A Puzzle Unfolds

I’ve been visiting with good friends who live in Sarasota, Fla. What intrigued me was watching them work on very intricate puzzles with hundreds, if not thousands of pieces. They are really into it and one night, the two of them politely asked me to join in the fun.  My immediate response was that I’d rather drink a bottle of castor oil. Different strokes….

I do recognize that by putting together a puzzle, you turn the pile of random pieces into a coherent whole and you’re also teaching yourself that order can emerge from chaos. Now, chaos leads me into the subject of what the bleep is going on in our world. So much polarity, so much fear and insecurity about the future and so much arguing about it. All this negativity is impacting many of us. It’s almost as if many have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; that experience of lingering negative feelings that result from scary, out-of-control experiences and that limit us and make our lives smaller and completely combustible.

I don’t have a remedy for how to fix this although many politicians and corporate titans relentlessly espouse their point of views and seem to make it worse.  The only thing I can offer is sage advice from some of the experts in the field of neuro-science such as Bruce Lipton PhD. Anthony William author of Medical Medium, Derek Rydall, author of Emergence.

According to, Anthony William, “A way to heal our particular form of PTSD across the spectrum is to create new experiences to serve as positive reference points in our lives. The more of these we create, the greater our chances of putting PTSD behind us.”  He continues, “Every new experience plants a life-giving seed in a garden of nutrient-thriving weeds.”  As explained, the experiences don’t have to be monumental and they don’t have to look like much to anyone else. They could be as simple as putting together a puzzle, painting, learning a new language, starting a garden, taking a walk in nature or on the beach as is my case. These simple exercises help orient us in the present moment and have immediate effect on our state of mind because they make us wake up to the beautiful detail in the world around us that otherwise we wouldn’t notice.  All this helps clear out the clouds of negativity from our consciousness.

We’re told in Medical Medium that these types of exercises  pluck out one unwanted weed at a time to free up space in the garden of your mind.”  You are training your brain as though it’s a radio, to access a healing frequency that is always available.

Manipulating Dreams

In a recent TED TALK, neuro-scientist, Moran Cerf tells us that, “Our sleeping brains retain some of the content we encounter when we’re awake and that our dreams can influence our waking actions.” It was suggested that based on new evidence, we have been given a new tool to control our dreams.

Research is still ongoing regarding manipulating dreams and I can’t help but think this could be a highly controversial subject. After all, memories are malleable and therefore they can be altered when in the dream state. But, manipulated in which way? That said, there is much good that can be accomplished.

As an example, this scientist has worked with people who have experienced trauma and who have developed PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) due to their haunting memories. He speaks of ameliorating a condition for a soldier who had come back from Iraq with PTSD. When the soldier was in the dream state on consecutive nights, sounds of gunfire were triggered and then immediately followed by the spraying of a very pleasant aroma. The aroma was used to create positive changes in the soldier’s brain and slowly began affected memories of the trauma. In a sense, the aromas were overriding the remembrance of the terrible incident. Even after a few nights of treatment, the soldier felt less anxious.

As Mr. Cerf explains, the jump now is to help other people. He extends the idea to being able to teach people useful skills in their dream state or navigating to a specific location where information can be picked up. How about learning the periodic table if you could put that to good use in your every-day life? The possibilities are endless.

Apparently, this is the first time that scientists have discovered that behavior can be changed in the dream state. Neuro-science has given us a new platform to create experiences.