Brain Plasticity and Transcendental Meditation with Dr Fred Travis

Dr Fred Travis explains what happens to the brain when someone practices the Transcendental Meditation technique.

All experiences changes the brain and nothing changes the brain like transcending.

Fred Travis: Mr Lynch and Dr Hagelin gave a very compelling image of a Unified Field at the basis of our thought, at the basis of our behavior and these compelling images have concrete reality in the functioning of our brain. The quality of the functioning of your brain determines the quality of the functioning of your mind.

If you want a creative mind you need a creative brain. If you want a calm and alert mind you need a restful and alert brain. This relationship goes the other way as well – the brain not only generates experience but also each experience we have changes the brain.

Every time you see something, you hear something the words now going into your ears are creating this cascade of electrical activity in your brain. Individual neuron by individual neuron is sending the information and you have as if these connecting hands, we have this delicate network over your brain and that’s what lets you see. That’s what lets you decide and every time you have an experience that network gets a little stronger.

Your brain is a RIVER it’s not a ROCK. Indeed 70% of your brain cells change every day. What we have here is an example of 2 dendrites. Dendrites are where one cell takes in information and these little bumps that you see are called dendritic spines, this is where one neuron is communicating with this neuron. You have 100 billion neurons in your brain, each one get input from about 10,000 other neurons every second. You could imagine getting 10,000 phone calls every second and trying to integrate it together into one coherent output.

One of the most research ways to improve holistic brain function is through practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

The Great Shift: Co-Creating a New World For 2012 and Beyond Co-Authored by Lee Carroll, Tom Kenyon, Patricia Cori

This extraordinary book brings together many sources of important information on the changes occurring within our world, ourselves, and the evolution of consciousness leading up to the year 2012. The text is addressed in part to Lightworkers, for whom the energy shift now gearing up has been ongoing for at least the last twenty years. The time is getting closer. The Great Shift is a progress report from the field and the messages are positive.

“You don’t have to logically do anything but ‘show up’ with spiritual intent, and the DNA quantum field is activated in your body,” Kryon says. He tells us to expect changes and peace we may have never thought to see in our lifetimes, even in the Middle East. He says, “God is not a controlling force. Look for the love.”

Tom Kenyon channeling the Hathors, a group consciousness entity, reminds us, “It is your attention to an event that makes it conscious.” Kenyon also explains what channeled material is, which is important in understanding how we co-create our own world: “From the standpoint of neuropsychology, channeled information is just another expression of our brain/mind potential . . . a movement into the unknown territory of one’s own psyche to see what emerges in terms of contact (with other intelligences) and information.” Mary Magdalen, through Tom Kenyon, makes it clear that restoring the balance between male and female energies will mean good things for men as well as women and will reignite our creative potency.

Patricia Cori, noted channel of the Sirian High Council, explores the illusions of the dimension we are now in, as we race toward a higher level where time disappears…linking Atlantis, Egypt and the mystery of the crystal skulls to our imminent passage through the 2012 portal.

After a Century, Why Mysticism Still Inspires ~ Carl McColman

What is mysticism? Who are the great mystics, and what wisdom do they have to share with us today? How is mysticism related to religion and spirituality, and yet how does it speak to a universal truth that transcends dogma? Questions like these were explored in a great, but often overlooked, literary masterpiece published a hundred years ago — Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill.

1911 was not a particularly dramatic year. The Mexican Revolution was ongoing and the Italians declared war on the Ottoman Empire. The Chevrolet Motor Car Company was incorporated and the Encyclopædia Britannica brought out its legendary 11th edition. But this otherwise unremarkable year also saw the first publication of Underhill’s study on mysticism, a book that has never gone out of print and has become a modern spiritual classic.

Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was a true pioneer in many ways. She was the first woman to deliver lectures on religion at Oxford University; and in a time when the Church of England did not ordain women to the priesthood, she became renowned as a retreat leader and spiritual teacher. She wrote more than 25 books, including novels, collections of poetry, and a variety of books about prayer and spirituality. But her most enduring work has been her in-depth study of the beauty and splendor of the quest for union with God.

Mysticism is a huge book — more than 500 pages of text and notes, drawing on the wisdom of more than 100 great mystics, not only from Christianity but from around the world. The first part of the book answers the question “What is mysticism?” and explains why the spiritual life matters, even in a world dominated by science and technology. Underhill relates mysticism to art, science and psychology, but also explores how spirituality cannot be reduced to any other field of human knowledge.

The second half of the book explores the developmental process of the mystical life, detailing such key transitions as conversion, self-purification, illumination or enlightenment, the dark night of the soul, and the final splendor of “deification,” or participation in the Divine Nature of God. Drawing on psychology as well as religion, this evolutionary map of mysticism anticipated by several decades the work of later specialists in human spiritual growth and development, like James Fowler or Ken Wilber.

Most important of all, Underhill emphasized that mysticism was not just for the religious elite, but for anyone who truly sought to live a transcendent life that unites the present moment with the glory of eternity. Although she assumed that mystics somehow had a “greater” or “higher” calling than the “ordinary” person, her insistence that mystical wisdom was for everyone presaged the rise of popular spirituality in the late 20th century, from the freewheeling explorations of the new age to the widespread popularity of the Christian centering prayer movement. Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner predicted shortly before his death in 1984 that “the Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist;” Underhill’s Mysticism explains why Rahner’s words can be seen as a challenge rather than a warning.

Given how widespread the quest for enlightenment and inner experience is in our time, it is difficult to imagine how only one hundred years ago the English-speaking world remained dominated by a type of scientific materialism that made topics such as mysticism and spirituality taboo to most people. As the wife and daughter of prominent British attorneys, Evelyn Underhill belonged to the mainstream of society, and her family did not understand her devotion to the spiritual life.

But she bucked social expectations and followed her intuition, and by doing so became a foremother of the great rebirth of spirituality that emerged after her death. Key spiritual leaders and authors like Thomas Merton, C. S. Lewis, Alan Watts, and T. S. Eliot were among the many visionaries who were influenced by her teaching. My own work as a blogger and author is directly inspired by Evelyn Underhill.

For those who might find the length and scholarship of Underhill’s Mysticism daunting, her 1914 book Practical Mysticism offers a shorter and more accessible introduction to her thought. But in its centennial year Mysticism remains her most essential book of the topic, and offers a lucid and insightful introduction to a subject many people find difficult to comprehend.

Carl McColman is also the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and the popular blog The Website of Unknowing. He lives near Atlanta.

The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict ~Strategies from the Art of War by James Gimian and Barry Boyce

The fog of war has become the fog of life. Chaos, Conflict, and Complex problems are emerging everywhere. And the same old fixes don’t seem to help.

The Rules of Victory Chaos, conflict, and the escalation of complex problems seem to define our experience, whether we’re an army commander, a business leader, a community organizer, or a single parent. Because the ordinary approaches don’t work when things are complex and because the stakes are so high nowadays, people everywhere are motivated to find more effective ways to deal with the conflict that arises when things get tough.
The Art of War is timeless, and it is tailor-made for our times

For 2500 years the Art of War has provided people all over the world with skillful strategies for working with challenging situations, conflict, and war. This text succeeds because it views the world as an interconnected whole and takes a deeply systematic approach. In fact, the Sun Tzu text is perhaps the world’s first whole-systems handbook.
The Rules of Victory shows how the Sun Tzu Works for us

The Rules of Victory demonstrates how the skillful actions from the Sun Tzu text can apply to you and your life. The Art of War is not about an ancient approach from a foreign culture. Rather it presents inherent human wisdom about a way of viewing and being in the world that gives rise to skillful action. The strategies of the Art of War are based on common human faculties and the ways we already do things. More than anything, developing this skill requires a shift in view—in how we see things—leading to effective action and a different result.
skillful action that can make a difference

From The Rules of Victory we learn:

* How to work more effectively with resistance, reaction, conflict, and chaos, when your role as a leader requires you to encourage change
* How to create momentum and bring about the tipping point in your project
* How to employ shih—seeing how energy moves, gathers, focuses and releases in any natural or human-made system and how to use that to advantage
* About a kind of knowing that helps one to look at what others don’t, see what others can’t, go where others won’t
* About finding a way to win the battle and the war, and the peace too

1.Silence the mind – become awareness 2.Live in the present moment – become more present

Use this video to help you become more aware and present, and to silence your internal dialogue.

Video to help you become more present and aware in your day to day lives

1. We are infinite awareness 2.The voice inside your head 3.The Great Spiritual Awakening

Our bodies are the vehicles and our minds are the tool… we are neither, we are infinite consciousness, infinite awareness, infinite possibility, pure potential having a human experience…. Enjoy the video, spread the word!!

The voice inside your head (insights into your mind)

Become aware of the real you

The great spiritual awakening – Discover you true nature (infinite consciousness)

The time of great awakening has finally arrived. Become awakened, learn your true nature.

Our Creative Universe ~ Eckhart Tolle

Q: What kind of guidance would you offer to people to remember, or be aware that we are a creative force in a creative Universe?

ET: The awakening process has two aspects, or two dimensions, to it. One is the finding the Source within, as yourself. Then, [there is] bringing that into your life more and more – so that your daily life becomes interspersed with that Stillness. As your life becomes interspersed with that Stillness, the ego then begins to fade. You embody a different energy field – as if something from another dimension were coming through you into this world.

The most essential thing is the foundation for all subsequent “awakened doing”, as I sometimes call it. The world is full of people who are doing, but it’s mostly unawakened doing. This comes out of unhappy states, and creates more unhappy states. Our first task is to bring that dimension, the other dimension, into this world. With your normal everyday life, see if Presence can flow into the smallest things – listening to another person, walking from here to there, and so on. Presence implies acceptance of whatever is, in the Now, in alignment with the form of the Now, as a spiritual practice. The more you are aligned with the form of the Now, the more this energy comes through.

It’s vital for us to be grounded in the Presence of everyday life. The foundation is continuous acceptance of the is-ness of Now. Through that, Presence arises more and more. You work with the present moment, as your teacher so-to-speak. Bring a “yes” to it. With that, the Presence comes. You have to first come to an acceptance of the is-ness of things – not the world situation – just your limited reality. After a little while you will notice that there is another aspect to Presence. It’s not just still – there’s also a dynamic aspect to Presence. That’s where “awakened doing” comes in.

First it changes the way in which you deal with others. One day, something else wants to be done that needs doing. You might perceive it as something that you need to do. Suddenly you know what it is that you need to do. It comes from within, or it comes from without – some situation in your life. Then, “awakened doing” begins to happen. That doing is not the egoic doing, where whatever you do is a means to an end. There is deep enjoyment in the doing. There is not an excessive desire to achieve, but you achieve actually more – because there’s so much enjoyment in the doing that the end result looks after itself. A very different kind of doing arises, that is not motivated by desire. The normal way is thinking “I need to achieve this”.

As Presence moves through you, it’s not based on desire anymore, it’s based on enjoyment. It’s not based on wanting or needing anything, because you’re coming from fullness. The action is not designed to fulfill you. It’s not designed to add something to you. The action is coming out of the fullness in which you already dwell – so there’s no neediness in it.

Obstacles arise, as they will, especially if you do things that go against the conditioning of the world – you may find obstacles. You also may find enormous power helping you.

Obstacles may come in the form of uncooperative people, or situations, but enormous power will also flow into what you do and help you in many ways. Just the right thing, just at the right moment, just the right person. When obstacles do arise, they are not regarded as enemies. The ego regards any obstacle to its course of action as an enemy.

An obstacle is accepted for what it is, and you work with it – not against it. Or you work around it, or you take its energy and turn it around. It becomes incorporated into what you have to do. You don’t see any more enemies in the form of unhelpful situations, uncooperative people. Everything is embraced for what it is, accepted for what it is, and transformed. It’s not so much that you are doing it, you become a vehicle for the doing. It happens through you. The power comes when it wants to come.

For several years after the shift that happened to me, there was not much happening externally – and after that, gradually, people came to ask questions. There was some doing, some speaking happening. Answers were suddenly coming, and that lasted for several years. I knew somewhere that there was a power here, but it’s not reaching many people for some reason. It wasn’t happening yet. It was fine, people would come once or twice a week and ask questions. A workshop here, a workshop there, and then big spaces.

I was once in a country church in England, in a small village in Somerset, and the church was completely empty – and suddenly the words came out of me that said “Use me”, and “I’d like acceleration please”. I don’t know who I was talking to. The words, where they came from, I don’t know. The Consciousness was listening, it seems. At first nothing happened and I went back home. A few weeks later, I woke up knowing that I had to leave England and move to the west coast of North America. I did not know why. That was the beginning, and eventually the writing started there. That was the acceleration happening. I did not know [at the time] that it was part of the acceleration that I had asked for. And then things accelerated more and more. Be careful with what you ask for.

I don’t have the sense that I am “doing” any of this. I just go with it. Am I speaking as a person? No, its Consciousness speaking, using this mind, to express what is most helpful for this moment. So be in the service of that. You are in the service of that. Get rid of the idea that you have to “do” anything as a separate entity. Be open to what it is that wants to be done in this world, then conscious doing happens through you. Every so-called “individual” has a different function in this world. The more you get out of the way, you do it by bringing Presence into everyday life, then the answer of what it is that wants to be done comes through you.

It’s a wonderful adventure to be aligned with that. There is a lot that wants to come through at this time. It doesn’t choose between people, it doesn’t say “You are special, I’m going to choose you”. Whenever a person becomes transparent to it, it comes through. It doesn’t ask “Who are you, what are your credentials?” It doesn’t ask, “What is your personal history? Are you worthy?” It’s timeless Presence. It’s not interested in your past history, whether you were the most virtuous person. Wherever the opening is, the light comes through.

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