On August 8, 1998 I sustained a severe traumatic brain injury after falling 180 feet during a mountain bike race. I nearly died and was comatose for 4 weeks. I suffered from extreme Anterograde amnesia and Retrograde amnesia and was unable to add, read, speak clearly or walk in a straight line. Experts told me recovery from such an injury was impossible. They said I would be obtuse and unable to achieve much in life, any contrary thought was considered delusional. Never would I be able to bicycle, maintain employment or graduate from high school let alone obtain a post secondary education.
Through extremely hard work and determination I overcame every obstacle. First, I graduated from high school on time, in the top quarter of my class and then the University of Northern Colorado. In college I enrolled in an advanced directed study course in Neurocognition and joined Psi-Chi, as an office of the national honor’s society for psychology students. I also gladly accepted the responsibility of representing all students with disabilities at various meetings regarding student affairs. Throughout college I battled the extreme cognitive/social challenges associated with a severe traumatic brain injury and maintained full time employment while simultaneously completing a BA degree in Psychology in four years.
Although I had completed some graduate level coursework during my BA I elected to take a break from formal education. I knew I would have to experience a full recovery if I was ever going to help people to the extent to which I thought I could. Everything I learned in text books and lectures regarding the brain and neurologic rehabilitation suggested my cognitive ability was as good as it could get, but I felt differently. I thought full recovery must be possible so I chose to figure out how rather than succumbing to the circumstances of life.
Between 2005 and 2013 I shifted focus from classical education to developing an original treatment method to help myself and others. Stepping out of the classroom allowed me to grow, my mind to expand, and as a result I learned far more than I could have in the classroom. Not only did my understanding increase, I recovered from the severe traumatic brain injury symptoms and even held a bicycling world record for three years.
A massive leap forward in my recovery occurred in the summer of 2008 when I discovered how to absolve my emotional attachment to the “brain injury survivor” identity. As a result I experienced an entirely new conception of reality and possibility. I thought that releasing emotional attachment might be a a pivotal component to recovery from most ailments, not just TBI. I worked with approximately 30 people and by the end of that year I had gained an intense laser like focus on specifically neutralizing emotional triggers. I began thinking that everyone naturally possessed the ability to overcome a vast majority of their health challenges and wanted to test my beliefs. Beginning January 2, 2009 I traveled the country assisting people in first considering the possibility of recovery then experiencing it.
As time passed I worked directly with 308 individuals from all over the northern hemisphere. I found that psychological distress (ie. worry, anxiety, stress, doubt, fear and guilt) was a vital factor in the onset and persistence of nearly every physical ailment. My practical research resulted in a guided focus technique that eliminates negative emotions. Since it eliminated all sense of fear I called it the Raef Technique (raef is fear spelled backwards)