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    IJHC January 2018 Table of Contents

    Editorial Musings
    Installing Mental Positivity and Meta-Positivity: AKA Investing in My Wholistic Internal Bank Account
    By Daniel Benor, MD, ABIHM, IJHC Editor-in-Chief
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    Mindfulness: The Power of a Parent’s Intentional Influence on a Prenate
    Christine L. McKee, PhD Candidate, Registered psychologist,
    Peta B. Stapleton, PhD and Aileen M. Pidgeon, PhD
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    Life Balance, Emotional Stability, Well-Being and Spiritual Awakening
    Philip H. Friedman, PhD
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    Variations on the Theme of Healing
    Living Your Life with Wellness, Vitality, Ease and Synchronicity
    LeRoy Malouf
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    Book Reviews
    Rupert Ross. Dancing with a Ghost. Penguin Canada

    Rupert Ross. Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths.

    Diana Raab. Writing for Bliss: A Seven Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life.
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    Installing Mental Positivity and Meta-Positivity: AKA Investing in My Wholistic Internal Bank Account

    To a great extent, it’s our thoughts, critiques, anticipations, anxieties and worries about our distressed feelings and emotional discomforts that we address with CBT. I call this level of issues ‘meta-anxieties’ because they are anxieties about our anxieties.

    All of this focuses us on dealing with the negativity in our lives. Far too often, however, psychotherapists terminate therapy when the presenting problems have been addressed. This misses many opportunities for using psychotherapy methods for installing and strengthening mental positivity, which can markedly enhance our course through life.

    When we focus on installing and strengthening positivity we can markedly enhance our lives, and boost our abilities to deal with problems which are already present, as well as preventing the development of new problems. So in this editorial I invite you to consider how you can use your self-healing skills proactively. And as you develop your skills and confidence in doing so, you will also develop meta-positive beliefs and anticipations and confidence about your abilities and proficiency in building and strengthening the positivities in your life.

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    Mindfulness: The Power of a Parent’s Intentional Influence on a Prenate

    There is a long history of provision of pre- and perinatal (PPN) education to expecting mothers, and less so to fathers. Due to inconsistencies in both research methodologies and subsequent study findings, understanding what constitutes best practice in PPN education programs remains unclear. This research study was the second of four in a PhD program of research that examined content and logistical factors perceived to be important when designing, developing, and delivering PPN parenting programs for the 21st century. In this study, 54 existing mothers and seven fathers (N=61) who had attended a PPN parenting program, completed an exploratory self-report online questionnaire that examined program content strengths, gaps and limitations. An outcome based on the utilization of Braun and Clarke’s (2006) five-step thematic analysis process, was a perceived need to understand what mindfulness-based knowledge, skills, and tools expecting parents could be taught to promote heathy pregnancies, births, couples’ relationship and transitions to parenthood. Findings from the current study were consistent with the literature on PPN psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience, which has theorized that parents’ thoughts, emotions, beliefs, moods, state of mind, as well as quality of partner relationship during the time of pregnancy influences prenates. By developing a range of PPN parenting programs that include mindfulness skills, and measuring effectiveness through pre- and post-test randomized clinical trials, utilizing large sample sizes and control groups, outcomes may result in positive parenting and bonding pre- and post-birth, as well as a positive transition for couples from being partners to parents.

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    Life Balance, Emotional Stability, Well-Being and Spiritual Awakening

    This article introduces the Friedman Life Balance Scale (FLBS), the Friedman Mini- 5 Factor Scale or FM5FS (that includes an emotional stability subscale) and the Friedman Awakening Scale (FAS). It discusses the rationale for developing these scales, their origins and some correlations with other well-known scales. The article then demonstrates how to use the FLBS and the Friedman Mini- 5 Factor Scale to track change over time during psychotherapy, session by session. It also demonstrates the trajectories of change session by session in 3 clients.

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    Living Your Life with Wellness, Vitality, Ease and Synchronicity

    As young children, our personal energy tests strong in 90% of the areas of our life. All too quickly, we acclimate to living in this world, and then we are only going strong to 20% of our life, on the average. This means our energy is going weak to 80% of our life in terms of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and our spiritual awareness. Any one of these “perceptions” is small, but when we accumulate them over days, weeks, months, a life time, we get energy blocks, we get symptoms, and we say ouch!

    When we get symptoms, we assume that 95% of the root causes are physical, and we generally struggle to eliminate the symptoms. In the Energetic Well Being Process clearing work, the assumption is that 95% of the root causes are non-physical, and that we can use energy work to clear them away and quickly return to our natural state of wellness and vitality. This work is described and two case studies are included to describe what and how it works.

    Margaret Gennaro, Holistic MD, FAAP, NMD, ABIHM, has referred several patients to me when she thought I might be of help because the patients’ problems were persisting. Two such case reports are briefly summarized by Dr. Gennaro in this article.

    The Energetic Well Being Process provides a step-by-step clearing approach that can be learned and used to help us live our lives to the fullest!

    We can live our natural state of vitality, wellness, and resilience.

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