Neuroplasticity Sheds Light On The Amazing Fertility Of The Older Mind – How The Brain Can Change Itself

by Alanna Ketler

If you are anything like me, you may have thought to yourself over the years, Man, I really wish I would have learned another language in high school, or wondered, Why didn’t my mother put me in guitar lessons? Now I’ll never be able to learn how to play. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right?

Wrong!

This common misconception couldn’t be further from the truth, and older minds are still very much capable of learning and mastering new skills.

Emerging studies in psychology and neuroscience are now proving this very fact. They are also showing that continuing to learn and experience new things may actually help you to maintain good mental health and cognitive functioning as you age. It’s time to reconsider any previously held beliefs that we are simply incapable of learning new things after a certain age.

Where Did This Assumption Come From?

This pessimistic view of the ageing mind can perhaps be traced back to the ancient Greeks. In his treatise De Memoria et Reminiscentia, Aristotle compared our memories to a wax tablet; at birth the wax is hot and pliable and can take on whatever shape you give it, but as it begins to slowly cool down, it becomes tough and brittle, making it difficult to mould or imprint upon.

Enter the Exciting Realm of Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity refers to “the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.”

This essentially means that the brain is capable of regenerating new cells, a process once thought to be impossible. The concept of neuroplasticity is not new, but the ability to observe it in action is, thanks to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, which has allowed us to confirm the incredible morphing ability of the brain.

Even though your brain may become a bit more plastic as you age, certain practices can trigger neuroplasticity and regenerate brain cells.

How to Encourage Neuroplasticity

Change happens when you make the effort and are motivated to learn. This conscious effort causes the brain to release the neurochemicals necessary to facilitate change. In other words, you have to have interest in what you are doing; it has to be something that you truly want and desire for yourself. The harder you try and the more motivated and the more alert you are, the greater that change will be.

Every single instance of learning strengthens and stabilizes the brain. So, every time your brain strengthens a connection to the mastery of a skill, it will also weaken connections to neurons that weren’t being used at that moment. This helps to change or erase some irrelevant or interfering activity within the brain.

It is important to remember that neuroplasticity is a two-way street. While you can wasily create positive changes, you can also create negative ones just as easily. This is important to keep in mind every time negative self-talk comes up or you tell yourself that you can’t do something. You are just convincing yourself that you can’t and your brain takes note of that, which means you’ll have to reprogram that belief system first in order to accomplish whatever you thought was impossible for yourself.

Amazing Example of the Capacity of an Older Mind

In 1993, John Basinger decided to memorize the 12 books, 10,565 lines, and 60,000 words that comprise the second edition of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Nine years later, he achieved his goal, performing the poem from memory over a three-day period.

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I Don’t Know: The Arising of Intelligence

by John Ptacek

Don’t try to understand life. Experience it.

Everything happens for a reason.

Wait, no it doesn’t! Everything just happens.

We want life to make sense, and so we invent reasons why things happen. We pretend to know what we don’t know to avoid living with uncertainty.

But by not admitting to our lack of understanding we miss an opportunity to tap into a far greater intelligence. We walk right past an unlocked door to freedom – freedom from the limited sphere of thought.

Evaluating life with thought is like evaluating a Rodin with a tape measure. Life is not to be understood. It is to be experienced.

To evaluate life is to stand apart from it, to size it up as if it were some strange beast. Thought creates this gap, this illusory “me and it” environment. Thought manufactures a reasoner searching for reasons, one concept chasing after another.

But when thought is still, the gap disappears. We are the life we had been pondering. We are one with it the way our skin is one with a gentle breeze.

Put away your measuring tools. Admit your ignorance. Say “I don’t know” and experience life without the need to understand it. Lay down your thoughts and with them will lie your uncertainties.

One with life, reasons become unnecessary because there is no one left to ask questions.

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432 Hz: a Miracle Tone Which Sounds in the Frequency of the Universe

Everyone seems to be talking about the magic number 432 Hz. This tone is rumored to be a natural frequency of the universe.

The 432 Hz tone is also said to have cosmic healing powers, which attracts a massive audience to the sound of its music. If we tune our music down to a semitone under our norm A=440Hz, we are guaranteed access to the treasures hidden with the universe.

Here are a few facts about the 432 Hz tone:

1. Hz and Cycles per Second

Hertz is a term presented in 1930. Before then, it was called “Cycles per Second.” In 1834, “Cycles Per Second” was accurately measured when two instruments were created: the altered version of the Savart Wheel made by Felix Savart, and the Tonometer created by Johann Scheiber.

Furthermore, in the 16th century, the measurement of Seconds had only begun.

No one before could ever have tuned their musical instruments to measure 432 Hz because quite frankly, the scale just did not exist at this time. To my knowledge, there is no single valid piece of evidence that ancient flutes or bowls were possibly tuned to 432 Hz.

2. Pythagoras’ System

Pythagoras’ system of tuning is considered ratio based. Therefore, the system is not based on an absolute pitch but on relations to an arbitrary reference pitch. Pythagoras had no way of knowing what a second was, therefore, he couldn’t possibly know what Hz means. 432 is a ratio multiplied between C and A. C is considered 1 and A is 27/16. This is the same as 432/256. The count towards any base frequency and generally has no link to a specific Hz.

His system revolved around cycling perfect fifths. This, however, never got you to a complete circle unless one of the fifths is done away with. The Pythagorean scale must be tuned down slightly each octave to maintain consistency. The reason it was abandoned is that this makes the temperament unbalanced and sound off when playing music with advanced harmonies.

3. Giuseppe Verdi

Alexander John Ellis, a musicologist, has documented, measured, and searched tuning forks and ancient pipe organs. What he found was that 432 Hz was brought to attention in Italy in 1880 by Giuseppe Verdi. This was done not for spiritual reason but practical ones. Before tuning became standardized, the pitch of A ranged from 400 Hz to 460 Hz.

4. Cymatics

There are many indications that present cymatic imagery as proof for the 432 Hz theory. Cymatics is the scientific realm that remains unexplored. The images are made by bodies of water or metal which are tuned to show at different frequencies.

Just like guitar strings, bodies of water and metal plates are tuned to show at 440 Hz.

5. The diversity of music frequencies

The aesthetics of music is highly flexible. People who orchestrate music aren’t obligated to use the base frequencies of 440 Hz. Orchestras globally use varied pitches, according to the music they are playing.

In general, baroque music is played at 415 Hz. Early Romantic eras and classical music are based around 425 Hz and later ones were measured at 440 Hz and above.

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Magic Mushrooms Can Literally ‘Reset’ Brains of Depressed People, Study Finds

by ANTIMEDIA

A groundbreaking new study shows that magic mushrooms may actually be an effective treatment for people with depression. Researchers from Imperial College London found that patients taking psilocybin, the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms, showed reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a “reset” of their brains.

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In the clinical trials, patients with treatment-resistant depression received two doses of psilocybin — 10 mg followed by 25 mg, one-week apart — while researchers focused on changes in brain function before and after treatment with the drug. The findings showed that the treatment produced “rapid and sustained antidepressant effects.”

Brain scans show a reset of brain connectivity and blood flow.

Comparisons of images of patients’ brains before and after treatment with psilocybin showed reduced blood flow in areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional responses like stress and fear. Researchers found increased stability in another brain network that has been previously linked to psilocybin’s immediate effects, as well as to depression itself.

The small study of 19 people was led by Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, who said:

“We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.

“Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted.’

“Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.”

In addition, the trials revealed that patients scoring highest on “peak” or “mystical” experience showed a more significant change. This is consistent with findings from previous studies that have shown that such experiences can lead to long-term changes in the behaviors, attitudes, and values of patients treated with psilocybin.

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Rupert Sheldrake & Mark Vernon – The Unconscious

“In 1915, 100 years ago this month, Sigmund Freud published a paper in which he described what he had discovered in his psychoanalytic patients: that there is an aspect of the human psyche of which individuals are typically profoundly unaware, namely the unconscious. His explorations set in motion a broad and fascinating path of investigation that gripped other key 20th century figures such as Carl Jung, and with which we are still engaged today. In this Science Set Free podcast, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon discuss this dynamic aspect of human life and how the unconscious relates to ideas from the soul to morphic fields.”

 

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Finding Nirvana – Aligning yourself with the Universal Flow

by Open

It’s clear the mainstream of humanity is becoming increasingly dissatisfied, and dis-eased as the seeming relentless struggle to control life and the planet’s dwindling resources rolls on. Fortunately, a growing group of people are turning away from this mechanised madness by finding love, peace and fulfilment within. It’s all about recgonising oneself as part of the greater whole and flowing with that, inside yourself. Understanding how the microcosym of your life fits within the greater macrocosym leads to a sublime way of being. You find the mystical ‘nirvana’, inside yourself. Here’s how…

Infinite Creative Potential Exists Inside You

I put it to you, that the universe exploded into being and unleashed flows of consciousness, like ripples on a pond (which people call the ‘big-bang). It was done without intention – or else who had the intention and where did the ‘creator’ come from? It just happened. And that creative potential still exists inside of you. It is who you are.

When you let go of the need to control life, the release steadily unwinds you, taking you on a Journey of Enlightenment where ultimately you become the One, inside of yourself; you lose attachment to identity, it feels like no one is here. The divine paradox is, that in touching this void of nothingness, you simultaneously realise the infinite potential of the One – the unlimited creative possibility that caused the bigbang. Your soul then writes a story – a flow – which is uniquely yours.

The Journey of Enlightenment

This ‘Enlightenment’ is not the end of the story. It is only the beginning of the authentic one. You then begin to recognise sense of purpose, unveiled as divine service to the whole.

It is only when you let go the life you thought you were creating, the real work and the real service comes gloriously into view.

So how do you live that here and now? How do unfold your real life-story? It helps to recognise the bigger universal flow, how it’s moving, and to become an active part in that.

You are a Divine Paradox

In this big explosion of consciousness – the bigbang – you have essentially two contrasting flows creating relativity: one outwards forming the multiplicity of separation consciousness, and the other inwards, reconnecting with the source – like the undertow on a pond. These relativistic flows, create the miraculous awareness of life experience. However, in many places, unity consciousness gets stuck within the separation consciousness creating eddy currents. It’s where the universe becomes convoluted and distorted. The Law of Attraction draws streams of Unity Consciousness – as souls – into these convolutions.

You are a divine paradox: the infinite potential of the One, and at the same time, a streaming experience of the One – a unique soul.

The Universal Torus

Science and spirituality are now beginning to converge on a working model of the universe called “The Torus”. Essentially the bigbang is now drawing into a form of interrelating flows of consciousness – a good depiction of which is contained in the video below. Consider the blue light as Unity Consciousness and the golden as Separation Consciousness.

One ways to appreciate the Torus in it’s outer form, would be as a continually vibrating and pulsing apple – a “Big Apple”! This Torus possesses the Void of the One – infinite potential running down through the core. Rotating torsional force flows into the Void.

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Life After Death Dimensions & Preparation with Jurgen Ziewe

Featuring Jurgen Ziewe

Written by Evita Ochel

EBTV with host Evita Ochel and returning guest Jurgen Ziewe in a dialogue about Jurgen’s work on life after death — what to expect and how to prepare.

Topics covered in the video include:

  1. An explanation of non-local consciousness (NLC) and the dimensions of consciousness after death. (2:23)
    • NDE’s / Near Death Experiences are not universal, unique to each person
    • each person has their own “death” and “near death” experience
    • how to collect effective data about other dimensions
    • spatial reality is not after death reality
    • our mind and feelings will determine the reality we experience after death
    • why Jurgen wrote the book
  2. Biggest misconceptions about death: it is an eternal resting phase. (12:20)
    • R.I.P fallacy
    • quote from Jurgen’s mother: “death is simply an extended form of gathering valuable information and experience” (13:09)
    • how our work continues beyond this dimension of reality
    • how other dimensions provide us other powers and abilities, not available here
    • the impact of positive and creative attitudes
    • why people don’t “fly” on lower dimensions
  3. The importance of preparing for our life after death. (17:54)
    • everyday is a first of an infinite future
    • we get to continue our mental and spiritual work
    • practicing and priming ourselves for greater states of consciousness
    • no end in the process of “awakening” or “enlightenment”
  4. How much of ourselves, our identity, we get to keep and what we need to shed beyond this life. (24:14)
    • we exist in NLC (lower levels) with “identity intact” but to reach more sublime levels of Consciousness we need to transcend Ego identification
    • the downside of Ayahuasca and similar experiences
    • the pros and challenges of meditation
    • how to experience permanent Ego shedding
  5. An exploration of why suicide is not a way out, and what may be experienced in other dimensions as a result. (30:44)
    • the relocation of our problem to another level
    • the challenges and stress created due to beliefs
    • why believing something does not make it so, or automatically shape our reality
    • Jurgen’s experience in lower dimensions where we have to face our actions, experience what we have created
    • how to live effectively for positive experiences here and in the afterlife (39:33)
  6. How to work in accordance with the Laws of Nature and balance our “karma”. (41:28)
    • the loss of knowing Truth
    • the essential components of clarity and wisdom
    • what to do if we feel “lost” in this dimension or others
  7. Exploring reincarnation in context of life after death, time and space, and our roles, relationships and relatives. (49:34)
    • our lifetimes as a “tapestry”; connected energy centers
    • the access to understanding how our lifetimes and experiences connect
    • experiencing the totality of our being
    • the close bonds between those we help and those we hurt
  8. Final words on how to deal with fear and insecurity dealing with death and the afterlife. (57:26)
    • we cannot control reality, but we don’t have to be controlled by reality
    • the role of acceptance and surrender
  9. Jurgen’s websites and contact. (1:04:45)
    • update on 3D virtual reality project

 

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How to Heal Yourself by Talking to your Body

Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul.

These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body.

When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder. I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine.

I thought, can my body hear me… can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition?

The Path to Freedom

That night, after reaching a state of deep calm through meditation, I inwardly engaged my body in a heartfelt conversation, with hope, but having no idea what to expect. After about one hour of this focused communication, something amazing happened.

My tissues began to respond. Connective tissue pulled and stretched apart layers of scar tissue. Nerves fired and my calf muscles began to perform flexion and extension exercises independently of my conscious control.

As this response continued, one of my calf muscles that had become paralyzed by the neuropathic condition — diagnosed as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy — came back to life as electric-like jolts shot through the area.

My heart pounded as I realized that the path to my freedom from this condition had finally begun.

Guidelines for Dynamic Healing

With a background in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, I knew too well how prevalent chronic pain is in this country and I wondered what the implications of this phenomenon could mean to so many others who were suffering.

As I continued to make progress with my condition, I organized my approach into a system that I could teach to clients and shifted my professional focus to hypnotherapy.

When instructing my clients, I explain that a regular meditation practice is necessary to train the brain to enter alpha and theta brain wave states. While in these states, communication between the conscious mind and the physical body is dramatically enhanced.

I have found that when communicating, there are three key steps to gaining the cooperation of the body:

  • Approach your body with genuine compassion, understanding that it is made up of conscious cells who experience emotions.
  • Build trust by engaging your body in mental conversations about your desire for the two of you to cooperate and overcome the ailment.
  • Allow changes in the conversation by using different thoughts and words that elicit spontaneous elevated emotions.

From my experience, the above guidelines are necessary to achieve dynamic healing responses in the body.

The Force of human Intention

I recently came across a very similar set of factors that were discovered by researcher Cleve Backster, who spent 36 years studying biocommunication in plant, animal and human cells. He referred to these factors as real intent, attunement, and spontaneity.[1]

Backster, formerly an interrogation specialist for the CIA, wrote about the defining moment which led him to his real work in this world, in his book Primary Perception.[2]

This moment occurred one February morning in 1966 when he decided to monitor the Dracaena plant in his lab utilizing polygraph equipment.

He attached the electrodes to a leaf and began to think about ways that he might induce a surge in electrical activity in the plant. In humans this surge in electrical activity is associated with intense emotions.

He suddenly imagined burning the electroded leaf. The same instant this idea entered his mind, the polygraph pen shot to the top of the chart showing an extreme reaction on the part of the plant.

Amazed, he walked to his secretary’s desk to retrieve a set of matches while pondering the possibility that this plant was somehow detecting the force of human intention.

Can Plants become Attuned to their Primary Care Takers?

When he returned with the matches, the plant was still showing the same high level reaction which would interfere with tracking additional changes on the chart. Backster decided to “remove the threat” by returning the matches to the desk.

At this point, the chart displayed a downward trend as the plant apparently began to calm down.[3] When Backster attempted to repeat the same results by pretending that he was going to burn the plant, there was no reaction. The plant seemed to sense the difference between real and artificial intent.

He eventually discovered that plants become attuned to their primary care takers, responding to both their positive and negative emotions and to their return after being away for a time.[4] Chart findings also showed that plants prioritize the emotions of their primary care takers over the emotions of others nearby.

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