In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, my guest Lisa Wimberger was struck by lightning at age 15 and lived. That lightning strike set in motion a grand mal seizure disorder that she lived with for the next two decades and ultimately influenced her life’s work with neuroplasticity.
The seizures became life threatening, but that condition inspired her to find ways to protect and rebuild her body and mind. She went on to explore neuroplasticity, a process that helped her to disrupt her seizures.
“There’s a seizure halo from stress and maladaptive vagal tone and then there’s a seizure. Well, there’s a gap in space and time between those two things and it might be a fraction a second, but that is a response pattern that I’ve gotten really good at. Neuroplasticity says I can change those things. It doesn’t tell me how exactly, but I’m going to figure it out. I had all of this meditation that I was not using for my well-being, and then all of the science, and I just backwards engineered.”
The most profound insight she learned was that the way she was meditating was actually harmful to her. “When you hear the word meditation, it’s not one size fits all,” Lisa says. “There’s all different kinds and you have to know what works for your body.”
Lisa founded the NeuroSculpting® Institute in Colorado, where she teaches people and organizations who suffer from stress disorders, including law enforcement teams. She created NeuroSculpting®, a 5-step meditation process that can help an individual release the grip of old patterns and entrain their brain to creating new and more supportive patterns, habits and behaviors.
“The benefits are you still get to hack into your nervous system, and you get to file down the sharp edges of any thought that might have triggered you into arousal at any point in time, or you can create brand new thoughts,” she says. “Neuroplasticity doesn’t care if it’s an experience you’ve never had or an experience you’ve had. It only cares that you’re programming it with buy-in, and it’s going to store that in your mind as a pattern.”
Lisa earned a master’s degree in Education, a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership, and certificates in medical neuroscience, visual perception, and the brain, and neurobiology. She’s written numerous books on neuroplasticity and stress management, including Neurosculpting: A Whole-Brain Approach to Heal Trauma, Rewrite Limiting Beliefs, and Find Wholeness and New Beliefs, New Brain: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear.
She’s also co-creator of a digital app made up of interactive NeuroSculpting® modules that shift brain neuroplasticity and support well-being, called NeuroPraxis. This unique app helps people re-pattern trauma and nervous system suffering through guided meditation.
Listen on as we talk about Lisa’s discoveries in brain entrainment, stress management and meditation practices that do no harm.
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- What’s it like to get struck by lightning? – 2:06
- It was the gift. It was a gift because it’s the reason I do my life’s work. But it was really, really a rough time. – 5:37
- It heightened pretty much everything, including my maladaptive disorders like dissociation. It heightened intuition, it heightened fantastical perception, it heightened some kinds of synesthesia, and it heightened the dissociation and delusion, definitely heightened delusion. – 8:08
- I absolutely benefited from the ascension techniques. – 11:02
- I’ve gotten to be a part of some cool studies at CU Boulder and the Energy Engineering Labs. – 13:19
- He says, you’re vasovagal extreme syncope. I’m like, “Well, I don’t understand any of those words.” So, I left with a diagnosis, which caused me to go find out what that meant. That’s what pushed me towards neuroscience. – 18:16
- Meditation can be dangerous for people who have maladaptive vagal tone. – 18:48
- Coming back from those seizures was so painful and so embarrassing and humiliating. Why would I want more of these? – 20:01
- Meditation can be dangerous for people who have maladaptive vagal tone. – 25:29
- When you hear the word meditation, it’s not one size fits all. There’s all different kinds and you kind of have to know what works for your body. – 28:48
- What’s dangerous about being a freeze predisposed person and not really knowing anything about it, is that it’s extremely socially compliance. – 30:05
- There’s an induction that’s necessary in hypnosis that gets you safe, comfortable, and building trust. That’s missing in most meditation forms I’ve ever studied. – 32:32
- The five steps with neurosculpting, the first two steps are to create that induced brain state through words, through guidance, that you can then do on your own. There is a checklist that quiets the midbrain. – 34:04
- The things that get the prefrontal cortex really activated, novelty, humor, wander creativity. In neurosculpting, if I were guiding you through an induction, I would ask you for three to five minutes to just notice your comfortable cushion, soft texture of your shirt, your breath is breathing itself, your environment is as you like it, and then I would slam you into your prefrontal cortex. – 35:40
- At the end, you’ve got a trigger word, you’ve got a trigger hand gesture, and you’ve laid down the content in a ripe, receptive, nervous system because you followed an induction, and that is phase one. That’s the five steps. – 39:32
- Neuro practice app will give you a library of guided meditations. It’s not an instructional platform, it’s an experiential platform. – 40:39
- The benefits are you still get to hack into your nervous system and you get to file down the sharp edges of any thought that might have triggered you into arousal at any point in time, or you can create brand new thoughts. Neuroplasticity doesn’t care if it’s an experience you’ve never had or an experience you’ve had. It only cares that you’re programming it with buy-in, and it’s going to store that in your mind as a pattern. – 42:32
- I’ve been able to get paraplegics and quadriplegics to move again, which I did not start out expecting that. But it stemmed from my first case, which was a quad. My dear, dear friend, Heather. – 46:19
- Three recommendations to retrain my brain. – 55:24
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