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How to digest fear and stress during the pandemic – with Markus Hirzig

subtle body competence, dealing with fear, #fear

Markus Hirzig helping others understand, feel, digest and transmute fear

Markus Hirzig on digesting fear and stress during today’s times

Many of us don’t feel fear, instead we project it onto others as danger, or blame. Or we numb ourselves or dissociate in order to feel safe due to past experiences. The problem is, fear shuts our minds down so we can’t do anything new or think in new ways to bring more intelligence and innovation into our community or the world in general.
What can we do to become more conscious of what we are feeling, or not feeling, and how can we digest these un-integrated feelings so as not to project our past onto the future?
Markus is a senior mentor who has been helping people digest and integrate fear for many years.

Replay of our first call

We can focus on competence and resilience or or problems say Markus

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Second call -Thursday 16 April 2020

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Solving problems through a change in perspective

“Distance lends enchantment to the view” Thomas Campbell

changes in perspective

Sometimes it seems much easier to solve other people’s problems than our own. They look so much tinier in comparison.

This reminds me of the first time my son noticed a change in perspective. We were walking along a farm road with ploughed fields on both sides and, way off in the distance, a tractor. My son, about 3 years old at the time, noticed that the tractor was growing in size as we approached it. First it was minute then eventually it was way bigger than both of us.

It’s the same thing with other people’s problems. And then the danger is, when you get close enough, they hand you their rucksack and walk off with a relieved smile, not noticing that you are now carrying two rucksacks and wearing no boots.

What to do?

Trade both rucksacks for a pair of boots. Or simply put them down gently on the side of the road with a sign saying “help yourself”. Don’t look inside them one last time in case you might need anything in there. You don’t!

The mind is an enormous rucksack. It’s our job to empty it, rather than fill it. Or as some wise person once said, “Fill your rucksack only with moonbeams.”

2020 – week 1, day 1

Day 1 – decisions decisions…
The New Year started with a beautiful sunny day in my village, nearly 900 m above sea level. Could see the Alps right across Switzerland. Not a cloud in the sky.

Hasliberg above the fog about 5 pm

Hasliberg above the fog about 5 pm

Decided to cycle down into the valley as I was meeting two friends for a walk and lunch. (My first day of walking my talk, and doing my bit against climate change, by not using my car, unless absolutely essential. Discovered that public transport to our village starts 3 hours later on public holidays!) Took it as a good opportunity to pump up my bike tyres and cycle down the hill to the train station.
Decided to travel light and not take hiking shoes as the friends I was meeting weren’t Read more

Thanking all my American Angels

When I left the advertising industry (many moons ago) my creative director at the time passed on some advice that he had once been given: “Don’t look back, otherwise you will bump into trees and create other obstacles in the road ahead that weren’t there before…” At least that’s what I think he said. I remember being amused because I didn’t think I was leaving. It was the year our president Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison and I was full of hope and joy about the future of the country and had no intention of not returning.

Actually, all I had asked for was 6 month sailing sabbatical….Funny how everyone in the Read more

The love experiment

love versus hate

 My son and I tried this experiment over a decade ago while he was in primary school. We have just tried it again, 13 years later with the same results.  Each time, “love” jar forms a clear liquid at the bottom after a few weeks. Whereas the control jar goes all moldy. Astonishes me every time!
Try this simple experiment in your own kitchen. I would love to know if you get the same results.

How to do this experiment
The best time is straight after breakfast or whenevr you have leftover porridge, cooked oats or cooked rice.
In preparation, sterilize two glass jars by boiling them in a pot of water for 5 minutes. Then put some identical cooked oats porridge or rice into each jar and label them, and place both jars in the fridge. Then every day, or every other day, take out the one and say to it, “I love you. Thank you.”  Just ignore and leave the other in the fridge or, if you have the stomach for it, take the second jar out of the fridge occasionally and say to it: “I hate you. You are awful!”   (This time round, we mostly ignored the second jar and gave positive attention every few days to the other.) Compare the differences as the weeks pass.
As you can see from the images above and below, taken more than a month after first starting the experiment, we saw a huge difference in the 2 jars! ( The jar that got positive attention did not go moldy and over time developed a clear liquid at the bottom of the jar. The other jar did go moldy and the liquid was orange. Both times we tried this experiment we used cooked oats porridge and got the same results. This time we mostly just ignoring the 2nd jar instead of saying negative things to it.) I would like to hear back from anyone else who tries this experiment.

Attention as a creative act
The consequences if this experiment are profound. We have way more creative impact on ourselves and others than we realize. Puts another whole spin on judgement of self or others…


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Some considerations about fear – Q&A with Markus Hirzig

Markus Hirzig

Markus Hirzig on Some considerations about fear
15 January 2019

Markus Hirzig has been mentoring people on this and similar topics for more than 30 years. As usual with Markus you’ll be surprised by his ideas yet deep down something shifts…

Are you taking enough space?
One of the breakthrough thoughts from Markus for you to ponder is that we feel fear because we contract our energy! Can we unlearn old habits of making ourselves smaller in order to survive?

Hmmm… powerful stuff!

Says Markus: “Some forms of fear have only to do with the space we take. Others to do with experiences….and some fears tell us something new is appearing…and then there might be more intense fears, exceeding the normal societal range, like phobias, trauma, when we experience accidents or very dangerous things….All these different fears may need a different approach or care taking. For some of the fears its only to take space again.”

You’ll find the replay of the first Guided meditation below and also some Read more

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