by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© November 2023, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.

All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only. It is not intended for diagnosis, prescription, treatment or cure of any health condition.


Coming alive is an excellent joy and development pattern. It is often associated with better vitality, improvements in one’s physical health and the elimination of toxic metals.


Criteria: On a retest mineral analysis when the hair has not been washed at the laboratory, all four of the macromineral levels (Ca, Mg, Na, and K) either increase or remain the same.

The pattern is also present when all four of the second four minerals (iron, copper, manganese and zinc) increase or remain the same. If it occurs on both sets of minerals on the same test, it is called a double coming alive pattern.

The best situation is when all four macrominerals increase on a retest. This is called a full or complete coming alive pattern.

Even better is if all four of the macrominerals increase about 100% or more. This is called a grand alive.

However, the pattern is also present when:

- three of the minerals increase and one remains the same.

- two minerals increase and two remain the same.

- one mineral increases and the other three remain the same.

Strength of the pattern. The two criteria for strength of the pattern are:

- If more minerals increase, the pattern is stronger.

- The more that the levels of the minerals increase, the stronger the pattern.

History. This was not one of the patterns in Dr. Eck’s work. We added it around 2010.

Very yang. Coming alive is a very yang pattern, even when it occurs in a body that is quite yin. Visually, it looks like a fullness and this is a yang indicator.


This is a very positive pattern, with increased brightness of the energy field in all cases.

The increase in sodium and potassium may be related to an elimination of toxic metals and/or toxic chemicals. This can , which cause some kidney stress that temporarily raises the sodium and potassium levels. Another possibility is that it just reflects improved adrenal and thyroid activity in the body.

The increase in calcium and magnesium balances the increase in sodium and potassium. It is protective and indicates a controlled healing process. This is very positive.


This is one of the first patterns to look for when interpreting a hair mineral chart. Otherwise one may become confused and misinterpret the test.

Coming alive, settling down and the hill pattern are what may be called overall joy or improvement patterns. They are usually much more important than individual mineral levels or even the mineral ratios.

Often, one focuses on just one or another mineral level or ratio when attempting to interpret a hair test. Starting in this way one can easily overlook joy patterns such as coming alive, settling down and the hill.

By overlooking the joy patterns, one decides that the person is becoming less healthy, when the truth is the opposite. This is one of the most common mistakes in hair analysis interpretation.


Coming alive is actually a replacement pattern.  The macrominerals rise, at least most of them, due to the elimination of more toxic, more yin and/or less bioavailable forms of these minerals.

At the same time, better or more available or less toxic or more yang forms of the minerals are incorporated into the body tissues.  This is why we call it a replacement pattern.  This is also why this pattern is associated with physical healing of the body.


Three up. In this milder form of coming alive, three of the four mineral levels increase and one decreases. This pattern is called three up. This has a similar meaning as coming alive pattern. An example of this is below.

Coming alive in life pattern.  This is a variant that is present when the first three macrominerals (the calcium, magnesium and sodium) increase, and the potassium decreases. It is extremely positive and usually indicates one has retraced a trauma, and is much happier.

There may also be some hilling (moving in the direction of a hill) and lots of elimination of toxic metals with this pattern. One must follow a development program well, in most cases, for this pattern to occur.

Down sex pattern. One of the patterns associated with practicing down sex is a rise in all or almost all of the minerals on the hair chart. This usually involves a double coming alive pattern. It is considered a very positive pattern and it is a replacement pattern.

Surge patterns. If both the sodium and potassium levels increase, this is called a standard surge pattern. If both the calcium and magnesium levels increase, it is called a calcium magnesium surge. These are positive patterns.

Leap pattern. This is a change on a retest from a four lows pattern to a four highs pattern. It is a type of extreme coming alive pattern. It is a very positive pattern.

Jump patterns. This is any extreme coming alive pattern. It is considered very good.

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