On Overcoming Terror … by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 11 July 2013 

  • Terror Syndrome
  • Rodan Movie: True Terror
  • Placing the Awareness on the Limbic System in the Center of the Brain Short-Circuits Terror

Dear Ones,


In the last part of this video, there’s a little boy watching a puppet show with his friends. Apparently, something scary starts to happen in the puppet show:

Video: “Funny Baby Videos,” by alapmankad, 4 February 2008, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhSGhyLUP_8 ..

What happens to the little boy is a classic Terror syndrome scenario. He sees something with his eyes. This triggers first the Flight routine, then the Fight routine. Note that what he sees is pure fiction. Basically, he’s hardwired to experience all that Terror, sometimes for no real reason whatsoever. Aren’t we all, though?


I remember, when I was a little kid, that I went with my friends to see a movie called “Rodan.” At that time movie special effects were in their infancy, and I had never been to any movie but Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.” I was totally unprepared for the horror that leaped out at me from the screen. Total Terror syndrome ensued. I had to walk out of the theatre and sit out the movie, shaking on the steps of the building.

Video: “Rodan Movie Trailer,” by horrormovieshows, 17 June 2007, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5jfCb6-2RA …

How do you explain a reaction like that to your friends? How do you deal with it? Search me!


Much later I found out that by concentrating awareness on the limbic system in the center of the head, the fight or flight response could be short-circuited.

  • In the center of the head, joy and cosmic awareness can be accessed.
  • In the brain stem beneath that and at the bottom back of the head is the primitive, reptilian brain, including territorial and sexual aggression.
  • In the top and top sides of the head is the neocortex, where the more refined thinking processes take place.

If a person is feeling fight or flight, or even stark terror, then by lifting the awareness up to a slightly higher location in the center of the brain, this response may be avoided. It’s important to pinpoint a precise point in the exact center of the brain, and not a general area. See this image:

Image: “The Evolution-Designed Brain,” http://joegirard.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Brain.gif ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Rodan, terror, terror syndrome, fight or flight, panic attack, anxiety, limbic system, reptilian brain, neocortex, brain, stories by Alice, movie reviews by Alice, Rodan, Fantasia,

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