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Music has played an important part of every human culture, both past and present. People around the world experience universal responses to music. We’re all familiar with how certain pieces of music can change your mood, get you motivated, or help you concentrate. And now, advances in neuroscience enable researchers to quantitatively measure how music affects the brain.
Their discoveries are exciting — and good news for music lovers.
Music is a fantastic brain exercise that activates every known part of the brain. Music can make you smarter, happier and more productive at all stages of life. Let’s take a closer look at some of the latest findings on the many ways both playing and listening to music can enhance your brain.
Musicians Have Better Brains
If you want evidence of how music affects the brain, it makes sense to look at the brains of people who play a lot of music — professional musicians. Brain scans show that their brains are different than the those of the rest of us. Their brains are noticeably more symmetrical. Areas of the brain responsible for motor control, auditory processing, and spatial coordination are larger. They also have a larger corpus callosum, which is the band of nerve fibers that enables the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other.
Change Your Mood with Music
Science has now proven what music lovers already know, that listening to upbeat music can improve your mood. Listening and playing music reduces chronic stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Music can make you feel more hopeful, powerful, and in control of your life. And listening to sad music has its benefits, too. If you are going through a tough time, listening to sad music is cathartic; it can help you get in touch with those emotions to help heal them.
Even if you aren’t a professional musician, listening to music can still enhance your work performance. Listening to music at work can make you a happier, more productive employee — especially if it’s music you’ve chosen. Office workers allowed to listen to the kind of music they like complete tasks more quickly and come up with better ideas than those who have no control over their musical choices.
Music Boosts Brain Chemicals
One of the ways music enhances brain function is by stimulating the formation of certain brain chemicals. Listening to music increases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is the brain’s “motivation molecule” and an integral part of the pleasure-reward system. It’s the same brain chemical responsible for the “feel good” states obtained from eating chocolate, orgasm, and runner’s high.
Good morning! To start the new week off let’s think about the three C’s- Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.
Everyday there’s always a few things on our minds that we want to change. We all have something we worry about. Let’s stop putting it off until “tomorrow” and decide that enough is enough. Let’s make the choice, take the chance, so we can make the change!
It is not a surprise that all negative thinking is fear-based, but did you know that chronic negative thinking that goes on day-after-day creates stress that can damage the body and mind, resulting in disease or worse? Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the mind/body has a hidden defense that safeguards us from the extreme damage of fear, anxiety and worry. That defense is depression.
Depression is your body’s defense mechanism against the ill-effects of chronic negative thinking. Depression ‘turns down’ all emotional responses. Without depression, your body must deal with the constant fight-or-flight stress response that is the result of chronic negative thinking. Depression literally depresses the effects of negative thinking by numbing-you-out to fear, but depression is not selective so you also become numb to other emotions, such as love and joy.
Depression, of course, is not good for us, but the body’s first course of action is survival. If your survival is threatened due to the stress of chronic fear caused by fear-based thinking, it will do what it needs to do in order to save you.
Maybe you have blamed depression for your negative thinking but, I promise you, it is the other way around – it is your negative thinking that has caused depression. This is good news, because it means that by correcting improper thinking, you can rise up from depression.
In order to wake up from depression, you must overcome the fear-based thinking that has created the need for depression. This means that you can turn off depression by turning off negative thinking.
The mechanics of creating your reality
Depressed or not, most of us don’t even realize that we are thinking negatively because it seems to us that we are just reacting to the events in our lives, but our negative thinking is really creating those events first and foremost. There is no question of the chicken or the egg – first negative thinking then negative events. If you want to change your life, you must change your thinking. If you wait for your life to change, in order to change your thinking, you will be thinking negative thoughts forever. Whether you are aware of it or not, your thoughts create your reality. But how?
Every conscious thought that you have is recorded by your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind does not question or argue with the validity of a thought. It literally takes your word for it. So, if you say, “I am tired or I am broke,” it just says, “Yes, you are tired – Yes, you are broke,” and your thoughts are accurately recorded.
Your subconscious mind then communicates directly with the quantum mind that manifests your reality. Just like the subconscious mind, the quantum mind always says yes.
Now, a single isolated thought does not usually manifest in reality, which is really good news because if that was the case, every time we are upset with someone and wish them ill, illness would fall upon them, and we don’t really want that. At humanity’s current level of collective consciousness, it takes repetitive thoughts or beliefs in order to manifest anything in our lives.
Having said this, it is still our thoughts that create reality, and if we have negative thoughts that we think every day, those thoughts are going to manifest. Now, they might not manifest exactly as we think them, but negative thoughts always manifest in some sort of negativity. In other words, thinking negative thoughts about your neighbor may not result in a negative experience with your neighbor, unless he is on the same vibrational page, but those negative thoughts may manifest in car problems or issues at work, for example. We might not make the connection between our thinking and the events in our lives but negative thinking always begets negative experiences. This is the law of attraction, and it works regardless of if we understand how it works or not.
Life is a perfect mirror
Negative thinking is simply thinking about what you do not want, while positive thinking is thinking about what you do want. Ask yourself, do I focus more on what I do want or what I don’t want? For the majority of the world, the answer is the latter. Most people are unconsciously addicted to negative thinking. Negative thinking is not just a bad habit, it is a terrible addiction, and probably directly responsible for every other addiction known to man. After all, when we are addicted to food, TV, drugs, etc.., we are really just trying to escape our own thoughts.
Negative thinking includes the words that you say and think, and it also includes negative visualizations, self-talk and metaphors, as well as, mentally replaying unhappy memories.
Because we often don’t even recognize negative thinking, let’s take a moment to clarify several aspects of negative thinking that might pass by our radar:
Judgment of anything is negative thinking because you are focusing on what you do not like or desire.
Self-judgment is negative thinking where you are focusing on what you don’t like about yourself – and reinforcing it.
Perfectionism is just another word for self-judgment.
If you call yourself a “realist,” you are someone who rationalizes negative thinking in order to give yourself permission to think negatively.
While self-doubt is negative thinking, negative thinking creates more self-doubt.
Feeling sorry for someone is judgment of them or their experience which is negative thinking.
Worry is also another form of negative thinking because you are imagining the worst.
Even negative questions are a form of negative thinking because they produce negative answers.
If you ask yourself, “What will happen if I don’t succeed?” your mind will sort for all the terrible things that might happen, and you will be focused on what you don’t want.
Complaining about what is wrong in your reality is also negative thinking – yes, even if it is really happening.
On the way down the mountain on our bikes, my son’s bike began to have problems. Later he realized that he was in a bad mood. Not making the connection between being upset about the bike and his bad mood, I pointed out that his negative thinking caused the bad mood.
He responded, “I wasn’t thinking negatively. I was just reacting to what was really happening.”
I said, “Were you thinking about what you do want or what you don’t want?”
Reluctant to answer, he said, “I was thinking about what I don’t want.”
“So, you were thinking negatively?”
“Yes,” he answered, “Negative thinking is sneaky.”
Indeed, it is!
At this point, you might be more aware of just how much of your thinking is fear-based. Instead of being overwhelmed, this is a moment of personal power. It is your awareness that opens the door to profound change.
I’ll be honest with you, it took me many years to make the connection between my negative thinking and chronic depression. Now, it seems so clear to me. All the years that I tried relentlessly to overcome depression, I wasn’t able to do it because I was not changing my thought patterns. I wish I could go back and tell my past self, “Hey Nanice, stop focusing on what you don’t want. Take your attention off worry and fear and focus on what you do want, and keep doing it, despite evidence to the contrary.” I would tell her that her commitment to changing her mind will save her – because eventually it did!
Negative thinking first manifests as negative feelings
Any thought that makes you feel bad is a negative thought. Negative thinking causes negative feelings like sadness, frustration, jealousy, anger, etc… In fact, negative feelings are your inner guidance system telling you that you are thinking negatively and imagining what you do not want. Your feelings are telling you that your thoughts are out of control, and you going away from what you desire in life. Even though depression numbs feelings, those feelings are still very much present and persistent.
Sick and tired?
More people get sick as a result of negative thinking than anything else. You don’t find sick people with healthy thoughts. You find sick people with thoughts that create sickness. This doesn’t mean that you think about being sick.It means that you have a history of negative thinking that adversely affected your body, causing sickness.
Negative thinking profoundly affects one’s body, mind and quality of life. You can trace virtually every problem back to fear-based thinking. Negative thinking makes everything harder and requires that we give more effort to the things we want.
You cannot be anxious, overwhelmed or depressed without corresponding negative thoughts. People who think happy, peaceful and relaxing thoughts are not anxious, overwhelmed or depressed.
Why OH WHY???
If negative thinking is so detrimental to our health, well-being, relationships and prosperity, why-oh-why do we do it? Why do we habitually think negative thoughts and focus on what we do not want?
Negative thinking is a survival strategy that causes us to look for what is wrong so that we can protect ourselves against danger, but it is a very bad strategy because our thoughts actually create reality. So instead of preventing bad things from happening, we are telling the quantum mind to materialize them.
We are programmed by our parents, teachers and society how to think. If those who brought us up thought negatively, and most of them did, we learned to do the same.
Our negative beliefs about ourselves and the world cause us to have negative thoughts. If you believe that you are unworthy, your thoughts will support that belief.
Negative thinking is complete ego!
We often think of egoist thoughts as those thoughts that say, “I’m better than… or look at me,” but all negative thinking is just as much ego-based. Since our higher selves would never think the types of negative thoughts that we indulge in, negative thinking must be a result of a fearful ego that believes that you are alone, powerless and unworthy. Knowing that negative thinking comes from your ego, might help you to loosen its hold, by not paying attention to it.
Most of us have an idea of the changes we want to see in the world, and our achievements would be unprecedented if we could get to a place in society where we could publicly strive for a better way of life. Not everyone’s interested in getting to this place or being recognized by society, but those who are interested have two goals in mind: waking people up and creating change. People in the conscious community don’t care about fame or fortune, and their mission to awaken the world is the main thing on their minds.
The point of everything we’re doing is to initiate change, be it inner or outer change. We want people to see that an inner spiritual revolution is not only possible but essential, because this would allow for the greatest revolution the world has ever seen. This won’t be a bloody revolution that ends in violence and death, and instead, it’ll be a revolution of the mind and heart. It’ll be motivated by love and spiritual awareness, and it’ll lead to a rediscovery of the social and spiritual truths that were hidden by the planetary elite.
This revolution will unite people in love rather than the sole desire to get rid of oppressive governments and the corporations that run them, although that’ll still be a big part of it. It’ll remind us of the importance of governing ourselves rather than letting someone else do this essential job, and it’ll give us the strength to work together, despite our differences, to create the world of our dreams. I think you all know the kind of world I’m talking about, and the dream is simple.
We want a world where everyone has equal rights regardless of their race, age, sexual preference, religious views, or anything else we’ve been convinced is important. We want a world where people can live together despite our differences, and in this kind of world, the masses can sustain ourselves without the need for governments, borders, and especially wars.
The people who are put in significant positions of power (if such positions prove necessary) won’t be inclined to corruption because we’ll have changed our ways as a planet and the drive for corruption or any lower instinct will be a thing of the past. We’ll know we can trust those we appoint to handle the most important aspects of society, and we’ll be sure to keep a watchful eye on any governing bodies we may or may not create. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about it in later phases of our evolution, but there’s still a lot of greed in the world and it’ll take a while to heal.
Most of us know that we have a long road ahead of us in terms of making these changes, and we know that every bit of work we do now is crucial. This is why so many of us are trying to find our greatest talents and passions; we want to use them to contribute to the collective awakening. We want to inform and uplift those who appreciate our work and would like to see more, and we want to reach the rest of the world with a positive message that’s rooted in love.
While we recognize our flaws as individuals (and by we, I refer to the conscious community), we’re committed to working through them and reaching a stage where they no longer inhibit us. We’d like to help the world commit in a similar way, but we know that that comes down to each individual’s choices.
We want to contribute to a new world in ways we can enjoy, and most of us want spirituality to be a big part of it. Part of the reason we feel we’re on this planet is to help people rediscover themselves and the vibrant higher dimensions that exist alongside ours, because we want them to remember where they came from (and where they’re going) so they can liberate themselves.
We want the spiritual concepts we’ve discovered to reach the people who need them, and we want people to understand love for what it truly is so they can use it to their advantage.
Love is a creative force that connects us with our higher consciousness and inspires us to use this connection progressively, and while we struggle with some aspects of the human race (mainly our society), our love for this planet and every creature on it inspires us to open-heartedly serve others and strive for change. Our desire to live in harmony with everyone and everything (despite that nobody else seems to care enough to do the same) drives us to reach out to the world and spread truth that’s rooted in love, conscious living, and an understanding of our spirituality.
We strive for change because we know the world needs it, and while the steps we need to take to get there will be simple if we can come together, we know that we have a lot of work to do. Most of the world probably thinks our vision is naive, but we’re completely serious about it and we know it won’t be easy. We also know that the best achievements are never easy, and they require struggles, risks, and sacrifices. They always end up worth the effort, however, and once achieved, we can expand on them and broaden our already long list of positive changes.
We have what it takes to create heaven on earth, but we have to believe in ourselves and each other. We can’t expect the world to change if we don’t contribute to it in some way, and contributing confidently requires us to love ourselves enough to know that our contribution is valuable. Instead of thinking we have nothing to give, let’s remember that we each have something unique and powerful to offer the world. To deny ourselves the opportunity to use our world-changing gift – our piece of the puzzle – would be tragic.
What changes do you want to see in the world, and in what way do you want to make them happen? Think it over if you think it’s important for you, because more and more people are realizing its importance and finding work they enjoy that can be used to reach the masses. Following our passion feels more like play than work, which is one of many reasons why pursuing it and using it to help the world evolve is so fulfilling.
Plenty of conscious people will tell you how great it feels to work hard doing something they love, and we can all achieve this if we’re willing to work hard and remember what we’re working for. Most of us are working for a worldwide transformation that enlightens everyone who’s been lost and confused, because we want the world to taste enlightenment along with us so everyone can take part in the fun.
It can be very difficult for a person to admit to themselves that they have a victim mentality; facing this fact means you have to admit you are rather accustomed to feeling self pity, as well as placing blame outside of yourself regularly. These are hard admissions to make, let alone try to understand. Yet every person I’ve met who has made this leap from victim to self-aware has benefited in so many ways, and has ultimately become a happier and more balanced person.
Victims are not born, they are made; it is usually through upbringing that a person becomes a victim. When a person is taught by those around them that they have no power, and learn by example of their parents and care givers that life is unfair and it isn’t their fault, it is simply a matter of transferring those feelings of victimization to young people.
It can be so detrimental to adopt this type of mentality however, as a young person with a victim identity grows into an adult who cannot see much less control their own part in their unhappiness, drama, or life experiences. A lack of accountability will ultimately lead to a dynamic disconnect between rational thinking, and hyper-reactive blame gaming.
Signs of Victim Mentality
Feelings of being victimized by others, life being unfair, being treated harshly for unknown reasons.
Lack of power to change ones circumstances, even if those changes seem rational to others.
Misplaced anger directed towards family or friends who “don’t understand” or “never will!”
Feelings of isolation, being misunderstood, alienated, shunned, betrayed by loved ones or the world.
Inability to put ones self into a position of accountability for the way ones life is.
For the first half of my life I was a master manipulator, a weaver of grand stories, a long distance runner and avoider of truths and responsibilities, and a victim of the highest order. It is my life’s passion to share what I know about awakening to Self-awareness, for one simple reason: I have been, and am, where you are as well. We teach what we’ve learned, and it took me the better part of four decades to truly begin to really grasp what true self-aware accountability truly is.
Now I am still as human as I ever was; however I have learned that through my humanity and often frail understanding of the world, that I can often jump to conclusions, act before thinking, and let my ego get the better of me, so I make it my daily and deepest duty to myself to think, slow down and truly think before speaking or acting, to better understand situations, people, and myself. I examine my part in things, and hold myself responsible for the things I have done and said, witting or unwittingly.
The Simplest Ways to Achieve Personal Empowerment
Drop any “us vs. them” thinking, begin to see yourself as equal to all other people, equally worthy of love and good treatment, and equally capable of being erroneous, making mistakes, and screwing up. We are all human, we are all created equally, we are all equally responsible for ourselves.
Start to make small changes in your every day life to enforce a sense of power to yourself, do things which give you a sense of responsibility, become accountable to yourself. Face small fears first, to enforce to yourself that you CAN. Then begin to truly believe this is true, because you CAN.
Investigate your feelings – get to know how you feel and why you feel it. This is the beginnings of self-awareness, which is the most rewarding gift you can give yourself as a sentient being. Understanding why we feel the way we feel, where those feelings originate in our childhood, why we operate the way we do is so rewarding, as well as illuminating. It frees us to step outside of our conditioning, and be more than we previously thought we were.
Realize it is okay to feel hurt, used, abused, neglected, betrayed etc. But it is not okay to languish in those feelings, or pull up a chair and live there. Nor is it okay to invite further abuse into your life simply because you’ve endured it already. And it is faulty logic to assume everyone else in the world is going to mistreat you too.
Let go of the need to place blame, in any and all situations; blame is pointless. Instead, focus upon your actions, your reactions, your feelings, and work towards the knowledge that you are human, its okay to mess up, so long as you learn from your mistakes and move forward in life.
It is through self-aware understanding of who we are that we become capable of screwing up in life without feeling guilty, making mistakes without feeling like we have to run away or build alibis, or point the finger of blame when “bad things” happen to us. Life isn’t fair or unfair, it is simply consistently chaotic, as this is the nature of the Universe. And it is constantly responding to our feelings, and what we are exuding vibrationally. If you are sending out victim vibrations the Universe will very non-biasedly send you more of what you’re putting out. So you owe it to yourself to begin to explore and experiment with the vibrations of being in charge of yourself, so that the Universe can adjust it’s output settings towards you.
When you shift the way you feel, and behave, the Universe will shift naturally in turn, and your reality will change as a result. And this is the nature of life within the confines of polarity within our Galaxy.
So as a favor to yourself, and to the planet by extension (because a happy you sends out ripples of happiness to the Earth) you owe it to yourself to:
Get to know yourself – deeply.
Be honest with yourself about who you are, and how you feel, and accept yourself completely.
Realize that the Universe loves you as much as you love yourself – become responsible for intensifying that Love by loving yourself more profoundly.
Let go your attachments to drama, polarity, and self-pity. The best attention you can receive is your own positive honest aware attention.
Wishing you empowerment and sovereignty in each moment forward.
About the Author:
Dee BernsteinDee is a now retired Spiritual Adviser who spent nearly 20 years assisting the newly Awakened with guidance via Tarot, Reiki, Intuition & Clairvoyance and Clairsentience. She resides in Canada with her daughter, husband, and their cats and dogs, and spends her time working with previous clients, writing, and pursuing her own Spiritual passions.