Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D
Digest by Lorrie
Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz is a physician, practicing psychiatrist
and holds a PH.D in neuroanatomy and behavioral science'the
study of the brain and intelligence. Beyond this, she
is also a respected medical intuitive, providing psychic
health readings to clients by phone, using only the vibration
of the client's name as her source of information.
In her book Awakening
intuition: Using your Body-Mind network insight and healing
(Three Rivers Press) Dr. Schulz presents her contention
that all significant life experiences are encoded in our
cells and these long-forgotten memories continue to influence
and form the way we see and respond to the world, though
our conscious minds may be unaware of them. Memories and
forgotten emotions speak to us in a language unique to
each individual. One common way they speak is through
illness and disease.
suffered from debilitating injury and disease, herself,
she proposes that our health and well being will be significantly
increased by accepting the idea that intuition not only
exists, but is available to all of us. If we learn our
body's secret (or symbolic) language, we will have access
to our unconscious and may create within it images and
feelings that empower and inspire us and avoid being blindly
controlled by ideas and emotions that might not serve
us. If we learn to listen to the body when it's speaking
softly, subtly, it does not have to break down into full-blown
disease in order to get our attention.
she sees an emotional component to disease and cites numerous
scientific studies to support her contention. A major
portion of the book is devoted to her theories relating
particular emotions to specific organs and charkas.
As a child, the author had intuitively solved difficult
math problems. Swayed by her family's (and certainly our
culture's) high regard for the analytical approach, while
discounting the intuitive, she soon blocked her intuition
and relied upon her rational, analytical skills. As a
result, her success began to wane.
In college she was diagnosed with a brain disorder, similar
to narcolepsy (in which the person falls asleep uncontrollably
no matter where they are or what they're doing'this includes
everything from sex to casual conversation). In order
to cover-up the gaps in recollection she returned to guessing,
i.e., to intuition.
of the severity of her situation, she took a leave from
college, and yet was high-functioning enough to obtain
work in a laboratory where she quickly developed a reputation
for accuracy in the office football pool. Ultimately,
when pressed during her job to come up with a substance
to facilitate a biological experiment, her intuition led
her to a scientific breakthrough. Rather than admit it
was an act of intuition, she cloaked it behind intellectual
theories. Soon she began taking a new medicine, which
stopped her sleep attacks, and enabled her to return to
school where she again relied upon the brilliance of her
newly restored intellect.
shortly after graduating, the author was struck by a truck
and suffered debilitating injuries. She also realized
that the medication for her sleep disorder was not only
becoming ineffective, but it was killing her blood cells
and clearly endangering her life. Despite her pleas to
the contrary, doctors discontinued the medication. At
this point she realized that her body was sending her
a message and her intuition was all she had to rely on.
It certainly hadn't led her into the kind of trouble and
pain she was currently experiencing.
Seeking guidance, she was led to a medical intuitive who
proposed that she could stop the sleeping attacks with
her mind. 'In fact, she said, most of my mind's ability
and my emotions were frozen. Unless I unfroze my emotions
and got my mind and body in sync, I would never heal.'
She noticed that worry and bad relationships seemed to
exacerbate her symptoms while proper diet, acupuncture
and exercise appeared to minimize them. In her search
she stumbled upon Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life
and put Hays' affirmations into constant, consistent practice,
and in so doing believes that she taught herself and each
of her cells 'how to love and accept myself, how to forgive,
and how to believe that I deserved health. To my complete
astonishment, it worked.' Ultimately, and under doctor
supervision, she was able to wean herself off the medications.
Subsequently, she began medical school clerkship in a
busy and chaotic hospital. Given the name of her first
patient, she had a vision of the woman and her problems,
which upon later meeting the woman turned out to be accurate.
Before meeting her, however, she took the time to check
the medical research on the problems she perceived, and
came into the patient's room with her intuitive and intellectual
skills acting as a strong team.
Dr. Schultz believes that we all have fixed ideas by which
we come to live and which we may not even realize are
only ideas rather than ultimate truth. Many of these ideas
are self-limiting; for example, 'I'll always struggle.'
'There will never be enough money.' 'I'll always be alone.'
These ideas become encoded in the cells and affect the
body's health and ability to function. Illness, she believes,
creates holes through which the intuition can express.
The supposition is that symptoms may start small, the
subtle pleading or request for attention, and when ignored
become unavoidable. Any asthmatic can tell you it's difficult
to go on with life as if everything is fine when you can't
breathe. The cessation of 'life as usual' can be the beginning
of creating a conscious, self-empowered life, which may
be unusual, at least at first.
'The temporal lobe serves as the heart of the intuition
network and sends us intuitive thoughts and feelings through
its connection to other centers in the brain and the body'It
tells us how we feel about something and what we ought
to do about it.'
'The temporal lobe also plays a vital role in memory formation,
one of the critical elements of the intuition network.
It contains the hippocampus, which helps form verbal memory
(memories in the brain) and plays an important role in
dreaming, and the amygdala, which constructs memories
you can't put into words, which is known as body memory.
Some investigators believe the temporal lobe is sensitive
to low electromagnetic energy frequencies, the currency
in which intuitive information is believed to be transmitted
It's long been noticed that particularly intuitive people
have changes in the temporal lobes. It's speculated that
trauma does something to the temporal lobe that ultimately
allows one greater access to intuition.
Schultz cites the effects of temporal lobe epilepsy, a
disease in which the temporal lobe 'hyperfunctions or
actually seizes,' thus creating a range of dreamlike affects
and generally increased access to intuition.
Interestingly, she notes a similar timing between temporal
lobe seizures and precognizance, stating that intuitive
insights often occur between 10 and 11 p.m. and 2 ' 4
a.m., which are the most frequently noted times for temporal
seizures. 'We all have microseizures, or microspikes,
in our temporal lobes at night when we dream. The most
hidden information comes to us in the darkness of the
night.' She reminds us to work with our dreams and trust
them as a major source of intuition.
also tells us about a chilling experiment done to monkeys,
who at the beginning of the experiment rightfully regarded
the experimenters as dangerous but after having the amydala
removed from their temporal lobes, the monkeys saw their
captors as sources of nourishment and tried to mouth them,
copulate with them, or simply bond.
'In our society, what do so many people who are confused,
who don't know how they're feeling or what to do about
anything, do instead? We eat, and we have sex. Our temporal
lobes may be in tact, but we sometimes walk around disconnected
from them'.Like the monkeys, we become passive. One of
the leading causes of depression, especially in women,
is passivity'helplessness and hopelessness.'
Learned helplessness is one of the factors considered
to instigate the onset of disease. Schultz shows us from
the scientific perspective that our bodies and minds are
wired to give us information that will enable us to lead
healthier more abundant lives. The key is to realize the
importance of this bodymind connection, and maintain rather
than avoid it.
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