponsored by Microsoft and Dell Incorporation across Middle East and Africa, it is a moment of great pride that out of 79 countries, students from Pakistan have won the first and second set of this competition.
Both winning teams are from FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Karachi.
As we reported earlier, the winning team for set one targeted the football fans. Their application “Kick Now” provides live football updates which include live match scores, upcoming tournaments, top stories, reviews and profiles of players.
In set two, winners developed a shared drawing space named ‘Sky Canvas’ where multiple users can share their input on a virtual white board simultaneously through the internet. It syncs anything you draw on it with all the users currently viewing it, everyone can draw on the board.
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Sharing his views about the competition, Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan said,
“The MEA Windows Phone 7 challenge is a wonderful opportunity for talented students who can use this competition as a showcase for their creativity and innovation to develop the best applications on Windows Phone 7.
I am very excited to see the results produced by students from Pakistan and Microsoft Innovation Center will definitely keep playing its role in nurturing leaders of tomorrow”
Speaking about the competition,Sandra Fraga, Head of META Marketing-CSMB, Dell commented,
“Dell and Microsoft believe in a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. The Windows Phone 7 Challenge is a great platform to encourage technology innovation amongst students in the Middle East and Africa.
We have seen exciting, creative and diverse new Windows Phone 7 applications being developed for this contest.  Dell encourages students to enter this challenge, as it provides real- life experience and an opportunity to turn ideas into reality. Congratulations to all the winners”.
The prize distribution ceremony was attended by more than 200 academicians including Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments (HoDs) and Professors from major universities in Karachi.
Addressing the attendees Dr. Asim ur-Rehman, Director, FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Karachi, said
“MEA Phone 7 Challenge provides a platform to students to explore new ways of addressing the world’s toughest problem through the power of mobile technology.
The high calibre of the students and their projects is an evidence of the high level of innovation seen in the student community today, as Director of FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Karachi,I really feel proud to see that my students felt the responsibility to address the world’s toughest challenges and are recognized by the companies like Microsoft”.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How to Break Bad Habits

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A show of hands here. Chronic cardio buffs? Halloween candy freaksCaffeine fiendsStress addictsFrench bread fanatics? Bad health habits come in all forms, we know. But the question of the day is this: how do we finally rid ourselves of those compulsive longings, those simultaneously desired and resented routines? Is it simply a matter of will power? Is it clever strategy? Permanent exile from the world where these pet practices and items can’t taunt us with their presence? We’re interested in what your tips (and those past/present vices) are, but here are some ideas to get the proverbial ball rolling – and that monkey off your back.

  1. Dig up the who, what, when, where, why and how. 
More than just a journalist’s framework, you can take advantage of some digging yourself. Sure, the “what” (the habit itself) probably seems pretty clear, but as you look to revise your routine, consider the context of your target habit. Does a certain friend always try to cut into/distract your gym time? When do you feel most vulnerable in the face of sweet snacks? Where is it hardest to turn down that cup of coffee? How does your family’s routine seem to sabotage your own best efforts and goals? Why do you think you keep coming back to the habit, be it anything from breakfast cereal to workout-less weekends to an occasional (gasp!) cigarette? What’s behind that habit anyway? What are you holding onto? Why does it have the sway over you that it does? Is it a stand-in or excuse for something else going on in your life/psyche?

  1. Plan. 
As you pinpoint the backdrop that keeps you hooked to those bad habits, take the opportunity to plan some strategies that you’ll rely on when faced with temptation. Maybe it’s an alternate entrée for the Wednesday lunch you have with friends. Perhaps it’s a thoughtful but casual way to decline after-work drinks or a good excuse to change your workout time to a more productive, less distracting time. Write (or record) a pep talk for yourself to dig out when you need it. Or, if it’s more your style, a kick-your-own-butt, what-are-you-thinking speech. What will you do or turn to when you find yourself turning toward instead of steering clear of the habitual path?

  1. But don’t plan too much. 
Sometimes it’s easy to put so much energy into planning to give up a habit that your efforts simply allow you to put off the actual leap itself. How many of us have been stuck circling in this pattern for more weeks/months/years than we’d care to admit? At some point, you have to bite the bullet and say that you’ll deal with the difficulties as they come. Decide today to not give into the habit, and then be willing to say the same tomorrow. That’s how it starts.

  1. Toss the triggers. 
The obvious point here is to get rid of any items whose sole purpose will be to tempt you away from your best intentions. (As in, bring any remaining Halloween treats to work the morning after, or just be really generous in the last part of the evening. Better yet, give out something that doesn’t lead anyone else down that Pied Piper path to begin with – more help on that this week.) If your triggers are less object-oriented and more contextual, toss the typical routines that encourage bad habits. Meet friends for a walk in the park instead of for dinner. Take up a fitness or dance class with your partner instead of spending Friday nights parked on the couch. Put the kids in charge of their own morning routine and get in a workout or meditation session instead. Taking on a long-held habit usually means taking charge of your life in a new way.

  1. Spread the word. 
For those people who are more socially motivated, letting the word out can give you added incentive to stay on track. No, it doesn’t mean you have to shout your intention from the rooftops. It’s more about the people you’re closer to. Letting a few close friends or family members know your intention can make the goal seem more real. Look at it as a supportive group helping you “stay true” in your pursuit. Your success is ultimately your effort and commitment, but it always helps knowing you have a crowd (or even close pal) cheering for you.

  1. Pair up. 
Do you have a friend or family member who’s also looking to give up a bad habit? Join forces. You’ll not only have some added support, you’ll also have the motivation of living up to your end of the bargain. When the going gets tough you can share strategies and humor to keep you both on course. One caution: be sure to not become dependent on that person’s participation. It’s ultimately your pursuit, whether the other person sticks with his/her choice or not.

  1. A page a day. 
Ever notice the exhaustive chronicles of weight loss, smoking cessation and the like on everything from MySpace to Flickr Commons? Sure, there’s the social element of announcing your intention and success, but we think there’s more to the project than that. Whether public or private, recording your pursuit (in all its flesh and blood humanity) can be therapeutic. Particularly if you’re a more introverted person, bringing your thoughts to the page in whatever form (journaling, doodling, extemporaneous collage…) can offer a sense of personal release and allow a space for you to be 100% candid, no holds barred. Chances are you’ll be able to look back on the collection with gratitude and likely a few good laughs.

  1. Periodic incentive plan. 
We approach the idea of “reward” cautiously because, like planning endeavors, rewards can sometimes act as divergent and ultimately derailing factors. What’s at the real root of breaking a bad habit, after all, but undertaking contemplation, cultivating discipline, framing a new routine or even outlook surrounding one’s health and daily practice? Rewards, while they can be a nice pick-me-up when you need them, don’t do much to bolster the real process. Our advice for incentives? Make them health-oriented. Design a “health indulgence” day, whatever that may look like for you.

  1. If you falter, explore what went awry. 
Remember that “flesh and blood humanity” bit? We’ve all been there. There’s the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” (Then there’s the alternate ending – “you’re running about average”.) Instead of beating yourself up about it, take a day and then do the necessary post-mortem. What do you think inspired the lapse, whether it be a weak moment, an ill-considered decision, or a self-sabotaging act? What about your routine do you think you need to change this time around? Do you need some new strategies, a realignment of life priorities, or some deeper deliberation about what’s fueling the habit?

  1. If you succeed, study what worked. 
When it comes to health (or life), we don’t believe in resting on your laurels. Good health choices are ultimately about getting up every morning and choosing to do the “right” thing for your body. Every day requires a renewed commitment and a willingness to be present and accountable in the moment. But you have a lot to learn from your own past success. What did you tell yourself that made you get to the gym this weekend? How did you let go of the stress during the really bad day last week? What did you choose to do this morning when you wanted to go for your morning coffee and donut but didn’t? Knowing what you’ve done to resist temptation in the past can build up your “toolbox” of strategies and also reassure you in less confident moments that you have what it takes to kick the habit.

Now we want to invite your comments and additions. What have been your most difficult health habits to ditch? What approaches, tips, and mantras have worked for you? (And which ones haven’t?) Share your ideas, successes and questions with other readers. And thanks for your input.

How to Develop Good Habits

Posted By Worker Bee 

On February 26, 2009 @ 10:35 am In Health,How To

Welcome Stumblers and all newcomers! If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy levels, reduce stress or just generally look and feel healthier you've come to the right place.

Get the 92-page Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook for FREE [1] and also receive my weekly newsletter with tips, advice and special insider-only information.

Learn more about the Primal Lifestyle by visiting the Primal Blueprint 101 [2] page. Thanks for visiting!

Aristotle had this to share about habits: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

The motivation for developing a positive health habit may come from the beckoning of a New Year [3], a firm nudge from your doctor or your ever-expanding waistline. A few months ago we talked about how to break bad habits [4]. While bad habits can almost miraculously get set in stone overnight, developing a good habit takes a bit more coaxing, commitment, deliberation and time. But you can become a true master at developing a good habit. You just need the tools and resolve to help you get there.

Here are five practical tips to transform your healthy pipe dream into a solid reality.


Anyone who has written a grant, business proposal, or college application, knows that just a few lines below writing your full name, you must state your objective. So let’s start our good habit forming right here. Set your own objective and be clear and specific about it. If the good habit you want to develop is to be active in some small way each day, or to swap out ice cream for fruit, then your road to health just started blazing with a string of green lights. A crisp and sharp objective gives you the resolve to take the consequent steps to execute your plan.


Don’t worry – You don’t have to own a crystal or burn incense to practice this good-habit-forming step. In fact, imagining what your life might look like with your health goal fastened securely and proudly to your low-rise jeans is a practice that is used by world-class athletes and leaders. Here’s why: As you mentally rehearse your health goal, your mind and body become trained to perform the skill or behavior. In doing so, you literally “intend” a specific outcome to occur. This visualized intention ups your experience and confidence even if the actual behavior hasn’t been put into action.

Visualize yourself in challenging situations that test your capacity to stick to your commitment. If your co-worker often beckons you to ditch the weight room for happy hour or if your mom, in all of her sweet maternal sincerity, feeds your break-up sorrows with homemade mac & cheese casserole and oatmeal raisin cookies, visualize yourself not caving to the temptation. Mentally-preparing for surprises and executing them in your visualization practice will effectively equip you to handle the real-life situation when it arises. And believe us, it will arise.


If you don’t succeed….yeah, yeah, you know the adage. But compadres, it’s true. As you go about making this new habit into a permanent one, aim for consistency rather than for how well you adhere to your newly-made commitment. For instance, your objective is to avoid all refined carbohydrates from Monday through Friday and you encounter three carb challenges throughout the course of your workday. You only cave to one. Rather than focus on the singular slip, get right back in there and stay committed to your cause.

Experts can’t concur on how long it actually takes to form and establish a good habit. Most estimates put it at around a month or a bit less. Instead of measuring the success of your healthy habit by some deadline, measure it rather by your continued focus to recommit to your objective right after being sidelined [5].

As we’ve said before [6]: It’s the day-to-day effort of putting one foot in front of the other; of making one primal choice at a time. In order to form a long-lasting good habit, you have to commit to the change every day. And then recommit to it the next day and the day after that.

Start Out Small

We don’t change overnight. It took you a few decades to develop the body, resolve and habits that you currently own up to. As well-intentioned as the new habit you want to establish may be, you don’t want to go about it in a bipolar kind of way with a rush of adrenaline in the beginning that quickly turns to three months of inaction.

So heed this advice: Slow your pace [7]. Want to (finally) commit to a regular fitness program? Make a pact to hit the gym once a week for the first couple weeks. If you manage to accomplish this goal pat yourself on the back and up the ante to two days each week and so on. Make your goals challenging enough so that real change is actually taking place (one day is better than none!), but not so hard (e.g. exercise every day of the week) that you set yourself up for failure.

Shout it Out

When it comes to establishing that new habit, tell as many people as you can about what it is you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Not only does it create accountability on your end (the heaviness of living up to expectations is a massive motivator for taking the right action) but it also gives you that “ra-ra” pat on the rear just when you need it.

Remember that your habits are you own choices. It is up to you, and only you, to put them in place and stay their course. Luckily, you’ve already made the first step by reading this post. Armed with the right frame of mind and tools to get you from point A to point B you have set yourself up for success. Now get out there and develop some good habits!

Questions for Readers

What good habits have you developed in your life? What helped you form them? Was the change slow and gradual or immediate? What good habits would you still like to develop and what is keeping you from already living them? Share your thoughts in the comment board!

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[3] beckoning of a New Year:
[4] how to break bad habits:
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[7] Slow your pace:
[8] 10 Simple Steps to Help Motivate a Friend:
[9] The Social Dimension of Eating: How to Eat with Unhealthy Eaters:
[10] StumbleUpon:
[11] Mark’s Daily Apple feeds:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Self Mastery

A Guide to Self Mastery And Mind Power

I'm assuming you have heard about how we can all "attract" good things into our lives by using the power of our minds. This is true, yes, but there needs to be some understanding about it in order for it to work. What must we do to train our minds? How can we use our training to attract anything we want?

First you must realize that by training your mind, you won't be necessarily be receiving the things you "want". The things we think we want may not always be what we REALLY want. I'm sure you have heard something similar plenty of times before. And there is a reason many people make that claim. You must understand that we attract through our subconscious mind, not our conscious mind. Unfortunately we don't always know what it is our subconscious wants. Even if you want money and luck and fame, you subconsciously may not feel you deserve those things. Why? Well it could be a number of things. From the day you were born until now, you may have been told over and over again that "money is the root of all evil". "Money makes people selfish". "Fame can be a bad thing". I'm sure you get the point. Even if you don't agree with those statements (and I know I don't), they could have been pounded into your subconscious enough times for your subconscious to be influenced by it. The question is, how can you know? And how can you reprogram your subconscious?

One way you could tell is by looking at your life. How would you rate the follow areas from 1 - 10?

Love and Relationships

Business / Work Success

School Experience


Money and Finances

Health and Diet


How do you rate your life up to this point?

If you didn't give yourself a high score in all of those areas, then you know that your subconscious could use some work.

I also want you to take a look at your dreams. Keep a dream diary if you have to. Write in it the second you wake up, even from just a small nap. Even if you don't think you will remember much. Even if you can only remember a few words, then write those few words down. I promise that if you keep this up, you will start to remember your dreams better. You will notice they become more vivid. Take a look at your diary every few days to study your dreams. If overall they seem like happy, positive dreams, then you are subconsciously happy. This means that the things your conscious mind finds happy agrees with your subconscious mind. This is a very good thing because it means everything is aligned enough for you to attract positivity into your life.

If overall your dreams seem bland, unexciting, or even upsetting, it could be a sign that your subconscious mind isn't aligned with your conscious desires. This could mean that you're not attracting all the luck and success and love that you wish. So what do you do? Well there are many exercises to help reprogram the subconscious mind. Many of them might cost you money, such as NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and hypnosis, subliminal messages, self help cds, etc.. But there are also things you can do to help without paying any money at all.

Now remember, this goes beyond some of the things that I'm sure you may have already tried. This takes more than affirmations, raising your vibrations, and receiving healing energy.

Although those things are very, very helpful, they're not always enough for some of us. Some of us still have work to do on reprogramming our subconscious. For those of you who are totally new to these ideas, then I suggest you do them as well as the next steps. Affirmations are positive thoughts that we can repeat over and over and over again as a reminder to stay positive. "I am feeling happy today." "I have wonderful things happening in my life!" "I am filled with good luck!" "I have all the money I need!" Raising your vibes can consist of anything you say or do that makes you feel happy and positive. Do you have any hobbies that fill you with absolute joy? Jogging? Dancing? Joking with friends and laughing? Listening to uplifting music?

Watching funny movies? Try to spend at least a half hour a day doing something that makes you truly happy. Do this nonstop for at least 30 minutes, along with affirmations. Remember to keep your affirmations positive. Never use a negative word. For instance, you could say "I am wealthy! I am thankful for being wealthy!", but never say "I am not wealthy now but I will be". You always want to align your subconscious with positive words, never any negative ones.

For those who ARE doing these things every day but still don't see the results they'd like to see, then it's time to take a step further. It's time for you to try to reprogram your subconscious mind some more. Remember when I said to stay away from negative words as much as possible? I meant it. Firstly you could start with staying away from the news. Stay away from television shows where anything negative is being talked about. If someone is on tv talking about anything bad, anything bad at all, then change the channel. Even if it's a fictional show talking about a fictional murder, CHANGE THE CHANNEL. Anything that you perceive as negative, stay away from. The key is to put more positive words, thoughts, and actions into your mind than negative. The better you can get at this, the sooner you will start seeing the results you like.

Now I have a fascination with unsolved crimes and murder mysteries. Unfortunately the more I read about them, the worse I feel afterwards. I have to force myself to stay away from watching crime shows or crime websites. The more I stay away, the more positive I feel and the more pleasant my dreams are. But this is something that I must force myself to do sometimes for my own benefit. I also recommend that you only listen to happy songs. Make a play list of your favorite, upbeat songs. Read some books that will bring a smile to your face and that have a happy ending. Do whatever you can to stay away from negative thoughts and ideas. Sometimes you may even have to avoid negative people. If you are in a work environment with negative co workers, you must try to not let them get to you. If you start to feel down at work, put your right hand over your heart and take some deep breaths. Breath in deep for four seconds, hold it for four seconds, release it for four seconds, and then hold for four more seconds before breathing in again. This will help you to remain focused and centered.

Another very important factor in your journey, will be to feel grateful for everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Try thinking of at least 15 things a day to be thankful for. Even if it's something that many people would consider insignificant. Those little "insignificant" things can and will add up in time. For instance, you could be thankful for the pennies you find on the sidewalk or your pet happily greeting you every time you come home. You could even try showing gratitude for having good shampoo or a nice ink pen. You must remember to accept everything that you already do have with gratitude before being ready to receive more. Who or what should you be grateful to? It's up to you. If you believe in the Powers of the Universe, thank the Powers of the Universe. If you're a christian, thank Jesus. If you're a pagan, thank the Goddess. Some people even go outside to find a pretty rock and thank it for every thing. I'm sure if you look around the internet enough, you could read about these "gratitude rocks". What matters most though, is that you ARE thankful. TRULY thankful.

So in summary, if you've tried many different ideas and tips to attract good things in your life, but still haven't seen the results, it could be that you need to work more on getting rid of the negativity that is aligning itself in your subconscious. You may not even be aware of it. Let's run this through again:

1. Pay close attention to your dreams to see whether they are mostly good dreams or not.

2. If not, say positive affirmations and work to raise your vibrations some more.

3. Stay away from as much negativity as possible, including the news and violent tv programs.

Give NLP/hypnosis a try if you're interested enough.

4. Learn to be grateful and thankful more.

Some people may already have some of these steps mastered but may need some more improvement. Some of you may just be beginning and should try working with all four of these lessons. The more you practice these ideas, the more you'll be aligning your subconscious mind with your conscious mind. Once you finally master these lessons, you will be the Master of your own Life.

I'm a spiritual medium and Reiki Master. I love studying and writing about anything that is considered metaphysical and/or paranormal. I have years of experience and feel that my journey still has a long way to go. I enjoy working with other people with similar interests. I also offer my services to others and oftentimes learn from them as well.

Subconscious Mind Power

The Power Of The Subconscious Mind For Business And Life Success

Very few people understand the power of their minds. Most people get glimpses. But few understand and cultivate that power. Oh, the mind. So many different teachings about the mind ranging from Mysticism to Philosophy, Psychology to Religion.

So many ideas of what the mind is and its power. And to be more specific, the power of the subconscious mind.

You see, your subconscious mind is your power center. It has unlimited resources. It's taking care of your breathing, your sight, hearing, circulation, behaviors, reactions, habits...and the list goes on.

In fact, based on numerous scientific studies, your conscious mind, the YOU that's reading this right now, is in charge of only 2-5% of your brain potential.

What takes care of the rest?

That's right...your subconscious mind.

If you want to create massive business results in very little time, it's wise to change things from the source. If you try to clean a river downstream, it's going to take a long time to clean up the river. Make sense?

The most powerful investment of your time and energy is to condition your subconscious mind to be in alignment with your conscious goals. 

If you do this, you'll reach your goals without a doubt. If you don't, you'll feel stuck, like something is blocking your progress.

The power of your subconscious mind is vast. Its role is to make things happen. Contrary to popular belief, the conscious mind is not the one that's taking action and making things happen.

It's the subconscious mind. The Conscious mind only steers the ship. It's what creates your goals, your targets. The subconscious mind is what actually gets you there. It's like the crew on the ship.

Now, if the captain (conscious mind) decides to head in a certain direction, say, to make six figures in your business this year when you've never made this much in your life...and the crew decides this isn't possible (your subconscious)...

Here's what you get: MUTINY!

If you want to create results fast, it's not simply taking action. It's taking effective action. And it's the subconscious mind that will notice all the ways that you can do just that.

Joshua Benavides, The Heart-Centered Entrepreneur's Breakthrough Coach, helps entrepreneurs all over the U.S. to let go of inner blocks to attract more clients, more money, more impact and more fulfillment.

Joshua invites you to download - as his GIFT to you - his belief-busting Results Accelerator 3-part video training series. This video series is a down-to-earth practical, tremendously compelling and comprehensive program that demonstrates - once and for all - that Success is an inner game.