Sep 2009 22

Wim ‘the Iceman’ Hof is a wonder of nature, a superman of sorts. He’s a man who incredulously bucks the trend by being able to withstand excruciatingly cold temperatures (that are likely to kill you or I) by regulating his inner/core temperatures with his mind. He has managed to, sit in a bin full of ice cubes for more than an hour, climb Mt Everest (and other mountains like Kilimanjaro) wearing only a pair of shorts and boots, swim 57 and a half meters under a metre thick ice flow (as cold as water gets without freezing) and run a half marathon barefooted and only wearing his trademark shorts in Finland’s sub-zero temperatures.

It does not stop there. It seems that Heros (tv show) is not so far-fetched either as the Discovery Channel has a series entitled the Real SuperHumans which mirrors the tv show by featuring Wim Hof (Iceman), The Blind Painter, Human Calculator and The Synaesthete (who experiences blending of the senses eg sees sound/hears colours). The similarities between shows does not stop there as the Discovery Channel show also comes complete with a geneticist (another topic unto itself).

Unlike ‘firewalking’ over hot coals, these abilities are no trickery that can easily be explained away. The fact that the Iceman attributes his feats to mind power and ‘we are all synaesthetes to some extent‘  begs the age old question of just how much of our potential we utilise in our daily lives and how far we can push ourselves. An unattributed quotation to ponder: “You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think…Bruce Lee was definitely onto something.


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