5 Circles Mindfulness
You don't have to dread it. You don't have to avoid it.
Have you heard enough science and flight statistics to make you grumble? Scientific facts don't help with fear, do they. But you can say goodbye to fear of flying.
You just need to know the steps. One of them is feeling safe. Another is having time to ask all your questions. Another is receiving satisfying answers. "Convincing you" is not part of this process. Then we get to the meat: healing fear.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will offer Goodbye, Fear of Flying, featuring full use of the 5 Circles Paradigm in February, 2020. Stay tuned for details.
November 12, 7-9 p.m., Dolphin Aviation, 8191 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Panic is what struck when I was sitting in the last row, corner window seat of a small plane and there came an announcement that there would be a 40 minute delay in taking off because the co-pilot was still enroute in another plane. I recall a feeling of energy starting from my toes rushing up my legs, I remember telling the very large man next to me that I needed to get off the plane.
I do NOT remember.... crawling and stepping over the man next to me and his sick wife, I do NOT remember running toward the front of the plane. I do NOT remember being stopped midway by a flight attendant who sternly told me to walk to the back of the plane. I do NOT recall the flight attendant’s instructions to bend over and lower my head. I do remember she rubbed my back as she called ahead to say a passenger would be WALKING off the plane to wait for the co-pilot arrival. I was instructed to hold her hands which she put behind her back and we slowly walked off the plane.
The flight staff including the pilot talked with me and told me what had occurred. I was given a couple of drinks with alcohol.
Kindly the staff changed my seat to an aisle seat with lots of leg room. I cried from embarrassment and exhaustion most of the way to Arizona staying put in my seat. From that experience on I flew with the help of a little blue pill which calmed my anxiety.
As a swim instructor of 15 years, occasionally I would teach adults who wanted to learn to swim but were afraid. Traditional Red Cross swim lessons did not address their needs and I really didn't know what their needs were. I took to the internet and came across your website (teaching afraid adults to swim). The website addressed their concerns. I purchased your book and dvd.
In order to teach the system, not only did I need to fulfill requirements of online training I needed to fly to Palm Springs for instructor training. Big concern: fly to California. How could I teach a system of conquering fear of water when I had fear of flying.
I decided to apply the 5 Circle teachings to my fear. Step by Step I learned to stay in my 1st Circle. I wrote a long emotional letter to the plane and the plane wrote a practical reassuring letter back to me. I practiced comfort and control as I made my way to the airport. I practiced feeling, I felt the car seats, felt the air temperature the weight of my carry on bag on my shoulder. I calmly, slowly walked to the gate. While waiting for boarding, I felt my back touch the back of the chair. I walked on the plane without waiting to be the last person on the plane, I did not stop to talk to the pilot and ask for his flying credentials, I did not inform the flight attendant that I was afraid to fly (all the former rituals).
I sat down buckled up, remained home. Spirit and body intact. I cried tears of relief.
I arrived in Palm Springs never having left my 1st Circle. We arranged to meet at Palm Springs International Airport. You flew in from Florida. Having seen your photo on the back of your book, I knew what you looked like. I greeted you with a big hug which may have been over the top since you never met me. However, you had given me an immeasurable gift. I needed to express my gratitude. I am forever grateful for you and your wisdom. The 5 Circles freed me from my fear of flying and from so many strongholds that dominated my life. -Sharon, Chicago
Course location: Sarasota, Florida
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