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When growth is the only option...

The Evolving Self is an e-newsletter that reflects the belief that growth is a choice that can bring an ever deepening and expanding awareness of who we are and what we are here for. The reader can expect affirmations, quotes, book reviews, insightful commentary and tips that support the growth of the individual.

Affirmation: I'm so grateful for being teachable.

Quote:  "There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies." ~Friedrich Nietzche

Newsletter archives:

April 2017 - Smile Therapy/Making Room

March 2017 - The Inner Battle/Re-Parenting the Inner Neighborhood

February 2017 - Ignorance is Bliss/The Flip-side of Ignorance

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Challenging Established Beliefs

If you think it's hard to make changes in your own life, consider for a moment how hard it is to influence change on a larger scale. Most people are familiar with the challenges faced by Galileo in his effort to convince the world that the earth revolved around the sun. Galileo was tried and found to be guilty of heresy for making this statement. He was forced to recant and lived for the rest of his life under house arrest.

Another person who faced dire consequences for trying to influence change was Ignaz Semmelweis. He was an Hungarian doctor who practiced obstetrics in Vienna in the 1840s. He began to notice that women who were under the care of midwives in the hospital rather than doctors were not as susceptible to fatal childbed fever. He figured out that the difference in care was simply that the doctors who were coming straight from the morgue where they were doing research, had not washed their hands before doing examinations. Their hands were still covered with the blood and germs of the corpses they had just been working on. At the time, germs had not yet been discovered. Semmelwes tried washing his hands before seeing patients and his patients stopped contracting the fever. He implored his colleagues to do the same, but was met with scoffing and laughter.

Semmelweis's observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions and his ideas were rejected by the medical community of the time.  Later, after Louis Pasteur proved evidence of germs and Joseph Lister implemented hygenic methods to medicine, it finally became an accepted practice. Semmelweis was eventually committed to an insane asylum where he died within two weeks after being beaten by the guards.

The Mind-Body Connection, It's Not Just a Theory

Like the examples above, knowledge of the mind-body connection has been discussed in literature for at least 20 years (not to mention the 2500 years of cultures who practiced it.)  However, the healthcare industry is lagging way behind in terms of programs and services that support people in healing modalities utilizing mind-body practices. This, in the face of data that proves scientifically that the mind-body connection is not just a nice theory (Thank you, Candace Pert!) Of course, the healthcare industry is significantly influenced by funding and support from the money bags of big Pharma. These days, the likelihood of treatment plans that don't include pharmaceuticals is almost nil unless you decide to go to a natural physician on your own dime.

In her book, The Molecules of Emotion, Pert discusses the research and findings that show, "the flow of information throughout the organism (body) as evidence that the body is the actual outward manifestaion, in physical space, of the mind." In other words, "the body is inseparable from the mind."
"Everyone of of the network--the neural, the hormonal, the gastrointestinal, and the immune--is set up to communicate with one another via peptides and messenger-specific peptide receptors."

This is powerful information that supports the implementation of mind-body practices such as relaxation exercises, deep breathing, mindfulness, meditation and many, many more as ways of intentionally aligning the mind and body. We can utilize the power of the mind to influence and even change the structure of our cells and chemistry of the body simply by learning to manage our inner communication systems. 

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Jaqui Duvall works as a coach, mentor, trainer, facilitator and public speaker developing and delivering workshops, leading mentoring groups and working with individuals to help them identify and express their inner spirit and live a life of consciousness and intention. •  San Jose