Archive for July 13, 2017

Changes That Occur When You Pay Attention

Being able to pay close attention is hard to accomplish due to the fact that a person’s attention is dragged in so many different directions during one particular moment. Attention takes many dimensions and unlike what many people think about having focus, it also involves information, which one’s brain is trying to filter.

Our attention is directed in two ways. One is overt attention which involves moving of eyes towards something in order to pay attention to it and the second is the covert attention which is paying attention to something, but without moving the eyes. The brain patterns in overt or covert attention are different. Depending on the one that we are paying attention to, certain parts of one’s brain begin to resonate at the same rate as that of the intensity of our attention and it is possible to tell whether a person is on an overtly or covertly attention.

The filtering ability of the brain is indeed a key for attention. Apparently, this is missing in some people especially those with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, thus they hardly restrain any distractors. This means they are not able to sustain extended focus, even on a single task.

The front part of a person’s brain is responsible for higher cognitive functions. It works as a filter to let into the brain just the right information, which will enable a person to pay attention. Now, there is an opportunity for using cognitive brain-machine interfaces; especially, for those suffering from the stroke who are not able to speak or write. Using cognitive brain-machine interfaces, it is now possible to have computers, which could help people understand the thoughts of a person in a coma through the use of brain patterns.

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The Perpetual Delusion of Separation

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We think we are separate from others and the world around us. We think when we are separate from the rest of the world, we can be unattached and objective. With this illusion of separation and being objective, we believe we can manipulate and control ourselves without external influence. We make everything else objects that can be observed, manipulated and controlled. We think we can control other people, animals and nature around us and even God to meet our wishes.

This separation is an illusion. This is a view that arises from within the mind of an individual. We are essentially connected to our environment. Our environment exists the way it does only because we observe it the way we do. How we, as society, have chosen to view and perceive the world is an illusion that we have created. How we as an individual have chosen to view the world from within our society is another illusion. There are a variety of other ways to view reality and our role in reality to create alternative ways of living and being in the world. Some views cause us to live in separation and other allows us to live in wholeness. To move past the illusion of separation, we must adopt beliefs which will allow us to move past it. This separation scatters and fragments our creative life energy. It does not allow us to connect with all that is around us and draw from it power into our own being. It is more like we starve ourselves rather than feed on what is readily available.

There are three conditions that force us to be in the illusion of separation. One is that we think we are a separate entity unconnected to any other aspect of the environment. The second is that we believe there is a past, present and future. Rather than living in the present moment and being open to what the moment presents, we hold to the past and project it into the future. The third is that we separate and compartmentalize our life experience to be confined to different aspects of our life and keep them bound as separate from the other aspects.

Pain, in one form or another, is what ultimately keeps us in the illusion of separation and does not allow us to experience the oneness of how everything is interconnected. We can adopt new beliefs so we can sit in the present moment and create wholeness within our being, but often in oneness we feel pain for many of us are in pain. If we are unable to face the pain we feel, ours or that of another, we will continue to keep ourselves in the illusion of separation.

The key to facing the pain we experience is to understand pain and the origins of pain. Then, when we experience pain, before we mitigate it or look to alleviate it, we need to ask our intuitive guidance, from where does this pain arise and what do I need to do or become to address it at its root and then be open to honor the guidance we get.

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