Welcome!

There is no more worthy goal in human life than awakening your mind. Awakening changes the way we live and relate to the people and the world around us. Even more importantly, awakening changes how we think about ourselves, about our place in the universe, and the purpose of our existence. Awakening is a major step toward well-being, but an even greater step is to go beyond thought altogether. There are many different facets to this process and, in this blog, we will discuss many different topics from spirituality, to lucid dreaming, to the role of psychotherapy in awakening your mind. We are happy to see you here and to take this journey with us. Read on.

On a Journey to Awakening

Our Elusive Mind – Regaining Control

I know you! Your reading this article tells me that you are a cut above the average person. You are curious, don’t mind having to think, and have a grasp on the importance of ideas. I admire these qualities in a person.

In part 1 of this three part series on the human mind, I summarized that the mind could be likened to a slippery slope. A mound of guck that appears innocent enough, but in reality sucks you in. The further you go in trying to grasp it, the more elusive it becomes.

Part 2 is one of those good news, bad news stories. The good news is that there is still much to learn about our mind. The bad news: there are few ”break through” thoughts about the workings of the mind. My intent in this article is to dig a little deeper and to personalize with you how we have lost our minds, the results of this, and how we can regain control of it.

It is somewhere in infancy that we first become aware that there is an internal self, separate from and independent of our understanding of our external self. Now I don’t have any memory of this, nor is there any empirical data to support it, but I am convinced that as infants we develop and play a game that gives us great pleasure. If I were to name it, the game might be called “Parent, come here!” It is a response to one of the developmental limitations of infancy. As infants our lives can become very boring, so we find things to do. You and I can’t tell our care givers what we want or need, but we can send a message.

Continue reading →

Our Elusive Mind – The Art of Metamorphosis

This is the third and final piece of “Elusive Mind” posts discussing the human mind. In part 2 I concluded with an important question: how does a person change their mind?  Realizing that there is more that needs to be said about how you can alter or change your mind, I decided to take another run at the subject. A kind of epilogue if you will. The resulting question is this: How can you affect the changing of your mind?

Dilemmas

In order to lay the proper foundation for my view I need for you to step back in time with me. Back to a time when the question of the day went something like this: “Why is my mind so weak that I can’t seem to do the right things with my body?” or its equivalent, the mind/body dilemma (dualism). This is an all important question for many of us. A question that infers that we are aware of our reactions and behaviors that many times those behaviors and reactions are at odds with our preferences.

Continue reading →

Biofeedback: The New Way to Treat Anxiety

While it was a very uncommon therapy 25 years ago, biofeedback is rapidly emerging into the mainstream, being taken up by more and more professionals and being granted coverage by Medicare and many health insurers for a range of conditions.

While applied psychophysiology is still in its “testing”phase, and not all the benefits of learning and applying self-regulatory skills have proven as profound as was hoped for and predicted by some, a sufficient body of research (and related clinical data) does support biofeedback being used in a substantial secondary role when it comes to treating myriad disorders. As new research emerges, more and more possible applications for this therapy are being imagined and tested.

The term “biofeedback”(or psychophysiological feedback), is used to describe the process of electronically monitoring involuntary or sub-threshold physiological processes, then influencing these processes via intentional changes in cognition, in an attempt to utilize the mind-body connection to its fullest advantage. Biofeedback provides a medication-free form of therapy that allows one to influence one’s own health through the power of the mind.

This process begins in a quiet room, where the patient (hooked up to various sensors) relaxes in a comfortable chair while viewing a monitor that displays multiple processes that are ongoing in his or her own body. Visual and auditory feedback is then employed to reinforce the patient attaining the desired physiological states as set out by his or her specific treatment program. Various data can be collected and stored as part of monitoring the patient’s treatment over the long term.

Continue reading →

On Benefits of Binaural Beats

You may be familiar with the term “binaural beats”, especially if you’re into mind machines or brainwave entertainment. The word “binaural” is defined as “of two ears”. The technology behind this involves the brain being stimulated using different sounds in each ear using earphone with the goal of creating sensory or even spiritual feelings.

When the brain hears the alternating beats and tones in each ear, the brain syncs up with the tone’s patterns and produces various positive psychological experiences such as a sense of calm, happiness or possibly an enhanced intelligence and mental focus.
There is a lot of research going on trying to create different binaural beats but the execution is always the same: you put on the earphones, quietly lie back and listen. Psychologists and neuroscientists are divided on benefits of binaural beats, they are mostly concerned that regular use may develop into addiction and call binaural beats a “digital drugs“.

The technology of binaural beats is not new at all. The discovery of binaural beats goes back to the 1839. This is when Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, a scientist from Prussia discovered the concept and started experimenting and using binaural beat technology. But it’s just been in recent decades when high-quality headphones became generally available that practical use has taken off. Using good quality headphones enabled the technology to be kicked up a notch because each pattern of sound can be isolated to just one ear, and there are no background distractions. This isolation of sounds, beats and tones has contributed greatly to the science of binaural beats.

An article in Scientific American, 1973 called “Auditory Beats in the Brain” by Gerald Oster was about the results of a pioneer study on binaural beats and introduced the topic to the public at large. This article is still mentioned today due to its organized and detailed explanation of the topic.

Continue reading →

Understanding Brainwave Entrainment

The focus on improving our lives include contributions from every imaginable science. While we seem to understand the way most of these sciences work there remains areas where it is easy to get confused. One of those more mysterious sciences is neuroscience, or the study of the nervous system.

Being computer technology based, neuroscience is a more recent entry into the scientific world. A primary focus of work in this field is the mapping of the interconnection of the neural network, including the brain and the lines of communication with the rest of the body. It’s as though the world within our body is a giant system of highways and freeways designed to transport information about ourselves via electrical impulses.

I would like to introduce you to a type of aural based mood control. This is that through the use of certain electrical frequencies emitted in our brain, our mood can be altered. By most accounts the most often talked about and least understood area of mood control is brainwave entrainment.  Also known as brainwave synchronization, it is the deliberate action of guiding your brainwaves to a particular frequency that corresponds to a desired brain state, e.g. highly focused, or deeply relaxed.

Continue reading →

Kundalini Awakening and the Basics of the Spiritual Path

Kundalini is a word in Sanskrit that translated into English means coil. We are all born with Kundalini and in most of us our Kundalini remains dormant inside the perineum wound into 3 ½ circles, forming a coil. This is not something most people are aware of but those who seek to live on a more spiritual plane know of the Kundalini within us. Many people who study and practice yoga seek to develop their Kundalini because the belief is that harnessing the power of your Kundalini is needed for attaining a union with the divine (Yoga), the ultimate achievement of spirituality. In this article when yoga tradition is mentioned it refers to the various spiritual pathways that strive for Yoga, which is union with the divine, as its final goal.

Traditional beliefs claim that after it’s been awakened, our Kundalini is capable of removing the blockages in our major chakras, cleanse, open and help our chakras grow until they’ve fully bloomed into full lotus forms. When our Kundalini completes this process on all our chakras the innermost core of our Kundalini will arrive at the chakra at the very top of our head, the crown chakra. When this is fully, cleansed, opened and developed we will attain our highest achievement of spirituality, that of Yoga.

This is no easy task as it’s very difficult to awaken our Kundalini. There are those who have practiced yoga for decades and still have not awakened their Kundalini. Many believe that very few have actually been able to fully awaken their Kundalini. Those who were able to achieve this have then gone onto spend decades in the cleansing process. This can take many years to fully cleanse, open and fully develop a chakra. The process begins at the base chakra and moves upwards in order. The Kundalini will spend years at each chakra working its way up to the 7th chakra, the crown chakra taking decades. Because the time for this is so long many people will pass away before reaching their final goal in the process. Just having your Kundalini reach the crown chakra doesn’t mean you’re finished, it’s only the start of the true journey of the Kundalini.

Continue reading →

The Benefits of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

When it comes to using hypnosis as a medical procedure, we are not talking about what you see in pop culture television shows and in classic movies where the person administering the hypnosis says “you are getting very sleepy”. The type of hypnosis we are referring to in this article is known as hypnotherapy in the medical field and is a type of medical procedure in conjunction with other therapies and medical treatments.

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis defines hypnosis more clearly as a state of focused attention, concentration, and an inner absorption that helps us to use our minds in a more powerful way.  The American Psychological Association states that, like many other medical procedures, hypnosis should only be carried out by healthcare professionals who have the proper training and appropriate credentials. These professionals should only use the procedure within their limits of expertise.

Continue reading →

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a very versatile treatment method for helping people become healthier using signals or feedback from their own bodies. Healthcare professionals use biofeedback to teach patients how to help themselves. Psychologists use it to help clients who suffer from anxiety learn how to reduce tension and relax. Physical therapists use this technique with victims of stroke in helping them regain mobility in paralyzed muscles.

You certainly used biofeedback in its most simple forms. A thermometer tells you if you’re running a fever and a scale tells you whether you’re gaining or losing weight. Both of these devices give you “feedback”, which is information about your body. With this feedback you can decide what to do to help yourself. If you’ve got a fever you know you need to stay in bed and drink fluids. If you’re gaining weight, you can make the decision to go on a diet.

Healthcare professionals use sophisticated biofeedback equipment in a similar manner. This equipment observes what’s going on inside a person’s body, their bodily functions, with a great deal of precision. The information gleaned is extremely helpful for both patients and their healthcare provider for measuring progress and directing treatment.

Continue reading →

Enhance your Life through Music

There are many studies undertaken with results pointing to the many benefits you can reap from exposure to music. You can definitely improve yourself with music.  The graces inherent in music are multi-level.  Music is said to enhance the mind’s abilities in different ways.  It also helps in the improvement of physical skills and dexterity. Moreover, it is able to uplift one on an emotional/spiritual plane.  And because music is a fundamental built-in aspect in all cultures, everybody has easy access to all these intrinsic rewards.

Learning to play a musical instrument has even greater perks. It may be difficult, especially at the beginning, but when you set your mind to learning, you get the perquisites of gracefully and effectively playing that instrument, as well as countless enhancements to mind, body, and spirit to boot.

Continue reading →

Comments are closed.