I had dinner at the fabulous Indian restaurant Ruchi last Sunday night with some friends. My friend and colleague Rama Prasad was visiting from Sydney. Rama is a fantastic Ayurvedic physician who trained in Kerala India and who has done more than anyone I know to promote Ayurveda in Australia. Ruchi is his favourite Indian restaurant . We got talking about the incredible work of Greg Neville who has independently worked out the precise belief patterns linked to different  illness's. For example concerns that people (including oneself) are lazy relates to problems with blood sugar control. This makes sense since sugar is energy and laziness/activity is about how one expresses their energy. Greg would say that the individual is doing what they feel is right at the time. They my sit on the couch all day but that is how they are expressing their energy. When they feel it is time to do some other activity this will naturally happen. If I judge someone as lazy for sitting on the couch I may affect my blood sugar metabolism adversely.
Rama mention that these beliefs are subconscious. This was a 'lightbulb' moment for me ! I realized that I'm working with 3 levels of the mind:
 
1. The conscious mind and our conscious beliefs:
  This is the basis of cognitive behavior therapy. I used this during my 20's to reprogram beliefs about life events. I used the work of Albert Ellis who created Rational Emotive Therapy. Basically he says that our emotional reactions and feelings are the result of our beliefs about events not the events themselves. He uses an ABC concept:
A: Activating event.
B: Belief (self talk) about the event.

C: Consequence-the emotional reaction. 

There are 2 types of beliefs-rational ones which create milder emotional reactions and irrational (false) ones which create stronger or even devastating emotions.
 It is a very useful therapy
 . One replaces 'shoulds', musts', 'oughts' , 'terrible' etc with 'it would be preferable', 'unfortunate' etc. It really works!!
 
2. Subconscious beliefs:
Greg Neville, Louise Hayes and others have made us aware of how these beliefs create symptoms in the body. 
 
3.Unconscious beliefs and patterns:
Carl Jung did a lot of work on this area using dreams and other tools. This is where Rayid is valuable. The beliefs at this level are not easily accessible to our conscious minds.  Many of these beliefs are inherited from our grandparents and transmitted via our gene code. These unconscious genetic patterns are like a hidden script for our lives. They play themselves out and create positive and negative events in our lives. If one is not aware of these patterns they create our 'fate'. Being aware of the patterns gives us an opportunity to intervene and modify the script of the play that we are living out. This is like reprogramming our 'hard-drive ' memory. 


Thanks to Rama I am much clearer about the different levels of therapy. I'm drawn to seek causes rather than surface answers- that's why I've studied Jung and Rayid !

P.S: The books of Robert Johnson are a good introductions to Jungian psychology.  Everyone 'should'- I mean 'would benefit' from understanding Jung's concept of the 'shadow' . I've just got an idea for another blog.
 Happy Google-ing !