Article: A new theory of consciousness: the mind exists as a field connected to the brain

What’s happening while I’m on Dr. Cliff’s table… enjoy this amazing article by Tara MacIsaac from Epoch Times.  To read the original article click here.
~ Dr. Cliff

A new theory of consciousness: the mind exists as a field connected to the brain

Between quantum physics and neuroscience, a theory emerges of a mental field we each have, existing in another dimension and behaving in some ways like a black hole.

Article: “Tony Robbins Swears by This Unexpected Form of Therapy (You’ve Probably Never Heard of It)”

It could rock your world both professionally and personally.

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You may be aware of the fact that Tony Robbins is one of the leading personal growthexperts in the world. Did you know he’s also a survivor of domestic violence?

He’s open about that fact during his seminars; in fact, he uses it as a teaching tool. He’s also open about receiving a form of somatic therapy called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), which has helped him overcome both physical and emotional issues in his life (related to his childhood and beyond).

NSA was created by Dr. Donny Epstein in the 1980s. It’s deceptively simple yet profoundly effective. NSA practitioners lightly touch certain parts of your spine to release tension. By releasing that tension, energy is freed up, which the body uses to increase flexiblity in your spine and, by extension, your nervous system.

At its core, NSA is an elegant hack to help you reorganize your body and mind, making you more physically and mentally flexible and resilient. It’s like a software upgrade for humans.

The results are remarkable, and heavily research-backed. According to Dr. R.H. Blanks at the UC Irvine’s Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, NSA “has a direct effect on client self-reported wellness which is twice that expected from healthy lifestyle practices (exercise, risk avoidance, optimal food choices).”

In other words, NSA creates results double those of eating better, exercising, and doing things like stopping smoking–and it does so with no side effects. Practitioners also report that patients under Network care start making healthier choices on their own; instead of efforting their way to eating healthier (or being told they have to or they’ll have another heart attack), they just naturally start to do it.

But it’s good for far more than just physical ailments. Because NSA treats the spine and in turn the nervous system, there’s almost nothing it doesn’t address. Your nervous system impacts everything: your physical pain; your emotions, your anxiety/depression; your energy level; your ability to process complexity; your stress level.

A few concrete things NSA can be used to treat:

  • ADD and ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse (alcoholism, drug addiction, etc.)
  • Chronic pain

Candace Pert, Nobel Laureate and professor of Brain Biochemistry at Georgetown, had this to say in her book Molecules of Emotion:

“Network Spinal Analysis represents the epitome of body work; it is at the leading of body/mind/spirit integration. This work will transform the planet.”

So if people like Tony Robbins and Nobel laureates are raving about NSA, why have you never heard of it?

Because we rarely talk about therapy openly, let alone somatic therapy. Because we are only now coming into a culture that accepts that your body and mind aren’t separate; they are one and the same. Because we tend to overemphasize how a person like Tony Robbins succeeded by his force of will, and underemphasize the behind-the-scenes healing modalities that help him thrive.

The fact is, functioning at peak performance takes effort. It doesn’t just “happen.” If you look at the most successful individuals in the world, you will often find that, in addition to normal or “alternative” education, they’ve done extensive therapeutic work on themselves. This is because you can’t truly excel if you haven’t dealt with the blocks within yourself to your own success.

In other words, you’ve got to be able to get out of your own way. And sometimes you need a little help to do so.

In Tony Robbins’ words:

“Network Spinal Analysis and Somato-Respiratory Integration, Donny Epstein’s revolutionary methodologies, are amongst the most powerful sources of personal transformation I have ever experienced or seen. They produce embodied and empowered strategies that are both sustainable and enjoyable for enhanced human resourcefulness and wellness.

I am stronger, more inspired, creative, and healthy because of this work. It has personally and professionally helped me to maximize my ability to contribute to others.”

NSA has no adverse side effects. It’s not pharmaceutical in nature. It doesn’t require hospitalization. It isn’t hellaciously expensive. You can find a list of practitioners here.

New Article from Life Coach Corey Wayne – “Network Care, for a more vital, energy rich life!”

Please enjoy this wonderful article from Life Coach, Corey Wayne on Network Care.
~ Dr. Cliff

network-spinal-analysisI want to share with you the most amazing healing modality that I have ever experienced in my life. It’s called network chiropractic care or network spinal analysis. It will make you feel more confident and sure of your actions than anything else you have ever experienced in life.

Basically what network chiropractic care does is, it helps your brain find, fix and realign any unbalances, tension and spinal subluxations by facilitating the dropping of all muscle tension in your nervous system and spinal cord. When all the muscle tension in your spinal cord goes away, it’s easy for your brain to reconnect to all of the parts of your body and vital organs that it has been disconnected from due to subluxations of the individual vertebrae of your spinal cord.

Due to emotional, physical and mental traumas we experienced throughout our lives that our nervous system is unable to process or handle, this unexperienced emotion or physical trauma shows up as muscle tension in our spinal cord. As we age and this muscle tension continues to build up, our brain slowly loses its ability to talk to and regulate the vital organs of your body due to the subluxation of your individual vertebrae twisting and pinching off the nerves that come out of the spinal cord and connect to all of the vital organs and systems of your body.

As our brain loses its connection and contact with the bodies vital organs and systems, dis-ease such as cancer, etc. will show up in the most disconnected areas or the areas that has the greatest amount of spinal subluxation and muscle tension.
Common sense tells us that if your brain cannot talk to all parts of the body, it can’t properly regulate blood flow, send oxygen and nutrients or properly remove the waste products of your cells. As we age, more and more toxins get parked in the weakest and most disconnected parts of our body.

People who have a huge amount of muscle tension in their nervous systems will find it very hard to make changes for the better in their lives. Why? Because their nervous system is so out of balance and constantly in a stressed state, it simply does not feel safe to make any changes that add even more uncertainty to their lives.

If you have watched the TV show I did a few years back which is located on the right-hand sidebar of this website titled “From Dud To Stud In 4 Days”, you can literally see and feel the changes and tremendous growth of confidence Mark and Dave achieved over just four days of chiropractic adjustments by my friend Dr. Dominick D’Anna, and some infield coaching by yours truly and another trainer.

It’s like flipping on a switch. When the muscle tension drops, a person starts to feel peaceful, relaxed and super confident. It’s a feeling that all is well. It’s amazing! When you are in a peaceful and relaxed state you make great decisions. When you are in a stressed and fearful state your decisions tend to bring you more stress, fear and uncertainty.
Network chiropractic care was founded by Dr. Donald Epstein. You can go to his website and learn more about this modern day genius by clicking here! On his website you can also click here to find a list of certified network chiropractic doctors in your area. Make sure you go to a doctor who is level III certified (they will have an “*” next to their name on the list).

If you are in a relationship or married, make sure your partner gets under care as well. Why? 75% of the couples where only one of them is under network chiropractic care split up! Why? Once you experience and feel the confidence, certainty and peacefulness of regular network chiropractic adjustments along with SRI breathing exercises, you will slowly move away from relationships, jobs, people, careers, etc. that are unbalanced and unhealthy. It simply will not feel good to constantly be around people who don’t feel the same level of peace in their bodies as you now do. You simply won’t want to tolerate toxic people and situations.

However, the couples who are both under regular network chiropractic care see their relationships and love deepened to a level they could have never imagined. They work more together in harmony and simply don’t get upset at the little things like they used to.
Another thing that happens to both men and women who are under regular network chiropractic care, is their emotions are 1000 times more intense than they have ever been. You will feel your emotions on a level you have never experienced since early childhood. In other words, you start to become normal and healthy like you were when you were very young.

How I Overcame Anxiety With Network Spinal Analysis

Here is a great article from Huffington Post by Adam Siddiq where he talks about how Network Spinal Analysis helped him.  Click here if you’d like to read the article on Huff Post.

Enjoy — Dr. Cliff


I used to feel like I was living in a nightmare.

Panic attacks, low self-esteem, feeling lost and like nobody would understand what I was going through became “normal” for me.Worst of all…no matter what I did, no matter what I tried, nothing seemed to work and I felt like there’d never be a day, let alone an hour, where this dark cloud would stop following me.

It all really happened one morning during Oktoberfest.

At the time, I was on a round-the-world journey, specifically traveling with the intention of self-discovery, cultural immersion, massive learning and growth in every aspect of my life.

I woke up to my phone ringing and a text from my friend Tim.

He told me to meet him and the rest of our group at the Hofbrauhaus tent.

I walked over to the bathroom to brush my teeth, like most people do in the mornings, and that’s when everything turned upside down.

I looked at myself in the mirror, unable to recognize who I was.

A horrible feeling of terror sunk into my gut as I felt like something was very, very wrong.

I tried to recall the events that took place the day before, struggling to remember most of the night (typical of an Oktoberfest attendee).

I checked my pockets and realized my wallet was missing.

That sparked all sorts of fearful thoughts to run through my mind: Did I get beaten, assaulted, mugged, drugged, injected with something? I closely examined my body for any bruises or damage.

Technically, I was fine…but I didn’t feel fine.

My throat tightened like I was being choked.

I felt nerve twitches from my big right toe all the way up to my left eye spark every few minutes.

I felt an uncomfortable sensation of heat rise in a way I’ve never felt before in my stomach.

I felt like I wanted to puke, not the alcohol, but the tight lumpish feeling in my throat.

And what freaked me out the most was that I had no idea why this was happening.

I tried to go to a hospital to see what was wrong; one hospital was not helpful and could not provide a diagnosis, which freaked me out even more, and the other wanted to charge me 1000 Euros.

I went back to my place and that’s when it all hit me: I felt like I lost my sense of self. This made me feel out of place and unable to tell what’s real, and that really freaked me out.

Still, these symptoms were weird. I thought they would only last a day or two, and many of them did, but the haunting anxiety and the gripping feeling at my throat stayed with me for 15 of the darkest months of my life.

During the first three months, I was experiencing anxiety almost all the time.

I’d even feel anxiety chase me in my dreams.

I was experiencing panic attacks multiple times a day, feeling triggered and terrified by the smallest, ordinary, harmless things.

The pain only continued to stack and permeate throughout every area of my life.

Eventually, the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual pain spurred an intense fire in me to find a solution. This led me on to a quest of searching on Google for solutions to get rid of anxiety, checking in on forums, going to a psychologist, working with all sorts of body workers, learning about the chakras and meditation, learning from personal development leaders and attending seminars, working with professional nutritionists, getting all sorts of comprehensive blood tests, going on 10 day silent meditation retreats, experimenting with all sorts of superfoods, running various diagnostics to see what was wrong, hiring a peak performance coach and more.

Being on the other side of this dark period now, I can honestly say that everything I discovered served me value and that I’ve integrated many things into my life for optimal peak performance. However, everything mentioned above really only helped me go from extreme anxiety to mild/moderate anxiety. And then, in the most unlikely way, I discovered two mind-blowing solutions that helped me fully overcome anxiety: Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration.

I first discovered these extraordinary healing modalities when I was at a Tony Robbins seminar called Date With Destiny. We had just finished a fun, interactive exercise based on spiral dynamics where Tony speaks about the different levels of consciousness. He spoke about the teal consciousness, which resembles an Awakened Soul, and that his friend Donny Epstein was one of the few people in the world who fully lived and owned this stage of consciousness. Donny was introduced as the developer for Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration, the two modalities that the legendary Tony Robbins has had this to say about:

“Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration are amongst the most powerful sources of transformation I have ever experienced or seen. They produce embodied and empowered strategies that are both sustainable and enjoyable for enhanced human resourcefulness and wellness. I am stronger, more inspired, creative, and healthy because of this work.  It has personally and professionally helped me to maximize my ability to contribute to others.”

With Tony being one of my heroes and top role models, I immediately jotted down Donny’s website and made the decision to go to one of his trained Network Chiropractors as soon as possible. After the event, I was bedridden sick in my dark room experiencing the most severe bronchitis I’ve ever felt. Pain ached through my back and neck, and the emotions of anxiety that I thought I had mostly gotten rid of were taking over me. In a desperate attempt to find a solution, I scanned through my Date With Destiny notebook, coincidentally landing on the page where I took a note of Donny’s website. I looked for a local practitioner and fortunately found one who invited me to their workshop.

It was here that I saw and learned about the power of NSA and SRI. I learned how most people, especially me at the time, can be living in a defense posture throughout our lives. I learned how feeling overwhelmed and stressed could lead us to live in a defense posture, and how going about our lives stuck in a fight-flight mode will continue to create more stress and breakdown in the body. More importantly, I learned how rapidly things can change and heal by upgrading our nervous system. I learned that at the core level, this is what NSA and SRI helps us achieve: an optimized nervous system. When the nervous system is free of interference, we live in optimal states, we feel flexible in our bodies and minds, we move through emotions and experience a wider range of them, we feel confident and comfortable in our own skin, and we experience higher realms of consciousness and awareness.

After the lecture, I started to feel skeptical. Will I even notice anything? Then, two women went on the tables to show a demonstration. I saw their bodies move and their spines oscillate in ways that blew my mind. They expressed sounds and emotions to liberate the interference in their nervous system. This honestly just made me feel afraid. I thought, if that’s what’s coming out of them, what’s going to come out of me? 

And then it was my turn. I laid down on the table and felt a few gentle contacts on my sacrum and my neck. I felt a heat sensation rush through my body as I took a breath, and then tension unwind and liberate into a warm rush of peace. When I got off the table, I felt like I had just woken up from the nightmare I’d been living in. I was energized and peaceful. I deeply felt that everything was going to be okay. This was enough to compel me to commit to receiving this care; I was convinced this would help me overcome anxiety.

At the time I was living in San Luis Obispo and commuting to Los Angeles twice a month (that’s an 8 hour round trip drive) just to receive NSA care. I was using SRI exercises for 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes at night. I kept experiencing more peace, ease and well-being; I could feel the blood flow through parts of my spine that before felt hardened like rock. The more I practiced SRI, the more I received NSA care, the more I began to see life beyond the dark cloud of anxiety. This intensified my appetite to keep doing whatever it took to transform.

As my awareness grew, I realized that all the anxiety I had been experiencing was really just an illusion…a short circuiting in my nervous system and a pattern of unconsciously experiencing life through the perspective of an emotional trauma. With NSA and SRI, I was able to discover where it was in my body that I felt so stuck. Through the care and exercises, I felt the energy liberate and move freely through my body. Sometimes this showed up as a breath of relief, sometimes this showed up as an emotional experience.

One day during my NSA session, I felt something I hadn’t felt in a long time: empowered. I felt this powerful energy rush through my body like a rich river filling up a dry lake bed. When I got off and went about my day, everything looked and felt brighter around me. It was only a matter of time when I realized it was me that changed. That session took place only four months after starting care; it was the day I fully overcame anxiety, a victory that felt as sweet as the one Andy Dufresne had when he escaped Shawshank through the tunnel of crap and made it into the pouring, cleansing, rejuvenating rain.

As I continued with NSA care, I became aware of some other unexpected benefits: I felt the recurring knee tension that prevented me from playing collegiate soccer fully dissipate during one of the sessions, I grew almost two inches taller, I felt like I could express my emotions with greater ease, I felt more creativity flow in my thought patterns, I experienced more moments of “the now” like Eckhart Tolle says, and most importantly for me—I began to find a gift in my pain. I realized that had I not experienced this dark time, I wouldn’t have gained all these transformative tools and wisdom. Because of what I’ve learned through my journey, I feel confident in being able to contribute meaningful value for people that will transform their lives. Because of that whole journey, I have such a wide arsenal of tools and wisdom for life that continue to help me and others live optimally. Of these tools, SRI has been one of the best I’ve been able to show people, and it’s something that any of us can learn.

Now, I want to clear something up; NSA and SRI weren’t the magic pills for me. They’re certainly magical tools. It is truly phenomenal what we can experience and accomplish through care, however they are definitely not tools to “get rid of your pain”. I was humbled to learn that the more I tried to get rid of my pain by “throwing it in the back of my mind”, the more it showed up in my spine. This shocked me because the practitioners I’d been receiving care from always seemed to know the theme of what was going on in my life. I thought they were psychic, but the truth is that since the central nervous system is located along our spines, the information we have difficulty “digesting” – be it feelings, thoughts and parts of us that we neglect, avoid and alienate – shows up as interference and tension along our spine. Because of how they are trained, they’re able to realize which phase of distortion a person is, and as much as we humans will like to believe we’re complex…there are only five patterns of distortion with how the body holds tension.

The truth is pain is just a message, interference in the nervous system, and when we can listen and learn from this message, we can reorganize ourselves and our lives to a higher order. Donny speaks about the difference between Restorative and Reorganizational healing. There’s certainly value in both, but if you want greater life fulfillment and success, you’ll want to lean towards Reorganizational healing more often.

I didn’t overcome anxiety by getting rid of it. I overcame anxiety because I was able to fully experience the energy and information that I had persistently tried to avoid for over a year. Through NSA and SRI, I was able to gracefully liberate what was once interference in my nervous system and access it as fuel for my body and life, giving me the energy needed to transform the bound energy of my pain into fuel to change my life.

Aside from overcoming anxiety, I’ve felt a significant amount of pure gratitude and meaning for the whole journey. What was once my deepest “wound” became my biggest “gift”. The identity I felt I lost that one morning in Germany has expanded beyond just “me”. I see myself as a cell of the organ of humanity on the body called planet Earth. I feel the beautiful joy of interconnection with everyone and all of life, and this has called me to take more of the world into perspective when I make my decisions. Overall, the intention I had in the beginning for my round-the-world journey was fulfilled…just differently than I thought.

Whether you’re experiencing anxiety or not, getting an upgrade in your nervous system will definitely upgrade your life. I’ve grown to enjoy NSA and SRI as software updates for my body and life…just like I regularly update the apps on my iPhone. I’m always excited to see how I grow through each session, what I’ll learn, and how I can take that experience into making greater life choices. Tony Robbins has famously said, “It is in our moments of decision that our destiny is shaped.” With that in mind, wouldn’t you want to make the best decisions for your life on a regular basis? What if you discovered decisions that were beyond what you thought were the best? This is what I feel NSA and SRI has helped me do, and I encourage you to give it a shot if my story has touched you. I know that if I can at least help others wake up from a dark period of their lives, my experience has been worth it.

The Six Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do

Here is a wonderful article by Tony Robbins about what human beings are seeking in life.

Enjoy — Dr. Cliff

Why do human beings do the things they do? How is it that one person will sacrifice his own life for another, while another will murder a stranger for sheer pleasure? What creates a Charles Manson or a Nelson Mandela? What is the force that drives and shapes all of our emotions, actions, qualities of life, and ultimately, our destinies?

While each human being is unique, we also share nervous systems that function in the same way. There are also six fundamental needs that everyone has in common, and all behavior is simply an attempt to meet those six needs.

The Six Human Needs
1. Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure
2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli
3. Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed
4. Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something
5. Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding
6. Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others

This drive is encoded in our nervous system.

The means by which people meet these six human needs are unlimited. For example, one of the six human needs is the desire for certainty that we can avoid pain and gain pleasure (i.e. comfort). Some people pursue this need by striving to control all aspects of their lives, while others obtain certainty by giving up control and adopting a philosophy of faith. Variety makes us feel alive and engaged. Then there’s the desire for significance—a belief that one’s life has meaning and importance. Some individuals will pursue this need by competing with others, or by destroying and tearing down those around them. Others may strive to fulfill this need through connection with other human beings.

The force of life is the drive for fulfillment; we all have a need to experience a life of meaning. Fulfillment can only be achieved through a pattern of living in which we focus on two spiritual needs: 1) the need to continuously grow; and 2) the need to contribute beyond ourselves in a meaningful way. All dysfunctional behaviors arise from the inability to consistently meet these needs. When our attempts to reach fulfillment fail, we will settle for comfort—or for meeting our needs on a small scale. Look to replace any dis-empowering ways of meeting your needs with things that empower and support you and others.

Understanding these needs, and which ones you are trying to meet in any given moment, can help you create new patterns that lead to lasting fulfillment.

Peak Performance Action Plan:

1. Which of these six needs do you tend to focus on or value the most?
2. What are the ways (good and bad) you meet these needs? For example, in your relationships, work, eating, exercise, etc.?
3. How can you increase your focus on growth and contribution? What are some things you can do, or new experiences you can participate in? Use the Hour of Power to maximize your planning in this area.

How the Heart and Brain Working Together to Produce Emotions

Here is a great article by Dr. Mercola about how the Heart and Mind work together.  Please enjoy reprinting below or see the article on the Mercola website by clicking here.

Enjoy — Dr. Cliff

Modern Research Reveals Your Heart Does Have a Mind of Its Own

March 05, 2016

By Dr. Mercola

In the film “Of Hearts and Minds,” science documentary filmmaker David Malone explores the human heart, juxtaposing the modern scientific view of the heart as a mere pump, versus its long history as a symbol of love and the center of innate wisdom and human character.

The film starts off in an operating room where open heart surgery is taking place, and Malone interviews Consultant Surgeon Francis Wells, who talks about the mechanistic and bioelectrical workings of the heart.

On the other side, there’s the poetic view of the heart as a source organ of love, with an intelligence all its own. In Wells’ view, the heart is a pump, and nothing more.

You can replace your heart with an artificial one, and it won’t affect your ability to love. Yet the idea that your heart is somehow an emotional organ remains.

The Heart — An Organ of Truth and Emotion

Sayings like “I love you with all my heart,” and “my heart swelled with joy,” or the reference to someone being “broken-hearted” or “cold hearted” — how much of this poetic language is based on something real?

Are these kinds of sayings references to something biologically true, stated in poetic terms?

This is the question Malone seeks to answer in this film, and the reason he thinks the answer may be important is because he believes the way we see our heart is a reflection of how we view ourselves as human beings.

The ancient Egyptians saw the heart as an organ of truth. And indeed, your heart does seem to be able to tell you the truth about how you feel and what you think is right or wrong. When you lie, for example, your heart rate tends to speed up.

As the film goes on, Malone scours the latest science, to find out whether our feelings and emotions really come from our brains, or whether they might actually originate in our hearts.

For starters, Leonardo Da Vinci discovered how the blood flowed through the heart, and how the swirling vortexes within the heart’s chambers worked withthe heart, opening and closing the valves with each heart beat — a far cry from the mechanistic view of the heart as a simple single-stroke pump.

Da Vinci’s drawings and experiments reveal a harmonic beauty — as much a piece of art as a machine.

The ‘Brain’ Within Your Heart

David Paterson, Ph.D. a professor at Oxford University, straddles the two areas of the brain and the heart. His work shows that your brain is not the sole source of your emotions, but indeed, your heart and brain work together in producing emotions.

Your heart actually contains neurons, similar to those in your brain, and your heart and brain are closely connected, creating a symbiotic emotional whole. As explained in the film:

“When your heart receives signals from the brain via the sympathetic nerves, it pumps faster. And when it receives signals through the parasympathetic nerves, it slows down.

While this seems to support the view that the heart simply follows the orders of the brain, the reality is far more complex. Because your heart also contains thousands of specialized neurons, predominantly located around the right ventricle surface, forming a complex network. Why did nature put them there?

Neurons are what allow your brain to form thoughts. So what are they doing around the right ventricle of your heart? While much about the neurons in your heart is still unknown, one thing is sure — the “brain” in your heart communicates back and forth with the brain in your head. It’s a two-way street.

The Neurons in Your Heart Makes Decisions Too

In the film, Professor Paterson shows a piece of heart tissue from a rabbit — not the whole heart, just a piece of the right ventricle, where the neurons are clustered.

Kept in a tank with nutrients and a steady flow of oxygen, this suspended piece of heart tissue beats all by itself, even though it’s not attached to a living organism, and there’s no actual blood pumping through it.

By sending an electrical impulse into this tissue via an electrode, Professor Patterson demonstrates how the heart tissue immediately slows its contractions; a “decision” made by the neurons in the tissue in response to the stimulation.

This elegant little experiment shows that it’s the neurons in your heart that decide how the heart will behave, not the neurons in your brain. What Professor Patterson is finding again shifts our view of the heart back toward its more poetic and philosophical origins.

As Malone says:

“The heart is a pump that does respond when the brain asks it to, but it is not enslaved to the brain. Its relationship to the brain is more like a marriage … with each dependent on the other. It seems science is now restoring to the heart something that rightfully belongs to it: Our emotions.”


Intense Negative Emotions Puts Your Heart Health at Risk

The interplay between your brain and heart can be seen when looking at how your emotional and mental outlook colors your health — especially your heart health. Intense anger, for example, boosts your heart attack risk five-fold, and your stroke risk three-fold.

Intense grief after the loss of a loved one also raises your risk of having a heart attack. The day immediately following your loss, your risk of a heart attack goes up by 21 times, and remains six times higher than normal for several weeks.

Research also shows that people exposed to traumatic experiences, for example, combat veterans, New Orleans residents who went through Hurricane Katrina, and Greeks struggling through financial turmoil, have higher rates of cardiac problems than the general population.

In one such study, which involved nearly 208,000 veterans aged 46 to 74, 35 percent of those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) developed insulin resistance in two years, compared to only 19 percent of those not diagnosed with PTSD.

PTSD sufferers also had higher rates of metabolic syndrome — a collection of risk factors that raise your risk of heart disease, such as high body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. More than half (about 53 percent) of veterans with PTSD had several of these symptoms, compared to 37 percent of those not suffering with PTSD.

A Positive Outlook Reduces Your Heart Attack Risk

If negative emotions have the potential to harm your heart, it would stand to reason that positive emotions may heal it, and this indeed seems to be the case. In a study3 of nearly 1,500 people with an increased risk of early-onset coronary artery disease, those who reported being cheerful, relaxed, satisfied with life, and full of energy had a one-third reduction in coronary events like a heart attack.

Those with the highest risk of coronary events enjoyed an even greater risk reduction of nearly 50 percent. This was true even when other heart disease risk factors, such as smoking, age, and diabetes, were taken into account. Separate research has similarly found that:

  • Positive psychological well-being is associated with a consistent reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD)
  • Emotional vitality may protect against risk of CHD in men and women
  • Cheerful heart disease patients live longer than pessimistic heart patients
  • Very optimistic people have lower risks of dying from any cause, as well as lower risks of dying from heart disease, compared to highly pessimistic people

Yes, Your Heart Also Affects Your Mind

In one test, Malone is shown a series of images of neutral and frightened faces, some synced in time to his heartbeat, and others not synced to his heart. Interestingly, when the frightened faces were shown in sync with his heartbeat, he perceived them as being more intensely frightened than when shown out of sync with his heartbeat.

What this test showed was that how his mind processed the perception of fear was affected by his heart. When his brain processed the image in sync with his heart, there was a greater “resonance” in the emotional output.

By looking at the brain scans taken during the test, the researchers are able to pinpoint the precise brain region affected by the heart, namely the amygdala — an area known to be associated with threat perception. Your amygdala processes fear in combination with the signaling from your heart. This brain-heart connection is also at work when you experience feelings of compassion and empathizing with other people’s emotional states.

As Malone says, “it is our heart working in tandem with our brain that allows us to feel for others … It is ultimately what makes us human… Compassion is the heart’s gift to the rational mind.”

Excerpt from article by Michael Forrester

Wonderful excerpt explaining the vital relationship between energetic intelligence and the health, vitality and potential of the human experience- the CORE OF OUR WORK!  Enjoy-  Dr. Cliff


Every cause of disease first begins with an imbalance in the body’s energy systems, specifically, the interaction between how the heart communicates with the brain and the body. Fix that and there is no disease, ever. The heart can produce an electrical field 100 times greater than the brain and a magnetic field 5000 times greater. Which one are you using to heal?

Emotions are vibrations which influence consistently our reality. We not only think and work our way through a day, meeting, assignment, but also feel and believe our way through it. The outcome depends on both.

Simply put, the number one cause of health is your energetic and emotional state. How you connect emotionally to your overall wellness and wellbeing is more important than any supplement, food, exercise or health treatment. There is only one cause of disease and that has to do with the energy and frequency imbalances that exist within your body. Rectify that, and disease cannot exist…it would be impossible.

All the emotions are varieties of two: fear and love: Fear/stress is contagious and causes contraction: inhibits creativity, brain activity, inhibits the immune system,selective perception and over extensive periods of time leads to breakdown. Love (positive beliefs and emotions) has high impact and causes expansion: creativity, physical and mental endurance, more productivity in shorter time because we take decisions quicker because we are receptive and highly perceptive. This a question of Math, HeartMath (as per the contribution in this field of the HeartMath Institute): when one has accurate information, takes better decisions.

The quality of the field one creates with his heart influences his experience and reality.

The research behind the evolution of HeartMath came from the idea that the body’s emotional response to events do not always occur from “top-down” processing (i.e., the brain sends signals to the heart and other organs, and the body responds accordingly). Rather, it has now proven that often times our emotional state triggers our heart to send out its own signals to the brain and other organs, and the body then responds accordingly. For instance, while two-way communication between the cognitive and emotional systems is hard-wired into the brain, the actual number of neural connections going from the emotional centers to the cognitive centers is greater than the number going the other way. Have you ever: Made a “rash” decision? Done something dangerous on impulse? Taken a risk because you believed in it? This research helps explain the influence emotions have on our ability to think and act.

In fact, researchers at HeartMath have determined that the physiology and nerve centers of the heart are so complex and active, that they constitute a “brain” all on their own, termed a “mini-brain.” We now know that the heart contains cells that produce and release norepinephrine and dopamine, neurotransmitters once thought to be produced only by the brain and ganglia outside the heart. Even more remarkable is the discovery that the heart produces oxytocin -the “love hormone” – in concentrations that are as high as those in the brain.

Can we live the life we want? Can we be authentic in our speech? Can we identify and release our underlying limiting beliefs so that we begin a new commitment towards genuine compassion, abundance, love and connection. Your commitment will show in your body and intentions.

-Michael Forrester

Exercise Reorganizes the Brain to be More Resilient to Stress

Please enjoy this great article featured on based on a Princeton University study.

— Dr. Cliff


Exercise Reorganizes the Brain to be More Resilient to Stress

Posted on July 3, 2013
By Neuroscience News

 Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University.

The researchers report in the Journal of Neuroscience that when mice allowed to exercise regularly experienced a stressor — exposure to cold water — their brains exhibited a spike in the activity of neurons that shut off excitement in the ventral hippocampus, a brain region shown to regulate anxiety.

These findings potentially resolve a discrepancy in research related to the effect of exercise on the brain — namely that exercise reduces anxiety while also promoting the growth of new neurons in the ventral hippocampus. Because these young neurons are typically more excitable than their more mature counterparts, exercise should result in more anxiety, not less. The Princeton-led researchers, however, found that exercise also strengthens the mechanisms that prevent these brain cells from firing.

The impact of physical activity on the ventral hippocampus specifically has not been deeply explored, said senior author Elizabeth Gould, Princeton’s Dorman T. Warren Professor of Psychology. By doing so, members of Gould’s laboratory pinpointed brain cells and regions important to anxiety regulation that may help scientists better understand and treat human anxiety disorders, she said.

This electrophysiology image shows the impact running has on new neurons in the hippocampus.

Researchers found that physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function. Running produced a large increase in the number of new neurons in the hippocampus — a brain region shown to regulate anxiety — of a mouse that ran for six weeks (above). The brown cells are new neurons, which are more numerous in active mice than sedentary mice, and the blue cells are mature neurons. Credited to the Gould laboratory, Princeton University.

From an evolutionary standpoint, the research also shows that the brain can be extremely adaptive and tailor its own processes to an organism’s lifestyle or surroundings, Gould said. A higher likelihood of anxious behavior may have an adaptive advantage for less physically fit creatures. Anxiety often manifests itself in avoidant behavior and avoiding potentially dangerous situations would increase the likelihood of survival, particularly for those less capable of responding with a “fight or flight” reaction, she said.

“Understanding how the brain regulates anxious behavior gives us potential clues about helping people with anxiety disorders. It also tells us something about how the brain modifies itself to respond optimally to its own environment,” said Gould, who also is a professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

The research was part of the graduate dissertation for first author Timothy Schoenfeld, now a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as part of the senior thesis project of co-author Brian Hsueh, now an MD/Ph.D. student at Stanford University. The project also included co-authors Pedro Rada and Pedro Pieruzzini, both from the University of Los Andes in Venezuela.

For the experiments, one group of mice was given unlimited access to a running wheel and a second group had no running wheel. Natural runners, mice will dash up to 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) a night when given access to a running wheel, Gould said. After six weeks, the mice were exposed to cold water for a brief period of time.

This electrophysiology image shows the activation of new hippocampal neurons in response to stress. The caption best describes the image.

The researchers found that running prevents the activation of new neurons in response to stress. In sedentary mice, stress activated new neurons in the hippocampus (red and green cell above), but after 6 weeks of running, the stress-induced activation of both new and mature neurons disappeared. The red cells are new neurons and the green cells are activated mature neurons. Credited to the Gould laboratory, Princeton University.

The brains of active and sedentary mice behaved differently almost as soon as the stressor occurred, an analysis showed. In the neurons of sedentary mice only, the cold water spurred an increase in “immediate early genes,” or short-lived genes that are rapidly turned on when a neuron fires. The lack of these genes in the neurons of active mice suggested that their brain cells did not immediately leap into an excited state in response to the stressor.

Instead, the brain in a runner mouse showed every sign of controlling its reaction to an extent not observed in the brain of a sedentary mouse. There was a boost of activity in inhibitory neurons that are known to keep excitable neurons in check. At the same time, neurons in these mice released more of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, which tamps down neural excitement. The protein that packages GABA into little travel pods known as vesicles for release into the synapse also was present in higher amounts in runners.

The anxiety-reducing effect of exercise was canceled out when the researchers blocked the GABA receptor that calms neuron activity in the ventral hippocampus. The researchers used the chemical bicuculine, which is used in medical research to block GABA receptors and simulate the cellular activity underlying epilepsy. In this case, when applied to the ventral hippocampus, the chemical blocked the mollifying effects of GABA in active mice.

Notes about this neuroscience and exercise research

The paper, “Physical Exercise Prevents Stress-Induced Activation of Granule Neurons and Enhances Local Inhibitory Mechanisms in the Dentate Gyrus,” was published May 1 in the Journal of Neuroscience. This research was supported by National Institute of Mental Health grant MH091567.

Written by Morgan Kelly
Contact: Morgan Kelly – Princeton University
Source: Princeton University press release
Image Source: The hippocampus images are credited to the Gould laboratory, Princeton University and are adapted from the press release.
Original Research: Abstract for “Physical Exercise Prevents Stress-Induced Activation of Granule Neurons and Enhances Local Inhibitory Mechanisms in the Dentate Gyrus” by Timothy J. Schoenfeld, Pedro Rada, Pedro R. Pieruzzini, Brian Hsueh, and Elizabeth Gould in Journal of Neuroscience. Published online May 1 2013 doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5352-12.2013

Your 7 Energy Centers

Please enjoy this great article I found from — Dr. Cliff


Understanding how energy works in your body can help you decipher your individual body’s unique language. The chakras are the energy centers in the physical body where your beliefs and emotions are transformed into your state of health.

As you study each of your chakras, you’ll discover how your family legacy together with your current thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can directly affect the health of your tissues and organs.

Whether you believe in chakras as literal places in the body or as metaphoric ones, they can help you activate mind/body connections to help you heal.

Each of the seven chakras of the human body is associated with specific organ systems and specific emotional states:

The Seventh Chakra


The connection to your Divine purpose and spirituality.

The Seventh Chakra
The Sixth Chakra


The third eye and the center of your intuition.

The Sixth Chakra
The Fifth Chakra


The communication and expression of your inner will.

The Fifth Chakra
The Fourth Chakra


The heart of your emotional energy powered by love.

The Fourth Chakra
The Third Chakra


The emergence of your personality and identity.

The Third Chakra
The Second Chakra


The center of your relationships.

The Second Chakra
The First Chakra


The foundation of your emotional health.

The First Chakra