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July 30, 2014

Moving Through Trauma With Autism

If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. With the correct treatment, self-help strategies, and support, you can speed your recovery. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on.
IN THIS ARTICLE:
Emotional or psychological trauma
Trauma risk factors
Symptoms of trauma
When to seek professional help
Finding a trauma specialist
Treatment for trauma
Trauma recovery tips

What is emotional and psychological trauma?
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world.

Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

Causes of emotional or psychological trauma
An event will most likely lead to emotional or psychological trauma if:

It happened unexpectedly.
You were unprepared for it.
You felt powerless to prevent it.
It happened repeatedly.
Someone was intentionally cruel.
It happened in childhood.
Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by single-blow, one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, or a violent attack. Trauma can also stem from ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood or struggling with cancer.

Commonly overlooked causes of emotional and psychological trauma
Falls or sports injuries
Surgery (especially in the first 3 years of life)
The sudden death of someone close
A car accident
The breakup of a significant relationship
A humiliating or deeply disappointing experience
The discovery of a life-threatening illness or disabling condition
Risk factors that increase your vulnerability to trauma
Not all potentially traumatic events lead to lasting emotional and psychological damage. Some people rebound quickly from even the most tragic and shocking experiences. Others are devastated by experiences that, on the surface, appear to be less upsetting.

A number of risk factors make people susceptible to emotional and psychological trauma. People are more likely to be traumatized by a stressful experience if they’re already under a heavy stress load or have recently suffered a series of losses.

People are also more likely to be traumatized by a new situation if they’ve been traumatized before – especially if the earlier trauma occurred in childhood.

Childhood trauma increases the risk of future trauma
Experiencing trauma in childhood can have a severe and long-lasting effect. Children who have been traumatized see the world as a frightening and dangerous place. When childhood trauma is not resolved, this fundamental sense of fear and helplessness carries over into adulthood, setting the stage for further trauma.

Childhood trauma results from anything that disrupts a child’s sense of safety and security, including:

An unstable or unsafe environment
Separation from a parent
Serious illness
Intrusive medical procedures
Sexual, physical, or verbal abuse
Domestic violence
Neglect
Bullying
Symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma
Following a traumatic event, or repeated trauma, people react in different ways, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond to trauma, so don’t judge your own reactions or those of other people. Your responses are NORMAL reactions to ABNORMAL events.

Emotional and psychological symptoms of trauma:
Shock, denial, or disbelief
Anger, irritability, mood swings
Guilt, shame, self-blame
Feeling sad or hopeless
Confusion, difficulty concentrating
Anxiety and fear
Withdrawing from others
Feeling disconnected or numb
Physical symptoms of trauma:
Insomnia or nightmares
Being startled easily
Racing heartbeat
Aches and pains
Fatigue
Difficulty concentrating
Edginess and agitation
Muscle tension
These symptoms and feelings typically last from a few days to a few months, gradually fading as you process the trauma. But even when you’re feeling better, you may be troubled from time to time by painful memories or emotions—especially in response to triggers such as an anniversary of the event or an image, sound, or situation that reminds you of the traumatic experience.

Grieving is normal following trauma
Whether or not a traumatic event involves death, survivors must cope with the loss, at least temporarily, of their sense of safety and security. The natural reaction to this loss is grief. Like people who have lost a loved one, trauma survivors go through a grieving process. This process, while inherently painful, is easier if you turn to others for support, take care of yourself, and talk about how you feel.
When to seek professional help for emotional or psychological trauma
Recovering from a traumatic event takes time, and everyone heals at his or her own pace. But if months have passed and your symptoms aren’t letting up, you may need professional help from a trauma expert.

Seek help for emotional or psychological trauma if you’re:
Having trouble functioning at home or work
Suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression
Unable to form close, satisfying relationships
Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
Avoiding more and more things that remind you of the trauma
Emotionally numb and disconnected from others
Using alcohol or drugs to feel better
Finding a trauma specialist
Working through trauma can be scary, painful, and potentially retraumatizing. Because of the risk of retraumatization, this healing work is best done with the help of an experienced trauma specialist.

Finding the right therapist may take some time. It’s very important that the therapist you choose has experience treating trauma. But the quality of the relationship with your therapist is equally important. Choose a trauma specialist you feel comfortable with. Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel safe, respected, or understood, find another therapist. There should be a sense of trust and warmth between you and your trauma therapist.

After meeting a potential trauma therapist, ask yourself these questions:
Did you feel comfortable discussing your problems with the therapist?
Did you feel like the therapist understood what you were talking about?
Were your concerns taken seriously or were they minimized or dismissed?
Were you treated with compassion and respect?
Do you believe that you could grow to trust the therapist?
Treatment for psychological and emotional trauma
In order to heal from psychological and emotional trauma, you must face and resolve the unbearable feelings and memories you’ve long avoided. Otherwise they will return again and again, unbidden and uncontrollable.

Trauma treatment and healing involves:

Processing trauma-related memories and feelings
Discharging pent-up “fight-or-flight” energy
Learning how to regulate strong emotions
Building or rebuilding the ability to trust other people
Trauma therapy treatment approaches
Trauma disrupts the body’s natural equilibrium, freezing you in a state of hyperarousal and fear. In essence, your nervous system gets stuck in overdrive. Successful trauma treatment must address this imbalance and reestablish your physical sense of safety. The following therapies are commonly used in the treatment of emotional and psychological trauma:

Somatic experiencing takes advantage of the body’s unique ability to heal itself. The focus of therapy is on bodily sensations, rather than thoughts and memories about the traumatic event. By concentrating on what’s happening in your body, you gradually get in touch with trauma-related energy and tension. From there, your natural survival instincts take over, safely releasing this pent-up energy through shaking, crying, and other forms of physical release.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right stimulation. These back-and-forth eye movements are thought to work by “unfreezing” traumatic memories, allowing you to resolve them.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you process and evaluate your thoughts and feelings about a trauma. While cognitive-behavioral therapy doesn’t treat the physiological effects of trauma, it can be helpful when used in addition to a body-based therapy such as somatic experiencing or EMDR.
Emotional and psychological trauma recovery tips
Recovering from emotional and psychological trauma takes time. Give yourself time to heal and to mourn the losses you’ve experienced. Don’t try to force the healing process. Be patient with the pace of recovery. Finally, be prepared for difficult and volatile emotions. Allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling without judgment or guilt.

Trauma self-help strategy
1: Don’t isolate
Following a trauma, you may want to withdraw from others, but isolation makes things worse. Connecting to others will help you heal, so make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone.
Ask for support. It’s important to talk about your feelings and ask for the help you need. Turn to a trusted family member, friend, counselor, or clergyman.
Participate in social activities, even if you don’t feel like it. Do “normal” things with other people, things that have nothing to do with the traumatic experience. If you’ve retreated from relationships that were once important to you, make the effort to reconnect.
Join a support group for trauma survivors. Being with others who are facing the same problems can help reduce your sense of isolation and hearing how others cope can help inspire you.
Volunteer. As well as helping others, volunteering can be a great way to challenge the sense of helplessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by comforting or helping others.
Trauma self-help strategy
2: Stay grounded
In order to stay grounded after a trauma, it helps to have a structured schedule to follow.
Stick to a daily routine, with regular times for waking, sleeping, eating, working, and exercise. Make sure to schedule time for relaxing and social activities, too.
Break large jobs into smaller, manageable tasks. Take pleasure from the accomplishment of achieving something, even it’s a small thing.
Find activities that make you feel better and keep your mind occupied (reading, taking a class, cooking, playing with your kids or pets), so you’re not dedicating all your energy and attention to focusing on the traumatic experience.
Allow yourself to feel what you feel when you feel it. Acknowledge your feelings about the trauma as they arise and accept them. Accepting your feelings is part of the grieving process and is necessary for healing.
Staying grounded: A trauma self-help exercise
If you are feeling disoriented, confused, or upset, you can do the following exercise:
Sit on a chair. Feel your feet on the ground. Press on your thighs. Feel your behind on the seat and your back against the chair.
Look around you and pick six objects that have red or blue. This should allow you to feel in the present, more grounded, and in your body. Notice how your breath gets deeper and calmer.
You may want to go outdoors and find a peaceful place to sit on the grass. As you do, feel how your body can be held and supported by the ground.
Trauma self-help strategy 3: Take care of your health
A healthy body increases your ability to cope with stress from a trauma.

Get plenty of sleep. After a traumatic experience, worry or fear may disturb your sleep patterns. A lack of sleep can make your trauma symptoms worse and make it harder to maintain your emotional balance. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day and aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms and exacerbate feelings of depression, anxiety, and isolation.
Exercise regularly. Regular exercise boosts serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good brain chemicals. It also boosts self-esteem and helps to improve sleep. For maximum results, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating small, well-balanced meals throughout the day will help you keep your energy up and minimize mood swings. While you may be drawn to sugary foods for the quick boost they provide, complex carbohydrates are a better choice. Foods rich in certain omega-3 fats—such as salmon, walnuts, soybeans, and flaxseeds—can give your mood a boost.
Reduce stress. Making time for rest and relaxation will help you bring your life back into balance. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Schedule time for activities that bring you joy—favorite hobbies or activities with friends, for example.
Helping someone deal with emotional and psychological trauma
It can be difficult to know how to help a loved one who’s suffered a traumatic or distressing experience, but your support can be a crucial factor in their recovery.

Be patient and understanding. Healing from emotional or psychological trauma takes time. Be patient with the pace of recovery and remember that everyone’s response to trauma is different. Avoid judgement your loved one’s reaction against your own response or anyone else’s.
Offer practical support to help your loved one get back into a normal routine. That may mean help with collecting groceries or housework, for example, or simply being available to talk or listen.
Avoid pressuring your loved one into talking but be available when they want to talk. Some trauma survivors find it difficult to talk about what happened. Avoid forcing your loved one to open up but let them know you are there to listen whenever they feel ready.
Help your loved one to socialize and relax. Encourage them to participate in physical exercise, seek out friends, and pursue hobbies and other activities that bring them pleasure. Take a fitness class together or set a regular lunch date with friends.
Remember not to take the trauma symptoms personally. Your loved one may become angry, irritable, withdrawn, or emotionally distant. Remember that this is a result of the trauma and may not have anything to do with you or your relationship.
Helping a child recover from trauma
It’s important to communicate openly with children following trauma. Let them know that it’s normal to feel scared or upset. Your child may also look to you for cues on how they should respond to traumatic events so let him or her see you dealing with symptoms of trauma in a positive way.

How children react to emotional and psychological trauma
Some common reactions to trauma and ways to help your child deal with them:
Regression. Many children may try to return to an earlier stage when they felt safer and more cared for. Younger children may wet the bed or want a bottle; older children may fear being alone. It’s important to be patient and comforting if your child responds this way.
Thinking the event is their fault. Children younger than seven or eight tend to think that if something goes wrong, it must be their fault—no matter how irrational this may sound to an adult. Be sure your child understands that he did not cause the event.
Sleep disorders. Some children have difficulty falling to sleep; others wake frequently or have troubling dreams. If you can, give your child a stuffed animal, soft blanket, or flashlight to take to bed. Try spending extra time together in the evening, doing quiet activities or reading. Be patient. It may take a while before your child can sleep through the night again.
Feeling helpless. Being active in a campaign to prevent an event like this one from happening again, writing thank you letters to people who have helped, and caring for others can bring a sense of hope and control to everyone in the family.

Citation:
Source: Sidran Institute

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Caused by a traumatic or terrifying past experience, PTSD symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, or constant fear.

PTSD in the Family – Learn how to help and support a loved one or family member suffering from PTSD.

Coping with Grief and Loss – Getting past a trauma involves grieving your losses, whether they be loss of life or property or loss of your sense of safety.

Supporting a Grieving Person – Find tips for helping a trauma survivor through the grieving process and offering much-needed comfort and support.
Common Causes of Trauma

In discussions about autism, the stories and experiences of autistic adults are often overlooked. A new film, Autism and Trauma, aims to change that by bringing greater awareness to the issues faced by adults on the spectrum.

The Autistic Global Initiative (AGI) is a national program focused on initiatives that bring greater awareness to the growing population of adults with autism. The program itself is staffed and self-directed by adults with autism. AGI is partnering with the CU School of Medicine’s JFK Partners to screen the premiere of Autism and Trauma, produced by Dr. Valerie Paradiz, executive director of AGI.

Autism and Trauma features adults with autism sharing the effects of trauma in childhood and their survivorship stories. Many autistic individuals experience trauma as a result of being mistreated in childhood or bullied in school. Oftentimes, these negative experiences continue into adulthood, through harassment in the workplace or other social situations. This can lead to the development of other conditions, such as PTSD.

AGI’s executive director, Valerie Paradiz, states: ”We are determined to get this important message out there, not only for adults who need support in recovery from trauma, but also for children with autism and their families. With the program’s recent move to Boulder, we are building strong relationships across Colorado and in neighboring states with service organizations, hospitals, schools, universities, family advocacy groups and self-advocates with disabilities. AGI leadership feels that solutions to many of the issues that face our community in adult services and adult life can be found within the adult autistic population itself. By designing and directing initiatives specific to adult concerns and to those who provide support to adults, AGI aims to be a part of the solution to the demand that lies ahead.”

This screening of Autism and Trauma is the first in a series of national initiatives aimed at bringing awareness to this overlooked, yet pervasive, problem. Increased societal recognition and understanding is needed to address the urgent need for capacity-building in education, research, employment, housing and residential support, and community involvement for autistic adults.

July 23, 2014

Organic Evolution

In our Global ascension we are all becoming healers. The organic gravitation toward healing fields, acupuncture, reiki, Qi-Gong, yoga, massage, midwivery, etc. are fields we often find ourselves in. The collective needs to be healed, and so we try our best to offer healing in whatever form we are most drawn to in our contribution to uplift the unified field into a higher frequency and conscious state of humanity and the expression of that which humanity should be observed. In these times the void acne from the ‘traditional’ forms of healing ourselves. Preferring natural foods, herbs, and holistic medicine as ways to cure every ailment. Exponentially attunes the body mind and soul up
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Support for those without voices, and those who have been beaten down by the matrix, etc. We are very compassionate people, and these marginalized individuals often need more love. Realizing the we motivates of the autistic being and knowing the sense offered of a loving heart, comes to complete strangers. They sense this and often tell us their life stories or approach us with their problems. While we don’t want to be a dumping ground for everyone’s issues, we are also a good ear for those working through their stuff. Please know that there lies a delicate place on this earth for the auttie to be in such a position. Protecting the sacred space and defending the boundaries to deliver the essence intended is needed by the ones mindfully aware of the more grand perspective. We require more solitude than realized. Notably thoughtful but if you are egotistical or rude, time in that space is unsustainable and will be avoided. Thank you to those of you whom hold space for the autistic in efforts to create ease for us to be here. To those of you whom embrace this movement, identify with the purpose from a place of partnership and allegiance are true participants chosen to join with us

July 22, 2014

Autism ~A Catalyst Intending Joy

Autism is not a handicap or a disability; it is a sign of the awakening of very powerful intellectual abilities, and it is a gift that needs intense stimuli and encouragement. When that awakening starts, the physical abilities the autistic has already developed get sidelined as the brain moves into extreme overdrive, and intense fascination with what is going on inside itself captures attentively. The basic skills in building are no longer interesting; they are dull, boring and they get discarded as the infinitely creative inner world expands exponentially for the autistic. This is not shutting down, it is growth intellectually and at warp speed that maintains an incredible pace. Leaving no permit that allows no time for basic motor and social skills to continue normal development. If this is realized the auttie will enthusiastically freely develop this inner world, then pick up the basics later, and possibly rather slowly because the inner world is so much more interesting and exciting than the earthly duties and activities that most are engaged in. Reality lies within!

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Autism is a wake-up call – a call to awareness to any who would diagnose those who do not conform or develop in the prescribed or expected manner as ill, damaged, or in need of treatment. Every human is unique and has unique needs and talents that must be honored. It does not honor anyone to impose ill-considered restrictions upon them or to decide for them what their path of growth should be. Adults need to respond positively to the wants and interests of the young ones in their care by providing a safe and loving environment in which they can grow in the direction that their talents suggest to them, and which will bring them joy.

As awareness continues certain basics – necessary for communication with the world and outside themselves blossom. The focus of enough attention enables them to pick these up quite quickly because they want to communicate with others about the things within that they find so fascinating. The vast inner world that an autistic is discovering is a world of connections without limit. It is the collective mind in the unified field to which every human has access and which everyone influences constantly. Human potential is limitless, and becoming apparent as new mental and physical skills continue to be uncovered, developed, practiced, and demonstrated consistently. You are beings of Love, beings of pure energy completely boundless, and those who chose to experience limitation and restriction. The time has come, for those experiences have finished. The old patterns and attitudes have been discarded and that sense of limitation in favor of allowing yourselves to use and enjoy the unique potential that is embodied within you. The New Age that has established itself firmly and powerfully on planet Earth is like an enhanced atmosphere that has intensified the vitality of the energy field in which you are enveloped, drawing you out and encouraging you to look with new eyes at the world around you, so that you can see the marvelous creative possibilities that have been unseen.

Peace and Happiness is your right. When you are experiencing joy you are on your divine path; when you are bored, dull, or depressed then you have taken an inappropriate direction and may need to retrace your steps to the point at which joy weakened or ceased, and then take the necessary steps to rekindle and redirect. Contemplate what it is that restricts your life. and if it appears invalid for you, then discard it completely. Identify what you need to reclaim for your freedom and the joy

July 19, 2014

Angels Seen : by My Special Friend Lyrica Marquez, The Nonverbal Autistic Author on Surrendering Identity (Ego) to Evolve

In this post, Lyrica shares that we live in a world of spiritual transformation, and to remain relevant we need to set aside our identity (ego). I’m honored to tell you all how amazing Lyrica is.  Please learn more of her and her mother Hayley Lee and see the amazing messages they bring the world from the heart and voyage that autistics trust and know at www.AWEtizm.com

 

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The nonverbal Autistic author shares a personal realization that she needs to let go of her belief that it is impossible to be verbal, while remaining open to whatever shift Spirit has in store for her.}
Have you ever wondering about life beyond your current boundaries of seeing and knowing? That is the process I am in and so is each one of you, whether or not you are aware of this truth. The earth is changing rapidly and so are we. In this flux and flow what we think of as ourselves is no longer relevant.
What is relevant is the allowing in of a totally new reality that can only come out of the dissolution of identity. Identity has a quality of stickiness or stuck-ness that locks us into cycles of sameness that are self-limiting. Pleased to share my soul work in this direction.
Being Nonverbal has Offered Peace
I am learning how to release my sense of self that has been my operating system for as many years as I can remember. For 38 years, I have lived as a nonverbal autistic clinging to that vision of me as my reflection and my driving force. I am pleased to say that during this time I have found great peace in those ways of being in the world. Yet now I can see a much more fertile ground of being beyond that defined existence.
The way this freedom has opened up to me is in relationship to a young verbal autistic who popped into my life’s path. In response to an invitation to provide support for him, I tried to move into a hidden holder position that can be very balancing and nurturing for another.
Releasing my Identity (Ego) is Key
Yet, this hidden holder position involves a merger process that required me to see and release my own sticky or stuck places of identity that came up within this relationship. I have fiercely held on to and defended my nonverbal status within the world of autism as literally “who I am.”
The battle was a fierce one as if my very life force was held here. Yet the quality needed to embrace this little one was dependent on my merging with his verbal expressing in my energy field and body. What that meant on a practical level was allowing verbal expressing as a new possibility in my body and being.
The Schism within Autism
Suddenly I felt the horror of the great schism in autism. What a profound state of separation there is between those who speak and those who are “the quiet ones.”
An interesting outcome here was the emergence of a whole new purpose to consider. As I was able to unify the polarities of verbal and nonverbal within my own experience of autism, I saw a wide door open up for others to soul-follow me. As they do, a holy space can be created for unity and uniqueness to sit side by side within the constellation of autism. Within that balance lives a whole new force of creation…sure to be full of surprises!
Time to build a bridge of kindness and love for all autistics to cross into a one-soul group heart. Yet ultimately even the identity of being autistic will need to flow into its highest expression as unity and uniqueness of all human hearts beating as one.

The Power of Change

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Greetings,
The Power of Change!!! In celebration for Autism as Autism it is my pleasure to say that all that I intend at this moment in my journey is in light to in[ire others. Strengthened by my own right and place of gratitude in the journey of my life and opportunity once again return to the fun and excitement of preparing for competition in the second half of this year as my platform to reach the lives of others is my breath. Having fun in everything I love to do in an expression of unique design is dedicated to the NEW children and adults in efforts to expand your ability to understand and connect with them to support their fullest expression. Please be on the look out for a few recent interviews that will be posted on my Official site and youtube!! Where I will be discussing many topics of how I navigate through my perceptions and reality and what is really happening from an interdemensional position.
Regardless of diagnosis (Autism, ASD, A.D.D. or A.D.H.D) or your current perception, these children and adults are beyond the expression and experience of different. Collectively and individually they have a plan. From a soul/spirit vantage point, The amazement at what those on the autism spectrum are capable of, the direction they are attempting to take move humanity in and the multi-layered impact they are having on all levels of existence. At a physical, emotional and mental level, those diagnosed with autism and other conditions related to energetic sensitivities present with the significant challenge of being here in their physical bodies while attempting to maintain the truth of who they are. Individuals diagnosed with autism and other energetic sensitivities experience difficulty being present here for three primary reasons:

They are attempting to embody an energy that has never been available within the human condition and they truly do not understand the process.
The frequency they require in order to fully embody is no-less than the frequency of LOVE.
The current state of our collective consciousness is still ruled by the lower three chakras and includes fear, separation from Self, and limitation. This is unacceptable to who they are!
Your greatest gift to them and to yourselves is being aligned to yourself – body, mind, and soul. This particular alignment process is vibrational in nature and although it may be a foreign concept to some, it is far from simply metaphysical. When we truly understand how energy works and how it impacts children and adults diagnosed with autism and all energetically sensitive individuals then everything changes. We change, they change, and humanity changes!

Namo A Mi Ta Pho~
Amber

July 17, 2014

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July 16, 2014

True Friends

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There are many things a person is capable of achieving in their life – one of them is the capacity to reinvent our self; to leave behind things that don’t serve us, and embrace those attributes deemed valuable. As opposed to machines who invariably respond as programmed, we can change our behavior at will. Change life, change results.

Our past conditions us, but it doesn’t define us. It can leave a strong imprint on certain aspect of our personhood, like our personality or alter our perspective of the world, but its effect is never too strong to impede us from transforming ourselves. Let us grow away from our past, if we wish, and head towards a vision. A new life and experience in the expression grounded by love and allegiance.

Knowledge VS Wisdom

Knowledge

There are different types of knowledge categorized in different manner and level by individuals. Let me explain, with an example of systemic knowledge, -needed in order to get the square root of a given number. Semantic knowledge is another kind, that allows for understanding of the meaning of words. There is knowledge that comes through senses, which is based on observation is known as empirical knowledge. All learned and maintained by the brain.

Knowledge can be deduced from some premises; it can be explicit or implicit. Its subject can be our inner self or the world around us. It can be a technique or fact, it can be distinct or diffuse -even noble or vile among many other ways. It could also be that knowledge is derived from thoughts and desired dreams for ideas to achieve goals.

We can reflect on the point that knowledge is an awareness or an identification principle that gives us an account of what a thing is and its features. It is the material comprising the fabric of understanding with which wraps the world we inhabit. Extending and expanding continuously. In our understanding we create relationships between known things, our knowledge gets combined through the use of reason. All known things become an active part of our world view.

They get integrated into an interdependent network of approved facts that sustain our world. These beliefs are interconnected, forming our single and coherent view of what there is. Let’s call it “The Web of Belief”. Once a belief has been incorporated, it becomes a node that enriches further exploration on a similar subject. The integration of new insights happen while reviewing the useful things from previous ones.

With a system of beliefs that gets more complex as time goes on, it provides a richer database that serves as a pool giving us more solutions to problems. Data can also be combined with itself to produce more refined data where more shades can be differentiated. Building on top of each other, humanity has been accumulating and multiplying information.

Despite the expansion of our “data-base”, a continuous critical observation of our thinking process is crucial. Without reflection on the purpose of our thirst for knowledge, the issue of getting lost in the sea of information is significant.

Currently, the predominant educational systems orbit around methods that are mainly engaged on the process of linear integration of data and skills required to function in our capitalistic world. With little room for self-expression or personal growth, we turn the mind of the next generations into minds that compute… and there is so much more to what the mind can and should do besides computing e.g. feeling empathy or introspection.
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Wisdom

With such a strong emphasis on this kind of education as a requirement for success in our current times, the division of the fields of research covers smaller fields by the day. In light of this, it is important to draw attention towards two very distinct kinds of knowledge.

Leading with erudition; characterized by the accumulation of information, it can be pictured as a large database, like good memory to recall the dates of many events. The second type of knowledge that Can be viewed as important to bring about, is wisdom.

Wisdom is a special kind of knowledge because its effect is the uplifting of our life and of those around us to a higher and better way of being. Opposed to erudition, wisdom is not characterized by having a bigger brain, it is that of a bigger heart. Wisdom is knowledge that is well aligned with its present circumstances, so the outcome is that of well-being. Transforming our sensible intentions and considerations into factual happiness, wisdom has the capacity to redirect lower conscious vibrational ways and shine light where it is needed

It is, therefore, To be considered of utmost importance to direct ourselves towards the attainment of wisdom before erudition because well being should come before anything else. It is true that technological innovation can lead to the improvement of tools that could benefit us, but remember, that without having a guiding principle that contains some degree of altruism, peace and joy is not possible.

Technology is a tool, and the way we use those tools makes them what they are. It is the spirit of the usage and direction that we inject in the tools, with our intentions. Emmanuel Kant famously wrote: “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” Similarly, knowledge without wisdom is hollow while wisdom without knowledge is difficult. Wisdom is always in touch with reality, yielding healing fruits.

The difficult thing is that wisdom can be a somewhat tricky thing to catch. It is not as straight forward as learning ABC. It can sometimes be obtained through going deep into consideration and spending a lot of time on pondering over a subject. Wisdom can be the recognition of our inner voice that urges us to do a specific action. It can be intuitive or a matter of wits, thoughtful or sudden. In all cases, the quest for wisdom requires total commitment and purity of soul -wide open eyes and a crystalline intention. It is a disciplined way of consciousness and living that resides in noble space.

Talkitt for Improved Quality of Life

Greetings Friends,
A developing new application to help those with Autism use their own voice to communicate.

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July 15, 2014

Autistic Brain… Malfunction ? Or Human Evolution?

Are you aware that Autism prevalence figures are growing rapidly? According to recent statistics, Autism now affects 1 in 54 male children. More young people will be diagnosed with Autism this year (male and female) than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.

Autism is the fastest-growing “developmental disability” in the U.S. – and the only disorder dramatically on the rise (with mental retardation, Down syndrome, and cystic fibrosis remaining roughly the same). Earlier Autism prevalence figures were much lower, centering at about 0.5 per 1,000 during the 1960s and 1970s, and about 1 per 1,000 in the 1980s.

The reported spike in the prevalence of Autism raises questions about whether this dramatic increase is factual – or a byproduct of greater awareness that has led moms and dads, educators, and professionals to see symptoms of Autism in kids who would not have received the diagnosis 20 years ago.

The increase in Autism prevalence figures suggests several possibilities (here are just a few):
some relatively recent changes in the environment may be responsible
the diagnosis may be applied more broadly than before, as a result of the changing definition of the disorder, particularly changes in DSM-IV-TR
there may be more complete pickup of autism (i.e., case finding) as a result of increased awareness and funding (e.g., attempts to sue vaccine companies may have increased case-reporting).
this is the way the human brain is developing

Human evolution is characterized by a rapid increase in brain size and complexity. Decades of research have made important strides in identifying the unique features of the human brain. Intended now is the acknowledgment to examine the genetic basis of human brain evolution. Through “genomics” (i.e., the study of the genomes of organisms), tantalizing insights regarding human brain evolution have emerged.

Metabolic changes responsible for the evolution of the human brain’s unique cognitive abilities indicate that it may have been pushed to the limit of its capabilities. Research adds weight to the theory that some neurological disorders are a costly by-product of human brain evolution.

The idea that certain neurological disorders are by-products of increases in metabolic capacity and brain size, which occur during human evolution, has been suggested before, but now researchers have access to new technical approaches to really put the theory to the test.

The human brain is unique among all species in its enormous metabolic demand. If researchers can explain how the human brain sustains such a tremendous metabolic flow, they will have a much better chance to understand how the brain works – and why it sometimes “malfunctions.” But is it truly a “malfunction” (i.e., functions badly)? Or is the human brain on its evolutionary path to “hyper-functioning” (i.e., functioning above and beyond the norm).

The Aspergers Comprehensive

Journal Reference:
1. Khaitovich et al. Metabolic changes in schizophrenia and human brain evolution. Genome Biology, 2008 (in press) [link]