Hello everyone, today I want to share with you this
amazing conversation that I had with Joey Rameny. She's a vestibular audiologist
and a Neuroplasticity specialist, and we spoke for over an hour about how you
can rewire the brain to heal from disorders like tinnitus and vertigo and these are disorders
that doctors have basically said were untreatable but she's developed this research-backed
process that's basically the same process for working with anxiety and other disorders.
Now I just want to give you a short snippet, a neuroplasticity nugget, if you will, on how you are
the ceo of your brain and like me, Joey talks about the brain as if it was another person, so this
makes me smile real big because I do that too. The full interview is on my podcast, by the way I
have a podcast, it's called Therapy in a Nutshell and you can check that out and Joey's got a book
detailing her step-by-step process with a bunch of free resources on her website and again the link
to that is in the description.
Okay so real quick, here's Joey. We're basically the ceo of our inner
world like you know we're telling our brain what's important, what's not important, you know which
which guys and girls are spunky and sexy and you know like we're on the lookout all the time and
this is part of our survival mechanisms as human beings and a and anxiety is actually what's kept
us safe and it's protected us from say tigers and violence, so it has a healthy place, but what we need
to do when we take control and take power back of our inner world we need to actually teach
the brain that those tinnitus noises or those sadness feelings or those vertigo and dizziness
feelings or anxiety feelings, they're all normal and safe, they're false alarms, they're not true, life-threatening situations or triggers and when we're resisting and fighting them,
I'll just use the example of tinnitus, the same goes for dizziness, if I wake up every
day and like 'oh my god is it there, is it there is it there, okay I've got to take my pill, I've
got to use my device, I've got to talk about it I've got to tell my friends, I've got to go to
a doctor, I've got to book another appointment.' All of those behaviors and thoughts and
words are telling the brain this is super abnormal, it's a problem right.
Your brain doesn't
actually speak English, so all the brain gets is 'Joey wants to focus on this, she loves her
tinnitus, I'm going to help her out and put more neural power there and make it louder so she
can hear it better because she's really into this tinnitus, it's like all she's thinking about, so if
Joey wants to hear it, I'll help her, more neural allocation over there let's make it louder'. So, my
brain helps me to focus on it by making more of it. When we resist something and put emotional
allocation into it, which is often fear and hatred, the brain responds by going 'you're super into that,
so I'll give it more neural energy', and if we reverse that to 'it's no big deal, whatever, I'm super
neutral about it, I have no emotion attached to it', the brain's like 'yeah she's not interested so
I'm not going to put more neural activity there'. 'I'll put more neural activity to where Joey's
focusing', which might be connecting to her friends and creating a new band.
'She wants to make a new
band, so I'm going to start putting all my neural emphasis onto finding musicians'. So its like we teach our
brain what to emphasize and what to make louder. Because we're looking at making conscious,
healing neuroplasticity changes, the kind of emotions we're looking for is: celebration, self-
reassurance, self-acceptance, self-compassion, we want those emotions to be just blissing out. (Okay)
That means we've got more dopamine, more oxytocin, more of that yummy, juicy brain chemistry that
gives us more bang for our buck right. (Yeah yeah) So but basically your neurons communicate kind
of like fingertips and two arms they're passing messages, I've got my baby's little toy here.
Neurotransmitter chemicals are moving from one neuron to the next, they're captured by receptors
and if there's enough of that message it will carry on to the next neuron and you'll have
messages moving up and down your body all day long with these little chemicals passing between them.
The more neurons pass messages, the better they get at it and, so for my clients who don't feel
normal anymore and they feel completely abnormal and sick and dizzy and full of tinnitus, they need
to rebuild normal neural networks by teaching the neurons to pass the normal feeling neurochemicals
from neuron to neuron with more synchronicity, with more frequency, with more intensity, with
more duration, so they can hardwire it and then that new normal becomes their automated resting
state, they no longer need to put effort in right, and you might say 'what does that look like?'
Well, instead of focusing on getting rid of the dizziness, tinnitus or anxiety etc., they first of
all, step one, would be identify what you want to feel, what are your desired sensations to feel
normal? Not what you don't want to feel which you know it's easy, but that'll keep you stuck.
common ones, that you feel calm, relaxed, confident, adventurous, enthusiastic, like people often lose
their vigor for life, they're like I just it yeah, I want to feel like I wake up in the
day and I'm actually excited about what's going to happen. That's, for them, might be feeling
normal, so they have to figure out how to get those excitement neurons going so their therapy
practice or their rock steady toolkit would be 'what things could I do to help me feel genuinely
excited, to release those neural messages?' right. So then that becomes their home practice and with
time, frequency, repetition and with all of these emotional regulation tools to make sure they don't
kind of go backwards into the old, chronic loops, they return to normal and neuroplasticity
is something we are born with.
The human brain has billions of neurons, trillions of synaptic
connections, so much adaptability, redundancy and robustness. I think most people, myself included,
we don't realize how powerful we are, we don't realize how much we can co-create the inner world
we're living in enough perception of the world and we often just sit back with a status quo and
be the person we think we should be and kind of live this numbed out life of good enough or
'am I good enough' question mark and I think neuroplasticity enables us to really understand
'who am I authentically on this planet?' 'what are my values?', 'how can I align to those?', 'how can
I be the best version of me on the planet?', connect to community and have great cascade impact on this
earth? It's like really going beyond the individual and into the collective and I think a lot of my
clients start feeling victims of their sensations and come out the other side really wanting to give
back to the planet.
It's quite amazing, it's quite remarkable. That's really cool! I love that. In the
rest of the interview we talk about how focusing on what you do want, what's most valuable to you
that starts that pathway to healing and that fires up neuroplasticity and how using a body scan and
gentle compassion and openness without judgment toward your unpleasant sensations, like tinnitus
or anxiety, how those processes can help your brain rewire and heal and I'm working on two
videos right now to go into a lot more detail into that process of letting go of the struggle
with anxiety and opening up to those uncomfortable sensations of anxiety because I really think if
there was only one skill that I could teach you, it would be that one. So stay tuned to this
channel, watch for those upcoming videos and if you'd like to learn more about Joey,
please check out the links in the description.
I'd also like to thank Better Help
for sponsoring this video they offer professional, licensed counseling at a very
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your phone through messaging, through video sessions and other other ways of contacting
them, so check out the link in the description and I hope you all have a wonderful day.
Thank you for watching and take care.