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Lady Twilight And The Mystic Twins, self help article by Peter Murphy

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Lady Twilight walked through the forest, quickly.

Then as she approached the clearing at the top of the hill she began to feel tense and a little nervous.

She stopped for a moment to catch her breath as she looked back down the trail she had just walked along.

Everything was still, and there was hardly a sound to be heard except for one woodpecker in the distance, stubbornly pecking away without any concern for the world around him. Then she realized something for the very first time. She always felt nervous in this place, and not because of this place but because of where it took her – to the weekly gathering at the hill top.

Twilight really enjoyed meeting the forest people, only each time she visited there always seemed to be even more of them. Friends and travellers were forever popping by to stay for a day or a week. There were always strangers to meet.

She did not like meeting strangers, that nervous feeling just got worse and she did not know what to say to these friendly people from outside her world. And one thing bothered her the most, those times when she got embarrassed and blushed redder than the sun setting over the hill itself.

Twilight sat there feeling tense, looking at the trees and hearing only that lonely woodpecker somewhere in the distance tapping away. Then the strangest thing happened. She thought for a moment that she heard a word echo through the valley, a word formed from the tapping of the bird. Then she heard a string of words and this is what they said – ‘blush first so that you do not need to blush’.

She hurried along so as not to be late and before long she was in the clearing happily talking away to her friends. When all of a sudden one of the elders asked her if she had met the mystic twins yet. Feeling nervous Twilight admitted that she had not.

He returned a few minutes later with the mystic twins, two tall and fierce creatures, one named blusher the other named barrassment, who nevertheless were kind and gentle among friends. Just then, Twilight remembered the message of the woodpecker – ‘blush first so that you do not need to blush’.

Although it seemed silly, she tried with all her might to feel embarrassed and to blush redder than she had ever done before now. No matter how hard she tried she just could not seem to blush, not even a little bit. She even enjoyed meeting the mystic twins.

Many years later Lady Twilight met me one evening in the clearing at the hill top and she told me what I have told you today. And she told me how it works.

Lady Twilight employs the principle of paradoxical intention to take charge of her feelings of embarrassment when she meets new people. That means that she consciously tries to produce an unwanted feeling in her body before her unconscious does it first. Ironically that can block the unpleasant feeling happening at all.

Blushing is an automatic process, when we try to blush we can seldom do it because it is a function of our unconscious mind. Try to feel stressed, try to feel nervous or try to feel embarrassed and you will be hard pressed to produce the feelings.


Peter Murphy, Publisher of the Abolish Shyness newsletter

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