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Tuesday, September 27, 2005  

Mumbo jumbo - or useful

I've been thinking a lot about alternative therapies lately. There is such a huge range of what does work, what is placebo, the benefits of religion, fads like NLP, benefit of simple cognitive techniques in improving mental health, my yoga and pathetic efforts at meditation. Here's something else to add to that list. Walking on hot coals. It's easy to knock it, but is there something in what Mikal Nielsen, a firewalker says:

"For me, firewalking is about the experience of stepping into my fear," the 47-year-old says. "The firewalking course is not about firewalking. I can teach you how to do that in five minutes. It is about stepping up to face what is between you and where you want to be in life. The only thing between the two is fear, and it shows up in hundreds of ways. With firewalking there's a belief there that says it can't be done. And when people actually do it, a shift takes place in the brain - we start to look at and question all our other beliefs. Do we really need beliefs such as 'relationships are hard work' or 'there's not enough money to go around'? Do they serve us - and if not then we can start letting go of them. That's what the firewalk is about - personal growth. It's not a gimmick or a party trick."

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