Archive | May, 2013

We Only Use 10% of Our Brain!? That’s a Bummer.

Confessions and Admonitions

I  frequently begin many posts with confessions or admonitions. I find the need to admit to certain personal character idiosyncrasies or flaws that explain why I’m writing about a particular subject. I find this practice of mine to be annoying. I think it’s a sign of poor writing skills and I think that is why it annoys me. But if I don’t “set the stage” for what it is that I want to post, then you will not have a good understanding of what I am saying. So I’ve learned to deal with this practice. Here are my admonitions for this post.

I have always had an overwhelming interest in the human mind and the way that we think. When I was a child, someone told me that we typically only use less than 10% of our brain capacity. I’ve heard the same claim repeated over and over again since the time of being a child. But what do you suppose happens when you tell a child that he can’t have the remaining 90%f of his brain capacity? It’s like telling a child that he can’t have candy. The child will want candy with a passion until he gets it. That’s just our nature.

So ever since I was told that 90% of my brain capacity is not used, I want that 90%. It’s mine, and I want it. So I have been preoccupied for the rest of my life with figuring out how to get it.

I have made significant progress. My wife thinks I’m nuts. Talking to her about this subject drives her up the wall. She’s content and happy with her life, while utilizing only 10% of her brain capacity and I don’t have a problem with that. My job as a husband and father is to make sure that the rest of the family is well provided for, content and happy. And I have accomplished that. Some people treat their lives as a never-ending learning experience and some don’t. That’s OK.

But I’m not content and happy until I find out how to utilize that missing 90% of my brain capacity. Tell someone they can’t have something, and that’s exactly what they will want; with a passion!

So I admit to being a fanatic about this. Some may find that characteristic of me to be boring. I apologize if that be the case. Quite frankly, I think that we all can do a better job of taking control of our minds and spending more time thinking about what is important to us, followed by taking action to make improvements.

What is important? That’s a good question because that question cannot be answered objectively. I can’t speak for you or the rest of the population of the world. So I’ll attempt an answer that is broad enough to represent the majority. What is important is whatever action is necessary to improve our lives and the lives of others in such a way so as not to violate the Golden Rule ie. “do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” I borrow that phrase from the Bible because there really is no better way to say, do whatever you want to improve your lot in life, but don’t step on anyone else’s toes when you do it.

Now this post is not about religion. As for me, I’m a God-fearing man and always have been. But I won’t push my beliefs off on you. The only reason I bring this up is because what I really want to share with you, could touch on spiritual beliefs. So I wanted to make it clear where I stand and assure you that my interests deal only with learning how to claim that 90% of my brain, that others say we don’t use. So this post has nothing to do with religious beliefs.

How I Accidentally Bumped Into Quantum Jumping

Now that I’ve pre-qualified everything, I can proceed. And my hope is that you are with me to this point, and understand where I am coming from. Although I’m certain that you do not understand, at this point, where I am going with this.

So I’ll just lay it out there. Forgive me if I arrived at the party late, but through a series of unrelated events today, I became aware of “Quantum Jumping”. I had heard that phrase before, but I thought it had something to do with jumping off a cliff in one of those flying suites that you see people wear on TV.

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Burt Goldman

I was viewing a video course on my computer about CPA marketing. The author of the course presented three examples of quality landing pages. I bypassed the first example and clicked on the second link for no particular reason at all. And there I was. On Burt Goldman’s home page on Quantum Jumping. When I don’t know anything about a particular subject that looks interesting, I normally “poke it with a stick” to see to see if there is anything there that is “warm and breathing”.

After initial examination, I’m guessing that Quantum Jumping was promoted by several Internet marketers in the self-improvement niche, back in the late 90’s. I say that because, being a CPA marketer myself, I noticed that all the bells, whistles, and hooks are all still in place from when the promotion was run.

Quantum Jumping is a phrase that Burt Goldman coined. If you don’t know of Burt, if you poke around his website, you’ll find his life’s story and how he ran into Quantum Jumping by accident. Quantum Jumping has a lot to do with being able to access that 90% of your brain capacity that has been denied to most of us since birth. And the reason I pre-qualified this post with certain admonitions is because this subject always gets my attention.

Why does it get my attention? You already know the answer to that question. It gets my attention because, as a child, I was told that I had no need for the other 90% of my brain capacity which most of us never use anyway. And I don’t like being told that I can’t have something that is already mine.

Here’s Some Background Info That Will Explain My Interest

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Henry Ford

Beginning in 2007, I spent 4 years researching why, upon retirement from a long and lucrative career with two Fortune 100 companies, I still did not have a feeling of successfully having accomplished anything.  I learned much about taking control of your mind and focusing it on your most passionate desires from authors like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Thomas Edison, W. Clement Stone, and others. This year I consolidated everything which I had learned from these authors into a multi-module video course of study, which I have yet to publish.  My goal is to share this information with others who have no idea how to achieve their deepest desires; or those who have attempted to reach for their desires or riches and have failed. Or worse yet, for those who have passionate desires and goals, but have given up on achieving them.

So you can see that I was “well primed” when, for no particular reason at all, the concept of Quantum Jumping spilled off my computer screen and onto my desk.

Remember the Old Short-Wave Radios? Pretend Your Mind Works Like One of Those

Let’s back up a bit and see how the research, which I had already completed, feeds into the

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W. Clement Stone

concepts of Quantum Jumping. All of the aforementioned authors believed beyond the shadow of a doubt that our minds are both a receiving and a broadcasting station. Thomas Edison was particularly convinced of this. He believed that our thoughts are broadcast into the ether (air) where they float through time until they are picked up by someone else’s receiving station (or mind) via a sixth sense that most of us don’t know that we have.  Only those who have an open mind, a creative imagination, and are mentally alert would be aware of this sixth sense. Thoughts that come to us via our sixth sense usually present themselves to us as a hunch, an intuition, or an idea that seems to come out of nowhere. We all have these hunches and ideas at some point.

Thoughts are things. All things in our universe are composed of matter. Matter consists of millions of atoms. The science of atomic theory has taught us that atoms vibrate at varying speeds and frequencies and this vibration is what holds matter together and gives it shape. Thoughts inside your brain produce vibrations at varying speeds depending on how passionate you are about a particular thought. Thoughts which are important to you vibrate rapidly while thoughts involving mundane, routine tasks such as brushing your teeth or washing your hands vibrate more slowly since you are not passionate about these things. Brain activity such as this, has been monitored and graphed by physicians and scientists who study the brain and it’s associated activity.

The concept of telepathy or thought transference is pretty much the same thing as viewing our minds as both receiving and broadcasting stations. Telepathy has already been studied extensively  by science. But scientists cannot decide whether thought transference is real or imagined. Telepathy deals primarily with intentional and deliberate attempts to communicate via thought transference.  The theory states that what one person is thinking can be picked up by another person regardless of location. Thomas Edison and his peers took this idea a little farther and said that all thoughts from anywhere can be picked up by anyone whose receiving station (mind) is open, alert, and receptive to the information that they are receiving.

More on Mr. Edison

Edisonhimself claimed to have finalized his decades long search for materials that would produce an electric light bulb by

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Thomas Edison

allowing his mind to be receptive to ideas that were already floating around in the ether. Edison had a habit of taking a nap in the middle of the work day. Those who have studied Edison and his inventions believe that he used these naps to meditate and open his mind to fresh, new ideas. Use of a light bulb filament made of tungsten was the solution to producing consistent light from an electric light bulb. He claims to have come by this information while in a trance of thought.

The rare element tungsten was first discovered in 1783 by a scientist in Sweden. Edison received a patent for a light bulb using carbon filaments of tungsten in 1879; nearly 100 years later.

So where did the idea of using tungsten in the electric light bulb come from? Tungsten has the highest melting point of all known metals. Did Edison experiment with tungsten via a process of elimination of other substances? Edison himself claims that he pulled the idea out of the ether (the air). It had been there all the time, the idea having been generated by some other mind. But Edison was too intent on his own work to allow his mind to be receptive to this information. That is until he had tested other filament materials and had failed thousands of times to produce a bulb that would yield consistent light without burning up or blowing up.

Why the Concept of Alternate Universes is Important

Quantum Jumping takes Edison‘s ideas of pulling thoughts out of the air still further and says that quantum physics has proved that the location of an atom (the basis of all matter including thoughts) cannot be defined since the same atom can exist in multiple places at the same time.  That fact would seem to imply that our thoughts, since they too are a collection of vibrating atoms, can also exist in multiple places at the same time.

Quantum physics has theorized for decades that the concept of alternate universes is feasible; but not proven via conclusive testing. If our thoughts can exist in multiple places at the same time, Quantum Jumping takes that idea a bit further and states that multiple versions of YOU can exist in alternate or parallel universes. Think of a universe as a geometric plane. We live on this plane that we can all see and touch. There are multiple planes of existence that are parallel to ours. Which means that they reside in our living space but we never pay any attention to them since we cannot see and interact with them. But the super-computer of your mind, when properly prepared with instructions, can enter parallel universes. Quantum Jumping advises that observing these parallel universes is sufficient to acquire unheard of learning and energy. Interaction with these alternate universes is not necessary; nor advised. Observation is the rule.

The Mechanics of a Quantum Jump

A quantum jump goes something like this. With verbal guidance, you become relaxed, and shed the stress and distractions of this universe or plane. Eventually you reach the alpha stage of thinking; which is the stage your mind is at just before you fall asleep. Obviously, this takes practice, imagination, concentration, and an open mind.

While your mind is in this alpha state, your guide will verbally lead you to a door which leads to a parallel universe, while you  visualize this in your mind. Once you pass through the door and into another parallel universe, you will find another version of yourself. Which version? It depends on what you are seeking, since there are multiple versions of yourself in alternate universes.

Perhaps something you had expected and wished for as a child or while in your youth, didn’t turn out the way that you expected. And you want to find out why, so that you can correct that situation and realize a childhood desire. Maybe you envisioned yourself as an actress, or a stateswoman. Or maybe you saw yourself married, well-to-do with a house full of children and that’s not how things turned out. However, since you originated these thoughts as a child, that’s EXACTLY how things turned out for your other self in a parallel universe. And now you want to connect with that other you, who will willingly give you the knowledge and transfer the energy to you to set things right.

That’s really all you need. You don’t need to interact with your other self as in having a conversation. Keep in mind that this all happens in your mind using your ability to visualize events in your mind and using your imagination to fill in, where things that you are unfamiliar with, make no sense.

Let’s Look at Some Examples

If you have ever had a passion for playing the piano, like me (I can’t play a note but I can read music); through  meditation, visualization, and Quantum Jumping, you should be able to jump into another plane using your mind, where you are able to learn the piano from one of your “other selves”.  Furthermore, over time and with practice, you should be able to plant the teachings of that other self into your mind now, and play the piano without further instruction.

This is precisely what Burt Goldman did. As a boy, he had the passion to paint on canvas but never acquired the skill. Using Quantum Jumping, he met one on his other selves who taught him the skills necessary to paint on canvas. To his amazement, at 85 he began to paint and today his works are featured in art shows across the country. He had no previous instruction in painting.

Burt also wanted to author books and become an acclaimed author. He has multiple best-sellers in several languages in print. He claims to have acquired these skills through Quantum Jumping which allowed him to meet other versions of himself in different planes of existence, where he was able to claim those skills and plant them in his mind on this plane. Many of his students have accomplished the same with other skills and desires.

Why not? If science tells us that we typically only utilize 10% of our brain capacity, then what is possible if we have an open mind and push the envelope a little further? Are you able to prove that Thomas Edison and his peers; Napoleon Hill, Burt Goldman and their students are wrong? Where have they errored?

Everything that these men teach, as regards mind control, visualization, and imagination is consistent with both nuclear research, and quantum physics.

Introducing my Good Friend, Mr. Hill

Today I viewed an introductory lesson on-line  on Quantum Jumping. The video began by introducing an idea from an unnamed author who published his first book in 1937. I paused the video. I thought to myself, that’s ironic, Napoleon Hillpublished his first

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill

book in 1937. I hit play. The video went on to explain that the author’s habit of using visualization to hold meetings in his mind with former heads of state, like Lincoln and Napoleon, was actually the impetus for Burt Goldman‘s coining the theory of Quantum Jumping. I paused the video again. What did Goldman just say!? I knew that Napoleon Hill wrote of meetings with an imaginary council that only existed in his mind. He considered this council to be his master-mind group. He feared publication of this in a book because he was afraid that the public would label him to be a nut and reject his work. Is Goldman saying that Napoleon Hill’s habit of meditating and entertaining ideas from dead men is what originated Goldman’s idea of Quantum Jumping? I started the video again and Napoleon Hill’s name appeared in the video in bold letters across the screen.

I almost fell off my chair. I admit that I know very little of Quantum Jumping. But I’m a scholar when it comes to the works and writings of Napoleon Hill. I have to admit that I was hesitant to pester Quantum Jumping in order to see if it offered anything of substance. I generally regard most transcendental stuff as nonsense. But I’ve read everything that Napoleon Hill has published. And then went on to read the biographies of the men that he admired, and regarded as being his mentors. So if Quantum Jumping is an expansion of the concepts that originated with Mr. Hill, that sounds pretty good to me.

Napoleon Hill was not just another self-improvement author. He came to believe that 98% of the population fell short of realizing their plans and expectations because they never learned how to THINK their way to success and achievement.

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Andrew Carnegie

In 1908, while he was a young man working for a magazine, he interviewed the steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie. The two men hit it off well. Carnegie challenged Hill to spend the next 20 years of his life creating a treatise on what it takes to succeed by studying the success principles that the most successful and influential men and women of the time, lived by. Carnegie would provide letters of introduction to these people. Hill accepted the challenge. He published his first work in 1937 followed by dozens of books and treatises on how to achieve success.

Napoleon Hill was the FATHER of self-improvement. Every self-improvement  book that has been written since that time is just a restatement of the information that Hill had already researched and compiled.

And as I have already pointed out, Hill regularly meditated and used his imagination and visualization skills to conduct meetings in his mind with influential, historical men who had passed on. He claimed that his best ideas originated from these meetings.

Conclusion

So I’m going down the Quantum Jumping path. Call me nuts or naïve. It doesn’t matter to me. I don’t suffer from the fear of criticism. I’ve always been a “shoot from the hip” kind of guy with an open mind. And the timing is good. I’ve been in need of something new and interesting to sink my teeth into after a long and boring winter.

I hope that this post has given you pause for thought. That is my intention.

I admit that one must have an open mind in order to accept or even explore most of these ideas. But I find it hard to identify a theory or argument to refute these ideas at the outset. So I will explore this Quantum Jumping concept much further. Unlike many who are preoccupied with other priorities, I was ready to receive this new information. And my mind has always been open for a new challenge. I’m excited to explore what this is all about.

Realize that Quantum Jumping does not contradict any of the values or beliefs that you already hold. I did enough research on Quantum Jumping to verify that. The practice deals only with getting more in touch with yourself and your life by reaching deeper into your mind than conventional  thinking. If I can understand why I am the way that I am, or why I do the things that I do, than what harm can come of that? If I can become a better person or if I can find greater peace of mind, than that is reason enough to explore this phenomena.

If you wish to conduct your own investigation, check out www.quantumjumping.com and sign up for their free introductory course. I did. I have spent enough time on this site to guarantee you that you  will be challenged, and you won’t be bored for a second. See you in another universe.

One Final Thought

This is a highly controversial subject. What if the idea of Quantum Jumping is just a way of illustrating a very real phenomena. For example, what if you are not really jumping into another universe of endless possibilities; but Quantum Jumping is being used as a physical illustration which allows your conscious thought to recognize no limits, and permits you to focus on unrealized passions that already exist in your subconscious mind but have remained suppressed by society and your current environment? We rarely are aware of what resides in our subconscious minds. If we could somehow tap into that information (Quantum Jumping?), wouldn’t that be like meeting another version of ourselves with forgotten aspirations and information? Long-term memory is often tough to recall. Age makes recall even harder. Just a thought.

Author’s Update to This Post

I found this by accident recently on foxnews.com.

“Look past the details of a wonky discovery by a group of California scientists — that a quantum state is now observable with the human eye — and consider its implications: Time travel may be feasible.

The strange discovery by quantum physicists at the University of California Santa Barbara means that an object you can see in front of you may exist simultaneously in a parallel universe — a multi-state condition that has scientists theorizing that traveling through time may be much more than just the plaything of science fiction writers.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/05/freaky-physics-proves-parallel-universes/#ixzz2WDlVTPAR

 

 

 

 

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I Don’t Get It. Who Can Tell Something About Stumbleupon.com?

This is NOT a trick. It is NOT a contest. And it is NOT a critique of Stumbleupon.com. It IS a perfectly legitimate question for which I need your input.

I visited Stumbleupon today for the first time. The application asked me what my interests are, so I picked five. Then it said that it would show me some pages based on my interests.

I like history. So after suggesting we start with history, I was presented with a short video that colored on a black map of Asia, Africa, and Europe in order to show me who conquered what geographic area and when. That was interesting. But what am I supposed to do with that? I thought that I was going to get something to read.

So I checked out self-improvement. That turned out to be a series of blog posts where each post was only a paragraph long. Each included some type of photo. Some blogs were written ON photos. But the information was so scant that I didn’t really learn anything. Below each blog paragraph was a little box that said something about the author.

I had to laugh. I’m supposed to publish to Stumbleupon. But if my posts are less than six pages in length, my readers yell at me to write more. Or they complain that there wasn’t enough information provided to answer all their questions. So I don’t publish short posts. Stumbleupon blog paragraphs sometimes end with, “that’s all for today…come back soon for part 2”. Do you think that I could get away with that?

So what is it? I choose my interests. Hit the Stumble button. And then something is presented; usually a photo or snippet of text. Then I use the thumbs up or thumbs down buttons to indicate whether I want more of the same or less of the same. Is that all?

I realize that I can leave a comment or share. But I didn’t encounter anything worth commenting on or sharing. I was primarily distracted by trying to figure out just what Stumbleupon is for?

One comment that was posted by a young fellow said that he had been cruising around Stumbleupon for two hours and had learned more in that time than he would have in a day at school. Is that what it is for? Kind of an on-line encyclopedia that presents information in various formats but not necessarily text?

Is it like Pinterest – all photos or mostly photo-based?

Is it for peaking your curiosity about something and then it provides a link to the whole story, which resides on another website? I  hovered over the blog photos to see if I could link to the entire blog post, but there was no link.

Help me out. What is Stumbleupon to you?

You can either leave your answer in the comment section under this post or drop me an e-mail to scott@Scottalanreed.com. That mailbox is empty now so your message won’t get lost.

And while you are doing that, I’ll do a bit of research and find out how I am to publish my posts to Stumbleupon. If just a paragraph and a photo, that won’t be too tough. But then, how do you finish the story? Oh, I’ll figure it out.

Tell me what you use Stumbleupon for. I’m really curious.

If nobody has an answer, I’ll assume that you haven’t figured out what Stumbleupon is for either. Or else you know, but you are too embarrassed to admit it.

Maybe Stumbleupon is good for just “vegg’in” out and poking around when you really don’t feel like doing anything else. Like watching some nonsense on TV.

 

 

 

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