25 years ago a weird man named Gary Douglas channeled
some information about touching points on the head and how
that could change electrical brain function.
years later, science discovered that the points he called
"joy" and "sadness" were correlated with
the experience of those emotions.
Several doctors who are experts in biofeedback--one psychologist,
one chiropractor--have reported changes in their brainwave
function when receiving Access
Bars. They reported changes from beta through alpha to
theta, the relaxed state just short of sleep.
Now Newsweek magazine, in a cover story called "Money
Brain," tells us more about research into localization
of different functions in the brain. This has interesting
implications for those of us who "run the bars,"
performing that light healing touch to specific points on
the head that create deep relaxation and profound changes
in personality and behavior.
In tune with the times, Newsweek applies this information
about addiction generally to the American addiction to spending.
The same information really applies to all aspects of addiction
and choices of short-term versus long-term gain.
The areas of the brain that scientists are now localizing
as connected to addictions are the ventral striatum, deep
in the brain, and the medial pre-frontal cortex just behind
the forehead. Using functional MRI machines, researchers tracked
electrical brain activity when subjects were presented with
a choice of receiving money now or in the future.
In people who are "spend-it-now, to-hell-with-tomorrow,"
the electrical activity in these areas diminished when they
were asked to postpone gratification. The more they were asked
to wait, the more the electrical activity in their brains
dropped. In other people, activity in the two areas was the
same whether they were about to receive money now or in the
future--suggesting they were equally happy either way.
Applying this information to what we know about the bars
can show us some interesting information about what actually
happens when we gift the bars to someone.
The prefrontal cortex is the area stimulated by the joy and
sadness bars. In people for whom those areas were more active,
saving money (and by implication other activities in which
gratification was not instant) was easier. The dorsolateral
prefrontal cortex--more towards the side of the head--calms
down other parts of the brain's "I want it now"
circuits. This part of the brain is associated with the ability
to project oneself into the future and to plan for it. Could
stimulating this part of the brain more contribute to our
making better choices, not the same old ones again and again?
It is this part of the brain that is directly underneath the
healing bar, form and structure, and hopes and dreams. Interesting,
And what about that ventral striatum deep inside the brain?
Is it stretching things to say that the bars can reach that
spot also? Consider this--it's just underneath the aging toaster.
The description of aging toaster in the bars book says it
extends three inches into the brain. Some bars facilitators
describe it as a "toaster" into which you could
fit a soda cracker. Many people receiving the bars report
a sensation like someone is actually sticking their fingers
deep into their skull--even if they can feel the person lightly
touching the top of their head!
It's not really more far-fetched than science, either. While
original experiments mapping the function of regions of the
brain were done using needles, science is now doing studies
about localizing brain function using the far less invasive
transcranial (across the head) magnetic stimulation. If magnets
can affect brain function--and they do--then surely the electric
nature of human touch affects it also. The reports of the
biofeedback experts on the changes in their own brainwaves
suggest this is so.
And isn't it interesting that the part of the brain affected
by the aging toaster controls our ability to make intelligent
choices that actually create the future we say we would like?
If we did more of this, would we age less? Does diminishing
this function contribute to aging?
Though most people who have much experience with Access Consciousness
have experienced magic, or things being possible that science
said "couldn't be done," the study of brain science
actually has an optimistic side. Scientists studying the plasticity,
or ability to adapt and change, of the brain are finding that
all kinds of things that were previously believed to be impossible
are actually possible.
"Everything that's been discovered about the plasticity
of the adult brain suggests that it should be possible to
increase the number or strength of these connections so that
the midbrain (the part that's interested in instant gratification)
receives more calming signals."
Weren't you just looking for another excuse to have
your bars run?