Written by Julie SilfverbergWhat is going on inside?
There was a time when the scientific community thought the brain was hard wired. They believed once connections were made inside, that was it and there was no going back or changing. In fact they had surmised that over time the connectivity deteriorated.
Happily for us in the last 10 to 15 years there has been a revolution in the thinking about the brain, akin to the discovery that the world is round and not flat! Through new imaging techniques it has been discovered the brain is highly plastic.
What does this mean to you and me? Well it means that change need not be arduous or slow, it can in
fact be quick and easy. NLP, Hypnosis and Positive Psychology can show you how, when you are curious enough to experiment. Mankind never found anything by not experimenting. Do you fancy a bit of experimenting?
Einstein started all his research - including his famous formula E=MC2 - through thought experiments. By thought experiments I mean using the incredible power of your imagination. In fact the more richly and vividly you choose to activate your imagination the more powerfully you stimulate the connections in your brain and alter your biochemistry, your rate of breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, ability to heal either psychologically or physiologically and take the actions to achieve your goals more easily.
Do you want to experiment? Okay ready? Become aware of the feeling of the seat you are sitting on and you eyes moving as you read this, your breathing and heart rate as it pumps blood day in day out without you needing to notice it al all. Read it through and then follow the instructions...
Now close your eyes and remember the old Charlie Chaplin movies, remember frequently there was someone tied to the train tracks as the train was approaching, now imagine that someone is you.
You are tied to the train tracks now, no matter which way you look you see the train tracks merging as they disappear into the distance, you feel the pressure of the ropes restraining you and your inability to move or wriggle free, you notice the pressure of the cold steel on the back of your neck and gradually you sense the vibration of the ground beneath you and the tracks beginning to hum as a train begins approaching in the far distance, you look up at the blue sky, as the noise of the train gets louder and louder, you are really struggling to break free, tugging at the ropes, feeling them cut into your wrists and ankles, you become aware of the tightness in the pit of your stomach, as fear begins to really take hold, the noise getting louder and louder, you can see a dot in the distance growing larger.....rapidly....
STOP now; and notice you heart beating, are you more conscious or it now, is it even beating a little faster or harder? This is the same process we all use to create a feeling of stress in the body, when we look into the future and imagine all the things that could go wrong and then magnify them so you can become really quite good at creating the stress response.
However the great thing about this is, it proves you have the skill to activate your imagination and if you can do it one way you can just as easily do it the other way and imagine things turning out just as you would want or even better. Thus creating a feeling of relaxation, and a job well done for yourself. Doesn't that seem a more useful way to use the power of your imagination. Just think about it.
Isn't the power of the plastic mind just fantastic.
Julie Silfverberg has worked in the field of personal and professional development for more than 20 years. She works with a diverse and exciting group of people. Each with their own unique talents and potential.