and The Power of The Mind
"As time changes, so do the thoughts of humankind. Understand you are one step ahead of time. Do not allow time to control you. As you control your thoughts, recognize humankind is maneuvering time."
Life in general is fast becoming too complicated for humankind.
Isn't it time to no longer complicate your existence? Multiple
opinions and theories abound on the origins of life and humankind.
To not complicate life begins with the interpretation of how our
minds work. Philosophers and scientists readily admit there are
colossal difficulties in unraveling the complexities of the human
mind. The mind, so they say, is hard to define. Hard to explain.
Hard to research, but the attempts in doing so always lead back to
one key question. Are the mind and the brain the same or is there
something else within us, apart from our brain, which explains our
The issue whether the mind acts alone or whether something
else plays a role has a long and controversial history. Over the
centuries there have been two main streams of thought about the brain
and our minds. The main view is that the mind is nothing more than
the workings of the brain. In the scientific communities this theory
is called materialism.
A noted Philosopher, John Searle, of the University of
California, summarizes a view point by stating, "All mental states,
every mental phenomena is caused by neuronal-biological processes in
the brain. Everything you have, from the desire for a cold beer to
feeling a headache or to remembering your childhood, all of those are
caused by variable rates of neuron firings in specific neuronal
architecture. There is a straight causal relationship. So I
summarize by saying, mental processes are caused by brain processes,
but the mental processes are the features of the brain. They are
realizing the brain".
So as far as a majority of the scientific community is
concerned the mind equals brain and everything about mind can be
adequately explained by the brain mechanics alone. However, there
are a number of those who say the mind is different from the brain,
that mind and brain are two sciences and this scientific theory is
The dualism view holds that the mind, those qualities that
make us what we are: consciousness, thought, emotions and will cannot
be explained by materialism alone. With dualism in mind, it is
believed there is something non-material and non-physical present
within the brain that produces mind, emotions and consciousness.
One noted scientist who holds the dualism point of view, is
renowned brain researcher, Sir John Eccles. In an article entitled
"The Mind-Inside The Hidden Universe" published in the magazine Plain
Truth, he states, "It is a mistake to think the brain does everything
and our conscious experiences are simply a reflection of brain
He further stated, "If the brain accounts for everything, then
we our conscious selves, are nothing more than passive spectators of
the performances which our brain neurons actually carry out."
He then concluded; "If in fact the brain accounts for
everything, our beliefs that we can really make decisions and all of
us have some control over our actions, would be nothing but
Dualism the mind science and materialism the brain sciences
are general terms and within each of these sciences are various
theories and philosophies. However, the terms dualism and
materialism can be used to differentiate the brain and the mind
The real argument is whether our emotions, thoughts and minds
are simply the firing of the neurons in the brain, or does the mind
act on it's own with a non-material view which controls and reacts
with the brain? If the brain and mind components are separate, the
question than to ask is how do they relate to each other? Do the
brain and mind interconnect to form our emotions, thoughts,
imagination and create visualizations? Do the three in conjunction
initiate the ability to change reality?
Brain researchers have difficulty explaining the origins of
thought and the power of the mind over the brain. The authors of the
book, "3 Pound Universe-The Brain" stated, "How can a thought which
has no mass, no electrical charge, no velocity, no material
properties at all, act upon a physical organ, the brain?"
One of the early scientific front runners, Doctor Wilder
Penfield, a noted researcher in epileptic seizures at McGill
University in Montreal, Canada, brought a new understanding to the
mystery of the mind.
Doctor Penfield is often cited for his research and surgical
treatment of epileptic patients who remained conscious during their
surgery and were thus able to report what they were experiencing when
part of their brains were stimulated with a mild electrical current.
Penfield started his research as most scientists do, trying to
explain what the mind does on the basis of the mind alone. Penfield
was a materialist for the majority of his career. In a book
published in 1976 entitled 'The Mystery Of The Mind', Penfield wrote,
"Throughout my own scientific career, I like other scientists have
struggled to prove the brain accounts for the mind."
But, the longer Penfield studied his patients the more it
appeared to him that the mind had to be more than just brain
Penfield further stated, "To me, it seems more and more
reasonable that the mind may be a distinct and different essence from
the brain. It is time to consider other possible explanations."
During Penfield's career he operated on hundreds of people who
were victims of epileptic seizures. He sought to find and remove
brain scars. The finding and removal of brain scars would lessen or
eliminate epileptic seizures without adversely affecting other brain
functions. During the remarkable operating procedures, where the
patients remained conscious during their surgery, Penfield discovered
things that helped convince him brain activity and the mind is two
He discovered that the mind could operate independently from
certain brain activities. Penfield learned that stimulating the
brain, even interfering with it, did not affect the emotional
responses. The mind could think even while the brain was partially
inactive. What he found was that even though he short circuited the
brain thought still prevailed although his patients were not able to
come up with the concise definition or word. Hence, he concluded
that thought prevailed over brain. He and his colleagues felt there
was something at a level higher than just brain function. They felt
there had to be something directing brain functions.
On a recent television program, "Search For Tomorrow", Doctor
George Stanciu co-author of "New Story Of Science" stated, "In some
ways Doctor Penfield's research boils down to a fairly simple
question. Is all of our life really directly physical and material
or is there a non-material part of our life? If we look at that, we
see everything we call human is really non-material. Sensation;
power of choice; feelings; emotions; so all of that is non-material.
Now for many of those things like perception and emotions, you need a
physical component but that is not sufficient."
During surgery Doctor Penfield concluded that his patients
used something else other than their brain to pull out words and
meanings. Penfield also observed the process was also not automatic,
but was determined by the patient's emotional will. Penfield's
conclusion as stated in his book, "The Mystery Of The Mind" was,
"Here is the meeting of the mind and brain. It is not to be
accounted for by any neuronal mechanisms that I can discover."
Penfield further concluded, "Since every man must adopt for
himself, without the help of science, his way of life and his
personal religion, I have long had my own private beliefs. What a
thrill it is than to discover that the scientist too can legitimately
believe in the existence of spirit."
Doctor Penfield felt that he found evidence of a spirit in
humankind that accounts for the mind's higher powers. Is the spirit
in humankind characteristic to our emotions that allow us the
opportunity to create and think independently from the contamination
frequencies of the brain? Is science now forced to re-evaluate
concerns that the brain is solely a materialistic tool that acts
alone and is responsible for all thought?
Does limiting our thought processes to materialism and not
taking dualism into consideration reduce the brain's capacity to see
beyond our physical realities? When we venture into the confines of
our spirit mind and delve into the intricacies of creation; thought;
and emotions; is it possible to develop a sense of spirituality?
Must mind, body and spirit perform together to cause a harmony
of self-worth and self-respect that may reveal a sense of the purpose
of life? Will life itself become rewarding and purposeful as we
learn to optimize the mind, body and spirit in blueprinting an
inherent positive coexistence? The answers may be found in
penetrating the full potential of "The 21 Emotions Exercise".