AURELIS makes autosuggestion – i.e. targeted communication with the deeper self (the part of your mind that throughout the day influences your breathing, heart rate, digestion, as well as many other organic and non-conscious functions) – practically useful for everyone in an effective, and at the same time, non-aggressive way. The main areas are health and wellness.
AURELIS is based on a thoroughly elaborated and rationally justified philosophy. It focuses on organic growth: the (eventually) ‘spontaneous’ change as a complete person, not towards someone else but towards the one you essentially already always have been. Through this, a symptom does not disappear through attacking it, but by growing beyond it. Everything that is organic, constantly grows. Growth is life. Autosuggestion works best if you approach your deeper self for what it is: the most natural part of you, the part that is closest to the natural state. That is something that you can and may not force. You can only allow it to grow through and from itself. To accomplish this in a good way is an art, and you are the artist and the artwork at the same time.
AURELIS relaxation is mainly a diminishing of conflicting tensions within yourself. As a total person you come to lie on the same line as your own chosen goals.
In the name 'AURELIS’, the goal is comprised: through an appropriate combination of AUtosuggestion and RELaxation you evolve towards what is immensely important to your whole life: your own Inner Strength.
Dr. Jean-Luc Mommaerts
graduated as a physician in 1986. He subsequently earned several university qualifications (including Occupational Medicine, Radiation Protection, Knowledge Systems, Hypnotherapy). In 1997 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence. In 2014, he obtained a PhD in Medical Sciences on the topic of Subconceptual Processing in Health & Healing, in which he delved deeply into the consequences of autosuggestion.
He is the author and designer of ProMedes, a decision support system for GPs. Partly through this, he acquired an exceptionally good overview of the clinical value of Western medicine. During 8 years, Dr. Mommaerts had a general medical practice. Herein he daily experienced that the own psychological strength of the patient is an important factor in the healing process. More and more, therefore, his conviction grew that this natural healing capacity should best be placed at the foreground as much as possible. Since 1997, he has been deeply engaged in autosuggestion. He is the designer of AURELIS and author of several books on autosuggestion, published by Lannoo and Roularta Globe. Articles by or about him regularly appear in various journals.
He gives lectures on autosuggestion and workshops "Getting Slim", "Stop Smoking" and "Stressional Intelligence."
Jean-Luc Mommaerts married in 1986 and is the father of one daughter, Evelyn.
Working principles of Aurelis
The effect of Aurelis is based on two basic principles: the power of deep relaxation and the use of autosuggestion. There is no persuasion using arguments involved.
Deep relaxation The deep relaxation that can be obtained using Aurelis goes far beyond the relaxation of a normal leisure.
During a deep relaxation, you spontaneously experience a temporary reduction in the normal hectic flow of thoughts, through which you become more synchronized with yourself and can be more open to a change (e.g. from smoker to non-smoker) that accords to your whole personality. This change is more profound and of lasting character than a change based solely on willpower.
In addition, a deep relaxation in itself is already effective in enhancing e.g. pain relief and stress resistance, or in letting yourself go into a peaceful sleep.
Methods of autosuggestion are ways of thinking that are occasionally spontaneously used by anyone in ordinary situations, whether or not through a conscious decision, for all kinds of goals. In that context, they often work in a positive way but also often in a negative way. E.g.. acute or chronic pain perception is strongly influenced by the attention given to it and also by the meaning that the pain has in a particular situation. For example, soldiers suffering from a wound on the battlefield, usually experience much less pain than a citizen with the same wound. For the soldier, the wound has the additional meaning that he can escape the danger. A strategy used by some managers with great success to increase their own stress resistance, is to imagine oneself as someone who reacts very stress-resistant in any situation. A strategy that many people can help to stop smoking is to connect the smoke-automatism (cigarette in hand - cigarette in mouth) with another automatism (deeply breathing a few times - deeply relaxing - consciously deciding whether this cigarette is still needed). With Aurelis, you can optimally make use of the enormous opportunities that these ways of thinking provide if they are applied in a structured manner.
In Aurelis, you find a large number of these methods (> 1100 in total, several per domain). This is important because different ways are more suitable to different people. Also, different ways may be more appropriate to the same person depending on the situation, or in the course of time. Moreover, the simultaneous use of a number of ways often has ancillary benefits, provided that you do not, of course, jump too quickly from one to the other. One must give each way the opportunity to sink in through sufficient repetitions. The degree of necessary repetitions is very dependent from individual to individual.
With Aurelis you do not learn about these ways, but you perform and experience them immediately. It lies within the responsibility of users to learn to apply these ways, as well as the relaxation exercises, for themselves and without Aurelis, provided some refreshment from time to time.
Situating Aurelis within healthcare
The active factor of mainstream medicine was throughout the ages, and until recently, almost exclusively based on suggestion in the form of placebo. But even now this is largely the case, despite the impression that mainstream medicine emits a lot of drugs, but also surgical interventions and psychotherapy are for more than 50% effective through the placebo effect. This is certainly no less the case for alternative medicines.
Suggestion in the broad sense is probably the best way to kindle psychological power towards working at solving health problems at the source. That explains why suggestion, though rarely applied openly, has always been the main support for all possible health problems. Placebo, i.e. the non-overt use of suggestion, in all its forms also has disadvantages. In the first place, it is and remains forever a deception. Many people who receive a placebo that is revealed as such later on, feel cheated, even if they first felt some benefit. More and more patients expect a large degree of self-determination and participation concerning their own health issue. This is the reverse of placebo. Moreover, the use of placebo creates an undue reliance on the medical system and a learned helplessness, thereby heightening possible illness.
Looking for a better way to use suggestion, any kind of placebo-like deception has been put aside throughout the development of Aurelis. What remains is the mere suggestion that cannot be other than autosuggestion. This lives up to the promise that personal own mental abilities can be used for what they are. Aurelis is therefore both unique and what medicine should always be: a way of leading people, in their quest for greater health, firstly towards the main drug of all times: the patient himself.
At AURELIS you think of...
- self-help, self-reliance
- treatment of the person, not only of the symptom
- the healthiest response to a number of frequent health problems
- increase in quality of life
- prevention of disease
- large, potentially huge cost to society
- a kind of therapy that is relatively inexpensive to the individual
- a kind of therapy that fits into the current Zeitgeist
- as a theoretical model: a unifying explanation for different areas in the field of health and illness.
AURELIS and symptom relief
Although sometimes a different impression is given, few drugs in Western medicine are really curative. Most of the medicines either slow down the course of illness, or reduce the symptoms of the disease until the cure sets in through a natural healing process. This is largely relevant for disorders with a purely somatic cause, but even more for psychosomatic disorders. Think of hypnotics, anti-inflammatory agents, antihypertensives, analgesics, medications against itching, antidiarrhetics etc. Moreover, all these drugs have side effects. Using AURELIS, however, one can use the own inner strength to address specific psychosomatic symptoms at the source and without side effects.
When working on mere symptom relief, one must use some prudence. On the one hand, one must always have due regard to the possibility of an underlying physical condition. Aurelis always refers to the GP for this. On the other hand, a symptom may have its own purposes that are not always easy to discern. Think for instance of secondary gain from illness or think of a symptom as communication of underlying psychological problems. The latter does not necessarily have to be a deeply repressed problem. A symptom is sometimes just a kind of body language that exists because a body as such has no direct verbal communication available.
It should be noted here that something is not altogether right in traditional Western medicine, where one dares to ‘cut out’ a symptom using powerful but nonspecific means without any (time consuming) attention to underlying problems. This is probably one of the main reasons for a growing interest in alternative medicines. Aurelis too, is an alternative, but one that is fully based upon scientific grounds and therefore is perfectly capable of being integrated within the whole of Western medicine.
AURELIS as an explanatory model
The more widely applicable is an explanatory model, the more powerful it is in the sense that cross-pollination can occur with different research areas and that it can also bring them closer together.
As a conceptual framework, AURELIS provides a unifying model of explanation for different areas in the field of health and disease, namely:
- the widespread but poorly known placebo effect within current mainstream medicine
- the effect of alternative medicines and hypnosis
- the effect of medicine for several thousand years
- the effect of many medicines from other cultures
- the operation of a wide variety of kinds of psychotherapy
- healing in the setting of religion and belief (Lourdes...)
- a large number of scientific research findings that suggest a direct influence of 'meaning' on physical conditions
- an explanatory model for unity of mind and body in a philosophical sense.
In addition to this explanatory aspect, the Aurelis conceptual framework also leads to a demand for (much) greater caution in the interpretation of double-blind studies. In all these studies placebos are being used, while the placebo effect itself has actually yet to reveal a lot of its secrets. In the context of Aurelis, the placebo effect can be better studied and understood.
What is autosuggestion, what is Aurelis?
Very generally, autosuggestion is any kind of communication with the subconscious whereby you pursue a more or less oriented (positive or negative) objective. An example of suggestion is when you see someone else yawn or only think of yawning and thereby feel the inclination of yawning rise within yourself. If 'yawning' is your targeted goal, then you can intensely think of it or look in the mirror while you are acting-as-if and let yourself go into yawning. In such case you are already working with autosuggestion.
Autosuggestion is nothing special. Everybody does it throughout the day. In an intense and focused manner however, it is a very powerful tool that can deeply affect the human mind and body. Your yawning is already an example of physical effect.
But autosuggestion is not just an act of will. So what you cannot do for example, is make the yawning occur as a result of merely wishing-to-yawn. Something else is needed (and possible) for a powerful effect.
The Aurelis project aims to make autosuggestion and deep relaxation available in the most appropriate way to the widest possible audience. Central to the project is the ‘appropriate use’. This means that behind Aurelis lies a thorough basic philosophy that is strictly observed throughout the project. This basic philosophy is characterized by:
- Non-aggression. There is never anything forced. Any change (healing, reduction of addiction) comes completely out of yourself and is therefore comparable with an organic growth process. Through the use of Aurelis you become more yourself, never less.
- Strengthening of the person. Unlike e.g. medication, Aurelis supports and enhances your own inner strength. This is also important for your overall health and well-being, both now and later.
- Openness. Aurelis sessions are always very open so that it feels every time as if they have been prepared especially for you and even track your personal evolution.
- Honesty. There are no loopholes used to bypass your consciousness. So no 'subliminal' or 'simultaneous' suggestions and no consciousness-bypassing techniques of classical hypnosis.
In Aurelis, no attempt is made to 'explain' the subconscious. We have chosen for a purely functional perspective. I.e. an answer to the question: how can one use/experience/let the subconscious be directly present in one’s life in an optimal way?
What are mind - body connections upon which Aurelis can act?
How can the psyche lead to physical problems - and to the disappearance of the same? There is no hocus-pocus involved. Some mind - body connections are very obvious and proven. Mind and body form a complex unit. Among others, the scientific discipline of psycho-neuro-immunology is focused on this.
The following mechanisms are some well documented mind-body connections, with in each case, one or more examples of disorders that can be caused or aggravated through these connections. It also should be noted that many diseases may be affected through various mind-body connections.
- chronic tension of skeletal muscles / tendons > lower back pain, stiff neck, chronic tension headaches, TMJ syndrome, chronic tendinitis, fibrositis,...
- chronic tension of smooth muscle > irritable bowel, achalasia, polyuria, asthma,...
- local blood flow > spastic angina, fainting (syncope), flushing, dizziness, aggravating factor in many diseases,...
- general blood flow > high blood pressure, low blood pressure,...
- immune system > allergic eczema / asthma, hay fever, various autoimmune disorders, increased susceptibility to infectious diseases,...
- hormones > menstrual disorders, PMS, menopausal symptoms, pain (via endorphins), abnormal blood pressure, certain thyroid disorders,...
- inflammatory reactions > rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, chronic tendinitis / bursitis, burns, help with post-operative wound healing,...
- excitability of nervous system > palpitations, tremor (shaking), neurodermatitis, symptoms of general distress,...
- deep motivation and behavior > smoking addiction, other drug addictions, becoming slim,...
- reduced control over specific acts > gastro-intestinal gas syndrome, tics, stuttering, 'hyperventilation', pruritus,...
- general mood and well-being > aggression, depression, chronic anxiety,...
- normal mind-body reactions > relaxation, sleeping better, sexuality,...
- thought processes > phobia, post-traumatic stress, general distress, low assertiveness,...
- perpetuating pattern formations > burnout, chronic fatigue, narcolepsy, certain forms of epilepsy,...
These connections are almost never under direct conscious control. One can for example, temporarily tighten muscles in a conscious way, but consciously persisting in a slight chronic muscle tension is virtually impossible. Non-conscious parts of the psyche can do so, as in a stress state that is continuously reflected in muscle tension. Autosuggestion (conscious and focused communication with the subconscious) is a way to gain control over these mind-body connections through non-conscious parts of the psyche, therefore indirectly.
AURELIS never causes an ‘aggressive’ attack on these physical aspects. It provides assistance in overcoming symptoms, not oppressing them. By transcending this, symptoms diminish or disappear in a spontaneous and 'friendly' manner. Rather than to alienate, you will come more to yourself and to a lasting solution to the problem or problems.
Alternative medicines and autosuggestion
There are many possible definitions of 'alternative medicine'. E.g.: or . However, these definitions are more context-dependent than direct. According to this definition, Aurelis is clearly no alternative medicine. It is, however, in many cases a rational 'alternative' for chronic medication. Through this rationality, Aurelis has a place in true medicine now and in the future.
There is a huge rush towards alternative medicines. A major cause of this is a sense of discomfort with mainstream medicine. For much chronic suffering, mainstream medicine provides no satisfactory solution in the eyes of many people (patients and physicians). Therefore, people look elsewhere for help and many alternative healers/medicines are ready to promise this help. Rationality is hereby not always top priority.
It often happens that people feel better after some ‘alternative treatment’. Part of this is a coincidence. Another part is due to placebo factors such as ‘belief in recovery’. This placebo phenomenon is a kind of suggestion. People feeling better is clearly not sufficient to assess the veracity of an alternative medicine. A mere I feel it work is totally inadequate. After all, you have no idea where the effect comes from. A pure placebo leads you completely astray. Consider for example the person who gets an asthma attack through contact with a plastic flower (as is repeatedly observed in scientific experiments). Is the flower the cause? No, but the person feels it this way. He feels the effect of the flower, no? Error. It is the effect of himself, an - in this case negative - suggestive effect.
It is often being presented as if some alternative therapy has been scientifically proven. That is incorrect. So far there is no valid proof for any alternative treatment, despite the fact that many attempts are made and any action is often relatively easily provable. Given the powerful influence of suggestion on illness and healing in general, this is a preferred explanatory model for the bulk of what is happening in the field of alternative medicine.
As a final point: if one puts a direct and rational use of autosuggestion in the place of an indirect use through alternative medicines, one sees that the potential market (the intrinsic human need) is huge. Following figures give an idea of the scope of alternative medicine in the US [D.M.Eisenberg et al., Trends in alternative medicine use in the United States, 1990-1997. JAMA. 1998(280) p. 1569-75]:
- Every year, there are 425 million consultations with alternative healers; 388 million with general practitioners.
- The increase in number of users of alternative medicine in the US, compared to the previous year, amounted to 33.8% in 1990. In 1997, this increase has risen to 42.1%.
- In total, in 1997 about 27 billion dollars have been paid by patients at their own expense to alternative medicine. This is more than what was paid at their own expense in the same year to the totality of mainstream medicine (GP and specialists' fees, hospitalization, medicines, etc.).
Hypnosis - often categorized as alternative medicine - is a recognized scientific discipline, with courses given at university level (e.g. also in Belgium and the Netherlands) and scientific journals. Hypnosis is an area where many remarkable achievements are delivered in the domain of medicine and elsewhere. The results of hypnosis are very diverse. That is understandable: every hypnotist works differently. Even every session is different. This makes it very difficult to standardize and to conduct experimental research. Nevertheless, the possibilities are clearly very large and proven.
Some hypnotists still cling to the 'old' hypnosis, including trance and other hocus-pocus. However, there is a broad consensus that these are not necessary for the effectiveness of hypnosis. What remains as the underlying operating principle then is pure (auto)suggestion. The ‘trance’ itself is only important as a somewhat special placebo.
Conclusion: since suggestion is the only active ingredient in hypnosis, all results that are achieved through hypnosis and that are undeniably proven, can be put on this account. It is far better to omit the hocus-pocus. This indeed scares away many serious people and draws charlatans. At the same time, one can bring (auto)suggestion even more efficiently.
A problem of conventional medicine
Mainstream medicine of the early 21st century is especially good in experimental science dealing with clearly delineated concepts. An example is emergency medicine. Mainstream medicine is less good in the field of e.g. chronic psychosomatic diseases. Here the reality is not immediately susceptible to clearly delineated concepts. On the contrary, much in this has to do with subconscious, barely or not at all expressible emotions and thought patterns.
A major problem in conventional medicine stems from the tendency to consider experimental science as an exclusive instrument and one that additionally makes itself exclusive. What cannot be experimentally studied, is deemed to be unimportant. This puts psychosomatic problems de facto outside of the regular domain. In less fortunate cases this leads to denial or denigration of psychosomatics. "It's just stress." "It's all between the ears." "It is not physical, therefore not real." "Serious doctors are not concerned with this." Etc.
Given the wide spread of psychosomatics, this is a huge problem. Mainstream medicine is fundamentally not developed with the intention to treat most health problems afflicting modern man. In its design as an offensive weapon, mainstream medicine is primarily directed against the patient himself in the psychosomatic domain.
Placebo-effect of medication
Alternative medicines work largely on the basis of their placebo effect. Regular medicines too. Classically, it is assumed that the real placebo effect (apart from the natural evolution of disease) amounts to an average of 40-60% of the overall effectiveness of regular medicine. Modern studies often point to even larger percentages: 80% and more! (M. Enserink ‘Can the placebo be the cure?’ Science 284: 238-240, 1999)
A domain in which this placebo effect is reflected again and again, is formed by the clinical (double blind) studies that are needed to register a drug. Again and again the placebo effect is amply reflected in this. One can say that this makes it the most studied and scientifically proven health-related phenomenon that exists. So also the relatively most neglected one...
At least a large part of the true placebo effect is due to suggestion: belief in recovery, belief in the remedy, the 'meaning' of the drug to the patient’s subconscious. However, the placebo effect is not an interesting kind of suggestion. It is untrue in the first place, because it is based on a belief without substance. If someone gets a pure placebo, it works only if that person erroneously believes that he is being helped by it. Take away this erroneous belief and the effect disappears. This is clear in the case of a pure placebo. The same mechanism is also applicable to a partial placebo.
Moreover, a placebo works only superficially, i.e. purely symptomatically. A symptom is removed without attention to underlying issues. With psychosomatic symptoms there is much underlying. In view of the base of falsehood, it is impossible to reach whatever is underlying with the use of a placebo agent. The doors to it remain closed.
Placebo leads to dependence. Without placebo agent, there is obviously no placebo effect thereof. If one discontinues the placebo agent, then the effect has gone. This is very important in chronic medication for psychosomatic problems. Patients become dependent on their medication while their problem gets bigger and an effective solution becomes increasingly difficult.
Placebo has a bad name because it is based on deception. Pursuit of truth is of great value to society also in the field of health and healing. A truth-based medicine makes individuals, and thus society itself, 'better' in all respects. It is indeed pointless to draw a dividing line between psychosomatics and phenomena as depression, chronic anxiety or aggression in general. Aggression for example, shows itself individually, but also collectively. Great thinkers have already warned for this: wars occur primarily within individuals and more specifically also within the 'ordinary man in the street’. If this ordinary man in relation to his own psychosomatic symptoms is always driven towards an aggressive stance, this has the most far-reaching consequences.
According to recognized sources, 70% of patients consult with a GP mainly due to psychosomatic symptoms. Also in the waiting room of a gastroenterologist for example, most patients are present mainly for psychosomatic problems (including many ‘irritable bowel’). And so it is actually the case with a lot of specialists. A classic phenomenon is that this is rarely so clear in one’s own specialty as at the 'neighbor'.
Many medical authors assume that psychosomatic factors play a role in any kind of illness. In any case, psychosomatics is the most common cause of illness in current Western civilization (if not in any civilization). Moreover, psychosomatic patients are to themselves and to society relatively more expensive than other patients: consultations with physicians, psychologists and/or alternative healers, repeated examinations, sets of treatments, absenteeism, dropping out of the labor market...
Psychosomatics is intrinsically related to the subconscious. A chronic eczema for example, you cannot just get by consciously 'wishing' it. Nor its healing. To that end, you need your subconscious. To instigate this subconscious (deeper self) towards healing, it is necessary that you provide support and appropriate communication of your goal. In other words, autosuggestion.
The subconscious needs direction and freedom for optimal support. Direction refers to the communication of your goal. You want to be freed of your symptom (or addiction), but not by carving into your own psyche. Freedom refers to the way of support, i.e.: the principle of non-aggression (see elsewhere in this text). You don’t push strictly into the direction of the target. You grant to your subconscious the choice as to how to evolve toward the goal: the route, the time. You create within yourself an openness to change and you reduce the importance of complicating factors such as anxiety, negative conditioning, the ‘belief that it just does not work’, attachment to your own symptoms, auto-aggression... In the build-up of Aurelis sessions and in the whole project, this is taken into serious consideration.
According to AURELIS philosophy, evolving towards a state-without-symptom is a matter of ‘organic growth’. This contrasts to the most common angle of regular medicine. In AURELIS you always consider yourself as a total person. You use the inner strength of your total person efficiently and directly (and so not in the esoteric meaning of many New Age situations).
Psychosomatics is treated shabbily in training and research. An important factor in this is certainly that the pharmaceutical industry has little to no interest in a true solution of psychosomatic problems. At the other side, it is significant that ‘hidden depression’ is booming. The answer usually consists of the prescription of antidepressants. Psychosomatics in this setting is ‘allowed’ only if there is a market for big industry.
A psychosomatic symptom is by definition a manifestation of underlying suffering. It is a warning that something goes wrong. Removing the symptom without taking into account the underlying, is therefore equal to the masking of a warning light. It is quite natural that as a result, sooner or later another warning shows up, probably in the form of a clearer symptom. Low back pain becomes severe low back pain. Take away the pain and an underlying anxiety or depression emerges, sometimes directly, sometimes after some time. Behind this anxiety or depression even something else can hide: a loss of contact with the ‘deeper self’.
If the deeper self cannot directly and positively ‘come to life’, than it does so in a negative way, as for instance a depression, or as a psychosomatic symptom. Attachment to one’s own symptoms becomes very understandable in this sense. But it is an attachment that enhances and perpetuates deeper suffering. With Aurelis one can, optionally using the symptom-as-symbol, still reach the whole person.
Take the field of medication. The only drugs that do not work only symptomatically are antibiotics and chemotherapeutics, 2 groups about which incidentally some controversy exists. For patients who are prescribed medication, this is generally not evident. They assume that medication cures. That is wrong. At best, medication oppresses symptoms until the patient heals himself... but in chronic psychosomatics this is not the case.
The principle of non-aggression
In the field of psychosomatic medicine, the distinction between illness (symptom) and the sick person is not immediately evident. The symptom is in a profound way a symbol for the whole person who, by lack of anything better, aims this way towards integration. The symptom is not separate from the person in the same way as a dent in a car is separate from that car. On a symbolic level, the symptom is the person. Attacking a symptom readily equals to attacking the person, on a symbolic and physical level.
An aggressive attack is also possible using suggestion. e.g. with a smoking addiction one can build up an aggressive aversion to smoking. Positive thinking by itself is also a way of attacking. "I become every day more and more someone who does not smoke. I can and will do that." This is an attempt to force the subconscious into a certain direction. One can win a ‘battle’ in this but eventually always loses the ‘war’.
With Aurelis, aggression is completely avoided. Aurelis is fully supportive using the 'inner strength' which is already present within the person. In other words, the patient is supported in his latent capacity towards self-healing starting from the subconscious. Aurelis never leads anyone to an aggressive battle with himself. There is always a striving for integration, e.g. of chronic fear or of one or another symptom. The symptom is not 'cut away' but transformed. The result is a much more profound healing of the whole person. If the symptom is simply cut away, nothing further is done with it. It is a missed opportunity. Worse, one can see it as causing a psychological scar, the result of aggression against oneself.
A clear example is a smoking addiction. This is embedded within the whole person. Attacking the addiction is at the same time attacking the person himself. One may quit smoking cigarettes, but the addiction itself remains continuously present. This can as such return to the foreground or express itself as something else.
Conclusion: Aurelis has a different orientation than the paradigm of ‘attacking a disease’ that characterizes our modern medicine so generally. This paradigm of attacking is not completely wrong, but in many cases - psychosomatics in general - it is at least problematic. Then Aurelis is an effective supplement, a rational alternative that hopefully makes irrational alternatives unnecessary.
Research about and with the use of Aurelis
It is perfectly possible to study effects of AURELIS in all kinds of areas, including very serious domains such as cancer and autoimmune diseases. One can check when people use AURELIS, how often, what domains etc. It is also easy, using the computer, to let users answer questionnaires or track spontaneous comments after each session and analyze these afterwards.
Such studies can examine the influence of the mind on health and at the same time, one can refine AURELIS even further on a rational basis. This challenge is definitely worthwhile.