Ashok Gupta - Gupta Amygdala Retraining

Ashok Gupta – Gupta Amygdala Retraining

In the very most basic sense, the goal is to stop any wiring circuits that lead to amygdala excitation and stress, and instead create circuits that lead to amygdala inhibition and feelings of health and safety.

Note: An excitatory signal increases the activity of the amygdala, and an inhibitory signal decreases its activity (towards a normal response). To be clear, this is not an “either/or” or “on or off” scenario. The amygdala functions on a spectrum of activity. It doesn’t have an on/off light switch… it’s on a dimmer dial. There is no risk of turning off the amygdala completely, only healing it back to a healthy level of sensitivity.

Amygdala excitation is any form at all of DESPAIR, FEAR, ANGER, RESISTANCE, or any need for PROTECTION. Any form of STRESS at all.

Amygdala inhibition is the opposite: HOPE, GRATITUDE, COMPASSION, ACCEPTANCE, and a feeling of SAFETY. What is the opposite of stress? EASE? (As opposed to dis-ease.)

If You Feel……………. Then RE-FOCUS on:
DESPAIR =========> HOPE

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A PATTERN basically is the pathway that starts at the point of STIMULUS, which is turned into a MEANING, and then triggers a RESPONSE.

STIMULUS = Anything that you sense, coming from within or outside of the body. Odor, noise, light, vibration, temperature, energy, itchiness, pressure, ideas conveyed to you through speech, body language, or written word. Your own spontaneous thoughts can also serve as stimuli.

MEANING = This is the tricky part… identifying the meanings; difficult to explain… an example might be more useful. E.g. If I smell perfume (stimulus), I can assign the meaning of “Oh shit! Pain! Toxic! This is damaging my brain! This person is so stupid!,” or I can assign the meaning of “Oh hell yeah! Sexy! Smells wonderful! This person really takes care of herself and wants to make a good impression!” This happens automatically at first, but this is what we are working to change with our conscious mind.

RESPONSE = I like to replace that word with SENSATION, which can mean either a bodily EMOTION (such as when you feel “butterflies in the stomach,” a “sinking heart,” a “lump in the throat”) or in the case of CFS/MCS, a SYMPTOM. Gupta includes thoughts and behaviors as responses.

This is where the positive feedback loop comes in to play: the response can then act as a stimulus. In this case, “positive” is not a good thing, as we are continuously adding more fuel to the amygdala inferno.

So basically, you notice a stimulus, and/or you have a negative thought. But now you’re being mindful, so you STOP the negative thought (gently and with gratitude for the work your amygdala did in protecting you in the past) and change it to a positive thought AND the bodily sensation of health and well-being (this is where visualization comes in handy).


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