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Heal Yourself While You Sleep Through Lucid Dreaming

By Jacob Andreae

Lucid dreaming is a state in which you are asleep and dreaming, but aware, and can control your dreams. Sounds pretty cool, right?! Apart from being cool, it could be used to heal yourself, and it might be easier than you think.

 

As soon as I read about this, I was excited, but a little apprehensive and scared. It’s pretty freaky to be mucking around with your mind in altered states of consciousness. But the child-like scientist in me wanted to know more and learn how. Let’s hope curiosity doesn’t kill the cat in this case.

 

Learning how to control your dreams brings a sense of power and control to your waking life.

 

Lucid dreaming is a state between REM sleep. As your brain waves slow as you drift off to sleep, there are five phases to sleep. The first phase is stage one and is the “nodding off” stage. The second phase is stage two and is the “light sleep” stage. The third and fourth phases are stage...

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How a Positive Mind Really Can Create a Healthier Body

By Jacob Andreae

What you think about — everything from the food you eat to the stress you experience — directly influences how your body responds. Even doing all the right things for your health may be undermined by simply thinking negatively about them. Positive thinking is a key component of optimism, and the good news is, optimism can be learned, practiced and bettered.

 

Many years ago, I was suggested to read a book by one of my cousins who is a psychologist, which I truly believe changed my life. The book was called Learned Optimism and was written by Dr Martin E. P. Seligman. The book explains how optimism can be learned and how you can use the three P’s do so. The 3 P’s are: Permanent, Pervasive and Positive. Learning to be more optimistic is habit change, and it needs to be practiced so.

 

Mindset underpins everything.


Positive thinking isn’t about burying your head in the sand and ignoring all of life’s challenges and...

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A Brief History of the Brain

 
By Jacob Andreae

Around 200,000 years ago, our brains stopped growing, and about 10,000 years ago, they actually began to shrink. The human brain is the most powerful “computer” on the planet. And it has modest beginnings. 


Where did it all begin?

 

The story begins in the oceans, long before animals even existed. Single-celled organisms didn’t have brains. But they did have advanced ways of communicating. They sensed and responded to their environment by releasing chemicals (which is slow) or shooting an electrical impulse across their body. 

 

From the single-celled choanoflagelletes that gave rise to animals 850 million years ago, the brain is now a 100 billion-celled organ. 


How did it all begin?

 

Choanoflagellates are single-celled organisms thought to give rise to animals. The nerve cells of ancient animals evolved long extensions known as axons. This enabled messages to be sent much more quickly as the chemical messengers...

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The You Delusion: Why Your Sense of Self is Just a Trick of the Mind

By Jacob Andreae

Who are you? Really ponder that question. I bet you come up with your name. But who is that strange combination of letters, which are just sounds that come from the way you push air out of your mouth and manipulate your cheeks, tongue and lips?

 

Your brain makes sense of the world through interpreting your senses. Sensory information reaches your brain at different speeds, although this is happening so fast it appears to occur simultaneously. Sensory information travels along neural pathways and your brain then needs to process it. This takes time. What happens when an event occurs in less time than your system takes to process it?

 

"Perception does not equal reality."

 

It’s history! It’s already happened. We are constantly living in the past. There is a lag time between when something occurs and when we process it. So if conscious perception is not truly “live”, what is the brain doing when it processes events that...

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