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Hone Your Body

A new time of the year, the weather warms up, the sun sets later and later each day, our moods instantly brightens, and it is the season to recharge.

Cleansing the body is a great way to help eliminate toxins from our organs, including to help repair, revitalize and prevent disease. Therefore, there is a huge emphasis in the naturopathy field for purification of the system. We are what we eat!

As we know there are different means of elimination through the body such as kidney’s, liver, lymphatic system, colon, blood, skin and lungs. And the importance to keep the body tuned up and unclogged, is a major factor to reduce chronic ailments. Since, there are so many new products in the market to cleanse our bodies, choosing the most suitable one can be challenging.

So, I have decided to list some primary items that we should always keep in our pantry or fridge, to ease the cleansing process and create a better-quality life starting now.

Let us go through some of the important sources, which I believe can make a difference in our everyday health.

  • The good old table salt, what is salt and what we should look for in a

Facts: Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping.         Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional

value, even though sea salt is often promoted as being healthier. Sea salt and table salt contain comparable amounts of sodium by weight.

What about Pink Himalayan salt?

As you can see, table salt may have more sodium, but pink Himalayan salt contains more calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. Nevertheless, the amounts of these minerals in pink Himalayan salt are very, very small. Refined salt lacks minerals and causes acidosis (lowered pH). Our bodies were meant to function optimally with adequate mineral levels and adequate salt intake. Conventional refined table salt (the

white salt most of us grew up using) simply doesn’t give your body the minerals it needs to most effectively use sodium. So how do we take pleasure from eating, as well as reap the benefits. There are plenty of alternative salts, low sodium salts, spice herbs. Still, their times we all need to use real salt. I am yet to see, a home that does not carry salt. It is mostly the old fashion regular table salt, sea salt or even iodized salt, some others going through a conscientious path are using a higher quality salt.

What about unrefined salt?

Unrefined sea salt has become increasingly mainstream in the last few years, and its fans rave constantly about it—specifically, about its preferable flavour as well as its health benefits.

Unrefined salts contain several essential mineral electrolytes that improve hydration which is not included in refined salts.

  • Raw honey (unpasteurised)

If you are wondering why it is important.

Fact: Sugar is higher on the glycemic index (GI) than honey, meaning it raises blood sugar levels more quickly. This is due to its higher fructose content, and the absence of trace minerals. But honey has slightly more calories than sugar, although it is sweeter, so less may be required. (reference)

Since, most people feel the need for some sugar in their daily lives including those struggling with hypoglycaemia and weight problems, that constantly crave for sugar. We must understand, any sweeteners added, might worsen our cravings, increase your insulin level in our blood, body aging and even be detrimental to your immune system.

Everything is a balance, our bodies function optimally with 25g of sugar per day. Be ready to have on your kitchen counter a bottle of raw honey, it is the best substitute if you must have some sugar and is best eaten with large meal, not alone or between meals.

*Important to know, raw honey should not be given to children under 2 years of age.

  • Olive oil and Olive leaf

It is no surprise; cold pressed olive oil should be what we are using at home. Although, Cooking oils, olive in particular, are very commonly mislabelled as being higher quality than they are, or adulterated with other, cheaper oils that are not identified, a practice that dates back to ancient Rome. So, it is important to shop around, look at the various products which have proper testing and ensure what is written on the label is really in the bottle. Do the research!! It might take a few hours or days but in the long run, the outcome will be a favourable one.

Facts: Olive oil and olive leaf extract “are both products of the olive plant, but the leaves contain much higher concentrations of the therapeutic substance oleuropein than is found in the fruit where the oil is derived. (Passler, 2018)

Surely there are many other sources equally important in carrying out a healthy body and mind. Nevertheless, it is a start of a solid foundation with a more natural, simple, continuation of self- transformation. Certainly, it can help ease other heights of cleansing.

Wishing Good Health and Good Living Anna R. Dias N.D

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction Signs to Look For

By Asheville Recovery Center

Tolerance: Do you have to take or drink more to experience the effects that you once did? This is called tolerance, and is a sign of drug dependence. When the body starts to recognize the presence of a drug, it adapts to it, and requires more to experience its effects.

Unsuccessful Attempts at Recovery: If you have already tried to stop the use of your drug of choice and failed, it’s a sign that you may have developed a drug dependence.

Health Problems: Are you experiencing coughing, sleeplessness, muscle soreness, or other health issues as a result of your drug use and continue to use anyway? This may be a sign of a developed addiction.

Changes in Interests: Often, addiction signs include thinking that attaining a drug is more important than hobbies, interests, responsibilities, and even family. Addicted individuals will commonly lose sight of past interests and things that were important to them so that they can get their next high.

Avoidance: Those who have developed addiction are not oblivious to their changed lifestyles. To keep from having loved ones find out about drug use or to simply stay in their secret box of denial, addicted individuals usually avoid loved ones, family, and even important responsibilities.

Denial: Some individuals who have developed addiction may not wish to believe that they are addicted. Instead, they will make justifications for their drug use and compare their situation to others. Until they can admit that they struggle with addiction, it’s rare that these individuals seek help on their own.

Obsession: Those addicted to drugs or alcohol will be obsessed with obtaining their supply. They may become frenzied or anxious if they cannot find or afford their drug of choice.

Withdrawal: Perhaps one of the most defining characteristics of addiction, withdrawals are symptoms addicted individuals experience once their drug of choice is not administered for some time. Because the body has become dependent on the drug, it reacts adversely when it’s not present, resulting in withdrawal symptoms like fever, shaking, sweating, and muscle aches.

Legal Issues: Those addicted to drugs or alcohol will commonly end up in the hands of the law due to the number of drugs that lead to impaired judgment.

Financial Issues: Not only does drug or alcohol addiction impair judgment, but actually purchasing these items is inevitably a financial burden, especially over time.

Relationship Issues: When using the drug of choice is the only thing on an addicted individual’s mind, it’s hard to be the good friend you once were. Every relationship an addicted individual has is likely to be affected by the consequences of addiction. Whether it’s broken trust due to lying and manipulation or simply avoidance due to denial.

 

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The Healing Power of Permission

By Wendie Colter

As healers, our calling is to help our clients and patients find their best paths to health and wellness. Our modalities, methods and tools may vary widely, as may our personal beliefs and perspectives. However, our foremost priority is the same, whether we come from allopathic, complementary/alternative, psychotherapeutic, or energy medicine traditions. We all seek to help our clients and patients find their optimal paths to health.

Over the course of our practice, we may observe some people’s healing process as slow or difficult, while others make faster, sometimes even miraculous, recoveries. We may notice that some people heal quickly while others seem stuck in their process, no matter what they try. We might begin to wonder what could be blocking a person’s ability to fully heal. As a Medical Intuitive, this question is at the very heart of my work.

One of the main tenets of energetic medicine is the principle that every manifestation of imbalance, illness or disease has a traumatic event at its core. This event may be obvious but often it is deeply hidden from conscious awareness, a result of early life experiences. This trauma energy can manifest in acute or chronic health issues later in life. In my work, I look for a direct line of information and connection between present health issues and life traumas, both emotional and physical. Studies in epigenetics show that we may also inherit significant changes in our genetic makeup from traumas our parents and grandparents experienced. All of these aspects create our “energetic permission levels,” which indicate our ability to maintain or improve health. Our energetic permission levels are the amount of conscious, or unconscious, permission we allow ourselves to heal.

In a Medical Intuitive practice, viewing and evaluating energetic permission levels is a key step in assessing a client’s health concerns. Clients with a low permission level may find themselves making choices that are not congruent with their health care provider’s recommendations. They may not be drawn to modalities or information that may truly help. Low permission levels set up energetic resistance in the body and biofield, which impacts physical and mental health. We can understand most medical issues with evidence-based research and testing, but without an awareness of the underlying traumas that directly affect permission levels, a person may never be fully empowered to heal.

Through the use of Medical Intuition, the original traumatic events are brought to conscious awareness. When these traumatic events are examined, people have the opportunity to deal with and resolve the root causes underlying their current conditions. This allows their permission levels to raise, which allows more opportunities for healing. Medical Intuition also gives the practitioner a truly holistic point of view, which can address issues not only affecting the body, but also the essential connections between body, mind and spirit.

Viewing Permission Levels

In a session, I use Medical Intuitive skills to energetically “see” my client’s permission levels in relation to their health concerns. Their physical body systems, their biofield, and their own inherent guidance provide specific details on the origination point of the current imbalance, why it manifested, and how they can shift towards balance. To view this information, I don’t need prior knowledge of life circumstances or events, nor access to medical tests or diagnoses.  Rather, I am able to intuitively see images of their life traumas and use this information to talk to the client about the origins of blockages and imbalances in their body and biofield.

An example of the long-term effects of low permission levels is a client with a history of back pain and depression. Jerry described the pain as having been there as long as he could remember and had no memory of when it began or of an event that could have caused it. Though he’d found help through surgery, yoga and anti-depressant medication, his energetic permission levels for greater relief looked quite low. Jerry’s spine showed me the extent of the physical damage and impact on his skeletal, nervous and muscular systems. It also showed me a good deal of stored emotional confusion, grief and anger.

I view energetic information as if I’m watching “movies” or pictures from my client’s life. I saw that the injury had occurred when Jerry was a toddler and had fallen off an embankment. When he landed, his back hit the edge of a concrete slab and impacted his spine. Unfortunately, his injury was misunderstood by his family and minimized by doctors. It was left untreated until he was ten years old, at which point the pain was severe enough to keep him from participating in sports at school. His energy showed the emotional effects of his childhood attempts to explain his constant pain and discomfort. Powerful feelings of frustration and fear were being energetically held in his back, which appeared to be a major factor in both his physical condition and his depression.

As I explained to Jerry what his energy was showing me, I observed his permission levels beginning to rise. His energetic systems also suggested options to address pain reduction and inflammation, including some he hadn’t considered. Simply put, his own body and energy held all the information he needed to find a deeper level of acceptance of his chronic issue, and greater permission for healing. Until that point, much of Jerry’s daily energy was being used in resistance to physical pain, which further triggered stored emotional pain, creating a debilitating situation.

Compassionate Neutrality

A key skill in the effective use of Medical Intuition is the practice of energetic neutrality. If a practitioner feels drained or exhausted after seeing clients or patients, it’s very possible that neutrality has been compromised. Without a way to neutralize our own energy, we run the risk of “taking on” other’s emotional information and lowering our own permission levels in the process. There are many tools practitioners can use to enhance neutrality. Some well-known techniques are grounding, meditation and visualizing energetic barriers.

I’ve noticed some confusion in the intuitive community over the concept of neutrality as it pertains to empathy. Many practitioners who identify as intuitive or empathic are often describing the state of clairsentience, a French word meaning, “clear feeling.” I define clairsentience as the ability to feel other people’s emotional information in one’s own emotions or physical body. Though feeling other people’s emotions is a wonderful way to experience compassion and heart-based commonality, I find clairsentience to be a highly unreliable way to use intuition.

Medical Intuition is based in clairvoyance, meaning, “clear seeing.” My definition of clairvoyance is the ability to view energetic information without the use of physical sight. Clairvoyance is an extremely neutral intuitive skill, as it uses visual observation rather than emotional entrainment. Staying both neutral and compassionate when working with energy combines the observant state with ethical integrity.  It creates an ideal healing environment, which provides safety and integrity for both the client and the healer.

Medical Intuition gives practitioners a unique and profound opportunity to assist our clients and patients in creating and maintaining optimum health. By using the ability to see clearly, we are able to help those who are suffering work safely with old traumas and increase their permission levels to find their individual paths to health and well-being.

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Dissolve Pain with the Power of Your Mind

by Dr. Glenn B. Gero, N.D., D.Sc., M.H., M.E.S., C.L.C.

Introduction

Walking through Central Park in New York City, I passed two men sitting at opposite ends of a table nervously facing each other. With their fists tightly clenched, you could see the steadfast expression in their faces, the desperate look in their eyes, the sweat on their brow and the obvious veins protruding from the musculature in their necks. My curiosity was peaked as I stepped up my pace and cautiously walked by. As I glanced discreetly to my right as I was passing this seemingly scary scene, I realized that these two adversaries were doing nothing more physical than moving little pieces of wood on a board.

Although not physically demanding, the emotional strain of a competitive chess match can be a vigorous experience. Chess masters, during intense tournaments have been known to undergo nearly the same metabolic physiological demands on their bodies as high-level competitors during an athletic event. While not physically demanding, the emotional strain characteristic of a competitive chess match is mirrored in many of our routine personal and occupational tasks. I vividly remember the trepidation of signing my name to a document, which obligated me to a mortgage of over $115,000. It was the contract to purchase my first home. Where was I going to get $1,500 a month to pay for a mortgage and still be able to afford to put food on the table?

Unresolved Stress

Our lives are filled with stressful moments and whether we are confronted with marital strife, health challenges, wedding plans or career instability, they may contribute to unresolved stress disturbing our physiological homeostasis. These events may rival the anticipatory stress response of the world-class sprinter prior to his first heat at the summer Olympic games. The difference is that the sprinter is about to work off that nervous energy with an intense 100-meter dash. When unmitigated stress is allowed to proliferate for months on end twisting in our guts, inciting anxiety, anger and nervous tension, we may increase the probability of a serious illness and exacerbate pain.

While stress cannot be avoided, we possess the ability to control our reaction to it. This chapter is about taking responsibility for our lives and developing an active consciousness in regard to our own ability to modulate pain and discomfort. While using the mind to dissolve pain is just one component of an integrated system of wellness, it may be the most powerful element in managing pain syndromes. Furthermore, a sense of worthiness is an essential component of sustained health management. One must feel an intrinsic justification to be

pain-free. As a naturopathic doctor, sometimes my biggest challenge is inspiring my patients to recognize their entitlement to living a pain-free existence.

The Mind Body Connection

Adherence to a sound nutritional program, a consistent exercise schedule, consumption of vital nutrients and therapeutic botanicals are essential components to optimum physical and psychological health. A positive self- esteem, however, is the adhesive that encourages sustenance and a positive expectancy. It is also an important prognosticator toward enabling one to mediate uncontrolled stress. As we will discover, self-esteem is not a product of status, wealth or level of education, but a state of being. An attitude of gratitude is an important step in establishing personal fulfillment.

Most traditional medical systems acknowledge and make use of the extraordinary interconnectedness of the mind and the body and the power of each to affect the other. In contrast, conventional Western medicine has regarded these connections as of secondary importance, thus treating the body and the mind as separate and distinct entities.

This narrow focus, however, has also tended to obscure the importance of the interactions between mind and body and to overshadow the possible importance of the mind in producing and alleviating disease. The focus of medical research has been on the biology of the body and of the brain that is part of the body. Concern with the mind has been left to non-biologically-oriented psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, philosophers and theologians. Psychosomatic medicine, the discipline that has addressed mind/body connections, is a subspecialty within the specialty of psychiatry.

During the past 30 years, there has been a powerful scientific movement to explore the mind’s capacity to affect the body and to rediscover the ways in which it permeates and is affected by all of the body’s functions. This movement has received its impetus from several sources. The rise in incidence of chronic pain and illnesses appear to be related to environmental and emotional stresses. The prevalence, destructiveness, and cost of these illnesses have set the stage for the exploration of therapies that can help individuals appreciate the sources of their stress and reduce that stress by quieting the mind and using it to mobilize the body to heal.

During the same time, medical researchers have discovered other cultures had utilized healing systems, such as meditation, yoga and tai chi, which are grounded in an understanding of the power of mind and body to affect one another. Other developed techniques such as botanical therapies, nutritional interventions, biofeedback, hypnosis, sound therapy and visual imagery have demonstrated the ability of facilitating specific links between the body and mental

processes, stimulating immune, endocrine and nervous system functioning. The growth of a new discipline was born called psychoneuroimmunology.

The Classifications of Stress in Your Life

Stress management can be complicated and confusing because we experience acute, chain acute, and chronic stress — each with its own characteristics, symptoms, duration, and treatment approaches. Let’s look at each one.

Acute Stress

Acute stress is the most common form of stress. It comes from demands and pressures of the recent past and anticipated demands and pressures of the near future. Acute stress may be thrilling and exciting in small doses, but too much is more likely to be exhausting. A ride on a roller coaster or a run down a challenging ski slope, for example, can be exhilarating. That same activities taken to extremes could be taxing and wearing. By the same token, overdoing any short-term stress can lead to psychological distress, tension headaches, upset stomach, and other symptoms.

On the flip side, acute stresses may be attributable to a laundry list of what has gone awry in your life: an auto accident, losing a job, the loss of an important contract, a deadline they’re rushing to meet, your child’s occasional problems at school, and so on.

Acute stresses, generally, are short-term and may not generate the sustained harm associated with long-term stress. The most common symptoms are:

  • emotional distress–some combination of anger or irritability, anxiety, and depression, the three stress emotions;
  • muscular problems including tension headache, back pain, jaw pain, and the muscular tensions that lead to pulled muscles and tendon and ligament problems;
  • stomach, gut and bowel problems such as heartburn, acid stomach, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome;
  • transient over arousal leads to elevation in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, dizziness, migraine headaches, cold hands or feet, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

Acute stress can crop up in anyone’s life, and it is highly treatable and manageable.

Chain-acute Stress (Castastrophizing)

Many people create a never-ending chain of stresses, thereby going from one acute episode to the next without resolving any of the previous stressors, hence creating an overwhelming snowball effect. They become so encumbered by their inability to find resolution that they feel imprisoned with no hope for escape.

They are so disordered that they’ve created a sense of chaos, anxiety, panic, depression and crisis. They are trapped in their own mind. They are often the ones that are always in a rush, but always late. If something can go wrong, it will. They take on too much, have too many irons in the fire, and can’t organize the slew of self-inflicted demands and pressures clamoring for their attention. They seem perpetually in the clutches of going from one acute stress to another.

It is common for those with chain-acute stress reactions to be over aroused, short-tempered, irritable, anxious, and tense. Often, they describe themselves as having “a lot of nervous energy.” Always in a hurry, they tend to be abrupt, and sometimes their irritability comes across as hostility. Interpersonal relationships deteriorate rapidly when others respond with real hostility. The work becomes a very stressful place for them.

Another form of chain- acute stress comes from ceaseless worry. They are often catastrophizers, predicting disaster around every corner and pessimistically forecasting an ominous outcome in every situation. The symptoms of chain- acute stress may include: persistent tension headaches, migraines, hypertension, chest pain, and heart disease. Treating chain-acute stress may require a multi-interventional approach, which may take many months to correct.

Usually these lifestyle and personality issues are so ingrained and habitual with these individuals that they neglect to see anything wrong with the way they conduct their lives. They are more likely to blame their problems on family, friends, co-workers, bosses and external events beyond their control. Those sufferers can be fiercely resistant to change. Only the imminent promise of relief from pain and discomfort may sustain their treatment and recovery program.

In an office setting, chronic pain patients who catastrophize “display more pain behavior such as holding, rubbing as well as vocalizations such as moans and sighs,” was stated at a meeting, sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Research has shown that catastrophizers are going to have more difficulty in pain situations and are less likely to respond to appropriate remediation compared with noncatastrophizers.  Catastrophizers are at greater risk of chronic pain

Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is exhausting. It is the type of stress that progressively creates deterioration, pain, depression, anxiety and apathy. It can destroy our body, our mind and ultimately our life. It wreaks havoc through long-term attrition. It could be the stress of poverty, of being a member of a dysfunctional family, the feeling of being trapped in an unhappy marriage, an unfulfilling job or career or the fear of being unemployed. It’s the stress of seemingly is a never-ending dilemma with no resolution in sight.

Chronic stress comes when a one believes that they are unable escape from a dire situation. It’s the stress of unrelenting demands and pressures for seemingly interminable periods of time. With no hope, many individuals give up searching for solutions.

Some chronic stresses stem from traumatic, early childhood experiences that become internalized and remain forever painful and present. Some experiences profoundly affect personality. A view of the world, or a belief system, is created that causes unending stress for the individual (e.g., the world is a threatening place, people will find out you are a pretender, you must be perfect at all times). When personality or deep-seated convictions and beliefs must be reformulated, recovery requires active self- examination, often with professional help.

The worst aspect of chronic stress is that people get used to it. They forget it’s there. People are immediately aware of acute stress because it is new; they ignore chronic stress because it is old, familiar, and sometimes, almost comfortable.

Chronic stress kills through suicide, violence, heart attack, stroke, and, perhaps, even cancer. People wear down to a final, fatal breakdown. Because physical and mental resources are depleted through long-term attrition, the symptoms of chronic stress are difficult to treat and may require extended medical as well as behavioral treatment and stress management.

Adapted with permission from The Stress Solution by Lyle H. Miller, Ph.D., and Alma Dell Smith, Ph.D.

Fibromyalgia and Stress

Fibromyalgia is the second most common diagnosis made in rheumatology clinics, yet its cause is quite controversial. It has been suggested that those afflicted with fibromyalgia have sustained a significant physical or psychological event, which precipitated the initial onset of symptoms. In support of this theory, there is definite evidence from population-based studies that psychological distress, particularly early-life trauma such as death of a close family member, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, serious illness, or traumatic injury, may be able to predict the future development of chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia. However, there are still uncertainties of the mechanism of how psychological stressors are attributable to chronic physical pain.

Regardless of the pathway, however, the links between fibromyalgia and unresolved chronic stress have now been well established. While the exact relationship is not fully understood, the research has made clear that chronic stress influences, exacerbates and/or aggravates the development or progression of fibromyalgia.

We could perceive our resilience to stress in the same terms as our checking account. Nutrients, exercise, joy, laughter, vitality and personal fulfillment would be our deposits and unresolved stress, anxiety, unhappiness, obsessive behavior, selflessness, worry, illnesses, malnutrition and environmental toxins would be our withdrawals. Those individuals who have exhausted their assets in lieu of overwhelming deficits (withdrawals) are more apt to suffer symptoms of fatigue, pain, sleeplessness, weakness and cognitive decline. All of which are commensurate with fibromyalgia.

Habitual Stress Patterns and Fibromyalgia Susceptibility

Many researchers believe that the inability to manage stress is a major factor in the susceptibility to fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia patients frequently possess habitual patterns of anxiety, feelings of powerlessness, repressed anger and poor stress management. This is often due to the inability to say “no,” overloading their schedules and taking on too much responsibility for other people such as family, friends and co-workers and neglecting their personal health and self-interests.

Event Triggered Stress and the Onset of Fibromyalgia

There is some evidence that the onset of fibromyalgia may be triggered by an extremely stressful experience. While this stress may be associated with physical trauma, such as an auto accident, illness or surgical procedure, it also may be associated with psychological stress, such as emotional or physical abuse. Most scientists believe that stress is probably not the primary cause of fibromyalgia, however, there is evidence to suggest that both chronic stress and post-traumatic stress disorders may be instrumental catalysts in the onset of fibromyalgia.

How Stress Can Aggravate Fibromyalgia

For fibromyalgia patients, chronic stress can also make the condition worse and can trigger particular physical symptoms. People who suffer from fibromyalgia

often have trouble knowing their personal limitations, which can make it hard for them to know when they are in danger of overexerting themselves. When fibromyalgia patients physically overexert themselves, this can often lead to increased stress, which results in increased pain.

A vicious cycle can easily develop, because the pain can lead to more stress, which, in turn, can lead to more pain. For this reason, learning to manage stress may have a profound effect on eliminating or reducing the pattern of pain.

The Story of Two Wolfs

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil – It possesses anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, deception, false pride, self- righteousness and egotism.

“The other is Benevolent – It is joyful, peaceful, loving, hopeful, humble, kind, benevolent, serenity, empathetic, generous, truthful, compassionate and faithful.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Managing Your Pain Through Mind Control

A fibromyalgia patient’s level of stress can directly influence their ability to deal with pain and other symptoms of the condition. In general, the more you are able to control your thoughts, emotions and feelings, the better you will be able to deal with the physical discomfort of fibromyalgia. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, here are a few ways that you can ameliorate your fibromyalgia symptoms:

  1. Physical Exercise – Regular aerobic exercise can make an enormous impact on managing your pain and controlling your stress level. Start an aerobics class, play tennis, do yoga, or just go for a nice, long, relaxing walk. You’ll find that it can elevate your mood, relax your muscles, and even give you a feeling of being in more control over your symptoms.
  2. Correct Sleep Disorders – Fibromyalgia and sleep disorders can go hand in hand. Resolving sleep problems can directly lead to a lessening of fibromyalgia symptoms.
  3. Practice Rational Selfishness – Do not over-commit yourself to work, family, and friends. Finding balance in your life is key to overcoming fibromyalgia, and one of the best ways to do that is to make sure you take enough time for yourself.
  4. Tap the Mental Healer Within

o Breathing and Pain
o Biofeedback
o Guided Imagery
o Mindfulness Meditation
o Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
o Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

Physical Exercise and Fibromyalgia

While beyond the scope of this chapter, performing exercise can have profound benefits in helping to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The problem is, if you are encumbered with deep muscle pain and chronic fatigue, exercise is probably not at the forefront of your mind. Yet exercise may be just what the doctor ordered? Whether it’s daily walks, stretching, swimming, rowing , yoga, tai chi or Pilates, low-impact exercise programs can keep you fit in spite of your fibromyalgia and may help reduce pain as well.

Exercise Benefits

Exercise helps by:

Ø Strengthening muscles
Ø Enhancing flexibility
Ø Increasing range of motion
Ø Controlling weight
Ø Increasing endurance
Ø Maintaining physical function
Ø Promoting an affirmative emotional state
Ø Reducing stress
Ø Stimulating circulation
Ø Inhibiting fatigue
Ø Balancing gastrointestinal function
Ø Optimizing metabolism
Ø Encouraging present-mindedness

Formerly medical doctors had believed that physical exercise might have a deleterious effect on fibromyalgia symptoms or hasten the progression of the disease. Current scientific studies have determined that those beliefs were unfounded and discovered for most patients receive tremendous benefit by strength and aerobic conditioning exercises.

How Does Exercise Reduce Pain and Stress?

Regular exercise slows down the heart-racing adrenaline associated with stress, but it also boosts levels of natural endorphins – the feel good, pain-fighting molecules that may be responsible for the well-known “runner’s high.” Endorphins help to reduce pain, inhibit stress, anxiety and depression.

It is further purported that exercise raises the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that scientists have found to be deficient in most of those afflicted with fibromyalgia. Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that send specific messages from one brain cell to another. This neurotransmitter is believed to play a vital role in mediating moods.

Additionally, research has revealed that pain and depression share the same neural pathways, the same circuitry. Serotonin and the endorphins that modulate healthy brain functioning are the same ones that modulate depression and chronic pain. If exercise can increase serotonin production, it has the ability to modulate pain as well.

 

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Aging is Inevitable; Losing Your Mind Isn’t

by Dr. Glenn B. Gero, N.D., D.Sc., M.H., M.E.S., C.L.C.

Your brain doesn’t know how old you are – and doesn’t care.

Of all of the uncontrollable factors in our life, the process of aging may be the most daunting. Synonymous with aging is the concept that cognitive decline is universally unavoidable. What may be encouraging is that while some memory loss may be a natural part of aging, researchers are discovering that older people can maintain more of their cognitive function well into later years. Neurobiologists Dr. Elizabeth Gould and Dr. Charles Gross at Princeton University have validated that thousands of freshly born neurons arrive each day in the cerebral cortex, the outer rind of the brain where higher intellectual functions are centered.

The process of neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells, is controlled by our DNA. Fortunately, many of the factors that influence our DNA are under our direct control. A variety of factors including physical exercise, critical thinking, social interaction, caloric restriction, curcumin and the omega-3 fat DHA have demonstrated to profoundly inhibit the process of brain deterioration.

This is a powerful message and these factors are all within our grasp.

Physical Exercise

In a report featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), titled “Effect of Physical Activity in Cognitive Function in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease,” researchers found that elderly individuals engaged in regular physical exercise for a 24-week period had an improvement of an astounding 1,800 percent on measures of memory, language ability, attention and other important cognitive functions compared to an age-matched group not involved in the exercise program. Merely by engaging in regular physical exercise, the door is open to the possibility of actively taking control of your mental destiny.

Caloric Restriction

In January, 2009, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reported that those elderly individuals who reduced their caloric consumption by 30 percent profoundly increased memory function, while those of similar age group were instructed to eat whatever they wanted experienced a small, but clearly defined decline in memory function. The authors concluded, “The present findings may help to develop new prevention and treatment strategies for maintaining cognitive health into old age.” What a concept — preventive medicine for the brain.

Curcumin

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in the spice turmeric, has attracted the interest of neuroscientists around the world. Interestingly, in evaluating villages in India where turmeric is used in abundance in curried recipes, epidemiological studies have found that Alzheimer’s disease is only about 25 percent as common as in the U.S. As curcumin is a proven anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, there is little doubt of its positive effects on enhanced production of brain neurons, which is why it is theorized that those consuming curcumin are so resistant to this brain disorder.

DHA

Like curcumin, DHA enhances gene expression for the production of new neurons. In a trial involving 485 healthy older individuals with mild memory problems, those given a supplement containing DHA for six months had almost double the reduction in errors on a test that measures learning and memory performance versus those who took a placebo. The benefit is roughly equivalent to having the learning and memory skills of someone three years younger.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

An analysis of 400 British men suggest that those working in occupations requiring critical thinking and social interaction later in life have shown the ability to ward off cognitive decline.

Harnessing the expression of our DNA is empowering, and the tools to better brain health are available to us all — right now!

Dr. Glenn Gero is the director of the Holistic Naturopathic Center in Clifton. He is a licensed and board-certified naturopathic doctor, a board-certified biofeedback therapist, a registered nutritionist, a medical exercise specialist, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and has earned nearly 20 certifications in holistic health and therapeutic exercise. He has completed advanced clinical training at Harvard Medical School where he is a member of the post-graduate association.

 

for more information visit:  www.holisticnaturopath.com

The Truth about Antidepressants

By Dr. Jimmy Steger

Seems like most Americans these days have bought into the lie that taking some form of pill can solve any and all emotional or mental issues. If only it were that easy! And every time I try to give people a good dose of the truth, they point to one pharmaceutical study or another that tries to prove me wrong.  Well at least some of them, well check this out.

According to new research from Stephen Wisniewski, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, antidepressants are only effective in a small percentage of patients with a narrow range of psychological disorders. Patients with multiple issues — which can be as many as 60 percent of the psychiatric patients in the U.S. — may not be getting any benefit at all from antidepressants.

How’s that for depressing news? It gets worse. This new study showed how big pharmaceutical companies may pump up the efficacy results of the drug trials for their antidepressants.

Wisniewski’s team examined data compiled in a massive, government-funded review of more than 40 psychiatric facilities. This study, known as the “Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression” (“STAR*D” for short), is a picture of nearly the entire population of depression patients in the U.S.

Researchers compared STAR*D patients to a group of subjects for a standard antidepressant drug trial conducted by a pharmaceutical manufacturer (the trials that the FDA commonly reviews as part of the approval process for new medications).

As it turns out, the parameters for joining a typical antidepressant drug trial were so narrow that just 22 percent of the patients in the STAR*D survey would qualify to be part of the trial.

This means that the pharmaceutical companies tests its antidepressants using patients who fall within a very small range of depressive symptoms… and then markets these same drugs to EVERY depression patient in the country.

Wisniewski said that “current efficacy trials suggest a more optimistic outcome than is likely in practice.” Let’s cut to the chase here. What he’s really saying is that Big Pharma is gaming the system to get new SSRIs approved by the FDA.

Of course he’s too afraid to come right out and say that. Instead, he said that he doesn’t intend his new study to be a smoking gun that proves the pharmaceutical industry is intentionally taking problematic patients out of the testing mix to get better efficacy results. He might not have “intended” it, but that’s exactly what he did. And it’s about time.

“If the population in a [clinical] trial were more representative, it would come at a cost,” Wisniewski says. “That’s why trials to determine efficacy are done on a relatively homogeneous population.”

Well, he’s right about one thing — experimenting with drugs does come at a cost. Either it’ll cost the deep-pocketed drug companies a few bucks, or it’ll cost you your health.

So which one would you choose? How about God’s Medicine, which is all natural and will not harm you, that is the one for me.

Until next time,  Stay Healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

To learn more visit http://drsteger.net/

How to Clear Emotional Debris

by Helaine Z. Harris

We all know how good it feels when we do a “Spring Cleaning” in our home, making our living space roomy and open. Just like on the outside, once we remove the emotional clutter inside, it is amazing how quickly things change. So let’s stop watering the weeds in our head. Instead, clear them out and make room for spring flowers.

 

Robert Holden, author of “Happiness Now!” has said, “What you focus on most often becomes familiar, and what is familiar feels real to you.” So now is the time to cast out all your emotional debris and replace it with fresh new “familiar” ones.

 

Remember: behavior change happens first by clearing the sabotaging emotions and then the beliefs that hold them in place. Only then do behaviors change outside.

 

Let’s clean your Inner Temple, your inner body. Here are some tools to with cleans your Being.

 

1. Center Yourself: First quiet yourself and take a few moments to meditate. Allow the silence to be your teacher. Have your journal by your side to record your thoughts and progress. Then ask your inner self – or better yet, your Higher Self – “Which behavior patterns, beliefs and emotional reactions are not serving me now?” Listen inside. Some of you receive images, words, physical sensations, a sound, or a moving picture to represent your answers. Write and write, without editing or questioning. Bear witness to what comes through, without judgment.

 

2. Notice what emotions and reactions occur. Separate your list into sections, if you desire. For example, some categories might be: Negative Self-Talk, Excuses I Make, Procrastination Areas, Excessive Emotions like Anger, Resentments or create your own categories.

 

3. Decide on which emotional baggage issue you want to release or shift first. Number the rest of the negative beliefs or reactions that emerged so you have the order of what you want to deal with when ready.

 

4. Select the method or technique you wish to use to release these old reactions. Some of the best methods for releasing negative emotions are EFT, Self-hypnosis, Reichian work, and if it’s one of the biggies connected to the fear and anger of abuse, EMDR may be the method of choice, in which case it’s important to work with a therapist. For some issues, like everyday anger, it might be a cognitive method such as, “Count to 10 when I get angry before speaking or doing something.” Or, “I will write in my journal until the emotion subsides.” Even better, I will take a 15 minutes walk or run first to release my feelings.”

 

5. Decide on a time frame for working with each emotional issue. Remember: your time frame needs to be flexible. Be gentle on yourself.

 

6. Notice the underlying fears, concerns or issues that arise as you change each behavior. These are sort of like piggyback issues connected to the main one that is triggering issue or emotion. You may need to address these aspects as they come up. Although it takes time, it is really important to go as deeply as possible in releasing your issues. The rewards are tremendous.

 

7. Make a list of positive messages, emotions and responses you would rather experience in your life. Include in your list what you could do to feel more empowered. You might choose affirmations or choice statements. There are a couple of examples at the end of this article.

 

8. Evaluate your progress. You may choose to evaluate daily or weekly. You decide what works best for you. Changes occur internally first before any visible outward shifts are noticeable. Be aware of any subtle or tangible differences in your behavior.

 

9. Create a Gratitude List. Every time you do something positive towards a behavior change, write it on your gratitude list. Seeing what you have accomplished gives you a feeling of pride and makes it easier to continue working on these internal changes.

 

10. Reward yourself by a simple pat on the back. Or, find another way to reward yourself that feels good inside. When I’ve worked on and accomplished something that is personally challenging, I reward myself with a break and enjoy talking to a friend. How can you reward you in a meaningful way?

 

If you find it too difficult or uncomfortable in releasing these issues on your own, I suggest working with an experienced psychotherapist, healer or coach who has an expertise in this area.

 

Here are positive choice statements that might work for you. Try it – you might like it.

I choose to totally and fully take charge of my emotional reactions and behavior patterns.

I am enjoying feeling clearer, lighter and freer emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually!

If you come up with any really good affirmations or choice statements, let me know. I love sharing these with all of you.

Now – Go out and smell the roses!

 

Helaine Z. Harris, LMFT psychotherapist, intuitive business coach, shamanic healer and founder of An Awakening Center™, which blends over 45 traditional and alternative psychotherapies. She has 35 years experience and is the author of Are You In Love with a Vampire? Healing the Relationship Drain Game. Shespecializes in anxiety/depression, trauma, empowerment, relationship, and loves training therapists, healers and interns in Energy Psychology and alternative modalities. She is part of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team and the past Education Director for the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).

 

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Hypnotherapy Helps Overcome Self-Imposed Limitations

by Carol Henderson, Certified Hypnotherapist and EFT Practitioner

This reminds me of another, similar situation where a client couldn’t do the math that he needed to get a promotion at work. He said he used to be a math whiz when he was in grade school, but that as he got older it became harder and harder for him to understand. He explained that he was more artistic and right brained. He mostly did creative writing, completely staying away from any science or math.

When he was regressed, he went to a time in the summer between seventh and eighth grade. This was before I was aware that the initial sensitizing event is usually before the age of seven, but it seemed to fit, and I went with it. His father was the high school football coach. He was playing around on the bleachers while his father was coaching. He fell to the ground when he tripped on something, up on the bleachers, and hit his head on a cooler on the ground. He said he had a brain injury from the fall and couldn’t do math after that.

Having been a teacher, I know that math gets much harder in eighth grade, so I suspected that maybe it was harder for him just because in middle school you have to show the work doing a math problem, you can’t just put down the answer. It gets harder for many people, and you really have to study hard to keep up. He noticed a difference, in his abilities, and thought it was because of the fall.

So, I asked what they said at the hospital. He said they didn’t go to the hospital, his dad just cancelled practice and they went home. I figured if there were brain damage, they would have gone to the hospital.

I had him ask his higher self if he had brain damage from that fall, or for that matter, if there was anything at all wrong with his brain. He got the answer that, ?No, there is nothing physically wrong with your mind or brain.? He had always thought that it was impossible for him to learn math after that accident. But, now he realized that his younger self just assumed that. He never talked to anyone about it who could have explained it to him. Now, in hypnosis, he could see the truth.

He got a tutor who understood that he needed to learn the basics before he could learn what he needed for his job. Now it was relatively easy for him to learn what he needed to. He came back for a second session at my suggestion, because his whole image of himself as being a right brained person had been challenged. He needed to see that he was really a full-brained person, and be comfortable with knowing that and living that way.

He got the promotion!

Carol Henderson, Certified Hypnotherapist and EFT Practitioner
New Day Hypnotherapy, LLC, Kansas City Area
913-908-6907

www.NewDayHypno.com  

Hypnotherapy Helps Man with Memorization Skills

by Carol Henderson, Certified Hypnotherapist and EFT Practitioner

He came in carrying two large technical books that he had to read and practically memorize in order to keep his job. He showed me some of the pages while telling me how hard it was for him to remember ?dry facts?. He kept using that term throughout his explanation of why he had come to see a hypnotist.

He was a computer technician for a large company. He had worked there for many years keeping the computers humming. Now a new supervisor wanted him to be officially certified to do the work he was already doing. This caused a great amount of anxiety in my client. He could not read the books. He kept reading the same paragraph over and over with little or no comprehension. He was looking for a new job.

It was interesting to me, that even though he said he was this way all of his life, that he used to be interested in baseball statistics. To me, baseball statistics are dry facts, but not to him. I was thinking that if you can learn some dry facts related to some subjects, but not others, there was a reason. I needed to get to that reason.

In hypnosis, I regressed him back to the reason for his hatred of dry facts. He easily regressed to second grade. He had just moved to a new school. He didn’t know his addition and subtraction facts as well as everyone else in the class. He had to stay in at recess to take time tests until he got them memorized. Everyone else was out playing baseball, which he loved. 

This was it. It all fit. I had him go back to that little boy as his present-day self, and comfort him. He stayed in with the boy and helped him with the facts. Present-day self complimented him, encouraged him, and told him he loved the little boy whether he learned these facts or not. We stayed with this memory, and other similar times when he had to study something he didn’t want to, until all the uncomfortable feelings were released.

I did a little direct suggestion that he would enjoy reading and learning the facts in these books, that he would easily be able to focus on the material, and commit it to memory. I suggested that he take frequent breaks to spend time watching sports, or even playing sports.

He easily passed the certification tests!

Carol Henderson, Certified Hypnotherapist and EFT Practitioner
New Day Hypnotherapy, LLC, Kansas City Area
913-908-6907

www.NewDayHypno.com 

Your Amazing Subconscious Mind

by Jonathan Parker 

An On-Line Article for Your Information “…And then Aladdin took out the lamp and rubbed it, and a powerful genie appeared before him. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘ask what you will. I am your slave and the slave of him who holds the lamp. Your wish is my command…” Remember the story of Aladdin and his enchanted lamp, from your childhood? Aladdin was a boy who lived long ago and far away. One day a magician led him to an ordinary-looking lamp – but this lamp was anything but ordinary, for it would completely change his life. What Aladdin discovered was that upon rubbing it, a magical genie would appear who would grant the owner of the lamp any and all of his wishes: for wealth, fame, power, love, beauty, and more. When you were little, maybe you fantasized about how wonderful it would be to have such a magical lamp. What you are about to discover is that three really is a powerful genie at your disposal. All you need to do, like Aladdin, is discover it and learn how to use it.

YOUR INNER GENIUS Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the word “genie” is related to the Latin word for “genius.” A lot of people think of genius only as a rare phenomenon found in a few gifted individuals – a term applied to a brilliant scientist, a master artist, a musical virtuoso. In reality, each and every person is born with an inner genius which, like a magical genie, can release inner forces enabling us to accomplish far more than we ever believed possible. That’s because genius is really just a natural way the human mind works to solve a problem or meet a challenge – any challenge, including weight loss. The key is knowing how to tap into your own inner genius. And that’s exactly what you will do with the audio programs by Jonathan Parker and Quantum Quests, because the source of your genius is your inner or subconscious mind, which has had a powerful effect in directing every aspect of your life from the time of your birth up until now.

YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND: THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG Of course you only have one mind. But, as you probably know, it consists of two different levels of activity, two “systems:” the conscious and the subconscious. Your conscious mind is the logical, reasoning portion of your mind with which you are most familiar. It uses the five senses to gather information that enables you to learn about your physical environment. IT represents your awareness of yourself, other, and your surroundings Most of your daily activities also fall under its direction. You talk to your friends, go about your business, and do whatever you normally do, mainly through consciously determining to take certain actions. Apart from directing ordinary activities, the conscious mind is also the source of your intellect and reasoning capabilities. It’s what in most cases you are referring to when you say, “I think.” V The conscious mind allows you to analyze data and approve at logical conclusions.

This reasoning process is used when solving problems, writing letters or reports, working on the job, building a house, balancing your checkbook – for just about anything you might do day in and day out. As important as your conscious thought processes and actions may seem, however, they are to a very great extent guided by a much deeper level of mental activity – your subconscious mind.

YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND: “THE POWER TO MOVE THE WORLD!” According to the dictionary, one of the definitions of “genius” is “a guardian spirit.” In many respects this accurately describes your subconscious or inner mind. Over 90 percent of your mental activity is subconscious – yet its work is done without you even being aware of it. It’s on the job while you’re awake and asleep, 24 hours a day. It is the builder and sustainer of your body, the seat of your knowledge, emotions, and habits, and it has a powerful effect on the events that take place in your life. In fact, William James, the father of American psychology, said, “The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind.” What he meant is that it is not what is outside of us that really determines what happens in our lives – how prosperous we are, whether we are happy or not, our health, and yes, even our physical appearance, including weight – it is all what is on the inside that determines out lives.

YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MAINTAINS ALL YOUR BODILY SYSTEMS One of the biggest jobs of your subconscious is to control all your autonomic bodily functions such as breathing, heartbeat, eye-blinking, and digestion. It also controls metabolism, which is the process whereby the living cells of your body are provided vital energy by the assimilation of food substances. If such tasks were left to your conscious mind, think of how literally mind-boggling something as simple as breathing would be: “OK, I’ve got to remember to breathe. Now, it’s time to inhale. Now exhale Uh oh, look over there – there’s my fiend. He looks pretty still. I bet he forgot to breathe again. I’d better poke him.” Even while you are asleep, the ceaseless action of your subconscious mind controls your dream state, keeping your eyes, ears, and other senses active. In fact, many great scientists and inventors have “seen” the answers to perplexing problems in a dream. Your subconscious is naturally geared toward preserving your life and maintaining balance in all of your bodily systems. It’s just that other factors, as you will soon see, interfere with this natural process.

LIKE A VIDEO CAMERA, YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS RECORDS YOUR EVERY EXPERIENCE The subconscious is the storehouse of your memory. In fact, some scientists believe every detail of every event that’s ever happened to you is recorded in your inner mind. Like a video recorder, your subconscious accurately takes in virtually everything you experience. This means that, technically speaking, you don’t really forget anything. If you wee to think of the subconscious as a giant filing cabinet, imagine that stored within it are the memories of everything that’s ever happened to you, including everything you’ve ever read, learned, or been taught.

When you want to consciously remember something, you send a signal to the subconscious. In turn the appropriate ‘files” are opened, read, and sent to the conscious mind. Sometimes, though, for various reasons, the signals get confused and the subconscious doesn’t respond by sending the information to the conscious mind. The conscious mind then perceives it has forgotten something. In reality you haven’t forgotten. You’ve simply been unable to retrieve the information from the subconscious. You can’t consciously direct your subconscious to release detailed information about “forgotten” events. But certain techniques that involve deep relaxation can enable you to bypass the conscious mind, directly access the subconscious, and search for information there.

FEELINGS STEM FROM SUBCONSCIOUS ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS When you feel sad or happy, you don’t usually hold discussions in your conscious mind like: “Well, let’s see – I just received this wonderful unexpected gift. Now, how should I feel about this? How should I react? I think the gift is good, and since I do, I think I’ll feel happy.” No, your feelings don’t stem from a logical, conscious process. But, whether you realize it or not, neither are they determined by events or even other people. They come directly from your subconscious evaluations, attitudes, and beliefs. In other words, you feel bad if you perceived and evaluate an event as bad or sad on a subconscious level – which explains why many people have a hard time fully understanding how emotions work. It’s because most people are unaware of their own deepest subconscious beliefs, which often were established many years ago. As you begin to examine your innermost beliefs with our audio programs you will begin to understand how these old thoughts can rule your life. Through practicing visualizations, you can change these subconscious beliefs and begin seeing yourself in a whole new way.

WHAT YOU EXPERIENCE IN LIFE IS EXACTLY WHAT IS WRITTEN IN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS ‘PROGRAMMING.’,

To better understand how the subconscious works, think of your mind as a computer – a very fast, powerful computer. Unless it has a set of instructions called a program, the computer is virtually useless. With the proper program, however, there’s almost no limit to what a computer can do.

Your subconscious mind is very much like a computer program. It directs just about everything in your life – your emotions, your habits, your relationships, your financial situation, your health, your weight, and more. Exactly how it directs your life – in other words, whether the outcome is positive or negative – depends on what your subconscious ‘programming’ consists of. How does your subconscious mind get programmed in the first place? How do attitudes and beliefs take hold there? It doesn’t happen over night – it usually requires some time and reinforcement. Basically, your innermost beliefs stem from your personal experiences, the repeated statements of other significant people in your life, and your own habitual thinking about yourself and the events in your life, beginning at an early age and continuing on throughout life. For example, a young child is told by a parent: “Clean your plate, because there are children starving in India.

It’s a crying shame if you don’t eat all your food. You have so much, while others have so little. You should be grateful for how lucky you are,” etc. Let’s say the child hears this message over and over again, every time he or she comes in contact with food. As a result, the child begins to believe that eating everything in sight is somehow “good.” Eating makes your parents happy and satisfied with you; that not eating, even when you’re not hungry, means feeling guilty, being ‘bad.” And so forth. These ideas begin to solidify and take hold in the child’s mind As the child grows up and becomes an adult, he or she begins to consciously act out of this deeply help subconscious belief. Is it any wonder that this individual is overweight?

YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS DOES NOT REASON How could the subconscious ever accept these types of negative, self-defeating beliefs in the first place? This brings us to another important point about the subconscious: it doesn’t reason. You can’t depend on it to reason its way through two plus two equals four – it might conclude that two plus two are two tow’s, and two two’s are 22. Instead of reasoning and analyzing and deducing, it applies its own peculiar brand of impersonal ‘logic’ based on whatever information you have fed into it. It tends to interpret things literally, and really doesn’t care how truly logical or illogical, real or unreal something is. It doesn’t let facts get in its way. And it doesn’t care if what you tell it is good or you or not. If, for example, your subconscious attitudes and beliefs tell you that you ought not to be slender because being overweight is the only way to build lasting friendships, ti won’t stop to ask you, “Now what does being overweight have to do with friendship?” It will simply accept the idea as fact.

AS YOU SOW IN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, SO SHALL YOU REAP IN YOUR DAILY LIFE Think of your mind as a garden, and you are the gardener. Your subconscious is like the soil that accepts any kind of seed – good or bad. From the time you were very young until the present you have been planting seeds – thoughts – based on your habitual thinking, the thinking of these closest to you, and conscious statements that have been repeated over and over again, either by you, or to you by others. Whatever thoughts are expressed strongly or frequently eventually become the basis of your innermost convictions and beliers. These beliefs, in turn, become your external reality. IN other words, as you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and in the conditions in your life.

When the thoughts deposited in your subconscious mind are harmonious and constructive, your magical inner genius – your mental genie – will respond and bring about harmonious, life-enhancing conditions in your life. Of course, the same rule applies when negative thoughts have been deposited in your subconscious. Your inner mind is impartial – it will work just as hard either for you or against you. Does all this mean you are helplessly at the mercy of your inner mindset, your subconscious programming? Absolutely not. Your new mental attitudes can become your new subconscious programming. In other words , the old can be modified, changed, and replaced by your present, new habits of thinking. It’s not as difficult as you might imagine to change your life. In fact, changing your life can be as easy as putting our audio programs in your player every day and pushing the ‘play’ button. This article is for your information to read on-line. This is not a product to purchase. Tapes and CD’s are listed on this website