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I have to admit; it was nice to escape the cold winter of New Jersey for a few days to go to the β€˜Success Secrets Revealed’ seminar down in Tampa last week.

It’s a little harder to get me to travel out of state these days without the fam but once I saw that Matt Furey was putting on a seminar about success and the brain, I jumped on the chance. It was a sizeable investment (notice the term, it was NOT an expense!) and Devon was going to be on duty for the 3 kids for a few days, not an easy task considering she is still teaching full time and 5 months pregnant. Thus, we made a compromise that her volunteering to help out for half a week was my Christmas present this year.

Blah, blah, blah. I know, you want to know what I learned. I’ll convey the wisdom in my own point of view now. These are directly from my notes, not the hand out workbook. If you are smart, and I know you are, you will take some time to write out these pearls, in cursive, on an blank, unlined sheet of paper.

You know that I love the brain and Mind Mapping, so let’s start there. There are 4 areas of the head/brain that are responsible for our vision and not the kind of vision you are used to, the one in that we use our eyes for to interpret the external world.

On the back-right side of your head, you have the parietal lobe. It’s the area that is in line with your ear. Go ahead and touch it right now. Instantly a vision will pop into your head of you hitting yourself in that exact area at some point in your life when an idea just happened to pop into your head. Pretty crazy, right? So, that is the area where ideas will enter and where a lot of creativity happens.

Next up, we have the crown of the head which is the center of the top of your head, exactly the area a crown would encircle were you actually to wear a crown. But since you aren’t the Burger King, I don’t think you’ll be wearing a physical crown any time soon. This is the area where prophecy will occur to you. To be prophetic, you need to have a clear mind. If you have a lot of junk floating around up there and taking up head space, then I suggest you start doing a weekly mind dump.

A mind dump is where you take a blank pad out and write, in cursive, for 30 minutes, a bullet pointed list about anything that pops into your head. This isn’t a goal list; it is simple getting what is in your head out onto the paper. The ideas DO NOT have to be related or connected. But let me get back to the seminar at hand without veering too far off course.

The center of your forehead is the area of clairvoyance. This is the β€˜movie theater of your mind’. When you are practicing visualization, this is where the screen is. Except it’s on the inside of your forehead. You don’t see your future self with your 2 eyes, you see it with this third eye.

Last up of the four areas responsible for vision is the solar plexus. No, this is not a part of the head, but it is a part of your vision. Hit the area at the bottom of your chest plate or sternum, that is roughly where the solar plexus lies. It is where you will get a gut feeling. When you have a gut feeling, DO NOT ignore it. It is right far more commonly that it is wrong. In fact, science validates this Eastern way of thinking by pointing out that 80 of the neurotransmitters are in fact located in the gut and up to 90% of your serotonin production takes place there.

Bouncing around. The importance of exercising the brain is of utmost relevance when trying to live a life of high energy, creativity, youthfulness and connecting into your eternal source of power. I actually gave a workshop on my β€˜ultimate morning routine’ in 2016 and a lot of it had to do with some of these exercises (great minds thinks alike!).

I will not go into great detail about that routine, but note that two of the main things were using my rubber mallet to hit a golf ball in the air repeatedly and cursive writing, with both hands, and β€˜mirror’ style with your opposite hand. These activities create a nuclear fusion in the brain! They tab into the cerebellum which is only a measly 10% of the total mass of the brain) but it contains 50% of the neurons! This area of the brain is responsible for fine motor, gross motor, balance, language and mathematic skills.

And these types of activities strengthen and actually grow the corpus callosum which connects the two hemispheres of the brain, giving your much more of the 4 types of vision we talked about back at the beginning of this recap.

So, what makes us get hooked on something? Well, for one, a law known as Hebb’s Law, which I’ve talked a ton about in Mind Map writings and seminars. It states that β€˜what gets fired together gets wired together’ (this is why listening to some of your favorite songs is so powerful in changing your emotions and your state). But how?

Hebb’s Law creates new neural pathways and networks because dopamine makes what you are doing addictive and the serotonin hit makes you feel good, thus you will want to do more and more of it. This is how addiction works in any type of addict. Ponder how you can use this for positive habit creation. I’ll give you a hint: you have to find whatever it is that you are doing pleasurable (gee, haven’t I said that before?).

Let me talk about cursive writing for a brief moment in time. I have written cursive for most of my life except for a few years and even then, I wasn’t sure why I switched. Maybe it was because I didn’t see anyone else using cursive anymore.

The developing hand is literally wired to write cursive much more easily than block lettering due to the bone structure and nerve innervation in the hand. Circular patters are much easier for the brain to perform. Cursive writing literally will give you a serotonin rush and a mild sense of euphoria. However, you don’t want it to be too mechanical, you want to write with a slight forward tilt.

Here is something really cool. We have these things called mirror neurons. Mirror neurons make you mimic what someone else is doing or they can make you feel what another person is feeling, just by observing their body language. Side note: this is even more reason to be very careful who you spend your time with. Someone that vibrates at a super high level will affect you in a positive way such that you aren’t even sure why, but they have a magnetic pull on you. Negative people will also rub off on your brain though, thus, avoid them (my gate keeper doesn’t let them in anymore in my life and if I do encounter one, I make quick work of getting them out of my life).

So, where was I going with that. Oh, yes, mirror neurons. By simple writing out work of the greats, whatever your field of passion, your brain will actually start to pick up on how they thought and why. Brilliant! Mirror neurons at work, yet very few people know this and even more would be skeptical if they did know it. All the more β€˜secret’ for us to revel in.

This next part has to do with the physical body and the creative mind: if you are not relaxed, you cannot explode. Think of Bruce Lee unleashing his fury through a punch and quick snap fo the wrist. There was no tension there. I can tell you from when I go to my self-defense class that force and tension don’t translate into explosion. It’s a tough thing in a different field for me to grasp since my body is wired for force. Yet, when I am in the weight room, I intuitively know how to relax before exploding upon the weight.

But how can it help you with your brain? A tired and grunting brain is not a relaxed brain. The cluttered mind is closed to ideas from the ether. Think about how many ideas have come to you when you have been well rested, on a vacation. Or think about how the ideas flow when you’ve been on a streak of few good nights’ worth of sleep in a row. Relax to explode!

That was just about it from day one minus the stuff that Ted Nicholas covered in his booklet, which is pure gold by the way, but you had to be there to get itJ.


Be Unconventional - Kyle Newell


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