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The rustling of the leaves: From a snakebite to an autumn phobia

The fall makes itself felt noticeable in many places now. In my new book “Quick help with anxiety and stress” (brought out in German) there is the chapter “The rustling of the leaves: From snake bite to autumn phobia” in which a little story describes a catchy example of unconscious effectively stress stimuli: It is fall and one of our ancestors in the Stone Age is preparing dinner for himself. Suddenly, he hears the sound of rustling leaves. He turns to the pile of leaves behind him – but it’s already too late! He has been bitten by a poisonous viper that  was snaking its way through the leaves and caused the noise.


The man faints, is ill for a few days – but he survives the accident. Since then, he has a horror of each snake. But, not only of gray snakes, even at the sight of green , orange , or striped snakes he leaps up into the air with fear. Even when he  sees a slightly curved piece of wood on the floor he is alarmed.


At this point, we speak about generalization. The fear arises as soon as he sees something that reminds him of the viper that once bit him. Our Stone Age man forgets the traumatic event over the months. Now it becomes fall and he goes to the woods again in order to hunt a dinner for himself. Suddenly the leaves of a tree fall down and cause a rustling noise. He is totally startled and does not know why! He goes to see a therapist – perhaps at that time there already was one – and has the following lamentations: “I am a brave hunter and have recently a fear of autumn! I am terribly afraid of rustling leaves – what is wrong with me?”


This way people are often afraid of things and don´t understand why. Our brain functions highly associatively. So it happens very often, that in coaching and training “the rustling of leaves” is treated, instead of the real stress trigger. With wingwave we find the actual active trigger precisely accurate. This leads to an exceedingly fast and straight to the point effect of this method.


I will give the next wingwave education in Toronto, Hamburg and Mexico City, this October. Many portrayals of me and of wingwave are designed with the Monarch butterfly. The American Monarch is a particularly nice specimen drawn and striking orange-black. It is very impressive that these North American animals cover up to 3600 km during their migrations in fall. With luck, I will see one of them in America. Here is a video that shows, among other things, the beauty of these animals:

A warm welcome to CoraBlog!

Today I am welcoming you, with cool sunglasses on because I hope this makes a good impression on you. But are sunglasses as cool as they seem? In fact, they can have a negative impact on your mood! The eyes are the “window of the soul” and thus bring light into our nervous system.
Through light, the level of the “happiness hormone” serotonin increases within our brains. On the other hand the production of the hormone melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland is being inhibited. As we want to feel pleasantly awake and active during daytime, the melatonin levels increase in the dark, which is why we get tired at night. Serotonin is a “feel – well hormone” that has positive effects on your mood – especially during daytime.  Sufficiently high serotonin levels in the body make us calm and balanced, a shortage in the worst-case scenario, can lead to a “seasonal affective disorder” (which we in Germany also refer to as a “winter depression”), to emotional hypersensitivity or sleep disorder. Who looks through sunglasses too often, suggests to his/her body, that it is dark outside and provokes the production of melatonin at a time of day when it is not necessary at all.
So take off your sunglasses sometimes – especially in sunny weather! Let´s consider the wisdom that lies in language: Terms like “to be enlightened” or sayings like: “Let the sun shine through your heart” or “the truth dawned upon him“ implicate that light can have a positive effect on our mood!  Furthermore, effective techniques that make use of inner images by changing submodalities can profit on imagining them with light or light rays because it can have a particularity positive effect. I wish all of my readers many happy hours with a sunny mood–Either if the sun is shining inside or outside!
In case this should not work itself, I recommend my new wingwave book “Quick help with anxiety and stress”! – Which just appeared in German language.  Everybody knows stress and anxiety. The answer to the question how to get over them quickly and effectively is not only given in this book but also on the multilingual wingwave homepage: I am looking forward to interested readers!