Mind Directly Influences Matter

Mind Directly Influences Matter

In 1939 a Russian electrical engineer named Semyon Kirlian discovered electrophotography or bio-electrical photography, a photographic technique of capturing and showing the electrical discharges around an object. This has become known as Kirlian Photography and it has been used to photograph a human being. Kirlian Photography shows the light, in various colours, which surrounds a human being’s body. This light is also referred to as the human aura or the human etheric body. The use of electrophotography has been used since the 1930s for scientific research in parapsychology and paranormal health. This started the understanding of how mind directly influences matter.

Mind Directly Influences Matter

In this present day another Russian, Dr Konstantin Korotkov a Professor of Physics at St Petersburg University is using Kirlian photography to research the link between the unseen world of thought and the visible world of matter. His research is based on the fact that a human is constantly emitting energy and if the person can change the energy that surrounds their body they can change the world. Dr Korotkov claims that thinking in a certain way can have a positive or negative effect on the surrounding environment.

“We are developing the idea that our consciousness is part of the material world and that with our consciousness we can directly influence our world.”

If this is shown to be true then not only will teaching and expanding the mind be important but controlling the mind and what it thinks will be just as critical. Mainstream science accepting this link between thought and what manifests as matter, as a result of that thought, is quite a breakthrough for metaphysics.

But you do have to wonder about the present thoughts that humanity are thinking, as you witness a world at war that is experiencing so much pain, suffering and loss.


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Damaged Brain Repairs Itself

Damaged Brain Repairs Itself

After a traumatic brain injury, can a damaged brain repair itself? In this TED talk entitled: Can the Damaged Brain Repair Itself – Siddharthan Chandran says that it sometimes happens that the brain will repair itself. The process involves the brain building new brain cells to replace the damaged ones. It takes a while to do and as a result the repair doesn’t happen quickly enough to allow recovery from degenerative conditions like motor neurone disease (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS). Damaged Brain Repairs Itself

However the brain is capable of repairing itself and Siddharthan Chandran walks through some new techniques using special stem cells that could allow the damaged brain to rebuild faster. This is great news for anyone who has suffered or knows a person who has gone through a traumatic brain injury caused by an accident.

Can a Damaged Brain Repairs Itself


Damaged Brain Repairs Itself

By Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2018 aMindset.HK
Date: September 23, 2018

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7 Ways Meditation Changes Brain

7 Ways Meditation Changes Brain

Every week there is new information about brain research and the effects that meditation can have on the brain. It is now believed that meditation changes the brain in a good way. The beneficial effects of meditation have always been known by the Ancients, people of ancient times, and for many many years meditation has been recommended for reducing stress, making you a calmer person and generally leading to an overall improvement of health. Meditation Changes Brain

However with the advances within medical science and the use of MRI’s (magnetic resonance imaging)  and EEG’s (echoencephalograph – uses ultrasonic waves) the way meditation changes the brain in a beneficial way can be clearly seen and empirically logged.  The brain has always been one of the great mysteries, but now more is being found out about it and these studies are helping with an understanding of the ancient science of meditation and its effect on the  brain. meditation changes brain

In this article about 7 Ways Meditation Changes Brain, Alice Walton writes about the most exciting studies to appear in the the last few years about meditation and the effects of meditation on the brain. In her article entitled: ‘7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain she says; “Just a few minutes of meditation may reduce stress, study finds.”

7 Ways Meditation Changes Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to have an amazing variety of neurological benefits – from changes in grey matter volume to reduced activity in the “me” centers of the brain to enhanced connectivity between brain regions. Below are some of the most exciting studies to come out in the last few years and show that meditation really does produce measurable changes in our most important organ. Skeptics, of course, may ask what good are a few brain changes if the psychological effects aren’t simultaneously being illustrated? Luckily, there’s good evidence for those as well, with studies reporting that meditation helps relieve our subjective levels of anxiety and depression, and improve attention, concentration, and overall psychological well-being.

Meditation Helps Preserve the Aging Brain

Last week, a study from UCLA found that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged. Participants who’d been meditating for an average of 20 years had more grey matter volume throughout the brain — although older meditators still had some volume loss compared to younger meditators, it wasn’t as pronounced as the non-meditators. “We expected rather small and distinct effects located in some of the regions that had previously been associated with meditating,” said study author Florian Kurth. “Instead, what we actually observed was a widespread effect of meditation that encompassed regions throughout the entire brain.”

Meditation Reduces Activity in the Brain’s “Me Center”

One of the most interesting studies in the last few years, carried out at Yale University, found that mindfulness meditation decreases activity in the default mode network (DMN), the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts – a.k.a., “monkey mind.” The DMN is “on” or active when we’re not thinking about anything in particular, when our minds are just wandering from thought to thought. Since mind-wandering is typically associated with being less happy, ruminating, and worrying about the past and future, it’s the goal for many people to dial it down. Several studies have shown that meditation, though its quieting effect on the DMN, appears to do just this. And even when the mind does start to wander, because of the new connections that form, meditators are better at snapping back out of it.

Its Effects Rival Antidepressants for Depression, Anxiety

A review study last year at Johns Hopkins looked at the relationship between mindfulness meditation and its ability to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain. Researcher Madhav Goyal and his team found that the effect size of meditation was moderate, at 0.3. If this sounds low, keep in mind that the effect size for antidepressants is also 0.3, which makes the effect of meditation sound pretty good. Meditation is, after all an active form of brain training. “A lot of people have this idea that meditation means sitting down and doing nothing,” says Goyal. “But that’s not true. Meditation is an active training of the mind to increase awareness, and different meditation programs approach this in different ways.” Meditation isn’t a magic bullet for depression, as no treatment is, but it’s one of the tools that may help manage symptoms.

Meditation May Lead to Volume Changes in Key Areas of the Brain

In 2011, Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard found that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain: Eight weeks of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was found to increase cortical thickness in the hippocampus, which governs learning and memory, and in certain areas of the brain that play roles in emotion regulation and self-referential processing. There were also decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress – and these changes matched the participants’ self-reports of their stress levels, indicating that meditation not only changes the brain, but it changes our subjective perception and feelings as well. In fact, a follow-up study by Lazar’s team found that after meditation training, changes in brain areas linked to mood and arousal were also linked to improvements in how participants said they felt — i.e., their psychological well-being. So for anyone who says that activated blobs in the brain don’t necessarily mean anything, our subjective experience – improved mood and well-being – does indeed seem to be shifted through meditation as well.

Just a Few Days of Training Improves Concentration and Attention

Having problems concentrating isn’t just a kid thing – it affects millions of grown-ups as well, with an ADD diagnosis or not. Interestingly but not surprisingly, one of the central benefits of meditation is that it improves attention and concentration: One recent study found that just a couple of weeks of meditation training helped people’s focus and memory during the verbal reasoning section of the GRE. In fact, the increase in score was equivalent to 16 percentile points, which is nothing to sneeze at. Since the strong focus of attention (on an object, idea, or activity) is one of the central aims of meditation, it’s not so surprising that meditation should help people’s cognitive skills on the job, too – but it’s nice to have science confirm it. And everyone can use a little extra assistance on standardized tests.

Meditation Reduces Anxiety — and Social Anxiety

A lot of people start meditating for its benefits in stress reduction, and there’s lots of good evidence to support this rationale. There’s a whole newer sub-genre of meditation, mentioned earlier, called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness (now available all over the country), that aims to reduce a person’s stress level, physically and mentally. Studies have shown its benefits in reducing anxiety, even years after the initial 8-week course. Research has also shown that mindfulness meditation, in contrast to attending to the breath only, can reduce anxiety – and that these changes seem to be mediated through the brain regions associated with those self-referential (“me-centered”) thoughts. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to help people with social anxiety disorder: a Stanford University team found that MBSR brought about changes in brain regions involved in attention, as well as relief from symptoms of social anxiety.

Meditation Can Help with Addiction

A growing number of studies has shown that, given its effects on the self-control regions of the brain, meditation can be very effective in helping people recover from various types of addiction. One study, for example, pitted mindfulness training against the American Lung Association’s freedom from smoking (FFS) program, and found that people who learned mindfulness were many times more likely to have quit smoking by the end of the training, and at 17 weeks follow-up, than those in the conventional treatment. This may be because meditation helps people “decouple” the state of craving from the act of smoking, so the one doesn’t always have to lead to the other, but rather you fully experience and ride out the “wave” of craving, until it passes. Other research has found that mindfulness training, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) can be helpful in treating other forms of addiction.

Short Meditation Breaks Can Help Kids in School

For developing brains, meditation has as much as or perhaps even more promise than it has for adults. There’s been increasing interest from educators and researchers in bringing meditation and yoga to school kids, who are dealing with the usual stressors inside school, and oftentimes additional stress and trauma outside school. Some schools have starting implementing meditation into their daily schedules, and with good effect: One district in San Francisco started a twice daily meditation program in some of its high-risk schools – and saw suspensions decrease, and GPAs and attendance increase. Studies have confirmed the cognitive and emotional benefits of meditation for schoolchildren, but more work will probably need to be done before it gains more widespread acceptance.

Worth a Try?

Meditation is not a panacea, but there’s certainly a lot of evidence that it may do some good for those who practice it regularly. Everyone from Anderson Cooper and congressman Tim Ryan to companies like Google GOOGL -0.9% and Apple AAPL -0.56% and Target TGT -0.5% are integrating meditation into their schedules. And its benefits seem to be felt after a relatively short amount of practice. Some researchers have cautioned that meditation can lead to ill effects under certain circumstances (known as the “dark night” phenomenon), but for most people – especially if you have a good teacher – meditation is beneficial, rather than harmful. It’s certainly worth a shot: If you have a few minutes in the morning or evening (or both), rather than turning on your phone or going online, see what happens if you try quieting down your mind, or at least paying attention to your thoughts and letting them go without reacting to them. If the research is right, just a few minutes of meditation may make a big difference.

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7 Ways Meditation Changes Brain

Curated by Liz McCaughey©Copyright 2018 aMindset.HK
Date: September 22, 2018

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Liz has recently opened her new business aMindset in Hong Kong. aMindset is a comprehensive mental health resource that incorporates Psychotherapy, Counselling, Mentoring and Workshops. Liz originally founded the company “Kumara” in Perth, Western Australia in 2003. Kumara is affiliated with aMindset and you can read more about Kumara in the website, KumaraHub.

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Tips and Tricks on How to Rewire Your Brain

Tips and Tricks on How to Rewire Your Brain

Tips and Tricks on How to Rewire Your Brain

Thanks to advances in neuroscience it is now known that the brain is not hardwired as was thought in the past. Instead it has been revealed that you can rewire your brain to change and what changes the brain is you and the experiences you feed it. Whether those experiences are revealed by a mood, a habit or physical activity you can rewire your own brain.  If you want to change your life for the better then it is time for you to take action and understand how to rewire your brain.

There are many ways to input information to the brain and the complexity of this 3-lbs of grey matter is shown beyond doubt if you consider it takes a person approximately 14 years training to qualify as a neurosurgeon. However that level of involvement is not necessary for the type of changes suggested in this article. Instead you are going to be given some simple tools to help change your brain so that it functions at the level that you want it to, without the limitations you may have placed on it through your previous way of living.

These are tips on how to rewire your brain


Tool No 1 – Let go of old beliefs

Let go of your preconception about the brain and know that the brain is quite plastic and maleable.  Your genes DO NOT dictate your thoughts, emotions and behaviour – so you do not have to end up like your parents. The research being done in neuroscience shows that the brain can be modified by life experiences and that new brain cells are regularly formed and that the brain is in a constant state of change, even in old age. Although your genes may indicate your potentials, they do not dictate your life. 

Tool 2 – Use it or lose it

Rewire the brain through repetition of thought or movement.  If you wanted to be a good tennis player you would spend many hours practicing the sport.  The brain is no different, repetition feeds the brain and is the way to develop new brain-habits.  If you find you keep having irrational fearful thoughts, then find a way to replace the anxious thought with a positive one.  This method may be as simple as using a positive affirmation or a single positive word to replace the negative thought. If you get into the habit of stopping irrational fearful or negative thinking immediately and instead replace the negative with positive – you will be building up a good practice routine that reinforces positive thinking over negative.

About the Brain

The brain has billions of neurons that are waiting to be used. These neutrons are little cells that transmit nerve impulses and they are constantly working together forming new connections. As you learn new things these connections change .  The neurons chemically communicate with each other through a structure called a synapse. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters which is the result of one neutron getting another neuron to fire up so they can work together. The resultant feeling may be that of excitement or the opposite, it just depends on what is being chemically fed to the neurotransmitters.  There are many neurotransmitters in the brain and the synapse comes in all shapes and sizes which will change as you learn something new.  


There are a couple of neurotransmitters which are the main workhorse of the brain:

  • Glutamate – Which incites activity and enhances excitement levels.
  • Gamma-Aminobutryic acid (GABA) – which inhibits and quietens down activity.
    • GABA is used in drugs like Valium which is used for people who are very anxious.

There are scores of other neurotransmitters that have very important roles to play in your brain. However as becoming a neurosurgeon is not our aim the above simplified explanation about the brain will have to suffice.  

The brief explanation was mentioned to indicate how the brain operates – at a very simple level. It also indicates that the way you think and how you’ve your life  is based on what you feed the brain and what neurotransmitters get used the most. The more you do something, the more likely you are to do it again in the future.  If you constantly allow your thoughts to be fearful you will eventually be dominated by fear.  If you do the opposite and instead of supporting a fearful or negative thought you replace it with a powerful affirmation or positive thought – then over time you will get rid of your negativity and fear and instead become more positive.

You are what you think because the brain will keep triggering the neurotransmitters that are used the most often. If you want to become an expert in fear and anxiety then keep practicing with those thoughts.  If instead you want to become courageous and a warrior, then change your training program and start practicing more with powerful and positive thoughts. It is that simple.

Tool 3 – Think Positive

These two simple words are probably the hardest thing to maintain over a long period of time.  However knowing what you do about the neurotransmitters you have to at least make the effort.  In the beginning it will be quite difficult as the old habitual neurotransmitters will still be in control. As you try and think positive a negative thought will enter your mind – but persevere.  If you gave up tennis after the 1st day of practice you would never become any good at the game.  Use will-power, concentration and persevere with the Game of Thought as you actively choose to rewire your brain to change your life for the better.

There is a lot you can do to change your brain but in the beginning keep it simple and manageable.  If you can persevere with the above 3-Tools that will be a good start.