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WHO ARE WE?

Interfaith Enlightenment is a non-profit organization whose mission is the benefit of all sentient beings, no matter which faith or religion

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is the benefit of all sentient beings, no matter which faith or religion. A way for interacting with other walks of life and trains of thought in a constructive and non-violent way to help gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of each other, working on humanity one person at a time.

Proceeds of donations go toward a number of socially engaged field outreach programs. Some of the members of IEC will travel worldwide to engage in social causes and issues ranging from genocide survivors to the Dalit (human untouchables), homeless and hunger issues. Some of the partners we help to fund include Zen Peacemakers  Yokoji Monastery , Ahimsa Trust Foundation and many more.

Experience.Teach. Learn.

 We seek to interact with all walks of life and trains of thought in a constructive and non-violent way to help gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of each other, working on humanity one person at a time.

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“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.

There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.

You feel it, don’t you?”

Rumi

Stress Physiology
and the Impact on Our Health

Author: Gael Wheeler, DO
The presence of the COVID-19 virus has altered our reality globally and so has increased the stress level, personally and collectively. As a physician, I am acutely aware of the downstream health consequences of chronic stress and want to do what I can to minimize the impact. Because knowledge is power, today we are going to delve into how the stress response works and a bit of what we can do to moderate it. Please also see my previous writing for more emphasis on strategies for stress management. (Finding Calm in the Midst of Chaos)

Let’s get started.

Our stress response is ruled by primitive parts of the brain designed to get us out of danger. Acute stress has a defined beginning, middle, and end, where chronic stress is ongoing. How is stress is perceived is how it is responded to. The thalamus region of the brain sends sensory information to the amygdala. The amygdala makes an appraisal of the situation and modulates the response. If you perceive your resources are inadequate to meet a threat, the sympathetic nervous system kicks in with the fight/flight/freeze response. Conscious evaluation is not required for this. This automatic response is designed for very short periods of time. Chronic fear, worry, and rumination feed the stress response. When prolonged, a person can experience physical exhaustion.

Chronic stress can actually alter brain function. Our hippocampus helps us form memories. Chronic cortisol elevation causes the hippocampus to atrophy, resulting in decreased memory, decreased decision-making ability and increased depression. Chronic stress prioritizes quick fixes and usually manifests as either under or overeating. This can result in nutrient deficiencies and excessive weight gain.

Chronic stress can trigger pain syndromes. Chronic muscle tension can alter the physiology of muscles, causing them to atrophy. Physical activity helps decrease the stress response and prevents the cascade of chronic pain syndromes.

Chronic stress can decrease REM sleep. Chronic worry can increase cortisol and disrupt circadian rhythms. Protecting sleep is critical in times of stress. Sleep is when we do most of our restorative functions and is essential for immune health.

With prolonged stress, cortisol is chronically elevated, which suppresses our immune system. When this becomes chronic, the immune system can actually become over-activated leading to autoimmune disease, heart disease, and diabetes.

Using the prefrontal cortex of our brain, we can turn down the emotional response to a situation and re-appraise it. Remembering that ‘this won’t last forever’ and ‘we will have learned a lot’ helps us put our situation in perspective. We can ask ourselves ‘In five or 10 years, how will we feel about this?’.

The insula region of the brain joins the higher and lower centers of the brain and helps us listen to what our body is telling us: pain, hunger and more. Mindfulness, practicing being present in the moment, helps us tune into the language of the body and the brain. Doing this helps us better choose how to meet our needs. Like a parent whose child is trying to get their attention, we need to stop and listen deeply. An increased awareness of our emotional state gives us more of a sense of control of the problem. Noticing thoughts without judgment and accepting emotions helps us move on.

For more information on the amazing physiology of the stress response, how it can help us, how it can hurt us and what we can do to manage it, there is an excellent book ‘Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers’ by Robert Sapolsky.

Keep yourself safe, keep yourself sane and keep yourself happy,
Gael Wheeler, DO
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THE FLOW STATE

Years ago, The Pandora Star Creators created one of the first PandoraStar programs called, 'FLOW', which They aptly named for two reasons... 1) studies show the 7.80Hz frequency increases cerebral blood flow and 2) the flow state seems to correspond to an actual brainwave state (7Hz-8Hz)...

This one small band of frequencies makes up a VERY unique frequency range. A frequency range which sits on the alpha-theta border, where the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and the manifesting power of your mind begins.

Within this frequency range is the resonance of the earth itself 7.83hz. This is where Reiki is so effective: Researchers found that not only do the brain wave patterns of practitioner and receiver become synchronised in the alpha state, characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation, but they pulse in unison with the earth’s magnetic field, known as the Schuman Resonance at the alpha-theta border. During these moments, the biomagnetic field of the practitioners’ hands is at least 1000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current.

This frequency is where you consciously create your reality. By spending larger amounts of time in this resonance, you can re-program negative patterns, blockages and belief systems. Eventually, or immediately consciousness levels and frequencies and begin to resonate at your maximum potential.

Whether you’d like to work on healing the body, or the mind, tapping into these waves can help you reach your potential by stimulating creativity, and your special gifts or even help you begin implementing new healthier habits from old negative programming.

Last week, I used 'FLOW' before leading one of my Synchronicity Walks, because the flow state is a powerful state of being, where meaningful coincidences will emerge that can connect you with favourable circumstances, chance encounters, needed resources, like-minded people, and more. And if you let go of all fearful control, trusting you can remain in the flow for an indefinite period, you'll experience a cascade of synchronistic events that'll lead you into an elevated state of spiritual reality, where anything can happen!

For those who have access to the Pandora Star: Consider making FLOW part of your regular program.
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