Fear Less

June 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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“You cannot play great music until your heart has been broken.”

I think this is a wonderful digital magazine and website, Fear.Less, which I’ve been sharing with friends. And it’s all free (download June’s issue, HERE). There are some fantastic stories of upliftment and encouragement through trials and tribulations the contributors to the magazine have overcome.

People new to the practice often ask me whether I’m some kind of counsellor or whether there is psychology involved in the process. I say no, but there’s always psychology involved and it’s probably one of the most fundamental factors in dealing with psychosocial health and moving forward with life. And when you’ve been through enough grief, change and trauma in your own life, coupled with getting help from others along the way to deal with it, one generally has a tip to pass along.

Autosuggestion, as a principle cause of nervous system interference, was a term the founder of chiropractic came up with over 100 years ago. For all that time ago: pure genius, in my opinion. Negative reverberations throughout the system have a profound influence on how it functions and will ultimately determine the fate of one’s health. Thoughts become things!

Another term for placebo is positive mind-body interaction, and if your health care provider is not using it, understanding it, embracing it… they’re behind the 8-ball. We made it through the 90s, people, get with the times. For more click on Mental Wellness.

Understanding autosuggestion is pivotal to helping people move forward and that’s why I like Fear.Less. For example in this post they write: “Get over it is horrible, selfish advice and a shortcut to thinking. I think blunt suggestions are attempts by the suggestor to secretly reassure himself of his own security. I think harshness without hope is a waste of time. It’s not manly, it’s not strong and independent, it’s asinine.”

How many times have you heard someone say, “get over it”? It doesn’t work that way and can be very hollow advice. There are a myriad of neuropsychosocial dynamics to “getting over” something like personality type, past experiences, coping mechanisms and support networks. People need the right kind of love and support for the length of time they personally require and this website is a great addition to help keep you on the rails, having faith that eventually you will reach the station.

Retracing and Reorganisation

June 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Sigmund Freud (the psychoanalyst) observed that patients who have had early trauma will often, at key moments, “regress” and not only remember early memories but briefly experience them. When the brain starts to reorganise itself, an established brain network (you, now) is blocked and an older network (you, long ago), which has been in place long before the established one, must be used.

In chiropractic some refer to this as “retracing”. An “unmasking” of old neuronal pathways as the brain attempts to reorganise itself.

This really is quite a bizarre and amazing story of retracing from an upper cervical correction. A woman who was physically abused many years ago has bruising reappear on her arm. Listen to this 6-minute story on Retracing through Upper Cervical

Regression, retracing and reorganisation may manifest somatically (in the body) in different ways. Sometimes this is viewed as a symptom, or a problem, which needs to be further suppressed into an old neuronal network by taking a drug. Sometimes symptoms are very useful in directing appropriate care but need to be viewed in context of the individual’s life experience. Sometimes it’s really important to get sick, especially when young, to develop and strengthen the nervous and immune systems instead of sanitising every object in a two metre radius of one’s personal space. Sometimes though you need to proceed straight to hospital, do not collect 200. It depends.

Regression, retracing and reorganisation doesn’t always feel good when it manifests. It may be a sign of healing; of cleansing. But in society today we’ve been led to believe through this amazing thing called marketing that we’re supposed to feel good ALL the time and that EVERY sign and symptom is bad. Remember: Context. Some symptoms are real warning signs. But sometimes reorganisation and healing has begun, like sitting beside Freud, having a breakthrough and crying your eyes out because you realise last night’s dream of running through the fields as a bunny rabbit actually meant you were supposed to be a sheep herder and not a lawyer.

It’s a lot easier to suppress than to ask the harder, more introspective question: What is this [symptom/problem/feeling] really about? Sometimes not feeling good is actually a great sign of better things to come.

Brief Introduction to Epigenetics

June 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Finally these concepts are starting to hit mainstream media: that your genes do not control your future, and are not to blame for all your problems. In the nature/nurture argument, genetic manifestation of what’s going on in your life accounts for less than 25%.

Bruce Lipton is a cell biologist who has been studying epigenetics for 40 years. He was one of the first people that got me interested in the science behind chiropractic: how a change in stimulus to the nervous system can alter our genetic expression. It always reminds me of my favourite joke by Bill Hicks, “Evolution didn’t end with us growing thumbs, you know that, right?”

School textbooks on genetics are not going to change for another 10 years, so for those who want a head start on understanding epigenetics, here is a brief introduction.

Bruce Lipton – Epigenetics

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