The year was 1992, and what a magical year it was.
More dreams became birthed into being in the short window that began in 1992 than in any other time in my life. Check it out…
My lifelong dream was to complete a terminal degree. In 1992, after a ten year “distraction sabbatical,” I buckled down, assembled a committee, wrote “a page a day, come what may,” and finally completed the work required to be awarded a Ph.D. Because I cranked it out so fast (if I don’t count the 10 years of non-cranking when I wasn’t working on it), and because I qualified under the school’s creative “Dissertation Project” requirement, which was different than a formal research or experimental dissertation, I never really felt all that secure in my accomplishment. But then one day I got a call from out of the blue. It was the president of Proquest. He was calling me to tell me mine was one of the most interesting dissertations he’d ever read! Needless to say, when the one guy who has access to every dissertation ever written in America calls you up and offers personal praise, it’s hard to continue to diss your own dissertation.
Book It, Marko
It had also long been a dream of mine to write a book. That book got written and published that same year as well. It never became a best-seller unfortunately (which turned out to be an unconscious, secret part of that dream), but it made the money back that the publisher invested, and then some (as has every book I’ve written and published since). I guess I write stuff that some number of people find interesting and useful.
Providing Shelter for People
Another dream I had was to hand-build my own house. That dream too, came to fruition as a consequence of BRADYing up my brain (BRADY explanation below). I’ve already written some about the process here. It took me awhile to realize that honoring the spiritual directive I received to “provide shelter for people” didn’t mean that I couldn’t include myself in the circle of those people I provided for. Because the brain treats real and imaginary objects the same way, holding the dream alive and well in my imagination eventually allowed me to see potentials and possibilities when they showed up as an exact or near match in the real world.
I Ain’t Grand
All this accounting isn’t to simply sing my praises and tell you how great I am. But rather, it’s to introduce you to the processes and the practices that supported all that material world manifestation. How about if we begin the introduction with you watching this 2 minute video: Thinking in Action.
Now that you know what every thought, movement, action and feeling that goes on in your brain actually looks like, let me introduce you to BRADY – the Brain Regulation And Detoxification Yoga. Essentially, their primary purpose is to put you in charge, as much as possible, as both the creator and the director of the traffic that flows through your neural networks. As British acoustics scientist and psychic researcher Whately Carington determined, thoughts have mass. They also have chemical and electrical power – energy. When you align positive thoughts and repeat them and ally them with similar thoughts being generated in the minds (and hearts) of other creative, positive people, my personal experience is: you amplify their energy. And when you amplify thought-forms and have them charge up your own sensory processing receptors, you begin to notice and experience all kinds of things that previously you were simply sensorily oblivious to. Essentially, all this means is that … attention must be paid. When we BRADY up our brain, what we’re primarily doing is engaging in regular, ongoing practices that edit out extraneous distractions and allow us to focus our attention, with increasing ease, precisely where we want it to go.
An Up-to-Date Example
Let me offer a recent example: I’ve been interested in Contingent Communication for at least a decade now, since it’s a primary driver of neural development all across the lifespan. In my experience, the element of Contingent Communication least developed in most of us is the ability to listen deeply. Consequently, one of my own BRADYing activities has me constantly scanning the world for anything that has to do with listening research, information or skillful application. In the last month three rich resources presented themselves in ways that immediately caught my attention. The first was Mark Ghoulston’s book, Just Listen. Next was a chapter in Norman Doidge’s new book, detailing the neuro-acoustical healing work of Paul Madaule. Finally, Seth Horowitz’s detailed account, The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind caught my attention. And all because I spend some time every day Regulating and Modulating my Brain by consciously instructing it to be on the lookout for these kinds of resources. Much as I did with building my own house and completing a PhD degree.
So … what do you want to BRADY up today?