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Dr. Hanscom's Blog Gratitude

Discussion in 'Mindbody Blogs (was Practitioner's Corner)' started by Back In Control Blog, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Back In Control Blog

    Back In Control Blog Well known member

    Today I am able to take a few minutes to reflect on the many aspects of my life that I am thankful for.

    I have spent most of my life in the opposite way of thinking. No matter how many parts of my life were good I was always stuck in thinking about what I did not have and what could be better. My first clue that this perspective was a problem was when I read a book, The Art of Happiness based on the teachings of the Dali Lama. He pointed out how much more productive it was to compare yourself and your circumstances to those who were less fortunate than it was to think about what you didn’t have.

    “Anxiety with Success”

    I became aware of another pattern of thinking in midst of my eight-day Hoffman process. It was the “anxiety with success.”

    The Hoffman process taught me a focused and organized format that allowed me to become aware of my reactive patterns of thinking, then implemented an intense detachment program, and taught me a brilliant set of re-programming tools. The awareness step is critical. What you are not aware of can and will control you.


    I have had a lot of successes and also many failures. One pattern of behavior I had not seen was that I would have some success and then somehow I rarely followed through. Or I would get into a reactive mode and just walk away from a potentially major success. I then spent a lot of time wondering what happened and then beating myself up. All of this was not only a waste of time but consumed a lot of emotional energy.

    The behavioral pattern that emerged was that I had extreme “anxiety with success”. I was shocked. I had spent the major part of my waking hours trying to be successful in whatever I attempted yet I was creating a situation that caused intense anxiety. How could this be?


    I was the oldest of four children in a household with an abusive mother. She also suffered from chronic pain. I was the person who was the problem-solver in the family since I was about seven years old. The baseline state of our family was chaos. The Hoffman process taught me to diagram what they term is a vicious cycle. Here is the sequence.
    • Chaos (beyond words and baseline state)
    • Problem-solving/conflict resolution mode (powerful role especially for a child)
    • Problem solved (I felt like a hero)
    • Period of calm (anxiety ensued in that we did not know how long it would last)
    • Need for Chaos (If it doesn’t occur I will create it)
    • Chaos (comfort zone)


    Becoming aware of this sequence allowed me to use tools to process each step of this cycle. However I was not as effective at dealing with the “anxiety of success” as I was with other patterns. As I continued to work with my teacher, Kani Comstock, she pointed out something that allowed me to finally enjoy my successes. It was gratitude.

    Enduring Pain

    I have endured a lot and so have most of you. Chronic pain with all of its many layers is not a small problem. I first have a deep sense of gratitude that I am personally no longer experiencing chronic pain. Additionally I have been able to figure out what factors contributed what I feel is almost a miracle and that I am able to share them with you.

    It Has Been Worth It

    Although I have seen hundreds of patients become pain free this is not a numbers game with me. Even if my life experience allowed just one of my patients to achieve a pain free state it has all been worthwhile.

    Every time a patient comes in excited about their relief of pain I am still fascinated and somewhat in disbelief. At my core I am a surgeon and I don’t understand all of the variables that cause this to happen. Not only do they become pain free, but also they rapidly begin to recreate the life that they had lost and go well beyond what they had. This last year I have seen two patients have their spouses come back to them and create a thriving relationship.

    That I have been able to contribute to any part of their healing is a gift to me that I never would have imagined.[​IMG]
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  2. IrishSceptic

    IrishSceptic Podcast Visionary

    The Hoffman process is fascinating and when I heard of it through Dr Hanscoms web site it made a lot of sense to me. Would love to try it someday when I could afford to do it.
    Interesting how its effects seem to be from changing the Unconscious mind's negative mechanisms.
    This clip explores it from someone who took part in it. It has Cultish overtones but in a mention on the Hoffman institute it explains, the purpose is to rebuild the individual in order to integrate better with society.
    I suppose its so transformative that people end up proselyting like TMSers given the impact it has had on their life experience.

  3. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    I loved the video. Joan Borysenko, Ph.D, says the Hoffman Process helped her to be more compassionate
    to herself and lowered her self-criticism, freeing her to live more in the present moment.

    I'm going to take a look at www.hoffmanprocess.com to learn more about it.

    Thanks for posting this thread, David Hanscom and IrishSceptic.

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