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Issue 1, April, 2014

"The One"  Newsletter

... edited by Robert Burnham, Certified Life Coach

Table of Contents:


  1. "Pasadena Activities"

  2. "Suggested Readings "

  3. "Suggested Sites"

  4. "What is Biofeedback?"

  5. "Healthy Habits - How to Exercise"

  6. "Random Thoughts"

1. Pasadena Activities   (Click on any item to jump to web site)

2. Suggested Readings    (click each for Amazon link)

4. Biofeedback?

5. Healthy Habits

The gym is your vacation spot!

6. Random Thoughts

3. Suggested Sites    (click to go there)

What Skills Will I Learn?


  • Deeper, Slower Breathing


  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation -- alternately tightening and then relaxing different muscle groups


  • Guided Imagery -- concentrating on a specific image (such as the color and texture of an orange) to focus your mind and make you feel more relaxed


  • Mindfulness Meditation -- focusing your thoughts and letting go of negative emotions


How Does it Work?


  • As you slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and ease muscle tension and relax the mind, you'll get instant feedback on the video screen. Eventually you'll learn how control these functions on your own, without the biofeedback equipment.


What Body Systems are Measured?


  • Electrodermal Activity (EDA). This measures sweating and can be used for pain and anxiety.


  • Heart Rate Variability (HRA). This measures heart rate. It may be used for anxiety, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and irregular heartbeat.



We all know getting regular exercise is beneficial for both physical and spiritual health.
So why is it so hard to actually do it?


Are you willing to drop everything you have been taught about goals and commitment, and also let go of all guilt and obligation?  It seems outrageously radical, but read on, and search deep within yourself.  You already know it will work!


STEP 1: Imagine yourself doing your regular exercise, whatever that may be for you. For me, it is going to the gym, so I’ll use that as an example. You can substitute your own activity, if it is different. Imagine yourself on holiday at the gym. You are there, but only for fun and relaxation, not in pursuit of any goal. You have unlimited time to wander around, to find a quiet and comfortable stretching area, do a few stretches, to walk around touring the weightlifting equipment.


STEP 2: Next, actually go to the gym – remember, you are going there only for relaxation and enjoyment, not to “do your workout”.


STEP 3: Once there, Relax. You are home. Have some water and sit down somewhere. Now, imagine yourself strong, fit, and lean. Not as you may be in the future, but right now – as if you had been working out for years as your regular habit and the results have already manifested. You must imagine what this actually feels like, not just the image in your head. Take some time and play this imagination game for a while. While still relaxing, imagine just doing the machines or free-weights you feel like at the time.


STEP 4: You may get up and do some weights now, but only if you really want to. All the while, you are very cognizant that you are “on vacation” and you are always careful to only do what you feel like doing at the time. If you end up doing just one set on one machine or even no weights at all, that is perfectly fine! While at the gym, you must not allow yourself to do anything you absolutely do not feel like doing in each moment. That is the key. You have no goal. Even when you do an exercise, do not even count the reps – only do as many as you want to do in that moment, then stop, relax, enjoy. You must become very aware of your mental state. You must refuse to do more, unless you want to – in that moment.


STEP 5: When you are done with your “holiday at the gym”, go home. Do not go to the gym again until you are ready to relax and enjoy again. You must never go there to “work out” or in pursuit of any “goal”. The goal has already been taken care of by the imaginative process mentioned earlier and requires no further action on your part. You must be vigilant, however, since thoughts of “I should do more” or “I’m not doing enough” will want very much to creep in. Don’t let them!                                                                                   ..... by Robert Burnham

THOUGHT 1:  On a quantum level, it is accepted that a conscious perceiving awareness is necessary for any event to occur. Without such an awareness present, at any given time and place, all possible events occur across a space-time probability distribution matrix. Another way of looking at this is that our individual and collective awareness is intrinsic (some would say causal) to the manifested everyday universe we experience. That is like saying if no one aware entity sees the tree falling in the forest, then it both falls and does not fall, and tips but does not fall, and mostly falls but gets blocked by another tree, and so on, ad infinatum. This seems to defy our common everyday experience, but do not discount it too quickly. “Special Relativity” has been proven again and again with atomic clocks on spaceships, but defies our common everyday “Newtonian” experience.


THOUGHT 2:  Also interesting is that respected scientists are now asserting that there seems to be a particular (and peculiar) quality of all matter in our universe. It is that all matter seems to "want" to "form an interactive relationship" with other matter. This underlying force seems to function whether the distances involved are as small as the quantum level or as large as a solar system and beyond. This observation has provided the basis for more recent theories as to how life forms wherever possible and how life originating on earth was not merely a “lucky coincidence”.


THOUGHT 3:  By means of this observed tendency to form interactive relationships, otherwise inanimate matter becomes an active participant in the evolution of beings capable of expressing awareness in increasingly complex ways. Compared with inanimate matter, even simple life forms have manifested awareness to transcendent levels of interaction and relationship. Perhaps the emergent property of human awareness, made possible through our amazing brains, represents a further transcendence to “awareness of awareness”. In this model, the universe, including all matter and energy, is directly participating in the creation of more increasingly complex forms which can experience greater and greater levels of awareness. Could this mean the "universe" is trying to "awaken"?


ODD FACT:  If the universe after the Big Bang was one billionth more energetic, no structures would have formed and would have simply "exploded". If it were a billionth less energetic, it would have collapsed back to a singularity long before life could have appeared on earth. 

                                                                                                                                                    ..... by Robert Burnham


Why “The One” as our Title?

"The One" signifies that across the fabric of space and time there is a unity of conscious awareness.

- That this field of awareness underlies the entire universe.
- That each person and each life form is a part of this field.

- That the universe is becoming aware as a whole and that as we awaken individually, we contribute to an awakening universe, perceiving itself through us.