Who are you? Other than answering with your name, how would you answer that question? Do you define yourself by your vocation, your family, your interests and hobbies, or your beliefs? Is who you are who you want to be? Are you satisfied with your identity? Are you happy with yourself? Are you who you believe you should be?
Easy questions? Probably not, but these are very important questions. Socrates is credited with saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Few of us are fully the person that we want to be. If you look at all that makes up your identity, you likely have some areas where you have fallen short of what you want to be. You have a picture in your mind of yourself as you wish you were, and it doesn’t quite line up with what you know that you are. The closer those two are to each other, the happier you are with your self identity.
So what do you do if you aren’t all that you want to be? You can just say that you can’t do more, that you can’t be any better, and you try not to think about it anymore. You may set resolutions and work on improving yourself. You might seek advice from others or even formal counseling to get closer to your ideal self.
Except for just ignoring the issue, all these things can be helpful. Yet most of us are not our ideal selves and wish to improve, but aren’t motivated enough to put forth more effort. We live in the tension between knowing we can be better and not working on getting better. Or if we are working on it, our progress is frustratingly slow. Other people tell us that we should do things differently, trying to encourage us, but usually frustrating or depressing us in the process. Worse, some try to insist we change and lecture us on how we are failing to improve. So we listen to motivational speakers and TED talks to assure us that we are better than we think we are, making us feel better but usually not getting us to be any better.
Do you remember the words from this old, popular song, Theme from Mahogany?
Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to?
Do you know?
Do you get what you’re hoping for?
When you look behind you, there’s no open doors
What are you hoping for?
Do you know?
These words describe most of us. When we look back, we wish we would have done a number of things differently. Had we done them, we believe our current lives would be better. When we look to the future, we imagine many things that we want to do, many changes we would like to make, but we know on our present course that they won’t happen. Will we change? Will we turn our most valued thoughts into positive action?
All our thoughts play out in our minds, which means that are brains, the physical manifestation of our minds, are activating portions of themselves to form and process the thoughts. Through brain scans, we can “see” thought patterns by what portions of the brain are more active at certain times. We can’t tell exactly what you are thinking, but can see emotional reactions, deep thought, memory activation — from that activity we can tell where your mind is going, in some ways better than you can, because the scans are seeing subconscious activity that you can’t detect.
Remember that 90% – 95% of our thoughts are subconscious, meaning that you cannot be aware of them consciously. So are you going to use good intentions and force of will to change your thoughts, using less than 10% of your brain to do so? How do you know what the majority of your brain is doing?
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is one type of imaging used to observe brain activity and neural traffic among the portions of the brain. This is the high-tech window into what all of the brain is doing. First, this means that a brain scan is a valuable diagnostic tool. As published in Nature Medicine, researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, NY, with seven other institutions, used fMRI to scan 1180 patients — a portion clinically depressed and the other portion a healthy control group — to look for brain scan patterns that identified depression. They were able to identify four subtype patterns which characterized those with clinical depression by applying statistical weighting to abnormal neural connection activity, which then could be used to predict how the patients would respond to specific therapies. The brain scans were much more objective than questioning the patients about their depression, which led to inconsistent results because it was based on each patient’s interpretation of experiences.
Second, this means that any therapy’s effectiveness can be objectively measured with brain scans, and adjusted as appropriate. Moreover, brain-scan therapy is therapy for the entire brain, including the subconscious.
Practical therapeutic application of fMRI data was used in a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, where participants were coached, and fMRI scans were used to determine the effectiveness of that coaching. The researchers examined brain function to compare what is described in psychology as your “ideal self” — the person you’d like to be, that you could be — with their “real self” — the person you are, as you see yourself to be. They were using this technology to improve counseling, and tested real-self coaching against ideal-self counseling.
Before researchers and counselors got this objective brain-scan data, they had to go on trial and error. Some counseling would focus on the real self, where patients might be told what they should and should not do, or how to improve performance. Others would focus on the patient’s ideal self — their dreams and aspirations — to motivate them. In this study, the researchers saw greater response to ideal-self counseling. Further, they saw that real-self counseling could promote defensiveness, self-critical thoughts, and resistance to change.
Going it alone?
The goal is for the two selves to be the same: you are happiest when you are who you want to be. If you try to make yourself into your ideal person, and you feel you have a long way to go, you are likely to fall into the trap of self-criticism and disappointment at your lack of progress. That will only widen the gap between your two views, and you are likely to be discouraged. This is where performance-based counseling can leave you worse off than before.
All of us are dealing with subconscious thoughts, many of which were planted during our first six years of life. These are powerful, and can take you down without your knowing it or realize it is happening. They can be affecting your mental state, and they can be negatively affecting your health. If you are not healthy, don’t overlook the mental, especially the subconscious, cause. Most of us are burdened with some, if not many, negative thoughts that stem all the way back to childhood.
You don’t have to go it alone. Consider brain-scan based therapy and see the difference.
Dr. Nemec’s Review
What these and many other studies show is that with modern technology, you can analyze mind, thought, brain, emotion, and body connections like never before. This brings an enormous amount of possibilities.
Before we delve into this, let’s talk about what the study results showed. The researchers saw much better response to ideal-self counseling vs. real-self counseling. They saw that real-self counseling could promote defensiveness, self-critical thoughts, and resistance to change.
What’s the difference?
Ideal self is who you were created to be. Real self is who you appear to be when you look in the mirror.
The farther these two are a part, the more mental-emotional imbalance there will be.
Most people’s image of themselves is formed from in utero to age 6, when the brain is in super learning mode, absorbing everything from the environment to develop an identity. So you can see how critical the early environment is in establishing your self image for your entire life.
What if your father or mother were an alcoholic, or mentally abusive, or physically abusive, or had another mental-emotional imbalance themselves? If you grew up in this environment in your formative years, you are a product of that environment, whether you like it or not, and this sets the stage for your whole life — perhaps unrecognized before, but now very much recognized your physical health.
Your life is preset by age six
You are so much a product of your environment, including your personality, perception, beliefs systems, personality, attitudes, and concepts of self that by age 6 these are already established for your entire life.
Some of you might be thinking: this is hopeless. Because I grew up in this environment I was defeated before I even began!
No, you were not defeated, you just attained improper subconscious programming, and as with any programming of a computer, a brain, or a mind, you must erase the old programming and re-write new programming. It’s as simple and as complex as that.
Now let’s look at the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience study. In essence, they are using an imaging technique to coach identity of self. The reason this is so powerful is because it’s so objective: the studies showed it was much more accurate than having people fill out questionnaires about themselves, which always is skewed by their perception of self.
This study used fMRI, which measures blood flow to different areas of the brain; and with this technique of imaging, researchers can pick up Imbalances in the following disorders, compared to normal: anxiety, depression, psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Even PTSD will cause activation in very specific areas of the brain.
The great value of fMRI is in baseline assessment of and reevaluation for improvement of blood flow to certain areas of the brain. The biggest drawback to fMRI assessment is that it’s not checking actual neurological function, but instead blood flow to certain areas of the brain which could cause inaccuracies, depending on many factors affecting circulation, general inflammation, and the degree of stickiness, or coagulability in the blood itself. So it is an excellent base scanning tool, but way too broad range for accuracy’s of actual neural function.
The superior scan
The absolute gold standard for looking at brain function is to measure brainwave activity. This tells you how every single neuron in the brain is firing and if areas of the brain are overactive or underactive, in resonance, antiresonance, or dissonance.
Why is this so important?
Because the brain is a symphony orchestra, when balanced in all parts: playing in unison, working together for the beautiful music we call balanced cognitive function and awareness.
Now, imagine a brain imaging technique that could see every anatomical part of the brain and could index each part with brainwave frequencies that equate to subconscious stress programming, which is actually written into the brain tissue emanating abnormal frequencies. Then let’s bring it even higher. Imagine that same imaging could correlate with not only subconscious stress programming in the brain but also it’s associated area in the physical body in the organs, glands, and tissues of the body. This type of scanning would be an almost incomprehensible tool for analysis and treatment of any mind, emotion, body disorder.
This imaging technique is available at Revolution New Medicine. We have refined this analysis over the last 40 years of working with patients, and it is proven clinically accurate in analyzing brainwave function, correlating mind, brain, emotion, and body connections. We have named this unique imaging “3-D Brain Imaging” because it looks at every part of the brain, from the brain stem to the outer cortex, and every thing in between, with extreme accuracy. With this imaging analysis, we were able to develop a very unique treatment protocol to release and re-program subconscious stress programming.
This is all part of Nemec New Medicine® MBEB protocol. We have used it to help people release deep subconscious stress programming from early childhood and even in utero.
We have never seen a patient in the last 40 years with any major health challenge that has not also had significant subconscious stress programs stored in their brain, affecting their thoughts, cognitive function, emotions, and physical body health. This is why people travel globally to be assessed and treated in our program at Revolution New Medicine. This unique protocol has helped thousands restore their health of body, emotions and mind by balancing their brains.
Remember, you are only a product of your subconscious programming because it runs 95% of your physiology. And that programming can be erased and reprogrammed with truth, with your true ideal identity given to you by God. Then you will surely understand the meaning of this phrase:
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!
Here are the ways we can help you in your health journey:
- Outpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-has the most benefit of teaching, treatment, live classes and personalized coaching. This program has the most contact with Dr. Nemec with 3- 6 month programs that can be turned into a regular checking and support program for life. This is our core program that has helped so many restore their health and maintain that restoration for years.
- Inpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-is our four-week intensive inpatient program for those that are not in driving distance, usually over 4 hour drive. This is the program that is an intensive jumpstart with treatment, teaching, live classes and coaching designed for all our international patients along with those in the US that do not live in Illinois. This program is very effective especially when combined with our new membership program support.
- Stay at Home Program-is offered to continental US patients who cannot come to Total Health Institute but still want a more personal, customized plan to restore their health. This program also includes our Learn Membership Program.
- Membership Program is our newest program offered for those that want to work on their health at a high level and want access to the teaching at Total Health Institute along with the Forums: both Dr. Nemec’s posts and other members posting. And also, to have the chance to get personalized questions answered on the conference calls which are all archived in case you miss the call. The Membership Program has 3 levels to choose from: Learn, Overcome and Master. The difference is at the Overcome and Master levels you received one on one calls with Dr. Nemec personalizing your program for your areas of focus.