Your mind as consciousness creates your reality, and when you know how to effectively work with all of its parts, you can do some very powerful and amazing things, like heal your body or intuit something you could not have logically known.
This course is designed to take you on a journey of mind-body mastery starting with the basics of mindfulness and meditation, and then advancing to working with your subconscious mind to facilitate healing. I've included some of the latest mind-body research blended with spirituality to help you understand the power of your mind.
In this course you will learn:
This course is presented in six modules designed to be taken over about six weeks. Ideally I would like you to practice the techniques you learn in each module for about a week before progressing to the next module. Some may choose to first view the entire course, and then start practicing the techniques described in each module.
Each module contains a powerful guided meditation containing brainwave entrainment tracks to deepen your practice and help induce your relaxation response. These guided meditations are each designed to promote a specific process for healing the body and mind. I recommend you listen to the guided meditations in a quiet place using earphones or earbuds to get the maximum effect.
As the modules progress, the guided meditation techniques become more advanced. Theses advanced meditation techniques are most effective if you master the basics of meditation and mindfulness taught at the beginning of the course. These basics include diaphragmatic breathing, engaging present moment awareness, and inducing the relaxation response.
For each of the more advanced guided meditations, I've included a downloadable ebook to help you fully understand the intention and process.
This is a science-based course, so if you have no background in science or human physiology, you may have difficulty understanding some of the concepts presented. Please consider this before enrolling.
I've taught this course in live workshops, and here is feedback from one of the participants.
"I initially signed up for Dr. Holden's course in order to improve at meditation -- but ended up getting so much more out of it! Dr. Holden describes the latest findings in neuroscience, and the various ways our mind affects our health, in a way that is easy to grasp. The course is a veritable fountain of useful information. It also covers many different techniques for rewiring your brain including, of course, the excellent guided meditations. So it's a bit like getting a user's manual to your brain, complete with a hands-on tutorial. I feel that I benefited tremendously from everything I learned in the course (in many ways, it was what you'd call a "paradigm shift"), as well as the meditation practice. I was also very inspired by the example of Dr. Holden himself, who has greatly improved his own health using the same tools and information that he's offering us. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in meditation, the healing powers of their own mind, or simply in getting healthier!" N.Z. Jacksonville, FL
All information contained in this course is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.
Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before using any techniques in this course if you have an emotional or physical health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read in this course.
Learning and practicing information provided in this course DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Keith R. Holden, M.D.
Introduction to myself and this course "Power of the Mind in Health and Healing"
This is an overview of how the different layers of your consciousness - the mind - correlate with different parts of your physical body. It describes the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of the human body-mind. A PDF of the infographic is available for download in the Resources section.
Defining mindfulness and meditation.
Understand how mindfulness and meditation practices trigger your relaxation response, which optimizes your body's ability to heal.
See the web link in the Resources section that guides you the HeartMath Institute's homepage. Udemy does not allow me to provide direct web links that may encourage you to purchase something or require you to give your email address to get more information.
After you are directed to HeartMath Institute's homepage, you are free to click on the various links at the top of their homepage. The Resources tab will direct you to more resources for managing stress and the Store tab will direct you to learn more about their products that let you monitor heart rate variability. I do not have an affiliation with HeartMath and do not earn a commission if you purchase something from them.
Let's move on by listening to the Feeling Grounded guided meditation. The intention of this short meditation is to introduce you to a guided meditation, encourage visual imagery in your mind, produce relaxation in your body, and get you feeling grounded and centered.
Simply listen to my voice and allow whatever imagery arises in your mind, and you will begin to understand the power of meditation.
You'll learn a simple way to start a meditation practice that you can do anywhere. I'll also show you where to download a free app that walks you through diaphragmatic breathing exercises for stress reduction.
Learn simple mindfulness practices.
Learn ways to remember to fully engage the present moment without judgement.
Learn how to use nature as a cue for mindfulness.
Learning to fully engage the present moment is so incredibly powerful because everything you do is always in the present moment.
A discussion of the different types of meditation:
Brief discussion of a meta-analysis of clinical studies on meditation proving its health benefits for anxiety, depression, and pain.
Your environment, including your thoughts and emotions, help influence how your genes turn on and off.
Understand how regulating your thoughts through mindfulness and meditation turns genes on and off to optimize your health.
Learn how mindfulness and meditation help create new neuronal pathways in your brain to optimize your health.
Learn how by simply imagining something in your mind, you physically change your brain, which can enable you to develop new skills.
Tips for overcoming your resistance to starting and maintaining mindfulness and meditation practices:
The different types of biological stressors and how energy plays a role.
Describes the root of emotional stress responses, its effect on the body, and how to prevent it.
See the PDF in the Resources section for more information on the controversial topic of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.
Provides Functional Medicine concepts for maintaining optimal health including specific nutritional supplement recommendations.
Be sure to download the Foundational Support Resources PDF in the Resources section of this lecture. It contains more information regarding nutritional support, toxin avoidance, and the Functional Medicine Comprehensive Elimination Food Plan.
Science has proven our universe and everything in it, including us, are made up of energy. I'll help you understand how to work with the energy of your mind and body to promote healing.
Be sure to download the PDF in the Resources section, which contains:
1. Scientific abstracts regarding studies on intercessory prayer.
2. A web link for more information about the Double Slit Experiment.
3. A web link to access an annotated bibliography on clinically documented incidences of spontaneous remission from cancer and other diseases.
As I’ve pointed out, everything is energy.
The paradox is that even empty space is made up of energy. Energetic particles permeate our entire universe.
Everything in your body is a form of energy, including your thoughts, as the energy of consciousness. And that is one reason why prayer is effective for healing.
So the just of this guided meditation is:
I’ll get you to place your attention on empty space. This gets you out of your monkey mind, and starts to increase the amount of alpha waves in your brain. And as I teach in module 4, a predominance of alpha waves is associated with relaxation.
I walk you through the process of becoming aware of the space within your body. We go deeper and deeper until you become aware of the space between your DNA.
I have you become aware of this space as the energy of your consciousness. There is incredible love here because there’s no judgment once you allow yourself to enter this space.
I walk you through the process of merging the energy of your consciousness with the energy of Divine consciousness. Because it is here where miracles occur.
I left a little over three minutes of music at the end of this guided meditation for you to use that time to visualize whatever miracles you choose to create in your life.
OK have fun with it!
An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Quantum Connection guided meditation.
A guided meditation to calm your mind and remind you of your divine power and potential. I recommend you listen to this guided meditation with earphones or earbuds as the sound track contains brainwave entrainment technology to assist in relaxation.
Homework assignment for module 2.
The consciousness of your heart:
Use the power of the electromagnetic energy contained in the consciousness of your heart to shift your experiences!
Learn to "unplug" from people when you are a highly sensitive person (empath) by using a higher awareness honed through mindfulness and meditation.
Information about a leading mind-body institute.
Fascinating science that shows the heart has its own brain and endocrine system, and why this is important.
Hear rate variability is the variation of time intervals between heartbeats.
A healthy heart has more variability between beats.
Heart rate variability also reflects the level of balance in your autonomic nervous system (autopilot) and your emotions.
The consciousness of your heart is the key to nonlocal intuition.
Nonlocal intuition occurs when you perceive information about a future or distant event, which is not based on reason or memories of a prior experience.
Details of the two clinical studies that scientifically prove this phenomenon are found in this lecture's Resources section.
Your emotions are reflected in heart rate variability via your autonomic nervous system.
Emotions shift your autonomic nervous system into stress (incoherence) or relaxation (coherence).
The consciousness of your heart can help you process negative emotions thus shifting your autonomic nervous system into better balance.
The basis of transmuting negative emotions with the consciousness of your heart and a quick review of homework for module 3.
An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Transmuting Negative Emotions With Your Heart Mind guided meditation.
This guided meditation is a powerful way to process and remove negative emotions. It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.
Homework assignment for module 3.
Introduction to your subconscious mind.
Overview of brainwaves.
Overview of brainwave entrainment.
Health benefits of brainwave entrainment.
Discerning beliefs versus truths.
Removing limiting beliefs from your subconscious mind.
Your subconscious mind:
Overview of the different types of brainwaves:
Brainwave entrainment - synchronizing brainwaves with a repetitive stimulus.
Binaural beats and isochronic tones are embedded in tracks to help entrain brainwaves.
Alpha and theta brainwave entrainment can facilitate deeper meditative states.
Be sure to download the web resources guide in this lecture for tools to assist you in meditation.
A review of clinical studies showing the health benefits of brainwave entrainment as a therapeutic tool.
Binaural beats in brainwave entrainment:
Isochronic tones in brainwave entrainment:
A belief does not always equate with a truth.
Why it's healthy to be open to the possibility of changing your beliefs.
Discernment is required to know the difference between a belief versus a truth.
Discernment is intimately associated with intuition.
Limiting beliefs may originate in childhood and be stuck in your subconscious mind.
Three basic questions to ask yourself in discerning if a belief is a truth:
Testing for limiting beliefs by using positive core affirmations:
Then I introduce you to a process for removing this limiting belief from your subconscious mind.
An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Removing Limiting Beliefs guided meditation.
A guided meditation for removing limiting beliefs from your subconscious mind.It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.
Homework assignment for module 4:
Your body has a very intelligent built-in healing system.
Placebo - a substance containing no active substance or a sham procedure with no active procedure.
A placebo is used as a "control" in clinical studies to help test for the true effectiveness of a medication or procedure.
Placebos can be as effective or even more effective than real medicine or real procedures.
The healing power of belief - the power of your mind - is the placebo effect.
Science of the placebo effect:
The ritual of the therapeutic act is a key player in the placebo effect and includes:
The nocebo effect is:
The placebo's impact on your brain:
Placebo research proves your body memorizes a drug's effect.
The placebo's effect can be quantified based on the type of suggestion given.
Medications contain an inherent placebo effect.
Increasingly positive information given with medication OR a placebo boosts its effectiveness.
I discuss an amazing clinical study that shows a placebo can suppress your immune system through behavioral conditioning.
I discuss a clinical study that shows how a placebo can improve Parkinson's Disease.
The psychological components of the placebo effect can be used to your benefit by:
An invitation to use the social learning aspect of the placebo effect.
The science that shows why your attitude plays such an important role in the placebo effect.
An introduction to the inner physician technique for healing yourself.
An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Inner Physician meditation.
This is a more detailed description (with scientific citations) of how to maximize the psychological variables of the placebo effect, combined with meditation, to make the power of the placebo effect work for you. The best part is that you don't need to physically take a placebo, or sugar pill, for this to work.
A meditation for using the power of the placebo effect to heal your body. It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.
Homework assignment for module 5.
An overview of module 6 including a review of some important points of prior modules.
Why it's so important to learn how to discern beliefs versus truths.
Einstein understood the power of intuition.
Nonlocal intuition is a knowing unexplained by logic, and does not originate in the physical body. Nonlocal intuition is channeled through your higher mind from the unified field of energetic information that connects everyone and everything.
Science shows how meditation enhances your intuition:
The consciousness of your higher mind:
Aligning the consciousness of your higher mind with the consciousness of your heart mind turbo charges your nonlocal intuition.
The process of aligning with your higher mind:
The process of aligning the consciousness of your higher mind with the consciousness of your heart mind:
You will know you have aligned with your higher mind when you feel unconditional love.
Sealing the deal of aligning the consciousness of your higher mind with the consciousness of your heart mind may require conjuring a feeling of profound gratitude.
A review of the power of the mind technique for aligning all aspects of your consciousness and triggering your inner physician to heal you.
This meditation technique walks you through the process of aligning all aspects of your consciousness to optimize your inner healer. It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.
Final words of wisdom.
An ebook based on the entire course for those who would rather download the material and read it as a book.
Course bibliography of citations with links to abstracts and full journal articles.
This is a bonus track consisting of a guided meditation without music for getting grounded and connecting with your Inner Child.
I graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1992 and completed LSU's Internal Medicine residency program in 1995. I'm board certified in Internal Medicine, and completed additional postgraduate training in Functional Medicine through The Institute for Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine tends to work best for chronic diseases and conditions, often finding the root cause of the disease state, and correcting it to allow for healing and resolution of the illness. My training in Functional Medicine filled in all of the blanks that medical school left out.
I am a life-long learner and have explored multiple pathways in my medical career. I have done this because I get bored easily, and because I like to see for myself if something works or not.
In May 2014, I presented a lecture at the Accordo Health Institute's Spring Symposium in Longwood, FL titled "Power of the Mind in Health and Healing," which inspired the creation of my Udemy course of the same name.
In August 2013, I participated on a wellness panel and presented a lecture on how food sensitivities and gut dysfunction participate in systemic illness and autoimmunity at The International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics' (IACA) annual conference in Calgary, Canada. I also participated on a wellness panel at IACA's 2012 annual conference in Hollywood, FL. IACA is an international group of neuromuscular dentists dedicated to advancing innovative oral health and practice management education. An article I wrote titled “Functional Medicine – Innovating Chronic Disease Care” was published in the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies' Fall 2012 Visions magazine.
I have lectured four times at conferences for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) on the biological effects of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. A4M is a global institution representing 26,000 physicians and scientists from 110 countries dedicated to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process. A scientific article I wrote titled “Biological Effects of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy” was published in A4M’s May 2012 Issue of Anti-Aging Medical News magazine.
In 2012, I gave a presentation to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in Baltimore, MD on the scientific evidence of the beneficial effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on osteoporosis.
In 2012, I presented a webinar for Cell Science Systems (CSS) titled “Gut Health and Systemic Disease.” CSS is a life sciences company and the worldwide leader in food intolerance/sensitivity testing.
For several years, I consulted for the Social Security Administration's Disability Determination Services in Florida and Georgia. I garnered numerous awards regarding consulting, advising, and teaching in this field including "2002 Georgia Disability Adjudication Services Medical Consultant of the Year Award," "2001-2002 Georgia Disability Adjudication Services People’s Choice Trainer of the Year Award," and "2004 Florida Disability Determination Services Medical Consultant of the Year Award."
I have a special interest in frequency based therapies and mind-body medicine, which emphasizes the influence of the mind on the body. My goal is to deliver best-in-class integrative healthcare education by staying abreast of the latest science-based evidence regarding innovative ways to promote health and well-being for all individuals on a global scale.