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16 October, 1999 - Fear Thrill

Inner Mind Update is currently a free newsletter, published monthly by Sharon & Clark Cameron to support your benefiting from the Releasing Strategy which is part of The Cameron Method. We focus on key developments and challenges of the mind, current affairs and life itself. The Cameron Method is available in software, cassette tapes, a book and personal counseling. For more information, see .

As we are into Fall and coming on the darkness of winter, the timing of Halloween expresses our childhood fears. But these fears are mostly ones that we have conquered. They are the type of fears that we might want when we go to movies - the spook shows.

We noticed the aspect of wanting to be frightened in two recent movies. One was The Blair Witch Project, which thrilled audiences by pretending to be a real documentary of young people who disappear when tracking a ghost story. Though we had read that it was fiction, most in the audience at the time obviously had not. And it was only admitted at the end of the credits.

Many people in the audience would continue to be frightened by a movie they couldn't understand, until hopefully later they would find out the truth. And they loved it that way. It's sort of "The joke's on us."

The other movie, The Sixth Sense starring Bruce Willis, at first plays to this fright desire of the audience. Scary and ugly ghosts seemed to be threatening and we heard young girls watching squeal with startled fear.

As the movie continued, however, there was a shift and the audience got quieter and quieter. In case you haven't seen it, we won't expose the plot twist here. However, the unusual ending and meaning in the movie were much more interesting than just the fun of a scary movie. The star's character had to be brave in a different way. You didn't leave frightened, but thinking. That was unusual right there.

Scary movies with Halloween goblins and ghosts are fun because we have controlled fear. We know we are not really in danger. It is an illusion. We can get up and leave the movie any time.

How about thinking that way about our fears in general? We can let go of their fascination anytime we really want to. As a matter of fact, there is a great story about that in a wonderful little book titled Illusions by Richard Bach.

We can enjoy challenge in our lives for the excitement and intensity it can bring. Certainly that is going on with adventurous people, doing skydiving, mountain climbing, etc. They have to feel pretty much in control of their everyday lives to go after these other challenges.

So can you get a thrill out of your life? Can you, just the way it is? Can you enjoy your challenges? You don't have to start out with a life threatening one. In our complicated and fast paced society you have challenges every day that you can practice on. You can learn to enjoy them right where you are.

Use The Releasing Strategy described in the book Designing Your Heart's Desire to help challenges become excitement and overcoming them a thrill. Repeat each statement until you can say it easily.

Our best to you,
Sharon and Clark Cameron
The Cameron Group

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