If you have pets, you don’t appreciate the “presents” that they may leave. Cats have instincts to use soft ground or sand which you can simulate with litter, and that saves your house, but it’s also frustrating to have to clean the litterbox frequently. Still, that hardwired instinct makes cats an attractive pet option since they don’t require daily walks outside.
If you can’t accept the litter cleanup , there is another option: toilet training. This works best with younger cats while they are most adaptable. How is that possible? The training is done by making an association in the cat’s mind between the toilet and litter. First, you install a special toilet bowl topper which contains multiple concentric rings that can hold some litter. Your cat is attracted to the litter, and tries to use it normally. After a period of adjustment, you remove the inner ring. The middle rings still hold litter, but the opening into the bowl is larger. Again, after adjustment time, you remove another ring, leaving only a narrow band of litter that the cat will mostly miss, largely hitting the toilet bowl. After the final ring is removed, there is no litter, but the toilet association remains. Your cat uses the toilet! There is no known trick to then train them to flush the toilet, however.
Every living creature with a brain makes associations. It’s how they learn. Without learning, there’s no brain. We pride ourselves on how much we can learn compared with animals, but the process is the same: brain neurons form connections which can change as needed. But connections and associations made in youth, when the brain is most actively growing, are particularly deep-seated. This is why we refer to the early years of life as the “formative” years: they create a foundation which tends to be life long.
Adults still learn, but the purpose of adulthood is to stabilize and mature the foundation already formed. During these years, the brain is less actively growing new neurons. It may even remove connections, in a process called “pruning”. That is because there is a lot of junk that we pick up as kids that later has to go, or we could not stabilize as adults. Kids might think they have some magical abilities or think that there are monsters under the bed, and later realize that just doesn’t make sense. Their brains remove confused, contradictory, wild connections, making the connections that remain consistent and the brain more efficient. Even this process may leave some connections behind. Pruning will leave strong associations, even while it shapes them and makes them more consistent.
Memories can be strong or weak. Strong memories engage more connections. As such, they don’t fade so readily. Strong memories are formed by strong emotions, with fear usually at the top of the list. Another strengthening factor is recurrence: if something keeps happening, it forms a stronger imprint on the brain. Considering that the young developing brain is building associations at extreme speeds, fear, frequent negative or positive messages, and constant stress all build strong subliminal messages that may be stuck in the brain throughout life if they are not addressed. There are wonderful therapies now that help mute, fade, or erase fear and stress memories; there would be no value telling you that these memories get embedded if you had no way to deal with them!
Let’s look first at how memories form. In computers, memory consists of a conglomeration of “on” and “off” bits of data, but in the brain the only thing that is on or off is whether a particular connection is in place between neurons. The most numerous neurons in the brain, the “excitatory neurons”, each receive thousands of inputs and make thousands of connections to other neurons. Connections are not simple one-to-one links, as neurons have many receptors and some can connect to the same target cell. Synapses can also be enlarged for longer term potential activation. Unlike computer memory, the brain wiring is very dynamic, and far from simply on or off. So long as no bits of information are lost, the computer memory is exact, precise, and identical results are given each time the memory is invoked. With human brains, no two memory activations are exactly alike. Memories change over time.
Most things that happen to us daily are quickly forgotten. If they are not reinforced in the brain, the temporary connections made to register the memory are reassigned elsewhere. However, when a memory is replayed, the reinforcement causes additional connections to be made. In the presence of strong emotion, the brain reinforces memories of the emotional event. Memories do not include all the details of an event — that would be too much information to retain. Rather the memory consists of select aspects of what your senses recorded at the time: how you felt, what you were thinking at the time — all these roll up into a conglomeration which is the memory. Fresh memories usually contain more of the fine details, while older memories normally don’t. Memories need to be replayed to be reinforced, or else they decay and details are lost. To retain details and vividness of a memory, it must be replayed frequently.
Memories are always reconstructed when called up. The necessary pieces of the memory are activated together as the brain fires the right connections to recreate it. But since it is a re-creation, it unfolds slightly differently each time, colored a bit by your current mood, thoughts, beliefs, and biases. Memories “color” with age, because they are rebuilt without all of the connections that they had before. This means that memories can literally change. When memories are called up, the missing details may be filled in with expectations or totally new data. This is a cornerstone concept of therapies that neutralize bad memories: mixing in elements with the recreation of the memory that become part of the next time the memory is called up. New associations are made, and the memory settles back down, subtly altered. On the next activation of that memory, the new associations come along for the ride.
Now the cat thinks that the toilet is an extension of cat litter, when there is no litter present. People recalling the same event from years ago contradict each other on the details, because they bring in their own associations with the memories. Emotional memories get replayed and reinforced, but some details are still getting lost and overwritten. “Tapes” from your infancy replay, often without your knowledge or awareness, and affect you today, yet they are but shadows of the original event from which those tapes were memorized, colored over time.
We have one way of consciously reinforcing memories: repetition. To memorize a phone number, we repeat it to ourselves multiple times. This forms more connections and makes the memory more resilient. We may be reinforcing the hearing of ourselves repeating the number audibly, the image we create when looking at the number, the rhythm or cadence of how we say it, but we strengthen the memory components with each repetition. We usually can’t make a phone number emotional, but emotion-based memories are reinforced at the time of recording.
Some research studies shed light on what happens to cause some thoughts to get so reinforced that they become “stuck.” Disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) encode memories with such emotional force that the brain keeps replaying them and reinforcing them. Such extremes shed light on what happens with any memory reinforced with fear. Published in Molecular Psychiatry, researchers at Linköping University, Sweden looked at how the amygdala, which is the portion of the brain involving fear, emotions and memory, and the prefrontal cortex, responsible for emotions, link particularly strongly when an epigenetic enzyme, PRDM2, is suppressed. Fear and major events meld together in strong memories which are further enhanced when certain enzymes are out of balance. Once embedded, these memories replay, and the researchers suggest that, “Patients with anxiety disorders may benefit from treatments that weaken or erase fear memories.” Fear-based memories, once embedded, need to be modified and weakened, or they continue to wreak havoc in the brain and the body.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, 50% of mental illness begins by age 14. During the early years, children have no mental defenses against fear and stress. As published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers analyzed data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) of children aged 3-17 years, finding 7.1% had anxiety problems, 7.4% had behavioral/conduct problems, and 3.2% had current depression. These were only those who showed detectable mental issues. We all experience some stress, trauma, and fear in youth, but we consciously forget most of those. But our subconscious still remembers.
Although we have a spirit, and the source of thoughts and consciousness is not definable by science, everything our “real self” expresses in this world comes through a mechanism. Our mechanism for thought and memory is the brain. We can see the brain in action to an extent because the chemical and electrical reactions in the brain can be observed. Your brain serves you, but it follows rules grounded in the laws governing physics, chemistry, biology and electricity. That means that we can observe patterns of the brain in cases of mental disorders and form therapies to relieve those disorders.
When thoughts are occurring, memories are being recalled, emotions are brewing, we can see the brain working through noninvasive techniques which open a window into the brain’s function. We can see areas of the brain become more active through higher electromagnetic emissions. This gives vital feedback to therapies to calm, modify, and neutralize harmful replaying thoughts, which we all have accumulated from infancy.
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Subconscious programs are built mostly during ages 0 to 6 because consciousness is not fully developed yet to act as a filter of the mental and emotional environment. This is why young children can learn multiple languages very easily: the brain is predominantly in theta brainwave frequency which acts like a sponge and takes in the information unfiltered because they’re learning so quickly. The problem is they are always taking in good and also taking in bad because this brain state doesn’t differentiate when there’s no conscious filter.
So whereas this three year-old child can pick up three languages, she also picks up the fear, the stress, the mental and emotional environment of mother, father, sister, brother and other family members. Of the 50% of mental illness that starts by age 14 a predominant amount actually starts by age six.
We are all a product of the environment we grow up in — whether we like it or not the mental, emotional and physical environment forms the outcome in the mind, the brain, and the body along with all the perceptions, beliefs and behaviors. All of this is set mostly by age 6. And most of this is subconscious programming you do not remember consciously. You do not remember what happened at age 2, you do not remember what happened when you were in utero, the emotional state your mother was in when she was pregnant with you, but you had a brain that was recording everything and the emotions cause the highest energy balance or imbalance.
So what type of subconscious program do you think you developed if your mother unexpectedly became pregnant and was thinking about how much she doesn’t want to be pregnant right now? What type of program does that form on your brain? Not lovable? Not good enough? How about if your mother is dealing with a lot of stressful emotional issues in her life at the time she’s pregnant and not only do you grow up in the stress in utero, you’re born into it in your earliest years of development? We can’t just ignore this thinking “I don’t remember it so it doesn’t matter.” It does matter and matters extremely at the highest level for this reason:
Your body is an extension of your mind and emotions. Your body is not and never has been separate from the mind, emotions, and brain. So if somebody is sick, the mind, emotions, and brain are 100% out of balance. This is a fact. This is undeniable.
And a critical piece in balancing the body, mind and emotions is the balance of the brain because it is the interface between the mind, the emotions, and the body. Your brain takes what’s in your mind and emotions and communicates it to all the cells of your body. If your mind and emotions are very positive and uplifted then that is what the brain is going to communicate to the cells of the body.
The problem is, subconscious stress programs play constantly and you are not consciously aware of them.
This is the real cause of disease.
As was stated in the research, repetition strengthens a memory and that memory becomes permanent in the brain, which means it becomes a permanent communication to all the cells of the body.
Subconscious stress programs play continually, which means you can’t have more repetition than continual. That’s like saying the same phone number every second of the day so that phone number is going to be ingrained in every cell in the body.
Now imagine instead of a phone number playing it is a fear of abandonment playing? Or a fear of rejection? Or a fear of being all alone? Or how about not being good enough? What if any of those are playing continually? How do you think the all cells of your body are going to feel memorizing that energy?
That’s why for the last 30 years we have developed a unique 3-D brain imaging and brain mapping technique to locate these imbalances so that we can visualize them. Once you know there’s an imbalance objectively then you can begin a course of treatment to balance the brain, mind, emotion, body complex and objectively have a way to know that the imbalance has been corrected, the brain frequency pattern has normalized. This is not important only for mental and emotional disorders, this is important for every aspect of total health and wellness because the mind rules the body, not the other way around.
If you have a subconscious stress program playing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year then your body is going to be in a sympathetic stress mode and you are going to be secreting stress molecules causing immunosuppression, digestive disorders and brain cell inflammation and damage — you actually will burn them up. So everyone we treat is evaluated with our in Revolution New Medicine Protocol® to objectively locate the brain imbalances so that we can effectively bring it back into balance by releasing the subconscious and conscious stress programs. This is never done with counseling; this is a physical technique that was developed 30 years ago.
In our pioneering work we started doing CT scans of the brain to visualize minuscule lesions, or areas that patients had blown a fuse in the brain, in either the conscious/subconscious or the conscious programs. This overactivity actually damages neurons, and then with the early work we could see that damage on the CT scans. As our research and techniques progressed we moved into extremely detailed brain mapping: each of the frequency patterns and finally through the 3D brain imaging, which pinpointed the exact area in the brain where the stress blockage was coming from.
The second step was doing an effective therapy that was not counseling related but based in biochemistry, neurophysiology and quantum physics. After years of trial and error we developed the technique that is used in the Revolution New Medicine Protocol® which we named Heart Brain Entrainment Therapy.
The 3-D brain imaging and targeted brain mapping measures the frequencies of the brain and isolates the location of the brain where the imbalance is the greatest. The Heart Brain Entrainment Therapy enables the brain to release the stored subconscious and conscious stress programs and rewrite new very positive programs in their place. The results are life-changing.
At least 90% of every health challenge that any individual will deal with is mind, emotion, brain generated: whether we believe this or not it is a fact — we have confirmed it over the last 30 years with research.
Nobody heals from any disease completely without releasing these programs and re-program with new and better programs. This is why so many conditions either don’t resolve, or do resolve but just keep reoccurring.
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