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Placebo or Nocebo?
I Want To Simplify My Life –Beware!
The “Tail of the Dog” That Bit You
Gamma Waves and Gas
How, How, How?
How Positive Are You?
Worry Warts:  Habit and Addiction
Look at my dazzling diversity of Light exploding… or… Fireworks with no sizzle, I’m burned out!

Placebo or Nocebo?

A placebo effect is one that is caused by using something like a sugar pill to get people to believe they are receiving a remedy when actually they are not. It is used in research to test whether a medication really works or patients just believe it works. There is a lot of interest today in just what is going on when placebo effects actually do occur. What is the nature of the “believing” going on that causes the remission of a disease or problem?
We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the “belief” plays an important part in the cure. If you believe that a medication will work or that a doctor knows what he or she is doing, the treatment is much more likely to work.

There is an opposite affect, though, called “nocebo”. A nocebo is the belief that a remedy will not work or that a doctor cannot help or cannot be trusted. A nocebo can get significant results, or we should say a lack of results. If a patient does not believe that an intervention will work, it is much more likely that it won’t.

It’s a lot like that in life. What we believe will work- the more we believe it- especially in ourselves, the more it works. The greater our “nocebo” about ourselves, the more we don’t believe that we can make it work or that we can do anything, the much less likely we are to do it.

There is an even deeper level to all of this. Do you believe that things will usually work out? Or do you believe that they will not? Whichever it is, you are busy, by your beliefs, in creating that outcome.

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I Want To Simplify My Life –Beware!

If you want to simplify your life to more deeply immerse yourself in something that gives you pleasure or something that you love, then go for it. But if you want to simplify your life because you want to retreat or escape what you perceive to be the pressures of life, watch out! If you want to simplify your life because you feel oppressed or overwhelmed, watch out! First of all, life is not simple; it is highly diverse and complex. Look at nature and all of creation; you are greeted with great complexity. It is the nature of the Universe. You are a part of the diversity that is intended to express a part of God as the unique person you are.

Simplify your life for the wrong reasons and you will find yourself taking care of a partner who becomes ill or involved in a family feud or caught up in things you never imagined could fill your time.

You are designed to be involved in life. You are as innocent and beautiful and in need of stimulation as an infant in the eyes of Source. You are designed for “experience”, “savoring life”, deepening meaning, and joy –all of your life.

The retreat from life that is isolation and disinterest, a slow “unplugging” from the stimulation of “aliveness” is not how you are made. You are just not created that way.
Complexity that is creative, diverse and novel –new stimulation is something the brain and your Spirit need all the days of your life.

Too often the desire to “simplify” is an escape from using your strengths to live life in “aliveness”. The hole you create from the motives of escape, withdrawal, and fear will be filled by a tumor, by depression, by becoming ornery and crabby, or by someone else’s problems which you feel compelled to get involved in.

The “Tail of the Dog” That Bit You

Anyone who has nursed a hangover from alcohol has probably heard the advice that what they needed was a little bit of the “tail of the dog” that had bitten them. In other words, the body’s reactions to withdrawal from alcohol consumption would be helped by having a little more alcohol to offset the symptoms of nausea or the headache of the withdrawal.

Actually, it’s the same for withdrawal from positive emotion. When you have felt positive and you are not so positive, when you were high in your UpSpiral and you feel lower and “withdrawn” from “feeling good”, the same thing is true. You may even be getting headaches or the shakes of a little anxiety. All you need to start to turn it around is a little bit of the hair of the” tail of the dog” that bit you. Go to the Emotional Gym and find something to feel a little gratitude for and nurse the gratitude, just a little if you can’t feel it a lot. Use the physical motions of the Emotional Gym that you have conditioned to help you feel gratitude. Use feeling gratitude to get your mind off of your focus on not feeling good and put your focus on the tail of the positive dog that has bitten you with how good it is to “feel good”.

Emotions are as much a choice as thoughts, and sometimes you can’t change your thinking until you have done something to change your feelings. Anything that brings just a little gratitude, love, peace or joy will work. Like, maybe taking a walk and only noticing lovely things.

Negative feelings do not have to have a core, a purpose, a reason or a root cause. Sometimes they “just are.” And because they sometimes “just are” for a thousand different reasons, you don’t have to chase them down and analyze them. Stop the big investigation over them and just change them a little.

Gamma Waves and Gas

If we were just one particle as worried about the cost of psychic energy as we are about the price of gas at the pumps, we would have the brain synchrony that would produce the consciousness and enough UpSpiral thinking and “feeling good” in living that there would be a thousand ways around the price of gas. Nothing could be more important than how you spend your psychic energy. You have more than enough psychic energy when it is not wasted on worry, fear, anxiety and dread. Gamma waves are the result of the brain running on consistent positive emotion. Gamma waves create brain synchrony. It represents an easy flow of problem solving that can only be experienced in the UpSpiral. It represents the brain working as a unity, burning just the right amount of its fuel, which is glucose. It is the “gas” of the brain and it needs to burn evenly and with synchrony. Love, peace, joy, and gratitude are emotions of choice, not of circumstance. Wherever the price of crude oil goes on the world market, the price you pay for your using your brain’s energy is always your choice. The better you exercise that choice, the less the price at the gas pump will bother you, and the less it bothers you, the more efficient the energy will be on all levels of your life. Try it; just see if brain synchrony doesn’t also increase the efficiency of the gas in your tank over time. Love, peace, gratitude and joy increase fuel efficiency in the long run. Put it to the test!

How, How, How?

When you are setting goals and dreaming dreams, having hopes and exercising the real, raw courage to own your desires and actually “want” what you “want”, how is the best tool of the ego, to cut through, reduce and diminish your dreams. If you knew the “how,” what you wanted would already be here. Face it! You don’t know the “how” and it isn’t even your business. So get your nose of the “how” and get your nose back into your business, which is to own your wants and your desires. Admit that you have them, admit that you want what you want. I know, I know, you are afraid that you will get what you want and find out that it isn’t what you really want and you’re afraid that you will feel like a failure or like you are a fool. Actually, each wanting builds upon the last. You can’t get to where you’re going without wanting, and then growing beyond that want to another and another and another. Give it a break, go ahead and dream and plan, and let the “how” appear as it will, as it always does. It comes from the Source, from God, from Higher Power, from Inspiration, out of the blue, in an instant, from a knock on the door, or a clue in a telephone call you least expected. The “how” is not the problem. You learning to dream and plan and set goals and keep the “how” out of the way –that is the problem. Everything that you think blocks your way can change in less than a mille-second. Now put your nose back where it belongs, and want what you want, desire what you desire, plan what you love, ask to find your passion. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” –do you think Thomas Jefferson knew “how” that would happen when he wrote it down. No, he didn’t. I asked him.

How Positive Are You?

Your state of positivity is a direct predictor, not only of your sense of life-satisfaction and well-being; it predicts how you thrive at a cellular level. Did you know that at a cellular level, what you take in is not as important as what you get rid of? It’s what you don’t expel- what you retain- that needs to be eliminated from your system. That’s what can cause a wide variety of problems. And it’s directly related to your state of mind. The more positive you are, the more you are in an UpSpiral, the more you thrive, getting rid of unneeded toxins. I encourage you to take The Positive Mind Test, see where you score, and then take the test again in 6 months. Right now it’s free. Order my book Growing the Positive Mind or enroll in one of our programs and see if you do not grow your positivity. One more thing. You’ve heard about “The Secret” and the Law of Attraction. What do you think? I’ll let you in on a secret; the more positive you are, the more you will bring into your life what you want. The less positive you are, the less you even know what you want, much less have the personal power to attract it!

Worry Warts:  Habit and Addiction

A physical wart is actually a kind of a virus that starts small and grows in size. A worry wart is a negative thought that starts small and gets to be a habit. When you worry, you establish a route along a neuropathway in the brain that becomes a pathway that is easier and easier to take. The negative thought or worry, as it gets larger, bumps other thoughts off the highway. The bigger the worry gets the more it runs other thoughts and feelings off the road of that neuropathway. Since both thoughts and feelings travel on the same neuropathways, what is happening is the worry thought is taking up too much of the road and good thoughts and feelings get run off of the road.

Worry is a habit, pure and simple. It is a habit, even an addiction. To change this, use a technique from the Emotional Gym. Every worry needs to be seen as a gift which is revealing the self-absorption and self-centeredness of the ego. It’s just the ego trying to stay alive and breathe while you’re in the business of becoming a more loving and caring person. Worry is the ego giving itself away and keeps you from being the real self, filled with strengths, that you really are. So every time you worry, decide to use it as a sign to use one of four feelings; love, peace, gratitude or joy. Feel one of these feelings over and over until the worry is gone. You might argue that worry just persists and that you have to feel gratitude over and over all morning long. And just what would be so bad about exercising your choice and feeling gratitude all morning long?

Look at my dazzling diversity of Light exploding… or… Fireworks with no sizzle, I’m burned out!

I have chosen to begin this blog on July 4 as we celebrate “Independence” Day. As we celebrate this glorious day of “independence”, it is significant to our work to realize that freedom that is external requires of us an even deeper inner freedom. It is too easy to be free on the outside and bound inside. The challenge is to become aligned with our real genuine wants and desires. A large percentage of Americans report that they are discontent with their jobs and even more report that they don’t really know what they want out of life. If we do not come to an inner alignment, we burn-out eventually and the drinks and fireworks that keep us out of our own UpSpiral stop working- the drinks don’t let us escape and the fireworks of life have no “bang”.

In quantum physics, we learn that the Zeno Factor tells us that what we focus on, literally where we put our focus, slows down the molecular structure of neuropathways and that they become fixed. Everything is really about the focus of the energy of thought and the mindfulness, or lack of it, that is a sign of knowing what we want and desire and pursuing it. We call it your VibeCore.

Sometime ago, I spoke to a group of attorneys, many of whom were described as having “burn-out”. It is true that the legal profession has become the group of professionals with the highest health risks, lowest scores of well-being and life satisfaction, highest divorce rate, and the highest rates of job dissatisfaction. How is it possible, you may ask, that a group of highly educated, very intelligent, and well-paid professionals can have such a high rate of burn-out and radical Downspiral experience? It must be “the system”. I think not.

Of particular concern is the fact that people who spend more of their time in a DownSpiral rather than an UpSpiral have twice the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. Think about that!! Remember, there is absolutely no statistical correlation between happiness and education, happiness and money, or happiness and employment. Most Americans report that they are unhappy with their jobs. There are two basic problems here, and neither one of them is “the system”. The system provides these very gifted attorneys with its own gift – a remarkable “system” that is a “hothouse” for growth. Any job in which you are discontent is a “hothouse” for lessons about happiness. It is like the “hothouse” of a relationship with another person; it always pulls the best and the worst out of us.

There are two significant answers here. The first is that you can’t “burn-out” in a job if you stay in an UpSpiral, and the second is that you can’t stay in an UpSpiral unless you know and use your strengths. I am told that pessimism and Downspiral thinking are just necessary for attorneys to be able to do their jobs; they have to think from the negative side. The truth is that we use pessimism and downspiral thinking when we have not known and exercised our unique strengths that keep us in an UpSpiral. That is where you find the expansive ability to perform any task or job. tcaps cloud You can be more insightful, more perceptive, and more creative in problem-solving by using your strengths. Anyone who thinks that pessimism is necessary in making accurate decisions is just simply wrong; the research is that indicates that it is, is very incomplete.

During my presentation, I had handed out an outline and a graph and when I asked the attorneys to turn to the graph, one young attorney who may have had too many cocktails during the “cocktail” period before dinner, responded by saying, “Are you trying to education us?” God forbid that anyone should try to educate a burned out attorney! And therein lies the root of the problem. When you are in a DownSpiral and you are full of pessimism and feel burned-out, it is hard to learn, hard to hear, hard to be open to what will help you because the nature of a DownSpiral is to a process of “narrowing”. The Zeno Factor is at work in either an Up or a Down Spiral.

If you are “burned out”, then you may need to get out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat. However, this is the promise. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, before you take your present set of issues to the next job- and you will carry them there with you- learn to live in an UpSpiral and learn to grow your strengths. The “baggage” that you think the system created is still your baggage and you will carry it with you into the next position or the next system and certainly into significant relationships, in one form or another. You can begin to move into a new synchrony of the brain by increasing gamma waves that preserve psychic energy; that not only make you more productive but increase both your life-satisfaction and your well-being.

This isn’t just about acquiring new information- this is a life and death issue! Beyond that, it is an issue of experiencing the fully-lived life.

So to the young attorney who asked, “Are you trying to educate us?” my answer is absolutely “yes” to her and to any discontented worker/person. There is a whole new world of learning out there that is much better than living in the “dark ages of the DownSpiral”.

“Aliveness” most describes what it means to be human and there is a whole emerging body of knowledge and practice which supports this truth. This website and blog launch are part of that emergence. Welcome to the Applied Neuroscience Institute, dedicated to your engagement with independence, personal freedom and a deepening of your aliveness in the UpSpiral!

You are, in your essential nature, fireworks with a dazzling diversity of light, sound, and spectacular and awesome surprise.

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