Friday, July 30, 2010

Brain Chemistry and the Law of Attraction

By Kristine Clemenger

For those who need some science behind their mystery, I would like to write about the brain chemistry that takes place with positive and negative thinking and helps to facilitate the Law of Attraction and explain the underlying science behind the mysticism.

The mind is a powerful thing. The subconscious mind is always at work whether we know it or not. We all have many stories that we tell ourselves all day long, day in and day out. We have been telling ourselves these stories for so long and they are so deeply embedded in our psyches that we are often unaware of them. We tell ourselves things like "you are so stupid" or "you are so clumsy" or more happily, we tell ourselves "you are such a nice person" or "you can figure this out, you know how to do this". Regardless of the stories we tell ourselves whether they are helpful to us or harmful to us, our brains, our mind, our subconscious reacts accordingly. Our brains are like computers, what we feed into them and what they experience is what they put out. Garbage in, garbage out. Good stuff in, good stuff out!

Hypnotism, bio-feedback, imagery, positive thinking, and affirmations are all based on the same idea as the Law of Attraction and guiding your subconscious mind.

Our minds and brains are powerful. By using biofeedback, hypnosis, meditation and other techniques you can regulate your heart rate, temperature and blood flow. You can improve in a physical activity such as throwing free throws by practicing in your mind. Most professional and Olympic athletes employ this kind of training in addition to practicing with their physical bodies.

Thoughts can be so powerful they can cause physical reactions in your brain and your body. Negative thoughts (related to emotions such as anger, sadness, hopelessness etc.) release chemicals in your brain that make you feel bad and trigger physical reactions such as sweating, faster heart rate, shallow breathing, and tense muscles. Your brain and body then work in a less efficient manner. Conversely, when you think happy thoughts (related to emotions of love, joy and hopefulness) the opposite takes place; your heart rate slows, you feel calm, your breathing slows and deepens and your muscles relax. Your brain and body work better and more efficiently and your mind is calm and clear. We know these things from biofeedback machines and brain imaging studies. Positive thinking makes your brain work better and negative thinking actually decreases brain function.

As famous hypnotist Marshall Sylver says "thoughts are things". What is meant by this is that thoughts are measurable as electromagnetic energy just like everything else in the universe. And so thoughts also have a cause and effect. What we tell ourselves changes the way we act and react in the world. Those thoughts change our actions and how we live our lives. They cause us to behave differently and that in turn, causes others to react differently to us and may change the course of our lives dramatically.