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Quantum Psychology: Quantum Principles Useful for Psychotherapy

1. Underlying all matter are waves of vibration. 2. These waves carry information. (In doubt, consider the internet!) Because they do, the energy seems to be intelligent, aware, interacting, adapting, varying.... and causing effects. We experience these waves or fields of awareness as consciousness. 3. Fields of consciousness are primary. Matter is energy organized into denser structures called form, and is secondary to consciousness.The body is organized according to the fields of consciousness upon which it is constructed. 4. Every thought carries a vibration, which causes an immediate effect throughout the body. This is the basis for the mindbody toolkit, which includes constructive self-talk, intention-setting, imagery, music, any kind of verbal mantra or silent prayer. 5. Vibrations intersect with one another. Some are produced from within. Some come from outside ourselves. Some cancel each other out. Others amplify. No wonder it is hard to say for sure the source of most of our diseases. 6. It is not constructive to dwell on uncomfortable thoughts, for it simply amplifies them. It is extremely fruitful when we learn how to think constructively more often than not! 7. Nonlocal effects are evident. They clearly are not due to electromagnetic energy, which takes time and space to travel. It seems that torsion fields help explain these mysterious happenings, observed in distant healing, quantum entanglement, remote viewing, and telepathy. When we suspend disbelief, it is amazing the effects we can have with our thoughts...on our body, our family, our world. 8. Resonance. Waves resonate with one another when their peaks and valleys match up. We can feel when we resonate with a thought, an idea, even another person who seems "on our same wavelength". 9. Entrainment. When waves resonate together, they share or exchange information. This effect is called entrainment. When we entrain with another person, we are like one mind because we have become one mind. Our mental waves group with the other's mental waves. (And it doesn't stop with mental waves...) What is in our mind is accessible to the other and vice versa. 10. Scattered vs coherent energy. Scattered energy is like a scatter plot diagram or a bunch of random dots on a page of paper. It lacks in power. Coherent energy is whirled into an organized form, chiefly the swirl or spiral seen in a tornado or hurricane. Scattered thoughts are like random energy; random out, random in. But coherent thoughts are produced when we learn to be mindful, to meditate, to focus with clear multisensory intent. Imagine when our thoughts are aligned with the intent of our soul, the power we have to attract synchronous experience!

The Paradigm Shift to Quantum Psychology

It is time for a sweeping revision, repair and restoration of the field of psychology. Stanislav Grof MD said it this way,

"We are not talking here about a minor patchwork.....but a major fundamental overhaul. The resulting conceptual cataclysm would be comparable in its nature and scope to the revolution that physicists had to face in the first three decades of the twentieth century when they had to move from Newtonian to quantum-relativistic physics. And, in a sense, it would represent a logical complement to the radical changes in understanding of the material world that have already happened in physics."

In his article Revision and Re-Enchantment of Psychology: Legacy of Half a Century of Consciousness Research, The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 2012, Vol. 44, No. 2. Grof asserted that a materialistic view of the human psyche simply does not fit all of the data. He suggested that it was time for psychology to recognize that the brain does not produce consciousness because consciousness is already everywhere. Consciousness is primary and fundamental.

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Energizing or De-energizing? A Different Way of Disciplining the Mind

beautifulpinkA client of mine recently came in a bit deflated. As she described what she had been thinking about, I could tell her thoughts were all over the place, lost in her subconscious.

In western conventional psychology, it is routine for a practitioner to help a client become aware of self-defeating thought patterns, A little less common for them to help the client develop a positive thought discipline. As I introduced the concept of noticing how thoughts are attached to emotions, environments, bodily sensations, behavioral reactions, and how it can be useful to log the thoughts in a variety of ways, I noticed how overwhelming it was to her.

What we decided would be a constructive practice for her, was for her to take a piece of paper and divide it into two columns, ENERGIZING and DE-ENERGIZING. Any thought or thought pattern that was energizing or expanding, she could log in that column; any that she felt to be deflating or taking away from her energy she could log in the de-energizing column. The same with any environment, like somewhere indoors or in nature outdoors. The same with various people she finds herself to be around, or any activities she spends time doing. That way she could work on increasing awareness of all thoughts, activities, behaviors, environments, situations, and people who help her feel good in some degree, or those that lead her to feel constricted and in some degree not so good. Awareness of what it is that is connected to negative emotions or positive emotions, particularly the types of thoughts or thinking patterns, like all/nothing, can/can't, always/never, success/failure.

Many of my clients have tried this exercise and found it to be very eye-opening. They begin to realize how much of their energy is tied up into thoughts and activities that don't serve or resonate with them. And in what direction they would rather head. So I thought I would share this with you. Try it. See how you like it. I hope you do!

Letting Go

A client wanted to share with you the poem she wrote to herself about trust, and letting go...

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Letting Go

Trusting in the Universe and myself.
Forgiveness.
Knowledge that I have done the best I can.
Being held lovingly in the moment.
Allowance.
Acceptance.
Peace.
Floating in the calm ocean.
Truth in the sky above me.
Truth in the water below me.
Love and appreciation for where I am NOW.
Love and appreciation for what has brought me to NOW.
YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!
Embracing freedom... Like a caged bird.
It takes courage to open your wings and fly on the wind.
And this is freedom.
It is a choice.
Choose courage.
Dissolve fear.
Recognize the limitlessness of love within yourself and the universe.
Open your wings.
Take flight.
And this is letting go.
TRUST.

by CH

Cultivating Self-Love

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Recently a client of mine asked to share her journal entries, with me and you, so that others could benefit from knowing what it is like to gain new insights, and begin to act on them.

In this case she was struggling to love herself, for she was really good at intense and unconstructive self-talk, and at beating herself up for every little thing she judged herself for doing wrong. We were trying to help her move into more automatic constructive, rather than unconstructive, self-talk. One of the things we had worked on was helping her distinguish between discernment and judging.

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Secret to Happiness: Power of "I Can"

Watch this amazing video of 17-year-old Sam. Sam has progeria, a disease which causes premature rapid aging. But he shares with us, why and how he leads a happy life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36m1o-tM05g&feature=player_embedded His advice: allow negative feelings to flow through us when they do come up, and then re-focus the thoughts on what we can do; surround ourselves with those we want to be around and who support us and love us for who we are on the inside; and never miss a party!