My Toe Stood Up
By Atom Bergstrom
I asked Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) a question at the Texas Institute of Reflex Sciences.
“When I clench my right foot, my middle toe stays up. It won’t stay down with the rest of them.”
“Take off your shoes and socks and come to the front of the class,” he said.
I did, and Adano told me to raise my right arm.
I raised it straight forward, and he demanded, “Who told you to raise your arm THAT way?”
“What do you mean?” I was confused.
He moved my arm down to my side, and said, “Raise it again.”
I raised it straight forward again, and he repeated the same question, only louder: “Who told you to raise your arm THAT way?”
“What do you mean? How else should I raise it?” Now I was annoyed.
Adano grabbed my arm, raising it straight up three times instead of forward.
“NOW clench your foot.”
I did, and the renegade toe went down with the rest of them.
“Substituting an alpha brainwave for a beta one by using alternate body movements will heal an injury, but if you use alternate movements before the injury, it will never happen,” Adano explained.
Beta is like reading a word or sentence.
Alpha is like writing a word or sentence.
Theta is like erasing a word or sentence.
Delta is like closing the book.
Octavius Sturges (Chorea and Whooping-cough: Five Lectures, 1877) wrote …
“The habitual use of muscles in a particular combination soon renders certain of these subservient to the others, so that the activity of one calls up and compels the rest. These are laws of our nature which we could by no means have predicted and which no anatomical search could discover. We cannot conceive of mankind apart from such conditions, nor of the conditions themselves without perceiving their attendant consequences. Serviceable as they are in rendering intricate manual acts easy and spontaneous, and in permitting muscular movements without mental co-operation, they cannot render such service without at the same time crippling the freedom of the will and impairing the native variety and independence of muscular action. As in the beneficial working of the law we get mechanical dexterity and useful automatic movement, so in its pernicious working we get disfiguring muscular habits and restricted adaptability of muscles to new uses.”