July 2019 Newsletter

DISCOVER  FUNDAMENTAL WELLBEING

Some people cringe in the face of fearful experiences and others stand toe-to-toe with them. 

Why certain experiences cause your brain to go over the edge of reason and others don’t is the exploration of neuroscience research in this mysterious reaction.  

Fear is an experience in the body where we don’t know what to do; we stop suddenly and are frozen statues-stuck not being able to move or think.  As the expert in horror writing, Stephen King suggests there are 3 components in fear: 

Dread- of something coming- terror-as it happens, and horror -replay of the experience. 

A new part of the brain has been identified in threat detection call the xiphoid nucleus.  When mice are confronted by a predator, they usually freeze or run away.  When rat’s brains were manipulated by researchers, rather than run, the mice took a stance to fight and express courage (Andrew Huberman). 

Now the fight response is believed to come from a separate brain circuit and response.  And it has been found that the mental shift to wanting to confront a fear or stand up for yourself or to a physical challenge has a pleasure component so that we innately want overcome a challenge.

We are wired to sense danger, and we respond to danger with fleeing, fighting, freezing, or fainting.  While each of these responses are potentially adaptive, in today’s world when problems face us we are less likely to need these dramatic responses, but we need more nuanced responses to keep ourselves safe.  The feelings of danger may stay with us longer.  Those lingering feelings can chip away at our sense of wellbeing.  How do we maintain a sense of wellbeing?

We have the ability to self-correct by practicing the state of coherence.  This is the state where the brain is balanced in blood flow and electrical firing.  By using meditation to get beyond yourself and find the state that is quiet and uplifting, you can find amazing innate abilities that no one teaches you when you were a child.  You can lower anxiety, dissipate depression, shift a reactive mind, and feel happier.  Most of all you discover fundamental wellbeing.

This means that the mind does not find wellbeing through self-analysis.  The mind cannot search for the self because it only experiences objects.  We are not an object.  So we must have a felt experience of wellbeing. So when you shift to place inside yourself “beneath” anxiety, depression, or even rumination, you can find the state of wellbeing.

Fundamental wellbeing is a shift in perspective and is simple.  It has been with you forever.  But when you don’t feel great, it seems like it is not there.  Mental suffering occurs from trying to make labels fit or create an object.  As you shift from a mind-based filter that creates objects, you begin to experience wellbeing.  When you find a meditation tool that gives you this perspective as you experience the tool, you find the shift into contentment is rather subtle.

Meditation is not an easy commitment.  But if you make time each day for this personal experience, the results are well worth it to feel yourself letting go of the old way of thinking and being.  Wellbeing emerges from calm and peace which often occurs in meditation.  After the meditation, you may notice a background sense of ok-ness.  Even if things in life stir up negative emotion, underneath seems fine.  And you may find a sense of wholeness and realize a sense of completeness. 

After a while, you may come to a place where you no longer want to do things to give you a false sense of wellbeing such as collect “stuff”.  Since the mental state of being ok is already there, you are likely to enjoy what you do more from this perspective.

You can have more distance from emotionally charged situations or the charge from an upset subsides more quickly.  Your own thoughts have less power over you.  You notice you judge people less harshly.  You may feel more complete within yourself.  Perhaps you place less attention on your own story and stop self -analysis so self -reflective thought diminishes.  You wake up each day without misery.  Instead you look forward to the day.

Another meditation method is to use the Muse device (amazon) which measures your brainwaves real time and gives you feedback about whether you are in a calm state.  Often it is easier to use a technology to practice the desired mental state.  Then you can live more frequently north of happiness.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Carol and Bill will be in Minnesota August 8-9 teaching a new course called Trauma Treatment and the Legacy of Fear:  Clinical Solutions for Your Most Resistant, Avoidant Oppositional, and Reactionary Clients, August 8 Brooklyn Center, Mn and August 9, Bloomington Mn 2019.

Carol and Bill will be running a retreat September 11-15 2019 5-day at the IONS Retreat Center on their popular course Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD where clinicians will have many personal experiences with their own trance abilities to learn how to activate healing in difficult trauma situations.

Carol and Bill will be in Eugen Oregon and Portland Oregon Oct 17-18 teaching Trauma Treatment and the Legacy of Fear.

Looking Ahead:  Carol and Bill have been invited to Australia to teach for TATRA in April-May of 2020.

Have a wonderful July

Love,

Carol and Bill

June 2019 Newsletter

THE NEXUS POINT BETWEEN AN

OLD LIFE AND A NEW SELF

WHAT ARE WE CAPABLE OF?

What is your human potential and how far can you go?  Is it possible to transcend limited thinking and move into a new life and create a new self? Can we expand our consciousness toward more clarity, wisdom, creativity, and ability to generate amazing solutions and live in joy, peace and inner contentment.

It turns out that every person has enormous capabilities but most don’t discover these.

So what holds us back from moving into what we could become?

The obstacles could be called our Habits of Discontent. 

Rumination, practicing the worst possible future, wishing you lived somewhere else, thinking others have better lives are all habitual movies you may run from morning until night. 

 Discontent comes from the mind – swinging from judgement to judgement and running an inner movie focusing on what is missing.  As a result of this unseen habit, the mind is constantly in moderate unhappiness.  Your mind tells you that you need to do something else or acquire something that will make you feel amazing.  As you chase these goals, you find yourself unhappier than before.  These mental habits can become a habit- practice that leads to anxiety and depression.

So how do we interrupt these habitual movies and mental states and remember the original states we practiced as children:  joy and curiosity. 

You fall in love with life when you locate your passion and immense curiosity.  What are you the most curious about that drives your life? 

An inner yearning invites us to live deliberately in alignment with who we are, and from that process comes joy.  If you are in love with life and you live often in states of contentment, when someone offends you, you let it go more easily.

The brain produces wonderful feel-good chemicals of dopamine and norepinephrine.  In fact your brain releases dopamine whenever you catch a green light.  Or when you go to dinner in a new restaurant, or accomplish a goal by yourself or in a team.  But dopamine and norepinephrine only lasts about 20 minutes. 

We have the technology within ourselves to find extreme contentment and live more from love.   Research into brain training and practicing certain mental processes has found that old  habits of discontent  will shift to a default state of contentment and everyday personal ease where the inner critic disappears within two weeks(Jeffrey Martin, The Finders, 2019). One of these processes from positive psychology is the daily practice of gratitude coupled with a meditation practice that fits for you.

  By practicing a meditation process, when there are upsetting events, you can return to a default state of calm peace much more easily. You find yourself being less reactive and judgmental in your outer life.  This experience doesn’t come from a magic moment where every negative emotion suddenly disappears in a “poof” but there is a felt sense of calm peacefulness that comes over you.  At times the sense of well-being occurs in passing moments and at other times calm clarity and peacefulness lasts longer.  Eventually this mental state becomes your default state. The right tools teach the brain to condition certain mental states leading to compassion, clarity, peace, and joy.  The result is fundamental well-being.  

 This shift does not mean you suddenly want to place yourself in in toxic experiences or with people who don’t want the best for you.  But you seem fundamentally well and complete, and the frequency of negative thoughts and feelings decreases substantially.  You end up in flow experiences accompanied by synchronicities.  These are amazing moments where your life flow of awareness seems to occur with meaningful coincidences.

What are the best methods based in science to live in contentment?  There are several meditative approaches that you may want to try for a week at a time 30 minutes to 1 hour a day.  The key is to find one method that works for you and to spend enough time with it until you notice a shift.   Usually this entails 30 minutes a day for 2 weeks or 1 hour a day for 1 week.  And then the method may need to be changed after a couple of weeks of trying it.  Fit is important.

One standard tool that has been used for centuries is to sit and watch your breath come in and go out.  The mind will chatter and you can allow the thoughts to come and go and refocus on your breath. Then you may want to focus on the space in your right and left nostrils as the breath comes in and goes out.  This focus deepens the meditation process.

Watch our next newsletter for the next best meditative approach you may want to try.

When the right method clicks for you, you transition to living in a different awareness and a different state where you are living the most powerful and purposeful life possible. 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Carol and Bill will be teaching a new course called:  Trauma Treatment and the Legacy of Fear:  Clinical Solutions for Your Most Resistant, Avoidant Oppositional, and Reactionary Clients, August 8 Brooklyn Center, Mn and August 9, Bloomington Mn 2019.

September 11-15 2019 5-day Certificate Retreat Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD where you will have many amazing hypnotic experiences in learning how to move clients from trauma to fundamental states of wellbeing and stay there for longer periods of time.  Exploring amazing human abilities for healing and thriving will transform your therapeutic practice.  Pesi.com

MAY NEWSLETTER, 2019

THE JAZZ OF PERSEVERANCE

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi conducted global studies on what people did to feel their best and perform their best.  He found that states of flow or being in the zone where you are completely immersed in an activity where ego falls away and time stands still is crucial to doing your best and staying with a goal to its accomplishment.  It’s like the best jazz music you have ever heard where performers riff off each other and follow their inner musical spirit.

Perseverance is a key to success in life and performance activities.  But what makes some people quit working toward a goal and others who persist until they accomplish what they want?  

It turns out that our brain produces dopamine as a reward when we achieve a goal.  A study published in 2011 found that key receptors for dopamine act like ‘gateways’ that are essential to enable habit formation. “Dopamine neurons regulate circuits all over the brain but they need to be regulated too,” said Dr. Joe Z. Tsien, Co-Director of the Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University.  Dr. Tsien says that this discovery speeds up the process of forming good habits and removing bad ones such as drug addiction or smoking since the same circuits are seemingly involved in both.

How can you increase your dopamine to achieve perseverance?  Simple tools like changing your bed sheets act as minor hits of the feel good chemical.  Creating a list of what you want to accomplish each day and reviewing it in the morning gives you a wonderful feeling.  As you check off each task, the brain releases dopamine. 

But even more than that, when you link curiosity with achieving goals, you are more likely to follow through.  Make a list of 10 things you really want to know about.  Curiosity stimulates dopamine and alpha/theta frequencies.  When you explore your curiosities, suddenly there are bursts of gamma frequency that can lead to what we call the NEUREKA moment where dopamine bursts along side of the most exquisite intuition and understanding of your self.  Then you begin to wake up to who you really are, and when there are major bumps in the road that hamper emotional stability, you come out of the bottom more quickly.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Bill and Carol will be in Seattle teaching their popular course:  Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD May 30-31, 2019.

August 8 and 9th Bill and Carol will be in Minnesota teaching a new course:  Trauma Treatment and the Legacy of Fear: Clinical Solutions for Your Most Resistant, Avoidant, Oppositional, and Reactionary Clients 

September 11-15 Bill and Carol will be running a retreat on Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD at the Earthrise IONS retreat center in Petaluma, California. 

Have a great rest of the Spring

Love, Carol and Bill

March 2019 Newsletter

HOW TO AWAKEN THE MIND AND WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO.

Psychologist William James once wrote: “Sow an action and you reap a habit, sow a habit and you reap a character, sow a character and you’ll reap a destiny.”  How do you sow a character?  Primarily through self- awareness and training the mind’s eye to develop clarity and intuition about life, business, and relationship.  We become more aware of our unconscious wisdom that comes naturally to consciousness when the mind is calm rather than confused and in conflict.

According to many cultures the pineal gland was important in this endeavor. Known as the Third Eye in mystical traditions and the seat of awakening to a greater awareness of self and others, the pineal gland has been described as important in developing an awakened mind, or a mind that is aware, self-compassionate, and able to move beyond cultural overlays of dogmatic thinking.  The latest science surrounding this small gland reveals that during the circadian cycle, a biological rhythm that controls sleep, serotonin and melatonin are released in the pineal gland.  Serotonin impacts mood and leads to happier feelings.  Studies on rats’ brains determined that their pineal gland also release DMT or di-methyltriptamine, a substance that promotes psychedelic experiences and opens the mind to the transpersonal.  Whether the human brain produces endogenous DMT is still controversial. But, Leonard Wisneski, M.D. (The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine, 2009) suggests that DMT is released during deep states of meditation “culminating in visions and other experiences that could be interpreted as transcendent…” (p. 148). 

The brain wave frequency Gamma bursts out of deep theta and has been recorded in monks meditating on compassion.  Researchers noticed intuitive flashes occur at the same moment these surges of Gamma take place (Jung- Beeman, 2004; Kounios, J., and Beeman, M. 2014).

Alpha frequency tends to burst before Gamma and acts to shut down visual inputs. This process allows us to look more deeply within ourselves without the interference of limiting habits of thought and beliefs.   Not only do we have an endocannabinoid system that provides deep relaxation and healing, we have the ability to receive knowledge unavailable to us before the deep state experience.  At the moment of Gamma bursts, the experience of love flows through a person and thinking, compassion, and tolerance is enhanced.  Perhaps more meditation experiences for groups of people who seem in conflict could bring them together.

Inside the pineal gland are calcite micro crystals that consist of calcium, carbon, and oxygen that produces bioluminescense or a blue-green light.  The gland itself looks like a pine cone and tends to have a piezoelectric effect which responds to meditation, prayer, or altering one’s mood.  In fact, we see a representation of the pineal gland often in religious settings in the shape of a pine cone.  Advanced meditators report that their ability to “see” through the veil of everyday life into a reality beyond suffering where they report an amazing unity and love and deep understanding of how things really are.  This level of reality is difficult for most of us to see without mental training and because we are caught in fear, desire and attachment to things and situations.

Before using the meditation below to “open” the third eye and develop amazing insight, intuition about decisions, and pick up information about a person or object, it is recommended to stop using fluoride toothpaste and only drink filtered water, and stop eating sugar, as the pineal gland becomes calcified with toxic chemicals. 

Meditation:

Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor.  Take a few deep breaths in through the nose and slowly exhale through the mouth.  Now tighten up the muscles in the lower abdomen as you take in a slow breath through the nose.  Imagine your spinal fluid is moving up the spine all the way to the area of the “third eye” between your two eyes.  Now focus on the space between your eyes  (third eye) and keep the breathing going.  Then imagine that a space tunnel opens in front of you that allows you to transcend the normal world and enter into a realm where anything you ask is answered in one way or another; either through synchronistic events, information that comes to you in a dream, or a felt sense.  If you have a question, ask it of your higher mind and notice what emerges now or later.  Do this exercise for 3 minutes and expand the time when you can to 10 minutes followed by resting your attention on the imaginary space inside the skull behind the third eye location and breathing normally.  If you have any thoughts let them come and go and return your attention to the space behind the third eye.  You will notice that focusing on space immediately erases negative emotion.  This activity interrupts and shuts down your internal story and without story there is no angst.

If you go out for a walk in the week, notice when an animal is looking at you that you didn’t immediately see.  Your awareness will increase.  Notice thoughts about another person or impressions that emerge.  Ask a question to your inner mind about solving a problem.  Stop thinking about it and notice later what comes to you. 

Mind training is an important activity to keep in your life’s busy schedule.  The benefits are amazing.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Carol and Bill will be in Denver March 27-28 teaching Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD

And then in Boston April 4-5 teaching the same course.

Love,

Carol and Bill

February 2019 NEWSLETTER

“NEUREKA” STATE OF MIND: THE CUTTING EDGE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY

Mattieu Ricard, biologist turned Buddhist monk and touted as the happiest man on the planet, suggests that we can train our minds in habits of well-being to generate fulfillment and calm.  Well-being or the Whole Brain State is the state that underlies all other emotional states.  Ricard tells us that no one wakes up in the morning and thinks, “what can I suffer all day?”

Our brains have the capacity to create the Whole Brain State, a balanced experience where we feel calm, happy, motivated, and in control of thinking, feeling, and behaving.  When blood flow is equalized in the brain’s hemispheres, the result is a synchronous oscillation of brain frequencies.  When in this state, we can facilitate physical and emotional healing of all kinds.  What is the significance of this information?  We have the capacity to manage how often the brain and heart move into this coherent or “Neureka” state.

In the “neureka” state of mind, you can have amazing insights, epiphanies, serendipities, shifts in perspectives that dissolve limited thinking and open a whole new world of eureka-possibility.  A superconscious meditation exercise that is practiced can result in short bursts of gamma seen in long-term meditating monks.  Over the last 20 years in our clinic, we saw clients experience these bursts right before having profound insights into their lives where they “knew” what to do about situations and problems.

Practice laser focus by looking at a spot on the wall or a candle flame. When you try not blinking for as long as you can your will power increases.   Then close the eyes and imagine the flame.  Trying to stay in a state of thoughtlessness will stimulate other thoughts.  Just allow them to come and go and return your attention to the flame or spot on the wall in real time or your imagination.

Watch for our next newsletter where we will describe the next step to stimulate the pineal gland to open deep insights and awareness.

Upcoming Activities:

Carol and Bill will be in Denver March 28-29  and April 4-5 in Boston to teach Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD.

Love,

Carol and Bill

JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

INTENTIONAL PERSONAL GROWTH FOR 2019

We recently enjoyed attending our youngest granddaughter’s 4th birthday party held at a bouncy gym. The children walked on the balance beam, climbed on the gym bars, and displayed such fearlessness and joy in exploring new adventures. We noticed how they helped each other, hugged each other, and experienced the activity together in a state of curiosity and enchantment.

This is your original state. After a few years of life’s difficulties, it becomes more challenging to get in touch with these inner resources of curiosity, motivation, risk-taking, and persistence. Even when the worst things happen, they still reside within.

The new year is full of possibility and anticipation for doing those things for ourselves we may have put off for family or career responsibilities. Whether it is developing your mind where your understanding, clarity, and insight increases, or getting in great shape, or learning how to break through to better daily life performance, we all have an opportunity to intentionally set a new course of action.

Through 2019 we will be offering several separate modules in a short course we call Waking Up in Wonderland: Using Science For Human Consciousness Development and Creating the Awakened Mind. The course will introduce you to the best and newest discoveries from clinical psychology, neuroscience, hypnosis, spirituality, and the new biology in practical and simple information that we teach to clinicians around the planet about how to elevate and dance with your life and begin to be aware of a deeper self that supports your growth and happiness. When you discover the life power principles and strategies to plug in, your results expand. When you clear up things in your life that aren’t working, you can have a deeper sense of purpose and connection, sparkle, and vivacity everyday.

In our own practice we help people with many different challenges overcome them and learn to live in states of thriving for longer periods of time. When you improve your life and eliminate the source of stress, life is so much easier. Watch for our first module coming soon where you can go deeper into creating lasting change and exploring your amazing innate abilities.

Remember Mary Poppins’ philosophy: “ Everything is possible, even the impossible.”

 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD in Baltimore February 7-8, 2019. Pesi.com

We are available for online consultation. Call us at 713 703-8782-Carol or 832-545-4833-Bill

Pick up a copy of our book, The Worry-Free Mind and visit us on Facebook

 

Happy New Year

Love, Carol and Bill

December 2018 Newsletter

ENGAGE YOUR NEURO-CARDIAC POTENTIAL TO OVERCOME LIMITATION

We have been teaching hypnosis for the last 30 years. Because it continues to be evidence-based as a tool that overcomes limitations, it is one of the quickest and most effective self-interventions to make lasting change. Hypnosis is an avenue to both access your potential to overcome what holds you back. Whether the obstacles pop up in work, relationships, or changing negative habit patterns, hypnotic strategies help you decide to be more heart centered.

In order to do this, we access the power to make emotional choices. At that choice point where we can either move in the direction of negativity, being snarky, or spilling bad temper onto others, we can choose to use empathy, compassion, and understanding. There is always a space right after you have a negative thought where you decide whether to share it. At times the space may go by quickly. But if you begin to watch for it, you can intentionally make a shift and express a heart centered emotion. Then ask yourself, what is going on that you are thinking so negatively. What is the pain behind the anger?

Recent research in neuro-cardiology demonstrates that the heart has its own nervous system. In Neurocardiology J. Andrew Armour found that the heart makes its own “decisions” about functioning apart from the central nervous system and communicates with the brain. Heartmath labs found that the heart is the center for intuition and responds first to images randomly flashed on a computer screen before the mind actually perceives them.

When you change your mindset from anxious to calm and positive expectation which hypnosis conditions, you become more aware of feelings and mental states that drive negative patterns. Rather than trying to change your thoughts, it is much easier to shift into a more relaxed state of mind. Try our gift to you at this holiday season and notice what is different for you.

 

HYPNOSIS FOR PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

In a quiet room without interruptions, sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. Notice your feet on the floor provide you with grounding to the earth. Your back can sense the chair you sit in that offers good enough support.

Take a couple of nice easy breaths and begin to notice just how comfort spreads in your body. Feel your muscles letting go and imagine the body releases all unnecessary tension just like a lake evaporates steam on a cool morning. Let yourself begin to feel more comfortable.

Focus on your heart and imagine breathing in and out through this seat of intuition and love. Bring to mind someone you love and feel the warmth from the feeling your heart generates. Rest in this emotion for a couple of minutes. Count yourself down from 10-1 slowly and feel more tension leave as each number is smaller.

Now let yourself move down deeply inside yourself and enjoy the amazing comfort you create. Notice as you move deeper and deeper that you come to a place inside yourself that is beneath any concern, anxiety, sadness, or troubled feeling. This is the place of inner safety, comfort, security; it is your inner sanctuary where your best self resides.

Now think about how your best self can guide you to overcome a challenge you have. Don’t struggle with the information. Just be open. And if nothing comes yet let that be ok.

Marvel how interesting it is to notice that you have the ability to have no worry. In fact, the less your worry, the more opportunity you give your unconscious to generate amazing ideas or solutions.

Take all the time you need. When you are ready you can count yourself back up slowly. Allow the feeling of being refreshed to spread over your body and your mind. And then look forward to the rest of your day and stay tuned to synchronistic events and opportunities that occur. It really seems magical!

Upcoming Activities:

February 7-8 join us in Baltimore for our popular Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD. 

March 28-29 join us in Denver for the same course. 

April 4-5 join us in Boston for the same course.

May 30-31 join us in Seattle for the same course.

 

Have wonderful Holidays.

Love,

Carol and Bill

November 2018 Newsletter

THE FUTURE ENTERS YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT

Life transitions enter your awareness with endings. Children leaving for school or getting married, having a book published, coming home after a trip, or losing a parent can all be difficult experiences that pull up feelings of vulnerability and confusion.

Letting go of the familiar and stepping into uncertainty begins the liminal exploration of re-examining your way of being. The space between this and that; crossing the threshold from the old place to the new; friends that come and go after a visit, shifting from an active state to a more contemplative one is the liminal process. But the pull into the unknown is too strong to do anything else. Unexpected circumstances may precede the process of a personal inner shift that is neuro-psychological and accompanied by a natural resistance. The mind loves the familiar but demands the novel and then seeks calm serenity.

The inner experience is a reckoning of what to do; of who to be, and how to define personal meaning. At times you feel an inner desire to make a change in your work, your relationship, your place of living; other times you are plunged into a change through illness, loss, or intense curiosity to understand your self at a deeper level.
Your emotional response to change can be so surprisingly intense that you don’t quite know what to do. Grief can be overwhelming, fear stands in the way of sleep, and uncertainty and feeling helpless arise to block discerning a course of action. But when you pause in the busyness of each day, a deep part of yourself emerges that yearns for transformation into something more meaningful.

Trusting the process of change by understanding the stages of change is important. Acknowledging the Ending state first allows you to move into accepting the Not Knowing space between before and after a change. By going deeply into yourself through meditation, walking in nature, or sitting by the ocean, you facilitate the process of Transformation, the third state, of even your neural processes.

Most inner change occurs at a deeper level of consciousness. Deeper states reprogram the mind. The liminal state; that space between beta and delta, brain frequencies, is a source of both creativity and the place where old beliefs often based in trauma are transformed. It is the sacred inner space that heals. By practicing deep states of mind, you can:

  • Resolve past issues and troubling inner conflicts
  • Expand awareness
  • Change a habit
  • Set goals and achieve them
  • Improve a skill through mental practice
  • Tap into immense creativity
  • Improve a relationship by developing “in-sight” into your projections
  • Understanding what Life purpose calls you
  • Prepare your mind for a new experience or adventure

As you sit with feet on the floor, take yourself down to the edge of sleep and become as quiet as possible. If your mind frets or tries to solve problems, let the thoughts go and focus on the inner sanctuary within you. You may want to focus on the imaginary space between your ears or the space in your abdomen or your pleasant memories of observing a blue ocean move gently over the shore. Sit in that liminal space as long as you can before returning to the room. And when you come back, notice what is different inside you.

“TRANSITION IS NOT JUST A NICE WAY TO SAY CHANGE. IT IS THE INNER PROCESS THROUGH WHICH PEOPLE COME TO TERMS WITH A CHANGE, AS THEY LET GO OF THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE AND REORIENT THEMSELVES TO THE WAY THAT THINGS ARE NOW.”
— WILLIAM BRIDGES

Upcoming Activities:

We will be teaching November 8-9 2018, 2 Day Intensive Neuroscience Certificate Course: Bring the Brain into Therapy in the Chicago area

Our online course, Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD is available with Pesi.com

Pick up a copy of our book The Worry-Free Mind

 

Have a wonderful November!

Love,
Carol and Bill

October Newsletter

NEW TRAUMA TOOLS

Neuroscience continues to explode cutting edge information about the abilities humans have to overcome adversity and past trauma. When experiencing trauma, we go into overdrive with increased heart rate, adrenaline, norepinephrine, and experience the fight or flight response. It is difficult to turn the reaction down even long after the traumatic event occurred. When gently stimulated, the vagal nerve activates the parasympathetic system, which is the relaxation response and calms the body/mind.

Learning to stimulate the vagal nerve, which runs from the brain to the intestine, can lead to more relaxation and feelings of safety.  Locate the area between the back of the jaw bone and throat. Gently press with two fingers and notice a feeling of relaxation. Be sure and don’t press too hard.

Other activities to stimulate the vagal nerve include:

  • Taking a cold shower
  • Singing
  • Deep breathing
  • 5-HTP
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Being outside in the sun
  • Laughing
  • Social interaction with exchange of love and empathy

While trauma needs more attention than these suggestions, they are a beginning to shift over-active states to calm relaxation.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Carol and Bill will be teaching a 2-day certificate course in Anaheim California  Intensive Neuroscience: Bring the Brain into Therapy. Oct 18-19

Our online course, Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD is available with Pesi.com

Pick up a copy of our book  The Worry-Free Mind

Love,

Carol and Bill

What’s your Story

Every day we have surprising experiences that can flip us into a reactive story of hurt, anger, resentment, and then ruminate about it in what can become an internal elaborate story. Usually a negative emotional experience in present time activates an old belief that defines us as less than who we want to be in some way.  In those moments we have amnesia for contradictory learnings that defined us as the person we desired to be.

Ruth had an experience where she spoke to a colleague in her office, and the response she received sounded angry and annoyed.  In fact, the other person wouldn’t even look at her. Ruth asked herself if she had done something to warrant that kind of reaction, and she couldn’t think of anything. And there wasn’t time to ask her colleague about it at the time so she decided to wait until the time was right to bring it up if it seemed appropriate later. But she still felt disturbed and upset that her colleague pulled emotionally away from her without explanation.  It reminded her of the similar dynamics in her family that led her to believe that something was wrong with her.

Many years of martial arts and meditation training allowed Ruth to emotionally take a step back and rather than spend wasted time in a fictional story about some office conspiracy that had everyone making plans against her, she took a deep breath and kindly said to herself, “I wonder what is going on with her?” She reviewed some times in her past when she felt great about interactions that left her feeling confidant and self-assured.

Ruth appreciated the mind training she had received that allowed her to quickly return to a calm state rather than lingering in a version of herself that belied a fearful state to which was attached her vulnerable dominant belief from early childhood, that something was inherently wrong with her.  Instead she shifted into the best version of herself who was kind, understanding, empathic, confident, and used self-awareness tools to maintain a sense of emotional stability.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Carol and Bill are busy creating several new programs. They will be in Anaheim California Oct 18-19 teaching a 2-Day  Intensive Neuroscience Certificate Course: Bring the Brain into Therapy. where practical skills and interventions that lead to emotional stability through belief, state change, and neuro-reprogramming will be taught based in the latest neuroscience research.

Our online course, Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD is available with Pesi.com

Pick up a copy of our book  The Worry-Free Mind

Have a wonderful September.

Love,

Carol and Bill

August Newsletter

DO YOU PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OBI- WAN KENOBi DIRECTING YOUR LIFE?

In our course for Esalen Institute, Life at the Edge of Possibility, we created a Treasure Map that showed where life treasure such as achieving goals, having great relationships, and enough finances, were located on an island.  But the seeker had many obstacles standing in the way of finding the treasure.

Wouldn’t it be helpful to have an Obi-Wan Kenobi or Gandalf-type figure who could not only offer specific advice on handling day-to-day business decisions, but more importantly, guide you to the people and places that would make a difference in your career long term?

The truth is that you do.  Within your mind is the unconscious which when you are quiet gives constant inner notices and information about what is the best decision and things to notice, such as synchronicities.  By using specific meditations to quiet the inner chatter, you have greater access to this power. One useful practice is to imagine the number 1 on your inner screen and as you exhale, visualize the number moving away from you.  The mind will give you all sorts of distracting thoughts. The practice is to allow them to come and go and return your attention to the number one. Doing this meditation replicates transcendental meditation and when you stay with it, amazing results occur.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Watch for our offering for a special 24 hour special for our online course with Pesi, called Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD for people in the states.  This course has been so popular we are opening it to Australia and Europe in the next few weeks.

In October we will be in Anaheim teaching our new course: Intensive Neuroscience Certificate Course: Bring the Brain into Therapy.  This is 2 days of the latest information on strategy and intervention in the most difficult cases.

Have a great rest of the summer?   And pick up a copy of our book: The Worry-Free Mind

 

Love,

Carol and Bill

Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD is now available online.

Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD has been so popular around the states that Pesi decided to offer it online. While the course is designed for therapists, the information is easy to understand by anyone.  Please click here to read about it and register.

July Newsletter

IN SEARCH OF THE DEEP SELF FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

The human mind/body is remarkable in its ability to heal and thrive.  Most people live in such high states of stress that they don’t remember what happened yesterday. Being out of touch with yourself leads to one day blending into the next in a numbed experience of life.  When stress levels are over the roof, they begin to seem normal.  But they impact memory, feeling well, problem-solving, and the garden of our relationships.  We then tend to forget to nurture those aspects of life that give us the most meaning.  Writer Ann Lamont said it humorously and well; “my mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone.”

Ask yourself these questions:  Where do I personally need to make a change?  What would make my life more satisfying; more engaged, more joyful?  What negative patterns do I still find myself repeating? Can I identify unconscious fears that impact my life?

Our culture generally doesn’t promote emotional regulation where being calm, meditative, using inner examination to upgrade the mind is important.  But we have many more abilities than most know.  The ability to step aside from feelings, calm the mind/brain through breathing and mindfulness, and essentially live in self-management each day is available. Our thoughts emerge from practiced mental states. Mental mastery leads to transformation where we truly understand ourselves and the “other”.

The deep self that creates deep change or transformation is that part of each person that is without anxiety, depression, or angst.  It resides in your inner sanctuary where the mind is actually quiet. This is the place where internal resources reside; the level of mind where all of your learning throughout your life is recorded like confidence, courage, persistence, facing fears, taking risks, and making commitments to goals. As we practice our resourceful states, we expand our perceptions of what is possible. But how do you reach that inner place of amazing calm and wisdom?

Just as we exercise our muscles, we must work out our self- regulation muscle through meditation, heart-rate variability training, simple hand warming practice, walks through nature, or gentle yoga.  Being with a group of like-minded people is helpful to reinforce the practices.  These activities bring both enlightenment and adventure.  But the deepest state of mind is amazing in its ability to heal and transform.


UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

We will be launching a new online course through Pesi on Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD where we talk about deep change through deep states of mind.  Watch for the announcement from them and us July 19.  We have taught this course around the country, and it has been so popular that Pesi wants to make it available to their entire list.

October  18-19 2018 we will be in Anaheim California teaching a new course:  2 Day Intensive Neuroscience:  Bring the Brain into Therapy where we will share the most cutting edge information to make your therapy and your life more effective.

November 8-9 2018 we will be in Chicago teaching the same course.

As always, we are available to provide consultations personally and professional over Zoom.us. Contact Carol at carolkershaw@aol.com or Bill at zenpsych@aol.com

We encourage you to activate your aliveness, presence, and self-compassion by being with what speaks to your heart.

 

Love,

Carol and Bill

 

DO YOU NEED AN UPGRADE FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING?

We pass through several developmental stages as we grow and add new skills and strategies to successful living.  Throughout life, there are several kinds of skill learning: learning to walk, talk, read, write, logical thinking etc. There are social skills needed that include individuation, separation, and attachment.  A person can basically function with these skills. But at some point we need to mature the mind and upgrade how we perceive and operate in the world.

A more mature skill is emotional regulation.  A child who cannot have what he or she wants, may throw a tantrum until the child learns how to stop the inner agitation.  Other important learnings include the mental exercise of shifting out of depressive thinking and learning how to support your body/mind with great nutrition so that your mental environment is stable.  While this is impossible to accomplish all of the time, it is an important goal.  Then the next level is learning what we call the Whole Brain State where you are calm, in flow, in touch with spirituality, and practicing joy.

A depth of understanding, intuition, compassion, and mature thinking emerges from the Whole Brain State.  This dimension of the self is crucial to avoid being swept up in the chaos fracturing social ethics and boundaries we see happening and gives us the ability to rise above it all.

We now have technology that speeds this process up.  In a few days using deep states with feedback from alpha/theta training, higher states of awareness develop along with a calmer nervous system and more management over emotional reactions. This leads to creating a much more positive future.  We have trained many clients with this technology over the last 20 years and seen remarkable results. In our new course we will be offering soon called A Whole Brain State of Mind:  The New Neuroscience of Activating Brain Plasticity and Turning on States of Flow.  We give you this experience online where you learn how to recognize your core life patterns and shift the negative ones without long term therapy.  Everyone has amazing abilities to heal.


UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Carol and Bill just had an invited article published called “Resilience Training: Using Flow States to Move from Anxiety and Depression to Optimal States of Thriving” for The Neuropsychotherapist Journal out of Sydney Australia.

Bill and Carol were just invited to teach in Australia in 2020. Watch for details.

We will be teaching in Palo Alto and Sacramento California June 19-22

October we will be teaching a new 2-day Course on practical Neuroscience for psychotherapy in Anaheim, California.

November, We will be teaching a new course on how to use the latest neuroscience in therapy in Chicago.

 

Love,

Carol and Bill

 

May Newsletter

THE FUTURE OF OZ

The wizard of Oz in Emerald City granted the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, Dorothy, and finally himself the things they really wanted.

The Lion wanted Courage.

The Tin Man wanted a Heart.

The Scarecrow wanted a Brain

Dorothy wanted to go home.

The Wizard wanted Love.

And they were all caught in a limited reality.

They were living their version of reality which just happened to coincide with each other’s experience based on what they lacked.  Once they received their personal gifts, they changed the way they lived. By changing states and realizing they had what they wanted all along, they altered their beliefs about what was possible.

The world tells us that what we see is reality. But the brain is the generator of reality.  And we have the ability to experience multiple states of mind. Some people use altered states of consciousness to receive information and help in life. This might include prayer, opening to the source, visualization, remote viewing.  You can in fact curve reality.

We have more influence in our lives by living from a state of possibility and opportunity.  This is the state where you are pulled by goals, perhaps astounding visions for yourself, you see open doors, synchronicities, and you feel connected to people.  You feel part of a “we” and your group is important.

You begin to have amazing intuition that can be applied to life and business.

Inspiration fuels intention and action where your deep spirit energy wants fulfillment.

The future of Oz is an evolving place beyond the mundane where you make reality more of what you want by using the new tools we teach. When you begin to biohack the brain, access the resources of mind, exercise, and shift your nutrition, you begin to care more about yourself and others.  Compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, living in desired states, shifting the interior condition to determine the outcome are supportive processes.  Using fitness-fuel for the body, and future dreaming as a vision for life, feeling supported by the universe, and learning about the science of synchrony between people gives you the life you want. This is not without challenge and practice. As you really listen deeply to yourself each day, you hold a resonant open heart-space for what is emerging from the best future.  The critical voices of judgment, cynicism, and fear become silent in this space.  In this generative state beyond ego as you step into spirit, you become profoundly present to yourself.  This is the new Oz where the wizard is you.

Watch for our new program that presents the source code of accelerated life transformation.  This program goes way beyond self-help.  You can rewire your brain.  You can build your mind to work for you.  You can be physically and mentally healthy.  You can learn to deal with the disruptive change we see everywhere by upgrading your entire operating system and becoming aware that the external issues mirror our own internal ones.

(Thanks to our friend, Richard Hill for the title, who lives down under.)


UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Carol and Bill will be teaching in Palo Alto June 19-20 and Sacramento June 21-22, 2018 2 Day Hypnosis for Trauma and PTSD

October we will be teaching in Anaheim a new 2 day course on the latest Neuroscience discoveries for clinicians.

 

Love,

Carol and Bill

FREE YOURSELF FROM THE DRAMA OF YOUR MIND

What if attaining deep spiritual experiences to better relationships to making more money came down to one “gold” key that needed to be used to unlock your growth and evolution? Your mind constantly chatters and engages in self-criticism. What you haven’t done, how your finances are lacking, how you need to eat less, how you look compared to people at the gym, etc in ongoing mental drama. You are literally tied up to your own negative theater of mind.

In order to break free from yourself, you must interrupt these normal tendencies of mind or you become enslaved to your own drama. How do you do this? The mental chatter can only occur when you turn on habitual patterns of thinking and mental states. The good news is that neuroscience has informed us we are not our bodies, our minds, our brains; we are observers with powerful attentional processes who choose what to focus on. Think about it. You observe your mental dialogue; you notice how your mind behaves; you have an experience of sensations and then make decisions about how you will respond to them. J. K. Rowling said, “It is our choices that makes us what we truly are, more than our abilities.

What stops the chatter? Shift your attention to focus outside yourself stops the inner chatter. Moving into deep states right above sleep which is high theta/delta. When you spend time in this deep state the mind stops the drama. In fact deep inside your own sanctuary of mind, there exists self-compassion and no sadness, worry, depression, or angst. Take time to place your attention in this deep state and experience your own revolution when you come back.

But there is another “crystal” key that really ignites an awakening in you. Stay tuned for our upcoming online course to discover that key to your personal revolution.

 

Upcoming Activities:

Palo Alto California June 19-20 and Sacramento June 21-22 teaching Hypnosis and Trauma for Pesi.  Join us for mind-bending experiences and tools that really work.

All our best,

Carol and Bill

 

March Newsletter

ACCESS YOUR HEALING BRAIN

We live in exciting times! Now we know so much more about the brain and body/mind and how to get our personal vehicle to run better. The Endocannabinoid System has recently been discovered, and it is found to be our center of healing illness, increasing sleep quality, and creating the best mental states possible. This system helps create the state of flow that releases the healing neuropeptide, anandamide, a Sanskrit word for bliss; very close to the chemical structure of marijuana. Think about what state you would prefer to live in more frequently and when you are actually experiencing it. You are probably close to flow.

Through our teaching and writing, Bill and I focus on bringing the revolution in psychology, mind/body research, and neuroscience to more people. Science has discovered what the ancients knew a long time ago, that we have amazing abilities to create an optimal life by practicing elevated states of flow, self-compassion, generosity, and gratitude. We are committed to helping change lives, live your intention, and transform communities. We demonstrate the practical application of the latest tools to overcome worry, anxiety, PTSD, and stress for therapists and clients who work with these issues and reveal the secret behind living in states of resilient thriving for longer periods of time.

One of the discoveries about the body/mind is the deep state right above sleep that resides in the theta/delta frequency range. This is your inner sanctuary well below any concern, problem anxiety, depression, sadness, disappointment or any other angst.

It is here that your pure mind resides without the constant chatter of “I am not enough” running in the background of everything you do. It is the place of immense self-compassion and amazing intuition.

Do you believe that your inner guidance has superior knowledge and wisdom to guide you to fulfill your desires?

Are you repeating undesired patterns in your career, love, health, money or in your quest for self-awareness?

The good news is that you can access incredible intuition and self-compassion by moving down to this state right above sleep and hovering there for 10-20 minutes. Those of you who have come to our workshops and have personally experienced this were astounded at your ability to access your unconscious mind’s deep wisdom. Some comments to the deep state have been, “amazing,” “I didn’t know I had any self-compassion,” “my mind felt so quiet.” And then later people expressed having solutions to problems come to them and a lighter feeling daily. The experience is quite profound. Not only are tools available to therapists but for themselves to really transform their own lives.

It is from this state that you can acquire creative ideas for work or relationships. Synchronistic events begin to occur frequently. And the wonderful news is that you change your relationship to yourself so old patterns are interrupted and you start living more of the life you want.

 

Upcoming Activities:

Carol and Bill will be in Monterrey Mexico teaching The Inner Game of Entrepreneurship and in May.

Palo Alto California June 19-20 and Sacramento June 21-22 teaching Hypnosis and Trauma for Pesi.  Join us for mind-bending experiences and tools that really work.

Get a copy of The Worry-Free Mind and give it to a friend. 

Please share this newsletter.

All our Best,

Carol

 

BRAIN SOLUTIONS: GROUNDBREAKING NEUROSCIENCE TOOLS FOR LIVING IN PEAK PERFORMANCE STATES

Neuro resilience practices that are based on the latest neuroscience findings, guide us to build mental robustness. Whether it’s managing stress or improving potential, evidence-based practices put your mind and body into a sustainably improved performance state. You can expect to be thinking more clearly and creatively, have a longer attention span, better problem solving, increased productivity and remain calm and relaxed more often.

 

When you engage in flow states intentionally, your resilience builds exponentially. Depression, sadness, grief, all disappear in flow.  Experiencing more freedom comes from a state of non-thinking and allowing the brain to rest in the best zone. Victor Frankel, who lived in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII, demonstrated how to choose a higher state of consciousness under extreme stress.  Become a better navigator of mind through changing your focus.  The key is to use state-shift through meditation or focusing outside yourself.

 

Try This:  Take a walk in your neighborhood and focus on nature and become aware of the outside energy.  Your control of focus leads to a better quality of life.  Have a goal and a feedback loop that lets you know the quality of the flow state.  For example, notice as you focus outside yourself, how the mind becomes absorbed in the activity.  Become mindful of your own behavior.  Slow yourself down and enjoy the elements of experience.  When you eat mindfully, walk mindfully, breathe mindfully, you turn on the parasympathetic system and activate relaxation.  Become aware of the body, of the heart beating, and focus on one small aspect of movement.  Engage in deep conversation or do something generous toward someone else.  You will be practicing an amazing state of mind.

Upcoming Activities:

February 26, 27, 28  Bill and Carol will be in Tulsa, Okla City, and Dallas teaching Neuroscience for Clinicians.  Join us there. See Pesi.

 

All our best for a wonderful February!

Carol and Bill

January 2018 Email

BROKEN BRAINS

Steve Jobs’ wife said of him that he believed in epic possibility. He created one of the most lucrative companies by thinking outside the box in terms of what people need and want. He demonstrated mental flexibility in many areas. One of those was the belief that he could accomplish his goals. Belief changes mental states, expectations, and behavior. If you believe you can accomplish something, you know how to activate your best mental states, and you have the right system, you will.

But if your brain isn’t working well, all the effort in the world won’t allow you to reach your goals. When you struggle with a faulty brain, you can experience disordered attention, anxiety, depression, difficulty accomplishing tasks, low energy, and foggy awareness. These symptoms can reflect problems with an undiagnosed brain injury to poor nutrition, or the unintentional practice of habitual patterns of thinking and behaving. It is useful to go through an assessment to determine what might be the root of the problem.

Some questions to determine how your brain is functioning follow: Answer 5-1 with 5 being always, 4 most of the time, 3 occasionally, 2 – rarely, and 1 -never

  1. I can organize my day and tasks easily.
  2. I can focus my attention without distraction.
  3. I can maintain my focus for longer than 10 minutes.
  4. I can stand in line without becoming irritable.
  5. I can delay gratification easily.
  6. I exercise at least twice a week.
  7. I am generally a good sleeper with 7-8 hours per night.
  8. I eat a clean and healthy diet with primarily vegetables and lean meat.
  9. I avoid eating sugar and drinking soda.
  10. I can remember things easily.
  11. I am relaxed daily.
  12. I am always engaging my brain in new reading or exercise.
  13. I tend to focus on the positive aspects of life.
  14. I am cooperative and supportive of others.
  15. If I have a disturbing or worry thought, I can let it go.
  16. I have positive thoughts.
  17. I let go of hurts from the past.
  18. I am not sensitive to criticism.
  19. I have enough energy every day.
  20. I enjoy contributing to others.

90-100 Your Brain is Functioning Well

80-90 Your Brain Needs some change in stress reduction, nutrition, sleep, or thought habits.

70-80 You may want to start making adjustments in life style and mental habits

60-70 You definitely need some assistance and may need to see a clinician skilled in the brain

Upcoming Activities:

Carol and Bill will be teaching in Bloomington, Minn. Jan 18-19 teaching Hypnosis for Trauma for clinicians. See Pesi.

We will be announcing soon our new course The Inner Game of Entrepreneurship to be held in Monterrey Mexico.

We are considering putting a new course together for a certificate in Brain Change Therapy and focusing on the latest practical neuroscience tools for change. Topics covered include how to change attachment styles, change unconscious belief structures to transform the future, and experience yourself as being more than a physical body. We focus on creating a true paradigm shift with the ability to use the most powerful tools that really provide lasting change. Give us any feedback on this idea and if you would be interested in filling out a short survey for us to include your most important areas in the focus of the course. We would love your feedback.

Pick up a copy of our book, The Worry-Free Mind on Amazon that has just been chosen by mindgourmet.com for one of the best books in 2017.

And like us on Facebook at the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston

Have a great January and stay warm.

Love,

Carol and Bill

… HOLIDAYS AT FROG HOLLOW FARM

We had a wonderful time visiting Bill’s brother and wife on their new farm which dates back to the 1700’s and has the ambiance of Hogwarts, the British school of magic from Harry Potter fame. Meeting us at their pen were four hens who all had a lot to say. The other charming characters we encountered included three cats, Kevin, a huge orange tabby, Phoebe, a demur and mystical creature, Oscar, a playful and funny animal, and a dog, Otis who could run faster than anyone could keep up with him. All of them were excited to see the 1900’s restored train slowly chug across their field to pick up Santa. He would take a ride down the track meeting many excited children all hoping to catch his ear for Christmas goodies.

We did wonder if all of this fascinating menagerie met in the middle of the night to conjure up wonderful magic to teach all of their visitors throughout the years about themselves. — That we really are more than we think. Maybe they communed under the moon and devised a potion to release the courage found in each person to face their fears and their triumphs.

It is the time of year for enchantment, fantasy, and taking your mind away from worries and concerns. A little break now can lead to a big breakthrough later as we begin to close the old year and look forward to the new one. And it’s a good time for reflection about what areas of your life you want to make better and areas you feel proud about. The good news is that you don’t need anything else but yourself to decide what to make different. You have everything you need inside yourself. You have all of the motivation you need; you just have to switch it on. The only problem sometimes is we buy into the limitations we think we have. The part of you who feels sorry for yourself or a victim to life keeps you boxed in. In what area do you need mastery? Change is a matter of motivation and drive and getting leverage with yourself. There are things you do everyday because you are motivated to accomplish them. What are your drivers? Is it your desire to contribute, to stand out, to fit in, or to heal old wounds, or your desire to overcome imperfections? Figure out what gets you up in the morning and use that energy in an area that is more difficult. If you get out of bed to go to work because you need to make a living, you don’t debate whether you will go to work. You just do it. If getting up includes something you love doing, you will enjoy it more, and your engine hums along.

Upcoming Activities:

We are offering an online course on getting leverage with yourself to master areas you haven’t yet called Super Mind. Until the end of 2017 it is $165 –Normally $250. Call 713 703-8782 to sign up and receive a bonus— Brain Changers: 21 Day Program to Your Optimal Self ($147 value) Second Bonus: The Worry-Free Mind. This course is only available through December.

Bill and Carol will be teaching in the Boston area a new course on Hypnosis and Trauma in December.

Pick up our new book The Worry-Free Mind for the Holidays.

To your best holiday ever.

Love,

Carol and Bill

October Newsletter

DESIGNED TO LIVE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

In our over 30 years of research and practice in clinical hypnosis, entrepreneur and leadership training, and mind/body medicine, and from 21st century science, we discovered that we are designed to live extraordinary lives with human powers that include healing from illness, longevity, overcoming adversity, and amazing flash- intuition to solve problems and build projects to transform lives. The new science gives us consciousness-shifting tools that we can apply to our relationships, our vocation, finances, and health. In fact, we have enormous potential, and science is finally catching up to some of the oldest Eastern and shamanic traditions about what is possible. So what are some of our extraordinary powers?

Based in the best rigorous scientific experiments, we discover that we can sense the future before it occurs, experience powerful states of super-consciousness, create emotional and physical healing through the practice of deep states of mind, and learn to use these states for personal and business relationships to make the best decisions. You have the ability to discern synchronistic events that may act as an oracle to guide your decisions.

When we join a group of other like-minded people and meditate on love, compassion, and empathy, the group-focused intention grows more robust plants, facilitates human healing, and reduces crime and violence. William Braud, psychologist, found in his work with the Mind Science Foundation in San Antonio, that human thought could affect the autonomic nervous system. One of his astounding experiments, however, occurred when he had volunteers give some blood. Each participant’s vial of blood was divided into two different test tubes. One test tube received “healing thoughts” and the other did not. Blood decays at a certain rate. But in this case, the test tubes that “received” the healing thoughts decayed twice as slow as normal. Our thoughts are really powerful.

Remote viewers around the planet, those who have been trained to focus on a person, place, or thing, and can pick up information about the object of attention, reveals another human ability. It turns out consciousness is nonlocal and exists outside of time and space.

How does this help in living everyday lives? To really embrace the idea that your mind can influence your health, your finances, business, relationships and quality of life, you discover you are not a victim of life; that you have amazing powers. During adversity, it is difficult to remember your power. But a key is taking time at the end of your day to process your life and realize that you have been driving the car of your life to this destination. But the good news is that you can take a new direction. Ask yourself if you have been driving consciously or unconsciously. What do you feel the most passionate about? The answer will point out your unique purpose and driver.

When your mind is relaxed and quiet, you have the ability to focus on clarity, self-compassion, and thoughts of possibility. With practice, you can live in positive states of mind that lead to a happy life and billion dollar ideas. Try it for a week and watch for the rewards that may show up in serendipity.

Upcoming Activities:

 

Bill and Carol will be in Michigan teaching Neuroscience for Clinicians where they will be teaching practical skills by using the amazing powers of the brain November 1,2, and 3.

December and January will offer a new 2- day course on Hypnosis with Trauma and demonstrate how to use EEG Hypnosis utilizing a star-trek device that can show the client and clinician which mental state a client is activating. They will be in Dedham, Mass. December 7-8 and Bloomington, MN Jan. 18-19, 2018. See Pesi.

We have had a number of people inquire about our course, The Inner Game of Entrepreneurship, and this is in the planning stages. We share how your super powers activate when you know how to flip the switch to increase both business, satisfaction, and learn how to see around the edge of time. If you have interest in this course being offered in the states or online, let us know.

Thanks for being in our community. May you be living the life you want.

Love,

Carol and Bill

September 2017 Newsletter

YOU HAVE EXTRAORDINARY ABILITIES

We make everyday decisions based on what we think we can accomplish.  Most of us were reared with the idea that we are victims of nature, our health, our genetics, and overall our biology.  The truth is that what was seen as mystical in the past, we have discovered are real abilities.  There is a reluctance for science to reveal to the masses what is being discovered.

The newest science based on peer-reviewed journals has discovered that we have enormous capacity to trigger resilience on demand, healing, self-regulate our brain and nervous systems, our biology, overcome fear and adversity, and have enormous intuition.

THIS MEANS YOU ARE WIRED TO BE EXTRAORDINARY. And when you learn about these abilities you discover that you can be successful in life and in business.  You have amazing inner tools to create solutions to problems and live in states of thriving.

 

As seen by the enormous outpouring of kindness and cooperation in Houston following the destruction of Harvey, we also have amazing capacities for kindness and love. It is so important to learn about those abilities in yourself.

 

Upcoming Activities:

Bill and Carol will be in Virginia (Charlottesville, Richmond, and Norfolk) October 9, 10, 11 teaching Neuroscience for Clinicians.  This is a practical approach to teaching about human abilities.  See Pesi.com

 

We continue to prepare for The Inner Game of Entrpreneurship to be held in Monterrey (TBA) and look forward to teaching how to overcome any obstacle in business and tap your amazing abilities.

Keep Having a Great Summer

Carol and Bill

ENTREPRENEURS, BUSINESS OWNERS, PROFESSIONALS, AND CREATIVES: CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS, MANAGE YOUR LIFE, AND HACK HAPPINESS AND FLOW

Everyone who runs any kind of business is a creative entrepreneur. Whether you are a therapist, a small business owner, or you sell products online, there are times when you worry about being successful.

The truth is that you have been given amazing powers. The ability to control your thoughts, your physiology like breathing, blood pressure, and temperature is really only the beginning. When you manage the contents of your mind, you can accomplish amazing things. You can be more productive, manage what you think, and what you do.

If you have feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, or fears that you can’t accomplish something, start changing the mind movies you are running and create ones that are inspiring, motivating, and compelling. When you create a compelling future to move toward, the brain begins to fire neurochemicals of serotonin and dopamine. These are the pleasure chemicals that accompany goal achievement.

The nervous system works in a particular way. You feel emotions either from the top of the head down, from the stomach upwardly, or somewhere in the body. Notice how you experience yours and imagine moving them around in a counter clockwise fashion or think about spinning them clockwise up and out of the body. When you play with sensations, you can change them. Then remember a time you were in a state of flow. Perhaps you were in nature, or around water, or just enjoying a good book. As you accomplish this state change, you change your inner movies. And then, you change the present and the future.

The curious thing is as you feel calmer, often your finances improve and your happiness increases.

Upcoming Activities:

Bill and Carol are working on a promo video for the new course: The Inner Game of Entrepreneurship which they will be teaching in Monterrey, Mexico. It focuses on cutting edge neuroscience research to shift your mindset toward abundance, create personal success by strategic thinking, eliminate blocks, and access your personal superpowers. Some of the topics we cover will include the one thing completely in your control to have more money, freedom, joy, and success; what decisions you need to make to break through your income ceiling; how the problem with your business or life is probably not what you think; how to brand your business with the brain in mind; and how to keep your business in the minds of people who would benefit from it, plus many more. We will let you know when the dates are set. If you are interested contact Francisco Martinez:fme@direx.mx

October, November we will be in Virginia and Massachusetts teaching Neuroscience for Clinicians and then in December and January we launch our new course: Hypnosis for Trauma Resolution and Resilience in Michigan and Illinois through Pesi. Watch for more specifics.

Keep Having a Great Summer

Warmly,

Carol and Bill

Our Latest Appearance

We recently appeared on the Aging Without Wrinkles Talk show with host Harriet Tramer. Listen to the full interview here.

ARE YOU IN YOUR OWN GROUNDHOG DAY MOVIE?

Do you find yourself having repetitive patterns in life where you keep choosing a direction that blocks you from your goals? Opening into new possibilities in everyday life, work, and relationships comes from changing long-standing inhibiting patterns.

So often we are triggered into self-defeating patterns where the same old responses lead us to miserable mental states. Perhaps we feel belittled, angry, misunderstood, and we take actions or no action that lead to worse feelings.

We all have these patterns and challenges to overcome that are not easy. What can we do to break free from limiting patterns? A powerful brain change tool is to become aware of how you might be identifying with your perspective of the main character in your story to whom bad things have happened. Then make a shift to the observer position where you see yourself from a distance and the event that occurred as if it were a movie. This shift in perspective gives you more distance from the emotional charge, and allows you to respond differently. It is your position of power. This observer position is dis-identified with what happens. When your mental state is calm, your awareness expands, and you see many creative solutions that were previously blocked to you.

Upcoming Activities:

Bill and Carol will be in Cleveland teaching their 2-Day Hypnosis Certificate Course June 22-23, 2017. Details at Pesi.com

We are working on the exciting course for Mexico called The Inner Game of Entrepreneurship where we teach our Worry-Free Mind System to enhance your business and increase your finances. Contact Francisco at fme@direx.mx

Bill and Carol will be teaching a new course on Hypnosis for Trauma Resolution and Thriving for Pesi.com in December in Dedham Mass. Let us know if you are interested in the course in your area by sending us an email to carolkershaw@aol.com

Pick up our new book The Worry-Free Mind if you haven’t read it yet.

Have a wonderful June,

Love,

Carol and Bill