COPING WITH ISOLATION AND STRESS VIDEO CLASS

I decided to provide you with a FREE   video class link today that I presented on the Learn It Live platform in 2016.  It is a really helpful video about how you can cope with isolation and stress and gives you lots of tips.

As well as this there is a free hypnosis recording called “Destressing and Pain Relief”

  If you wish to purchase this meditation again for yourself at full sound quality for friends or for yourself, you can do so at the original mp3 recording download page below

http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/product/destress-to-release-pain-meditation/

I hope you enjoy the recordings and you find them helpful.

I hope you enjoy the free video class.

https://www.learnitlive.com/class/8655/Coping-with-Stress-
and-Isolation

 

It is also important for mental health and wellbeing that you keep your body healthy as possible and clear out stagnation.  Support the body.
Here’s a link for detoxing yourself so you can start healthier in body and mind
http://easydetox.co/katherine-bright

Until next week

 love and light

Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

Copyright © 2018 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

MUSICAL SIBLINGS

Firstly Happy Birthday to my daughter Sara who turns 33 today.

“Music is intrinsic to the vibration and webbing of all molecular structure” Creator gave me this quote back in 2006. So true!

Music makes the world go around. There is a fulfilling of emotion, vibration and love and happiness, or ssadness, or emotive triggering which happens when our cells are influenced by the tone/vibration of notes in music. This is why it makes us remember things from years ago. Music is a biological trigger response mechanism too. We are frequency and light and so is tone and colour.

So siblings have an interesting tonic. They are genetically similar and often the harmonies which siblings produce are amazing. Often the specific resonance of harmonies cannot be replicated exactly by non-siblings. Look at the Bee Gees for example. No-one can exactly match their amazing harmonies as they were three brothers.

Above is a photo of me with Brothers 3 in January 2018 in Port Macquarie.

Of course you already know from my newsletters my fascination and love for the harmonies of an Australian group Brothers 3. Here’s their grand final performance of xfactor. I’ve met them last month. Love their stuff.

So my own two youngest boys harmonise and play music together beautifully also. It’s built in. I sing and play with my kids. My daughter used to harmonise in my bush band many years ago and also dance to the music as a feature to our melodies. One of my sons beat-boxes and his brother will drum with him occasionally. Music is a joy for families.

My mother was part of a musical family of ten playing a variety of instruments and harmonising in Holland in the 1020s to the 1040s. She played the mandolin and continued to teach it.

I am very musical and so it is something close to my heart. I cry at the sound of harmonies, especially musical siblings. Unfortunately I don’t have a musical sibling which is a regret of mine as I would have loved to be part of that energetic of creating beautiful musical harmonies and song-writing with the genetic heart and soul combined. Not to be however. So I find common harmony opportunities with friends I love. I am part of a singing group of with two other ladies called Rockin’ A Frock. In fact we do a great version of “Safe and Sound” as featured by brothers three above. Guitar and vocals.

Below is a wonderful and so emotional clip of a young girl playing guitar to her 2 year old brother who has Down’s Syndrome. They sing together and then the middle brother comes and joins in. It is so lovely and really makes you see the love that can be a part of musical siblings.

https://youtu.be/RySM_r5jWH8

Till next week, sing and be the joy of your own individual frequency. Make the world dance as we are all brothers and sisters together.

LOVE AND LIGHT

Katherine Bright ND

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SLEEP

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to feel healthy and vibrant.  Sleep is the answer just as much as exercise and a good life-style.

Peace of mind gives you healthier and happier sleep and not all of us are blessed with that all the time.  It takes meditation and honesty, freedom of thought and time to have truthful integrity in our lifestyles.  It takes communication and wisdom to know what it good for you.

Sleep is one of the first things which go when we are not happy.  Pain is a consequence of dis-ease of body and of thinking.  Sleep is sorely needed to support the body to rest and be at peace with the mind and the life we choose.

I found an interesting article on melatonin and it’s role in sleep to share with you this week.  I hope you enjoy reading this article.
https://www.drbenlynch.com/melatonin-for-sleep/

Well till next week.  Be your best friend.

Remember to check out the detox website link.  There’s plenty of information about it there. It’s a great gift to service your body, not just your car.

http://easydetox.co/katherine-bright

 love and light

Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

Copyright © 2018Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

MAKING YOUR LIFE COUNT

After last weeks newsletter about enjoying yourself I sent a link of it to Brothers 3 whom I mentioned in the newsletter.  They are such a talented brothers music group and guess what?  I received a personal message on facebook thanking me for doing a blog and mentioning them.  They were really very, very happy about it and that made my heart feel very good.  It is a nice thing to make your life occur full of wonderful experiences.

This week I thought about my health and how it is important to count your body in on the experience of your life with a real respect. So I thought I would give you a link on the detox protocol I have found which is just amazing.  I may have mentioned it before but I love it so much I put a link for it on my website and decided to promote it.  It is made by the exclusive Amrita Spa in Thailand from wonderful and very interesting ingredients.  Quite the exotic way to detox in my opinion.

I’ve got to recommend it to you as the easiest detox protocol I have ever encountered. I did this detox myself and fell in love with it. Weight loss was easy and I had way more energy. Check it out on this link.

Their ingredients are first class and very healthy, plus you eat normal meals.

Blessings and please do yourself a favour by trying it. It is the real deal!

http://easydetox.co/katherine-bright

Making your life count means enjoying, respecting, inspiring and servicing your best self and potential.  Looking after yourself therefore is a part of that.

Enjoy pursuits like art and music, bushwalking, drinking plenty of water  Hey you could quit sugar all together like I have and invent new recipes that rock!  I did.  I don’t miss it and I don’t go without.  It’s amazing how less inflamed and stressed you feel when you don’t eat sugar!

Well till next week.  Be your best friend.

Remember to check out the detox website link.  There’s plenty of information about it there. It’s a great gift to service your body, not just your car.

http://easydetox.co/katherine-bright

 love and light

Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

Copyright © 2018 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

BE THANKFUL FOR YOUR LIFE

I came across this youtube clip of a man who was born without arms and legs. He is totally dependent upon his foster mum and carers and yet he has a wonderful attitude. His life is hard in so many ways and he needs persistence and a positive attitude to get by.

When we look at our lives we are often stuck by a sense of lack and wonder for our future. I wonder what this man can teach us?

His carer is amazing. A woman now in her mid 70’s in Germany and able to lift him up and down. He is 27 years old now and she took him in with her family when he was little.

What dedication some people have to others! Be thankful for your life and know that when it comes down to our true potential, our true potential is LOVE.

love and light

Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. … The disease may be mild, moderate, or severe. Most patients have the relapsing-remitting form of MS in which flare-ups (also called relapses or exacerbations) of symptoms are followed by periods of remission.

(Excerpt taken from the support website ms.org.au)
“A multiple sclerosis diagnosis can be extremely difficult to come to grips with. All of a sudden there is a lot of new information to absorb, questions to ask and key decisions to make.

There are many misunderstandings about multiple sclerosis in the general community and online. With the current treatments available, multiple sclerosis does not necessarily lead to significant disability. Knowledge is power, and we’re here to help inform you and direct you to sources of support.Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. It interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.”

To find reliable information about Multiple Sclerosis please check this link.

https://www.ms.org.au/?gclid=CjwKCAiAxuTQBRBmEiwAAkFF1iI0Xbt0viyx6R-r2cKaD6M-ZC4MCJkk_tQJZ2Hws4ztFnOzJyRMIxoCrKUQAvD_BwE

“I have dealt with Multiple Sclerosis clients in my healing practice and find that one of the greatest improvements is made when the sufferer is given a lifestyle plan that includes them recognising the areas where they can make shift and change gracefully.  Sometimes an MS sufferer will find they cannot meditate or reach that theta brainwave to receive healing easily, so you have to encourage them via guided meditations and persist with repetition in some clients where they find it hard to allow themselves to relax enough to accept healing.  It is an enormous situation to find yourself in.  There are carers and family members who become deeply involved as your degenerative process progresses.

I found a beautiful link to the story of Annette Funicello from the Mickey Mouse Club and beyond into the sixties movies and a career in television.  Annette passed away a few years ago but her husband continued to care for her for all the many years and the beauty of their relationship.  There is love and it is beautiful to witness.”

https://youtu.be/XGV7fyW82lM

love and light

Katherine Bright ND

http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright  Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.

YOUR RIGHT TO ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

“I am writing today in exasperation that the Federal Government of Australia is cutting out all private health insurance rebates for alternative health practitioners from 2019.
Here is an explanatory letter I found which details it all and contains a link for you to sign a petition if you choose to vote against this.”
 

Media Response: Private Health Insurance Overhaul

13th October 2017

“The removal of 17 different disciplines of natural therapies from the Private Health Insurance Rebate scheme has been a longstanding discussion; and today it appears that the Turnbull Government’s plan to reduce pressure on the Medicare system, has removed these preventative health therapies from the scheme from 2019.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday reported:

“From 2019, private health insurance will no longer cover natural therapies, including aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, herbalism, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, Pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi and yoga.”

 

The allegations made against natural therapies, is that they do not meet the benchmark requirements for interventions funded under the PBSand MBS: the conclusion is that the efficacy of these therapies was not sufficiently demonstrated to warrant taxpayer funding.

 

However, the preventative nature of natural therapies has been completely overlooked in this movement, as has the overall impact the current 26% rebate has on the Medicare system. We, as practitioners and researchers, know the positive influence natural therapies have on the population who partake in this style of intervention. They not only preserve the health of the individual, but in doing so, reduces the economic burden of healthcare in the long run.

 

Claims submitted for complementary medicine interventions currently account for less than one percent of all benefits paid by health funds in Australia. Consequently, we can conclude that this contribution is mirrored in the effect on the Medicare scheme.

 

Conversely, the positive effects of natural medicine, have a much more significant contribution to the economy. Through delving deeper into underlying causes of health problems and diseases, we improve the long-term health of individuals. For the economy, this means that those individuals are less likely to submit claims on their insurance, take less time off work, and have an elevated quality of life, making them our most productive members of society.

 

Effective, non-invasive treatments, particularly when adopted earlier in life, have the potential to drastically reduce the pressure on the healthcare sector in both the short and long term.

 

Dr Rachel David, the CEO of Private Healthcare Australia, representing 20 health insurers across Australia, echoed this sentiment in a statement in CHOICE. She stated this reduction in the rebates paid on extras policies not only makes policies immediately more expensive, but results “in less preventative treatment being undertaken and more strain placed on the hospital system.”

 

Unsurprisingly, 2017 has seen a consistent downward spiral in the number of young people purchasing private health cover. Leaving only those demographics with a higher propensity to submit claims in the market, premium prices have hit an all time high, further emaciating the under 30’s market from the sector.

 

Three major contradictions are prevalent within this proposed change.

1. The desire is for more under 30’s to join a Health Fund, yet Natural Therapies which align with shifting cultural norms and values, are being withdrawn.

2. Despite a renewed focus on mental health support for Australians, this change directly affects a sector whose primary focus is on mental health assistance.

3. Insurance companies themselves are promoting preventative health measures to their clients as an opportunity reduce their premiums. They know fully the long-term economic benefits of undertaking these practices.

 

Should these changes come into effect, there will only be a short term saving made on the Government’s part. Long term, the removal of natural and preventative therapies has the potential to have devastating effect on the healthcare sector and hospital system, due to more people being admitted to hospital with chronic diseases that could have been prevented. Thus making private health insurance continue to become less affordable, especially for young adults.

 

This is a backward and unstainable step against modern healthcare best practices. Medical research points towards preventative action with natural and complimentary medicine playing its part, is the best way to prevent diseases and, more importantly, the most effective way to reduce the economic burden of the health system. A policy like this will make the Medicare and private health insurance system totally unstainable, as our population will not have the resources to partake; or be incentivised to participate in preventive health treatments that natural and complimentary health practices provide and specialise in.

 

CALL TO ACTION:

1. There is currently an industry petition to challenge these changes (https://www.yourhealthyourchoice.com.au/). This site also has templated letters and emails to share with your local MP and patients. (on the contact us page).

Please review and consider signing the petition on the website.

2. Consider sending the petition link to all your patients, for them to sign ( people power can prevail).

3. Contact your local Member of Parliament to voice your concern.

4. Mobilise your patients to contact their local Member…….. again, people numbers matter to politians.

 

We trust this is helpful,

 

Henry Osiecki and Dr Michael Osiecki”

 

love and light

Katherine Bright
 

Copyright 2017, Katherine Bright Lightworkers International
www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

BEING AUTHENTIC

What does it mean to be authentic?  It means being real, truthful, honest and yourself.

If you are authentic, then you are acting in a way which is natural to your true nature and to your reality and truth.

You are an authentic human being. You exist with belief systems and preferences.  Not everyone likes or agrees with everything or everyone else.  To be honest you have to be true to yourself and not try to be someone else to please another’s expectations.

Politicians are a classic example of where we don’t always see an authentic person.  Sadly, too often there is a demonstrated violation of our trust as a community when promises are broken.  Politics is by its nature a forum of potential manipulation.

What is your authentic relationship to yourself?  It is when you are in the core of your being in a stable, solid and satisfied way.

To be authentic you have to really know what you think, be prepared to speak your truth and not need to be anything other than yourself in order to walk a path of balance.  You are human therefore you can be anxious to be accepted by a peer group, try to fit in and sometimes lose your personal authenticity to the belief systems of a coercive group consciousness.

Trust your gut.  It is an old saying, but your gut never lies. If your gut is out of balance then you will often find something in your life is also stressing you out.

Dopamine is a chemical of mental/emotional wellbeing which is also produced in the gut just like in your brain.  Did you know that?

Yes so if you are not authentic your gut picks up the emotional fragility of you being out of balance and dopamine production become an issue.  I know if I feel out of sorts then I get tummy aches.  It is a part of that process.  Inflammation and eating things we are intolerant to can really affect our emotional moods and wellbeing for this reason and then we find life more stressful.

If you are not being authentic to yourself you could also crave food as a way of comforting yourself.  Yes,  probably the sugary, carbohydrate variety of comfort food as well.  So following your truth and true nature is really a very definate health issue on so many fronts.

Be yourself.  It pays off all over the place.

love and light

Katherine Bright

Copyright 2017, Katherine Bright Lightworkers International
www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

RAINBOWS OF ABUNDANT THOUGHT

 

 

You deserve all the rainbows the universe can create. 

Now that is an abundant thought. Receiving abundant thoughts is really important.  It means you have a direct line to God.  How and why?   Because if anything defines the word abundance it is the Universe and who could have conceived of something so abundantly vast with all its miraculous connections if it wasn’t a Creator, God, Source.

I don’t think the human mind has yet conceived of the vastness of the word Empowerment let alone the word Connection.  Scientists marvel at the vastness of the universe(s) and all the potentials of space and time.

We exist as a tiny, weeny particle of an enormously vast concept which can only be described in a form of rainbows of light.  We just are amazing even in the construction of ourselves.   So let us celebrate the abundance of our thoughts.

Thoughts are concepts in a form which have a frequency which resonates according to the density of the thoughts.  So if you want to have all good thoughts, conceive of higher vibrations and the thoughts manifest.  Joy and love are in fact higher vibrations as are laughter and peace.  Finer and lighter colours correspond with the finer frequencies and deeper hues with the denser ones.

It is all an amazing kaleidoscope of frequencies of emotion which create our abundances and our stalled and horrid places of depression and violence in this world.  Our language describes the blackness of depression and the olive green of jealousy.  Green eyed monsters and joyful sunlit landscapes.  All things exist.  We can feel blue or we can feel grey.  We can feel rainbows of possibility.

Be your abundant self and surround yourself with rainbows.  So many gay people about.  I think that is all part of the choice of rainbows.  Be enlightened, empowered and connected to the possibilities of Abundant Thought and bring on your own and your interconnected spaces with abundance.  You all deserve it.  Creator is just waiting to give to you all the things your heart can desire in good and positive ways.  Gratitude creates abundance as does gifting or tithing.  Be love to get love.

Namaste

Please click this link for abundance assistance.
http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/product/abundance-hypnosis/

love and light
Katherine Bright

Copyright 2017, Katherine Bright Lightworkers International
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MTHFR GENE AND MENTAL HEALTH

 

I have the MRHFR gene 677t homogynous.  This means a type of MTHFR which I inherited from both my parents.

I found a great article on mental health/brain issues with MTHFR on histamines and mental health, written by Carolyn Ledowsky which I thought to share today.  Enjoy!
 

Histamine and Mental Health

How Histamine Imbalance Could be Ruining Your Mood

One of the many functions of histamine in the body is to act  as a neurotransmitter, where it helps regulate important brain functions such as alertness, attention, learning, memory, stress response, sleep-wake cycles, and sexual function. When the body’s histamine levels go out of control, many behavioral and psychological symptoms manifest.

While there is no solid evidence to prove the connection between histamine and mental disorders, symptoms like hyperactivity, obsessive-compulsive behavior, panic, anxiety, and depression are often observed among those who suffer from histamine imbalance.

This is a bit intriguing since histamine does not cross the blood-brain barrier – meaning, no matter how much histamine is in your blood, none of the excess should enter your brain.

The question remains: What causes these behavioral and psychological symptoms?

Histamine in the Brain

If histamine does not cross the blood-brain barrier, then the explanation as to how it causes behavioral and psychological symptoms is pretty simple: the brain produces its own histamine.

According to studies, histamine is produced in a particular area of the brain called the hypothalamus and gets stored in the so-called histaminergic neurons where it is released upon stimulation.

The brain has receptors for histamine, and mental disorders result when there is abnormality of these receptors. In general histamine has four kinds of receptors, designated as H1R, H2R, H3R, and H4R. Only the first three are present in the brain.

  • H1R excites the neurons in the brain and is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle. The activation of these receptors by histamine explains why insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of histamine intolerance and how anti-histamines that act on them produce sedative effect. These receptors are also known to trigger the body’s danger response, resulting in the release of the chemical norepinephrine. Norepinephrine plays a role in anxiety and depression.
  • H2R, like H1R, is also excitatory but its role is mainly on perception, memory, learning, reward, pleasure, and pain. This explains why anti-histamines that act on H2 receptors affect our perception of pain. Addiction and compulsive disorders have also something to do with these receptors, as addictive substances like alcohol and illicit drugs have been found to interfere with histamine activity in H2R. Meanwhile, compulsive behaviors such as anorexia and bulimia are related to the histamine’s effect on the reward systems of the brain.
  • H3R, on the other hand, inhibits neurons from releasing histamine. These receptors are also responsible for regulating the release of other neurotransmitters from the brain. Experts see drugs that target H3 receptors as a promising solution to address the effects of histamine in the brain.

Histamine and Epinephrine

An alternative explanation for the majority of behavioral and psychological symptoms of histamine intolerance, especially anxiety, is that they are generated in the body and not in the brain. This is through the ability of histamine to trigger the release of epinephrine, the major player in the body’s fight-or-flight response.

Epinephrine, like histamine, cannot cross the blood-brain barrier but it can trigger a wide array of panic symptoms like fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, nausea, and anxiety.

Histamine and Estrogen

Another interesting explanation is that histamine causes estrogen levels to rise, and this hormone can actually cross the blood-brain barrier.

As you can see in women, estrogen has powerful effects on mood, both positive and negative. You’ve also learned from one of our previous articles that histamine and estrogen is synergistic, meaning they create a vicious cycle wherein one induces the release of the other and vice versa. In this case, once estrogen crosses the blood-brain barrier and reaches the brain, it stimulates the production of histamine. Histamine in the brain, in turn, acts on its receptors to produce the behavioral and psychological symptoms seen in the imbalance.

So in summary, histamine is an interesting molecule with far reaching effects. If you are interested in learning more, why not join our webinar on the effects of histamine in the body.

Histamine and Mental Health

References:

Ede, G. (n.d.). Histamine Intolerance: Understanding the Science. Retrieved August 8, 2016, from http://www.diagnosisdiet.com/histamine-intolerance-science/

Haas, H. L. (n.d.). The histaminergic system in the brain: neurophysiology (Rep.). Retrieved August 29, 2016 from http://www.ehrs.org.uk/haas.pdf

Haas, H. L., Sergeeva, O. A., & Selbach, O. (2008). Histamine in the Nervous System. Physiological Reviews, 88(3), 1183-1241.http://physrev.physiology.org/content/88/3/1183

Histamine (Rep.). (2013). Retrieved August 23, 2016 from http://www.biolab.co.uk/docs/histamine.pdf

Vickery, A. (2014). Histamine And The Nervous System. Retrieved August 29, 2016, from http://alisonvickery.com.au/histamine-nervous-system/

Walsh, W. J. (n.d.) Biochemical Individuality and Nutrition. Retrieved August 23, 2016 from http://www.walshinstitute.org/biochemical-individuality–nutrition.html

Larson, J. M. (n.d.). The Ups and Downs of Abnormal Brain Histamine. Retrieved August 23, 2016 from http://www.joanmathewslarson.com/HRC_2006/Depression_06/D_roller_coaster.htm

love and light
Katherine Bright

Copyright 2017, Katherine Bright Lightworkers International
www.katherinebrightaustralia.com

WOMB TWIN SURVIVOR AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Womb Twin Survivor and Borderline Personality Disorder

I found this amazingly interesting research paper so have included it as a whole for you to read.  Fascinating.  I have come across this before so wanted you to know about it.
“A risk of misdiagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder?

 

Althea Hayton

 

Introduction

A “Vanishing Twin” pregnancy only lasts a short time and one of the twins dies. This can be witnessed on ultrasound. Extensive studies of vanishing twin pregnancies have been made since the 1980s. (Landy, H. J. and L. G. Keith 1998) There are many signs that there was at some stage one or more additional embryos or fetuses present during the pregnancy.  The natural wastage of embryos at the start of pregnancy is considerable (Landy, H. J., S. Weiner, et al. 1986) A detailed study of many thousands of pregnancies (Boklage, C. E. 1990) revealed that for every live-born twin pair there are 10 twin pregnancies that end with a sole survivor. As approximately 1% of births are twins, that figure suggests that at least 10% of the population is made up of womb twin survivors.

 

Physical effects

The advent of ultrasound in the 1960s, and its widespread application in pregnancy by the 1980s, led to a new awareness of the frequency of this syndrome.  A new question arose: was there any deleterious effect on the survivor if they lost their twin before birth?  At first, there seemed to be no discernible physical ill-effects (Landy, H. J., L. Keith, et al. 1982; Landy, H. J., S. Weiner, et al.1986: Saidi, M. H.1988; Huter, O., C. Brezinka, et al. 1990; Landy, H. J. and L. G. Keith 1998) but by the turn of the 21st century some researchers were becoming concerned.  In 2001 a female child who had both male and female chromosomes was diagnosed as being the result of a vanishing twin pregnancy.  (Lloveras, E., J. M. Lecumberri, et al. 2001)  In 2002 it was suggested that there might be neuro-developmental consequences for the survivor, particular cerebral palsy   (Pharoah, P. O. 2002) or severe learning disability. (Pharoah, P. O. 2007). This idea remains current (Anand, D., M. J. Platt, et al. 2007, Harvey K. 2007)

 

Psychological effects

Because most twins are lost in the first trimester, the possibility of a psychological effect on the survivor of such an early loss has been dismissed as unlikely. The cerebral cortex of the unborn child’s brain, let alone the fetal brain, has been widely considered to be insufficiently developed, although various paradigms of non-verbal memory are considered possible by some. (Neisser, U. 2004) However, it is now recognised that babies are conscious at birth (Chamberlain, D. B. 1998) and with the help of hypnosis, memories of birth can be accessed and expressed with surprising clarity.  (Chamberlain, D.B. 1980/1999). More and more discoveries are being made about cellular memory, neural networks created while in the womb. (Wade, J. 1996) Birth and pre-birth trauma is constantly relived by the individual concerned, particularly in the case of lone surviving twins (Woodward, J. 1998).

 

Womb Twin

In the light of these new developments, a study was started in 2002 in the UK based on a website, www.wombtwin.com, which provided an online questionnaire for website visitors to complete. The questions were compiled from some of the most characteristic feelings, attitudes and behaviours which had been mentioned in communications from womb twin survivors from all over the world via the website. Over a period of five years, five versions of the questionnaire were created, as more and more characteristic responses were uncovered and later validated by other womb twin survivors by means of later versions of the questionnaire. In 2007 a full analysis was made of 225 in the fifth version, using only the results from 112 respondents who had clear proof of the previous existence of their twin. Only the very strongest responses were counted.  This enabled a tentative psychological profile of womb twin survivors to be created.From this research we have created a new hypothesis: womb twin survivors seem to spend their lives re-enacting the life and death of their lost twin.  Nothing appears to be more important than that, even life itself. (Hayton, A. 2008)

 

The psychological effect: a congruence with BPD

Unexpectedly, after analysis of the questionnaire and an extensive literature search, it became clear that womb twin survivors share most of the symptoms of what has been called “borderline” personality disorder (BPD.) Persons with BPD were once considered by psychoanalysts to be “on the borderline between neurosis and schizophrenia”- hence the name. (Langley M.L.1994)  BPD is a vague term: it has been observed that many personality disorders can be seen operating together in one individual, such as bi-polar disorder, substance abuse or eating disorders  (Zanarini M.C. et al.1998) so it is possible that these symptoms signal something else.  To demonstrate this congruence more clearly, I have set out below in a series of tables the results of the 2007 questionnaire survey with womb twin survivors described above, related to a list of headings taken directly from the list of BPD symptoms according to the DSM. (American Psychiatric Association 1994). I have included short quotes from womb twin survivors in their own words, to further illustrate the points made.

 

Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

The Womb twin.com research has shown that nothing causes more pain to a womb twin survivor than to feel abandoned or rejected.  If we allow for some kind of pre-birth impression of twin loss, it can be surmised that abandonment or rejection is just a bit too close to that original experience of being left alone in the womb and losing forever the closest relationship that Nature can provide. Rather than be left to manage life alone, the survivor will remain in a relationship long after it is over. Some womb twin survivors pre-empt rejection by avoiding all attempts at intimacy. Some of the questionnaire statements reflect this tendency:

 

Abandonment

I fear rejection 72.9%

I feel different from other people 67.4%

Deep down I feel alone, even among friends 62,2%

I fear abandonment 64.2%

I find disappointment very painful 48.4%

I am afraid being alone in the dark 33.6%

I don’t let other people get close to me 32%

 

The womb twin survivor can feel alone, even among friends, and may find being physically alone very hard indeed, yet paradoxically they deliberately keep themselves apart from others, feeling alienated and different. They may avoid intimate relationships and may even re-enact the loss of their twin by sabotaging good relationships, so they are left friendless and alone.  To the survivor this is an uncomfortable but psychologically important form of self-isolation.

 

Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.

It is fast becoming clear that for womb twin survivors the primary attachment was to the twin, but the twin died before birth.  This creates an interesting complexity to attachments in born life, as the survivor seeks a substitute twin in all intimate relationships thereafter, and yet each time sabotages the relationship in an unconscious re-enactment of the original loss.  This unstable style of making and breaking interpersonal relationships is reflected in the following statements.

 

Unstable relationships

I always feel in some way unsatisfied but I don’t know why 56%

All my life I have felt restless and unsettled 55%

I am easily bored 48.7%

I get very intense and involved at the start of a relationship but then I sabotage it somehow 47.8%

I easily get into a love/hate relationship with individuals I want to get close to 40%

 

Many adult survivors report feeling restless, always changing their jobs, moving round the world and never staying anywhere very long. The search continues for Someone to make things right again and fill the empty space inside. Sometimes some short-term respite is found, such as in a satisfying job or a loving relationship, but very soon it is time to move on. This is the search for the lost twin – who was lost and can never be found.

 

Identity disturbance: markedly and persistent unstable self-image or sense of self

In a re-enactment of the short life of the lost twin, who didn’t develop adequately but was too weak to survive, the womb twin survivor takes on the characteristics of the twin who didn’t make it and remains in some way undeveloped and unfulfilled. Some womb twin survivors do not learn from their mistakes and do not get the best out of their situation in life but remain a shrivelled fragment of the person they could be. It was in fact their womb twin who ended up as the shrivelled fragment of what they may have become. Some of the statements on the womb twin questionnaire strongly reflect this fragile sense of self:

 

Unstable sense of self

 

I know I am not realising my true potential 69.7%

I suffer from low self esteem 51.8%

Deep down, I feel very vulnerable, as if it would not take much to totally annihilate me as an individual 50.2%

All my life I have been pretending to be someone else, and I know it’s not my authentic self 39.2%

I have been in an exploitative relationship with another person 34%

I have a strange irrational feeling that I don’t exist, that “I’m not really here”. 36.4%

 

A tendency to identify with the lost twin obscures a sense of the real self as the surviving twin. Womb twin survivors may appear to be enjoying a normal life, but inwardly they may remain in a child-like state, depending on others in their fragile “weaker twin” self, which can lead to being exploited or even abused, while their “strong survivor” self yearns for supremacy. The hypochondriac womb twin survivor, despite being perfectly healthy in fact, lives like a helpless infant, feeling weak and terrified of illness and death :- It was their twin who was too sickly and weak to survive.

 

Chronic feelings of emptiness

Womb twin survivors commonly report a vague feeling of “something missing.” The sense of something missing requires a pre-existing sense of “something there” which is now gone. As a way to heal this uneasy sense of emptiness there is a strong tendency in womb twin survivors to hold onto possessions, long-dead relationships, meaningless rituals, habits and entrenched, irrational ideas. There is a very strong resistance to making life changes or letting go of anything of sentimental value, as is clear from some of the questionnaire statements: (Table 5.)

 

Emptiness

 

I have been searching for something all my life but I don’t know what it is 68.4%

There is one room in my home, including a shed or garage, that is completely full of stuff 45.3%

All my life I have felt empty inside 48.4%

I find it hard to let go of unfinished projects 48.9%

 

This inner emptiness is experienced by the womb twin survivor as a void or a “black hole”, into which one can pour all manner of activities and energy but it remains an experience of emptiness.  It appears to be a constant re-enactment of the brief life and eventual death and loss of the lost womb twin.

 

Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging

The search for some way to fill the sense of lack – the space left by the missing twin – may take the survivor into an eating disorder or an addiction.  Compulsive hoarding is particularly common. These activities appear to be an attempt to heal the emptiness and primal wounded-ness, but in fact they tend to perpetuate the pain and distress, which usefully keeps alive the memory of the twin. Some questionnaire statements reveal a distinct lack of self care:

 

Damage to self

 

I am addicted to substances or behaviours that are potentially damaging to my health, wealth or well-being 27.9%

I have a long term problem with food and eating 45.7%

I feel driven by “musts” and “shoulds” 41%

I want to succeed but I always end up somehow sabotaging my chances of success 44.7%

 

A frenetic, exhausting and self-sabotaging lifestyle is characteristic of many womb twin survivors. They tend towards “burn out” and, after an extended period of over-activity, will fall into a state of utter exhaustion and be unable to function at all for some time. It is as if they cannot allow themselves to be strong and healthy and long-lived. They seem to be testing their ability to survive to the very limit and do not seem to care if they mutilate themselves or even die in the process. To some womb twin survivors there is a kind of rough justice in a risk-taking lifestyle.

 

Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

Characteristically, the womb twin survivor thinks a lot about death, to the extent of preoccupation. Ideas of suicide emerge early in life, frequently in childhood.  Some womb twin survivors describe having no desire to be born, as if they “don’t want to be here in this life.”  This preoccupation with death is clearly demonstrated in the following statements from the questionnaire:

 

Preoccupation with death

I have wanted to commit suicide more than once in my life 40%

I think a lot about death and dying 38.5

Somehow I know that I experienced death before I was born 36.6%

I feel very privileged, simply to be alive 31%

I have suffered for a long time from feeling vaguely unwell, as if I am slowly dying 30.1%

I compulsively self harm 11.2%

 

As the haunting memory of death intrudes into the everyday life of the womb twin survivor, it can be interpreted as a bodily weakness, unrelated to any medical condition, which feels very real and debilitating and can even be disabling. Conversely, the very idea of being alive is to some womb twin survivors a surprise gift – perhaps undeserved – and a great privilege.

 

Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood, such as intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days.

Womb twin survivors appear to be prey to intense emotions that seem to have no rational explanation. They suffer frequent changes of mood as they seek out explanations for the vague feelings of painful distress that haunt them all their lives. This affective instability is reflected in the following statements;

 

Reactivity of mood

 

All my life I have carried deeply felt emotional pain that persists, despite all my efforts to heal myself 54.8%

I grieve deeply and for a very long time when someone close to me (or a beloved pet) has died 49.6%

It upsets me if I am unable to reduce the suffering of others 42%

I am so intuitive and empathetic that it is a problem for me 48.1%

I often find it difficult to fall asleep, even when I am very tired 45.3%

I suffer from depression 48.7%

I sometimes feel unable to cope with life 36.8%

I get extremely upset about silly little things 29.8%

 

Womb twin survivors are in a constant search for rational reasons for the feelings they have, and may need to create fantasies of ill-treatment in order to do this. They are often unusually sensitive to the feelings of others, and this, coupled with their own inner sense of weakness and fragility, can render them frequently unable to cope. They can become so taken up with the feelings and affairs of other people that they can’t get to sleep at night.  They feel a great need to heal others of their pain. They usually work in the caring professions and often become therapists, but never for very long, as they tend to become overwhelmed by their clients’ distress.

 

Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger

The womb twin survivor is often angry but its not always clear to anyone exactly why. It is a defensive kind of anger, as if they are protecting themselves from a potentially hostile world.  Their defensiveness draws hostility from others, who are unlikely to be able to understand the paradoxical sense of inner fragility that the anger is designed to defend. The result is often a shouting match, which the womb twin survivor cannot afford to lose, for in the womb the weak go to the wall and only the strongest survive.  With their strong empathy and intuition, the womb twin survivor will willingly voice the hidden negative emotions for his or her whole family, to the benefit of all concerned.  This can be seen in the following questionnaire statements:-

 

Anger

I have a problem with expressing anger – either there is too much or too little 59.3%

I feel the pain of others as if it were my own 51.7%

 

For men, to be unreasonably angry, defensive or hostile can masquerade as a form of masculine strength. Such anger is driven by a fear of being perceived as inadequate, for to the womb twin survivor weakness means death. For women, to be angry is a powerful thing, and if she feels an inner sense of helplessness as she unconsciously identifies with her lost little twin, she will seek every opportunity to assert her power over others.

 

Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

Womb twin survivors are creative and imaginative people who inhabit an inner world of dreams. In their dreams is their lost twin so they are happy to dissociate from the world in order to search for it. They often create imaginary friends as children and may dream of their lost twin while asleep. For them the most important form of reality is their pre-birth experience.

 

Freud noticed that, for some individuals, two separate and contradictory versions of reality could co-exist and he called this phenomenon “splitting.” (Freud. S.1940) Some of the ways in which womb twin survivors dissociate or “split” are found among the questionnaire statements:

 

Dissociation

There are two very different sides to my character 55.2%

I have strong, inner imaginary life that I use as a coping mechanism 50.4%

I often feel torn in two between two decisions 51.8%

I make a lot of effort to protect my privacy 38%

I am always feeling paranoid about silly things 32%

I think I am psychic 27%

I spend a lot of time talking to myself in a mirror 18%

 

A sense of toxic shame

It has been thought that BPD is based in an overwhelming shame response. (M. Crowe 2004) Shame is also a major feature in the life of a womb twin survivor. There is a deep sense of being in some sense personally “wrong.”  This may feel like being an “imposter” or “sham.”  This can be interpreted simply as survivor guilt – a normal and natural response to being the survivor of a twin pregnancy. This sense of guilt was present in the questionnaire statements:

 

Shame

I have a prevailing sense of irrational guilt 38%

I am a perfectionist 35%

I feel personally responsible for events that have nothing to do with me 33%

I feel guilty about being alive at all 17%

 

Healing

Until a full explanation of the individual pre-birth experience is found, this carefully created fantasy, created out of vague pre-birth impressions, will seem more real than reality itself.  Our research has revealed that intuitively calculating the precise nature of the pre-birth loss, and validating this with some personal research into embryology and foetal development, is a vital first step towards healing.  It is a process of interpreting body memory, and can be facilitated by hypnosis and kinesiology.  It is a necessarily uncertain process, subject to many errors and misjudgements, but once the right explanation is found the individual experiences a sense of deep peace and inner certainty.

 

Conclusion

The above strongly suggests that this so called “disorder” in its various manifestations may not be a mental health problem at all, but a rational, intelligent response to a rather unusual pre-birth situation. In the absence of a rational explanation, the etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder has remained elusive and hard to define, but a certain group of people presenting with a specific set of symptoms have been noticed, and given this label. The congruence between the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and the psychological characteristics of womb twin survivors (i.e. the sole survivors of a twin or multiple pregnancy) who number 15% of the population, suggests that they may be one and the same. Mental health professionals, at the initial assessment stage, could use a checklist of signs and symptoms in the mother’s pregnancy in order to discover if individuals are womb twin survivors or not. If these patients found to be womb twin survivors, then the risk of a damaging misdiagnosis may be avoided and an appropriate treatment plan provided.

 

© Althea Hayton 2013

 

(This article may be reprinted, but only in its entirety and properly attributed. Thank you.)”

 

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Both Kim and I have treated people with this condition in our clinic and are available for consultation if you feel you would like to investigate this phenomenon in your own life for yourself.

love and light
Katherine Bright

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CREATING SPIRITUAL MUSIC

One of the greatests gifts I possess is my innate ability to create spiritual music. Music is frequency and all life, emotion, colour and matter is made of vibrations and frequency.

Harnessing the emotional aspects of mood and environment into musical frequency is a process of beauty and extreme internalisation of resonance and beingness.  To create spiritual music you must be in tune to the wave of existence.

Below is a song and video I have created called “The Song Of Grace”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-Qy3Ys5Wdc

I remember years ago channelling amazing spiritual music where I was speaking in Cherokee of all things, channelling an american indian medicine woman.  The recordings of these songs done with two other musicians was awe-inspiring, natural and immediate without planning.   One of these songs has a link below to my dropbox of the recording.  It is on my album Spirit In The Key Of Rainbows and it is called Heartsong.  Click on the link below and you will be given access to this free.  There is a man on didgeridoo, a lady on piano and myself vocalising.  It was done one evening in my clinic room impromptu.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4x63nr7f7iu7b26/3%20Heartsong%20Mastered.mp3?dl=0

Here is the link to purchase the album if you are interested in more of my music
http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/music/

I have placed some examples of beautiful spiritual music here below.
The link at the bottom is a clip I found on youtube called the Song of the Butterfly done improvisationally by a hungarian group.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5WbSrorUyI

Use the tools you have and meditate when you are able.

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Namaste all

love and light
Katherine Bright ND