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Les Fehmi, Open Focus Brain, Part 2


Last year I wrote about Dr. Les and Susan Fehmi, and their work. The post included a short video to introduce them, and in it they talk about the benefits of Open Focus attention for reducing anxiety, optimizing your performance and your health and well-being. I’m interested in their work, because when I’m in midst of change – whether I’m making it happen, or it’s happening to me – I deal with anxiety, and at the same time I want to be at the top of my game. And there’s plenty of tug-of-war between the two.


Last Fall, I did something I never imagined myself trying …I attended the Fehmi’s workshop in Princeton, New Jersey, and spent a couple of days with my head wired up to a Neurofeedback machine. And now I’m a believer – it felt wonderful and freeing and to be in that place where I was producing a steady stream of alpha brain waves. I spent two days in the company of massage therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, internet marketers, computer scientist, creativity experts, and psychotherapists who hailed from across the US and Europe, and couples who were connected to the same machine, learning “couples synchrony” (BTW, they mentioned the resulting “honeymoon effect”.)


A few people seemed to be old hands, back for a refresher session with Dr. Fehmi. One of them, my partner, kept talking about “getting a hit of alpha”. He also patiently explained a lot to me…that Les Fehmi is one of the premier “Alpha Trainers” in the country, if not the world. That learning how to produce more Alpha brain waves fills you with a sense of well-being, a sense of letting go of anxiety, of inspired imagination and creativity, and of opening up and connecting with others. That as we age, we produce fewer alpha waves, so to “brighten” our minds we need more alpha.


Here’s Dr. Fehmi with one of my fellow participants:


I can produce more Alpha brain waves (and so can you) by listening to Open Focus guided exercises and noticing how I’m paying attention in any moment. You don’t need the neurofeedback machines to train your brain. Though I recommend it. It gave me a rapid and accurate way to recognize what it feels like to “be in alpha”, and what I was thinking or not thinking about to get there.


There are still places available in the Fehmi’s upcoming May 2011Open Focus Workshop in Princeton, but as a result of the release of his second book “Dissolving Pain” in September, seats are going more quickly than usual. It’s an opportunity to work directly with the Fehmi’s, and to begin the process of gaining CERTIFICATION as an Open Focus Trainer. If you work with clients or patients, you’ll be able to offer them another service – and potentially another source of income for yourself. To learn more, watch the video below, and go to http://www.openfocus.com/WORKSHOP.html.




Children and Open Focus Attention: Susan Shor Fehmi



If you have experience with Open Focus brain exercises, or with other ways to overcome anxiety and get unstuck, tell us about them. What works? What doesn’t? Thanks!


Related websites for more information:
Les and Susan Fehmi’s Open Focus and consulting practice websites
Dissolving Pain – Using Your Attention and Open Focus

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  1. maryann gaertner
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I would enjoy hearing more about Open Focus.

  2. Posted June 12, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Hi Maryann,
    Thanks for your comment! I hope you’ll sign up for my June 16th [Noon – 1:00 PM EDT] Teleseminar interview, followed by Q & A, with Dr. Les Fehmi and Susan Fehmi. They’ll talk about Open Focus attention.
    http://powerofattention.nineworklives.com

    Even if you can’t attend the free event at Noon, if you sign up you’ll receive a link to the audio replay that you can listen to whenever it’s convenient to you. AND, if you can think of questions, when you receive your event Registration confirmation, you’ll see a form where you can send us questions before the event. We love it when we get questions before hand!

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