The Power of Thought
Professor Serguey Ivanov
RLG 200a New Age Spirituality
April 28, 2008
“Whatever a mind can conceive, it can achieve.” W. Clement Stone (1902-2002)
“Whether you think you can or think you
can’t, either way you are right.”
Henry Ford (1863-1947)
People have been exploring their thoughts for thousands of years. They were always curious about the structure of their brain and particularly about the concepts of how their mind works. Ancient Babylonians, one of the most thriving civilizations in the world’s history, had a tremendous success in not only discovering the power of human thought, but also in implementing it in every day life. In his book “The Richest Man in Babylon” George Samuel Clason used the Babylonians as an example of wisdom and entrepreneurship. Those of them who concentrated their thoughts on wealth were obtaining more and more wealth (for instance, the book’s character Arkad); those who focused only on poverty and debt were receiving even more poverty and debt (the book’s musician Kobbi and chariot builder Bansir). George Samuel Clason understood the secret of thoughts – “Like Attracts Like” – and used it as a guide to achieve financial prosperity. But if we can use our thoughts to accomplish wealth, why can’t we use them to in all other domains of life? If we look at the greatest people in history – Shakespeare, Plato, Emerson, Edison, Einstein, Lincoln – they all knew about this power and used it on permanent basis to achieve what they dreamed to achieve (Byrne, 2006). Philosophers and theologian leaders, in general, viewed human thoughts as something of non-material nature. However, physical laws state the opposite: thoughts, as a product of the physical brain activity, are also physical; they obey precise physical laws (Rajvanshi, 2004). Therefore, thoughts are not just fruits of our imagination. They really exist and, moreover, can be explored and can receive scientific explanation. The secret of thoughts, inaccessible for thousands years, in the 20th century was finally revealed to people.
The Nature of Human Thought
One of the most outstanding scientists who contributed vastly to the exploration of human thoughts is Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi at the Nimbkar Research Institute, India. A former Ph.D. student and faculty member of the University of Florida (Gainesville, USA) with 25 years of experience in the field of renewable energy, he multiplied research on human thoughts and their physical aspects. His book “Nature of Human Thought” gives scientific explanation to the physical processes of thought generation.
All the modern research on brain functioning has been conducted with the help of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques. Resonance of magnetic waves in an MRI machine allowed the scientists to explore human brain activities with a very high precision. Sometimes they [scientists] use the functional MRI (fMRI) in order to receive even sharper images. Note, however, that functional MRI can intervene in the thought processes because it creates a magnetic field tens of thousands of times more intense than the magnetic field of our planet.
Owing to the MRI techniques scientists discovered that there are approximately 100 billion neurons in the brain. Most of the time our brain “fires” a particular portion of neurons for day-to-day thoughts, for instance, which shirt to put on for work, how to turn on the lights in the room, etc. Nevertheless, to produce a truly “deep” thought which someone might contemplate and focus on for a long time, nearly entire brain gets in action. It can fire almost all the 100 billion neurons in order to generate that particular thought.
The amount of neurons firing also determines how long the brain concentrates on a certain thought and its energy. In the Indian teachings of Patanjali Yoga Drashan a really “deep” thought, in which...
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