Ever hear "You can't teach an old dog a new trick?" Well that might be true for dogs, but it's NOT TRUE for humans! Today's research has proven your brain can continue to physically grow -- even into very advanced old age.
You might have also thought that you can't grow new brain cells (neurons) once you reach adulthood. Whether or not that is true (the decision is still out) does NOT really matter.
Here's why: You have billions upon billions of neurons. In fact, if your brain neurons were laid out end to end, they would stretch all the way to the moon and back.
The secret to a lively brain is NOT your number of neurons ? it is the diversity of interconnections between those neurons. Researchers like Dr. Marion Diamond who posthumously analyzed Albert Einstein's brain found it was different in only one way ?- Einstein had more interconnections between his neurons.
AND ? here is what is really exciting: Such an unusual supply of interconnections is NOT inherited. No one is born with such a brain -? it is created.
** The Basic Super Mindpower Secret
Your brain follows the same rule as your muscles -? use it or lose it. Unused neural interconnections actually shrink and die. But if you engage in regular mental workouts, those interconnections then expand and strengthen.
And if you manage to *overload* your brain with the right kind of sensory information, it is forced to physically reorganize itself and grow. (Such an overload is the mental equivalent of the muscle overload techniques used by body builders to build strong, healthy muscles.)
The right kind of mental overload leads straight into quantum brain growth. This expands your mindpower into entirely new dimensions of thought and experience ?- actual *super states of being.*
** The Benefits of *Selective Mental Overload*
Developing your brain in this way has fabulous side effects:
=> Even if you later develop Alzheimer's Disease, you will be far less likely to have significant thinking problems,
=> You will increase your ability to experience powerful whole brain thinking experiences,
=> You will become more truly intelligent, and capable of deep and flexible thinking.
But there is yet something else you need to know: The type of mental overload caused by stress, on the other hand, actually KILLS brain cells and causes your brain to physically shrink.
** The 6 Steps to Super Mindpower
Assuming you want to optimize your thinking ability, there are basically five steps to take:
Step 1 ? Give your brain the physical nutrients it needs. Your brain is a physical organ. What you feed yourself, you also feed your brain. You cannot expect optimal mental function on a fast food diet!
And don't forget a good supply of clean water. By the time you are thirsty, you are already partially dehydrated. Research has proven that your IQ actually drops from 20 to 50% due to dehydration (for a child, this can equal only one glass of water). And coffee and tea do NOT count!
Step 2 ? Take some good natural supplements. Today's food supply is badly depleted due to exhausted, chemical-damaged soils. You will be amazed at the improvement in your mental clarity and sharpness you'll get from natural brain-smart supplements.
Step 3 - Get some physical exercise. Your brain needs a good supply of oxygen-rich blood to perform at its best. Even a short walk will feed your brain, but a regular physical workout will do even more. Do a moderate physical workout to get your blood pumping a bit -- it is very good for brain health, and you'll love the increased sense of well being. (If in doubt, always check with your personal physician first.)
Step 4 ? Take steps to manage your stress. A little big of stress is a good thing, as it strengthens your immune system. But the levels of stress in today's world are clearly out of control.
Both acute and chronic stress has been proven to actually kill brain cells. Stress management is essential if you want to optimize your mental functioning.
There's a reason more and more high-powered people are turning to yoga, tai chi and meditation. First -? it may save them from a stress-induced stroke or heart attack. And second -? they become more mentally productive.
Step 5 ?Take a regular mental workout. Just as you want to take little physical workout each day -- you want to do the same for your brain. . The idea is to stimulate your neurons with new sensory information. That's the basic data it deals with. So if you provide unexpected new sensory information, it is FORCED to grow.
If you simply provide your brain with a diet of unchallenging information, on the other hand, it will actually physically shrink. Two of the best mental exercises are to learn a second language, or learn to play a musical instrument.
Step 6 ? Engage in regular brainwave training. Professionally-engineered brainwave training sessions actually TEACH your brain to reproduce very positive states such as: Instant stress reduction, deep meditation, sustained motivation, rapid learning, enhanced memory, and crystal clear mental clarity.
Professional-level brainwave training teaches your brain the special skills meditators spend years and years to develop ?- and this happens very rapidly and easily.
Certain brainwave training scenarios have been shown to have specific effects such as: stimulating the release of longevity-producing human growth hormone (HGH), reducing the occurrence of headaches, and speeding healing.
In my clinical studies I discovered I could tell a lot just by observing someone's brainwave patterns. Anxious people, for example, tend to produce too many high Beta waves. People suffering from ADD/ADHD, on the other hand, tend to produce an overabundance of low Alpha and high Theta brainwaves. Both of these conditions can be modulated by regular brainwave training.
Brainwave training is also a gateway into such extraordinary mental states as whole brain thinking, spontaneous *ah ha* insights, creativity breakthroughs, and even such paranormal experiences as ESP, OBE (out of the body experiences), and lucid dreaming.
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Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler
Pioneer brain/mind researcher
Jill is a doctor of psychology, pioneer brain/mind researcher, and former advisor to the Pentagon, a Presidential Commission, and numerous top executives and executive teams.
The author of several books and hundreds of articles, she is also the co-founder of quantum-self.com, and the Creative Director of the Self Discovery Community. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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