“Aren’t they the same?”, you ask. Good question. Sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably, but if you’re wanting to lose unwanted weight you should know the difference.
The Most Famous Neurosurgeon You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
The famous Canadian neurosurgeon, Dr. Wilder Penfield, is famous for having done seminal research upon the human brain. You may not have heard his name, but you’re no doubt familiar with all the parts of the brain he discovered and identified. The motor cortex, the sensory cortex, “left brain”, and “right brain” are but some of Dr. Penfield’s contributions to neurology.
Perhaps Dr. Penfield’s Most Amazing Day in the Lab
There is a story you need to know about Dr. Penfield’s research if you want to finally lose your unwanted weight. It occurred during his experimentation on the motor cortex.
Dr. Penfield had a research subject whose brain was exposed. As he stimulatined a part of his subject’s brain with a light electrical charge, Dr. Penfield was amazed that his subject suddenly moved his arm.
“What just happened?”, Dr. Penfield asked his subject.
“My arm moved.”, was his subject’s response.
“Did you move it?”, probed the doctor.
“No, it moved on it’s own.”, his subject answered.
“Can you move it?”, asked Dr. Penfield.
“I think so.”, came the answer. And then his subject proceeded to move his arm back to it’s original position.
Dr. Penfield was rightfully excited to realize that he had just discovered a part of the brain, that, when stimulated by electricity, commanded his research subject’s arm to move. He had just discovered the motor cortex! When Dr. Penfield’s electrical stimulus “commanded” that portion of the brain to do so, his subject’s arm was moved automatically.
Additionally, Dr. Penfield noted that his subject had moved his arm back to its original position without the electrical stimulus. He was motivated by the thought that he would someday discover the portion of the brain where the actual decision to move the arm was made (not just carried out).
Okay…Dr. Penfield Found the “Where”, Next He Wanted to Find the “How” and “Why”
And here is where you should start really caring about this story, if you want to lose unwanted weight: Dr. Penfield never found the part of the brain where decisions are made!
And do you know why he never found that part of the brain? It’s because there is no part of your brain where decisions are made. It doesn’t exist. In fact, nowhere in your physical body does there exist anything that makes decisions – every single part of your body can only execute, or carry out, decisions.
Yet you make decisions every second of every day, don’t you? You decided to read this blog post a few moments ago. You decided to go for a walk instead of plop down in front of the television yesterday evening. You decided to have a glass of water instead of cola earlier today. And on and on and on.
So who or what is making those decisions if not your brain?
Who Are “You”? Inquiring Minds Want to Know
It’s your mind. Or, put another way, your non-physical energy. Your mind, or your non-physical energy, is most definitely very real. And, in fact, since it is your mind from where all your decisions are made, can’t we make a case for the following statement: Can’t we say that your mind, or your non-physical energy, is more “you” than your physical body (the elegant “tool” which carries out your mind’s decisions)?
The ramifications of this for your weight loss are staggering and of ultimate importance. Learning to harmonize your physical body (which includes the amazing “tool” we call your brain) with your mind, or your non-physical energy, is something you can learn to do. In fact, it’s something you must learn to do if you have struggled with an inability to lose your unwanted weight.
You’ve heard this referred to as the mind/body connection and, because of new paradigms from quantum physics, this topic is being discussed and written about more and more.
Luckily for us, quantum physics offers us a doorway into the profoundly important skill of harmonizing your body and your mind. It’s not complicated and it’s actually fun to learn.
Stay tuned to this blog for methods and techniques which will help you do that…