I’m taking a break from posting about ‘Electric People’, as I haven’t got time over the Summer holidays, with the kids home, to do all the research required for the next chapter. It will return soon, BH!
In the meantime, I just wanted to share what’s been going on with my eye, which kind of underlines why I started exploring a more ‘spiritual self-help’ approach to mental and physical health in the first place.
For as long as I can remember, conventional medicine just hasn’t worked for me. Whether it’s been big problems, smaller problems, whenever I’ve turned to a conventional doctor, they never really had a solution that resolved my problems - and not for lack of trying.
Up until a few years’ back, I dutifully did whatever the medical experts told me - and usually not only did it not help, there were occasions when it even made things worse.
That’s when I started going down the more ‘alternative’ route, and initially, being super-fanatical about the food I was eating made a huge difference…
But not all the difference. And over time, the same health issues reappeared again, regardless of whether I was eating my sprouted spelt bread and drinking a green smoothie every day.
That’s when I started to realize that something else is going on here, when it comes to human health.
If the ‘problem’, whatever it is, is really only at the body level of a person - that they’re aren’t sleeping enough or eating enough vits, etc - then doing things at the ‘body’ level will resolve the problem.
It should be noted here that conventional medicine ONLY deals with health issues - bizarrely, even emotional and mental health issues - at the level of the body, and often in such a clumsy way, their ‘solution’ can end up causing more damage than the original problem.
But there are two more stages of the human experience that also profoundly impact our health, too, namely our mind, mental state and emotions, and our soul, or spiritual connection to God.
If ‘the health problem’, whatever it is, is actually rooted in either the mental / emotional or spiritual realms, then just tackling it at the level of the body simply isn’t going to work.
And that’s why conventional medicine really doesn’t work for me. Now that I eat well enough, and I exercise enough, and I sleep enough, there’s really nothing else to do on that front. All my health issues - yes, I’m talking about my physical health issues here - are rooted in negative states of mind, unhelpful subconscious processes and spiritual unfinished business.
No pill is going to help me get over the anger that’s causing my inner tension, headaches and eye strain.
Only changing my attitudes and behaviors (with a little help from God…), and really understanding why I’m angry in the first place, can do that.
Again, if the problem is rooted in the physical realm, then a physical response or medication will help to clear it up. But if it isn’t, or if some of the problem at least is rooted in mental / emotional and / or spiritual stuff, then taking a solely physical approach simply isn’t going to work to curing it.
And that’s why conventional medicine really doesn’t work for me - and that’s also why it’s increasingly not working for a whole bunch of other people, too.
Let’s jump forward half a century to 1958, when a young orthodopaedic surgeon in the US called Robert Becker started experimenting with salamander limbs and electrical currents, trying to figure out what role, if any, an electric current played in the regeneration and mending of bones.
Becker chose to experiment on salamanders because it was almost as physically complicated as a human being, yet had an amazing ability lacking in other mammals to spontaneously regenerate a severed limb.
Becker was exploring ‘what’, biologically-speaking, organized the growth of this new limb, and how the blastema - a little ball of undifferentiated cells that can turn into any other cell - knew what to do.
WHAT ORGANISES CELLS TO BECOME A PERSON OR CREATURE?
It was the same question, phrased in different words, that had the embryologists stumped, too: what was organizing the undifferentiated cells? What was controlling their development and corralling the process of regeneration?
Earlier on, in the 1930s, Paul Weiss floated the theory that the body had some sort of intangible ‘morphogenetic field’ that held the blueprint of what the body would become. The idea didn’t get very far in more traditional scientific circles, so by the time Becker came on the scene, no real progress had been made to try find if such a field actually existed, and if it did, how it actually stimulated undifferentiated cells to switch particular genes on and off.
Becker had his work cut out for him, not least because the overwhelmingly ‘mechanist’ view of medicine was shooting down any ideas that had even a whiff of belonging to the vitalist view point of life.
Becker writes: “When I started out, it was very dangerous for one’s career even to suggest that mature cells might create the blastema by de-differentiation.”
The idea that some cells in a mature, complex vertebrate could revert completely to their primitive, ‘undifferentiated’ state, and then turn into a regenerated limb, for example, turned orthodox ideas about how the human body works on its head.
Yet amazingly, that’s what Becker’s subsequent experiments proved conclusively.
THE CURRENT OF INJURY
Becker began by reviewing the work of Russian biophysicist, A.M. Sinyukhin, whose work with tomato plants turned up what came to be called a ‘current of injury’. Sinyukhin cut branches off tomato plants, and then measured what was happening electrically near the place of the ‘wound’.
Over the first few days after the injury, a stream of electrons that formed a negative current flowed from the wound. The same thing happens to wounds in animals, too. In the second week, as a ‘scab’ formed on the wound and a new branch started to grow, the current reversed polarity to become positive, and became stronger.
As the positive current increased, the tomato plant’s cells at the site of the wound more than doubled their metabolic rate, became more acidic, and started producing more Vitamin C.
Sinyukhin’s experiments proved some very important principles:
1) That a change in the electrical current seemed to be linked to regeneration
2) The electrical current that initiated these changes was tiny - between 2 - 3 amperes.
Armed with this information, Becker started experimenting on salamanders (that can regenerate limbs) and bullfrogs (that can’t regenerate limbs).
AMAZING THINGS BECKER LEARNED ABOUT THE ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF THE BODY
Amongst other things, Becker’s experiments showed that:
Becker found that the body’s electrical field mapped to the body’s nervous system, with the head and spinal region being strongly positive. He also found that the body’s tiny DC current controlled the way nerves worked in the brain, as well as the rest of the body, including regulating states of consciousness.
“Redifferentiation instructions are passed along a tissue arc whose main element is the circuit already established between nerves and epidermis….The direction (polarity) plus the magnitude and force (amperage and voltage) of current could serve as a vector system giving distinct values for every area of the body. The electric field surrounding continuously charged and diminished with the distance from the nerve would provide a third coordinate, giving each cell a slightly different electrical potential…A magnetic field must exist around the current flow…adding a fourth dimension to the system. Together, these values might suffice to pinpoint any cell in the body.”
The idea is that these electric and magnetic fields could affect the charged cell membrane’s “‘choice’ of what ions to absorb, reject or expel’ - or to put it another way, could sway which genes gets switched on or off in every particular cell, together with the associated chemical changes.
“ELECTRICAL FORCES TURN THE KEY THAT UNLOCK THE REPRESSED GENES”
In theory, Becker’s experiments proved that an electrical current was ‘the primary stimulus that began the regenerative process, and that it could operate in mammals.’ But then he hit the next problem: there weren’t enough electrically-sensitive cells in human bone marrow to make enough a big enough blastema to regenerate a limb in a human. So Becker turned his attention to trying to find a way of making other cells in the human body ‘electrically sensitive’, so that they could also dediffentiate when a tiny current of electricity was applied.
SILVER IONS KILL ALL TYPES OF BACTERIA WITHOUT SIDE-EFFECTS
Becker discovered that using a silver electrode ‘at the positive pole killed or deactivated every type of bacteria without side-effects, even with very low currents.’ But that wasn’t even the only amazing thing he discovered. He also learnt that a positive silver electrode ‘dedifferentiates connective tissue cells’, called fibroblasts.
What 'positively charged' silver ions was proven to do:
NOT ALL CELLS IN THE HUMAN BODY CAN DEDIFFERENTIATE
Not all cells in the human body can dedifferentiate. The following cells were all dediffentiated in response to electrical stimulus by Becker and his team:
The right amount of electrical current has to be aimed at the right type of cells for de-differentiation to occur.
THE BODY'S BIO-ELECTRICITY IS FLOWING THROUGH THE PERINEURAL CELLS
It’s now believed that the body’s current flows through the perineural cells. Perineural cells is a catch-all description for many different types of cell that surround every nerve cell like a kind of ‘sheath’, and which account for 90% of the human brain.
The neuron is the basic unit of all nervous sytems. Nerves are how different parts of the body communicate. The whole neuron is ‘wrapped’ in different sorts of perineural cells. The different types of perineural cells in the brain are called ‘glia’. Schwann cells ‘wrap’ the axons and dendrites of the neural cells in the spinal cord.
Schwann cells form a sort of tube made up of spiraling layers of myelin around the largest fibers. Ependymal cells line the four brain cavities, or ventricles of the brain, and also the central canal of the spinal cord.
Perineural cells play a big role in getting nutrients to the neurons, in controlling the diffusion of ions which in turn effects impulse firing, in memory, and in conducting the direct currents that ‘regenerate’ different parts of the body.
Becker discovered all these things more than 35 years’ ago, back in the 1980s. But instead of eagerly starting more research into these findings, to see how they could be safely applied to improving human health - his funding was pulled, and his small lab was disbanded, due to lack of funds and political pressure.
We can't find a 'cure' for cancer, and other serious illnesses for as long as we continue to look in the wrong places for it.
Meridians are the bodies electro-magnetic 'energy pathways', and the body uses them to signal a whole bunch of stuff, including hormonal changes, biochemicals, gene expression (RNA) and emotional states and moods, to list just a few.
(I write about all these things in much more detail in my books Talk to God and Fix Your Health, and How your emotions are making you sick, both of which can be downloaded for FREE from the Store page. If you're a member of the spiritual self-help website, you can also access a full, FREE guide to how to trace your meridians from the Resources page.)
There's a lot of 'bio-electrical stressors' in our modern world, including i-Phones, wifi, FM radio, microwaves, power lines, military communications networks, airfields and also, the earth's atmosphere itself, which is electrically-charged and deeply affected by things like solar storms and solar flares.
So, as well as the body's bio-electrical grid of meridians being stressed / overcharged / blocked / weakened by internal factors like stress, negative emotions, lack of sleep and bad diet (to name but a few) it can also get fried-out by these external bio-electrical stressors, too.
And that is definitely happen at the moment!
To give but one example: A couple of days ago, I got severely 'zapped' by my damp laundry as I was taking it out of the washing machine. The static electricity had built up to such a high level, it discharged a 'shock' that was actually pretty painful.
Here's the thing: I'm much more susceptible to attracting these discharges of static electricity than the other people in my house, presumbably because my body's bio-electricity is more out of whack at the moment. (I'm currently researching this angle, to try to get a definitive answer of how static electricity and the body's bio-electricity interplay, so this part is still guesswork at the moment).
In the same way I can get 'zapped' by my washing, I can also disrupt computers and mobile phones, and again, that tends to happen much more when I'm feeling under the weather etc.
I HAVE been feeling pretty stressed-out and fatigued again recently, so there are two things going on here:
1) There is more static electricity build-up in the external environment at the moment
2) My 'bio-electric- grid (i.e. the meridians) are not functioning as well as they could be.
I can't really do anything about the external environment, so I have to try to manage the problem my end, by strengthening the meridians - and that's where the following videos comes in!
If you'd like to see a man tracing the meridians very slowly, please go to this LINK.
If you'd like to see a woman tracing the meridians, please go to this LINK.
There's a ton more stuff about the meridians here on the spiritual self-help website. If you pop in 'meridians' in the search box, it will bring up many more useful resources.
And in the meantime, get tracing!
The washing waits for no-one.
What are mind-maps?
I've been doing mind-maps for more than 15 years, and I've done hundreds of them, both for myself, and also as a mind-map facilitator for other people. I first found out about mind-maps when a business consultant friend of mine told me about how useful they could be for organising the new PR business I was trying to set up at the time.
That first mind-map blew me away. It took all the stuff that was blocking up my head, and got it out of my brain, and down onto paper, in a way that made it so much easier for me to figure out what needed to happen, how, when, and why.
(This sort of organisational mindmap is invaluable for when you have a big project to do, and you need to set down clear processes, goals and priorities.)
So over the next few days, I'm going to teach you how to do your own mind maps, here on the JEMI website. But mind maps are NOT just about getting organised. You can also use them for some very profound emotional work, too.
Deeper applications for mind-maps
The beauty of mind-maps is that you can apply the same basic mind-mapping tools to almost every area of your life - even very deep emotional stuff. Mind-maps can also help you to find answers to big questions like: 'what do I want to really do with my life?' Or: 'what's going to really make me happy?' Or: 'what should my priorities in life really be?'
Questions like this can often seem so overwhelming and confusing, not least because so much seems to hanging on the final decision. Doing a mind-map can give you instant clarity about what's really going on in a particular area or your life; or how you might want a particular area of your life to improve or change.
You'll get detailed destructions for how do this sort of deeper sort of mind-map a little later on this week, in the 'Big Interview' mind-map example.
These sort of mind-maps can save you thousands of bucks in therapy bills; give you instant clarity and direction; and you can apply them to literally anything you want.
Another advantage to mind-maps is that once you learn the basic skills, you can also start showing your friends and families how to do them, too. But if you start facilitating other people's mind-maps, you have to remember one very important rule (especially if you're doing a mind-map where you have a personal interest vested in the outcome):
Each person's mind-map has to reflect their own ideas, opinions, preferences and desires - not yours!
Facilitate all you want, make suggestions, set a direction - but encourage the person you're helping to express what they truly think and feel, otherwise the mind-map won't reflect their reality, and will be a waste of time.
Example: The High School mind-map
Let's say you want to help your kid to decide what high school, college, or course to go to. As the parent, you probably have your own preferences, but in order for a mind-mapping exercise to work, you'll have to put all your ideas aside, and give your child the space to see what THEY really want.
This is often very hard for a parent to do, so if you can't approach the mind-map in a neutral way, either don't do, or get someone else to facilitate it.
But if you're happy to help your child to discover what they actually want and prefer, then a mind-map can be an amazing way of enabling your teen to find their own clarity.
In this particular example, the teen in question got some very useful insight into herself as a result of doing a mind-map, and realized she actually didn't want the 'top' school she'd applied to. As a result, she decided to go to a school that was more laid-back, academically, but otherwise a much better fit for her in every other way.
In the next post, I'll teach you the basic rules of how to do successful mind maps.
The more you learn about holistic health, ie, that a person's mind, body and soul are all reflected by, and entwined with each other, the more you start to realize that you can tell a great deal about a person's health, and their character, simply by looking at their body language.
For example, people who hold their head high, and who stare unflinching ahead while walking with fast steps, are usually no-nonsense 'doers', who rarely let anything or anyone deflect them from achieving their goals.
If you want something done fast, or organised to perfection, these are you people. The downside, however, can be that if this trait is not properly balanced with enough compassion and consideration for others, it can degenerate into the type of behaviour where missing a deadline, or failing to give them exactly what they want can spark off some very ugly, angry behaviour.
The point is, that just by paying attention to how a person walks, holds themselves or even, lifts their eyebrows, you can learn volumes about their personality, and also, their spiritual standing.
This subject is as vast as the ocean, so I just want to pick out three of the main body language movements that should clue you in that you may need to tread a little more carefully in your social interactions:
BAD BODY LANGUAGE MOVE 1: THE WINK
According to the book In His Image, Body Language Through the Eyes of Torah: 'It doesn't matter how friendly and accepted one feels when a person winks or is winked at, it's a wholly negative action.'
In a nutshell, whenever someone is winking at you, they're silently making you their co-conspirator against someone else. If a husband winks at his kids while his wife is telling them they need to do more around the house, he's effectively siding against here, and sending his kids a strong message that they don't need to take their mother, or what she's telling them, seriously.
Similarly, if the bank manager winks at you while approving your mortgage form, it can seem superficially cosy or chummy, but it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Why? Because whenever wink shows up, it's an indication of deceitful behaviour, somewhere along the line.
So a wink sends a clear message that all is not what it seems with the individual doing it, and that there may be a lot of deception and deceit hiding underneath the chummy behaviour.
BAD BODY LANGUAGE MOVE 2:
Now, you don't need a PhD in Behaviourial Science to work this one out: when someone talks with their fists, either literally of figuratively, aggression is clearly a big part of their personality.
Fists can show up in a number of ways: someone can bang the table with their fist to make a point, draw all attention in their direction, and to send a clear subliminal message that they won't brook any dissenting opinions or ideas.
At a more subtle lesson, when someone is talking and waving their fists around, it's a clearly threatening, power-hungry gesture, no matter what nice words might be pouring out of their mouth.
Fists intimidate. Full stop.
Small children often walk around with balled fists, because the world is a scary place to a small child, and that can be reflected in tense, balled-up fists.
In case you need any more convincing, one of the most 'fisty' speakers in history was the German dictator and mass-murderer, Adolf Hitler. 'Nuff said.
BAD BODY LANGUAGE MOVE NUMBER 3: HANDS ON HIPS
Or if you're Mussolini, hands on waist… But wherever you're sticking your hands, it sends a clear body language signal that you're trying to dominate someone else, and carve out a clear place for yourself as Numero Uno, Number One, the Head Honcho.
Again, that's rarely a positive thing, so if you're dealing with someone who's doing the hands on hips (or waist…) thing, be prepared to fight your corner - or run away.
One of the things I've seen happen a lot is what I call 'holistic therapy burn-out'. This can happen when someone religiously follows whatever special diet / special exercises / special practises / special routine is required from them as part of their holistic healing - and it doesn't work.
They don't end up getting pregnant; they don't manage to shift the weight; they don't get past their depression, or other chronic health issue.
When this happens, all too often the person experiencing holistic therapy burn-out gets salt rubbed into their wound when their practitioner of mentor starts blaming them for the failure.
That donut they ate three months ago stuffed everything up…they stopped getting up at 5am in the morning to meditate, and that's why it didn't work they way it should…they plain were just doing it wrong: they weren't taking the right stuff, or weren't taking enough of it, or were doing it wrong…
On and on the list goes.
And sometimes, it may even be true! But that doesn't disguise the fact that sometimes, people have the best of intentions, and they follow the dictates of their holistic therapy down to the last detail - and it doesn't always work.
Why is this?
Part of the reason holistic therapies don't always work applies to more conventional therapies and medications, too: God doesn't want them to. God sends you your problems and health issues as wake-up calls, to get a conversation going with Him.
When you cut God out of the picture, you often miss the point of why He made you ill, or stressed, or anxious in the first place, namely, that He's trying to get you to fix, change or improve something in your life, beliefs, habits or relationships.
Whether you're taking an aspirin or sniffing your pure lavender oil to make the headache go away, if you're not also asking the question: WHY do I have this headache?? - then you're really missing the point.
Normally, most holistic therapies usually do better on this score than conventional medicine, because they often acknowledge the mind-body connection to illness.
But there's a third factor to take into account, too, and that's the spiritual dimension. Physically, there could be absolutely no tangible reason why a woman can't get pregnant. Mentally and emotionally, she's mature, caring and loving - there's nothing obvious slowing it up there, either.
The woman in question has hours of acupuncture, watches her diet carefully, takes borage seed oil for years, even signs up for a few rounds of IVF, just to make sure she's doing everything she can to conceive - and still nothing.
Because God said so.
Why did God decide that?
That's between the individual themselves, and God. But for sure, it's not just a random, cruel act of 'fate': it's meaningful, it's deliberate, and it's designed to get a conversation going with the Almighty.
So where does this leave you, and all your efforts to get happy and healthy? Should you just throw up your hands in despair, and give up? Is it all predetermined anyway, then, and there's no point in trying anything else?
Not at all.
The answer is: continue to do your level best to achieve your mental and physical health goals. God wants you to eat healthily, and to exercise, and to work on your emotional and physical health anyway you can.
But He also wants to develop your spiritual side, too.
Most things in life come to teach you something profound: once you get the message, the problem usually goes away by itself. But not always. Sometimes, hard things come, and they stay, regardless of what you try to do to make them disappear.
Why? Because God said so. And when that happens, you really need God in your corner to get through the situation in one piece without cracking up or falling into despair.
It's not because you didn't stick to the diet, or the program, or forgot to 'omm' one day when you should have. It's just because God said so, and He's in charge of the world. And if your therapist or doctor doesn't know that, maybe go and find a different one who does, and who won't blame you when things don't go the way they hoped.