~ S P E C I A L ~ F E A T U R E ~

"The Missing Link in Understanding Alzheimer's -- A Case Study"

an excerpt from the new book

Healing Your Emotional Sufferings so the

Physical Healing Can Follow

by Maureen Minnehan Jones
Published by O Books
Reprinted with Permission


The body communicates to us through our ailments what we need to heal emotionally. When the underlying causes are not addressed and released, the body continues to communicate and the process can keep escalating.

Those are the moving words of Maureen Minnehan Jones, as she guides us through a new understanding of Alzheimer's disease in this brief excerpt from Wisdom to Wellness.

WIsdom to Wellness Book

Maureen Minnehan Jones is the originator of the Modus Operandi Technique, or MO Technique, for short -- a method of locating and releasing the emotional injuries that can destroy a body's natural ability to heal itself.

In this excerpt, Maureen Minnehan Jones gives us insights into the nature of Alzheimer's disease, using the case history of U.S. President, Ronald Reagan to illustrate how the sources of Alzheimer's can often be traced back to childhood. Along the way, she realizes her own potential to contract the disease, and explains how she uses the MO Technique to protect herself.

More information about the book, Wisdom to Wellness, and author Maureen Minnehan Jones, follows the excerpt. Thank you for giving this material a fair consideration.

"The Missing Link in Understanding Alzheimer's -- A Case Study"

by Maureen Minnehan Jones

~ The Disease ~

Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease of the brain characterized by loss of memory and mental functioning and often including personality changes.

~ The Soul Discovery of Alzheimer's Disease ~

By the time Alzheimer's has developed, a body may have cried out for 60 years or more with many other ailments that have been treated either by medication, surgery, or other forms of traditional medicine. The individual may not have realized what the body was trying to say with each symptom, condition, disease, or broken bone.

If people believe they're being "beaten up" by life for no reason, or if they've found little meaning or purpose in life, they may feel helpless and hopeless, become depressed, and just give up. The soul discovery of Alzheimer's disease is to remember the essence of our true spirit.

Dr. Michael J. Lincoln, in his book, Messages from the Body, stated that Alzheimer's disease is a form of succumbing to the confusion some people feel about what their lives have been or become. He believes they've been demoralized by having their competence and confidence undermined in childhood. There is distrust and disgust with the Universe and they feel angry, helpless, and hopeless (Messages from the Body, Vol. 1, 2005, p. 32). Louise Hay, author of Heal Your Body, wrote that Alzheimer's results from refusing to deal with the world as it is, and thus becoming overcome by hopelessness, helplessness, and anger (Heal Your Body, 1982, p. 12).

Individuals suffering from this disease may have been emotionally abandoned in childhood. Perhaps the undermining of the competence and confidence was combined with non-acceptance by their families. This non-acceptance could haunt them throughout life, setting up The Common Thread of Disease.

On a physical level, the habitual hopeless, helpless feelings throughout life can actually create chemical and neurological changes. Blockages may form and affect the brain's nerve impulses at the cellular level to a point where the brain loses its ability to store and recall memories. Eventually, brain cells may deteriorate, causing memory failure, personality changes, and inability to function in daily life. All of these characterize Alzheimer's disease.

~ The Universal Soul Discovery of Alzheimer's Disease ~

To remember our true selves.

We may come into this life and forget who we are, thus the universal soul discovery of Alzheimer's disease is to remember our true selves. From our life events, including disease, we can gain knowledge, experience, and spiritual maturity. As this book describes, we can tap into the innate wisdom of our souls at any time and become our authentic selves.

~ The Emotional Sufferings of Alzheimer's ~

  • Signature emotional suffering: Confusion due to forgetting one's true self
  • Having their confidence and competence undermined
  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Feeling unaccepted
  • Feeling Abandoned
  • Being a private person who can't let themselves out or others in -- the "portable Plexiglas phone booth" syndrome
  • Emotionally distant
  • Unique emotional suffering
  • The Common Thread of Disease -- lack of self-love, powerlessness, anger and resentment

~ The MO of Alzheimer's Disease ~

It may seem contradictory, but I've observes that many children who are undermined at a young age grow up to become highly successful. How, then, do such people end up with Alzheimer's disease?

Perhaps as they become older, they keep striving to be good enough in their parents' eyes. However, unless they begin to feel self-love at their core, they won't obtain what they desperately need from the outside world. This constant seeking of acceptance from the outside may compel them to keep creating situations in which they hope they'll finally be accepted.

Although they may be outwardly successful, Alzheimer's sufferers may have difficulty feeling accepted and satisfied because their soul discovery is to accept themselves. But external acceptance is a temporary fix. Eventually, they may sink into a hopeless and helpless state, which could then cause the brain to deteriorate. This can especially happen at retirement if they believe they no longer have opportunities to prove themselves worthy and successful.

Alzheimer's disease soul discoveries may start at birth or early childhood, not at retirement age. A commonality exists in the MO and programming of Alzheimer's patients. At the end stage of Alzheimer's disease, the client appears to be in a "portable Plexiglas phone booth" and they cannot let themselves out or let others in -- they are in their own "private world." This may have been their MO throughout their life.

~ Ronald Reagan ~

Many of these individuals are reported to be highly private people. U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, was said to be a private man, yet he became a movie star, governor, and president. These types of professions may keep others at bay and can be unconsciously chosen by the individual who has difficulty getting close to others. One of Reagan's children said his father never hugged him until after he developed Alzheimer's. These people may lack the intimacy in their lives that they crave, but they just don't know how to let themselves out or let other in, which is one of their soul discoveries. This is usually due to their childhood programming.

Many times throughout life, they probably felt hopeless and helpless because of this unconscious programming, which may create brain impulses at the cellular level to cause nerve cells to become tangled and form plaque. Due to this plaque, the brain eventually loses its ability to store and recall memories. Eventually these sufferers sink into a hopeless, helpless state, which could then trigger the brain to shut out life completely. Constant seeking of acceptance from the outside world may compel those with Alzheimer's to keep creating situations in which they finally hope to be accepted.

Once I researched this pattern in Alzheimer's disease, I understood that I am a very private person. Thus I released the patterns and MO of Alzheimer's with the MO Technique. I am now enjoying the true intimacy that I've craved all my life. By accepting myself, letting myself out, and letting others in, I can truly be happy. I am giving it my all by working on truly connecting in hopes of preventing this devastating disease for myself.

For the last 12 years, I've used Dr. Michael J. Lincoln's book, Messages from the Body, to explain the psychological or emotional root cause of illness. I have my clients read the emotional root cause, and I have them highlight what pertains to them. Not every client would resonate with all of the aspects, but I've found that the emotional root cause is right on for most of my clients.

Ronald Reagan had the following illnesses, starting at birth and throughout his life. What were the soul discoveries of the illnesses, and how could the MO Technique have helped?

(1) At age four and again at age 36, Reagan contracted viral pneumonia. In his book, Messages from the Body, Dr. Lincoln described the psychological meaning of pneumonia as:

"...emotional abandonment at a very early age, to which they reacted with becoming a "self-made person" with a portable plexi-glass phone booth around them that effectively isolates the person from others. They are fearful and anxious to the point that they are overcome with futility feelings. They are struggling with confusion inducing conflict that there is failure to maintain immunity to negative ideas. They feel overwhelmed and restricted and angry." (Messages from the Body, Vol. II, page 454.)

Note: This doesn't mean if you've had pneumonia (or any of the diseases mentioned here) that you will develop Alzheimer's. However, each illness presents an opportunity to look at the "message" of the disease. Any conditions Reagan developed did not cause Alzheimer's; rather, they provide an opportunity to consider the role that the psychological meaning of disease plays in the development of any illness.

The body communicates to us through our ailments what we need to heal emotionally. When the underlying causes are not addressed and released, the body continues to communicate and the process can keep escalating. If we release the soul discoveries of the first disease or illness we encounter, we may not have to go on to others. This is why it's so important to understand the soul determinates that underlie physical ailments. When we incorporate this piece of the puzzle into Western medicine, we'll have a chance at the "cure." Euphoria!

(2) At age 38, Reagan fractured his right femur in six places playing ball in a charity tournament. Broken bones signify profound inner conflict in the depths of one's being. According to Dr. Lincoln, the right femur represents difficulty with "self-support" issues and problems with manifestation of the masculine. The thigh area represents having difficulty coping, feeling unlovable, vulnerability-avoidant and confidence-undermined. (Messages from the Body, Vol. II, page 568.)

(3) In 1985, he had surgery to treat colon cancer, which Dr. Lincoln noted the psychological meaning this way:

" are not happy with their life or with the world around them. They are in effect terrified of the universe due to being attacked from conception on. They literally can't let go of yesterday's wastes, so their digestion gets backed up and so does their hatred. (Messages from the Body, Vol. I, page 149-150.)

Also, Hay wrote that cancer reflects "deep longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at self. Carrying hatreds. 'What's the use?' and colon is holding on to the past. Fear of letting go." (Heal Your Body, p. 22-25).

(4) Shortly after the colon cancer, Reagan underwent cryotherapy for two basal cell carcinomas, which is skin cancer on his nose. Hay wrote that the nose represents self-recognition. Dr. Lincoln described the psychological meaning of nose problems this way:

" are deeply disappointed, disillusioned, despairing and/or feeling powerless. Their experiences have resulted in their not trusting themselves. They never know when someone is going to pull a fast one. They are prone to humiliation and shame, and they tend to feel any honors they receive are for little achievement. They are lacking in self-pride and are also sexually ashamed and inhibited because of having been subjected to a confidence-undermining family." (Messages from the Body, Vol. II, page 426.)

(5) Reagan then had prostate surgery in 1987 -- seven years before his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Here's what Dr. Lincoln wrote about prostate problems:

"...Due to changes in their life such as divorce, aging, or illness, there are intense feelings of frustration, and uselessness. They are self-contained and lonely with a lot of deprivation, grief, and depression. There is a significant amount of fatigue, along with a breaking down and/or a certain giving up. They feel they just don't cut it at being a male. Now it is coming to roost in the symbolic center of masculine sexuality. They are afraid that their purpose in being here is already over." (Messages from the Body, Vol. II, page 463.)

Note: Because Alzheimer's disease may develop from a sense of hopelessness and helplessness, it is especially significant to release any sense of uselessness, giving up or feeling that one's purpose in life is already over. (This can be done using the MO or Modus Operandi Technique.)

(6) In 1987, Reagan was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, which Dr. Lincoln noted the psychological meaning this way:

" are a self-made person who believes that they are all they have got. They have felt cut off from the environment and from the Universe all their life, and that therefore they have to handle everything on their own hook, unassisted. This activates moments where things are getting out of control and beyond their coping capabilities. They bring on anxiety attacks and the resulting heart palpitations. It is resultant of never having received love and merging as a child." (Messages from the Body, Vol. I, page 48.)

(7) Reagan then developed Dupuytren's contracture of the left hand, which was operated on in January, 1989. This is an abnormal thickening of tough tissue underneath the skin of the palm causing the fingers to curl. Here's how Dr. Lincoln noted the psychological meaning of the left palm for people with this condition: " are experiencing conflicts around vulnerability, feelings and relationships with practical management issues. They are inadequate to the cause of handling life's demands on the day-to-day level." (Messages from the Body, Vol. I, page 286.)

With these seven and all his other diseases (Reagan had several not mentioned here), his body may have cried out emotionally for 60 years or more before Alzheimer's set in. In the end, Reagan succumbed to aspiration pneumonia, a common cause of death for people with advanced Alzheimer's disease.

I'd always thought of this man as a big-hearted humanitarian whose love showed through by his warm and fatherly approach. Reading his biography and studying his diseases, I learned that he may have been a saddened man who just wanted to be loved, supported, and accepted.

~ Alzheimer's Effect on the Soul's Purpose ~

Our souls have a knowing. At times, when we aren't meeting our goals or understanding our soul discoveries, the brain acts up in the form of a headache or concussion -- or anything from a brain tumor to a tragic disease such as Alzheimer's. It's best to understand this issue and be able to release it at the earliest headache stage.

Once we accept ourselves and instill self-love at the soul level, it is ours; no one can take it away. I see many people who've worked all their lives develop Alzheimer's when they retire. This may indicate they've not been able to see or accomplish their soul's purpose; on an unconscious level, they feel helpless, hopeless, and without direction. Or perhaps they've worked at careers that didfill a life purpose but they don't realize they have other purposes to fulfill. If they believed their work was their life and now it's over, hopelessness can set it.

It is predicted that one in eight over the age of 65 and 50 percent of those over the age of 85 will get the disease. In 2011, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every single day. That means over the next four decades, the number of Alzheimer's cases could triple.

The body and the mind don't deteriorate if they're deeply loved, which is our only real job on this planet. I believe we are here to grow spiritually and learn our soul discoveries. This process starts at birth and doesn't stop at 60, retirement, or any particular age. Understanding our MO and incorporating the emotional component into healing is critical for us to get a handle on this devastating disease.

About the Author

Maureen Minnehan Jones operates a healing practice called "Healing Gifts" in the heart of California's Central Valley. Her desire to help and heal began as a registered nurse more than 46 years ago when she graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1973. After working in outpatient surgery and emergency room, surgery, orthopedics, psychiatric, medical floor, oncology, hospice, and home health care, she turned to holistic and alternative methods of healing. She continued her nursing education at California State University, Stanislaus.

Maureen Minnehan Jones

In 1997 Maureen became a Certified Massage Therapist. During her training, she learned how to feel the energy of the human body and put that into practice. She became a Guided Imagery Practitioner and has completed courses in guided imagery, acupressure, reflexology, polarity, emotional anatomy, human behavior, kinesiology, and advanced anatomy and physiology. Maureen has also been a hospice volunteer facilitating grief classes for teenagers. Currently she is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Associated Body Work and Massage Professionals, the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and Imagery International.

Through her workshops and presentations Maureen teaches the emotional root causes and soul determinates of diseases that underlie physical ailments. In this way she helps people deepen their mind, physical body, emotional body, and soul connections. Maureen also integrates her experience as a labyrinth facilitator into her work.

About the Book

Healing Your Emotional Sufferings so the 
Physical Healing Can Follow

by Maureen Minnehan Jones
Published by O Books
ISBN 978-1846943997, Paperback, $24.95
Available through this site or directly from the author at: http://www.maureenminnehanjones.com/

What is the Missing Piece to Complete Healing?

Wisdom to Wellness Book

WISDOM TO WELLNESS reveals a missing piece to complete healing, a new paradigm for understanding how disease originates in the body.

By becoming aware of and studying your lifelong programming, the way you show up in life, you can determine your MO or Modus Operandi.

Your programming has set you up for a specific mode of operating in the world from birth.

Understanding and releasing the emotional and soul determinates of disorders that underlie physical ailments is the important crucial piece we are missing in traditional medicine. Each disease brings with it a soul discovery. Your MO, combined with what your soul came to discover, determines the risk you have for contracting a disease.

By using the MO (Modus Operandi) Technique, the emotional component that underlies the symptom, condition, or disease can be released out of the body. You can then take responsibility and become proactive in your own healing.


Maureen Minnehan Jones's book is effectively a masterpiece. Maureen has taken her profound wisdom and life experiences to pull together a remarkably effective healing system and a brilliantly presented interpretation of several of the disorders from my book. Why is that important? It makes a manual for self healing and for client serving that can be virtually lifesaving. It also provides a working model for how to understand both the emotional and soul determinants of disorders that underlie physical ailments. Its strength lies in providing a guiding example of how to go about healing them. All of these things make this book an invaluable teaching device for people to work with -- to free themselves from the shackles of the outcomes of their life's history. This major breakthrough for both physical and mental healers will have a huge impact on how we regard and approach physical disorders. It should be on every healer's desk and indeed in every home.
-- Michael J. Lincoln, Ph.D., author of Messages from the Body

Maureen Minnehan Jones is trained in Western medicine and with a broad understanding of healing in its deepest sense offers a gold mine of important information in this important book. Using examples of celebrities and ordinary people she skillfully takes us through a process of healing that offers hope and practical approaches to a wide variety of disease states. Simple and complex, powerful and easy to practice, this book should be read by everyone who aspires to healing and health.
-- Kathleen Brehony, Ph.D. author of Awakening at Midlife, Ordinary Grace,After the Darkest Hour, and Living A Connected Life

Wisdom to Wellness is a healing catalyst that valiantly carries the banner of truth. Written with compassionate comprehension, it offers a deep understanding of the truth behind how disease is created. More than that, it provides a new paradigm for living a healthy and whole life for all people. This book brings a dynamic resource for healing to anyone willing to receive the message. A must read!
-- Jennifer Tobias, author of Live, Love and Earn: Creating Wealth While Working From Home and The Little Business That Wanted To Grow

Maureen's enlightening and heart opening book, Wisdom to Wellness, creates hope, understanding and a clear path through the stress and fear of illness to true healing.
-- Lynn Telford-Sahl, MA, author of Intentional JOY: How to Turn Stress, Fear and Addiction into Freedom

For those who already know or intuit that self-love is the primary path for healing illness, this book absolutely nails the practical steps to get there from here. Practitioners in all modalities owe it to themselves and their patients to digest this book.
-- Lee Glickstein, Founder and President, Speaking Circles International

Maureen is offering us a life changing complement to the many self-healing techniques that exist. Her MO Technique stimulates work/processing at many levels simultaneously -- energetically, emotionally and rationally incorporating both right and left brain as well as the chakra system. I found it to provide a refreshing change of pace from the many self-help books available.
-- Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNC-BC, FCN, 2010 President of Imagery International

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