Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Body Mirror System of Healing - How It All Works Your Body Is The Mirror Of Your Life
Everything begins with your consciousness. Everything that happens in your life, and
everything that happens in your body, begins with something happening in your
consciousness. Your consciousness is who you are, your experience of Being.
You decide what ideas to accept and which to reject. You decide what to think, and you
decide what to feel. When these decisions leave you with residual stress, you experience
the stress as if in your physical body. We know that stress creates symptoms. The
interesting question is, "Which stress creates which symptoms?" When we are able to
quantify this process, we are then able to see the body as a map of the person's
consciousness, relating particular symptoms to particular stresses and particular ways of
being, in the same way that Type "A" Behavior has been able to be associated with heart
Everything Starts In Your Consciousness
To understand this map, we must first orient ourselves to the idea that the causes of
symptoms are within. While it's true that germs cause disease and accidents cause injuries, it is also true that this happens in accord with what is happening in the consciousness of the person involved. Germs are everywhere. Why are some people affected and not others? Something different is happening in their consciousness. Why do some patients in hospitals respond better to treatment than others? They have different attitudes. Something different is happening in their consciousness When someone is injured in an "accident," why is it that a very specific part of the body is affected, and that it is the same part that has had habitual problems? Is that an "accident," or is there a pattern and an order to the way things happen in our bodies?
You Are A Being of Energy Your consciousness, your experience of Being, who you really are, is energy. We can call it "Life Energy" for now. This energy does not just live in your brain; it fills your entire body. Your consciousness is connected to every cell in your body. Through your
consciousness, you can communicate with every organ and every tissue, and a number of
therapies are based on this communication with the organs which have been affected by
some kind of symptom or disorder.
From - The Body Mirror System of Healing

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Qigong, or ch’i kung, translated means breath work or breathing exercises and we can use it to build up our internal energy or ch’i. We need an adequate supply of ch’i to each organ to maintain good health, but just as important is the free flow of this energy through the meridians.

In China there are Qigong clinics where people can go to be treated with Qigong either by a doctor or as a self help exercise.

The patient learns the Qigong exercises so that self-healing takes place and this is obviously the best way. If however the patient is in no fit state to perform the exercises, then he must first be treated externally. This involves the doctor ‘putting in’ his own ch’i into the affected part or into the whole body.

If we are to heal ourselves we need a normal flow of ch’i, but if we are to heal others we need an extra amount of ch’i. This means that we ourselves must be fit and healthy, and apart from building up an extra supply of ch’i, we must also learn how to put it into others. This is a very simple practice physically but is quite difficult to learn mentally.

In order to heal others with ch’i we must know the meaning of yin and yang and how to cause different parts of the body to become yin or yang by using the mind. Once this is known, usually after many years of practising an internal art such as T'ai chi ch’uan or Taoist yoga, we then have to build up our supply of ch’i and learn how to get it into another person. A Chinese doctor confronted with a mild disease will stand in a Qigong posture for around 10 minutes to build up his immediate supply of ch’i. When he knows that he has enough to give he will either place one palm onto the affected area, use point massage, acupuncture or tui na (Chinese massage). All of these healing arts make use of ‘putting the ch’i in’. The first method uses a point called pericardium 8, near the centre of the palm. This is the healing point and is where the ch’i is able to escape and enter another either for the purpose of healing or in the martial arts. Point massage uses acupuncture points, pressing the relevant ones with the fingers and ‘putting the ch’i in’.

Acupuncture also uses this putting in of ch’i via very fine needles. The acupuncture point is activated by the needle and then the doctor puts the ch’i in via the conductor. This is a more effective way of getting the ch’i in as the electrical resistance of the skin is overcome. Tui na is a massaging technique that makes use of points and squeezing, manipulating techniques.

If someone has to be treated for a major ailment the doctor will fast or only eat fruit for 10 days and practice Qigong three times each day for at least 20 minutes each time. Only in this way will the doctor’s body and mind be strong and clean enough to perform the difficult healing session.

From - Buddhist Meditation - Contemplation of the Mind

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Are you sick and tired of being stressed out?

If you are stressed, you literally are sick and tired. You are in a constant state of hyper alertness.

You feel like your mind can't quit thinking! You're tense, erratic, and feel like you have a hundred things to do all at once, and if you quit thinking about them for one second, you'll forget something.

Or you have a big project due at work, and it's got you on edge.

Whatever it is, long term stress can make you physically ill. Often headaches, stomach pain, back pain or other more serious illnesses are caused by stress.

Although it's impossible to eliminate all stress from your life, you can change your reaction to stress.

It's time for a change, don't you agree?

I finally found a trick that will help you overcome one of the situations that stress causes.

Proper breathing!

Some of the greatest minds in hypnosis agree that one of the easiest and most effective stress reduction relaxation techniques is based on the simple notion of proper breathing.

Most of us are shallow breathers and when we're under stress; our breathing becomes even more erratic and shallow. When you slow down and control your breathing, you immediately reduce your hyper alertness. And in turn you reduce your feeling of stress.

Use this trick to dramatically reduce your stress level:

  • Sit or lie down and close your eyes
  • Place your right hand on your stomach and your left hand on your chest
  • Imagine a blue balloon in your stomach
  • Breathe slowly ten times using the following technique:

*breathe in through your nostrils and imagine the balloon filling up in your stomach

*exhale and allow all the air to flow out of your body

*repeat silently to yourself "relax, relax, relax" and say the number ten

Repeat this relaxation technique again by breathing in, filling the balloon, and slowly exhaling, repeating "relax, relax, relax" again and say "9".
Repeat the exercise again saying the number 8 and so forth until you get to number 1.

This exercise should take approximately 3 - 4 minutes.

This simple program of slowing down, breathing deeply and slowly, and repeating relax; will bring you peace and calm. When you combine this breathing exercise on a daily basis along with self hypnosis techniques for relaxation, you are on your way to reducing much of the stress in your life.

For more information on stress reduction and relaxation hypnosis, visit my website.

Carol A Pounds

I have twenty years experience in teaching and education, twelve years working the in health care profession, and am a certified hypnotist. My goal is to help people keep their minds and bodies in optimum condition as well as give them the ability to achieve any goal they truly desire through the power of their subconscious mind. More original content on achieving your goals posted on my website.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Stress is part of life and in fact the human body has a natural way of fighting stress. However, excessive or constant stress is harmful to one’s wellbeing and is one of the top causes of serious illnesses such as heart disorders, hypertension, and cancer. This is because stress weakens the immune system and disrupts the chemical balance in the body.

A highly effective way to reduce stress levels is to find a stress relief activity that will relax your body and mind as well as give you an inner sense of calmness. The stress relief activity or activities that you choose should be simple and easy to do. Otherwise, you may not have the energy to go through with it.

Stress is often the result of overworking or spending too much time and energy on a task. Thus, a stress relief activity is intended to distract you from your daily work grind or take your mind off work for a short time every day to give your body time to relax and recover from stress.

A simple but effective stress relief activity is walking. Get out of the building or your home and walk around a couple of blocks or do a quick stroll in a nearby park just to refresh your mind. If you cannot leave your workplace, listening to music is a great alternative stress relief activity. While people have different tastes in music, classical music or instrumental music are the ones recommended for relaxation. Oftentimes, just having a coffee break with friends and talking about other things aside from work is a good enough stress relief activity.

If you are working from home or you are a stay-at-home parent, meditation is an ideal stress relief activity for you. Take some time off from your tasks and go to a quiet place in the house. This stress relief activity can also work for office workers and students if they can find a suitable place to meditate. Meditating is simply being still both physically and mentally for a few minutes, from 5 to 20 minutes or more depending on your preference.

Sit comfortably on a chair or on a mat on the floor. Make sure your back is straight. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Keep other thoughts away from your mind. Take deep, long breaths through your nose and each time you inhale, hold your breath for 3 seconds and then exhale slowly. Just keep doing this until you feel relaxed.

There are many other activities for stress relief including writing, stretching, gardening or doing some other hobby. The key is to find the stress relief activity that will suit you and will easily fit into your daily routine.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Yoga is more than a physical discipline of keeping fit. It's an ancient concept, and has a lot to do with the philosophical and the spiritual. Various types of yoga are being taught and practiced in today’s world and it is very important to choose the correct type of yoga. Each type has its own philosophies and practices. Some styles of yoga are meditative and focused on spiritual centeredness. Other styles of yoga are more physical and based on poses or exercises. Yogas that are more physical are called Asanas. Hatha yoga is a popular type; it focuses on breathing control. Mantra yoga focuses on chanting and can be a very spiritual practice. Power yoga is great for building stamina and strength. At any rate they all seem to provide similar benefits for your mind and body.

The varieties of poses flow one into another, always breathing through the nose. Kundalini yoga aims to awaken the potential energies at the base of the spine (Symbolised as a coiled snake) and direct this energy upwards through the spine and the Chakras thus bringing about increasing degrees of enlightenment. Bikram Yoga is the method of yoga that is a comprehensive workout that includes all the components of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular flexibility and weight loss. Ashtanga, or power yoga, is designed to build strength and endurance. It is an aggressive workout where you move quickly from one pose to another. Ashtanga is for you if you're looking for a tough, physically challenging workout.

Mantra Yoga involves the practice of chanting words or phrases repeatedly either aloud or internally thus influencing the consciousness. Jnana yoga is another popular type of yoga. This type of yoga generally emphasizes on mind in order to discern the mind. The main goal of Jnana yoga is to make an effort eternally to know, to understand and to explore more and more knowledge. Kriya Yoga is a very systemised form of yoga from the Tantras. Kriya yoga increases concentration and leads to meditation and ultimately to enlightenment but this is done more through awareness than pure concentration. Iyengar yoga is best type of yoga for beginners and for those who have not exercised at all. One can even use pillows and chairs to balance in case of lack of flexibility and if one is suffering from joint or back problems.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Stress is often referred to as the curse of modern era. Meditation is one of the proven methods for stress management. Meditation is a natural healing therapy, famous for its multifarious effects on a person. The routine practice of meditation therapy in the daily life has been seen to remove most of the ill effects of stress. The reasons of stress include busy schedules, change in working patterns and revisal of the relationship concepts. However stress management techniques are given much importance because of the serious impact of stress in the physiological, psychological and social aspect of the person. The relevance of meditation in stress management is mainly due its capability to provide alleviation to the effects of the stress.

Meditation is primarily a concentration technique, in which you focus to provide relaxation to mind. The relaxation of the mind is the basic necessity of stress management. Meditation is not a new technique; it prevails from ancient times as the method to bring tranquility to the mind. The increased acceptance of meditation in stress management is mainly because of the scientific evidence that support its effectiveness in that area. Experiments have shown that meditation will shift the brain waves from the right frontal cortex to left front cortex, which helps to change the mind from a tensed condition to a calmer state. With this practice, the body can switch the brain waves to resting alpha state or relaxing theta state and the stress inducing endocrine secretions such as cortisol and adrenal hormones can also be suppressed. The secretion of endorphins is also substantiated, which is a natural stress and pain reliever.

You can manage your stress through meditation effectively by including it in your daily routine. There are many different types of meditation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, concentrative meditation and transcendental meditation. Meditation practice is simple irrespective of the technique and requires only 15-20 minutes daily. It will be an effortless procedure and does not require any other probes to perform the meditation. To begin your meditation, simply sit or lie down and concentrate on a particular object or your breath.

Meditation is actually referred to as a fourth state of consciousness and regular attainment of the state will reflect in your outlook about the life positively. Not only your mind, but the body is also well maintained by the meditation. Meditation will reduce the psychological symptoms of stress such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks. This will provide behavioral and social changes, which will make you more creative and boost the talents to increase productivity.

The regular practice of meditation will help to manage stress as well as to avoid stress inducing situations. The natural enhancement of talents and mental capability will help for better planning, time utilization and proper management of the situation.

Monday, August 18, 2008

When you slow down to examine and experience your consciousness, you will discover that there are no hard, rigid or definable edges. Your consciousness is a vast, open space in which your thoughts come and go without making waves, albeit, as long as you let them go by neither attaching to them nor repressing them.

As you notice your thoughts form and let them go, you can breathe deeper and more easily, thus noticing that your body is more open to the breath as it relaxes with your mind. Thus, the space you recognize through meditation creates space in your body, allowing you to feel lightness and a connection to the universe.

Your mind and body are interconnected, and the condition of one affects the condition of the other. This is precisely why meditation is a powerful tool for healing the body, as powerful as physical therapies. When your mind is cluttered with thoughts, information, plans and a plethora of worries, your body responds by taking some kind of action. When your body has clear direction from your mind, it knows what to do, but a cluttered, unfocused mind creates a confused, tense body. Your muscles tighten, your breath quickens and you find yourself feeling constricted without knowing why.

When meditating, you let your body know that it is okay to be still and rest. This is a clear directive from your mind, and the body recognizes exactly how to respond. Thus at the beginning, you have created clarity for your body and mind. As you move deeper into meditation, the state of your mind reveals itself. You then have the opportunity to consciously settle it. Your thoughts settle down peacefully if you provide yourself with enough space, and your body will follow.

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, "101 Great Ways To Improve Your Life." Dr. Dorothy has the unique gift of connecting people with a broad range of profound principles that resonate in the deepest part of their being. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one's daily thoughts and feelings.