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?
A 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
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?
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.
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
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 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).
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.