I have often been one to challenge beliefs. And, Lord knows have had my own beliefs consistently challenged throughout my life. I consider these things good.
Strong memories remain of a report researched, written and presented as a 7th grader on Galileo Galilei. A heretic.
This heretic has come to be known as the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of the scientific method", and the "father of modern science".
I feel a strong kinship with this man across the gulf of centuries between his life and my own,
Another research project involving a historical figure that has remained with me involves the life and impact of Araminta Ross (or Harriet Tubman). An American abolitionist and political activist.
She wore many different hats throughout her life: Civil War Scout, Spy, Honorary General, Nurse, Suffragist, Civil Rights Activist.
She is another with whom a strong kinship is felt.
I find myself with beliefs again being challenged. Beliefs can be a form of bondage. And, a question posed by River Jameson decades ago is ringing again: "Do you have the courage to move beyond the end product of your story?"
Her words often echo through my mind when I am on the midst of a breakthrough. Thank you, River. The love you and Diamond have for one another and have shared with others continues to impact my life in powerful and unimaginable ways.
So, yesterday, my husband and I embarked upon a journey with the potential to seriously impact our health and life experience. I can feel it in my bones. I know this process is going to challenge me. And, I have a sense of some specific challenges that may rise.
In fact, I suspect it may challenge me so profoundly that I will be checking to see if the therapist that supported me through a very rough patch decades ago remains in practice. If so, I may be booking some sessions with her should the need for professional support arise.
When she and I wrapped up our work decades ago we both sensed that a time would come when I would be ready to address some of the deep rooted trauma that remained. Now, may be that time.
We are learning the Dynamic Neural Retraining System.
This work was developed by Annie Hopper. I find those that have influenced the development of her work particularly interesting:
The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.
Brain Lock by Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD
My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel Amen, MD
And, in Anne Siret's blog regarding Dr. Amen's book she states:
"Dr. Amen argues what is most important in developing a healthy mind, is living a healthy lifestyle."
Well, that's a Sparkly statement by Dr. Daniel Amen, don't you think?
So, these influencers of Annie Hopper's work are likely considered heretics by those with entrenched beliefs and unwilling to move beyond the end product of their stories, choosing to remain in bondage.
I am a heretic: one who differs in opinion from an accepted belief or doctrine.
This heretic is finding her beliefs challenged once again and is finding her conventional healthcare providers squirming in response to her actions.
Yes. I see the voice of the "curious observer" making herself known.