The Dark Deep Shaft of Past and Future
The old vamps clever ploy is to turn you negative by getting
you to dwell on your fear of the future or emotional pain of
the past. This sends you spinning down a dark deep shaft.
He's a clever little tyke, because getting you
to remember and dwell on old hurt renews and strengthens your
brain's synaptic pathways to those painful memories - keeping
your old emotional wounds open and festering.
Getting you to focus on a future fear will fill
you with anxiety and drain your energy. Over time you'll become
highly sensitive emotionally, physically and mentally, which
can lead to relationship and social interaction problems.
Tools to Ward off Possession
So you've learned that the worry vampire's main weapon is to
get you to worry and dwell on past or future pain. But fortunately
there's a gap between the past and future - do you see it???...
that's right - it's the present moment.
Do you know why this very moment is called the
present?... because it's a gift! The present moment is your
sanctuary from the worry vampire. He simply can't reach you
in the 'here and now'.
So, learning to move more and more into the moment
of now, keeping your mind focused on the present (the gift),
you'll soon be able to give that old vamp the slip.
Sarah - the Reluctant Vampire Slayer
When Sarah first contacted me, she was so possessed by her worry
vampire that it wouldn't let her speak a word to me - not a
sausage. Sarah was drowning in the fears her vamp was creating.
She was even suspicious when I threw her the 'present moment'
lifeline. She said…
"The present moment! - How can
I be in the present moment, I have too much to worry about!
It's reckless just to think of what's happening now. What about
tomorrow? Next week? Next year???!!!"
Of course it was old worry guts moaning, not Sarah.
But the penny eventually dropped and Sarah had a deep realisation.
She realised that the past is just memory and the future is
only our projected imagination - right now, the future
is just a thought!
Sarah realised that moment-to-moment awareness
is not reckless abandonment of yesterday or tomorrow, but a
tool that can bring clarity and awareness to the decisions we
make in each moment. These decisions can either hurt us or heal
The present moment is where life is happening.
It's where our personal power lies and the only place we can
effect change to create a brighter future. It's also the only
place the worry vampire can't bother us.
Lock and Load that Silver Bullet!
You'll never guess what your most powerful weapon against old
worry guts is. In fact, you won't believe me when I tell you,
but it's guaranteed to shoot that deadbeat in the butt. What
is it???... Your breath!
No, I'm not saying you've got bad breath - I'm
saying that by simply bringing your attention to your breathing
will blast that little tyke right out of your head. You don't
believe me do you? Here's how it works...
Your breathing is always happening in the here
and now - this very moment. Go on, feel your breath as it comes
in and out - easy to focus on right? Well, because your breathing
is always happening in the present moment, you can use it as
an anchor - to keep your mind in the here
So, simply put - if you're aware of your breath, your mind's
attention is in the present moment - not in the past, not in
the future - but here, right now. And that's your silver bullet!
The Vamp Bazooka - Your Silver Bullet
If you just can't shake the pesky blighter - blast him to dust
with the Vamp Bazooka! What's the Vamp Bazooka?... It's your
poor short-term memory - huh? Let me explain...
You know how you can only do one thing at a time? - You go to
the kitchen for some juice, but notice the cat's bowl is empty.
So you feed the cat, but can't remember why you went to the
kitchen in the first place - duh!
So, how can poor short-term memory be a weapon
against old misery guts?... The very fact that you can only
concentrate on one thing at a time causes everything else in
your immediate active memory to get erased. So here's how to
use that to your advantage...
When you've got a persistently sticky vamp, relax
your stomach and focus on the gentle rising and falling motion
of your abdomen. In your mind also repeat - 'Breathing
in... Breathing out... Breathing in... Breathing out'
- continue until you’ve centred yourself again. Yes, I'm
suggesting you talk to yourself - but only you and I will know.
Because you're taking conscious control to focus
on your 'breath' and using your ‘immediate
active memory’ to name what your doing - 'Breathing in...
Breathing out' - Bingo! - No more room in your
active memory for that energy sucker - you've basted him to