Monday, June 8, 2009

Brain Salad Surgeon

The makers of "The Secret" taught the world that thoughts are things.

In other words, whatever we toss around in our mental melons eventually manifests in the fruit bowl of reality. These thoughts determine whether our lives are comparable to a circular container of the juiciest cherries ... or the leftover pits.

However, the power of positive thinking is easily dismissed by those who believe it lacks scientific credibility.

Until now.

The centuries old Law of Attraction is being scientifically validated in a number of research projects, including several uncovered by a Canadian doctor.

Norman Doidge MD, is shedding light on how our brightest or darkest thoughts influence the neural pathways in our brains. Some herald Dr. Doidge's findings in his book "The Brain That Changes Itself" as the most significant breakthrough in this field in over 400 years.

Dr. Doidge contends our brains are less like computers or machines and more like bendable, malleable pieces of plastic that can be re-shaped, re-formed and re-wired.

Regardless of age, ability or life experiences.

The connections between his research, the Law of Attraction and how it impacts you will begin to emerge at the 2:08 mark of this video.

Our brain plays a crucial role in determining what we want to attract.

The brain wave activity we engage in determines the results we currently enjoy (or not). The Law of Attraction says that like attracts like at a vibrational level - so if we send out the right waves, we tend to attract the right things and vice versa.

However, that is easier said than done, considering how the average person tends to cling to “truths”, (often learned in school) and only reluctantly will exchange old “truths” for new “truths”. It doesn't help when much of the current educational systems tend to promote regurgitation of “facts”, reinforcing rigid, fixed thinking. With rigidity, our brains travel over the same ruts again and again, rarely accepting new or differing points of view.

Are the ruts in your neural pathways becoming deeper and deeper?

Or can you leverage the neuroplasticity of your brain to break from past limitations and form new connections?

If your brain is “like a living creature with an appetite” are you careful in terms of what you feed it?

"You are the most powerful magnet in the universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts"

p.s... If your neural pathways need bending on a regular basis, there are few sources better than a weekly visit to the Monday Morning Memo. TSB doesn't always eat right, exercise enough or go to church, but has been religious about always reading Roy's memo every Monday for the last 9+ years. On this particular Monday, 42, 711 other readers are learning about the 12 Languages of the Mind and how they might help elevate perception of your brand.


Kevin said...

One of my favorite quotes is..."What you can believe, you can achieve". I've always held that to be true, no matter what the situation.

I taught a gr9 class called Career and Life Management last year and there was a section on goal setting. I taught the basic SMART goal stuff, with short and long term goals. But I wanted to show another option, so I showed the class "The Secret". I got some backlash from the community, but I backed it up by saying I feel it's only fair to show two sides of the story and letting the kids decide which is best for them.

Anyway, a lot of them truly believed in the Law of Attraction. It's great that there is science to back it up now. If I only had this information back then to show those irate parents.

Again, thanks for the post Gair!

Gair Maxwell said...

I find it hard to fathom that "The Secret" would produce any backlash of that sort. What type of individual would be promopted to complain about something that is designed to promote happiness, success and well-being?

Bravo to you Kevin for teaching something you believe in!

Appreciate your kind words and the way you stood up for those kids.

Kevin said...

Well, I teach in a rural school, and there are some religious people out there. I'll leave it at that.

Mark L. Fox said...


I get a message on this video that says I can not view it in my that because I am in the US ?