Get ready, Jerusalem. A unique brain retraining program called PSYCH-K is coming right to the walls of the Old City. The three-day February workshop will be led by Sandra Wallin, a teacher, psychotherapist and certified PSYCH-K instructor who travels internationally teaching the program.
“At its essence, PSYCH-K helps people align their conscious goals with their subconscious beliefs and programs,” Wallin said. Participants report a wide range of benefits—from overcoming trauma to succeeding in business to transforming their health. Wallin herself started using PSYCH-K after a horseback riding accident left her severely injured. “My body started to heal so quickly, the doctors couldn’t believe it,” she said.
Back up just a second…this sounds too good to be true. How does it work?
Wallin explained that our conscious mind makes up only about 1-3 percent of our overall consciousness. The remaining 97-99 percent is our subconscious, which includes all of our beliefs, habits, memories and everything our bodies do without our conscious control.
“The subconscious is simply a tape recorder,” Wallin said. “It’s been recording your life, and everything that’s been recorded is influencing your reality—the good, the bad and the ugly.”
Bruce Lipton, cell biologist and author of “The Biology of Belief,” has written extensively about how the subconscious mind influences our reality.
“The subconscious is an emotionless database of stored programs, whose function is strictly concerned with reading environmental signals and engaging in hardwired behavioral programs, no questions asked, no judgements made,” he writes in “The Biology of Belief.”
Therefore, it can be very difficult to create lasting change if our goals are not supported by our subconscious programs. PSYCH-K, developed by Rob Williams in 1988, helps people rewrite those programs so that our minds work for us, not against us.
“Because the subconscious mind is at least a million times more powerful in terms of its processing capacity than the conscious mind, change happens really quickly, simply and easily,” Wallin said.
But how can we access our subconscious if it’s by definition below our consciousness? One technique PSYCH-K uses is muscle testing, a biofeedback tool based on the notion that our subconscious controls the body’s motor functions.
“That includes the electrical impulses that animate our muscles,” Wallin said. “When we think, feel or say something that creates subconscious stress or dissonance, the impulses to the muscle are interrupted.”
If muscle testing shows that a desired goal produces subconscious stress, it’s time to perform a PSYCH-K balance. Balances are easy-to-learn exercises that are taught in PSYCH-K workshops around the world. The unique process creates a whole-brain state, a balanced brain wave pattern that allows for maximum communication between all areas of the brain.
“Science shows us that the whole-brain state is an ideal state for learning, making connections and changing beliefs,” Wallin said.
We can actually visualize this whole-brain state thanks to research by Jeffrey Fannin, an expert in computerized brain mapping. He found that PSYCH-K balances create measurable positive shifts in brain EEG activity that reflect the newfound coherency.
PSYCH-K is also supported by growing research in the field of epigenetics. Researchers are finding that our environment—especially our internal environment—profoundly influences our biology.
“By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity,” writes journalist David Dobbs in his award-winning story “The Social Life of Genes.” As UCLA researcher Steve Cole told him, “A cell is a machine for turning experience into biology.”
Cole emphasized the importance of our subjective experiences, or beliefs. He explained that one could feel lonely in a room full of people or well-supported despite being alone. Environment isn’t everything; it’s our experience of the environment that truly matters.
“To an extent that immunologists and psychologists rarely appreciate, we are architects of our own experience,” Cole said. “Your subjective experience carries more power than your objective situation.”
Thousands of stories come in from around the world about transformations people experience after attending PSYCH-K workshops.
“I noticed immediate shifts in my level of comfort in every area of life,” said Connie Funk, a Washington-based author. “I felt more connected with myself and everything around me. I noticed that I was more in the flow of life and experiencing more synchronistic relationships and events than ever before,” she said.
Over the years, Funk has used PSYCH-K to overcome traumatic personal events and gain control over her health.
“I experienced major healing on a physical level from debilitating autoimmune problems,” she said.
The success stories are not limited to adults. Wallin also teaches PSYCH-K to children and shared an experience she had with an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with a reading disability.
“He was angry, reactive and always getting in fights. He hated being at school and was just having a really hard time in life,” Wallin said. “I asked him, ‘If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about being in school, what would it be? He said he’d like to be a great reader.”
Wallin led the student through a PSYCH-K balance targeting the goal. A couple weeks later, the boy’s teacher called Wallin down to his classroom.
“The teacher wanted to show me an email from the boy’s mom. She said that suddenly in the last couple weeks, he’s wanted to read again. He wants to hear stories, he’s having friends over, he’s looking forward to coming to school. ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you’ she wrote. ‘You’ve given me my son back.’
To learn more about PSYCH-K and register for the February 26-28 workshop in the Old City, click here.