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What's Behind Your Belly Button?
A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct
by Martha Char Love (Author) and Robert W. Sterling (Author)
Although numerous books and articles have recently talked about the gut instincts as valuable in giving us useful hunches in the decision-making process, What's Behind Your Belly Button? goes much further and explains how gut feelings not only have a psychological intelligence of their own, but are also understandably rational in their functioning. The authors explore how gut feelings are like a gas gauge in our guts indicating through an emotional feeling of emptiness or fullness how well the two instinctive human needs for acceptance (attention from others) and of control of one's own responses (freedom) in our lives are being met and how our behavior attempts to keep these two instinctive needs in balance at all times. They explore how these two instinctive needs motivate our personality all through our lives and that the feeling memory of how well these needs are met from moment-to-moment may be accessed through somatic awareness of our gut feelings of empty and full by using the Somatic Reflection Process the authors have developed.
In 1998, neurological research at Columbia University published the work of Dr. Michael Gershon that identified the enteric nervous system as a center of feeling intelligence in the gut, which he called the "Second Brain". The authors carefully examined this material and accepted the research findings as pointing to the same universal feeling intelligence they experienced in counseling with hundreds of people. Utilizing the medical research of Dr. Gershon, the work of Dr. Lise Eliot who charts the development of children from conception through the first five years of life, recent research of their own in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University, and their vast clinical experience, the authors have presented an interpretation of recent medical research into a Gut Psychology and a more accurate understanding of the Self and human nature than has previously been available. They share a complete protocol and results of their clinical research findings for the Somatic Reflection Process that they have created and used successfully, with themselves and hundreds of people, to assist the process of getting in touch with the voice of the gut and learning to follow its wisdom toward a healthy life--unifying the body-mind split in the individuation process of personal development.
Over a period of 45 years, there has been a utilization of further graduate studies in Depth Psychology and Religious Education on the part of the authors, and giant steps forward in the fields of Neurology and Psychology, which help form a new more accurate image of human nature. The authors present this new image of human nature and the meaning of its understanding in making positive changes in our lives. They suggest that we are at the beginning of a Renaissance in human consciousness and that understanding our true human nature is the way to thrive in this present era. This book also discusses the implications of this new image of human nature in education and for rehabilitation of those incarcerated. The authors suggest that early in the child's learning process of personality and development, care be taken to offer the experience of freedom and acceptance to the preschooler to form a positive self-concept and to self-regulate his or her behavior as part of the learning process in becoming a loving, caring person.
After careful examination of life's processes, they conclude that of all the mammals in the animal kingdom, humans seem to be the only species that has been denied the open use of their natural instincts. "Out of ignorance, fear or wanton control by others, we are denied the use of the brains we were born with". This awareness is of growing concern since the absence of the use of the feeling intelligence of the body interferes with a major stabilizing force--built into the human system--that can affect human behavior, provide a sense of well-being, and the ability of the body to combat disease.
Maggie's Kitchen Tails: Dog Treat Recipes and Puppy Tales to Love
by Rosemary Mamie Adkins (Author), Douglas E Adkins (Author), Martha Char Love (Author)
Our book brings to you over 40 tried and tested recipes inspired by our need to find healthy recipes for our dogs and ones to share with yours. Some are accompanied with short stories that are from our own experiences with the dogs in the lives of three authors. You will take the journeys with us, our dogs and even meet a burro and turkey on the way! Recipes are all made with organic and/or human grade ingredients with some so good you may want to try it yourself! If suffering from wheat allergies, we suggest alternatives while we offer gluten free recipes as well as flours such as rice, almond, coconut and more. Many of the recipes have been veterinarian accepted, offering an assortment with appetizers, snacks, main meals, training treats and desserts for that special birthday party or occasion. In addition to our recipes and stories, you will find a list of ingredients/seasonings that are safe for your dogs, first aid tips, emergency assistance help and general useful tips.
Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual
Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity
by Martha Char Love (Author), Robert W. Sterling (Author)
INCREASING INTUITIONAL INTELLIGENCE: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity is written as a companion to Love and Sterling's first book published in 2011, What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct. It is a response to their readers who have asked them to share more on how the knowledge of uniting Human multiple brains--gut and head--affects current issues in education, wellness and longevity, medicine, relationships and decision-making, and the evolution of mind.
The authors have selected the title Increasing Intuitional Intelligence because the ultimate goal of their lives' work as counselors and educators has been to increase human intelligence through the development of the intuition using the Somatic Reflection Process, which they first created in the 1970s. Love and Sterling demonstrate that Intuitional Intelligence connects instinct and feeling (our unconscious) with reason and sensory input (our conscious mind) and is brought forward in our awareness as insight and intuition for creative life. With the use of the intuition, the authors view Humans as self-regulatory with Intuitional Intelligence as the link to our awareness of our Human Nature and the ability to be aware of our unconscious--our own inner state of being (self-awareness)--and to being aware of the feeling state of others (empathy). They propose that it makes sense even to the logical mind that the first place to begin the work to increase one's intuition and Intuitional Intelligence is within our own instinctual feeling state, where the impact of life is registered in our gut feelings of emptiness and fullness.
Love and Sterling demonstrate that the biggest mental health and educational problem today has been that most people in our modern world are not aware of the important role of the gut holding our feeling memory and registering how life is impacting us. They suggest that the feelings of emptiness and fullness that are felt in our guts and relate to how well our needs as human beings are being met have for so long been confused in our awareness with the feelings of emptiness and fullness that accompanies hunger. The authors point out that we have missed the awareness of this vital instinctual feeling gauge in our gut. Until this feeling awareness in the gut is recognized and time is spent becoming aware of our gut feelings and the impact of life upon us from early childhood, Love and Sterling show us that we cannot step forward in developing higher mind and Intuitional Intelligence.
In this book the reader will look further at the process of education of our instincts from birth through old age and lay the foundations for evolving the higher intuitive mind and creative thinking. This book is particularly important for those in the field of education as the authors make suggestions for the education K through 12 of the two brains--gut and head--as a uniting intelligence. They also explore our future Human selves and what it could bring to our species to follow our instincts and develop an increased awareness of our gut and head as a two brain united intelligence, fostering our intuition that leads us to advancements in the sciences, medicine, mental health, increased wellness and longevity, and even the development of human telepathic communications.
You will find Increasing Intuitional Intelligence is divided into five main units that include the following chapters on the affects of consciousness of our gut instincts: 1. Step One to Increasing Intuitional Intelligence! Educating the Gut Brain, Learning, & Childhood Development; 2. Instinctual Awareness and Its Affects Upon Longevity; 3. Gut Feelings and Intuitional Intelligence as Applied to Psychology; 4. How the Consciousness of the Gut as a Brain Affects Religion and Culture; and 5. How Uniting our Multiple Brains Affects Health and Wellness and the Medical Profession.
Mom's Island Bakens: Over 50 Altered Recipes For a Happy Gut
and a Healthy Heart by Martha Char Love
There are over 50 original recipes in Mom's Island Bakens and all are very delicious and healthy foods--many entire meals. The recipes that Martha Char Love has included are from her personal collection she has created over a 40-year span of time and that she over the years refined to be healthy versions for the gut and heart, reflecting modern knowledge about excellent nutrition and well-being.
Best of all in this book, you will be given cooking tips throughout that will help you become a skilled and creative cook with gut and heart health in mind. Once you have learned these 50+ recipes, you will have not only a great daily diet, but also the ability to make up your own variations of a large selection of types of dishes and alter any recipe you find on the internet or otherwise into a healthy but very tasty version of your own that will serve your own dietary needs. Mom's Island Bakens is not only a recipe book, but also a course in how to cook and to alter recipes to your health specifications. Reading this book will demonstrate to you, for instance, how to take an old family recipe of your own mother's and make changes to it that render it healthier--and yet satisfy your yearning for the comfort of her cooking. Furthermore, many of those delicious looking recipes you come across while surfing the web can also be altered to a healthy version for heart and gut and the author has included some of those too in this book.
About The Author: A Little About Martha’s Writing Career
Martha retired in 2008 with her husband, Michael (Zardoa) Love, to Oahu, Hawaii. And immediately upon first laying on the sandy beaches, she decided to use her leisure time to begin a writing career. Three years later, she published as a co-author with her colleague of 40 years, Robert W. Sterling, a book called What’s Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct. It is a narrative of the maturation of sciences of psychology and neurology that explores gut feeling intelligence and is based on their lifetime career experiences as guidance counselors, educators, and school psychologists. They also have a recent book publication, Increasing Intuitional Intelligence, that explores the education of gut intelligence for developing intuition, wellness, and longevity. Over the past four years, she has also contributed as a co-author to many of the 34 books written and published with her husband under the pen name The Silver Elves, both fiction and non-fiction, on magic and enchantment and the Elven Way. And in 2014, she also published a cookbook called Mom’s Island Bakens: Over 50 Altered Recipes for a Happy Gut and Healthy Heart, which is written to help people improve their lifestyle choices for healthy eating and shares her original recipes for a happy gut and a healthy heart. Her latest book, Maggie's Kitchen Tails, is coauthored with Rosemary "Mamie" and Douglas Adkins and is a delightful book of original dog food recipes and puppy tales.
Martha Char Love was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up primarily in Georgia and Mississippi. She received her BS in Elementary Education in 1968 and an MA in Educational Psychology in 1970, with a 5th year certificate in Psychometry in the School Psychology department. She was a counselor/instructor in the '70s and early 80's, working as both a career counselor and instructor at Meridian Junior College and later in a large community college, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), in Gainesville Florida, as well as a licensed School Psychologist for the Alachua County Schools K-12. It was at that time that she first wrote a text for her classes with her colleague, Robert Sterling, about the gut instinctive responses that they were discovering with people they were working with in career exploration. In 2005, she received her MA in Depth Psychology and continued her study of the gut instinctive response in a research study at Sonoma State University. In 2008, she received her PMA in Art Therapy. After years of study and new medical breakthroughs supporting the intelligence of the gut brain, she and Robert Sterling have written the groundbreaking book "What's Behind Your Belly Button?.
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