"Some books are deeper and more profound than others.They touch us at a deep soul level.This is one of those books.Your Owner's Manual for Life epitomizes the Truth that our greatest resource lies within." ~ Jack Canfield, Co-creator, of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) book series
"I have never met anyone so completely dedicated to her vocation as Maureen Damery has been in her relentless pursuit of this book. She is a student of life with a child's sense of wonder and a teacher of healing light and energy. Maureen's background in software development coupled with her deep spiritual commitment to healing the human soul have converged beautifully to co-create with the divine and birth this incredibly insightful book.Getting lost in it may be the only way to find your true self." ~Karen Biscoe, CPC
Desiring more meaning, fulfillment and joy in my life, I embarked on a quest to actualize this aspiration. Your Owner's Manual for Life is the synthesis of everything I've learned, believe and love. A compendium of wisdom gleaned from experiential practice incorporating the works of New York Times Best-Selling Authors and Internationally Renowned Inspirational Speakers such as Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra and Dr. Wayne Dyer (to name but a mere few), Source Code provides you with practical, empowering tools for creating and enjoying a rich, fulfilling life.
Follow the song of your heart
~ embrace its gentle whispers,
for they are composed in the Source Code of Your Soul.
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About the Author
Having immersed herself in the healing arts, Maureen transitioned from computer programming in 2004 and began practicing in the field of integrative complementary medicine. In 2008, she created BarnStone Healing Center, providing private sessions, workshops and inspirational speaking engagements.Maureen is a self-empowerment facilitator whose objective is guiding others to expand their awareness, soften their resistance and re-connect with their own capacities for healing, creating and thriving in a robust, fulfilling life.
Maureen continues to explore, implement and compose literature on the latest developments in the Mind/Body science, holistic field and methodologies of the healing arts. She reminds us that we possess the capacities to actualize our full potential for optimum wellbeing and realizing our highest aspirations. Her message is living purposefully through meditation and mindfulness.
Maureen is an EIPPY Award-Winning Author and Co-Creator of the Best-Selling My Big Idea Book
"Maureen is a very gifted healer whose energy and light are a spiritual joy ride. Her unique and insightful wisdom is imparted with a warm, down to earth sense of humor that is a delight. Her ability to alter a problem's perception is magic. One cannot help but to be uplifted by being in her presence." ~ Elaine McCall, RN; Pembroke Hospital
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Your Owner's Manual For Life
Source Code of Your Soul
By Maureen Marie Damery
Balboa PressCopyright © 2016 Maureen Marie Damery
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"The Function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple." ~ Grady Booch
Anatomy of Software Programming - Hardware/Software and Mind/Body: The Correlation
The Mind/Body Connection is not new, and it's not a matter of connecting your mind and your body. This connection already exists. It's a matter of being aware of this connection and utilizing it to your benefit.
In this chapter, you'll have a brief overview of software development and how it relates to your Mind/Body in rather intriguing and beneficial ways.
Everything we know may all be wrong, or at least incomplete. True wisdom and learning are primarily an increased awareness of how little we actually do know. What we think we know can hold us back and limit us; and it is only in the new awareness of how little we may know and how limited our thinking may be, that true growth and progress can occur.
If there's one thing I learned from software development, it's that there's no such thing as a foolish question. Foolishness lies only in the absence of asking. "I don't know" is a good answer – especially when followed by: "But I'll find someone who does." The same is true in life.
Computers only do what they're programmed to do. Our Mind/ Body is quite similar. Consciousness is hardwired within us. It is the language of the Universe, the source code of all source codes. With this in mind, let's have a brief overview of some basic software development characteristics and visit our Mind/Body counterparts.
Similar to our own learning process, programming is the creation of a set of instructions that computers use to perform specific operations and exhibit certain behaviors. Programs are an ordered series of instructions for altering the state of a computer in a particular sequence. Software is a collection of programs and related data that tells the computer what to do, how to do it and when. Software provides instructions to the hardware (the computer itself) or serves them as input and output - Parallel to the way our Mind/Body and societies operate.
There are two types of software:
- System Software: Non-task specific functions of the computer.
- Application Software: Employed by the users to accomplish specific tasks.
System software functions like the organs in your body. Your heart performs the specific task of pumping your blood while your lungs do the breathing for you. You don't have to think about these functions or perform an action to set them into operation, they simply run on their own.
Application software can be likened to specific tasks you perform with your body such as brushing your teeth, singing a song or playing a sport. You choose to perform these activities and then set about doing so.
Your Mind/Body is an amazingly intricate system comprised of Hardware, Networking and both System and Application Software - Each component having its own set of instructions for its particular directive. For example, consider the function of your bladder... This shan't be graphic, I promise. As you consume nourishment, your body absorbs liquid. The liquid passes through your kidneys, which filter out waste and extra liquid, producing urine which is stored in your bladder. When the bladder is full, it signals the brain, and you set out for the restroom. We'll discuss this type of intrinsic functionality in a bit more detail during Chapter Two.
Now let's have a look at three of the basic types of software programming models. Our purpose in looking at these is to foster an appreciation of how they relate to our own creative capacities.
The first two types of software are considered 'Proprietary' which means they're the exclusive property of their developers and publishers [creators] and cannot be copied or distributed without complying with their licensing agreements. It also means that you do not have access to the source code which runs the software. The third model is where the Secret Sauce lies. Before we can fully appreciate the essence of that Secret Sauce, let's sample the first two:
- The traditional or procedural model where a program is seen simply as a list of tasks to perform.
This is Binary code ... Dots & Dashes - No Delight ~ at least in my opinion.
- The Object Oriented Programming (OOP) model represents concepts as objects having attributes (Properties and Methods). You can equate these attributes to things such as height, weight and skin color (Properties) with the Methods being your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviors.
A bit more interesting than Binary, but again, proprietary. ... OOP's!
- Then there's Open Source Software ... Ah, the Secret Sauce!
Open Source is software for which the source code is freely available. Not only can it be copied and shared liberally, its code can also be accessed and manipulated. Something we can play with ... Now, we're talkin'!
Programming, regardless of the context within which the word is used, can be perceived in varying ways. One perception is that it's a Pandora's Box, the opening of which should be avoided for the unknown potential hazards of releasing its contents. It can also be perceived as the anticipation of a magical toy which lies within a pretty package with your name on it. The pleasure to be experienced in stepping outside of that box is the objective of Source Code of Your Soul.
The traditional (procedural) model is one where a program is seen as a set of tasks to perform - A list of instructions having a linear order of execution with occasional branches and loops. A branch is a command that tells the computer to go to some other part of the program. A loop is a sequence of instructions that's continually repeated until a certain condition is reached. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
An infinite loop lacks an exit routine, meaning that the loop repeats continually until the operating system terminates the program. A loop can run until the program automatically terminates after a particular amount of time, referred to as 'Timing Out'. You may have encountered this during an internet session displayed as an error such as 'Your session has timed out'.
Ever make numerous efforts toward something by means of the same approach, only to become frustrated by a similar, disheartening outcome? There's a lot to be said for perseverance; however, expecting something different to come of approaching something with the same mindset and manner is senseless. You cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. You must shift your perception in order to see the world anew in order to create something different in your life.
Many of us have experienced or are currently living in the procedural model, feeling like a robot going through the motions, stuck in an endless loop on the proverbial hamster wheel. On some level we know that something monumental is missing and wonder why we've been unable to break the patterns in our lives and have something different show up. Yeah. ... Dots & Dashes – No Delight.
With this in mind, ask yourself: What creation of insanity am I using to function from its limitations that are holding me captive? It is not necessary to attempt to answer this question. The intention is simply to present it to your subconscious as an open door to possibility Asking open-ended questions ignites the frontal lobe portion of your brain which rearranges itself to find a new way of answering these questions by examining what if's. We'll expand on this more as we progress.
An OOP (Object-Oriented Program) is a collection of interacting objects ... as are we. In OOP, each object is capable of receiving messages, processing data and sending messages to other objects. Each can be viewed as an independent machine with a distinct role or responsibility. While these objects carry their own operators, allowing for some individuality, these operators are inherited either directly or indirectly from similar objects or classes within the program. Most of our programming is fundamentally inherited from our ancestors and the societies we develop within – often by osmosis (unconscious assimilation).
These two models typically involve some level of 'obfuscation'. Now there's a word! Obfuscation is the practice of hiding the intended meaning of something and willfully making it more difficult to interpret or understand. The formatting of legal documentation comes to mind here ~No offense intended. In the software world, obfuscation does serve a viable function. Proprietary software utilizes it for privacy, data integrity, security and anti-piracy purposes. Typically there are major restrictions on its use, and its source code is inaccessible. On the other hand, the code of Open Source programs is freely available. They are usually downloadable at no cost, modifiable and can be shared liberally.
Source code is the language a program is written in by a human being which is converted into machine code instructions for a computer. When modifying a program, it's beneficial to find that the original developer has commented their code. Comments are lines of text which are not executed by the computer. Their function is to provide readability to other developers for maintenance and upgrade purposes.
When considering a revision to our own internal code, we often seek input from outside of ourselves – counseling, trusted advice, books, etc. Ultimately, however, the capacity to modify our lives already lies within. A software developer approaching a similar task may employ Reverse Engineering – the process of retrieving the source code and studying how it operates in order to improve or adapt it for other uses. This can be quite a complex task - similar to peeling the layers of a big fat onion. However, onion peeling will not be necessary in our kitchen.
Our approach is some good o ld fashioned self-awareness. Our objective is to reconnect with what we already know as truth. If you would like to change your life, your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to identify your programs, become acquainted with their source code and edit them to your liking. While this may seem a bit ominous at first, rest assured that it's not only simple, it's Fun.
There's one more techie term I'd like to mention before we move on, Crippleware. This is a type of software which cannot be fully utilized unless or until certain criteria are met. There are two flavors of crippling: One allows the user to operate some but not all of the features of a program prior to full purchase or registration. The other allows the user to take full advantage of all the features of the program, but only for a limited time. Once that time has expired, the user must purchase and register the full version of the program before it can be run again. Similarly, there are works of wisdom in this world from which you may have derived a sampling of the possibilities in the banquet of life, but not the whole enchilada. We'll take a closer look at the enchilada in Chapter Four.
Your own mind can often be your worst enemy. When understood, appreciated and utilized wisely, however, it becomes your finest ally. You may have tossed aside the seemingly unnecessary Owner's Manual to that pretty box with your name on it or perhaps viewed it as erroneously written in a language you were unfamiliar with. Nevertheless, a user-friendly version is now in your hands welcoming your invitation.
What is it that you know that you're denying or forgetting that you know that if you knew would change everything?
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Musings ...CHAPTER 2
"You could have a gorgeous computer sitting on your desk; but if you don't know what to do with it, it's nothing more than a piece of junk. If, however, you learn the language of the computer, miracles can happen". ~ Louise Hay
Hardware ~ Your Brain, Your Body and Your Network
In this chapter, you'll become acquainted with your Mind/Body network and communication systems.
Our bodies are amazing entities. They're surprisingly similar to computers and the networks that connect them. Although one could spend a lifetime researching the intricacies of nature's operating system, we'll briefly touch on the basics to derive an understanding of the fundamentals.
Your Brain: Left, Right, The Waves and Your Mind
If the brain is the hardware, the mind is the software; right? Is the mind created by the brain or vice-versa? The following is from Leadership Brain for Dummies by Marilee B. Sprenger. In a section entitled, A Mind is What the Brain Does, Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield theorizes that the mind may be "the personalization of the brain. "
According to many researchers, the brain's functions, such as feeling, thoughts, problem-solving and communication, create the mind; but that the mind also constructs the brain. The feelings, thoughts, experiences and memories which build the personal mind also change the structure and function of the brain. Yup, it's all in your head. ...
It is my assertion that the brain is our mechanical computer for processing information while our consciousness manipulates the brain to create the mind which is ultimately the C.E.O. (Chief Executive Officer) at the helm. So, what's the matter? Your brain consists of Grey and White Matter, two components of your Central Nervous System (CNS). White Matter is the inner layer consisting of nerve tissues. These are the data lines that transmit information between your brain's nerve cells and your spinal cord. The Gray Matter is the outer layer consisting of neurons. These are composed of nerve cells and blood vessels having electrical properties similar to those of transistors.
This portion of the brain is responsible for sensing and interpreting input and maintaining cognitive function such as thinking, understanding and perceiving. Your brain interprets signals from your senses, creating images in your mind which is your perception of reality. This is where your programming resides.
"It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see". ~ Henry David Thoreau
Each side of the human brain controls different types of thinking. The left is associated with linear and analytical thought - The logical side which seeks organization and structure. The right side is associated with creativity and emotion - The playful side which seeks pleasure and happiness. Theory indicates that we tend to be primarily more left-or right-brained. A left-brained person is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective, while a right-brained person is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective. I'll leave it up to you to consider whether you've predominantly joined one club or the other. Herein lies the interesting phenomenon of categorizing ourselves and drawing conclusions based on these categories. "Oh, you're a Libra; therefore, you are X, Yand/or Z".
Your brain has five frequencies or waves (electrical impulses given off by brain tissue) that are measured in cycles per second, or Hertz (Hz). We'll surf these waves briefly to get an idea of how they work and how we can best utilize them.
Delta (0.5-4Hz), is the Deep Sleep Wave where your unconscious resides and healing and rejuvenation occur. Delta allows you to be more perceptive of information that isn't available to your conscious mind - what we refer to as 'gut instinct' such as intuition and psychic skills. These skills are made consciously possible when Delta waves are present in the waking state along with Beta, Alpha, and Theta waves.
Theta (4-7.5Hz) is the wave you drift upon during deep meditation and light sleep, including the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) dream state. Theta is where your creative inspiration and imagination come to life. This is also where your programming resides. At this frequency, you can make a deep Spiritual connection with The Universe and play with its 'magic' as Theta is the wave on which you consciously create your reality.
Alpha (7.5-14Hz) is the deep relaxation wave you glide upon when doing yoga or light meditation. This is the state in which your body and mind are able to relax and synchronize.
Beta (14-40Hz) is known as the busy or reasoning wave where you spend most of your waking, conscious time. It's also where your stress, anxiety and restlessness reside. Hmm, wouldn't wanna doze off and miss any of that now, would you?
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Table of Contents
A Note from the Author, xv,
Chapter 1: Anatomy of Software Programming, 1,
Chapter 2: Hardware ~ Your Brain, Your Body and Your Network, 9,
Chapter 3: Are You a Programmer or a Subscriber?, 20,
Chapter 4: Metaphysics and the Universal Laws of Nature ~ Living Purposefully in Possibility, 35,
Chapter 5: Happiness Is, 55,
Chapter 6: Shiny Things & Addictions ~ The Art of Distraction & Self Sabotage, 72,
Chapter 7: Forgiveness ~ The Get Well Bouquet You Gift To Yourself., 114,
Chapter 8: The Healing Response, 133,
Chapter 9: Aha Moments ~ You, Version Now.Ohhh!, 144,
Chapter 10: What's Love Got To Do With It?, 156,
Chapter 11: The Secret Sauce ~ Creating From the Inside Out, 207,
Chapter 12: Moving Forward With Mindful Ease, 242,
Chapter 13: The Author of My Life, 251,
About the Author, 287,