Imagine, a tiger is chasing you…chasing you NOW! Run faster, run faster…you beg
your legs, please run faster!! You are desperate to find a place to hide. You wonder,
how much faster can you go? How far can you run? A tiger is chasing you!
Well, at least that is what your mind and your nervous system is thinking right now.
Adrenaline is coursing through your veins. Heart beating faster. Breathing shallower
and faster. It doesn’t matter that it is just a picture, your mind and body begin to react
as though it is happening to you. Pictures, words and feelings all create a chemical
responses in the body.
You cannot stop the fight, flight or freeze response in the body. It happens
automatically. You can rationalize, you can decrease the potency, by telling yourself it is
just a picture.
But, what if it was a suspense, thriller, action movie? In the theatre, in 3D. With
surround sound thumping your ears and body. Now, it is even more real to your mind,
body and nervous system. It’s not real. And yet, it creates a real reaction within you.
The same is even true when you read. It’s not just words on a page or screen. The
words create pictures in the mind, and we respond to the images that our mind creates.
Have you ever seen a picture that got you all riled up that you were ready to Fight(Flight
Response)? Have you ever been jacked up from reading something that you were
ready to Quit (Flee Response)? Have you ever been so upset by something you
watched that it made it impossible for you to take Action (Freeze Response)?
This is the Fight, Flight or Freeze response gone wrong in your mind and your body. Or
an adrenaline rush. Adrenalin, released from your adrenal glands on top of your
kidneys, makes your body react quickly, heart speed up like it’s racing, increased blood
flow to muscles and brain so they can function faster, causing a surge of energy that
makes you shake, and opens the airway to increase oxygenation to the muscles and
There is no difference between Real and Imagined to your brain and nervous system.
We are surrounded by triggers that cause an adrenaline rush every day in what we view
and read. Sometimes minor. And sometimes these triggers happen over and over, all
day, every day, more and more, bigger and bigger until we are swimming in a sea of
adrenaline. AKA Stress.
In nature, or a true emergency our body burns off the adrenaline by producing speed,
strength, and quick thinking. We react. If a tiger is chasing you, you run! Faster! But,
we can’t run from our thoughts and we can’t change the world around us. Our minds
race, replaying, rethinking, analyzing, stimulating a constant adrenalin response. It is
like a relentless form of torture.
So what can You do to Stop the adrenaline response to life around you?
Realize that you have control over what you are thinking. Your thoughts are not
happening to you, you are creating them. Changing your thoughts is your responsibility.
You can accomplish this through hypnosis and neurolinguistics programming (NLP).
By using techniques and thought identification you can stop and decide whether the
thoughts you are having are useful or un-useful. You can turn down their intensity, slow
the internal response and even tame or shrink the metaphorical tiger that is chasing
you! And a cool side effect is that you cannot be stressed in hypnosis!
But, what can I do in the meantime!?!
RUN!!! Run away from the tiger!! Now! I mean it! Your subconscious and nervous
system already thinks there is something chasing you, so burn up that adrenalin by
moving your body.
Moving your body is the fastest and easiest way to change your mood, mind and
emotions. It doesn’t matter whether you actually run, walk, dance naked in front of your
tv or do a workout. The choice is yours. OR…Suffer in a stew of adrenalin. Moving
your body, every day, in a way that is fun or relaxing, and you can tame the tiger that is
Or even better, what if…what if you become the Tiger? What if you use your thoughts,
energy and imagination to become a tiger chasing your goals, your outcomes and
aspirations? What if that shifted your mood? What if it could give you strength and
power? Harness that energy and shift the mood of being chased into a useful state of
mind chasing something you want! How much more strength would that give you?
Hypnosis helps people shift from un-useful states of mind to useful resource states of
mind. Hypnosis has a natural side effect – decreased stress. It is impossible to release
stress hormones in hypnosis. I have been helping clients and students change their
thoughts, with hypnosis and NLP for 9 years. Their training with these techniques helps
them feel more in control, safer and more confident. If you would like to learn more
about hypnosis and NLP techniques call 403-334-9766 or email
Master Hypnotist and Trainer