Have you ever wondered or ask yourself these questions:
What happens to unresolved stress and trauma?
Why do I harbor feeling of fear, insecurity, lack of control, and extreme worry?
Why do I feel good one moment and the next so out of control?
Why in certain situations do I feel helpless, not good enough, not capable of protecting myself or handling certain life events?
Why do I not feel like I FIT into my own skin?
If healing actually works why is it when I tried to change I was left feeling worse?
This is a list of a few questions that many people are asking them selves and I'm sure you have more? There is no need to wonder any more, all of these questions are answered and addressed in the Focused Intention Training.
Question: Have you ever wondered what happens to unsolved stress in the body?
Answer: Unresolved stress and trauma is cumulative and it is stored in our brain, body, and energy system until we intentional make a decision to resolve and release the conditioning patterns and unresolved issues. In the FIT 11 step process you are easy and safely guided to the root cause of patterns and unresolved issues, followed by a resolution. Once resolved the body naturally discharges the cumulative store energy and balance is restored to the bodies system.
Did you know that unresolved stress and trauma keeps you constantly stressed. In fact, when we are constantly stressed you get stuck in the "On switch" because your hormones and adrenaline keep getting sent through your body. If you have repeated stress without resolution and release, it is cumulative in the body and eventually leads to sickness, immune problems, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, all kinds of health issues.
When left unresolved the stress stays frozen in the body and leaves underlying feels of fear, inadequacy, disempowerment, insecurity, and lack of control. Research has proven that stress and trauma does effect the growth and pathways of the brain, but now with the help of neuroscience we also know that no matter what our age we can reverse effects in the brain and body. And through a healing process no matter what type of stress and trauma we experienced we can see and feel differently about our past events. We can change uncontrollable worry and stress to feeling of relaxation, inner strength, safety, and a creative passion.
Often in the past, people would try and heal but were only left feeling worse. Now with process's like Focused Intention Technique 11 step people can resolve issue at the source with ease and safety. The FIT process can intervene and resolve unresolved negative stress programming and traumas, so you are actually left feeling relief, hope, and higher vibrant .energy. Energy that you can use to do all the things you dream about.
Here is a wonderful article by Mary Desaulniers, which helps to bring understanding and hope to healing the effects of stress and trauma. Scientific principles help us understand how this all occurs.
The Effect of Trauma and Stress on Early Brain Development
Given the neuroplastic nature of our brain, we can no longer see ourselves as victims of the programming we received during our early brain development.
Early brain development sets the stage for the child's physical, emotional and mental health in later life. In the past 15 years, we have discovered much about the brain's plastic and malleable nature, specifically its ability to develop new circuitry in response to experience.
Contrary to the well-used adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, neuroscientists are discovering that the immense formative power of the brain is infinite; it can change, even in old age, if it is given proper encouragement and stimulation.
A child's brain is even more malleable, which means that every experience in early life has a significant impact on brain development. Growth in the brain is predicated on neural connections that create neural pathways within the nervous system. Connections evolve into wiring or circuitry that define the experiences and potential of a child.
When the brain is given stimulus, connections proliferate and learning increases. When the child is traumatized or neglected, the neural pathways die resulting in a brain that is shrunken and compromised.
What are the effects of trauma and stress on early brain development?
Stress Creates a Maladaptive Response
Animal studies show that rat pups subjected to stress and neglect developed an over compensating stress response that usually lasted into adulthood.
Laboratory rats raised in shoebox cages with little or no stimulation have been compared with rats raised in an enriched environment of grooming and play. The privileged rats consistently developed a thicker cerebral cortex and denser neural networks than the deprived rats.
The same situation is found in children. Persistent stress in early brain development have resulted in children with smaller corpus callosum than their normal counterparts. Persistent stress and abuse not only increases the release of cortisol and dopamine, promoting the body's fight or flight response, it rewires the brain for a chronic state of fear, depression and anxiety.
This maladaptive response creates a brain on hyper alert for danger. The result is the child's inability to function normally in the world, even when he is placed in a nurturing and empathetic setting. With his brain stuck in the danger zone, this child will have difficulty developing higher thinking skills or wiring for experiences of trust and love. The child remains trapped in hostility and aggression.
Subconscious Programming and Early Brain Development
This entrapment, says Bruce Lipton Ph.D. is often caused by well-meaning but unconscious parents who are not aware of the impact their words, criticisms, outbursts can have on their children. In his book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles ( Santa Rosa, CA:Mountain of Lovce/Elite Books, 2005), Lipton claims that the parents' response to their offspring can program the child's brain for success or failure.
The reason is that between birth and 6 years of age, the human brain operates mainly at the EEG brain frequencies of delta and theta waves. These are slow, low frequency brain waves associated with a highly suggestible and programmable state.
What this means is that all information and experiences encountered by a child between birth and 6 become instantly "downloaded" into the child's subconscious mind. There is no buffer between these experiences or beliefs and the internal reception of the child.
Once programmed into the subconscious mind, these beliefs control the child's biology for the rest of his life unless he works consciously to free himself from their influence. " A child who is told he "will never amount to anything" will become that which he has heard and internalized; by the same token, a child who is told he can do whatever he sets his mind to will experience a stronger sense of benevolent destiny.
Intervention Can Reverse Negative Programming
Does that mean we are forever doomed by a traumatic or not so magical childhood?
Not so, says J.F. Mustard who refers to research that shows even children stunted at birth can "approach the performance of control children after 24 months" of intervention provided they are given proper nutrition and stimulation at birth.
Studies of Romanian orphans also indicate that the earlier these orphans are adopted, the more normal their cognitive functioning will be when they get older. Orphans adopted at four months fared much better than those adopted at 8 months or older. When these children were tested at 11 years of age, those adopted at 8 months or older showed a greater incidence of abnormal brain development and abnormal behavior ( ADHD, aggression) than the younger group.
The earlier the intervention, the stronger the likelihood that the negative programming these children internalized during their early brain development can be rewired and reversed.
No one is trapped by his early programming. Adults, even seniors, have the ability to reverse brain circuitry. In his book, The Brain that Changes Itself(Toronto:Viking Penguin, 2007), Norman Doidge relates the case of a young woman diagnosed from childhood as learning disabled. Yet this young woman was able to retrain her brain with specific exercises designed to compensate for her mental deficits. She is now an educator and Principal of the world renowned Arrowsmith School in Toronto.
In the same vein, Psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz was able to help his adult OCD patients change their obsessive compulsive behavior by teaching them how to actively rewire their brains through mental power, the power of neuroplasticity.
Given the neuroplastic nature of our brain, we can no longer see ourselves as victims of the programming we received during our early brain development. Lipton urges us to use our conscious mind that offers us free will. Our conscious mind can stop the undesired behavior and create a new response.
• Gunnar M.R., A. Herrera and C.E. Hostinar. "Stress and Early Brain Development." Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. Centre of Excellence for Early childhood Development. Published online June 10 2009. Accessed October 26 2010.
• Mustard, J. Fraser. "Early Brain Development and Human Development." Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. Centre of Excellence for Early childhood Development. Published online February 17, 2010. Accessed October 26 2010.
• Schwartz, Jeffrey M. and Sharon Begley. The Mind and the Brain:Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
FIT is powerful
Every once in a while we stumble upon an experience so rare and so out of the ordinary that we know there has to be something we are supposed to learn from it. For me that lesson came from the death of my husband. I believed we would be together forever. But Rick’s life was haunted by a past of abuse and separation. To beat his pain he battled with alcohol and depression. At times it seemed like he was winning.
In 1998 and after only five years of marriage, Rick decided to confront his past and journeyed back to the place where he endured his abuse. Terrible memories resurfaced. Over the next weeks I watched helplessly as he withdrew from family and friends and tried to deal with his inner turmoil, but he was failing. After a desperate 12 weeks he asked for outside support.
Rick agreed to go to a healing centre which was a six hour drive away. Half way there he started to pray for a miracle to release him from his lifelong pain. He was lying on the back seat. Two hours later when he arrived at the centre he was dead. The doctors said there was nothing physiologically wrong with him. The autopsy revealed no cause of death.
Later, the pathologist told me that in all his 40 years of doing autopsies he had never been so baffled. Rick’s heart had simply stopped beating and there was no apparent reason. The truth is my husband could not find a way to stop the intense pain he felt in his heart and the miracle he prayed for was death.
My husband’s death taught me the power of intention. He intended to die; he willed himself to die. If I knew then, what I know now, Rick would have willed himself to live. It’s entirely up to you which thought you align with. We have the power to choose our thoughts when we choose to live with present moment awareness.
My message boils down to a simple formula. Intention is the very basic spiritual force that drives the universe. It is the energy encoded into our DNA. We have the power to first visualize something in our minds and then manifest it in the physical realm. The fuel that drives manifestation is intention. The magic of intention is that just by acknowledging it and focusing on it, you can create miracles in your life. It really is that simple.
While the path of my inspiration was determined by my husband’s death, my determination to heal showed up early in my life. It was an unstoppable force. At age 16, I was a nurse’s aide; at age 19, I was studying to be a psychiatric nurse.
Much of my path has been shaped by events in my life. Shortly after nursing school, I was called home to nurse my dying grandfather and I saw how his addictions had ravaged his body, his mind, his soul. His life was driven by addictions. It was devastating to watch. Determined to come to terms with the cycle of addiction I registered in a program to study addictions which later then led into studying Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) at the University of Regina. NLP is a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behavior and the subjective patterns of thought underlying them.
That was life changing. Until then I did not know I had choices - everything was black and white. I had to learn to communicate, to share feelings, to express myself. The thing that truly robs people of their power is when they think they have no choice. It was at this point in my life I starting praying to the Creator to guide me to powerful, simple ways that would heal the root cause and that could be taught to others.
A multi disciplinary healer, my path continued through Reiki. This was another turning point. I started to integrate energy work into counseling sessions. From there I trained as a Peruvian Shaman. I have worked at the forefront of residential school survivor programs and have taught extensively. I am also a qualified Theta Healing practitioner and teacher, having taught Theta Healing around the world.
And now, these 30 years of healing work and experiences have culminated into the development of Focused Intention Technique (FIT). FIT is about tracking core issues that have us living confined by fear, doubt, worry and lack, instead of living from a place of being conscious of our inner magnificence and prosperity. The development of this therapy was the answer to my life long prayer.
Source Energy, God, Life Force, Creator, Universal Energy, Divine Presence, (or whatever name you use), it’s everywhere. This is the energy we all source from, God. The power of conscious intention is what instantly makes that Source Energy available to us. Importantly, that power is within us and always within us to access at our will.
The minute we use intention to acknowledge our connection to Source Energy we have the opportunity to create and change anything that we desire. When we connect intently with Creator Consciousness we are going within ourselves to access the subconscious mind where limiting belief systems and unfinished events are stored.
Ancient wisdoms come from the time when we were closer to the earth, when we recognized our essence as a part of a universal consciousness, when we realized we were intricately bound with the ebb and flow of nature. While the Greeks believed that the heart was the seat of the spirit, the Egyptians believed the heart was the center of the emotions and the intellect. The Chinese believed the heart was the center for happiness.
It is the heart that is the major organ in our body system and is the center of our Divine Consciousness. It stores our pain and it stores our love. If we are holding on to pain from the past, the memories of that pain are being pumped into every cell of our body. And it is from here that the path to wellness begins. With FIT we use heart centered consciousness to go within the body to follow the trauma to the root cause.
This is what one client had to say after experiencing a session. “I met with Loretta to uproot a devastating and totally irrational fear that was stopping my professional life as a new academic—publishing. I intellectually knew why I had this issue; it was a painful memory of a teacher hitting me for writing WRONG (upside down and backwards!) with my right hand. Because the memory was so traumatic, I couldn’t go there to face it myself and felt Loretta was the right person to help me.
As Loretta guided me through the experience, I first felt fear and even the physical pain of being hit by that teacher. But as the session progressed, something beautiful happened. All the fear and pain subsided and suddenly I felt something new … hope and peace. I felt held, contained. Suddenly I felt the presence of the Divine not just around me, but IN me. I was in awe. “WHAT? I can actually feel the Divine!” and my body said simply, peacefully: “Yes, this is how it really is.”
FIT helps you feel and see a stunningly simple Truth. We are connected. We are Divine. We have everything we need and are loved. FIT directly addresses deep and profound aspects of us. It can be used to change any aspect of your life.
• Symptoms of a chronic health problem can be improved or removed.
• Fear of failure can be changed into a love of success.
• A discouraged attitude can be changed to a positive attitude.
• Flu, cold or other infection can be transformed to allow for quick recovery.
• Resentments, grudges and hatred can be removed.
• DNA can be reprogrammed to facilitate health, wealth and happiness.
• Addictions can be overcome while minimizing or eliminating withdrawal.
• Negative reactions to people who ‘push our buttons’ can be changed.
• Anxieties over important life events can be soothed.
• Learning the Intention Focused Therapy technique to facilitate even more miracles in your life.
From my heart and soul I bring you Focused Intention Technique.
Written by Loretta Mohl, founder of Focused Intention Technique healing modality.
Note: This information is for educational purposes only. It is intended to supplement your current health program and not to replace the care of a doctor. For diagnosis or treatment of any disease please consult a licensed physician.
This article was published in the August 2009 issue of Mosaic.