TRAINING FOR BLISS AND MENTAL FOCUS
“Training” for Bliss and Mental “Focus”
C. Norman Shealy, M.D.,Ph.D.
I have focused for some time on optimizing happiness and health. As everyone knows by now, I have personally found my essential oils for activating the Ring of Air to be delightfully positive in relieving depression and anxiety and even in increasing oxytocin production. But, as I always say, we cannot even agree upon who is alive and dead without taking it to the Supreme Court!? Obviously, not everyone responds to any one approach, whether it be hypnosis, EFT, Past Life Therapy, or Dr sHEALy’s Bliss.
About 18 months ago I had a single experience trying the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer and found it very pleasant. It uses a clarified form of 40 Hz. (cycle per second) brainwaves to detect the activity of a brain system that rewards you with positive feelings after you discover something new. Dr. Beverly Rubik’s published research( http://www.peakachievement.com/professional/peak_brainhappiness_study_professional.html) in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine demonstrated the relationship between these “Neureka!” brainwaves and feelings such as happiness, love, gratitude and satisfaction. Another study showed that 12 sessions of training with this system increased both happiness and memory. The increase in happiness lasted at least four months.
There are also now published studies showing that this biofeedback device increases performance in ADHD patients, as well as improving selective attention in “normal” individuals. Biofeedback, vol 39, issue 3. Since Dr. Elmer Green’s introduction of temperature biofeedback to control migraine in 84% of patients, great advances have been made in this safe and highly effective approach to retraining all aspects of mental and physiological activity. One of the greatest blocks to retraining is the inability of some individuals to focus on one thought to the relative exclusion of all others. The study mentioned above involved 12 sessions with the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer’s other two protocols, Focus and Alertness, This is certainly worth the time and expense of such training in ADHD. In my own experience of working with many thousands of patients, even 80 hours of intense multifactoral therapy fails to help 15% of patients. For them and the many people who have difficulty responding or coping, this latest development of neurofeedback training seems a valuable consideration.
I would love to see whether this approach relieves depression and raises oxytocin in those individuals with a variety of problems which have failed “conventional” therapy.