by DeDe Hinrichs 03/20/2017
Recently I read an article by Therese Wade called “How to heal yourself by talking to your body”. I resonated very strongly with the information. It brought back to me information I’ve heard several times before regarding quantum entanglement and other such information about how everything is energy and how we are all affected by it. In the article she took this information and applied it by talking to the cells of her body through a meditative practice. In doing so, she realized a profound healing from a neuropathic condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. Amazing.
This information has been around for a long time and the research is sound. Cleve Backster is well known for his work in the CIA. He founded their polygraph unit shortly after WW2. In 1960, he became director of the Backster School of Lie Detection in San Diego, CA. It was here, he began his research using the polygraph machine on plants, cells and animals. This lead to his theory of “primary perception”. He claimed that plants “feel pain” and have ESP among other startling discoveries all which were rejected by the scientific community at the time. He claimed this “primary perception” could be measured in all living things, plants, animals and yes, human cells. Years later, his research became popular among certain religious sects such as Hinduism, Buddhism and New Age communities as it mirrored many of their beliefs. The Discovery Channel and Mythbusters got in on the action as well. You can find these shows in the archives if you’re interested – or look up the work of Cleve Backster online. His work has been proven over and over. Bottom line, the research proves quantum entanglement, which is (per Wikipedia), “a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently of the others, even when the particles are separated by a large distance”. This is a scholarly way of saying that our thoughts, words and actions have an impact on ourselves, others, plants and animals. If we really believed this, how would we do things differently? A very thought provoking question.
I let this information roll around in my thoughts for a week or two as I looked up additional information online and watched some youtube videos. Then, it all came together for me as I lay awake unable to fall asleep one night. “Why not”, I asked myself. “Let’s try this out”. Just like many of you, I continue my healing around many past traumas. Some lifelong and some shorter term. It seemed like a good time to revisit it and see about untangling another layer. I wasn’t following any formula or plan. I wasn’t even sure what I was going to do or how. So, I did what I always do when I’m not sure what to do next – I started following my breath. Soon I became more centered and began to drop into a meditative state. An idea came to me to get a meeting together between my body, my mind and my spirit. I know it sounds a bit strange. I wanted each part in attendance and I wanted each one to have a voice. I started by stating this meetings intention is to have a conversation to determine what would be the most beneficial thing to focus on to bring healing overall. I knew I wanted to start with my body. First, I apologized to my body for continuing to boss it around and for not doing a good job of listening or even asking for its input. My mind kept telling me this was a ridiculous thing to do and I was just making it all up anyway. I felt like my mind wanted to keep taking over but I was determined to set the mind aside and allow the body to be heard. I persisted, patiently waiting for the voice of my body. Finally, the quiet voice began. It said, “Scan and notice where the body feels tight or restricted”. Right away I noticed my lower back where I often have discomfort. Then more subtly I noticed a restriction in my diaphragm (breathing muscle) when I exhaled. “What are the restrictions from and what can I do to help free them”, I asked. The answer came that it was from needing to be so guarded and on high alert as a young person to survive. Being on high alert had continued to be a normal state for me even though it was no longer a necessity. This wasn’t new information for me. I sensed my body was so tired of keeping this vigilance and it was feeling quite angry about not having a break from it for a long time. Not sure what to do next, I called in the help of my mind and spirit. We came to the conclusion it would be helpful to imagine a dial numbered from 1-10. 10, being how it felt to be on high alert and 1, what it felt like to be at ease. We had already come to the conclusion that it wasn’t necessary to be on high alert and it would be preferable to be at ease. I imagined the dial at 10 and noticed how it felt in my body. I began turning it down to 9, then 8. “How does this feel”, I asked? “A little vulnerable”, came the answer. We waited here for a while until things felt more settled. “Should we stay here or are you ok to go lower”, I asked my body. “I’m ready”, came the answer. I turned it down to 7, 6, and then 5. I checked in again. Everything’s good, so I turned it down to 4, 3, 2 and to 1. “How does this feel”, I asked again? A long pause before I heard the voice again. “I feel relieved, like getting off a 52 year work shift”, came the answer. I could feel my breath moving easier than it ever had. Turning to my mind, I asked, “Are you ok with this dial being at 1”? This is where we went into a logical conversation about how there was no longer a reason to be on high alert and that lowering the fight, flight or freeze response was a very good and healthy thing to do. Especially since these responses could jump back in when they were needed. Turning to my spirit, I asked “do you have anything to add”? “At last”, came the response. “Maintaining this level of vigilance has been a constant drain on our energy”. I thanked my body, mind and spirit. “We’ll do this again soon”. Then, I drifted off to sleep. I awoke very early the following morning, like way too early – 4:30 a.m. early. Eyes wide open and full of energy. This was NOT a normal thing for me. I reminisced over the nights events. Did this really make a difference or was it all in my head? Was it real or just a made up story of a crazy woman? I thought back to the article I read and the research I did online. Did the cells of my body respond to the energetic meeting of my mind, body and spirit? Yes, it appears it did and it all happened on the eve of the spring equinox. Very auspicious.
With the information of Cleve Backster’s research fresh in my thoughts, I find myself being much more aware as I water and care for my house plants. Do they miss me when I’m gone like Cleve states? Do they appreciate a sweet compliment or a gentle touch? What about the trees, rocks, water and the earth? What about the grocery clerk or my family? What about my own body, mind and spirit? Do they feel it when I look lovingly at them or tell them how much I appreciate them? I dare say yes, they do. They all do. What about those times when I’m not saying sweet or gentle things to myself or the things around me? Yes, that has an impact as well.
Today my thoughts are on how to implement this as a way to continue to help myself and also help others. I think it would be a good exercise to do as part of a hypnotherapy session. Hypnotherapy is a powerful vehicle for transformation. I’m excited to see how it all plays out.
Until next time – Namaste, DeDe