|THE POWER OF MIND|
By Hugh H. Hudson
To understand partly how the brain works it is necessary to make an analogy to the sparking plug of a car. This causes a spark to be issued at its tip end, but this can only happen if there is a pressure of force. The pressure governs the rate and quality of the spark, most cars have 4-6 of these plugs and chambers, usually one of these spark plugs is designed to give a high spark at low pressure. The mind is the same and the front of the conscious brain is the part that idles and you must see that there would not be a more fitting word. The rest of the brain works on high quality spark. It is in these pressures we are interested.
Now in nature, as you know, nothing happens straight away. Plants take time to grow - think of how many things need warming up - so realize by this, it is stupid to think that because you are you, that you can defy the laws of nature and have instantly a new state. The brain needs warming up and the brain need a promise called IOU. Try thinking of something, remembering that you are not a good timekeeper, for example. Your brain is, however. If it were not, you would decide to do something and your brain would forget to activate your moving center and you would just not do it right. So you owe the brain some power of will in return.
If you do not do anything, this is a mistake. Think how to sensitize the wheels of yourself to the problem and time. See that all of you has at some time been connected with the problem. Perhaps the problem is a matter of energy levels.
Now, connected with every part of you is a record of previous peaks of strength, levels of energy, tiredness and so on, and it is all filed away in the subconscious. But unless you consciously bring the whole of you into play in an itemized fashion, you will have to try and solve the problem with a fraction of the information available. Because unless you do include the whole of you, you will only have access to what the conscious mind has experienced and knows.
So it is best to completely sensitize oneself to the problem by a good preparation, and you will also realize that this preparation should be multiple. So what can be done? If you are a wise person you would see that any phenomenon can be put in, knowing that at the same time that you can alert or bring to a peak anything you like at this time, even for future use. So as an example, you can bring in inventiveness. How be this be accomplished? Give yourself a reminder, be inventive and do anything and everything, the more the better. Do it, do it until you are fed up with it, then do it again, feel it, live it, etc.
You may initially feel stupid doing this, but this will harden you against having 'stupid' as a link to this activity. You want things to come into you, so when you have trained yourself to all this, your moving center will get filed away with the idea of inventiveness and do it all for you. You have just reprogrammed your mind and now you can collect the fruits: ways, skills, alertness, inventiveness, and much information, versatility, mental toughness, fluidity, wide scope, acute senses, a brain that works with itself and on the whole, constant information coming in and an encyclnopedic bank of knowledge. Correct pressures spark much energy. If you train yourself well you will make a great leap ahead. In short, my grandfather's methods are techiques to get a person out of his or her comfort zone in a creative way and this results in a large increase in mind power and an expanded state of consciousness.
Mr Hudson was the maternal grandfather of Gregory Mitchell, who developed the Mind Development system. He comments, "My grandfather showed me back in the late 1950s about 9 different exercise books containing his writings and he expressed the desire that I should take them over if he died and continue with the work. I think that the central idea my grandfather is trying to put forward is that the frontal lobes of the brain are lazy, so they must be put under enough pressure to start the mental engine and get it to run properly. In short, without concentrated will power the frontal lobes will only idle - they will do no real work. But if they can be made to run, there will be a massive leap ahead in consciousness and one's mind will become encyclopedic. Sounds like our courses, doesn't it?"
|MIND DEVELOPMENT COURSES 1-8|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.