Irene, your article sparked some deep contemplation on my part, really challenging me to look at my…
Bevin Niemann

Hi Bevin

Thanks for reaching out and engaging here on this topic. I agree with most of what you write, but I do believe it’s ok for people to have some differing opinions, so I’d love to encourage you to stay engaged in this idea, even if you we have differing perspectives.

A few points I’d love to re-iterate and touch on.

1 — Just to be clear, and I do state this in the article, but perhaps you missed it.

I wrote: “And for the record, I’ve got nothing against a healthy loan, or a healthy mindfulness practice. Some people will know how to work with a legit loan, and know how to sniff out fraud, but many won’t — just like what happened pre-financial collapse of 2008. So, If I switch over to mindfulness.. Those who have trauma stored up in their systems, as I’ve eluded to up to now, won’t be able to sniff out the bad apples either because their sense of safety, something called ‘neuroception’ is faulty.”

::: I believe being mindful and finding ways to tap into this is varied, but, if a person isn’t aware of their underlying stress chemistry, and isn’t privy to the hidden trauma that might be causing their pain, suffering etc., then we are doing them a massive disservice. We can continually do these practices, but not actually get anywhere if we aren’t teaching our teachers this base level knowledge: because, if they don’t have it on their own radar for their own healing, it won’t be brought up in their practice.

::: I’ve written this article for all the people who may not have the knowledge and insight that you, and other more robustly schooled teachers/healers have.

2 — The other element is that I’m talking about working at the autonomic nervous system level (ANS), not the central nervous system (CNS). You mentioned the CNS in your comment, which, as you most likely know are very different. Right?

They inter-relate of course, but again, most (coaches, healers,) are talking about changing the brain, when in fact the brain is still at the mercy of the ANS, and the ANS’s high stress chemistry potential. This is, again, left out in most trainings in the mind-body, coaching etc., even though it is this system, the ANS that drives a person to seek out help. I’ve found in my work that focuses on honing into the ANS, changes occur in ways that stick at a different level. Many find relief and change when the system is worked with directly. It’s kind of like if a person has an infection, giving them an anti-viral won’t work — we need to give them an antibiotic. There’s a right thing to prescribe for an infection. So, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing in the healing world to actually say: This is actually better than that. If we didn’t, we’d be going around in circles and unsure of what is needed, and when. Good medicine is based on knowing what a person needs and when, and in what order. Again, I touch on that when I talk about the sequencing of neuroplastic healing.

3 — I actually believe that sometimes we have to judge what is going on to make any progress forward. Just like so many right now are judging and critiquing political situations in the USA, the racism worldwide, the use of polluting forms of energy (oil) etc. I believe this healing space needs a little scrutiny and yes, judgement so we can discern better as consumer.

I understand there’s a tendency to be more loving and compassionate and give everyone their fair chance, and, so far, there’s very little that moderates the mind-body, health/wellness communities and their professional standards, ethics and standard of care.


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