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Help for Bruxism or Teeth Grinding

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The cause(s), symptoms, and treatments of Teeth Grinding or Bruxism are a confusing array of possibilities such as:  a sleep disorder, emotional disturbance, acid reflux, disease, stress, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, dehydration, and the list goes on and on.

Relief was difficult for me to find because of the confusing and ineffective information offered.

Self hypnosis can help somewhat but it was not enough for me.

A dentist suggested a good stop gap measure is to buy a cheap mouth guard from the drug store and wear it at night.  It did protect my teeth and trained the jaw muscles not to clench but did not stop the bruxism.

I tried to reduce stress and calm my emotions and even lived like a monk with no smoking or drinking and practicing meditation and self hypnosis. This met with limited success. It was during the unconsciousness of deep sleep that the teeth grinding continued.

Finally one of my teeth cracked from the bruxism and it cost a very expensive visit to the dentist. This motivated me to search for a remedy and I finally found it! Here it is on the website of Dr. Galiffa. http://galiffasyndrome.com/

The remedy is to always sleep on the back or side, and never on the stomach, or face,  to prevent placing pressure on the side of the face (jaw)! The jaw clenches during sleep to protect the teeth, mouth, and mandibular joint, from the pressure of sleeping on the side of the face. See Dr. Galiff’s website for a real detailed description.

Observe the picture of the sleeping woman in the picture for an example of the good sleeping position http://galiffasyndrome.com/

Here is a quick run down of my simple method to stop teeth grinding or bruxism.

  • Always sleep on the back or side and never sleep on the stomach or the side of the face (jaw).
  • No pillow.  A pillow causes tension to the neck and changes the position of my jaw. Sleeping on my back without a pillow feels better and works for me. There are special pillows designed to help but I haven’t tried them.
  • During the day do not press the jaw or face on the hand or fingers. This is often done unconsciously and self hypnosis can help stop this.
  • Use self hypnosis and pay attention to stop clenching the jaw or pressing the jaw.
  • A cheap mouth guard from the drug store can help although I don’t need it any more.
  • Don’t sleep while drunk or if so  remember to be careful and drink plenty of water.
  • Address any emotional issues or possible disease with a medical professional.

A special thanks to Dr. Gallif http://galiffasyndrome.com

David Mazer

 

 

 

 

Invisible Dust Accumulates

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After a thoughtful moment of staring at me, Hapkido master, Mr. Kim, declared: “Invisible Dust Accumulates.” Puzzled I politely asked what the heck he was talking about. He replied something about invisible dust blocking light. I replied that if the dust were invisible then how could it block light? He just shook his head.

That “Invisible Dust Accumulates” business seemed kind of funny to me but I did not laugh out loud because Mr. Kim was a hulking wall of muscles and had won Olympic gold medals in Hapkido among other things.

Fast-forward several years. Out of curiosity I was reading a book on the I-Ching when a clue to the mystery appeared: Hexagram 36 (Hiding Brightness). Here is one interpretation of the I Ching Hexagram 36: “…hide your light”.

I had guessed that the “invisible dust”  was of the chattering mind, which makes it difficult to see the “true self.” Meditation clears that “invisible dust” from the mirror of the mind.

Thinking back, he may have been referring to my slow progress in class, intimating that I must do better.

I Ching hexagram 36 is so very meaningful. The I Ching is a book worth reading. I highly recommend it.

Locate the Third Eye and Altered Consciousness

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The little notch between the eyebrows along and above the ridge of the brow can be felt with the finger.  A mythical remnant of the 3rd eye socket.  See images of the bindi which is a dot worn as decoration to mark the spot.

It is called Yintang acupuncture point and is used to calm the mind. Here is an excellent diagram of the exact location.

Applying gentle acupressure with the fingers in a counterclockwise motion increases the mind altering effect. It is powerfully relaxing and can lead to a trance.

With the inner eye gaze at the spot where the finger is touching the 3rd eye. Peer through the 3rd eye into the inky imagination. The eyes may cross and roll back.

Focus on the farthest point of light in your imagination just like the Hubble telescope pictures of oldest light in the universe look for the faintest light. The gaze into the distance increases the depth perception of the imagination. Stare far off into the imaginary distance as possible.

Just relax and let go even for just a moment. Give in to the restful release of relaxation. Gently covering the eyes with cupped hands (no pressure on the eyes) is also very relaxing.

Gently rubbing the soft spot in the center of the forehead, the feeling is overwhelming, the nerves are triggered for complete relaxation as the body goes into trance. People unconsciously touch or rub their forehead when exasperated because it is relaxing.

Focus the imagination on these 3rd eye points. Feel these areas physically and imagine looking into them from inside the head looking out. Look into the space behind the forehead, peer out to the image projected, from slightly in front of the face, to infinity. This is where dreams appear. Focus on the 3rd eye area and the body automatically will starts become aware of it. Feel it with the body and the mind both at the same time.

The orb of the mental image spreads out peripherally to the temples.

The theater of imagination is just above the level of gaze of the eyes and in front of the eyes in the normal range of vision. Gazing farther up into the forehead the image gets less distinct. According to NLP theory when the eyes look up the mind is accessing long term memory. Between the eyebrows is where the image displays when the mind is concentrating. As the gaze moves farther up to the forehead, the feeling perhaps because different eye muscles are engaged. There is a distinctive feel to each of these spots. Concentrate on one of the two 3rd eye spots while simultaneously feeling the sensation there.

With closed eyes, gaze out from the pineal gland, through the 3rd eye in the forehead, out into the imagination The eyes will gratefully relax and roll up. It is  very relaxing and pleasurable to gaze upon the imagination. Touch or rub the third eye and gaze into the imaginary distance for a powerful effect. Just lightly touching the forehead with the finger tip can trigger a deep response.

The temples are two more soft spots around the eyes. Rubbing the temples feels kind of the same as the third eye. Gentle massage places pleasurable pressure on the eye muscles and the optic nerves. Closing the eyes makes the temple experience more dramatic. It is a meditation technique in its own right.

This trance state is good for self hypnosis or meditation. Hypnosis uses the imagination to change beliefs.

 

Dreams:

Watch the image as long as possible while falling asleep and while waking up. Stay aware of the light. Even a slight awareness. The twilight zone between waking and sleeping is called twilight sleep or the clear light dream by the Tibetans.

The image to be concentrated on while falling asleep according to Tibetan dream work is an OM symbol or just a softly glowing light in the chest. These soft glowing lights are the stuffs of imagination. The imagination uses them to “paint” a picture on the theater. This become evident when observing from a lucid dream state. The lights draw colorful psychedelic cartoons reflecting whatever is concentrated upon. The mind’s eye peers at the lights flashing around on the mental screen and tries to discern patterns. A guess is made and the mind begins to build upon that assumption and the image is the beginning of a belief. Seeing is believing.

When the mind concentrates upon an idea or an image it is painted in the imagination in a fascinating multidimensional moving picture show composed of the light of imagination. That movie appears in the 3rd eye.

 

Ego and Imagination

Ego and the imagination are entwined and can cause in misunderstandings. The clear and detached mind questions beliefs and assumptions.

There is a difference between truth and imagination. Consider if the attitude is based upon truth, or the imagination, or perhaps that little voice. The inner vision points out the direction that life takes. When false beliefs are discarded truth remains. That little voice or idea could be wrong. Recognizing a false belief can be a cathartic or liberating and life changing experience.

Episode of Belief – Panic Attack

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Episode of Belief: Panic Attack

Episodes of beliefs or ideas can cause discomfort such as panic or anxiety. Bringing to light this process means freedom from subconscious scripts.

Here’s a real example of how it works: John was sitting on the couch surfing the internet. As he clicked his mouse and read the websites there was a sense of dread welling up in his subconscious mind. He was consciously aware of the sad feeling and tried to ignore it by concentrating on surfing the internet. The uncomfortable sense of dread increased until it was just too painful to ignore. John’s eyes were tired. He had been surfing the internet for hours and was frustrated by the anxiety that had gripped him. He tried to ignore the pain as he hopelessly clicked on different webpages, when he landed on a webpage that described anxiety attacks. The written description of how to deal with anxiety was surreptitious. This broke the spell that John was under. It reminded him that emotions can be controlled by identifying them as feelings in the body. He was lucky to have landed on the webpage because it helped him break out of the cycle of suffering.

John decided then and there to get away from the computer and figure out what was wrong. No sooner had he made this decision than he was lost in thought and forgot. He got up, had some water, changed clothes, and went back to the computer. He was again reminded of anxiety attacks when he hit the same webpage. He again decided to turn off the computer and go think about what was troubling him. This cycle of forgetting continued for sometime until finally John became very firm in his resolve. He understood that he was blindly following the hidden script of the subconscious mind. He was very lucky to have stumbled across the webpage that reminded him about hidden scripts and emotions such as anxiety.

It was late night and bleary eyed John lay down on the bed, firmly resolved address his anxiety. He was feeling depressed and held back tears. He remembered that emotions can controlled by identifying where it is felt in the body and identifying it as a sensation. John relaxed his body using self hypnosis and the yoga Shavasana pose (lying down completely relaxed.)

John noticed some discomfort in his chest and neck. He identified the emotion as tightness in the chest and stretched a little bit and adjusted his body to be more comfortable. Soon he began to sense that his neck was really hurting badly and the pain extended down the spine to his chest area. The upsetting emotions that he was feeling was actually caused by bodily discomfort. The conscious mind had suppressed the pain in order to continue using the computer. It was only now that the subconscious messages from the body could be consciously recognized. The focus of attention was switched from surfing the internet to the body. The body has a brain of its own that is located in the gut, spine and solar plexus. The anxious emotion was identified as a sore neck and discomfort from sitting too long at the computer. Of course there are other reasons for John’s anxiety, such as money worries, but the dread was now under control. The anxiety was really a physical pain in the neck. As the pain diminished and the mind figured out what was happening the anxiety faded away.

A profound sense of relief spread as John relaxed further, using self hypnosis and meditation. As he lay there John slipped in and out of mental dramas, temporarily whisked away by the imagination into other thoughts, memories and ideas, forgetting what went before. He had learned from meditation practice to gently return the mind to the subject if it has wandered. The relaxation deepened and suddenly he felt a sense of being very intelligent and poised, truthful, rational, with crystal clear vision. It is a blessed sensation and John felt proud. “This is the way I should be!” John smiled to himself. For the moment he was free from the tyranny of the emotional tides of hypnotic rhythms. He felt really good and full of wisdom.

The moment was fleeting and the mind continued to shift focus only to be lost again in the imagination. It tumbles constantly from emotional state to emotional state throughout our lives. These mental journeys, or emotional roller coasters, are mostly below the radar of the conscious mind. We are only briefly aware of the thoughts until new ones arrive and we forget what we were thinking just a moment ago. This is because the mind can only focus on one thing at a time. It is the “forgetting” that is called “hypnosis”. Hypnosis can be used to remember what is forgotten. The thing is that the subconscious purposefully represses some memories and thoughts.

When phasing into one of these mental states the eyes will glaze over and appear to be looking far away. Actually the vision is shifted from the eyes to the inner eye of the mind. The inner eye, or imagination, takes up the visual field. When this visual field of the inner eye occupies our attention, we are spellbound and transfixed. We “space out” while being programmed by the imagination. Then we jolted back to the “waking world” and soon forget the “space out”. This spacing out and jolting back to “reality” the the very process of consciousness. Time does not stand still. The mind moves with it, taking in and processing new information, comparing it with memory, and using to imagination too define it. This process continues like a hypnotic rhythm throughout life.

The striking thing is the way we are held spellbound by the imagination many times throughout the day. Drifting from one reverie to another the mind makes sense of its world. Hypnosis and meditation are priceless tools to help fathom the depths and chart a course.

The most remarkable thing is the sense of power, bliss and super intelligence that is felt when the body is completely relaxed and bodily sensations are identified as emotions. It is a sense of awesome power when the mind realizes that it can control mental suffering simply by using relaxation techniques and meditation. This power is intoxicating and the sense of carelessness is shocking. It is inspiring like the Jimi Hendrix verse: “I’m standing next to a mountain and I chop it down with the edge of my hand”. The mountain is chopped down with the razor edge of the mind. It may take some conscious effort to start caring about things again.

Hypnosis teaches how to recognize those hidden scripts and how to relax. Meditation fits with hypnosis just like a hand and glove.

Habits are changed by bypassing the critical eye and reprogramming the subconscious mind using affirmation and suggestion.

As he lay there John slipped in and out of mental dramas, temporarily whisked away by the imagination into other thoughts, memories and ideas, forgetting what went before. He had learned from meditation practice to gently return the mind to the subject if it has wandered. The relaxation deepened and suddenly he felt a sense of being very intelligent and poised, truthful, rational, with crystal clear vision. It is a blessed sensation and John felt proud. “This is the way I should be!” John smiled to himself. For the moment he was free from the tyranny of the emotional tides of hypnotic rhythms. He felt really good and full of wisdom.

The moment was fleeting and the mind continued to shift focus only to be lost again in the imagination. It tumbles constantly from emotional state to emotional state throughout our lives. These mental journeys, or emotional roller coasters, are mostly below the radar of the conscious mind. We are only briefly aware of the thoughts until new ones arrive and we forget what we were thinking just a moment ago. This is because the mind can only focus on one thing at a time. It is the “forgetting” that is called “hypnosis”. Hypnosis can be used to remember what is forgotten. The thing is that the subconscious purposefully represses some memories and thoughts.

When phasing into one of these mental states the eyes will glaze over and appear to be looking far away. Actually the vision is shifted from the eyes to the inner eye of the mind. The inner eye, or imagination, takes up the visual field. When this visual field of the inner eye occupies our attention, we are spellbound and transfixed. We “space out” while being programmed by the imagination into a belief. Then we are jolted back to the “waking world” and soon forget the “space out”. This spacing out and jolting back to “reality” is the very process of consciousness. Time does not stand still. The mind moves with it, taking in and processing new information, comparing it with memory, and using the imagination defines it. This process is a hypnotic rhythm throughout life. The mind both watches and speaks in turn and sometimes simultaneously. The focus of attention moves back and forth between watching and believing. The belief is the conclusion that the imagination has reached. The voice of the Internal Dialogue speaks the belief as if laying down the law to the self.  This process is continual, the Reticular Activating System is constantly scanning for anything new, unusual, persistent, or novel, and focuses on that. The mind works by association of memories and the senses. Consciousness is a series of moments vacillating between what is believed in the moment and watching to confirm if what is believed is authentic and truthful. We constantly phase between fantasy and reality.

A Panic Attack or Depression is the process of these “Episodes of Belief”, as I have named them, unfolding. For example: A person having panic or depression is watching the grim realities in the mind’s eye and the resulting belief is causes panic. The mind returns to the site of trauma in order to heal. As long as the mind is dissatisfied it will continue to think and the resultant conclusion or belief causes panic. It is a chain reaction of thought-belief-panic. That how panic attacks go.

The striking thing is the way we are held spellbound by the imagination many times throughout the day. Drifting from one reverie to another the mind makes sense of its world. Hypnosis and meditation are priceless tools to help fathom the depths and chart a course.

The most remarkable thing is the sense of power, bliss and super intelligence that is felt when the body is completely relaxed and bodily sensations are identified as emotions. It is a sense of awesome power when the mind realizes that it can control mental suffering simply by using relaxation techniques and meditation.

Hypnosis teaches how to recognize those hidden scripts and how to relax. Meditation fits with hypnosis just like a hand and glove.

How to Stop a Panic Attack:  Well one way is with the breath. Uncontrollable sobbing is the rhythmic exhaling of breath until the lungs are empty as the body curls up. Harmonize with this energy by emphasizing the exhalation and hold the breath for a moment with lungs empty. This can stop the uncontrollable sobbing because when the lungs are completely empty and the breath is held, it is very difficult to continue with the spasms of sobbing. Taking a deep breath and holding it is helpful as is deep breathing.

Episodic Memory: Dogs Forget Yesterday

[more to come]

Shockwave Flash Plugin Crash Problem Solved By Disabling the Plugin

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Brief description of the problem: The computer slows down, hangs-up, or crashes when Flash videos are accessed online with a browser. If the browser reports that Shockwave Flash is disabled, then go to the browser plugin options and be sure that the plugin is installed and enabled, or try using another browser. The following instructions are to resolve an issue where the enabled Shockwave Flash plugin causes the computer to crash.  

Work-around quick guide

1 –   Disable the Adobe Flash plugin in your main browser  (I use Firefox as my main browser).

2 – Enable the Adobe Flash plugin in your backup browser. (I use Internet Explorer as my secondary browser).

3 – When you encounter a video that does not work in the main browser, switch to your backup browser.

4 – In the backup browser, enter or paste the url of the website, and play the Flash video.

5 – Remember to close the backup  browser when finished watching the video (to prevent Flash from crashing the system).

NOTE: These instructions pertain to Flash as browser plugin, not the version of Flash that is downloaded and installed on the computer. The Flash browser plugin is what the computer uses to play videos online.

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The Flash Crash Work-Around

The internet is abuzz with complaints about the Adobe Shockwave Flash plugin crashing or becoming unresponsive. It happens in both in the Firefox and the Chrome browsers. When the plugin crashes or becomes unresponsive the whole computer can freeze up or sometimes just the video or browser would fail.

Here’s how I fixed it.

  1. Open the “Add-ons” menu
  2. Locate the  drop down menu to the right of the Shockwave Flash plugin.
  3. Select “Never Activate”

Now whenever I start a YouTube video, there is for a split second the message: “This plugin is disabled” and then the video starts and runs perfectly with no crashes. Note: I previously tried setting the plugin to “Ask to Activate” but the problem returned.

I don’t usually use the Chrome browser but decided to test if the Shockwave Flash plugin could be disabled there as well.

Here’s the official instructons: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/108086?hl=en

After disabling the Flash plugin in Chrome, I fired up a You Tube video, and it played perfectly.

As I type this, I have several You Tube videos playing on the Firefox and Google Chrome browsers simultaneously, all while the Flash plugins are disabled, with no crashes.

Bonus Tip! Rescue the computer when it gets snagged by an unresponsive website .

When the laptop computer becomes unresponsive while connecting to a slow website, disconnect the internet connection. This is a really big deal if you have unsaved work and the computer becomes unresponsive and rebooting will cause the loss of your work.

How to disconnect the internet connection:

  • Disconnect from the internet by pressing the internet connection button. On my laptop it is on the F12 key with a little shining led light.
  • Wait for the computer to start working again.
  • Press the internet connection light again to reconnect to the net.
  • Another option is to disconnect from the router or turn it off and wait a couple of minutes for the session to time out.
  • Do nothing and wait for the session to time out.

There are other reasons why a computer hangs up, such as malware, in which case, be sure that antivirus protection is running, and scan the computer for errors.

Another reason is that the there is “100% Disk” (view the Task Manager). I took two steps to get rid of this hassle in Windows 8:

In Control Panel under “Administrative Services”:

Disabled the automatic “defrag” operation. I will run it manually rather than letting it start on its own.

Examine the start-up items under “System Configuration”

Under Control Panel –> System –> Advanced System settings –> Advanced tab –> Performance settings –> Visual effects, change from “Let Windows Choose” too either “Best Performance”, or “Custom” and select your choice. “Best Performance” is not the most visually appealing and at the minimum I like to enable the “smooth screen fonts” option. Now my laptop is zippy!

There are lots of options under Control Panel worth investigating, includiing the Administrative area and turning off the User Account Control security feature, which I have turned completely off on my laptop.

Other actions that have helped my laptop speedup and stop crashing:

  • Run the CHKDSK command to fix disk errors.
  • Change around the UFEI settings in the bios.
  • Use a free system tool such as CCLEANER.
  • Run an antivirus program.
  • The care and feeding of the PC requires it to be regularly pruned and cared for. There are many possible causes for slow response and crashing and this is not a comprehensive list.
  • Install the NoScript plugin. I got tired of it always asking questions and decided to uninstall it. That is when the program asked if I wanted it run run in basic mode. I said yes, and it has been running silently in the background and the computer runs much better.
  • Install the “Disconnect” plugin for Firefox (there are other similar plugins for other browsers). It saves bandwidth by blocking advertisers, social media, and analytics tracking.

 





Canker Sore Miracle Solution = Nutritional Yeast! Part 2

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orCanker Sore Miracle Solution = Nutritional Yeast! Part 2

Big Surprise!

My article Canker Sore Miracle Solution = Nutritional Yeast! is a smash hit! Well, maybe a sensation.

It is surreal. They like the web design and how fast it loads. They have reached the end of their long quest for relief from canker sores. There were some “thank yous” and a few commentors  actually said “I love you” and “keep up the good work”.

Web analytics indicate that people all over the world are frequently reading the article. I am stunned.

One commentor called for a Part 2, and here it is!

Part 2 expands upon the original article, adding explanations, a few anecdotes, and some thoughts.

Magic Moment

There was a moment when time stood still, the comments were pouring in, people were deeply touched, thanking me, even (gasp!) sending love! Time stood still for a magic moment of sharing and caring.

History

Canker sores were the bane of my existence. I scoured the internet for years experimenting and consulting physicians and dentists to find an answer. Pieces of information are scattered all around like a jig saw puzzle. There must be thousands of articles, some conflicting, and who has the time to sift through it all? I spent many hours sifting through the data. My article pieces it all together into a comprehensive and easy to understand guide. It is written in a terse style, like a sutra, for clear and concise instruction. Even a space alien or an archaeologist can understand it.

The answer was right there all along, it was just a matter of connecting the dots.

The Key

After reading that vitamin B cannot be stored in the body, and that vitamins B can stop mouth sores, and that vegetarians are especially prone because they miss the vitamin B source found in meat, I reasoned my vitamin B levels could be low. I began taking vitamin B in the form of nutritional yeast regularly for a couple of weeks and had remarkable results. (Disclaimer: This is not medical advice and please ask your doctor).

Vitamin B wither art thou?

The grocery store shelves are stocked with many different types of vitamin B tablets and they cost a pretty penny to boot. Some vitamin tablets are synthesized. For example http://www.doctorsresearch.com/articles4.html. Theoretically, taking a full spectrum vitamin B tablet such as Stress Complex, rather than nutritional yeast, would work the same but I haven’t tried it. Nutritional yeast is available online.

The Miracle

One fine day a girlfriend was sprinkling nutritional yeast on her food. She said that it improved her mood and gave her a little buzz. I glanced at the ingredients and was astounded at the remarkable amount of B vitamins. A trip to the grocery store revealed that nutritional yeast is available in cans and from bins in the bulk foods section.

Nutritional yeast comes in flakes or powder. I prefer the powder because it dissolves more easily in warm liquid than the flakes. I’m not a big fan of the nutty yeast flavor so I just mix a heaping helping with the last gulp of my morning tea. I imagine that quality organic flakes would taste better than the stuff that I get out of the grocery store bins.

Peace At Last

It is a pleasure to be free from those nasty canker sores. It took some experimenting to get the system down pat. Finally the mystery is revealed. I started with one to two tablespoons of nutritional yeast every day and this worked quite well. Then I discovered home cooking.

Good Food Makes a Big Difference

As I began to cook my own food (stir fried fresh veggies and other quality whole foods), and stopped eating at restaurants, there was even more improvement. I reduced my daily nutritional yeast to about one teaspoon, and sometimes even skip a day or two just to give my body a rest from it. I haven’t had any canker sores for months now.

Alcohol

I’ve noticed a link between drinking alcohol and canker sores. Drinking plenty of water is good for the mouth. Alcohol does just the opposite – it causes dehydration.

Hypnosis

Self hypnosis has helped me to successfully follow the Canker Sore Miracle Cure = Nutritional Yeast! plan. A self hypnosis script is in the original article.

Conclusion

Getting enough Vitamin B regularly, eating quality food, avoiding certain spicy and acidic foods, avoiding trauma to the mouth, and staying healthy, can be an effective plan to combat canker sores. Vitamin B from nutritional yeast on a regular basis has been very effective for me and apparently others, judging from the reactions.

This knowledge has been around for a long time. My article just presents it in a comprehensive and easy to understand and format. It is like a cheat sheet for canker sores.

– David Mazer 08/07/2014 3:08 AM. email: davidmazer@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Talk with Your Subconscious

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You want to do something or stop doing something, change a habit, or make a decision. Why won’t we cooperate with ourselves? Why doesn’t all this hypnosis jazz and positive self-talk therapy seem to work? In the end we are stuck with our stubborn selves. It is as if there is another person living in the mind with a will of its own.

Well, there is this thing known as “repression”. Repression means forgetting or ignoring something that is painful or uncomfortable. The subconscious “forgets it”. Out of sight out of mind is not just a quaint folk expression. Repression is a survival mechanism to protect the body from the stressful memories and thoughts.

The reason why it is so hard to talk with the subconscious is because it doesn’t want to talk! It tunes out extraneous or harmful thoughts and focuses on survival. The subconscious is the physical body plus memories and thoughts. It communicates with feelings and symbols.

Treat the subconscious like an old friend. Have little one-on-one talk with your best buddy. Give ’em a pat on the back and relax. Now you can finally express yourself to yourself and come up with a solution. Use the higher brain to for logic and to distinguish between reality and imagination. The subconscious cannot tell the difference between imagination or reality. The subconscious is the imagination. The conscious mind is a “critical facility” that filters thoughts before allowing them to pass to the subconscious. Sometimes this does not always work out; but we are not perfect

The subconscious likes being treated like a 9 year old. Be gentle and kind and maybe some humor to lighten it up a bit. Like talking to someone you really care about,  come to an understanding, and figure out a plan.

The above is a good way to use self hypnosis for positive change. The subconscious can be reached using other cues such as: strong emotion, shock, and strong commands, to name a few.

A strong command can be useful to break a habit such as smoking. Self hypnosis is a focus of mental energy that the subconscious mind/body accepts. You can decide to quit smoking, and when the subconscious accepts, it will brace for the nicotine withdrawal. It will be a done deal. I know because I’ve done it myself.

Sometimes a gentle cajoling is best, depending on.

Keep in mind that the subconscious mind is not the same kind of mind as the conscious mind. The higher brain uses complex logic that the lower brain cannot understand. Think of the subconscious as a primitive brain on the level of a 9 year old. It understands feelings and emotions, and uses visual symbols and silent thought-words. This is a hint as to how the subconscious thinks and how to phrase your dialogue with it.

The subconscious can help the higher brain solve complex problems, and there are many examples of inventors, scientists, and artists going into an altered state to get ideas or from dreams. When the attention is focused the minds work together.

Talking with the subconscious includes listening to it. Getting too know and understand it is communicating with it. It may have some things to say. Talk to it in a language that it understands.

Use self hypnosis, meditation, or just slow down for some honest self reflection.

Some interesting links for reflection:

The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

Biology of Kundalini

The Chi Center ~ Beginning Qigong Practice

To be continued…





Dreams and Hypnosis

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Dreams and Hypnosis

To dream: or not to dream, that is the question.

Preface:

This is a unique moment in history where instant knowledge is at the finger tips. Presto! Long hidden ancient knowledge is available on the internet. This windfall of knowledge is a double edged sword. Too much information causes the “Paradox of Choice” aka confusion. However, having a smorgasbord of knowledge, has advantages, as well.

Dream work exists in many cultures in the world. My experience is with Senoi dreamwork, western style lucid dreaming, Tibetan Dream Yoga, and other Sleep Yoga, upon which this article is based. A Korean mentor also gave me some insights into the meaning of dreams.

There is so much knowledge available on the internet, etc, that it would take a lifetime to research, that is why I am writing this now, otherwise it would never be done. A full analysis is beyond the scope of this article. It is meant to be a helpful guide.

Dream Yoga

There are two basic schools of lucid dreaming theory. One advocates active participation in lucid dreams, exploring and changing the dream. The other school is passive observation without attempting to change the dream. I generally prefer the passive observation style, but there can be value in purposefully changing of the dream experience.

Active Method: The Senoi dream work method was presented to me in a freshman cultural anthropology class. It suggests that in nightmares remain calm and confident and bravely turn to the nightmare monster (or whatever) and tell it: “You are merely a symbol, without substance, and you cannot harm me”. In doing this the dream monster will vanish like an illusion and the nightmare ends. This action helps  in understanding the problem as it exists in the waking world. The vanquished demon in the dream is symbolic of something in the waking world. In this way the psychology can be affected via dream work. This attitude of liberation from fear by remaining calm and  brave is also found in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Similarly, the martial arts teaches to keep a calm in the face of fear, so there really must be something to this remaining calm business!

 

Passive Method: Simply observe the dream and remember it. Write it down upon waking. Review your dream diary before bed and the expectation will lead to dreaming. A Tibetan method is to imagine a softly glowing light in the chest. Stay aware of the light while falling asleep all through the sleep period if possible. If not then try to keep even just a wisp of consciousness on the light while dozing off. Don’t sleep but  enter a twilight sleep and experience the clear white light of consciousness, where dreams are observed, as thoughts are during meditation. Just by the act observing, powerful psychological forces are set into motion. The subconscious percolates into the consciousness

 

In the twilight sleep (clear white light of consciousness) dreams no longer have the tremendous emotional power and this is liberating. It becomes possible to understand that the dream meanings are bodily sensations and memories all being associated by the reticular activating system. The mind looks for patterns by associating ideas. These associations are seen in dreams. Dreams are not mysterious. They are simply the bodily sensations and the brain trying to understand by recognizing patterns in life. Dreams are important messages from the body about it’s state of health and should be considered. Emotional issues z\are intertwined into the dream because the mind affects the body and visa versa the body affects the mind.

Example 1:  John has recurring nightmares about horrible angry demons with wild eyes stabbing him in the stomach. John realized that his drinking and eating habits have given him severe heartburn.Heart burn and stomach pain are sensations of burning anger. The burning angry stomach took shape as angry demons stabbing him in the stoomach.

 

Example 2: Fred dreams that a forlorn little boy is smiling at him pleading “Hey mister…Feed me!” Finally a woman gives the boy some hot roasted turkey and was very happy to eat it and even gave some to his dog. Fred recorded this dream in the morning in his dream diary. He was fascinated by the face of the little boy. In order to remember the dream he drew a sketch of the boy and the woman. Fred recalled that  during childhood he was very hungry and always looked forward to the Thanksgiving day feast. The face of the boy in the sketch is his own face as a child. The woman is his mother serving the dinner. The dog is his childhood pet. John realized that his rigorous diet was causing him hunger and nutritional deficiency. Fred reasoned that the message of the dream is that he needs to eat better.

 

Example 3: Sally dreams of a woman in a car wearing dark glasses giving her a mean look. Sally meditates on the feeling or emotional state she felt in the dream and how it relates to the waking state. She realizes that she is very angry about several issues in her life and that people often vent their anger while driving. Sally realizes that she is the woman in the dream. It is very common that different people in dreams are actually the self combined with mental associations about others. Sally decided find ways to reduce the stress and anger by changing her lifestyle to include better eating habits, exercise, and regular meditation or counseling.

But wait! This dream could have another meaning. It could simply be that cars were making a lot of noise while she was asleep. The person driving the car is Sally! The mind watches while sleeping and sees a person present. That person is the self. The mind associated the sound of the car driving by and the presence of a person (Sally herself) and the dream contained a car and a woman. Always consider the obvious when decoding a dream. Only the dreamer can figure out the true meanings. Sometimes other people appear in dreams but there is always an element of self in those dream images because the mind senses the body of the self lying there asleep.

Resolving to remain calm and brave in fearful circumstances has helped me to overcome Night Terrors.

There are may books and methods used to decipher the meaning of dreams, such as dream symbol encyclopedias, etc. My view is that each dream is personal and can only be understood by the dreamer. Dreams are closely connected with the reality. For example, if cold, one may dream of snow or coldness. If the stomach is painful or irritated there many be nightmares associated with the stomach or anger. During sleep the conscious mind recedes and the subconscious expands and there is more awareness of feeling. These feelings are of the physical body, including conflicts of the conscious mind, that affect the body.

To understand the dream ask: What does the dream make me feel? Is my body feeling alright? Are there any needs that may be associated with the dream? Is there anything in the waking world, such as conflicts, that relates to the dream.

As my Korean friend explained: “Dreams are a sign that there is something wrong” and “The best way to sleep is without dreaming”. There is a dreamless twilight sleep state known as Turiya, that is the goal of dream work. Where the body is uncomfortable it will be reflected in dreams. These dreams are unique and can only be truly understood by the individual. Meditation and dream work will help to understand your dreams.

There is great liberation in understanding dream, in facing the fear and understanding it. Once done, those fearsome or confusing dreams are understood to be symbols of discomfort. It helps to understand and heal the self.

For example: a pregnant friend related a dream where she was wading through a stream while holding her baby, when she was stabbed in the leg by a stick, and her husband was saying something like “No…go away”. To determine how this dream is associated with her non-sleeping state, I asked where in the dream the stick stabbed her leg. She pointed to a scar on her leg. In a moment of self realization she related how as a child, she waded across a stream, and was injured by a stick jabbing her leg. She was presently carrying a baby in her womb, and her husband was in reality nearby. The husband saying “No…go away” could have been the traumatic memory. I have found that other people in dreams, usually consist in part or wholly, as a reflection of the self.

The mind works by association of memories and sensations with the imagination. Recall the dream and let the mind free associate to find the personal meaning.

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Dream meanings can be extrapolated from life issues that occupy the mind. The message in the dream can be deciphered by recalling the feeling in the dream and during each dream event. Recalling the dream feeling will trigger memories of that feeling in the waking state and it will become obvious why the mind has brought this thought to the fore. Sometimes there will be a reminder or a solution to a problem. Don’t be carried away by the imagination. The dream is just a reflection of life and it seems strange because of the awesome power of the imagination. The brain contains naturally occurring psychoactive compounds and that is why a glimpse into that subconscious realm is confusing and exciting.

Other things that cause dream events are the remants of ancient reflexes such as floating, flying, falling, from the days as mammals swimming in the ocean. There are other physical reflexes such the freezing of the muscles to prevent thrashing around during dreams or perhaps the remants of ancient reflexes to hold the breath under water. Night terrors, where the body is paralyzed and there is difficulty breathing, may be related to these reflexes. In any event I have cured myself of the Night Terrors, Sleep Paralysis, or visits by the Succubus / Incubus.

 

Night Terrors, Sleep Paralysis, or visits by the Succubus / Incubus

 

How I cured my Night Terrors: See the above under the Dream Yoga heading.

Basically the way I did it was using bravery. While waking-up from sleep,  I could not move or breathe and was afraid of dying. The fear was so profound that I repressed it from my consciousness. The solution came after reading the Tibetan Book of The Dead where it says to remain calm and know that you are immortal and everything will be OK. The important thing is to remain calm and trusting.

The next time that the sleep paralysis occurred I was able to remember the instructions in the Tibetan Book and simply accepted what was happening, remembering that everything is an illusion and stayed calm. (This principle is consistent with the Senoi dream work outlined above). After doing this a couple times the night terrors vanished completely and never returned. I was also able to detect and stop my nocturnal teeth grinding (bruxism) by adjusting the sleeping position by never sleeping on the face and jaw bone. Read about it at this link: http://www.galiffasyndrome.com/

Practicing lucid dreaming and meditation helps to become aware of dreaming. The simple affirmation to remember the dreams before bedtime is enough. Writing a dream diary first thing in the morning and reading it before bedtime is a very powerful action. The goal is to maintain even the slightest shred of consciousness throughout sleep. Doing this one becomes aware of the subconscious.

 

To Be continued…

 

How to lucid dream

To dream: or not to dream, that is the question.

Twilight dreamless sleep

Night Terrors

 

Hypnotic Dreaming

 

 

 

more to come…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canker Sore Miracle Solution = Nutritional Yeast!

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Canker Sore Miracle Solution = Nutritional Yeast! Part 2

Canker Sore Miracle Solution = Nutritional Yeast!

Some articles on the web mention that  vitamin B and amino acids such as L-Lysine can stop the canker sores known as Aphthous stomatitis.  The secret to this advice is: to  take enough vitamin B regularly on a  daily basis.*

Nutritional yeast is bursting with the full spectrum of B vitamins and amino acids. It is a inexpensive (way less than the pills cost) and available at the grocery store.

Some people like the nutty flavor and sprinkle it on foods claiming that it makes them feel good. I prefer to mix it with the last gulp of my morning tea. With nutritional yeast (vitamin B) in my daily diet , my canker sore worries are almost gone.

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A friend clued me in to this a long time ago. She said that vegetarians do not get enough of the vitamin B that is present in meat, and they should eat nutritional yeast to get B vitamins, and to prevent canker sores. What I did not understand at the time is that the vitamin B needs to be in the body in sufficient quantity to act against the formation of canker sores. Also it must be the full spectrum of vitamin B, not just one type such as B-12. The vitamin B labeled as “Stress Complex” appears to contain the full spectrum, but I have only used nutritional yeast, as it costs less and is in a more natural form. The pills may be synthesized. To be effective it must be taken daily. Please note: this is nutritional yeast, not any other kind of yeast.

Nutritional yeast (vitamin B) has been a miracle in my life as long as I follow certain rules mostly about my diet as shown below.

There are two modes of dealing with canker sores:

 

Maintenance mode:

(when there are no canker sores)

 

  • Eat at least one heaping teaspoon of nutritional yeast a day or vitamin B. The amount of vitamins B must be high for it to work.It takes maybe a 2-3 days for it to kick in while the body’s resistance grows stronger against  the  sores.
  • Pay attention to any foods that trigger canker sores. Such as: hot pepper, salty snacks, spices, alcohol, tomatoes, tomato sauce, citrus fruits, and sharp or hard foods like chips or nuts (that could cut or irritate the mouth). A web search will turn up many more possibilities.
  • Be careful not to bite the cheek or lip. Cheek bites can cause nasty mouth sores.
  • Eat enough to stay healthy. If I miss a few meals, slack off on the Vitamin B,  do not eat well, or suffer severe stress, the mouth sores may start to appear. It is important to eat enough good wholesome food and to get plenty of vitamin B so that the body can repair itself.
  • Drink lots of water. This really helps prevent and heal canker sores. Alcohol does the opposite; it causes dehydration.
  • Hydrogen peroxide mouthwash can help prevent small cuts from developing into mouth sores.

 

Treatment mode:

(after a canker sore appears, or to ward off, as in the case of a cheek bite or eating a wrong food)

 

  • Increase the vitamin B to speed up the healing and to prevent more sores. I  take three heaping tablespoons of nutritional yeast over the course of the day. The idea is to  clobber it with a mega dose of vitamins B until it heals and then decrease the dose back to  the “maintenance mode” level when the sore heals.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated.
  • If a wrong food is eaten rinse the mouth out  to remove all the food particles and increase the vitamin B for a few days just in case. Rinsing the mouth after eating washes away food particles that could cause irritation.
  • Pain management. Over the counter medicines can numb the sore and relieve pain, which is especially helpful before eating or brushing the teeth. Please be sure that it does not  contain any  alcohol, phenol, mint, or anything that will sting the sore! A dentist can prescribe “Magic Mouthwash” which contains lidocaine, antihistamine, and antacid. This is very soothing and effective in numbing the sore and relieving the most terrible canker sore pain.
  • Cleaning the sore at the very first appearance cleaning can prevent the it from developing deeply (more painful) into the lip or cheek. Check with your doctor or dentist about this.
  • Blood blisters occasionally appear on the cheek after eating a meal. I learned from experience that they will heal without forming a canker sore if they are left alone and not ruptured. Chew carefully to avoid popping the blood blister and take  plenty of nutritional yeast (vitamins B) and they will amazingly heal. However, if the blister is ruptured, the open wound tends to form a canker sore.

This method works wonders for me. Hopefully this will benefit others as well.

 

Self Hypnosis for the Canker Sore Miracle Solution:

  • Sit or lie down and get comfy.
  • Take a few deep breaths and relax.
  • Think about your experience with canker sores.
  • Try to remember which foods or anything else that may cause them.
  • Make a list of things that you can do, or stop doing, that will help.
  • Read each item from your list and affirm with deep conviction that you will follow your plan.
  • Keep tabs on your progress.
  • Before sleep read the list and affirm your conviction to follow each item on the list.

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice.





Hypnosis as Attention. Hypnosis, Buddha, and Einstein

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Foolish, ignorant people indulge in careless lives, whereas a clever man guards his attention as his most precious possession. – The Buddha

Hypnosis is defined as “a state of focused attention”.

The Buddha’s attention in the moment was so profound that his presence simply amazed people.

Albert Einstein said:  “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. “

A focused attention is powerful whereas a divided attention does not trigger as powerful response from the Reticular Activating System (RAS).

By paying close attention to the link between the thought stream and the behavior, the clever person guards the most precious possession: the attention.

Attention is our navigation system through life. Focused attention, invokes the Reticular Activating System, the genius power of the subconscious mind.

If you want to stop a habit, such as smoking, then pay attention. The subconscious mind will respond.