– In the Guided Self Inquiry, you know I am using, you know clinical hypnotherapy tools at times. Sometimes using breathing exercises, just simple skills of self-awareness can all be, can all be brought to play. And again, getting back to the essential of having a quiet mind and an open heart. We’re creating this field. You know, this field of integrity this field of trust, of safety where we can trust in this process. And I, ultimately I trust that Ron has all of the resources he needs for whatever healing, for whatever understanding that he needs. It’s not about me
– And he’s gonna be shining the light of his own awareness inward and I don’t necessarily even know, need to know what the results are.
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.
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.”
– In a nutshell, guided self inquiry is really simple. It’s simply turning your attention from outward to inward.
– And that process is facilitated by a guide. So if we just stop to think about that for a second, okay. The attention is usually going outward, right?
– It is.
– Towards the objects of the senses, you know our senses, we have hearing, we have vision, we have smell, we have taste, all of these senses are all oriented usually towards things that are external.
– And so that’s where we spend most of our time, most of our lives is with our attention pointing outwards. Now, simply by taking the attention and turning it inwards, and some people who are listening might not even really, that might not make sense right now, exactly what that means, so hopefully that will become more clear as we talk tonight. But, it’s just simply, if you think of it as shining a light simply by turning it inwards, I see we have a question, Taylor Marie is asking, why would I want to focus inwardly? So yeah, that is a great question. So, why would you want to take that light of your own awareness and turn it from outward to inward?
– Well, one thought that comes up for me is that, it’s a way to perhaps calm some static of what’s going out. So, I have a moment to pause and reflect, of what I’m really feeling, what I’m really thinking, and maybe what I’m even really needing, before I take any kind of actions or keep looking outside of myself for things, so it’s a way to kind of go in and maybe create some space to navigate my life from.
– Create some space.
– Beautiful, so that’s really essential, Ron, creating space, and that’s just it. By turning the attention inwards, it allows us to detach from all of these, I won’t say distractions, but attractions, distractions, all of the busyness, you know, the static, the white noise in our lives, and to turn that attention back inward and get centered again. Any of you have a meditation practice, practice yoga, you know, simply sit down with a book sometimes, you know, that is actually a concentration practice, and when we sit down and we read a book, it can be very relaxing, and the reason is, we’re taking our attention from being focused on multiple things to just one thing.
– And that alone is just, that’s a calming, in a sense, our attention gets, it calms down when it can focus on one thing.
– I see that. Can I say one other thing that comes up?
– One other thing that comes up is that it’s an opportunity to maybe just shut down the senses a little bit.
– Right? So that we’re minimizing the amount of information that’s streaming in and it just gives us an opportunity to close that down a little bit, and have less coming in,
– That’s right.
– So that we can have a little more calm.
– That’s right. Yeah, exactly, so it takes energy to manage all of the input, you know, when we’re always looking outwards, you know, with our eyes, when we’re hearing stuff, these are all processes that require energy, so it’s just like shutting down some systems, turning it inwards.
– Mm-hmm. I like that.
– Yeah. So, what if we turn our attention inwards, what it is that we might find? That’s an interesting question to ask.
– I have a quote that I love, and that is, “If you want to know yourself, look out to the world. “If you want to know the world, look within yourself.” Because, you know, as you’re talking about senses, that’s how the outside world gains access to our inner life, is through our senses, so what is outside streams in, and that forms our thought and feeling life, and so, we might find who we are based on the world outside of us.
– That’s right. And oftentimes, you know, our self definitions have so much to do with how, you know, how our energy is reflected in the world. Not necessarily any intrinsic problem with that, however, it does, it can be a problem to some if it starts to create suffering, if the only way that we have of defining who we are is through the outer world, and you know, this often would take the place of comparisons and looking at other people and saying, well, look at that person, I don’t have what they have, I don’t look like they have, and again, we’re already, we’re a little bit lost. You know, we’ve just disempowered ourselves by taking, again, our attention away from intrinsically who we are, and starting to put that outside of ourselves. So, it’s just taking personal power and putting it outside.
So this can be done with eyes open, eyes closed, some people find it’s helpful to turn the eyes closed, but I’m gonna keep my eyes open. And so what I’m doing now, even while I’m speaking, is I’m starting to turn my attention inside, and I’m just paying attention to what’s happening in my physical body, and in doing that I’m starting to notice some sensations that I wasn’t aware of just a minute ago when I was speaking. So some of the sensations that I’m feeling is a little bit, almost like a tingling down in my belly, feeling a little bit of energy up into my chest, a little bit of almost kind of tingling energy. Immediately there is a tendency for a thought to arise. So I feel something, I feel this vibration in my chest, and then the thought arises to interpret that feeling. What does that mean, what does this feeling in my body mean? So the thought came up, this means this is nervous, this means a nervousness. This is probably from my past conditioning. I’ve felt this before in different situations. I thought, okay, this is nervousness. Well, here’s an opportunity, what if I just let that thought go, and I come right back to the feeling. What if I use the fact that there is a thought to let me know that, actually, there is a feeling there to meet, and that there’s a thought is almost like a road, again, pointing away from that feeling. Well, I’m gonna let that thought go, and then I’m gonna turn and bring my attention right back to the feeling. So in dropping into this feeling, okay, so there’s a feeling in the physical body. I’m gonna close my eyes for a moment. Okay, and now I’m gonna drop into, well, I would say the emotional body. To define what the emotional body is in space, it’s fluid, it’s not really something that, it exists in space, it can be felt, emotions can be felt within the boundaries of the physical body, sometimes they can be found outside of it. But in dropping into that, below that physical sensation, I find that, okay, there’s an emotion present here. And the emotion is fear, so there’s a little bit of fear. And that’s actually what was simmering and generating that story of, oh, nervousness and anything else that came with that.
– The skin is one of our primary ways of detoxing.
– So through sweat, when we sweat, that’s one of the ways that we get rid of toxins, we release them out through the skin. Well it doesn’t just go one way coming out, we really do have to be aware that anything that we put on our skin has the potential to come inside our body.
– All the more reason to be really careful about what we put on our skin.
– That’s right.
– There’s a lot of toxic substances in skin care products it turns out so, things like parabens, methyl and propyl parabens, and a slew of other toxic compounds that are in our skin care products.
– Yeah, this is an issue that’s I think really big and it’s gonna come out more and more, and you know the shame in it is that most of the time when we’re putting on skin care products whether it’s sun screen, lotions, you know, we’re doing it with a good intention. People are doing it cause they’re like okay, this is something that’s gonna protect me. Well unfortunately that’s not always the case. People wear sunscreen to be protected from the sun’s rays, and you know, there’s no question it’s scientifically proven that getting excessive sun exposure, particularly when we burn.
– And kind of sun damage, that that is linked with an increased chance of developing certain forms of skin cancer over time. In fact getting sun burnt is linked with an increased chance of getting all types of sun burn.
– Oh how about that.
– But if we take a little step back it actually gets a little bit more interesting because just getting sun exposure, total amount of sun exposure is linked total amount of sun exposure is linked with getting a couple types of skin cancer. The basal cell carcinoma and the squamous cell carcinoma. However, sun exposure on its own is, However, sun exposure on its own is, as long as we’re not burning, is not linked with an increased incidence of melanoma. Sun exposure has been shown to be protective against melanoma which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and in fact office workers, people who are always covered up and don’t have regular sun exposure, have a higher incidence of developing melanoma.
– A lesion is just a general term. So a skin lesion is any abnormality on the skin. Ideally, the skin is meant to be flat and smooth. So skin lesions are things like moles, skin tags, hemangiomas, birth marks, seborrheic keratosis, solar keratosis, xanthomas, which are the little kind of fatty deposits often seen up here, around the eyes. And it kind of goes on and on. So there’s several many different classes of skin lesions. And so the treatment that I offer, which I learned from Doctor Teleren, he developed his applying a specific compound. It’s an acidic compound, it’s so simple. We just apply it topically. It’s very precise, using a toothpick, and what it does is, upon contact with the lesion, the solution constricts it. Constricting the lesion is cutting off its nutrient supply, so it’s isolating the lesion, it cuts it off from the rest of the skin, and then what will happen is that the lesion then scabs up and is able to just fall off. So this is a way that we’re able to really, really precisely treat any of these lesions, and it’s amazing the array of different things that can be treated. It’s also very safe to treat. Because it’s so precise, and because it constricts and isolates, it’s not spreading. We can treat very sensitive areas. We can treat mucus membranes. We can treat inside the mouth, lips. We can treat on the inside of the eyelid. We can treat on top of the eyelid. These are places where it’s actually quite common for getting different types of lesions. Skin tags can often form. Sometimes basal cell carcinoma, different cancerous lesions can form up here. Well if you’re going to a traditional doctor, and the tools that they use to remove those lesions are freezing them, cutting them. Often times if it’s in a sensitive area, they’re not gonna touch it. Cause that’s not an area where you can perform surgery. You can’t cut on the eyelid, cause there’d be nothing left to stitch up. So this really gives us the ability to treat lesions that aren’t accessible by other means.
– Interesting. Now are there any possibilities for scarring or anything like that?
– There’s always a possibility for scarring, although over treating tens of thousands of patients with this, we find that it’s minimally scarring and often no scars whatsoever. Now we get the best results on the face and the scalp of course, because that’s where there’s the most circulation, on the skin. Often times I’ll treat patients, remove sometimes very large moles somewhere on the face, or other types of lesions. They’ll come back for a followup in three or four months, and we can’t find where it was. So I’m asking, “Let’s check in and see how it’s doing!” Well they’re like, “I don’t know, I think it “was somewhere here on the cheek.” It really is phenomenal sometimes. It’s not always that way. Sometimes it requires multiple treatments, which breaks into one of the real benefits of this, is that we can really see what we’re doing. So after we remove a layer of… Tissue, we can see what’s left. So there’s a tendency the skin always grows from this basal layer up, and it takes about a month for a cell to complete that whole journey. The basal layer of the epidermis to go all the way up and then slough off. Legions often times will penetrate deeper, so once we remove the outer layer, if there’s roots, we can see them. Once the scab falls off, we can see if there’s anything left and we can retreat that. Now if you’re using surgery to remove it, you’re just guessing. You’re just guessing on depth, and that’s why you’ll often see people who go in, they have a small lesion to go in to have it surgically removed, and then they come out and they have a huge scar! Because the doctor’s just guessing, and if it is cancerous, potentially perhaps they’ve identified that with biopsy or they can tell with individual signs, then they wanna make sure that they get it off. They have one shot at it, so they’re gonna really take a lot of tissue. This allows us to be very precise in the application. If we need to treat it again, no problem. It creates minimal inflammation, cause we’re constricting it and as you know, inflammation is fuel for cancer. So cutting it into a place that’s potentially cancerous is like pouring gasoline on fire. You never want to create more inflammation in the treatment of cancer, anywhere in the body, trying to really –
– With your patients and skin health are there any supplements or foods that come to mind for you, that help with the health of the skin?
– Absolutely, yeah. I really look at, I’m be curious to hear what you recommend, but I really look at the basics, you know. Vitamin C. Vitamin C is so important for building healthy tissues.
– You know, connective tissues, to maybe we’re looking, really getting underneath the outer layer, the epidermis into the dermis, you know, all of the connective tissue there. So, vitamin c, already mentioned vitamin d, that’s a pivotal. Vitamin A is a real important one, Vitamin E are a really important one. Now, I could make this list of all these different vitamins, and you could say, okay I’m gonna run to the store and buy these vitamins. And for a couple, that might be a good case, but perhaps an even wiser way to go about it, is to eat foods, that already contain all of these different nutrients, because, you know, what we’re finding more and more, is that vitamins, micro-nutrients, they work together. You know, they work synergistically.
– I think food is always the best first way to go, and then, you can add in supplements, as an insurance factor, perhaps.
– Yeah, I would agree with that 100%.
– I’m looking at specific foods. I really like to look at what’s in season, you know. In particularly, in the summer months. You know, what we find if we just looks at fruits. You know, if you look at the fruits that are in season, throughout the year. Well, in the summer months, late summer when the sun’s most intense, when it’s hottest out, then we have juicy fruits, you know. And so, there’s more water in it, there’s more fluids, and so, we obviously need that, you know. We need to be more hydrated. So, we’re looking at peaches, melons, you know, these kind of juicier fruits.
– Cantaloupes, watermelons.
– Tomatoes, which is a fruit.
– There you go. Yah, tomatoes are fruit, as well. And then, when we transition to fall, and we get into maybe pears, apples, asian pears, stuff that, you know, still packed full of nutrients. Not quite as much. You know, not quite as much liquid in per unit, but, you know, a different, just a different flavor, you know. I really, really trust in that, eating seasonally. What are some foods you might recommend?
– So, for me, with skin health and foods, I really like to look at foods that are, like your dark leafy greens, things like kale, and spinach, and collared greens. These foods that are really rich in nutrients like lutein, and zeaxanthin, your carotenoids. So, things like carrots, all the foods that are anti-oxidant rich, specifically. So, kale is a big favorite of mine. I like to call that, like, North America’s super-food, really. It’s so nutrient dense. So, I’m really looking for foods that are really high in fat soluble vitamins, as well as, anti-oxidants, like lutein, beta carotene, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, because all of these will penetrate into the, well they’re anti-oxidants for the skin. So, when the sun’s rays are coming and interacting with the skin, there is free radical production there.
– That’s right.
– And so, what these anti-oxidants do is they quench these free radicals that are produced in the skin, and it helps protect the skin from any potential damage from the sun, and slows the aging process on the skin, which is really important.
– Well, I’m looking at, for sunscreen, that basically, that it’s non-toxic, so that it doesn’t have any toxic chemicals. You know and, most of the chemicals that you see, are toxic. So, basically what we’re bringing that back to, is zinc oxide.
– There’s zinc oxide, and titanium oxide, are two that show that they’re, they’re not absorbed in, through the skin very well. So, that’s a good thing, cause we want them on the surface, not going underneath. However, there are some products, that people have created, nano-particles. So, they’ve created these zinc oxide and titanium, and created really small particles, because people don’t like the whiteness on, you know, sunscreen. They want the sunscreen to rub in,
– so that they look better.
– [Man In Green] Well, the unfortunately, by creating those nano, those tiny particles, that increases the chance that we are actually gonna absorb those chemicals into our skin. Now, while they haven’t been shown to be dangerous on the surface of our skin, it’s a different story if we absorb that inside, into our body. Now, the UVB is what triggers a sunburn.
– Okay. They specifically interact with cells in a way that it triggers the sunburn. Well, you can think of a sunburn as the body’s actual warning system, that we’ve had enough sun. So, if we’re covering up, you know, just with sunscreen all the time, and we’re not getting, you know, that we’re blocking those UVB rays then, perhaps we’re turning off that signal that hey, it’s time to get out of the sun. And the reason is, is because, we’re always getting the UVA rays as well. The UVA rays penetrate more deeply.
– That’s right, that’s right.
– Yeah, so, some sunscreens only block UVB. Some sunscreens have been shown to block both UVA and UVB. Titanium dioxide only blocks UVB. Zinc oxide seems to block UVB and UVA. So, for all of my patients, I recommend a non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen.
– Non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen. So, that’s what you’re really looking for.
– First and foremost, the skin does provide this protective layer against the the outer world, the elements, and so on. The skin creates this mechanical barrier to prevent things from getting in. What’s perceived as kinda the outer world coming in to the inner world. But it does so much more than that, it also plays such a huge role in how we interact with the world through senses, essentially.
– Yes, yes. So this is a key point, is that the skin and the nervous system are really one and the same. The epithelium, which is the outer layer of the skin, and the nervous system all develop from the same type of tissue, embryologically. So, they have the same origins and then they go on and at certain points differentiate. But that close connection from the beginning really plays out, and it’s really clinically relevant and important. As maybe we’ll talk about in a little bit, when we’re talking about specific conditions or dysfunctions of the skin. But if you think about it, we have sensory nerves all through our skin. Anywhere you touch on the body on your skin you feel it because there’s nerve endings there so it plays such an important role in how we interact and we can look at pleasure, how the skin acts. So it’s not just a purely protective organ in that sense.
– It’s actually a source of nourishment.
– It’s a source of nourishment.
– I always like to call all of our senses “food”, it’s nourishment for the human being. I think of like the Romanian Orphanage issue that happened, I can’t remember the exact time, but there was, children weren’t receiving enough healthy touch in an Orphanage and they were having failure to thrive because of lack of healthy touch.
– That’s right.
– So the skin, when we touch, is a source of nourishment.
– That’s right, it’s a source of nourishment. It actually, chemical processes happen just by being touched. Nerves fire, chemicals move, you know, things actually, measurable results occur just as a result of that. So that’s a really good point. You also mentioned the inner world. I often tell people that the skin and the G.I. tract are really one and the same, it’s like a sock turned inside out.
– Because the G.I. tract would be that other barrier from the outer world. That if anything, it’s gonna get really into our cells, it has to first go through either the skin on the outside or the G.I. tract on the inside.
– Right. See, outer world running through the inner world is really the G.I. tract, right?
– Yeah Open ended, walled off, epithelial cells, absolutely.
– And then when you speak of nourishment, of course, it’s even more concrete when we look at the nourishment, which you specialize in, nutrition. The way that we actually absorb molecules, we actually absorb substances from the outside world and then integrate it to the body.