Category Archives: Book Reviews

My book reviews may be a little different than a detailed description of a book I’ve just read and a critique. I want to share with you what touched my heart, what was interesting and how something I read relates to Resonance Repatterning theory and practice. I invite comments from you and suggestions for other books you think members of our community might want to read.

The Metabolic Power of the Sacred- by Marc David

I loved reading this inspiring article, The Metabolic Power of the Sacred written by Marc David, the director of the Institute of the Psychology of Eating.It taken from his book The Slow Down Diet, which can be obtained by clicking this link psychologyofeating.com/shop/products/

 

 

 

The article reminded me of the opposite of the eight destructive thought patterns presented in the book What’s on My Mind?: Becoming Inspired with New Perception by Swami Anantananda, that is the basis of Chloe Wordsworth’s Negative Thoughts Repatterning in her Resonance Repatterning® manual Transforming Primary Patterns.

 

 

 

 

It is a fascinating idea that with practice, attention and serious Intention work we can actually change our metabolism with the eight sacred metabolizers. By doing this we can alter our relationship to what we eat, stress and a myriad of instances in which we are reactive physically, emotionally and spiritually. In the article below I have highlighted what Marc David says about the eight  by reprinting text in boldface type.

 

 

 

 

Below is the e-mail that I received with the article.

 

 

 

 

Isn’t this cool????

 

Dear Friend
This is one of the pieces of prose that I’ve written that I feel can provide a new and healing way to look at metabolism. This piece is from my book, The Slow Down Diet. Sometimes, when we talk about health and nutrition, it’s good to bypass the intellect and communicate from a place of the sacred. Let me know what you think.

The Metabolic Power of the Sacred

Have you ever had a religious, divine, or extraordinary experience that affected you deeply? One that left you feeling renewed, reborn, transformed in body or spirit? One that couldn’t be explained, yet you know it happened? If so, then you surely experienced the metabolic power of the sacred.

Because each of us is a radiant soul moving through life’s journey in a biological spacesuit, every soul experience is registered within as a metabolic event. We experience the world because chemistry helps make it so. Our feelings of love, for example, owe their existence to a specific chemistry generated in the body that is unique and specific to love. The same is true for feelings of hope, loyalty, silliness, cynicism, and any imaginable personality state. Who we are and what we feel moment to moment has a precise biochemical equivalent.

Sacred metabolism is the chemistry ignited in the body when we are infused by the Divine. Because the Divine is the source of power behind all powers, the chemistry created when we experience the Divine supersedes all known laws of the body.

Sacred chemistry is a meta-chemistry. Its effects can include or incorporate familiar psycho-physiologic states such as the relaxation response, brain-hemispheric synchronization, pleasure chemistry, immune-system mobilization, and others. But certainly its boundaries far surpass what science can explain. When we enter the realm of sacred metabolism then, we are on new scientific ground. The most reliable tools we have to proceed with are observation, experience, and the light of the truth.

Some of the ways that sacred metabolism may be revealed in the body include, prayer, fasting, meditation, experiences in nature, sports, yoga, music, dance, a sweat lodge, artistic pursuits, sleeplessness, illness, recovery, near-death experiences, transformational drugs, sexual intimacy, stressful events, war, injury, hunting, grief, falling in love, and religious rituals of every variety.

When the metabolic power of the sacred is activated in the body, a portal is opened to a fantastic assortment of biological empowerments that would otherwise have no entry point. History is replete with examples of saints, yogis, shamans, messiahs, and ordinary folk whose fantastic metabolic powers are legendary. An abundance of well-documented cases have highlighted abilities such as clairvoyance, telekinesis, spontaneous healing, incredible strength, and the mystifying intellectual capacities of savants, to name just a few. But what we oftentimes label as anomalous or miraculous are simply latent biological traits activated once we are touched by the hands of the Divine.

Where this leaves us, of course, is at the frontier. Most of what we know about the capabilities of the human form is but the tiniest fraction of what is possible. Could it be that the advances in wellbeing that medical science has promised for decades, but still longs to deliver, will come not from anything outside of us – experts and technology – but will arrive through our co-evolutionary relationship with the Divine? Is it possible that the fulfillment of your metabolic destiny is to be found inside you, intelligently seeded there and awaiting your discovery?

Eight Sacred Metabolizers

The question that’s certainly worth asking is this: How can we engage the metabolic power of the sacred? In what ways can we reliably court its powers? Many believe the answer is austere religious practices or intense hours of yoga or meditation. But I would suggest that the sacred has its own terms that are available to all of us, in this time and place, and those terms are these: love, truth, courage, commitment, compassion, forgiveness, faith and surrender.

These eight sacred metabolizers – and no doubt there are more – are sacred because such soul qualities bring us closer to the heart of the Divine, to the intelligence that created us. By embodying them we become more like the source from whence we came, more of who we are meant to be and who we know, somewhere inside, we want to be. And I’m suggesting that when activated in our system, the eight sacred metabolizers can produce profound healings and powers, metabolic breakthroughs, and rejuvenating effects on body and spirit.

Essentially, these eight metabolizers have been classically viewed as qualities or traits, not material quantities unto themselves. And yet I would say that every sacred metabolizer is both a force and a substance. E = MC2. Energy and matter are interchangeable. Somewhere in the body, love molecules squirt about when feelings of love are activated. Perhaps it’s a class of chemicals, or maybe there’s a central love molecule around which the others gather and carouse. Similarly, when feeling courage the body will create the chemical equivalent of that trait in order for you and I to experience it. That’s the nature of relaity as it is lived in the biology of a body. Every feeling has a molecular correlate. Such substances arise in response to the soul invoking those qualities. First comes the thought or feeling, then comes the molecule.

Right now, think of someone in your life who pushes your buttons or stresses you out. If you focus hard enough on that perseon’s faults, you’ll phone in an order to your inner pharmacy and quickly fill a perscription for stress chemicals to be delivered throughout the body. We create our chemistry instantaneously, as fast or faster than the speed of light. And just as the biblical God proclaimed “Let there be light” and it was created, so too do we create ourselves moment to moment. When you say “Let there be anger,” the body instantly builds a universe of anger within. When we say “Let there be kindness,” kindness chemistry is fashioned in a like manner.

We are that powerful.

Observe your own life and you’ll probably notice that the larger life we live in has its brilliant way of evoking the sacred eight – love, truth, courage, commitment, compassion, forgiveness, faith, surrender. They’re often at the center stage of our most important life passages and lessons. The more our soul yearns for these qualities and the more we call them forth and create them through our personal efforts, the more these molecules literally build in our system and work their metabolic magic. If that sounds far-fetched to you, consider that this concept is no different than Prozac. You take a bunch of pills that were produced in an outside chemical factory (as opposed to your internal one), and the critical molecules need to build in your system for weeks until they lift your spirits, so to speak.

Likewise, the more faith you have, or the more you exercise faith, the more faith molecules accumulate and build in your bloodstream. The metabolic substance of faith activates core organ systems such as the heart and brain and exerts its effects throughout the body – effects as simple as invigorating and healing, or as profound as releasing the Mother Teresa or the Martin Luther King Jr. within.

Because the eight sacred metabolizers are experiences, they are “felt” within the body. For the purposes of discussion we can therefore call them “feelings”. And like any feelings, the only way they can be felt is if we feel them. Strangely enough, many of us experience these feelings, but only in partial form. We have faith – sometimes, maybe. We love – but only so far. We’re compassionate – but only toward a chosen few. And we call upon courage – but we shy away from it when facing our greatest fears. Whenever we feel such feelings partially, we under-nourish the soul and literally rob the body of nutrition. We limit the circulation of the cosmic force of life and suppress metabolism. Conversely, the deeper we feel our feelings, the more we can expand into our metabolic potential and the closer we come to the Divine.

Just as exercise puts a demand on the body to build more muscle, utilize oxygen more efficiently, and increase our capacity to breathe, so too does the simple act of being alive as a soul on planet Earth place the “demand” upon us to act with more faith, build more commitment, and live in greater truth. Life itself is the proper fitness regime. The eight sacred metabolizers are as essential to the body as food and water, and are literally required in chemical form. If the soul craves love, then so does the body. If the soul craves the lessons of forgiveness, then our cells yearn for those molecules. If life is calling us to compassion, then this nutrient is required for growth and repair. If you’re alive and breathing, the divine realms are calling upon you to produce the chemistry that would elevate you to your highest metabolic potential via the soul lessons that will forge your greatest spiritual strength.

So if you think your nutritional concerns can be rightfully addressed with food alone, think again. When the real-life requirements of the eight sacred metabolizers are not met, the body withers and weakens, loses integrity, and invites disease upon itself, calling forth whatever symptoms are necessary to alert us to the soul lesson that is hungering for nourishment and attention. We can no longer look exclusively in the biological realm to solve health problems that are but downstream effects of the affairs and tides of the soul.

This is not an antiscientific stance. It is preeminently pro-science, a call to allow the language of the soul, and of the sacred, back into the halls of medicine from whence it has been cast out. It’s high time that we acknowledge the reality of the Divine no matter what our religious beliefs, and invite the sacred to inform our practices of healing, eating, loving, and all our earthly pursuits.

I hope this piece on the metabolic power of the sacred, excerpted from my book,The Slow Down Diet, has inspired you to imagine some new possibilities about how the biology of the body might be a powerful mirror of the soul. Please share your thoughts with us. For more articles, please visit my blog  psychologyofeating.com/blog/

My warmest regards,

Marc David
Founder & Director
Institute for the Psychology of Eating

303-440-7642
info@psychologyofeating.com
www.psychologyofeating.com

Post Primary Patterns Notes for Students


Hi Everyone,

The first thing I want to share with you is the wonderful book on Chinese Medicine for use with cats and dogs that I showed you during break in class.

Four Paws Five Directions

You can find it easily on Amazon and you’ll understand how to use it better once you have taken Meridians and Five Elements in June.

I went through all of the new Repatternings to break them down into parts that you can use now and those that you can save for later on when you want to add more pieces of the work.

Please remember that the most important thing that you will use when you have your fluency and when you have full access to all the parts of all the Repatternings  is that your muscle indicator is always your guide.

It is important to know how to do all the parts but more important to use your muscle indicator to guide the direction of the Repatterning for the maximum healing potential that is dictated by the client’s higher self, or energy field.

With that in mind, here is what I have come up with as a plan for practicing and learning to use the five new Repatternings. Again, this is not an assignment that you must do, but rather a guide if you should need it.

The Commitment Repatterning:  Do B.a.; B.b;  E and F.  Later (mcs) C and if so, do D.

The Self-Image Repatterning:  Do B.a; B.b; B.c ( #1 or #2); B.d; B.e. or B.f.; D.a.; D.b.; D.c.; D.d.; D.e.; (mcs) for E.  Later do C.

The Creative Self-Expression Repatterning:  Do B; C.a.; C.b.; C.c.; C.d.; C.e. if appropriate; D.a.; D.b.; E.; G.a.; G.b.; H. Later (mcs) F; (mcs) I.

The Negative Thoughts  Repatterning:

Desire- Do all A.; B.; C. (with option C. h.); Do D.;E.

Greed- Do A.; B.; C. (with option C. h.); D.

Fear- Do A.; B.; C. (with option C. h.); D.; E.

Worry- Do A.; B.; C. (with option C. h.); D.; E.

Infatuation- Do A.; B.; C (if a person is involved); D. ( with optional D.h.); E.

Anger- Do A.; B.; C.; D.(with option D. h.); E.; F.; G.; H.; I. (mcs) d-e:

Jealousy- Do A.; B. ( with optional B.h.); C.; D.; E.

Pride/Ego- Do A.; B.; C. (with optional C.h.);D.

Complete all with E.; F. on P. 197

The Appreciation Repatterning: Do B.a.; B.b.; C ( C. with optional C.h.) D.a.; D.b.; E.a.; E.c.; F.; H.;   Later Do B.c.; B.d.; D.c.; E.b.

I hope that you are using one little part of the system every day even for two minutes to keep practicing your muscle indicator and to shift your energy in some way.

Practice as much as you can and have fun!

With love, light, laughter and gratitude,

Meryl

The Complete Book of Chakra healing by Cyndi Dale

Sometime in July I purchased two of Cyndi Dale’s extraordinary encyclopedia like texts. I so highly recommend her work for anyone who is a healing agent interested in expanding their knowledge base. I am learning a lot just using her books as reference material.

Today I want to report on only one tiny part of her work in The Complete Book of Chakra Healing. We are all familiar with the seven corporal chakras but what I find fascinating is the information she writes about the five other chakra energy centers that do not correspond to locations on our physical bodies.

Did you know that each of us has a Tenth Chakra that is located one and a half to four feet below our feet? We all really need to know about this one because if we don’t have balanced energy flowing into and out from in this chakra we simply are not living grounded in our bodies. We are not fully attached to the earth.

If we are fully grounded, Dale says that we are able to face life with courage and enthusiasm because we can draw upon our experiences, our full faculties, our abilities and we can handle any situation. In our Resonance Repatterning language, we would say we are fully Oriented and grounded.

Without this deep-rooted grounding Dale says, “We simple cannot be effective in daily life, perform psychic functions, or attempt to fulfill life purpose”

Similar to the Signs of Disorientation List, page 5 in the 2002 edition of Empowering Yourself with Resonance Repatterning by Chloe Wordsworth, Dale says when people are ungrounded they seem to be spacey, unfocused, and/or out of touch with their own feelings and needs .

Amongst Dale’s comprehensive description of the functions and characteristics of the tenth chakra are the following interesting items: the masculine, positive pole energy function eliminates waste and channels energy for real life achievement; the yin, or feminine negative pole components receive earth energy for the entire system; The author says that as the grounding chakra, it keeps “all chakras aligned by locking all energies in the ground. Without grounding, the energy body is too frightened to receive or send appropriate information or hold its boundaries”

Included in Dale’s list of problems associated with imbalanced tenth chakra are: “Weight issues (not being grounded causes the body to hold weight to feel safe);… Foot, ankle, and leg problems; adrenal problems; origination of sensitivities…(to many substances she describes) …. Because it holds all denied family issues, it is a critical component in recovering from childhood or inter-generational abuse or abuse patterns”

Because of this chakra’s importance to us all I have written to Cyndi asking permission to use her work for a Tenth Chakra Repatterning that I would like to write. If I get her permission I plan to offer it to everyone as a free  E-Book to be downloaded from here in the near future.

Please read What Happened in the December Group in last week’s Newsletter where you’ll find the visualization that we used in Group to strengthen our connections to our tenth chakras.

I hope that you find this information as exciting as I did and that you’ll add some of Dale’s work to your library. Check out her website at www.cyndidale.com

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