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Mind Over Brain?

Mind Over Brain?

Mind has remained a metaphysical riddle for centuries because it inhabits the physical world like a ghost. But that’s a Western perspective based on our bias for solid, tangible things. We insist that the brain must be the source of mind because the brain is a visible object.

The Vedic rishis adopted the opposite perspective, insisting that visible objects couldn’t be the source of mind since the physical plane is the least conscious of worlds.

Mind will only be proved to exist outside the brain if it leaves some kind of footprint, a visible sign that is as convincing as the MRIs that provide concrete evidence of neural activity.

One such piece of evidence is information. If information permeates the entire quantum field, it can bridge mind and matter in terms more acceptable to a materialist.

Right now you are a bundle of information in mind and body. You have unique memories; your cells have undergone chemical changes shared by no one else in the world. When you die, none of this information will vanish, because it can’t. There is nowhere for plus and minus, positive and negative to go since the field contains nothing but information. Therefore their only alternative is to recombine.

The mind has always been able to change the brain. Reacting to bad news is a mental event. Indeed, the entire world we inhabit of words and thoughts creates infinite brain changes in all of us every moment.

If mind comes before brain, then what if mind belongs to all of us? There is growing evidence that in fact we do share the same mind field. The brain belongs to “me,” but if ideas belong to “us,” then we are participating together in a field, sometimes quite mysteriously.

Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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6:50AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

thanks

10:04AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

hmmm

8:39AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

good reminders

9:40AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

I love Gaia theory, that we're each cells in the body of Mother Earth.

12:56AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

I wish school children were taught this at a very young age. It would bring about a shift in thinking and expanded research may perhaps even have a positive effect on human behaviour....

3:52PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Interesting article.

6:59PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Definitely! Love the quantum field mentioning that permeates all...all is consciousness, the Word, the Barbelo, Logos, Om, Aum, Amen, etc....This is why we never harm animals or eat them, as they are on the same rise to higher consciousness....we are more than relatives in the mind and above, as we are ONE.

4:38PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Thank you

2:38PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Thank you for posting.

1:50PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

thanks.

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