Understanding How Acupuncture Can Heal Your Brain and Quantum Brain Healing

Category:Acupuncture

Understanding acupuncture and how it can improve your brain health is key to preventing death or damage to brain cells. Acupuncture can stop pain, balance neurotransmitters to end depression and mood disorders, and reduce inflammation. There is current research which demonstrates the ability of acupuncture to inhibit death of neurons in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. Acupuncture is clearly able to alter the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Scalp, auricular, body and laser acupuncture treatment can reduce ischemia-induced apoptosis and is a therapy for recovery from ischemic cerebral injury and many other brain injuries or diseases. Scalp or auricular acupuncture are great to heal the brain and often used in Quantum Brain Healing.

There is current research which demonstrates the ability of acupuncture to inhibit death of neurons in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. Acupuncture is clearly able to alter the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Scalp, auricular, body and laser acupuncture treatment can reduce ischemia-induced apoptosis and is a therapy for recovery from ischemic cerebral injury and many other brain injuries or diseases. This can be further enhanced with the addition of individual herbs or herbal formulas. It is extremely important to add single herbs one at a time to your regimen so that it is possible to isolate any herb which works extremely well or has an undesired impact. There can be interaction between herbs and nutritional supplements so that their effect is potentiated.

Scalp acupuncture is a specialized form of acupuncture which occurs on the head. The head has many acupuncture points which are located on the stomach, urinary bladder, gallbladder, triple burner and Du meridians Scalp acupuncture differs from traditional body style acupuncture. There are zones which are identified for treating sensory, motor, and memory. Scalp acupuncture is extremely effective for motor and sensory brain dysfunctions including multiple sclerosis, Bell’s palsy, peripheral neuropathy, migraine headache. Scalp acupuncture often utilizes a slightly thicker diameter needle. Electro-stimulation can be incorporated into scalp acupuncture for treatment of difficult cases.

Scientists from University College London, Southampton University and the University of York, discovered that superficial acupuncture needling triggered activation of the motor areas of the cortex and deep acupuncture needling activated the limbic system and resulted in deactivation of the perception of pain. Acupuncture activates the part of the brain which is involved in the production of natural opiates. Opiates are the body’s own substance that relieves pain.Acupuncture also activates the insular in the cerebral cortex area of the brain and is involved in pain control. The brain has several cortical areas which are involved in pain processing. They include the primary somatosensory cortex, the secondary somatosensory cortex, the insula, the anterior cingulate, and the prefrontal cortex, as well as the hypothalamus and periaqueductal gray (PAG). Other brain areas involved in pain are prefrontal inferior parietal and premotor cortices, thalamus insula, primary somatosensory cortex, and the ipsilateral perigenual cingulate cortex. Stimulation of points with electroacupuncture significantly activated the hypothalamus, primary somatosensory motor cortex, and rostral anterior cingulate cortex. The hypothalamus and limbic system modulated the effects of electroacupuncture as an analgesic in a fairly non-specific manner.

Electro-acupuncture can use different frequencies to activate endogenous opioids in the spinal cord and central nervous system. Electric stimulation at a frequency of 2 Hz has been used to increase opioid production. Acupuncture can prevent or reduce post stroke brain function deterioration in the hippocampus. Myocardial turnover of endogenous opioids and calcitonin-gene-related peptide in the human heart and the effects of spinal cord stimulation on pacing-induced angina pectoris. Acupuncture is successfully used to treat convulsions and epileptic seizures. The anticonvulsant effect of acupuncture might be related to the decrease of neuronal nitric oxide synthases.

Recent studies show that specific areas of brain are activated or deactivated when specific traditional Chinese acupuncture points are needled. The acupuncture effect is highly predictable. Acupuncture points associated with hearing and vision stimulates the visual and auditory cerebral areas. The brain activity can be influenced by the acupuncture point chosen, the length of time the needles remain in place, the type of action or stimulation applied to the needle, and the length and diameter of the needle. Small retaining needles can be used to stimulate the acupuncture points for a longer period of time. Moxa and electro-therapy can be used to further stimulate the brain during acupuncture.

Cold laser therapy is similar to needle puncture and occurs when a laser is directed at the acupuncture point for a prescribed optimal amount of energy. Acupuncture laser therapy is effective for muscle tears, muscle fatigue, non-healing diabetic ulcers, bone fractures, acne, pain, stimulation of collagen growth, skin damage, bacterial sinus infections, gout, torn ligaments, psoriasis, tunnel carpel syndrome, neuropathy associated with alcoholism, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, subacute and chronic adnexitis, addictions, and anti-aging facial treatments. The cold laser therapy is the best way to treat torn or damaged ligaments and tendons. It is non-invasive and does not impair microcirculation to area of the damage. It speeds recovery by months or weeks depending on the severity of the injury.

Overcoming Depression Biblically and Naturally

Category:Depression

PURPOSE OF ARTICLE

The Bible has much to say about depression; interestingly, the causes and solutions are not what are commonly thought in Christian circles. This article will offer insights that may help erase the stigma
associated with depression and to see it in a new light. When seen correctly, there is no more stigma or shame associated with depression than any other illness.

UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION

What is Depression: Depression is a prolonged emotional tone dominating an individual’s outlook and mood. Normal moods of sadness, grief, and elation are typically short-lived and part of
everyday life, but these can progress into a depressed mental state. Other symptoms often accompany depression but the most common symptoms of major depression are:1

deep sadness or emptiness,
apathy, loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities,
agitation or restlessness, physical hyperactivity or inactivity,
sleep disturbances,
weight/appetite disturbances,
diminished ability to think or concentrate,
feelings of excessive guilt, self-reproach or worthlessness,
feelings of fatigue or loss of energy, and
morbid thoughts of death or suicide.

If a person experiences at least five of these symptoms for one month they have major depression. Mild depression would typically be defined as having two to four of these symptoms for over one month. Bipolar disorder (manic depression) includes swings from deeply depressive moods to wildly manic moods (elation, irritability, hostility, inflated thoughts of self, boasting)–with many intensities and
variations.

Biblical Occurrences: Depression is the ascendancy and tyranny of our emotions over our lives. Thus, Proverbs 15:13 says, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance; but by sorrow of the
heart the spirit is broken.” Often an initiating discouragement leads to sadness, which leads to prolonged grief, and then into a downhill spiral to depression. Depression is a universal problem, but no
one really knows if Biblical characters had what we call depression, or if it would be more appropriate to say they suffered emotionally. However, Paul in I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no
temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able…”. Temptation can mean trial, calamity, or affliction. Accordingly, we should understand that our present day afflictions were also common to the
great Bible characters.

David was overwhelmed with grief and sadness, his heart was desolate, and his tears fell all night (Psa. 61:2, 77:2-3, 142:4, and 143:4). Jonah, Jeremiah (Jer. 15), Job, and Elijah (I Kings 19) are other
examples. Whenever characters express rejection, loneliness, self-pity, hopelessness, overwhelming grief, and wish they had not been born, it seems they are expressing more than temporary sadness but
classic symptoms of major depression. Paul had classic symptoms: his flesh had no rest, he was troubled on all sides, he was cast down, he had fears within, and he despaired of life (II Cor. 1:8 & 7:5-6).
Hannah (I Samuel 1) had many of the symptoms of depression and her spiritual leader instantly and incorrectly accused her of a spiritual problem.

Depression Considerations: Each year depression strikes ten million people in the United States. Older Christians have more depression than younger; does this mean that spiritual maturity is
of no avail? No, what this indicates is that older people have more biochemical and brain malfunctions as they age; depression is a natural consequence. Similarly, more women (two to three times) have depression than men. Women do not have more spiritual problems than men, but they do process adverse events differently than men, and, they have a complex body chemistry that can get out of
balance, both leading to depression. Women tend to take adverse events and internalize them and take the blame–this is a thought-processing problem. Men tend to react to the same events with escapism (sports, TV, sexual obsessions, alcohol); which can later result in heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, etc.–again, a thought-processing problem but with different results. There is another difference: women tend to feel their depression (sadness/guilt) while men act it out in their behavior (rage, hostility and frustration).2

Causes: Understanding the causes of depression is very helpful to finding the solution. It is rare that there is only one causative agent, generally there are several at work. Listed below (no specific order) are some factors known to contribute to depression:3 4 5

nutrient deficiency or excess
drugs (prescription, illicit, caffeine)
hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
hormonal imbalances
allergies
heavy metals
sexual abuse as a child
microbial overgrowths/toxins
medical conditions (stroke, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes, thyroid)
natural light deprivation
psychological factors (generally poor thought-processing)
spiritual factors

Depression can have its source in our body, soul or spirit. Our body can affect our soul and spirit and vice versa. For example: if one has a low thyroid function it may affect the soul (for example the emotions) leading to depression which then affects one’s spiritual life. Affecting our spiritual life does not mean it changes our standing or position in Christ, it means things like a less productive outreach/ministry and a more self-oriented prayer life.

There is now no question that reductions in frontal lobe function lie at the core of depression. Complimenting this research is the finding that depressed children have significantly smaller frontal
lobes than non-depressed children. The evidence indicates that frontal lobe problems are the cause and not the effect. The frontal lobe’s proper function requires adequate blood flow and nerve chemistry.

As fog veils a beautiful meadow, so depression clouds life itself; existence becomes dreary and dark. It has been described as darkness visible. One can go to bed feeling fine only to wake with an overwhelming gloom that cannot be explained or escaped. With proper nutrition, lifestyle changes and a renewed way of processing the events of our lives we can break through that fog into a sunny day.

Consequences: Now that it is clear that depression is related to many factors, primarily to frontal lobe malfunction, let’s consider the consequences of depression. Depression weakens the immune
system’s power to attack cancer cells, increases the risk of fatal stroke by 50%, increases the risk of sudden cardiac death in heart attack survivors by 250%, and increases the complications of pneumonia.3 It has been found that depression increase stress hormone levels,
hypertension, and headaches; it complicates diabetes and is the leading cause of suicide (its close relative). The point is clear, depression should be addressed early or it may lead to fatal consequences.
However, because of their illness depressed persons have diminished ability to combat their own disease, so help is often needed to lift them out of the pit of despair.

How the Brain Works: By God’s design, all brain activity (every thought, feeling and emotion, every order the brain sends to the organs and cells) is the product of electrochemical signals. The
brain’s electrical signals require a chemical to carry the signal across a small opening (synapse) between cells. The chemicals used to do this are called neurotransmitters. To have a properly functioning system
we need an adequate amount of neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitter most commonly associated with depression is serotonin.

Depressed people have low serotonin levels. Thus, they have impaired brain message sending, especially relating to emotions and mood. Serotonin is produced in the brain from tryptophan (a protein), which is converted into 5-HTP, and then into serotonin. Some serotonin is converted into melatonin, the hormone needed for proper sleep (thus the connection between depression and sleep disorders). One cause of low serotonin is the lack of an enzyme that converts tryptophan to 5-HTP.1 Before proceeding, just think how unfair it would be to tell a depressed person that is missing this needed
enzyme that they have a spiritual problem. As a doctor told a dear sister in Christ who just could not understand why she could not get over her depression, “quit beating yourself up about it, your body
just does not produce enough serotonin.”

THERAPEUTIC CONSIDERATIONS

Botanical Medicines: The Scripture makes it clear that because of sin the earth today is not yielding its strength (Gen. 4:12). As a result of this Romans 8:22 says, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Knowing this, the Lord has made special provisions for us. Psalms 104:14 says, “…and herb for the service of man:…”, which means the botanical (herbal) kingdom was designed for the many services of humans, including medicine.

Often herbal products are slower acting than pharmaceutical medications, but the advantages of herbal supplements is that they can often affect a cure (rather than just address symptoms) and the side effects are minor compared to pharmaceutical drugs. Herbs can be considered the medicine from God’s
pharmacy. The most important and well tested herbs to consider in connection with depression are:1 4

St. John’s Wort (SJW): relieves depression, anxiety, apathy, sleep disturbance, anorexia, and feeling of worthlessness. All these symptoms are caused by low serotonin and SJW increases the level of serotonin in the brain.
Ginkgo biloba: improves blood flow and function of the frontal lobe. Ginkgo increases the ability of serotonin to do its job in the brain.
5-HTP: a plant extract that is just one step from becoming serotonin–the brain readily makes this conversion. It raises the level of serotonin and other brain neurotransmitters. This product overcomes the genetic problem that does not allow for the conversion of tryptophan to 5-HTP.

Pharmaceutical Medications: There are times when medications can save a person’s life. If botanical medicines do not work (in conjunction with the lifestyle, thought processing, and consideration of other causes) then medications are an option. A short-term use of antidepressant drugs may be needed in order to get the mind operating sufficiently well so that a person can function. Medications generally work by keeping serotonin (or other neurotransmitters) at adequate levels in the brain’s synapses. They do not help create increased blood flow or frontal lobe function.

Nutrition: A deficiency of any single nutrient can alter brain function and lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. The most common deficiencies are folic acid, vitamin B12 and B6.
An insufficiency of Omega 3 fatty acids (oils) has been linked to depression. Low Omega 3 oils result in cells throughout the body and brain that do not function correctly, and the mind suffers. The needed Omega 3 oils are found in fish oils and flaxseed oil.1 3 4 5 6

The diet for helping to prevent and correct depression is based upon Biblical insights:

Increase the consumption of fiber-rich plant foods (fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and raw nuts and seeds).
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other stimulants; also avoid foods that cause allergic symptoms.
A good diet is: low protein, high fiber, low-moderate fat, and high complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates do not include simple carbohydrates (processed foods, snack foods, white bread, soda). Raw fruit has simple carbohydrates but is good because of the fiber, enzymes and antioxidants.
Atkins type diets are poor; they actually lead to depression since carbohydrates are needed to get tryptophan into the brain.
Foods high in tryptophan should be consumed regularly: soy flour, meats/poultry (turkey and chicken), tofu, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, raw nuts, eggs, lentils, and garbanzo beans.
A good snack before going to bed would be a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread (there is tryptophan in the turkey and the whole grain bread will help keep sugar levels stable and help get the tryptophan get into the brain).

Rule to live by: Eat foods as close to the way God created them as possible: raw, whole, and unprocessed. He created vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. He did not create processed
foods or animal meat full of antibiotics and hormones. Humans cannot improve upon God’s bounty!

Lifestyle: Regular exercise and sleep are essential to combat depression. Exercise at least 30 minutes four times a week. One does not have to jog: but walking, biking, tennis, swimming, gardening, active house/yard work are great. Regular exercise takes time for the effects to be felt, sometimes weeks.

We each have an internal clock that operates on a roughly 24-hour schedule (circadian rhythm). Even mentally healthy people can become depressed if the circadian rhythms are significantly disturbed. Seasonal Affective Disorder is common in the winter months in northern climates because the lack of natural sunlight disrupts these rhythms. Direct exposure to bright full spectrum light can help, or, the serotonin boosting botanical medicines.

A common factor leading to depression is hypoglycemia (low blood sugar); the brain requires a constant supply of blood sugar to function properly. Thyroid insufficiency also causes depression. Women with post-partum depression and those approaching menopause (symptoms often start by mid-30 age) are subject to hormonal disturbances that lead to depression.1 5 7

Biblical Thought-Processing: How we handle bad or disappointing news has a profound effect upon our mental well-being. As long as we believe we are victims, we are not able to achieve full mental health.9 Positive thinking is more important for overall health than almost anything else. Negative thinking, on the contrary, can destroy the good done by correct diet and lifestyle.10 Many depressed people have a tendency to look at the down side of life. It has been said that it is a positive duty to resist melancholy and discontented thoughts as much as it is our duty to pray. Certainly there will always be things in this imperfect world that give us cause to complain.

Four Meditation Techniques New Meditators Should Know to Help Their Meditation Voyage

Category:General | Meditation

Learning to meditate is one of the most important skills you can master and the sooner you learn to meditate the sooner you will gain more control over your life. Meditation in essence is about finding your inner peace but there is more to meditation than just finding your inner peace. You can use meditation to help you in every aspect of your life. There are four core meditation techniques that every new meditator should learn.

These four meditation techniques cover different aspects of your life. For example one of the techniques I will cover include Deep-Breathing Meditation which you use to help you to relax and to prepare your mind for meditation and Affirmation Meditation allows you to reprogram your mind from being negative to positive.

Whilst this is a simplistic view of these two meditation techniques, it highlights the issue that there are varying meditation techniques you can use to improve your life. Lets look at the four basic meditation techniques all new meditators should learn to help you in your meditation voyage.

Technique 1 – Deep-Breathing Meditation Techniques

Deep-Breath Meditation is the first technique that all new meditators will be shown. This meditation technique involves learning how to breathe and to control your breath during meditation. This technique is sometimes called the Stillness meditation technique.

Learning to use the Deep-Breath Meditation technique will teach you how to control your heart rate, your breathing and also your ability to maintain control over your mind. All of us suffer from brain-chatter where we talk to ourselves. Apart from just controlling our breathing, we start off using this technique to get control of our mind and body. Once you have mastered this technique it allows you then to use other Meditation Techniques to improve yourself. Other meditation techniques you can use are the affirmative meditation technique and walking meditation technique.

The other key advantage of mastering the deep-breathing meditation technique is that once you understand how to breath effectively using deep breaths to get control of your stress and emotions, you can use the techniques outside of meditation to quickly get control in a stressful situation. The more you practice the deep-breath meditation technique the better you will get at it.

Technique 2 – White-Light Meditation Techniques

The White-Light meditation technique is an extension of the Deep-Breath Meditation Technique in that you will use Deep-Breath Meditation to get control of your mind and body and then step into a second stage where you will use objects in your minds eye to maintain control of your brain chatter.

Buddhist Monks have been know to teach their young monks this technique by getting them to focus on counting however you can use any object to help you gain and maintain focus. Essentially what this technique does is to get the meditator to start by focusing on the number one as they breathe in. Then in your minds eye you then focus on the next number, which is the number 2 and maintain that focus as you breathe out and then breathe in again. You then change the number to number 3 as you breathe out and in again. You continue counting through the number system until you loose control and focus. For example, if for one moment you think about the dinner you are going to have, then you must start from the number one again.

You keep following this process during each meditation session. Once you have mastered this technique you will find it is easier to get focus during a meditation session as you will not allow your mind to wander.

Technique 3 – Affirmation Meditation Techniques

Affirmation Meditation is a technique that allows the meditator to slowly train there own subconscious to follow a different attitude. For example, how many times a day to you say negative things like “That will never work” or “I will never get that job.”

When you are in a state of calm and focus gained by using the Deep-Breath Meditation Technique and White-Light Meditation technique your subconscious can be more easily manipulated to change those inbuilt negative attitudes. Whilst you can certainly change your attitude and response to situations using your conscious mind, quite often you will find that little things will penetrate though.

The objective of the Affirmation Meditation Technique is to slowly reprogram your subconscious so that you can overcome those negative attitudes with more appropriate responses. Like all meditation techniques this can sometimes take a long period to conquer but is certainly worthwhile.

Technique 4 – Walking Meditation Technique

Walking Meditation involves learning to walk whilst meditating. I can hear it now, how are you going to close your eyes whilst walking. Well whether you realise it or not many monastic communities have regularly used walking meditation interspersed with traditional seated meditation to help break up the long periods of meditation.

The walking meditation works by getting you to first control your breathing using the Deep-Breath Meditation Technique and then to use the White-Light Meditation Technique to help learn to control your mind. Just like I mentioned earlier with the counting technique, if you mind starts to wander whilst walking due to mind chatter, you simply stop the counting process and simply start again.

One of the other aspects you need to consider with this technique is to focus on your body and the connection your body has with its path. For each step during the walking mediation technique, you need to feel the path and each step that you are taking. For example you need to be focusing on the feeling in your feet, your ankles, your legs, your arms and so forth.

The Walking Meditation technique is one of those ones you can practice anywhere and you will probably find that it will take you some period of time to conquer this technique without your mind wandering. Make sure that you do not punish yourself if your mind does wander or start to chatter. Simply acknowledge the wandering and bring the mind gently back into the meditated awareness and continue on your way.

Most people when they first think about meditation simply see it as a way to relax however your mind is an incredibly powerful tool and you can utilise meditation to change many aspects of your behaviour, the way you speak and present yourself and the vast professional meditation practitioners will help you to develop these techniques to improve yourself. These four techniques are the first you will learn as you begin to unleash the power meditation can provide as food for your body, mind and soul.

Look the bottom line is that there are many techniques that you can use to meditate however when you are first starting out these four techniques is a great way to get started. To finish off let me reiterate the four meditation techniques you can try as a new meditator –

Technique 1 – Deep-Breathing Meditation Techniques

Technique 2 – White-Light Meditation Techniques

Technique 3 – Affirmation Meditation Techniques

Technique 4 – Walking Meditation Techniques

How To Deal With Hair Loss In Men And Women

Category:Mens Issues

Many people are suffering from hair loss. You may have the perception that the premature baldness is mostly the men issue. In fact, women are also at the risk of this problem. When you found that you are losing your hair, the first thing that you need to do is find out why.

Most of the men who are suffering from the hair loss have a condition which is known as male pattern baldness. This baldness happened due to the genetic in nature. Nevertheless, many other factors will cause hair loss as well such like certain diseases, medications, hormonal imbalances and stress.

Many women always have their hair loss after childbirth. This is what we called postpartum period for new mother. The hormone goes imbalance in this period. However, the hormone will go back to normal in due time and the hair will grow back in eventually.

There are few alternatives for those people who are suffering from the genetics baldness. There are topical treatments for men and women such as Provillus, which has been prove to help regrow hair. You can also try some ready-made natural treatments for baldness. Most of these products use natural ingredients to increase blood flow to the scalp and block DHT.

The Wonders of the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

Category:Mind Body Spirit

Like many people, I’ve witnessed some amazing events or been given incredible anecdotes suggesting a mind-body-spirit connection. What exactly is going on here?

I have seen somebody carry a 250-pound man on his back while he walked bare foot over a pathway laden with shards of broken glass. His feet were totally unscathed after the event.

When I was at university, my tutor studied psychosomatic affects on asthmatics. One day, one of his subjects was told of her father’s unexpected sudden death. Five minutes after hearing the bad news, she died of a massive asthma attack.

Some of the most extraordinary phenomenon I’ve ever come across was that from studies conducted on multiple personality disorder (MPD) patients. These are individuals who had gone through traumatic and painful experiences (usually from child abuse). They had considered the experiences to be too painful to bear. So in order to cope with the situations, they somehow chose to switch off from being their normal selves and take on a different personality to deal with things: What makes this unique is that one personality may have no memory of the existence of the other personality.

As life goes by for an MPD, an increasing number of these amnesically compartmentalized personalities can develop. Each personality with its unique trait develops usually to deal with the different traumatic and painful situations.

-Some of the things that have happened with these individuals are extraordinary. It could be said that their minds can affect their behaviour to such an extent that it defies the very nature of reality.

For examples, from studies, one MPD patient has been known to produce all the symptoms of type-2 diabetes. Then, when switching to another personality, become normal in blood glucose regulation.

Another MPD was known to have one personality that was belligerent in character, always making trouble and alcoholically intoxicated. However, he could quickly switch to a mild-mannered personality and become totally sober, completely unaffected by the drink.

Some MPD patients have been known to change eye colour during their different personalities…

It could be said that the mind-body-spirit connection has been shown from studies using the placebo effect: One group of subjects, not knowing that there was no medicine involved, only a sugar pill they had each taken, were then told that they would be made well. The outcome produced a significant number of subjects who got well. This contrasted with the other group who were actually told that the pill was only a sugar tablet: This group did not produce any significant results.

Why did the first group produce a significant number of well individuals, when both groups with the same ailment took exactly the same thing, an ineffective sugar pill? The subjects that got well from the first group demonstrated the power of the faith they had in this situation Yet another example of the mind-body-spirit connection.

Indeed, the mind-body-spirit connection covers a wide range of subjects. Whether it’s related to the bio-psychological model which entails thoughts, emotions, behaviours and social factors that affect health, or the more far-reaching such as out-of-body or near-death experiences, it clearly shows that there is a whole lot more to the nature of reality than what we currently understand and we would do well to learn more from.