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Beau Chatham

Beau Chatham is a former U.S. Army Infantry officer who is combat tested, Airborne-Ranger qualified, and had the privilege to lead troops at both the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Division.   He is also a Life Coach who helps veterans overcome the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or PTSD.  Come hear his incredible story, and how he uses a unique Subconscious Restructuring® program as a way to produce amazing results for his clients on Logical Soul Talk, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6 pm ET.

You can listen to the show online, or call the show hotline at (347) 843-4544 to ask Beau a question.

Beau points out that the technique he uses – the Subconscious Restructuring® process – is an evidence-based coaching/counseling discipline he took on after seeing the great need of veterans for an effective approach to PSTD.  He calls his practice  Warrior Life Coaching, and is the founding CEO and “Tribal Leader.”

Chatham’s background is impressive.  He served at the National Training Center as an Observer/Controller (OC), and was a member of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course (SGI) Small Group Tactics Team.  He points out “I’ve definitely walked in the boots of a soldier and can understand many of the challenges facing today’s servicemen and women.”

As a civilian, Beau has accumulated over 15 years of experience in the fields of medicine and technology. His focus has been in the fields of neurology and cardiovascular treatments;  and he specifically focused on anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and disease management instruction. He also served as a corporate trainer in one of the country’s premier pharmaceutical companies.

“I believe that evidence-based therapies offer the best means of providing a reasonable and predictable result,” he says about the field in which he holds a Master’s Certification.  “That is what initially attracted me to The SR® Life Coaching process.”

As a result of his military service, medical education and life coaching certifications, Beau has compiled an impressive arsenal of tools, techniques, and procedures to effectively engage the toughest challenges facing both returning veterans and those who simply need and want to reach a higher level of personal performance.

Tune in on May 21st to hear the whole story! 

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family constellationsChuck Cogliandro has a passion for music, native drumming, healing and connecting others to the Earth.  He’ll be sharing just a part of his passion – Family Constellations – with Dr. Craig on Logical Soul Talk, Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, starting at 6 pm.  You can listen to this 30-minute interview online, or call (347) 843-4544 to join the conversation.

At age 24 Chuck left an engineering career with General Motors, bought a Honda motorcycle, and roamed throughout the United States while nurturing a decision to step into his real love – music.

Since 1992, Chuck’s path has included bringing people together in the shared joy of West African drumming.  He has been a resident instructor at Georgia State University Percussion Department, and has given workshops for hundreds of schools and groups across the southeast U.S.

Chuck is currently an enrichment instructor at Atlanta’s Orion School, drumming with children diagnosed with autism and ADHD.  He has directed performing community and professional drumming groups, helped organize and performed with the 100-member drum tribe in the Opening Ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympic Games, made CD, commercial and soundtrack recordings, developed a training program featuring group rhythm for conference and corporate groups, and annually hosts and organizes the Blue Ridge Mountains African Drum & Dance Camp which gathers 12 instructors and 130 participants.

Chuck is also a healer with a private practice in Decatur, GA.  He is a graduate of the four-year Barbara Brennan School of Healing; adding to his ability to heal though drumming.

It is Chuck’s work on Family Constellations, however, that may be of the biggest interest to those familiar with Dr. Craig’s work . . . the fact that ancestors and families affect our own destiny and happiness. Like the growing number of true healers, Chuck believes that honoring our ancestors and respecting those who have come before us puts us right with our family, community and with the Earth.

Join us Tuesday!

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Does Hypnosis Attract Success?A friend of mine just forwarded another program I should check out because it “might be useful” for me.  My friend was right . . . the information WAS useful, but not for the reasons he may have thought.

The program he sent me to check on involved The Law of Attraction, and using hypnosis, EFT and similar techniques to “re-program the mind.”

My feelings towards these other programs are mixed.   On one hand I can see that – so far – no one yet  understands the principles behind The Logical Soul(tm), meaning my findings are unique.  On the other hand, this uniqueness tends to be a bit lonely.   Let me explain…

I’ve long had the sneaking suspicion that my discovery on that special afternoon in mid-1992 was something no one else had come across.  What I discovered that day – and ensuing days – opened up a relationship with the so-called “subconscious mind” in such a way that I could never, ever, consider it a “thing” again.

It was, in fact, such a powerful opening that I dubbed this being “The One Who Makes Things Happen” to describe its overall power in our lives.  I quickly developed a fervent admiration for this being, as well as an abiding love.  In turn, this Ku or Unihipili (Huna terms) slowly began to reveal his secrets to me.

I also soon observed that very few others had this relationship – many of whom were teaching “facts” about the subconscious mind . . . and ways to control it.  Many of their observations, however, were one-sided . . . rehashing many of the same “mind control” ideas that have been around for ages.

Observing this, I often felt like watching my favorite pet being used to perform as a circus animal.  While I didn’t feel sorry for this powerful being, I was a bit saddened that its power was being grossly under-utilized.  This so-called “subconscious” is my friend.  I therefore find it difficult to watch others try to control the power, beauty and grace of someone they don’t fully understand!

But let me back up a little . . .

So many teachers and coaches – successful, motivating, and powerful – keep talking about the same thing, i.e., the Law of Attraction. Over and over.  And that’s good!  I totally agree:  the Law of Attraction is one of the most important discovery of our time.

The L.O.A. is the way the “Subconscious Being” communicates with our Conscious Being, or mind.  It becomes the mimic – what we put in, we get out.  It is simple, direct, and immutable. Like the Law of Gravity, it always works.

The problem is not the Law of Attraction. It is the WAY success coaches teach people to harness it!  The ones I’ve seen – and there have been many – appear to use the same tired approach that has been around since Franz Mesmer titillated the ladies in the palace of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI in the late 1700’s.

Mesmer and others discovered that a master hypnotist could control, re-direct, and re-program the mind to do amazing things.  This is still true today.  While, however, this may produce immediate results, in the long-run it may also tend to produce adverse results like depression, anxiety, or even worse.

But don’t take my word for it; just look around.  Several generations so far have been subject to TV and technology addiction. Symptoms like ADHD, OCD and other disorders  almost surely result from this barrage of undiluted mind control!  Like weapons of mass destruction, hypnosis in the hands of those who seek to persuade us against our will can be deadly!

The truth is, we have been subjected to hypnosis all our lives! We were programmed even before birth to accept certain truths about the “way things are.”  This acceptance provides us with a degree of stability, albeit illusory.  As soon as a conflicting program comes along and worms its way into our consciousness, we may become agitated or upset if the change is too radical.

New hypnotic suggestions only work in cases where basic survival/moral decisions (being) and conscious logic are in alignment with the new suggestion. Otherwise, it will fail long-term but still create anxiety and depression in the subject.  One cannot hypnotize a law-abiding man, for example, to kill someone in cold blood  – unless its a sudden crime of passion.  This suggestion would go against his underlying being, and conscious logic, and would quickly create great stress in his mind, or cause him to come unglued altogether.

Or it wouldn’t work at all.  In almost every case like this, the long-term effects are avoided, i.e., murder and imprisonment.

If  one’s basic programming and logic are harnessed to support the new suggestion, it almost always “takes,” or becomes a part of one’s being. When Neo first understood the power and logic of the Matrix, for example, he became sick, but soon adapted to his new “program,” despite the completely radical shift in perception.

The conscious mind must be allowed to play a part in any new programming.   In the case of the law-abiding man hypnotized to kill, both the logic (killing results in punishment) and feeling (based on hidden decisions and programming) are against his new suggestion.  Despite that, a strong hypnotic suggestion can create an internal battle, e.g., stress, irritation, emotional upheavals, physical symptoms, and even unexpected and sudden changes in ones environment or surroundings.

For a seasoned criminal, however, the suggestion to kill may not be so radical.  If his underlying being suggests “Life is a battle and you have to fight to survive,” he will do whatever it takes if he feels (rightly or wrongly) survival is at stake.  A new hypnotic suggestion that “Life is safe, and others love you” may have NO effect on such an individual.  His being and logic will  discard the suggestion, and anxiety will arise.

Similarly, you cannot program financial success in the mind of a person who – deep down – may have made an organic (non-verbal) decision at age 2 that “success means Mommy and Daddy go away,” or something similar. It either won’t work, or will give rise to adverse symptoms. Until the person’s conscious mind as well as the subconscious being can embrace a new definition of success, i.e., “The more success I have, the more love I feel…” nothing will shift.  Real communication between mind & body (conscious & subconscious) solidifies this new decision.

Techniques like hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, NLP, and “programming the subconscious mind” for success usually only works for those ALREADY prone to – or neutral towards – success.  They may do little or nothing for the majority of folks in society who live just above the level of survival! Their basic programming is often too strong to be replaced unless we can access these hidden decisions by establishing a real relationship.

Until we stop objectifying “the subconscious mind” as a thing to be “programmed,” hypnotized or controlled,   we are destined to keep searching for that relationship.

A slave cannot truly love his master.  The only way to lasting success with one’s “subconscious being” is to relinquish one-sided efforts.  Accept the reality of the underlying decisions and then negotiate!

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Sep
12

Become a Soul Whisperer

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Inner Demons?

Ceylon Yaka Masks

A “Soul Whisperer” – like a horse or dog whisperer – is one who must approach his subject with respect, silent awareness, non-violence and loving invitation. This is the path of the Logical Soul(tm).

“Soul whispering” is a skill modern-day psychologists or therapists need to cultivate if they want to fundamentally transform a person’s life.  Otherwise, change becomes short-term or takes a long time with mixed results.

Let me explain.

To many times, drugs are involved in taking care of the so-called mentally-ill.  This has less to do with the patient’s real needs and more to do with the needs of the doctor, the hospital, or society.  A patient “off his meds” is seen as a hazard to those around him and must be contained.

What would happen, however, if we took a radical new approach to mental illness – as some therapists are doing, and began to see instead the fundamental hidden logic of a patient’s thoughts and actions as the key to his or her recovery??  By negotiating a slight shift in direction, we also harness the power and strength of the so-called “subconscious” to fulfill ALL needs, including those of society and the doctor!

“Soul whispering” is a whole new paradigm of mental health.  It involves NO  drugs, hypnosis, or forced re-direction of the mind or subconscious.  It is gentle, kind, non-violent, and holistic.  This type of therapy would “invite” the person’s subconscious to integrate itself – something that happens on a regular basis with the Logical Soul(tm).

PROGRAMMING THE MIND

A friend of mine recently recommended to me as a guest on my radio show a certain “mind therapist” who specializes in re-programming unwanted behavior patterns in patients.  While I really love and respect my friend, and feel this person has something to offer, I hesitated because so many similar therapies are not compatible with the Logical Soul(tm).  Here’s why:

I did a lot of brainwave reprogramming on myself and others in the mid-1980’s, including theta learning during early sleep stages.  While it definitely worked – especially short-term – there seemed to be an inner rebellion going on in my consciousness . . . as if part of me were taken hostage without consent.

After many more years of trial and error I came to recognize a separate BEING inside each of us that is non-verbal, and extremely potent.  While techniques that attempt to “reprogram” this being vary in success, the one thing I’ve found with all of them is that they lack respect for the integrity of our inner being. By treated this being as a “thing,” i.e., “the subconscious,” we run the risk of cutting off the very communication we are trying to establish, and lose the upper hand in any negotiation to change hidden decisions – a domain governed by this inner being.

It’s a very subtle point of distinction, but the very key needed to unlock true access to inner transformation for those who lack the seed of success.  (BTW, for those who already HAVE the seed of success, it doesn’t matter.  Any approach they choose usually works.  This is why it’s so difficult for many successful folks to understand why EVERYONE doesn’t succeed!!)

After my discovery, I found that the Hawaiian Kahunas also had a practical cosmology that respected this inner being.  I do, in fact, now pattern much of my work around Huna.    Whenever I do sessions, I take great care to communicate directly with this being without blocking out the conscious mind.  The “Access” component to both selves is critical in changing hidden decisions – the basis of all programming.

By “re-programming” WITHOUT Access, there is a subtle trust violation, and the inner being begins to put up more of a wall than was there before.  Sometimes, in fact, the problem becomes MORE acute, not less, and drugs or other invasive procedures become the only alternative.

NON-VIOLENCE is a cornerstone of Indian Vedic philosophy, and worked for Gandhi and Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. in overturning the existing social order.  This technique ALSO works on the subconscious.

Learn it.  Use it, and transformation is yours!

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Aug
13

OSHO on Decisions

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The following is an excerpt from a talk given in India by OSHO (formerly Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh) who died in 1990.  I was struck by the simplicity and power of his words:

OshoThe decision was difficult — decisions are always difficult but it is good to be decisive. Sometimes one may even take a wrong decision; then too it is better to be decisive rather than remaining indecisive, because in indecisiveness one disintegrates, one becomes fragments; one has a center no more. The center is created through constant decisiveness. Each moment one has to decide. It is not very important what you decide. My emphasis is not on what you decide; my emphasis is on that you decide.

So start making decisions in small things, in very small things. For example if you have decided that at ten o’clock you will go to sleep, then go to sleep. It is not very important whether you go at ten or eleven, that is not important, but decide that you will be going at ten every night, and suddenly you will feel very good. Or decide that you will get up early in the morning at a fixed hour or you will eat at a certain time . . . . Just start being decisive in as many things as possible and then you will find more and more decisiveness coming to you. It needs practice, that’s all. You have never practiced it; you have always been hanging in a vague way, ambiguous, this or that. One can go on hanging between this and that the whole life.

Ordinarily the problem is created because people make much fuss about the right thing to be decided. That’s why. Because we have been taught always to decide the right thing that creates a problem. It is not always so easy to decide whether this is right or not.

My whole approach is: don’t be bothered too much about right and wrong and don’t be bothered about what is better. The whole thing at stake is to be decisive. Try in as many things as possible, and then after a few months you will suddenly see that a new kind of center has arisen in you from where decisions easily flow, they don’t take so long a time. And if a decision takes too much time it is always inadequate, because the right moment, the right situation is already gone. By the time you decide it is no more the moment for it, so you are lagging behind.

For example, somebody says something and you start deciding what to answer. By the time you decide, the man is gone, or whatsoever he said has become already irrelevant; it needs no answer now . . . .

Life is a constant decisiveness. Each moment one has to decide. And sometimes not knowing what is right and what is wrong, sometimes not knowing which is better, one has to decide. One cannot afford not to decide, mm? otherwise one will start disintegrating.

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Aug
09

Do What You Love . . . Today!

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My friend and associate Darren Jacklin sent me a copy of David Deida’s book, The Way of the Superior Man last month, and I just got around to reading it.  Great stuff, particularly for men.  Here is an excerpt from the First Chapter:

Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done. They think, “If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.” Or, “One day my woman will understand something and then she will stop complaining.” Or, “I’m only  doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.”

The masculine error is to think that eventually things will be different in some fundamental way.  They won’t. It never ends.

As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play, and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.  It’s never going to be over, so stop waiting for the good stuff.

As of now, spend a minimum of one hour a day doing whatever you are waiting to do until your finances are more secure, or until the children have grown and left home, or until you have finished your obligations and you feel free to do what you really want to do. Don’t wait any longer. Don’t believe in the myth of “one day when everything will be different.” Do what you love to do, what you are waiting to do, what you’ve been born to do, now.

Spend at least one hour a day doing whatever you simply love to do-what you deeply feel you need to do, in your heart-in spite of the daily duties that seem to constrain you. However, be forewarned: you may discover that you don’t, or can’t, do it;  that in fact, your fantasy of your future life is simply a fantasy.

Most postponements are excuses for a lack of creative discipline. Limited money and family obligations have never stopped a man who really wanted to do something, although they provide excuses for a man who’s not really up to the creative challenge in the first place. Find out today whether you are willing to do what it takes to give your gift fully. As a first step, spend at least an hour today giving your fullest gift, what ever that is for today, so that when you go to sleep at night you know you couldn’t have lived your day with more courage, creativity, and giving.

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Are you living your passion? If not, what’s holding you back?

Most people will not be able to accomplish what the 2007 Salsa Champions did in the video below.  MOST people will lack one of these three items:

  1. A Passion to do what they love,
  2. A Commitment to do it, no matter what, and
  3. Taking consistent action until completion.

Do these things, you are a champion:



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Actor Will Smith is one of the brightest lights in the Hollywood spectrum.  He is also one of the most committed and authentic human beings in a world that has become increasingly cynical and selfish. 

Watch the video below.  The 10 minutes spent will be the best gift you can give yourself today.

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Raymond Moody

Dr. Raymond Moody is a medical doctor, psychologist and renown researcher and author.  He is considered the leading authority on the ‘near-death experience’—a phrase he coined in the late seventies – and will discuss with Michael Craig during a 30-minute interview on Logical Soul Talk, Today (Tuesday), May 4th at 6 pm ET, on Blog Talk Radio.

Called “the Father of the near-death experience” by the New York Times, Dr. Moody is the best-selling author of eleven books – including Life After Life which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide—and Reunions. He has also contributed numerous articles to academic and professional literature.

Dr. Moody continues to capture enormous public interest and generate controversy with his ground-breaking work on the near-death experience and what happens when we die.  He has captured the essence of this transformation and also uses facsimiles of “near-death” experiences for healing.

Dr. Moody earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1969 and his MD from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976. He received the World Humanitarian Award in Denmark in 1988 and a bronze medal for Human Relations at the New York Film Festival for the movie version of Life After Life.

Raymond Moody has appeared on Oprah, MSNBC: Grief Recovery, NBC Today, ABC’s Turning Point, Donahue, Sally Jessie Raphael Show, Geraldo, The Joan Rivers Show, and hundreds of local and syndicated programs.

Don’t miss this special feature show tonight on Logical Soul Talk!

Dr. Raymond Moody is the author of the parapsychology classic Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon–Survival of Bodily Death and is no stranger to the inner workings of the Soul.  Michael Craig will ask him about some of these death survival phenomena, and how he came to use the after-life to heal this life on Logical Soul Talk, Tuesday, May 4th at 6 pm ET.

Dr. Moody and Dannion Brinkley appeared on Joan River’s show several years ago and described the “after life” experience and how this awareness alters the lives of those who go through it.  Raymond also describes how he uses this experience to provide the rest of us with a type of healing we could get no other way.   

This parallels much of the work in the Logical Soul(tm) in that the deepest levels of decision always have been – and always will be – beyond our normal conscious experience.