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What ails the body sometimes starts - and can be stopped - in the mind. This new page is the place to report and discuss the genuine techniques that have brought you out of mental and physical addictions, the guidance that helped you understand and cure your bodies of distress and disease.
Send us your success stories! How did you manage to stop/heal/cure your damaging patterns of thought and destructive addictions? We're thinking about:
* Curbing your addiction to sugar
* Transforming an intense dislike for someone into love
* Conquering jealousy
* Healing yourself from heartbreak
* Halting an obsession about something or someone
* Curing an addiction to junk food
Whether it be the wise guidance you received from your grandmother, a message relayed in a dream, or a meditative technique that finally rang out like truth and caused a permanent behavioral change, we want to know about it!
Each man and woman among us has chosen a personal path of religious belief that offers hope of healing, worthy of respect. This is not the place to change minds on that topic, but there are practical methods and common bits of wisdom that everyone can share, regardless of beliefs. Your success story will be a source of inspiration to others battling their own particular demons, of that we are sure.
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For me it was a life changing to have taken the A New Earth web seminar. Shyness, anxiety, fears, hate, judgmental and many other types of emotional suffering that I have been paged from was clearly understood and eventually overcome thanks to listening to this web seminar. I still listen to Eckhart Tolle in you tube and I stumble at Anthony De Mello a catholic priest that talks about the same but in his own words. All this draw me deeply into my own faith and helped me enormously in my relations with my loved ones and everybody else. I find it amazing how I interact with all kind of people and how they respond positively. In the past I was so shy and, always suspecting of peoples motives. It was dreadful. The web seminar was a great way to find inner peace and it was free.
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Posted by Felicia (Seattle, USA) on 07/14/2008
I have been using EFT (Emotional Freeing Technique) for almost three years now and it has worked on an incredible variety of issues. Physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual problems have just melted away with its regular use. It is free to learn but it takes imagination and persistence to really get the full benefits. I think it's just amazing and use it every day for just about everything.
Things I've cured or helped myself with: general stage fright, serious emotional issues relating to playing the fiddle (I almost quit but now I'm happily playing again and better than ever!), I've "tapped" away colds and flu, indigestion, anxiety due to flying, PTSD relating to being an incest survivor, depression, anger issues, the list just goes on and on. I've even done it on animals and it works for them, too- weird but wonderful!
I am happy to send links to several very good sites for learning EFT if anyone cares to contact me.
EFT is just great! It sounds crazy, looks crazy... and works wonderfully well even if you don't believe in it. Give it a try!
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Posted by Tara (Brooklyn, NY) on 06/11/2008
I have a Play It Forward philosophy to conquer some of my demons. What I do is play my actions forward in time and see how it makes me feel both emotionally and physically. This has worked well in conquering a particularly intense sugar and chocolate fixation I have had since childhood. Not only do I see myself consuming the desired dessert, I also see myself after it's been consumed and get a sense for how my body reacts to the high sugar and flour content - sick, tired and bloated for the next 24 hours. Well that's enough to stop me from going further (most of the time) and actually eating the dessert.
I am also using play it forward imagery to stop myself from harsh and bitchy words to my husband when I am PMS-ing. In my mind I verbalize my anger, then I take it to the next step in time and sense how my body will react to my proposed outburst. Even though it's a conversation going on in my head, it still makes me feel uneasy and slightly sick to my stomach. And I know that feeling will last for hours if I actually start up. Uggghh. Ha hah -- that's all I need to stop talking! I then wait until I feel calm (not dominated by flying high hormones) before I bring up an issue that was bugging me. I haven't mastered this technique by any means, but I do work on it daily. You need to go through an entire scenario from start to finish in order for it to be effective, I think.
Posted by KateC (Laguna Beach, CA) on 05/31/2008
re: Conquering your demons... I have always had an issue with boyfriends checking out other women when we are out. I know for a fact that there are many other women who have the same issue, but probably not as badly as I have.. A boyfriend who checks out another woman in my presence has always made me CRAZY inside. I felt jealousy, rage and insecurity.
I am glad to report that I have recently brought this emotionally charged issue under control. It took some time, but I consider the demon mostly conquered. What has helped me? Besides being in stable relationship with an emotionally mature man, I now stop my myself before my emotions escalate and think about the situation very carefully. The real key for me in conquering this demon has been to not allow my response to escalate. I "turn off" the switch in my head that wants to make a big deal out of it. I take a few deep breaths and then start rationalizing -- rather than my old pattern of reacting.
I have also figured out that while I am totally tortured for days after the reported "looking incident", my partner forgot about the woman he just checked out after a couple of minutes and wouldn't be able to describe her to me if I asked! Ahhhh so! Apparently this is true of most men that I have talked to.
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Posted by Wilma (Venice, CA) on 05/30/2008
re: Emotional Healing. There are a lot of Energy Psychology techniques available. Two of my favorites are EFT and TAT, both of which you can get a FREE manual from the websites on how to do them. EFT is tapping on acupuncture points to clear energy pathways our subconscious has possibly blocked. TAT requires holding a main acupuncture point and saying certain phrases. With these simple techniques, I have helped cure addictions to sugar, phobias, migraines, anxieties, tumors on my dog, crying children, piano performance issues, shoulder pain, etc. It is absolutely amazing and I AM NOT even a professional. ANYONE can do it. I really believe the creators of these techniques want to empower us to heal ourselves. There is enough information on the websites to do it yourself and try it on anything.
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Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 05/26/2008 | 530 Posts
On conquering your demons page - Do phobias count as demons? If so, I had two really bad phobias from childhood until sometime in my upper twenties: one was fear of dead 4 -legged animals - the second one was very swift running water, especially if it was both swift and muddy. I would walk a mile or more to avoid walking close to the dead 4-legged animals. Dead humans & other 2-legged animals didn't bother me.
One day after the nervous problems that facing either of these subsided, I told myself that being so terrified of something was stupid & started trying to remember the first time I was frightened by either one. It took me 6 months or more to finally remember that first time - both occurred when I was 4 years old. Funny, it was like watching a silent movie of myself as a 4 year old and seeing what gave me a terror of both. Not trusting my memory, I went to an older sister and asked her if we had a horse to die in the stable when I was about 4 years old. When she told me we did, then I knew I could trust the silent movie which explained the water phobia. After that silent movie I watched of myself, my phobias were both gone. I have never been bothered by either of them - even calmly drive onto ferrys during flood season, not screaming bloody murder as my sister tells me I did when I was 4.
Posted by Olivia (Brooklyn, New York) on 05/26/2008
Addiction to ice and lemons.
A few years ago I developed an intense craving for ice and lemons. I have since had great sympathy for addicts, because my craving drove me like a tyrant. One grocer asked me what I did with so much lemons since I bought a lot every day after work. I never had enough ice either. One day a friend of mine said she thought I had a chemical imbalance since I ate all of the ice in their trays. I was ashamed but did not know what to do about it. I wish I knew what cured it, but I had surgery due to fibroids, and when I came out of the hospital the craving had disappeared and never returned. I am writing this because someone may have cravings so intense they are ashamed; it may just be something chemical and not just a lack of will.
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