‘Building your brain’: This is not a phrase you may hear very often. You may not even have heard of neuroscience.
Your education may not have included or truly valued the concept of building your brain as part of your life. Your family or social set may not value the need to develop and increase your brain’s and mind’s abilities. It is not a phrase that may be part of your everyday culture.
But let’s just think about it for a few minutes…
You spend time making sure you get your protein.
If you are wise you spend time exercising your body and building your muscles.
It is also important to spend time perhaps building your home and your wealth to protect you from poverty.
You possibly spend a ridiculous amount of money and time on your motorcar that will eventually end up on the scrap heap.
So if your brain is the computer for your body, which it is, that leads you to health, happiness and wealth, why would you not exercise it to keep it in good condition and develop its abilities?
The brain oscillates at certain frequencies according to how it is being used.
Many people live their lives in a way that limits the parts of their brains that they use and the neurons that get fired.
Their actions are repetitive and limiting in the way they engage their brains. They go to work, come home, watch the television and go to sleep so they only generally use Beta (14-20 Hz) and High Beta (20-31 HZ) for consciousness, and Theta (4-7Hz) brain wave activity for sleep.
Before the invasion by China the Tibetans traditionally spent a great deal of time focusing their mind in meditation and prayer, developing their personal passivism philosophy and behaviours.
What laboratory tests show us is that the Tibetan yogis spend more times using their brains in Alpha (8-13) and Gamma (32-100HZ) wave activity.
What this has shown is that they are more in control of their mental abilities and ability to focus as their brains have become physically more developed, increasing memory and their abilities to control their bodies with their minds. The use of lots of Gamma wave activity is particularly specific in this population.
What hypnotists have known and utilised for thousands of years is that frequently engaging the brain in Alpha wave activity helps heal the brain and body from infection and dysfunction, allowing the brain to repair itself.
We also know that many of the world’s populations that live to an old age with their brains in good condition spend regular time in Alpha wave activity. Also when self-hypnosis is used in aged care facilities, results show an increase in cognitive abilities in patients experiencing dementia.
Like your muscles, daily engaging of your brain builds its abilities.
Remember the saying, “Use it or lose it”. Neuroscience is now proving that the brain builds, works and maintains health best when engaged and challenged each day.
The revelation of neuroscience is that the brain can continue growing, repair, regrow itself, and make completely new neural connections.
The reality is, however, that the brain can only do this when you give it the right conditions and stimuli.
Here’s what you can do:
- Look after your body as if it is the most precious thing in the world
- Live a clean life and put into your body only what will benefit it and your brain
- Learn hypnosis so you can spend time in the Alpha state to help your brain and balance your emotions
- Engage your mind constantly, learning new things every day to sharpen your ability to focus and increase your Gamma brain wave activities
- Live your life in a positive, constructive way
- Always get good rest and sleep
Do you need some help on how to use hypnosis to build your brain? Call my office on 02 8021 6429 to book an appointment.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.