30 Mar

WORKING WITH UNCONSCIOUS MIND

BALANCING THE EGG

“CAN YOU BALANCE AN EGG ON A SMOOTH SURFACE TO STAND ON ITS END?”

We use experimental methods that can appropriately probe unconscious knowledge, stimuli that cannot be brought explicitly to consciousness: unconscious perception, unconscious storage, and unconscious retrieval. In these experimental methods, subjects are unaware of the stimuli, because they are too weak, brief, complex, or are masked, etc.
Using a Neurosky headset and Mindwave software we are looking for the brain waves characteristics when the egg is balanced.

The concept of unconscious knowledge is fundamental for an understanding of human thought processes and mentation in general; however, the psychological community at large is not familiar with it.

In psycho-cognitive terms, knowledge can be defined as information or data about the environment (roughly: sensory input) that can be acquired, stored, and retrieved by living organisms with a more or less complex nervous system, with a view to securing their well-being. Cognition can be defined as the actual process of acquisition, storage, and retrieval of knowledge; cognition is therefore the skill of dealing with knowledge (Neisser, 1976). The two, knowledge and cognition, are thus easily confounded, the two terms being harmlessly – if not entirely correctly – interchanged in the field of cognitive psychology. In the case of humans, the information or data comprising knowledge can, in principle, be more or less expressible through verbal language, without the subject being necessarily or actually capable of doing so; infants, for instance, cannot express knowledge verbally, but we do not say that they are not cognitively active. Moreover, subjects may be completely unaware of a particular cognitive operation that is being carried out within them, and they may be unable to infer indirectly that such an activity is taking place because of a lack of overt behaviors. Thus, besides relying on direct verbal reports, we can assume the occurrence of a cognitive process based on a plethora of behaviors, overt or covert, that we believe indicate that a subject is acquiring, storing, or retrieving information. In other words, there are internal mental processes (representing, believing, learning, memorizing, etc.) taking place. In general, cognitive psychology reposes on these assumptions (cf. Neisser, 1967, 1976).

– Augusto LM. “Unconscious knowledge: A survey.

Neurosky headset

The Neurosky MindWave headset takes decades of laboratory brainwave technology and safely measures brainwave signals and monitors the attention levels of students as they interact with environment, memory and pattern recognition applications.

Brain Waves

Each frequency, measured in cycles per second (Hz), has its own set of characteristics representing a specific level of brain activity and hence a unique state of consciousness.

There are five major brain wave ranges: Beta (12-30Hz) is present in normal waking consciousness and is heightened during times of stress; the Alpha brain wave (7.5-14Hz) in deep relaxation; Theta (4-7.5Hz) in meditation and light sleep; and the slowest, Delta (0.5-4Hz) in deep dreamless sleep and transcendental meditation. The less recognized Gamma is fastest (above 40Hz) and associated with sudden insight. 

Beta (12-30Hz): Beta brain waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. As you go about your daily activities you are at Beta. Although important for effectively functioning in everyday life, higher Beta levels translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness. With the majority of adults primarily operating at Beta during their waking hours it is little wonder that stress is today’s most common health problem. The voice of Beta is the little nagging chatterbox of your inner critic, which becomes louder and more relentless the higher you go in the range.

Alpha (7.5-12Hz): Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation with the eyes usually closed and while day-dreaming. The relaxed detached awareness achieved during light meditation is characteristic of Alpha and is optimal for programming your mind for success. Alpha heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. It lies at the base of your conscious awareness and is the gateway to your subconscious mind. The renowned Silva Method by Jose Silva is premised on the power of Alpha. The voice of Alpha is your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz.

Theta (4-7.5Hz): Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the REM dream state. Theta is the realm of your subconscious mind. It is also known as the twilight state as it is normally only momentarily experienced as you drift off to sleep (from Alpha) and arise from deep sleep (from Delta). A sense of deep spiritual connection and oneness with the Universe can be experienced at Theta. Vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity, exceptional insight as well as your mind’s most deep-seated programs are all at Theta. The voice of Theta is silence.

Delta (0.5-4Hz): The Delta frequency is the slowest and is present in deep, dreamless sleep and in very deep, transcendental meditation where awareness is completely detached. Delta is the realm of your unconscious mind. It is the gateway to the Universal mind and the collective unconscious whereby information received is otherwise unavailable at the conscious level. Delta is associated with deep healing and regeneration, underlining the importance of deep sleep to the healing process.

Unconscious Knowledge

We use experimental methods that can appropriately probe unconscious knowledge: Subjects are presented with stimuli that they cannot bring explicitly to consciousness but we can, nevertheless, show that they have cognitively processed those stimuli – that is, there has been unconscious perception, unconscious storage, and unconscious retrieval. In these experimental methods, subjects are unaware of the stimuli, because they are too weak, brief, complex, or are masked, etc.

New Code of NLP

“In the New Code of NLP we usually work at the level of state to create new choices for clients (In the classic code, practitioners work at the level of behaviour). This is because state includes multiples of behaviours, some of which the client does not even have access to when consciously thinking about the new choices he wants in areas of his life. A highly effective way of accessing a high performance state is through a ‘New Code Game’. A New Code game includes the variables of utilising all three major representational systems, cross-lateralised movements to fully engage both hemispheres of the brain and scalability making the tasks more complex. The interaction of these variables produce a ‘high performance state’ and the highest level which is a ‘know nothing state’.  These states are then transferred to the context where the client wants more choice.

A high performance state is when the client is performing without thinking. A ‘know nothing state’ is when a client is performing at very high level without any conscious awareness. In life threatening situations the unconscious gives us access to these states where amazing feats of human behaviour can occur to save ones life. The good news is you don’t have to have a life-threatening situation to perform at such a high level, you can do so learning the New Code. Below are the steps for a New Code change format. Some of the well-known games are the Alphabet game, NASA game, various ball games and trampoline formats.”

– Michael Carroll, NLP Academy UK, co-founder of ITANLP

STANDING EGG
The History

Egg balancing has been connected with Lichun, the solar term beginningChinese spring on February 4 or 5 when the sun is at the celestial longitude of 315°. On this day, fresh chicken eggs were balanced on their broad end. The practice is mentioned in the Secret Kaleidoscope and Know What Heaven Knows. On Taiwan, the practice is sometimes connected with the Dragon Boat Festival instead, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.

A 1945 Life article reported on “an egg-balancing craze” among the population of Chungking (the interim capital of China during World War II) on that year’s Lichun. That article and subsequent follow-ups started a similar egg-balancing craze in the United States, but transposed to the vernal equinox beginning Western spring on March 20 or 21 when the sun is at the celestial longitude of 0°. The idea that an egg is easier to balance on the spring equinox has since become an American urban legend, and egg-balancing events are sometimes held on that date.

In 1978, New York artist Donna Henes started organizing egg-balancing ceremonies with the stated goal of bringing about world peace and international harmony.These events, which often drew thousands of people, were held until at least 1988.

– Wikipedia.

For Life Magazine Article click here>>

THE EXPERIMENT: BALANCING THE EGG.

Using a Neurosky headset and Mindwave software  we are looking for the brain wave characteristics when the egg is balanced.

(Note: There is 0.2 sec delay in monitoring brain waves due to Bluetooth data transfer and conversion).

Notice the red upright spike in graphs representation that reveals a high Delta Wave, a know nothing state that cancels the interference of the Conscious Mind’s processes into the Unconscious Process of balancing the egg.

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