November 18, 2015

My First Chi-Cube Experience (It’s a Doozy!)

This is the experience of one of our clients.

When I first got my High-Chi stuff, I was obviously super excited. But what was funny is that in a way I missed the box arriving.

We were about to head out of town for the weekend, and I had been impatiently waiting for this little package to arrive because #1 – I didn’t want it sitting in my mailbox all weekend, and #2 – I wanted the weekend to explore and experience it.

My husband was getting everything ready to go while I was watching the baby, and I said, “I really hope the package gets here soon. I don’t want it to arrive tomorrow.” He told me that it wouldn’t be arriving tomorrow. Confused, I said, “You think it will be here Monday?” He told me it definitely wouldn’t be here Monday.

He left me hanging for a couple minutes and then pointed to a small box sitting on the breakfast bar. He’d brought it in when he got home, and left it there to see if I’d notice it.

It’s strange for me to not notice things like that, and when I thought back over the past couple hours I realized that I had looked at the box a few times, but it seemed so natural there I didn’t think much of it. The vibration of the box said “I’m here and home” and so I let it be.

Of course as soon as he pointed out that it was there I had to get into it and see everything. I told him I was having a moment of “Is THAT what I’ve been feeling?!” and he said even he had been feeling a low-level vibration at the base of his neck and down his spine.

The first thing I have to note is that everything was packaged so beautifully! I still have the little box the Cubes came in because sometimes I take them with me when I go somewhere, and it’s nice to have something that fits half-a-dozen of them so perfectly.

The cubes were a little smaller than I pictured them, but this was actually a good thing in my opinion. The cubes are a nice size to fit in the palm of your hand, and they will actually fit into a pocket as well – but they aren’t so small that you’ll lose it if you put it under your pillow.

As soon as I had the box of them in my hand, I could feel their energy. I wasn’t sure what to expect, honestly, because while I deal with energy all the time personally and professionally, the idea of these little cubes was hard to wrap my mind around. How can such a little thing hold so much power? But they were intriguing, and Shannon was so excited about them, so I knew I had to give them a try.

The first cube I took out of the box was “Jupiter.” Immediately I felt a humming that pulsed down my arm to between my shoulder blades. It was a wonderful sensation, but a surprisingly intense pulsing that seemed to come from the bones in my spine.

Compared to that, the “Success/Power” cube had a much lighter feeling. Its pulses were faster and closer together, and settled into the back of my neck. 

Third, I pulled out the “Divine Priestess” cube, and it sent a gentle feeling of motion to my solar plexus. It was a very empowering but at the same time comforting feeling.

Every cube creates very different feelings in my body, because each cube has such a different vibration. Within a few minutes of handling the cubes, it was easy for me to see how they could greatly enhance a person’s energy and give them the boosts that they want and need in their lives.

To see what would happen (and to be a brat) my husband grabbed “Jupiter” and “Success/Power” and dropped them into my palm alongside the “Divine Priestess.” I laughed and did what was probably a very goofy little dance because the energy of these cubes combined was intense.

It is already very easy for me to see how stacking these cubes can exponentially boost and change their energy and dynamic.

July 21, 2015

First Experience with HighChi Energy Jewelry

This is the experience of one of our clients:

I had never heard of High Chi before the first time I went to the Wellness Festival in Sun Valley. The whole thing was a thrilling experience, with so many people and things to see.

I wanted to see what was at all the booths, but to be honest I wasn’t that interested in jewelry. My mom makes beautiful gemstone jewelry, and I already have more pieces that I can reasonably wear on a weekly basis.

But something about the pieces at the High Chi table made me pause. At first I thought it was just because they were so shiny (I’ve wondered if that is part of having Crow and Raven as a couple of my spirit animals – I am mesmerized by shiny objects.) But as I was looking at the stuff, I realized it was more than that.

Deborah and I started chatting, and she let me hold one of the gold necklaces. I think it had an amethyst on it, and it was a wonderful warm feeling. But I’m not a big fan of gold for some reason. I love silver, and so she picked up one of the silver necklaces – this one had the high chi pendant, the flower of life pendant, and a blue topaz crystal on it – and placed it in my left palm.

The effect it had was instantaneous. I could feel the energy moving into my left arm and then through my whole body, and I felt the effect of the blue topaz in my throat chakra. It was like it was just opening up like a lotus, and it was both a physical and spiritual sensation.

But what was even more interesting to me was that my “angel spot” fired up. Right in between my shoulder blades, I get a certain sensation when my angels are talking to me. It’s difficult to describe, but the closest I can come to it is to say that if you could have silver fire – something shivery cold but warm at the same time – that’s what it would feel like.

This sensation flared up, and it felt so good! I was being told that this was a powerful object, and something worth getting.

The most interesting part to me, even more than my own experience, was that my son reacted to it as well. Brom was only a couple months old at the time, and I was carrying him around the Wellness Festival in a Maya sling. He had either slept or played possum through the whole thing, hardly acknowledging anyone or anything.

When I held the necklace and felt all that power surge through me, he opened his eyes and squirmed suddenly, as though he has felt the power too. He looked up at me with a startled expression, and then smiled a little and relaxed, closing his eyes again. And I handled different pieces, he would squirm or open his eyes here and there.

After we left the High Chi table, he didn’t react to anything again until we left the festival. So I knew he had sensed the same surge of power that I had.

I handle a lot of crystals, talismans, and other objects that have spiritual and energetic meaning, and I can safely say that the High Chi pieces are some of the most powerful and high-vibrating items I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming into contact with.

January 30, 2015

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December 23, 2014

Clinging to Mental Attitudes That Make You SO Miserable.

It's curious and dumbfounding that people cling to mental attitudes that seem to make them so miserable. The movie "What the Bleep?!"offers an explanation.

The hypothalamus, located at the base of the brain, secretes short chain amino acids that are responsible for all of our emotions. They flood the system and are sent to the cells, but they have to enter the cells in order to transfer the chemical instructions that they contain. The cells have receptor sites covering their cell walls, which are made specifically for amino acids to dock. But, in order for an amino acid to dock successfully, the receptor site has to be a
perfect shape to accommodate the shape of the amino acid, much like the relationship of a key to a matching lock. The receptor sites have the ability to mutate their shape over time, and that's exactly what they do so they can accommodate the shapes of specific amino acids.

If your mental attitude is that of a victim, the hypothalamus produces short chain "victim" amino acids. Over time, trillions of
cell receptor sites have been created by the cells to be a perfect match to these specific chains ... and the cells are ready and
waiting to receive the information they carry. The cells are dependent upon instructions from the brain and the custom-made cell
receptor sites are physical structures designed for the successful docking of amino acid chains that reflect specific emotions. Hence, the so-called hard-wiring is in place. If you stop thinking (and feeling) your usual victim-oriented thoughts, the hypothalamus stops putting out these amino acids and your cells go into withdrawal ... a chemical withdrawal as they are not getting the packets of amino acids that they are use to.

The answer as to why we continue to hold a mental view that is obviously painful is that our cells are addicted to the acids
produced by the hypothalamus when we have these thoughts.

To make personal changes to a healthier emotional reality, we must try our best to stop thinking the thoughts (telling the victim story) and let ourselves go into withdrawal. The victim thoughts should be replaced by feelings of hope and unity ... which are represented by their own unique amino acid chains that have their own shape. 

This is where the Feel and Flick comes in. Start feeling those feelings and go up the tiers of emotion until you get to the love space. Then visualize yourself having what you want. You are essentially rewiring your brain.

We must have a significant amount of determination to make a lasting change to healthier feeling and thinking, as the hardwiring of the cell receptors need time --- days, weeks, perhaps months --- to adapt their shape to the new amino acids. But, it will happen, and one day soon your whole system will be re-made ... the cell receptors will be re-configured and they will eagerly absorb the healthy-oriented amino acids. In fact, you'll feel perfectly at home in your body and in harmony with your surroundings. *****

 

With Good Thoughts,
Francesca McCartney, PhD
Founder, President
Academy of Intuition Medicine®
Energy Medicine University
PO Box 1921 Mill Valley, CA 94942 USA
Phone: 415-381-1010
www.intuitionmedicine.org

December 17, 2014

THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET

THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes.
Only 10% of our DNA is being used for building proteins. It is this subset of DNA that is of interest to western researchers and is being examined and categorized. The other 90% are considered “junk DNA.” The Russian researchers, however, convinced that nature was not dumb, joined linguists and geneticists in a venture to explore those 90% of “junk DNA.” Their results, findings and conclusions are simply revolutionary! According to them, our DNA is not only responsible for the construction of our body but also serves as data storage and in communication. The Russian linguists found that the genetic code, especially in the apparently useless 90%, follows the same rules as all our human languages. To this end they compared the rules of syntax (the way in which words are put together to form phrases and sentences), semantics (the study of meaning in language forms) and the basic rules of grammar. They found that the alkalines of our DNA follow a regular grammar and do have set rules just like our languages. So human languages did not appear coincidentally but are a reflection of our inherent DNA.
The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of the DNA. [For the sake of brevity I will give only a summary here. For further exploration please refer to the appendix at the end of this article.] The bottom line was: “Living chromosomes function just like solitonic/holographic computers using the endogenous DNA laser radiation.” This means that they managed for example to modulate certain frequency patterns onto a laser ray and with it influenced the DNA frequency and thus the genetic information itself. Since the basic structure of DNA-alkaline pairs and of language (as explained earlier) are of the same structure, no DNA decoding is necessary.
One can simply use words and sentences of the human language! This, too, was experimentally proven! Living DNA substance (in living tissue, not in vitro) will always react to language-modulated laser rays and even to radio waves, if the proper frequencies are being used.
This finally and scientifically explains why affirmations, autogenous training, hypnosis and the like can have such strong effects on humans and their bodies. It is entirely normal and natural for our DNA to react to language. While western researchers cut single genes from the DNA strands and insert them elsewhere, the Russians enthusiastically worked on devices that can influence the cellular metabolism through suitable modulated radio and light frequencies and thus repair genetic defects.
Garjajev’s research group succeeded in proving that with this method chromosomes damaged by x-rays for example can be repaired. They even captured information patterns of a particular DNA and transmitted it onto another, thus reprogramming cells to another genome. ?So they successfully transformed, for example, frog embryos to salamander embryos simply by transmitting the DNA information patterns! This way the entire information was transmitted without any of the side effects or disharmonies encountered when cutting out and re-introducing single genes from the DNA. This represents an unbelievable, world-transforming revolution and sensation! All this by simply applying vibration and language instead of the archaic cutting-out procedure! This experiment points to the immense power of wave genetics, which obviously has a greater influence on the formation of organisms than the biochemical processes of alkaline sequences.
Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now been scientifically proven and explained. Of course the frequency has to be correct. And this is why not everybody is equally successful or can do it with always the same strength. The individual person must work on the inner processes and maturity in order to establish a conscious communication with the DNA. The Russian researchers work on a method that is not dependent on these factors but will ALWAYS work, provided one uses the correct frequency.
But the higher developed an individual’s consciousness is, the less need is there for any type of device! One can achieve these results by oneself, and science will finally stop to laugh at such ideas and will confirm and explain the results. And it doesn’t end there.?The Russian scientists also found out that our DNA can cause disturbing patterns in the vacuum, thus producing magnetized wormholes! Wormholes are the microscopic equivalents of the so-called Einstein-Rosen bridges in the vicinity of black holes (left by burned-out stars).? These are tunnel connections between entirely different areas in the universe through which information can be transmitted outside of space and time. The DNA attracts these bits of information and passes them on to our consciousness. This process of hyper communication is most effective in a state of relaxation. Stress, worries or a hyperactive intellect prevent successful hyper communication or the information will be totally distorted and useless.
In nature, hyper communication has been successfully applied for millions of years. The organized flow of life in insect states proves this dramatically. Modern man knows it only on a much more subtle level as “intuition.” But we, too, can regain full use of it. An example from Nature: When a queen ant is spatially separated from her colony, building still continues fervently and according to plan. If the queen is killed, however, all work in the colony stops. No ant knows what to do. Apparently the queen sends the “building plans” also from far away via the group consciousness of her subjects. She can be as far away as she wants, as long as she is alive. In man hyper communication is most often encountered when one suddenly gains access to information that is outside one’s knowledge base. Such hyper communication is then experienced as inspiration or intuition. The Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini for instance dreamt one night that a devil sat at his bedside playing the violin. The next morning Tartini was able to note down the piece exactly from memory, he called it the Devil’s Trill Sonata.
For years, a 42-year old male nurse dreamt of a situation in which he was hooked up to a kind of knowledge CD-ROM. Verifiable knowledge from all imaginable fields was then transmitted to him that he was able to recall in the morning. There was such a flood of information that it seemed a whole encyclopedia was transmitted at night. The majority of facts were outside his personal knowledge base and reached technical details about which he knew absolutely nothing.
When hyper communication occurs, one can observe in the DNA as well as in the human being special phenomena. The Russian scientists irradiated DNA samples with laser light. On screen a typical wave pattern was formed. When they removed the DNA sample, the wave pattern did not disappear, it remained. Many control experiments showed that the pattern still came from the removed sample, whose energy field apparently remained by itself. This effect is now called phantom DNA effect. It is surmised that energy from outside of space and time still flows through the activated wormholes after the DNA was removed. The side effect encountered most often in hyper communication also in human beings are inexplicable electromagnetic fields in the vicinity of the persons concerned. Electronic devices like CD players and the like can be irritated and cease to function for hours. When the electromagnetic field slowly dissipates, the devices function normally again. Many healers and psychics know this effect from their work. The better the atmosphere and the energy, the more frustrating it is that the recording device stops functioning and recording exactly at that moment. And repeated switching on and off after the session does not restore function yet, but next morning all is back to normal. Perhaps this is reassuring to read for many, as it has nothing to do with them being technically inept, it means they are good at hyper communication.
In their book “Vernetzte Intelligenz” (Networked Intelligence), Grazyna Gosar and Franz Bludorf explain these connections precisely and clearly. The authors also quote sources presuming that in earlier times humanity had been, just like the animals, very strongly connected to the group consciousness and acted as a group. To develop and experience individuality we humans however had to forget hyper communication almost completely. Now that we are fairly stable in our individual consciousness, we can create a new form of group consciousness, namely one, in which we attain access to all information via our DNA without being forced or remotely controlled about what to do with that information. We now know that just as on the internet our DNA can feed its proper data into the network, can call up data from the network and can establish contact with other participants in the network. Remote healing, telepathy or “remote sensing” about the state of relatives etc.. can thus be explained. Some animals know also from afar when their owners plan to return home. That can be freshly interpreted and explained via the concepts of group consciousness and hyper communication. Any collective consciousness cannot be sensibly used over any period of time without a distinctive individuality. Otherwise we would revert to a primitive herd instinct that is easily manipulated.
Hyper communication in the new millennium means something quite different: Researchers think that if humans with full individuality would regain group consciousness, they would have a god-like power to create, alter and shape things on Earth! AND humanity is collectively moving toward such a group consciousness of the new kind. Fifty percent of today’s children will be problem children as soon as the go to school. The system lumps everyone together and demands adjustment. But the individuality of today’s children is so strong that that they refuse this adjustment and giving up their idiosyncrasies in the most diverse ways.
At the same time more and more clairvoyant children are born [see the book “China’s Indigo Children” by Paul Dong or the chapter about Indigos in my book “Nutze die taeglichen Wunder”(Make Use of the Daily Wonders)]. Something in those children is striving more and more towards the group consciousness of the new kind, and it will no longer be suppressed. As a rule, weather for example is rather difficult to influence by a single individual. But it may be influenced by a group consciousness (nothing new to some tribes doing it in their rain dances). Weather is strongly influenced by Earth resonance frequencies, the so-called Schumann frequencies. But those same frequencies are also produced in our brains, and when many people synchronize their thinking or individuals (spiritual masters, for instance) focus their thoughts in a laser-like fashion, then it is scientifically speaking not at all surprising if they can thus influence weather.
Researchers in group consciousness have formulated the theory of Type I civilizations. A humanity that developed a group consciousness of the new kind would have neither environmental problems nor scarcity of energy. For if it were to use its mental power as a unified civilization, it would have control of the energies of its home planet as a natural consequence. And that includes all natural catastrophes!!! A theoretical Type II civilization would even be able to control all energies of their home galaxy. In my book “Nutze die taeglichen Wunder,” I have described an example of this: Whenever a great many people focus their attention or consciousness on something similar like Christmas time, football world championship or the funeral of Lady Diana in England then certain random number generators in computers start to deliver ordered numbers instead of the random ones. An ordered group consciousness creates order in its whole surroundings!
When a great number of people get together very closely, potentials of violence also dissolve. It looks as if here, too, a kind of humanitarian consciousness of all humanity is created.(The Global Consciousness Project)
To come back to the DNA: It apparently is also an organic superconductor that can work at normal body temperature. Artificial superconductors require extremely low temperatures of between 200 and 140°C to function. As one recently learned, all superconductors are able to store light and thus information. This is a further explanation of how the DNA can store information. There is another phenomenon linked to DNA and wormholes. Normally, these supersmall wormholes are highly unstable and are maintained only for the tiniest fractions of a second. Under certain conditions stable wormholes can organize themselves which then form distinctive vacuum domains in which for example gravity can transform into electricity.
Vacuum domains are self-radiant balls of ionized gas that contain considerable amounts of energy. There are regions in Russia where such radiant balls appear very often. Following the ensuing confusion the Russians started massive research programs leading finally to some of the discoveries mentions above. Many people know vacuum domains as shiny balls in the sky. The attentive look at them in wonder and ask themselves, what they could be. I thought once: “Hello up there. If you happen to be a UFO, fly in a triangle.” And suddenly, the light balls moved in a triangle. Or they shot across the sky like ice hockey pucks. They accelerated from zero to crazy speeds while sliding gently across the sky. One is left gawking and I have, as many others, too, thought them to be UFOs. Friendly ones, apparently, as they flew in triangles just to please me. Now the Russians found in the regions, where vacuum domains appear often that sometimes fly as balls of light from the ground upwards into the sky, that these balls can be guided by thought. One has found out since that vacuum domains emit waves of low frequency as they are also produced in our brains.
And because of this similarity of waves they are able to react to our thoughts. To run excitedly into one that is on ground level might not be such a great idea, because those balls of light can contain immense energies and are able to mutate our genes. They can, they don’t necessarily have to, one has to say. For many spiritual teachers also produce such visible balls or columns of light in deep meditation or during energy work which trigger decidedly pleasant feelings and do not cause any harm. Apparently this is also dependent on some inner order and on the quality and provenance of the vacuum domain. There are some spiritual teachers (the young Englishman Ananda, for example) with whom nothing is seen at first, but when one tries to take a photograph while they sit and speak or meditate in hyper communication, one gets only a picture of a white cloud on a chair.In some Earth healing projects such light effects also appear on photographs. Simply put, these phenomena have to do with gravity and anti-gravity forces that are also exactly described in the book and with ever more stable wormholes and hyper communication and thus with energies from outside our time and space structure.
Earlier generations that got in contact with such hyper communication experiences and visible vacuum domains were convinced that an angel had appeared before them. And we cannot be too sure to what forms of consciousness we can get access when using hyper communication. Not having scientific proof for their actual existence (people having had such experiences do NOT all suffer from hallucinations) does not mean that there is no metaphysical background to it. We have simply made another giant step towards understanding our reality.
Official science also knows of gravity anomalies on Earth (that contribute to the formation of vacuum domains), but only of ones of below one percent. But recently gravity anomalies have been found of between three and four percent. One of these places is Rocca di Papa, south of Rome (exact location in the book “Vernetzte Intelligenz” plus several others). Round objects of all kinds, from balls to full buses, roll uphill. But the stretch in Rocca di Papa is rather short, and defying logic sceptics still flee to the theory of optical illusion (which it cannot be due to several features of the location).
All information is taken from the book Vernetzte Intelligenz von Grazyna Fosar und Franz Bludorf, ISBN 3930243237, summarized and commented by Baerbel. The book is unfortunately only available in German so far. You can reach the authors here: www.fosar-bludorf.com
Transmitted by Vitae Bergman[ www.ryze.com/view.php?who=vitaeb ]
References:
1. http://noosphere.princeton.edu
2. fosar-bludorf.com
3.http://www.ryze.com/view.php?who=vitaeb
Source: WakeUp-World.com
December 14, 2014

HighChi Energy Licensing

We recently had a question from a client about Energy Licensing for Art.

Yes we can design energy for you and put them on your artwork. All of our energies are beautifully balanced as we have over 50 different measuring techniques and have over 200 designer energies. Each one is beautifully balanced and absolutely unique. HighChi is Le Haute couture of Subtle Energy Science! I love to say that! 
You can actually experience each unique energy with the Chi Cubes, as acrylic holds the energy extremely well. Also when you use the chi cubes, and  wear the jewelry, you are resonating at an even higher Level of energy. The energies communicate with each other and work synergistically (where the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts), setting up a resonate frequency which is even higher and so you feel even more protected, uplifted, grounded, etc. depending on which energies you are working with. 
Similarly if we were to energize your art work and there were different pieces on the walls, the energy in the  paintings would communicate with each other and lift the resonance of the house even more so with the energy fields that we energized your paintings with. Be it Healing if you want a healing environment, Success and Power for a very ground and powerful environment for say working, or Tibetan Prayer Flag for say a meditation room.  You get the idea. 
December 09, 2014

Neuropeptides as the Carries of Emotions

 

Neuropeptides as the Carries of Emotions

The hypothalamus is relatively isolated from the “noise” (thoughts) of the cerebral cortex, so it can be utilized to identify subtle energy without alteration.  The hypothalamus receives biochemical messages in response to information, or subtle energy that has been received by the body “antenna”.  This interface of how subtle level energy is transformed into physiological signals is the ” the point of least understanding”.  

Dr. Candace Pert sees the connectedness of all aspects of our system from a biochemical perspective, concluding “brain and body make and receive the same messenger molecules in order to communicate effectively.  They speak the same language,” she says, “the language of neuropeptides.”[i][i]  Neuropeptides are chemical messenger molecules that are received by receptor molecules on the surface of the walls of cells, which regulate both physiological functions and brain communication in the body.  These messengers may be how the limbic system communicates its identification of a stress or change through the rest of the body. 

Dr. Pert believes that “emotions are the key element that effects the conversion of mind to matter in the body.”[ii][ii]  She has found that emotions and stress levels determine the effectiveness of the body’s capacity for cellular defense.  Another researcher, Dr. Lydia Temoshok, defines neuropeptides as “a universal language by which cells from different biological systems interact and alter each other’s behaviour.  They are a medium of exchange, and what they share is information.”

December 01, 2014

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University.  The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter.  “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

Sue McGreevey of MGH writes: “Previous studies from Lazar’s group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced meditation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration. But those investigations could not document that those differences were actually produced by meditation.”  Until now, that is.  The participants spent an average of 27 minutes per day practicing mindfulness exercises, and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.  McGreevey adds: “Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.”

“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says Britta Hölzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany. You can read more about the remarkable study by visiting Harvard.edu.  If this is up your alley then you need to read this: “Listen As Sam Harris Explains How To Tame Your Mind (No Religion Required)

http://www.feelguide.com/2014/11/19/harvard-unveils-mri-study-proving-meditation-literally-rebuilds-the-brains-gray-matter-in-8-weeks/

November 25, 2014

Interview: The stroke survivor who trained her own brain 

• 19 April 2008  

• From New Scientist Print Edition. 

• Michael Reilly 

On 10 December 1996, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor had a stroke when a blood vessel ruptured in her brain. Robbed of her memory, motor skills, even personality, she retreated into herself and dwelled primarily in her brain's right hemisphere. During the eight years to full recovery, she found ways to control her thoughts and rebuild her mind. She tells Michael Reilly why the stroke was the best thing that ever happened to her.

What did the stroke do to you? 

Because the haemorrhage was in my cerebral cortex, it wiped out my cognitive mind. I was very fortunate, though, in that my body was going to be OK. Describe the days that followed. I was in hospital for five days. On the morning of the third day my mother came to my side. Now, I did not know what a mother was, much less who my mother was. She came in, acknowledged everyone in the room, and then immediately picked up the sheet and crawled into bed with me. I didn't know who 

this person was. I didn't know what this person was. All I knew was that this very kind woman just crawled into my bed, wrapped her arms around me and started rocking me, like I was her baby. And I was her baby. She just recognized that I was an infant again and that was that. 

What did you do for your rehabilitation? 

The only formal rehab I had was speech therapy. I saw a speech therapist for about three months. My real rehab was done by my mother from the day she brought me home. She was an angel in my life. She would take me to the bathroom, feed me and then if I had any energy left she would work me - children's puzzles, teaching me to read, walking me around the apartment and then the block, those kinds of things. I would not be here if it were not for her. The advantage I had was that I believed in the ability of the brain to recover itself. That meant primarily for me to get out of its way. How do you get out of the brain's way? 
My number one recommendation is sleep. The brain needs sleep. These cells have been traumatized. The person is totally burned out and fried, and they want to sleep. In our society, generally what happens in a rehabilitation environment is that wake-up time is at 7 am. Everyone gets awakened. If you are a stroke survivor and you are zoned out and don't want to be awake, you will be pumped with amphetamines. Stimulus is stuck in your face, often in the form of a TV set in the room, sometimes 
literally a foot from your face. It's pure pain. And then we keep these people awake through dinner. After dinner they're put back to bed. The idea is that if you're going to recover, you have to act like a normal person. If that had been my experience, honestly I would have chosen not to engage. There's no question in my mind that we're not treating stroke survivors effectively. 

You have said that you retreated into the right hemisphere of the brain. What was that like? 

When I had the haemorrhage, the personality of my left hemisphere was traumatised. I shifted all the way into the right hemisphere, because the left-brain personality became non-functional and released her dominance, or released the dominating neural fibers that were inhibiting my right hemisphere. That's from an anatomical perspective. 
As time went on, different circuits in the left hemisphere started to become functional again. It was like repairs. So it was a long process of me in relationship with my brain, day after day, year after year, rebuilding. I was consciously choosing and rebuilding my brain to be what I wanted it to be. 

Did you actually consciously reconstruct your brain with your thoughts? 

Yes, renewing or rerunning neurocircuits was a cognitive choice. The non-functional circuits started to come back online one at a time and I could choose to either hook into that circuitry or not feed it. For example, when the anger circuit wanted to run again, I did not like the way it felt inside my body so I said "no" to its running. Every time it tried to get triggered and run again, I brought my attention back to it - I did not like the way anger felt so I shut it down. Now that circuit rarely runs at all, mostly because I 
feel it getting triggered and nip it in the bud. It was so clear to me during my recovery that every ability I had was because the circuit that controlled it was good, it was functioning. I learned that certain thoughts that I had could stimulate the emotional 
circuitry, which could then result in a physiological response. So, I look at us as a collection of neurocircuitry of thoughts and emotions and physiological responses. When you see the brain as the kind of computer network that it is, it becomes easier to manipulate. But you have to be willing. People say "Oh I'm so much more than my thoughts, I'm so much more than 
neurocircuitry," and I'm like, yeah, I had that fantasy once, too. I don't any more. As human beings we all have the ability to focus our minds on what we want to think about. This sounds like the claims made by meditators. I think folks who meditate are willing to pay attention to their thoughts so that they can purposefully redirect their minds. Mantras, prayer beads, consciously thinking about one's breathing - these are tools that provide the brain with an alternative to the constant brain chatter, permitting the mind's focus to shift to something else. It's the same sort of thing. There are people who are comfortable witnessing 
their thoughts, while there are others who think they are their thoughts. Learning to observe our neural circuitry and not engage with it is a skill we all can learn. 

When did you know you had recovered? 

I felt I was completely recovered when I felt I had become a solid again. Up until then I felt that I was a fluid. 

What do you mean by becoming a "solid"? 

I'd get up in the morning and take my dog out. I have woods out back, and I knew I had recovered when everything blended, everything radiated the energy of life - the trees and the light coming through them, the grass and the sparkling dew. Everything was vivid, beautiful and connected, and I was a part of it all. That's very different to saying "I am a solid, and that's a tree and that's a blade of grass and that's a drop of dew," and everything is separate. I don't know how else to describe it. 

You do a lot of stained-glass work now. Has your perception of the artwork, and indeed your life, changed much since your stroke?

 Oh yeah, everything's more vibrant, more alive and more beautiful now. More fluid, more curves, fewer lines, more relative, less disconnected, more similar, less different. Everything in my life has changed like that since the stroke. If someone said to me, "Okay Jill, we're going to put you in a time capsule and let you wake up that day again and you get to choose to have the stroke or not have it," I would have the stroke in a minute. 
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Jill Bolte Taylor studied neuroanatomy at Indiana State University. She then worked at Harvard 
University, where she investigated the influence of schizophrenia on the brain's perception of reality. 
Having fully recovered from her stroke, she now teaches neuroanatomy at the Indiana University 
School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Her book, My Stroke of Insight, was published in 2006 
October 24, 2014

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