“The Depression Tango”
-a soliloquy of unspoken reflection, by Neal Robert Smookler
Releasing “The Depression Tango” can slap an “S” in your chest, restore your moxie, replenish your MOJO, let your freak-flag-fly and wake you right out of the day-to-day ho-hums, yawns, whatevers, mopes, blue funks, black holes, bitter pills, mad-sweet pangs, oh you agains, blah-blah-blahs and dazzle you straight into a fresh rhythm of I’m-cutting-lose-and-devil-be-damned sparkle, elation and promise.
It is consummated in less than a flash with a pair of kata like choreographed movements. Most participants will tell you their ‘first time’ is
something they’ll never forget. One of those quintessential ‘Uh-duh!’ to ‘A-ha!’ moments that will linger into the next day.
Emancipation from ‘The Depression Tango’, visually depicted below — demonstrates that just about anyone in a busy world can achieve a respite, a welcome suspension from the drivel, blather and ennui of contemporary life.
Contrarily, this is a bright new paradigm. It explains how ‘The Depression Tango’ hinders promise, bottles up capacity, renders wherewithal useless, curbs flair and stymies knack.
The antithesis to this crestfallen dance very simply is within us all. A novel facility that enables the nervous system to wiggle out from this groove-of-inertia and jiggle up to a higher expression of order, organization and potential, read that; happiness.
A simple way to elicit a ground-swell of your better abilities into play and in the process reveal a more celebrated version of oneself.
The premise that happiness is situationally dependent has long been abandoned.
The concept that ‘a sunny life’ was only attainable by first achieving purity of mind, through meditation, e.g. — was the next wonderful advance.
The pharmaceutical epoch where Lexapro®, Xanax®, Zoloft®, Effexor®, Wellbutrin®, Prozac® and Paxil® were prematurely anointed as the key to life’s cheer was in hind-sight, a band-aid.
Now along comes a doctor who flips the entire collective on it’s head by maintaining that states of exceptional happiness can be approached from a polar opposite direction.
Now, that alone is enough to create controversy, but there appears to be a further twist. It seems that this advance — works in reverse. A state of super-happiness is elicited by first working through the body, not the mind. The body shifts and happiness is revealed, not the other way around.
If you look for a similar state in the medical texts, you won’t find it. Lilliputian potential is not considered a disease, so the possibility of a state of super potential isn’t even on the medical radar.
It is a progressive concept that had it’s birth with Virgil Benson Chrane— in the early 1930’s, in a small town in rural Texas. In some ways you’d think this is the last place a paradigm-shattering breakthrough would originate. Yet in many ways it was obvious.
Operating on the rural fringes of Buffalo Gap, Texas before the heavy duty legislation and homogenization of the present day healthcare system were ideal conditions for the birth of innovation.
The doctors waiting list was nine months and he was seeing up to three hundred people a day (during the great depression) before mass transit systems and well before everyone owned a car. What would bring someone from Oregon down to rural Texas, when people had little money and poor mobility to see a doctor for an appointment that lasted but a few minutes?
Favorably this is not one of those ‘lost-treasures-of-the-past’ stories. Quite to the contrary — in the past thirty-five years over two thousand individuals have been certified as practitioners who can now be found across North America, Australia, The United Kingdom, and countries of continental Europe.
From athletes to pop culture, Tiger Woods and the members of the rock band Green Day have all experienced it.
This doctor’s work was preserved in both practice and presentation — and it’s telling to know it was safeguarded in the form of a private association, outside of the healthcare system, safe from any agency who may try and lay claim or sovereignty over his discovery.
So, just what was this freethinking advancement?
In a sense, ‘water-wings’ for happiness.
Explaining the exact mechanics of this discovery remain unchartered waters. A feature entitled Melancholy Nation, which can be found in the March 1999 U.S. News & World Report may at least get us in the ballpark. The article noted that depression is on the rise, despite the increased use of psycho-tropic medications. Researchers observed that melancholic depression is marked by hyperarousal in the brain, a sort of chronic stress response that can’t turn off. Scientists researching a procedure known as rapid-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation (rtms) use a powerful magnet to stimulate the brain and central nervous system. The magnetic field causes neurons to fire at once and something about this action seems to reset the manner in which the brain releases the various chemicals implicated in depression.
Tweaked and developed further by his son, Virgil Chrane, Jr., the senior Dr. Chrane’s discovery seems to be based upon the same core foundation, albeit a more organic one.
In the two contradictory tendencies of living systems we have the stability of homeostasis (order) and the instability of chaos (disorder) — and how when each do what they are supposed to do, with an assist by this applied methodology our capacity for delight reveals itself. The makings of a new you.
Self-organization theory of modern physics proposes that complex systems such as humans, have an innate internal organization. Homeostasis is the term we use to summarize the complex adaptations our nervous system constantly makes to maintain that order. Whatever the challenge of modern life — the homeostatic mechanism relentlessly attempts to return to the safety of home.
Order, stability, the status quo. It sounds like a good thing — and it is, unless the grip of homeostasis is so tight that it maintains an lower potential emotional state; depression, e.g. — actively discouraging the possibility of a shift to a higher potential emotional state; happiness, e.g.
Chaos is a useful concept for making an intangible process easier to grasp. In an alphabiotic context, chaos is not the answer. It may be however, along with homeostasis, a description of the answer.
Chaos is part of nature. Chaos theory is a way of showing the unique and beneficial patterns that are hidden in apparent disorder. Chaos is also necessary to get past locked-in, lower potential emotional patterns.
Specifically, it helps explain how living systems such as you and I are capable of phase-shifting (jiggling up) beyond the protectionism of the status quo (homeostasis) into a state that is surprisingly even more orderly; better-than before.
According to chaos theory, the internal organization of complex systems can shift very quickly, with just a very small random input from outside the system.
A classic example of a ‘random input’ is how the fluttering of butterfly wings in Japan could theoretically affect weather patterns worldwide. The input increases the complexity of the state. At a certain point, a shift can occur (which at first appears to be purely energetic and disorganized) — as if the system is attempting to jiggle into a higher expression of order, organization and potential; better, brighter — than before.
The systems newly increased complexity, bumps up the order or frequency.
Simply stated, joy is a higher vibrational frequency than sadness. It’s a description that runs parallel to the alphabiotic experience.
Is the alphabiotic finding a way to trigger a chaotic state, not by a random input, but by a practical, deliberate and repeatable physical process?
Keep in mind the alphabiotic approach involves a unique motion of the head; one which allows access to the nervous system.
This motion is a ‘hiccup-like’ gesture which, by generating enough momentum, adds to the complexity of the nervous system.
It serves as a small, yet measured input which directly adds to the complexity of the nervous system. A jump (phase-shifting beyond the homeostatic grip) can now occur as the nervous system jiggles up to a higher level of order, organization and potential; better, brighter, happierthan
Apparently, homeostasis is a borg-like mechanism: it adapts. Any input that gets by the homeostatic defenses are then supported as part
of the ‘new-and-improved’ system.
Dr. Chrane’s development serves as a way of literally ‘pulling out the rug’ from underneath the homeostatic mechanism. The result is a nearly spontaneous shift in the homeostatic balance; augmenting the individual’s order or frequency to a heightened standard.
Analogous to shaking up a snowglobe, the living system then re-settles more orderly, organized and beautiful than before — a more
celebrated version of you!
And like a true chaotic event, the results are not always predictable.
Years of experience and testing however allow us to announce that the result will decidedly be positive; and oftentimes favorable beyond any reasonable level of expectation.
Releasing ‘The Depression Tango’ sessions are provided Monday to Saturday through The New England Alphabiotic Foundation located in
Hopkinton, MA (508) 625-1170.