Remission Revisited

Although I am doing well, this time I will write about something else than my personal progress. Hang in there and read this post till the end, as we are all deeply concerned with its subject.

Let’s broaden our view and look at what healing actually is. That is a core question that keeps popping up in discussions between the visitors of this blog and myself. And I keep noticing that many of us think that disease is something that happens to us, and thus needs to be primarily addressed by manipulating the body mechanically and/or chemically.

Although it can be helpful to physically intervene, especially with the more urgent and simple issues, I have come to understand that the primary mechanism of healing is something completely different.

Upward causation
We in the West mostly think that the universe around us simply exists the way it does, with or without us. We think that space, time and matter are fixed, independent, empirical entities. We think that each physical event can be reduced to distinct material triggers. Indeed, classical physics taught us that there are laws of nature which can describe and predict phenomena in our physical world pretty accurately. Some four centuries ago, this new power of reason took away much of the influence of religion, debunking part of the so-called miracles that the church supported, simply by explaining how they occurred.

When it concerns our own bodies, the same reasoning is still being applied today: elementary particles make up atoms, which in turn make up molecules, which in turn make up cells, which in turn make up living organisms, containing brains, which in turn generate something called consciousness. This means that consciousness is seen as something that is caused. Ultimately caused by the underlying physics and chemistry. Our brain is considered to be some kind of hardware, and the consciousness or mind perhaps to be some kind of software.

According to this materialist view, consciousness cannot cause anything external by itself. It has been caused. Somehow it resides in our computational center, the brain. Everything we experience in life is the mere consequence of mechanical and chemical courses in and around our physical bodies. This view is called upward causation. The entire medical world still thinks in terms of upward causation. So the only thing that they can come up with for healing, is manipulating the physical body, either mechanically, chemically, or by means of radiation. We are just machines that need to be fixed or controlled by physical intervention.

Paradigm shift
However, that view is incorrect. More and more people are starting to realize this, causing a paradigm shift. Quantum physics has already shown us a century ago that our physical reality is caused by the consciousness of the observer (wave-function collapse). Moreover, it has shown us that discontinuous changes (quantum leaps) are fundamental. And that intrinsic interconnectedness of physically separated particles is a fact (non-locality, entanglement). And finally, it has pointed out that determinism is not a foundation of this world (uncertainty principle, entanglement). But it’s not physics alone that has given rise to the paradigm shift. Mathematics has shown that our brains and consciousness cannot be compared to computers, because unlike consciousness, computers cannot process meaning. Parapsychology has, in a variety of ways, demonstrated the interconnectedness in our world and consciousness. Western mysticism and Eastern philosophical traditions have always propagated the primacy of consciousness. Philosophy has shown that classical physics tries to describe the ‘universe’, but leaves one crucial thing out of the equation: consciousness. And how can we construct a valid “theory of everything” without that? After all, if we were to select only one thing about which we are absolutely certain, it is that we are conscious! All else can be an illusion, like a dream (and I think it is), but we cannot deny the simple fact that we are experiencing beings, i.e., that we are conscious…

Yes, and even conventional medicine knows that something ‘strange’ is going on. What about the powerful placebo effect, which enables people to heal themselves only through belief? What about the fact that the particular blueprints for our bodies (how they need to be constructed in detail) are not to be found in our DNA, and apparently not in any ‘physical’ part of our cells? And how come that we can and do change our genetic material in the course of our lives? And what about the fact that spontaneous remissions in very ill people occur all the time? Large malignant tumors disappear overnight. And of course, there are numerous cases of remissions in people with CD, in which no obvious disturbances can be found from a physical perspective in the first place.

Hence, we are talking about downward causation here: we create our physical reality through our consciousness. Our beliefs, emotions and thoughts are part of that consciousness. We have already accepted that positive thinking can be powerful, but find that it is frequently insufficient. Why? Because our hidden, core beliefs about ourselves and our lives are often deficient, still feeding our emotions and thoughts from a subconscious level. If we can access our belief systems, and if we can see that they are invalid or just causing us unnecessary harm, we can let go of them. And with our beliefs, we can change our realities. This is called “the law of attraction”. We attract what we really believe, think and feel to be true for us. For many of us, this can be a tricky thing. For example, neurologists tell us that our condition cannot be healed. We often tend to believe this, thus attracting exactly that situation into our lives.

Spontaneous remission
Don’t worry though. There is a way out of this. Let’s consider spontaneous remissions. There is surprisingly little research into this subject. Probably because it is generally denied and concealed by conventional medicine – as practitioners are often afraid to be ridiculed. Yet, spontaneous remissions occur regularly. Most of the available information stems from cancer patients, although many other serious conditions are known to remit spontaneously.

Various systematic categories of spontaneous remission have been defined. But let me just give you a few examples, which I think offer fundamental insight.

1. Meditation and visualization
Consider the case of John M. He had a history of cancer operations and at some point he got terminally ill, getting ready to undergo surgery. In order to build strength prior to surgery, he went hiking, spending a month alone, eating healthy food, meditating very often, visualizing himself with a healthy body. And guess what: when he arrived in hospital afterwards, his cancer was completely gone.

2. Dance-induced trance
Physician Richard Moss has reported about a woman with terminal cancer, who joined one of his bodywork workshops. It took him a lot of convincing to make her participate in a dancing session to achieve a trance state. When she finally overcame her physical inertia and resistance, she danced with utter devotion. The next day her cancer was gone.

3. Psychedelic drugs
Physician Andrew Weil has cited a case of a pregnant woman, S. R., who at the same time had advanced Hodgkin’s disease. She did not want to undergo radiation and chemotherapy, because that would imply losing the baby. Her treating doctor was experimenting with LSD therapy and proposed her to do a guided trip. During the LSD trip, pondering on what she wanted for herself and for her baby, she suddenly realized that she simply had the choice to be healthy. After that she did recover, gave birth to a healthy baby, and changed her lifestyle for the better.

4. Near death experience (NDE)
Anita M. was terminally ill with cancer when at some point her doctors told her she had only 36 hours to live. In the process of dying, she obtained tremendous insights about her life, and about the structure of existence. She realized that our material world is simply an illusion, created by our consciousness. She saw that she was free to choose and she experienced all-encompassing, unconditional love. Although she was tempted to stay in those beatific dimensions, she realized that she had unfinished business in her life and decided to come back in a healthy body. And indeed, she recovered in no time, leaving no trace of the cancer that had completely infested and destroyed her body and organs before the NDE. Ever since her NDE, she enjoys life to the fullest.

5. Prayer healing
Various forms of directed (collective) prayer have been proven to generate strong healing effects in diseased people. One spectacular example is Zhineng Qigong (or Chi Lel Chi Gong), a healing system akin to prayer, practiced in Chinese so-called medicine-less hospitals, which can provoke spontaneous remissions in terminally ill people. Life-threatening tumors disappear within a few minutes while the practitioners uplift their consciousness to a transcendental state, visualize strong healing energy (Chi/Qi) and produce incantations that match their image of an already healed body. Love and belief also play a crucial role in Zhineng Qigong. And the patient needs to believe in the treatment, and to (sub)consciously connect with the practitioners at their vibrational level.

Such discontinuous, sudden change is not understood by classical science and medicine, which don’t take the power of downward causation into account and therefore reject the possibility of sudden change without direct physical intervention. Obviously, quantum physics on the other hand does allow for discontinuity.

Boundary conditions
Let’s try to learn from these cases by distilling some commonalities and eye-catchers.

1. Belief
Belief appears to be a very strong factor. Once we truly believe we can heal, we can make it happen. Or better: knowing it, visualizing and already feeling it is even stronger and comes on top of the belief. We have the power to heal ourselves. Illness isn’t just something that happens to us by accident or through upward causation. It is something we have created and can also replace by health.

2. Transcendental consciousness
In order to reach that level of belief or insight, knowingness, we clearly need to do something with our consciousness. Our ‘everyday’ state of consciousness usually doesn’t allow us to truly see and know how our reality is constructed. We need to arrive at a transcendental state of consciousness.

3. Interconnectedness
From transcendental consciousness, we can see that everything is interconnected – as supported by quantum physics. We can see ourselves the way we are, all aspects of our being and our place in the universe. Through this experience of interconnectedness, we (re-)discover ourselves and the parts of our being that have previously been dissociated and therefore diseased. When we see ourselves connected to ‘all that is’, our ego and specific illness become less important. Transcendence of the ego – which is an expression of separateness, just like illness is an expression of separateness – is key in becoming whole again.

4. Freedom of choice
In the transcendental state of consciousness, we also understand that we are free to choose what we want, that our physical world is just an illusion, in which we can manifest anything with our consciousness. Complete freedom of choice is in line with downward causation, because it implies that the consciousness (where the choice is made) is our creative force.

5. Discontinuity
In the above examples, the remissions were very quick. That is in line with the quantum effect of discontinuity, allowing (quasi) instantaneous change where classical physics doesn’t allow it. These people made a quantum leap into health. The desired situation is already there – as a possible quantum state. We merely need to select it with our consciousness in order to experience it.

6. Love
The transcendental experiences are usually accompanied by the feeling of being immersed in (self-)love.

7. Change of perspective on life
After their transcendental experience, these people made lasting changes in their lives, based on their newly acquired holistic and empowering perspective.

All this really makes sense to me. Illness can be regarded as a disconnect, segregation, consequence of negativity, stuckness, helplessness, contraction, as an expression of not-our-natural-self. The opposite of that is transcendence, self-discovery, (re-)integration, (re-)connection, flow, freedom, expansion, wholeness, in other words: healing. I would also go as far as to equate those facets to love.

Now, if we know that we can choose whatever we want, we will obviously always choose health, right? Well, we will do that only if we love ourselves unconditionally. Otherwise we may select a more negative outcome. It is transcendental consciousness that enables us to experience unconditional love. And once we start loving ourselves unconditionally, our perspective on life will also change in a lasting way. The transcendental experience starts off a new mode of life.

So how to reach this state of consciousness? Of course I am not suggesting that we should all take drugs or have a near-death experience. Deliberate application of the law of attraction, meditation, and prayer offer ‘safer’ alternatives, although these might require some more discipline. Even less deliberate methods can lead to an altered state of consciousness and to healing, as long as they incorporate some or all of the above outlined boundary conditions.

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Alright, a few last words on CD.

I have received confidential emails from a few visitors of this blog, who have taken psychedelic drugs prior to experiencing a remission of their CD that lasted a few years. I suspect that they must have had a transcendental experience, triggering the remission.

Also, there are multiple cases of CD sufferers who got Botox treatment and subsequently went into long-term remission. As if the relief they experienced from the Botox made them believe, feel and think that they could heal, thus provoking actual healing…

Through the visitors of this blog I know that most of us experience micro spontaneous remissions once in a while, which can last seconds up to hours. Those remissions usually coincide with a moment of flow, self-acceptance and self-love. I have lived through this in Korea one year ago (see my post Healing Happens!).

Often, CD remissions are temporary. I am sure the reason for that is because we relapse to our old patterns (rigid control, disconnect from our bodies, lack of self-love). But once we can fully accept ourselves, allow us to be ourselves, to follow our passions, and to love ourselves unconditionally, there is no need for rigid control anymore, no more disconnect in our system. Our energies will flow and CD will be gone.

Long-term remissions of CD can be spontaneous, i.e., happen overnight without medical intervention. This usually concerns people who got CD and a subsequent remission (within 2 years after onset) at a relatively young age. I think younger people are more flexible and therefore more likely to let go of patterns that they recognize to be unhealthy, thus triggering a spontaneous remission. I also suspect that this recognition will mostly occur subconsciously, so these people will often fail to incorporate lasting change into their lives and/or fail to resolve their traumas, leading to relapse some time after the spontaneous remission.

I am sure that if we achieve a deep level of transcendental consciousness, profoundly understanding that we have complete freedom of choice, the change can be spontaneous and lasting. The clearer we acknowledge and take ownership of the principles of downward causation, the quicker and more profound our change will be.

Nevertheless, CD remissions can also be slow; getting there with smaller steps is also possible. Doing daily exercise, selecting particular therapies that we believe in, doing our ‘emotional work’ (e.g., Somatic Experiencing to resolve trauma and re-establish contact with our bodies), re-aligning and re-balancing our bodies physically (spine, pelvis, TMJ, diet), etc., all contribute to our healing process. After all, in such a regime, we also incorporate the outlined principles of spontaneous remission by requesting ourselves to take it easy, to be more gentle with ourselves, to gradually reintegrate body and mind, to look for balance in our life, to improve our lifestyle, and to take our healing in our own hands.

And that last thing is really the most important to realize: whether we take one big quantum leap for spontaneous remission or take many small leaps, making it happen is always up to us!

25 thoughts on “Remission Revisited

  1. Hi CCD,

    Thanks for putting together all that you have learned in such a clear way. This makes sense to me and is the approach that I am taking as well. You talk about self love being one of our biggest challenges for healing, and I find this true for me. Lately I have been repeating to myself the phrase “I am a manifestation of consciousness”, and allowing myself to feel this in my body, What helps me in this regard is to spend time in nature, which is also a manifestation of consciousness in the world, and feel in my body the love and awe I have for nature. It then becomes easier to feel this love also for myself, as another manifestation of consciousness, no more or less deserving of my love. The love feels less about ME in this way, less personal and more accepting. I still have work to do here!

    On the question of how to really live these ideas and choose consciously what reality we want from the quantum field of possibilities, I’m reading Joe Dispenza’s book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Hoe to Lose Your Mind And Create a New One. It is about the exact ideas you have outlined above, and promises to teach techniques for creating the reality you choose. I think these ideas are very much in the greater consciousness now. At the same time I think people need to come to them in their own way and time.

    You’ve shared a lot of valuable info here. If you are inclined, I would love to hear more about how you are applying these ideas, if that can be put into words, and what you are experiencing in your body. But I understand if it is too soon to talk about these things. I find that some things should not be talked about too early in the process, or we lose focus.

    Thanks for continuing to share what you’ve learned.

    Leigh

    • Hi Leigh,

      Thanks a lot for being the first to comment on this new post! And great to hear that you can relate to the outlined ideas here.

      I think you are doing a good thing to go into nature. That brings peace of mind. From a peaceful state, it is easier to feel interconnectedness and love. The key is not only to think positively, but also to feel (indeed, in the body, as you say!) and believe what you think, as if it is already there.

      You are right: there is a collective consciousness we are all tapping into. This makes that the idea of primacy of consciousness is becoming rapidly wide-spread.

      Yes, it’s a bit early to share in detail how I apply these ideas and couple them to bodily experience, partly because I am still looking and trying. But I can recommend anyone to seriously look into the law of attraction, and to start meditating.

      One more thing: I learned that love is available in abundance. We just need to decide to receive it. So sit down, meditate on it, and instantly receive all the love you need. (I know, that sounds a bit yuck and very “new age”, but it is simply so.)

      Thanks for the book tip, I will look into it!

      CCD

  2. CCD,
    What a wonderful new post! very well thought out and expressed, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it is the most interesting subject on healing, and hopefully this will inspire more talk about it on the blog.

    You had several interesting case studies on spontaneous healing, most interesting to me, the guided LSD trip, and that a few blog members have experienced remissions from using psychedelics! Wow! Who?, and
    I’d like some please!…….Just kidding! :) Tempting thought though :}

    I probably choose meditation as a safer way to achieve this state, it does require much more discipline, and it can take a lifetime and beyond to “still” the mind, let go of the ego, and achieve real results, yet even in my child like state of spiritual development I notice tangible results from meditation.

    I like your theory on why younger people with cd experience more remissions and that sometimes Botox also allows a belief in healing, creating a remission, all very inspirational!

    It is unfortunate that the corrupt pharmaceutical companies control medical science, inhibiting research on this subject, but as they try and tighten their nasty grip to control our lives and our bodies, more and more people are waking up to this fact, and are tapping into this collective consciousness for radical change leading back to our natural and divine right to live and heal naturally.
    For myself, for now, it seems to be smaller baby steps. I am learning to go with the flow of life rather than fighting against it, what a concept!, I’m finally getting it!, anyways it does create a relaxation which allows more understanding in how I created this to begin with, and how I can also heal it, it is up to us, like you say!

    • Hi SFS,
      I’m glad that this post inspires you! Yes, isn’t it tempting to try psychedelic drugs? Well, who knows, when the time is right … ;-) But for now I also focus more on meditation and the law of attraction.
      As for the large pharmaceutical firms, it’s a pity they operate the way they do, I agree. But they do not really control us. Only if we allow them to. We are responsible for ourselves, and indeed, we are now collectively in the process to realize this. Once that’s clear, the nasty role of the pharmaceuticals vanishes into thin air.
      Me too, I am taking small steps, also occasionally experiencing the flow – and still quite some stuckness as well ;-) .
      So great that you are getting it! It is such a good feeling, knowing that we are in this boat together! I think we have come a long way already.
      Take care,
      CCD

  3. Hi CCD, thank you for this latest post. I plan to read it every day until it becomes part of my core beliefs. If I am being totally honest, I have drifted away from this site at times because I have trouble connecting with the idea of healing one’s self through changes in beliefs and attitude. I am a scientist who is always looking for clear and convincing evidence. I have also seen a lot of people around me suffer from disease that I can not imagine they could have healed via consciousness. But traditional medicine did not heal them either, so why do I put so much belief in that? With CD, I have not found any evidence or answers in the physical/traditional healing approaches. That is why I keep coming back to this site. I have so wanted to find a quick fix or at least a simple physical explanation! So, of course, that was where I focused my energy. But I am now accepting that the physical dysfunction is not the cause, but rather the effect. I think I have always known this because of the times when I have experienced remission events. These are typically short events, but have even been up to a whole day. At those times, I have felt totally happy, calm, and confident. The trouble is to figure out how to maintain this. I have a feeling that meditation and prayer will really help. Practice will be critical as my brain seems to be always running so I have only been able to achieve fleeting moments of prayer and meditation. I really agree with you that self love is most critical. I know I have a long way to go with that.

    Not much to report on my CD status, other than status quo. Good days and bad days. I am still taking the extra vitamins, but have noticed no change. I think I am ready to focus on faith. Your post will help me stay on track so thanks again for your wisdom. It is funny, I have wondered to myself how someone so intelligent, caring, and full of wisdom could really have CD. It seems to me that you should be filled with self confidence and self love. I think that you will get there soon.

    • Hi Carrie,

      Thank you very much for checking back in and for all your words of appreciation! I was wondering where you were at ;-) I am really glad that this post is helpful to you, and that it inspires you to make a commitment to work on your beliefs and self-love.

      As for clear and convincing evidence, have you meanwhile had the time to look into quantum physics? It might help you to reinforce your understanding of the ‘structure of existence’. It is important to note that the ‘weird efects’ as described by quantum theory are supported by hard evidence. A good starting point might be “Quantum Enigma”, written by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, both renowed physicists. The book is suitable for non-physicists.

      Also, it is necessary to understand that we are creating our reality with our consciousness non-stop. It isn’t something that only works when we switch it on. It is always on. So when we experience negative things, it means that those negative things are in our consciousness. Our ‘external’ reality is a non-stop mirror of what is going on inside us. The point is to become aware of this mechanism, so that we can start using its tremendous creative force in a positive way. Whenever you experience something you don’t like, just ask youself: “What would I have to believe (about myself) to create this situation?” That is a very simple way to uncover negative beliefs.

      For example, people who rigidly believe in conventional medicine, might think or (subconsciously) believe that they are not responsible for the things that happen in their lives, so that the only remaining solution is that others need to fix them. (This is just an example, not suggesting that this is the way it works for you!)

      We with CD are typically looking for a quick fix, because it matches the way we function (INTJ), and because we have become very good at suppressing things within ourselves. Too good actually, so it made us ill. A quick fix is nothing else than suppression. So it definitely doesn’t work for us. We actually need to unfix ourselves, so that the fixed things can start to flow again and resume their natural state. Anyway, it is very good to hear from you that you are starting to realize this!

      I also like to hear you say that you have always known that CD isn’t just a simple physical defect. We already possess all the necessary wisdom to see these things. It is simply a matter of opening our eyes to them. Investigate what happens inside you before and during your moments (and days, wow, I am jealous!) of remission. That will guide you towards resolution.

      Ah, please remember that we are perfectionists, who are being too severe with ourselves. There is no need to be able to meditate and pray like a Tibetan monk. Just do it your way. Fleeting moments are good! Keep it up and you will see that the fleeting moments will grow longer. Or perhaps not, and then only the fleeting moments are already enough for you. Accept yourself the way you are and the way you do things.
      One practical tip: use guided meditations. Listen to them, let the voice guide you into the meditative state.

      Talking about our reality being a mirror of what happens in our own consciousness, your closing remark actually means that you are asking yourself why someone so intelligent, caring and wise like yourself could have CD ;-) Again, the key question here is: are we really caring for ourselves? I think not (yet). But the more we care for ourselves, the better we will feel. I guarantee you that.

      CCD

  4. Hi CCD and everyone,

    It was pleasure in reading your new post. Many of us in this blog have already worked so much on physical matters (muscle exercises, nutrition, etc.), and we know what we need for healing yet straggling is about mindset, and we have to remind us again and again because it’s easy to nest ourselves to the old patterns.

    Unconditional self-love is an interesting subject because it is essential but challenging . I think it can mean whole acceptance of self inside-out (interconnectedness within self) as well as acceptance of all surroundings and circumstance in my life, which includes even annoying neighbors and strangers meet in commuter trains every day, either they are favorable to me or not. Without unconditional self-love, it is hard (if at all possible) to truly love others unconditionally.

    I think “spontaneous remission” or healing may be somewhat easier (than ordinary situation) to achieve with a drastic method like a near-death experience, a drug, and other examples you mentioned because it can trigger to trick the mind or break (or forget) the bad pattern of habitual thought processes that caused disease.

    I’m a strong believer of “spontaneous healing” since I read Andrew Weil’s book. He mentioned that the best way to experience the spontaneous healing ourselves is to talk to the person who have experienced the similar condition or read such stories. So, thanks to CCD for bringing up those episodes. These stories indeed give me hope and encouragement.

    The best thing I learned from this blog and the STRC is that the spasm or pulling will be minimum when the neck is straight on the top of the torso. To me this is the key in terms of the physical part of CD, so I aim to pose my head and neck on that position when I do exercise and walk. Currently my “spontaneous remission” last for a few minutes when I can concentrate without distractions walking on a straight pavement. The time pressure like commuting on time is the worst thing to do to my CD, so someday when I can control my CD during the time pressure, I can tell that I’m in a remission.

    I recently raised the height of the monitor at home by 7 cm for the first time in many years. I found this helps tremendously to keep my posture upright when I’m sitting on a computer. I will start neurological physical therapy (covered by my insurance) next week. I think STRC is a form of physical therapy, but I think I can also benefit from this neuro PT to get objective advice because this is my first bodywork since I was diagnosed as CD. I hope I can connect with the practitioner. If there are any significance after a few months, I will post about it.

    Wishing you all the best of health.

    • Dolphin,
      How nice to see you back, it’s so great reading one of your posts again, I have missed your thoughts and insights!
      It sounds like you are improving, and having little remissions often, that’s wonderful to hear!
      Take care and keep improving!

      • Hi Sunflowersprout,
        It is very nice to hear from you. Since once we used to see each other almost every day by posting on this blog, I was sometimes wondering how you are doing, though now I’m unable to post regularly. I pray for your recovery!

    • Hi Dolphin,

      Very nice to hear back from you! And great that you can start this neurological physical therapy. Could you explain the basics of it? Is it similar to Jordi’s approach?

      Thanks a lot for reading and commenting on my post! Interesting point of view you have regarding self-love and acceptance of both the internal and external. I firmly agree with that, because I think that both are essentially the same! Through the law of attraction, we attract our external world in accordance with our internal beliefs, thoughts and emotions. In short: the external is the mirror reflection of the internal. So if we love the internal, we also love the external. Or as you put it: without unconditional self-love, we cannot truly love others.

      Yes, it will be ‘easier’ to achieve spontanous healing through NDE or psychedelic drugs, because those experiences quickly induce transcendental consciousness. You suggest that in those situations we “trick” the mind. I think it is the other way around: in our everyday state of consciousness, we are constantly tricking the mind, but once we have the experience of transcendental consciousness, we see how our reality is truly constructed.

      Also, I think that the transcendental state does not “break” anything. That makes it sound as if it is something that then happens to us. I think that it is the other way around: that from transcendental consciousness we finally see that we have complete freedom of choice. From that perspective, we are free to stop our ill patterns.

      I agree with Andrew Weil that it will be helpful to talk with someone who has had a healing experience, or to read about it. That will help us to internalize the healing experience, thus attracting it. The more we are able to believe, feel and think we are healed, the more powerful our manifestation of actual healing will be.

      As for hope, it is positive, but still very open. When we hope for something, anything could still happen. When we firmly believe something, chances that we will attract that something into our lives are increased. When we know something for sure, chances are extremely high to attract that something. So we should work on moving to the right in this hierarchy: hope => belief => knowingness. I hope that my post can contribute to that. The things I write about quantum physics are known and cannot be denied. The same applies to spontaneous healing. It is the way our reality works. So I hope you can move beyond hope toward belief and knowingness ;-)

      It is great to hear that you are having temporary remissions! I am sure you will get there. I agree that it is helpful to realign our bodies physically, as you say. But it is much more important to realign yourself from within, due to the downward causation! I really hope that you will also pick that up from this blog. Physical realignment is an indirect way to realign ourselves from within. I.e., by realigning ourselves physically, we start feeling it inside, believing it, and by doing so manifesting it through downward causation.

      Wishing you all the best and looking forward to hearing from you again soon!

      CCD

      • Hi CCD,

        Sorry for the late reply. As you probably know, the physical therapy (PT) is to help restore mobility with assistance of a professional PT. It usually include exercises, massages, ice or hot packs, and some other methods or tools may be used depending on the PT facility and individual conditions. The first session is usually evaluation only. The neurological PT has knowledge and consideration of neurological disorders. In my opinion, it is very similar to the STRC approach but in a medical setting, and I don’t see similarity with Jordi’s approach. Mine will be 4-6 short sessions once a week. My main purpose for this is to get objective advice on my movement via bodywork for the first time, so it would help at least in some degrees. The downside is that I get even busier (by taking frequent time off from work, etc.), which gives me some more stress.

        Thank you for your comments and insights about my previous post. I found interesting about your comment on trick and break the mind. I see that’s true because the trick is artificial and temporary, but the real mind is sustainable and eternal. I understand all other your remarks and will keep in mind for it!

        Thank you for bringing up again about the 6th and 7th chakra in another post. But sorry, I don’t have further insight about it right now (no time…). I would just review the Caroline Myss’ book, which I’m sure you have read as well.

        (For those who are not familiar with chakras, the 6th chakra is located in the center of the forehead (the third eye) and associated with mind, wisdom, understanding, seeking truth, etc. The 7th chakra is located at the top of the head and associated with spirit, transcendence, living in the present moment, allowing self to divine, etc. – interestingly, the subject CCD mentioned in this new post in the first place.)

        One year ago, I was deep into exploring on my internal world by reading many related books, but now I’m in a somewhat different situation, spending much less time for self-reflection but working on improving my life in other ways and moving forward.

        By the way, I’ve heard that we are all interconnected by subconscious beyond time and space. So if one of us in this blog healed and the person pray for others who are ready to receive the prayer, like telepathy, others may also get synergy effect of healing.

        • Hi Dolphin,

          Thanks for your ample feedback!

          Actually, I cannot imagine that your new PT won’t spend any time on proprioceptive exercise (which is what Jordi does). It should be one of his core tools as a neurological PT, I guess?

          Yes, I have read Caroline Myss – after you pointed her work out to me ;-) Yes, I also see a connection with the 6th and 7th chakra, but I at the same time I believe that the dynamics related to those two chakras are more general, i.e., for anyone who wants to grow. Within the framework of CD, I see relevant issues related to the 5th chakra and the alter major chakra. I will soon add a section to the Perspectives page.

          Yes, I totally agree with you to feed our collective consciousness with healing vibes!

          Take care and stay tuned.

          CCD

          • Hi CCD and everyone,

            CCD – you were right about the Jordi’s exercise on neuro PT. A first few minutes of hands-on treatment I got was moving the neck to both sides. You’ve known that!

            I want to tell aloud everyone that this exercise (moving the neck to both sides) must be done “correctly,” otherwise I think it won’t be efficient or it can be even harmful. What I mean that the neck must be in the correct tone or position and the movement must be in a correct way. Using both hands to support the head and guide the movement helps. I have been working on customized STRC exercises with a lot of mirror work, and I was skeptical about the neuro PT after all the work I went through, but I’m amazed to find that there are a lot to learn from it. I would recommend anyone whose insurance is covered try the neuro PT. But not the regular PT, which could end up with a series of fight back afterwards.

          • Hi Dolphin,

            Glad to hear that you are learning new things! When I hear you talk about the correct way to exercise, you sound very severe ;-) I think we should let go of the severity (INTJ) and relax a bit more. On the other hand, I do agree with you that while we move our heads/necks/bodies, we should do it carefully, while really listening to our bodies, using them the way they are meant to, in order not to dragoon – which is what made us ill.
            I agree to use hands to support head and neck during exercise, if this makes things easier. It really is a compassionate way to help ourselves.

            Keep us informed about your findings and new experiences!

            CCD

          • Hi Dolphin,
            Thanks for reporting back, your session with the neuro PT sounds helpful.

            I have been doing some of Jordi’s neck movements, and what I have learned is that it needs to be done in the spirit of gratitude and appreciation. If you are exercising the neck while you are hating it and fighting it, because it is difficult, it won’t do you any good. The mind needs to be calm, and the movements need to be slow and deliberate with the same mental focus as if you are in meditation.

            Did the neuro PT also have you tighten the neck and release it. If he did, is this done like we do the military strc? with the eee smile? I don’t know of any other way to tighten and release.

            Here is a link for anyone interested on some helpful feldenkrais neck movements:
            http://www.youtube.com/user/mybodycanlearnnow?feature=watch

  5. I run the risk of looking a little nutty and newage, or as we call it in Sedona, “woo woo” .
    But have you ever heard of the “Bach flower Remedies” ( They are flower essences soaked in water and alcohol that heal emotional/mental issues)
    Back flower remedies are a form of “energy medicine”.

    I have found something that is similar but sounds superior than the Bach flower remedies, it is called “Inverse field energy treatment”.
    There is a woman in India who is making this energy medicine from flowers, herbs, plants, tree’s and minerals. But she is taking it one step further and making it like the alchemists of old did, using pure silver or gold to pass an electrical pulse through the essence.
    This energy medicine heals our energetic body which in turn heals our physical body.
    It is expensive, it costs $300.00, but this is for a 6 month treatment plan, so not so bad really.
    If anyone is interested in reading more about it, here is a link :

    http://www.energy-treatments.com/holistic_healing/energy_field_treatment/energy_field_treatment.html

    • Hi SFS, yes, Bach flower remedies are quite common where I live. I definitely agree that we have more bodies than the physical body; these are the so-called subtle bodies, such as the emotional body, the mental body, the supramental body, the spiritual body… I also believe that healing in those bodies will materialize as healing in the physical body. Will you try this energy treatment?

      • Hi CCD,
        I am glad you know what I am talking about.
        The Back flower essences are made out of the UK, so it makes sense they would be common where you live.
        I used to use the flower remedy called “Rescue Remedy” for stressful and traumatic events, I found it helpful whenever I flew on a plane.

        Currently I am on a “buying freeze” for several months. I want to eventually buy the above inverse energy treatment, but at the same time it makes me nervous, sending someone I don’t know a lot of money and trusting that they are for “real”. My intuition says that she is!
        An interesting thought on energy treatment, is that you don’t have to believe in the treatment, it will work even if you are skeptical. I have experienced this to be true myself. Long ago, before I had a belief in homeopathic medicine, I had a bottle in my “herbal medicine cabinet” that was coincidentally, specifically for an acute affliction that I was having trouble with. I healed so fast and thoroughly after taking the homeopathic, I was amazed, since then I have been a firm believer in “energy medicine”.
        Like yourself I am looking for that “Right” method to heal this part of ourselves. Healing our energetic bodies will automatically release the stored trauma.
        This treatment just makes sense to me, it sounds like it works relatively fast compared to other methods, it is inexpensive compared to going to an SE practitioner, and it takes little effort on our part, simply dropping a few drops under our tongue everyday.
        I will surely let you know if I end up trying it.

        • Hi SFS,

          Right, I can believe you might be a bit nervous about sending money not knowing what exactly you will get. Interesting what you say about not needing to believe that this treatment works. I am inclined not to believe that, but I must admit that I heard this about homeopathy from others as well. Perhaps it’s enough to leave the possibility open that it will be effective. (In case one really doesn’t believe, one wouldn’t even try, right?)

          For me it all comes down to achieving transcendental consciousness. Now what is the best way to get there?

          Alright, keep us informed!

          Best regards from China,

          CCD

          • CCD is travelling again……to China?……mmmmm……. makes me think! :)

            Wishing you transcendence along the way!

  6. Hi Sunflowersprout,

    Sorry for the very late reply – I just read your post now since I didn’t receive the notification of your post.
    It’s a good remark that doing the neck exercise with the spirit of gratitude and the calm mind instead of hating or fighting. I don’t meditate in a traditional way, but I enter to the near meditation mode when I do stretching exercise followed by taking a nice hot shower before going to bed.

    The neuro PT haven’t addressed any of military or eee smile. What I personally found helpful (yet nothing new) are chest opening exercise using walls between arms and walking backward to break the pattern. I’ve been thinking about this “break the patter” in different aspect of my life.

    Hi CCD,

    I found a great book, though you or anyone might have mentioned already: “The Mindbody Prescription – Healing The Body, Healing The Pain” by Dr. John Sarno. I have no pain, so I substitute spasms for pain when I read this book. Have you read the book? If so, have you tried the method?

    Are you still traveling in China? (I’m jealous :)) Have you recovered as much as you can enjoy walking around without destruction of pulling of the neck?

    • Hi Dolphin,

      Nice to hear from you again, and to know that your neuro PT is still helpful!

      No, I do not know that book. I will definitely take a look at it – although I have a few more unread books on my shelf. One of them is The Presence Process. Both Lee-Ann and SFS are very much into that process and I think we should take that seriously!

      I am back home again. And able to walk without pulling! Still improving. And people around me confirm the ongoing improvement ;-)

      Take care!

      CCD

    • Hi Dolphin,
      I have heard of Sarno’s book, but have not read it, although I believe in it’s premise. That pain of the back or the neck is the result of negative thought patterns, or emotional and mental pain.
      I can highly recommend Michael Brown’s Book ‘The Presence Process’, it is one of LeeAnn’s great finds. The book and the method to heal our emotional body is outstanding!

      And thanks CCD for taking us seriously!

      • Hi CCD and Sunflowersprout,

        All right, it sounds like The Presence Process is the one I should read. Thanks for the info!

        Dr. Sarno’s approach is mostly in line with the concept CCD has been expressing in this blog for long time. I agree with this approach, but while Dr. Sarno assures that this works for musculoskeletal conditions, it didn’t mention about neurological conditions. I think his approach would profoundly help but probably not as much for those with neurological conditions. Let me know how you think if you get a chance to read it someday.

        • Hi Dolphin,

          I read a few summaries of Sarno’s book and his way of thinking. Yes, it is very similar to what I am saying. He mentions childhood trauma as the cause, leading to suppressed anger, in a personality type that tends to perfectionism, pleasing others, etc. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the (emotional) root cause of the physical suffering. So I totally agree with his views!

          Yes, he focuses on Tension Myositis Syndrom, but I think it is safe to say that this approach can easily be generalized to other ailments (surely including CD), perhaps all. As you know I believe in downward causation. This means that we cause all disease by ourselves, whether we know it or not.

          Let us know about your experiences, following up Sarno’s recommendations!

          CCD

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