November 2017 Reading
The theme of November is IMAGINE.
Everything that exists, someone imagined it first.
The brain doesn't know the difference between something that is actually happening in your reality, and something that you are imagining with feeling.
Take the skills you have (use your resources because they are Plenty) and create / build something new. You have everything you need – ideas, training, information, and energy.
Have Tunnel Vision.
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people's minds, imagine themselves into other people's places.
And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.” - JK Rowling
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” -Gloria Steinem
“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” - Mark Twain
“If you have an old belief system and it's not working very well and you abandon it, well good for you because you are out of the old belief, but now, you're no where.
One of the things that happens to alcoholics for example and other drug addicts as well - Imagine that you're trying to stop drinking – alright fine. Maybe you have to undergo some medical treatment so when you first stop you don't die of seizures because that often happens to people who are addicted to alcohol. They get Valium or something like that from a doctor, to see them through the first bits of sobering up. And so, they get through it. And then maybe two weeks later they are not physiologically dependent on alcohol anymore.
But if you take them back and you put them in their environment – out of the treatment center – back into the normal world, they start drinking or using right away again. And the reason for that is...well, let's say you've been an alcoholic for 20 years. First of all, that's all you do for entertainment. You drink. And all your friends are alcoholics. If you're going to stop drinking not only do you have to rid yourself of the physiological addiction but you have to completely learn a new way of living. Because what do you know? You have to get rid of all your friends because they are all drunks, pretty much. Or if they're not, they are at least people who are facilitating your drinking. So you have to build a whole new social network. You don't know how to amuse yourself because, of course, the way you've done that is by going to the bar and sitting at home drinking. So there's a huge hole in your life. You abandon the previous pathological mode of adaptation. But that just leaves you with nothing. And then you have to rebuild that thing from scratch. It's extraordinarily difficult. And that's why so many people fail when they are trying to overcome a major addiction.” - Jordan B Peterson
Imagining During Theta Brainwave State
Go into a theta state and imagine.
Activities such as meditation, float tank sessions, time in nature, and imagining during a theta state, change the brain via the neural pathways, which become like grooves in a record. The ones that are used frequently are active and habitual. And the others, just as a muscle becomes weak when it isn't exercised and used - become atrophied.
Transparentcorp says, “Connections between meditation and theta activity have been researched and documented thoroughly, particularly in the case of both Zen and Transcendental Meditation. The appearance of brain waves is directly connected to what a person is doing, thinking, or feeling.”
On the significance of theta brain waves, Gabe Turow writes: "The links between the theta frequency and memory, emotion, and neural plasticity on a localized level provide relevant clues to questions on why visualizations of meditators in theta are so vivid, why meditators have such good memories, and why hypnosis can create lasting changes in the brain."
The brain will naturally tend to match its own brainwaves to the frequencies of the sounds it is hearing – this is called the ‘frequency following response’. This is also why chanting is so powerful, as is listening to classical music by the greats such as Beethoven.