We live in a world of information overload, people who think they know what it means to succeed and endure. People who believe they can heal you but never do. People who claim to be superhuman even though in the time of proof, there is none. It is incredibly rare when someone comes along that defies all laws of nature with real miracles and real evidence to prove everyone else wrong. Wim Hof is one such person, Wim Hof is the Iceman.
Everything started out of the tragedy of his wife’s death. Being consented with 11 different personalities, she was unable to function in society. The doctors who tried to help gave her pills hoping for a recovery… until one day she committed suicide. That was when Wim decided to look for the answer. What’s the real answer? Where do all these problems truly lie? So he started challenging himself. “If they don’t have an answer and you don’t have an answer, the only thing you can do is go out and find the answer.” And the Iceman was born.
Some of his noteworthy accomplishments include:
Setting the world record for being submerged in ice (2 hours without core temperature changing).
Climbing Mount Everest in only his shorts.
Running a marathon in the Desert without drinking any water.
He proved in a laboratory setting, that he can withstand and eliminate illnesses and diseases with his breathing technique.
Not only is he the first person to be able to accomplish amazing feats of this caliber, but he is also the only one to have accomplished them under serious laboratory conditions. However, Wim Hof claims that anyone is able to do what he can do.
Wim’s story of succumbing to the cold:
“The first time I swam under the ice., the water was as sharp as needles. I pictured the ice and water as a huge diamond that I cut into and swam inside of. After 35 meters under, I lost my sight… I couldn’t see anything. The surface of both my retinae froze and I only saw darkness. I couldn’t breathe of course. I was almost sure I was dead. And then something transformed in me, my consciousness succumbed into a lower consciousness, fight or flight mode. This is survival. I do not fear death, I fear not living fully. If I live fully I’m not into death, I’m living.”
In 2011 Wim Hof overcame another miracle. In a laboratory setting, he let himself be injected with a bacterial endotoxin, which causes fever and severe headaches. But he somehow, through his nervous system, suppressed the natural immune response by raising his adrenaline and fighting off the bacteria with nothing but his meditation. Naturally, everyone thought he was just a freak of nature. So they decided to test again, but this time they tested on 12 people who were under Wim Hod’s teaching. The same thing happened to them… as they did with him.
It is near impossible to increase adrenaline levels by yourself. Adrenaline is released through the autonomic nervous system. And autonomic means you cannot voluntarily influence it. If you were to be robbed in the street, your heart rate would increase to 160 bpm and your adrenaline would skyrocket. But if I were to ask you to do that now or while drinking your morning coffee… it’s impossible. The impossible proven possible.
On the frontier of science, Wim is seeking to break what is thought to be the line between human and superhuman. The real frontier of science is looking if our immune system really is autonomous or if we can learn to control it. And if we learn to control it, there is no telling exactly to what extent we are capable of miracles. Wim Hof preaches that faith in nature and ourselves is at the center of his teaching. And as soon as you see the difference between science, spirituality, nature, and religion you notice the only difference is the explanation. They are all circling around something that is supposed to be better for us regardless of what it is.
There are a few theories as to why Wim Hof can do what he does:
He has a higher level of brown adipose tissue (a heat generating tissue).
He is able to secrete the hormone ‘noradrenaline’ at will, allowing him to overcome cold and illnesses.
Like the Tibetan Tummo monks, he uses a form of meditation to completely shut off the activity of his mind. By doing so, his metabolism can be redirected into generating heat.
It is a compilation of all those three.
But Wim takes it to a whole other level. He believes: “If you go deep enough into your own understanding of your body, you can actually control your entire autonomous nervous & immune system.” This would mean that your body could fight off any inflammation… which is literally the root of ALL diseases in the world.
The cool thing about his achievements is not only that they are true. But that he believes anyone in the world can follow his footsteps following his training methods and techniques. So what does it actually take to become a superhuman?
Breathe more air in then you let out
Do this 30 times in a row.
End your warm shower with a few moments in cold water.
Step 1) Breathe
The method begins with your breathing. Everyone breathes, but not a lot of people breathe excellently, consciously, seriously and consistently. The feeling is understanding. Take a sharp breath in until full lung capacity and slowly breathe out. The ratio should be 100% breath in: 75% breathe out. Make sure that when you take your next breath in, you still have air in your lungs from your previous inhalation.
And hold your last breath at the end of the last count. And then hold for as long as you can. Reportedly, people who took this seriously and consistently every day managed to hold their breath for over 2 minutes, and the next week using the same technique could increase it to 3 minutes. Until holding their breaths for 3 minutes was easy and possible to do even without the technique.
Step 2) Confront the cold
After mastering your breathe you will be able to move onto the next step. And feeling a few tingles in your body is a good sign. Wim Hof says, ‘if you don’t know if you’re ready for the next step, you are not yet ready. Absolute confidence in your breathing technique is the only signifier that you can move to the next step. To strengthen your body and get used to the cold, you can begin practicing. This way you can train your muscles, nerves, and lungs to REALLY breathe. Do this as often as you can, just do it and remember to keep doing it if you want results. Shut your mind off and let the cold take control. And then take back the control with your breathing. Seems simple enough, but how many of you are actually willing to commit to daily cold?
This is the true virtue of becoming superhuman.
One of the reasons it’s been so difficult for Wim to get his methods accepted within the scientific community is that it opposes the traditional thought of the body and medicine. Wim has figured out a way to influence his own immune system without the use of pharmaceuticals, can you imagine the damage this could cause to the economic medical world? Whether it can actually be used to cure ALL diseases, is still the question simply because Wim doesn’t have all diseases. But everything and anything that has been thrown at him he’s managed to fight-off so far. This is the frontier of modern science, so it will inevitably take several years to understand the full core of his implications.
Whatever it is, Wim has managed to give people the sense of control over their mind and bodies. Even those with deep anxiety and depression, Wim has given thousands of people hope in their own lives again. A satisfaction that cannot be stated in a casual number. The final stage in his mission is to go back to the grief, his wife who passed away. And bring it back in one form or another to the world. Love is compiled out of happiness, strength, and health. If you radiate good energy, that’s love. So love is his ultimate mission. As it should be for all of us. Confront the pain and learn to control it… Don’t avoid it.
If you believe you have what it takes to evolve your physical self, take this seriously and see if you can begin to control your own adrenaline. But for the first step, you must learn to master being in the cold.
“Enlightenment is a form of happiness and health. And it is not as deep and profound as people imagined it.”
“Reuma Arthritis, Multiple Scoliosis, Psoriasis and Diabetes type 1. These 4 diseases are caused by the immune system attacking its own body… I know how to stop it.”
“We do not need psychotherapy. F*** off, just breathe in. Just try to bring back the control within yourself. connect back with your body this time we are able to cleanse it all. People say you cannot steer life, you cannot do this or that, that is part of life or part of destiny. I say F*** destiny. No, this time we learn to control our happiness, health, and strength. That’s not philosophical or secretariat… it’s chemistry.”
“To me God is cold, I think of the cold as a noble force. It brings me back to my inner nature, the way it was meant to be. I do not only endure the cold… I love it.”
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