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Imagery Research

News flash! I conducted research  with Dr. Ulas Kaplan of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. It centered on assessing heart rate variability from a program created by the Heart Math Institute out in California. Using mental imagery to control heart rate variability, this process was tested against two other variables: affirmations and simply thinking about the function. Heart rate variability is a function that defines the health and strength of the heart. The greater the variability the healthier is the heart.
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Waking Dream vs Lucid Dream

In 1981 I published a book called Waking Dream Therapy. It was written for the therapeutic community, not intended for a general readership (although many have told me that it is a wonderful read for that audience). It was then, and still is, the best work done on the subject of waking dream (to be distinguished from lucid dreaming, as I’ll get to shortly). This visionary experience was first exposited in writing in the first 28 lines of the book of the prophet Ezekiel some 3000 years ago. Read more »

Healthcare Reform

Healthcare reform is perceived here in August 2009 as a problem needing to be fixed. The trouble is that when a problem is solved it creates another problem. Hence, we can see the trouble President Obama is having in Congress establishing this program.
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Education v. Therapy – A Possible Paradigm Shift

Here is a beginning model for reframing the field of psychotherapy to replace it with an instructional ⁄ teaching ⁄ educative one. It involves a simple switch in terminology that I believe has many ramification for treatment. The terms I have in mind are: "question" for "problem." In the general course of the therapeutic process the term "problem" is announced. "I have a problem with my spouse." "I have a problem with my boss." "I have a problem selecting which job I should take." The list is endless. Read more »

Faith and Trust

My personal discovery involves the use of the words "faith" and "trust." I realized you can’t use these words in regard to our human relationships. To have faith or trust in someone is a mistake on a couple of accounts. First is that human beings, no matter how "trustworthy," have the potential for variability and changeability. There is always the possibility, no matter how reliable someone is, for error or slip up. The best we can say here is to have confidence in someone’s capacity, talent or ability. Read more »

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