The Monday Conscious Health Blog

The Culture of Stress

 


 

Middle class people worry a lot about money. They worry a lot about job security and they do a lot of nine-to-five stuff.” 

– Irvine Welsh

 

 

This week, we look at the affects of stress on health from a different angle: our socio-cultural and economic conditioning…

 

 

In my time as a therapist in different countries around the world, the biggest single factor affecting health – more than diet and exercise (although it influences those choices) – is stress. What constitutes stress of course varies from person to person as does conditioning from the value system within their culture.

 

 

As my experience has predominantly been with the socio-economic middle class within these countries I will look at how its conditioning values affect health.

 

 

The bourgeoisie blues

 

Bourgeoise is a French term referring to the rise of urban populations (literally: “living in the borough”) that became merchants and craftsmen and the like – as opposed to rural workers which previously drove the economic motor of society. This have evolved over the years to become what we know today as the middle classes.

 

In Marxist philosophy, the bourgeois/middle classes were driven by the need for “the twin illusions” of material comfort and social respectablity. The upper classes (those from established, multi-generational wealth or nobility) sneeringly referred to them as the ‘aspirational classes’.

 

 

 

While obviously disparaging, it is also informative. The middle class is perhaps the only socio-economic group that appears to view life as a game of snakes and ladders. From their view in the middle, a desire to ‘get ahead’ (climb the ladder of economic and social status) is only matched by their fear of ‘falling behind’ (sliding down into poverty or at least, a lowered status among their peers).

 

The most middle of the middle class can become paralysed into inaction by this fear and crave the comfort of the predicatable, bland and unchanging:

 

“If I don’t stand out, just keep my head down and don’t do anything wrong, I will be safe.” or:
“One knows what one has but not what one may get (so don’t risk anything).”

 

– are prevailing attitudes from this collective mindset. From a health perspective, it is the opposite of growth and evolution and represents a kind of spiritual death.

 

It also shows an enormous fear of the snake and the pitfall into disgrace it represents. I trust at this point that the symbolism of this will not be lost on you. It is no surprise then that this class has also come to represent the dubiously named ‘moral majority’ that attempt (with not inconsiderable success) to push their tastes for sexual repression and wealth conservation (the protected materialism of private ownership) into law.

 

All is not well however in this ivory tower (well, alright, brick and mortar house with a finely edged lawn) of the mind. The pesky thing about materialism is that it is bound to the laws of the material world, which just happen to include, well, us…

 

 

Going, going, gone!

 

 

Here’s the thing. The material world is based upon three main principles. Material things (including us):

 

Arise (or are born)

Maintain for a time and then:

Disintegrate (die) and disappear – from physical existence at least.

 

If one could look down upon the earth through a very high speed time lapse camera, things would appear to be exploding forth from and disappearing back into the earth over and over again.

 

Applied to us this means that, sooner or later – whether by death or misfortune – we will be separated from all our material gains (money, houses, cars, investments, our ‘stuff’, our friends, family, lovers and fellow human beings. This is not a philosophical idea but a guaranteed outcome of our material existence.

 

As David Bowie once sang: “I wish I had a future. Anywhere.” As we look into the setting sun of our life, the defiantly materialistic manifesto of “He who dies with the most toys, wins!” isn’t very comforting.

 

 

 

Releiving material stress

A big part of client stress centres around material loss and gain. It creates a stressful poverty consciousness that never allows us to feel enough and leads to constant, unsatisfied cravings for things we think will somehow complete us and make us happy:

 

 

“If I just had ‘x’ amount of money.”
“If I could just land that job or career.”
“If I just had that house, car, ‘toy’, ‘dream kitchen’
“If just had a life partner.”
“If I could just have children.”
etc.etc.etc

– all of these take us out of ourselves and the present moment and into the constant craving of inadequacy – that we are never quite enough as we are.

 

 

It also means one is constantly putting off the experiences, insights and enjoyments we could be having right now. It is no coincidence that the phrase “He/she bought the farm.” (ie., finally acheived some peace through a long desired material accquisition) is a euphemism for death.

 

Strategies for remaining present in the present

One could choose to become anxious or depressed about this or we could see it as an opportunity to reprioritize our life. We could ask different questions about what we might do with the time we have in physical existence. Some of these might be:

What do I want to experience? (As opposed to having/owning)

What do I want to create?

What do I want to heal?

What do I want to transform?

These questions reposition our anxiety about the future or regrets about the past by bringing us back to the present.

 

Being separated from the present is the root of our dis-ease and many of our diseases.

 

It binds us in the sticky, two-sided flypaper of attachment: What we desire to possess and what we fear losing. It is the proverbial crack in the door that allows in those who would manipulate and magnify these attachments in us. We become bullied and stressed by forces within and without. It is no coincidence that this culture has also been called ‘the consumer society’.

 


Valuing experiences over things

 

Rather than be a cause of stress, the understanding of the entropic dissolution of physical existence can help us to prioritize what is most important and lasting: our experiences and what we become from them.

 

All experience is the proverbial grist for the mill of becoming our authentic Self, free of the craving to be something or someone else.
Life is not a report card that we must produce at our death to some authority for approval. “At least I didn’t screw up!” will not provide much comfort. The acceptance of who we are, here and now, just might.

 

 

Till another Monday that neither gives nor takes but leaves us better for the experience…

 

 


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The State of Play Behind Sufferring

 

 


 

“Behind the clouds, the sun.”

 

It is sometimes very difficult to see the love permeating our lives; to see how every moment, even painful ones, have their own beauty, their own truth beckoning us.

 

In my clinic, I will often have a client come in weighed down by their problems (or at least their view of them) only to leave in a much lighter frame of body and mind.

 

A client commented recently: “I always see people smiling and laughing when they come out of your clinic.” She had started to see a pattern in her own progression in our sessions and had begun to see it in others as well.

 

 

Beyond the illusion of suffering

 

‘Therapy’ of any kind need not always be a heavy serious process that focuses only on our wounds and failures. Insights can come just as easily with laughter as with tears.

 

Even in moments of sadness, if we are paying attention, there is another part in ourselves that is so relieved and grateful to have an issue finally being addressed consciously. It is not really sadness but profound release and relief.

 

I experienced this recently in a very unexpected way chatting to a friend while we were watching the sunset. We touched on an issue surrounding my attitude and assumptions to some past events in my life. An overwhelming sense of sadness, contrition, regret and harsh self-judgement suddenly overtook me and I was moved to tears.

 

My friend just held the space and allowed this to unfold (which by the way is a wonderful skill to possess) as I received insight after insight. Even though part of me struggled against it, another part was blissful that I could allow it to take its place.

 

It brought to mind a story I was told about a leader of a spiritual movement who was having the letters of followers read out during a gathering. Most of the letters were tales of suffering and sorrow. They ask for guidance or blessings during these times.

 

Once they were all read, the leader placed them all one by one in a small fire beside her. Her repeated words while she did this was: “So much love. So much love.”

 

 

 

Not taking ‘yes’ for an answer

 
Things are not always what they appear. If we only nourish the superficial drama we will remain stuck in it. Perhaps most importantly, we will miss the playful, caring light and love that surrounds us while we are busy and determined to reinforce a lesser version of ourselves.

 

Conway, the principle character in the novel ‘Lost Horizon’ used to describe himself as: “…the kind of guy who doesn’t take ‘yes’ for an answer.” Sometimes we can be so identified with our pain and suffering that we refuse to listen to the soft siren call behind it reassuring that everything is and will be alright.

 

Conway later regrets the cynicism that led him to leave the paradise of Shangri la and spends the rest of the story desperately trying to find it again.

 

 


Beyond survival

 

The most intelligent and successful species on our planet exhibit characteristics way beyond mere survival skills. Higher brain animals like apes and dolphins show a sense of creativity, play and humour as well

 

They play tricks on each other, invent games, have sex for pleasure as well as procreation and show compassion to help or comfort each other – even those outside their species.

 

Their success on the planet is expressed not just by surviving but by being able to play with all the elements of their situation, even in the midst of survival pressures.

 

 

One important and oft overlooked sign of higher evolution may simply be the expression of love, joy and playfulness. Mastery of ourselves lies beyond our suffering. So why do we assign such gravitas to suffering?

 

 

 The suffering/wisdom myth

 

Often we are taught that wisdom and maturity are serious things; that they are the qualities of serious people and are demonstrated through a serious, humourless demeanor. Culturally, it is linked to the romanticised notion of suffering in order to gain wisdom.

 

Many a mythical or biblical tale elevates the suffering of its principle characters as somehow noble in an attempt to create a dubious link between suffering and wisdom.

 

But why should suffering be considered noble? On the contrary:

 

One could argue that repeated suffering is not wisdom at all but a form of stupidity.

 

Higher consciousness does not express as suffering but as joy. It shines with a twinkle in the eye, not tears. The greatest people, whatever their respective field of mastery, have always shown the ability to play – even with the notion of their own importance.

 

 


Healing the wound of being wounded

 

Rather than indulging in morbid and masochistic suffering, helplessness and hopelessness we would do better to see our true selves as beings of light and joy. From this perspective, we are never in any real danger.

 

 

While we may experience difficult situations, it is still us, as light beings, experiencing them. From this point we can stop being victimized by our life and begin to investigate it with playful curiosity as to what it is gracefully showing us. After all:

 

It is not what we experience that defines us but what we become through those experiences that truly matters.

 

It is this fundamental shift in understanding away from an identification as a wounded, flawed being and into playful curiosity and a love for Self and others that allows us to break the cycle of suffering and not only heal but express our highest, most evolved self.

 

Till another Monday, where we can laugh at the preposterous notion that Mondays have to mean any kind of suffering at all…

 

 


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Female Ejaculation: a ‘Mystery’ Explored

 

 

 

 


 

“In my next life, I want to live backwards. Start out dead and finish off as a female orgasm.”

Woody Allen

 

 

As many of you know, the majority of these blogs come from common questions and issues raised by my clients in clinic. Some questions relate to a direct health issue but many do not. They address concerns, worries or reflections about wider aspects of life as it affects them.

 

Today’s blog comes from questions from both male and female clients about female ejaculation (a.k.a. ‘squirting, ‘gushing’, ‘fountain orgasm’ etc) and the potential anxieties and misunderstandings that surround it. This is not a ‘how to’ article but a look at understanding what it is and even how it might be part of old, survival mechanisms.

 

Copyright Castlerock Entertainment

 

 

There are varying degrees of misunderstanding around the female orgasm – in particular the ability for women to ‘ejaculate’ under certain types of sexual stimulation. There seems to be a wide range of opinion about this phenomenon – from outright denial that it exists; to thinking it is a kind of urination from ‘coital incontinence’; to curiosity but inability to achieve it for oneself.

 

Let us address the most common questions:

 

 

Is female ejaculation ‘a thing’ – is it real?
Simple answer to this one: yes. Understandably perhaps, reliable statistical information about the numbers of women who have experienced a squirting/gushing orgasm is difficult to obtain. Depending on the survey you read it can be anywhere from 10-50% of women who have experienced or regularly experience ejaculation orgasms.

 

 

Isn’t it just uncontrolled urination (orgasm triggered incontinence)?
No (and yes-ish…). While it is true that the liquid of female ejaculate does contain traces of urine there are two important differences.

 

1. It is highly diluted compared to normal urination and is virtually odourless
2. It contains substances that urine does not – which goes some way to explaining its purpose (more on this shortly)

 

An oft-quoted French study from the Journal of Sexual medicine is somewhat inconclusive due to the small sample number (7 women). However it is illuminating in some areas.

 

The women had to empty their bladders before any sexual stimulation (with a partner or alone) commenced. A sample of their urine was taken. Once they were sufficiently aroused their bladders were again measured via ultrasound and found to have already refilled (albeit in a more diluted form). Samples of the ejaculate fluid were taken, analysed and compared to the original urine sample.

 

So did the ejaculate fluid contain urine? Yes, but quite diluted and odourless along with other substances not found in the original urine sample: prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) and prostatic-specific antigen (PSA). These are chemicals created in the prostate gland by men. 

That female ejaculate contains both traces of urine and PAP and PSA is not surprising given that origin of the fluid is from the urethra, not the vagina.

 

So, to summarise:

 

 

What is PAP and PSA and what purpose might it serve for women?
Prostatic acid phosphatase and prostatic specific antigen are produced in women via the para-urethral glands (that is, situated around the wall of the urinary tract) called Skene’s glands. These glands drain into the urethra and are part of the area known as the female ‘G-spot’ (a.k.a. Gräfenberg spot, named after the German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg).

 

Copyright New Scientist

 

This suggests that it is connected to the so-called ‘G-spot orgasm’. Many (but by no means all) women can experience orgasm through stimulation of the G-spot area – as opposed via penetration that does not contact the G-spot directly.

 

 

Emotional content: why female ejaculation is not urination

 

 

Ask any woman who has experienced an ejaculatory orgasm and see if she considers it the same as urination! That alone should be enough evidence to understand the difference. I think we can all agree there is a very dramatic and subjectively verifiable difference between urinating and having an orgasm.

 

There is a saying: “Women are the victors in sex.” This not only refers to their greater stamina than men due to their potential to be multi-orgasmic without the need to ‘rest and reload’ between orgasms. We now know that there are very distinct and different ways they can achieve and experience orgasm. Among these are via:

 

  • Vaginal (non G-spot) stimulation/penetration
  • G-spot stimulation
  • Clitoral stimulation
  • Anal stimulation/penetration

 

Of course to those sensitive enough, orgasm can occur in more subtle, less mechanically clinical ways as well. After all, many areas previously thought not to be particularly erogenous can become so by stimulating our most erotic area – our mind. But that is another matter outside of this discussion.

 

In addition many woman report that orgasms due to different areas being stimulated are very different in nature. The G-spot/squirting orgasm is often described as affecting the whole body more than by clitoral stimulation alone for example. Subjectively at least, this suggests a different mechanism at work.

 

Female ejaculation: a survival mechanism?

 

Mothers in labour can experience orgasm and ejaculation too. Sometimes it is what it appears to be – incontinence due to the downward pressure of the baby on the bladder – but not always.

As the baby’s head puts pressure on the G-spot, the Skene’s glands can release PAP/PSA into the urethra and, along with diluted urine, express as a squirting orgasm. What practical purpose might this serve?

For one, it increases lubrication easing the most difficult part of childbirth. Secondly it causes a rush of pain killing endorphins and helps the mother to relax. It just may be part of an ancient survival mechanism to aid successful childbirth.

Of course, this is an unproven theory but it is logical and does illustrate the mechanical connection between the G-spot, Skene’s glands and female ejaculation.

 

 

Anxiety about squirting orgasms
Perhaps knowing that female ejaculation is not the same as urination will help some women just relax and enjoy themselves more during sex. While it is true that many have to overcome the initial sensation that they will pee themselves this soon passes and pleasure replaces it.

 

Hopefully their partners are informed about this as well (another function of this blog hopefully) and can be supportive and encouraging.

 

As this has been a rather technical discussion, here is a joke to lighten the confusion surrounding female ejaculation:

 

Copyright BBC

 

Two men are talking. One says he has just read about woman being able to ejaculate with a squirting orgasm. The other silently considers this revelation for a while and then replies: “Yeah, I think I’ve had one or two of those myself!”

 

 

Till another Monday comes whether we intended it to or not…

 

 


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How Intentions affect our Health


 

Yi, Chi, Li” 

ancient Taoist saying.

 

Literally, this translates as “Intention, energy, result”. That is, the software directive of our mind guides our dynamic life force (chi) into action to affect the outcome.

 

 

Which outcome of course depends (mostly) upon the intention. Intentions are creative. The plot thickens when we realise that our intentions can be conscious or unconscious ones. This means that some of our creations may come as a surprise to us.

 

 

Conscious and unconscious intentions and their creations

 

Conscious intentions are easier to understand and chart their cause and effect outcomes. For example, the conscious intention to say, save for a travel adventure or achieve a training or work goal within a certain time frame are quite tangible and measurable. Then, there are the other kind of intentions – those of which we are (not so blissfully) ignorant about.

 

For example, what if we consciously desire an outcome that is sabotaged by an unconscious belief that we are not worthy of having or acheiving it? It may appear as bad luck or treachery. The world may seem to be wickedly unfair and has singled us out for special attention.

 

The more likely scenario is that we ourselves have created and attracted conflicting outcomes. One has neutralized the other like a missile taking out a rocket soaring to the heavens. Both have been launched by us but we are only consciously aware of one of them.

 

 

Why does this always happen to me?!

 

Unconscious intentions and their resulting outcomes are harder to moniter because, by definition, we are not immediately aware of the link. It may only be later – or never if we are particularly resistant to personal development – that we see, understand and learn from our (unconscious) role in creating them. In that sense:

 

All learning (and indeed, personal enlightenment) might be described as making what was previously unconscious, conscious in us. 

 

While we remain unaware of the “Yi, Chi, Li” domino sequences we are constantly initiating, the results may feel less than satisfactory. To add insult to injury we will suffer twice from them: Firstly because of the resulting situation itself and secondly because of our continuing ignorance of our role in proceedings. 1.

 

It will appear to us, to quote a famous fool of our times, as: “Just a bunch of stuff that happened” and we will be doomed to repeat the process. While we are in quoting mode, to quote a friend and colleague about this very subject: “Suffering that is repeatedly endured is a form of stupidity.”

 

 

In other words, we never learn from our mistakes so long as we remain ignorant that we are making them. They appear to come from somewhere else and just ‘happen’ to us. We may even convince ourselves we are simply plagued by bad luck.

 

 

 

 

How unconscious creations affect our health

 

One of the tenants of Conscious Health is that the unconscious is constantly trying to become conscious in us. It will attempt to get our attention by any means possible. We now know that it is just as creative as our conscious mind and its intentions.

 

A common way is to create disturbances and dysfunction in the body. We call these symptoms. If we are particularly resistant to these semi-subtle prompts they can ramp up to fullblown health issues and disease.

 

 

 

 

At this point, instead of asking “Why does this happen to me?!”, we would be better served by asking questions closer to home like: “What am I trying to tell myself?”; “What function is this problem serving or giving me a chance to look at more closely?” or “What in my life do I need to change?”

 

 
A new way to see health and disease

 

Traditional Chinese medicine and other therapies that use the energy-consciousness model see health and disease quite simply:

 

Health is the free flow of Chi.

Dis-ease is some hindering of that flow.

 

When we understand that Chi itself also manifests as conscious (and unconscious) flows of intention we realise its vital link to our state of health.

 

A physical health issue, particularly one that has arisen over time, is not just a physical issue at all of course. It comes with many causal factors like emotional repression, learned patterns – perhaps stretching all the way back to childhood – and dysfunctional habits in diet, work, relationships and many more.

 

The potential for healing is activated as our awareness is finally awakened to the underlying issue(s) and begins to send Chi to the area where it was stagnating. This is why symptom repressing medications only work for while. Unless the root of the problem is consciously transformed it will only repeat in myriad forms.

 

I have lost count of the numbers of clients whom have been prescribed multiple medications for this and that symptom when they are all really related to the same underlying issue. It is like treating each weed flower separately instead of dealing with the roots from which they collectively spring.

 

Then of course there is the considerable extra problem of toxic side effects caused by the medicines themselves quite apart from the original disease. Usually, yet more medicines are then prescribed to ‘treat’ those and the negative spiral continues.

 

 

Collectively, this is called ‘iatrogenic’ disease (ie.,disease caused by a medical treatment for another disease). It is responsible for a staggering number of fatalities every year.

 

 

Not blame but personal empowerment

 

Western medicine is uncomfortable with linking a patient’s lifestyle, mental and emotional state, diet and exercise patterns to disease. The argument is that this creates a blame scenario where the patient is made to feel guilty for being sick.

 

We could (and should) look at it differently however. Becoming more aware of our own role in our situation empowers us to do something about it. We then have the opportunity to not only improve our health but enlighten ourselves a little more in the process.

 

We do not have to keep repeating the spiral of suffering. We can instead use it as the proverbial ‘grist for the mill’ to understand ourselves and our life a little better each time.

 

 

Now that’s not a bad intention to cultivate,

 

 

 

 

Till another Monday finds us a little more enlightened for the experience,

 

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Rivers of Light – a fresh look at meridians

 


“Give light and the darkness will disappear of itself.”

 

– Desiderius Erasmus


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The energy meridians of traditional Chinese medicine may actually be a narrow bandwidth network of low-level light pathways interacting with external and internally generated light energy using the superficial fascia as a relay point to the rest of the body.

 

 

OK, that was a lot to digest in a single sentence so let us break it down a little. It is only recently that we have been able to confirm that our bodies generate low-levels of light radiation – the most easily measurable being infrared light.

 

Conversely, the body’s healing mechanisms respond well to low-level doses of this spectrum. We also respond to different bandwidths of light (such as monochromatic light) and even different coloured light of the same frequency. So what might be going on here? Specifically, what might this tell us about the meridian system and human health and consciousness in general? All good questions but first…
A little context about the meridian system

 

It is easy to become attached to our own views of reality, while forgetting it is only a view. Reality is so large and multi-dimensional that our very human nature simply ignores masses of information – and that’s just the information we already know about.

 

What we do to navigate this daunting jungle is to create explanatory models or stories that make it more simple to grasp and communicate them to others. In the field of energy medicine one such model is the meridian system.

 

The concept of energy pathways that animate a living body has been around for thousands of years. The relative newcomer of Western medical science lacks a software metaphor that might otherwise include the possibility of animating energy-consciousness. As a result it tends to marginalize or even dismiss the energy model while simultaneously making token attempts to research it.

 

They are only token because they are viewing this software system through the prism of hardware – anatomy and biochemistry like the nervous system. Unsurprisingly then, the results are inconclusive. But what if we viewed the meridian system in a different, err, light?

 

Some therapeutic applications of light have made it into Western medical practice however. The use of lasers in delicate surgery, UV light for sterilization, the blue light of humidicribs to facilitate the breakdown of bilirubin in prematurely born babies are some examples.

 

Blue light being used to help a premature baby break down bilirubin.
The undeveloped liver cannot yet do this by itself.

 

 

Acupoints as light receptors

 

The points on the main meridians are actually simple light receptors, mimicking the primitive development of our own eyes, that could only percieve and react to the presence or absence of light.

 

As such they are highly reactive to light. This has spawned non-needle meridian treatments like ‘colour puncture’ which applies low-level doses of coloured light to point combinations.

 

 

The meridian system – a narrow bandwidth interface

 

The meridian system itself operates on a fairly narrow bandwidth in and around the body. If one presses or needles more than a centimeter or so we begin to leave the influence of the meridians and to mechanically affect the muscles and connective tissue.

 

While there is nothing wrong with that, it becomes the provenance of other therapies – from deep tissue massage to surgery – and nullifies the specific utility of the meridian system.

 

Likewise, the points themselves spiral outwards beyond the body. At a relatively short distance away however they become so large as to overlap each other making traditional point and meridian protocols meaningless.

 

 

Again, this is not a negative thing but at that point, another explanatory model needs to account for the therapeutic effects of working off the body. Indeed, many healing methods, including some light therapies do exactly that.

 

There are already people investigating just this connection between the meridian system and light:

 

“The Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Novosibirsk, USSR, in a research project lasting several years, sought to explain how the human body conducts light. They found that the light conducting ability of the human body exists only along the meridians, and can enter and exit only along the acupuncture points.” (click here for the complete article)
The fascia and the ‘living matrix’
Dr. James Oschman has long been a supporter for the scientific basis of energy medicine. He makes the connection between the body’s collective response to stimulii and the vast, interconnected webs of fascia throughout the body encompassing muscles, connective tissue, nerves and beyond.

 

What many consider muscular or even joint pain can actually turn out to be distortions in this fascial web.

 

What is even more fascinating is that the fascia can be therapeutically affected by multiple means:

  • Mechanically: myofascial massage and chiropractic adjustments
  • Energetically: acupuncture, meridian based therapies like shiatsu and non-physical healing
  • By light frequency: light and colour therapies

 

At different times it is prudent to use one over the other. For example, light therapy to an inflamed area may be a better choice than physical massage or manipulation.

 

Although Dr. Oschman’s proposals need more widespread investigation it is possible that the fascial network acts as a mediator/conductor of the energy pathways we currently know as the meridian system. It’s ability to collectively respond to physical and non-physical touch, acupuncture and light frequencies seems to confirm this.

 

 

 

A case in point

 

While visiting Australia this year I was fortunate to both attend and present a lecture at the Australian Light Association’s (A.L.A.) inaugural conference.1 As it turns out, I inadvertently became a test subject for light therapy.

 

The sudden change to warm weather flip-plops for many kilometers of walking after a Swedish winter spent in heavy shoes lead to an inflamation of the tendons in my right foot. Having experienced this before, I knew it would take about a week to subside.

 

I was given a green light ‘pen’ to shine on the affected area (green coloured light in particular is used for inflammatory states). I became immediately aware of the affect of the light, not only on the inflammed area but a series of shooting sensations to connected points and meridians around the foot, ankle and lower leg.

 

After around ten minutes or so, I could move the toes freely without pain or inflammation. By the early evening I was symptom free. This provided for me a very clear connection between the programming frequency information of light, the meridian system and the connective tissue network.

 

 

Light, energy and consciousness

 

 

We have referred many times here on the Monday Conscious Health blog to the connection between energy flow and conscious awareness. How might this apply to scientific principles?

 

While scientific laws, like the second law of thermal dynamics, demonstrate how energy is lost as an object or system disintegrates it says nothing about energy-consciousness entering a conscious, living system.

 

Would it not be logical to assume that when this happens a higher level of integration occurs? In terms of conscious awareness we would say that we experience a higher level of consciousness.

 

At the physical level we would achieve a higher level of intergration and improved function. The chaos of ‘dis-ease’ would also lessen and correct itself.

 

 

The future of medical technology

 

Here is a prediction for the future of the technological side of medicine at least:

 

We will see a shift away from overly intrusive and side-affect producing interventions like biochemical medicines and surgery towards more software-based methods for diagnosis and treatment of physical and psycho-spiritual disorders.

 

One of these will be the use of light and colour. There will be others. To fascilitate this we must incorporate a software metaphor into our medical model. We have already taken it for granted in so many other technological fields.

 

In the body however it becomes the programming language that connects the body-mind and opens up an exciting new world of exploration.

 

 

Till another Monday shines the light on another week of discovery,

 

 

1. For more details and information on the work of the Australian Light Association click here

 

 

 


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Stress Pt. 2: Using Our Illusion


 

“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

– Voltaire

 

 

Last week, we looked at how stress was also a matter of perception and identification (click here if you missed it). The more we perceived stress to be ‘out there’ the more powerless we became to change our situation. Likewise, the more we identified as a stressed person the more likely we were to attract and create even more stress in our lives.

 

swan paddling

 

We also said that stress is a normal part of our reptile brain’s survival responses – albeit poorly adapted to modern life. The more we stress, the more our body adapts to it as ‘normal’.

 

Is stress normal?

We saw last week in part one how we could affect each others stress levels. In a sense we could ‘infect’ a susceptible subject to resonate with our perception of the world as a stressful place of suffering.

 

The institute of Heart Math takes this concept very seriously and has demonstrated how the heart has an energy field that projects out into the space around us. It is very sensitive to the heart energy fields of others as well as being capable of influencing other’s energy.
heart-field

 

This gives us our first practical step in reducing our own stress levels: Be careful of the company we keep. The more we cultivate relationships with stressed people the more stress seeks to become justified and normalized.

 

Think of it as a well-meaning but dysfunctional homeostatic mechanism. When a person is highly stressed their energy field will seek confirmation of this world view. When it meets an opposing view it can feel threatened and attempt to ‘balance’ this energy between both parties. After all, opposition to a world view that we identify with can be stressful as we have invested ourselves in it.

 

If we accept stress as ‘normal’ then so it shall be. What many do not realize is that we have a choice in the matter…

 

 


Case study: The mysterious migraine

 

Many years ago a client came to me complaining of serious migraine attacks. So serious in fact that they often required a house call from her doctor and a shot of morphine to ease them. To be honest, outside of our talks about her situation, I could do little to help her symptoms.

 

A few months later I met her on the street and enquired about her migraines. “Oh, they disappeared.” was her reply. In the hope I might learn something I asked what other treatment she received that helped. “Oh no, I enjoyed our sessions and had no other treatments after that. I just changed my attitude.”

 

This demonstrates how powerful the mind-body interface can be. It also shows us how much of stress and suffering is self-generated. Therefore we must not only be careful of the company we keep but also the thoughts, feelings and attitudes we harbour about ourselves and our life.
Stress and aging

 

Traditional Chinese medicine makes a link between stress and aging. The Kidney/Adrenal gland complex is considered part of the Water element (for more on the Water element click here). It is the storehouse of our vital reserves of energy.

 

These reserves are only used for acute situations:

 

  • To create a life (sexual energy)
  • To save our life (emergency and danger)
  • To heal and recover (disease, trauma, exhaustion)
  • To renew energy (youthfulness, anti-aging)

 

If we allow our stressed, monkey mind to run fruitlessly down too many labyrinths of stress we can deplete these reserves and prematurely age our body in the process.

 

Think of this system as a battery pack. It distributes energy judiciously to keep us functioning at optimal levels as long as possible. If we accelerate this process with false alarms it will not be able to maintain this harmonious balance for long.

 

 

 

The Water element’s control of the bones and marrow, central nervous system (and therefore brain and memory function) teeth, head hair (amount and colour) along with a host of support functions to other areas can all become compromised as we become old before our time.

 

Stress has even been linked to degeneration of telomeres on the end of chromosomes that indicate aging. We can really stress ourselves into an early grave.
So why don’t we just let go of stress?

 

If stress is so bad for us why don’t we let go of it? As we have already mentioned, it is easy to become self-identified as a stressful person. Perversely, it can even afford us a certain status in our peer groups.

 

In part one, we saw how our need to belong to the group caused us to align with the group’s values. In some peer groups, stress is a sign of importance and status. “I’m so stressed!” can also be translated as “I’m doing such important things.”

 

I have observed that in corporate life, premature greying of the hair can be worn as a badge of honour. It implies that the person is working hard and taking on the big, important assignments. By association they are big and important. Our need for status and approval can age us before our time.
Materialism and stress

 

Survival in modern life usually refers to economic abundance. One of the surest ways to trigger our primitive survival stress reflexes is to get into debt.

 

Ironically many people try to releive stress through consuming. The shopping addiction may temporarily distract us from ourselves but it inevitably leads to debt and the ensuing survival stress triggers. In 2016, total outstanding consumer debt in the U.S. alone was $3.4 trillion.

 

That makes our materialistic, consumer society really a indebted, survival stress triggered one. One way to reduce stress then is to stop unnecessary spending, live simply and do what we can to be debt free.

 

 

Using our illusion

 

One of the first insights the seeker of wisdom learns is that we live in a type of illusion. A second insight may be more useful however: We create our illusion. While that may be, err, disillusioning for some it contains an opportunity as well.

 

If we create our (illusory) reality then we can choose to create something positive. Why have we assumed that doom and gloom are any more real or true than happiness and creativity for example? Therefore, it is not so much that the world is stressful of itself. It is more the mental creations we make and associate with a given situation or challenge that determine how we feel.

 

In order to consciously change our stress illusions we first have to stop feeding them:

 

  • Become aware of any negative phrases we repeat to ourselves and others about our perception of the world and consciously begin to remove them. If we nourish and reinforce a negative world view we will make it real to ourselves and attract others to support us in that.
  • Speaking of which, identify and remove yourself from those who nourish and support negativity and stress in you. ‘Misery loves company’. It thrives on it in fact – at our expense.
  • We can investigate our writhing, restless, monkey mind through the practice of meditation. 1
  • Exercise. The byproducts of stress are toxic to our body. The best way to eliminate them is through exercise. This increases the excretion rate of stress chemicals from the body. Modern research now sees exercise, particularly out in nature as a bigger aid to those suffering from depression than anti-depressive medications.

 

 

  • Wean yourself off the debt spiral of materialism and endless consuming. Simplify your life and spend more time with yourself and others.
  • Find a creative outlet. It may be something as simple as learning a musical instrument or doing a painting class. It might be more abstract like redecorating a room in your home or building an outdoor playhouse with your children.
  • Any new positive hobby or activity is strengthened by the company and support of others. Join a group that supports and shares your interests.
  • Create more time to meet people in real life by walking away from your computer. Leave home for a day without a mobile device.
  • Get a pet if you can look after one. The contact and company of pets are big stress relievers. It gives us a focus outside of ourselves. A well cared for pet is always glad to see us.

 

 

Stress out

 

The easiest way to leave stress out of our life then is to choose to. We have far more power over  how we experience the world than we give ourselves credit for. We may live in illusion but we can be creative with it.

 

Till the illusory stress of another Monday is creatively transformed into a stress-free week,

 

1 By a remarkable coincidence there is a meditation class at my clinic this Thursday. Click here for details

 


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Understanding Stress Pt. 1

 


 

 

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

Douglas Adams

 


Stress is a bad thing, right?

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Love versus Pattern Recognition


 

 

 

 

 

I know I was a generic dysfunctional child, but I think a lot of people are.”

 

– Henry Rollins

 

 

An old Saturday Night Live comedy sketch went something like this:

 

A boy is talking to a local policeman. “Officer Johnson, what would be your ideal woman?

 

“My ideal woman, Jimmy? Well, I suppose that would be someone like my mother. She loved me and my father…till she left us for another man.

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The Masochistic Personality and Health

 

 

 

 


 

“The mind, at times, takes masochistic delight in suffering.”

― Saurbh Katyal

 

 

When people hear the word ‘masochist’ they may associate it with sexual deviation where pain is used for sexual gratification. It has less obvious manifestations however. While a ‘masochistic personality’ has never been formally recognised in psychology, masochistic tendencies within our personality can profoundly affect our lives and health in particular.

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Open House this Saturday December 3rd in Stockholm

Welcome one and all to our new Clinic’s Open House next Saturday, 3/12, between 11.00-14.00 (Lindhagensgatan 53. T-bana Thorildsplan. Message me for the door code.) You will get to learn about and test out the treatments Maria and I offer there:

 

These range from physical and non-physical touch and healing to myofascial bodywork, Shiatsu, acupuncture, cupping, and monochromatic light and colour therapies.

 

You will also get to find out about the many exciting workshops that we have lined up for 2017. Gift certificates for treatments and health products like essential oils and organic health supplements will also be available to purchase for the Christmas stocking.

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