Bluebirds fly, so why oh why can't I?
Fear of flying, also known as aerophobia or aviophobia, affects an astonishing 25% of the population, although some studies suggest that as many as 40% of people suffer some degree of anxiety about flying, although they may be too embarrassed to admit it to friends or colleagues.
Right now, many people are planning their summer break, which may well include a return flight. For some, there will be a pleasurable sense of anticipation when they think about their forthcoming holiday, but for those who have a fear of flying, the very thought of going to the airport and boarding a plane will be filling them with dread and bringing them out in a cold sweat. There are, of course, alternative ways to travel, but unless the holiday is taken in the beautiful but often chilly British Isles, valuable time is lost by travelling abroad by boat and train.
Most people are pretty sure they know when their flying fear first started, usually as the result of a flight with a lot of air turbulence, or a situation such as an emergency landing due to a maintenance problem. In fact, as with all fears, fear of flying is merely a symptom of a much earlier fear, stored by the subconscious mind some time before the age of five. For that reason, the underlying fear needs to be identified and neutralised in order to permanently remove the flying fear.
If you read my articles regularly, you will know that I have written about the function of the subconscious mind many times, but here it is again. Imagine that something relatively insignificant happened when you were, let us say, three or four, that made you more fearful than you needed to be, because of your age and lack of experience. The subconscious mind stored this event with the accompanying feeling of fear, and this became the foundation stone to which other fears were added within the subconscious over the ensuing years, whenever you experienced events that you perceived as frightening. At some point in your life, you may have had a particularly scary experience. For example, a car accident, being attacked, or nearly drowning; and the extreme fear you experienced at the time was added to the fear folder in the subconscious mind. As a result, you may have become increasingly aware of a specific fear; for example: fear of driving on busy roads or fear of deep water.
Fear of flying will always have some earlier roots totally unconnected with flying. Hypnotherapy can safely help you to overcome your fear of flying permanently - or any other unresolved fear. Start the process of being free to fly like the bluebirds sooner rather than later, and in that way, there is no time pressure on either you or the hypnotherapist!
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About Niki Cassar
Niki Cassar has been working as a full-time hypnotherapist and past life regressionist for the past 16 years, with much of training done in the USA. She strongly believes that we are all shaped by our past, and only by accessing and neutralising out-of-date information in the subconscious mind can we resolve the issues that cause us problems.