Hi there my Fellow Expanded Awareness & Consciousness Travellers . . .
- We are Going to investigate a VERY BASIC understanding of how to Expand the Abilities to work with our Brain / Mind.
- If you have stumbled upon this article via any other means than enrolling into the Mentoring Program . . . . . . please be advised that this is an Article that is part of a Program, and as such should not be seen as comprehensive or with any medical information intended.
Expanding the Capacity of the Mind
I share with you many Tools & Resources that you can use to work on Expanding your Brain & your capacity to work with your Mind. Come back to this Lesson often.
Contrary to the widely accepted scientific opinion of decades ago, the recently discovered "neuroplastic" nature of our brains means that our intellectual/ creative potentials are not set in genetic stone - there are certain things we can do to improve its performance.
You can beneficially build the strength and even the size of your brain in the healthiest and most natural of ways.
George Bernard once said, “Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.”
Scientifically, this is technically impossible but morally, we can be quick to judge.
Perhaps the most complicated and greatest asset a human being can have is the processing power between your ears. This in mind, investing in this supercomputer is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
These five primary principles are:
1. Seek Novelty
2. Challenge Yourself
3. Think Creatively
4. Do Things The Hard Way
◆ Seek Novelty
It is no coincidence that geniuses like Einstein were skilled in multiple areas, or polymaths, as we like to refer to them. Geniuses are constantly seeking out novel activities, learning a new domain. It’s their personality.
There is only one trait out of the "Big Five" from the Five Factor Model of personality (Acronym: OCEAN, or Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism) that correlates with IQ, and it is the trait of Openness to new experience. People who rate high on Openness are constantly seeking new information, new activities to engage in, new things to learn—new experiences in general .
Novelty also triggers dopamine (I have mentioned this before in other posts), which not only kicks motivation into high gear, but it stimulates neurogenesis—the creation of new neurons—and prepares your brain for learning.
Take home point: Be an "Einstein". Always look to new activities to engage your mind—expand your cognitive horizons. Learn an instrument. Take an art class. Go to a museum. Read about a new area of science. Be a knowledge junkie.
Your brain needs exercise as well. If you stop using your problem-solving skills, your spatial skills, your logical skills, your cognitive skills—how do you expect your brain to stay in top shape—never mind improve?
◆ Build strong connections.
It has often been said that the entrepreneurial journey is a lonely one. As it turns out, that may not be good for your cognitive functions.
If you often feel lonely, it can actually result in psychological and cognitive decline, as these feelings can have a negative impact on your sleep, increase your blood pressure, contribute to depression and even lower your overall well-being.
Most entrepreneurs know how to communicate and build connections. The key thing is to build a strong support system around you, as that will enable you to stay healthy mentally and psychologically over the long term.
The Brain: The Main part of the Central Nervous System (CNS) - is the center of our thoughts, interpreter of our external environment, & the origin of control over body movement. The brain has the capacity to be charged and work on different frequencies or - Brainwaves.
The central nervous system (CNS) controls most functions of the body and mind. It consists of two parts: the brain and the spinal cord.
Brainwaves are mainly controlled by the belief systems or cognitive schemata. ( A schema is a cognitive framework or concept that helps organize and interpret information. ) Cognitive schemata is based upon encoded extremely low frequencies we have gathered as we grew up in society.
The Central Nervous System CNS is responsible for integrating sensory information & responding accordingly.
There is much truth in the saying: " It's all in your head".
The Deep Limbic System of the brain governs our ability to bond and also operates as a mood control centre. The size of a walnut , the Limbic System includes the Thalamic Structure, Hypothalamus and surrounding structures.
This portion of your brain manages emotional memories, emotional coloring, appetite and libido.
It sets the Emotional Tone.
Emotions are Feelings" but ALSO releases streams of biochemical properties that interact with the brain. Emotions are carried around in the body by peptide ligands that change the cells' chemical properties by binding to the receptor sites located in a cell. Because they carry an electrical charge, peptide ligands change the cell's electrical frequency.
◆ When it is understood that the Pineal & Pituitary Glands are part of the Energy System/ OPV ( Operating Vessel) within the ISP , i.e. has an operator.
It also becomes clear that the two glands only sparks to life again, when there is an active "soul" connected to the Energy System/ OPV.
◆ Activation of the Pineal & Pituitary Glands will change the basic function of the synapses & give access to higher levels of energy - not electromagnetic, but quantum variables.
◆ When we utilize the neurons in the synapses of the brain, the velocity of the synapses emits a sort of radiation, which interacts with the surrounding energies of our reality field.
◆ The activation of the two main glands of the head would change the basic function of the synapses and by this give access to even higher levels of energy, which at that point in time was not electromagnetic energies, but the quantum variables. Therefore it is very important to change our repeated use of the same type of electromagnetic energies since they produce cognitive schemata and
◆ It is therefor very important to change our repeated use of the same type of electromagnetic energies since they produce cognitive schemata and generate fixed energy patterns in the mind-field preventing the brain from accessing expanded levels consciousness. The 1st step of this expansion is to produce cognitive schemata, which are as broad, dynamic, spacious and complex as possible.
◆ The expansion of the brain´s capacity is done through studying, meditation & focus on working with the processes of the brain, i.e. learning to control the inner voice and cognitive schemata to allow higher frequency patterns to be produced in the brain.
The first step of this expansion is to produce cognitive schemata, which are as broad, dynamic, spacious and complex as possible, given that the more complex energies we utilize the more capacity the brain will gain and by this, generate higher frequencies:
The expansion of the brain´s capacity is done by studies, meditation and focus on working with the processes of the brain, i.e. learning to control the inner voice and cognitive schemata to allow higher frequency patterns to be produced in the brain. When the brain is able to produce higher frequencies, the energies will gather together as packages of energy which can be directed in focused awareness into the rest of the central nervous system (the CNS), i.e. flow from the brain and into the spine.
- If You can learn to Boost your Ability to Stay Focused and you can improve your Attention Span & the overall Productivity of the Brain.
- Almost every useful feature of your brain begins with attention. Attention determines what you are conscious of at any given moment, and so controlling it is just about the most important thing that the brain can do.
Tips to help you manage sensory and emotional distractions so you can boost your attention span:
1. Use The Power Of Music: listening to music without lyrics can significantly enhance your ability to focus.
2. Declutter your Surroundings.
3. Unhook from Technology: The over-use of Technology is turning us into "chronic scatterbrains". . . . by promoting multitasking while quickly skimming for information and discouraging deep reflection, contemplation or more conceptual thought processes.
4. Track your Time : One of the best ways to increase the amount of time you can focus is to understand how you're spending your time so you can make intelligent changes.
5. Stay Hydrated: Before you go into a situation where you need to focus, make sure you bring along plenty of WATER.
6. Meditate Regularly: Meditation is one of the best ways to improve your focus, as it is the mental training of your attention.
7. Take Notes by Hand: Writing with a Pen & Paper engages more of your Brain's Processing Skills than typing on a laptop .
- Knowledge isn’t so much about what information you store as how you organise it to create a rich and detailed understanding of the world that connects everything you know.
- Learning is what your brain does naturally. In fact, it has been doing it every waking minute since about a month before you were born. It is the process by which you acquire and store useful (and useless) information and skills.
Here are 120 things you can do starting today to help you think faster, improve memory, comprehend information better and unleash your brain’s full potential.
Cultivate ambidexterity. Use your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth, comb your hair or use the mouse. Write with both hands simultaneously. Switch hands for knife and fork.
Embrace ambiguity. Learn to enjoy things like paradoxes and optical illusions.
Learn mind mapping.
Block one or more senses. Eat blindfolded, wear earplugs, shower with your eyes closed.
Develop comparative tasting. Learn to properly taste wine, chocolate, beer, cheese or anything else.
Create a List of 100
Have an Idea Quota.
Try different perfumes and scents.
Mix your senses. How much does the color pink weigh? How does lavender scent sound?
Allocate time for brain development
Develop your visualization skills. Use it at least 5 minutes a day.
Take notes of your dreams. Keep a notebook by your bedside and record your dreams first thing in the morning or as you wake up from them.
Learn to lucid dream.
- Meditation Enables "Whole Brain Synchronization"
In order to build your brain to higher and higher levels, your nervous system needs a workout.
- "whole brain synchronization," as it's known among the scientific community, has the potential to transform your life in many ways, including boosting your brainpower, IQ, memory, and intelligence.
Cortisol ( Stress Hormone ) Makes You Forget — Meditation Makes You Remember
- When your back is against the wall, cortisol floods your brain's most critical memory component, the hippocampus — effectively downgrading your ability to quickly/ accurately store and recall information.
Meditation Fortifies Your Brain's Memory Vault: Hippocampus
- The hippocampus, your brain's most important region for storing and retrieving information, is especially "neuroplastic" — meaning that it can strengthen and grow new cells, no matter your age. But, it must have the right stimulation.
"One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved.
One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts."
~ Albert Einstein ~
- Like attention, working memory is one of the brain’s most crucial front-line functions. Everything you know and remember, whether it’s an event, a skill or a fascinating fact, started its journey into storage by going through your working memory.
What is "Intelligence"?
The 1st item recognizes that “intelligence” means a somewhat different thing to each individual. The individual who wishes to become a Supreme Court judge will be taking a different path from the individual who wishes to become a distinguished novelist — but both will have formulated a set of coherent goals toward which to work
Let me explain what I mean when I say the word "intelligence". To be clear, I'm not just talking about increasing the volume of facts or bits of knowledge you can accumulate, or what is referred to as crystallized intelligence—this isn't fluency or memorization training—it's almost the opposite, actually. I'm talking about increasing your fluid intelligence, or your capacity to learn new information, retain it, then use that new knowledge as a foundation to solve the next problem, or learn the next new skill, and so on.
virtually no one is good at everything or bad at everything. People who are the positive intellectual leaders of society have identified their strengths and weaknesses, and have found ways to work effectively within that pattern of abilities
It was once believed that brain function peaked during early adulthood and then slowly declined, leading to lapses in memory and brain fog during your golden years.
Now it's known that our modern lifestyle plays a significant role in contributing to cognitive decline, which is why exposure to toxins, chemicals, poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, and much more can actually hinder the functioning of your brain.
The flipside is also true in that a healthy lifestyle can support your brain health and even encourage your brain to grow new neurons, a process known as neurogenesis.
Your brain's hippocampus, i.e. the memory center, is especially able to grow new cells and it's now known that your hippocampus regenerates throughout your entire lifetime (even into your 90s), provided you give it the tools to do so.
Now, while working memory is not synonymous with intelligence, working memory correlates with intelligence to a large degree. In order to generate successfully intelligent output, a good working memory is pretty important.
Fluid intelligence is trainable.
1. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE . . . Eat HEALTHY
The foods you eat – and don't eat – play a crucial role in your memory. Fresh vegetables are essential, as are healthy fats and avoiding sugar and grain carbohydrates.
2. SLEEP ENOUGH
Sleep is also known to enhance your memories and help you "practice" and improve your performance of challenging skills. In fact, a single night of sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day.
The process of brain growth, or neuroplasticity, is believed to underlie your brain's capacity to control behavior, including learning and memory. Plasticity occurs when neurons are stimulated by events, or information, from the environment. However, sleep and sleep loss modify the expression of several genes and gene products that may be important for synaptic plasticity.
2. DAILY MOVEMENT
Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by stimulating nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage.
3. BE MINDFUL
multitasking is now shorthand for the human attempt to do simultaneously as many things as possible, as quickly as possible. Ultimately, multitasking may actually slow you down, make you prone to errors as well as make you forgetful.
Research shows you actually need about eight seconds to commit a piece of information to your memory, so if you're talking on your phone and carrying in groceries when you put down your car keys, you're unlikely to remember where you left them.
4. PLAY BRAIN GAMES
If you don't sufficiently challenge your brain with new, surprising information, it eventually begins to deteriorate. What research into brain plasticity shows us, however, is that by providing your brain with appropriate stimulus, you can counteract this degeneration. BUT . . . I'm going to shatter some of that stuff you've previously heard about brain training games. Here goes: They don't work. Individual brain training games don't make you smarter—they make you more proficient at the brain training games.
5. MASTER A NEW SKILL
Engaging in "purposeful and meaningful activities" stimulates your neurological system, counters the effects of stress-related diseases, reduces the risk of dementia and enhances health and well-being.6 A key factor necessary for improving your brain function or reversing functional decline is the seriousness of purpose with which you engage in a task. In other words, the task must be important to you, or somehow meaningful or interesting — it must hold your attention.
For instance, one study revealed that craft activities such as quilting and knitting were associated with decreased odds of having mild cognitive impairment.7 Another study, published earlier this year, found that taking part in "cognitively demanding" activities like learning to quilt or take digital photography enhanced memory function in older adults.8 The key is to find an activity that is mentally stimulating for you.
Keep a journal.
Learn a foreign language.
Learn a peg system for memory.
- Contrary to popular belief, creative thinking does not equal "thinking with the right side of your brain". It involves recruitment from both halves of your brain, not just the right. Creative cognition involves divergent thinking (a wide range of topics/subjects), making remote associations between ideas, switching back and forth between conventional and unconventional thinking (cognitive flexibility), and generating original, novel ideas that are also appropriate to the activity you are doing. In order to do this well, you need both right and left hemispheres working in conjunction with each other.
I am not talking about painting a picture, or doing something artsy,
Learn a musical instrument.
SCAMPER is based on the notion that everything new is a modification of something that already exists. Each letter in the acronym represents a different way you can play with the characteristics of what is challenging you to trigger new ideas:
S = Substitute
C = Combine
A = Adapt
M = Magnify
P = Put to Other Uses
E = Eliminate (or Minify)
R = Rearrange (or Reverse)
To use the SCAMPER technique, first state the problem you’d like to solve or the idea you’d like to develop. It can be anything: a challenge in your personal life or business; or maybe a product, service or process you want to improve. After pinpointing the challenge, it’s then a matter of asking questions about it using the SCAMPER checklist to guide you.
Consider, for instance, the problem "How can I increase sales in my business?"
Following the SCAMPER recipe, here are a few questions you could ask:
S (Substitute): "What can I substitute in my selling process?"
C (Combine): "How can I combine selling with other activities?"
A (Adapt): "What can I adapt or copy from someone else’s selling process?"
M (Magnify): "What can I magnify or put more emphasis on when selling?"
P (Put to Other Uses): "How can I put my selling to other uses?"
E (Eliminate): "What can I eliminate or simplify in my selling process?"
R (Rearrange): "How can I change, reorder or reverse the way I sell?"
BIBLIOGRAPHY & REFERENCES
- Garlick, D. (2002). Understanding the Nature of the General Factor of Intelligence: The Role of Individual Differences in Neural Plasticity as an Explanatory Mechanism. Psychological Review, 109, no.1 , 116-136.
- Sternberg, R. J. (1999). The Theory of Sucessful Intelligence. Review of General Psychology, 3 , 292-316.
Simply notice the breath as it moves in and out as the body inhales and exhales. Notice how the breath moves in and out automatically, effortlessly. Don't try to manipulate it in any way. Notice all the details of the experience of breathing
The mind will wander away from the breath - that's fine, it doesn't matter. That's a part of the meditation! Notice how all of your experiences - thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, awareness of sounds and smells - come automatically and effortlessly like the breath.