Neuroplasticity, the Mind, and Will

Posted on September 19, 2008
Filed Under identity, Magic, Taylor Ellwood | 4 Comments

Among the many books I’m currently reading, The Mind & The Brain by Jeffery Schwartz and Sharon Begley is certainly one of the more intriguing. Neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to create new neural connections or adapt current ones to different circumstances is somehting which apparently never stops occurring. The authors also argue that mindful practices can be used to harness and direct neuroplasticity and apparently have used such practices to help patients with OCD, as well as reporting on similar cases with patients who have tourettes and dyslexia. What this suggests to me, is that we have marvelous untapped resource in our brains, and that with the mind and it’s capacity to consciously direct change (which I’d consider to be the will) we can harness neuroplasticity and use it. This actually is something I’ve written about before with the the neurotransmitter entities in Inner Alchemy, but I think it can be taken even further than that and a lot of the books I’ve been reading on neuroscience seem to agree with the direction that my experiments have been taking me toward.  It’s also evidence to me that we need to continue looking at what’s happening in other disciplines to see how it effects our own work as well as what we could achieve for ourselves. I think if more people were aware of how much control they could exert over their health, physical and mental, there would be a significant change in how those people dealt with difficult situations. There is so much possibility…It’s just a matter of developing the techniques and processes that people can use to help themselves.