Emotional Freedom Technique – Is Energy Medicine The Future?

Some 5 or 6 years ago, I had brought mindfulness meditation into my life as a way to treat myself from the painful thoughts and emotions that I was experiencing at the time. In those earlier stages, meditation never rid me of anything, but rather gave me new ways of looking at things.

This small shift in my perception set off my curiosity to find out what else was out there in the world of esoteric practice for all things health and well being.

I remember stumbling across a practice called EFT (emotional freedom technique). I had a book on EFT handy, and I learned what it was about and how to use it. I learned that it could help with all things related to difficult emotions, trauma, cravings and even unfavorable belief systems. The whole practice seemed a little left field, and I don’t remember being able to find any good research to back it, at the time.

I set it aside, only to cross paths with it about 6 years later while in a mindfulness retreat in Thailand.

I would keep my ears peeled while in the dining room of the retreat, especially of a night. There was always an interesting discussion to be had, always filled with insights and wisdom. I heard an Aussie lady talk about EFT and how she used it to combat certain cognitive and emotional challenges she had faced in her life.

A great workshop was held a few days later, and it was there where all the pieces of the puzzle came together for me – Some real life stories describing EFTs practicality, with a good body of research which has only grown in the last few years.

According to the developer of EFT, tapping on different parts of the body helps balance the energy within you and reduce emotional pain. It is considered an alternative therapy for things like depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress, chronic pain, weight loss, and some addictions.

How It Works –

There are meridian points that run along parts of your body. These meridians contain a flow of energy within them. This concept is from Chinese medicine and is similar to acupuncture and acupressure, in which these meridian points are tapped.

According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. The tapping is intended to restore balance and resolve any issue with energy blockage, which is believed to be the cause of physical and emotional pain.

Harvard medical school studies have revealed that by stimulating the body’s meridian points, you can significantly reduce activity in the amygdala, which is known as the alarm system of your brain. The amygdala is triggered during experiences of trauma or fear, and once it is triggered it releases cortisol through your body – this is the hormone corresponding to stress.

These studies reveal that when one stimulates these meridian points, there can be a reduction in distress, as the tapping signals to the amygdala that there is no danger. An amazing result showed that after a session of tapping, people were able to reduce their cortisol levels by up to 30%.

“Energy medicine is the future of all medicine. We’re beginning now to understand things that we know in our hearts are true but we could never measure. As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine. It’s not the mechanistic part of the joints moving. It’s not the chemistry of our body – its understanding for the first time how energy influences how we feel.”
– DR. MEHMET OZ

Taking A Dive Into Human Psychology & Health Science

It’s been an absolute joy creating content for education and through the documentation of my experiences as a humanitarian.

I hope that I have been able to offer you insights into all things involving people, their well being and their self improvement.

In just over a month, I will begin the second phase of This is Philanthropy, as I take a deep dive into human psychology and health science at the University of Wollongong.

You may be wondering what this has to do with philanthropy. After all, that’s the name of the platform, right?

My philanthropic philosophy stretches much further than financial contribution or the inspiration I can offer you. To me, philanthropy is all about being on the ground, solving problems and looking at new ways to bring about change where it is needed.

With knowledge gained from science, it will allow me to better understand the nature of humans and the way in which we work. It will give me deep insights into how we can promote health and longevity and how we can come up with new solutions for some of the pressing issues we face in our modern day society, such as the mental health epidemic we face currently.

I trust that as I continue to gain a deeper level of understanding on life, I can continue to educate you along the way.

My goal is to help you understand yourself better, so you can maintain your own health, while also building on top of what you are already have.

If you are a fan of this page and have gained insight that you have found valuable in your life, please share word.

I plan to continue documenting my experiences as I evolve my humanitarian skill sets and find new projects overseas that are in need of service. I will continue to create psych and health education content that can hopefully leave a positive impact on your life.

Personal Development & It’s Crucial Counterparts

These are the most important topics I consider to be related to personal development, especially considering the changes that have taken place as of late.

Each of these areas are interconnected.

Our spirituality is so fundamental to life. Without it, everything would cease to exist. Your spirituality relates to the very experience you are having, each moment in time. Self-realisation is considered the ultimate goal. This requires being able to connect and realise more of your true nature, usually hidden behind your ego, or your “false sense of self”.

Unlike spirituality, which seeks to uncover the truth about the world that cannot be observed, science is the uncovering of truth in the material world. Everything that you can observe as material, this is a construct of such intricate physics, chemistry and biology. Our body of knowledge is growing so rapidly, and with this can come better education, health and well being.

Philosophy differs from spirituality in the sense that, philosophy involves a lot of logical thinking. Although philosophy plays an integral role in spiritual teachings, there are many other areas of life which are in need of philosophical debate, particularly if these areas hold a strong influence over the way we live our lives, collectively.

Technology is one of those life changing things that shape the way we work and live. Essentially, tech is an extension of us. Our sense are so limited, we can only experience a tiny fraction of what is really out there. Tech is what complements our biology, as it extends all of these senses. This speed of change has been seen as problematic for many reasons, which is why a healthy relationship with tech is vital. Being tech conscious is important, as this can also potentially change your life in good ways.

Business – Your relationship and knowledge around your personal finances, plus all of the skill sets that you have or plan to build during your working life. This area also involves how well you can market yourself to people, and your values, motivations and goals for working.

Art – “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton. Art can be a therapeutic form of expression. It is an escape from reality, just as much as it is a connection to reality. Used more in psychotherapy, art enables on to express their inner nature to the outside world.

The Human – A Biological Learning Machine

There are many reasons as to why I learn daily. For one, I am interested in a whole range of topics and I enjoy the process.

But perhaps more importantly, it keeps the mind sharp. I am training it and programming it daily with valuable insights. There have been studies that suggest that when we learn something new, the brain releases dopamine.

Dopamine is neurotransmitter and plays a key role in the feeling of pleasure. There is a pathway in the brain between where dopamine is created and the part of the brain that is associated with motivation and reward.

One can conclude that being a biological learning machine, the learning process creates a sense of pleasure and achievement.

At its core, it can be the learning of any skill, topic, language, interest – something of value to you and those around you.

LEARNING – PART 2

The human is a learning machine. We are gathering and processing information from our external environment, almost constantly. Studies now reveal that the process of learning can release dopamine, the neurochemical associated with pleasure.

There is a direct pathway between where dopamine is produced in the brain and the part of the brain associated with reward and motivation. These findings suggest that learning new things can be a very rewarding task.

Learning keeps the mind sharp and even helps during the ageing process. Our brains are plastic, meaning they can change. When we learn new things, we are installing new neurological hardware. These changes can shape thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

Every time you learn something, you are changing who you are.

I’ve worked multiple jobs and each time I finish up a working day, I feel exhausted and stressed. Those days I spend studying, I feel energised, empowered and enlightened.

Full time study isn’t for everyone, but everyone can learn new skills sets, languages or concepts.

The learning process is universal and highly rewarding.

The Power Of Self-Acceptance

A huge part of our culture is to “keep up with the Jones’”. You’re always encouraged to be better and do better.

Nothing is ever good enough, and so this unconscious tendency hangs up in the background, usually disguised as low levels of satisfaction and self esteem.

I get caught up in this societal programming, however I’ve been able to observe those around me lately and take lessons from what I experience through them.

I can sometimes observe their flaws, their short comings or their disadvantages and I still see them as complete individuals who are brilliant just the way they are.

I once heard a story about a cancer patient who was seeking spiritual guidance. At the beginning of their spiritual journey, they would imply that they will be happier and more fulfilled once the cancer was gone. But this was the problem – they didn’t feel complete just as they were. They were waiting for something external to occur in order for them to feel as though they were enough.

It was only until they were able to accept the illness for what it was, and feel complete with it there, where they began to let go of their attachment to this desire to be someone or something different to what they were.

As soon as this person let go, their health conditions began to improve dramatically, eventually resulting in a victorious battle over one of the most deadliest diseases known to human kind.

The power of self acceptance.

Sensation & Perception – How The Brain Sows Information Together To Create Our Experiences

There is no one to one correspondence between physical reality and psychological reality. What is ‘out there’ in the physical world is not directly reproduced inside the human brain.

The brain creates representations of our physical reality. It translates energy from our external environment into something meaningful for us to interpret, however, what we experience with our senses is not an accurate picture of what is actually happening out there.

Our ability to see, hear or touch is the product of millions of adaptations that left our senses exquisitely crafted to serve survival and reproduction functions.

Our eyes don’t work as cameras, snapping photographs of our external environment, but rather they capture pieces of information that the brain gathers and sows together like a piece of quilt, creating its own internal version.

Not everything is as it really seems. The story that you create about the world around you is not the full picture, but rather just a tiny piece of our true reality.

This Racism Is Just Stupid

We are currently living through a global pandemic, brought on by a virus that enters the body and infects the individual.

Racism is similar – It is an infection in the human mind. It is a mental virus that results in sickness and chaos. It’s plagued humanity since the beginning of time.

Just as we hurry with urgency to find cures and treatments for these infectious diseases, we must also rush to find cures for these mental viruses that infect our societies.

World wars, genocides and mass murders – the scale of damage caused by these mental viruses are just as large, if not larger than any physical illness resulting from an infectious disease.

This racism is just stupid – a form of hate and ignorance shown towards those of the same kind. Yes, we differ in skin colour and culture, but fundamentally we are all part of the same thing.

When you show hatred towards others, you are also showing hatred towards yourself.

Get rid of this mental virus. It’s no longer welcome.

Cambodia, My Profound Teacher

It’s been 4 months since I returned home to Sydney after a whole year and a half spent living in Cambodia. The most exciting part about the journey so far is how new things continue to pop up in my mind, even after it’s completion.

New memories and new perspectives collide to create a different way of reflection and contemplation.

So many lessons were learned, and I continue to learn more about my experience as time goes on.

What did Cambodia teach me?

1) People are everything. During some of the later days, I would sit there and long for the closest relationships in my life. I didn’t even want a chat with anyone from back home, I just wanted their presence. Although it may seem like an abstract idea, and we take it for granted because of that, it is so much more simple and fundamental than that. Real human connection was the big theme, as I watched the families and communities show love, generosity, patience and acceptance to one another.

2) The human spirit is extremely resilient. You have your education system destroyed, your whole society is faced with absolute darkness as people are murdered in horrific fashion. The collapse of Cambodian society 40 years ago was so catastrophic, Cambodia continues to pay for it every single day in the present. Everyone struggles over there in their own ways, but their spirits are always high.

There is a sense of purpose, but rather than it coming from the individual level, this is on a collective level – loads of local humanitarians, educators, medical professionals and entrepreneurs who want to contribute to their society in some way. Many of the people in these roles come from tough times that proved to be a foundational key to their service today.

3) I feel like the Cambodians taught me a lot about food. Not only am I referring to the nutritional side of things, but also to the experience of eating. I had lost touch with this before my trip. Sydney can be so fast sometimes, you get caught up in convenient foods because you always feel like you have some sort of time constraints. It can be a go, go, go type of thing. Because of this, many people have lost the ability to sit and really internalise and experience food. You just gulp it down because it’s in front of you and you just want to hurry on to the next thing to do.

The Cambodians had a great food culture. The night times would be vibrant, with street food stalls and restaurants buzzing with all different groups of people. Every night is a full experience. People will sit, eat and talk for hours every night. What they are eating isn’t too bad, either. I was always envious of the energy they showed. You see them constantly smiling and laughing and bouncing around. A lot of the Cambodians my age have this kick in their step and I wanted to know why. This food was so rich and diverse, with fruit, veg and good meats in abundance. They loved their culinary experiences and they had the vibrant energy to show it.

These 3 things seem so simple, yet they are so profound. These more subtle things get taken for granted sometimes because they tend to hide behind the busy minds of modern day living in Sydney. But these things are so fundamental, I believe they should not be ignored.

Daily Systems During Hard Times

With all the things going on at the moment around the world, it’s come to our collective awareness that we must consider mental health as a concern for people who are stuck in doors, without jobs and in fear of infection.

The mental health aspect was one of my biggest concerns very early on, as I have experienced many issues myself and I knew that an event like this with the conditions it has created will come with some it’s mental and emotional challenges.

I’ve spent many years developing a tool kit for myself, things I can do each and every day that will keep me mentally fit and emotionally fit, regardless of what is going on in life.

There are a few things to consider now, as there is a lot of tension in the air at the moment, and the fact that this is on a global scale makes it seem even more grand and vital.

Times are tough and people are hurting everywhere.

In order to weather the storm, it’s important to build resilience of both body and mind.

There are a few things I have been exploring over the years – Every day systems and habits that I am in the process of trying to develop for my every day, regardless of what is going on within me or outside of me.

– Meditation – taking time out to sit still and become present with yourself.

– Yoga – taking the time to become present with your body.

– Walking – being alone with your own thoughts while you get a good dose of nature. We are animals, and we need a decent exposure to nature. There is a biological connection there that should not be ignored.

– Journaling – writing out your thoughts on paper or computer. Writing down certain goals, truthful evaluations and plans for the future. Our minds are goal orientated and having a structure eliminates mental clutter.

– Dietary habits – Whether it is for mood, immunity or overall well being, what you put into your body is no matter to take lightly – good biochemistry is essential.

– Exercise – movement of the body

– Breathing techniques – getting a necessary amount of oxygen into the body. A good amount of oxygen in the body is essential to good blood flow, healthy metabolism and even emotional regulation.

– Cold showers – There are many physiological benefits of having cold showers. The way I explain it is, your body goes into a mini shock, and you walk out feeling more alert and energetic, but also more relaxed and at ease.

– Learn – There are many reasons as to why I learn daily. For one, I am interested in a whole range of topics and I enjoy the process. But perhaps more importantly, it keeps the mind sharp. I am training it and programming it daily with valuable insights. There have been studies that suggest that when we learn something new, the brain releases dopamine. Dopamine is neurotransmitter and plays a key role in the feeling of pleasure. There is a pathway in the brain between where dopamine is created and the part of the brain that is associated with motivation and reward. One can conclude that being a biological learning machine, the learning process creates a sense of pleasure and achievement. At its core, it can be the learning of any skill, topic, language, interest – something of value to you and those around you.

– Sleep – I don’t know too many details here. All I know is that it’s considering equally important to diet and exercise for our over all well being.

What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality –

I write a lot about spirituality these days. I have always told myself that I am a spiritual person, not really knowing exactly what that meant. But, as I continue on my journey, I learn more about what it is to be in touch with your spirituality.

A lot of people think of mystics, palm readers and spiritual energy healers when they hear the word spirituality.

Spirituality is not about mysticism, magicians, healers or religion, for that matter; although many people access their sense of spirituality through religion, which can be a great method.

Spirituality is all about discovering your true nature. It is about going beyond the illusory mind, the dissolution of the ego and the sense of self, into a dimension of connectedness and oneness. It is a home coming, in recognising your true self beyond the body and the mind, beyond the material world – self-realisation.

Every life wants to be a full fledged life, and the ultimate goal of spirituality is in self-actualisation, where one gets to access their full potential.

It is about uncovering the truths about the nature of reality, liberated from the delusions created by the egoic mind.

One of the functions of the mind is to create this sense of separate self. Who you know yourself to be, by name, job title etc, this is all a construct of the egoic mind. This is not who you really are.

Those memories you hold in your mind are just a collection of events that have already passed. That body you see is just a collection of cells that last no longer than a decade before they die and regenerate. You are not the same entity as you were 10 years ago. The mind has you believe in this continuation, as it creates this illusion of time, another function for survival.

This egoic mind creates a separate sense of self, a survival mechanism that keeps you alive, but when you look hard enough you come to see that you are not separate, but rather just another small piece to this big puzzle. You are made of the same chemical elements found out far into the cosmos – essentially, you are the cosmos.

You are the observer, the one that experiences all of the physical, mental and emotional events that occur within the living body that you inhabit. These mental, emotional and physical events are not who you truly are, however most of us identify with these things as if they are ours, and that’s when we lose touch with our true nature.

Your body and your mind is your jump suit. You wear it so that your true self can experience life, but this jump suit is not you, you are the one who is watching and experiencing.

This is what spirituality is all about. It is in realising your true nature, and uncovering the nature of reality, free from the identification with mind and body – free from Illusion.