Human by Design – Interview with Gregg Braden

Human by Design – Interview with Gregg Braden

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential!

A while ago, I met with Gregg and we spoke for about 45 minutes, about his latest book “Human by Design” – From evolution by chance to transformation by choice. Enjoy our interview!

Who are we?

human by design - Gregg Braden | Dirk TerpstraA growing body of evidence suggests that we are the product of something more than random mutations and lucky biology.
But the evidence can only go so far. Fossils, DNA, ancient cave art, and human burial sites can only show us the remnants of what happened in the past.
They cannot tell us why those things happened. Unless we find a way to travel backward in time, the truth is that we may never know the complete WHY of what has made our existence possible.

But maybe we don’t need to know… The undeniable fact is that modern humans appeared on earth 200,000 years ago, and that something happened to make our existence possible.

And whatever that something was, it left us with the extraordinary abilities of intuition, compassion, empathy, love, self healing, and more.
We owe it to ourselves to embrace the body of evidence, the story it tells, and the healing it can bring to our lives….

For the first time in the 300-year-long history of science, we are writing a new human story that gives us a new answer to the timeless question of who we are.

For more more information: greggbraden.com

Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

Today’s energy is tomorrow’s potential. Does that make sense to you?
That means then, that when the energy changes today, tomorrow’s potential changes. And most people seem to wait for something or somebody to change in their life. But why wait?

You possess an incredible intelligence, creativity and infinite wisdom, but you don’t think it’s true.

I do feel that change is in the air, but I have to admit that I created it myself. Not because I like to brag, or I think I’m so great, but because I followed something inside me that was impossible to resist. It’s like a strange pull – not knowing what it means, but I just know that it feels good. This feeling I had (and still have), reminds me of a quote by Rumi:

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

Coherence Hotspot

On my way back home from Bogotá (see earlier blog post), I had a vision that I was working with more communities around the world, so that we could effectively contribute to an increase in global coherence, and I named it Coherence Hotspot. As soon as I got home, I started working on this new idea, just because it felt so good.

Like with a WiFi Hotspot, in order to connect and communicate with others, we can use earth’s magnetic field as a carrier wave. Unseen by others, yet extremely powerful. Those who have been trained in the science of HeartMath® know what I am talking about. When we start radiating a different quality ‘signal’ (we are the hotspot), we communicate differently with others and we even contribute to changes in earth’s magnetic field.

After building a web page coherencehotspot.com and posting a short video on Facebook, I am now in touch with over 30 people (who have been trained by HeartMath before) in 10 countries around the world, who will be starting a local Hotspot in their community (see link for more explanation). And it’s still growing. This means that over 30 communities across the globe will actively contribute to global change, by collectively changing their personal heart vibration.

To those who are skeptical, and who have a hard time understanding that this is even possible, I would like to say that the tools and techniques we use, are all based on peer-reviewed science, that has been around for some decades. I personally use the same tools and techniques with veterans with PTSD, and it changes their lives around. Health care systems, corporations, military and police, to just name a few, all successfully apply the practice of heart coherence. And I didn’t mention my own transformation since being a HeartMath trainer.

You are the Change

coherence hotspot | Dirk TerpstraThe reason why I decided to write this blog post, is to show you that we are all capable of doing great things. But our upbringing in a society that mainly focuses on our limitations in life, prevents us from embracing and living our greatest passions. It’s imprinted in our subconscious, and that is why so many people still struggle, because it’s mainly our subconscious that runs the show.

The more we connect and inspire each other to do amazing things, the more the world changes – today’s energy is tomorrow’s potential!

Hopefully, there will be a Coherence Hotspot in your area soon!

Magia en Colombia

Magia en Colombia

Have you ever had the experience that life is supporting you so much, that it feels almost magical? That things happen without effort, so much in flow, and that just the right people seem to show up for you? Have you?

I had this experience recently, and it felt so incredibly good and natural, that I wanted to hold on to that feeling really badly. That’s what we naturally do as humans, right? When something feels good, we try to hold on to it (because what if we would lose it again..?).

But over the years, I have learned to just enjoy these moments in all intensity, and not to mess with the flow of a possible higher purpose. My spiritual mentor Dr. Wayne Dyer, used to say: “Be open to anything and attached to nothing”, and that’s exactly what I have been practising for quite some years now, and it feels very exciting and so liberating.

The universe doesn’t know any limitations, so why would we try to hold on to a good experience then? There’s so much more available to us. We would only limit ourselves from other future experiences.

When we live our life consciously – we might even have a dream or a goal – and it’s something that’s in our awareness most of the time, we feel amazing when we can focus on this. It gives us energy and it becomes so purposeful to us. I think that this is what happened with me here.

Hungry to connect with the heart

I’m just back from a short but intense trip to Bogotá, Colombia, hosted by Sylvia Escobar, whom I met during last year’s retreat in Costa Rica. She was really inspired by how I helped people make a deeper connection with the heart, and the science that explains this concept and experience.

After the retreat, Sylvia had asked me if I was willing to lead a retreat in her hometown, Bogotá. Before we knew, we had developed the perfect plan together. Thank you Sylvia, for fully trusting me to pull this off, and for your endless dedication.

I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming, genuinely caring and hungry audience. They were very hungry to connect with, and embrace the qualities and intelligence of their hearts. And there’s a very good motivation for that desire. This beautiful country has suffered from significant political and social instability, that has resulted in decennia of unrest and violence. Healing on many levels is therefore much needed.

Wim Hof Method

The power of healing

Despite the difference in language, culture and experiences, the participants made me instantly feel I was one of them, without hesitation. The deep learning and sharing, the warm South American hugs (and kisses), the release of deeply rooted emotions, and the fearless embracing of the, often unusual, experiences that I offered them, were all the foundation for a powerful healing process.

– On a side note, to all my female friends here in Canada that I hugged in the last 2 weeks: That extra kiss you received from me, was because my mind and heart were still in Colombia, and it wasn’t meant to embarrass you. –

Over the years, I have learned that in order to create significant and lasting change, we need to involve the body the most. Our body is an instrument of, and a gateway to our own consciousness, and by using it in particular ways, we are able to break through layers and layers of emotional pain or even trauma. And that’s exactly what we did (as you can see)!!

Honestly, I didn’t want to leave at the end of five intense and beautiful days in Colombia. I was riding a high I had not felt before, and I wanted to stay in their presence. But then I reminded myself: “Dirk, you’re open to anything, but keep practising to be attached to nothing. This is how you stay in the flow that allowed you to create this experience in the first place.”

With a warm and full heart, I travelled back to Canada. The next day, I received an invitation to come back to Colombia this year. I realized that the hungriness wasn’t over yet, and my detachment was apparently approved by the universe (with a wink). It felt like the universe was whispering in my ear: “Keep coming from your heart, don’t get attached to anything, and stay humble in the process.”

“We’re all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass

I want to sincerely thank all of my friends and new family, who so much believe in the mission that I’m on. Thanks to you, I am able to do what I currently do. It feels amazing to have your support and to have you on my side.

Today, after attending the ‘Coherence of the Heart’ workshop with Dirk Terpstra, I feel very grateful because I was able to consciously create coherence in my heart for the first time. It was very emotional. The fear disappeared completely and an incredible strength emerged.

This feeling has now become a memory, and I know I can access it whenever I choose to. Communication with my family has improved, but also in interpersonal relationships in general. I am communicating from another place, more connected to my heart – It’s a wonderful gift! I know I have to keep practicing the heart coherence so that it becomes my natural way of being and acting. A close hug from the heart to you!

LILIAN GALVIS

Participant

The experience with Dirk in the recent workshop held in Bogotá, was an awakening to another reality. His way of being and approaching each heart, was subtle and loving, while he led us to the possibilities of being happy and in peace, far away from the daily stress.

Far from a physical experience, this was a mystical one. We found a bridge that led us to new sacred and deep dimensions, those that unite with divinity and co-creation.

Starting with conscious and slow breathing, we are able to reach that lost paradise in the labyrinth of ego and fear.
Dirk handed us a marvelous and simple tool – the tool that allows us at any time of the day, to consciously choose the space for love, that can let us experience an abundant and balanced life, in which coherence prevails, where you ultimately become ‘One with the Universe’.

DALIA EDERY

Participant

What if Now is Enough?

What if Now is Enough?

We’ve been raised to want, dream, accumulate, grow and manifest. The more we do, the more we accomplish. Despite that, I’ve seen more unhappy people, living unfulfilled lives than ever before.

Why do you actually listen to the voice of reason? To the voice of fear and doubt? Why is it so hard to become quiet, fully submerge yourself in this present moment and enjoy it to the fullest?

Is it because you pay more attention to what is expected of you by others? Or is it because you’ve never allowed yourself to feel the amazing vibes that the present moment can hold?

Forced to do nothing

Recently, I was forced to do nothing. I had to lie flat on my back. For about a week. And even after that week, I was carefully moving around, most of the time in pain.

It was one of the most profound experiences ever!

In the work that I do, it’s not too hard to sometimes start losing the grander scheme of why I’m doing this work in the first place.

My desire and passion to serve humanity are very strong and profound. This drive is not fuelled by personal interests or ego. It’s driven by something larger – let’s call it the call of the universe.
And the universe keeps offering me insights and messages, and I’m very open to receive and share them. If… I choose to stay balanced and whole.

I needed to slow down for a while and listen more. What a gift! I could have started complaining or becoming fearful. But I knew better, and thank God I listened.

What if now is enough?

While I could only BE there and not DO anything, I listened even more. I clearly heard that it was time for me to embrace more of my infinite creativity and enjoy life even more, just as it’s being offered to me, in the moment – every day.

Several hours each day, I visualized moving around in a strong and balanced body, with such a joy. I did this because I know that my cells (all 50 trillion of them) are listening – 24/7. This process was so much fun! Together with the caring support of a physiotherapist and an acupuncturist, I starting moving into an upgraded version of myself. At least, that’s how I see it.

Can you imagine how I had felt when I would have chosen for fear, frustration, anger or being impatient?

Do you believe that life supports you? That the intelligence that once created you, is the same intelligence that’s always available to heal you? If the answer is ‘yes’, why do you worry then?

What if ‘now’ is not only enough. What if ‘now’ is the only moment that holds the intelligent power to change something? Anything you want! Will you listen, or do you think that you’re smarter than life itself?

Study of Heart Rate Variability related to the Solar and Geomagnetic Environment

Study of Heart Rate Variability related to the Solar and Geomagnetic Environment

This study was recently published in the ‘Scientific Reports’ section of ‘Nature’. Nature is a British multidisciplinary scientific journal, first published on 4 November 1869.

This long-term study examined relationships between solar and magnetic factors and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) responses to changes in solar and geomagnetic activity.

The impact of nature on our well-being

Heart rate variability was recorded for 72 consecutive hours each week over a five-month period in 16 participants in order to examine ANS responses during normal background environmental periods.

Heart rate variability (HRV), which is the measurement of beat-to-beat changes in heart rate, is used as an indicator of ANS function and dynamics. Use of HRV has substantially increased in recent decades in research and clinical treatment applications

Overall, the study confirms that daily ANS activity responds to changes in geomagnetic and solar activity during periods of normal undisturbed activity and it is initiated at different times after the changes in the various environmental factors and persist over varying time periods.

Increase in solar wind intensity was correlated with increases in heart rate, which we interpret as a biological stress response. Increase in cosmic rays, solar radio flux, and Schumann resonance power was all associated with increased HRV and parasympathetic activity. The findings support the hypothesis that energetic environmental phenomena affect psychophysical processes that can affect people in different ways depending on their sensitivity, health status and capacity for self-regulation.

It appears that sharp or sudden variations in geomagnetic and solar activity as well as geomagnetic storms can act as stressors, which alter regulatory processes such as melatonin/serotonin balance, blood pressure, breathing, reproductive, immune, neurological, and cardiac system processes.

Geomagnetic disturbances are associated with significant increases in hospital admissions for depression, mental disorders, psychiatric admission, suicide attempts, homicides and traffic accidents. Disturbed geomagnetic activity can also exacerbate existing diseases and is correlated with significant increases in cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular disease, incidence of myocardial infarction related death, alterations in blood flow, increased blood pressure, and epileptic seizures.

HeartMath

This study was initiated by the HeartMath Institute, and if you are interested to learn more about the tools and techniques that we offer, I suggest you to visit this page on my website. I also offer a playlist of short heart coherence meditations – they will help you to create more resilience in your own life, without being affected too much by the external forces around our planet.

Source: Nature Magazine

Take Back your Healing Powers

Take Back your Healing Powers

You and I have been growing up in a society where we’ve been told that we don’t have much control over our own health. When we get sick, it’s often bad luck and we then need to go see a doctor, who will look after us (and hopefully makes us better).

Yes, of course we know that exercise and a proper nutrition contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but there’s a substantial difference between a knowing and actually living it. Our lives these days, are designed around instant gratification, quick fixes and many hours spent in front of a computer or television screen. We seem to have lost the deeper connection with our own body, and this has lead to a global struggle in healthcare.

Dr. Tanja Redelinghuys, who has a master’s degree in family medicine, and who teaches medical students in British Columbia, told me:

“I see a lot of beautiful people struggle with anxiety, stress and depression in my office every day. According to the Mayo Clinic, 13% of Americans take an antidepressant. Of the women between the ages of 50 and 64, nearly 25% take an antidepressant. I don’t think we are faring much better here in Canada.”

And then she continues:

“The question remains – do these medications really work? A study led by Dr. Irving Kirsch of Harvard Medical School in 2008, showed that treatment with an antidepressant for mild-to-moderate depression was almost no different from placebo and, in severe depression showed only a little effect.”

Third leading cause of death

Through the use of reparative surgery, conventional (allopathic) medicine can create miracles in healing physical trauma. However, it has become evident that its pharmaceutical approach to managing pathologies, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, has led to conventional medicine being the third leading cause of death in Australasia, the USA and Canada.

The cause of this failure was already revealed nearly a hundred years ago, when quantum physicists recognized the Universe was only made of one ‘thing’: Energy. In this new perspective, matter is strictly an illusion created by photons of light. The principles of quantum physics provided a scientific foundation for the philosophy and practice of energy-based, complementary healing modalities, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and homeopathy, among others. Integrating quantum physics with the new field of epigenetics also provides insight into the communication channels that link the mind-body duality.

Epigenetics

Epigenetics explains how our beliefs and emotions, are the primary mechanisms that control cell behaviour, genetic activity and the creation of our body’s conditions, ranging from health to disease. And this perfectly matches the results of a recent study – 80% of all primary care doctor visits are related to stress (yet only 4% receives stress management help)! When I discussed the results of this study with Dr. Redelinghuys, she immediately agreed and was quick to add that this number was maybe even higher in her own practice.

In my work with people who suffer from (severe) post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I know very well how our emotions (trauma) are immediately linked to the cell behaviour. The majority of my clients are medically being treated for hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, adrenal fatigue, headaches and chronic pain (including fibromyalgia).

Beyond Health Workshop Vernon | Dirk Terpstra

Talk to the subconscious

When I tried to explain epigenetics recently, to a group of people who are dealing will chronic pain, some got really upset and one told me: “I am quite positive and I don’t have many negative emotions, but I do suffer from chronic pain.” It’s not that simple of course, and what most people don’t realize is that most emotions that run through our body are not even noticed on a conscious level. And there also lies the key to the solution – we have to use tools and techniques that directly communicate with the subconscious part of our bodies.

And this is exactly related to the work I do – we use the body as an instrument of our own consciousness. In other words, we use the body as a bridge between the subconscious part of ourselves, and our conscious awareness. What we often forget is that when something is ‘wrong’ with us, that the other 98 or 99% of us is still whole, and that whole part exactly knows what to do to bring order in an unbalanced body. Our system is innately intelligent.

If you’re interested to learn a bit more about some of the tools and techniques that I use, check out the introduction to HeartMath® or Audio-visual Brainwave Entrainment. I would love to hear from you.