Volume 2 No. 10
IN THIS ISSUE
"Jesse my six year old just finished her first term of Grade 1 (her first year at school). She has received the most awesome report. Her teacher can't believe that she hasn't done any schooling before.
She has started writing; she knows all her colors, numbers and shapes. When the class started learning the alphabet, Jess has managed to learn the whole alphabet in a couple of weeks and has started reading words as well. Jess also goes and puts her Power Imaging tape on by herself, because she says it helps her do well at school. When her teacher asked how she had learnt all the basics, even though she hasn't been to nursery school, Jess told her teacher that InnerTalk and her Mom had taught her all she needed to know. Apparently Jess then proceeded to tell her all about Eldon Taylor, InnerTalk, left and right brain hemispheres - what they do and how they work. Mirror Imaging - and the whole baby gibberish/reverse speech research; the subconscious mind and how InnerTalk works with the music and imbedded affirmations. The teacher then asked Jess a whole bunch of questions, to see if she knew what everything meant. To which apparently Jess gave her detailed replies.
Anyway, I thought it was a lovely story and that you might enjoy it. You have to picture this six year old telling her grown up teacher all this stuff using these big words. Wes, my 13 year old goes to get Jess from the waiting class and he says he stood at the classroom door watching Jess tell her teacher, and the teacher had her mouth wide open with big eyes." Thanks Mandy. Do you have a story that you would like to share? Send it to me if you do and perhaps your story can inspire others.
Commentary: The so-called lie
I was recently asked about a comment made by someone in the subliminal business that is worth repeating. Apparently the statement in question went something like this, "The subconscious mind would reject an affirmation such as ‘I don't smoke' or ‘I'm thin, fit and healthy' or ‘I'm good' because the statements are or could be false." Fortunately for all who subscribe to self-help and self-improvement as a way of life, this is absolutely false to facts! Indeed, if one was forced to use only so-called truthful in-the-present statements as affirmations for change, there could be no improvement or change. A person suffering from depression would be forced to tell themselves the "truth" with affirmations I guess that might go something like this: "I feel horrible." "I am frowning." "I am unhappy." "Life sucks."
It's hard for me to believe that someone involved in self-help, to say nothing of selling it, would make such a statement. Our research and that of hundreds of academic researchers shows very clearly that the value to subliminal conditioning is in re-scripting interior beliefs, replacing the old negative and so-called truthful self evaluations with new positive and self fulfilling inner talk.
The human clone is on the way
According to a recent report provided by the controversial fertility expert from Italy, Dr. Severino Antinori, in a meeting in the United Arab Emirates, one of his patients is 8 weeks pregnant with a clone. (Young 2002) I have been writing about this technology for over fifteen years now, and in my mind it has always been "just a matter of time." It looks like the time could be only about 7 months away.
Unconsciously tracking for anticipatory signals of danger
According to the research findings of Philip S. Wong of the New School for Social Research in New York, there is a signal function in the brain that anticipates dangerous situations and may "track danger unconsciously." Wong engaged the assistance of seventeen healthy male volunteers and used subliminal presentations paired with the delivery of a mild shock conditioning series to test his theory. The resulting neural monitoring showed a "distinct slow-brain wave activity" emerging about half a second before the time shock would have been delivered according to the conditioning situation. (Wong 1999)
The curing power of words
I have two young sons that regularly turn off television commercials and begin stating rather firmly, "Cancel, cancel, cancel!" Recently I was asked about this and I referred to a wonderful article by Ellen Langer of Harvard University on the power of words to promote health and wellness. Dr. Langer has long been a leading edge experimenter in areas of mind/body research and is probably best known by many for her work in age reversal. According to her, words used by the medical establishment may suggest conditions to the patient that become self-fulfilling prophecies. Take for example the term "remission" which suggests that the disease may return as opposed to the terms healed and cured. (Langer 2000) Our minds can and do go about creating our personal experience on many levels in many ways. It is wise to guard against unwanted thoughts. The next time you see or hear something suggesting sickness of some sort to you, try this little "cancel" trick for yourself—it really works. (You may even want to get a copy of Langer's book "The Power of Mindful Learning").
Be social and improve your memory
According to Fernando Nottebohm of Rockefeller University in New York, participating in social skills may increase neural growth, at least if his findings with songbirds are translatable to the human condition. In an article appearing in the February 2002 New Scientist, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, an expert on neuronal growth from the University of California, San Francisco, "There is evidence that adult humans also produce new neurons in their brains, so these results raise the possibility that social interaction could help our neurons survive too..And perhaps that would even boost our memories." (Ananthaswamy 2002)
Brains in machines
There are a lot of metaphors about mind and matter, brains in machines and so forth, but this is no metaphor. Researchers have successfully created organisms of a sort that are the product of brain tissue connected to artificial environments generated in a computer. Using rat brain cells with tiny electrodes connected in a circuit, researchers have successfully created a virtual rat that is displayed on a computer monitor. When the brain cells successfully send a signal the virtual rat moves and encounters a virtual environment (objects and so forth). A digital feedback system passes back the information to the living rat brain cells. In this manner the cells learn to move in their virtual environment. This and other research in the area known as cyborg development will bring with it all of the same kind of ethical questions the world is about to grapple with that surrounds human clones. "When is a life a life?" may be the question of the 21st century. (Ananthaswamy 2002)
Turn off the TV!
Jeffrey Johnson at Columbia University in New York extracted some very alarming information from surveys of 707 New York families that were chosen at random. Consider this, boys around the age of fourteen that watched three hours or more of television a day went on in 45% of the cases to commit an aggressive act against another person, compared to only 9% of those that spent less than an hour a day watching television. For women around the age of 22, "17 percent went on to commit an aggressive act, compared with no one in the group watching less than an hour a day." (Motluk 2002)
Unconscious language learning
According to Takeo Watanabe, director of the cognitive and neural systems department at Boston University, we continually process subliminal information. Watanabe's recent findings suggest that language learning may be one of the best areas for subliminal learning applications, "..unconsciously learning something perceptual like pronunciation is possible." (Adams 2002)
Infants pick up language in their sleep
Marie Cheour at the University of Turku in Finland used EEG recordings to demonstrate her hypothesis that babies learn in their sleep and later can distinguish what they have learned. Cheour does not purport to understand how babies manage this nighttime learning. (Motluk 2002)
Snoring linked to ADHD children
Ronald D. Chevrin of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his coworkers published findings in the March Pediatrics that show "an intriguing frequency in children who snore throughout much of the night" with ADHD. "Hyperactivity and inattention characterized 22 percent of heavy snorers." No solid explanation is offered, but Chevrin's group suggests that snoring may pave the way to ADHD for some children. (Bower 2002)
Adams, J. (2002). Subliminal Learning. Psychology Today. April 2002: 28.
Ananthaswamy, A. (2002). The brainy bunch. New Scientist. 23 February: 19.
Ananthaswamy, A. (2002). Mind over metal. New Scientist. 23 February: 27-29. Bower, B. (2002). Kids' ADHD ties to snoring, sleepiness. Science News. 161: 157.
Langer, E. (2000). Can Words Cure Cancer? Psychology Today. July/August: 28-29.
Motluk, A. (2002). Blame it on the box. New Scientist. 6 April: 16.
Motluk, A. (2002). Easy listening. Nature. 415: 599.
Wong, P. S. (1999). "Minds may track danger." Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Young, A. C. a. E. (2002). Grave expectations. New Scientist. April 13: 4.
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