The Placebo Effect is a fascinating field of science because it challenges established notions of how we heal. In the traditional model you would go to a doctor and he or she would present you with a diagnosis and some treatment options. Placebos work differently in that they heal from within, not without and this presents a choice: you can either heal from a drug or from a placebo.
The past is an interesting concept. By definition the “past” refers to a time that has already happened. However, that isn’t how we experience it in our own lives. We have the ability to relive events over and over again in our minds. This ability to recall and relive is a gift that many of us fail to properly utilize. We tend to focus on the negative aspects of our lives and forget the positive.
Think about your day for a moment. What happened? Were you complimented on your work? Maybe a friend drooped by unannounced for lunch? Did you find $20 on the ground? Were you pulled over for speeding?
When asked to recall what happened my guess is that most people would emphasize getting stopped by the police. If we removed this one scenario then the rest of the day looks really good, maybe even great.
From an evolutionary standpoint, a mistake is a threat to our survival. This makes sense given the right context. Early humans were at the mercy of their environment and so they needed to be vigilant. At that time a slight misstep could mean the difference between life and death. Our brains are genetically wired to keep us safe and a mistake threatens our security.
For most of us this reality no longer exists. Rarely do our mistakes carry with them such dire consequences. Think about it. We make multiple mistakes a day, every day and yet we’re still alive. Despite this regularity we still spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy re-living the past.
Technology has made it easier to communicate with each other. Not too long ago the fastest way to reach someone – outside of a face-to-face conversation – was via letter or telegraph. Responses could take days or even weeks and by then the information may have no longer been relevant. The advent of cell phones, social media, and email has provided us near instantaneous communication whenever or wherever we want – most of the time.
If you grew up in the pre-digital era you’re familiar with rabbit ears on television sets. The signal at times provided an erratic, imperfect picture interrupted by periodic bursts of abrasive white noise that sounded like plastic bags being crumpled. This same din could also be heard on the radio. When you hear static on the broadcast it means you’re not tuned into the right frequency. The only way to get rid of it was by either adjusting the antenna or turning the dial.
Of course, we still live in a world of static. Think about the last time you hit a “dead” zone and your cell phone signal started to break up. Better technology hasn’t completely eliminated interference and in some ways may have made it worse.
Modern medicine has changed the course of human history. Advances in disease prevention and treatment have allowed us to live longer, healthier lives. Our expanded knowledge of the human body has provided order to what seemed like chaos. We currently have more control of our destiny than any other time in history.
Yet, for all the advances in science and medicine many answers remain. The strength of current Western methodology is its reliance on evidence gathered through study and/or experimentation. This strength can also be seen as a weakness because anything viewed as not “mainstream” is either ignored or ridiculed to the point of irrelevance.
An offshoot of this philosophy is the long-held belief that the mind and the body are two different systems that have no influence over each other. Just a few years ago the idea that your thoughts can positively or negatively impact your body would have been laughed off as pseudo-science. Now, thanks in part to the process I described above, we’re starting to understand that these systems are intimately connected.
Wow! That’s really the best way I can think of to describe my experience at the Advanced Workshop in Carefree, Arizona. I’ve been a part of many workshops over the years but this one was arguably the best. 500 people came with the desire to further their development, hone the skills needed to cultivate lasting change and literally become supernatural.
I get excited before every event but the Advanced Workshop is different. The week before I generally don’t get much sleep because I’m ready to get started and to see people put the work to use. My attention and my energy are already there in the room. I’m continuously revisiting the right potential in the quantum field to help my students create a successful outcome.
Our Advanced Workshops are such a unique experience because we can verify what’s happening through a combination of brain scans, GDV testing, heart rate variability monitoring as well as genetic testing, blood analysis and measuring the ambient fluctuations in the energy of the entire room.
Initial test results from Carefree are truly incredible. Some of the real time brain scans showed people were generating four million microvolts squared of energy in their brains. To put that into perspective 10-60 microvolts is considered normal! When it comes to our research “normal”’ is more like the former than the latter.
If you’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey you’re probably familiar with the movie’s iconic theme song. The piece – Also Sprach Zarathustra by composer Richard Strauss – starts quietly with a low, almost menacing organ. The composer holds the notes for about twenty seconds then breaks the tension with a soft horn that builds into a triumphant bum-bum. A lumbering bass drum enters with what has become an instantly recognizable cadence that resets the music and starts the theme over again.
I picked this piece of music because it’s familiar but also to illustrate a point. What would happen if the horn players came in late or played the wrong note? Imagine that familiar drum line sped up or otherwise out of time. These tiny miscues produce big changes in how the composition sounds and feels. The musicians are not synchronized and the song quickly descends into discordant chaos.
In 2009 a fisherman off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada caught a lobster. Normally, this isn’t news considering the number of crustaceans pulled from the water every year in that part of the world. What makes this lobster so interesting is that it weighed 20 pounds and was estimated to be at least 140 years old.
Take a moment to really think about that last fact. In theory, this lobster hatched in 1869 – just four years after the end of the American Civil War. Most lobsters don’t live to that ripe old age because they’re eaten, injured or exposed to disease but if you removed these external forces the results would be very different.
Lobsters are one of a handful of species that appear to be “biologically immortal.” These creatures don’t age in the same way that you or I do. Every time our cells divide something called a telomere is shortened. There’s a direct relation between telomere length and cell age with the oldest cells having the shortest telomeres.
Imagine you’re at work, it’s lunch time and you’re hungry but there’s a problem. In your rush to get out the door you forgot to grab your wallet. You have no food and no way of paying for anything. Luckily, you’re friends with a few of the people you work with and you decide to ask them if they could spring for lunch.
So far this is a pretty straightforward scenario. Chances are you’ve been in a situation like this or something fairly similar. What would you do next? Let’s say your coworker agrees and gives you money to buy some food. Would you express your gratitude by saying thank you?
Here’s where things get interesting. What if you told this person “thank you” before he or she answered your question? Does this strike you as odd, maybe even wrong? We’re conditioned from an early age to naturally express our gratitude after an event. This is a useful model in for our day-to-day interactions but limited when it comes to creating real and lasting change in our own lives.
Those of you at Dr. Joe's Advanced Followup in Seattle in November will understand the significance of the Pine Cone and the Pineal Gland. This important gland is considered the doorway to the subconscious mind. Remember: Your brain and body is one of the greatest pharmacy's and can manufacture the chemicals of transformation without the need to ingest substances to do so.
The correlation of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom to the story of Christmas and Santa Claus is a truly fascinating tale. The legend, or more accurately, the myth of Christmas, began very differently from what we have come to believe in today.
Saint Nicholas (270-346 AD), it was said, was a real person and widely recognized as an actual Christian saint. He has origins in Greece around the third century AD. Saint Nicholas, became well known as the patron saint of sailors, and most especially, of children. His popularity became widespread throughout Russia, and, most particularly, Siberia.
It is purported that Saint Nicholas was persecuted for his Christian faith by the brutal Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-305 AD). Yet, perhaps, the story of his oppression may be more about supporting the Christian myth, than to historical accuracy, simply due to the fact that this appears to be a common thread. Wherein there have been numerous distortions and outright falsehoods centered around the legend of Christmas.
However, in parts of eastern Siberia, a much different tradition was honored at this momentous time of year we have come to know as Christmas. In these ancient villages, the tribal shaman or medicine man, would be the one to co-ordinate a celebration that was meant to mark an act of expanding consciousness.
During those times, it was a tradition for the shaman to venture out into the forest in search of the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms, which were found growing primarily under pine or evergreen trees. The shaman would collect the mushrooms into a sack or satchel for all the people of his village, as part of this celebration. In keeping with the ritual, the shaman would be dressed in a red and white clothing (pictured right), sometimes with white fur around the collar, to symbolize the colors of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom.
The people of his village all lived in yurts, which were tent-like structures covered with reindeer skins. In the winter time, the main entrance to the yurts would often become buried in deep, heavy snow. So, out of necessity, the shaman would have to enter the home through the secondary entrance, which would be found at the top of the roof or the smoke hole, which would be considered to be the chimney in a modern home.
The shaman entering through the chimney was seen as both a symbolic, as well as, a necessary gesture, as he came bearing his gifts of the sacred Amanita Muscaria mushrooms, as if descending down from the heavens. Hence the legend of Santa Claus entering the home by way of the chimney.
Christmas, at its very inception, actually represents a celebration of expanding consciousness, as symbolized by the green pine tree/Christmas tree, aka, the pine cone, aka, the pineal gland.
Once the shaman delivered his "presents" to his villagers, the mushrooms would then be hung to dry above the home fires or the fireplace, suspended from strings or stockings. The shaman himself, may have even have placed them on the pine trees to dry in the sun, as he gathered them in the forest. Thus, our tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace and placing brightly colored ornaments on the green Christmas tree.
The mushroom itself, (pictured right), could be seen as a symbol for the shaman (pictured above), or Santa Claus, with its red and white cap (Santa's hat), the long white stem with the hanging skirt (Santa's beard) and the soiled black roots (Santa's black boots).
To add even more irony to the story, it turns out that caribou, or reindeer, are also fond of eating the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms and just as humans, they too experience a psychedelic euphoria and may wander about high on a psychedelic experience of their own. Therefore, this is where the legend of Santa and his "flying" reindeer that pull his sleigh across the night sky on Christmas Eve comes into play.
The celebration of Christmas has lost much of its spiritual, and even to some extent its religious importance and has become completely overshadowed by its commercial significance
So in essence, Christmas, at its very inception, actually represents a celebration of expanding consciousness, as symbolized by the green pine tree/Christmas tree, aka, the pine cone, aka, the pineal gland. The pine tree also serves as symbology for the "Tree of Life" or the "World Tree", while the lights or garlands we wrap around it represent the kundalini energy rising up the chakra ladder, or the tree found within the human body.
While the colors of red and white would symbolize the shaman (aka Santa Claus), or the gifts found under the tree, or in other words, the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms that are found growing under the pine or evergreen tree.
While the modern day image of Santa Claus that we have come to accept in this country, essentially was spawned in the marketing department of the Coca-Cola company in the 1930's, as a ploy to sell more Coke to children. And as was noted earlier, soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola, are some of the main inhibitors in the healthy function of the pineal gland.
Coincidence? You decide.
So thus, the legend of Santa Claus, which was once strongly associated with a celebration of expanding consciousness in the pineal gland though the sacred mushroom and DMT, was rechristened by a soft drink company, whose ingredients are known to contribute to the calcification of said pineal gland. (See picture of The Pine Cone pillar or Pineal Gland at the Vatican - right)
Regardless, it is undeniable that the celebration of Christmas has lost much of its spiritual, and even to some extent its religious importance and has become completely overshadowed by its commercial significance. Once again, another common thread that now runs through all holidays such as Easter, Halloween, Valentine's Day and even, to a lesser degree, our own birthdays.
The commercialization of religious holidays can be traced back to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, which significantly altered the concept of time as was practiced and followed by indigenous peoples around the world.
Particularly, the Mayan calendar, which was destroyed on orders by the Spanish King, who just happened to be the head of the Holy Roman Empire.
Reindeer, are also fond of eating the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms and just as humans, they too experience a psychedelic euphoria and may wander about high on a psychedelic experience of their own