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The Neuroscience of the UpSpiral Of Emotion, Health & Optimal Living

The Emotional Gym
Shed the Skins of the Past
Overwhelmed Are You?  Time to Feel Good!
The Rate of Your Vibe
When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens!
An 80 Year Old Billionaire’s Brain
Doubt, Doubt!  I am Full of Doubt!
Swear Words!  Damn!!
The Heraclitus Effect
The “At Ease” State of Mind

The Emotional Gym

Make a decision to start the Emotional Gym and embrace and incorporate it every day for thirty days.

Feel the emotions of gratitude, love, peace and joy 10 times a day. On a scale of 1-10, if 1 is a little and 10 is a lot, feel the emotions at a 3 or a 4. Feel each emotion for about 5-10 seconds each time. You are “pulsing” the emotion 20 times at a low level of feeling. Don’t try to make the emotion last longer and don’t try to make it more intense. Work for a series of ten pulses of gratitude for about 10 seconds over and over until you have ten. Then do the same thing with the other primary emotions of love, peace, and joy. This purpose is to learn to get to the feeling of each of these emotions instantly, on call.

These emotions can become the ambient emotional sound-track of your life. You are building emotional “muscle” and you are starting to work on mood predisposition.

Shed the Skins of the Past

You shed the skins of the past by moving forward with positive plans, positive hopes, and positive intentions. You could leave a lot of baggage behind just by getting on with your life.

We give much too much attention to what is wrong rather than what is right. We focus much too much light on problems and negative feelings and not nearly enough on getting on with it. We are made to be resilient and to “bounce back”. And the process of healing depends on the forward moving process of growth to bring strength, resilience and “bounce back”.

Overwhelmed Are You?  Time to Feel Good!

Feeling overwhelmed or even the intimations or hints of things that act as signals for “overwhelm” are not fun. They are scary. In overwhelm, we are on full negative alert; when there is just a signal, we go into an “alert” mode that is negative. And then, of course, what follows is that we attract more and more “overwhelm.”

You are Wired for Pleasure and Feeling Good!

You are wired for pleasure; your nervous system is wired for pleasure. The “fear/anxiety response” is largely learned over time as a warning system. You are not wired for fear and anxiety, except as a temporary, preventive state.

Your Opiate Receptor is Ready To Work “Feeling Good” in you!

Every cell in your body, particularly those in your frontal lobes –the decision making part of your brain–contains an opiate receptor. That means that every cell is your body is set up to receive the natural endorphin or “feel good” chemicals of the body, so that you can grow and evolve in a healthy way

VibeCore: Know what you want, believe you will get it, be open to how it comes and you can change your biology right down to the neurotransmitters in your brain!

Here’s the deal. Here’s the secret. Know and say what you want and feel how that would feel and live there in that feeling. Feel from that place over and over and over and over and over again and over exponentially. You CANNOT be in “overwhelm” and feel the feelings of what you want at the same time. So practice!

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The Rate of Your Vibe

All of us have a vibe, or a vibration. Some would say that we are a vibration. We think that our genes have so much to do with what we have become, but actually, it is the switches, actual on/off switches that either turn a gene on or turn it off and at a particular time, that determines the nature of our DNA.

Consider this. Bacteria have signals that they turn on to signal each other when enough of a particular kind have amassed to accomplish their purpose. Their signaling is directly affected by what you are thinking and feeling and they will turn on the “go” sign when you are in a DownSpiral.

And now consider this. They are all responsive to vibration –to the subtle nature of mood and feelings and thought. The rate of your vibration is the ratio between your positive and negative thoughts and feelings; it is controlled more by that than anything else. And it is a much more conscious than unconscious process. You control the rate of your vibration by seeing what is good, praising what is good, lifting it up in yourself and others, and living for what is good. You can be sure of this: what you really want is good and you find it in your UpSpiral of positivity.

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When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens!

This is a remarkable example of a concept we use widely in our work here at ANI. If you go back through your life, wherever one door closed, another door opened. Let me give you a very short-term approach to long, endless, needless, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Make a list of every door that closed in your life in one column and then next to it, make a list of the doors that subsequently opened. Perhaps they didn’t open right away, perhaps you spent a little time, or what seemed like a very long time, getting ready for the next door to open, but it always opened. The next door always opens when you expect that it will. Feel sorry for yourself forever, act and feel like a victim, moan, groan and complain and that door will take longer to open. The man in this video had a very big closed door, but opened it in a remarkable and astounding way. We believe at ANI that Spirit is everything, that Spirit is all there is. If that is true, and it is, because that is what you find by being at the crossroads of positive psychology, neuroscience, and quantum physics; then the more attention you pay to the door that is closed, the longer it takes to find the door that will open.

Here is a remarkable door that has opened. Watch it and put your mind on the door that will open.

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An 80 Year Old Billionaire’s Brain

T. Boone Pickens is a billionaire. He is 80 years old and relates that 90% of the taxes he paid were after he was 70. He loaned his brain to science for about an hour for an fMRI so that neuroscientists could see if there was anything about his brain that differed from the usual picture of an aging brain. This after all was an 80 year old brain. Most of our ideas about the brain come from looking at brains that have aged with problems or degeneration. It is occurring to us now to look at brains of remarkable and successful older people. The results are explosive.

After being put through a number of exercises, this brain of Mr. Pickens functioned in much the same way that young brains function, much to the amazement of the doctors. There was just no sign of an “aging” brain.

Why? Because he uses it. More and more we are realizing that the brain is a malleable organ and that it wires and rewires itself on the basis of a person’s activities and experiences.

Mr. Pickens will be the first in a long line of people that science will now find whose brain does not “age” as we think.

Learn to live in an UpSpiral, learn to play to your strengths, have a VibeCore that you are constantly tuning with new goals and strategies for living and you can do the same as Mr. Pickens! But if you buy into the idea that age means decline, particularly for the brain, then that is exactly what you get.

This is what you learn at ANI-how to keep your brain young!

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Doubt, Doubt!  I am Full of Doubt!

There is a tendency to think, or really to be afraid that if you are having “doubts,” then you are sabotaging any growth in positive consciousness that you have made. Doubts begin to be a sign that you have missed the mark, and life, seen through the lens of this doubt, starts to be filled with anxiety, fear, and dread.

The important thing is to keep the “doubt” in perspective. The “doubt” comes from two places, primarily. The ego (the old self that doesn’t work really well anymore) is dying, along with its neuropathways and associations in the brain. Old ways die hard, especially when they belong to the structure of the ego. The other is that the brain is just necessarily made to doubt, to question, to seek more information. The brain, for as long as we live, whether we like it or not, is always scanning for a virus of any kind. A certain kind of doubt is just normal.

This is what is important. Are you predominantly moving, over the days and months, higher in the UpSpiral or are you over a period of time moving into a DownSpiral? That is what most affects your overall vibration. Look at your doubt over a period of months, not from the lens of a day or two of being mired in it. Is the general, gradual move to a more positive mind over time? That is your vibration from which you attract to you what happens in your life. The lean is so gradual that most of the time we don’t realize that we are getting better and better at it.

Your vibration is determined by your overall, over time, more whole sense of staying in and moving in the direction of your UpSpiral. A very small amount of movement each day is better than leaps and bounds of temporary enthusiasm that will fade.

Don’t make it harder than it is. When you doubt, don’t use it as the lens for everything. Keep the doubt in perspective and do something good for yourself that you can enjoy just a little bit. Find just one thing to appreciate and don’t work so hard at it.

Growing in consciousness is a downstream journey.

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Swear Words!  Damn!!

Swear words are both expressions of negative emotions and inroads to experiencing negative emotions. Swear words, used to be descriptive or as emphasis in speech, are oftentimes an expression of some level of personal hostility for one’s self. Can’t you just swear because you just want to make a point or for emphasis or color?

Sure, sometimes a swear word says it like nothing else can, with exactly the same emphasis and good feeling. But you have to be good at it and you have to know when to use it. Ask any comedian. It bears repeating: swear words are swear words because they express hostility, usually grounded in hostility towards one’s own self.

In studies done at Harvard University in neuroscience, we know that whenever a person uses a swear word, it arouses the amygdala of the old brain, the place of strong negative emotions. When we read a swear word it arouses the basal ganglia, which among other things establishes our habits.

Our swear words make up a good deal of our own inner self-talk. We most use our swear words inside our own heads about ourselves. If anyone on the outside talked to us like we talk to ourselves, we would battle with them. We would be angry with them. We’d probably not talk to them, if they talk to us like we talk to ourselves inside our heads.

I am fascinated by the swear words people use and identify with because usually, they are the same words they use when they are angry or disappointed with themselves. We say horrible things to ourselves inside our heads.

Talk to yourself like you would like others to talk to you. Talk to yourself in the kindest, most gentle and forgiving way you talk to others.

I am a good and loving person, I care, and I love myself. Or (your name) I thank you, (your name) I respect you, (your name) I love you.

Do it over and over and over and over and your amygdala (that place of negative emotion in your brain) will shrink because it’s less active!

The Heraclitus Effect

There is in quantum physics the research and realization that what is called the Heraclitus Effect exists. To simplify, it means that if you focus on a decaying system, the focus on the decaying system will sustain it and keep in from decaying.

In other words, if you focus on something that is ultimately self-destructive or gets you nowhere, you sustain it by your focus upon it. The effect is also called the Anti-Zeno effect. 

The Zeno effect is what happens when you focus positive energy on a positive thing –positive outcomes are sustained. 

You may ask, what is a decaying system? It is anything that isn’t working, that is negative and moving in a direction that is not the truth. For example, the opposite of your strengths are your weaknesses.

The focus on those weaknesses sustains them. Focus on them, talk about your weaknesses, obsess over them, beat your self up, listen to your negative self-talk and you’re doing the Heraclitus effect- sustaining a decaying system that leads inevitably to even greater destruction or decay.

So the work is not sustaining a negative system, but using your energy to sustain a positive one. 

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The “At Ease” State of Mind

At ANI, State of Mind management is very important to our work because we know two significant things.

1. A State of Mind will grow unless you change it –something on the outside may change it but it will change for only a short time.

2. We are much more in charge of our State of Mind than we think –it doesn’t just happen to us. We create it and it can change with practice.

If you practice an “At Ease” state of mind, feeling it over and over and over and over, even if you can feel just a little of it, the “state” will grow. Set it as the bar of your emotional life and as the months pass, aim for a higher and higher move toward this bar.

These are the “Olympics of the Mind”. You may not be pole-vaulting in Beijing, but you raise the bar of your emotional state just by consistent practice. And you’ll feel like you got a Gold Medal.

The AT-EASE State of Mind

Relief (feel a little not a lot)
Peace (move in the direction of peace, just a little peace)
Free (think of a time when you felt free and feel it)
Unburdened (drop your shoulders and breathe)
Casual and more relaxed (walk slower and feel like you feel when you are more relaxed)
Grateful (focus on something to be grateful for, something lovely)

Put all of these together and call them your “At Ease” State of Mind!
You attract what you get from the direction in which you are moving
in your feeling state.
The Universe responds to your feeling state in a positive direction.

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