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Luis Javier López Arredondo


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Where do thoughts come from?

Where do thoughts come from?
A thought active connections in the brain or vice versa?
If I control my thoughts, do I control my brain connections?
Consciously I do not control my brain... Are my thoughts random emanating of pure subconscious?
Do I really control my thoughts?

Topics: mind philosophy

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    Gail . 50+

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    Nov 11 2012: thoughts are things. We access them through potentials.

    You control your brain connections by controlling your thoughts. In other words, if you think fear-filled thoughts, you will increase activity in the amygdala (fear/anxiety center of your brain). This produces cortisol that is the anxiety chemical. With cortisol flowing through your body, you will make fear-based decisions. Those fear-based decision have their own consequences, and in this way, you create your own reality.

    The inverse of this is when you have stopped the cortisol from coarsing through your body. (Regular meditation accomplishes this.) When this happens, there is a thickening of the frontal cortex (the executive part of the brain). With time, the IQ raises as much as 6 points. When you live in-peace, you will make different decisions as you go about your day, and different consequences will manifest.

    This is how your thoughts are powerful THINGS.

    A person who lives in fear will choose thoughts that produce more fear-based consequences. A person who has walked through fear will choose thoughts that support peace-based consequences. In this way, they are not random.

    thoughts may appear subconscious to those who are not aware of what they are thinking.

    If you are aware of what you are thinking (and emoting by the way, because emotions follow thoughts), you can control them - or not. But when you see how powerful your thoughts are, you will want to because you do create your own reality according to your beliefs. Beliefs are thought constructs.
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      Nov 11 2012: Nicely put TED Lover. I do agree fully with you, the things that we decide to focus on have a real impact in our brains and hence in our present and future thoughts.

      But I would be curious to know if you are familiar with the work of Daniel Kahneman, in particular as it refers to what he calls system 1 and system 2 (system 1 corresponding to what we usually refer to our instincts, our emotional responses, system 2 would be the one we usually refer to as our rational conscious thinking)

      I think that there is strong evidence that a good deal of what happens inside our brains goes beyond our "conscious control", and even when we make concerted efforts to become aware of it, it is not possible to control everything that happens inside our own brains


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        Nov 12 2012: I'm not familiar with Kahneman, though I did just watch his TED talk. Thanks for the tip. I love learning new things. Until I'm better informed, I cant respond to your question.

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