1: Introduction to the course and the presentation of the premise that there is ONE cause of all mental and most physical illnesses. That one cause is a state of significant chronic mental stress with the resulting chronic activation of the body’s emergency stress response.
2: Exploring the connection between our spiritual (formless) nature and our psychological and physical (thought-created) natures through the metaphor of the 3 universal Principles: Mind, Consciousness & Thought.
3: How an insufficient understanding of the connection between our spiritual nature and our psychological and physical natures creates an unwinnable ‘Outside-In’ Game. Participating in the spiritual theater of life from this level of understanding results in the experience of chronic mental stress in response to challenges, losses, uncertainty and inevitable death. From this unhealthy perspective, the only option discerned by us will be to “manage” and “cope” with the perceived ‘stressors’ as adaptively as we are able to do each moment.
4: How a sufficient understanding of the system of the ‘spiritual theater’ of life, brings brings fresh hope that well-being and inner peace are possible ‘No Matter What’. We will explore findings in neuroscience and medical research that support this premise.
5: Understanding the nature and benevolent purpose of the Acute Stress Response (ASR), its wondrous intricate physiology, powerful efficiency and its role in manifesting the infused wisdom of the body in its effort to maintain the delicate balanced equilibrium in the fifty trillion cells of the body. That is harmonious health.
6: Understanding the nature of the Chronic Stress Response: its magnificent but costly attempt to maintain survival (allostasis) in the face of prolonged activation of a response meant to be limited to 30 minutes or less.
7: Understanding the nature, purpose and consequences of Chronic Systemic Inflammation and its relationship to the 13 ‘symptoms’ that were used in the research for the DSM 5, and ICD 11. Shifting the paradigm to perceive distressful symptoms as benevolent alarms changes everything.
8: An exploration of the symptoms that lead to the diagnostic labels of the varied Anxiety Disorders and stories of hope and healing that I have witnessed first hand and that I see are always available. I will share psychiatric research that makes this easily understood.
9: An exploration of the symptoms that lead to the diagnosis of a Depressive Disorder, and/or Burnout and stories of hope and healing that I have experienced myself and witnessed in others.
10: An exploration of Cardiovascular Disorders, the symptoms and medical research findings seen through a lens of benevolent alarms and a sharing stories of hope from my clinical experiences.
11: An exploration of Chronic Pain Disorders (Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, etc) – the symptoms and medical research seen through a lens of benevolent alarms and sharing of stories of hope from my clinical experience.
12: An exploration of Autoimmune Disorders (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Depression), the symptoms seen through a lens of benevolent alarms and stories of hope that I have witnessed in my clinical practice.
You don’t have to choose between spiritual understanding and scientific knowledge. Our exploration will include scientific and medical research.
Having spiritual understanding brings simplicity and clarity to your scientific knowledge.
Spiritual Understanding Has Psychological and Physical Health Implications
THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU IF:
You are someone who has seen yourself as broken or lacking or been so labeled by others (family, friend of professional) in some way
You have a loved one, family member or friend who has been so labeled and you would like to assist them to see their wholeness and health and/or you would be relieved of anxiety and concern if you could see their wholeness
You are a coach or therapist who would like to see, without a doubt in your mind, the wholeness and health in those you serve regardless of labels or diagnoses they have been given.
You have experienced periodic or persistent stress-related physical symptoms, illness, pain or impairment.
It is important to remember these four things:
- Diagnostic labels are one attempt to describe where you are and have nothing to do with who you are.
- There is always hope because there is always health.
- Spiritual wisdom lies within the consciousness of all human beings… and no person’s psyche is better than any other’s.
- Only to the degree of the individual’s psychological and spiritual understanding does it appear to vary.
Please note: Spiritual in this context is speaking to the formless intelligent energy that animates every human being
and has no dogma, rituals or prescriptions on behavior attached to its recognition/realization.