You’ve Got the Power

According to a scientific report, precognition not only exists, but you’ve got it in spades!

A report in open access journal PLOS ONE by Katharine Greenaway and colleagues from the University of Queensland, Australia, says that if you believe my opening statement, you’re far more likely to feel more in control of your life. Folks who feel more in control of their lives tend to feel more positive about their lives and tend to be happier for it.

It really doesn’t matter whether precognition (the ability to foresee the future) exists – only that you BELIEVE it could exist to benefit. That’s right – you don’t even have to believe in precognition – believing that it COULD exist – especially if you believe you could have it – is enough to elevate mood and sense of personal control.

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Originally posted 2013-09-11 10:00:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Stress Affects Women Differently than Men

A study out of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, demonstrated that female rats were affected by stress differently than were male rats. Assuming a strong similarity to humans, the study authors contend that further study may reveal this to be true. This could certainly explain cultural, ethnic, and national beliefs that women feel emotion differently than do men. Perhaps our “common sense” is correct in this matter. There is, perhaps, a biological basis.

“This is the first evidence for sex differences in how neurotransmitter receptors traffic signals,” said study leader Rita J. Valentino, Ph.D., a behavioral neuroscientist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Although more research is certainly necessary to determine whether this translates to humans, this may help to explain why women are twice as vulnerable as men to stress-related disorders.”

It may also signal that women are twice as responsive to change therapies, as well.

Study source: “Sex differences in corticotrophin-releasing factor receptor signaling and trafficking: potential role in female vulnerability to stress-related psychopathology,” Molecular Biology, published online June 15, 2010.

Problems with “Ah ha!”

“Ah ha!” can sometimes lead us down the path of rightness – along with its associated narrowing of choices.

Have you ever suddenly “got it” and said to yourself, “Ah ha!”? Maybe you felt you suddenly came to some realization that would solve your current or life problems. Many new therapists believe that if a client comes to a “realization” or “ah ha” then all is well and the client will come away from the session with resolution. This presupposes the insanely incorrect misconception that if we just know enough about our problem we can solve it and that resolution means solution.

“Ah ha’s” are fine and often make you feel you are progressing toward your goals. And sometimes that feeling is right on and correct. However, just as often or more, the “ah ha!” is merely the mind’s way of keeping you stuck or in the status quo – no progress toward substantial change.

When I was doing Rapid Eye trainings I’d often see students light up with “ah ha! I get it now!” and then return to doing exactly what they were doing before my feedback/correction. Their mind formed an image or “lock-on” – and with the lock-on they would lock out whatever else seemed different from their image. It’s called a scotoma and it feels very good – releasing endorphins in the brain. It is NOT resolution, though it often feels like it.

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Originally posted 2007-04-12 11:49:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Good Laugh, Good Health

Belly laughs- the kind that improve your health - are best when shared with others.

Surprise, surprise, laughter is good for your health. Specifically belly laughter – the kind that creases your eyes and nearly leaves you breathless. AND – this is critical, laughter you do WITH others. So says a study published online in the UK’s Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Oxford researchers discovered that laughing with others does two important things for us:

  1. It builds social community
  2. It increases our pain threshold by 10% or more

So, next time you plan on watching your favorite sitcom or comedian on TV, gather some friends to watch with you. You might just find yourself better for it.

“Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold.”; R. I. M. Dunbar, Rebecca Baron, Anna Frangou, Eiluned Pearce, Edwin J. C. van Leeuwin, Julie Stow, Giselle Partridge, Ian MacDonald, Vincent Barra, and Mark van Vugt; Proc. R. Soc. B published online before print 14 September 2011; DOI:10.1098/rspb.2011.1373; Link to Abstract.
Additional source: Oxford University.

Originally posted 2011-11-09 10:00:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Awareness of Now Illusion

You may be consciously unaware of something while a part of your brain is aware of and already acting on it. Subconscious mind leads conscious mind.

I think that when I’m awake, I’m pretty much aware of my physical surroundings, the conversations I’m having with others, the temperature of the room I’m in, etc., in real time. Now. Yet…

Did you know that your brain will respond to the image of a person seconds before you are aware of the person? Sometimes your brain will respond to someone or something and you’ll never become aware of it. How can that be? It appears to me that I am seeing, hearing, and touching all that I am seeing, hearing, and touching right NOW.

I’ve learned, though, that my conscious awareness is not all that omniscient or present. There are huge time gaps between what is happening right now and my awareness of it. Science and my own experience agree with my assessment: conscious awareness of now may be an illusion. Continue reading

Originally posted 2014-08-27 10:00:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter