The Healing Powers Of Your Brain Stem
All essential functions of the body are controlled by the brain stem without any conscious effort. If we consciously had to do all the work our brain stem does on auto-pilot, we would not be able to do anything else, without fear of killing ourselves by neglect or mistake. If the neo-cortex and our brain stem were not separated then life would be very different. Just a single harsh word from someone would stop us from breathing. One kiss from a lover might overload our hearts. Our limbic system that separates the neo-cortex from the brain stem, makes it possible for us to stay alive without having to think about it.
However there are times when the information in the neo-cortex has an immediate and dramatic effect on the function of the brain stem. When the neo-cortex believes a piece of information is 100% true, then it can have an effect on the function of the brain stem.
When a piece of information enters the neo-cortex, it critically examines it before it is allowed to form an imprint on the brain stem. However if the information is believed absolutely it is allowed to form an imprint on the brains stem.
The amazing power of absolutely belief with pure conviction is that it can affect the most basic functions of life itself.
An example of this is the strange phenomenon of being able to make a blister appear on a subject’s hand under deep hypnosis. In a hypnotic state the function of doubt in the neo-cortex can be suspended temporarily, and you can plant a suggestion that a coin is scalding hot and causing a burn on a subjects hand, even if the coin is not actually hot. The suggestion goes straight to the brain stem, causing it signal an inflammatory response.
It is also the mechanism by which techniques like meditation, positive affirmations, hypnosis and scientific prayers can have such magical effects when used correctly.
‘Even as a small child, you witnessed the healing power of your brain stem at work. If you scraped your knee, you could watch day-by-day as your body repaired itself, eventually becoming a brand new patch of skin. This kind of phenomenon, although commonplace, is really quite miraculous.
But what does the brain stem have to do with all this? Your brain stem is a like a hidden conductor of the great symphony that makes up the intricate systems of your body. Without any conscious direction from you, it sends out messages to the body, telling your heart how fast to beat, commanding your white blood cells to spring into action, directing your digestive system to go to work, and coordinating a myriad of other bodily functions that continuously support your health and well-being.
The role of the brain stem is essentially to maintain your state of equilibrium. The body is designed to maintain a consistent state of health. You could say that any prolonged disease represents lack of equilibrium in the body.
The great majority of the diseases of modern society, as you probably already know, are the result of lifestyle rather than some outside influence. In a way, through the choices we habitually make, we get in the way of our brain stem, and it never really has the chance to do its job.
The part we have control over is the prefrontal cortex, the thinking part of the brain. To put it simply, people today think too much. The thinking brain is constantly sending messages that keep our bodies in a state of alarm, and they never have ample time to recover. The trick is to quiet the thinking mind and gain control over the content it produces so that the brain stem has a chance to coordinate the equilibrium that it exists to create.’ Ilchi Lee, Brain Respiration
Brain Wave Vibration (by Ilchi Lee)
Brainwave vibration is a technique created by Illchi Lee, the founder of the South Korean Institute For Brain Research.
Brainwave Vibration combines qi-gong energy meditation and visualization techniques, rhythmical music, yoga exercises and a special head nod exercise that stimulates the brain stem directly.
This special head nod exercise is done in rhythm with music composed of simple drum patterns or with musical grooves that are designed to resonate with alpha and theta brainwaves.
The effect of this is a relaxing of the brainwave state into the alpha/theta level, a calming of the nervous system, and a resonant effect boosting the activity of the interbrain and midbrain.
Brain Wave Vibration Presentation By Illchi Lee
The Head Nod Method
This is one of the most simple and convenient forms of Brain Wave Vibration. It can be done anytime during the day to refresh your brain, even sitting at a desk while working or studying. The Head Nod Method is designed to deliver vibrations directly to the brain stem for deep relaxation and release of tension.
- Sit in a chair with your arms resting comfortably at your sides or in front of you on a desk. You may also sit on the floor in a half-lotus posture. When sitting in a chair, do not lean your back against the chair, but keep your back straight.
- Start playing rhythmical music of around 50 – 60 BPM. Trypnaural ultra sessions and the amAya drum yoga sessions are perfect for this. You will find them inside our flagship program called SOMA. Join Here
- Close your eyes and breathe comfortably, relaxing your body completely.
- Begin gently shaking your head from side to side in rhythm to the music. It is normal to hear some noise from the neck as you begin, but this will lessen with practice. Breathe fully, focusing especially on the exhalation.
- Focus on your brain stem, located at the point where your head pivots left and right.
- Visualize your brain stem and entire brain lighting up as your go deeper and deeper into the shaking motion. Your head may also go up and down or follow the shape of an infinity symbo or figure of 8 as you go deeper into the motion.
- After a few minutes, slowly return to external awareness, breathing in and exhaling fully.
Example Of How To Do The Head Nod Method
Ilchi Lee, author of Brain Wave Vibration, is president of the Korea Institute of Brain Science and the International Brain Education Assn. He also is the founder of Dahn Yoga and the author of more than 30 books. Visit www.ilchi.com and www.brainwavevibration.com. Excerpted with permission by BEST Life Media at www.bestlifemedia.com.
Trypnaural Ultra Sessions Are Perfect For Brain Wave Vibration
This is a sample Trypnaural Ultra session that features hypnotic music played at tempo of 120bpm. Arpeggios played at this bpm create harmonic frequencies of sound that correspond to alpha and theta waves in the brain. Try the head nod method above using this session, or any of the other Trypnaural Ultra session that are created in the same style.
You can get the full Trypnaural Ultra 50 minute mix called Inner Journey – The Awakening Experience here
You can find this along with many other sessions like this inside our Trypnaural library.
You can also find the amAya Drum Yoga session used by celeb yoga teacher James Da Silva (Madonna, Sting) inside the SOMA system that is a perfect groove to use for Brain Wave Vibration.
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