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Biopsy Cyberzine Volume 1, issue #3, August 7, 1996

from Rob Kall and FUTUREHEALTH Inc. (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/SMILE/)
211 N. Sycamore, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-504-1700 fax 215-860-5374

Table of Contents
-call for meeting notes and announcements-
-call for instrument, system, book, tape, software, listserve group  and website reviews by users.
-Olympic Smiling-- discovery of an awesome winning smile-- and an experiential exercise to go with it.
-18 QUOTATIONS on Body , Body & Soul, Body & Mind
- Fascial-based Emotional Memory Storage (FEMS) System Theory (essay, by Chris Pringer)
-Website info:  -Free Scientific articles by Charles Tart, available via WWW or anonymous FTP on -  ALTERED STATES OF     
-AMA press release transcript supportive of mind/body & biofeedback
- 1997 Brain/Mind Neurofeedback (formerly Key West) Meeting/Colloquium/Spa updated speaker list, registration info, etc

-call for meeting notes and announcements
Please send in announcements about meetings you are organizing, or which you think may be of interest to subscribers
If you've attended a meeting and have some interesting notes (I take mine on a notebook so they're already keyed in) send them on. We'll
include them if they seem to work.  (No grades given for spelling.<G>)
-call for instrument, system, book, tape, software, listserve group  and website reviews by users.
We're looking for descriptions of the strengths and weaknesses of  hardware and software for biofeedback, neurofeedback, psych
testing, as well as reviews of books, tapes, meetings, websites, listsesrve groups etc.
I collect smiles-- mary lou retton, Clint Eastwood, preschoolers who wiggle their butts-- and the guy who won the hundred yard dash--
the race which determines the fastest man in the world-- Donovan Bailey, from Canada-- had a smile that made it in all the papers and 
weekly newsmagazines. He drops his jaw wide enough to put a small pumpkin in it. I mean we're talking bigger than room for a
grapefruit!!  I have people try mouths-wide-open-smiles sometimes. BUt this sets a new world record (he did that in the race too.)  Try out
the smile. Open your mouth as wide as  you can-- then keep going stretch it wider. THem pull with your zygomaticus-- smile muscle.
Help lift the corners of your mouth by kicking in the muscle that lifts the  lower corner of your eyes-- the lower lateral orbicularis oculi-- and
that will help lift the corners of your moth too, and help you feel the smile Bailey produced. It's quite intense, to me it almost feels like a
silent shout of joy.
Rob Kall, BIOPSY Editor/publisher
211 N. Sycamore, Newtown, PA 18940, 215-504-1700 fax 215-860-5374
18 QUOTATIONS on Body , Body & Soul, Body & Mind
excerpted from Rob Kalls personal collection of quotations on disk
Please send in your favorites on this topic, or suggest another topic-- with or without a quote to get it started. 
THE BODY IS  . . .  among other amazing things, a unique communications system -- intimately linked with one's TOTALITY.    
Establishing rapport with one's body is a PATH to self realization.
Chris Pringer

Our bodies are apt to be our auobiographies.
Frank Gelett Burgess

God made the human body, and it is the most exquisite and wonderful organization which has come to us from the divine hand. It is a
study for one's whole life. If an undevout astronomer is mad, an undevout physiologist is madder.
Henry Ward Beecher

It is shameful for a manto rest in ignorance of the structure of his own body, especially when the knowledge of it mainly conduces to his
welfare, and directs his application of his own powers.
Melanchthon )Philipp Schwartzert 1497-1560 German reformer, collaborated with Martin Luther

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.
New Testament: I Corinthians, ix, 27

Since the body is the pipe through which we tap all the succors and virtues of the material world, it is certain that a sound body must be at
the root of any excellence in manners and actions.
Emerson, Conduct of Life

Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners.
Shakespeare, Othello, Act 1, sc. 3, l. 323

The body is the socket of the soul.
English Proverb (in John Ray)

Our life is but the soul made known by its fruits, the body. The whole duty of man may be expressed in one line: Make yourself a perfect
Thoreau, Journal, 6/21/1840

A human body is composed of a large number of different entities, and each of them is itself a composite.
Baruch Spinoza, Ethica 1677

Body:    A cell state in which every cell is a citizen.
Rudolf Virchow, Cellular Pathologie

The body is but a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stewpan and the whole fixed upon stilts.
Samuel Butler, Note-books, c. 1890

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.
Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning

In cultivating the mind we must not neglect the body. Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.
John Lubbock

When you think of the  bodily soundness which is necessary to success in life, to effectiveness in your adult life, think of the wiry, tough,
active, enduring body which resists fatigue, and endures anxiety without a quiver, and faces danger in the same way; steadily, and calmly,
though alertly. That is the sort of body you need in order to have an effective life.
George Eliot

A sound body is a fine witness to a good character.
Hilys Jasper

The body never lies.
Martha Graham

The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god.


Just in case you have a few minutes to entertain yourself with a theory:

Re: Fascial-based Emotional Memory Storage (FEMS) System Theory
[rough draft, 6-1+96, Chris Pringer]

         I am most interested in somatic memory storage, as I tend
      to access and work with this to varying degrees in my work,
      primarily as a massage therapist and body-awareness
      counselor -- my bio follows the body of this post to you.

-->      I seek some educated feedback to the theory that has come
      through my work. Thank you for offering your facts, theory, or
      commentary, and/or passing this on to those who you think might
      consider this theory and/or offer useful response.

I would like to offer the following theory for your possible exploration
and enjoyment, provided you like tossing about ideas and theories on memory
storage. I hope you will forgive my lack of formal training in presentation
of such discussion.
Note: I jump immediately into postulation, since, as far as I know,
little of this has been "scientifically" proven:

       Fascial-based Emotional Memory Storage (FEMS) System Theory
                [rough draft, 6-1+96, Chris Pringer]

The sensory nerves, proprioreceptors, and other nervous system
components, which I'll hereon collectively refer to as "sensors," are used in
conjunction with the Motor Cortex of the brain to create a "memory" of
related events (ERE) as registered in the body fascia. The fascia is richly
supplied with sensors such that "Sensor Field Arrays" are created by multiple
layers of fascia and in varying numbers of planes in any given area of soft
tissue. That is to say, a energy field is created by any given grouping of
sensors (a Sensor Field Array), simply due to the electro-magnetic vibration
created by each of its components, that when gathered together form a
collective electro-magnetic field.

As this field is 3 demensional, the electro-dynamics there are similar
(if many times smaller) to those we would measure around electric
transmission equipment and fields of wires, except that here the wires and
transformers may be laying in many different planes and directions and
radiating their electric fields in varying strengths and even varying
Hence, each Sensor Field Array has a basic/original Sensor Field
Configuration that serves as its signature. This signature is read by the
components of that field (via a kind of bio-electric triangularization and
like pattern reading), and this reading is recorded as an original and unique
of data. (It should be noted that sensor fields may physically and/or
energetically overlap, contain or be contained by, other sensor fields.)

This signature is used to compare to ERE of subsequent experience.
This comparison creates another set of data that serves as "memory" that
compares the results of one experience to another. It does this via the
"pleating" (the well known "saran wrap" signiture formed in fascia) and which
is created by ERE.  This is because the pleating distorts the sensor field
energy configuration.

In time phase one we have a certain arrangement of pleating in the
fascia in a given Sensor Field Array. The energy configuration of this field
"read" by the sensors and designated as the "original" signature SF
Configuration of that field. This signature data is stored as a set of
coordinates, energy vectors, and frequencies. In Phase two, an event causes a
displacement of the atomic or molecular structure, changing the demensions,
energy vectors, and frequencies in that field. This change is compared and
comparison is recorded as an internal holographic image -- an "internal
memory" -- that is referenced/corrolated with the data registered by external
sensory organs (of smell, sight, touch, hearing, and taste).  The brain
interpretes this data and serves to coordinate the flow of information and
manage reactions/responses of related functions and maintain operations.
If, for some reason, the person reacts to the experience with a
interruption of the breathing process, resulting in an interruption in the
flow of
this information (due to an ERE), it affects the oxygen supplied to the
field in question. The musculature of that field is momentarily paralized and
pleat is formed in the fascia of that field.  Now there is a permanent new
signature in that field, as well as a new SF Configuration that is a result
both of
the pleating as well as of any new demensions. If on the other hand the
subsequent experience (in phase two) is continuous to the next experience, we
say the experience in phase two is complete and there is no permanent
physical marking or *storage* of that experience with a pleat, and the
SF Configuration is simply given over to the next one.

On an unconscious mental demension, for each Sensory Field and/or
set of any combination of them, morphic fields are created for storage of
patterned reactions and responses of soft tissue, based in part on the
pleating, and based in part on learning of (postural and movement) behavior.
Habitual Patterns, that fix posture and movement within only certain ranges,
relates directly to the pleating and the resultant restrictions in the soft

The brain over time learns to interprete the data registered -- this is
what is generally referred to as learning.  But learning to interpret the
sensed holographic image data involves the so-called empathic and psychic
capabilities, which we all have and use, but usually without our being
conscious of it, let alone in an organized and consistant fashion. The
proprioreceptors and their maintenance of appropriate muscle tone and
postural balance is actually a major part of this system, at least on the
level. But the other parts of this system provide relationship between our
mental perceptions, the feelings around them, and the manner and nature with
which experience affects the physical body in the short term and in the long

Moisture content along the facial surfaces would then determine the
strength of electrical potential or "charge" in that field. This translates
kinesthetic/sensory and emotional sensitivity for that field.  A Pleat forms
emotional-related charges for as long as the experience is kept as a
memory. There would be a direct corolary between the memory being
suppressed, and the field's moisture content decreasing and thus it's oxygen
level (and/or its "normal" use of oxygen) decreasing. Ideally, moisture
is high such that the bio-electric currents pass through and feelings do not
"stuck" -- stored as supressed emotion.  Another way of saying this is that
fascial bio-electro/magnetic resonance reflects memory (experience) with the
manner in which solution is distributed on its surface; coherent wave
reflect symmetricity and alignment of atomic relationships.

"Fascianomics" - regards the efficiency of neuro-fascial interface to conduct
symmetric bio-magnetic resonance in alignment with and facilitation of
maximum potential effortless whole systems function.

I believe there may be other ways that the brain-mind stores and
accesses memory, but that this one works for the "emotionally charged" and/or
suppressed experiences for which the person consciously and/or
unconsciously feels there needs to be further processing.  This further
processing then takes place if/when a more appropriate time and
circumstance presents itself, and as the priorities and readiness allow for
particular and/or related psycho-emotional development.

[None of this should be interpreted to suggest that memory suppression has
any direct relationship with moral, ethical, or "spiritual" capacity, or
Flaws."  I do not believe there is any such direct relationship. I DO believe
there may be a relationship -- more or less direct -- between memory
suppression (which every human does some of) and personal challenges,
coping mechanisms, each person's personality formed by unique perceptual
filtration and selectivity, tendencies and talents and gifts, and even life
direction (which every human has). And I believe that Suppressed memory
does not *determine* these aspects, but much about these aspects can be
gleaned/read from an understanding of the corrolations between fascial
characteristics and the nature of memory suppression. I have demonstrated
this many, many times to be a consistant and reliable practice through using
information that I have gotten kinesthetically (via touch/massage therapies)
from the soft tissue -- as verified by those people I was working with and
assessing at the time. ]

At one time Rupert Sheldrake stated that there needed to be some way to
confirm the existance and role(s) of morphic fields.  I am wondering if
in the directions indicated above might be a useful and relatively easy way
research morphic field theory. In the course of it we may discover important
physiological relationships to the intangibles of emotional memory storage.

The fascial system is small enough and workable enough, that with some
medical scanning equipment and bio-electric field measuring devices that are
already developed, a good computer man to integrate the assessments,
a good visionary and a few left brainers to keep things heading in the right
-- well, Sheldrake could have his micro-cosmic example of inter AND
(via adjacent, multi-level contained, and/or overlapping) memory fields.  And
emotional aspect of the memory wouldn't have to be established before this is

proven, I think -- the neurosynaptic data, when compared in block groups over

time and experience (eg: on/in a living biological organism's system) with
equipment as described above, would give a relatively quick idea of where to
with the study from there.

       Later on, with cross checking of experiential data of
the person's tested, the emotional content could begin to be established and
correlated. It seems to me that with all the intuitives around to give hints
as to
where to direct the eyes of the research, the basis for the correlations
could be
relatively quickly revealed.  Then the more left-brain (as compared to right
whole brain) derived avenues of research could be checked for verification.

    I admit, I may have absolutely no idea of what I'm talking about, but on
other hand, I've been pretty close to right on with this kind of thinking
especially in intuiting out the more technical aspects (and relavent
"topography") of
applied bodywork.  And I don't think that this research (so directed as
would *create* a new working mechanism in the fascial energy fields,
the amount of thought and emotion that has already established relatively
relationships at those levels of biology.  Hmm, I could be wrong there, but
if so,
Sheldrake is more accurated about these fields than my mind wants to even
begin to handle !    ;-D 

Oh, BTW, There is an interesting article in the June 22nd issue of SCIENCE
NEWS, vol. 149, #25: "Neural Code Breakers -- What language do neurons use
to communicate," by Richard Lipkin. In the same issue on the preceding page
(391), is "Test-tube stickers for DNA-based computers," which also relates to

how organisms process data. And then the article, "A Cellular Light Show" on
(page 399) regard how the stimulation of a gene in a separate cell effects
neigboring cells, and the monitoring process used by researchers descibed
with "[with the described system] One can monitor dynamically, what goes
on in normal cells. The only limit is your imagination."  Thank you Science

Blessings and Thanks Again.

Chris Pringer, LMP, MH
Lic. Massage Therapist,
*Body-Mind Integrative Bodywork*
Reg. Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master

     - - - UPDATE # 3 - March 27, 1995 - Please pass on - - -

      -Scientific articles available via WWW or anonymous FTP on -


As an aid to education and communication, Charles T. Tart, Professor
Emeritus of Psychology at the Davis campus of the University of Cali-
fornia, who has devoted his career to scientific work in the above
and related areas, is gradually making reprints of his published
journal articles and miscellaneous papers available, via anonymous
ftp, to whoever is interested.  These are mostly from scientific journals,
but are generally readable and jargon-free.

As of March 27, 1995, 30+ articles have been posted.  The following
are examples of the kinds of topics:
     - experiences in altered states of consciousness as fundamental
       sources of value in Western civilization, underlying religion
      -investigating altered states of consciousness by the development
       of state-specific sciences
     - ESP functioning could be trained to become reliable by using
       basic psychological principles of learning
     - precognition, while real, works an order of magnitude less well
       than real-time ESP under laboratory conditions
     -psychics' own fears of psychic abilities
     -psychological ways of dealing with fear of psi
     -perniciousness of bias in apparently objective science
     -marijuana intoxication and psi functioning

Recent additions include:
     -"compassion-science-survival", surveying survival of death research
      from an altered states perspective
     -"causality-and-synchronicity", a clarification of Jung's concept
      of synchronicity and distinguishing it from normal ESP and PK
     -"grad-school-transpersonal-parapsychology", educational and career
      advice for those wanting to study and work in these fields
     -"pure-clairvoyance", an experimental study on whether clairvoyance
      (direct extrasensory perception of matter) can function after
      telepathy and precognition have been eliminated as alternatives
     -"on-line-teaching", a detailed report of the experience of
       teaching a graduate level course on altered states of
       consciousness on the net

Another 50+ articles will be posted over the next year as they are
scanned in and formatted as ASCII files.  The file "currentcontents"
in the ftp server is regularly updated to reflect additions.

People with a Web browser program can access the archive with the address

Computer users with ftp access to the Internet can access the archive
as follows:

        Connect to ftp server, "ftp.ucdavis.edu".  (Don't type the "s)                
        Log in as username "anonymous".   (Don't type the "s)  Send your
          e-mail address as the ident/password string.                                    
        cd to /pub/fztart.                                                 
        A "dir" command will show you what is available.                   
        A "get" command will retrieve documents.                           
        The file "current-contents" will be updated regularly, showing     
          what papers are available, often with an abstract of each.    


Please forward the above announcement to whatever networks, newsgroups
or individuals you think would be interested.  Thanks!

  Medical and surgical approaches alone have failed
  CHICAGO--Treating chronic pain and insomnia can be much more
  effective by combining behavioral and relaxation techniques
  with traditional interventions such as drugs and surgery,
  according to a special communication in this week's issue of
  The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
  A 12-member, nonfederal technology assessment panel of the
  National Institutes of Health (NIH) made the recommendation
  following a three-day conference in which 23 experts
  presented data.
  Panel members write:  "(We) found strong evidence for the
  use of relaxation techniques in reducing chronic pain in a
  variety of medical conditions as well as strong evidence for
  the use of hypnosis in alleviating pain associated with
  cancer.  The evidence was moderate for the effectiveness of
  cognitive-behavioral techniques and biofeedback in relieving
  chronic pain.  Regarding insomnia, behavioral techniques,
  particularly relaxation and biofeedback, produce
  improvements in some aspects of sleep, but it is
  questionable whether the magnitude of the improvement in
  sleep onset and total sleep time are clinically
  Enhancing Chronic Pain Relief
  Relaxation techniques generally achieve nondirect relaxation
  through two basic components:  1) repetitive focus on a
  word, sound, prayer, phrase, body sensation, or muscular
  activity; and 2) the adoption of a passive attitude toward
  intruding thoughts and a return to focus.  The panel
  reviewed information showing that relaxation techniques
  appear to alter pain transmission in the body by decreasing
  oxygen consumption, lowering respiratory and heart rate,
  lowering blood pressure, and increasing certain brain waves
  called the electroencephalographic slow waves. 
  Hypnosis has been shown to help reduce several types of
  pain, including lower back and burn pain, by changing pain
  perception through intense relaxation.  The panel says
  information also suggests that hypnosis can block pain from
  entering consciousness through various brain functions.
  The panel found cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to be
  moderately effective in altering pain intensity.  Depression
  and anxiety has been shown to increase subjective complaints
  of pain.  CBT can reduce depression and anxiety, as well as
  alter a patient's expectation about pain and increase the
  feeling of self control.
  Enhancing Treatment of Insomnia
  The panel examined information finding some improvement in
  treating insomnia with relaxation and biofeedback.
  Relaxation can reduce cognitive and physiological arousal,
  thus allowing the body to fall asleep more easily with fewer
  sleep interruptions.  Biofeedback is a technique that allows
  an individual to gain some control over automatic body
  Barriers to Integration of Alternative Therapies
  The panel admits that it may be difficult to integrate these
  therapies into mainstream treatment.  One barrier is the
  sole emphasis on biomedics in medical education.  Other
  barriers include a lack of standard methodology to assess
  the success or failure of these interventions, a low
  compliance rate on the part of the patient because these
  interventions are time-intensive, and an unwillingness on
  the part of some insurance companies to provide
  reimbursement for certain treatments.
  The panel writes:  "Although specific structural,
  bureaucratic, financial, and attitudinal barriers exist to
  the integration of these techniques, all are potentially
  surmountable with education and additional research, as
  patients shift from being passive participants in their
  treatment to becoming responsible, active partners in their
  Information cited in the report says chronic pain and
  insomnia afflict millions of Americans, costing the United
  States billions of dollars as a consequence of functional
  impairmant.  The panel was convened by NIH to evaluate
  available scientific information related to the treatment of
  chronic pain and insomnia because, "to date, conventional
  medical and surgical approaches have failed, at considerable
  For more information:  contact the AMA's Natalie Olinger at
  email: NATALIE_OLINGER@ama-assn.org   
           AMA web  site:   http://www.ama-assn.org