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Change your brain, change your mind with neurofeedback

In Coaching, Counselling and Personal Development, Insight and Experience, Mind and Movement by jonathan.banks0 Comments

Your brain is the most complex structure in the universe. It has to be, as it mediates consciousness and controls every aspect of your subtle energy systems, mind, emotions and body down to the cellular level. There is nothing about you it doesn’t affect for good or bad.

 

I have seen how so many people struggle with issues for decades and, despite their best efforts, they are only able to heroically manage the symptoms, yet they are finally healed with neurofeedback. If your brain is dysregulated in any way it will distort who you are emotionally, behaviourally and mentally, which affects every aspect of your life and relationships, including spiritual development. There has been an explosion of understanding about brain function and how it affects us in every way. Neuroscientists have monitored people in MRI scanners watching the brain in 3D as monks meditate, switch on joy, compassion and empathy, to mathematicians solving complex equations, musicians, athletes and even people having sex. They have also scanned people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and OCD to see what the brain is doing. We now have brain maps of ecstasy to depression, serenity to screaming, anxiety and rage.

This is creating an invaluable understanding of how our brain function underpins our physical reality and experience. The yogis understood this and why they did so much work with the body and brain with hatha yoga, pranayama and eye-gazing meditations, all designed to tune the brain and subtle energy systems to prepare them for eyes closed meditation and to give them a solid, stable physical vehicle to raise consciousness. I believe this is the missing piece in our journey to healing, peak performance and spiritual awakening.

It’s actually brainfulness that leads to a natural or organic mindfulness. People who do neurotherapy, who couldn’t concentrate due to ADHD, anxiety, depression or OCD, not only eliminate all that but jump to a level of natural mindfulness that takes others years of work to reach. That’s because it’s far easier to change the mind via the brain with the right tool than the other way around.

The fact that yogis did all they did in their secure and isolated environments to delve into their mind and subconscious tells us it isn’t easy to get to the subconscious. There is an industry making a lot of money endlessly promising people instant access to their unconscious and changing their mind. Now they have jumped on the brain bandwagon and mention a few brain structures, even calling themselves neuro or brain coaches, yet they are selling the same programs as before. Unfortunately for the vast majority, there is no instant access to the unconscious, and you can’t change your brain function or mind that easily. If we could with these techniques, the yogis, Buddhist monks, Western mystics and Chinese sages would have been doing it thousands of years ago, instead of spending their entire lives in isolated, dedicated practice to change themselves.

Your brain is very stable and robust and is why you wake each morning from being unconsciousness to being the same person you were when you went to sleep, with all your memories, learning and idiosyncrasies. However, your brain is very sensitive on a tuning level or the way it self-regulates. Your brain’s self-regulation is incredibly complex with layers of feedback loops with itself and the body down to a cellular level.

The difficulty we face in our modern world is that there are so many things that can detune our sensitive brains – electromagnetic pollution, toxins in the environment and food, pathogens, poor diet, long term stress, trauma and negative vibes from others and the news that focusses on sensationalised negativity. Children are even more vulnerable to these brain stressors.

Neurofeedback is the most effective tool to help the brain with its remarkable ability to naturally heal and change itself, known as neuroplasticity. Dr Norman Doidge psychiatrist and author of two best sellers The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brains way of Healing, who has popularised neuroplasticity, now claims that neurofeedback is the “unsung hero of neuroplasticity”.

 

Jonathan has worked for 27 years with children and adults for healing and peak performance with athletes and CEOs. He is the author of A New World: Book I: The Science of Higher Dimensional Computation and Metaphysics

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