This is a guest-post by Jamie Alexander from Lucid Ability.
“People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.”- Eckhart Tolle
Could you do anything you want with your life, or does fear hold you back?
Lots of us suffer from anxiety, shyness, or lack of confidence and it definitely limits the amount of things we can achieve.
Not any more!
This isn’t around the time I start giving you a motivational speech about how you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
That’s not me.
I’m literally going to show you how you can achieve anything by eliminating any anxiety, shyness, or lack of confidence you possess. Things you’ve battled with in the past, and failed.
But first, do you know why you suffer?
There’s a special part of your brain, let’s call it the amygdala.
The amygdala controls the body’s flight or flight response, and learns through experience.
If you’ve suffered from any of these debilitating conditions it’s because you’ve had an event which has caused distress.
The amygdala now associates that specific event with distress, and even thinking about it can cause anxiety, or panic. You can’t handle those situations normally anymore.
The amygdala doesn’t forget.
Can this be reversed?
Yes, but traditional methods are very difficult for some people. In order to reprogram your amygdala you need to expose yourself to these hugely distressful situations.
That’s why it’s so hard to get rid of anxiety, shyness or lack of confidence.
That’s why it’s so easy to get rid of anxiety, shyness or lack of confidence.
Yes, it can be easy or hard, but it’s all down to you.
Hard because you don’t want to face a tough situation and expose your weakness. You’re afraid of the social repercussions.
Of what others will think of you.
Easy because all you need to do is put yourself out there, your amygdala will realize you don’t need to be afraid anymore and it will reprogram itself to feel safe in those situations.
Does this ring a bell?
If you want a real life example, think about what they teach people in the pick-up industry.
Get rejected by 100 girls and you won’t feel anxious, shy, or unconfident about approaching them anymore.
Or if you’re suffering from anxiety they tell you to list down your distressful situations on a scale from 1-10.
Now you’re supposed to expose yourself to the situations, starting with the least distressing and working your way up to the most.
Exposing yourself works, but it’s scary.
What’s the big secret?
This is going to knock your socks off. Are you ready?
You can expose yourself to distressful situations in your dreams.
More specifically – Lucid Dreams.
I’ll give you a quick explanation of lucid dreaming in case you don’t know what it is.
A lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware you are dreaming. You are conscious inside your own dream world.
Once inside, and with a little practice, you can do almost anything you want by using the power of your mind.
And the best part is…
Because your brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and the dream world, you can expose yourself to distressful situations in a lucid dream and it will still reprogram your amygdala.
In plain English: you can overcome anxiety, shyness or lack of confidence in a lucid dream without showing having to show your weakness to real people.
Nobody will be able to judge you. They won’t even know.
Dream world examples include:
Anxiety – If you’re afraid of public places like shopping centers, you can enter a busy shopping center in your lucid dream, realize nothing bad will happen and you’ll be able to go shopping when you wake up.
Shyness – Maybe you’re too afraid to ask out the girl of your dreams. You can ask out as many girls as you want in a lucid dream, you’ll overcome your shyness and be able to approach girls in real bars.
Lack of confidence – If you don’t have the confidence to speak in front of a large audience, stand yourself in the middle of a stage in your lucid dream and give a speech in front of a hundred dream characters.
Now you can deliver speeches when you wake up.
Please note: It doesn’t just take one dream to make things better, but the way it’s written explains in quick time what actually happens.
The above examples only scratch the surface of what you can do inside a lucid dream. You are limited only by your imagination.
But why would this reprogram your amygdala?
Like I said, your brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and the dream world. If it did you would realize when you are dreaming every night.
And the dream world feels real. As real as now. Sometimes you will even question if you are really dreaming. I occasionally have to push my finger through a wall just to make sure.
Do you realize what this means?
You can achieve anything! See, I told you I would show you a way to achieve anything you want in life.
You can practice any situation in your lucid dreams and become a master of them when you wake up.
And it’s a lot of fun. Bonus.
How long will it take before I can do all this?
I can’t tell you how long. It depends on each individual.
First you will need to learn how to wake up inside your dreams, then build up the amount of time you can stay inside for.
The only thing I can say, is you will achieve it quicker if you start practicing right now.
Jamie Alexander writes about Lucid Dreaming, and helps people explore the dream world at his website, Lucid Ability.com.