Thursday, May 12, 2011

The bright side of falling sick!!!!!

A week ago, I was almost dying…or at least that is what I

thought and I wrote about how I had been unable to practice mind control to

heal myself. The wonderful messages and

the healing energy sent by all you wonderful people made a whale of difference.

Although am still house bound, I definitely feel better. Thank you everyone for
the wonderful messages and love. Much appreciated.

As a thank you I have a great strategy for happiness
that I discovered during my convalescence.

Before I go ahead, let me share with you a few good things

about falling ill. During the height of my illness I was really cursing the way

I was feeling and could not wait to get better. However in hindsight, I wish I

had not done that and just accepted my illness and thanked my body for forcing
me to take a break.

Body has an amazing self-regulating mechanism and when

pushed too far will give us signals to slow down. The signals will be mild in

the beginning like a headache or body ache, inability to sleep or a short bout

of flu. If we take the hint and take some rest we will be back in action in a

few days, but if we ignore the subtle signs then the body will give us a

slightly stronger nudge and this time we may be out of action for more than just

a few days. My body had tried to tell me in more ways than one, but did I pay

attention? Of course not! And when it really could not take it anymore it gave

me a royal kick up my back side and forced me to stay in bed. To make matters even

more interesting, I could not even speak because of the bronchitis and the

incessant coughing. It really was time for quiet contemplation.

Along with contemplation came lots of reading and lots of

movies. I don’t remember the last time I sat in front of the TV this much. And

the best part of it all, a lot of TLC from the family. Inara made special

drinks ( I can’t say they were all very palatable, but the love and concern
made up way more than the taste) and Rahul and my helper gave amazing massages and back rubs :-) . So it was good to be cared for.

Ok, so let me get to the point where I will share with you the secret of happiness.

I read amazing stuff by a guy called Neil Slade. Have ordered all his books now, but this was on his website.

According to him, you can increase your happiness a thousand times over just by popping your frontals!

What does that mean? Basically what he is saying is you can

multiply your happiness levels thousand, ten-thousand or million times over
just by clicking your amygdala forward.

Did I lose you here? What language am I speaking? Frontals,

Amygdala, popping and clicking !!. It all sounds very strange but it is real

All you need to do is close your eyes and put your thumbs in

your ears, put your middle finger on your eye and bring your index finger in
line with your eye just above the ear. You have just located your amygdala.

Amygdala is an almond shaped mass of nuclei located deep within the temporal lobe of the brain
. It is involved in many of our emotions and motivations, particularly those that are related to

survival. The amygdala is involved in the processing of emotions such as fear,
anger and pleasure.

It also acts as a switch between the reptilian brain, the mammalian brain and the most advanced part of
our brain, the frontal lobes.

According to Neil Slade, if we click the amygdala forward we will have immediate feelings of peace,
happiness, pleasure etc.

So what you need to do is do some visualization, because visualization is a frontal lobe activity.

Now that you have located your amygdale, imagine a feather coming through your forehead and tickling the two amygdale.

Just by visualizing this you will have clicked forward your amygdala and will surely feel pleasure.

No harm trying it, I did but am not so sure if I suddenly managed to increase my happiness a thousand
times over.

I definitely had a good laugh when I told Inara about it and both she and I visualized clicking forward

our amygdalas!!! And according to Slade, laughter is a front lobe exercise so it is already a plus in the brain department.

Every time you are in fear or fight mode you are in your reptilian brain and your creativity, intelligence and ability to enjoy are almost negligible, and when you are having fun either in real time or visualizing and reliving happy times your frontal lobes are active and you will feel happier, more creative and more intelligent.

I read hundreds of pages on the brain and the amygdala, but won’t bore you with it. Suffice to say that

knowing how to use the brain is way more important than just the size of the brain. ( Size does matter).

So before going to bed , do this short visualization exercise. Try and remember your happiest memory.

Visualise it in great detail, give it colour, smell, taste, touch, what ever you can remember. Stay with it for a while.

Now you have activated your frontal lobes.

To add to that pleasure, now do the feather tickling amygdala exercise. It is supposed to be the best
feeling you will ever experience.

And if you do please share it with me so that I can copyright it. :-))))))))))))))

Sunday, May 8, 2011

All is well..... or is it???

It’s very easy to preach others but when it’s time to practice, its bloody hard. I have always prided myself on walking my walk and talking my talk, at times have had to pay a heavy price, but today on the 11th day of my rather painful physical situation I am very disillusioned by what I preach.
I am a huge proponent of mind over matter and believe a lot in energy healing and have often taken credit for healing others. Mainly my 9 year old daughter who has complete faith in me and even though at times she does not feel any difference tells me she does. She has been extremely troubled by my bronchitis symptoms and gets extremely upset when I cough as if my life force is being drawn out. I must admit it has been a few rather unpleasant days.
So how come all my self-help techniques and energy healing a self-motivational talks are not working on me? Why am I still feeling like death?
After waiting 8 days and hoping and praying that the flu like symptoms would automatically subside, I eventually gave in to family pressure and went and saw a doctor, who immediately put me on a nebulizer and antibiotics and three different kinds of cough mixtures. This was three days ago and I am still feeling like crap. I cannot speak a full sentence without coughing my lungs out and I go into spasms trying to breathe. It sure is not fun.
Why am I sharing all this? Why am I so confused about what I have been studying, practicing and preaching?
Most of my friends look towards me for advice on issues that plague us from time to time. These could be emotional or physical and yours truly always has some sort of idea/solution.
Today however, I am unable to follow my own advice. I am crying and cursing the state I am in and cannot understand how or why I brought this upon myself?
According to Louise Hay’s book- “You can Heal your life” every physical ailment has an emotional bias to it. So let’s see what is bronchitis all about? According to the book, probable cause of Bronchitis is inflamed family environment. Arguments and yelling and sometimes silent disagreements.
Hmm… now that’s a tough one to accept. So in some morbid way, I have brought this upon myself by arguing with my husband on something as innocuous as going to the doctor. I and my ego were so convinced that I could heal myself by positively affirming that I was Ok, that I argued with my husband at the very mention of the word doctor. His sarcasm and frustration of course did not help the situation. The more he would insist on my going to the doctor, the more I would resist.
No wonder I am in such an inflamed situation, both physically and mentally.
My ego got the better of me and I suffered and am still suffering much more than I needed to. If only I had agreed to see the doctor on time and not decided to self-medicate and practice self-healing, I may not be suffering so much.
Have I learnt my lesson? May be may be not? Ego does not give up that easily. It has to make its presence felt and always be right.
This time however it did not serve me. In fact it rarely does. It is what gets us into trouble most of the time, but to say that we have to give up the ego is like saying you have to stop being you. Our whole identity system is based on our ego. If we let go of our ego who are we? What is our personality? We may as well be a wall flower….
I am conflicted and I am confused.
My belief system is being shattered and my ego is preventing me from accepting that I could be wrong. For a change I should have heeded my husband’s advice and seen a doctor sooner, but I didn’t and I am paying the price.
My mind did not overcome matter and maybe not all things can be solved by mind over matter. Maybe we need to be a bit more discerning about what we preach and what we follow.
Now that I am publicly acknowledging that I was wrong and my husband was right, maybe I just might heal.
According to Louise Hay, I need to declare peace and harmony within me and around me and say “ALL Is WELL”.