Many of us “Baby Boomers” are beginning to feel and live our ages. Every morning, clock radios throughout the country announce the beginning of another day. As a typical boomer rolls out of bed, an old ache, pain, and/or minor concern resurfaces, just as it did the day before. The same beverage — coffee, tea, or possibly caffeinated soda — is consumed in an attempt to reenergize the same exhausted face reflected in the morning mirror.

By the time we reach our fifties, we may have developed an awareness that our lives are not as fulfilling as they could be. Yes, there are pills and numerous varieties of the “quick fix” (also known as the “Life Makeover”) ranging from creams to diets and Bo-tox injections, all of which sound like perfect-sounding and simple “fountains of youth” for ourselves. Let us face it, the majority of us wish to slow the ticking of our biological clocks.

I am here to tell you that in order to truly slow the clock, we must become “radical” in our approach to process control; becoming radical means that we can “make it so,” in the words of Star Trek character Jean Luc Picard. We can literally slow the ticking of our own clocks.

Being radical is a natural process that occurs within us. To begin, it is the strength of our intentions and the scope of our wills. It is declaring with conviction, “I want this to be!” Following that, it is a matter of firmly believing that we can! When we commit to these beliefs, we become capable of numerous remarkable feats of mind and body. All we have to do is confront ourselves and our self-perceptions.

The following are five radical suggestions:

1. Firewalking:

What does walking on fire have to do with your life? Firewalking is a practice that has been practiced in numerous cultures for thousands of years. It is about mind/body transformation. Its objective is to “call into question” natural laws. The experience becomes a potent metaphor for anti-aging – which I refer to as youthing – and a very radical way of pushing ourselves beyond our perceived limits. I have taken part in dozens of firewalks, and the experiences have taught me more about myself and about challenging nature’s laws as they apply to me than I ever imagined. Oh, and I lit a match and walked on fire.

2. Breathing exercises.

This is a simple yet profound yogic breathing technique that cleanses and heals the body, mind, and spirit on all levels of awareness — physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental. It is the quickest method available for healing past traumas, negative belief systems, and unwanted “baggage” that many of us carry around unconsciously.

3. Abstinence.

I have just completed a four-day fast as I write this. (How could I talk my talk if I was not willing to walk it?) Perhaps the most effective tip for youthing is to fast. Many of us, particularly in the United States, literally starve to death. Nota bene: there are numerous types of fasts and numerous justifications for fasting. It is prudent to consult your physician prior to fasting.

4. Immortality on a physical level.

Now here is a concept whose time has come. Consider the following concept: “Life without death is pure life.” By doing so, we are unraveling our personal death urge, which resides somewhere within us alongside pain, aging, and negativity. While I am aware that this is a radical notion, please relax. We do not have to believe in this concept; all we need to do is be receptive to it.

5. Hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a type of hypnosis As Deepak Chopra notes in AGELESS BODY TIMELESS MIND, “aging appears to be something that occurs to you, when in fact it is something your body has largely learned to do.” It has mastered the art of carrying out the programming that you, the programmer, have fed it” (Harmony Books, 1993). Hypnotherapy is straightforward, highly effective, and can be enjoyable, depending on the purpose; and regardless of whether the session is conducted in person or over the phone, it sets the stage for stretching beyond established limitations. Hypnosis is the art of inducing a state of heightened suggestibility in the conscious self. The unconscious self is extremely receptive to change during this time and can literally cast aside any limiting beliefs that may have been impeding one’s ability to change.

It is a well-established fact that our bodies constantly generate new, healthy cells to replace old, damaged ones, and each new cell receives its “replacing” instructions from the DNA contained in the old cell. As a result, it stands to reason that if our DNA programs our new cells with the healthiest and most youthful information possible as a developmental blueprint, the body’s cell memories will change. This is referred to as “Cell Transformation.” The question then becomes: Can hypnosis truly be a powerful tool for literally telling our bodies’ cells to grow younger? According to my experience, the answer is yes.

Over 14 million Google results for “mind/body connection” cannot be wrong, in my opinion. Personally, I am pleased to report that my quest for youth is indeed paying off. At the “calendar” age of 55, I still look and feel about 35 years old, except for a few silver hairs.