Human development and understanding ourselves contributes to new realities. The vastness of our human being is full of untold potential. Our capacities to feel, sense and know involve innate sense beyond the standard five recognized by science. Such documented events as Near Death Experiences, Astral travel, remote viewing and telekinesis all involve our greater human potentialities and are our human birthright.
Reprinted from the book What Are You Hungry For? The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul by Deepak Chopra. Copyright 2013 by Deepak Chopra. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company. Deepak will be giving an evening lecture and book signing on What Are You Hungry For? on Monday, November 11 at 7pm.
If you want to return to your ideal weight, two choices face you. You can go on a diet or do something else. This book is about that something else. Dieting involves the wrong kind of motivation, which is why it rarely leads to the desired goal. You are taking the route of self-denial and doing without. Every day on a diet involves struggling against your hunger and fighting for self-control. Is there a more unsatisfying way to live?
Weight loss needs to be satisfying in order to succeed—this is the “something else” that works after dieting has failed. If you bring the body’s hunger signals back into balance, your impulse to eat becomes your ally instead of your enemy. If you trust your body to know what you need, it will take care of you instead of fighting back. It’s all about getting the messages straight that connect mind and body.
Medically, I was trained to analyze hunger in terms of the rise and fall of certain hormones. Hunger is one of the most powerful chemical messages sent by the body to the brain. It shouldn’t happen that a person can feel hungry right after eating a meal or that having a snack in the afternoon should lead to a second snack or a third. But I’ve experienced these things—as have millions of people—which means that the experience of hunger can exist even when the need for food doesn’t.
It’s this experience of hunger that you need to change when you find yourself overeating. Cravings and false hunger aren’t the same as giving your body the fuel it needs. Your body isn’t like a gas-guzzling car. It’s the physical expression of thousands of messages that are being sent to and from the brain. In the act of eating, your self-image is involved, along with your habits, conditioning, and memories. The mind is the key to losing weight, and when the mind is satisfied, the body quits craving too much food.
A mind-body approach will work for you because it asks you for only one thing: Find your fulfillment. To be fulfilled is something that food alone can’t do. You must nourish
• the body with healthy food
• the heart with joy, compassion, love
• the mind with knowledge
• the spirit with equanimity and self-awareness
With awareness, all of these things become possible. But if you neglect them, they move further and further out of reach.
It sounds like a paradox, but to lose weight, you need to fill yourself up. If you fill yourself up with other kinds of satisfaction, food will no longer be a problem. It was never meant to be. Eating is a natural way to feel happy. Overeating isn’t. For centuries life has been celebrated at feasts, and some of these celebrations, such as wedding banquets and retirement dinners, can be the highlight of a person’s life. What child doesn’t brighten up when the birthday cake appears? But the delight that food brings makes overeating a peculiar and unique problem. Feeling happy, which is good for you, slides into something that’s bad for you.
At this moment you fall somewhere on the sliding scale that connects food with happiness:
Normal eating ---- Overeating ---- Cravings ---- Food Addiction
Eating normally feels good.
Overeating feels good in the moment but leads to bad results in the long run.
Giving in to cravings doesn’t feel good at all—remorse, guilt, and frustration set in almost immediately.
Being addicted to food brings suffering, declining health, and total lack of self-esteem.
The slippery slope to becoming overweight starts with something that’s actually positive: the natural goodness of food. (You can’t say the same about drugs and alcohol, which can be toxic substances even when a person isn’t addicted to them.) Food nourishes us, and when eating goes wrong, we are torn between short-term pleasure (such as a delicious bite of chocolate ice cream) and long-term pain (the many drawbacks of being overweight for years at a time).
So why does normal eating start to slide into overeating? The simple answer: lack of fulfillment. You start overeating to make up for a lack somewhere else. Looking back on my medical residency, when I was still in my twenties, I can see now how bad eating habits insinuate themselves. I’d come home from a grueling shift at the hospital feeling stressed out. My mind was still filled with a dozen cases. Some patients were still in jeopardy. What awaited me at home was a loving wife and a home-cooked meal.
In terms of getting enough calories, sitting down to dinner met all the requirements. You had to look at the human situation to see the hidden problems. I had hit the coffee machine and grabbed snacks on the run at work. From lack of sleep I didn’t really notice what I was eating. The minute I walked in the door I usually had a drink, and there was a half-empty pack of cigarettes lying around somewhere.
In the seventies I was a normal working male following the same habits as every other young doctor I knew. I counted myself extremely fortunate to have such a loving wife and two beautiful babies at home. But the ravenous way I dug into a nourishing home-cooked dinner, combined with all the other signs of stressed eating, was setting a pattern that was desperately wrong. Ironically, even back then I considered myself pretty aware.
What turned the corner was becoming much more aware—the solution I’m proposing in this book. No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature. In its natural state, the brain controls hunger automatically. When your blood sugar falls below a certain level, messages are sent to an almond-sized region of the brain known as the hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating hunger. When it receives messages of decreased blood sugar, your hypothalamus secretes hormones to make you feel hungry, and when you’ve eaten enough, the hormones reverse, making you no longer hungry. This feedback loop between blood and brain operates on its own, as it has for millions of years. Any animal with a spinal cord (vertebrate) has a hypothalamus, which makes sense, because hunger is so basic.
But in humans, hunger can get interfered with quite easily. The way we feel emotionally can make us ravenous or unable to eat at all. We can be distracted and forget to eat, or we can be obsessed and think about food all day. However, we are always in search of satisfaction. There are lots of things you can fill up on besides food. Desire comes from need, starting with the most basic ones:
- Everyone needs to feel safe and secure.
- Everyone needs to feel nurtured.
- Everyone needs to feel loved and appreciated.
- Everyone needs to feel that their life is relevant and meaningful.
If you have filled these needs, food will be just one delight out of many. But countless people turn to overeating to substitute for what they really want. It becomes a game of switch-up, and often they don’t even see what’s happening. Is that the situation you find yourself in? Here are some common indicators.
You don’t feel secure unless you are dulled by eating too much. Dullness brings a kind of calm that lasts a short while.
- You don’t feel nurtured except when your taste buds are overstimulated with sugar, salt, and fat.
- You don’t feel loved and appreciated, so you turn eating into “giving myself some love.”
- Your life lacks meaning, but at least when you eat, the emptiness inside can be ignored for a little while.
If you stop focusing so hard on diet and calories, the story of overweight in America is the story of missed fulfillment. We have the best foods in the world at our disposal, but we gorge on the worst. We have blessed opportunities to grow and evolve, but instead we feel empty.
My goal is to bring you to a state of fulfillment. Once that begins to happen, you will stop eating for the wrong reasons. The solution is simple but profound: To lose weight, every step of the way must be satisfying. You don’t have to psychoanalyze yourself; you can stop obsessing about your body and dwelling in disappointment and frustration. There is only one principle that applies: Life is about fulfillment. If your life isn’t fulfilled, your stomach can never supply what’s missing.
Reprinted from the book What Are You Hungry For? The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul by Deepak Chopra. Copyright 2013 by Deepak Chopra. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
"I felt there was no separation between anything. I felt as if I were united with everything, and it was wonderful!" This recent report from a reader is a universal experience of people who are concerned with psychological and spiritual growth. This sense of connectedness is not fantasy, but is being affirmed by recent advances in consciousness research.
But where our mind is concerned, we've been more concerned with disunity than unity. During the 20th century we took the mind apart -- the conscious, the unconscious, the pre- and sub-conscious, the collective unconscious, the superego, ego, id, and so on. When we look through the other end of the telescope, however, we can see a different pattern. We can make out what I call the One Mind -- not a subdivision of consciousness, but the overarching, inclusive dimension to which all the mental components of all individual minds, past, present, and future belong. I capitalize the One Mind to distinguish it from the single, one mind that each individual appears to possess.
This is not a philosophical gambit, but is based on human experience and actual scientific experiments. Consider studies in which human neurons are separated into two batches and sealed in so-called Faraday containers that block physical communication. When one batch is stimulated with a laser, the distant batch of neurons registers the same changes at the same time.
Or consider a huge collection of neurons, the human brain. When distant individuals who are emotionally bonded are wired with encephalographs that record their brain waves, or when they are both monitored with fMRI brain scanners, when one individual's brain is visually stimulated the distant individual's EEG or fMRI scan registers the same change at the same time.
Recent studies by James Fowler at U.C. San Diego and Nicholas Christakis, then at Harvard Medical School, found that, "[E]motions have a collective existence -- they are not just an individual phenomenon."
[H]appiness is ... contagious ... Your happiness depends not just on your choices and actions, but also on the choices and actions of people you don't even know who are one, two and three degrees removed from you.
Fowler and Christakis have shown that if your friend's friend's friend becomes happy -- someone you've never met nor heard of -- that has a greater effect on your happiness than if someone put $5,000 in your pocket.
There are hundreds of additional studies that reveal the unlimited, boundless behaviors of our minds. As consciousness researcher Stephan A. Schwartz describes these experiments:
Today there are six stabilized ... protocols used in laboratories around the world exploring these ... phenomena. Under rigorous double or triple blind, randomized and tightly controlled conditions, each of these six has independently produced [odds against chance] of ... one in a billion...
The emerging image of mind is that it cannot be put in a box (or brain) and walled off from all other minds. If minds are boundless and boundaryless, as evidence suggests, in some sense all minds connect.
Throughout history many eminent scientists have glimpsed this fact. This includes Nobel physicist Erwin Schrödinger, who proclaimed, "The overall number of minds is just one ... In truth there is only one mind." And the distinguished physicist David Bohm asserted, "Deep down the consciousness of mankind is one."
Neither the experimental evidence for our connectedness nor the experience of individuals across millennia seems to make much difference to skeptics afflicted by "randomania," "statisticalitis," "coincidentitis," or "ODD" (Obsessive Debunking Disorder ). No matter. Skeptics can ignore the evidence, but they cannot wish it away. As physicist Max Planck once said, paraphrased, "Science progresses funeral by funeral."
The concept of a collective One Mind with which each individual is connected suggests a pool of intelligence that might be tapped by creative individuals. As America's great inventor, Thomas Edison, said:
People say I have created things. I have never created anything. I get impressions from the Universe at large and work them out, but I am only a plate on a record or a receiving apparatus -- what you will. Thoughts are really impressions that we get from outside.
The eminent German physicist and philosopher Baron Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker agreed. He said:
[In any great discovery] we find the often disturbing and happy experience: 'It is not I; I have not done this.' Still, in a certain way it is I -- yet not the ego ... but ... a more comprehensive self.
Our unity and connectedness as humans have taken a back seat to our obsession with individuality. Individuality should be honored; generally speaking, a species without a strong sense of individuality does not long survive on this planet. But individuality is only one side of the human coin. Neglecting the coin's other side, our collective unity, is a recipe for disaster nationally and globally, because the epidemic of selfishness and greed that has been unleashed by this unbalanced view of human nature is now threatening not only our social structure, but also the larger eco-environmental fabric and life-support systems that sustain us.
The ethical implications of our fundamental connectedness are profound. Because of our intrinsic oneness, health can never be merely personal, and neither can illness, poverty, or hunger. The unity we share requires a recalibration of the Golden Rule from, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," to "Be kind to others because in some sense they are you."
On this realization, our future on Earth may depend.
This blog is based on ONE MIND: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters by Larry Dossey, MD. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House; 2013
This is what seems to be occurring in the presence of a 45-year-old man from Croatia who goes by the name of Braco (pronounced Brah-tzo). For the last 18 years, Braco has been offering up a special gift that seems to help people find not only inner strength to deal with life’s problems, but sometimes the full-dimensional solutions to such problems. Once working one on one, starting first with his own homelanders in Croatia and then extending worldwide, Braco has now for the last nine years been working only through the medium of his Silent Gaze with groups as large as a thousand. What’s significant is that he does not present himself as a guru, healer or spiritual teacher, nor does he give interviews or speak in public. Yet somehow his Silent Gaze seems to be speaking loud and clear all by itself.
Over the last two and a half years I have been magnetized to travel from city to city to witness the profound effects of Braco’s Gaze. It didn’t matter which city I was in--New York, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Portland, Pasadena, Phoenix, Las Vegas--I heard story after story about profound transformations, not just for the one who was gazing, but for their friends and families as well. A hallmark of the Braco experience is that the audience is invited to hold up photos of loved ones, and the results are astonishing. I remember one event in New Jersey, where a Spanish-speaking woman said she had come the year before to hold up the photo of her husband who at the time had been hospitalized with two forms of cancer. Three weeks after she gazed with Braco, her husband was released from the hospital totally cured. The doctors, she said, were dumbfounded.
People readily share their experiences after Braco leaves the stage (he generally gazes about 5-7 minutes per session). I heard stories of back pain and sciatica mysteriously disappearing. I heard stories about people reducing their insulin levels. I heard stories about sight restored. One Polish woman told about a long-time feud between her children and her dead husband’s family, between whom there had been no contact for years. After her first gazing with Braco in Los Angeles, her sister-in-law called out of the blue, sobbing and asking for forgiveness.
Some of the most impressive physical healings are shown on video throughout the 35-minute sessions (there are usually about eight sessions per day). One of the most powerful video testimonies I saw was of a young man who’d suffered a major stroke and had been immediately hospitalized. Nevertheless, he had had the presence of mind to ask his cousin to bring his laptop to the hospital so he could watch Braco live-streaming his Gaze (Braco’s events are sometimes streamed live through the computer). At the time, his doctors had told him he’d probably never speak again, which made his testimony--halting but in crystal clear English--even more impressive. “I think these gazes imprint the love of the divine, ” he said, explaining why gazing touched him so much. “Even though it was live-stream, I still felt the power flow forth.”
But Braco’s gaze seems to go beyond even physical and emotional healing. People have reported unexpected financial windfalls or suddenly getting jobs when they had struggled in the market for years. In Portland, Oregon last year, I witnessed the remarkable story of Blanca Plata, a painter from Mexico, who stunned the audience with her story.
“When I first came from my car yesterday,” she told us, “I felt this immense energy hit me. Then, when I opened the door to the hotel, it felt overwhelming. When Braco came out, the energy was so strong, I started swaying, and when he looked in my eyes, I felt the energy all over my body--hot and cold, all at once.” When Blanca returned home, an even bigger surprise was awaiting her. There, in her email was a letter from one of the top five galleries in New York, saying they loved her work and wanted to represent her. Shaking from head to foot, she told us, “You don’t understand. I have been waiting my whole life for this. Ever since I was seven, I have wanted to be a famous artist. I’ve applied to thousands of galleries, and each time, they said, we love your work but no thanks. Now, with this acceptance, I can support my family and follow my lifelong dream.”
Needless to say, the entire audience started crying!
In November 2012, invited by the United Nations’ Society of Enlightenment and Transformation (an NGO), Braco offered his Silent Gaze to employees of the U.N. inside the Tillman Chapel in New York City. He was also presented with the prestigious Peace Pole, an honor bestowed upon such luminaries as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa. Ten days later, a most astonishing event happened. Braco’s photo was flashed three times for several seconds on the huge Jumbotron screen in Times Square. Later, Reuters, the leading newswire, reported that on that very same day--November 26--New York City had passed a 24-hour period without a single report of a person being shot, stabbed, or subjected to other violent crime.
Commenting for the city, the New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne boasted that it was “the first time in memory” that the city’s police force had experienced a peaceful day.
And this, according to the NYPD, in a year when the city’s general crime rate had already risen 3 percent!
Clearly, only a few thousand people may have casually looked up to see Braco’s huge face on the screen--one that has broadcast the faces of Time magazine’s Person of the Year as well as many other global celebrities. But the facts are there--no crime. Was it Braco’s Gaze? Or, was it merely a coincidence in a world where mysterious coincidences interface with our lives every day?
Perhaps, only an up-close and personal experience of Braco’s Silent Gaze can decide that for you.
© Pamela Bloom. All rights reserved.
Braco’s gazing schedule can be found at www.Braco.net (U.S.) and www.Braco-info.com (European). Braco will be offering his gaze live and via live-stream in San Diego September 5-8; Portland, Oregon Oct. 19-20; Denver Oct 23-24; Boise, Idaho Oct. 26-27; Chicago Oct. 29-30; and New York Nov. 1-3.
FREE: Braco’s first livestreaming gaze on October 16 at 1pm is offered free to the public. Other livestream sessions cost $3. Register in advance for livestreaming at www.braco-tv.com Live events are $8 per session and tickets may be purchased in advance at www.braco.net or at the door.
PAMELA BLOOM is an award-winning author, sound healer and inspirational speaker whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and New Age Journal, among other publications. Presently she is a regular contributor to Science of Mind magazine as well as the author of “The Power of Compassion: Stories that Open the Heart, Heal the World” and Change the World” and “Heaven Speaks: Intimate interviews with Illuminated Souls” with Carla Flack (both books available at Amazon.com
Pamela’s website is: www.SoulinBloom.net.
This is a short history lesson for those with a serious interest in integrating advanced tools in body/mind/spirit work..
If you have an interest in Qi Gong, Reiki, The Body-Mind Connection, equal rights for women, Tantra, Deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Personal Development, NLP, acupuncture, Polarity Therapy or anything thing related to mental health then it is important that you know about Wilhelm Reich.
Wilhelm Reich (March 24, 1897 – November 3, 1957) was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoanalysis> , known as one of the most radical and controversial figures in the history of psychiatry. Reich worked with Sigmund Freud <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund_Freud> in the 1920s and was a respected analyst for much of his life, focusing on character structure <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_structure> rather than on individual neurotic <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurosis> symptoms.
He attempted to reconcile Marxism <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxism> and psychoanalysis, arguing that neurosis is rooted in the physical, sexual, economic, and social conditions of the patient. His work influenced a generation of intellectuals, including and shaped innovations such as Fritz Perls <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Perls> 's Gestalt therapy <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt_therapy> , Alexander Lowen <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Lowen> 's bioenergetic analysis <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioenergetic_analysis> , and Arthur Janov <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Janov> 's primal therapy <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primal_therapy> . He was one of the first psychoanalysts who explored the concept of Qi calling it primordial <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primordial> cosmic energy, which he said others called God <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conceptions_of_God> , and that he called "orgone <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgone> ".
As he aged he promoted more and more controversial ideas, many that later became part of mainstream thinking including the availability of contraceptives, abortion, and divorce, and the importance for women of economic independence. He began to violate many of the key taboos of psychoanalysis, including using touch during sessions. His work was so radical in thought and scope and such a threat to the status Quo that in August 1956, several tons of his publications were burned <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_burning> by the FDA, arguably one of the worst examples of censorship in U.S. history. He was the author of several notable textbooks, including The Mass Psychology of Fascism <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mass_Psychology_of_Fascism> and Character Analysis, both published in 1933. Reich’s work and ideas are among the most influential in the formation of the human potential movement of the last half of the twentieth century. His ideas on Orgone, sexuality, and the link between, energy medicine, natural healing and bodywork is core to many therapies related to alternative and complementary medicine including my own and has had a powerful influence especially in the work of Fritz and Laura Perls, Alexander Lowen, Ida Rolf and others.
If you are a wellness professional or seek to move beyond superficial ideas in your work I recommend exploring Reich
Lewis Harrison, the author of the ebook “Healing Depression Naturally”, available through Amazon-Kindle. Lewis is a speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a pioneer in the personal development movement The author of nine self help books on human potential he offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching. He is creating a series of ebooks entitled “Ask Lewis…” which will be available on line
Lewis offers phone-based and on-line life coaching services and created the course on Life Strategies www.How ToSolveAny Problem.com - a simple system for decision making based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash, the Nobel prize winning subject of the biopick “A Beautiful Mind”.
Seems pretty certain that Reality is not the way we have been taught.
That does now seem indisputable. I like that.
That there are people who fight any changes seems equally indisputable.
So I usually check things out for myself.
One thing I have been finding stronger lately is that,
on some level, we all seem to be in touch with each other.
Had this experience? Someone you know *pops into your mind*
and then you get a phone call or email from them? Coincidence?
I am finding it more than that.
And now some scientists are supporting that -
by introducing varying new theories.
One is that everything does emanate a frequency, and thus everything
is connected to everything else. (We are all one.)
One experience I have has to do with thinking of people.
Over time I have received many gifts from people. (Thank you.)
Whenever I use one of the items my mind goes to the person who gave it to
Every time! (Far too many to mention here - and I deeply thank you all.)
I often do not remember their name - although I can still see their face,
and feel love and gratefulness - every time!
(You would be surprised how many I recall. I am surprised as well!)
So I see that as we are all connected.
When we think of someone with love and gratefulness I feel there is a
blessing - to the receiver - and the sender.
Connected to this subject, I am now getting very strong experiences of
seeing, almost everything, and everyone, in vibrational frequencies - blending
The other day it was extra strong.
We were walking in a rainforest besides a tumbling creek (small river)
and everything turned into shimmering vibrations, and my legs went very
wobbly. I could hardly walk. When I looked at Sabine her face was solid and in
focus, and everything else just shimmered. I liked it.
Incidentally, the waterfall there is as dramatic as anything I have seen
anywhere in the world. One hundred metre waterfall coming over a sheer cliff face
into a deep rock pool surrounded by big rocks - some as big as a car.
The place is called: Protesters Falls - because, so the story goes,
when it was discovered that the huge old trees there were going to be
felled for timber, many people risked their lives to save the trees - by camping
up the huge trees - for months!
So let's presume we are all connected, and take a moment - this moment,
to tune in to each other.
The day I heard this, I think, “This principle couldn’t apply to me; the rare times that I complain are always for a good reason.”
Then, I start experimenting. Every time I start to criticize something, I look to see if there is some gift that I’m not fully taking in. At first, I don’t see much. Then, I dig a little deeper, and I find the treasure. It is true! I’m downplaying great things in my life! I catch myself and increase my capacity to receive.
Five years later, I have more love than I ever thought one person could receive. And, I still do my practice: using moments of criticizing as a flag to find more demonstrations of love to take in.
We all unconsciously limit how much love we receive. By simply using this practice, we uncover ways we turn down love and receive it instead.
What demonstration of love can you open to receive?
Lisa Carrillo, M.S., MBA
Lisa's Loving Our Love Life approach integrates 5 years of intensive study and practice of psychology, spirituality, and sexuality research. Her approach guides people in questioning attitudes and beliefs, opening our hearts, and increasing body awareness to the subtleties, depth, and expansiveness of shared pleasure. Her exercises include cultivating connectedness, reading and responding to your partner, and using sensual pacing, resulting in easily-accessible pleasure, more vibrancy, a sense of abundance, and deeper orgasm.
To contact Lisa to schedule a private session, visit: http://www.lovingourlovelife.com