Our Neuropathways affect Spiritual Consciousness

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With the advances in neuroscience, brain research as shown that physical wiring of the brain is effected by our thoughts moving through it. During periods of sustained attention, neurons will wire together to create neuropathways directly affecting what we experience in our lives.  Therefore, if our thoughts involve fear, worry, and doubt, then more neuropathways will wire together causing us to experience more of these feelings in our lives.

This is known as neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity,  and is defined as changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.  Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.

Therefore, in order to change our neuropathways, we must begin by changing our thoughts to compassion, kindness, and unconditional love. I have witnessed changes in people I have observed who have changed the course of their lives to more positive results in that they met their perfect mate, got the job in their chosen field, and found a community of friends they longed for.  The following posts provide specific methods and techniques to change our brain’s neuropathways as follows:  Rewiring the Hardwiring, Rewiring the Hardwiring II, and Rewiring the Hardwiring III.

These positive results began with changes in their thoughts, whereby their neuropathways began to change,  and resulted in concrete positive changes in their lives.  Along with these positive thoughts, practicing acceptance and surrender will bring further peace and bliss into ours lives.  It is wonderful to see that spiritual consciousness can be explained through modern science.  (Copyright 2013 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)

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Our Neuropathways affect Spiritual Consciousness

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With the advances in neuroscience, brain research as shown that physical wiring of the brain is effected by our thoughts moving through it. During periods of sustained attention, neurons will wire together to create neuropathways directly affecting what we experience in our lives.  Therefore, if our thoughts involve fear, worry, and doubt, then more neuropathways will wire together causing us to experience more of these feelings in our lives.

This is known as neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity,  and is defined as changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.  Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.

Therefore, in order to change our neuropathways, we must begin by changing our thoughts…

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Turning Point

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In every recovery, there is a turning point and on every journey, there is a point we turn a corner and never look back. I am at such a turning point on my journey.  The fears that I carried around with me for my soul life, I am slowly overcoming with each day, and it is getting easier and easier to live my life in harmony, security, and peace.  These changes are all internal, and my inner world has changed so dramatically for the better.

Since I began posting the series on Rewiring the Hardwiring of the brain, Rewiring the Hardwiring – Part II, and Rewiring the Hardwiring – Part III, I began the imagery and mental exercised recommended in these articles a few minutes each day by weakening the negative memories that arise, and supporting the positive memories that arise.  I can report that my normal negative thoughts and the subsequent compulsive behaviors are beginning to change.   The mental exercises can be done quickly and instantly taking only a few seconds.  These exercises must be repeated regularly for the brain circuitry to rewire.

After practicing this for only five days, I already am feeling the positive effects of this practice.  Please try this practice and see if your addictions, compulsions, and other negative behaviors begin to change and transform, while feeling more positive with less fears and with more peace.  Please leave me a comment on your thoughts and practices below.  I look forward to your comments!  (Copyright 2015 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)

Rewiring the Hardwiring – Part III

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Part III of the series on Rewiring the Hardwiring of the human brain is by Geoffrey James with additional techniques on how to rewire your brain of negative events by weakening them and rewiring the brain with positive events to create more success and abundance in our lives.  Geoffrey James’ article is provided in the following link:

http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/use-neuroscience-to-make-you-successful.html

Rewiring the Hardwiring – Part II

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The next article on rewiring the hardwiring of the human brain is by Jan Porter on the work of Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Jan Porter’s article on “How to Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness” is as the following link: http://www.fastcompany.com/3034801/the-future-of-work/how-to-rewire-your-brain-for-greater-happiness

Enjoy the article and hope you find this helpful!

Rewiring the Hardwiring

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I recently watched the movie, “Awake: the Life of Yogananda” about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, a yogi and guru who introduced millions of westerners from 1920 to 1952 to the teachings of meditation and Krya Yoga. Yogananda brought the concept of the science of religion to American that is religious practices can be explained through science, including the idea that the hardwiring of our brains from our past negative experiences can be rewired.

I have been vastly interested in this biological and psychological question, can the brain be rewired once it has been hardwired for addiction, trauma, and other negative life experiences?  Neuroscience is explaining that this can be done due to brain plasiticity, and this is the first of a series of articles I will be sharing on my blog.

This first article is on the specific techniques on rewiring the hardwiring of the brain by Hilary Stokes Ph.D. and Kim Ward Ph.D. who have been a team for 20 years, specializing in mind, body, spirit psychology, and bestselling authors.  Their article “5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Meaningful Life Changes” is at the following link:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11762/5-ways-to-rewire-your-brain-for-meaningful-life-changes.html

I hope you find this helpful for your spiritual and emotional healing practice!

Awareness of Fear and Brain Functions

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I have come to realize that humans operate and function predominately through fear.  Through fear, genocide and holocausts occur as these events are triggered by blaming smaller groups of people for our economic and society’s problems.  Blaming others is a fear based behavior as we cannot take responsibility for our own problems, and we fear that others are causing us harm.  For humans, fear appears to be such a motivator as we work hard in school for fear that we will not get a decent paying job.  Even religion uses fear to motivate their parishioners as hell is where we will go if we don’t follow the teachings of the church or their scriptures.

On a micro or personal level, I have experienced fear in every aspect of my life. I have observed how fear works within me.  When I experience fear, I begin to want to take control, and this causes left brain behaviors of making lists, repeating patterns, doing thing in a certain sequence, or focusing on details.  Many people with phobias, that is an extreme form of fear, will behave obsessively and compulsively created predominately through the left brain.

I remember this fear-based behavior while playing the piano as I began playing when I was eight years old.  During piano performances that require muscle memory and emotional expression that is predominately a right brain activity, we must be willing to surrender and let go in order to perform through muscle memory and musical expression.  When I performed, I heard this very strong voice of the ego telling me that I need to take control because I will forget the music or make a mistake. I feared this because I didn’t feel good enough, and feared being judged by others as being unworthy. Then my left brain kicked in, and I played mechanically like I was typing on a typewriter rather than playing music as I was no longer operating through my right brain.

This experience gave me the understanding that ego can shift our brain activities.  When ego’s fears kick in, we feel the urge to control and control for many of us takes the form of  left brain activities, including making lists, repeating patterns, doing thing in a certain sequence, or focusing on details.  As I have become more aware, I am doing exercises to prevent myself from going into this control mode of my left brain. I practice this by doing deep breathing exercises that relaxes my body, triggers muscle memory, and stimulates right brain activities.  I will be starting my breath work soon, hopefully, to help me with this. Infinite love and light, Brooke (Copyright 2014 Kundalini Spirit with all Rights Reserved)

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