The Flinch

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If you have not yet read it, The Flinch is a free e-book that’s like the modern version of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway.

Our flinch instinct can totally save our life. It’s a valuable evolutionary mechanism. We all know times when we have been viscerally repulsed by someone or our gut has started churning and only later has logic proven that gut energetic response a.k.a the flinch to be totally bang on.

They say there are brain cells IN the gut lining even. It’s not like the old theory that the brain was “head office” telling everything else in the bod what to do. It’s a whole lot more quantum than that.

So anyway, this book is reminds me of the also very short but cool Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, the kind of thing you BLAST in one go when you want a quick rut-busting motivation read for the Zap Zone.

Julien Smith, The Flinch author, is a super rad Taurean and the founder of Breather – another genius idea that has popped up with Uranus in Aries. He is Moon in Aquarius and his Mars-Chiron in Gemini are opposite Saturn-Uranus in Sagg. Perfect for confronting “the flinch”,Β  examining Mars (assertion) in an innovative way and being C.E.O. of a company that has to do with personal space.

Some of this thoughts in the book:

* Over a lifetime, those who listen too much build a habit of trust and conformity.
* Avoiding the flinch withers you, like an old tree that breaks instead of bending in a storm.
* Train yourself to flinch forward, and your world becomes a series of obstacles to overcome, instead of attacks you have to defend yourself from.

“Flinch forward” is a fab little mantra. Especially when Mars moves Direct. Not that i am impatiently awaiting this or anything.

Thoughts?

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sparkling leo
sparkling leo

Gimmicky on the surface and why are there so many books, blogs, posts etc and fixing people? Don’t have a kindle so this maybe be a fantastic pep talk, do it may way, discover this, whatever. Enjoy, relax, it’s all okay. It’s just life. A book on making our water clear, blue, clean and beautiful again might be more what we need to thinking and doing something about. πŸ™‚

Gemyogi
Gemyogi

Yes I think the first step to wholeness is to realise you can’t be ‘fixed’ and what’s more you don’t need fixing. We are all broken and acceptance of that us the start of healing. Also we are taught that we need to find our soulmate or ‘other half’ I despise that expression. I’m a whole person in my own right. And that will fix our life and make us happy. But only you and taping into your true self eg via meditation or spiritual growth will make you happy! I am quite tired of these new age gurus thinking… Read more »

AstroGeek
AstroGeek

I am just PATIENTLY (do you see how patient I am?) waiting for Mars direct. It’s making my Mars in Cap business side kind of crazy.

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

As a Scorpio, of course I’m all about Elimination. That’s why I’m happy to report to the world that i have had my first bowel movement after three days post-op! Constipation following surgery (d/t narcotic pain meds) is like adding insult to injury for the scorpion. My secret: only fruit, vegs, nuts & water day before surgery & following, ditching narcotics asap, and being reunited with my own loo. Ah, it’s good to be home πŸ™‚ Re flinching, fear is so useful: beyond saving your ass in a life or death situation, fear contains so many clues & answers to… Read more »

Sphinx
Sphinx

Yay! It’s an out breath of sorts, the body breathing a sigh of .. relief. Glad to hear you are recovering well beautiful! If I need surgery I am coming to you for tips. You sound great btw!

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

As this was my fourth surgery since Sept 2012/transiting Saturn entering my 8th house, I do feel I’ve attained Master status in this arena & would be happy to pass along what I’ve learned should your need arise, Sphinx. Plus, you have always been a font of support & inspiration to me, so it would be the least I could do for you, gorgeous. Gracias xx

Sphinx
Sphinx

Master of Surgeries Scorporation Style. I think there is a book in that along with the hypnosis or meditation cd.

You are too gorgeous SI, right back atcha.
How are you feeling at the moment?

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

Master Patient. Patience? Lol maybe so πŸ˜‰ Truth: straight out of surgery + the next day, I felt like I’d stopped a train with my abdomen. It didn’t help that I had an adverse reaction to the pain meds they gave me straight out of surgery which resulted in my having to go sans pain treatment for a couple of hours while they collaborated with dr & pharmacy to create a different kind of cocktail for me. It was a long two hours of white knuckles & tears while my mother banged around the nurses’ station like Shirley McClain in… Read more »

Gemyogi
Gemyogi

Love terms of endearment. Both the movie and IRL. Glad you’re smashing the whole surgery/healing paradigm. Xxxxxx

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

I dont know about other ppl, but for me surgery is an event that puts me face to face with my own mortality & deepest fears. It’s a really intense 8th house kind of ride. I have to totally mentally prep for it every time (guided imagery, meditation, astro, prayers etc) to go in calm & clear, power full while a handful of ppl hold my life in the balance for 2 hours. Trust– it really tests my capacity for trusting myself, other people, timing… but facing your own mortality will do that lol Gee I feel so Scorpio right… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kia Kaha gorgeous, thx for sharing, fascinating!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Moi Sphinx

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

Xxxxxxxxx Gemyogi

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

One last thought: I knew this needed to happen four years ago. But it didnt for insurance reasons. This has been such an uphill battle of trying to carry on while sick & fighting the system– then mastering & bending the system– to finally have this surgery. 4 years in the making! But I did it. I fuqing did it! RAHH Kia kaha!

Gemyogi
Gemyogi

Yay you made it!! Love

Pegasus
Pegasus

Yes, it took courage to do some of the things i wish id’e never done. About fear: last night i woke myself up by a scream, 2 in fact, 2 short screams i think, but thank fuq my sceam woke me because in front of me standing, was a very very scary creature. It had a human shape but the colour was all wrong, decayed, blueish, zombie like. (No haven’t watched Walking Dead for 2 months). My yell woke me and was soo relieved it was not there she i came to consciousness. Just smudged my bedroom as always have… Read more »

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

I too had a nightmare last night, the first in a long time. And it’s funny you mention dogs, because that’s what I saw upon waking: my home office full of hell hounds. Which is weird because you know I’m one with the animals & I’ve never had foul energy come to me in that kind of container. I was too tired & ouchie to do anything upon waking but lie there & visualize throwing salt all over my office while repeating “get the fuq out of my house.” Worked like a charm: I went back to sleep & rejuvenated… Read more »

hdq
hdq

I just had a flinch reading your comment. Then a whole-body relax at the last line. So glad this dog has come into your life. xxx

Pegasus
Pegasus

Yes, girlfriends, hard to scare me but for my scream to wake me was quite bizarre.
DAISY is the Am Staff and what a love sponge she is.
Slept with me, happy as long as our bodies are touching. What a gift she is, am in love & she loves me. Have just had our first 24 hours together and will have her 3 nights a week and her owner the other 4 until everyone is comfortable with the changes.
Even my Virgo neighbour like her, so dogs as therapy for sure :-).
Dogs as children,need a Tribe to assist.

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

Just downloaded it…thanks for the recc and I love that it’s free! I really liked “Turning Pro” and in fact might do a reread of it, now that you mention it. My semester is basically over and I finally have some time to catch up on reading. I am SO excited for Mars to turn direct and I can go full speed ahead. A personal project has fallen by the wayside with Mars retro in Libra and having a super busy semester…should have planned for that…but I’m going to get back into it after some intense spring cleaning (Mars is… Read more »

Veronica
Veronica

I get a visceral flinch a LOT, and what I used to do was eat to smother it. Or smoke cigarettes, which actually aggravates it. Now if I get it, I start doing something, get moving, star doing something useful and it eases. Lots of pictures of me as a child with my hands over my midsection, as if shielding. Looking back I was very sensitive there, a keen awareness when something was emotionally off, if no real explanation for it, and in moments like when my mother left me standing outside David Jones to wait for her for ages,… Read more »

Sphinx
Sphinx

Very nearly went out and bought cigarettes yesterday.. My empath friend says to move into the body of a smoker and feel as they smoke! He says you don’t need to stress your body when you can experience it vicariously. Seems like a lot of bother to me, lol! I’m cooking lasagna instead.
I can just see you there in front of DJ’s, I know that feeling. πŸ™ My mother would regularly ‘forget’ to pick my brother and I up after school.. xx.

gemyogi
gemyogi

Hey lasagne works for me! and red wine!

islandgirl
islandgirl

OMG – I want that right now! Lasagne + red wine – glorious comfort food…. I am so fuqing tired of all this fuqing change……and yes it has all been for the better, for sure – but enough already….though the final slog is yet to come….sigh….can’t even get excited about mars…

pi
pi

I want to climb that hill.

Sphinx
Sphinx

I want to eat it.

S
S

So over the Zap Zone. My word it’s exhausting. Need to eat a pie floater or two.
πŸ™‚

gemyogi
gemyogi

My word. Yes, exhausting. I’m going to sleep a lot when I get my thyroid imbalance sorted.

Electric Eel Libran
Electric Eel Libran

Me too! I wonder if it’s made of coconut cream at the top?

Sphinx
Sphinx

Yes!

“Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?”

Neither Hamlet!! Embrace the arrows – don’t suffer them.
Transform ‘the flinch’ AS it enters your body and move on freely..

davidl
davidl

I’m not sure I agree with the concept of positive ‘flinching’. The way I see it is that sure, we flinch in reaction to events or people and that this is a gut reaction. Problem is our gut reaction can often be wrong and is based on lower order signals. The way someone looks or sounds may remind us of past bad experiences and have nothing to do with the current scenario. This reaction can get us in to all sorts of problems. My view is quite the opposite to the author. As opposed to flinching or forward reaction, you… Read more »

Aries/VirgoRising
Aries/VirgoRising

Actually its both. Trust the flinch AND the few seconds of thought processing afterwards.

davidl
davidl

Act first, think later ? Good luck with that one.
My point was exactly the opposite and behaving that way is going to mean you lose on most occasions.
If a wild dog is about to attack a group of people who will it attack first ? The flincher. The runner. Gut instinct has it’s place but what you will find is that most humans have it too high in the pecking order and need training to put it in it’s place alongside other more primal instincts.

Kat
Kat

In sparring in oour MMA classesI have to overcome flinching and keep eyes open- nit reaching to every little feint. My take-observe the reaction but have a plan that keeps you protected/grounded and ready to fight back if need be.

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

What sign are you, David? Do you have a lot of air in your chart? I’m strong in earth and water elements (with very little air) and I really relate to ‘going with my gut’. I trust my intuition above all logic or thinking processes. When I make a decision, I do research, make pro/con lists, but it comes down to ‘listening’. With time an ‘inner knowing’ comes through and I just *know* what is the best thing to do. I trust my gut when in unfamiliar situations, too. I lived in a city and walked all over. Sometimes I’d… Read more »

davidl
davidl

I’m Aries sun, gem rising, mars kataka, Venus Taurus. Sure trusting your gut is one thing but then flinching forward and confronting an obstacle that may not even be there is neurotic. So while on one of your walks you felt a sense of danger (when no danger was evident) a stranger approaches (to explain you just dropped your wallet further up the road). He is a large hirsute fellow with a hoodie on. Reminds you of that mass murderer on NYPD you saw last night. You either 1. Run like hell (and lose your wallet ) 2. You flinch… Read more »

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

Knowing me I’d probably 5. freeze like a deer in headlights long enough to soak in what he was saying and then trust him since he was kindly holding out my wallet. Also this is such a hypothetical situation. In that case if my gut was working I would NOT sense danger as the man’s body language and other cues would not alarm me. I mean, I THINK I get what you’re trying to say, but so far my gut hasn’t made me ‘confront an obstacle that is not there’. It’s just made me be more aware and less of… Read more »

Aries/VirgoRising
Aries/VirgoRising

Ahahah, exactly!

Veronica
Veronica

Nah D, I’m gonna disagree with you here. The whole stranger /hoody scenario reminds me of that beautiful ABC journo that was taken on a busy street in Melbourne probably because she gave him the benefit of the doubt. Danger from rogue males (sometimes females) is real. It’s not the norm, certainly, but I am always alert on the streets at night. I’d rather judge someone wrong I woke up once on a train to see a girl slipping my wallet out of my bag and I had a bit of a brain snap, suffice to say I got my… Read more »

Veronica
Veronica

Sorry, err on the side of judging someone wrong if it came to a potential physical threat to me

islandgirl
islandgirl

Yep, me too. Been in a lot of close shaves and if it hadn’t been for my gut reactions, i would not be here to tell the tales. One thing is judging a non-violent situation where you have the luxury of time to make a judgement – and another is when your life is at stake and you have to react without even thinking – it almost does feel like the body knows before you do, and acts before you have time to think about it. I always trust my gut instinct. Could be my kataka sun’s intuition too.

susan said so
susan said so

David, have you read the book?

davidl
davidl

I read mystics digest and made a judgement. I then connected this broad info into other broad info I’ve collected over the years and came up with a grand unifying theory on flinching. I then attempted to convince others that I ‘know’ about these things… Without flinching πŸ™‚
I am … A gem riser ! Hellloooo.
I also rarely read instruction manuals. Is your gut telling you something about me πŸ™‚

chick
chick

smart words.. gut intstinct only works with a higher mind, have seen many situations where people respond to their gut/vibe and its totally a reflection of their minds level and processing , usually wrong about the true situation .

Ms.
Ms.

I’m exhausted by all this new book bollucks going around. does anyone else feel like they are in a sneaky pyramid scheme of half cocked robbins esque mantras socially media’d into byte size morsels when the content is NOT exactly thought out but perfect for white collar screen saver philosophy.

davidl
davidl

http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/

This guy had created a software bot to do just that.
The comments are funny too.

Ms.
Ms.

“The invisible is at the heart of your own energy”

brilliant

Ms.
Ms.

“Interdependence reflects precious bliss” _

Ha

davidl
davidl

Did you see the top comment

You will soon be aligned as a source of income deep within the vibrations of the yoga accessory business, connecting with the unlimited pulsation of infinitely expanding retail sales.

Ms.
Ms.

Yes! love it.

Careful though, who knows how many pipe dreams we have just crushed from the gullible and opportunistic πŸ˜›

curiouser and curiouser crab
curiouser and curiouser crab

Haha,thanks for this.

Gemyogi
Gemyogi

Awesome. That really is the best of advice in a nutshell. And it fits on a sticker.

scorpio_rising
scorpio_rising

Been having guy feelings about several people and situations and I just hope that I am wrong.
I fear misjudging someone.
But, my gut says things just don’t add up.

scorpio_rising
scorpio_rising

gut not guy lol!

Veronica
Veronica

I usually give people the benefit of the doubt once, then twice though a bit more dubious (friendly Venus in Aries) but the third time I strike (Scorp moon).

scorpio_rising
scorpio_rising

yes, I am at that point with one person that I just don’t trust her because she has lied in the past.
My gut instinct something is wrong, so I am investigating the facts to decide.
However, gut instincts walking at night or not to trust a stranger I go with my flinch instinct and keep away!

gemyogi
gemyogi

Always trust the gut. It never lies, IMO

scorpio_rising
scorpio_rising

He hasn’t let me down yet.

anon
anon

One friend claims to have cancer but still parties non-stop…something’s not right.

Aries/VirgoRising
Aries/VirgoRising

desperately awaiting mars direct!! Maybe a good personal ad… But seriously, all planets in my natal chart are retrograde except mars and jupiter. I need mars working for me not against.

12th house Virgo
12th house Virgo

Malcom Gladwell’s book “Blink” also talks about how the body knows before the brain. I haven’t been able to finish a book in ages.

catfish moon
catfish moon

Spot on timing! My gut instinct says to block a “friend” on FB. I just got done chatting with his ex about it, then flip to this page to see this…… Think it is time.

serenity
serenity

Wow, thanks!

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

A taurean! Perfect for gut instinct.

Electric Eel Libran
Electric Eel Libran

As a Uranian, I kind of feel I’m natally Flinch-eriffic already. If I’m scared of it, then good…..do it again! I don’t understand the clinging to comfort thing at all unless of course you are in the mood to not want any changes.