The Spiritually Transformative Impact of Meditating Using Binaural Beats by Dr.Mike Alan Doogan
Binaural beats result from the introduction of 2 slightly different audio frequencies simultaneously into the hearing centers of the brain. When listened to in stereo the brain theoretically attunes to the difference between these beats. The brain is then said to be capable of being entrained to slower frequencies with the use of these recordings. Proponents argue that this technology can be used to support meditative practice, thereby allowing for increased potential of spiritually transformative events to occur. Such recordings have been marketed and distributed widely for this purpose in recent years. To this point, however, research on binaural beat technology has produced mixed results. Very few qualitative studies have been completed and those exploring spiritually transformative events are rare. This study sought to address this gap in the data using an innovative and unique experimental methodological design. A constructive grounded theory design served as the foundation for this endeavor, with pretesting and posttesting using inventories, surveys, single page journal entries, brief interviews, and creative visual expressions. Induction was incorporated to allow for reflection and introspective analysis. Ten to 15 participants of varying demographics engaged in a 5-week practice of meditating while listening to a binaural beat recording for 30 minutes per day. A 2-way analysis produced mixed results. Several themes of interest were selected for further exploration, however. A second literature review was conducted to specifically explore the experience of struggle leading to release and the abrupt onset of a spiritually transformative event. This theme was then compared to existing spiritual traditions and practices in order to clarify what constitutes an authentic spiritual practice. Ultimately, this study suggests that more qualitative research of this kind is needed in order to distinguish whether binaural beats provide a legitimate and safe means of meditative practice.
Posted on 2013 Nov 03 by admin
A SHARED MEMORY CASE STUDY: THE MIND RESONANCE PROCESSTM & EVIDENCE FOR NON-LOCAL CONSCIOUSNESS by Nick Arrizza BASc, MD
The Mind Resonance ProcessTM is an elegantly simple yet profoundly powerful cognitive process that can be used to release traumatic negative perceptions, beliefs, emotions and memories rapidly and permanently. The benefits are many, including renewed energy, inner sense of peace, sense of joy, a sense of rejuvenation, greater resilience to stress, enhanced physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, a more solid sense of one's true identity, and much more. This paper gives a brief description of employing MRP to help release a traumatic memory. The nature of the actual memory is not important. What is essential is only its qualities as experienced by the individual. As most trauma is experienced emotionally with similar common denominators of reactions except. perhaps, for degrees of intensity, this allows us to generalize the use of one example to many other traumatic memory experiences.
Posted on 2013 Oct 26 by admin
Homeopathy and Psychotherapy by Christopher K. Johannes, PhD, HD (RHom), NCC, LPC, Ian Townsend, MA, F. S. Hom (retired) and Jane Ferris, PhD
Homeopathy is the second major form of medicine in the world, used by an estimated 500 million people (Fisher, 2006; Schmukler, 2009) and included in the National Health Service in several countries, such as France, Mexico and Denmark. A comprehensive analysis of research evidence to date on the effectiveness, safety, and cost of homeopathy commissioned by the Swiss health authorities and published in a 2011 report upheld it as a valid, effective and important addition to conventional health care. (World Health Organization, 2011a; 2011b), Mental health related issues comprise nearly a quarter or more of the global burden of disease. Homeopathic treatment in mental health care has been increasing, in step with these rising trends, as well as in response to global calls for the ‘right to health’ and free access to greater treatment options (UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights).
In countries and cultures where access to conventional mental health care is either not available, scarce, unaffordable or culturally inappropriate, homeopathy has played an important role, providing treatment to millions. In countries where psychotherapy is accepted, there are also many who are unhappy because the focus is often on medications to dull symptoms rather than to resolve the underlying issues. In this article we examine elements suggesting homeopathy may inherently contribute to the humanistically allied psychotherapeutic process, particularly with relation to the person-centered approach. Illustrative vignettes drawn from Ferris’ (2008) doctoral investigation of the lived experience of psychotherapists working with patients given homeopathic remedies suggests the possibility of fruitful integration and collaboration. Our discussion considers the benefits that homeopathy offers in its ability to effect positive outcomes, the shared features of the homeopathic and psychotherapeutic treatment processes, the core ingredients of a homeopathic counseling approach, the holistic role of homeopathy in recognizing the somatic intelligence in integrated mind-body healing, and its benefits in advancing the psychotherapeutic process.
Key words: homeopathy, psychotherapy, mental health care, Samuel Hahnemann, Carl Rogers, person-centered psychotherapy approach, mindfulness, mind-body health
Posted on 2013 Oct 26 by admin
BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF SUBCUTANEOUSLY INJECTED HUMAN UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELLS ON CEREBRAL PALSY AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN CHILDREN AND A POSITED MECHANISM (ANTHONY G. PAYNE)
ABSTRACT. CLINICAL CASE HISTORY DATA provided by research- oriented physicians doing human umbilical cord stem cell therapy (hUCSC) in Mexico indicates that children with cerebral palsy treated by a subcutane- ous injection of ~1.5 million CD34+/CD133 human umbilical cord stem cells near the umbilicus experienced clinically significant improvements in various cognitive and motor skill functions. Conventional wisdom would argue that human umbilical cord stem cells (hUCSC) would tend not to confer substan- tive benefit in the brain of human patients, much less so hUCSC injected sub- cutaneous in a body site quite distant from main blood vessels and the brain itself. In this paper tentative evidence is advanced indicating that hUCSC in- jected subcutaneously near the umbilicus does bring about notable clinical improvement in children with cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury (TBI). A hypothetical mechanism is posited to explain how hUCSC injected in ab- dominal fat tissue would facilitate neurologic repair.
Posted on 2013 Oct 25 by admin
The Assurance of Academic Excellence among Nontraditional Universities (Journal of Higher Education in Europe Volume 27, Number 4 / December 2002 pp. 481-490)
For some time there has been a growing trend for mid-career adult professionals to return to the arena of higher education. These returning students have sought opportunities to avail themselves of the broad array of learning resources of a university community, without seriously impacting upon their employment and family responsibilities. Consequently, many have flocked to programs for advanced study that provide more flexible arrangements regarding time, residency, study options, application of knowledge and integration with prior learning and professional standing. Similarly, students living in remote locations and those isolated due to disability or incarceration have sought out opportunities for study from within their limiting environments. For these adult students, new educational alternatives have become increasingly popular.
With this sharply rising demand for advanced learning programs spanning time and place, most traditional institutions of higher learning have begun to offer some form of nontraditional distance education. Also, in response to this emerging demand for college alternatives, a vast number of nontraditional universities have sprung into existence. Some have become popular alternatives to the campus environment.
To avoid what they fear might become an overall weakening of educational standards, government leaders and traditional educators have taken quick action to establish strict oversight for quality assurance among nontraditional institutions. Now, for some time, it has been clear that American accreditors should usher in a new paradigm, one that permits varying models of education to be evaluated based upon the same high standards of achievement. However, recent history has shown that change has been slow and severely lacking in leadership.
Posted on 2013 Oct 16 by Dr Douglass