“A Power Greater Than Ourselves Could Restore Us …”

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 7 entitled, “A Power Greater Than Ourselves Could Restore Us …” with special guest Chana Carro.

That famous phrase from the 12-step program has been adapted to many different addictive or compulsive behaviors worldwide.  So, how do you get that belief?  And what makes it so ubiquitous that different cultures, people of no faith and those of deep religious belief get the connection to the Higher Power?  Is there something within us all just waiting to be discovered?  Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?  Why is abuse of drugs and alcohol such a spiritual corruptor?  If the mind is such a powerful interface between body and the higher self, why isn’t appropriate use of will enough to handle the problem? Dr. Barksdale’s listeners have been exploring some of the unique aspects of mind with healing and the role of access to the transcendent self to promote wellness. Dr. Barksdale now turn his sights to drug and alcohol abuse. The week’s guest expert, Chana Carro, will shed some light on how spirituality and mind must work together to restore wellness from abuse/addiction across different cultures. 

About Ms. Carro
Chana Carro is a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor with 24 years’ experience in the treatment of addiction.  Chana has a Masters degree in Social Work.  She is the former Executive Director of Outpatient Services at Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, NY.  Chana’s post-graduate studies in the Anthropology Department at Arizona State University explored spirituality and addiction, with a special emphasis on addiction in the Jewish Community.  Chana was Associate Faculty at ASU and ASU West and has taught in the Graduate School of Social Work where she developed a specialty course entitled Faith Based Intervention in Social Work Practice.  She is particularly sensitive to the impact of addiction on the whole family system and her research has included work in the Religious Studies Department exploring spirituality as it is expressed in the Twelve Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Understanding Hypnosis and the Mind: The Head Works the Body

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 6 entitled, Understanding Hypnosis and the Mind:  The Head Works the Body with special guest William Stafford, PhD.

Dr. Barksdale’s listeners have been on a journey investigating the power of mind and its ability to benefit us in a manner that encompasses a holistic wellness of body, mind and spirit.  They have heard from internationally known experts on the power of mind to affect the immune system or activate internal healing power.  Science may just be catching up to understanding what so many have believed just by faith and experience. 

What about hypnosis?  You may have seen the stage acts and the read the print ads.  It’s time to look under the hood and see just what makes hypnosis work.  If there is a mind connection to other internal abilities, we want to know about it. Dr. Stafford started out as a business developer.  What does a man who looks at the math behind business proposals find in the science of hypnosis?  Can it benefit anyone?  What’s the difference in stage vs. clinical hypnosis?  These questions and more are the subject of episode 6.

About Dr. Stafford
William Stafford, PhD, is currently the Director and Chief of Therapy for New Dimensions Hypnosis Centers, specializing in alcohol, drug, eating disorders, stuttering and forgiveness.  He wrote the protocol, Rapid Recovery Program using hypnosis for treating drug, alcohol and eating disorders used by many practitioners coast to coast.  Dr. Stafford has been a student, teacher and/or practitioner of hypnosis/hypnotherapy for more than 30 years.  He is a certified instructor and teacher of hypnosis/hypnotherapy for the National Guild of Hypnotists, American Board of Hypnotherapy, as well as the International Hypnosis Federation. His studies overseas have made him a proven lecturer on the mind, body, and spirit connection experience.  Visit Dr. Stafford’s website:

Dr. Vernon Barksdale Featured on Afriquecanada.TV

Vernon Barksdale, MD MPH CPI, was invited to participate in the Featured Speakers Series of the Today in Miracles show that is available to view online at The show is hosted by Mwila The Queen, and represents inspirational themes of life-changing messages.

As a practicing psychiatrist and clinical researcher, Dr. Barksdale speaks with Mwila about his theories of how spiritually oriented techniques can be used in response to stress, anxiety, psychiatric issues and other health disorders. Using techniques that he developed with his wife, Louise Taber Barksdale, MD FACP, Dr. Barksdale shares how health promoting activities such as meditation can counter the effects of stress and other disorders than can cause damage to brain tissues.

Medical science proves that depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other major psychiatric illness, as well as diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes have causation components that are stress-related, and can lead to destruction of brain tissue. But with mindfulness meditation techniques and practice, improvement can be seen in the brain tissue that has been affected by these significant stressors. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to improve sense of well being and manage chronic disease.

The Successful Living Series is a collection of specially designed meditation trainings for improving deep relaxation meditation ability to promote better physical, mental and spiritual health. In particular, the Successful Living Series promotes theta level meditation techniques utilizing alternating tones.

The Spiritual Mind Enhancer Workshop

I am very excited to present this workshop on deepening meditation at the slower theta and delta brain wave levels at IIIHS in Montreal. This training builds upon the material in The Spiritual Mind Enhancer CD to increase mental awareness while at deep relaxation and meditation. It will enhance your spiritual mind awareness and increase ability to effectively use your spiritual senses of communication—visualization, imagination and emotion. Just as we practice to improve our conscious mind perception skills, we will get the most out of meditation by increasing the sensory skills at the level of interface between the conscious and spiritual mind. The spiritual mind has the ability to expand or project beyond the confines of the physical body without having to dissociate your spiritual body from the physical body. These guided meditation exercises teach you to be comfortable at this deeper level of mind including practicing projection of consciousness. The exercises also use the slower entrainment rhythms to help keep your brain activity at the more beneficial slower wave levels throughout the exercises.

The Spiritual Mind Enhancer workshop is part of the Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) and Spiritual Science Fellowship of Canada (SSF) 35th Annual International Conference, and I hope to see you there! — Dr. Vernon Barksdale

3 As 1 Announces Our New Title in the Successful Living Series Guided Meditation CD Collection: The Spiritual Mind Enhancer

3 As 1 Productions is pleased to announce the newest guided meditation CD in our Successful Living Series. The Spiritual Mind Enhancer provides training meditation to enhance inner perception and awareness of your spiritual mind. The three tracks are designed as meditation exercises that promote brain entrainment to heighten your spiritual well being while attaining the deeper theta and delta levels of meditation.

With guided meditation practice, you can maintain awareness at this deeper level of mind, while heightening sensory modalities used for communication and perception: visualization, emotion, and awareness of spiritual energy. The tones are alternating to keep the left and right brain engaged throughout. The entrainment rhythm helps to maintain brain function at the slower theta frequency, allowing you to ascend deeply into the inner world you create.

The Spiritual Mind Enhancer is immediately available for MP3 download from the website.

The CD version of The Spiritual Mind Enhancer will be available beginning in July 2010 when Vernon Barksdale, MD, MPH, CPI leads a workshop at the Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) and Spiritual Science Fellowship of Canada (SSF) 35th Annual International Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.