Have you heard the myth that people only use 10 percent of their brains? The brain is an amazing human mystery that science has uncovered some of its splendor but the brain still requires much more examination. Many have heard that we don’t use the full potential of our brain and there is a myth that we only use 10% of our brains. However, scienceray.com explains that there is a difference in brain usage versus maximizing the brain’s potential. “Mechanically you use 100% of your brain. Maximizing usage is another subject. So when someone puts a percentage of use on the brain they do not mean that the other say 90% is dormant or useless.” Additionally scientificamerican.com says, “Another mystery hidden within our crinkled cortices is that out of all the brain’s cells, only 10 percent are neurons; the other 90 percent are glial cells, which encapsulate and support neurons, but whose function remains largely unknown. Ultimately, it’s not that we use 10 percent of our brains, merely that we only understand about 10 percent of how it functions.”
According to the book, The Einstein Factor, by Win Wenger and Richard Poe, “Each of us does indeed possess a thinking machine vastly superior to our feeble conscious minds. The mathematician John von Neumann once calculated that the human brain can store up to 280 quintillion – that’s 280,000,000,000,000,000,000 – bits of memory.”
As I read all of this information about my brain’s genius capability, I wonder why I sometimes struggle to remember why I arrived in the kitchen. I often contemplate for a few seconds or more, why did I come here? Not exactly a feeling of genius. But there is hope for us all. In researching about Einstein, it seems that he daydreamed his way into the Theory of Relativity. Apparently at the age of sixteen he was daydreaming and wondering what it would be like to run beside a light beam, at the speed of light. The Einstein Factor said:
Normal adults, according to Einstein, would squelch such a question before it was ever formed in their minds or, having formed it, would quickly forget it. Perhaps that is what Winston Churchill meant when he said that ‘most men stumble over great discoveries. But most then pick themselves up and walk away.’ Einstein was different. With no clear idea of where it would take him, Einstein played with this question for a full ten years. The more he pondered it, the more questions arose. And with each new question, he came closer to the truth.
The Einstein Factor claims that dreaming, whether asleep or awake, can help us tap into our brain’s potential. Using the Image Streaming technique helps people in a waking state learn to use all the senses in imagination to gain insights into your own genius.
How it works:
Image Streaming is a simple exercise. You sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and describe out loud the flow of mental images that come into your mind.
- Describe the images out loud, either to another person or a recording device.
- Use all the five senses in your description: look, feel, taste, smell and sound
- Phrase your descriptions in the present tense.
The Einstein Factor said that the Image Streaming technique was developed to act like an oracle on demand where you pose a question to your subconscious to receive an answer through mental imagery. However, a surprising benefit also occurred. Dr. Charles P. Reinert, a physics professor at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota conducted research about accelerated learning techniques. The research tested the Image Streaming technique compared to the Whimbey Method, a standard program that uses word problems to build analytical skills. “The results proved startling. In one section, students who had practiced the Whimbey Method gained the equivalent of about 0.4 IQ points per hour of practice. But those who Image Streamed gained a whooping 0.9 points per hour – the equivalent of a full IQ point for every 80 minutes of practice!”
So daydream daily, record your images and hopefully you’ll find your IQ and your brain potential rise to genius levels.
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