The Brain and Mediumship Phenomena
The term Mediumship is normally used for referring to the state when a person communicates with spirits or even entities in whatever dimensions or realms possible (Bastos et al., 2015). The people who practice it are always able to get the information or the messages from these spirits by varying and tuning energy fields in their favor. Gauld (2012) affirms that the people who practice this are called Mediums, and they tend to receive information via many forms ofhearing or even seeing these spirits. They may also be able to communicate through smelling or tasting while other people do feel the messages that come from these spirits.
Some of the Mediums have been claiming that they often remain conscious whenever they are going through such a communication period, and other Mediums say that they undergo a “full trance” status meaning that they pass from the conscious state to the unconscious state (where their mental and physical processes get totally controlled by visitors in the spirit world (Bastos et al., 2015).As the Medium’s collective consciousness continues to expand, they naturally become tuned in towards themselves and even the other people around them. Such is a phenomenon that is quite enlightening since it activates the DNAcodes and makes them be able to discover their purpose and who they really are or why they are at such a place.
Mediumship may also be referred to asa process whereby the human becomes the instrument of medium or simply a channel which is used for thepurposes ofachieving the presentation of information that is also verifiable or even otherwise, causes the activities that are so-called paranormal to occur, brings aboutchannellingof certain energy types while also manifesting themselves to objective examination or even identification as Gauld (2012) affirms in his study.
Brain Interpretation of Consciousness
According to Rose (2015), ‘consciousness’ happens to be the ability to combine much more information in a manner that is efficient until it yields a certain ability to analyze the abstract concepts in nature. Consciousness can be explained as an imagination of the difference between the image in the brain of a person to that of the digital camera. This particular raw image happens to be similar whether it is on the camera screen and in the person’s head altogether. The camera may treat every pixel independently as it does not recognize the object while the brain, on the other hand, manages to combine various parts of this image so as to identify the particular object which generates the image in the brain of a person. The camera in this sense may be regarded to be ‘unconscious’ while the brain of a human being is considered to be ‘conscious’ (Halloy, 2016).
This can be used to explain how the brain of a human clearly processes the given information but a question arises about the heightened consciousness in a human’s brain when compared to that of say, a mouse. Robertson and Biaggioni (2012), from their study, believes that size of our brain can automatically be linked to consciousness where he adds that the brain of a human has neurons close to 86 billion while that of a mouse has 75 million. While his argument portrays that our brains have more nerves since they are bigger and hence can be able to form complex thoughts, it doesn’t explain where the consciousness arises from.
It is apparent that the most primal regions of a human brain (like that of brain stem or even that of the cerebellum) indeed acts just the way a camera acts in nature. Just the way a camera acts, these parts of the brain are responsible for generally receiving the individual information in pieces as it comes from the sensory organs, but they do not link the data together. Move higher up in the brain; therehappen to be several links that form between the different aspects of the sensory experiences in the brain (Halloy, 2016). Such a linking process begins in the midbrain structures (in the likes of the thalamus section), and these links become more intricate or somehow permanent as they move towards the cerebrum section of the brain.
Robertson and Biaggioni (2012) believe that such linking of data or information comes from the basis of consciousness. The cells become interlinked as the information is combined readily thereby bringing about the essence of this complicated thought in the human brain. This implies that more links happening between the cells brings a possibility of combinations and also a bigger number of the prior mentioned ‘thoughts.’
Jahn (1982) believes the essence of unconsciousness can be brought out whenever a system that is being used by the brain becomes fragmented or when the connectivity decreases within the human brain. This is similar to what normally happens during deep sleep by someone at all times (especially when they do not have any dream), simply put they are under the general anesthetic in nature. It is normal that whenever someone is awake or alert, there is fast activity being found in manyplaces of their brain meaning that there are many signals being passed in any of the areas within the brain. Whenever a human goes into deep sleep, their brain happens to move to the state of unconsciousness where no signals are passing between different regions of the brain. Robertson and Biaggioni (2012) believe that all cells in the human brain temporarily shuts down any of their connections onto each other so as to be able to rest or even recuperate, and by doing so, they lose interconnectivity which is associated to bigger thought processes.
Mind Versus Brain
The mind has constantly been referred to or considered as a pure energy that is in constant vibrating. Rose (2015) says it is the element (which is non-physical in nature) that conducts “the thought” in a faster manner than light speed while retaining all the experience whether it was consciously addressed or not. The mind is also capable of creating substance from almost nothing as it has an aura in the form of energy. This form of energy is also capable of projecting thoughts towards other minds or receiving data from these minds. It does communicate using a language that encompasses feeling. The mind also has a very profound effect on the level of energy within any physical body that has been able to temporarily house this energy or even possesses the general capacity to bring healing to others. This has been considered in many circles to be “the Spark of the Divine” or the wave that has vast limitless such as the ocean for cosmic. The mind, given its infinite intelligence, is capable of doing these unbelievable things.
Brain and Thoughts
Thoughts are simply electrochemical reactions that are hard to understand since they are so many in number and they are also very complex reactions in nature. The brain of a human being is normally composed of around 100 billion neurons or nerve cells, and these nerve cells are usually interconnected by other connections in a tune of trillions. These connections are called synapses, and on average, they do transmit one signal in every second. Lutz et al., (2008) says that there are also specialized connections within the human brain that send around 1,000 signals in every second. This specialized transmission of almost 1,000 signals in every second is the one which produces thought in the human beings brain at large.
Given this kind of physical complexity that describes what is really happening inside the brain of a human being, it becomes very difficult to make a trace of any thought that comes from the beginning to the end. In consideration of perceptions, “thoughts” are born as they are directly triggered through external stimuli such as a brush on the skin by a feather, seeing words on a computer screen, or hearing the phone ring. Pradhan and Dutt (1995) say that all these events end up triggering signals in a series within the brain.
Storage of Memories in the Brain
Memories that are generated in the human brain aren’t stored in one portion of the whole brain. There happen to be different types of these memories, and that means they get stored across various regions in the brain, and the regions are also interconnected. For instance, Pradhan and Dutt (1995) affirm that there happen to be explicit memories (the memories occurring about events which may have happened to the body of a human in an episodic pattern), and there are also general facts or the information being gathered in the brain of a human being (that which occurs in a semantic pattern). Travis and Shear (2010) say that there happen to be three key areas of the brain where these memories are stored: the hippocampus, that of the amygdala together with the neocortex. There are also implicit memories, (for example the motor memories) which are normally stored in the cerebellum while others of the implicit nature are stored in the basal ganglia of the human brain. There are also the short-term memories which are mostly stored in the prefrontal cortex of the brain in a human being as Lutz et al., (2008) ascertain.
Storage of Explicit Memories
The explicit memories are generally stored in three areas within the brain of a human, and they include the hippocampus, the amygdala together with that of the neocortex.
This region known as the hippocampus is located within the temporal lobe of the human’s brain and has the episodic memories not only formed in it, but they are also indexed there for later access. Lutz et al., (2008) say that these episodic memories can be regarded as the autobiographical memories that come from the specific events occurring in the human life such as tea they had last week with their best friend.
This is known as the largest portion of the brains’ cerebral cortex (a sheet made of neural tissue that forms outside surface for the brain) and is very distinctive within the higher mammals because of the wrinkly appearance it has (Lutz et al., 2008). The neocortex found in humans helps in doing the higher functions of the brain such as the sensory perception, or even generation for the motor commands, or even the spatial reasoning together with the government of the language. Given some time, this information that is gathered from the memories temporarily stored within the hippocampus may be transferred into the neocortex making up general knowledge. Researchers Pradhan and Dutt (1995) say thatthis transfer which is from hippocampus towards the neocortex always happen during sleeping time.
Another section of memory storage is known as the amygdala. It is in an almond shape within the temporal lobe of the human brain, and it happens to attach the emotional significance of these memories. Pradhan and Dutt (1995) say that some of the emotional memories that are strong (such as those of shame or those which depict joy and love together with grief) may be difficult to ever forget. Such memories may suggest that the interactions between the amygdala, the hippocampus together with the neocortex happen to be very crucial while determining “stability” for a certain memory or its effectiveness over time.
Storage of Implicit Memory
Storage of the implicit memories is also bound to happen within two regions of the brain namely the cerebellum together with the basal ganglia (Lutz et al., 2008).
These basal ganglia simply involve structures that are lying deep into the human brain, and it tends to get involved in wide range processes like emotions, processing of rewards, the formation of habit, learning, and even movement. Pradhan and Dutt (1995) say that the basal ganglia are also involved in the general coordination of sequences within the motor activity, such as it happens when playing a certain musical instrument, or even dancing. These basal ganglia happen to be the regions which are mostly affected by the Parkinson’s disease. Such situations are evident whenever Parkinson’s patients use impaired movements from one place to the other.
It is the separate structure which is located in the rarest base within the human brain. The cerebellum is very important during the control of fine motor thereby allowing us to be able to use chopsticks with ease or pressing the piano keys more softly. The best example for the cerebellar motor happens to be that of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (it lets a human being be able to maintain a gaze upon a certain location even as they rotate their heads (Lutz et al., 2008).
Storage of Working Memory
It is generally stored in a single portion of the brain called the Prefrontal cortex.
It is that section of neocortex within the brain, and it happens to sit at the front part of the human being’s brain. This portion of the brain is indeed involved in doing many complex functions that are also cognitive in nature. The left side of the prefrontal cortex is much more involved within the memory that brings about the verbal working, and the right side is more of active for the memory of spatial working involving things such as remembering where a light flash just occurred (Lutz et al., 2008).
Mankind is considered to be endowed with the sixth sense that is helpful for navigation through their own lives. The essence of the sixth sense (or the psychic ability of a person), can be termed as the ability to perceive the subtle-dimension together with the unseen world for the angels or even the ghosts or even spirits for that matter (De Oliveira & Krippner, 2013). This also includes the many abilities to understand the subtle causes together with the effective relationship behind so many events, which also go beyond the general understanding for all the intellect and may also involve things such as projecting a conscious awareness outside their own bodies. This concept can also be referred to as the extrasensory perception (or in another word the ESP) or the general premonition. Davidson and Lutz (2007) affirm that other instances have been able to refer to it as the intuition which is very synonymous as it regards the sixth sense and the psychic ability of the human being, especially during the time or the process of mediumship.
Activation of the sixth sense (or the psychic ability) happens to be a very important phenomenon in the sense that it is a tool used for conducting some spiritual research. The participation in mediumship events eventually make it able for someone interested in it to get access to their sixth sense (or the psychic ability). If they find it hard to perceive what was intended while still in their subtle-dimension, such as spiritual practice helps one to progress, while gradually finding the correct grip of events and this is usually done with the help of the third eye or the sixth sense that they eventually find themselves to be in possession of as Pradhan and Dutt (1995) say in their general study.
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