Month: December 2013

Conscious Creation and the Law of Attraction

Imagine being able to create the life of your dreams.

Many people are doing just that through the conscious use of the Law of Attraction.

A much larger number of people however have so far failed to turn their dreams into reality. These people often decide that the Law of Attraction is a marketing gimmick, a figment of someone’s imagination. Could it be however that the problem is with the operator rather than the law?

 

 
At its simplest the Law of Attraction (LOA) states that Like attracts Like. Conscious use of the LOA requires a deeper understanding both of the nature and operation of the LOA as well as of the Human Condition.

• First, the LOA is always working. There is no ON or OFF button. As a creative being you are always interacting with the LOA whether you are aware of it or not.
• Secondly, the LOA operates at a vibrational level. It doesn’t use language, symbols or any other intermediary but responds directly to your vibrations.
• Thirdly, you are a Spiritual Being having a Human Experience. Another way to rephrase this is that you are an Electro-magnetic Being. Your soul is essentially a collection of varying frequencies. The LOA responds to all of them not just the ones that you are conscious of but also the ones that you have disowned and driven into your unconscious.
• Your external life experiences act as a mirror to show you your inner state for your outer experiences are a result of your inner states.
• To modify your life experiences it is necessary to make the appropriate adjustments in your inner world.
• The internal adjustments that are most beneficial tend to fall into four categories:
o Replacing disempowering beliefs with empowering beliefs.
o Releasing painful emotions from the past.
o Developing the skill set to choose more empowering emotions moment to moment.
o Gaining a good understanding of the human condition through which you are experiencing life.
• When your vibratory states change the outer world must respond to match your new vibrations.

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Enhanced Self Control Through Brain Stimulation

Some people lack self-control. A habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time is one example. But now, scientists have developed a way of improving a person’s self-control through electrical brain stimulation. This is according to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) at Houston and the University of California, San Diego, say their findings could be useful for future treatments of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette’s syndrome, among other self-control disorders.

 

 
To reach their findings, the investigators analyzed four study participants with epilepsy who were required to perform a series of behavioral tasks that involved the “braking” of brain activity.
Lady looking at an unwrapped bar of chocolate
Could you resist? Scientists say they have discovered a way to enhance a person’s self-control through the use of electrical brain stimulation.

The researchers found that the area in which the brain-slowing activity occurred was in the prefrontal cortex of each participant.

Using brief electrical stimulation through electrodes implanted directly on the brain surface, a computer increased activity in the prefrontal cortex brain of each patient at the point when their behavioral brain activity slowed.

The researchers note that this was a double-blind study, so both the participants and investigators did not know when or where the electrical charges were triggered.
‘Self-control enhanced’ with stimulation of braking system

They found that the electrical stimulation in the prefrontal cortex of the brain enhanced the slowing of behavioral activity, leading to an enhanced form of self-control.

However, when electrical stimulation was administered outside the prefrontal cortex, the participants showed no change in behavior. The researchers say this suggests that the effects of electrical stimulation are specific to the prefrontal cortex.

Commenting on the findings, Nitin Tandon, of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at the UTHealth Medical School and senior author of study, says:

“Our daily life is full of occasions when one must inhibit responses. For example, one must stop speaking when it’s inappropriate to the social context and stop oneself from reaching for extra candy.

There is a circuit in the brain for inhibiting or braking responses. We believe we are the first to show that we can enhance this braking system with brain stimulation.”

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Human Struggles Described Mathematically

Would you believe that a broad range of human struggles can be understood by using a mathematical formula? From child-parent struggles to cyber-attacks and civil unrest, they can all be explained with a simple mathematical expression called a “power-law.”

In a sort of unified theory of human conflict, scientists have found a way to mathematically describe the severity and timing of human confrontations that affect us personally and as a society.

 

 
For example, the manner in which a baby’s cries escalate against its parent is comparable to the way riots in Poland escalated in the lead-up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. It comes down to the fact that the perpetrator in both cases (e.g. baby, rioters) adapts quickly enough to escalate its attacks against the larger, but more sluggish entity (e.g. parent, government), who is unable, or unwilling, to respond quickly enough to satisfy the perpetrator, according to a new study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports.

“By picking out a specific baby (and parent), and studying what actions of the parent make the child escalate or de-escalate its cries, we can understand better how to counteract cyber-attacks against a particular sector of U.S. cyber infrastructure, or how an outbreak of civil unrest in a given location (e.g. Syria) will play out, following particular government interventions,” says Neil Johnson, professor of physics and the head of the interdisciplinary research group in Complexity, at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami (UM) and corresponding author of the study.

Respectively, the study finds some remarkable similarities between seemingly disconnected confrontations. For instance:

The escalation of violent attacks in Magdalena, Colombia – though completely cut off from the rest of the world – is actually representative of all modern wars. Meanwhile, the conflict in Sierra Leone, Africa, has exactly the same dynamics as the narco-guerilla war in Antioquia, Colombia.
The pattern of attacks by predatory traders against General Electric (GE) stock is equivalent to the pattern of cyber-attacks against the U.S. hi-tech electronics sector by foreign groups, which in turn mimics specific infants and parents.
New insight into the controversial ‘Bloody Sunday’ attack by the British security forces, against civilians, on January 30,1972, reveals that Bloody Sunday appears to be the culmination of escalating Provisional Irish Republican Army attacks, not their trigger, hence raising new questions about its strategic importance.

The findings show that this mathematical formula of the form AB-C is a valuable tool that can be applied to make quantitative predictions concerning future attacks in a given confrontation. It can also be used to create an intervention strategy against the perpetrators and, more broadly, as a quantitative starting point for cross-disciplinary theorizing about human aggression, at the individual and group level, in both real and online worlds.

The study is titled “Simple mathematical law benchmarks human confrontations.” Co-authors are Guannan Zhao, Hong Qi, Pedro Manrique and Nicholas Johnson from the Department of Physics, UM; Daniel S. Messinger, Whitney Mattson and Devon Gangi from the Department of Psychology, UM; Nicolas Velasquez, Ana Morgenstern and Elvira Restrepo from the Department of International Studies, UM; Juan Camilo Bohorquez, Pablo Medina and Roberto Zarama from CEIBA Complex Systems Research Center and Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota; John Horgan, Center for Terrorism & Security Studies, from the University of Massachusetts; Paul Gill, from the Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London, and Michael Spagat, from the Department of Economics, Royal Holloway College, Egham.

This project developed in collaboration with HRL Laboratories and funded by the Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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Fearful Memories Help To Sniff Out Danger

Most people – including scientists – assumed we couldn’t just sniff out danger.

It was thought that we become afraid of an odor – such as leaking gas – only after information about a scary scent is processed by our brain.

But neuroscientists at Rutgers University studying the olfactory – sense of smell – system in mice have discovered that this fear reaction can occur at the sensory level, even before the brain has the opportunity to interpret that the odor could mean trouble.

In a new study published in Science, John McGann, associate professor of behavioral and systems neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, and his colleagues, report that neurons in the noses of laboratory animals reacted more strongly to threatening odors before the odor message was sent to the brain.

“What is surprising is that we tend to think of learning as something that only happens deep in the brain after conscious awareness,” says McGann. “But now we see how the nervous system can become especially sensitive to threatening stimuli and that fear-learning can affect the signals passing from sensory organs to the brain.”

McGann and students Marley Kass and Michelle Rosenthal made this discovery by using light to observe activity in the brains of genetically engineered mice through a window in the mouse’s skull. They found that those mice that received an electric shock simultaneously with a specific odor showed an enhanced response to the smell in the cells in the nose, before the message was delivered to the neurons in the brain.

This new research – which indicates that fearful memories can influence the senses – could help to better understand conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in which feelings of anxiety and fear exist even though an individual is no longer in danger.

“We know that anxiety disorders like PTSD can sometimes be triggered by smell, like the smell of diesel exhaust for a soldier,” says McGann who received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for this research. “What this study does is gives us a new way of thinking about how this might happen.”

In their study, the scientists also discovered a heightened sensitivity to odors in the mice traumatized by shock. When these mice smelled the odor associated with the electrical shocks, the amount of neurotransmitter – chemicals that carry communications between nerve cells – released from the olfactory nerve into the brain was as big as if the odor were four times stronger than it actually was.

This created mice whose brains were hypersensitive to the fear-associated odors. Before now, scientists did not think that reward or punishment could influence how the sensory organs process information.

The next step in the continuing research, McGann says, is to determine whether the hypersensitivity to threatening odors can be reversed by using exposure therapy to teach the mice that the electrical shock is no longer associated with a specific odor. This could help develop a better understanding of fear learning that might someday lead to new therapeutic treatments for anxiety disorders in humans, he says.

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