Basic Success Technique #35:
Beware Medical Scams
-- Take Control of Your Health!
Dr. Whiting: Indigestion, Heartburn & Acid Reflux -- When it comes to nourishing the body, you are not merely what you eat, but rather what you absorb. If you cannot properly and completely break down nutrients from food and food supplements, you can be starving for these essential factors even though you think you are eating reasonably well. After the age of 40, many people find themselves suffering from indigestion, heartburn, bloating, constipation, and feelings of fullness after meals, especially evening meals. This is due to a breakdown in the production of natural hydrochloric acid production in the stomach. Without this acid, proteins cannot be properly digested. In the absence of these stomach acids, many enzymes, necessary for the digestion of other foods, become deficient as well. The end results are the many common complications of digestion, which include feelings of fullness, gas, bloating, heartburn and constipation. The over-consumption of anti-acids such as Prilosec, Mylanta, Tums and others, in an attempt to correct , has contributed greatly to such conditions as osteoporosis, arthritis, heal spurs, kidney and gall stones and calcium deposits on artery walls, leading to atherosclerosis. All of these conditions occur when the body becomes too alkaline and calcium crystallizes and falls out of fluid solution. Those who have been suffering from long-term digestive problems such as indigestion, heartburn, bloating, constipation and feelings of fullness may have already set the stage for mineral depletion and protein deficiency. Digestive disturbances such as heartburn, bloating, constipation and feelings of fullness can be prevented by ensuring that your body is properly breaking down the vital nutrients necessary to health, found in the foods you eat and the supplements you take. We use a broad-spectrum approach to digestion, covering protein, fats as well as carbohydrates. Our combination formula provides natural stomach acids and enzyme precursor agents to help the body manufacture all of the digestive enzymatic substances for complete digestion of all food groups. Enzyme formulas should provide digestive components for protein, fats, and carbohydrates. This, together with natural digestive acids, will, over time, help the body to begin producing these enzymes once again on its own. In the beginning, digestive enzymes should be taken with every meal to help the body to balance its own production of these enzymes once again.
For more comprehensive information on indigestion, check out Why Stomach Acid is Good for You: Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux & GERD by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Lane Lenard, Ph.D.
Appendix 1 of Why Stomach Acid is Good for You -- "Is Depression the Result of an Amino Acid and Neurotransmitter Deficiency?" -- starts with: "Depression is never caused by a deficiency of drugs!" [emphasis added] This is a most important observation. It suggests the general question:
"What deficiency might be causing my condition X?"
The above does not imply that all poor health conditions are caused by deficiencies. See also Effect of antidepressants exaggerated due to buried data and Raise Your Mood Level.
Heartburn: Don't Let Your Doctor/Antacids Burn You Even More!
At the time we wrote the original version of this section, there was a series on heartburn -- also called "GERD" or gastroesophageal reflux disease -- on a certain TV network that employs a "resident physician" (medical editor). The theory the TV news anchor and medical editor promote is that heartburn is caused by a faulty valve at the top your stomach, just below your esophagus (your "lower esophageal sphincter" or "LES"). The supposedly "faulty valve" allows stomach acid to rise from your stomach into your esophagus, causing the burning sensation we know as "heartburn."
According to the resident TV physician and the news anchor, the solution is to take antacids to neutralize the "excess acid." In some cases it may be necessary to take prescription drugs to reduce the amount of acid created in your stomach. The TV station also airs advertisements for a certain "purple prescription pill" that's supposed to correct damage to the esophagus caused by stomach acid. The TV network probably earns millions from these ads. The drug company that sells the "purple prescription pill" probably earns billions.
So the "conventional heartburn theory" is very profitable for the drug companies and the TV networks who air the "antacid ads." What if the commonly accepted "remedies" in the long run tend to make heartburn worse, increasing the demand for antacids? The drug companies would earn even more. What if some of the drugs have side effects that result in doctors describing other drugs? The drug companies would earn even more.
Now consider an alternative theory. As you age, your stomach produces less acid -- sometimes not enough to digest your food. After you've eaten, if there's not enough acid in your stomach to digest the food, gas is generated. The gas puts pressure on your esophageal valve (more accurately, your "lower esophageal sphincter" or "LES") and opens it. Acid rises through your LES and you experience heartburn. Paradoxically, the heartburn is a signal that your stomach needs more acid. So you take some apple cider vinegar (acid), dilute it with water, and drink it. Within a minute or so the heartburn is gone. Your stomach uses the extra acid to help digest your food. No problems with side effects or worsening the heartburn condition.
Part of the remedy for heartburn could simply be to drink more water. Another part of the remedy may be to stop eating the foods that lead to your heartburn. In any case, you may never need to buy anything other than apple cider vinegar to treat your heartburn. (Though, part of the remedy may be to also take digestive enzymes, or their precursors.)
You can buy a bottle of apple cider vinegar for $3-$4 or less. If you use it to treat your heartburn, you may find that you experience heartburn less frequently. You may only need to take apple cider vinegar once or twice a week. Your bottle costing $3-$4 or less may last several months.
If the "alternative heartburn theory" is correct, then heartburn sufferers can treat their condition easily, inexpensively, and without visiting a doctor for a prescription. If enough people were to switch their "allegiance" from the conventional to the alternative theory, the drug companies, TV networks, and doctors would earn less money -- a lot less!
If the TV medical editor and the news anchor were to tell viewers about the alternative theory, they might be ordered to issue a "correction" or "retraction." They might even be fired. It's in the interest of the TV network and drug companies to push the conventional heartburn theory all they can. Billions are at stake.
But what if the alternative theory is correct? If so, then heartburn sufferers would be massively victimized by following the advice of the resident TV physician, the news anchor, the drug companies' antacid ads, and the doctors who prescribe antacids. What if the conventional heartburn theory is a massive fraud and a hoax -- a scam to victimize the gullible?
Why would the drug companies and TV networks promote such a hoax? Because they earn billions. If the alternative theory were correct, and they were to promote that, the billions in earnings would disappear.
You can do your own research to determine which of the two theories is more plausible. Do Google searches for +heartburn +"apple cider vinegar," +heartburn +naturopath, and +heartburn +"natural cure." If you or anyone you know experiences heartburn, you and/or your contacts can take some diluted apple cider vinegar and see what happens.
(Note: The heartburn issue can be complicated by medications that produce heartburn as a side effect. There are literally dozens of medications that may relax the LES, making it easier for stomach acid to rise into the esophagus. These medications can produce the apparency of a "faulty valve" condition. Do a Google search for +medications +"cause heartburn" to compile a list. (Smoking may also relax the LES.) If you're currently taking medications that cause you heartburn, you may want to explore alternatives such as "natural cures" for the conditions the medications are intended to treat. Part of your solution may be to stop taking the medications in question, or to reduce your dosages. Some people can get caught up in a vicious circle. They may suffer from chest pains associated with their heartburn. Some doctors call these chest pains "pseudo angina." Other doctors may prescribe medications to treat the misdiagnosed "angina." However, these medications may cause more severe heartburn and make the associated chest pains worse.)
Sarno's Mindbody Paradigm
A "third heartburn theory" is most important: Heartburn and related symptoms caused by the brain as a distraction to protect you from REPFs ("repressed emotional and psychological factors") -- see Understand Sarno's
Mindbody (TMS) Theory.
Sarno contends that during certain periods, certain symptoms become "fashionable." He cites research findings in The Divided Mind to back this contention. If Sarno is correct, then it's quite possible that a plethora of TV antacid advertisements will help make heartburn and related symptoms a "malady du jour!"
For some people, the best cure for heartburn might be to switch off their TVs -- or at least to flip to another channel whenever antacid ads appear!
In any case, if your heartburn is a mindbody disorder, then the best treatment would be along the lines suggested by Sarno in The Divided Mind -- or These Methods.
Article in The Arizona Republic of August 4th, 2007: Acid blockers may up dementia risk in older Blacks
By Thomas H. Maugh II -- Los Angeles Times
Elderly Black people who are chronic users of acid-inhibiting drugs in the family that includes Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet have 2½ times the normal risk of developing dementia, Indiana researchers reported Friday.
The drugs block production of stomach acid by inhibiting histamine-2 receptors. The stomach releases hydrochloric acid when stimulated by histamines. But they also inhibit the brain's cholinergic system which is involved in memory and cognition.
Low levels of cholinergic activity have been linked to dementia.
In the past, there have been hints that the drugs, known as histamine-2 receptor antagonists, might be linked to dementia, but previous studies have come down on both sides of the question, said Dr. John Morris of Washington University in St. Louis, who was not involved in the study.
"This is certainly not the final word on the potential risk of these drugs," he said. "But what it tells us is that, for older adults, drug use should be considered very carefully."
Dr. Constantine G. Lyketsos, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University, who was not involved in the study, added: "This is one of the medicines we worry about when people with Alzheimer's are taking them. It can make memory worse and lead to confusion. Whether they will make it more likely that someone will develop Alzheimer's dementia is still an open question."
GlaxoSmithKline, which manufactures Tagamet and Zantac, did not return calls seeking comment.
The study did not look at Whites, and there was not enough data to suggest a risk from a different family of acid-inhibiting drugs called "proton-pump inhibitors," which include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid.
The histamine-2 receptor antagonists are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United xStatesx with more than 16 million prescriptions dispensed in 2005 in addition to over-the-counter sales. They are used to treat ulcers, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal disorders.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, was conducted by Dr. Malaz Boustani, a geriatrician at Indiana University School of Medicine.
(Note: In an interview published in The Arizona Republic of April 24th, 2007, Phoenix physician Dr. Art Molen (who regularly appears on radio and TV) said: "For years, people have taken Tums, Maalox and Mylanta to reduce acidity. Now prescription medicines known as proton-pump inhibitors, including Nexium, Protonix, Prilosec and Aciphex have become the gold standard." He was asked about natural remedies, but didn't mention apple cider vinegar.)
Article in The Arizona Republic of August 10th, 2007: FDA will investigate 2 popular heartburn drugs
Data seem to link Nexium, Prilosec to heart ills, although there's no proof
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar -- Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators said Thursday that they have opened an investigation into two popular heartburn drugs -- Nexium, marketed as the "purple pill," and Prilosec, its older chemical cousin... Nexium was the sixth most commonly prescribed brand-name drug last year, according to Drug Topics, an Internet magazine...
A higher number of patients taking either one of the drugs suffered heart attacks, heart failure or sudden heart-related death, the FDA said. But the number of patients in both studies was relatively small, and other larger research studies showed no indication of heart problems...
We don't know what percentage of the prescription drug business is a scam. What if there are many "Medical $cammers" (some deliberate; some unwitting) who predominantly "play their patients (victims?) for suckers?"
Extracted from Mind Hacks.
Effect of antidepressants exaggerated due to buried data:
The New England Journal of Medicine has just published a study that found the effectiveness of 12 of the most popular antidepressants has been exaggerated because pharmaceutical companies have been 'hiding' data from negative drug trials.
Known as the 'file drawer effect,' it involves submitting only positive results to be published in scientific journals.
This type of selective publishing was recognized as a pervasive problem in medicine, and to try and combat this, a rule was introduced that required all clinical trials to be registered before they began.
This means no-one could claim that a negative study didn't occur and others could try and track down the data if needed.
The researchers in this new study decided to do exactly this. They examined the American Food and Drug Admistration (FDA) register and requested data from all 74 trials of the most commonly used antidepressant drugs.
They then compared the results from all the trials, to just the trials that had been published in the medical literature.
The findings are quite shocking:
A total of 37 studies viewed by the FDA as having positive results were published; 1 study viewed as positive was not published.
Studies viewed by the FDA as having negative or questionable results were, with 3 exceptions, either not published (22 studies) or published in a way that, in our opinion, conveyed a positive outcome (11 studies).
According to the published literature, it appeared that 94% of the trials conducted were positive. By contrast, the FDA analysis showed that 51% were positive.
In other words, when all the studies are examined, there's only about a 50-50 chance that a scientific study of an antidepressant drug will find it more effective than a placebo in treating depression.
The Wall Street Journal has a good write-up of the study, from which I've also taken the graph below. It describes which antidepressant drugs have their apparent effect most boosted by the hiding of negative findings.
As we live in the age of 'evidence-based medicine,' doctors will use the available evidence to decide which drugs to prescribe.
Needless to say, distortions in the published results can affect individual patients owing to the effect on doctors' decision-making.
Link to abstract of study.If they mislead their customers about the effectiveness of their drugs, what else might they be lying about?
Link to good write-up from the Wall Street Journal.
What if the above is just the small tip of a huge iceberg?
"Health care in America is in a state of crisis. Certain segments of American medicine have been transformed into a dysfunctional nightmare of irresponsible practices, dangerous procedures, bureaucratic regulations, and skyrocketing costs. Instead of healing people, the broken health care system is prolonging people's suffering in too many cases. Instead of preventing epidemics, it is generating them. ...Millions more are suddenly being treated for gastric reflux, at an annual cost of billions of dollars. Who says heartburn can't be profitable." -- John E. Sarno, M.D. (See also Understand Sarno's Mindbody (TMS) Theory!)
If you do a Google search for "iatrogenic death," guess who or what is revealed as the leading cause of death in America?
Basic Success Technique #36:
Text accompanying video (edited): "Psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin devised a technique he refers to as 'Focusing,' which allows individuals to develop a 'felt sense' of their bodily responses to information and circumstances. A key metaphor within this technique is that of 'space'; problems and issues are conceptualized as objects within an imaginary space of mind, separate from the self."
"Our brains and bodies know far more than is normally available to us. We are conscious of only a fragment of what we deeply know. The central nervous system perceives and processes a great body of information that is stored outside the range of everyday awareness... The complex body-mind can provide new steps. Our deepest bodily knowledge can be welcomed and then lived further. Focusing, whose steps are described with care and clarity, taps and articulates new subliminal knowing. It befriends and listens to "the body," a term Gendlin uses comprehensively to mean the total brain-mind environment as we sense it." -- Marilyn Ferguson (Introduction to Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin, Ph.D.
Dr. Eugene Gendlin's
"Focusing" is a profound yet simple technique developed by Eugene T. Gendlin, Ph.D. (philosopher and psychologist at the University of Chicago) to get in touch with your feelings and to allow your body to help you to free yourself from anything you're stuck in by using a special kind of "inward attention" called the "felt sense."
Part One of the book Focusing is called: "Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Body." According to Gendlin, "It will enable you to find and change where your life is stuck, cramped, hemmed in, slowed down. And it will enable you to change -- to live from a deeper place than just your thoughts and feelings."
Gendlin writes, "No longer need the change process be in charge of therapists. People can do it for themselves and with each other... Human problems are by their very nature such that we are each inherently in charge of ourselves. No authority can resolve our problems or tell us how to live. Therefore I and others have been teaching more and more people to help themselves and each other."
From the Fact Sheet: "Focusing is a mode of inward bodily attention that most people don't know about yet. It is more than being in touch with your feelings and different from body work... Focusing occurs exactly at the interface of body-mind. It consists of specific steps for getting a body sense of how you are in a particular life situation. The body sense is unclear and vague at first, but if you pay attention it will open up into words or images and you experience a felt shift in your body... In the process of Focusing, one experiences a physical change in the way that the issue is being lived in the body. We learn to live in a deeper place than just thoughts or feelings. The whole issue looks different and new solutions arise."
The Focusing technique consists of Six Steps:
- Clearing a space. What I will ask you to do will be silent, just to yourself. Take a moment just to relax . . . All right -- now, inside you, I would like you to pay attention inwardly, in your body, perhaps in your stomach or chest. Now see what comes there when you ask, "How is my life going? What is the main thing for me right now?" Sense within your body. Let the answers come slowly from this sensing. When some concern comes, DO NOT GO INSIDE IT. Stand back, say "Yes, that's there. I can feel that, there." Let there be a little space between you and that. Then ask what else you feel. Wait again, and sense. Usually there are several things.
- Felt Sense. From among what came, select one personal problem to focus on. DO NOT GO INSIDE IT. Stand back from it. Of course, there are many parts to that one thing you are thinking about -- too many to think of each one alone. But you can feel all of these things together. Pay attention there where you usually feel things, and in there you can get a sense of what all of the problem feels like. Let yourself feel the unclear sense of all of that.
- Handle. What is the quality of this unclear felt sense? Let a word, a phrase, or an image come up from the felt sense itself. It might be a quality-word, like tight, sticky, scary, stuck, heavy, jumpy or a phrase, or an image. Stay with the quality of the felt sense till something fits it just right.
- Resonating. Go back and forth between the felt sense and the word (phrase, or image). Check how they resonate with each other. See if there is a little bodily signal that lets you know there is a fit. To do it, you have to have the felt sense there again, as well as the word. Let the felt sense change, if it does, and also the word or picture, until they feel just right in capturing the quality of the felt sense.
- Asking. Now ask: what is it, about this whole problem, that makes this quality (which you have just named or pictured)? Make sure the quality is sensed again, freshly, vividly (not just remembered from before). When it is here again, tap it, touch it, be with it, asking, "What makes the whole problem so ______?" Or you ask, "What is in this sense?"... If you get a quick answer without a shift in the felt sense, just let that kind of answer go by. Return your attention to your body and freshly find the felt sense again. Then ask it again... Be with the felt sense till something comes along with a shift, a slight "give" or release.
- Receiving. Receive whatever comes with a shift in a friendly way. Stay with it a while, even if it is only a slight release. Whatever comes, this is only one shift; there will be others. You will probably continue after a little while, but stay here for a few moments... IF DURING THESE INSTRUCTIONS SOMEWHERE YOU HAVE SPENT A LITTLE WHILE SENSING AND TOUCHING AN UNCLEAR HOLISTIC BODY SENSE OF THIS PROBLEM, THEN YOU HAVE FOCUSED. It doesn't matter whether the body-shift came or not. It comes on its own. We don't control that.
You're welcome to find your own best process -- "No knowledge can push you out of the driver's seat of your life. Especially not our knowledge here, which is to be about finding your own process!" Several Focusing Teachers have developed their own Versions of the Process.
Basic Success Technique #37:
Achieve "Actual Freedom"
"Richard Actualist" is the founder of Actual Freedom. We describe part of his experience in our own words. For the complete text, see "A Brief Personal History."
Richard's experience was far more than an intellectual understanding. It was also deeply emotional and visceral, and shook him to his core.
Richard's questioning of life, the universe, and what becoming a completely free human being
entails, started in June 1966 at age nineteen. At the time his body was inhabited by an "identity" with an extensive repertoire of feelings. A Buddhist monk in religious robes killed himself gruesomely as Richard watched by dousing himself with gasoline and setting it on fire.
The monk represented the "spiritual way to peace." Richard was a soldier in uniform, with a loaded rifle in his hand. He represented the "secular way to peace."
This was a major turning point in Richard's life. He had been raised to believe in "God, Queen, and Country." [All false idols ("cultural garbage") he would later cleanse from his brain -- as suggested by Krishnamurti. To make it easier to grasp this, consider what Don Miguel Ruiz wrote in The Four Agreements: "Humans are dreaming all the time... The dream of the planet includes all of society's rules, its beliefs, its laws, its religions, its different cultures and ways to be, its governments, schools, social events, and holidays... We are living in a dream of hell... It is as if we live in the middle of a fog that doesn't let us see any further than our own nose... Children are domesticated the same way that we domesticate a dog, a cat, or any other animal. In order to teach a dog we punish the dog and we give it rewards. We train our children whom we love so much the same way we train any domesticated animal: with a system of punishment and reward... [W]e start pretending to be what we are not, just to please others, just to be good enough for someone else... We pretend to be what we are not because we are afraid of being rejected. The fear of being rejected becomes the fear of not being good enough... We become a copy of Mamma's beliefs, Daddy's beliefs, society's beliefs, and religion's belief... All our normal tendcies are lost in the process of domestication... We didn't choose these beliefs and we may have rebelled against them, but we were not strong enough to win the rebellion. The result is surrender to the beliefs with our agreement. I call this process the domestication of humans... The domestication is so strong that at a certain point in our life we no longer need anyone to domesticate us... We are so well trained that we are our own domesticator. We are an autodomesticaed animal... Our personal power is dissipated by all the agreements we have created, and the result is that we feel powerless. ...[W]e have many agreements that make us suffer, that make us fail in life." [emphasis added]]
Richard was shocked by the inhumanity of what both he and the monk had been doing. The political treatment of "subject citizens" was driven home to him, leaving him with a sick revulsion. He was appalled, horrified, terrified, and repulsed to his core.
Richard later realized that no one really knew what was going on. Nobody was really "in charge" of the world. There was nobody to "save" the human race. He saw that all supposed "gods" were false idols
, figments of feverish imaginations. Richard saw and understood that he was as "guilty" as everybody else. There was "good" and "bad" in everyone. Some people were better at controlling their "dark side." But the "control" vanished during war and "evil" ran rampant.
Richard saw that the world was ruled by fear, aggression, nurture, and desire... and that he had been born with these instincts. He decided to change himself fundamentally, radically, and completely -- to free himself from the "Human Condition."
In September 1981, Richard achieved "Spiritual Enlightenment" after an earnest and intense process that started in the January of that year. His "ego" disappeared completely duringo an awakening to "Absolute Reality." He lived in this "Enlightened State" for eleven years... with an intense conviction that someone had to develop the way that would "deliver the goods" so people could free themselves from the "Human Condition."
Then, in October 1992, Richard achieved Actual Freedom
-- a condition very different from "Enlightenment" and a long way beyond it -- a permanent and actual condition of complete emancipation and autonomy -- no longer any sorrow or malice to rise above or transcend. He is no longer driven to "save the world," yet is free to speak with anyone genuinely interested in becoming totally free from the "Human Condition": sadness, loneliness, sorrow, grief, depression, suicide, corruption, domestic violence, rape, torture, murder, etc.
Among other things, Richard discovered the perfection, purity, and peace of being alive as a Flesh-and-Blood Body that has Come to its Senses. It required Determination, Dedication, Pure Intent, and Perseverance to dismantle his Social Identity, causing a mutation of consciousness.
Richard anticipated that Actual Freedom could spread like a chain-letter, bringing about global freedom and revolutionizing the concept of humanity. There would be a worldwide free association of people, a utopian-like loose-knit affiliation of like-minded individuals, citizens of the world. No more "sovereign states"; no "countries" with artificial borders; no military; no nationalism or patriotism; no police forces; no locks on the doors, no bars on the windows; no judges, juries, or jails; people living together in peace and harmony, happiness, and delight.
But none of this matters much once you live freely in the Actual World. In Actual Freedom, life is experienced as perfect as-it-is here on earth. The universe does not force anyone to be happy and harmless, to live in peace and ease, to be free of sorrow and malice. So the denizens of the Delusional World are likely to continue on their tried and failed ways.
So Richard now lives in peace and tranquillity; beholden to none; no loyalty to bind him; nothing to defend; no need to attack; no sense of mission to "change the world"; not driven by mystical forces to evangelize, proselytize, or convert; yet available to assist anyone genuinely interested in freedom from the "Human Condition." This is an actual freedom. It is possible to be actually free, here on earth, as this body, in this lifetime. (Adapted from A Brief Personal History.)
Actual Freedom (How to Become Free from the Human Condition)
Getting to grips with Actual Freedom is quite a challenge. Some key pages:
Instincts, Passions & Emotions
The Basic Process
The basic process to move toward Actual Freedom is the question: "How am I experiencing this moment of being alive?" (HAIETMOBA).
What is the answer to the haietmoba?
It's is an experiential answer. You keep on asking yourself until it becomes a non-verbal attitude or a wordless approach to life, how you're experiencing this moment of being alive... how you're personally participating in the events which are occurring at this particular moment that you're alive...
You may want to compare haietmoba to Gendlin's "Focusing" Technique.
You could also experiment with: "How does this Flesh-and-Blood Body experience this moment of being alive?" (HDTFABBETMOBA).
Personal Identity Parts
The essence of our Personal Identity System (PIS) is that the Blocks' I/S needs to be expanded to include many more Parts. Note what Kellerman says about certain symptoms being so powerful that they "overwhelm and take over your identity." Your own PIS may include any combination of the following. You may also have "Parts" not listed here:
- Addictor (the Part that causes people to get addicted to whatever).
- Angry Outburster (or Tantrum Thrower).
- Approval Seeker.
- Arrogencer (the Part that manifests Arrogance).
- Baloney-Generator (see Pinker).
- Child-Primitive (see Sarno).
Imagine someone whose Personal Identity System (PIS) includes "Dyslearner" (See Dyslearning & Learning) and/or "Helpless Maker" (an extreme form of the "Depressor") and/or "Quitter" and/or "Self-Saboteur!"
How would it be possible for such a person to make money online?
If such a combination applies to you, maybe help is available, starting with the Why-Can-Do Booster!
- Guilt Tripper.
- Hater (of whatever).
- Helpless Maker
- Mystic (the Part that "protects" you from "harsh reality" by pumping spiritual/mystical/religious ideas into your mind -- if you experience such ideas, you may be able to verify their validity (or otherwise) by using your senses).
- Obedient Slave.
- Offender (when people say, "You offended me," it's their own Offender offending themselves).
- Passive Aggressor (Google "passive-aggressive").
- Professional Identity ("I'm an Accountant, Actor/Actress, Advertiser, Author, Bureaucrat, Businessman/Woman, Comedian, Construction Worker, Cook, Dentist, Doctor, Economist, Engineer, Executioner, Handyman/Woman, Housewife/Husband, Journalist, Judge, Lawyer, Model, Musician, Nurse, Philosopher, Photogtapher, Pilot, Policeman, Politician, Preacher, Professor, Prosecutor, Psychologist, Race Car Driver, Sailor, Scientist, Secret Agent, Soldier, Scientist, Soldier, Tax Collector, Teacher, Truck Driver, Writer, etc." There's a difference between what you are and what you do for a living.)
- "Satisfied with who/what I am."
- Sex Offender.
- Tantrum Thrower (or Angry Outburster).
- True Believer.
- Unconscious Decision Maker (UDM) (see Sarno).
Basic Success Technique #34:
Mindbody (TMS) Theory!
"For fifteen years, my life resolved around my back. I took time off from work, conducted meetings lying on the floor, and slept with ice bags. Could this be psychogenic? I had considered Dr. Sarno's idea preposterous, but ten years ago I was talked into seeing him. I haven't had back problems since. If Dr. Sarno is right about other psychogenic pain, America is wasting billions of dollares. What a tragedy." -- John Stossel, Correspondent, 20/20
"My life was filled with excruciating back and shoulder pain until I applied Dr. Sarno's principles, and in a matter of weeks my back pain disappeared. I never suffered a single symptom again... I owe Dr. Sarno my life... I beg anyone who is seeking a solution to pain to study the amazing and revolutionary approach outlined here. I did and it changed my life." -- Howard Stern, Radio Shockjock
See www.MindBodyMedicine.com and Seligman Medical Institute.
TMS = Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS). Some basic principles:
- Unconscious, repressed emotions can initiate physical illness -- compare to "Kellerman Anger Theory" (KAT).
- TMS is a defense, an avoidance strategy designed to turn attention away from frightening repressed feelings.
- TMS describes the psychoneurophysiology of psychogenic processes: how emotions stimulate the brain to produce physical symptoms.
- The "Myositis" in TMS refers to the physiologic alteration of muscles.
- Real recovery depends on recognizing the nature of the process (awareness, insight, knowledge, and information) -- compare to "Kellerman Anger Theory" (KAT).
- People who are hardworking, conscientious, responsible, compulsive, and perfectionistic tend to be more prone to TMS... and the resulting tension and anxiety.
- Unconscious emotional phenomena necessitate
physical symptoms -- compare to "Kellerman Anger Theory" (KAT).
- Anger and rage are the most important emotions involved with TMS. Rage in the unconscious has 3 potential sources:
- Generated in infancy and childhood, but never dissipated.
- Results from self-imposed pressure, as in driven, perfectionist, or goodist people (internal conflicts).
- Reactions to the real pressures of everyday life.
- Anger is accumulated in the same way a bank account can grow. New anger is "deposited" regularly. Typically, there are no "withdrawals" from the "anger account" and the accumulated anger becomes rage. Rage is the main factor in TMS.
- The brain creates pain or some other physical symptom as a distraction, to prevent a violent emotional explosion. (Repressed emotions constantly strive to come to consciousness -- that is, escape from the unconscious and become overt and consciously manifest.)
- The "distraction symptoms" can include anxiety, depression, fear, obsession, and compusion -- "TMS equivalents."
- Understanding the process involved with TMS is all that's necessary for about 80-90% of patients to recover completely. (Acceptance of the diagnosis is essential to a successful outcome. Once accepted by the patient, the knowledge of what's going on destroys the brain's avoidance defense strategy.)
Book Description from HarperCollins:
The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with the common, virtually universal musculoskeletal pain disorders affecting the back, neck, and shoulders as well as various locations in the arms and legs, in The Divided Mind, Dr. Sarno goes beyond pain and addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mindbody) disorders. These include common stomach and bowel conditions (e.g., gastric reflux, irritable bowel syndrome), allergies, skin disorders, genitourinary conditions, headaches, and many more.
In Dr. Sarno's view, the crucial interaction between the generally reasonable, rational, ethical, and moral conscious mind and the repressed feelings of emotional pain, hurt, sadness, and anger characteristic of the unconscious mind appears to be the basis for mindbody disorders. The Divided Mind traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freud's crucial role as well as his failures. Most important, it describes the psychology of the human condition that is responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. Dr. Sarno believes that the failure of medicine's practitioners to recognize and appropriately treat mindbody disorders has produced public health and economic problems of major proportions in the United States.
One of the most interesting and important aspects of psychosomatic phenomena is the fact that knowledge and awareness of the process clearly have healing powers. Thousands of people have become pain-free simply by reading Healing Back Pain or The Mindbody Prescription, Dr. Sarno's previous books. How and why this happens is a fascinating story, and one that is sure to be repeated as readers experience The Divided Mind.
Some Profound Implications of Sarno's Mindbody Paradigm!
- Many common ailments, regarded by the "medical establishment" as having a physical origin, in reality stem from "repressed emotional and psychological factors" (REPFs)
- The human brain has a mechanism to "protect" us from REPFs by keeping us unaware of them -- they're too severe for us to experience.
- The brain causes physical symptoms to distract us so we don't get consciously exposed to the REPFs.
- The brain can cause physical symptoms by reducing blood flow to parts of the body, and by other means.
- Some of these symptoms can be relieved through drugs, surgery, and other treatments.
- Sarno's "Symptom-Imperative" is most important. If a physical symptom caused by the brain is relieved, the brain simply creates another (substitute) symptom to "protect" us and keep us unaware of the REPFs.
- The solution for an individual with brain-caused symptoms is to understand the Sarno Paradigm, to become aware of the REPFs and to deal with them consciously.
"As psychiatrist and theorist Wilhelm Reich explained it, the personality is created around moments of pain so uncomfortable that they are blocked off. A person's character or persona is thus a chronicle of where he or she has been alienated from his or her self. Ways of coping with psychic pains, which are themselves assiduously avoided, create our individuality -- that's the real reason why the ways of coping are so (boldly) defended. We hang on to our cocooned pain because the thought of looking directly at it seems unimaginably worse than what we suffer living around these cocoons." -- Jennifer Michael Hecht (Doubt: A History)
Sarno's The Divided Mind includes chapters by M.D.s: Samuel J. Mann, Ira Rashbaum, James R. Rochelle, Douglas Hoffman & Marc Sopher in which they describe their experiences with Mindbody Medicine.
In addition, or as alternatives, to the treatment outlined in The Divided Mind, we recommend:
- Kellerman's Anger Theory (KAT).
- Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
- Gendlin's "Focusing").
KAT (if you apply it purely on the information we provide) is free and easy to learn. Use it to "cure your anger!"
EFT is free and easy to learn in a few minutes. You can use EFT to relieve a wide range of symptoms in short order. You can also use it to dissipate underlying REPFs
Focusing is also free and faitly quick to learn. You can use it to both relieve symptoms and to dissipate underlying REPFs.
The great merit of Idenics is that you can make a list of all the "unwanted conditions" in your life -- even those you've suffered from for a long time -- and clear them all up in a few hours!
In The Divided Mind, Sarno relates the case of an engineer who had suffered from severe low back and leg pain for over eight months. He had seen a variety of doctors, suffered a number of failed treatments, and was given recommendations for surgery.
Then he read Sarno's Healing Back Pain. During a consultation with Sarno he mentioned a "major insight about his job," after which his leg pain disappeared. He still experienced some mild low back pain. He went through Sarno's treatment program, and after a few weeks was completely pain-free!
Understanding Sarno makes it possible to grasp why methods like EFT, Focusing, and Idenics can be used to clear up all kinds of "unwanted conditions" in a few minutes or hours.
Sarno's Mindbody Psychology
Chapter 3 of The Divided Mind has the title: "The Psychology of Psychosomatic Disorders." A few highlights:
- As in the case of the engineer above, many apparantly intractable disorders can be cleared up quickly through understanding.
- The human brain includes an Unconscious Decision Maker ("UDM") (similar to Freud's "ego").
- UDM is aware of the REPFs ("repressed emotional and psychological factors").
- UDM creates pain as a distraction to "protect" the individual from having to experience REPFs (particularly repressed rage).
- UDM tends to bypass and override the conscious intellect, without the awareness of the latter. ("...[I]f reason were permitted to participate in the decision it would likely say, "This is ridiculous. I'd rather deal with the scary feelings than suffer the pain."")
- When conscious rage is suppressed, it becomes part of a "reservoir of rage in the unconscious."
- Becoming aware of REPFs and understanding the UDM can lead to resolution.
- Sarno uses "Child-Primitive" as similar to Freud's "id." ("The child-primitive is totally narcissistic, irresponsible, and dependent. It harbors the seeds of violence, lust, and obscene behavior and reacts to the pressures of the responsible mind with anger. It cannot stand the pressures to be good, or perfect, or to take care of others, no matter how emotionally close to those others they might be.")
- REPFs can originate from:
- Painful experiences during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. (Janov would add traumas experienced in the womb.)
- Responses of the child-primitive to both "self-imposed pressures" and the "pressures of life" (including: unconscious feelings of inferiority; a drive to be good and/or perfect; pressures related to work, career, family, money, illness, aging, and mortality (also called "stressors"); and the need to control).
- A "miscellaneous group of unconscious emotions" (including: fear, anger, rage, sadness, guilt, shame, and a sense of victimization and helplessness).
- The "perfect-good drive" has been a significant factor in over 90% of Sarno's patients.
- When a symptom caused by the UDM is "cured," the UDM tends to replace it with another symptom -- Sarno's "Symptom-Imperative." ("Psychic and physical symptoms are interchangable, both serving the same psychological purpose." -- Of "protecting" the conscious intellect from having to experience the "scary stuff" -- REPFs.)
- The UDM may resort to trickery and deceit to achieve its purpose of "protecting" the conscious intellect through distraction. E.g., a tennis player of many years suddenly develops "tennis elbow." He concludes that he hurt himself and he needs treatment. E.g., After a sprained ankle has healed completely, the UDM will cause continuing pain in the area.
- The UDM considers scary REPFs as more dangerous to the intellect than the physical symptoms the UDM causes.
- As a result of Pavlovian conditioning, some patients get the symptoms they expect. ("That's why the most common psychosomatic disorders are invariably the ones currently in vogue.")
We haven't researched this extensively, but based on a news report about the incidence of allergies in the U.S.A. having increased by about 300-400% over a period of about 5-10 years, it's possible that at least some allergies constitute "common psychosomatic disorders... currently in vogue!" The following statistics are from Wrongdiagnosis.com
- Each year more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergic diseases.
- Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, costing the health care system $18 billion annually.
- Two estimates of allergy prevalence in the United States are 9 percent and 16 percent. The prevalence of allergic rhinitis has increased substantially over the past 15 years.
- Approximately 16.7 million office visits to health care providers each year are attributed to allergic rhinitis.
- Chronic sinusitis is the most commonly reported chronic disease, affecting 12.6 percent of people (approximately 38 million) in the United States in 1996.
- In 1996, estimated U.S. health care expenditures attributable to sinusitis were more than $5.8 billion.
- Acute urticaria (hives) is common, affecting 10 to 20 percent of the population at some time in their lives. Half of those affected continue to have symptoms for more than 6 months.
What if many of these allergy sufferers could relieve their symptoms just by reading Sarno?
(Hives is an interesting and mysterious symptom. Google "hives" and you'll find that hives can appear in your skin when you wake up in the morning, and disappear by noon... and later reappear in a different location. The UDM "playing tricks?")
[Sarno doesn't mention helplessness. This could be because of unawareness, or because the TMS therapeutic process automatically relieves helplessness, so it doesn't come up as an issue for Sarno's patients. But think about it... In order for your brain to render you incapable of knowing about your repressed emotions, it has to make you relatively helpless!]
Basic Success Technique #35A:
The book Helplessness by Martin E. P. Seligman contains a theory of helplessness. He doesn't seem to address the "deep helplessness imprints" identified by Janov. (Seligman is also the author of What You Can Change and What You Can't, in which he writes (in contrast to Janov), "Reliving childhood trauma does not undo adult personality problems.")
A basic experiment illustrates the nature of the origin of helplessness (as described by Seligman): A "naive" dog (one that hasn't been specially treated or conditioned) is placed in a "shuttle-box" (a box with two compartments, separated by a barrier a dog can jump). Electric current is applied to the compartment with the dog, shocking it. The dog soon jumps across the barrier into the other compartment, escaping the shock. A second dog, secured in a hammock, is "conditioned" with electric shock. This dog can shut off the current by pressing its nose against a panel. It quickly learns to do this. When this dog is placed in the shuttle-box and current applied, it also soon jumps across the barrier, escaping the shock. A third dog is also conditioned in the hammock. But this dog has no way to escape the shock. When it is placed in the shuttle-box and the current applied, it lies down and whines, enduring the shock.
(Note that in the above paragraph, dog one is shocked in a shuttle-box, dogs two and three first in a hammock then in the shuttle-box. It may be necessary to read the previous paragraph several times so you understand the mechanics of the experiment.)
According to Seligman's theory, the third dog acquired "learned helplessness." In the hammock it learned that no action it could take would change the outcome of being shocked. It learned that the outcome was independent of its actions -- and it generalized this "conclusion." The dog was affected in three important aspects: motivationally, cognitively, and emotionally. In the shuttle-box the third dog was not sufficiently motivated to persist in finding a way to escape the shock. The cognitive link between action and consequence (outcome) had been severed in the dog's brain as a result of the conditioning in the hammock. And the dog had become more prone to anxiety.
Many (if not most) humans have to some extent been conditioned like the third dog. We were all helpless babies... and human babies remain relatively helpless for a much longer time than the babies of most other mammals... Many of us experience a variety of situations where we are helpless to influence certain outcomes -- exemplified by phrases like "nothing is as certain as death and taxes."
Learned helplessness tends to be a generalized phenomenon. When a dog or human "learns" that there is no connection between action and outcome in a particular domain, this is often generalized to other areas of life...
Helplessness, then, can be recognized by:
- Lack of motivation, listlessness.
- Cognitive breakdown between actions and outcomes -- inability to link actions to the consequences they bring about -- also manifests as blaming others or external factors for your situation, condition, and outcomes.
- Negative emotions: boredom, anxiety, frustration, anger, hopelessness, depression (sometimes suicidal).
You could apply this procedure in an attempt to cure your helplessness:
- Recognize your helplessness, lack of motivation, listlessness.
- Recognize that as a baby and subsequently you've had many experiences where you were unable to control consequences or outcomes.
- Recognize your negative emotions: boredom, anxiety, frustration, anger, hopelessness, depression. Acknowledge them to yourself, for example, by saying, "I recognize that I feel helpless, hopeless, and depressed."
- Consciously and deliberately choose to experience any or all of these emotions. Make a cognitive link between that choice and what you experience, for example, by saying to yourself, "I consciously decide to feel helpless, hopeless, and depressed. Therefore I feel helpless, hopeless, and depressed."
- Perform a simple action such as washing the dishes or combing your hair. Observe the consequences or outcome. Form a cognitive link between your action and its outcome. (Examples below.)
- Divide a sheet of paper into three columns. In the second column list both positive and negative outcomes you've experienced during the past 24 hours, including emotions. In the first column write down your corresponding actions or inactions that preceded those outcomes. In the third column write down the causal or cognitive links between actions/inactions and outcomes. Consider only your own actions and inactions. (How to express the causal or cognitive link is explained below.)
- Don't blame others or external factors for anything.
- Pat yourself on the back for all the positive consequences you did produce.
- Do a Google search for: +rats +"learned helplessness" -- particularly read Freedom and the Zek's Ant by Dr. Jack Wheeler and "Blast Through Your Walls With Mental Fitness Nutrition" -- Interview with Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw.
- Some people may experience "low-level moods" or "mood swings" as a result of chemical/hormonal imbalances such as serotonin deficiency. This is addressed in Raise Your Mood Level.
The above section on learned helplessness has been adapted from some of our earlier writings. We now realize that, because of the deeper helplessness imprints identified by Janov, as well certain aspects of "Kellerman Anger Theory" (KAT), some of the above may only become useful to "deeply-helpless" people once they've handled their Core Helplessness.
We use the term "Core Helplessness" to describe a deeper form of helplessness than "learned helplessness." The following aspects of Kellerman Anger Theory" (KAT) -- read the "KAT basics" here --indicate why Core Helplessness is a useful concept that represents a real phenomenon:
- Chapter 11 of Kellerman's book is titled "Inaccessible Symptoms: Those that Resist the Cure, and Why." Some symptoms are so powerful that they're immune to talking psychotherapy. (Kellerman regards medication as the only solution for such cases, however, below we suggest some alternative approaches.)
- An accessible symptom is a symbol for a thwarted wish in the psyche. An inaccessible symptom is so strong that it has become a personality trait.<
- When the symptom migrates into the realm of personality traits then the memory of the who (see KAT basics) becomes separated from the suppressed anger.
- As a personality trait, the symptom is usually so dominant that it swallows the personality whole and becomes the personality.
- Whether a symptom becomes inaccessible and part of the personality depends on 4 factors:
As a personality trait, a symptom speaks a different language compared to that of a wish.
The anorexia symptom is an example of one that can become so strong that it overwhelms the indivual's psyche, becoming a dominant personality trait. Anorexics typically also suffer from Core Helplessness.
- The magnitude of the anger.
- The intensity of the anger.
- The penetration of the anger.
- The duration of the anger.
Kellerman claims that thwarted wishes to have things tend to produce symptoms that relieve tension, while thwarted wishes to avoid things tend to produce symptoms that increase tension. This relates to Eagerness Orientation being healthier than Vigilance Orientation.
From a ""Janov perspective," the Kellerman and Sarno theories are gross oversimplifications. Janov goes all the way back to the brainstem, which after the first month in the womb, can start recording painful traumas as imprints. The brainstem is involved with basic survival mechanisms. Breathing and heart problems can literally have their origins in traumas imprinted in the womb. (Janov calls the brainstem the "first line or level of consciousness.")
"Chronic high blood pressure is a good example of how memory lives within our brain system -- it is an expression of a memory, a neurological imprint, which manifests physiologically."
Janov's "second line or level of consciousness" is the limbic system, including the amygdalae (a human brain has a left amygdala and a right amygdala). The amygdalae can be a factor related to helplessness in that they can cause "shutdown to prevent overload."
Part of the limbic system is the thalamus -- a "relay station" or "central switchboard." The thalamus includes the sympathetic nervous system (controlling aggression and assertiveness -- compare to Eagerness Orientation) and the parasympathetic nervous system (controlling repair, healing, and rest -- compare to Vigilance Orientation).
Janov's "third line or level of consciousness" is the neocortex, "responsible for intellectual functioning, generating ideas, and thinking.
"Essentially, neurosis is driven by lower brain centers that are trying to communicate to the left neocortex but can't because disconnection has occurred, a disconnection caused by the imprint of an early lack of love that spells hopelessness and helplessness. For instance, the limbic system, the brain's second level, is able to react all on its own before the neocortex is even engaged, so we react systemically before the frontal cortex is even aware of what's happening. It is not ideas coming from the prefrontal neocortex that drive a reaction within our bodies and nervous system, but emotional processes that are unfolding neurochemically from the limbic area."
For more on Janov, see Clear Imprints Path.
Before embarking on a course of Primal Therapy, it may be worth checking out The Seven Stages of Primal Therapy and DEBUNKING PRIMAL THERAPY.
A serious shortcoming of Primal Therapy is that it seems to take years. So, are there more efficient and effective ways to deal with "primal imprints?" I don't know for sure, but here's a suggested course of action from which you could select the specific steps most appropriate for you:
Steps to Overcome Helplessness
1. Make a Fundamental Decision to overcome whatever helplessness may constrain you.
2. Examine and Reorganize your Priorities and Time Usage and make enough time available to "complete the job."
3. Implement the Why-Can-Do Booster.
4. Apply the One-Small-Step Booster, if necessary.
5. Use Afformations, as appropriate.
6. Create Structural Tension so the Path of Least Resistance will lead you out of helplessness.
7. Check out Kellerman and Sarno, apply their methods, and determine if they work for you. If you successfully handle all your "unwanted symptoms," then you've found your solution!
8. Seeing that your brain is biochemical, you may be able to boost its power by upgrading its biochemistry. Maybe you can use natural foods and supplements to Raise Your Mood Level.
9. Raise Your Energy Level.
10. Read Janov's Primal Therapy. You can also do online courses from Janov's website.
11. Check out the Daniel Amen book. Apply any of his prescriptions that are appropriate for you.
12. Check out Idenics. Typically, you can handle a long list of "Unwanted Conditions" in a few hours.
13. You may be able to successfully use one or more of the following:
Note that Procrastination may be an important aspect of helplessness.
Basic Success Technique #38:
Personal Identity System Theory (PIST)
PIST ("Personal Identity System Theory" was inspired by the book: Come to Your Senses: Demystifying the Mind Body Connection by Stanley H. Block, M.D. with Carolyn Bryant Block. They describe an "Identity System" involving "Requirements," a "Depressor," and a "Fixer." This Identity System can be regarded as an "Interference System." (Although the book has some spiritual/mystical/religious content, we expect that rational/scientific types will be able to benefit from it, particularly if the spiritual/mystical/religious parts are ignored.)
"This revised edition of Come to Your Senses includes a new chapter describing the Ten-Day Plan that has proved successful in transforming so many lives. The book and plan do not urge you to reconstruct your past, banish negative thoights, adapt new behaviors, or in any way "fix" yourself. Instead, you access your innate wellspring of healing, goodness, and wisdom by learning to recognize and rest your Identity System. A natural body system present in all of us, the Identity System has the ability to numb your sense, clutter your mind, tense your body, and create a false picture of who you are. This false picture becomes embedded in every cell of your body. Ehen you learn to rest the Identity System and come to your senses, your life changes in every way." -- Stanley H. Block, M.D. with Carolyn Bryant Block (Come to Your Senses: Demystifying the Mind Body Connection)
Conceptually, the Blocks' "Identity System" is similar to Gallwey's "Alien Self 1," Gurdjieff's "Personality," and the Zanders' "Controlling Self" -- see Overcome "Interference!" -- Develop Your "Inner Game!" Some main points extracted and inferred from the Blocks' book:
- The goal of the Identity System (I/S) is its own existence and survival.
- Your I/S doesn't want you to change.
- Your I/S causes a closing down or impairment of your senses, resulting in reduced awareness about both your "natural self" and your environment.
- Your I/S interferes with your natural healing and your sleep.
- Two main parts of the I/S are the "Depressor" (motto: "I'm not good enough!") and the "Fixer" (motto: "Imust always try harder!").
- Another main part of the I/S is "Requirements" (e.g., "I should do things right," "I should have more self-control," "Others should be honest and friendly," "Life should be better," etc.).
- When the Requirements of the I/S are not fulfilled, it causes tension, fear, and/or physical distress.
- Your I/S tries to convince you (through its Fixer) that you're a "Damaged Self" who needs fixing. (If the Blocks were to read these pages, they would probably say that our emphasis on fixing Make-or-Break Issues (MBIs) simply stems from the Fixers of our I/Ss!)
- The last Chapter of the Blocks' book is called: "A Ten-Day Plan to Optimize Your Life." It consists mainly of daily practices you apply to "rest your I/S -- involving:
- Waking up and sharpening your senses by paying particular attention to sounds in your environment (that you usually ignore), by touching things and noticing how they feel, by noticing how your clothes feel on your skin, how your body feels sitting in a chair, and looking with more focused attention at trees, flowers, etc.
- "Embracing" your I/S, rather than resisting or fighting it.
- Drawing "Maps" of a wide range of issues and problems.
- Labeling thoughts (e.g., when the thought, "I'm not good enough" appears in your mind, you say to yourself: "I have the thought that I'm not good enough.")
Our "Personal Identity System" (PIS) is similar to the Blocks' I/S, but has many more Parts. Our PIS is also similar to Gallwey's "Alien Self 1," Gurdjieff's "Personality," and the Zanders' "Controlling Self" -- see Overcome "Interference!" -- Develop Your "Inner Game!" We Highly Recommend Come to Your Senses, particularly as a way of waking up and sharpening your senses, and becoming more aware.
We contend that you can make some great breakthroughs by waking up and sharpening your senses -- and Using Your Senses to Discern Reality! (In some areas, like religion and politics, many people use "Subjective Social Agreement" ("what everybody knows"), rather than their senses, to discern certain aspects of reality.)
"Over the years, easily 90% or more of everything I've been taught has been contradicted by direct observation. I suspect that at least a majority of what you or anyone has been taught is likewise contrary to what direct observation will show. Frankly, I trust what I can see for myself far better than I trust what I've been taught or "what everyone knows." How certain are you about all that you've been taught?" -- Dr. Win Wenger ("Master Intelligence Increaser")
There are thousands of "self-help" and "success" books. Typically, the authors are like blind men who discover the tail of an elephant. They may persuade themselves to believe that their "elephant tail" is the "whole elephant."
Unfortunately, many of these books don't work for the vast majority of readers, so the demand remains insatiable -- and one of the biggest sections in many bookstores continues to be "Psychology/Self-Help!"
Our PIS is like a Huge Elephant. The Blocks' I/S can be regarded as an "introduction to our PIS." Many authors have illuminated Parts of the Elephant and how to deal with, and improve, Parts of the Elephant, including:
- Adams: Change Your Questions Change Your Life.
- Berne: Games People Play.
- Block & Block: Come to Your Senses.
- Bloom: The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Foeces of History.
- Boyer: Religion Explained.
- Browne: How I Found Freedom in an Ungree World.
- Burnham & Phelan: Mean Genes.
- Burns: Feeling Good.
- Campbell: Saying What's Real.
- Conway & Siegelman: Snapping: America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change.
- Flippen: The Flip Side: Break Free of the Bhaviors that Hold You Back.
- Gallwey: The Inner Game of Golf, The Inner Game of Tennis, The Inner Game of Work.
- Gendlin: Focusing
- Goldstein: Idenics: An Alternative to Therapy.
- Hall: Unleashed!: A Guide to Your Ultimate Self-Actualization.
- Hecht: Doubt: A History.
- Hewitt-Gleeson: Software For Your Brain
- Hogan: Kicking the Sacred Cow, Voyage from Yesteryear.
- Janov: Primal Healing.
- Jenson: Reclaiming Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Regression Therapy to Overcome the Effects of Childhood Abuse.
- Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses.
- Kellerman: The 4 Steps tp Peace of Mind.
- Laurence: The Hoffman Process: The World-Famous Technique that Empowers You to Forgive Your Past, Heal Your Present, and Transform Your Future.
- Mann: The Economic Rape of America, Wake Up America! The Dynamis of Human Power.
- Maslow: The Further Reaches of Human Nature.
- Maurer: One Small Step Can Change Your Life.
- Mlodinow: The Drunmard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives.
- Nietszche: Ecce Homo, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Will to Power.
- Nørretranders: The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size.
- Oakley: Evil Genes.
- Pieper & Pieper: Addicted to Unhappiness.
- Pinker: The Blank Slate.
- Polak: Out of Poverty.
- Reich: Listen, Little Man!.
- Rusk: Get out of Your Own Way: Escape from Mind Traps.
- Rutherford: Being the Solution.
- Sarno:. The Divided Mind, The Mindbody Prescription.
- Salerno: SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless.
- Schumacher: Guide for the Perplexed.
- Schumaker: The Corruption of Reality, Wings of Illusion-.
- Swift: Gulliver's Travels, A Tale in a Tub.
- Steiner: Scripts People Live.
- Stirner: The Ego and His Own.
- Velikovsky: Mankind in Amnesia.
- Wright: Breaking the Rules: Removing the Obstacles to Effortless High Performance.
- Zimbardo: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.
The way you apply PIST ("Personal Identity System Theory") is to use the above (and whatever else you can find that's useful) to Progressively Remove Negatives and Progressively Add Positives to your life, for the rest of your life!
Be Sure to Have Fun!
Basic Success Technique Technique #39:
Raise Your Energy Level
Simpleology includes some important information on increasing your energy.
In addition to the suggestions in Food, Mood and Money under Mood Levels, we recommend the "Five Tibetan Rites," not only as energy-boosting exercises, but also for their health and longevity benefits. (On Amazom.com, check out: Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth: Book 1 by Peter Kelder and The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power by Christopher S. Kilham.)
About two thousand years ago, a group of Tibetan monks developed the Five Tibetan Rites by condensing 21 yoga exercises into 5 exercises that can be completed in 10-20 minutes a day.
For thousands of years, healing practitioners have maintained that the body has seven principal energy centers which correspond to the seven endocrine glands. These centers are also called "chakras." The Tibetan Rites help normalize hormonal balances between the chakras, thereby improving health, vitality, and slowing down the aging process.
Regular practice of these exercises relieves muscular tension and nervous stress, improves respiration and digestion, benefits the cardiovascular system, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being. The Five Tibetan Rites can be a powerful vehicle not only for enlivening the senses but also for generating and harnessing vital energy for self-transformation.
When all the endocrine glands are functioning in harmony, a person has more energy, more vitality, and less discomfort. Often when one gland is not functioning correctly, so too the other glands are not communicating properly with each other. Balanced hormones also tend to "rev up" Your sexual energy. Also, when the hormones are out of balance, you're more prone to mood swings and illness..
Following are some more benefits that have beed ascribed to the Five Tibetan Rites:
- Enhance bone mass.
- Improved muscle tone.
- Reduce midriff bulge and tighten abs.
- Oxygenate the body; increase your rate of metabolism; means weight loss.
- Drain lymph system -- as they compress and stretch the various organs, glands, and muscles, the exercises help drain the lymph system -- result: You flush toxins faster, detoxing your body.
- Improved posture.
- Flexes the spine -- aids spinal health -- by doing the Tibetans daily, you may experience greater flexibility in your joints and muscles and joints.
- A general "pick-me-up" -- the Tibetans stimulate the reticular activating system of the brain and balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain -- result: You think better and more clearly and can more easily integrate your creativity with your logical rational thoughts.
The Five Tibetan Rites
Acknowledgment: This information has been adapted from http://www.10ac.com/five_tibetan_rites.htm.
Rite 1 - Whirling Dervish
Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal to the floor. Spin around clockwise, until you become slightly dizzy.
Gradually increase (in increments of 2) practicing from 3 up to 21 repetitions
per day, for each rite.
For a recovery posture, click here.
Rite 2 - Neck-Legs Flexion
First, lie flat on the floor, face up. Fully extended your arms along your sides, and place the palms of your hands against the floor, keeping the fingers close together. Then, raise your head off the floor, tucking the chin against the chest.
As you do this, lift your legs, knees straight, into a vertical position. If possible, let the legs extend back over the body, toward the head; but do not let the knees bend. Then slowly lower both the head and the legs, knees straight, to the floor. Allow all the muscles to relax, continue breathing in the same rhythm. Breathe in deeply as you lift your legs and breathe out, as you lower your legs.
For a recovery posture, click here.
Rite 3 - Kneeling Posture
Kneel on the floor, with the body erect. The hands should be placed against the thigh muscles. Incline the head and neck forward, tucking the chin against the chest. Then, throw the head and neck backward, arching the spine.
As you arch, you will brace your arms and hands against the thighs for support. After the arching, return to the original position, and start the rite all over again. Breathe in deeply as you arch the spine, breathe out as you return to an erect position.
For a recovery posture, click here.
Rite 4 - Table
Sit down on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you and your feet about 12 inches apart. With the trunk of the body erect, place the palms of your hands on the floor alongside the buttocks. Then, tuck the chin forward against the chest. Now, drop the head backward as far as it will go. At the same time, raise your body so that the knees bend while the arms remain straight.
The trunk of the body will be in a straight line with the upper legs, horizontal to the floor. Then, tense every muscle in the body. Finally, relax your muscles as you return to the original sitting position, and rest before repeating the procedure. Breathe in as you raise up, hold your breath as you tense the muscles, breathe out completely as you come down. Continue breathing in the same rhythm as long as you rest between repetitions.
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Rite 5 - Up/Down Dog
When you perform the fifth rite, your body will be face-down to the floor. It will be supported by the hands, palms down against the floor, and the toes in a flexed position. Throughout this rite, the hands and feet should be kept straight. Start with your arms perpendicular to the floor, and the spine arched, so that the body is in a sagging position.
Now, throw the head back as far as possible. Then, bending at the hips, bring the body up into an inverted 'V'. At the same time, bring the chin forward, tucking it against the chest. Breathe in deeply as you raise the body, breathe out fully as you lower it.
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Rite 1 - Recovery Posture: Standing, for a few breaths, looking straight ahead (with eyes either open or closed), with the palms of the hands gently pressing the back of the thighs, helps to alleviate the momentary dizziness that is created, by the Whirling Dervish.
Rite 2 - Recovery Posture: This posture produces a fine amount of stretch, which will be similar to the position that is held at the end of the Table (Rite 4).
- Lie on your back, while stretching your legs out lengthwise, for a couple of breaths
- Raise your hands above your head
- Bring the soles of your feet together (outer ankles lying on floor), while resting them on the floor-pull them up toward your pelvis
- Lace your fingers together, above your head; at this time extend your index fingers, into a "steeple" configuration
- Raise the crown of your head, thereby straigtening your neck
- While stretching your fingers and arms, allow your knees to relax outward, toward the floor, stretching the inner thighs and hips
- Breathe deeply and fully, while relaxing.
Rite 3 - Recovery Posture: As you complete this exercise:
- Remain on your knees and bring your toes together, behind you
- Allow your body to flex forward
- With our knees separated a bit
- Rest your elbows together, between your knees
- Place one fist (along the outer "knife" edge of your hand) on the floor
- Place the other fist onto the thumb side of the first wrist
- Place your forehead on your combined fists
- Take 3-4 deep full relaxed breaths
- Allow your spine and pelvis to continue relaxing downward, into the floor
- Feel for the continued stretch, within your spine, pelvis, and hips (ooh, aah....).
Rite 4 - Recovery Posture: This posture produces a fine amount of stretch, at the end of the Table.
- Lie on your back, while stretching your legs out lengthwise
- Raise your hands above your head
- Lace your fingers together, above your head; at this time extend your index fingers, into a "steeple" configuration
- Raise the crown of your head, thereby straightening your neck
- Now stretch your full extremities in opposite directions
- While stretching, cross one ankle over the other (for a couple of breaths), and then repeat, for the opposite ankle
Rite 5 - Recovery Posture: A comfortable stretching posture is pleasant, for the end of this exercise:
- Close your eyes and breath deep full breaths, in and out
- Relax your hands, while resting them on the floor, in their original position
- Gently start to sit back on your heels
- Let your head drop toward your chest
- As you sit back, allow your hands to drag on the floor; providing a sense of stretch to your upper body and down your spine
- Take 3-4 deep breaths, while resting in this stretching posture
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