Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR)
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense issued clinical practice guidelines that recommend EDMR for the treatment of PTSD. Perhaps, the rapid eye movement allows the patient less opportunity to consciously react to the distress that they are reviewing. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. Positive controlled outcome studies demonstrate that >80% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress after only three 90-minute sessions. Reportedly, Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer suffer with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. EMDR Institute, Inc. reported that 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) 20/20 Report
. Francine Shapiro is the originator and developer of EMDR.
In 1987, she made the chance observation that moving her eyes from side to side appeared to reduce the disturbance of negative thoughts and memories. This experience led her to examine this phenomenon more systematically. Working with approximately 70 volunteers, she developed standardized procedures to maximize therapeutic outcomes, conducted additional research and a published randomized controlled study with trauma victims. After further research and elaboration of the methodology, she published a textbook in 1995 detailing the eight phases of this form of psychotherapy. EMDR is now recommended as an effective treatment for trauma in numerous international practice guidelines, including those of the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Shapiro is a Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, Executive Director of the EMDR Institute in Watsonville, CA, and founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a non-profit organization that coordinates disaster response and low fee training worldwide. see also: https://www.emdr.com/
I love to contemplate. I was looking at some TAO teachings and I began recalling about the baptism of Jesus. The baptism event was a profound day. The Heavens spoke that day to the many witnesses there at the riverside. I thought about this in reflection upon the following quotation.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
– Lao Tzu
I must continue to get out of God’s way and allow myself to go with the flow of His will.
The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17) NIV
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
I love science. However, I do believe that science is meant to partner with (hold hands with) faith and the two ought, in my opinion, be like dear friends. Science once was working in harmony with the faithful — however, we know that the Church many times suppressed scientific findings and there were and continue to be numerous conflicts between religious and scientists. Its wrongful use of authority in the churches to suppress real science.
I think its wrong for religion and science to be popping off against one or the other. What I have to say isn’t to violate science.
Real science is good work making our lives more healthy and making our world a better and safer place to live. We need more responsible science… not less.
I want to take exception with marketing practices of scientism (not science).
Famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, was trending after he dismissed the idea of Heaven as “a fairy story.” In an interview with The Guardian, Hawking said, “There is no heaven or afterlife … that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
He has been under fire from religious circles before, most recently after his book, The Grand Design argued that god did not create the universe and that The Big Bang was a natural event that created everything from nothing. That didn’t irk me. It made no real difference to me. Most Christians and religious ignored that it can’t be correct. We’ve heard this sort of thing before… its no biggie.
The thing that irks me is his blatant brashness is getting him in the news. His brash ‘fairy story’ statements are being run as news from a scientist; as if we ought therefore fall away from our beliefs.
He made this up and its making it into science news pages! Wow!
The other thing I didn’t find is that his motive isn’t just to sell his books and gain publicity for his shows and for lasting fame. I found all that. What I didn’t find is that this is an effort to put an end to scientific investigating, by real scientists, of the actual rightful scientific origin of our universe and of our own human lives. Hawking is doing what before his brashness was called using pseudo-science. His recent announcements of theories are not science.
This is what he’s up too… misuse of his power and position… and if I am the first to say so, I surely won’t be the last.
Hawking is misusing his position to misrepresent a few scientific findings with a mix of non-scientific mumbo-jumbo and its to promote his atheist books and papers and his influence with youthful scientist. He’s hiding a mountain size lack of evidence with his scant science and he’s proclaiming there isn’t a creator — saying exactly what science cannot prove as though it were proven.
Since Hawking reduces science to scientism (reductionist materialism), it isn’t a surprise that he began stating his findings with brash unscientific statements.
He is now more famous for criticism of religious beliefs than for his early work as an excellent scientist. He’s reducing himself as a charlatan (impostor, fake, pretender, or swindler); lowering himself like a snake oil remedy salesman proclaims he has the cure for every ailment.
Hawking is practicing scientism,
as much as science. Its wrongful..
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When it comes right down to it, science can’t so far even prove that you and I are “real” in some sense of the definition. There are many competing theories that explore what is real. However, if a person really wants to grow in happiness, it makes good sense to follow high moral and ethical standards and to invest plenty of time in developing of higher awareness (spiritual growth), intuitively knowing that this is best.
Michael W. Smith takes to the stage and releases yet another awe inspiring Praise and Worship Album. This full length video features some of today’s most beloved songs of the church, including Open The Eyes of my Heart, Draw Me Close, Awesome God and Agnus.
Many experts say that meditation early in the morning, before starting your day is best. This method is going to place positive energy into your mind and once it’s a habit it is positive energy that will normally last throughout the entire day.
1. Upon waking or after basic bathroom duties, place positive thoughts into your mind. Keep it simple, especially at first. Here are some examples:
I am a peaceful and relaxed person and I choose to be.
A top priority today is to develop a positive outlook and a peaceful mind.
I plan to radiate peace outwards from my heart for every person that I come into contact with.
Begin with one and then another and the last meditation phrase. Add others, that is fine. The objective is simple enough. You want to make sure that in ten or fifteen minutes from when you get started that you feel relaxed and in touch with a lasting positive and peaceful inner feeling.
Consider a good book on positive meditations. Pick up a simple book like this one:
I heard sound without sound.
2. Seek the experience of the stillness of mind and of being with a peaceful heart. If other thoughts emerge do not judge or focus on them, but do repeat:
I __your name__ seek peaceful relaxation. I am a peaceful soul… I am peaceful… I enjoy peaceful energy.
My mind is filling with peace… I can radiate peace into the world… I am a source of peace and happiness.
I feel gentle waves of peace flowing throughout my mind… I enjoy bringing peace and comfort into my day.
I felt my soul upon my reflection.
3. Feel stillness and silence envelope your mind. Imagine that you are now covered in a warm light as if from the sun. It is comforting and you may repeat:
I am the peaceful soul… I am a peaceful, loving soul.
My mind feels light and free of worry… I realize my nature is peace.
Peace of mind is my true nature.
A gentle kiss I placed upon the deep.
4. Peaceful thoughts flow through your mind just as a small branch’s single leaf kisses the still water. You feel the still waters gently move as you repeat:
I am a spirit of light and peace and I move gently on the peaceful waters of my mind. I feel gentle and peaceful.
I radiate peace and light to the world like a warm and gentle star… I radiate peace into the world as my mind fills with love and light.
The light and love envelopes me and the gentle waves of peaceful waters and the light shine from my mind into the world around me.
A gentle breeze my heart did make.
5. A gentle breeze is blowing and you feel the warmth of the sun and the stars now and as you begin to feel light and gentle you repeat:
I see on the screen of my mind a radiant light and this light feels gentle and soothing.
I am at peace with myself; this stillness of mind enables me to feel content and complete.
This is my wonderful journey of self discovery.
Peace of mind through meditation is a process. Radiant peace involves time and patience. Gentleness (as a reward) comes along in time with practice of peacefulness meditations. The outcome for you is that your energy increases as radiant peacefulness day by day increases in you. The benefit extends to others and comes back around to you again as others look upon what you radiate as attractive and appealing.
I certainly enjoy being attractive, empathetic and compassionate. It sometimes comes back around in just subtle ways. In certain circumstances, it calls me by voice of others to step forward. Humility too became genuine and attractive in me.
Let me know how this practice works out for you.
Thanks for reading (spiritual topics in a secular world),
For me, it was a thought process. That’s why it failed. When I listened to my heart and when I directed my mind to bring my heart into my thoughts, the process was energized. We have the feelings that allow us to link up to the powerful God compassion that orders the universe by love. Prayerful thoughts and meditations without heart are words empty of Godly language.Beware though; thoughts may separate us from love. We must eliminate ego from our living and live only in the blessings from our loving God.
What do you make from Gregg’s teaching?
We are part of all that there is. If we’d seek in love to know a compassionate and empathetic self, the resultant changes may result in positive outlook and elevation of spirituality that will surpass our wildest dreams.
Heart-felt prayer and meditation; peaceful serenity — I’ll examine all of this and how it seems essential for us to be maintaining spiritual progress for mental health.