It always amazes me how much just one Quantum Techniques Treatment can change a person’s life for the better. The fact is, words are powerful, and words with intention are even more powerful. It is very important that we keep it positive, because when we complain, it actually rewires our brain for negativity. Being a good steward of our thoughts will keep us wired for a positive outlook, but sometimes we need to find out what is driving that negativity. QT is one of the greatest tools for learning the truth behind our troubled thought patterns. Dr. Robin Kowalski professor of psychology at Clemson University explains that everyone complains, at some point, at least a little, but it’s not necessary to dig a rut and stay there.
When it comes to complaining, there are a few varieties of complainers.
- Venters: This is a very displeased person who doesn’t want to hear solutions, no matter how helpful they may be.
- Sympathy Seekers:Always looking for their next pity party. You know the type. The ones always begging for attention with an “I’ve got it worse than you do”, or their constant “Life sucks, you suck, and everything sucks” attitude.
- Chronic Complainers:Those who are living in a state of complaint, that do something researchers call “ruminating.” This basically means thinking and complaining about a problem again and again. Instead of feeling a release after complaining, this sort of complaining will actually make things worse. It can cause even more worry and anxiety.
It is normal to experience negativity at different times in our lives. Life isn’t perfect, and neither are we. Sometimes life drops us in a hole where we see the ugly truth about something, and it kind of leaves us reeling a little. What we want to be mindful of, is if we are being excessively negative, because negativity breeds negativity. Or similarly positivity breeds positivity. On a physical level, positive or negative words make actual physical changes in the brain.
In a study that was done by neuroscientists Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman, they observed changes in the brain due to the words that were used, including those that were only thought of in the thoughts of the subjects.
Words like peace and love strengthened areas in the frontal lobe, giving rise to increased cognitive function and even arguably influencing the genetic expression. On the flip side, negative hostile words like hate influenced the production of neurochemicals, increasing the production of stress producing hormones. Additionally, angry words were shown to interrupt the optimal operation of our logic-reason centers in the frontal lobe.
Thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality. In their book, Words Can Change Your Brain, Newberg and Waldman report their findings like this:
“By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will tend you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.”
Donald Hebb, a neuropsychologist, believed that neurons which fire together, wire together, and what he meant was that groups of neurons connect in our brain as a result of particular life experiences. For example, whenever we think a thought or have a feeling or physical sensation, thousands of neurons are triggered and they all get together to form a neural network. The brain learns to trigger the same neurons with repetitive thinking.
Unfortunately, this also can cause a physical symptom to trigger each time we experience a certain negative energy, or thought pattern. Kind of like a habit. It’s a rut that the brain digs. Let’s say that when you were a child there was an angry person in your life. Let’s say it’s bad enough that as a child your perception is, that any time there’s an angry person present you will for sure die. The automatic reaction might be a migraine. The unconscious thinking might be, “If I’m suffering enough now, maybe they will just leave me alone and I’ll be safe.” Now as an adult, the brain’s habit is, anytime there is an angry person we automatically get a headache, because it keeps us alive.
Quantum Techniques is the perfect tool for finding the childhood trauma or traumas that brought about this type of neural network that triggers the symptoms, and bring it into the light for analysis. Do we still need that belief? Is it working for us? If not, it’s time to change our thinking, and rewire that pattern for something more positive.
So what about verbal abuse from another person? Maybe we were verbally bullied in school, or maybe a parent feels fine with verbal abuse of their children even though they don’t actually physically hit. In a paper published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Martin Teicher and colleagues at Harvard Medical School share the results of a new study that revealed:
“. . . those individuals who reported experiencing verbal abuse from their peers during middle school years had underdeveloped connections between the left and right sides of their brain through the massive bundle of connecting fibers called the corpus callosum. Psychological tests given to all subjects in the study showed that this same group of individuals had higher levels of anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, dissociation, and drug abuse than others in the study.” 1
What we say and even think does affect not just ourselves, but also the people we interact with. We do affect each other, even just our words. “Sticks and stones break our bones, but words never hurt me” is not a true statement. Research proves otherwise. If you keep your mind focused on criticism, worry, and victimization, your mind will find it easier to bring up those same thoughts for similar situations. Our thought patterns wire our brains to react positively or negatively to the situations we are presented. We get good at what we practice, so why don’t we try being a little more positive?
- Be grateful:Even for the smallest of things, like the sunrise, or how it smells when it rains.
- Be a good steward:Be careful of the thoughts that you allow to stay in your mind. Catch yourself in a complaint and stop. Find something to be grateful for instead.
- Create a new groove:We can create a brand new groove for good feelings. The more often we water our gratitude garden, allowing our minds to think of the good things, the easier that kind of thinking becomes.
If negative emotions and thinking continue to surface, it’s time to call your Quantum Techniques Practitioner and find out why. We are here to help you bring out the truth, and then use positive words to help you rewire for some serious positive thinking and gratitude!
- Fields, R. D. 2010. “Sticks and Stones–Hurtful Words Damage the Brain.” Psychology Today.