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Source : How To Learn Mind Over Matter Techniques
How To Learn Mind-Over-Matter Techniques
Visualize changing your life.
Decide what you want.
Say for example you want your dream home. Now all of your thoughts, feelings and actions need to be directed towards that end. Even imagine yourself in that house painting and decorating it or landscaping the gardens.
(Note from NEEEEEXT : you must feel as if you already have it as feelings are the most important thing the universe understand. It help the universe to realise your dreams faster. Also, ask POLITELY the universe for what you want and then say "THANK YOU" as if you already got it)
Everything you do has to do with getting that house. It could be improving your performance at work, clocking the commute from that new house to your job, looking at paint at the local Home Depot, reading up on how to get a good mortgage. You might even start buying a few small things for that new house. By focusing on this goal and putting your mental energy towards your objective, you can make it happen don’t be too surprised when your dream home goes on the market and your offer is accepted; and you even get just the right mortgage. It is the power of the mind which has made this come about, not simply good luck. You can do this.
Stop just letting life happen to you, make it happen for you.
Decide on a small goal at first. Clearly define that goal.
Do not doubt the power of your mind and you will be amazed at what happens!
Tap into your subconscious mind
You’ve certainly heard about the law of attraction; the idea behind the book and film ‘The Secret’. Whatever you put your mental energy toward will come to you is the message of the work. It basically says that it is our own minds which are actually manifesting what we are experiencing now. What we are thinking about and imagining will actually happen. Even if you don’t believe in it, it is true. If you consciously make an effort to change your life it will happen, if you imagine it happening first! If you need proof of mind power, it all starts with the Placebo Effect.
It’s the test that revolves around finding two groups, then giving Group A medicine for their ailment, and Group B a placebo.
Mind Power – Buddhism
Research shows that human behaviour can be changed by tapping into the subconscious mind power using mental affirmations repeatedly. Thus, bad habits such as drinking, smoking or even overeating can be eliminated with this technique. Post hypnotic suggestion can be said to be the second common technique for subconscious mind power development. Generally the help of a professional hypnotherapist is sought and required in this method but one can also induce self hypnosis by using pre-recorded hypnosis audio CDs. A relatively new concept known as binaural beats is also becoming popular as a method to develop ones subconscious mind power. A technique based on brainwave synchronization, this involves hearing sound waves of slightly different frequencies through each ear of an individual. This goes to the brain synchronizing the two hemispheres thereof, resulting in a deep meditative state of mind where communication between the conscious and the subconscious is possible.
In the ’80s, there was a series of television and radio spots with the slogan ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste.’ That slogan goes beyond getting minorities into colleges, and on to every day life. Your mind has lot more power than you might think; and the power of mind is indeed a terrible thing to waste. When you can access the power your mind contains, you can use it to change the world around you for the better. Again, literally everyone has a powerful mind, and it’s just a matter of believing in your abilities and some practice.
It’s probably not going to happen overnight (after all, it does require practice), but if you do this, you can change your circumstances and turn your luck around.
You must be able to communicate to the universe what is that you want, and it will come back to you manifested in physical form.
It all starts with your subconscious mind, and only you can harness the mind power you have.
Author's page : Mind Over Matter Techniques
(Note from NEEEEEXT : this is another technique where meditation is helpful to control your brain and get the best results.)
It’s a cold, damp and ultimately gloomy Monday Morning. Having woken, dressed, fed and wrestled your children into your car, you find yourself brought to a sudden halt in the gridlocked, rush hour traffic. You hardly see the cars surrounding you as your mind races over all the scheduled meetings, projects and deadlines your faced with in the coming day. Already the stress is building at a steady pace and you haven’t even started the workweek yet. Mind Over Matter Techniques? You barely have time to pull on matching shoes!
There’s no denying that modern life moves at a frantic pace, we are taught that multi-tasking is an ability to be prized above all. Speaking on the phone, whilst carrying on a conversation with your superior, at the same time you’re frantically tapping at your keyboard, whilst trying not to focus too much on the IM that’s popped up on your screen calling you to a meeting you’re already late for.
Stress begins in the brain but quickly extends to being a full body phenomenon. When we experience a threat, either real or imagined, our brains trigger a cascade of stress hormones leading to a pounding heart and head, tense muscles and a shortage of breath.
“Stress Begins in the brain but quickly extends to being a full body phenomenon”
It is always better to tackle a problem at its source, which is what we must do when facing down the issue of burgeoning stress. It begins in the brain so it is here we must look to ultimately redesign the way we think and react to everyday pressures. The way we do this is by utilising mind over matter by practicing mindfulness techniques.
Mindfulness is a state of being in which we are fully conscious of where we are in that present moment, what we are doing and what is going on around us. This may sound counter-productive when we’re in the midst of a hectic environment, but by training our brains to be completely focused on what’s currently at hand, we are keeping at bay the stress and anxiety of the tasks and deadlines that are not yet upon us.
These techniques can easily be learnt and expanded upon alone, mindfulness is something to cultivate and practice on a regular basis, so try to find at least 20 minutes a day to rehearse the following methods. Remember, there is no expectation with mindfulness, so if you have less time or miss a day don’t be too hard on yourself. Just commit to doing as best as you can. Here are 3 simple Mind Over Matter Techniques.
Mind Over Matter Techniques – Breathing :
The simple act of drawing air in and out of our lungs is an essential element to being mindful. We are usually so rushed in our day-to-days that we do not breathe properly, limiting oxygen supplies to the brain and effectively enabling the negative parts of the brain to take control.
Take a seat and get comfortable. Notice yourself breathing in and out and focus on that for a moment. Inhale and pause for a second before slowly exhaling all air from your lungs.
Repeat this for at least one minute; inhale, pause, exhale slowly. Imagine you are drawing in positive energy, the pause is allowing you to store this energy in your body and the long exhale is expelling all negative energy from your body.
It’s natural that your mind will try to jump onto different thoughts. Don’t get frustrated by this, instead gently bring your focus onto your breathing.
Do this for at least one minute and you will feel your mind calm and your body relax.
Mind Over Matter Techniques – Observe :
We are usually so busy with what is going on in our lives that we rarely stop to observe what is going on around us. Doing this for a small time everyday can teach us to appreciate life at a slower pace.
Take a moment to sit or stand quietly and observe all that is happening around you. You may be walking through a park on your way home for example. Take a seat and look around you. You may also practice the breathing exercise at the same time though it isn’t essential.
Notice the sounds around you; are leaves being rustled by a gentle breeze? Can you here birds chirping to each other in greeting, Children shouting excitedly as they bring imagination to life?
Now notice the smells; has the grass been cut recently? Are you sitting next to sweet smelling flowers or are houses close by cooking up a storm outside?
“Take a moment to sit or stand quietly and observe all that is happening around you”
Touch next, can you feel the gentle rays of sun heating your skin, or a breeze move your hair? What is the material of your seat? If you’re on the grass can you feel the blades of grass lighting pricking your palms?
Finally, what do you see? This is the real aim of taking the time out. Is there a family smiling and sitting with each other? Perhaps a stranger walking alone that looks deep in concentration, you wonder what’s on their mind and if the hardships of the day have taken their toll as they slowly amble towards home.
Utilising our senses in this way ensures we are experiencing a moment, that we are living in the now. Taking time to question what other people go through in their day-to-day lives can lead to an increase of empathy and understanding.
Don’t be so quick to accept your first judgment, there are a myriad of reasons a person may be doing what they’re doing and it is very rarely the reason you think. Simply be in the moment, in a non judgemental fashion.
Mind Over Matter Techniques – Experience A Routine :
Sometimes it feels as if we are operating on autopilot, we jump from one task to another with our minds in a completely different direction. Before we know it, several hours have passed and you question how time could have possibly passed so quickly.
Pick something you do often. Let’s use washing the dishes as an example. Try to keep your focus on everything you are doing during this activity and experience it all.
Feel as you immerse your hands and the sting of water that’s slightly to warm as it connects with your skin. Notice the sounds of the water as it is disturbed, the clashing of cutlery on crockery and the squeaks of the dishes as they come out clean.
This is an exercise similar to observation, what you are doing is making sure that you are fully in the moment.
Time is precious and you don’t want it to slip by without noticing. The above exercises are designed to bring your mind into alignment with your surroundings. By practicing these techniques, it will be easy for you to maintain for longer periods. You will experience joy at a higher level, feel more relaxed and your mind will gravitate to a calm state.
“Time is precious and you don’t want it to slip by without noticing.”
Use these Mind Over Matter Techniques to see how much your life can and will change.
Author's page : 10 Amazing Examples of Mind Over Matter
10 Amazing Examples of Mind-Over-Matter
May 21, 2013
While we often think of our bodies and minds as two distinct entities, it turns out they are much more entwined than we might assume.
Researchers are continually finding evidence that the brain has a distinct power to manipulate the body’s physiology.
As these 10 examples show, the mind/body connection can work in our favor or detriment, depending on our knowledge of a situation and our ability to control our thoughts.
Judging by their ability to meditate for hours on end, to abstain from food for days, and their vows of silence, most us would agree that Tibetan Monks have better control over their minds and bodies than the average person. Still, what’s particularly amazing is some of them can control physiological processes, such as blood pressure and body temperature – feats many medical doctors find astounding.
In one of the most notable exhibits of their skills, a group of Tibetan monks allowed physicians to monitor the monk’s bodily changes as they engaged in a meditative yoga technique known as g Tum-mo. During the process the monks were cloaked in wet, cold sheets (49 f / 9.4 c) and placed in a 40 f (4.5 c) room. In such conditions, the average person would likely experience uncontrollable shivering and would shortly suffer hypothermia. However, through deep concentration, the monks were able to generate body heat, and within minutes the researchers noticed steam rising from the sheets that were covering the monks. Within an hour, the sheets were completely dry.
Although, the display was fascinating to the doctors, for the monks it was an ordinary occurrence. In fact, new monks use g Tum-mo as a way of proving their meditative strength and hold contests to see who can dry the most sheets in one night.
The Buddhists say the heat they generate is a byproduct of the meditation, since it takes energy to reach a state of alternate reality – a place unaffected by our everyday world.
Multiple Personality Disorder
Multiple personality disorder, or dissociative identity disorder, is a mental condition that’s interesting on many levels. Perhaps most intriguing of all is how some sufferers not only exhibit personality and behavior changes as they switch between their different identities, but some also have measurable physiological variations between each persona. For instance, one of a patient’s personalities may need eyeglasses and another won’t. Or, one identity might be diabetic and another will have perfect health. In such cases, it isn’t simply a matter of the patients thinking they need eyeglasses or insulin, their bodies actually go through legitimate alterations, such as differences in intraocular pressure or blood sugar levels.
In one case, published by the American Psychiatric Press, a doctor noted how medications prescribed to a dissociative identity disorder patient had different effects depending on what “personality” took the drug. For example, when a tranquilizer was given to the person’s childish persona, it made the individual sleepy and relaxed. However, when the adult personality was administered the same drug it made him anxious and confused. Similar results were found with other patients and with a variety of different medications. Doctors even noticed visibly apparent traits, like lazy eye, would come and go depending on which personality was present.
This phenomenon is especially fascinating since no one, including the patients, is claiming mysticism is at work. On the contrary, it is a genuine example of the mind altering the body.
A placebo is an inert substance or belief which produces real biological effects in humans. It’s so widely accepted as fact that a placebo variable is included in most medical tests as way of proving if, say, a drug works on its own merits or because people “think” it works.
There are tons of experiments showing the proof of the placebo, but one of the most amusing to watch is a test done by a group of Princeton students who decided to throw a non-alcoholic keg party for their unsuspecting classmates. The experimenters secretly filled a keg with O’Douls (contains about 0.4% alcohol while regular beer has around 5% alcohol) and then watched as their peers acted silly, slurred words, slept on the ground, and generally acted drunk. Although it’s nearly impossible to get intoxicated on O’Douls, these college students had such a strong belief they were drinking standard beer that it affected their behavior.
Curiously, researchers have discovered the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger, and some drugs that have been on the market for years, such as Prozac, are now proving less effective than placebos. Naturally, this is a major issue for big pharmaceutical companies, which has left many scrambling to conduct neurological studies in an effort to come up with new ways to safeguard their industry from ordinary sugar pills. Incidentally, Big Pharma is currently more profitable than Big Oil, so there’s quite a bit at stake.
While placebos are generally associated with positive outcomes, like curing an illness or getting drunk on O’Douls and having fun (if you consider that positive), the nocebo effect produces negative results, such as a cancer patient vomiting before chemotherapy starts or someone breaking out in a rash because they thought they touched poison ivy, even though it was merely an ordinary plant.
One of the most talked about examples of the nocebo phenomenon was an incident published in “New Scientist.” According to the account, late one night an Alabama man, referred to as Vance, went to a cemetery and met up with a witch doctor who told Vance that he was going to die soon. Believing the witch doctor’s prediction, Vance soon fell ill and within a matter of weeks was emaciated and close to death. Vance was taken to the hospital but the medical doctors could find nothing wrong with him. Finally, Vance’s wife told the physician, Dr. Doherty, about the encounter with the witch doctor, which gave the creative physician an idea. The next day, Dr. Doherty told the couple he had tracked down the witch doctor and physically threatened him until the medicine man finally admitted he had put a lizard inside Vance that was eating him from the inside. Of course, the Doctor’s story was completely fabricated, yet he made a big show of injecting the patient with a mysterious substance and snuck in a genuine, green lizard that he pretended to extract from Vance. The next day, Vance awoke alert, hungry, and it didn’t take long before he fully recovered.
Apparently, that story was corroborated by four other medical professionals, and is often cited when explaining why Voo Doo sometimes works (i.e. not because of magic, but because of the nocebo effect).
Dreams Cause Real Injuries
There are a lot of stories floating around out there about people who experienced an injury in their dreams and then found real, physical evidence of the wound on their bodies once they awoke. For instance, some people have claimed to have been caught in a fire in their dreams and then woke up to find burn marks on their skin. Other common stories involve people being attacked during their dreams and then waking up to find scratch marks somewhere on their bodies. However, most of these stories are found in chat rooms or message boards, so it’s hard to corroborate if they are true.
But, there is one well documented case, reported by famed psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, about an Indian man named Durga Jatav who, during a battle with typhoid fever, had an extremely vivid dream about being held captive in another realm. To keep him from escaping, his dream captors cut his legs off at the knee. Unfortunately, his legs were already severed by the time the captors realized they had the wrong man and didn’t need to keep Jatav after all. When Jatav asked how he could leave with no legs, they offered him several pairs of legs, he picked out his own pair, and then they were miraculously reattached.
While Jatav was having the dream, his body became very cold and at one point his family thought he was dead, yet he revived a few days later. Once he was awake, his sister and neighbor noticed deep fissures around his knees that weren’t there previously. X-ray photographs showed no abnormality below the surface of the skin, which led Jatav and his family to believe the marks came from his dream experience. Dr. Stevenson met Jatav some 30 years later (1979) and took pictures of the still visible scars. Although Stevenson did not witness the event, he apparently believed the story, which was confirmed by all involved, and he even included the account and photographs in his book “Reincarnation and Biology: A contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects.”
Obviously there’s no scientific proof to this intriguing account, but it’s not too far-fetched considering what we already know about the power of the brain over the body.
Yogis Nearly Stop Heart Beat
Like the Tibetan monks, Indian Yogis seem to have an unusual talent for manipulating their physiological processes while in deep meditation. After hearing stories of yogis spending 28 days underground and surviving, in 1936, a French cardiologist named Therese Brosse traveled to India to see if the yogis truly did have such talents. In her experiments, the yogis reportedly slowed their heart down so slow that it was only detectable via an EKG machine.
In the 1950s Brosse’s study was expanded by another group of researchers who traveled through India with an eight-channel electro-encephalograph and various other instruments, which they used to monitor the yogis’ brain activity, respirations, skin temperature, blood-volume changes, and skin conductance. Two of their test subjects were placed in air-tight sealed boxes, on two separate occasions, and were monitored for 8 to 10 hours. During that time the Yogis showed biological characteristics similar to sleep and were able to slow down their heart rate and respiration to low enough levels that oxygen and carbon dioxide quantities inside the box remained virtually in the same proportions as found in air at sea level. Thus, it was shown that by slowing down their bodily processes and not panicking (as most would do) the Yogis could survive a live-burial for far longer than the average person, possibly even weeks longer.
Many athletes claim it helps them perform better when they “play” the game in their minds before ever stepping foot on the field or court. While we might assume doing so is just a mental exercise that enables them to better focus on the game, there might be more concrete changes happening inside the body.
Take, for example, Air Force Colonel George Hall who was locked in a small, dark North Vietnamese prison for seven years. While most would lose their minds in such circumstances, Hall went to his happy place, so to speak, by mentally playing golf every day of his imprisonment. His visualizations were extremely in-depth and included everything from hitting the ball off the tee, raking the sand traps, feeling the wind, and of course tapping the ball into the hole.
Regardless of being weak and 100 pounds lighter than before his capture, one of the first things Hall wanted to do after his release was play a legitimate round of golf. He was invited to the Greater New Orleans Open where he astoundingly shot a 76. When a member of the press suggested his performance was a case of beginners luck, Hall replied, “Luck, I never 3-putted a green in the last five years!”
So, despite his physical deterioration and not stepping on a course in over seven years, his body had developed muscle memory based simply on his imaginings.
Block Out Pain
Jack Schwarz, a Dutch Jewish writer, also lived in horrific conditions while forced into a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Like so many others, he was beaten, starved, and tortured beyond what most of us can comprehend. To cope with his situation, he began the practice of meditation and prayer, which he developed to the point where he could block out the pain of his torment and subsequently withstand his situation.
After his release, Schwarz continued his mind over matter practice and occasionally demonstrated his skills by putting a long sail-maker’s needle through his arm without injury. He also displayed his ability to regulate his body’s blood flow by causing the puncture hole in his arm to bleed or stop bleeding at will. Schwarz was studied by researchers at the Menninger Foundation who found that he could indeed control many of his bodily processes with only his mind. Furthermore, through an electroencephalograph, they determined his brain had different electrical activity as compared to most other test subjects. According to Schwarz, he could also see people’s auras, which allowed him to gauge their physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental conditions.
Positivity and Meditation
Undoubtedly it’s difficult to keep a positive attitude when you’re facing a life-threatening disease, but, based on a variety of medical studies, doing so may mean the difference between living and dying.
For example, in 1989, Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University conducted a study on 86 women with late stage breast cancer. Half of those women received standard medical care while the other half were given weekly support sessions in addition to the standard medical care. During the sessions the women shared their feelings, talked with other patients, and generally had a positive outlet where they could cope with their illness. At the end of the study, the women in the support group lived twice as long as those not in the group. In 1999, a similar study found that cancer patients who have feelings of helplessness and hopelessness have a lower chance of survival.
In recent years, David Seidler, writer of “The King’s Speech,” claimed to have eliminated his cancer through meditation and imagination. After battling bladder cancer for years and only two weeks away from surgery, Seidler decided to see if he could get rid of the cancer through his imagination. He admittedly thought the idea was a little “woo-woo,” but by that point he figured he had nothing to lose. So, he spent the two weeks leading up to his surgery envisioning a clean, cream-colored, healthy bladder. When Seidler went in for his pre-surgery biopsy, the doctor was stunned to find a distinct lack of cancer – he even sent the biopsy to four different labs for testing. While Seidler believes his visualization were behind the cancer’s disappearance, his doctor labeled it a “spontaneous remission.”
Boosts Weight Loss
It seems counterintuitive that increasing numbers of people are claiming to put a greater effort into exercising and eating a nutritious diet, yet there are more obese people in the world than ever before. Some researchers think positivity is a missing variable in the weight loss equation, and a lack of it is what’s keeping people chubby.
To prove the point that the mind has a major impact on the body, Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer conducted an experiment on a group of predominantly overweight hotel maids who, judging by their daily activity levels, should have been thin. Despite essentially exercising all day long through their work, Langer discovered through a survey that 67% of the maids felt they didn’t do any type of exercise. Langer predicted the maids’ perceptions were hampering their weight loss, so she took half the maids aside and, in addition to taking their physical measurements, explained that through their cleaning work they were exceeding the surgeon general’s definition of an active lifestyle. The other half of the maids were given no information.
A month later, Langer’s team returned to the hotel and reevaluated the maids. They found an overall decrease in systolic blood pressure, weight, and waist-to-hip ratio in the educated group. The other group had no significant physical changes. While some suspect the mere discussion of exercise somehow altered the women’s behavior, Langer said there was no indication any of the maids modified their routines, and she feels the results were due simply to a change in mindset.
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