By Tanis Helliwell
“I maintain a holy curiosity.” Albert Einstein
Glial Cells in the Brain
Current research suggests that most of us use only 3% of our brain. So what can we do to increase this? Continuous learning is the key to expanding our intelligence. This is how it works. There are cells in our brain connected to intelligence that reproduce depending on the amount of learning in which we engage. They are called glial cells, from glia, the Greek word for glue. Glial cells increase synaptic connections that facilitate thinking quicker and in different patterns. Let‚s think of it this way. our brain is like a muscle. If we exercise it, it remembers how to do something so that it takes less energy to do better each time.
Neuron cells make up only 10% of our brain; 90% of our brain cells are glial cells. When Albert Einstein‚s brain was investigated, it was found that he had 72% more glial cells than the average person. Although there was only one Einstein, we can all create environments at work and home that will increase the amount of glial cells in all of our brains.
Dr. Marion Diamond, a neuroanatomist at Berkeley, pioneered research in the 70’s in how our environment can either increase or decrease our glial cells. First, she tested rats to see how many glial cells they had. Then, she placed the rats in an environmentally rich atmosphere—a rat heaven full of mazes and interesting toys. After 91 days, they were re-tested and found to have 20 percent more glial cells. Next, the rats were placed in an environmentally deprived atmosphere and 91 days later they were re-tested and found to have 19 percent less glial cells than they had originally. In other words, the rats were actually worse off than when the experiment started. The learnings are clear for us humans. If you don’t use your potential, you lose it. The good news is, if we change negative environments, and self-defeating thoughts and behaviours, we can actually recover glial cells and with it more consciousness.
Dr. Diamond’s findings have been further substantiated by neuroscientist Michael Merzenich, who discovered that the brain has a plastic quality and is moulded by experience. As skills are learned, new pathways open up. Older people, who keep active, have much more complex brains than ones, who aren’t active.
The Brain Works Like a Hologram
Dr. Karl Pibram of Stanford University Medical School believes that the brain works like a hologram. One small part of the brain has access to all the information that is stored in other parts of the brain. As a result, when one part is damaged, another part of the brain can replicate the missing function, although it does not do it in exactly the same way. It’s through this hologram that we create our reality and our world, and our reality evolves and changes, as we think differently. Even quantum theory substantiates this concept. Werner Heisenberg’s ‘Uncertainty Principle’ is the main tenet of quantum theory. The uncertainty principle maintains that our knowledge is continually evolving and that there is no such thing as ‘the truth’. Our reality changes as we change.
Meditators Have Higher Unitive Thinking
There are basically three kinds of neural processes that we know of presently. Firstly, serial neural wiring allows the brain to follow rules and think like a computer, logically from step to step. Secondly, associative neural wiring allows the brain to recognize patterns, associations and learn from habits and have preferences. We can change what we do not like about ourselves by using this pathway. For instance, if we discover that by losing our temper we lose friends, we can learn to avoid pain and control our temper. This kind of thinking we have in common with animals and demonstrated by Piaget’s famous experiment were he rang a bell and the dogs were conditioned to salivate.
The third neural process is what makes us distinctly human and leads to quantum jumps in consciousness. This third process is synchronous oscillation that unifies data across the entire brain. This process was first identified in the 1990s, by an Australian neurologist, Wolf Singer. The process integrates and can transform information arising from the other two processes. Therefore, it assists our reason and emotion to communicate together both in our mind and body. It allows us to develop new paradigms of thinking and consciousness. These oscillations take individual perceptions and thoughts and create a more meaningful whole in the brain. This is the same thing that happens when a laser beam works with overlapping photons of light that move into a quantum resonance. With quantum holism many parts of the system are so fully integrate that they behave as if they were a single unified whole. Science has discovered that 40 hertz was the frequency at which this synchronous unitive thinking occurs and this frequency is more frequently found in meditators. This unitive thinking characterizes the person who has a visionary, higher mind.
So, what can you and I do to maximize our brain’s function to increase our thinking capacity. Pretty simple! Keep questioning old assumptions, continuous learning, and practicing meditation regularly.
Tanis Helliwell, a mystic in the modern world, has brought spiritual consciousness into the mainstream for over 30 years. Since childhood, she has seen and heard elementals, angels, and master teachers in higher dimensions. Tanis is the founder of the International Institute for Transformation (IIT), which offers programs to assist individuals to become conscious creators to work with the spiritual laws that govern our world.
Tanis is the author of The High Beings of Hawaii, Summer with the Leprechauns, Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns, Embraced by Love, Manifest Your Soul’s Purpose, Hybrids: So You Think You Are Human and Decoding Your Destiny.
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