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June 23, 2014

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We’ve tried to use ‘standard’ psychological, shamanic or spiritual terminology whenever we can.

Apex phenomenon:
Coined by Dr. Callahan, it refers to the common occurrence after an issue is eliminated by a therapy, the client tries to explain the change by something they know, such as being distracted, even though the explanation clearly doesn't fit. The definition has been extended to include the phenomenon of the client forgetting (to the point of disbelief) that the healed issue was ever a problem for them.

Applied kinesiology:
Also commonly called muscle testing. Developed for chiropractic, uses changing muscle strength to test for various problems and sensitivities to toxins. It mistakenly assumes the body isn't self aware with it's own agenda. It uses the same mechanism that is used in dowsing.

Beauty Way state:
Gives a sense of continuous peace, aliveness, instinctive knowledge of spiritual truths, and a sense that physical things are essentially beautiful. Also called the 'Aliveness' state. Caused by head and heart fusion with body in present.

The reptilian brain, at the base of the skull. It thinks in gestalt body sensations (called the 'felt sense' in Focusing). Experiences itself in the lower belly. Known as the hara in Japanese. Moves the OBE awareness around. Is the brain that we communicate when doing dowsing or muscle testing.

Using hyperventilation for extended periods of time to facilitate healing. A variety of processes exist.

BSFF - Be Set Free Fast:
Invented by Larry Nims, it is a spinoff of TFT involving only 3 meridian points. It is also important for the variation called Instant BSFF, where the process is programmed internally to occur at a cue word; and because of his approach for healing traumas that cause psychological reversal.

Buddha brain:
The prefrontal lobes in the brain. Experientially it feels like a huge, massive statue of Buddha located above the head. Normally its awareness is fused with the mind brain's.

Buddha brain structures:
They 'look' like cables or containers internal or external to the body, often appearing like the movie idea of an alien implant. Created by the Buddha brain because of trauma. They often cause physical pain.

Energy centers associated with different areas of the body. They 'look' like white or colored balls or sailing ship steering wheels. During fusion of the brains they merge into one white disk near the center of the body.

Cellular memories:
Memories of the sperm, egg, and zygote. Includes sensations, feelings, and thoughts. Also applied in the literature to memories of the body consciousness alone.

CoA (Center of Awareness):
Using a finger, you can find your center of awareness by pointing at where 'you' are in your body. Can be at a particular point, or diffuse, and both internal to the body and external.

The precellular organelles combine to form a primordial germ cell at the coalescence stage. This occurs inside the parent who is still a blastocyst inside the grandmother.

A duplicate of someone else's painful feelings or sensations in your own body.

Cords give one the sensation that others have a 'personality' (emotional tone) when one things about them. They can be 'seen' as hollow tubes between people.

CPL - Calm, peace, lightness:
The endpoint to healing a trauma, caused when the client goes into a peak state, usually temporarily.

Using pendulum or rod to communicate with the body consciousness. It uses the same underlying body mechanism as in muscle testing or applied kinesiology.

DPR - Distant Personality Release:
An Institute for the Study of Peak States (ISPS) technique that eliminates transference and counter-transference between people by dissolving structures called 'cords'. It is taught in The Basic Whole-Hearted Healing Manual.

EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique:
A therapy that uses tapping on meridian points to eliminate emotional and physical discomfort. Classified as a power therapy, in the subcategory of an 'energy' or 'meridian' therapy.

Extended Triune Brain Model:
Based on the Papez-MacLean triune brain model, it describes a nine-part structure to the brain. These parts are commonly called the perineum, body, placenta, solar plexus, heart, spine, mind, and Buddha brains.

Invented by Dr. Eugene Gendlin, involves becoming aware of the body consciousness communicating (the 'felt sense') to release held traumatic material.

The most connected that two or more brain awarenesses can get. When fused, they become one awareness without any separate identity remaining. When all the brains fuse, their awareness can be seen to 'look' like a golden ball just below navel, and the body feels 'hollow'. Probable origin of the concept of the ‘philosopher’s stone’ in medieval alchemy. Before fusion, the alchemical drawings show the Buddha brain as the crown, the mind as the man, the heart as the woman, and the body as the throne. 'Merged' brain awarenesses are not as connected.

The biological consciousness of the planet earth. In a certain state of consciousness, it looks externally like the flattened side of huge ball or building, with vertical and horizontal line structures on it. Our species occupies one band of the structure.

Gaia commands:
In a particular peak state, Gaia can be 'heard' giving a person biological commands during development, as well as in the present. Also called Gaia instructions, Gaia phrases, Gaia messages, etc.

Generational trauma:
Problems or beliefs passed down through the family line. They can be healed.

The limbic system, or old mammalian brain. It thinks in sequences of emotions, and experiences itself in the center of the chest.

In an unusual state of consciousness, people can 'see' what looks like black holes in the body, that feel like infinitely deep deficient emptiness. They are brought into awareness during some therapies. They are caused by physical damage to the body.

Hollow state:
The body feels like a "hollow reed" or "empty tin can" when all of the triune brain consciousnesses fuse together.

Inner Peace state:
The state gives a sense of continuous inner peace. It also makes all past emotional traumas no longer emotionally painful when they are recalled. It is a Beauty Way substate.

ISPS - Institute for the Study of Peak States:
An abbreviated form for the full name of the Institute.

Characterized by the sensation of a small area of heat (about an inch in diameter) that moves slowly up the spine. This can go on for months and in some cases years. Kundalini stimulates traumas and other unusual spiritual experiences, creating severe problems for most people.

Two or more people sharing sensations, emotions, senses and memories. It occurs when two (or more) people's brainwaves synchronize. This can be dangerous if 'soul stealing' occurs.

Merging of brains:
The awarenesses of the biological brains can come together in various combinations. Fusion is a more extreme experience of merging. It is shown pictorially on a Perry diagram.

Energy channels that wind through the body. Used in therapies such as acupuncture and EFT. Found as physical structures in the primary cell.

Muscle testing:
Communicating with the body consciousness by using muscle strength as an indicator. Same mechanism as applied kinesiology, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably.

The neocortex, or primate brain. It thinks in thoughts and experiences itself in the head.

OBE - Out of Body Experience:
An experience where you feel like you are located outside (or inside) your physical body and seeing without using your eyes.

Organelle brains:
The self-aware organelles in the sperm, egg or zygote. They share consciousness with the corresponding multicelled triune brains.

Past lives:
Encountered in some therapies, the experience of having lived in the past or the future with a different body and personality. This is a different phenomenon from ancestral memories.

Peak State:
A stable, long lasting peak experience. They give sensations and abilities that cannot be experienced in average consciousness. One of about 30 major states of consciousness that gives experiences and abilities that cannot be experienced in average consciousness. Felt as vast improvement to the average state. Can be had in combination and to various degrees. A number of substates exist also.

Perry diagram:
A diagram using circles to indicate the degree of connection or merging of the triune brain awarenesses.

This is what others sense about a person when they turn their attention to him. Rather than being a mental construct in the observer, it is a real-time experience of particular traumas in the person being observed.

Power therapy:
Phrase coined by Dr. Figley who also originated the phrase 'post traumatic stress disorder' (PTSD). It applies to extremely effective therapies (originally EMDR, TIR, TFT, and VKD) that remove symptoms from PTSD and other issues.

Precellular organelles:
The self-aware organelles before they combine to form a primordial germ cell. The different kinds are identified by either their biological name in the cell (e.g., lysosome, nuclear wall, etc.), or by the triune brain that they share a continuity of awareness with (e.g., body, heart, etc.).

Precellular trauma:
Trauma that happens to the precellular organelles.

Primary cell:
The only cell in the body that contains consciousness, that which directs the rest of the entire organism.

Primordial germ cell:
The original cell that eventually matures into a sperm or egg. It is formed at coalescence inside the parent, who is still a blastocyst inside the grandmother.

Psychological reversal:
The individual has a counter commitment at the body consciousness level to healing or peak performance. In energy therapies, healing is blocked unless treated. In WHH, it causes the client not to want to heal, but does not block the healing directly.

Regenerative healing:
A particular type of physical healing occurring in just minutes. Range of healing includes injuries that cannot normally heal, such as scars, cut spines, etc. We formerly called it 'Radical Physical Healing'.

Realm of the Shaman:
Home of the sacred selves; the environment 'looks' like fluorescent black velvet. A state that shamans enter in order to have unusual abilities and perceptions. See Tom Brown Junior’s The Vision for more description.

Sacred selves:
Each of the triune brains has a counterpart in the Realm of the Shaman that look roughly like totem pole figures or pagodas. This awareness is blocked by triune brain pretend identities in almost everyone.

Typically called the conscious self, it is who we think we are. It is made up of two separate parts: one is the CoA (observing) self; the other is the directing self which controls our moment-to-moment activities.

Self identity:
Each of the biological brains pretends it's someone or something else. This need to pretend is driven by a subtle pain in the brain's core.

Sensate Substitute:
This describes something that the body consciousness acquires because the substitute feels similar to something else that the body once needed for its survival.

Skin boundary:
A layer right at skin level that gives us the sensation of having skin, and that keeps our awareness confined to our bodies. It can be experienced as burning or painful at the skin level.

Shamanic states:
States that are valued in shamanism. They typically involve the body or a connection to Gaia (the planetary consciousness or 'life').

A shamanic concept, used in the expressions 'soul pieces', 'soul stealing', and 'soul loss'. Well described in Sandra Ingerman’s Soul Retrieval. Involved with the underlying mechanism of schizophrenia.

We define it as the same as the observing (CoA) self.

Spiritual emergency:
An experience from various spiritual, mystical or shamanic traditions that becomes a crisis. This is not the same as a crisis of faith.

Spiritual states:
We use this label to identify peak states that involve the observing (CoA) self. These states involve phenomena that are generally experienced as being outside of the body, such as the Creator, the Void, etc.

Stable state:
A peak state that is retained without any maintenance, but not necessarily continuously.

Subcellular psychobiology:
Many psychological (and physical) symptoms are directly caused by various biological disorders or diseases inside the cell. The effects of these problems range from various types of trauma to mental illnesses such as schizophrenic voices. Subcellular problems are treated with various psychological-like techniques that directly interact with subcellular structures; or with trauma-healing techniques that repair early developmental damage that directly or indirectly caused subsequent subcellular issues.

The awarenesses (and actions) of the individual triune brains. With a certain peak states one can communicate directly with the triune brains (i.e., the subconscious).

SUDS - Subjective units of distress scale:
Used to evaluate the degree of pain in trauma. Originally from a scale of 1 to 10, common usage is now from 0 (no pain) to 10 (as much pain as it's possible to have).

TAT - Tapas Acupressure Technique:
Invented by Tapas Fleming originally to heal allergies, also works on trauma and other issues. It is effective for generational trauma.

TFT - Thought Field Therapy:
The original tapping on meridians therapy developed by Dr. Roger Callihan. He also discovered 'psychological reversal' and a way to temporarily turn it off, which is part of the technique.

TIR - Traumatic Incident Reduction:
A power therapy that uses regression.

A moment in time, or string of moments when sensations, emotions, and thoughts are stored from painful, difficult, or pleasurable experiences. They cause problems because they make fixed beliefs that guide behavior inappropriately. Severe trauma creates post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Refers to looking for trauma in the past without first finding a symptom in the present.

Triune brain:
The brain is built out of three separate biological brains, formed through evolution. They are the R-complex (body), the limbic system (heart), and the neocortex (mind). Each is self aware, built for different functions, and thinks by sensations, feelings, or thoughts respectively. The full name is the 'Papez-MacLean triune brain model'. They generate the phenomenon of the subconscious. With a certain peak state they can be communicated with directly.

Triune brain shutdown:
The triune brains are able to partially or completely turn themselves 'off'. When this happens, the person loses the abilities that the particular triune brain gave them, such as the heart's ability to experience others as more than just objects, the mind's ability to form judgments, etc. Samadhi is an example of a brain shutdown state.

Underlying Happiness state:
Characterized by continuous underlying happiness in men, and happiness and loving feeling in women. The state is caused by body heart fusion.

Unstable state:
A peak state that will stop if not actively maintained.

Also called the Tao or Nothingness. It is outside of everything that exists, including the Creator. One can go there and merge consciousness with it permanently. It also has its own awareness.

WHH - Whole Hearted Healing therapy:
A regression technique. Uses the OBE experience to heal trauma.

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