Mind Development Courses

Mind Development

"Learning without thinking is labor lost;
thinking without learning is perilous"

The aim of Mind Development is to awaken the innate powers of mind...
  • to improve speed and accuracy of logical thought so the solutions to life's continual parade of problems are readily apparent
  • to raise introspective awareness so that you are in touch with your full knowledge base and can access it intuitively and from simultaneous multiple perspectives
  • and to remain mindful at all times so you are are not taken over by habits and conditioned programs nor by "fight or flight" emotional reactions.
No one need accept that they must remain as they were shaped, by the conditioning of their childhood and culture. The benefits of Mind Development are all-encompassing and life transforming. Intelligence is a skill that can be learned and these are the courses to do so.
A course in Mind Development can benefit you in a number of ways, depending on what areas you feel you are weak at, or what you want to change about yourself and your capabilities. If you do these courses you should expect to see stable improvements in your life skills and abilities at work. You will have better judgment, increased mental speed and will power, better self-expression, the ability to study effectively and recall what you have learned, more creative insights, and confidence in your capacity to achieve your personal goals in life.

A young person will benefit by improved grades and a much better chance of excelling in higher education, ready to start a successful career. A person at work will have important advantages over his or her colleagues. And a retired person will be able to forestall and even reverse the decline of intellectual abilities that so often accompanies aging. You surely want to enjoy your retirement and take advantage of your lifetime's accumulation of knowledge - not lose your mind and with it your identity.

What you don't use you lose - that applies to all ages. What you do use can be trained, with the right mind development methods and sufficient practice, to become more and more efficient. Mental capacity is effectively unlimited.

Research has been done on the brain for many years. The most important point to come from this has been that one side of the brain tends to become cut off from the other, as painful memories and feelings are repressed. For most people, one side will dominate according to what sort of abilities and aptitudes they have, and the cultural influences of their upbringing. Furthermore, unconscious blocks can freeze huge proportions of our mental energy, and this can cause a person to feel negative, angry or depressed for no apparent reason.

We have identified the causes of such barriers and over the course of many years have refined our techniques for helping individuals to achieve their potential mental capacity. The cognitive enhancement techniques of Mind Development make the mind much more efficient because they open up the pathways of left-right brain communication and assist the person to regain all of their positive mental energy. They can then obtain the goals they want and take control of their destiny.

Cognitive decline
The natural decline of some of our mental abilities as we age starts much earlier than some of us might expect. Mental powers start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, marking the beginnings of the aging process, US research suggests. Professor Timothy Salthouse of Virginia University found reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualization all decline in our late 20s. Therapies designed to stall or reverse the ageing process may need to start much earlier, he said. His seven-year study of 2,000 healthy people aged 18-60 is published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. To test mental agility, the study participants had to solve puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols.

At the Alzheimer's Research Trust, the same tests are used by doctors to understand cognitive development and decline. In nine out of 12 tests the average age at which the top performance was achieved was 22. The first age at which there was any marked decline was at 27 in tests of brain speed, reasoning and visual puzzle-solving ability. Things like memory stayed intact until the age of 37, on average, while abilities based on accumulated knowledge, such as performance on tests of vocabulary or general information, increased until the age of 60.

Therefore, Mind Development should ideally be started early to avoid decline. But it's never too late, as given appropriate stimuli the brain is remarkably flexible and the usual decline can indeed be reversed by thoroughly practiced cognitive development techniques.

Cognitive enhancement
We have been reviewing current research papers on the subject of the effect of I.Q. on lifespan, health and mental illness and in this material there are three interesting correlations:

  1. A 30 point increase in I.Q. would increase life span by about six years.
  2. A 30 point increase in I.Q. would halve the risk of dementia.
  3. A 30 point increase in I.Q. would halve the risk of mental illness.
There are about at least a dozen mental illnesses, and nearly one person in three will seek the help of a psychiatrist at some time in their lives. Those with a higher I.Q. are better able to cope with minor mental dysfunction (head injuries, neuro toxins, mild psychosis, neurosis and the early stages of dementia), because they have greater cognitive reserve. Recent researches indicate that by and large, a higher IQ equals better health.

A 30 point increase in I.Q. is well within the range of Mind Development, when the courses are done with diligence, practicing the exercises presented to the degree of assured competence.

In this ever more competitive socio-economic environment, it looks as if soon there will be no jobs for people with an I.Q. below 120... these jobs will be done by machine or computer, or farmed out to third-world countries. Mind Development is therefore a necessity for many people, firstly to get a job and secondly to keep it. In the future, many could end up unemployed unless they take steps to increase their IQ and standard of education. They will need peak mental performance in order to compete.

Peak Mental Performance
The hardware of the human computer is the brain; the software is the person's mind; the programmer is the human spirit. The aim of Mind Development is to awaken people to their innate powers of mind. To achieve this it is necessary to improve introspective awareness and in particular to regain awareness of mental processes that are normally below the level of consciousness, so that you are in touch with your full knowledge base and can access it intuitively. This kind of metacognition ('knowing what you know') is formally described as mature intuition. In this way, the person becomes awakened as the "meta-programmer" of his mind. Of course, the ends to which such awakened powers are applied lie within the hands of each student. There are many ways in which we can begin to make our lives count and improve the lot of Mankind.

As long as we are depending on safe solutions, prejudiced judgments and fixed ideas, our mind is closed to inspecting anew, to discovering our own truth. Those mental structures affect the way that we feel and act, and filter our perception so that we are unlikely to notice the message of nature and we are likely to distort the meaning of the song in our heart.

It's Catch-22. The beauty of nature is often just what we need to remind us that our problems are exaggerated in our minds; and the gut feelings we have, if listened to, bring us back to the reality of our core instincts and intuitive sense.

So actually we need both, the intellect and the heart. And to move forward in our lives, we need the two well integrated and cleared of distortions, misperceptions and limitations. Our genuine feelings need to be released and our beliefs re-examined - so that we act from inspiration, not from the dictates of earlier conditioning.

The two work hand-in-hand. Rationality does not necessarily mean masculine insensitivity, and heart intelligence is not just for the na ve. Feelings and relationships need focus and direction, and action needs an empathic understanding of context. Objectivity in the light of love is the means.

How Can Mind Development Help You?
No one need accept that they must remain as they were shaped, by the conditioning of their childhood and culture. The benefits of mind development are all-encompassing and life transforming. More...

Outline of the Mind Development System
The Mind Development Courses are designed to work together as a synchronous hierarchical system, using proven methods - the result of 30 years research and testing - to accelerate the development of your mental powers and creative intelligence. More...

Study skills
Super Student - Mind Development Course 1

Many people have bad experiences at school and perhaps later in life, when attempting to study a new subject. It is easy to quickly get bogged down with new terminology, and often, new concepts and procedures seem unclear. This situation can quickly get out of hand as the student gets left behind and the subject either becomes an ongoing struggle or it is abandoned. But none of that is necessary; it is possible to succeed with the study of any subject.

With this course you will learn how to study a subject with maximum comprehension, with excellent recall, and with the ability to apply what you have learned effectively.

You will also learn how to take notes at rapid pace from books or live lectures, and how best to represent that information with key words, mind maps and flow charts that aid memory and understanding.

These abilities will be useful for your home studies, at college or work, and for your study of further Mind Development courses. You will indeed be able to succeed at studying effectively those subjects you are interested in, even those that were difficult before.

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Super Vision - Mind Development Course 2
The first course in the Mind Development system is "Super Vision," a home-study course to improve the mind's capacity for visualization and integration between left and right brain, boosting memory, creativity, natural eyesight and drawing ability. This is a new way of seeing - and being.

The practical exercises offered in this course help to develop visual perception, which is one branch of non-verbal communication, and address the subject of breathing and relaxation. Adequate oxygenation of the brain and a relaxed state of being is necessary for further developing the mind.

The eyes and the ears are the main channels through which one gains information about the world. As with listening skills, training in visualization and looking makes you more aware. When you are more aware, the subconscious mind has less influence. This means you are more relaxed, less anxious, less easily upset, a better memorizer - and your vision is improved.

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Effective Communication - Mind Development Course 3
This course teaches powerful communication skills that enable you to be more effective at work and in those situations of everyday life where better communication can make all the difference.

The Effective Communication course offers a series of practical exercises which develop the skills of communication and help the student to apply the fruits of his or her learning here and now - both to his or her personal growth and to the practical issues of personal relationships and business.

Improvement in our ability to communicate externally is reflected by a similar gain in communication between parts of the brain. The practice exercises enable development of all areas of the brain, even those which have been long under-used. They affect, particularly, the integration of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Each hemisphere governs a different way of thinking and seeing the world. By doing the exercises thoroughly, the student can bring both halves of the brain into mutual communication, so that he or she is freer to think holistically and experience the world from an expanded point of view.

Communication is the vehicle for all further techniques, so communications skills are a vital aspect of Mind Development. The Effective Communication course includes practical exercises to enhance the person's capacity to listen attentively and comprehend. Following that, questioning skills are practiced, which have relevance to communication, memory and understanding. This will help the student to maintain control of communication in practical, social and business situations. You will also learn about practical problem solving and how to achieve your goals in life.

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Educating the Will - Mind Development Course 4
This course teaches the skills of concentration as a means of educating the will. Often, when we put our mind on something, we think of something else and this, in turn, reminds us of something else. The mind wanders from one thing to another by associations, until the original thing is forgotten. 'Concentration' means putting all one's attention on something, and keeping it there for as long as one wishes to. So if you concentrate on a book, you are aware of the book and you are not thinking, looking or listening to anything else. If you are concentrating you are awake and aware. In much of everyday life, most people are effectively day-dreaming - at worst they are sleep-walking automatons. Their minds flip mechanically from one thing to another, never resting on anything for very long or intentionally. This process may go on for the whole of their lives and they never learn or achieve anything of consequence.

Unless we can wake ourselves up from this mechanicalness and sleep, we cannot begin work on ourselves and we cannot get things done in life. We must learn the mood of concentration - of actually BEING in the Here-and-Now, noticing and observing, and focused on our actions.

Concentration is a means to develop the will, so that life may be lived purposely and creatively, rather than as a reaction to the flow of sensations. Because you will not flit from one thing to another, like a butterfly, you will be able to choose to focus your mind on things, e.g., study or work, and will increase your skills and knowledge in these areas. Most importantly, you will be able to focus more clearly on your vision of what you want to achieve.

In short, your mental life is both intensified and broadened. The ability to concentrate is, therefore, a valuable skill which will enhance all other skills. Almost all the drills and exercises of Mind Development help develop your ability to concentrate. But are there are ways to improve your concentration directly? Yes, and this course teaches the best of them.

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Reading skills
Power Reading - Mind Development Course 5
This home study course can double your reading speed and supercharge your brain's capacity to digest, remember and implement huge amounts of information... essential ingredients to success in your professional and personal life.

We all learn to read at school, after a fashion. But for most of us, this is not an optimal use of our brain power. In this course you will learn to better use the left brain's focused attention combined with the right brain's peripheral attention, in close harmony. Good communication between the brain hemispheres is a prerequisite for creative thinking and also a sense of well-being, where thoughts and feelings are integrated.

Reading may be defined as an individual's total inter-relationship with symbolic information. Reading is a communication process requiring a series of skills. As such reading is a thinking process rather than an exercise in eye movements. Effective reading requires a logical sequence of thought patterns, and these patterns require practice to set them into the mind. The methods currently used in schools do not touch on the issues of speed, comprehension and critical analysis and indeed all those skills which can be described as advanced reading techniques. In short, most of your reading problems have not been dealt with during your initial education. By using appropriate techniques, the limitations of early education can be overcome and reading ability improved by 500% or more.

The course teaches in-depth reading techniques that greatly improve literary intelligence, so that you can clearly perceive the ideas and values that the writer is expressing and relate them to those of other authors and so be better able to make objective conclusions.

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Memory skills

Creative Memory - Mind Development Course 6
In most civilized societies the development of language centers in the left hemisphere of the brain will produce dominance on that side, while spatial, visual and intuitive problem-solving skills, which are based on right-hemisphere relational processes, will be underdeveloped.

Though a highly developed memory and intuitive skills are not essential for life in modern society, they were important survival skills for primitive man who had no reference books to look up when he forgot something, no maps to guide him on long journeys, and was often in perilous situations where intuitive insight made the difference between life and death. To further evolve, we need to reclaim this heritage, which depends on the restoration and integration of our right-brain processes.

Without memory there is no knowledge, without knowledge there is no certainty and without certainty there is no will. We need a good memory to be able to orient ourselves in a rich network of all that we know and understand, to make sense of it and to move forward to attain goals that are based in reality and true to our selves.

You will learn advanced memory techniques in the Creative Memory Course that utilize the amazing powers of the right brain, which enable you to "file away" any new piece of information so that it is readily accessible for future immediate access.

As you continue to use the methods of cumulative perception taught in this course, this kind of random access memory begins to become second nature. Many memory experts call this the "soft breakthrough" because it happens almost imperceptibly at first, instead of hitting you like a mental bolt of lightning. Everything you find important is given its own unique mental file. Just like the executive whose desk has been buried in paper for years, who suddenly discovers his computer can do a much better job of storing and arranging information, a filed, organized mind suddenly begins to perform impressive recall tasks on demand.

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Zen & the Art of Sprinting - Mind Development Course 7
This course by Gregory Mitchell is on the periphery of Mind Development but nonetheless illustrates how closely mind and body function in co-ordination.

Using these techniques Gregory was able to run 100 meters in a time that nearly matched the then British champion, with relatively little physical fitness preparation (60% or less compared with a typical athlete). You may not personally want to increase your sprinting speed, but the principles described here have many applications both for physical and mental development.

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Zen & the Art of Calculation - Mind Development Course 8
The Goal of Zen is the state of 'No-Mind'. This is an intuitive way of dealing with the world. The aim of this course is to enable a student to turn on a particular form of 'No-Mind' consciousness that can be applied to a practical task - that of arithmetical calculation. Habitual responses are set up which are the inverse of linearity. Several parts of the calculation have to be handled simultaneously; the result will be obtained about five times as fast, so it appears to be instantaneous.

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How Can MD Help You?
Outline of the MD System
Architecture of Memory
Medium Term Memory
The Knowledge Net
Negative Intelligence
Ancestral Knowledge
Savant Consciousness
Educating the Paradoxical Minds of Man
The Road to Self-Actualization
The Software Approach to Cognitive Development
Adult Mental Development
Ego Autonomy Overcoming the Superego
Two Ways of Knowing
Negative Thinking
The Three Worlds
The Independent Mind
The Unique You
Freedom to Change
Growth of Understanding
Educating the Will
Lecture to the Theosophical Society
Are We Born Equal?
The Unconscious Mind
Cognitive Unconscious
The Triune Brain
The Power of Mind
The Importance of Drills
Freudian Psychoanalysis
Jungian Analytical Psychology
Adler's Individual Psychology
General Systems Theory
About Gregory Mitchell

Gregory Mitchell was a Mind Development researcher and practitioner for over 30 years. Born in 1947, he grew interested in the subject of mental evolution and development during adolescence. His great-grandfather had created a development program called Power of Mind, which his maternal grandfather took over in 1936. His grandfather did not want his mother to have hold of Power of Mind, because she was in Subud, therefore he started tutoring Gregory in 1959, when he was twelve. Gregory took over the running of Power of Mind in 1963, introducing seminal ideas in biofeedback, and changed the name to Mind Development.

Following a Diploma in Psychology, Gregory obtained a Masters Degree in Eclectic Psychology. He then introduced a wide range of techniques to his private practice, including Transactional Analysis, NLP and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, plus many of his own innovative techniques.

Gregory ran group courses in Mind Development for 25 years in London that successfully applied his research. His students and clients came from many countries around the globe.

Gregory went on to research at the most advanced levels of Mind Development and discovered many further important insights - in particular, original work on mnemonics, artificial languages and logic. The latest research by cognitive scientists is only now beginning to uncover the ideas and methods that Gregory Mitchell had been working with for 30 years!

Before he retired in 1994, Gregory employed Peter Shepherd, founder of Trans4mind, at his company in London. He was mentor to Peter Shepherd for several years and much of the knowledge-base upon which Trans4mind.com was founded in 1997 was derived from this foundation. Following the establishment of Trans4mind.com, Gregory worked intensively with Peter in the early 2000's to put together the online Basic Courses. Following Gregory's passing in 2022, these remain freely available to purchase and download.