Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I listen to The Healing Power of Laughter, Phil?
I don't recommend doing it too often. It's nice to keep something like this 'fresh' for when you need it most, so it doesn't become too familiar. Maybe once a week or once a fortnight, until you don't seem to need it anymore, then move to as and when it will give you the boost you need at the time.
What made you build this stand alone website?
I know, you probably saw this CD on my other websites and links in from around the web. I did this CD a couple of years ago and felt it needed a site of it's own because it became a phenomenal seller on Distant Healer and I wanted as many people as possible, throughout the world, to experience the healing power of laughter for themselves. As a specialized website for this product, I think it will achieve that aim over time.
Is it safe?
Yes, as far as anyone can tell, it is safe to laugh your socks off as often as possible. There are so few upsides to being miserable that we should all strive to reach a positive state, rather than maintain a negative state. I am 100% convinced that negative thoughts, ideas and negative emotions bring us down toward illness and depression. Conversely, the opposite of that brings us to a state of health, happiness and wellbeing.
What gave you the idea for this CD?
I read the story of Norman Cousins (June 24, 1915 – November 30, 1990) who was an American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate. Cousins was born in Union City, New Jersey. At age 11, he was misdiagnosed with tuberculosis and placed in a sanatorium. Despite this, he was an athletic youth, and he claimed that as a young boy, he had “set out to discover exuberance.”
Cousins also served as Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities for the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he did research on the biochemistry of human emotions, which he long believed were the key to human beings’ success in fighting illness. It was a belief he maintained even as he battled heart disease, which he fought both by taking massive doses of Vitamin C and, according to him, by training himself to laugh.
He wrote a collection of best-selling non-fiction books on illness and healing, as well as a 1980 autobiographical memoir, Human Options: An Autobiographical Notebook.
Late in life Cousins was diagnosed with a form of arthritis then called Marie-Strumpell's disease (ankylosing spondylitis),
although this diagnosis is currently in doubt and Cousins may actually have had reactive arthritis. His struggle with this illness is detailed in the book and movie Anatomy of an Illness.
Based on a true story, this is a light hearted look at one man's fight for survival. Norman Cousins (Edward Asner) was a success in all aspects of life, but fate deals him a terrible blow when he is struck down with a debilitating illness that has the medical experts stumped; all agree on one thing however, that his condition is irreversible. Not accepting this prognosis, Norman takes matters into his own hands and prescribes himself a regime of a positive attitude, with lots of laughter an attitude which helps overcome his illness and ultimately saves his life. A truly inspirational performance by Edward Asner, that leaves you with a smile on your face.
Told that he had little chance of surviving, Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C, along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval."
I'm in the creative arts. Can this laughter therapy help me at all?
I have to say, I think it can. Afterall, what is it that causes you to drop your performance? Tension in the body somewhere, tension in the mind, regardless of the source, can stop the creative flow in its tracks. When you are struggling to find the exact word you need, or melodic phrase, sweep away whatever it is that is getting in the way. Think of what is stopping you from performing. These are your emotional blocks. Laughter can cut through the tension and blockage by changing your body state giving you the power to laugh your way to success.
What about sports performance? Can laughter therapy help me improve my game?
You better believe it! Whether it's your aim, game, or fame, laughter will help you relax the tension in your muscles that causes you to screw up the shot, or to lose control of the game. It doesn't matter what sport you're in. Every good athlete know if they are in any way tense before a shot, swing or throw, the tiniest little deviation off of true, will be the difference between a miss and the approving cheers of the crowd. Laughter fills the body with so much endorphin, you can't help but be motivated. Think of what is holding you back. Let laughter fill your body with vibrant energy and enthusiasm.
Track One is all about Chakras. What are they and why should I be laughing into them?
This is the short answer as Chakras are a truely big subject. Chakra derives from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" or "turning". Chakra is a concept referring to wheel-like vortices which, according to traditional Indian medicine, are believed to exist in the surface of the subtle body of living beings.
The Chakras are "force centers" of energy, like rotating vortices of subtle matter, considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of life giving energies.
Chakras are usually depicted as either flower-like or wheel-like and it seems there are 7 main chakras. In the former, "petals" are shown around the perimeter of a circle. In the latter, spokes divide the circle into segments that make the chakra resemble a wheel (or "chakra"). Each chakra possesses a specific number of segments or petals.
A chakra is believed to be a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy. They are located along a central line which runs either alongside or inside the spine. Each chakra in your spinal column is believed to influence or even govern bodily functions near its region of the spine. Despite being well documented in Eastern traditions, because autopsies do not reveal chakras, there is much scepticism about their existence.
You will doubtless have heard about chakras because, in the West, the subtle energy of the chakras is explored through practices such as aromatherapy, mantras, Reiki, hands-on healing, flower essences, radionics, sound therapy, colour/light therapy, and crystal/gem therapy. Anyone who has experienced hands on healing, or 'felt' the energizing effect of massage or mantras, will know only too well the effect this has on their feelings of wellbeing and general health. The idea here is to bring laughter into this equation. Actually bring the energy of laughter into the mind and body via the chakras.
Do I have to believe in chakras to do this, or, for this to work on me?
Absolutely not! But I hope you will give it a try anyway.
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