Wow! is all I can say–Things I learned from Gregg Braden

Wow, I am sorry it has been so long since my last post. I caught some awful viral cold that took me down and I am still having a hard time getting up. At these moments when you feel so ill you are gently reminded how grateful you are when you feel healthy and strong. I think you are also humbled at how truly small you are in the grand picture of things. Wow!!

While I have been down I watched a great interview with Gregg Braden and was so inspired, blown away, mind expanded, awaken, challenged…and on and on in so many directions. I LOVE to learn & so when I hear great interviews like this, I have to share all I can. I hope you walk away from some of this great info. feeling the same way—challenged and inspired.

gregg-bradenScreen-Shot-2014-05-20-at-1.56.27-PMIn Search of ‘The Net of Indra or The Field of God of The One… 1800’s late–Scientists argued whether or not there was a field of energy. Those who believe called it the Ether field.
There was a Famous experiment in 1887, The Michaelson Morley experiment –the results suggested there was no “ether wind” so from 1887-1986 scientists got it wrong because of the perceptions from the experiment.
In 1987 the experiment was repeated under the offices of the US Air Force. The results were published in a nature journal under the title “special relativity”–a scientist named Silvertooth reenacted the Michelson Morley experiment with better equipment and the field was detected exactly as Michaelson and morely thought it would.
For over 100 years scientists believed everything is separate and then if something did occur that seemed connected–it was coincidence.
For 100 years now scientists have been looking for unified field theory– it has been elusive to many of the greatest minds in the world. One theory is the missing piece is consciousness. They are constantly looking for the smallest particle and trying to reach the greatest edge of the universe, but still have never reached either. John Wheeler suggested, we are participants in ongoing creation, which implies we may never find either. John Wheeler also found that the particles were influenced by human observation, so if the particles were being observed by someone they were different and danced and moved differently when they were observed and influenced by someone watching them. Gregg Braden loved these concepts because he feels it suggests that we are all artists creating our own canvas of life. We are the canvas, we are the art, we are the artists creating as we go in our thoughts and feelings, emotion, beliefs, expectations, dreams, desires… are the language that allows us to influence these particles, these quantum particles, the stuff of the universe, that makes life what it is.     The field that was proven in 1987 has three roles–Number one, the container that holds everything, nothing exists outside of the field. Number two, it’s the bridge between our inner experiences and the canvas of the world. Number three, the field is a mirror that shows us what we have claimed to be true through our thoughts feelings emotions beliefs etc. We can learn to look at it like a feedback mechanism of our greatest desires in our greatest fears and learn from them.
Scientists are still in search of validating this field.


blueheartInteresting twin photon experiment: scientists took one photon split it into two so it would be the exact same particle. They then separated the particles by 14 miles– 7 miles in one direction and seven in the other. The particles reacted the exact same way as if they were one. So even though they were physically separate they acted energetically as one. An example– they spun one of the particles magnetically at the exact precise same exact time the other one did the exact same thing. They call that quantum entanglement of the particles are entangled with each other even though they are physically separate.


hologram_hotstamping1Gregg then talked about The holographic principle–holograms and how we are supposed to be living in a hologram universe. Which means, that the smallest part mirrors the whole. An example of a hologram– bookmark that if you were cut it all up in to little, teeny pieces and then if you cut the smallest piece again, if it was a true hologram, you hold that piece in your hand and see the entire book mark as a whole. He suggested if you were to make a little tiny mark on those tiny, little pieces of the hologram, that little mark would then be on every other little piece.
He mentioned how this is very powerful with things like prayer, because the prayer is already with those you loved you just have to bring it about through your heart and concentrate on what you’re trying to say and share. Many people get too caught up in their concern of how they’re going to get there prayer to a loved one lets say in Afghanistan. Greg is suggesting the prayer is already there with them, you just have to almost awaken it. Heartbased experience.

Gregg-Braden-Images_photo_mediumGregg shared that after spending time with monks and shamans and many different spiritual indigenous people, he came to the conclusion of one theme–they do not communicate with this world through their minds, they communicate through their hearts. And to get into their hearts they share what is called The longest journey in the world…The 17 inch journey from the center of your mind to the center of our heart. They spent so much time learning how to get out of their minds and into their hearts.

braden-theworldwesee1Scientists just recently began to realize how this is important and what we know is this: in addition to the quantum field that connects everything and allows holograph and entanglement. There are other fields as well like the magnetic field of the earth and the magnetic field of the body. Even though we’ve been taught that the brain is the (master organ in the body) because it is the largest & creates the strongest electrical & most  magnetic fields in the body. The brain is amazing, but the master Organ is actually the heart. The heart forms in our body long before the brain does. The instructions are really coming from her heart. The heart is now scientifically acknowledged to be the strongest magnetic field generator in the body, as well as The strongest electrical field generator in the body–60x stronger than brain. About 5,000x stronger than the brain magnetically.

heavenParticles that are once joined and then separated physically remain connected energetically. [Wow hearing this one more time like this made me think of being connected to our creator and even though were physically separated–we are always divinely connected. What a beautiful thing]

heart-mosaicThat is why the language of the heart is so important.

Gregg Braden shared his stories of traveling to Tibet and living there for almost a month and visiting over 12 monasteries and nunneries. He was in a conversation with an Abbot of one of the monasteries. He asked the Abbot a question and waited for his response — what is the stuff that holds everything together the force that holds everything together—The response was “compassion”. Gregg was so surprised that he  thought it was a mistranslation, so he asked him again, the answer, again compassion.
The abbot said compassion is the experiences in our bodies and it is the force that holds everything in the universe together.
Gregg thought it was beautiful that this man sitting 17,000 above sea level, in a cold wet monastery, sitting on a stone slab could have such an answer. Gregg was enlightened to understand what key these people have been able to hold onto for thousands of years.

quantum-entanglement13 experiments of entanglement: done in the late 1990’s.
The first experiment: was performed by the Russian Academy of Sciences: they took a jar of photons the stuff that Atoms are made of. They measured them to see where they were in the jar and the results were not surprised they were completely random. They then did a very innovative move– they took some human DNA and placed it into the container. They wanted to see the effect. Well conventional wisdom said there shouldn’t be everything is separate, so why would DNA affect the photon?? However that’s not what the experiment showed. The experiment showed that the photons were actually influenced by the human DNA they began to line up around the human DNA.

The second experiment: Greg has a personal involvement in this experiment– right after 9/11 he was outside of the country in Australia. The first week he was back he was scheduled to do a conference and speak on these types of relationships in a conference in Los Angeles. Because of 9/11 no one showed up at the conference except the presenters. The presenters chose to present to themselves. He then shared the following experiment with the presenters: the US Army it’s amazing work in the late 1990s. They took DNA from a volunteer they swabbed their mouth to get white blood cells and then placed this living DNA into a device that can measure the DNA and how it responded to its environment. If the DNA in a container in one room and the volunteer in a different room, but quantum entanglement tells us they are still connected. They then showed the volunteer different videos to elicit emotion(ie humorous, war films). They saw the DNA respond exactly like the volunteer. Gregg shared this experiment with the presenters of the conference. Later that night at dinner a man came up to Gregg Braden and said I am the one who came up with that scientific experiment you just reported on. He was Dr. Cleve Baxter and he had designed the experiment for the army. Dr. Baxter said the army stopped at the DNA in one room and the volunteer in another but the scientists didn’t stop, they continued the experiment and took the DNA to Los Angeles and had the volunteer in Arizona. They used atomic clocks and found the same response was instantaneous between the DNA and the volunteer.

The third experiment was done at the Institute of Heartmath: they took a pure form of DNA & isolated the DNA and ask people who were trained in heart based experiences of what we would consider positive and negative emotions–positive emotions relaxed the DNA and elongated it, emotions were able to be expressed more fully. Negative emotions compressed and contracted the DNA, so it was unable to express fully.  This is the first time the scientists were actually able to document that human emotions can shape DNA

380709160c04b58c3128278cf4177b3778970But what we do know is this… every moment of every day we are having a conversation between our heart and our brain. Depending on those conversations prior to sending signals to the brain to release specific chemicals into the body. If I’m having a feeling of well-being then we will feel like it’s a safe world and our system responds creating more safety, our antiaging mechanisms kick in. If my heart feels threatened then stress chemicals will fill the body and there’s no room for the immunity, your antiaging goes in to fight or flight mode. It Is all based upon the quality of how I am feeling.
Our indigenous ancestors have always believed and now those at heartmath institute are now finding that when we feel specifically–appreciation, gratitude, care, or compassion this creates optimized well-being, a place of healing in our bodies. This signal between our heart & mind is a very low frequency signal. It is such a low-frequency it is almost the same frequency as where Whales communicate.

gregg-braden-quote_healing_020915Out of the horror of 9/11 some amazing scientific discoveries were made–our satellites positioned thousands of miles above the earth–every 30 minutes the satellites send a signal that tells us how strong The magnetic field of the earth really is. It ebbs and flows each day. On 9/11 there was a huge spike and the researchers had never seen a spike like this before or on both satellites. They were trying to figure out what on earth happened & this led the researchers to understand the collective heart based response, The human emotion that was outpouring in a particular time of that day. It was so powerful that it coupled with the magnetic field of the earth. It showed how everything is connected to the field. It took a tragedy to understand the connection, but what heartmath is trying to to decide is if they can utilize the same connection without tragedy.
Can heart based coherence bring people together in peace. Heartmath has a coalition has sensors throughout the world trying to decipher human emotions trying to see how to bring about human coherence throughout the world.

2012-11-24_1353769230Well, I hope you will have an open mind, look at the possibilities, have learned something new, and can leave this page a little better. Have a beautiful day. Peace to you.   -H

THANKS RASBANDS!! I wanted to share a special shout out to some good friends who made me feel very loved and connected in this world. Since I have been very sick, a special delivery was dropped on my door step. It was a basket full of LOVE and care. It was filled to the brim with sweet notes, favorite things to help battle colds, OJ, books, mags, a movie, a get well bear, natural oils….and so many sweet things to help me feel a little better. It was a loving gesture and very appreciated. Thanks Rasbands!! Love and appreciate you guys.

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The search for Positive vs Negative

My daughter recently had a Science experiment to perform and we put our heads together and I made a few suggestions in ways to find Positive vs Negative energy and how it works in our lives. It was a really fun project to work on together, so I thought our findings may be interesting to you too!!

children-playing-videogamesWHAT ARE YOU PLAYING/WATCHING? I had heard about a test to tell if a particular video game had positive or negative energy. OUR TEST: We gathered up 7 different types of video games/movies (Playstation Destiny, Wii Daring Game for Girls, Crash Bandicoot, Wii Leela, SourceCode (PG-13 movie), Wii Christmas game, Wii 007 game), Put them in empty boxes with no covers (so no one knew what was inside). We then took six kids (ages 8-12) and had each kid hold each video & feel if it made them feel stronger or weaker. As the parent I would push down on the arm holding the video/game & could feel if it made them stronger or weaker. We then looked inside to see the results. It was fascinating.  The results were on target every time. The negative (violent–Destiny, 007, SourceCode) games would make the child weaker in their physical strength.     You may be skeptical at this moment, but I wanted someone else’s opinion. We were visiting my brother-in-law (Harvard grad) & thought he would be a perfect one to get in on this test, especially since his boys play video games non-stop!! He was a little skeptical and wanted to see it for himself. He took the games & tested them on his son. He couldn’t believe it!! He could literally see and feel the difference in the physical change. It was amazing!! Try it out yourself. Just know this—adults are a little more hard to determine because they try so hard to physically stay strong & you need to have harder (prob R) rated violence to get results. My belief—Adults are slightly jaded to negative energy. Try it and see for yourself. Good luck!!

if-we-understood-the-power-of-our-thoughts-betty-eadieWHAT ARE YOU SAYING? In this experiment we took the information from Dr. Emoto’s work with rice. Here is a link to his experiment: 

We did the same thing. We took rice & placed the same amount into two different containers. We labeled ours “I hate you. You are Stupid” and “I Love you” After about 2.5 weeks they both had mold, but the negative labeled rice had more mold. Many people have conducted this experiment and have been amazed at what happens. While I was at my daughter’s science fair I talked with a couple who had done this experiment with their family over a year ago. They shared how the positive rice never got mold & is still mold free after a year. WOW!! They said the Negative rice turned black.

Here was another great illustration of this idea:

plant-thought-experiment-love-511x315To begin, the children were given 2 plastic containers with a bunch of green beans and cotton pads. The task was to grow the beans sprouts in 2 separate containers, one marked with ”Love” & the other container marked with “Anger”. Each day they were to talk to the green beans. The container with “Love”, they had to say all sorts of positive things, direct their positive energy toward it and talk to it with love and compassion.  On the other hand, for the container marked with “Anger”, they had to direct anger and talk to it negatively, even to shout at it. After one week, they brought their 2 containers of beans sprouts with much enthusiasm and showed me the visible difference in terms of how the growth of the beans sprouts.  See photographs below. One could visibly see the “Love” beans sprouts grew healthily taller with luscious leaves whereas the beans sprouts in “Anger” containers had stunted growth or some died prematurely with dried leaves. – See more at: http://yourpresenceheals.com/love-vs-anger/#sthash.XQ5iIL9d.dpuf

Try it out and see for yourself. It is a good experiment to try with your family & share the lesson of how words have an affect.

dog_listening_to_ipodWHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? We did some research on music and its affect and the results were pretty amazing and also disturbing. We came across David Merrill’s project on Music and Mice. Here is the description of the experiment. It is pretty alarming. Sixteen-year-old David Merrill, a student at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, Va., thought that the loud sounds of hard-rock music must have a bad effect on its devoted fans and came up with a way to test that damage.
Merrill got 72 mice and divided them into three groups: one to test a mouse’s response to hard rock, another to the music of Mozart and a control group that wouldn’t listen to any music at all, rock or classical.
The young vivisectionist got all the mice accustomed to living in aquariums in his basement, then started playing music 10 hours a day. Merrill put each mouse through a maze three times a week that originally had taken the mice an average of 10 minutes to complete.

Over time, the 24 control-group mice managed to cut about 5 minutes from their maze-completion time. The Mozart-listening mice cut their time back 8-and-a-half minutes.
But the hard-rock mice added 20 minutes to their time, making their average maze-running time 300 percent more than their original average.
Need we say more? Well maybe we do. Merrill told the Associated Press that he’d attempted the experiment the year before, allowing mice in the different groups to live together.
 “I had to cut my project short because all the hard-rock mice killed each other,” Merrill said. “None of the classical mice did that.” (taken from edu-cyberpg.com)

Another interesting experiment was Music and Plants done by In 1973 Dorothy Retallack at the Colorado Women’s College in Denver wrote a book The Sound of Music and Plants (it’s still for sale). Her research consisted of playing different music to identical groups of plants, one group got rock and another easy listening. After two weeks, the plants in the soothing-music area were uniform in size, lush and green, and were leaning between 15 and 20 degrees toward the radio. The plants in the rock music chamber had grown tall but were drooping, the flowers had faded and the stems were bending away from the radio. By the end of two weeks, most of the plants in the rock music chamber were dying whilst the easy listening ones were growing abundantly.

23-copy-copyAll the experiments were very useful in trying to find Positive vs Negative energy and how what we say, listen to, play, and watch can definitely have an impact on our lives. I challenge you to take this information to your families, do some of your own experiments to see for yourselves the positive and negative things we put into our daily lives.

-Peace to you. Heather

What is your motto—Oh well OR What if?

ImageI was listening to a podcast recently by Pat Flynn. He had spent years going to architectural school, graduated, got his dream job and then was laid off. He then fell into the world of online business and has been very successful. One of his motto’s I loved… “It is better to go with the Oh Wells in life instead of the What if’s.”

I like the idea of going for it, trying something new, taking a chance, instead of wondering what if this happens. You are going to be further along any road trying different ways of getting somewhere, then being stuck in one place wondering and worrying about what could happen.

Begin to move in the direction of your thoughts, your ideas, your dreams, your desires. It is harder for life to slow down someone who is moving with a breath of enthusiasm, then to circle someone who stands still. There is a time and a place for stillness, but not when there is a whirl of creativity, a urgency of ideas, a well of endless possibilities that seems to be circling you. This is the call of movement, the inner desires of your heart, a direction that needs you to follow.

Don’t give in to the what if’s—move, dance, create, fulfill that part of you that can open the door to experiences that will enhance your life, that will guide you to learning something new, that will teach you something about yourself…even if it ends up being a “oh well” moment. You will be able to look at yourself and know—you were moved, you listened and you followed.

So here’s to life motto’s—those little sayings that speak to our hearts & dwell in our minds….Which ones are you going to follow?

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Ways you can learn to be optimistic

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“When life is sweet, say THANK YOU and CELEBRATE. And when life is bitter, say THANK YOU and GROW.”

My husband’s last day from his job was Friday and it has been a wave of emotion through many lenses. I have heard story after story and phone call after phone call of the emotional ride many of my husbands associates are going through. He just got of the phone with some one who is getting hit with the anger ball!! He is mad at everyone, the situation, the company that did not hire him, that he may have to move to feed his family, that he won’t make as much money…I loved hearing my husband chime in “I think this could work out to be an even better situation for all of us.”

Yes, OPTIMISM!!

If we can focus on not becoming the victim in any life challenge or change, we will come out better for it. If we can keep our heads from falling down in defeating thoughts and rise above the negative, we will be able to truly see what is ahead.  If we can continue to move forward daily and not get stuck in the mire of self doubt, then the road will be clear, clarity will be seen, the direction will be one of focus.

Life truly does throw us a challenge to help us grow, to help us move, to help us reach higher. It is like the metaphor of a spring flower reaching up through the layers of hard soil, reaching to break through the tough dirt to feel the warmth of the sun, to grow stronger, to feel the light of day and begin to feel of its purpose, to then bloom and grow again.

If we can change our perspective and look at change and challenge as a tool for growth, to learn to see the optimistic side, then each day will have purpose, each moment will challenge our thoughts, our direction will unchanged.

Can we learn to be optimistic in times of challenge?? Here is a great article that shows some great examples..

I can ‘learn’ Optimism     From Dr. Martin Seligman

Yep, according to psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman, you sure can…and if you believe the

research, you probably should!

We all know that optimists see the glass as half-full while pessimists see it as half-empty. But, that doesn’t come close to doing justice to the importance of optimism and how it affects our lives.

Martin Seligman, one of the leading psychologists in the world, has spent the last three and a half decades researching the influence of optimism on our lives. Much of his work is presented in his book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life.

Met Life

What does Met Life have to do with optimism? Quite a bit. Met Life was one of the first organizations to work with Seligman to apply his theories to the working world. And the company did so with great success.

Met Life (and all insurance companies, and many businesses for that matter) pay a lot of money to screen their candidates. Seligman believes that optimism is an important variable to look out for, and that this characteristic ties directly to the bottom line.

We’ll begin with traditional hiring wisdom which “holds that there are two ingredients of success…the first is ability or aptitude, and IQ tests and SAT are supposed to measure it. The second is desire or motivation. No matter how much aptitude you have, says traditional wisdom, if you

lack desire you will fail. Enough desire can make up for meager talent.”

Seligman continues, “I believe that traditional wisdom is incomplete. A composer can have all the talent of Mozart and a passionate desire to succeed, but if he believes he cannot compose music, he will come to nothing. He will not try hard enough. He will give up too soon when the elusive right melody takes too long to materialize.

Success requires persistence, the ability to not give up in the face of failure. I believe that optimistic explanatory style is the key to persistence.”

“The explanatory-style theory of success says that in order to choose people for success in a challenging job, you need to select for three characteristics:

1. aptitude   2. motivation   3. optimism”

Seligman took this theory to Met Life and tested it out. What did he find?

In short, he found that insurance agents who scored in the less optimistic half of his test were twice as likely to quit as agents who scored in the more optimistic half. Further, The agents from the top quarter sold 50% more than the agents from the bottom quarter.

Matt Biondi

Do you remember Matt Biondi? He was the greatest swimmer of his era and one of the most victorious Olympians of all time. He also happened to be a subject in one of Seligman’s research studies–an incredibly optimistic subject, in fact.

During the 1998 Seoul Olympics, Biondi was expected to bring home gold in all seven of his events. His first two events were a disappointment–he received bronze and silver.

Seligman tells a story about how he was watching the events at home, listening to the announcers ponder whether Biondi would rebound well following his two disappointments. Seligman says, “I sat in my living room confident he would.”

Why? “Because his explanatory style was highly optimistic and he had shown us that he got faster–not slower–after defeat.”

How’d he do? In the last five events in Seoul, Biondi won five gold medals.

The NBA

Seligman took his theories to the sports arena and found some fascinating results.

His question: Could a sports team be optimistic or pessimistic? How would this affect its performance?

His study: He focused on the Atlantic Division of the NBA. Holding other variables constant, his research team scientifically analyzed quotes from players and coaches to measure their level of optimism or pessimism following either a win or a loss.

His findings: Teams, and not just individuals, have a meaningful and measurable explanatory style. Following a loss, an optimistic team was much more likely to beat the spread. A team’s explanatory style for bad events strongly predicts how they do against a point spread after a loss in the next season.

In his study, the Celtics were the quintessential optimists–always explaining away a bad loss as temporary, specific, and not their fault. They were an uncanny comeback team. Language they used: “They were making good, quick cuts to the basket.” And,

“That’s the best I’ve ever seen a team run.”

The Nets, on the other hand, were mentally shipwrecked. They explained losses as permanent, pervasive, and their own fault: “We botched up things ourselves and blew all our opportunities.” And, “This is one of the physically weakest teams I’ve ever coached.”

-Seligman article taken from thinkarete

Optimists, in other words, know how to bounce back. Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, explains it this way: “If a setback is thought about as temporary, changeable, and local, that’s optimism. If it’s thought about as permanent, unchangeable, and pervasive, that’s pessimism.” Victories are just the reverse: Optimists think of them as permanent and far-reaching; pessimists think of them as fleeting and situation-specific. For instance, if an optimist encounters a recipe she can’t make work, she’s likely to perceive the failure as external and temporary (“I’m just having an off day”), while the pessimist makes it internal and indelible (“I’ll never learn to cook”). As Seligman explains, optimism serves as a crucial framework for relating to experiences. “It’s the skeleton of hope,” he says.

-this quote from Oprah article http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Optimism#ixzz2NFi0OwlJ

Become More Optimistic

How do I become more optimistic?

Seligman’s advice: monitor your internal dialogue! As you know, we’re constantly talking to ourselves. The next time you find yourself anxious or worried, pause for a moment and pay attention to what you’re saying to yourself.

Internal dialogue is a big one—what dog are you feeding?  We have a great indian metaphor that we share in our family…imagine two dogs in your head. Imagine one with loving eyes and the other with a mean stare. Which dog will you want to feed? the one that may bite your hand off? We look at positive and negative self talk the same way. Do you want to listen to the good or bad?? Which beast do you want to feed?

We tend to have automatic responses to different situations. We need to develop awareness of those automatic responses, and then develop new, more effective ways to interpret life’s events.

Look at the positives in your life—there are many. Get grateful. From gratitude many gifts will unfold.

Look at the strengths you possess: Are you giving yourself any credit for the contributions you make to the world, to your family, your friends, your work?? My husband through this whole work change has received many letters of thanks and appreciation. I told him to make sure he keeps those words of praise and he tried to shrug it off.

Look at things on a brighter side…have an optimistic outlook no matter what. You can literally change your brain to trick it into thinking things are better. Facial expressions and the way you explain something will make a difference.

The grass doesn’t have to be greener…no matter what your situation, there is always someone else who is worse off than you. When you begin to compare yourself to your neighbor who has a bigger house, who has a great paying job, a cuter dog….just remember to stop, don’t go there. Nothing good will come out of comparisons. Begin to get grateful.. for your health and think about how great it is to not be in a hospital bed, for your children that don’t have an illness…you understand.

SMILE…its contagious and connects you to others.

Well, I hope this article has given you some ideas and direction about learning to find the GOOD in any situation. Your life is the only one you’ve got, so make it AMAZING!!

Cheers to a GREAT day! Heather