Currently we are being bombarded by scientific research that offers proof that our perception of anything creates our reality rather than the other way around. I tend to believe this is true, which doesn’t necessarily make it so for everyone else.
Grasping the foregoing, however, provides a platform to accept many points of view which further scientific research will uncover. This equates to freedom of choice rather than being locked into a point of view which causes me to resist all other points of view.
This concept has been relatively easy for me to apply because of a vision I had one evening while moderating a discussion. I saw a giant pizza sliced into many sections and I made a crude drawing, writing a variety of fixed opinions on each slice, on the flip chart I was using to illustrate what I was seeing.
I pointed out that each of the slices touched at the center and we have a tendency, because our minds, both conscious and subconscious, tend to work, in a way that can only see what the one slice represents, exclusively …whereas the SOURCE, by whatever other title or name, sees all points of view simultaneously and much more that we have yet to consider.
At that moment it brought unanimity to the group. Since I had a relationship with each of the individuals present, I noticed later that two of them still held onto their polar viewpoints tenaciously; refusing what they saw as an opposite view as having any validity.
I have written and also shared this incident with many groups in the ensuing years, not realizing the degree to which I was locked into a similar, limited mindset and getting into arguments because of what I “knew from experience” as somehow being mutually exclusive to other points of view held by people with personal experiences that were different than mine.
Recently, Ryan Bruce and I were both exposed to something that has resulted in the door to our own intellectual, emotional and spiritual freedom being opened and both of us rushing out to embrace the fresh air of our discovery.
The door is applying ten words into our consciousness at an emotional level that is sure to find its way into our subconscious as well.
As the two speakers who exposed this to us both stated …some people do this naturally, but some people need to work at changing and urged that these ten words help. They both admitted that they didn’t know why these ten words have produced a significant tendency of theirs to be caught up in drawing conclusions that needed to be continually defended, to be replaced with a belief that all things really are possible. Sound familiar?
They both confessed that they had been extremely judgmental until learning and applying these ten words, many years ago.
One of the points I’m making in the foregoing paragraphs, is that mentioning the names of these two speakers would be counter-productive because the concept is an ancient one …and just as I was given the vision of the giant pizza, they were given this concept from the same SOURCE many years ago.
Also, again, neither of them could explain WHY these ten words worked so effectively …they just urged their audience to try them and gave us several examples of how continually repeating these words have eliminated their own bondage of judging others or getting caught up in reacting negatively to the opinions espoused by others.
Ryan and I have had a tendency, in our close relationship, going on seventeen years, to bristle at one another because of the different ways we learn and process things.
Over the last few days we have both been continually speaking and thinking these ten words with an amazing impact on our relationship. We have been talking almost daily for several years, since we are involved, not only in our joint project of www.spiritualhealingsource.com, which is non-profit, but also in a number of business endeavors in which we are involved together as well.
The change is that we are beginning to listen to each other without getting caught up in our different way of thinking and approaching things: We have always trusted and respected one another, but tend to react even somewhat heatedly about differences over various issues.
We were sharing in a phone conversation late yesterday afternoon, just how these ten words are changing all sorts of things including the way we were individually looking at a variety of things we admitted to one another that were limiting both our lives.
Okay, so I’m betting you’re ready to hear these ten words …the first four I’m also betting you already suspect: “Interesting point of view.”
The way I’m applying these four words is how I would describe as “prayerfully” as I am allowing every thought to be captured, so to speak, by our SPIRIT-PARENT and saying or just thinking them if that is more appropriate for the situation: “Interesting point of view.”
Everything I hear someone else speak toward which I sense I’m reacting negatively, I say either silently or aloud: “Interesting point of view.”
That interrupts my reaction into realizing that is all that it is, just an interesting point of view, and if I get caught up in my emotional reaction that it triggers …it will cause judgment based on whatever, to create my negative reality.
Perception creates reality, correct? Well, that’s what scientific research into how the subconscious operates is providing tons of proof.
Again, by injecting into my thought processes, that whatever I’m reacting to is just a point of view …and that is all that it is; by repeating the thought, “interesting point of view,” it interrupts my tendency to rise up in an emotional reaction …a so-called negative judgment, if I disagree …and, just as important, if I happen to agree with the point of view, it puts into question that agreement, a so-called positive judgment, but still judgment.
The following six words complete the thought that really stop my subconscious conclusions in their tracks …“I have that point of view.” Those are the ten words Ryan and I have been repeating over and over with amazing results …again: “Interesting point of view, I have that point of view.”
Ryan, of course, is searching for the reason that ten words work so effectively and fast because that is an important part of his processes of learning and adopting any intellectual tool.
As for me, I don’t care why, I’m just like a little kid anxious to ride my new bike …interesting point of view, I have that point of view.
All of a sudden I am able to emotionally embrace Ryan’s different approach to things – something I have valued, intellectually, for many years as being an important, integral part of why we work so well together. Hmmm, what that has shown me is that all the time I wanted to know why just as badly as he does, I simply have a different approach than he at getting to the answer of the question WHY DOES THIS WORK? Are you ready for Brad’s answer?
Brace yourself: I dunno, but it does!
If you sense it is time to go beyond reading this or listening to a podcast of Ryan and I talking – by all means write me and I’ll send you the link to the audio resource we listened to.
There are many different ways to receive healing – they all work to some degree for different people. The key for you is to find the way that works for YOU.
Along those lines, just after I woke up this morning a crazy idea started running around in my consciousness like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off: There are many ways to cook a chicken, but none of them will work if you don’t have the necessary heat …and further, what’s the point of cooking the chicken if there’s nobody around that wants to eat it? That metaphor fits right here, don’t you agree?
Okay, the missing part was that these two guys were talking to a woman who was healed on the spot by saying over and over in her mind as they kept encouraging her: “Interesting point of view, I have that point of view about that part of my body.”
They asked how that felt …better, keep on saying it, they urged, “interesting point of view, I have that view about that part of my body.” This went on for just a few minutes – the result was that in just those few minutes all the pain had left.
I’ve told story after story of similar experiences, the difference being I always silently ask what, if anything I’m supposed to do when somebody comes or is brought to me for healing.
I am sure that now, since I’ve been exposed to this tool, that there will be times, particularly when there is a conflict the person has which is keeping them from wanting to be healed, when I will be given the green light to share with them as something that has worked for many people …including me!
The similarity here is that both the two guys on the audio and I are saying we don’t have a clue how it works, it just does. They give all the credit to the SOURCE and so do I and it is that simple and that easy …IF YOU PRACTICE. Go and do likewise.
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Last time out I was caught up in telling a story about a former business partner and close friend who happened to be a psychiatrist.
Something I saw and shared with him emphatically, early on in our relationship and which spanned over forty years, was that there was no such thing as a “good” therapy, or a “good” therapist, but rather a motivated patient; an interesting point of view that still rings true to me.
Basically the primary ingredient in the mix to a troubled person getting well is an acute desire to become whole and functioning. Such a motivated patient …or client (if the therapist has credentials that are outside the medical model), will get well and any number of therapeutic modalities will work just fine to help her or him find the pathway that provides the better fit personally.
In the first article (I hadn’t a clue that there would be more – I dealt with two topics that make a lot of people uncomfortable: demons and hypnosis.
I shared something that is well known among professional hypnotherapists and that is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis …many professional therapists know that they are merely facilitators helping people to use their own strengths to reach their goals.
Now onto the other topic in that previous article which makes some people uncomfortable – demons. It is here that I am going to repeat a story I’ve shared many times. It’s about a fifteen year old girl from the U.K. living with her parents in Kampala, Uganda.
The reason I’m telling the story is to illustrate the point that the viewpoints of the girl, her physician and the girl’s mother were united. Each of them had an anti-bias about religion …the physician had already told me she (the physician) was raised a Roman Catholic, but now just barely believed that there might be a God.
What makes that exchange interesting is that it was another physician who worked with me who often referred his patients to me. He had come to Africa originally as a Christian missionary doctor and stayed on and it was he who had referred me to the teenage girl’s doctor.
He had said that she was the most gifted diagnostician he had ever met. Both had earned their M.D.s at medical schools attached to prominent universities in the U.S. She also had embraced advanced studies in Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine.
She had called the ex-missionary doctor and told him she was stumped – she had done extensive blood tests and even an MRI on the girl. She had told him that she was convinced the girl was being attacked by “entities” is how she framed it. He told her that he had someone who he sometimes consulted with over that exact issue – not an uncommon occurrence in that part of the world.
He had telephoned me asking me if it was okay to give the other doctor my number, to which I readily agreed – she called, we met – she met with the patient and her mother and got their permission to meet with me, telling them I came highly recommended by her ex-missionary colleague.
She reviewed with them, in front of me, that the girl’s symptoms were extreme; constant fatigue, bouts of nausea every day, with no detected physical causes. Besides the extensive blood work, tests for allergies and the MRI, she had also consulted with a local clinical psychologist who after putting the girl through a battery of psychological tests confirmed only what was already quite obvious: She was very bright and quite mature and well adjusted for someone in their early teens.
The doctor continued by saying that she was suspicious that it might be spiritual entities causing the problems and that another doctor, an ex-missionary referred her to me, because I had helped him with similar cases.
I asked the girl how she felt about what the doctor had just said about spiritual entities and that is when she made the pronouncement that she wasn’t religious at which her mother and the doctor nodded and indicated their agreement verbally.
I told them that it was perfect, because we didn’t have to work through a lot of obstacles and preconceptions common to people with strong religious beliefs. I fell silent and asked what to do.
I told the girl she had all the “authority” to deal with the problem herself …and I told her how. I said, “I realize that you are not religious, in fact, both you and your mother are somewhat anti-religious as is the doctor, here. In my mind that isn’t a bad thing …in fact, for you, it is actually a good thing because you don’t have any preconceived ideas.
If you are comfortable with it, I want you to say something, if not just tell me that you’d prefer not to …okay?”
She was very attentive and not at all reluctant in her agreement. “This is not in any way religious, but it is spiritual,” I continued, “what I want you to say, if you’re comfortable with it, is simply – ‘I want God’s will, whatever that is and whatever it means’ – can you say that?”
“Sure,” she said, without hesitating, and surprisingly repeated the words almost verbatim and emphatically, “…I want God’s will whatever that means!”
“Stand up,” I told her. Now say: ‘I take full authority over this body and all feeling of lethargy and nausea get out of me, NOW!’ ”
She followed the instructions… I saw the immediate transformation in her and laughed at the startled look on her face …and asked her how she felt. “I feel great,” she stammered… “Say it,” I urged.
“I do, I really feel wonderful” she said, looking amazed and happy.
“Just remember to deal honestly with what is going on. You do not need to stay in Africa, your mom and dad will arrange for you to go back home if that is what you really want – am I right, mum?”
“Yes, of course,” her mother said. I gave the girl some additional instructions about how to deal with spiritual entities in the event she was ever bothered again.
Were they spiritual agents or demons, by whatever other title or name? Or were the symptoms simply something in her mind? Either or neither …and all points of view about it are interesting and I have a point of view about that.
My point here is IT DOESN’T MATTER, period. The girl was cured where there was no medical cure and I am not telling the story for any self-aggrandizement, after all I was instructed what to do step by step.Share on Facebook
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As a rule I don’t talk about hypnosis; the reason for that is my own past and present prejudices based on popular misconceptions about what hypnosis is and does and how some practitioners employ it. Maybe the following will help explain from whence I cometh on the subject.
My introduction to hypnosis was when I was working with the patients of a psychiatrist friend of mine. He said that what I did reminded him of some of his early training at a large, 3,000 in-patient, State operated, mental hospital in California where he did his stint as a psychiatric resident after finishing med school, internship and a surgical residency in Portland, Oregon.
Because I felt defensive about his remark is simply argued that it wasn’t hypnosis, instead of asking him what he meant so that I could have learned something.
At any rate, for many years, he invited me to accompany him to the various continuing education workshops around the country that met the requirements to maintain his license to practice medicine – his practice being limited to psychiatry– when it was a topic he felt would be valuable for me.
We were both living in the Portland area, at the time. Two of these workshops, were on the topic of hypnosis and its use in psychotherapy.
The first one was in San Francisco, where two anesthesiologists were, very effectively, putting on a demonstration. One memorable sentence, to me, in their introduction was that all hypnosis was self-hypnosis and in order to help patients get past their fears of being “put in a trance and losing control” they need to be shown two things, the first being that we go in and out of hypnotic trances continually, during every day of our lives, in other words it is a natural state.
They said that in anesthesiology it is quite simple – when a surgeon, for example, preferred hypnosis for a procedure because he wanted the patient to be fully awake, in a state of conscious cooperation, rather than one of the many chemical options that induced complete unconsciousness, they provided a one page print-out explaining that hypnosis was always voluntary and we that would be given a copy at the end of the demonstration.
The second and most important thing a patient needs to understand, they said, is that the reason for the surgeon wanting to use hypnosis is that, again, he or she wanted the patient to be fully awake, and the part that hypnosis played was merely to anesthetize against pain, discomfort and fear.
They then used several examples of everyday life where we are in a hypnotic state during which we choose to allow the brain to focus unconsciously on something more pleasant than the boredom induced by some TV program or even while reading a book.
They then began the a fascinating demonstration which I shall never forget: One of them stood there in front of us and instantly caused his left hand to be ice cold with a bluish tint and the other quite hot …and red in color.
We were invited to come to the front and touch both hands. Sure enough the red hand felt just as though it had come out of a pail of as-hot-as-one-could-stand water …the other, a pail of water filled with ice.
“You’ll notice,” he said, after we were all seated again, “that I instructed each of you how to hold each of my hands, one at a time, in both of yours so that you could get the full effect. In other words, I was fully alert, awake and in control.”
Without going into too many details, suffice it to say that the remainder of the session, lasting almost three hours, was anything but boring with several other even more dramatic demonstrations of the effectiveness and power of this tool of the human mind.
My friend and I, as was our practice at each of these continuing education workshops, was to go to one of our rooms, relax with a drink or two and discuss the material from his professional viewpoint and from my layman perspective – thus intensifying what we had learned.
We practiced several of the things we had been shown and were amazed at how quickly we were able to do some of the things they had demonstrated. During this time he asked me if I remembered him telling me that some of what I did with one of his patients during a session to which I had been invited …was like hypnosis?
I did remember, but corrected him that it was actually, during a group therapy session and what he had said was that it reminded him of mass hypnosis, whatever that meant.
Over the next two years he used hypnosis with some carefully selected patients. Carefully selected because of some of the inherent dangers with certain psychotic patients …I just looked up on Google to find an article that would better explain what I feel impressed to share here and found this on “WEB MD:”
Some therapists use hypnosis to recover possibly repressed memories they believe are linked to the person’s mental disorder. However, hypnosis also poses a risk of creating false memories — usually as a result of unintended suggestions by the therapist. For this reason, the use of hypnosis for certain mental disorders, such as dissociative disorders, remains controversial.
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or that the person doesn’t want to do. The greatest risk, as discussed above, is that false memories can potentially be created and that it may be less effective than pursuing other, more established and traditional psychiatric treatments [underlining mine].
My friend abruptly abandoned all use of hypnosis in his practice, he told me one day – something was bothering him and at the time I didn’t feel free to question him further.
He continued to invite me, from time-to-time, to work with specific patients whom he had carefully prepared by telling them, “I have this kook friend who believes that some emotional disorders are caused by demons …I think you might want to listen to what he has to say.”
If you have some fears related to hypnosis, I can imagine what you may be thinking with a topic as weird-sounding as demons.”
Did the doctor believe in such entities? Definitively yes. Does my publisher, Ryan Bruce believe in demons, definitively yes!
We (Ryan and I) have taken to call them alien agents, simply because, admittedly, we don’t know what they are – but we’ve seen them and both know how to get rid of them when somebody wants to be free of their influence …doesn’t make it any less weird sounding, now does it?
One rather exciting session, during which a patient who had been in therapy, under my friend’s direction for twelve years, was dramatically freed from what he and other physicians at the then State-run mental hospital in Dammasch near Salem, Oregon, had diagnosed as a severe psychosis.
She had undergone electroshock treatments during three separate hospitalizations.
Totally free, we had occasion to meet with her and her husband as friends on occasion for years following the incident of her “cure.”
After that session, at a restaurant, I finally asked him, why he had given up on hypnosis, particularly when he felt that what I did when working with a patient was exactly that …a form of hypnosis.
“Because I trust you – I don’t trust very many people or myself to not put the wrong suggestion into the mind of a patient. What you do is guided by SPIRIT and that takes the mind of Christ in my view – you and I both know that these things are intent upon destruction and I don’t trust using some system to deal with them.”
“So, how,” I persisted, “does what I do give you that assurance?”
“Because you deal with each patient individually and don’t depend upon any training or supposed expertise, because you know you have to depend upon God rather than anything else …that’s the best I can explain it.”
…and I suppose it is the reason why I prefer working with individuals, one at a time or in very small groups, rather than speaking to large audiences – and probably why I prefer writing to speaking – total dependence upon our SPIRIT-PARENT and with total confidence that somebody is “getting it” …get it?
That’s it for this time,
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