Guest Post – by Dr. Robert Wiegand
(NOTE: Dr. Robert ‘Rick’ Wiegand teaches the “Access: Enhanced Awareness Workshop.” For more information about enhancing awareness/perception, visit: Access Workshop.)
Myth #1: Only a limited percentage of ‘gifted’ individuals can develop exceptional perceptual abilities.
FACT: The human nervous system is astonishingly sensitive. The average person’s innate sensitivity, e.g., their neural receptor thresholds, extends far beyond their conscious ‘range of perception.’ The simple truth is that your neural system continually detects much more stimuli than you are AWARE of. Consequently, most individuals are ‘gifted’ with the genetic potential to develop exceptional perceptual skills.
Myth #2: Your perception is limited to the ‘standard’ 5 sense responses.
FACT: Your conscious ‘range of perception’ is indeed limited/determined by your awareness of various responses your neural system produces when it detects a stimulus. However, your neural system produces a wide assortment of responses – beyond ‘standard’ 5 sense responses – when it detects diverse types of stimuli.
For example, your neural system produces specific autonomic and central nervous system responses when it detects extremely subtle stimuli. Practitioners who cultivate awareness of these specific responses are able to enhance/extend their range of perception. As a result, they can perceive important types of subtle stimuli, such as extremely weak changes in a patient’s physiology, which cannot be experienced/perceived through the ‘standard’ 5 sense responses.
Myth #3: It takes a lot of time and effort to cultivate exceptional perceptual skills.
FACT: Your clinical perceptual skills can be significantly enhanced in a weekend.
In the past, relatively little was known about how the human neural system processes extremely subtle stimuli. Consequently, developing subtle perception skills was a ‘hit or miss’ proposition that could consume considerable time and effort – with no guarantee of success.
Neurophysiological research has recently identified key components that are involved in processing subtle stimuli. Subsequently, new protocols have been developed that can reliably assist you to quickly develop exceptional perceptual skills. Enhanced perceptual abilities give you ‘access’ to a greater range of awareness/information/insights as you work with your patients. This, in turn, can significantly increase your effectiveness and certainty – as well as your enjoyment – in practice.