A typical, healthy one houses some 200 billion nerve cells, which are connected to one another via hundreds of trillions of synapses. Each synapse functions like a microprocessor, and tens of thousands of them can connect a single neuron to other nerve cells.
In the cerebral cortex alone, there are roughly 125 trillion synapses, which is about how many stars fill 1,500 Milky Way galaxies.
These synapses are, of course, so tiny (less than a thousandth of a millimeter in diameter) that humans haven't been able to see with great clarity what exactly they do and how, beyond knowing that their numbers vary over time. That is until now.
If you maintain a negative limiting belief about your reality, such as a belief that this reality is insane, crazy, violent, indifferent, apathetic, etc., then your attitude will absolutely cream you. You can't expect to get anywhere good with a belief that this reality is anything less than heavenly.
You're not actually judging reality with such beliefs because you only have access to your limited perceptions of it, and those are 100% within your mind. So by labeling reality negatively, you're actually labeling a part of your own mind in the same way.
That's a trap — a huge trap that you must avoid at all costs.
Most people suffer from the occasional nightmare, and some seem to experience them almost every night. What exactly do these night terrors mean?
Although nightmares can sometimes be random creations of the subconscious brain with no particular deeper interpretation, in many cases nightmares actually do have specific causes or meanings behind them.
They can allow you to look deeper into your thoughts and feelings to get a better gauge of your current mental or emotional state. Listed below are ten of the most common types of nightmares that people tend to experience as they sleep, along with insights into what they most often mean.
A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
The study bolsters the science behind the use of controlled yogic breathing to help battle depression.
In a randomized, controlled pilot study, led by Anup Sharma, MD, PhD, a Neuropsychiatry research fellow in the department of Psychiatry at Penn, researchers found significant improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety in medicated patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who participated in the breathing technique compared to medicated patients who did not partake.
When you were born you arrived without an instructional manual! You were expected to figure things out as you evolved. And everyone else was in the same boat.
We learnt initially by imitation. Repeating words that our parents taught us. By the time we were 4-5 years old we were starting to figure things out and our individual personality began to develop.
Then we went to school and were moulded into a functioning individual. Rather like a bakery. The dough is placed into hundreds of bread moulds and when cooked all the loaves look the same.
So it is with us by the end of our basic schooling. We have learnt to fit into society and have been taught the basic reading and writing skills that enable us to join the workforce. And here the pressure to conform really begins. If we displease our boss our job is on the line.
Likewise in our social environment we don't really want to displease our church, family or members of our social groups.
Everything is a compromise because we have no real individual freedom.
Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies.
The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair.
Hey, it's Heather Mathews here, and I have a deeply personal and heartfelt message for you today.
Most people don't know this about me, but long before I achieved success as an online Law of Attraction specialist, I failed over and over and over in my life - for ten years in a row.
In fact, I failed so much and made so many stupid mistakes that I lost nearly everything:
- My friends - My health - My boyfriend - My confidence - My pride - My savings - My self-esteem - My ability to just feel happy that I was even alive!
At one point, I was working 60 hours a week, I was $18,000 in debt, I was taking pills for anxiety and depression, I was carrying 35 pounds of excess fat, and at age 35, I was sleeping on the couch at my mom's house...
... because I couldn't afford a motel and I had nowhere else to go.
Why do you go to work every day? Why do you go to school? Why do you go to the gym? Why do you go out at night?
For most guys the answer to all of these questions boils down to money, sex, or a combination of the two.
If we’re being honest, we all work for money and the freedom and security that it brings us. We all go to the gym and the bar in order to get laid.
And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting more money and more sex, there is something wrong with getting hyper-focused on these outcomes. And this is a trap that all too many of us fall into, at one time or another in our lives.
It’s easy to catch ourselves thinking, “I’ll be so happy if I get that raise,” or “I’ll be so happy if I can have sex with that girl tonight.” THIS line of thinking is a problem. An extra $10,000 per year or one night of amazing sex won’t make any noticeable change to your happiness levels. If you’re not already happy, then good luck finding happiness in money and sex.
We might not have a money tree, but we can have a happiness tree.
Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can intentionally cause them to flow.
Being in a positive state has significant impact on our motivation, productivity, and wellbeing. No sane person would be opposed to having higher levels in those areas.
Here are some simple ways to hack into our positive neurochemicals:
Your happiness is increased by your passion. Gabriel Garcia once said “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” Passion, on the other hand, is the fuel for happiness and the source of our finest moments. Passion intensifies your life experience of any moment and inspires you to fight for your happiness. Passion also encourages you to pursue your dreams and live a happier and more fulfilled life. That's what we all want in life, isn't it?
Everyone can benefit from becoming more interesting.
We live in a noisy world, and the more interesting you are, the more likely it is that you’ll be heard above the noise. In addition, being interesting can help you with just about any goal you may have. Look at the following:
Do you want to impress your current circle of friends? Make yourself more interesting.
Do you want to meet new people? Make yourself more interesting.
Are you trying to attract the attention of a love interest? Make yourself more interesting.
Do you want to make lots of valuable connections at networking events? Make yourself more interesting.
Do you want to be the kind of person others want to open doors for? Make yourself more interesting.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to be interesting. Below you’ll find 14 of them.
A few weeks ago, I got a really interesting email from a guy in Norway that said something like, “Hey Mr. MM.. What you are preaching is Pure Stoicism, with a great twist and perception on today’s world … I love it!!”
“Stoicism?” I asked, “You mean like the Stoics in Shakespearean plays that show no emotion of any sort? That doesn’t sound quite right to me.
But it turns out I had fallen into a common misconception. The Clever Norwegian pointed me to a book on the topic, which I immediately checked out of the library and read completely. It was called “A Guide to the Good Life, The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy”.
From reading the book, I learned that Stoicism was actually a shockingly advanced old philosophy that found many followers in ancient Rome. Although it has fallen widely out of favor in modern life, people in today’s society would probably identify the central ideas as “Hardcore Mustachianism”.
Stoicism, in short, is a series of mental techniques and ways of life that allow you to decrease and then virtually eliminate all negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, and dissatisfaction, while simultaneously building up a tide of pure Joy inside you that eventually starts to make you jump around and boogie at unexpected moments, and occasionally shout out “AHH YEAH!!” as discreetly as possible to yourself when the Joy overflows.
Recently, I was speaking with a female client, Donna.
She's got three beautiful kids, a loving husband, lots of friends, and she recently started her own business.
You'd think she'd be happy, right?
But when she came to see me, she said, 'Heather, I can hardly make myself get out of bed in the morning any more. Everything seems overwhelming. I want so much more... but I'm tired of breaking my ass every day and whatever I do is never enough.'
The Illuminati is a secret society that is rumored to control all world events.
The Illuminati and members of their organization are especially influential in the entertainment industry. It is alleged that members must make a blood sacrifice to the clan in order to gain fame and reach higher ranks.
Many famous people have allegedly been killed by the Illuminati for failure to comply with the plan. Still others were killed as part of one of these Illuminati blood sacrifices and for the greater good of the organization.
These Illuminati sacrifices are very hard to prove, so we will present the facts and it will be up to you whether you want to believe them or not.
It is no secret to sports fan around the United States that the Chicago Cubs baseball team just recently won the World Series, which was done for the first time in 108 years. Last year, the Cubs made it to the playoffs, but fell short of the world series.
Still though, for an organization who has been used to losing for over a century, the past two years have been a delight in the fans’ eyes. Is it simply a coincidence that for these past two seasons, the Cubs have implemented meditation and yoga into their training regimen, or is there something more to it?
Impress your friends and terrify your enemies by pretending to read anyone's mind. It's not as hard as it looks — there are some well-worn tricks that can make you appear telepathic. Screw magicians and their lame fire tricks — we're way more impressed with someone who can guess your favorite movie just by staring into your eyes.
We spoke with Las Vegas' resident Mentalist Gerry McCambridge and he broke down the basic steps to wowing people with your powers of telepathy.
McCambridge, who has spent the last 7 years at The Planet Hollywood reading throngs of tourists, doesn't just pull information from your brain — he'll also tell you exactly how he got there as well. So we asked him to break down his methods step by step.
Ten hours into my first trip to Russia I catch an express train back to the airport. It's August in Moscow so I'm sweating in a particularly gross and unfamiliar way, as I have since my arrival, and I'm running late. If I miss my flight, I probably won't make it to Petropavlovka in time for the Holiday of Good Fruits, or speak with a Siberian man who looks like Jesus and believes his is the Word of God.
I buy a ticket and arrive at the platform with a couple minutes to spare, enough time to find the emptiest car and take a seat in the back. It departs three minutes later. This makes me feel a bit better, but I'm still suppressing a freak-out over the possibility of missing my plane. The flight only happens once a day, and I can't fathom having to deal with whoever answers the phones at Vladivostok Air, Siberia's largest carrier.
If I don't make it in time I'll also have to reschedule my ride. This will involve begging a woman named Tamriko, whom I've only corresponded with via email, to persuade a fellow member of what many consider to be a cult to wake up at 4 AM tomorrow, make the three-hour drive to Abakan International Airport to pick up a nosy American stranger, and take him to a remote and deeply religious community of about 4,000 people living in the middle of the Taiga forest.
The Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation are exercises developed about 2500 years ago by Tibetan monks. They form a system of exercise that affects the body, mind and emotions, activating and stimulating key chakras (energy centers) thereby stimulating all the glands of the endocrine system.
Since the endocrine system is responsible for the body's overall functioning and aging process, the Tibetan Rites affect the functioning of all our organs and systems. The Tibetan Rites can be considered a form of Tibetan yoga similar to the more well-known yoga series that originated in India but these are supposed to make you grow younger and they really work!
She was hypnotized. Entranced into believing she was a powerful classical violinist. After her second violin lesson she'd ever taken... her instructor was so blown away by her newfound level of skill, she was immediately enrolled into the advanced class...
How did she do it?
Another test subject was hypnotized into thinking she was Raphael, the artist.
Before being hypnotized using this secret experimental method, she couldn't even draw a "smiley face." Within a month, she had the artistic skill of a professional designer.
Through these experiments and many more that followed... through endless hours of trial and error, a secret mental technique was developed that without hypnotic trance, caused people to become:
* more business savvy
* more confident
* more creative
* more artistic
* better at sports
* and much, much more...
Now for the first time ever you can also possess this secret mental technique that allows you to "pretend" and "adapt" the genius skills of absolutely anyone...
Do this. Imagine for a moment if you could be anyone, acquire the skills of any person, who would you want to be? What would you want to excel at more than anything else?
In the typically staid classical music section of The New York Times, readers this past February were treated to an article about kinky sex as a conduit to a more creative life.
Georg Friedrich Haas, widely seen as one of the world’s leading composers, came out in the newspaper of record as a BDSM master to his wife Mollena, and credited their dynamic with helping him write his most recent, and well-reviewed, new works.
Once considered a shameful pathology, recent research has suggested BDSM can reduce anxiety and stress while promoting bonding. But could it actually make you more creative? A new study from the Science of BDSM research group at the Northern Illinois University indicates it certainly can’t hurt.
A few years ago, scores of middle-aged men took part in a clinical trial of a new drug, intended to ease the symptoms of their enlarged prostates. But this wasn't just a study of a drug's power to help. It was also a study of the mind's power to hurt.
Before getting their prescriptions, half of the men were told about a small risk of erectile dysfunction and other sexual side effects; none of the men had a history of such troubles. Of the men who got the warning, about 44 percent developed these symptoms. But among those kept in the dark, the rate was far lower: only about 15 percent.
It's known as the nocebo effect: When patients are warned of possible pain and unpleasant side effects, it increases the likelihood that they'll experience them.
If the placebo effect—in which positive patient expectations can be therapeutic—is relatively famous and well explored, the nocebo effect is its little-known evil twin.
The U.S. Government banned them on TV and radio in 1974. They were once famously used to boost sales of popcorn by almost 60%. And today, they're the subject of numerous Derren Brown-style "mind" shows airing throughout the globe.
I'm talking, of course, about subliminal messages.
However, despite all the media hype, subliminal messages aren't just used by advertising moguls trying to get us to buy another can of coke. They can also be employed to make serious and lasting change in our own lives.
In this short article, I'm going to share a method you can use to get subliminal messages working for you—starting tonight!
You know what visions I get in my dreams? Visions of falling off of buildings (and doing the full body spasm thing when I hit the ground). These 11 people, on the other hand, had dreams that changed the world.
Let's hope that my visions take a turn toward genius sometime soon. Until then, I'll just take inspiration from these guys.
1. The Periodic Table
It's said that Dmitry Mendeleyev was on a three-day work bender when he finally gave in for a few minutes of shut eye. Instead of falling asleep for 17 hours like most sleep deprived people, Mendeleyev dreamt of an arrangement of elements that would change modern chemistry forever, then popped up about 20 minutes later to record it. "I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper... Only in one place did a correction later seem necessary."