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The Power of Not-Knowing

One of the things that sets us humans apart from other animals is our deep desire to know things. It is this tendency, along with our incredible capacity to learn and preserve knowledge, that has enabled us to do miraculous things—like fly through the air in planes, instantly communicate with anyone in the world via cell phones, and even leave the planet altogether to explore space. There is nothing inherently wrong with this wanting to know; and yet, it’s useful to realize that it has limitations and can even be counterproductive in some circumstances.

Dr. Casey Frieder

An example is in the arena of human relationships and communication. We often assume that we know what another person is thinking or feeling, while in reality, we have no idea. The problem is that when we think we know what another person is experiencing, we project our assumptions onto them and can no longer see through the smoke screen of such projections. We then miss truly seeing and learning from the real and unique person beforeus—which can, of course, lead to difficulties and even suffering.

Thankfully, there is another option. We can choose to temporarily surrender our power of knowing and instead, commit to not-knowing. To simply showing up in life without an agenda. You may feel a certain anxiety or even terror upon hearing this suggestion and that’s ok. I assure you that it is possible to practice not-knowing even in the presence of anxiety and terror, and in fact, that may be when it’s most needed.

In my experience, there is something very special that happens in the space of not-knowing. The mind quiets down, awareness is able to expand, and intuition deepens; all quite naturally, without effort. This is the awakening of something deeper and more nourishing than knowledge. I call it wisdom or innate intelligence.

If this idea resonates with you, then I invite you to exercise your power of not-knowing and I’m curious to learn what you discover. Please share your experiences and insights on our Facebook Page by clicking this link.

In Truth,


Dr. Casey Frieder
Chiropractic Primary Care Physician
Siskiyou Vital Medicine

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The Heart & the Power of Positive Emotions

I like to call the heart the organ of perception for warmth and positive emotions. Think about it…when we experience love, gratitude, care, compassion, appreciation we feel it in the heart and it’s usually accompanied by a sense of warmth. Science is now discovering that there is more to this experience than just that warm fuzzy feeling.

One organization, The HeartMath Institute, has been dedicated to studying the nature of the heart and how it communicates with the brain and affects the rest of the physiology. One major discovery they have made is that the heart sends more information to the brain than any other organ in the body. Not only that but if the heart cultivates and has a sustained experience of a positive feeling like gratitude it can bring an individual into a state of coherence. Coherence is when the heart, emotions, and mind are all aligned and in sync with each other. Once this happens the glandular and immune systems also sync up and the body is in a highly energy efficient state. Cortisol, our stress hormone, is modulated and DHEA, our youth hormone, is increased. (Learn more about our upcoming Heart Coherence Circle here).

But that’s not all. Once we are in a state of coherence we build something called resilience, which is our ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from stress, challenge, and adversity. In my experience as a HeartMath Mentor, I find resilience is something each and every one of us needs more of to navigate the stress of the modern world.

When we cultivate a sustained experience of positive emotions the brain begins to bow to the heart and we become more capable of listening to our heart for guidance.

Judah Veitel, BSs
Judah Veitel, BSs

That being said, I have been listening deeply to my heart lately and I’ve come to a new awareness over the past several months. I had been experiencing a disconnect with my first name as it’s the name of my father who I haven’t had a relationship with for a decade now and it just didn’t seem to fit anymore.

Then one day someone who is dear to me said “I think your name is Judah.” Those words resounded in my being. I have had a deep connection to the line of Judah…Solomon, King David, Christ, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah…my entire adult life.

Then in the span of 2 months, I had two profound dreams about the name, one of which woke me out of a deep sleep when I heard a voice say, “Your name is Judah!” So, I’ve decided to listen to my heart and my dreams and change my name to Judah. So, if you’ve known me as Ron we’ll patiently make this transition together.

Take some time each day to honor your heart with positive feelings, and if you need some guidance call the office and make an appointment with me for a Heart Coherence session.

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth,
beyond us all, beyond the heavens,
beyond the very highest heavens.
This is the radiant light that shines in the heart of man.”

~ Chandogya Upanishad