By Christian Flèche, edited by Marie A. Boularand.
Today I’d like to approach health from a Biodecoding® standpoint. First, I want to emphasize the fact that the modality relies on a new paradigm, a new way of thinking, a new belief, another way of approaching disease. As a matter of fact, each of us chooses our treatment according to our beliefs: some of us use vitamins, others massage, energy work, cannabis or anything else.
For centuries, most people believed that disease was sent by evil to possess the body or by God as a trial to sanctify the faithful. Some believe that disease comes from the stars (astrology), the earth (geobiology), food, pollution, stress, and more recently genetics. We rely on many beliefs and interpretations to get well.
Whether we use antibiotics, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, bodywork or vitamins, we all agree on fighting disease because we believe that disease is bad. We do rest on this idea because that is what we have learned in the first place. How to find our way through all those thrilling and useful healing proposals which have proved to lead to health and consciousness?
The healing approach I have chosen for years relies on a new way of thinking, a new belief, a new way of conceiving and addressing disease; it does not rely on the psychological origin of disease but on its biological one. It is based on a new paradigm which C.G. Jung has intuitively revealed through this sentence: “We are not here to cure disease but disease is here to cure us.”
It may sound like a provocation to express such hypothesis especially when someone suffers from dreadful pain. This is why we must understand what we mean. Just like the system, does it exist for or against us? What about school tests, politicians, the army, the police, the law? Are they for or against us? Our bodies and diseases, are they for or against us?
FROM ACTION TO REACTION
Our diseases are here to cure us, but to cure us from what? From something hidden, invisible, unconscious; from a very definite emotional shock we have forgotten. For instance, if my skin is red and burned although it is midnight, I know why: I have spent all day in the sun. It is easy to connect the cause to the effect. Talking of disease, the problem is that the cause is concealed. We are only aware of the reaction. In this example, the reaction is tanning. Even far from the sunlight, we remain sunburned. In the same way, we may cough, suffer a multiple sclerosis (MS), or any other pathology even if the emotional shock is remote.
Tanning is a code: when the skin is in the sun, it reacts. Sun-tan is the reaction. Any disease proceeds the same way. It is an extra opportunity to adapt to an external event that caught us off-guard and that we have to deal with. When I see someone vomiting, I only see a reaction. I cannot see the toxic mushroom or the spoiled oyster he has eaten an hour before. It is a reaction to survive, just like tanning. This is good in itself. When we are intoxicated, we vomit to survive; when we are exposed to the sun, our skin tans to avoid burning. Both reactions are ways of adapting.
VIRTUAL IS REAL
What is the connection with disease? What is the connection with someone suffering from cancer or a stomach ulcer? The connection is a fundamental law which is that the brain cannot make the difference between reality and imagination. In other words, the stomach will process a spoiled oyster (real, material) the same way as an “indigestible issue” (imaginary, virtual).
Anyone can test this: imagine you have a slice of lemon on your tongue. The juice runs between your teeth, excites your gums and slips down your throat. The simple idea of biting a slice of lemon activates salivation. The taste will please some while others will find it bitter. Yet there is absolutely nothing in your mouth but your emotional and physical bodies have reacted all the same.
When a child plays James Bond on his PlayStation, he really is James Bond. Indeed he is in his imaginary world: his hands sweat, he gasps, he is enthusiastic. He is in the virtual, in the imaginary yet the body reacts.
Our biological system (body) works the same way. The thought of being attacked (physically or verbally) and actually be attacked are decoded the same way by the brain. It is a psycho-biological basis. The biology will make more skin in order to bring more protection at the affected site (melanoma, for instance). It makes one sick when it is helpful like inducing diarrhea when the feeling is an “indigestible filth”.
The body will react the same way whether the element is real (material) or virtual. We can vomit a toxic food we have ingested or something we refuse because it’s unacceptable – like when in a foreign country we cannot accept the culture, its ways and customs. Vomiting expresses the biological solution that corresponds to the feeling of “something unacceptable is being imposed on me and I want to get rid of it”.
THE BIOLOGICAL MEANING OF DISEASE
A 35 year-old woman is told her six months old son is autistic. This very evening, her two breasts start producing a lot of milk. At this very moment, the biological translation of her emotional shock is “I must take care of my child”. Of course, the increase of milk production won’t solve her son’s condition. But in nature, when a child is in danger or needs help, the archetypal and archaic biological solution is to make milk – and not to make a stomach ulcer.
The biological meaning is the cornerstone, the fundamental touchstone. This is the connection between the external event and the internal reality (biology, body). Let’s imagine that this woman is totally emotionless when she learns her son is autistic. Then the news will not affect her biological system (body). Since there is no problem therefore there is no point in finding a solution or running a program of adaptation. The body stays in its normality.
The important point in Biodecoding® is to identify the biological meaning at the time of the emotional shock in order to understand the purpose of the symptom. Once again it is not psychological, psychoanalytical or symbolic; here we are dealing at the biological level. Biologically speaking, the son’s autism does not mean anything to the mother. The sentence “my son is autistic” does not exist in biology. The meaning of the bio-emotional shock is interpreted in terms of stain, separation, resentment, lack, danger.
THE BRAIN-PSYCHE-ORGAN CORRELATION
The bio-emotional shock also causes the appearance of a focus of activity in the brain called Hamer Focus or Hamer Herd. As demonstrated in the German New Medicine® of Dr Hamer, the organ controlled by this specific brain center undergoes a functional change which is a survival reaction. The circumstances and the conditions at the moment of the trauma determine the nature of the bio-shock, which itself determines the location of the brain focus.
In a situation of horror or terror, the organ which function is to shout for help is the larynx. A scare-fright conflict decodes the larynx. But if the woman thinks “my son is autistic, I will not have any contact with him anymore”, the epidermis of the skin will be affected because it is the organ of contact with the external environment. A separation-conflict decodes the epiderm of the skin.
When I say it is not psychological it’s because we refer directly to our biological system. Here is another example: I attend a lecture. The room is closed, it’s very hot, and people are sitting uncomfortably. I feel sick, I need air. What could be my biological solution to resolve this situation, not the intelligent or mental one but the biological one? It’s to ulcerate the lining of my bronchi, to make gaps in an attempt to open up some space to get more air. When I cannot open up my external space I open up my internal space, my bronchi. If instead I feel nervous having people behind me, the biological meaning will decode a different organ: the retina.
AN EMPIRICAL DISCOVERY
The Biodecoding® method is meant to be quick, concrete and practical. The theory comes mostly from experimentation. Many searchers like myself, all from different medical background, have studied extensively for the past 30 years thousands of patients with various type of symptoms, and we came up with some solid hypothesis on the commonality between all diseases. What is the point of developing mastitis or a carcinoma in the left breast? What is the purpose of disease, of a pathology or a symptom? What is the use of it? To find the answer, we had to relate to the biological function of every organ.
The specific feelings connected to a particular symptom were discovered while listening to people’s emotional and biological meanings, through what one could not say, did not want to say or was unable to express at the moment of the shock. Let’s take the example of a person who is fired. He may tell his colleagues “To hell with it! I don’t give a damn!” That is what he says mentally. But what really happens deep inside him, in his guts? What is it he cannot or he is unable to express? This is the crux that set the symptom up and this is what needs to be found in Biodecoding®.
THE 4 CRITERIA
We all are affected by shocks, events, difficulties in our lives. But in order to alter our biology (cells), the situation must meet specific criteria. One might go through several dramatic experiences yet one keeps on safe and well. While another person experiences one minor difficulty and she develops stiffness in her neck, an ovarian cyst or something else. Why would this person develop a symptom and not the other one? Because the event she experienced satisfies 4 precise criteria.
First criteria: The event must be dramatic. If it is a slight shock, it does not qualify as biological in nature, therefore there is no point in finding a biological solution. Let’s bear in mind that what may seem minor emotionally speaking for one person may be felt as highly acute by another.
Second criteria: unexpected: this is an event which takes us off-guard, by surprise, for which we are unprepared.
Third criteria: an experience lived in loneliness, in isolation. For some reason we don’t talk about it, we don’t show our feelings – either because we don’t want to or because we don’t have the opportunity.
Fourth criteria: no lasting and satisfying solution. As a consequence the conflict will be buried in the biological unconscious.
For a symptom to develop, those four criteria need to be present. I often insist on the third one which is isolation. Everybody is aware that Mr. Doe was fired and Mrs Smith’s son is autistic. We all know about the external event, but at the moment of the diagnosis or the dismissal, what happened deep inside the person? What significance did they give to the event? The inner perception of the event depends on our own personal and family history as well as our needs, our values and beliefs.
LOCATION OF A SYMPTOM
I have been fired: this is a fact, not a feeling. The associated emotion may be self-devaluation: my life isn’t worth living; I am no good at anything anymore. What is it which makes us stand straight and move forward? On one hand, our values do; on the other hand so do our skeleton, our bones. When we consider we are not good for something, a decalcification sets in immediately. The location of the decalcification varies depending on the conflict. Here are few examples of self-devaluation:
— As a worker or a husband, it may impact the right shoulder. The right shoulder in a right-handed person is related to social life.
— As a father, it will affect the left shoulder.
— On an emotional level, it impacts the ribs.
— On an esthetic level, it will be the sternum.
Each bone is associated to a specific feeling which has not been expressed, heard or shared. What you do not express you imprint it in your body. Let’s go back to this woman with an autistic son. Because she is unable to overcome the feeling that her son is in danger, she wants to give him a part of herself. She has no solution to fix the situation since she cannot change her autistic child. For some reason she does not express her feelings.
The four criteria are present: the conflict is sent to the brain and from the brain to the biological system (body) – the brain being the interface between the world of emotion and the body. The biological conflict-shock causes the appearance of a focus of activity (Hamer focus) in the brain. As soon as it appears, the organ controlled by this specific brain center undergoes a functional change. In our example, the breasts will immediately produce milk for the child. Since this woman cannot find any practical solution outside her, she will activate the most adequate biological program of survival within her own body, which is the best biological solution of adaptation.
THE SAILORMAN’S STORY
Another case involving breast problem will help us understand the biological meaning of the conflict-shock. This is a true story reported by the newspapers about twenty years ago. After a raging storm off the Brittany coasts, fishermen saw a dismated ship which seemed unoccupied. They sailed close to it, thinking that the people aboard were dead. At their surprise, they found a baby who was still alive. But they were one week away from landing. One of the sailor-men said: I will make milk! And his breasts started producing milk. He decoded his milk glands, which are inactive in men and in women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding. The biological function of the milk gland is to “give a part of oneself to save the other”. So, this sailor-man produced milk and saved the baby’s life until it was admitted to the maternity ward. At this very moment, he stopped producing milk, because it was biologically no longer needed.
The same biological program goes for mammals. This is the story of a cat kindling 12 kittens. The problem was that she had fewer nipples than kittens. She lived with her mother, the kittens’ grandmother. Stressed by seeing the kittens die of starvation, the granny-cat started producing milk although she was not pregnant.
Through those real life examples, we can see that disease is a logical and meaningful biological program of nature. Once we understand this concept, it becomes obvious that disease is not meant to be approached like an enemy, to be fought, even when it is excessive; it is meant to be monitored and accompanied in respect to its biological purpose and sense. Although archaic, a symptom comes with the best intention in mind, to help us cope with unexpected stressful and unmanageable situations that threaten our own existence or that of others. It may not be the most efficient solution on the mental level but it is on the biological one.
Christian Flèche is a R.N., Master NLP practitioner, hypnotherapist and a psycho-bio-therapist. International speaker and author of 22 books, he is the creator of Biodecoding® and the director of the Biodecoding® Institute. Living in France, he spends most of his time traveling the 5 continents to train hundreds of student yearly. More info at www.biodecoding.com