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Mind The Health of Your Body

Physical Health Contributes to Mental Ability

If you have come to this website, it is likely that you are interested in your mind, in healing it, improving it, and making it work for you in new ways. You may not be so concerned about your body (beyond basic functionality and perhaps some cosmetic concerns). However, mind and body are, in fact, intricately, inextricably connected [1]. The one does not work separately from or at the expense of the other – quite the reverse! If you wish to improve your mind, it can really, really help to improve the health of your body in the process.

What is the problem with Dichotomous Thinking?

There is a bit of a problem in the modern world with Dichotomous Thinking [2], or ‘black and white thinking’ – i.e. seeing things as working in opposition to one another, rather than as the interconnected whole the world actually is. This is particularly evident in our attitude towards body and mind. Picture, if you will, somebody with the ‘perfect body’ – someone strong, someone fit, someone who puts a lot of effort into making their body the best it can be. Now picture someone with an excellent mind – someone who enjoys learning, who knows a lot, an intellectual.

We’re willing to bet that the ‘perfect body’ person you pictured came with a certain set of assumptions  – most prominent among them being that they aren’t particularly bright [3]. Similarly, your ‘excellent mind’ person probably was not a prime physical specimen. This shows just how dichotomised our thinking about body and mind actually is. We assume that those with good bodies are ‘dumb jocks’, or otherwise deficient in the brain department. And we assume that intellectuals are physically weak, or unattractive. It’s as though we somehow believe that building physical health comes at the direct expense of mental prowess, and vice versa. In fact, the absolute opposite is true [4].

How are We Interconnected Humans?

The brain is an organ like any other. It requires nutrients, good circulation, oxygen, and hydration. Quite simply, the better able your body is to supply these, the better able your brain is to do its job. The same is true of your body. Your mental state has a huge impact on the state of your body – either by raising or reducing motivation and willpower to exercise and eat healthily, or by actively lowering things like immune response (it is proven, for example, that stress and depression have a negative impact on your body’s ability to fight off disease [5]). Take conditions like alcoholism, for example. Alcoholism is a mental illness which has an enormous impact upon the body, and which requires both physical and mental approaches to treat it effectively [6]. As such, anyone wanting to improve their mind must simultaneously start taking their physical health seriously. To concentrate solely on the more cerebral and psychological aspects of self-healing and self-improvement is to miss out half the picture.

What Can We Do to Increase the Health of Our Minds?

So, in order to reach your mental potential, you must treat your physical self with respect. This means making certain sacrifices, and taking up certain initiatives. As a general rule, what’s good for the heart is good for the brain. So, eat plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables, and try to avoid over-processed or sugary foodstuffs. Keep yourself well-hydrated, and don’t overindulge, calorie-wise. Try and exercise as much as you can. Exercise outdoors is particularly effective, as being within natural surrounds is proven to enhance your mental health and intellectual capabilities [7]. Exercise such as walking and yoga can also be combined with meditation, providing a ‘double whammy’ of benefits for both body and mind. All in all, it’s a good idea to make a full-scale effort to change all areas of your life, in order to bring the full benefit in the area you desire.

post written by Anne Ball


[1] Kings College Hospital, “Understanding the mind-body link”

[2] Harvard, “Cognitive Biases (Cognitive Distortions)”

[3] Andy McGlashen, Deborah Feltz, “Fighting The ‘Dumb Jock’ Stereotype”, Michigan State University, Apr 2013

[4] Patti Neighmond, “What’s Good For The Heart Is Good For The Brain”, NPR, May 2016

[5] American Psychological Association, “Stress Weakens The Immune System”, Feb 2006

[6], “How to Detox from Alcohol”

[7] Mark Kinver, “Green spaces have lasting positive effect on well-being”, BBC, Jan 2014

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How to Make Life or Death Decisions: Psychology of the Average Driver

According to my personal observations and studies done by University of Zurich’s Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research, Charité’s Bernstein Center for
Computational Neuroscience, Neurobiology Department at Duke University School of Medicine, UC San Diego with collaborators at Oxford University, MIT Linguistics professors, Carleton University, and a collaborative of U.S. researchers, I would like to offer advice that might keep you alive through your next decision.

As you exsanguinate this article for info, please keep in mind that I could have gone with any of the following life or death decisions as a title:

  1. How to Drive Your Kids to School
  2. How to Walk in the Middle of Central Park Late at Night
  3. How to Go Shopping at a Convenience Store Late at Night
  4. How to Work at a Convenience Store Late at Night
  5. How to Play Go Pokémon Go in the Middle of a Freeway
  6. How to Be a Hospital In-Patient
  7. How to Vote for the Next President

That seventh title is a trick title. Although there is a slim chance of your dying from picking the right/wrong president, others have already died under different presidents. The economy, health care, and the U.S. Constitution as We the People first knew it have died with the most recent presidencies. Some people say that We the People must change with the times; we’re going to examine that in this article.

Of course, you must realize that I’m here to discuss the “umbrella” which encompasses all things economic, health, political related and beyond. I’m here to discuss your mind, the minds around you, and the decisions we make that could have life or death consequences at any moment for you and your loved ones.

Where do I get my personal life or death observations?

Unfortunately, this is the easy part. The average driver on our public roads is attached to a one ton extension of his/herself – and people drive the way they live. I have seen enough near hits, hits, full on total collisions into accordionesque heaps, wherein people have escaped, limped away, been dragged, carried away in meat wagons, or covered in white sheets to realize that the average driver is in a “zombified” mental state.

When I say “zombified,” I mean that there is less thought processing than should be going on at the baser level – if it’s not road rage – since the average driver is not being careful and considerate of the people around him. Albeit, I have also seen drivers bounce off of curbs then drive on as if nothing happened, wherein, they could just as easily have killed someone.

When I say “average,” I mean the people NOT reading this article because they are too busy being “zombified.”

Coincidently, the Socionomics Institute recently syndicated the article, Social Mood Governs Speed Limits, Auto Design, and Traffic Fatality Levels, wherein there are less traffic fatalities during bear markets. Although we are in a bear market as of this writing, and, presumably, there are less traffic fatalities, this doesn’t necessarily mean there are less life or death decisions being made:

Social Mood vs. Car Fatalities

It looks like more people are dying with changing times according to the market. What the bear market drop in fatalities might mean is that more drivers are being mindful of their decisions and actions of those around them because they have less money in their banks to pay car insurance, court fees, or whatever else. Bear markets tend to make people less emotionally secure from an economic stand point.

But there exists a separate issue that even clouds the judgement of an otherwise bear-market driven, careful person: Toxins that cross the blood/brain barrier. Most people imbibe these toxins willingly, the same toxins that impair decision making processes. With their decision processing impaired, these same people have no problem with getting into their cars and turning them into 2000 pound weapons.

You’re probably familiar with OTC drug warnings: “Do Not Drive Under the Influence,” but of the prescription drugs, the most egregious and ubiquitous are anti-depressants taken especially during bear markets.

Does this mean more drivers are under the influence during bear markets? I don’t know. But as an FYI, most of us are under the influence of toxins that cross the blood/brain barrier.

Mercury in fish? Yes that’s one, but we’re not eating fish all the time. Fluoride? Yes. Fluoride is a key component in certain drugs like anti-depressants because it facilitates crossing the blood / brain barrier. As a result, We the People should be asking questions about certain things, but don’t such as:

  • Do people flush drugs into the public sewage system? Yes.
  • Do water recycling / processing plants remove drugs from public water supplies? No.
  • Do We the People allow artificial fluoridation of our public water supplies? Yes.
  • Do the acids, bases, salts, and ions of fluoride in our public water supplies cross the blood / brain barrier? Yes.
  • Do all these forms of fluoride in our public water supplies combine with further drugs to affect us? (Answer that if you want in the comment section.)

Before this article degenerates into yet another public health hazard warning of something that’s been used on us for nearly a century including all the toxins in our food supply and the air, I will leave a few items of study to help you understand artificial fluoridation: The Invisible IQ Lowering Drug Most Americans Consume Daily, A Bibliography of Scientific Literature on Fluoride. (I would point you to articles at the poison spectrum, but I didn’t optimize it for mobile devices yet.) We the People have allowed this key, mind numbing toxin for nearly a century to affect our lives. Therefore, I could add one more life or death decision title:

  1. How to Take Drugs to Affect Your Life or Death Decisions

According to the above graphic, the number of traffic fatalities in 2010 dipped to an all time “low” of just under 40,000 in 2010. Some sociologists and statisticians would argue that number is just about right since this includes human population growth along with cars and road expansions. To me, that all time “low” figure speaks volumes of something wrong.

Fortunately for you, I am NOT a mind “expert;” this means I don’t suffer from over confidence. I believe that I am correct in my observations as a student and that experts confirm what I observe with their clinical studies, but I am not convinced that I am more right than anyone else like a lot of “experts” out there. Ergo, let’s cover the subject of cognitive biases of which over confidence is one.

How Our Cognitive Biases Lead to Life or Death Decisions

Below, I would like to share one of my favorite infographics with you: 20 Cognitive Biases that Screw Up Your Decisions,


This infographic is not exhaustive, but it’s entertaining. Imagine all the cognitive biases that one person can have. Of the 20 mentioned here, I would say that I have five including the placebo effect. Sometimes a bias can be good, like the placebo effect; to me this means I don’t have to spend money on drugs.

Of these 20 biases, I would say the top 6 which causes the average driver to make life or death decisions are:

  • Salience – Explained perfectly within the infographic. Although the average driver makes life or death decisions on a regular basis, he/she would prefer to believe that a terrorist bomb or psychotic gunman would more likely get them some day.
  • Bandwagon Effect – Including salience, the average driver believes that all other drivers on the road – and the rules of the road for that matter – are inconvenient barriers; these barriers must be overcome in order to reach their destinations as conveniently and in as little time as possible.
  • Overconfidence – Not necessarily confidence in themselves as competent drivers, but in the drivers around them to adhere to the rules of the road and get out of their way because, “no one else could possibly have deadlines more important than mine.”
  • Ostrich Effect – The average driver refuses to acknowledge the possibility of a fatal situation induced by their deadly driving habits; they are more likely to point their finger at others including “back seat drivers” screaming for their lives.
  • Selective Perception – This bias goes hand in hand with a wholesale inability to predict the actions of others – even when all the body language is there. At Constructs of Belief, I discuss in detail how our positive or negative hallucinations are based upon our Emotional Securities. Not only is the average driver over confident in the next driver’s movements in order to maintain their emotional security, the average driver actually perceives others getting out of their way – rather than acknowledge reality – until it’s too late.
  • Outcome Bias – If the average driver (and his car) lives another day through all of their above biases, then they will simply repeat the same – until it’s too late.

Since a person can suffer from any number of cognitive biases as a result of cultural / personal upbringing, family / life / traumatic experiences, drug induced perceptions, etcetera, let’s apply an umbrella term that I happened upon in a Study: Kids have ‘and/or’ problem despite sophisticated reasoning. Please see this term under “What adults do: the two-step:

.., adults compute “scalar implicatures,” a technical phrase for thinking about the implications of the logical relationship between a sentence and its alternatives…

Therefore, instead of saying that the average person has all these different mental problems from all these traumatic life experiences or that a person is “well balanced” because of their “normal” life experiences, let’s just say that the average driver “computes scalar implicatures;” computing scalar implicatures could not possibly only apply to communications or syntax. Why? How can a person change their system of logic simply because they are communicating as opposed to driving? Please tell me in the comment section.

Until anyone can convince me otherwise, people drive the way they live – and the average driver is dangerous making life or death decisions for themselves and the people around them. WE all compute scalar implicatures in our own special way. But when the average driver “thinks” about any implications of their actions, it’s thinking that’s already been done a while back rather than thinking / reacting in real time.

Undeveloped Kids with their and/or logic are a stark contrast to adults who believe that the red light also means “go” because, in that moment, they saw “green” or that stop signs are “invisible” as long as there are no other cars or a one way arrow on the road means they can still drive in the opposite direction because they “saw a bicyclist do it.”

How Self Controlled Adults Avoid Life or Death Decisions

Unless you are an emergency worker of sorts who must make life or death decisions in your line of duty, you, as a self controlled adult, tend to precipitate good, safe situations with equal reactions from the people around you. As a self controlled adult, you have friends and family who feel safe around you as a responsible adult. As a result, they depend on you.

According to the study cited at the article, How brain maturation changes uninhibited teens to self-controlled adults:

..In the adults, the researchers observed an increase in baseline neural activity, even before the appearance of a cue. This was a significant finding, because low levels of baseline activity – as observed in adolescents – are predictive of errors. The researchers believe that this baseline neural activity is related to the preparation of a response, which is critical to inhibitory control…

That bit of information is very telling. Isn’t it? This study explains how kids make mistakes. But how does it explain an adult driver who shoots out from a driveway into busy traffic as if noone else is there?

I have observed this at least 100 times, enough to tell you from the dull looks and glazed over expression on their faces that there is an extremely low level of baseline neural activity. Either that, or there are an amazing number of people out there who know how to put on a poker face when they pull life or death, bone head maneuvers.

To me, it doesn’t look like there are any computations of scalar implicatures, or any computations, period. That person looks zombified – most of the time. If there are computations, I figure there are one of three things happening when the average driver incites a bone head maneuver:

  1. The driver believes that he owns the road or, at least, is more important than everyone else, therefore everyone else should get out of his way, especially when he’s had a bad day.
  2. The driver believes noone else is on the road, therefore he can drive free and clear whenever / wherever he chooses.
  3. The driver believes that cars bounce safely off each other or even flow like water with no harm done, therefore, he can drive with wreckless abandon.

Reason number one is akin to road rage. In all likelihood, computations are still required for the preconceived notions involved with reasons two and three. If the dull, glazed over expressions in the average driver are real, then there is only one real conclusion: No computations are being made at all because of the low level of baseline neural activity in the average driver.

Are blood / brain barrier toxins involved with that low level activity? It’s possible. I leave that to my readers to research. Please comment below on your findings.

How Stress Affects Our Life or Death Decisions

This one is no joke because stress affects all of us – especially people with that low level of baseline neural activity. The following is an excerpt from How stress can tweak the brain to sabotage self-control:

..The investigators say that their study indicates that even moderate levels of stress can impair self-control. “This is important because moderate stressors are more common than extreme events and will thus influence self-control choices more frequently and for a larger portion of the population,” says senior author Todd Hare…

Most people in modern day society are under moderate levels of stress – especially when they are driving. Some people, present company included, can handle stress better than most. I recall stopping behind a car that was supposed to be getting on the freeway; it never moved, yet the car was running. There was a line up behind me, so I decided to bypass this car. Lo and behold, I saw a woman behind the wheel who gave me a dirty look as if I wasn’t supposed to do that.

Do I feel sorry for someone like that? No. I like the old saying, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” And that woman probably shouldn’t be driving at all. Public transportation exists for people can’t take the stress of driving, yet the average driver has a wholesale inability to handle even moderate levels of stress; there’s just not that much offered in “modern” western culture that helps the average person handle stress.

Yes, there are meditation classes being offered in the corporate and adult education environments. Yes, there are exercise classes and support groups that help people handle stress. But the irony is that the people who have patience for these activities already have the resiliance to handle stress, while the people who don’t have patience for these activities have little to no resiliance to handle stress. Catch-22.

In our “modern day,” convenience oriented, instant gratification culture, patience and resiliance has been bred out of the average driver – which is why the average driver turns to nicotine, maryjane, or whatever sedative is available to “take the edge off” instead of taking time to learn how to relax and think clearly; that’s the culture of the average driver.

In that fold, here’s another title for this paper:

  1. How to Be Stressed to Make Life or Death Decisions

I’m sure there are those of you have have observed the result of other drivers under stress with low levels of baseline neural activity. Please put your observations in the comments section, but try to keep the horror to a minimum.

Speaking of horror, there is yet another characteristic of the average driver that “drives” them to borderline criminal behavior.

How to Make Life or Death Decisions During the Crash

Part of the Bandwagon Effect is that noone wants a car crash. The average driver takes that understanding a few steps further; since he fully realizes that he doesn’t handle stress very well and his driving habits are as “balanced” as he is, he prefers to drive a big car.

The average driver prefers to drive a big car because he/she doesn’t want to get hurt. In the back of their minds, they know their ungainly driving habits just might end up in a car accident, but they want to live to tell about it – never mind the other guy. If the other guy is not also driving a big car, “that’s their tough luck.”

Ironically, confident drivers usually invest in smaller economy cars or luxury cars; these cars might as well have targets painted on them because they are like “red capes being waved at a bull.” Although the average driver does not want a car crash, they also have low levels of baseline neural activity. In that backs of their minds are very few computations, if any, in the form of: “I don’t want to crash, but just in case, that other car would make a nice, soft landing for my big SUV…”

Here is an excerpt from Do we have free will? Researchers test mechanisms involved in decision-making in which a team of researchers from Charité’s Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience using state-of-the-art measurement techniques, tested whether people are able to stop planned movements once the readiness potential for a movement has been triggered:

“..Our study now shows that the freedom is much less limited than previously thought. However, there is a ‘point of no return’ in the decision-making process, after which cancellation of movement is no longer possible…”

Unfortunately, that study also proves that there is a ‘point of no return’ for the average driver – and they know it, so they like to prepare themselves for it – never mind the other guy. Sometimes, the average driver gets crazy and can’t stop themselves. Now, that’s real road rage, especially when they discover that people don’t want to get out of their way:

How to Let Artificial Intelligence Make Life or Death Decisions for You

Speaking of state-of-the-art, the mouths of average drivers are watering for self driving cars. Google’s self driving cars are constantly buzzing around here in Silicon Valley like so many busy bees. The problem is that self driving cars have inherent problems; they can’t see everything. Even after the horrible, self driving Tesla accident, average drivers are still looking forward to having personal cybernetic chauffeurs.

Obviously, this would remove the stress of driving like public transportation, but they are also inviting a new cognitive bias (#14 from the list):

  • Pro-innovation Bias – When a proponent of self driving cars tends to over value its usefulness and under value its limitations.

I’m guessing that pro-innovation bias includes over-confidence in the technology among other computed scalar implicatures. The problem is the average driver wants to treat self driving cars like a cybernetic chauffeur; they want remove that stress from their lives to pay attention to other things according to their baseline neural activity – like that Tesla driver did.

The study cited at Plans for self-driving cars have pitfall: the human brain, has concluded that the average passenger, not “driver,” of a self driving car would NOT be able to react fast enough in a sudden life or death situation; they would be too distracted.

Is there a difference between the average passenger of a self driving car and the average driver? Tell us in the comments section! Meanwhile, let’s consider one more issue that determines life or death decisions by the average driver.

How to Be Distracted to Make Life or Death Decisions

The average driver allows distractions to cause them to drive badly on a regular and continuous basis. You and I have learned our lessons already because of our computed scalar implicatures of past, near miss/hit experiences. You and I expect the usual delays like “rush” hour traffic, trains, road work / debris, occasional car accidents, and, of course, the average driver. We, as responsible drivers, have already computed these possibilities into our minds – and count our blessing when we don’t encounter them.

This is not true for the average driver since they suffer from stress and low baseline neural activity; they have a pattern in mind for the path to their destination and that pattern is easily interrupted.

As previously discussed, there are few thought processes, if any, within a stressed, zombified person imbued with outcome bias on top of all the other cognitive biases while being less than capable to react to a sudden life or death situation.

You may have heard the term, pattern interrupt, from mind control experts on how the average person goes into a slight trance when an expected pattern of behavior, like a handshake, is suddenly interrupted with a different pattern. The researchers cited at Derailed train of thought? Brain’s stopping system may be at fault call this phenomenon a broad stop:

Earlier research by Aron and colleagues had shown that the STN is engaged when action stopping is required. Specifically, it may be important, Aron said, for a “broad stop.” A broad stop is the sort of whole-body jolt we experience when, for example, we’re just about to exit an elevator and suddenly see that there’s another person standing right there on the other side of the doors.

I believe that we have all had trance-like experiences wherein an extremely euphoric or bad event made us feel as if we’re dreaming. Then we “wake up” to realize it’s real.

This is not so for the average driver because the average driver never quite “wakes up,” therefore, they are always easily interrupted. Whether they’re watching kids in the backseat, birds in the trees, or Harry Potter Videos, they are always easily distracted. For this reason, the neuroscience researchers have compared “broad stop.” neural activity observed STN to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

“This is highly speculative,” he said, “but it could be fruitful to explore if the STN is more readily triggered in ADHD.”

If the readers here have done their research on ADHD, STN, baseline neural activity, and drugs that cross the blood / brain barrier and found a correlation, then please include that in your comments below.

This article has been more of a heads up on what is going on with the average “driver.” Does their behavior change when they leave their cars? No. Their behavior is most noticeable when they are behind the wheel; that’s why I call them “drivers.”

Another reason I call them “drivers.” is that they are in the majority of the United States. As responsible, careful, disciplined adults who think as individuals, we are in the minority. The majority is what drives social mood in the country which, in turn, drives the profitability of correlating markets including the stock market.

I’m citing articles from the Socionomic Institute as I say this: The more negative social mood or the more bear the market is in this country, the more likely Hillary will become president. Now you know how voting for president became a life or death title at this article.

The only thing I don’t like about the studies from the Socionomics Institute is they treat social mood like a “wild monkey;” they know how the “monkey” behaves, but they don’t know what drives it. My diabetic mother compares her blood sugar to a “wild monkey;” she knows how it behaves, but she doesn’t know what drives it!

When I studied sociology decades earlier, I learned that public opinion is easily swayed by mainstream media. For example, the War of the Worlds radio play in the 1950’s actually had listeners believing there was an extraterrestrial alien attack going on.

Today, the average person who craves authority and instant gratification takes whatever mainstream info correlates with their belief systems to heart and does whatever it takes to maintain their emotional securities as they give up their humanity and trade it for illusions of health, wealth, and freedom. The news actors need only choose their stories to help manipulate social mood.

The life or death decision you must make is to be your own person and maintain your humanity or to join the average “driver.” Thanks for your time.

Healing thoughts,

Randolph Fabian Directo

p.s. In order to maintain our humanity, we have to go deeper and be more disciplined than the average person. When we meditate upon reality, beyond the bubble of our own reality on what is happening with humanity, we can see our lives far more clearly with much more meaning than the average person. Remote Viewing is one way of doing this.

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How to Eliminate Headaches and Migraines using Meditation

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) has become mainstream in alternative medicine because its practice has proven to be effective in reducing migraine headaches in clinical situations using integrative medicine. The proof of the effectiveness of MBSR is among the latest news items at Meditation / QiGong Trends around the World. Here are a few examples:

  • Meditation for Migraines? | Elevated Existence Magazine (blog)
  • Meditation May Benefit Those Who Suffer From Migraines | HCPLive
  • Migraine Relief through Meditation Could Help Millions | PNC Voice
  • These articles point the way to stress reduction as a keystone in relieving migraine headaches while the method of mindfulness serves as the key.

    Mindfulness is a simple method that has existed as long as meditation because meditation begins with mindfulness; it is a simple because all we’re doing is focusing our attention on one vital function at a time within our bodies. Since our breathing is most vital, our attention begins there.

    The mindfulness meditation method I’m sharing here is a combination of methods that fit together like hand in glove. These methods are by Thomas Nardi who I first read in the 1980’s The Mind in the Martial Arts: A Key to Winning, Stewart Swerdlow, who served in esoteric government experiments in the 1980’s, and Gerald O’Donnell, a former financial advisor who also served in esoteric government experiments in the 1980’s.

    First, we relax using what I like to call the HealingMindN Meditation Posture. The posture in itself helps to relieve stress and induce relaxation. You can download the guide for helping you into this posture at Mind Body Medicine. Although this guide is small, I include a lot of theory, so if you want to skip the theory, here are the seven essential steps:

    HealingMindN Meditation Posture

    1. Breathe deeply and naturally. Remember to take deep, natural, slow breaths only through the nose towards the solar plexus as you perform each relaxation step.
    2. Hold your back in an upright posture. If you must lay down, you can use a pillow under
      your back to hold a naturally straight posture.

    3. Relax your shoulders. Shrug them first to identify the tension, then relax. Repeat if necessary.
    4. Hold your head up, loosely. Feel as if your head is supported by a string from above. Your head is upright, but feels free and moves slightly as if it is floating above water.
    5. Relax your vision. Relax your focus as if gazing blankly along a distant horizon of the ocean.
    6. Relax your jaw. Allow your jaw to relax by letting it drop slightly.
    7. Place the tip of your tongue gently against the roof of your mouth. The tongue should be relaxed, but not touching the teeth. The relaxed tip of the tongue should be on or near the center of the palate (between soft and hard palates).

    For your convenience, here is an audio of the guided instruction for the HealingMindN Posture:

    Introduction to “S” Meditation

    You’re going to be doing something called an “S” Meditation; it is based upon a healing modality by Stewart Swerdlow for eliminating headaches.

    “S” can stand for “spectrum” like all the colors of the rainbow. “S” can also stand for “space” which can be a gap of sorts between yourself and an intented target. “S” refers to both in “S” Meditation.

    You’re not going to go for everything at once as you see in the Chakra Man Graphic. That’s too much. What you’re going to do is progressive visualization in 5 small layers; it’s like progressive resistance when you’re lifting w8s in the gym. In this case, the only resistance you may encounter is your imagination and ability to focus.

    You don’t have to get in the Lotus Position like Chakra Man. Simply begin from a sitting, HealingMindN Posture as you read this. Shift away your eyes from this screen or close them to fulfill each step. You will retain these steps well enough on your own after a few times. Use the “S” Meditation Graphic as a memory jog.

    I’m going to exclude a lot of the theory here as I show you the steps; this is in contrast to the literature from one of my favorite authors, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, who is all about the theory before going into the exercises. The breathing exercises contain elements from Dr. Yang’s work since he is one of the main sifu when it comes to QiGong Breathing Exercises.

    Since I’m a student of Steve G. Jones, I’m also including NLP techniques.

    You may have a headache or migraine right now as you’re reading this, but I can’t imagine that you’re having your worst episode as you’re reading this or else how can you read anything?

    You probably associate dark colors with this pounding or constant pressure you experience. There may be a certain darkness that you associate with a particular place in your head where you experience the most chronic pain. Recall a time when you had the worst pain in your head and focus on that spot:

    • What colors do you associate with that pain?
    • What aromas or flavors do you associate with that pain?
    • What sounds do you associate with that pain?
    • What emotions or feelings of movement do you associate with that pain?

    Now, imagine that you are watching yourself. You are sitting or standing right across from yourself and watching yourself at this moment. Your other self is happy, healthy and pain free. Recall a time when you felt healthy and pain free:

    • What colors do you associate with being healthy? Are they bright?
    • What aromas or flavors do you associate with being healthy?
    • What sounds do you associate with being healthy?
    • What emotions or feelings of movement do you associate with that pain?

    When you can recall that time of being healthy and pain free, then imagine a “hissing” sound as if you’re going to pronounce the letter “S.”

    Unfortunately, for most chronic pain sufferers, they can’t recall a time when they were completely pain free. Not to worry. The “S” Meditation will reveal that healthier version of you.

    HealingMindN “S” Meditation

      Layer 1:

    1. Using your diaphragm, breathe in for three seconds, then breathe out for 5 seconds; the 5 second exhale aids in a complete exhalation. As you can imagine, your inhale is a little deeper than your exhale which is a little slower, but don’t hold your breath. Breathe deeply and naturally. Repeat this breathing pattern 8 times.
    2. Same as above, but to help you relax further, breathe in for 5 seconds, then breathe out for 8 seconds. Again, as you can imagine, your inhale is a little deeper than your exhale which is slower and more complete. Repeat this breathing pattern 13 times.
    3. For those of you who recognize the pattern, yes, this pattern follows the Fibonacci Sequence. Proceed forward in the sequence to relax further (e.g. 8 second inhale, 13 second exhale, 21 times, etc). For those of you don’t know what I’m talking about, we’ll return to the three second inhale, 5 second exhale: Let’s call this the 3/5 Breathing Pattern.
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    1. Imagine, once again, that you’re sitting or standing watching yourself – wherever you are. Imagine your other self in the place of Chakra Man as you see in the graphic to the right. For the ladies, please pretend with your wonderful imagination as if you are watching yourself as Chakra Woman.
    2. Imagine the “S” beginning at the perineum of your other self (in the area of the red chakra).
    3. Imagine that you’re able to control the “S” as it floats upward. The “S” floats upward with your 3/5 Breathing Pattern. Imagine the “S” being pulled up with your inhale then pushed up with your exhale.
    4. Slow down to a 5/8 Breathing Pattern (5 second inhale, 8 second exhale). Imagine the upward pattern of the “S” slowing down to match your breathing pattern.
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    1. As the “S” passes through your other self, you can hear a faint “hissing” as if air is escaping from a bicycle tire – far away. As the “bicycle rider” get’s closer, the hissing gets a little louder.
    2. Within your other self, where the “S” is loudest, imagine that it sounds as if you’re hissing momentarily with tongue against pallet. At this place where the “S” passes in your other self, you feel happiest, healthiest and pain free: Note the color, feelings, flavors, aromas, textures, (and sounds); this chakrum is at the center of your personal well being.
    3. Before the “S” enters the center of your personal well being, slowly engage it with your tongue and pallet as you “hiss” softly. Disengage When the “S” leaves. Remember to return your tongue within the HealingMindN Posture. Do this 21 times using an 8/13 Breathing Pattern.
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    1. Maintain your 8/13 Breathing Pattern. For those of you with greater lung capacity, more athletic and adventurous, you may proceed to a 13/21 Breathing Pattern.
    2. Imagine the “Pi” symbol as a living part of your other self, but as part of a higher place beyond the physical body.
    3. As the “S” floats upward with your exhale, it takes whatever problems you have to that higher place. (You may believe your problems belong in hell, but the “Pi” symbol used in this context is an invitation for “others” in this higher realm to fix your problems.)
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    1. Maintain your 8/13 Breathing Pattern. Imagine your other self as a perfect version of you, happy, healthy, able to cope with any kind of stress, thinking clearly with the ability to solve problems.
    2. Imagine your other self perfectly connected to that higher realm. “Perfectly connected” means there are bright, beautiful colors, sounds, smells, flavors, and feelings are all around your other self.
    3. As you inhale, you draw closer to your other self. As you exhale, you slowly trade places with your other self. You become part of your other self as you both breath in sync.
    4. When you feel there is a perfect connection to your other self, wherein the “S” bridges the gap between you and that perfect version of yourself, allow your tongue and pallet to softly form a “hissing” sound for that moment, then relax.


    • The “S” Meditation can be used any time you feel an attack coming on, therefore, it can be used anywhere; it is best applied at the onset of a headache.
    • Practice makes perfect. After enough practice, your stress-based headaches should disappear within a few minutes.
    • Always start with the most comfortable Breathing Pattern (depends on your lung capacity), then progress to deeper breathing patterns as you are able.
    • HealingMindN Posture and the “S” Meditation are part of an integrative program and are not meant to replace professional medical advice for chronic pain and suffering.

    I wish for you real peace. Thanks for your time.

    Healing Thoughts,

    P.S. If you prefer the “S” Meditation as a guided audio instruction that can be down loaded, then please let us know in the comments below.

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    How to Defeat Toxic Stress: Peace of Fantasy or Reality?

    The following fable has resided at Holy Life, HealingMindN for years because I believe it provides an important lesson:

    There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace.

    Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them… One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace…

    The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all…

    But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest.

    There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest- in perfect peace…

    Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why? “Because,” explained the king, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”

    I wish for you real peace…

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    Memory Aid to Visitors of Multiple Mentalism

    In response to the consistent number of visitors to the multiple mentalism exercise to commit 50 three letter words to memory, forwards and backwards, I would like to provide you with a memory aid from Harry Lorayne’s Book which I discuss at How to Develop a Super Power Memory eBook.

    At the same page, I provide a suggestion for memorizing 50 words using the Peg and Link System. Unfortunately, that suggestion may be too cryptic to most people to take an interest, so I have published (almost) an entire chapter at Super Power Memory Excerpt: Peg System of Memory.

    The Peg System of Memory exerpted from How to Develop a Super Power Memory by Harry Lorayne, the man with the most powerful memory in the world, show’s you a sample of how to use your wonderful imagination to memorize any list in any order.

    Allow me to elaborate on how we can recall any list of three letter words using this system. (I will “hold your hand” for the first ten like Harry Lorayne – whereas, Harry Kahne does not hold hands.)

    Forming 3-Letter Words from Peg System of Memory

    Here are the first 10 phonetic pegs. Each phonetic consonant pronunciation represents a number wherein the vowels only give the words meaning (“w,” “h,” and “y” have no numeric value in this system, like vowels):

    1. tie
    2. (Noah)
    3. ma
    4. rye
    5. law
    6. (shoe)
    7. cow
    8. ivy
    9. pie or bee
    10. toe(s)

    You are silly if you don’t use the phonetic pegs wherever they are three letter words, but, if you prefer, use the suggestions here. Please try to follow the (il)logic to form the first list of ten words:

    1. If you don’t use “tie,” it can be attached to a concrete thing like “eye” or an action like “spy.” (Yes, they rhyme, but the sillier the association, the easier it is to remember, thus, the longevity of “Monty Python.”) Imagine a tie made of eyes or ties made for your eyes, for example.
    2. From “Noah,” we can link it to “ark,” “boa,” “row,” or “sea,” if we want to be logical or “doG” if we want to be silly. (Try a quote from holy scripture using “doG.”)
    3. “Ma” can be associated with “maw” (a gaping dark opening that threatens to swallow one up) or “paw.” Imagine your mother with paws, for example. I’m not going near maw.
    4. If you don’t use “rye,” it can be attached to “sky,” “dye,” “fly,” “shy,” etc. (Whatever you’re not using for higher numbers since fly = 85 according to the peg/link system.) Imagine a sky full of rye instead of clouds, for example.
    5. If you don’t use “law,” then associate it with “sex;” imagine sex police. Or you can match it with “jaw,” if you want to be logical. (A jaw quoting the law.)
    6. “Shoe” can be linked to “poo” since we step in it or “art” if you want to be silly. Imagine the Statue of David wearing a shoe where it counts…
    7. If not using “cow,” try “bat” and imagine bat wings on a cow or “row” and imagine oars rowing where the horns should be.
    8. “Ivy” can be replaced with “box,” if you want to be logical or “arm,” if you want to be silly. Imagine ivy growing where one of your arms should be.
    9. Personally, I would use “pie” or “bee,” but, if you prefer, imagine the “sun” as a giant pie or bee – or what about a “gun” that shoots pie? Or a bee as a “nun?”
    10. “Toes” can just be “toe” or imagine a “hoe” that replaced the toes or a “bow” made of toes, etc.

    Why Not Go with a Logical Sequence instead of Memorizing?

    Naturally, a kid might say, “why not just come up with a bunch of three letters words in order of the alphabet?” (i.e. bad, cad, dad, fad, had, lad, mad,.. bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, etc.)

    When we have to memorize things, those memories usually have little to do with what we consider a “logical sequence” or a “logical conclusion;” Actual memories of an event, person, place, or thing are non-linear and non-sequitor. For example, when we make a grocery list and go to the store to shop for those things, there’s little chance of finding anything in the same sequence as our list. (BTW: The list need only exist in your mind once you learn the peg and link system.)

    Balance Your Left and Right Brains

    By using Harry Lorayne’s Peg System of Memory, you bypass your logic sentry which tends to dismiss silly ideas – because silly ideas are key to your super power memory.

    Consider it a balancing act between left and right brains. When our “logic sentry” gets “stumped” by illogical things, we end up being confused for a moment – something that happens when we tend to be left-brained/logical all the time.

    By the same token, there’s are mind control experts (e.g. JK Ellis/Dantelion) who teach their students how to “stump” the “logic sentry” of others. By empowering your memory through creativity, certain others will fail to take advantage of your “logic sentry” because you will also have a “creative sentry.”

    A pessimist might say, “what if a person gets caught up in silly ideas?” If that happens, you can be a creative director for your own comedy show like Monty Python, but as long as you’re mentally stable and you’re not high on drugs of any sort, then you will be fine.

    The first 10 phonetic pegs that you see at The Peg System of Memory provide all the rules to form words. For example, 88 = fife, 99 = pipe, etc. I’m sure that Mr. Lorayne prefers that we form our own pegs, but, if you prefer, you can download his book to see all the memory pegs he provides for us.

    Please follow the exercises from Harry’s Book, The Peg System of Memory for they are like learning to “ride a bike” or “tie a shoe lace;” “41-97-1-6-50.”

    Get your copy of How to Develop a Super Power Memory by Harry Lorayne, so you can remember easily using your wonderful imagination.

    Healing Thoughts,

    Another system that uses your wonderful imagination:

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    7 Keys to Happiness Kung Fu

    Before I cover the seven keys to happiness kung fu, allow me to cover my inspiration.

    Over a month later after watching a happiness documentary on PBS, I’m just now getting around to addressing it. The documentary was “Happy” by Roko Belic. Heather McIntosh did an excellent summary of this PBS special wherein she deems it a “self help book made into a movie.”

    The one stand out point for me and the reason that concerns human society in general was the segment on Bhutan; this country boasts a Gross National Happiness Index instead of a Gross National Product index.

    Instead of focusing on markets and capital, Bhutan places its priorities on its people’s happiness first. For the most part, the Bhutans seemed for focused upon cultural and religious activities, but these were the only activities the cameras were capturing – nothing behind closed doors at work or personal lives.

    Focussing on a Gross National Happiness Index may seem silly to westerners and most investers, but the Socionomics Institute has made interesting studies and very real correlations between social moods/trends and national economy – from financial success to repression.

    Although Bhutan is a small Himalayan constitutional monarchy that made the transition from absolute monarchy to parliamentary democracy in March 2008 with one of the world’s smallest and least-developed economies, it seems that Bhutan’s focus is correct because the side effect is a 9.7% growth in their GDP as of 2014.

    For this reason, I went on a quest for the ultimate guide to happiness that anyone can use for themselves and to share with others as far and wide as possible, so that happiness can spread like a refreshing summer wind.

    I researched a number of lists. I was happy with two in particular: “13 Tips for Living Happy, Wild, and Free” by Dr. Joseph Mercola and “Ten Keys to Happier Living” from Action for Happiness.

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    Why Are We Ignoring the Anomalous Data around Malaysian Flight MH370?

    If Gerald O’Donnell’s interview is still available, you can catch it at Elegance of Conscious Living Online Summit Replays Elegance of Conscious Living.

    This is a continuation from a previous post on Malaysian Flight 370: What is a “De-Manifestation?” and from Exactly Where Did it “Disappear?”

    Gerald O’Donnell, founder of Probable Future, made an announcement in his most recent interview that Malaysian Flight MH370 was “de-manifested.” I will provide you with the gist of that in a moment.

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    Malaysia Flight 370: What is a De-manifestation?

    I’m going to present to you, a piece at a time, the information that’s been coming to me concerning Malaysia Flight 370. I will also be tossing in the information that I have accumulated over the decades concerning missing boats and planes from these mysterious spots on the planet that some researchers call “vile vortices.” 

    In the process, I may or may not disregard the mainstream information like a satellite, somehow, was able to sense the engines of that 777 going for seven hours after disappearing from radar, but not being able to locate it? If I miss anything that you feel is worth mentioning, then please feel free to comment.

    First, here’s what Gerald O’Donnell of Probable Future has discovered during one of his remote viewing sessions:

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    What is World Sleep Day?

    World Sleep Day – Presented by WASM the World Association of Sleep Medicine

    world sleep dayWorld Sleep Day occurs every 14 March which began in 2008. According to Wikipedia:

    The World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) since 2008. It is aimed to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medicine, education and social aspects; to promote sleep disorders prevention and management.

    Through the World Sleep Day the WASM tries to raise awareness of sleep disorders and their better understanding and preventability, and to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society that constitute a global epidemic and threaten health and quality of life for as much as 45% of the world’s population…

    According to research by Dr. Joseph Mercola, poor sleep patterns can lead to chronic ailments. One of his articles, Research Again Confirms Links Between Poor Sleep, Weight Gain, and Cancer indicates world wide chronic sleep disturbances and provides suggestions for maintaining healthy sleep patterns.
    Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
    If you believe that you are suffering from poor sleep patterns leading to further chronic ailments, then please look into brainwave entrainment tools: Unexplainable Store has a 30% discount on their sleep products until March 17th. Please have a look at the Brainwave Science Page.

    Healing thoughts, Healthy Sleep,

    P.S. With the way the world is going with a further missing plane in Malaysia, the situation in Ukraine, and unknown nuclear fallout from Fukushima and New Mexico, we need all the sleep we can get.

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    How to Eliminate Stress and be Happy for the Holidays

    Dr. Joseph Mercola discusses important points concerning stress and anxiety in his article:

    Anxiety in Your Brain: What Happens When Anxiety Attacks?.

    I don’t hear much from the self improvement, personal growth gurus about the essential physical aspects of guarding against anxiety. Usually we hear about using affirmations, NLP, hypnosis, guided meditation, and other relaxation techniques if not anti-depressants or other drugs.

    Besides emotional freedom techniques (an energy psychology modality), Dr. Mercola emphasizes:

    • Healthy Gut Flora
    • Regular Exercise
    • (NOT) Drugs

    If there’s anything that most of us have time for, it’s the above three: Take probiotics and exercise regularly if you want to help yourself stay mentally healthy. Drugs eventually take us in the wrong direction, so please avoid them.

    Please visit Dr. Mercola’s article for important solutions. Same as Dr. Mercola, I have also discussed in previous posts how our stomachs are like a “second brain” in terms of psychoneuroimmunology. Our gut bacteria suffers when we eat junk foods including processed meats. Considering the variety and quantity of foods of which we indulge during the Holidays, this is a good time of year for probiotics and vitamin C.