There was a time when I felt that I was surrounded by brain injuries. It seems to be part of my destiny. My daughter suffered cerebral damage of the frontal lobe at birth. Whilst she has largely overcome the effects and manages her mild epilepsy really well, I did regret that we didn’t realise for some time that our little girl wasn’t just a day dreamer but was actually experiencing a series of petit mal seizures.
I have written before that my son was involved in a horrific accident when he was six in which he lost the side of his skull and suffered severe brain damage. He will always have the imprint of a car handle in the side of his brain. Once more we are so fortunate that he has overcome so much and following years of hard work he seems to have completely restored brain function. We really have proof of the plasticity of the brain. The brilliant surgeon eventually grafted two ribs into the side of his head and they have grown with him. He is presently director of IT for a company in West Africa.
I guess because of my personal experiences, I became passionate about working with children with brain injuries and spent four years in a facility for these children. I then was given a full year at university to gain more knowledge and then became a special education teacher. Wonderful experiences but also frustrating when I could not always gain the support needed from the powers that be.
When I left my education career at the age of 55, I took on a business partner and formed a training company with a great deal of naivety. My business partner had been a very successful consultant but had suffered closed brain injury from a car accident. He had moments of brilliance but then he’d lose function and become almost child-like. I had been told that although he still had pockets of brilliance, he would never take on any new information. We proved that wrong because he actually did improve greatly. I would set out information in flow charts and bit by bit he also proved the theory of brain plasticity and was a terrific friend and business partner for a number of years.
There are other instances that I could include but I want to move to my experiences of the past few weeks. I have had the privilege of attending two amazing workshops with the one and only Dr Joe Dispenza. He wrote the books, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and You Are the Placebo. As a medic and neuroscientist, he is undertaking valuable research exploring how we can use the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience and quantum physics to improve our lives and heal illness.
From my own experience I believe that stress is a huge factor in causing disease and Dr Joe is a long way ahead in his testing to prove his theories using his brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs) as well as measures for both heart coherence with Heart Math monitors as well as some other work including a plan to include epigenetic testing. He is passionate about his work and is absolutely convinced that we all have greatness in us.
This was one of the outstanding experiences of my life. The first workshop was titled ‘Ascending Your Energy: Tune Into Your New Destiny’ and I am now more clear about not letting my past define my future. I have worked hard on this over the years but we were given strategies, with a scientific backing, that really made it happen. There was so much to experience and learn and I want to do it all again next year if it is possible.
Not only is Dr Joe a distinguished scientist with so many strategies to share, he is a consummate teacher — extremely entertaining, irreverent and really funny. I feel clearer than I ever have and whilst I have no idea how many years I have left, I feel I have the resources to be useful for some years to come.