Thank you for introducing both myself and my partner to a new and exciting way of using our minds. I have been experiencing some wonderful things in my PP. I use your techniques at work and daily do cross-over exercises. Actually I find at work when I feel tired that standing up and doing cross overs, followed by 5-10 minutes of meditation picks me up and makes me feel refreshed. Thank you for introducing us both to an exciting new tool which is already enriching our lives. Kind Regards.
Coincidence or not? I am often called on to extract blood from a "difficult" donor (ie. one whom others, and often the donor, says the vein is hard to find). I go to my PP and visualise myself easily finding the vein with the needle and see the sample bottle readily filling. I keep doing it because it work.
What's in it for me? At the end of the day I feel great. I use my PP for focusing and dealing with difficult personalities. Instead of ranting and raving for 15 minutes over a difficult issue I lose my cool only for a short time. I quickly remember my PP (it's so available because I often think about "oh for the day it's automatic!") and then I easily let go what's bothering me.
In emotional situations I go to my PP to switch off then come back to deal with the problem.
Before my mum died she told me 2 things about her PP (incidentally, she had to learn PP from your book as she was never well enough to attend a seminar, so the book must be very good. I don't think she even used a tape!). When she was still at home, in the last few weeks, she used to wake up overwhelmed with terror. She said the only thing that helped was to go straight to her PP and the fear would vanish. In the last days before she died, she suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. After that she couldn't read her Bible any more (and it had been a great comfort to her for weeks) or even remember the words to The Lord's Prayer (due to the damage caused by the haemorrhage). But without effort she could instantly find her PP and this is where she spent her last days. She told me this the day she died. I know Mum was helped enormously, not just at the end but through the whole last year of her cancer, by PP. The chemo staff and her doctors could not explain her survival for so long, nor could they explain how she recovered from the brain haemorrhage enough to regain consciousness, let alone to recognise us and talk to us. Who can say what role PP played in this. Thank you from her and me for sharing PP with other people. Imagine how strong PP must be if it survives such massive brain damage. It is obviously not stored in the same place as other memories, or reading. I wonder where it is?
It has been almost a month since I took your seminar — it was so interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I practise Alpha every day and am quite good at it now. I can go to my PP in seconds.Well I would like to tell you about my experience during the after-Xmas sale. I went to my nearest major shopping centre only for a pair of shoes for my son as he couldn’t find what he wanted at the nearby shopping centre. He needed them for a camp starting the next day. Everybody seemed to be going to Westfield and we got caught in a horrific traffic jam on the way. It took us more than one hour to get there (it normally only takes 15 minutes). I practised Alpha in the traffic jam and asked my son to tell me when I had to move. I practised twice on the way. Once we got there it was so crowded that I would have been stressed out if I hadn’t practised PP. People were rude to each other, but I was so calm imagining all those lights were protecting me from the chaos. Thank you for teaching me those precious skills.
This year has proven to be both as exciting and as exasperating as may have been expected when one returned to study after an absence of 25 years. My Peaceful Place meditation continues to be a part of my daily life, and has, I am sure, been integral to the growth and healing I am experiencing.
I have now convinced myself that I have the power to control my level of nervousness with PP relaxation and subconscious input. I am approaching my task of caring for my wife in a calmer more orderly manner. The big gain is for my wife to hear your tapes, as she can read very little, she is now enthusiastic to put on the headphones and listen to your guided tapes. Many aspects of control of my life are more apparent. My religious and spiritual values do not conflict with your therapy. Even when we know a correct path to follow we are lazy and dodge it, expecting things to right themselves without conscious effort. Effort is needed, perseverance to complete the task, linked with a self confidence, to improve our quality of life. Thanks again for your guidance — it is working well for both of us.
Thank you for the recent seminar. I’m so glad I attended and look forward to meeting some of the group at the Follow Up. I find myself going to my PP frequently. I have never previously practised meditation to any degree but am finding it helpful, but still find my mind sometimes jumping to where it shouldn’t be, but I’m trying and hoping one day to completely “Let go and let God”.
I attended your recent seminar really to keep a friend company, but have left feeling revived and motivated! Thank you for putting so much of yourself into your seminar. I appreciated your personal touch! I visit my PP regularly; I can now get there in the middle of a busy classroom, which makes me a much nicer teacher! Thanks again.
Thanks for the CALM Seminar last weekend and for the chat. I have just got through a very heavy week; frequent sidesteps into my PP have made a surprising difference. Next week we are so heavily booked; but I think I can handle it more easily through the principles you have taught me. For the first time I can see myself achieving my goals. Thank you Sandy.
I am now enrolled in a B.A. course aiming to major in both Psychology and Philosophy. This is significant when you consider that earlier in my life I suffered from anxiety so badly, I could not recall my own name at the end of an exam.
My PP and the associated meditation has changed markedly since my initial introduction to it in 1995. Although I still retain a sense of association with the original PP, I notice that my consciousness now goes directly to what was the ‘inner sanctum’ without any visualisation of conscious association with the original PP. This involved a state in which my ‘visual sense’ seem to be repeatedly swept by a sort of sensation of a light, that I register as the ‘radiance of the universe’.In any event, it is characterised by a continual disengagement with conscious thoughts and images. Interestingly the effect has begun to transfer to waking or conscious activities, when it is characterised by an acutely focused clarity of perception and flow of ideas. I look forward to the day when I may be able to return to you something of what I have gained from CALM.
Firstly I would like to thank you for providing a place for growth and understanding to develop. I really enjoyed those two days. When I went into the releasing hurt meditation during the seminar I did not have very strong impressions when I asked the hurt what it was trying to tell me, other than that I would receive answers and everything was going to be alright. After the seminar my husband and I discussed what we were going to do to be able to benefit in an ongoing way from the things that we had learned. We had decided that we would get up half an hour earlier every morning and share a time of meditation together. We also decided that we would study your book “Switch on to Your Inner Strength” every evening together. On the Monday morning, true to our promise, we arose the half hour earlier and put on a meditation tape. I decided to do a releasing hurt meditation – I had wonderful results. Firstly I was taught about forgiveness. I was told that there was no hurt, pain or loss left when forgiveness is complete. That the pain that I was feeling and the hurt of that pain was the result of the grief that I felt in the loss of an important relationship. I was told that we all have sinned in some way and that it was only in the degree of pain that we cause that our sins differed. Forgiveness is the ability to take the hurt of the sin and cast it “into the light” – this was the way that it was expressed to me. I was told that I need do no other thing than forgive. When I am home I have two tiny bowls in the kitchen in which I have placed 20 tiny white buttons. After I have gone to my PP I take a button from one bowl and put it into the other, then I set the timer on my oven so that I will be reminded when I will next go there. Thank you again Sandy for the work that you do. The world is a much better place because of the people like you. You have been through so much but your hurt was not in vain, nor did your daughters leave this world for no reason.
Firstly, even in my demanding profession as a teacher I find that my Alpha is reachable as often as I need to. This is working as a type of "security blanket" for me with invaluable benefits. I am calmer - there is no doubt about that. As a result of your seminar and in conjunction with the E.K. course I am currently undertaking my possibilities are boundless!
It seems such a long time ago that I, along with one of my daughters attended one of your very early seminars. My daughter went on to obtain a great HSC and has done 2 years at Uni and obtained very good passes. I must say that since your seminar and your book Piece of Mind I have had some great success in my work. So much has come easily since using my PP regularly and getting the most from Alpha. Keep up all your great work.
I had great success with weight release and also "released" the fear of getting Alzheimers, like my mother. I felt so much better. I went to my PP when all the grandchildren were fighting and screaming around the pool and then I put on some Accelerated Learning Baroque Music - amazingly they all settled down!
My PP has become somewhat of an obsession for me. Every time I look at my left arm where my watch used to be, I immediately disappear to my PP, regardless of where I am. I sacked the alarm clock and have been waking up naturally 2 hours earlier than before. Thank you so much for helping me to realise there is no such thing as "I am not a morning person". It has changed my life - you are an inspiration.
Well, it’s a week since the seminar and I thought I would let you know how it is all going for me. I have applied PP at least 20 times or more a day, sometimes for more than 30 seconds and I complete two meditations minimum a day using the three tapes I bought. I meditate once in the morning and at night before bed. I have in the last week felt more relaxed, happy, and peaceful than I have in a long time. My interactions with people have been relaxed and even inspirational at times! I constantly come up with new ideas for things without trying. A good side effect for me is I noticed I have stopped biting my nails, a habit I have had for years, and I did this without even thinking about it. My dreams have increased — they are more vivid and often deal with some of the things I have been meditating about. I completed two modules of work from my Traineeship that I have been putting off for months, and actually enjoyed it! I have a couple of times been able to wake up before the alarm, but getting out of bed is the hard part! I hope to go alarm-less soon.My goal I set myself was “I love and accept myself unconditionally.” I use my WIIFMs which I visualise with and I have done this five times a day. I imagine that I am feeling good about myself and people around me. I visualise love in me, and feeling great — I pat myself on the back and say to myself “Good one!” I feel that my goal has been reached because there have been a number of times the scenes I visualised have come true. I realise it is all up to me, and I discipline myself to regularly do it. I’ll keep in touch — I know the next months will be an exciting time for me. Have a happy 1998.
Following the seminar I realized Sandy’s techniques have become automatic for me. I don’t think about them.
I was approximately 6 months down my healing journey when I discovered Sandy’s book “Piece of Mind”. Yes, I had used tapes loaned to me following my diagnosis, some were more successful than others but Sandy’s book demonstrated how I could take control and make a huge impact on my recovery.
Attending the CALM Life Skills Seminar was a turning point for me as the techniques learned gave me the tools to help myself in all facets of my life. When faced with survival or not, there was a strong resolve to invest the time practicing my PP. It is only now that I have realized I don’t think about going to my PP, I just automatically do it.
So when do I use my PP? Several times every day. My PP is real and has a name. I say the name as I slowly breathe deeply in and out three times and I am there. I just do it automatically.
I go to my PP while waiting for appointments, prior to encountering new situations, making important telephone calls, to remain centred and be able to see situations as they are and not become caught up in the emotion of the event, prior to meditation, prayer and any activity requiring total concentration, every chance I have to just sit, and every night before going to sleep. As I now do it automatically it doesn’t seem much. It has maximized my body’s natural healing energies, has had an enormous impact on my coping skills, energy levels and my health and well-being. It is a major factor in me being as well as I am today.
Regarding Sandy’s other tapes, over the years I have read many success stories. His healing tape also allows the white blood cells to increase as I experienced. Actually it is a versatile tape as it is suitable for any healing situation.
The Forgiveness tape is so powerful. When next I met the person I forgave it was unbelievable. The atmosphere was so different. I was received as a long lost friend and our relationship has not looked back. What a relief, yet so easy thanks to Sandy’s tapes.
All the very best for practicing your PP. Invest the time and effort and it will become automatic and life changing. Thank you Sandy for sharing your wonderful techniques.
I had a car accident 2 days ago, and although there was a great deal of damage to mine as well as two other cars involved, myself and 2 of my children were not seriously hurt. However, I have whiplash and dizziness etc. and still a bit shaky occasionally. We were hit very hard from the rear at an intersection, by a drunk driver, who pushed me into oncoming traffic, where I was also hit on my (drivers) side. At that instant I made a conscious effort to remain calm. Within minutes of it happening, I kept thinking about what you taught at your seminar when you told us about your son blocking out pain from an injury he received. I tried to go to my peaceful place to avoid going into shock. Although I don't practice these techniques any where near as much as I should, I was thankful to know how to, when I need to. Because there was a bit of commotion, and police and ambulance etc. on the scene, I found it a bit difficult to go to my PP, but I think that, although I felt very shaky, I still managed to minimise the shock by focussing on what I had learnt - I kept visualising sitting in that room listening to you, and was working hard on keeping myself calm. In the 48 hours since the accident, I seem to get the shakes again every time I talk about it or think about it, and a couple of times have gone to my PP - sometimes only for a few seconds.
I absolutely agree with you in how you conduct your seminars. There is a lot to be learned and CALM is the solution to this. I appreciated the seminar because it showed me how to be more positive, how to live without stress and once learned, these steps are easy to follow. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience so openly in helping others and myself to lead a more fulfilling life. I hope to be able to express and share these feelings with other people around me.
"Thank you for an incredibly wonderful two days. I have benefited immensely and learned how important it is to love myself and the rest of life’s challenges I can handle day by day."
"Sandy, you are a wonderful presenter and your obvious enthusiasm and sincerity ‘beam out’. Your emphasis on simply taking the step to explore new ideas helped me to realise that ‘I won’t (with a cross through the words won’t) know if I don’t (with a cross through the word don’t) TRY”: “I am open to change!! Thanks for a great two days."
“I found many useful aids to help build into my business to provide more interesting contact with people. On my creative side, I am focused on beginning a new series of work for my next exhibition. By beginning now I will lose my panic station towards climax time when it will be all finished and on display.”
“This seminar was delightfully presented with knowledge and heart talk skilfully intertwined. I felt inspired without being on a ‘high’ and feel that I can go home with achievable goals. Thank you for your sharing of yourself and your life Sandy.”
“I have totally enjoyed this experience and I have now learned a new skill to make my life more relaxed, calmer and this will be reducing my stress and tension. For my day-to-day life this will result in my happiness and better health. Thank you Sandy.”
“After two days I have a sense of setting out on an exciting and wonderful new journey.”
“ Thanks so much for your time in teaching me about the subconscious mind and to use it to achieve my goals. They say everyone needs mentors and I can assure you, you have been added to my list. I respect you and strive to incorporate your expertise into my way of life.”
“Important to me: Forgiveness and Anchor. Instead of stressing and worrying to find a solution to a problem I think it’s great that you can relax and it can come to you. Much better — YES!”
“Thanks Sandy for teaching me such valuable life skills that I can implement immediately to improve my personal and professional life.”
Many thanks for inviting me to attend your seminar this year. I enjoyed the two days, absorbing much new and valuable information that will remain with me. I’m sure sometimes you may feel your efforts go unnoticed, yet I thank you for opening doors for me and influencing my life in such a positive way with support and kindness. Many thanks and blessings to you Sandy.
After not being completely comfortable with the first day of your seminar I wondered if I could reach my goal at all. But yes, my mind did soak in that day and being amongst that group of people taught me so much. You spoke to me Sunday morning and touched all the right buttons – just gave me the tools I wanted and the rest of the day I went about changing my life. I was a slave to some very bad habits and now I know I will replace bad habits with good habits (PP x 20 per day, eating well, etc.) for the rest of my life. Day 63 … Free Free Free.
Shortly after I did the CALM Life Skills course my father died from cancer. I am sure it was the skills I’d learned from your course that saw me through that difficult time and to the end of my Degree. I used a lot of visualisation to get me there and I have continued to use it to achieve things in my life since then. Thanks again Sandy and I look forward to meeting you again at another seminar in the future.
Just a quick note to say thank you most sincerely for your exciting seminar. Everyone without exception has spoken glowingly about their feelings as to what they got out of it. You have helped a lot of people and for that we thank you. Apart from all of that I want to say how much I enjoyed meeting you.
Sandy, I want to thank you for the terrific seminar. It was probably the best seminar I have ever attended. The ideas are certainly revolutionary. The balance between information and how to use it really made the difference for me. Good luck with all your work.
CALM is the only program I've done that I can initiate with ease and feel the benefits. I feel more present, more observant and more positive - my family life has all of a sudden improved.
After having done Sandy’s CALM Seminar I have consistently practiced visiting my P.P. The techniques you taught in the seminar have enriched my life and have added to the wealth of knowledge and experience that I have collected on my path through life. I have done the cross-patterning exercises with my son which has helped him enormously with his problem solving at school. A simple little thing like that has made a world of difference to our family.
Sandy’s course helped me to change my outlook on life from negative to positive. I now get positive results. I use it for many aspects of my life, e.g. diet, with success. Even the garage door opens more easily!
Thought I should pass on a quick endorsement. In my Master's Post-grad training we recently completed personal "Bilpin" Role testing - one of the most modern forms of management analysis. Four years after the CALM Training I surprisingly topped my year in creativity and resource investigation at 90% in these categories. I put most of this down to the CALM inspiration and confidence. It's been a fun four years!
I have started to apply the CALM principles and already I have been inspired to develop a brochure for my work and my energy has increased. I feel more inspired and determined to make a success of my business.
I have enjoyed and gained so much from your books Piece of Mind, Switch on to Your Inner Strength, and your many inspirational tapes. Your book No Need for Heroes was great reading. It brought home to me (and also a friend who served in the armed forces) just how often you meet men, and so many others who faced death daily, and had so many hair-raising experiences under such harsh conditions. Each and every one of the original Tunnel Rats are Heroes and should be recognised by our government for your acts of bravery beyond the call of duty. Every Aussie should read this book and be grateful of the undying love you, your men, and all the other servicemen and women had for keeping ours a free country. You, Sandy, are a truly remarkable Australian. Even now your ambition is to help as many people as possible find peace, happiness, and harmony. May God bless you.
I have read most books by Edward deBono and Tony Buzan, but you Sandy in your book Piece of Mind for the first time for me, bring the subject down to a practical level applied to daily life - or learning.
Please accept my heartfelt gratitude. On the Monday after the seminar I realised that the CALM Seminar was one of the best experiences of my life. Your ideas and words of wisdom were precisely what I needed at this stage of my life. I look forward to my successful future with excitement and joy. I also simply adored interacting with so many interesting, delightful, loving people. I've bought some beautiful bird stickers to remind me to do my PP and having quite a bit of success going there frequently - though red lights are no good if there's no one behind you to toot and wake up!
An exceptionally heavy workload, being a workaholic and a perfectionist with a stress level “out of control”, resulted in not only physical and mental exhaustion, but contributed to my first major car accident in 37 years of driving. Despite protests of not having time, I finally agreed to my wife's request to go to Sandy's seminar - THE BEST SEMINAR I have attended, and I've done lots. I used the techniques and quickly learned how to relax at will, set goals and reassess values. Twelve months on, a second seminar attended by both my wife and myself and the benefits are exceptional.
Sandy, your course has changed my life. For some years I have been a nervous and fearful person, both of which were a manifestation of a marriage break up and bankruptcy proceedings. Confidence in myself had plummeted. Through the techniques you have taught me, my life has dramatically changed around. For example, my first book is on track to being published by September 1996; my business is on track to being largely successful; and more importantly, all my relationships - family and friends - continue to strengthen. By using the PP techniques I have been able to cope with my stresses and work towards balancing the diverse demands of relationships, family and finance. It is electrifying to be associated with someone who understands the awesome power of imagination. Spiritually it is gratifying to know someone like you, who understands the power of forgiveness love.
I'd like to thank you for the guidance and inspiration you have given me since I have been involved in your programs. Your work de-mystified a lot of uncertainties for me in regard to relaxation and how to practically use it in day to day life. I have found your ideas very valuable and I will continue to use them. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours and I am confident that other people too will recognise your sincerity and this will mean you can only succeed in the future.
Just a short note to express our gratitude for your CALM Seminar...
Brett returned to Monash Univesity full of enthusiasm and expectation with his newly found Peaceful Place and Accelerated Learning techniques. His pending exam results will be of interest.
I forwarded Switch-On to Your Inner Strength to my brother. He has returned to Hospital for three weeks of RIM treatment. Armed with Piece of Mind and Switch-On should help him through his impending challenges.
I am continuing to practice Peaceful Place regularly.
Obviously, we have only touched the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’.I have found affirmation of my goal in Peaceful Place to be most encouraging.
By participating in a seminar conducted by Sandy two years ago, I deliberately chose to use the power of my subconscious mind. This taught me many things about myself. It taught me that all the right tools for enhancing creativity, learning with confidence, and being very successful at study is at my fingertips, always at my command, anytime, any place. Not only have I rid myself of stress by using relaxation and meditation with guided imagery and music, but I discovered “Accelerated Learning Methods.” Surely the greatest tool for any student.
I will mention here that I am 51 years old, married, mother of three, and a full-time TAFE student — Diploma of Arts/Certificate 1V. Professional Writing & Editing. I write poetry and fiction, fiction being a novel. Balancing this lifestyle would have been quite a problem if I did not follow the guidelines so easily and clearly set out in Sandy’s book Student Steps to Success.
How does it work for me? Easily, I never start anything without the 30 second relaxation technique, then I review my goal for the moment, whether it is to study for exams, or to write a poem, or work on my novel, it doesn’t matter, the steps stay the same, I know that I will achieve my goal. It is very important to set realistic goals for yourself, then set them a little bit higher and anchor them, giving yourself a pat on the back when you succeed. And you will succeed. I have. Because Sandy teaches that. Teaches the importance of choice and belief.
In accelerated study as well as in creative writing I use Students Steps to Success and have a mental list that I follow. Here it is:
• I have a positive attitude
• I use my Peaceful Place for relaxation at all times
• I switch on my creative and analytical brain for the task at hand
• I set goals that I can realistically achieve in study and writing
• I use mind charting to save time
• I am a success, and I say it to myself, often
• I feel good about myself
This application of the CALM techniques worked for me. It will work for you. Give it a go. Sandy has a wonderful saying:“If it is to be, it is up to me.” How very true.
We greatly appreciated you coming to Picton recently to present your extremely stimulating seminar. Over the past week some of the participants have rung in with encouraging feedback on the content and application of technique covered by you in this one day seminar. This has led me to ponder the value of a follow up questionnaire to gauge response.For instance, D.A spoke of how she had been able to help her son visualise a cross country race he was to take part in a couple of days after the seminar. She said they visualised his participation from start to finish, through various stages, culminating in visualising him coming in first. He had never won a race before, but on the day won this one convincingly. One very happy boy! She resides in the Southern Highlands and I believe her sons attend Tudor House. She expressed an interest in a special seminar for children as she thought it would be of great benefit to them - perhaps you would be interested in following up on that suggestion. Also, Y.R commented on how helpful you had been to her and how much she appreciated the time you spent with her.
I would really like to thank you for the enlightening seminar in April. I found it extremely interesting and I am using it quite well. Just the other day our mistress on duty in the school boarding house commented on how settled in I have become because I seem so relaxed all the time. So, it pays off! I have been practising as much as possible and now I am finding it quite easy to get to my Peaceful Place. Thank you once again.
The Life Skills Seminar that I attended last February kick started my life in the right direction and I realised that I needed to expand my beliefs and extend myself. I have done this by changing my surname to my maiden name and assuming my own identity after being divorced for a number of years and continuing to use my married name. I realised that I was no longer the person who took on that name at the wedding ceremony and wished to sever those ties.
At the end of last year I also moved interstate to start a new career. I have moved from being employed, to having the incentive in a joint venture with my new husband. Life has taken on a whole new aspect for myself and my family.I admire Sandy and all that he is doing and would like to attend more seminars and become involved in leading them—it is finding the time now to fit it in with all of my other activities. I am still learning how far the mind can be expanded so that more of it is used. Keep up the wonderful and inspiring work. Enthusiasm is a beneficial quality to be participated in by many people and your organisation oozes with enthusiasm.
Thank you very much for the fantastic seminar here in Cairns. You truly are a living example of what you teach - I have total admiration for you. You have unlocked the door to your inner strength and now here you stand as the most fascinating teacher, helping thousands of people, showing it can be done, speaking totally from your heart. Sandy, you are the best teacher I have ever heard in my life. I have attended many seminars here and in America.Everyone can explain how the subconscious mind and the conscious mind work, yet being such an example of how you had to learn to tap into your inner strength is an absolute miracle. The love, joy, strength and power you transmit from your own being is extraordinary. That is what touches people, you are a blessing to the world. I have enormous admiration for you (yet in your heart you are so childlike and humble - I love that). Thank you again and God bless you.
Your CALM course has given me a wealth of knowledge I appreciate so very much. Such an understanding of how the mind works according to the application of the many techniques is not only fascinating, but so very, very rewarding as results of their use are achieved.
Thank you for your seminar in Adelaide. You may be interested to hear that through continued use of PP/Goal Setting techniques, not only do I sleep soundly every night, but I sleep approximately 2 hours less and wake at the time I want to, without the aid of an alarm (well, 80%+ of the time). Not bad for someone who, a little over 12 months ago, couldn’t get more than four hours sleep on a good night!
Further application of PP and goal setting has seen a marked improvement in my ability to run on time - I have long been a chronic mis-manager of time.Finally, I have been accepted into Deakin University as an external student in the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) course (1998). All-in-all I have a lot to be grateful for — not the least being the contact I had with your CALM method.
I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the CALM seminar my husband and I attended. We learned a great deal. You gave us a lot to think about, and even skills to face difficult challenges and every day life in general. It has changed my life. Through PP and Meditation, I’ve found a new me. I’m a much more confident, outgoing, happy and relaxed person. Thanks again for everything.
Several years ago I arrived in Australia with a mission. Sensing that the potential of using the power of the mind to get things “happening” for oneself was one of the key areas I should work with, I read different books and tried different systems, all based on “the powers of the mind”, but after a while they all seemed too rigorous and soon bored me. Since reading your book “Piece of Mind” and doing your “Life Skills Seminar” I’ve adopted some of the techniques you have taught me and used some of your tapes and am now in the process of making my own tapes, tailor made for me.I find your method you taught me of entering meditation or just releasing stress is so easy and when I do it I love it! Your tape on “Inner Peace & Harmony” is doing wonders for me. I’m really discovering the importance and fulfilment of my own spirituality in life also.
The CALM Seminar fired up my enthusiasm in so many areas of my life. It enabled me to step out of my comfort zone and tackle what I have formerly thought impossible for me – building a business based on personal approaches. The seminar has given me the confidence to approach people and to interest them in the product. CALM has taught me to relax and overcome stress rapidly which of course means that I can project myself as relaxed and positive to prospective customers. Many thanks.
I am halfway through your book “Switch on to Your Inner Strength” and I am so touched by it that I thought I would write to you and let you know how good it is. Too often these days we only let people know if something is wrong, so I am trying (in my own way) to change that. I believe you must be spiritually guided to have such an impact on so many people. The average person gets so caught up in the day to day things that they lose sight of the bigger picture – ourselves. Thank you for making me realize this. Your destiny is obviously to help people and you are doing this. I can’t help but think how very wonderful it must be to discover your true destiny and apply it to today’s world and achieve it. Congratulations – you seem to have achieved this.
I am a 79 year old pensioner who was diagnosed with lung cancer approximately 2 years ago. Since that time I have had an operation which removed half of my left lung. However, abnormal cells still remain resident in my system. I have always been an active individual and believed strongly in my own capacity to control my own destiny. My medication since the operation has assisted in relieving the pain somewhat, but as you are probably aware this is nothing more than a bandaid measure. I have also used a series of meditation tapes and whilst I felt that they've been of assistance I have never really found them convincing enough to have any real impact. I have worked diligently on the meditation 2 or 3 times a day. Your tape was a different story and I sensed a deep empathy with your words almost instantly. I have often felt my hand shaking strongly and tears welling up as the dialogue proceeded. I don't know as yet whether this has had a positive impact on reducing the number of abnormal cells, but I feel good about what has been occurring. Thank you for your care and for making this tape available.
My husband attended your seminar in Perth this year and we have both benefited so much from your tapes and books. My weight release goal is on its way to being achieved. It seems almost too easy. Thank you for all the help you have given our family.
I first came across your book "Students Steps to Success" in October last year in the library. To date, I believe it has been one of my most life-changing and enlightening discoveries. The usual "how to study" manuals on the market are awfully bland and dull, saying essentially what I knew already but didn't have the motivation to put in to practice. I found your book quite the contrary. Every page was refreshing and encouraging in its content and I felt incredibly privileged to have such knowledge shared with me.
Thanks for the weekend seminar. I feel I got a lot out of it and feel very excited and optimistic about my future.
I was really impressed with the 8 step goal setting procedure and have been amazed by the way this "eyes up and down" seems to "lower" me down into Alpha (sometimes very quickly without having to do much exploring of my P.P.)
The other thing that really impressed me was the emotional anchor. As I "operate" my trigger, the rush I experience from this emotional high blows me away.
With the knowledge I have gained from your books and seminar I feel the best thing I can do to move my life forward (and to let go of a recent relationship break-up) is to direct all my energy (both positive and negative) into fulfilling my life-long dream of a career in music.
Thanks for the experience.
I am writing to tell you about a 30 year old mother, who was interested in a set of tapes of yours that I had. I loaned her one of them. Weeks later, the lady brought it back, and told me about her 7-8 year old son, who could not sleep and did not want to go to school. Possibly he was what doctors label hyperactive. However he wanted to listen to mummy's tape in bed, so she put it on for him, and since then he would not go to bed without it, and went off to sleep peacefully and got up and went to school with no problems, interested and calm mannered. So I thought you would like to know this - a little boy is happy.
I want to tell you that the seminar vastly exceeded my expectations. I have been practicing Peaceful Place and also goals in Peaceful Place and I know that this process is spot on.
Just wanted to write and thank you again for a tremendous weekend. I felt energised, inspired and recharged. The pieces really came together on Sunday; having the actual 'nuts and bolts' to push us in the pursuit of our goals and dreams is so much more beneficial than merely being "talked at" from a motivational aspect, I believe.
"Students Steps to Success" is a manual for living. If it were used as a basis for learning in our schools, I have no doubt that, not only would levels of attainment rise, but children would be equipped to succeed in dealing with their experiences and challenges in life. Morale and self-esteem of individuals in our society could be such that many of the stresses and tensions which currently exist could be transformed into positive energy forms of peace, harmony and love. It is wonderful that Sandy is able to succeed in turning tragedy into a positive force, and to then share the secret of his strength with others.
Story from Fitri, Indonesia
My name's Fitri from Indonesia. I'm a reader of your book 'Piece of Mind'. I know about your book from 'Quantum Ikhlas'. From the first time I read your book, I really like it, and then I decided to try your peaceful place method, I bought Peaceful Place Series CD for practice. Gladly I don't have any difficulties when doing this, I see my peaceful place easily. After several weeks practice actually I didn't really see the benefits although I love the feeling when I feel relax and happy there. And then one day, I feel so difficult to fall asleep, I use it, and it works! I can sleep just in few minutes. And then I use it again in different occasion, especially when I'm not feeling good because of some reasons (i.e disappointed, fed up) and WOW! It change my mood, my feeling instantly, I love it! As for me this is the benefit that I feel very useful in my life so far. I usually need to clear about my feeling first before go to peaceful place, and when I do both of these, the benefits become extra! I feel my problems suddenly disappear nowhere, like nothing happen, I become calm and objective seeing everything. And now I intended to use it in many others area in my life. I'm sure I'll get lots more benefit.
Anyway, I just want to say my deeply thank you for sharing this method. Many blessings to you and your family. May peace and happiness always be with you.
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Before my Mum died she told me 2 things about her PP. Incidentally, she had to learn PP from your book as she was never well enough to attend a seminar, so the book must be very good. I don't think she even used a tape! When she was still at home, in the last few weeks, she used to wake up overwhelmed with terror. She said the only thing that helped was to go straight to her PP and the fear would vanish. In the last days before she died, she suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. After that she couldn't read her Bible any more (and it had been a great comfort to her for weeks) or even remember the words to The Lord's Prayer (due to the damage caused by the haemorrhage). But without effort she could instantly find her PP and this is where she spent her last days. She told me this the day she died. I know Mum was helped enormously, not just at the end, but through the whole last year of her cancer, by PP. The chemo staff and her doctors could not explain her survival for so long, nor could they explain how she recovered from the brain haemorrhage enough to regain consciousness, let alone to recognise us and talk to us. Who can say what role PP played in this. Thank you from her and me for sharing PP with other people. Imagine how strong PP must be if it survives such massive brain damage. It is obviously not stored in the same place as memories, or reading. I wonder where it is? (PS. People will start to think you pay me for these success stories! - This is my second!).
Story from T.A. Vic
I attended your seminar a couple of years ago, suffering from chronic fatigue, and lack of physical mobility. I have used your techniques, and read Bernie Segal, to heal my body. And last week I was told by the doctors that the chronic condition from which I had suffered for at least 7 years is now finished. I attribute this success to the new healing process I learnt from you, and the healing journey from which your seminar was a start. I still use your Peaceful Place tapes every night, and have been able to develop my mind in ways that I could have never imagined.
In short, Sandy, you have both saved and enriched my life in ways no other person could, and I am so thankful that you have helped me in such a way.
Story from C.G. Vic
Story from R.M. NSW
Several years ago I arrived in Australia with a mission. Sensing that the potential of using the power of the mind to get things "happening" for oneself was one of the key areas I should work with, I read different books and tried different systems, all based on "the powers of the mind". But after a while they all seemed too rigorous and soon bored me. Since reading your book "Piece of Mind" and doing your "Life Skills Seminar" I’ve adopted some of the techniques you have taught me and used some of your tapes and am now in the process of making my own tapes, tailor made for me. I find your method you taught me of entering meditation or just releasing stress is so easy and when I do it I love it! Your tape on "Inner Peace & Harmony" is doing wonders for me.
Story from S.A. NSW
I took away so much from your seminar and I wanted to thank you again for your kind words: "Be kind to yourself". I certainly am starting to now. I have a lot less expectations from myself - I don't have to be perfect, rather I do as best I can with the tools I have (sound familiar?!). I have learnt a lot and am consistently doing my PP! In fact I really look forward to doing it! Thank you muchly, you are really a terrific person to know.
Story from J.M. Vic
Several years ago my father and I attended your two-day seminar. Since that time my father's illness worsened and he passed away some months ago. It was very comforting for him to listen to your meditation tapes and I certainly believe that they helped him through a very difficult time during his illness and more especially in the last weeks of his life. I can always remember at your seminar he was very skeptical at first, but by the end of the second day a constant back ache due to his cancer seemed to have dissipated and gave him some welcome relief even though only for a short time. Since that time he passed on his knowledge of meditation and relaxation to family and friends and his famous words were "just relax". Thank you for your help.
Story from G.K. SA
I just wanted to reiterate to you how much I enjoy the information that you send to me! (It reinforces my PP I formed from the 3-Hr Seminar). I get so much useful information and I can incorporate this in to my work as a Counsellor. I am a firm believer in talking to those close to you and building strong support networks. I also refer back to your New Years email...again great information. I am also a great supporter of positive thinking and being grateful for what you do have.
I look forward to the next email!
After being in Alpha and opening your eyes is there any other reinforcing action that can be taken
When I come back from one to five and open my eyes I always say "I'm relaxed, well, healthy and invigorated". I just use those four words. I use it often in my seminars and would encourage you to do something similar. In fact you create another good positive habit every time you use those words.
Can I get to my Peaceful Place when I'm stressed? How do I do it
Two ways. You need to take longer in the early stages, ie. before Alpha is a habit; so go into your relaxed place, through the pathway to your Peaceful Place. The second way is to actually start with meditation - I recommend my tape or CD PP5 - Meditation.
Do you have to close your eyes when you relax and go to your Peaceful Place
No. Have you ever seen someone else, or caught yourself, staring. That's the Alpha state. Single focused concentration. You are not looking at anything when you're staring, but your mind is fixed on a subject. Small children do it often and easily - you can train yourself to do it. What about studying in Alpha - of course your eyes remain open.
Does the emotion used in establishing the Emotional Anchor need to be the same type of emotion when emotionalising a goal
The emotion that you bring back with your Emotional Anchor is actually the physical feeling of feeling good. It need not have any relationship to the goal at all. You're converting emotion to a feeling in the body; how it was originally created doesn't matter (as long as the experience was positive). What was it that I said about the subconscious mind? It does not know the difference between reality and imagination. So you're fooling the subconscious mind with the use of the emotion, by only tapping into the physical feeling, not the circumstances, when you use your Emotional Anchor. Here's an example - your goal might be to buy a house; as you're doing your goal in your PP up comes the good emotion for example, of excelling in several sporting achievements (which you've already put into your emotional anchor) - so is that OK? Yes, of course, because it's all positive emotion, and emotion is the language of the subconscious mind.
Here's another example of sabotage, which occurred in a seminar. There was a gentleman who was about 70 years old, and loved horses. He's the original horse whisperer! He could get on the back of any horse in half an hour, and he described himself as a horse psychologist. Here's what happened.
You can guess where the focal point of his Peaceful Place was - in the saddle, on a horse! When we were doing the Peaceful Place exercise, I noticed that this man opened his eyes with a startled gesture of his arms and legs. I asked him why, and got the answer that, he was in his Peaceful Place and the horse started to gallop, and it galloped towards a 6m high barbed wire entanglement. He didn't want the horse to get into the barbed wire, so he came out of his Peaceful Place. I suggested that the horse could jump the wire, and he said that's not possible. I inferred that anything is possible in Peaceful Place - people can fly to their focal point, so why shouldn't a horse grow wings and jump over the fence? He gave it another try, and everything was fine. I think this is just a further example of how the subconscious mind can sabotage us. In other words, try to prevent us from getting to our Peaceful Place, and making the new habit of Peaceful Place.
How can I practise my Peaceful Place 20 times a day if I am at work all day? Do I need to use the music
No, you do not need the music. I am assuming that you have built your PP, been there in 3 minutes and that you have practised porpoising - now you want to make PP a habit. At work there are many places to practise, some of them can be really useful too - places like: just before you make or just after you have made a telephone call, at your computer, before or during a meeting, before you interview someone, as you switch focus to a new task, at any break (including the toilet) - are you getting the idea? The main thing to work on is a number of ways that you can remind yourself to do it.
How can I remind myself to go to my Peaceful Place
It really is important to develop and use your Peaceful Place (PP) often. There are many reminder methods to do the 30 second practice of going to your PP and these include:
* Putting your watch on the other arm
* Wearing your watch upside down
* Putting a sticker on your watch so that it's difficult to read
* Putting Stickers in every place that you can think of where you've got 30 seconds to do your PP, eg. the bathroom mirror, inside the shower, on your toothbrush, on the Mute button of the TV control, on a special cup or glass that you drink out of, on your refrigerator, etc...
* Using a bookmark with PP written on it
* Using a message, screen saver or alarm on your computer
* Putting something like a little furry animal on your keyring (so that you feel it) - think of where this can be useful ... before you drive away in your car, before you get out of your car, as you arrive home and put the key in the front door, etc...
* Using jewellery, eg. getting a new ring, changing a ring from one finger to another finger, wearing a bracelet, etc...
* Using a diary
* Putting coins in your pocket
You see, what we're trying to do with all these different reminder methods is to create some sort of interrupt pattern within our consciousness so that it reminds us to immediately go to PP. Remember, the job of the subconscious mind is to keep you where you are now, so you see it will keep on creating doubt and indeed it doesn't want the new habit of being able to relax and release stress whenever you want. It (the subconscious mind) only wants what it's got ... not what it has not got. So the job of the conscious mind is to get the new habit into the subconscious mind, and it's this conscious mind that needs reminding to do it.
I (Sandy) got a phone call from a doctor who had attended my seminar. The doctor wanted to be accompanied by her psychologist as she tested herself on the electro-encephalograph because she couldn't get to her Peaceful Place. I anticipated that she was being sabotaged.
What was really interesting was that the electro-encephalograph showed that the lady was getting to Alpha in her Peaceful Place, but she only stayed there for about 2 seconds. I pointed this out to her and asked her to tell me about her journey to the Peaceful Place and her actual Peaceful Place. She described how she was carefully going up a mountain side, and then peering over the top into a secret hidden valley. This was set in the United States, and the valley was occupied by Indians. It was really lovely - there were buffalo, tepees, and corn growing. She said that when she peered over the top and looked into the valley that everything had changed - the tepees weren't where they were before, the buffalos had moved, the corn had moved, and it wasn't as orderly. Her statement to herself was "It's changed - I'm not there" and she was quite annoyed. When you get annoyed, you're out of Alpha, and this explained why she was getting to Alpha just for a couple of seconds, and then she was totally back into Beta. I suggested that she allow the tepees to move, to allow the buffalos to move, to allow the crops to be rotated and be in a different area, and to make that okay, because really and truly, this is nature. She tried again, got to the top, peered over the edge, and stayed in her Peaceful Place.
I am having trouble finding a relaxing place for my PP, and actually building it. What can I do
Have you ever just sat and daydreamed about doing something that you really like to do? Maybe like fishing, surfing, swimming, skiing, mountain-climbing, etc... If you can bring that to mind then that can be just as good. In other words, what I am saying is work with reality. Know this, if you can go to sleep at night then it means that you actually are going through the Alpha state (the PP state) in the process of sleep so you really are doing it automatically and now you need to teach youself to do it deliberately.
My first suggestion is to read the "Piece of Mind" book from cover to cover, including just reading through all the words of the Guided Imageries. Then, and only then, work with reality in using the tape PP2 - Guided Imagery - even if the reality peaceful place that comes up for you is one that occurred as a child.
I can't get to my Peaceful Place any more because when I sit on the beach and look out to the sea there is a big brick wall built right along the beach which prevents me from seeing the sailing boat with two red sails. What do I do
Recognise that what the subconscious mind is doing here is "keeping you where you are now", which of course is its job. In other words, what it's attempting to do is to sabotage you from being able to get to your Peaceful Place because it doesn't want the new habit of being able to relax and release stress in less than 30 seconds. The next time you go to your Peaceful Place, go down to the brick wall and punch a hole in the wall, and put a window in it. Then come back to your spot on the beach, look through the window, and see what happens.
(Note from Sandy - This was an actual experience and I got a call back saying that as soon as he looked through the window, he saw the boat with the two red sails, and then the brick wall disappeared.)
When I do seminars I always tell the above story, and one day I got a telephone call from a 16 year old girl saying - "My Peaceful Place is totally destroyed. It's a cave, up in a mountain, and I've done it out like my house. My focal point for my Peaceful Place is my bed. My bed collapsed, and I thought back to the story about the man and the brick wall across the beach. So I decided, not to worry, I'll build a stronger bed. The steel bed collapsed. Not to worry, I sat on a carpet on the floor. The carpet flew out the window. I thought I'd give it one more try so I sat in front of the fire, but the fire spat at me. Now what do I do?"
This was a special case. I asked the young lady, what was her journey to her Peaceful Place. She had a wonderful imagination, and described how she used to line herself up in front of a hill where she could just see the windows of the cave up in the mountain and then she pressed a secret stone key, and the mountain opened up. She went in to the mountain and it was like Disneyland, and she got on to one of the rides, with the music going, loving every moment of it, and this ride took her all the way to the back of her Peaceful Place. I said - stop there. What I want you to do is to make your new Peaceful Place focal point the chair of your musical ride. Just to explain why this will be okay - I have measured many people on the electro-encephalograph and most of them are in the Alpha brainwave state as soon as they start their journey towards their Peaceful Place. With your imagination, I'm sure that you'll be in the Alpha state as soon as you start your journey on your ride. Remember, the purpose of Peaceful Place is to get you to Alpha, so that you open the filter, so that you can get back to memory and habits.
I did not get any physical feeling in my body when I formed my emotional anchor – how does this effect me using it
Many of us have been taught not to show our emotions – 'sign of weakness', 'don't cry', etc., and our bodies have learned to suppress the resultant physical feelings. With practice in recalling pleasant emotional events (using the Peaceful Place No. 2 tape is a great way) we can get in touch not only with more positive events, but the physical feeling as well. The goal process is just as powerful, even when you don't recognise the physical feeling: apply your emotional anchor and at the same time recall quickly the good positive event, and how you felt at that time. This of course adds to the good feeling of seeing yourself succeed in your goal. By doing this there is a resultant emotion, which you may not at first recognise, but this helps to indelibly imprint the success of your goal in your subconscious mind.
I don't get any physical feeling when I remember the good event. What should I do
That's OK. Just apply the Anchor when you are re-living the event in your mind because you know or imagined you felt good at the time. Some people find it difficult to express emotion - maybe they have been taught to suppress it, keep a stiff upper lip, don't cry, don't be vulnerable, etc. Just make it OK to re-live the event without the emotion and gradually the emotion will start coming through for you.
I find it hard to feel emotional about anything - any suggestions
Go to your Peaceful Place and think of good events in your life. If necessary go to a time when you where a child and there was a special event like receiving a present – birthdays, Christmas, parties, picnics, etc. Then listen to the tape a Peaceful Place No. 2 (Guided Imagery), side two, once again (you can't do it too often). You will find that recalling the good event, with you knowing you felt good at that time will be sufficient to start the cycle of emotion and feelings to take effect. You will probably also find that emotions will "loosen up" and come to the surface. This process is to be encouraged.
I find it hard to get into my PP when angry or stressed. How do you get the PP to be automatic
By repetition and practice, by signs around the house to remind you to practise, by playing baroque music, by moving coins from one pocket to another to remind yourself of the number of times you have practised PP in one day. Only after you have made PP a habit can you then easily and quickly get there at challenging times.
I saw my Peaceful Place and got to it the first time. Now, as much as I try, I don't see it. Is it important to see it
The short answer is – no. The thing to do is remain calm and imagine that you are seeing your Peaceful Place. Check it out in your mind. If you keep trying (remember that implies failure) your level of anxiety increases and it's not important to see, so just imagine that you are seeing it or checking it out.
I try so hard to get to my Peaceful Place – can you give me another tip
Let me first mention what "trying" means. Do you know that to try implies failure. Think of the action another way, either do it or don't do it, but don't "try" to do it. "Trying", to the subconscious mind, implies failure. Now for the tip: when you're anxious, go to your Peaceful Place through your relaxed place and then your magic pathway. You can do it very quickly. Another tip, start to go to your Peaceful Place after you have taken three deep breaths, saying the word "relax" as you breathe out.
I'm having trouble with my PP. Every time I go into it I find I have to re-arrange the furniture because there's always new stuff there that wasn't there before. What can I do? It's driving me mad.
Add a new, empty room with nothing but a chair and a window looking over the ocean and then go through the old room into this new one. You can have as many rooms as you want in your "castle" - a music room, goal room, ability room, presenting room, sports room and many more!!
I'm not getting to my Peaceful Place when I'm stressed. How do I do it
Two ways. You need to take longer in the early stages, i.e. before alpha is a habit; so go into your relaxed place, through the pathway to your Peaceful Place. The second way is to play yourself the tape (Peaceful Place 2). Gradually as you practise then you will find it easier to go to PP faster. Why? Because your stress levels will gradually come down.
I'm not visual at all and therefore I don't think I have a Peaceful Place. What should I do
I personally do not see anything in my Peaceful Place, at least not the same way I see in a dream. Many people do see it clearly, but mine just "looks like" a black hole. I imagine that I see my Peaceful Place and when I sit down in my chair I feel a wave of relaxation go through my body and that's my signal. Other people may hear wind or the sea when they get to their Peaceful Place. Keep practicing, knowing that when you imagine you're checking out your Peaceful Place, you are then in Alpha. You may develop a signal, which can be the first sense that comes to you, which tells you for sure that you're in you Peaceful Place.
I'm struggling between two Peaceful Places. How do I choose the right one
Build it again. Use the tape A Peaceful Place No. 2 (Guided Imagery) side one. Whichever is dominant will come in to your mind first. If the other one comes in, ask yourself which Peaceful Place is best for you and then go with your intuition. If the second Peaceful Place is still around then treat it as a thought and just imagine that the thought goes out (in fact you are taking control of the thought). Another thing that you can do is to combine the two PPs - you can, for instace put the beach on the mountain top - it doesn't have to be real.
If I want to just use the Peaceful Place for releasing stress, what do I do
When you have got to your Peaceful Place, then relaxation and releasing stress are automatic. You really only need to keep getting to your PP and stay there for a few seconds. If you have a particular event that causes the stress then you could treat the action of getting through that event without increasing stress, the same way as you would a goal. Remember you can always use meditation.
My negative emotion invades me in my Peaceful Place - what can I do about it
Negative emotion can often tend to dominate our thought processes, acting like a protection mechanism, eg. "…this is what happened before…" Treat the negative emotion just like an invading thought. You have power over it (the thought) so just let it go - in one ear and out the other, or attach it to a never ending escalator, or put it in a plane flying overhead. You must actually do this in your mind over and over again until it goes.
My negative emotions invade me in my Peaceful Place – what can I do about it
Negative emotion can often tend to dominate our thought processes, acting like a protection mechanism, e.g. "… this is what happened before…" Treat the negative emotion just like invading thoughts. You have power over it (the thought) so just let it go – in one ear and out the other, or attach them to a never ending escalator, or, put them in a plane flying overhead. You must actually do this in your mind over and over again until it goes.
Now that I have established my emotional anchor through the guided imagery exercise on PP2 Guided Imagery Tape, do I have to keep practising that same exercise or is the emotional anchor now established
It's established, and it always needs "topping up". This can be done by going to past good events, or as soon as really good events happen, then do it straight away.
What about people in my Peaceful Place? How do I "use" them or how do I let them go
You must take control of the situation in your Peaceful Place. If you want people in or out you invite them in; you tell them to come in and stay, or to go out. If they persist and won't go, then build yourself another Peaceful Place. You can bring people in and seek their assistance and guidance by asking them questions. Try it, you'll find the power amazing.
What can I do when kids come into the room when I'm in my PP and "shock" me out of it - sometimes I feel dizzy
Go back into your PP and then slowly come back out by counting from 1 to 5.
What do I do when someone is in my PP that I don't want to be there and they keep coming back
If the person intrudes ask them what they want and tell them that they have come in uninvited. Ask them to leave. If the intruder persists then you may need to build yourself another PP. However, if you want to invite someone in to your PP then remember to build yourself a separate entrance through which you can invite visitors.
What if I don't easily recall good events in my life to build my Emotional Anchor
What you can do is to start building your Anchor each day. If you've done something you feel good about - pat yourself on the back and anchor that feeling. If someone says to you "You look great today", or "I really like what you're wearing" – feel good about that and anchor that feeling. This will help you to build your Emotional Anchor and keep it topped up ready to use for your goals - or to feel good.
What if we're listening to a good news station – at some stage they're bound to come through with some bad news. How do I handle the bad news
Yes, what you're saying is so true and bad news can be the source of negative thoughts. If you're expecting it, for example at "News Time", you could turn it off. There will always be bad news. A way of handling the bad news, to the best of your ability, is to treat it as a thought you don't want, ie. just let it go. Another thought is to just treat the news as information, ie. don't put on it the connotation of good news or bad news. Of course you can always control the TV and radio program that you tune into. As far as newspapers are concerned, you can choose what to read or what NOT to read – you're the boss. I'd suggest to you to be very discerning.
What is an emotional anchor and what is it used for
Emotion is the language of the subconscious mind. In other words it is the actual feeling of emotion that helps us imprint on the subconscious mind - that is, memory. For example, we can easily recall any good, or bad, event that's happened in our lives. Why is that? It's because of the emotion that was involved.
In my CALM Life Skills Seminar we build an Emotional Anchor (you can have anchors for anything). So what we do is recall good past events, feel the emotion of each of these events and put that emotion into an anchor. The anchor that I advise people to use is a physical movement, eg. moving your thumb over your forefinger, or touching your forehead, or pulling your ear lobe. It must be the same movement each time. To build the Anchor, as you experience the emotion of the event, you make that chosen physical movement.
To use the Anchor it's the process in reverse. As you say your goal (after you reach your PP) you then visualise it and feel good about the achievement of the goal - just as you feel good about achieving your goal, you give yourself that movement (your Emotional Anchor) which will send a charge of positive emotion through you ... and remember that emotion is memory. So this action is actually imprinting the success of the goal into the subconscious mind. When your subconscious mind has got it then you will have 100% of the mind working towards the goal. Unfortunately when we do goals with just the conscious mind, the subconscious mind can sabotage you, because it hasn't got the goal.
What is the purpose of rolling my eyes up and down as part of the \'Peaceful Place\' process
When we sleep at night our eyes roll upwards. The little technique of rolling back the eyes is to "trick" the subconscious mind into thinking you\'re going off to sleep (because the subconscious mind doesn\'t know the difference between imagination and reality) and therefore the subconscious mind starts the process of sleep. To get to the sleep state we start off in the Beta brainwave state , then relax into the Alpha state, down deeper into the Theta state and then into the Delta sleep state. The conscious mind then comes in and says "we\'re just going to Alpha". This method does not necessarily work for everyone - in fact in some cases it can be a distraction and therefore it may work in reverse - if this is the case for you then just don\'t do it. It\'s by no means a "must".
When I am in my Peaceful Place and I get distracted in my mind, what do I do to get focused
Sometimes your mind wanders for instance when you're letting go of a thought by attaching it to an aeroplane, you can end up in the plane. Not only that, you might end up in Bali where the plane lands. As soon as you catch yourself out and notice that your mind is wandering, just tell yourself "come on back to my Peaceful Place and sit in the chair". It works for me and I'm sure it can work for you. Remember the purpose of PP is to open the filter - so that you can get to your subconscious mind - so that you can work with memory or habits or creativity - or healing and ........ more
When I go to my Peaceful Place and start imagining my goal coming true, my Peaceful Place disappears. Is this OK? What can I do about it
It's perfect for you that your Peaceful Place disappears. It means you are really living your goal coming true and have put yourself into that situation and place – wherever that may be. If for instance you're imagining yourself winning a major tennis tournament and you can feel yourself standing on the courts and see the person you're playing over the net down the other end of the court, and hear the crowd cheering when you do a winning shot – that's great. Use your Emotional Anchor and pat yourself on the back.
Some people practise achieving their goal in a magical learning room, or performance stage, or workspace that is attached to their Peaceful Place. That's fine too – whatever works for you is perfect.
When I go to my Peaceful Place I feel my eyes flickering, which can be distracting – is this normal
It's normal, but not many people have got such a great signal to tell them they are in Alpha. The flickering is the REM state (some people may want to feel it and you can do that by concentrating on your eyes). If it distracts you then let it be OK inside your mind and treat the information "my eyes are flickering" as a thought. Let the thought in and then let it out.
When I'm in my PP doing my goal, do I create the feelings of success by visualising the accomplishment of my goal and then use my emotional anchor
Yes. You can actually use the visualisations of achieving your goal and also use all the visualisation of the reasons why you want to achieve that goal and the fantastic feelings of success that go with that achievement.
When you're actually in Alpha and Theta, can you tell, and how do you know
Yes, you can tell and one way is for someone else to observe your rapid eye movement (REM). Sometimes you can feel your own REM. You will know when you're in the Theta state because you actually do not feel your body (it's as though it's numb) yet you have total control and your mind is extremely lucid. The other mechanical way is by measuring your brain waves with the electro-encephalograph (or other devices designed for this purpose).
Why do I need to go to my Peaceful Place twenty times a day for a month
Because you are building a neural pathway to your Peaceful Place. The more often you do it, the faster you will get there (a couple of seconds) and the action of going there becomes automatic: as automatic as driving a car (you don't think about how to drive any more – it just happens).