Neuroscience and Breathwork
While weekly therapy sessions help sustain steady growth, sometimes you want to take giant leaps forward. If you would like to make faster progress, I’d like to tell you about a technique that creates breakthroughs better than any method I know.
My clients are smart. They have strong mental processing skills. Some of my clients have been trying to change life-long patterns by using cognitive therapy. While they get smarter and smarter, after a while they get downright frustrated with the slowness of therapy and all the money and time they’ve invested. The same old bothersome habits cycle around and around within themselves and in their marriages.
Why the slow progress with cognitive therapy?
We can’t always understand why we are … the way we are … on a logical level and make the changes we want.
Let’s see how neuroscience can help answer this question.
When we’ve experienced emotionally or physically painful events, our smart brains figured out how to help us survive. The instinctual part of our brain chose from this menu in a nanosecond: fight, flight, freeze, or faint. Our automatic reactions worked. We survived.
After the painful event ended, two systems of our brain hard-wired our coping patterns.
(1) the part that helps us avoid pain so we don’t touch a hot stove again, and
(2) the part that seeks pleasure.
Let’s take each one at a time.
(1) To avoid pain and feeling bad, we tried our best to elicit positive responses from our caregivers when we were children. Examples are pleasing people even when it hurts us, taking care of others so they don’t feel bad, working too much, and trying to be perfect. As adults, we may feel compelled to do these behaviors, even though we know they are not healthy for us.
(2) We also developed unconscious habits to seek comfort. Examples are eating comfort food like ice cream, sugar and simple carbohydrates. Some of us turned to recreational drugs and alcohol. Others turned to over-exercising or high-risk behaviors such as extreme sports or gambling. Others became obsessed with sex, porn and romantic relationships. Some of us have shopped way too much. Again, we may know it’s not good for us, but we do it anyway.
These coping behaviors were hard-wired into the unconscious part of the brain and became habits that are difficult to change because they are part of the original survival strategy.
To understand how you can effectively make the changes you desire, read on.
Painful memories are stored in two places: in the body and in the emotional part of the brain called the amygdala. The parts of the brain that process emotions and those that regulate body functions are closely connected. They talk with each other easily.
On the other hand, the part of the brain that processes logic (the pre-frontal cortex) doesn’t communicate well with the amygdala where the painful emotional memories are stored. It’s almost impossible to rationally understand the emotional roots of life-long limiting patterns without therapy.
With cognitive therapy, you can get a glimpse of how your adult behavior is rooted in your childhood, but you still can’t change it from a logical level. If you could, you would have done so a long time ago. That’s why talk therapy generates limited results.
So how can we effectively transform self-defeating patterns?
We have to find a healing method that accesses the emotional and physical memory below the level of our conscious rational mind.
A technique called Breathwork creates rapid deep change because we bypass the logical part of the brain and access the original emotional memories where habits were laid down to help us survive. With breathwork, we make changes on the cellular level of the body and on the emotional level.
To read a description of breathwork, click here.
After the deep emotional healing in breathwork is completed, the pre-frontal cortex can come back online and make sense of the experience so the wisdom can integrate into conscious memory. Clients describe amazing results from breathwork.
Read the breathwork client testimonials here.
There is much more to life that is possible for you, and I want this for you: more creativity, more emotional intimacy, more inner peace, more centeredness, more brilliance, more intuition, more empathy, more free-flowing energy in your body that generates deep healing on all levels, more deep connection with the healing power of the Holy Spirit.
As Einstein said, we only use 10% of our brain. With breathwork, you can access enlightened spiritual states of consciousness far beyond the limits of your pre-frontal cortex. We invoke unconditional love and healing from the Holy Spirit, who guides the process.
Click here to read a description of Breathwork.