Heard of Psychoneurology?

Hmm…until recently I have not heard of psychoneurology and I have since found that it is fairly NEW so much so that you would not find in any dictionary nor in Wikipedia.

I met a lady while offering my service to crew at one of T.Harv Eker’s “Train the Trainer” 5-day seminars last week.  I was totally amazed by her enthusiasm in attending the seminar.  She told us how she made an on-the-spot decision to come once she learned of the seminar – she dropped all activities, rushed home, grabbed her luggage, bought a ticket, jumped into the plane and off she went all in under 2 days.  She could not wait for the training to come to her in a few months in the UK.  I love her energy.

We exchanged cards and on her card, it says that she is a Coaching Psychoneurologist.  What’s that, I asked but I didn’t get to hear her reply.  It was a rather rush meeting so I decided to do a little digging.

If you have been following some of my articles you would know I am very interested in neuroscience, spirituality, happiness  and such.  This new terminology really pricks my curosity and until I found out what that is, it would bother me.  What I found is, it is akin to a fusion of science and spirituality.

Psychoneurology is the study of the interactions between the brain and the nervous system and by applying this understanding as a new approach to wellness it is said that it is possible to do it without using drugs.  It is a drug-free alternative to traditional psychiatric and psychological approaches.

The study may be new and yet it is not as it combines the latest technology in science with ancient wisdom.  It is about working on your inner self, deciding and making choices of the changes you want.  It is about integrating the power of the mind, body and soul – at least that is what I understand it to be.

The study of psychoneurology is offered by Barron University, founded by Dr. Colbey Forman.

It would involve an entire paradigm shift in thinking and to healing.  To learn more about this, you can visit these sites: http://www.gobu.org/quantumleap.shtml, http://www.bethelivingbridge.com/

This is very much like what a coach does – helping people understand where they are coming from, recognizing the unconscious actions we carry out are based on effects of past experiences that may no longer hold true, and that we could consciously choose our actions to reflect what we want here and now to become what we want to be tomorrow.

Aligning coaching with psychoneurology creates a powerful combination in filling the gaps of a counsellor and psychologist or even psychiatrist.

We all have the ability to heal ourselves if we only know how.  Coaching Psychoneurology may just be the thing to help us enter the journey into healing of mind, body and soul more effectively.

I hope to have a chat with my new found friend to learn more of what she does.  So look out for the post.


A Few Minutes Go A Long Way

I have often wondered about the benefits of meditation.  A few years ago, I bought a book trying to learn the practice but finding it hard, I dropped it.  My first introduction to meditation directed me to concentrate on a single point and holding onto the image as long as possible.  Of course, as a beginner, I found it hard as my mind seemed to wander to many subjects.  The harder I tried, the more my mind wandered.  When will I be able to master this?

When other things in life intruded, I found better – as in fast rewarding – things to do, I forgot about my resolution to work on my meditation daily.  The habit never got formed until…

Years later, when the tough gets going, I turned inward for answers.  I began reflecting on my life – something that I do from time to time but more consciously when things are not going well – that prompted me to rediscover meditation again.

I have never been real religious having had no particular guidance in that direction and had been deterred during my school-going years by overly zealous Christians dogging my every move trying to get me to church.  Still, in my late teens, when a particular situation troubled me tremendously, I started going inward looking for answers and inevitable I turned to praying.  While not being affiliated to any religion, I somehow adopted a God to talk to.

I remembered standing at the window, looking out at nothing with tears running freely down my cheeks and just purely focusing on the issue at hand.  I explored the various options and asked myself what outcome I wanted from this process.  Suddenly an idea dawned on me and I decided to go ahead to try it out.  It was a rather radical idea but I did it and it solved my problem.  I was seventeen then and it was something I never forget.

Whenever a problem arises, I would go back in time and call up this incident to mind to boost my self confidence in handling any situation.  If I have done it before, I can do it again.

Coming back to present time, a year ago I have decided to revisit my interest in meditation once more.  I read and research the various meditation methods, putting my resolve to master it.  I found that there are different types of meditation; the two main branches: passive and active meditations.

What came out of the research is how meditation is tightly linked to mindfulness and brain plasticity.  Being a keen follower in neuroscience development (no, I am not scientist but have an avid interest in the subject), I come across many references and experiments on how long term meditation changes the brain neuro-activity no matter the age, dispelling the notion that the brain stops changing as we mature.

With this new scientific discovery, meditation is no longer in the domain of religions to which meditation is so closely related.  To me the words “meditation”, “spirituality” and “the mind” have started to become synonymous.  That opens up an aperture of interest in a wider dimension from the original intent and my interest is renewed to a brand new level.

The most complex organ in the human body, the brain is continually the subject of researches and investigations.  Yet there remain many unanswered questions.

I am not sure where this interest will take me but I am sure it would be something real exciting.  At the moment, for the past 9 months or more now, I have been trying daily, every morning and night and sometime in between to practise meditation for a few minutes to as long as an hour although I have yet to determine if that is active or passive meditation.  Still I find it peaceful and more in control of myself – at least that is how it feels to me.  Other benefits?  I will let you know when I know…perhaps my practice is still too elementary.

If you are as interested in this as I am, you might find this video clip captivating.  This is a talk by Daniel Siegel on “Neuroscience of Buddhist Contemplative Practices”.  Enjoy.