Video: Focus On Possibilities, Not On Limitations

This interview with psychophysiologist Dr. Erik Peper reveals self-healing secrets used by yogis for thousands of years. Mind-training methods used by yogis like Jack Schwarz were explored. The underlying message throughout the discussion was that suffering and even actual tissue damage are profoundly influenced by both our negative and our positive attributions. The methods by which yogis have learned to self-heal is available to all of us who are willing to assiduously adopt a daily practice. It is very clear that when our attention goes to our pain or other symptoms, our suffering and even tissue damage worsens. When we focus all our attention on what we want rather than on what we are afraid of, we achieve a healthier, more positive, and more robust level of healing. We suffer when we have negative expectancies and we reduce suffering when we focus our attention on positive expectancies. We can train the mind to fully experience sensations without negative attributions. For the vast majority of us, we have far greater potential than we believe we have. Biofeedback, concentration practices, mindfulness practices, and other yogic practices allow us to condition ourselves to concentrate on the present moment, rather than on our negative expectancies, limitations, attributions, and fears.

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  1. Tina Tarbox says:

    Thank you for sharing this interview. The information fits so well with both my personal and clinical philosophies. I’ve lived vibrantly despite having a chronic illness since before I turned 2 years old, and I know my focus on positive expectancies has helped me to achieve this. I found that I naturally gravitated toward this way of thinking as a child and then carried it with me into adulthood.

    • Larry Berkelhammer says:

      Great to hear from you. I went to your site and was pleased that we seem to have a lot in common in the type of evidence-based information that we post on our blogs. And hearing from you and reading your experience helps me feel less alone.

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