Kathryn Rossi, PhD,
is a licensed psychologist and certified yoga instructor (RYT 500). She recently coedited the sixteen-volume Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson. She and Ernest Rossi are in private practice in Los Osos, Calif.
Most people are surprised to learn how art, beauty, and truth can turn on gene expression and brain growth during creative experiences. It is profound to realize that our highest and most inspired states of consciousness can facilitate optimal gene expression and brain plasticity while stress and trauma can distort and suppress it. Mind-gene communication engages the transformational alchemy of mind, body, and spirit, which generates health and wellbeing as well as personal illness and the clash of cultures.