Spotlight: Sara Avery
by Colleen M. Quinn
For anyone who’s dealt with a serious, chronic condition, Sara Avery can sympathize. Sara spent much of her life battling severe problems with her endocrine system. By the time she was twenty nine, she had exhausted every possible treatment option. Her last resort was to block and replace all her hormones, but even this extreme method barely kept her functioning – let alone solve the problem.
“I was so miserable,” she says.
Luckily, a fortunate recommendation led Sara to a process called theQuanta Change Process. As far as change goes, Sara says that every part of her life has been positively changed by this process, and as an experienced Quanta Change Guide, she’s doing her best to bring this unique process of change to others.
Sara’s work with the Quanta Change Process began with a recommendation from her osteopath at the time. He noticed that there seemed to be more depth to her health problems than met the eye. Measuring her cranial rhythm, which the vital pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and skull, he found that her rate was about 3 or 4 cycles per minute. An average rate is 10-12 cycles per minute. The osteopath recommended Sara to a woman named Mimi Herrmann, and said that Sara might benefit from the work that Mimi was doing. Mimi’s work turned out to be more than just a healing answer for Sara, but now a passion life’s work that she now is spreading to others, years later.
Mimi had developed the Quanta Change Process, which she described as “the process of getting to the source of human well-being.” She was influenced by her experience in healthcare administration and her degrees in psychology and education. Mimi saw a commonality that connected them – they often treated the symptoms of suffering, but didn’t necessarily solve the problems.
Through her personal research, Mimi wasn’t looking for what she ultimately found, however. While she had uncovered the source of un-wellbeing, Mimi also came to develop the Quanta Change Process over 20 years of personal research. Sara found the results of the Quanta Change Process to be life-changing, and spent five years working closely with Mimi, learning how the Process was developed and how to make it available to others. She also helped edit Mimi’s book Opening Your Black Door.
Mimi spent seven years researching with a neurophysiologist, learning about the behavior of energy, and how it forms as bundles of energy called quanta. These tiny quanta are influenced by their environment as they form bundles of energy, absorbing information around them. Sara uses the analogy of snowflakes forming; they start out as little specks of dust, and depending on the conditions of the cloud it’s in, the crystalline structures form in various shapes, sizes, and designs.
The energy of the human body is no different in its formation or behavior. This human quanta starts out as a tiny bundle of energy and genetic material, growing through pregnancy, childhood, and beyond into a functioning person. Before the age of 2 ½, a baby’s brain isn’t a rational mechanism yet. The brain is essentially a sensory sponge, absorbing information and figuring out “how it feels to be a person,” says Sara. “The brain is learning how to survive in the surroundings it’s in.”
“Surroundings” doesn’t just describe what a baby sees, hears, and touches, but includes what he or she feels. Babies pick up feelings from others quickly and easily; it’s clear that a parent’s stress can easily transfer to their child, although the stress may have nothing to do with the child at all. This transfer and absorption of feelings is called the sensory learning process, and affects how a person subconsciously relates to their environment.
For example, suppose a baby’s parents are overly stressed about money. The baby’s brain takes in these feelings and interprets them as information about its environment: “There’s not enough.” This is now a piece of information that the brain interprets as a fundamental part of being human – that there is something inherently wrong with being human.
Over time, these deep-seated feelings become ingrained in a person because the brain classifies them as information essential to survival, and change to the contrary means a threat to that survival. This is called Learned Distress, and is a key role in shaping a person throughout their experiences in life. In her research, Mimi identified this as the source of a person’s “un-wellbeing,” the thing that keeps many people ailing, both physically and mentally.
After the age of about 2 ½, the child’s rational brain starts to function, which is an important development in terms of the brain’s use of the Learned Distress. Now that the brain, through sensory learning, has built a foundation for what it’s like to be human, it now starts to react rationally to the information it takes in. Mimi called this process Brain Direction.
Speaking of the energy and information that the brain processes, she says, “The energy comes in as sensory learning, and goes out as Brain Direction. “Simply put, Brain Direction is how the brain uses Learned Distress to create negative moments and situations in a person’s life.”
As an example, Sara recalls the baby who developed the sense that “there’s not enough.” Through Brain Direction, this person is probably worried about money throughout their life, and probably has various financial problems. While upsetting, this is of course not surprising for the person, as their brain learned from the beginning that part of being a person means that there’s not being enough for them.
Learned Distressed and Brain Direction are reinforced by how the brain recharges itself on a daily basis, during sleep. The rational brain shuts off when a person sleeps, allowing the sensory part of the brain free reign.
“Sleep is a time when the body and brain renew their energy,” Sara says. The brain is essentially recharging itself during sleep, using the energy that is cycled throughout the body.
If that energy is part of a Learned Distress, which has been reinforced throughout the day by Brain Direction, the brain is simply recharging on negative feelings. Dreams are a good example of this; often times, we can see remnants of thought patterns or events from the day turn up in our dreams that night.
“Dreams show our deepest sense of self,” Sara says.
The key to altering this cycle of Learned Distress and the resulting Brain Direction lies in changing the kind of energy and feelings the brain uses to renew itself. “When a person is awake, Brain Direction creates the moments and events in your day,” says Sara. “You have to give the brain, in a dream state, the feeling of true positive change. You actually need permission to remove the Learned Distress.”
This is where the Quanta Change Process comes in. The Quanta Change Process is a method that it targets that deeper foundation of the sensory brain, eliminating the brain’s use of Learned Distress and thus bringing about positive change. The first step of the Quanta Change actually takes place during sleep, when the brain is recharging. This is done with the aid of the Quanta Change Sensory Message CD.
The CD is a narration of positive messages that provide the brain with positive material to recharge with, replacing the Learned Distress. “The layer of Learned Distress peels off when the brain recharges with positive feelings,” says Sara, and when the person is awake, positive thinking and feelings become easier and more natural. Overall, a positive cycle is created and slowly replaces negative cycles, and at the same time is lessening the intensity of Learned Distress.
However, solely listening to the CD won’t effect permanent change. At this point, a conscious effort is needed in addition to helping the brain move away from Learned Distress. This is called shifting, because a person consciously shifts to feeling good during moments that they start to feel bad again when the brain may be reverting back to a Learned Distress. Positive thinking now becomes a powerful tool as the layers of Learned Distress are removed. It reinforces the brain’s use of positive feelings during sleep, helping to replace the Learned Distress the brain has been using for so long.
These first two steps in the Quanta Change Process are effective, but not without their bumps in the road. It’s not uncommon for a person to initially feel a confusing variety of emotions as the layers of Learned Distress are peeled away. Other times, a person may be frustrated because it may seem as though nothing is happening. This is why the third step of the Quanta Change Process is working with a Quanta Change Guide. “The change cycle can be volatile, so a guide is needed to support people through that upheaval,” Sara says. A client meets about once a week with a Quanta Change Guide, either in person or by phone, to discuss their progress.
“A guide helps a client understand Learned Distress, how it works, and to see the change process as it happens,” says Sara. She says that one of her first clients had a problem with disorganization and clutter throughout her life. After about a week, the woman still felt like no change was happening in her life. The only thing that had happened was that she organized a room of her house, and was on time to work more often. “How long has it been since you did those things?” Sara asked her. The woman was taken by surprise how subtly the changes had happened.
“What would have taken a huge effort before, now doesn’t,” Sara explains. “Now it’s so natural and effortless, it can feel like nothing is happening. But it is!” The guide also helps a client learn how to shift their feelings effectively, and notice and celebrate the changes the client makes. Additionally, a guide uses a Sensory Quotient which measures Learned Distress and their intensities. This helps a client understand their own Learned Distress better.
The changes to one’s life as a result of the Quanta Change Process are many and various. Most of Sara’s clients say that everything becomes a little easier and less stressful. One particular difference that’s been reported again and again is that people notice significant positive changes in their relationships. “When you’re coming from a place of wellbeing, instead of Learned Distress, people respond to that,” says Sara.
People also notice physical changes too, either with chronic conditions or simply feeling better. Many of Sara’s clients started sleeping better and feeling less anxious when they started the process. One woman’s persistent plantar warts disappeared within weeks after she started the Quanta Change Process, and another man ended up not needing heart surgery because the blockage in his heart had disappeared. The only change in his life was that he had taken up the Quanta Change Process.
Sara says that the Quanta Change Process doesn’t heal the body directly, and that it is certainly not a replacement for appropriate medical care. Rather, “The Process takes away the sources of a person’s un-wellbeing, and physical ailments from that source may fall away,” Sara says.
In her own life, Sara experienced similar changes during her work with the Quanta Change Process.. In addition to great improvements in her personal and professional relationships, Sara’s mission to stabilize her endocrine system came to an ideal end when she started her own Quanta Change Process. As she worked with Mimi and studied the effects of Learned Distress, Sara saw a common thread throughout her life that lead to her current state of illness.
Around the time that Sara’s mother was pregnant with Sara, her father was diagnosed with kidney failure. He became increasingly sick and sadly died when Sara was only three years old. When she found out about Learned Distress, she knew she had found what she was looking for. “As a baby, I had learned that to be human meant to become very sick over time,” she says, which was exactly what was happening to Sara when she met Mimi.
After three months of the Quanta Change Process., Sara’s osteopath was astounded by the results he saw in her. Her cranial rhythms were up to 14. And soon after, Sara found that she needed less and less medication for various symptoms that began to disappear.
Seven years on, Sara doesn’t take any pills or medication for her endocrine system which has returned to normal for the first time since she was a baby. “There’ve been many other emotional changes that have happened too, but that was the first big change,” says Sara.
In addition to her own extraordinary change the Quanta Change Process. created, Sara is constantly delighted by her clients’ progress. “I have 50 and 60-year-olds who’ve been working on themselves for years, and they tell me that they’ve never experienced anything like this!” she says.
Many say that it’s as if life has become more natural to them. Sara is still continuing her own Quanta Change Process. and agrees with this sentiment. “As my Learned Distress lessens, things become more and more about where I want my life to go,” she says.
Sara’s personal journey with the Quanta Change Process. has been invaluable to her in the more than seven years that she’s worked with clients. This combination of experiences also lends a unique understanding on Sara’s part to her work. While she works with most clients for five to six months, her goal for her clients is recognizing their own Learned Distress and shifting their feelings on their own. She says that this can often be a lifelong process, but adds that it’s more than worth the benefit of “enjoying who you are.”
Part of Sara’s passion about the Quanta Change Process. is making this available to everyone. Knowing the deep benefits herself, Sara hopes that others can find the empowerment she’s found with the Quanta Change Process.
“People come to understand there’s something good within them, and that life can be what they want it,” she says.
About Colleen Quinn
Colleen Quinn graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication. A writer for most of her life, she has been writing for Whisperingtree.net for over two years. In that time, she’s had the opportunity to meet with many practitioners and masters of the healing arts. Using her years of customer service experience and time as an intern reporter, Colleen provides a unique means of expression for each practitioner she meets. She believes that honest interest and open ears are paramount for learning and understanding the world around us. Through her writing, Colleen offers readers a valuable insight into the work of those who are doing so much to help others.
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