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.
Magic usually comes alive in Disney movies or in the hands of a famous magician. We often tend to think that magic only happens in our fantasy and in our dreams, but you might think twice about that.
Speaking about dreams, it’s actually my belief that magic starts exactly there – By having a dream! You can’t see it, feel it or touch it yet, but in your mind’s eye, your vision becomes so real and so clear, that this dream becomes your new reality. I therefore tend to think that magic is purely a shift in perception. And if that is true, it opens many doors to new and exciting possibilities.
It was on April 10th of this year, when I first met with Josep Soler. Josep is an international lecturer, NLP teacher, healer and neuroscience researcher from Barcelona, Spain. I clearly remember that after talking with him for about half an hour, he told me: “Dirk, you are one of the first persons here in North America who truly understands the essence of my work.” It was indeed beautiful to hear that so much of the work that I do, is directly linked to what Josep has been doing for over the last two decades.
After having participated in two of his workshops in Kelowna, it was clear to me that we could create even more magic when combining our experience and passion. Before we knew, we were dreaming up this beautiful and transformational retreat in Costa Rica. I saw us literally all sitting together in a large gazebo by the Pacific Ocean. I could hear the waves crashing on the beach while we were doing the work with the participants. I could feel people’s emotions change and watch them step into a new reality and transform. It was beautiful!
Within three weeks, the program was ready and we started sharing and promoting it. By early November, the retreat was full. We had both male and female participants from Canada, Central and South America, ranging in ages between 27 and 75 years. Every single person with their very own unique reason to be there. Here are some of the areas that Josep and I covered during this 5-day retreat:
* Develop a deep connection with our intuition
* Learn skills to influence the autonomic nervous system
* Learn to better understand the science of synchronicities and how to create a new reality
* Become a master in recognizing long running patterns and how to change them
* Learn the art of visualization and how to sculpt and transform specific symptoms in the body
* Learn about the science and intelligence of the heart by measuring heart-rate variability and coherence
* Create an overall mind-heart-body connection
According to ancient teachings and to modern science, we have seven energy centres in and around our body. Just see them as electromagnetic fields, but they are actually more like biological fields which include very many types of spectral energy. In addition to that, there is a specificity about the energetic functions which cannot be defined electro-magnetically or in any other way. In other words, there are energies that cannot be defined according to the known laws of physics today.
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” – Albert Einstein
The three lower energy centres are mainly related to our emotions, and the upper three are being used when creating intentions, when we visualize and start dreaming.
When Josep and I started dreaming and setting intentions for the retreat, we activated the upper three energy centres (we taught people how to do that during the retreat).
The information in these three areas becomes then highly orderly (also called: coherent). We then started experiencing strong emotions related to our intentions. We could literally feel, see and smell everything that was happening during that week. We now activated the three lower energy centres in our body. And the cool thing about this is, that our body cannot distinguish the difference between something that we vividly imagine and deeply feel, and something that is actually happening.
This is also one of the main reasons why so many of us can experience suffering for extended periods of time. It’s the same process but now in the opposite direction.
The moment you begin to master this process, something magical starts happening – The energy centre between the three upper and lower centres, which is the area of the heart, becomes very active and coherent, and a strong feeling is being experienced. The human heart emits the strongest electromagnetic field in our body. The quality of this feeling is so powerful that it will literally attract actual events that exactly match the feeling you just experienced. The answer to this process can be found by applying the laws of quantum physics.
“An integrative experience that I will forever be grateful for. Five days of lessons by Dirk and Josep all presented against the backdrop of blue skies, churning waves and the Eden-like greenery of Costa Rica. The Sugar Beach Hotel staff are genuinely attentive and caring. The meals are fresh and plated plentifully.
It was enriching to meet other people from distant South American lands at the retreat and to remember that we are all children of God.
Thank you Dirk and Josep.” Norma Wellwood, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Magic for You
Since I was mentioning magic (purely a shift in perception), how open are you to create magic in your own life? How open are you to let go of old beliefs, and start creating a new reality based on the latest scientific findings?
You know what the hardest part of this new process is? To admit to yourself that things might be different than you have always believed. We have the tendency to defend our own beliefs, even if they are handed to us by our parents or teachers, maybe 40 years ago. Mark Twain used to say it beautifully: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure, that just ain’t so.”
Josep and I have decided to organize more retreats in 2018. We already started blocking rooms in Costa Rica for December 5 – 10, 2018. But we we also organize shorter versions of this retreat in Canada. Mainly weekend retreats. And you are more than welcome. We would love to have you there. So, stay tuned for further announcements by email and on my events web page: chooseheart.com.