June 24, 2014

The Worst Thing You Can Do to Your Brain.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

The brain hasn't ever been unimportant, but it has risen to new heights in an age where neuroscience and genetics are sharply focused on it. We are gaining so much insight into brain processes that it's easy to assume that the brain runs our lives. The truth is that each of us is the user of our brain, and as with any mechanism, the user's intention makes all the difference.

There's no need to get mired in the contentious argument over whether the brain is the mind or a physical representation of the mind. Without a doubt every person gives their brain input every day, and in return, the brain responds. In other words, you and your brain are related in a feedback loop. This feedback loop is so sensitive that it responds to every moment of life, including every experience, thought, feeling, and sensation you've ever had.

Which leads to a deep question. Are you in charge of the feedback or is it in charge of you? If you let your embedded memories and old habits have their own way, you can't be in charge. Instead, you will automatically react to a wide host of new experiences as if they were the shadow of old ones. This results in a state I call stuckness, where the most precious ability to possess – the ability of free choice – has been taken away from you.

When you are stuck, the following results build up over time:

  • You act thoughtlessly.
  • You become blind to new input.
  • You accept old output without question.
  • Your brain keeps imprinting its old wiring deeper and deeper.
  • You lose self-awareness.

Getting stuck is the worst thing your brain can do to you, and vice versa. The ultimate responsibility rests upon you, because you are meant to be the user of your brain, not the other way around. When a person isn't stuck, there is a conscious attempt, year in and year out, to renew the feedback loop. To do this, the following pointers will help:

  • Question your ingrained beliefs, prejudices, and assumptions.
  • Keep lines of communication open with others.
  • Encourage opinions from a wide circle of people.
  • Respect and understand views that are the opposite of yours.
  • Be aware of your negative emotions and work on them without blaming others.
  • Value self-awareness and work to expand your awareness.
  • Look upon your life as a continuing process of evolution.

None of this is new advice; it goes back thousands of years in the world's wisdom traditions. The only new twist is that modern people want to see physical evidence before they accept the validity of what used to be called wisdom, and now advanced brain research has provided it. There's no neurological term for stuckness, yet it is well established that the brain has natural plasticity – that is, it's highly adaptive and sensitive to input from body, mind, and surroundings.

In a very real sense, you are creating the brain you are going to live with in the future, according to how you respond to life today. Stuckness represents a state of inertia; it says that you don't value your personal growth as much as you should. The fact that the brain is crucial to a person's evolution seems obvious, but in the past an inability to change was blamed on sin, laziness, lack of intellect, and genetic programming. In reality, volition – the ability to carry through the change you want to achieve – plays a major role. When we misuse the brain, every experience suffers, and that includes spiritual experience, which like every other kind depends on the brain to register it. No saint ever saw angels without the participation of the visual cortex.

Avoiding the condition of stuckness comes under the heading of self-care, which has become more and more important recently. There's much to say about self-care, but the first and most important step is to take seriously your role as the user of your brain, a role with far-reaching implications.

This article was originally published by Linkedin.

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  2. paolo manzelli

    "NO CULTURAL CHANGE NO FUTURE " è una azione intrapresa da Egocreanet e collaboratori sin dal Dic 2012 in Firenze . Infatti riteniamo che la crisi contemporanea vada risolta nel confronto tra il cambiamento della struttura economica e quello della sovrastruttura culturale politica ed ideologica dominante che nell` insieme che sono la causa complessa dalla effettiva recessione contemporanea.vediwww.egocrea.net; www.edscuola.it/lre.html La attivita di promozione della futura societa della conoscenza è oggi proseguita da EGOCREANET ,dando vita ad una serie di iniziative orientate a sviluppare una convergenza attiva tra scienza ed arte contemporanea. Vedi ad es. : Quantum Art&Design online: http://www.ticonzero.name/1/scienza_e_arte_di_paolo_manzelli_6597996.html Le attivita promosse da egocreanet vengono pertanto sviluppate con l` obiettivo di facilitare il coordinamento ed il sostegno di azioni sulla convergenza di Ricerca &Innovazione e Social Media in Europa , al fine di dare una maggiore consapevolezza dei più recenti sviluppi tecnologici e dei risultati della ricerca tra le parti interessate assieme ad una piu dettagliata conoscenza della politica attuale e futura di HORIZON 2020. Il focus della strategia proposta da EGOCREANET sulla base della mission "NO CULTURAL CHANGE NO FUTURE " è sulla ricerca & sviluppo della innovazione e la diffusione di tecnologie nuove o emergenti (in particolare delle tecnologie della Realtà Aumentata), per far crescere on line la creazione di contenuti digitali di innovazione dirompente ( Disruptive Innovation), utili a sostenere le industrie creative e dei media , condividendone la informazione, proprio al fine di esplorare nuovi modi di creare contenuti visionari di lungo termine nonche` di accedere a nuove forme di comunicazione trasformativa . Il tema "NO CULTURAL CHANGE NO FUTURE " sarà affrontato attraverso la seguenti azione: La Partecipazione al programma ICT-19-2015 sez C; Coordinamento e di supporto), vedi in : , a) Il Programma FET ICT19 - 2015 sara orientato per il sostegno allo sviluppo di attivita strategiche socialmente utili per facilitare la divulgazione della ricerca e delle politiche internazionali proposte nell` ambito di CREATIVE EUROPE, al fine di creare una consapevolezza dei più recenti sviluppi tecnologici e risultati della ricerca scientifica tra le parti interessate politiche e culturali nel quadro della strategia di Horizon 2020. Tale obiettivo verra effettuato mediante il progetto di convergenza tra arte e scienza denominato "Quantum Creativity" . vedi la recente discussione preliminare in:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557903417770268/?fref=ts "Quantum Creativity" international on line dialog sara organizzato come un incubatore di nuove ed emergenti idee e sara orientato a favorire una ampia estensione cognitiva delle applicazioni della scienza quantistica relativamente alle tematiche multidisciplinari :Quantum Brain; Quantum Perception e Quantum Society, che nel loro insieme conducono ad esplicitare in convergenza la innovazione cognitiva e culturale che è sottesa a tali ambienti specifici di ricerca. b) Organizzazione di programmi di sostegno alla R & S dei precedenti progetti FET FP7, mediante un a piattaforma di diffusione dei risultati per tramite la organizzazione di eventi scientifici e / o strategici per attuatre un ampio coinvolgimento sociale ,( trans-disciplinare e multi-attoriale) nelle politiche Europee di sviluppo nei settori della Convergenza e Social Media facendo speciale riferimento alla interconnessione tra innovazione sociale / culturale e tecnologica delle Realta Aumentata. --->> "Search for Partners": La ricerca di un valido partenariato multi-disciplinare e multi-attoriale si concludera nell` ambito dell` evento F2F-Brockerage del 09/10 OTTOBRE 2014 in Firenze nella sezione propostoada EGOCREANET . Vedi in : :http://www.b2match.eu/proposersday2014/participants/27; http://www.apre.it/eventi/2014/ii-semestre/ict-proposers-day/ Coloro che sono interessati a partecipare a tale evento potraiin inviare una mail chiedendo maggiori informazioni a : Paolo Manzelli

  3. Sky Nelson - "What Are the Chances? Science, Serendipity, and Seizing the Moment"

    I find stuckness to be a daily ride, even in the good times. This may be obvious to those with a meditation practice: meditation is a fantastic tool to reconnect with my center and be able to get unstuck. I`m talking about a 15 minute meditation, short and to the point, but daily or with some kind of consistency. For me the really key point is to notice when I need it. To be able to monitor my own state of mind and my own level of consciousness, and then to be able to choose to meditate or take quiet space before life becomes critically stuck, is the most important practice I have. It plays an important role in everything I do in my life. And when it is missing...you can tell from the results. My choices are not aligned and do not create harmony around me.

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