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Rewiring My Brain For Success by Ali Bierman
On June 9, 1996, while working as a psychotherapist in crisis care, a client attacked me leaving me disabled with a brain injury. To say that incident turned my life upside-down would be a gross understatement.
I recall thinking, “I am responsible for 8 lives. I cannot lose consciousness or she will surely kill me and who knows what else.”
At three times my size, she pinned me in so tightly I could not even move. And then I noticed how she pulled her body back before each swing and timed my movement to slide out of her trap.
Her repeated blows to my head impacted every system in my body.
The sixteen members of the medical team on my case either told me it was all in my head (Duh, I house my brain there!) OR there was nothing they could do to help me, “Learn to live with it,” they said unapologetically.
I knew all I had lost intellectually. My short-term memory disappeared – one week before final exams in my first year of doctoral work.
My eyes didn’t work, my hands shook (ending my design business, writing and guitar playing) and I was dizzy out the wahzoo.
Besides the pain that made migraines look like a walk in the park, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) robbed me of the sleep I so desperately needed to heal.
The gift in my injury quickly revealed itself when the Universe led me to energy modalities – which I never knew existed. As I learned each specialty in an effort to heal myself (no way did I buy into the paradigm of the medical community that said I would not heal) I discovered, though I had to use my manual (lacking the memorizing ability), I was often the first student to grasp and use the concepts successfully.
I didn’t re-gain all I lost.
However, I healed to the point that I mostly reclaimed my memory, overcame the PTSD, and functioned through severe dizziness living mostly with my eyes closed for 17 months (yes, my hearing became so acute I heard air moving – or not moving when blocked by things like buildings).
I became a very successful specialized kinesiologist. My followers called me Doc Ali and my reputation spread quickly.I even resumed my guitar playing and art work.
So you might imagine how shocked I was to find that I had developed a brain tumor that wrapped around my brain stem and top two vertebrae. We found it in 2011 though it had been growing for years.
The surgeon warned me that I might lose my ability to speak and swallow. In addition, half of my tongue, one vocal chord and other organ parts became paralyzed. Surprisingly, my strong muscles atrophied instantly!
I lost more of how I used to be.
Thankfully I learned, with the first brain issue, to look for the gifts in the situation. I found enough to list them all day long.
We take so much for granted in life – until we lose it.
I did what it took to regain my ability to speak, swallow, and walk. One huge lesson taught me that putting myself out in the world, even if I am less than perfect, is okay and people still follow me!
More than ever, my lifelong desire to serve others, to bring them to the reality of happiness as a birthright, burns within. I am here to tell you your life lies in your hands – well, in your head and how you run it.
I can show you why struggle is optional. Been there. Still doing it.
In each moment you choose to thrive, regardless of circumstances, or struggle. Struggle is optional even when horrific events occur.
Thriving after two Traumatic Brain Injuries changed my body and my mind, I can attest to the fact that you can heal anything.
Ah, but you have to know that healing means accepting yourself yourself as you are now – limitations and altered functioning, changed lifestyle and all. Healing is not about returning to how yo used to be.
Know that everything happens perfectly. When your life experience leaves you in a situation you never even imagine could happen to you, realize this seeming crisis may well be the first step in a new direction for your success in life.
Look at each crisis for the opportunity it is. Do you know the Japanese language has only one word that means both crisis and opportunity?
Do you see the gift here?
Injuries and illness, life circumstances and relationships – all of them change for everybody. How you look at the change and whether you choose to move into this new definition of your world or you choose to fight what is happening determines your level of happiness, health and success in life.
Prayer is one of the most potent forces in existence. Unfortunately, most people misunderstand what a prayer is and how to say one. Then people wonder why their prayers seem to go unanswered
Prayer, as defined by Napoleon Hill over 100 years ago and first popularized in medicine by Larry Dossey, M.D. in 1994, is one of the most potent forces in existence.
Discover the difference between asking for specific outcomes and being grateful for what is as it is and the knowledge that everything happens for your highest and best interest – everything.
Happy people live healthier and longer lives. They thrive in their careers and enjoy personal loving relationships.
Decades of research show that happy people lead more successful lives than their counterparts who live ho hum, dull or unhappy lives.
The secret to success lies in being happy first.
So how do you be happy NOW?
With great trepidation I quietly maneuvered through my house. Phew! I discovered the frame on one of my framed photos fell apart allowing the glass to fall to the floor. Not so interesting, huh?
Ah, but what happened next…
In the course of finding a new frame for this magnificent photograph by my talented friend Keith Couch, I realized how critically the choice of frame and mat (or no mat) are to whether the picture looks fabulous or not really so great at all.
Yes. The mat and the frame matter in how attractive the picture appears to others.
Have you ever gone to a frame shop and spent a LONG time choosing first the mat (its style, shape and color) that complimented the photo or painting and then the frame that worked with both the piece of art and the mat?
Not so easy, is it?
This morning it occurred to me how much life is like framing a picture. You see, the way you feel before an event greatly influences how you view and experience that event.
Let me give you an example.
Many people complain that affirmations don’t work. Let’s look at a major factor that causes a consciously spoken affirmation to either work or not work.
The state of your mind, body and spirit, at the time you speak the affirmation, powerfully impacts whether or not you will manifest your desire. If you are in a great mood vibrating at a high frequency when you put out your request, then you will more easily attract the good you want which also vibrates in harmony with your high frequency.
On the other hand, if you are in a cruddy or even a ho hum mood and state your affirmation then you cannot possibly attract your desire. Remember, you only attract things vibrating in harmony with your own frequency.
Your vibration reflects how you feel more so than your exact thoughts do. It isn’t the words of your affirmation as much as the feeling you experience speaking them that makes the difference.
When you stop and pay attention, you can see how you actually frame everything going on in your daily life with your mood and perspective at the time you experience the meeting, the phone call, the email, the visit, the game, etc.
What if you set an intention for a wonderful or helpful outcome before you do anything? What if you put yourself in a great mood before tackling the dreaded task?
You cannot experience two different emotions simultaneously. You cannot feel both happy and sad in the same moment. Why would you choose sad or angry or frustrated or bad when you can choose to feel happy?
Put a happy frame around all you do before you do it and watch your world change instantly. Besides you get the immediate added bonus of feeling great!