Why Neuroplasticity is a Big Deal

August 16th, 2013 § Comments Off on Why Neuroplasticity is a Big Deal § permalink

Why Neuroplasticity is a Big Deal – The term “neuroplasticity” is being heard often these days. Why? What is the big deal about it? Why should we care? This guest post by Robert Lilly addresses those questions.

The term “neuroplasticity” is being heard more and more these days. Why? What is the big deal about it? To understand that, let’s begin by first defining what neuroplasticity is. According to MedicineNet.com, neuroplasticity is “the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.” According to Wikipedia the term refers to “changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury. Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.” In addition, from the National Library of Medicine – Medical Subject Headings: “The capacity of the NERVOUS SYSTEM to change its reactivity as the result of successive activations.” In other words, it refers to the brain’s ability to grow and change as a result of stimuli throughout a person’s entire lifespan. » Read the rest of this entry «

How Does Hypnosis Work?

November 5th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Hypnosis is a safe and effective means of changing habits, whether your desire is to eliminate a disempowering habit or create an empowering one. Your sub-conscious mind does not care, or even evaluate, the benefit or detriment of your personal habits. It is simply a warehouse of programmed, conditioned behaviors. Hypnosis gives you access to that warehouse. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s fun to discover how effectively it can be used to program your sub-conscious mind to behave the way you want it to.

Hypnosis – What is it? How does it work? Is it real? These are the questions I answer every day in my practice at Intuitive Hypnosis, and in casual conversation with friends and acquaintances. I am fascinated with the process of hypnosis and how it can be utilized to create change in our lives, and I welcome the opportunity to talk about it every chance I get.

Let’s start with a brief definition of hypnosis. I define hypnosis as “a deep state of relaxation with a targeted focus.” The reason for using hypnosis is to bring about desired changes in our thought patterns, behavior, and experience. » Read the rest of this entry «

Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction

July 2nd, 2012 § Comments Off on Hypnosis and the Law of Attraction § permalink

The Law of Attraction is a topic that comes up with many clients in my office at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. It is called by many names, the Law of Give and Take, the Law of Cause and Effect, etc., and has been known for thousands of years. Reference to the Law of Attraction can be found in a variety of spiritual/religious writings in a variety of cultures.

The Law of Attraction says, “that which is like unto itself is drawn,” and that our life experiences are the reflection of our thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts and emotions emit certain frequencies. According to the Law of Attraction, the frequencies we send out match up with like frequencies and come back to us as experiences, opportunities, and interactions with others. Many people believe that by learning to fine-tune our thoughts and emotions we can be the deliberate creators of our reality and have anything we want. » Read the rest of this entry «

Mind over Brain – Using your mind to re-train your brain to think positive!

December 1st, 2011 § Comments Off on Mind over Brain – Using your mind to re-train your brain to think positive! § permalink

Did you know that, as humans, we have evolved to focus on the negative? When it comes to our survival, it is easy to understand why we are built with a propensity to focus on the negative instead of the positive. Using the analogy of carrots for positive experiences or stimuli, and sticks for negative experiences or stimuli, we find that our mammalian ancestors who focused on “dodging the sticks” may not have had as much fun, but they lived longer. Because, by focusing on negative stimuli, they avoided death.

Our mammalian ancestors lived in a world where it was paramount to their existence to be on the constant look out for danger, always looking over their shoulders, alert to the slightest sound out of place, ready to run, fight, or freeze, depending on the situation. Missing out on positive opportunities usually did not result in death. However, failing to pay attention to the warning signs that a predator, or other life threatening stimuli, was nearby, often resulted in death. The result? Our brains have developed six ingenious ways to “dodge sticks”, by focusing on the negative, to ensure our survival. (Hanson & Mendius, 2010) » Read the rest of this entry «

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