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Mind Over Brain?

Mind Over Brain?

A compass needle moves because it’s responding to the Earth’s magnetic field. What if the same thing is true for brain activity? What if the mind field is sending signals, and billions of brain cells arrange patterns in response to what the field is saying?

There are many flaws to the usual scientific explanation that “mind is what the brain does.” Some scientists propose that exactly the opposite is true. Mind is the controller of the brain. In their view, the mind is like an electron cloud surrounding the nucleus of an atom. Until an observer appears, electrons have no physical identity in the world; there is only the amorphous cloud.

When the mind gives a signal, one of many possibilities (consisting of words, memories, ideas, and images it could choose from) coalesces from the cloud and becomes a thought in the brain, just as an energy wave collapses into an electron. Like the quantum field generating real particles from virtual ones, the mind generates real brain activity from virtual activity.

What makes this reversal important is that it fits the facts. Neurologists have verified that a mere intention or purposeful act of will alters the brain.

Putting mind before brain may have many far-reaching consequences in medical therapies. The process of reflection and insight through therapy changes patients’ brain cells. This is exactly what was predicted by the new theory of quantum mind. But the answer was there all along. The mind has always been able to change the brain.

If mind comes before brain, then what if mind belongs to all of us? 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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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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3:23AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:14PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

noted

1:04PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Very interesting.

10:58PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

makes one think doesn't it?

1:30PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

It's good news that the scientific world is beginning to recognize that we're more than a body. This viewpoint has been held by many since human beings began to discuss the nature of themselves, but lately, such discussions have been relegated to the realm of philosophy, which for some reason is considered "unscientific." Science (which is itself a philosophy) has been hampered by a huge overemphasis on "empiricism", the idea that if you can't observe something or its effects, it doesn't exist. This has resulted in a lot of ineffective medical interventions, especially in the area of psychiatry, where every thought and emotion has been assumed to be the product of brain chemistry, rather than its source, leading to a series of very misguided interventions focused on changing the brain, rather than working on the mind, which appears to be controlling that brain.

Nobody really knows what "mind" is, but its effects are apparent. Thanks for sharing this article. I hope this kind of research starts to impact the direction of medical care so that we begin to respect the impact that the individual has on the body, because that impact is profound.

9:47PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Think its a bit too early in the day for this article but thanks!

5:31PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

@Marie W.: Physical and metaphysical....exactly! "In brevity is wit".

10:03AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

hmmmm

3:41AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

"If mind comes before brain, then what if mind belongs to all of us? The brain belongs to “me,” but if ideas belong to “us,” then we are participating together in a field, sometimes quite mysteriously."
Then we are really in trouble!
A mind is a product of the individual it inhabits, the only collective 'mind' are minds of individuals on drugs/hypnosis/cults.

3:26AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

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