Hunch for health.
by Michael Braunstein
What if we got it all wrong? Everybody walks around thinking that the mind is located somewhere in the body. The usual assumption is that the mind is somehow in the head. But just a brief pause for thought allows us to realize: that's not really the way it is. We now know that the mind is not really located in any specific place in the body. We know that the body displays characteristics that show that memory is throughout the body; that the mind is not localized.
(Note: This article was written prior to Dr. Jay Parsow's untimely passing in 2001.)
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"I think intuition has got to be old. It's something that has been with us for a long time," said Jay Parsow in a recent interview. A native Omahan, Parsow attended UCLA as an undergraduate before completing medical school at UNMC. Upon graduation, he became an M.D. specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Along the way, part of his outlook changed.
"Each of us has intuitive power. I think it's the result of learning we've acquired in previous experience on this earth. It's not located in the viscera or the brain."
Previous - as in reincarnation?
"Well, yes. Like a 'recycling' of sorts. Maybe not reincarnation but a recycling some way. Maybe a simultaneous experience in another dimension. Whatever it is, I've seen it and I've felt it, both as a practitioner and as a recipient. Having intuition happens - whatever it is."
One benchmark of Parsow's changed outlook was when he experienced a form of healing himself. In an examination by one of the therapists who now is affiliated with Parsow's Clinic of Integrative Medicine here in Omaha, Parsow experienced an example of intuition.
"Steve Hillyer was examining me. I knew I had some numbness in my left leg and never mentioned it to him. I just assumed of course that it was a pinched nerve. He picked up on it intuitively and helped me work through it. From that point on, I became more aware of the subtle energies of the human body."
"I started studying in workshops that had to do with this kind of energy work. I began to study cranio-sacral therapy which was developed by Dr. John Upledger." And in 1996, Parsow added acupuncture to his repertoire.
"All this work has made me aware of our 'inner physician,' our subconscious mind that is in our tissues. It's an inner knowing that we can call on for help."
"Our licensed health professionals at the clinic are from different backgrounds. But beyond their professional degrees, they have different styles and levels of intuitive skills. It's how we learn about our patients and leave no stone unturned in helping them heal or feel better."
"We're working in an area that is different - for Omaha anyway. I've stopped doing a lot of invasive procedures that I used to do by the hundreds. Understand, I still respect what I've learned in medicine. I haven't given up my allopathic background, I've just broadened my horizons. It's all about being multi-dimensional. I believe in it. We're helping patients."
I've got a hunch he's right.
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Nobody can really say where the mind is at all. There's no way of proving that it is in the head or even in the body. In fact, common thought is that if you destroy a body, the person that body represented is thought to "have gone to a better place." We don't destroy a being by destroying a body but simply destroy the communication device that person used.
So what if we got it exactly backwards? What if the mind isn't in the body at all? What if the body is in the mind? The body is simply a construct that is the result of thought.
Why not? Perhaps the body is a construct in the mind like there can be a construct in a computer. A three-dimensional construct inside a computer is said to be virtually real. To change or alter a construct within a computer, one must work with the programming that created that construct. In the same way, to make change or alteration with a body, something must change in the mind or "computer" of the person whose body it is. This is what all that "mind/body medicine" is all about.
"The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;"
When we are born, we have a mind. That "who," that "Self" that we are has a mind. (Using the capital letter "s" differentiates from the small "s" self that is self-image.) But the mind with which we are born has no verbal skills, no analytical powers, no mathematical abilities. When we are born, our mind has no intellectual prowess at all. Though not be able to define, equate, verbalize or count, we can do one thing. We can feel. The initial operating system of our onboard "computer" is based on feeling. Feeling is the common human denominator. A Wall Street lawyer and an Australian aborigine do not speak the same language nor have the same worldly goals. But they are common in one area. They know "feels good" and they know "feels bad." (We're talking emotional feelings, not the sense of touch.) Feeling is the Rosetta stone of understanding the mind.
The mind is split then. At birth, we become conscious of a world around and "outside" us. That's much different from our first nine months on the planet. As soon as we are born, our "feeling mind" sees that there is a world of form. We find that we need to develop skills to interface with this form world. Words and definitions, logic and analysis will come in handy. The intellectual or conscious mind is initiated. The flow dynamic goes from how we feel, to expressing that outwardly. First we feel, then we do. We feel, however, in the "pre-conscious" or subconscious, mind. The split of the mind is then the subconscious and the conscious. The two aspects of the mind have different concerns. One has to do with our deepest inner workings and who we truly are. The other is concerned with and was initiated to deal with the material world and who we become as defined by that world. Both use a form of thought, but the thoughts are of different tonal qualities. Somewhere near the deepest aspect of the subconscious mind lies that quality known as spirit. Somewhere near the farthest and most material edge of the intellect, lies that concern with things worldly known as the ego.
Throughout the course of time spent on earth with this construct known as the body, great amounts of attention are given to educating and exercising that intellectual mind. It is held in many ways as a valued asset to acquire as much intellectual knowledge as possible. It is considered that the stronger the intellect, the more things we can "do" or "get" or "accomplish." Yet the power of that intellect to "do," "get" and "accomplish", if seen clearly, is still minuscule compared to the amazing feats that the subconscious mind pulls off on a daily basis. Even tasks taken for granted are far beyond the capabilities of the intellect. Take driving a car for example. Without the subconscious control of our bodily functions that our deepest mind maintains, driving would be impossible. You need only remember the kind of driver you were when first learning. You had to "think" about every little move or judge every distance with extreme effort and exertion. Driving a couple of miles while first learning and using intellectual evaluations of your surroundings was harrowing. But now you can drive 20 miles across town without thinking about it. All the while doing your eye makeup or eating a burger or buying stocks on the cell phone. Your subconscious can guide your car through streams of other two-ton chunks of plastic, steel and glass at 60 miles an hour and not think twice. And something as simple as a little cut on the back of your hand could never be healed by the intellect. If left alone, the subconscious can heal a broken bone or scratch while the intellect wonders.
When we take on a body, we begin building an intellectual mind that we can use. It works for us to interface with the world. So begins a learning curve of training the intellectual mind, which literally didn't exist before we initiated it. But somewhere along that curve, instead of the intellect working for us, it acquires such a lofty opinion of the power of data and analysis over feeling and intuition, that the relationship reverses and we begin to become subject to the intellectual mind. It keeps us awake at night like a barking dog. We turn restlessly in bed as it broadcasts thoughts like : "Did you pick up the dry cleaning?" or "Jeez, I've got to remember to pay the car insurance tomorrow," or "I should have read that chapter on family law again." All are the concerns of the world. Occasionally something like a disaster or tragedy will come along to jar us back into perspective but by and large, we live with the little concerns of our little intellects. All are concerns of the body. And that's not even who we are. The ego is concerned with the body. Period. It just doesn't see it for what it is. The body is not a goal. It is a means.
Connecting with the innate power that is the subconscious can put us in contact with ourSelves again. In some glimmering way we can intuit things about what to do and how to do it. Homage to intellect and analysis has obscured our ability to connect with our higher and innate energy. However, with practice, it is possible to restore that intuitive connection, to remember the original Self a little better. It is actually only a skill that we forgot.