A MACHINE WON THE WAR FOR US
I recently watched a moving film called the Imitation Game based on a true story.The lead role brilliantly performed by Benedict Cumberbatch.This inspired me to write about it in my next book the human garage volume 1,the mind.
The story is tragic and enlightening about the human mind, one mans’ emotional fragility, his beliefs and unrelenting drive.The life changing impact of a powerfully creative force within the human mind that is capable of building a machine to solve complex problems at a speed beyond the evolutionary boundaries of our biological brain.
The film was based on the true story of Alan Turing during World War ii,in the darkest hour of devastation and loss of life, when it looked like we were losing. He was an brilliant emotionally tortured unsung war hero, and exceptional mathematician that built the first computer to crack the enigma code and win the war for us.
The Enigma code needed millions of variations to be calculated in just 24 hours beyond the ability of the human mind to crack the code.
Alans’ machine cracked it, and strategically, by using the information from the machine of where the Germans would strike England won the war, and many people lived, thanks to the marriage between man and machine.
The story flows deep, the computer is named after Alan’s childhood sweetheart Christopher, who died at 18, breaking his heart. Alan was gay, and Christopher then became more than the name of his machine, his spirit lived within it.
Homosexuality was still against the law in those days and Alan avoided being imprisoned by accepting the punishment of being injected by dangerous female hormones causing tremors, depression and brain dysfunction. His killed himself at just 42.Had he lived, imagine what other miracles his mind could have come up with.
Yet again we have a story about how someone with special gifts, was to all accounts, murdered by a lack of tolerance in the human mind.
Jesus was a healer,and was placed on a cross to die.Humans are very capable of brutal punishment and intolerance.
If we want to hang onto our precious consciousness, perhaps we should take a long hard look at what it is we are hanging on to .
Humans as we speech can program robots with a consciousness, I wonder what will be programed in the future?Artificial intelligence is coming and faster than we realise.If a machine can win the war for us how can we complain?
Exercise is vital for healthy ageing, so get out of that chair! When we slouch
in our chairs, we don’t breathe correctly, we have less lung capacity, less
oxygen, a poorer blood flow, a weaker heart, and less nutrient delivery.
Smooth muscles tighten up to take up the slack, and our blood pressure
readings go up. Blood flow can’t accommodate sudden movements anymore,
so dizziness follows, and with it, increased accidents. Men’s sexual potency
falls, the gut slows, and digestion fails. Sugar metabolism struggles andcc
diabetes is more likely to take hold. In an article in Psychological Medicine,
Dregan and M.C Gulliford wrote about how intense exercise helps brain
function (Dregan & Gulliford, 2013), so you can remember where you put
your gym wear! Get my drift?
Here are some more facts I sourced for you to back up reasons to exercise
– for all you academic buffs out there. Whether you are old or young,
‘it’s widely acknowledged that a healthy body equals a healthy mind. The
government recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week,
between the ages of 19 and 64’ (Dregan, 2013). A word to the wise – if you
don’t exercise at all, start. If you are new to exercise, start small and just walk
a little further than usual. Exercise doesn’t have to mean enduring lengthy,
intense programmes or taking up a gym membership, although I think the
discipline of going and the social angle is great. If you are exercising on your
own, you still need to add in working out with weights as well as aerobic
exercise, such as walking.
Did you know that at 44 years old, without exercising, we are at the peak
depressive age? However, at 70 – if we follow a fitness programme – it is
possible to be as physically fit and happy as we were when we were 20!
Another study got a group of 60 year olds to start doing three long swims a
week, and their medical measurements and tests were those of 40 year olds.
Exercise is much like medicine – it doesn’t have to taste nice, but the outcome
is more than worth it. Being disciplined about getting your exercise is your
key to longevity, so exercise regularly and effectively. Most people will say
they don’t like it, that it’s boring or painful, that they have no time to do it,
but they’re just in denial for the need to move. Well, couch potatoes, here
are some more facts for you:
• A study looked at 50 elderly people of an average age of 87.
Given a 10 week weights workout at this age, they doubled their muscle
Eating healthily in minutes is essential with modern busy lives.I enjoy my smoothies and juices, and know its healing my body. Whilst making these mixtures I always get my head around how good they are for my body.A positive mindset and eating healthily is a good combination. It takes about 3 minutes to prepare and a minute to enjoy.I love my morning smoothie. I make one for my breakfast to give me energy for my running, cycling, or dance/fit class. Although even if you’re not about to do exercise, it’s a great way to start the day. My favourite eating healthily in minutes task is a smoothie which I have a
lot – includes almond milk, a banana, and some raspberries or strawberries,and milled seeds and this smoothie is easy to digest, which is good for me if I’m running afterwards. Bananas are said to make more happy juice
in the brain, so I always include one in my smoothies if I can. I may also add pineapples as they have bromelain, which aids digestive pains, as well as papaya, which has papain that does the same thing, and cherries whichhave anthocyanin, a painkiller.
Then, after sport or as a snack, I enjoy my veggie juices – they’re full of
carotenoids, which are strong antioxidants and which help prevent any
form of chronic disease. Juicing really does get addictive; you can almost
hear your cells calling out to thank you. I often rummage around in my
greenhouse and fridge to find seasonal veggies and fruit to make a yummy
cocktail, which is basically a turbo shot of nutrients. Not only is this secret but its food medicine.
Why choose unnessary suffering? My mission for my book the 4 keys to health was to help avoid this. I witness unneccessary suffering day in,day out within my clinic and at presentations.I see evidence in peoples shopping baskets,in their T.V viewing, in the way they speak and the lack of exercise.So, I’m here to write about avoiding pain and suffering, which isn’t something that most people want to think about, is it? But what’s the opposite of pain? That’s right: pleasure. We all do everything we can to avoid suffering and seek pleasure, don’t we? But do we always make conscious decisions to seek pleasure and avoid pain? Let’s think about that. Is it possible that you make decisions that you perceive will give you pleasure when, in fact, it will ultimately give you pain? Yes, of course it is! We are all guilty of putting coins in the pain bank for long-term savings, rather than in the pleasure bank.
I have been puzzling over this one for many years while sitting in front of my patients. Recently, in preparation for The Z Factor – an annual health seminar run by Joseph McClendon III, where I give presentations – I asked my dear old friends, whom I’ve had the privilege of studying psychic/intuitive healing with for thirty years, about this. They responded with, “You have studied the suffering of thousands of humans over the years, and still you are confused. Study you… listen to yourself… ask yourself the question about all of your actions. Knowledge is inside us, not out there. Bring soul awareness, if you will. Bring mindfulness to your human thought processing when you make a decision about eating, working out, and so on. Get into a state of mind that is truthful about your actions.”
When we bring into focus a higher awareness, we are checking our beliefs about what we see and feel. Our vision is very inaccurate, seeing only a tiny part of what is really there. If we see the colour red, we get the memory of what red means to us, making a meaning solely for us. Therefore, red is a belief. Higher awareness says that we are accessing memory data associated with this visual input in order to get hold of the belief. We run it through a semantic memory system, finding the belief and making it into a thought. Changing beliefs kills old habits.
What we need to realise is that we are controlled by social acceptance to do what everybody else does, and that we are all intensely manipulated by advertising. We are driven to believe what we see on TV and in the press. Drugs companies, food companies and drinks companies are not driven to provide the healthiest products they can, but to maximise their profits and serve their shareholders. The only person who can look after you is you, and if all you do is follow everyone else, you are doing no better than a lemming who blindly follows the rest of the lemmings off a cliff. When we think of suffering, we need to realise that many causes of pain are self-inflicted and can be easily avoided. So, why do people choose the self-destruct button, over and over again? This is the fundamental question about pain, and one which needs to be answered. For many, suffering is a choice.
Nicky just spent four fantastic days at the 2013 Z factor in Spain with Joseph McClendon. This years event was a tremendous success with everybody who attended gaining transformational knowledge on how to improve their health.
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Nicky was on stage each day to talk about pain and its perception. This year she took a team of puppets to help explain individual case studies and to get the audience to identify with the character. A typical quirky idea from Nicky, but it really worked.
This is the fourth event where Nicky has shared the stage with Joseph McClendon. Joseph loves Nicky’s unique presentation style. Given the success of this years event in Spain, it looks like there will be many more as it spreads around the world.
This years Z Factor was held at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, near Estapona, a beautiful location with grounds and beach which was perfect for outside yoga and walks. The event was a great opportunity to have fun as well.
If you want to learn more about how to really get a major improvement in your health, to feel more alive, have more vitality, sleep better and look younger, then upcoming Z Factor events are for you. Make sure you call us, so that we can keep you posted on future dates.
‘The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune. Our nervous system isn’t just a fiction, it’s part of our physical body, and our soul exists in space and is inside us, like the teeth in our mouth. It can’t be forever violated with impunity’ Dr.Zhivago.
At university I was taught about illness. Alternative medicine later taught me about preventing illness. By studying healthy, happy people and asking them how they achieved better health, I found a key ingredient was hopeful, optimistic and proactive thoughts. Time and again, these individuals would seek out and pursue wellbeing in appropriate ways to achieve healthy, longer lives.
This month I would like to touch upon the link between our thoughts and our listening skills and the impact these have on our health.
I hope you would agree listening is a skill most of us could improve upon. Being able to communicate our feelings to each other and ourselves is necessary to achieve health and happiness. If we feel listened to and understood, we feel positive and cherished. But if we sense we are not being listened to, this launches a sequence of negative thoughts and responses throughout our body.
I came across a piece of research which really illustrates the impact of thought on our immune system. Analysing salivary gland samples of medical students after they had watched an hour of either war or Mother Theresa, the impact on the immune system was clear. War had an immediate harmful effect and Mother Theresa an immediate positive effect. Now consider the impact of non- stop bad news in the media. Our immune systems were simply never designed to cope with this onslaught. That’s why sickness, both mental and physical, tends to increase when there is a lot of bad news around.
Thoughts are interpreted as good or bad and this creates a cascade of neurotransmitters which fire off the adrenal gland to release fight or flight chemicals according to the degree of fear. These neurotransmitters are secreted not only in the brain, but also in every cell in the body, creating a direct impact on the immune system, controlling cellular inflammation and abnormal growth.
Many drugs, including those for arthritis, are targeted at the end point of this cascade, but I want you to learn how to go back to the beginning and change your thoughts to elicite a different emotional and chemical response.
The link from what we hear (listen) from the world around us and how we interpret (think) this input is clear. If we can improve our listening skills, we can have a positive impact on ourselves and those around us. Here is my favourite listening exercise for you, life changing if you take it seriously. Sit down with a friend or partner and role play at being their therapist, draw out a timetable of daily activities in 30 min chunks. Write activities underneath, i.e. drive to work 8 am for 30 mins, work at computer for an hour, etc. Listen carefully to the words they use and their body language about that activity and write down a key emotion beneath that activity. Your partner needs to write down their actual emotion, to compare notes afterwards. Be honest put a score down of how well you listened and swop over. Then repeat in a weeks time.
What memories of your life do your cells hold? Look at the amount of time you feel content and increase it by either your attitude or your activities to make your life more purposeful and happy.
Stop as soon as you have a negative thought, hang on to positive ones for at least 15 seconds and reprogram your cells, be the architect of the new you. Change your consciousness and change your cells. Everyday I get the privilege of changing lives by creating tailor made programs that nurture the immune system. Being able to create the right mind state and brain wave pattern is a crucial step to being in optimum health. Now take action, and if you need some guidance to achieve this, contact my clinical retreat.
Contact Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic on 01889 881488
Joseph McClendons premiere health seminar, the Z Factor, will be held this year at Marbella. The seminar runs for 4 days from 3rd October to 6th October. Joseph has asked Nicky to co- present the seminar with him again this year.
If you want to
- Lose weight?
- Look and feel younger NOW?
- Have more energy?
- Reduce stress and achieve peace?
- Sleep less and wake up rested?
- Become more flexible?
then make sure you don’t miss this life changing seminar. You will find these things are not as hard to achieve as you may believe.
Come along and meet internationally renowned health expert Joseph McClendon III and Nicky Snazell and learn how to create a new you for the rest of your life.
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Each of us has the ability to alter our destiny by the choices we make. Perhaps not so obvious is that by focusing on what we think, this will affect what we do and ultimately what we get.
The brain has a clever information filtering system called the RAS. Literally billions of bits of data constantly bombard the brain from every direction. If we even attempted to pay attention to everything, it would result in total chaos as we would be overwhelmed by the quantity of information. This magical mechanism, the RAS, will look for information that can get through the filter, and that filter will be set by what you are focusing on. The brain is then effectively seeking out information that fits your thoughts and your actions will follow suit.
It is this scientifically proven mechanism that is thought to be behind the success of ‘The Secret’, but for many, the latter was treated as unbelievable as it was interpreted as ‘think about something once and it will miraculously appear’
I have studied under truly inspirational NLP gurus; Richard Bandler, Tony Robbins and Joseph McClendon and now have the honour of working closely with Joseph co- presenting at Z Factor health events around the world. These gurus have embraced the science and power of the brains filtering system and combined this with NLP to obtain proven results.
So I want to share with you how you can embrace these concepts to your benefit in the process of happiness.
The difference between someone who considers themselves a success or a failure can simply be the lack of focus placed on their thoughts. As an example, if you convince yourself you can’t do something, you will be right, you won’t. But if you convince yourself you can do something, then with determination you will succeed. To achieve happiness we have to work at it, and train our brain to seek it out.
On the whole the brain looks for the familiar, it likes matches, prefers what it knows , it’s easier. So to succeed you must stretch yourself and go outside your comfort zone.
Here’s your homework, you must visualize what you want in your life and then link emotion to it. In your minds’ eye clearly picture where you want to be, when, what you will look like, see, hear, feel, and who will be there with you when you get there. Give attention to every detail. Run a movie in your mind of this and look at yourself in that movie being happy.
If it helps, cut out pictures from a magazine and make a collage, put it on the wall and look at it every day. Next look at the steps you need to get there, plan it out methodically. Write out time lines for activities. Learn how to run movies in your mind of you already achieving this life, and get good at it.
Then take action to achieve these steps to being the person you strive to be in the life you desire. Happiness is not a passive process, it takes dedication and hardwork.