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What's Behind Your Belly Button?: A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct Paperback – November 8, 2011
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Since our initial years of working together at Santa Fe College, we both have continued to work and study in the field of psychology and education, as well as to keep up a correspondence comparing notes on our subsequent work in education. In 2005, Martha received her second MA in Depth Psychology and continued her study of the gut instinctive response in a research study at Sonoma State University. Bob continued to work in the educational field as a counselor and college teacher and then as an administrator in a privately funded experimental high school near Gainesville, Florida. With the new medical breakthroughs on gut intelligence, we decided to compile our lives' work in a book and share it with the medical and psychological community as well as the general public.
What's Behind Your Belly Button? explains what your gut feelings are actually capable of telling you about your inner instinctive needs, how to listen to the voice of your gut, and how to use both of your brains--head and gut--to work together for your optimal health and wellness. We have included in this book a complete protocol for the Somatic Reflection Process on gut feelings that we developed to be used with both individuals and in groups. It is our hope that readers will find using this protocol useful in exploring gut intelligence and in uniting the two brains--gut and head--for developing higher intuitive intelligence.
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Martha retired in 2008 with her husband, Michael (Zardoa) Love, to Oahu, Hawaii. And immediately upon first laying on the sandy beaches, she decided to use her leisure time to begin a writing career. Three years later, she published as a co-author with her colleague of 40 years, Robert W. Sterling, a book called What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct. It is a narrative of the maturation of sciences of psychology and neurology that explores gut feeling intelligence and is based on their lifetime career experiences as guidance counselors, educators, and school psychologists. They also have a recent book publication, Increasing Intuitional Intelligence, that explores the education of gut intelligence for developing intuition, wellness, and longevity. Over the past four years, she has also contributed as a co-author to many of the 34 books written and published with her husband under the pen name The Silver Elves, both fiction and non-fiction, on magic and enchantment and the Elven Way. And in 2014, she also published a cookbook called Mom's Island Bakens: Over 50 Altered Recipes for a Happy Gut and Healthy Heart, which is written to help people improve their lifestyle choices for healthy eating and shares her original recipes for a happy gut and a healthy heart. Her latest book, Maggie's Kitchen Tails, is coauthored with Rosemary "Mamie" and Douglas Adkins and is a delightful book of original dog food recipes and puppy tales.
Martha Char Love was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up primarily in Georgia and Mississippi. She received her BS in Elementary Education in 1968 and an MA in Educational Psychology in 1970, with a 5th year certificate in Psychometry in the School Psychology department. She was a counselor/instructor in the '70s and early 80's, working as both a career counselor and instructor at Meridian Junior College and later in a large community college, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), in Gainesville Florida, as well as a licensed School Psychologist for the Alachua County Schools K-12. It was at that time that she first wrote a text for her classes with her colleague, Robert Sterling, about the gut instinctive responses that they were discovering with people they were working with in career exploration. In 2005, she received her MA in Depth Psychology and continued her study of the gut instinctive response in a research study at Sonoma State University. In 2008, she received her PMA in Art Therapy. After years of study and new medical breakthroughs supporting the intelligence of the gut brain, she and Robert Sterling have written the groundbreaking book "What's Behind Your Belly Button?.
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A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE INTELL GENCE OF HUMAN AND GUT INSTINCT
By MARTHA CHAR LOVE AND ROBERT W. STERLING
Authors Love and Sterling point out in their dedication of this book to the youth of the 50s and 60s, that they were the first to realize the power love and peace offers in uniting the various differences within humanity. This was not explainable then -- just a "gut feeling".
Since those times the authors have, through extensive research and counseling sessions, along with neurological studies, been able to identify the gut as a second brain; one more in tune with somatic reactions to stress and emotional feelings. Once people learn how to combine the two brains, it becomes possible to use that natural combination to experience healing, stress reduction and dis-ease.
The authors, working on the premise that "nature creates the situations called problems and man discovers the solutions," present a protocol for "facilitating the Somatic Reflection Process". An external guide called a facilitator guides the patient through a process of acceptance of feelings, past and present, allowing the person to share emotional inner needs which are often the cause of physical distress. People through language, such as, "I feel like I got punched in the gut," or " I got a gut instinct about this," have always sensed that the gut was the seat of emotion leading to illness and duress. Many actors routinely throw up before a performance; others become nervous over something and experience diarrhea or cannot eat.Read more ›
I particularly liked the chapter on education and the lengthy letter they included that they had sent to President Obama about the importance of the education of our gut feelings in the educational process to help people learn to make healthy decisions.
I think that this book is equally valuable for professioals in Psychology or the Medical fields, as well as for all the rest of us, as it is both deeply personal at times and yet very well researched. I think nearly everyone could benefit from reading "What's Behind your Belly Button?" It gives a hopeful new view of human kind and would make a good gift for anyone.
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