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The slides that accompanied a presentation to the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine conference in December 2008.

The slides that accompanied a presentation to the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine conference in December 2008.

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  • 1. Taking Control of the Energy of Your Life, From Your Cells To Your Soul Richard G. Petty MD, MSc, MRCP(UK), MRCPsych, Promedica Research Center, Georgia State University College of Health Sciences, Loganville, Georgia, USA
  • 2. The Questions: Have your perceptions changed in recent years? Are we changing as a species? Are the Laws of Healing changing? And if the answers are “Yes,” how can we use this information in practice?
  • 3. In 1905 The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub There were 8,000 cars in the U.S. and 144 miles of paved roads More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education The average annual intake of refined sugar was 60 pounds per head, up from 7 pounds per head in 1805. (It is estimated to be about 150 pounds per head in 2005) The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S. Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone, and there were no computers, airplanes or 24-hour lighting The human body contained several hundred fewer synthetic chemicals than it does today
  • 4. Diseases Have Changed... Apart from epidemics and diseases of social change... The “English sweats” Rheumatic fever Schizophrenia Coronary artery disease
  • 5. Have We - And Are We - Changing? The interplay between food, society and cognition The discovery of the actual role of genes in the brain The strange case of the “Missing chakras” Stage models, e.g.: Karl Jaspers Jean Gebser Ken Wilber The Spiral Dynamic model
  • 6. Turquoise Yellow Green Orange Blue Red Purple Beige
  • 7. The Value Memes (vMemes) First Tier: The Six “Subsistence” vMemes: Beige: Instinctive, survivalist Purple: Magical, animist Red: Egocentric, impulsive Blue: Order Orange: Scientific Green: Egalitarian Second Tier: The “Being” vMemes: Yellow: Integrative Turquoise: Holistic
  • 8. And So? If we are indeed changing And the mind and the body are so intimately inter-related We should expect that our physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual development will have an impact on the problems that we see and how to help them
  • 9. Have Some Therapies “Stabilized” or Become More Valuable Over Time? Homeopathy Flower essences Thought Field Therapy Quantum-Touch The Reconnection And dozens more...
  • 10. Larry Dossey’s Three “Eras” of Medicine Era I: Mechanical Era II: Mind-body Era III: Non-local
  • 11. “New” Problems That Need New Approaches Increasing emotional and environmental sensitivity “Salience disruption syndromes:” Mood instability Attention deficit Addictions Sensitivity to geopathic stress “Diseases of discipleship”
  • 12. “Diseases of Discipleship”: 1 Visual disturbances Extreme sensitivity to light and sound Paradoxically they often also find a raised pain threshold Increased metabolic rate, which may cause a slight increase in body temperature and a little weight loss Variable libido: some people lose all interest in sex, but most experience an increase in sexual desire, which can take them and any partners by surprise Disturbances in circadian rhythms Disturbances in thyroid and adrenal function: the thyroid often becomes slightly – or sometimes more than slightly – overactive and the adrenal glands slightly less responsive to stimulation Hypoglycemia Hypertension
  • 13. “Diseases of Discipleship”: 2 Chronic fatigue Anxiety and a feeling of “butterflies” in the region of the solar plexus Inexplicable sensations roughly corresponding to the channels identified in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine Irregular breathing patterns, usually hyperventilation Something that feels like electricity under the tongue and on the palate Crying for no readily apparent reason As peoples’ consciousness rises, it is quite common to experience “Synesthesia” in which senses overlap: people may taste sounds, feel colors and “hear and see” with different parts of the body Psychic abilities often begin to appear: clairvoyance, clairaudience, spiritual intuition and the ability to heal
  • 14. The Development of a New Model There is an underlying Matrix of Information: this is the same “Inner Light” mentioned throughout the world
  • 15. Informational Matrix ! The Thought Field ! The Main Centers and the Chakras ! The Flow of Energy in the Channels and Meridians ! The Electromagnetic Field ! The Liquid Crystalline Matrix of the Body ! Biochemical Reactions
  • 16. The Development of a New Model The Axioms: There is an underlying Matrix of Information The single greatest force in the human system is its constant drive to heal itself Symptoms are signals of disconnection Relationship is the key to a therapeutic interaction In contrast to treatment, healing implies and involves: Meaning Purpose Transformation Therapies are specific to our stage of development
  • 17. Integrated Health: 1 The Axioms of Treatment: It is “Integrated Health” since it uses intention to integrate the five dimensions: Physical Psychological Social Subtle Spiritual Healing must: In-form Transform: be a vehicle for growth Be evolutionary
  • 18. Integrated Health: 2 Achieving “conventional” health is simple: Diet Exercise Sleep Posture Flow of “energy” etc. Integrated health entails a transformation of of heart and mind This transformation is usually necessary for us to achieve, exceed and express our full potential
  • 19. Integrated Health: 3 This needs for “patients” and practitioners to work both with an external orientation: Treatments Therapies Self-help Self-improvement And internal approaches: Self-cultivation Meaning Purpose Spirituality
  • 20. Spiritual Healing; Flower Essences Gem Elixirs Causal Electro-acupuncture; High Potency Homeopathy Traditional Acupuncture; Acupressure; Shiatsu Subtle Homeopathic Remedies in Low Potency; Psychotherapy Nutritional Interventions; Herbs; Essential Oils’ Detoxification Gross Plane of Physical Interventions: Orthodox Medicines; Gene Therapies
  • 21. Applying the Model to “Energy”
  • 22. Why is “Energy” the Key? Time is finite and limited With a little care and attention, our energy can become almost infinite Time management is important to help structure our lives Energy management is the key to resilience Our energy helps determine the quality and quantity of our lives
  • 23. Physical Energy Impacts our ability to manage all of the other energies Physical energy is primarily dependent on: Blood flow Oxygenation Nutrient supply Metabolism Rest, recovery and renewal Therefore the keys to mastery of your physical energy include: Synchronizing circadian rhythms and physical exercise: Aerobic, strength, core groups and stretching Breathing Nutrition Sleep
  • 24. Psychological Energy: Emotional The capacity to manage emotions High emotional intelligence Modulate Boost when necessary The keys to emotional mastery include: Self-awareness Self-confidence Self-control Patience Perseverance Forgiveness Trust Beauty Music
  • 25. Psychological Energy: Mental Capacity to: Focus attention Sustain concentration Maintain a realistically optimistic perspective The keys to mastery of mental energy include: Action Adaptability Autonomy Mental preparation Visualization Positive self-talk Effective time - and energy! - management Creativity Detaching from the outcome
  • 26. Social and Relationship Energy They include not only inter-personal relationships, but all relationships They may provide: Resilience Coping Support Engagement But they may also cause a huge energy drain The keys to mastery of the energy of relationships include: Social intelligence Empathy The ability to “protect” your energy Converting dominant relationships into partnerships
  • 27. The Cinderella of Energy: Subtle Systems At least 97 cultures have described subtle systems of the body: Pneuma Qi (Chi, Ki) Prana Odic force Orgone Vital force Biofield (Please see the questions in the Personal Evaluation of Wellness)
  • 28. Mastery of Your Subtle Energy Yoga Breathing T’ai chi ch’uan and qigong Acupressure Reiki Tapping therapies And so on...
  • 29. Spiritual Energy “Spiritual” has so many meanings: Contact with the Divine The highest levels of any of the lines of development through which we can pass Having something to do with experiences that can come about from prayer, meditation, devotion, love Here I suggest that it is our connection to a deeply held set of values and to a purpose beyond our own self-interest It is one of our most powerful motivators We can probably all recognize an absence or presence of spiritual energy But we may not always work on it ourselves or with our clients
  • 30. First Things First Before starting the program: Make sure that there is not some physical reason for lacking energy BUT Be careful about spending time and money on unproven tests and treatments
  • 31. Your Energy “Audit” Where do you expend your energy? For example: Physical activities People who are - or have been - in your life Beliefs Habits Obligations
  • 32. Your Energy “Audit” Where do you get your energy from? Things People Places Spiritual practices
  • 33. Your Energy “Audit” It is essential to discover the rhythms or cycles of your energy
  • 34. Energy Thieves
  • 35. Energy Thieves Poor diet: many of us are malnourished and dehydrated Bad posture Poor breathing patterns Poor sleep patterns Clutter Disharmony Worry Ego fears Some people Failing to manage stress
  • 36. Energy Thieves Poor diet: many of us are malnourished and dehydrated Bad posture Poor breathing patterns Poor sleep patterns Clutter Disharmony Worry Ego fears Some people Failing to manage stress
  • 37. Stress is Not Always Bad!
  • 38. Your Energy Plan The Core Personalized Program: Make sure that you are not trying to “Teach a Cat to Quack!” The Rescue Package: Sometimes we all fall off: so we need some simple steps to get back on track The Emergency Energy Kit: What to do when you need some extra energy now, this minute
  • 39. Nutrition
  • 40. Nutrition
  • 41. Nutrition
  • 42. Nutrition  Content:  What to avoid  What to include  Supplements  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks  Avoid hydrogenated oils  Water instead of drinks that cheat you  Fruit  Glycemic index Balance  Learn labels  Don’t just eat: Dine!
  • 43. Synchronizing Circadian Rhythms Food: The time that you eat and what you eat is critically dependent on your circadian rhythm The optimal time for exercise is also dependent on an individual’s rhythms Knowledge of the cycles can also help identify the energy nadirs, when it is best to focus on mundane and repetitive tasks
  • 44. The 48-Minute Hour Whatever an individual’s basic circadian structure, it is highly likely that he of she will still follow the basic 8, 20 and 48- minute cycles A key to focused energy is the forty- eight minute hour
  • 45. The Major Determinants of Sleep Melatonin Temperature: Ambient Core Serotonin levels Muscle tension Inflammatory mediators Age: Therefore any interventions must consider age as a factor
  • 46. Practical Techniques for Managing Sleep Establish the Cause Sleep hygiene Then: Use the nasal cycle: Lie on your left then your right Aromas Melatonin Cold compress: Chinese medicine Stonewall Jackson
  • 47. Practical Techniques for Managing Sleep Visualization Remembering backwards Herbal remedies Homeopathic remedies Calcium/magnesium Facial massage Music
  • 48. Protecting Your Energy We do not want to lose our empathy or intuition but we also cannot afford to be overwhelmed by those who come to us for help There are a number of techniques that can help us all to deal with this pressing issue: Improve our ability to ground ourselves Rapid centering Protection: Crossing your hands “Smoothing” our subtle systems “Zipping up” Flower essences (see handout)
  • 49. Sample Grounding Exercise Use your intention and your breath to visualize that you can lower your mind into your heart Visualize yourself breathing into and out of your heart Visualize yourself sending the energy in your heart down through your body into the earth – to the pulsing core of the earth Now visualize yourself breathing the energy of the earth back into your heart
  • 50. The Rescue Package You will only stay with a plan if it fits with your core values: Remember your purpose Remember your contribution and legacy Remember how good it felt to have the extra energy for just one day And if those are not enough, we have other tools: Tapping therapies Flower essences A skilled guide
  • 51. Psychological Reversal Typical features: Confusing right and left or up and down Sudden word finding problems Consistently typing two letters the wrong way round Intense episodic irritability, energy collapse or procrastination for no readily apparent cause Often specific to a place or topic Response to treatment can be diagnostic
  • 52. The Psychological Reversal point The point on the hand used to treat psychological reversal: it corresponds to the acupuncture point Small Intestine 3
  • 53. Emergency Energy Boost 1: Energizing Breath Sit up, with your back straight, with your eyes closed Place your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise Breath in and out rapidly through the nose, keeping the mouth lightly closed Inhalation and exhalation should be equal and short, and until you are an expert, you should feel the muscular exertion in your neck and diaphragm The chest action should be rapid and mechanical, like a bellows (Stop if you develop any dizziness) Breath audibly on both inhalation and exhalation, aiming to reach 3 cycles (in and out) per second Start with 15 seconds and gradually increase the length of time of the exercise up to a minute at a time
  • 54. Emergency Energy Booster 2: Acupressure Acupressure: SO LONG AS YOU ARE NOT PREGNANT: press here gently for 30-60 seconds Then gently massage the middle of the sole of your foot for 30-60 seconds Then with your feet flat on the floor, do 30-60 seconds of abdominal breathing
  • 55. Summary Integrated Health is an approach that does not replace but enhances existing methods Energy is an important key to health, attention and engagement It is wise to incorporate three strands into a program of development or treatment: Core personalized Rescue Emergency