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How Does Our Consciousness Change the Structure of the Brain and Then Our Life?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2012

By Peter Baksa Investigative Journalist/Entreprenuer/Author of ‘The Point of Power’

Meditation and Neuroplasticity

After spending time interviewing Tibetan monks while in Beijing, China, at the Lama Temple, correlations between their rituals and how they aligned with modern neuroplastic science began to surface.  I was able to spend time with the Dali Lama himself and found that he was curious about the question “Does consciousness in and of itself,  force changes in the structure of the brain? ”  Does the mind create physiological change in the brain and then thereby alter life situations in the natural?  I decided to find out. 

In addition to the brain giving rise to thoughts, hopes, beliefs and emotions that add up to this thing we call the mind, could it be that the mind also acts back on the brain to cause physical changes in the very manner they were initiated?  If so, then pure thought (our consciousness) would change the brain’s activity, its circuits or even its structure.  Joe Dispensza suggests in his book “Evolve Your Brain” that if we choose to rely soley on our inherited circuits (DNA) we are stuck with those traits and patterns, good, bad or indifferent.

There are two ways to make new synaptic connections in the brain: to learn new things and to have new experiences. I am suggesting a third, and that is through observation of our thoughts and refining our consciousness. Hence, not only are our brains plastic enough to keep adapting though learning and experiences, but we can choose how to sculpt our minds by altering our perceptions intentionally. This supposition has also led to the discovery that neuroplasticity cannot occur without attention. So, if a skill becomes so routine that you can do it nearly automatically — like walking, for instance — then practicing it will no longer change the brain.  And if you take up mental exercises to keep your brain young, they won’t be as effective if you find yourself able to do them without paying much attention.  Like any good exercise, you need to change it up every so often. This, according to researcher Michael Merzenich.

How we choose to sculpt our minds has actual physical measurable changes etched within the grey matter of our brains. Such practices as meditation and Chi Gong can keep the old mental circuits active and form new ones, leading to a cycle of continual self-improvement. Of course, practitioners of meditation have been saying this for centuries. I asked Erdijanzi (age 23) a third-generation Tibetan Monk, “How much time do you spend in mediation per day?” He said he did not know.  It turned out that almost any free moment, even in between interview questions, he would turn to his Mala Beads to quiet his mind.  This practice was his chosen method of brain sculpting.  It also occurred to me that once the mind was quieted and an intention was inserted that the effect of this intention at the quantum level would be magnified and crystal clear, allowing for more effective manifestation. Read the rest of this entry »

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