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5 Reasons Why We Are More Than 1/10 of Our Brains

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We all know that the brain is the command center of our body’s systems. It is the center of our nervous system and it is in charge of a number of functions — learning, remembering, and even controlling motor skills.

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Over time, scientists and researchers have taken an interest in exploring the capacity and potentials of the brain. Along with scientific studies, a number of myths and theories have also been developed. And because some of these myths are very popular, there are lots of people who believe in these theories.

What is the 10% Brain Myth?

One of the most popular theories holds that humans use only 10% of their brains. It is so popular that it has in fact been used as a common theme for a number of movies, such as Limitless, and more recently, Lucy.

In the 10% brain myth, it is assumed that the brain is divided into smaller sub-parts or fractions, and of these smaller fractions, we use only 10%. Therefore, the myth further goes on to say that the human brain’s potential is endless and that there are portions of the brain to be unlocked.

Surveys have continuously shown that many people still believe in this theory even though they do not really understand how it came to be. Most have simply accepted it as a fact.

Even its origin is unknown. Some say the myth dates back to the Victorian era, while some say the myth began with the reserve energy theories of Harvard psychologists William James and Boris Sidis during the late 1890s. Since then, a number of books and publications on self-help and motivation have included the false information that an average man develops and uses only ten percent of his mental abilities.

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This theory is hyped up because it opens the door to a wide array of opportunities — that we people could do so much more if we were just able to unlock the full capacity of our brains. Though beautiful and inspiring, this myth is just that — a myth. And now, thanks to science, this popular myth has been debunked.

5 Reasons Why The 10% Brain Myth Is Not True

  1. Your brain’s different parts and functions all work together.

Contrary to the 10% brain myth, the brain does not work as a single form. It is divided into regions with different functions.

The cerebrum is the largest portion of the brain, and it is responsible for higher cognitive functions like memory and reasoning. The cerebellum, on the other hand, controls our motor functions like our balance or coordination. Finally, the brain stem is in charge of our involuntary functions.

Even though they have different specializations, the different parts of the brain work together in perfect synergy.

Over the years, a number of studies have already been conducted to match functions to each smaller sub-portion of the brain, and there remains much to learn.

  1. Your brain is always active, even when you are asleep.

Thanks to imaging technology and brain scans, researchers have found out that the brain’s sub-regions do not stop working; the neurons and supporting cells never rest. Yes, even when we are sleeping and not really doing anything, our brain continues to work.

The 10% brain theory may sound credible to those who believe that the only function of the brain is to learn and think, but the truth is, the brain is involved in everything that we do, no matter how simple or complex.

For example, when you brush your teeth every morning: You walk toward the bathroom, you open the door, and then you reach for your toothbrush. You get the toothpaste and you squeeze out just the right amount.

Now this activity may seem normal for you and is nowhere extraordinary. But the fact remains, different parts of your brain have already been activated and were working with each other at lightning speed from the moment you decided to brush your teeth, leading up to squeezing out the right amount of toothpaste.

  1. Humans have big, hungry brains.

We weren’t given big brains for nothing. Evolution has shown that the human brain has greatly increased in size while the brain of the chimp has yet to meet the same fate.

Aside from being big, it’s also very hungry because it uses up more energy compared to any other organ in the human body. The brain consumes more than 20% of our resources, such as oxygen supply and blood flow. Meanwhile, other primates only consume around 7-8%.

This energy is used as fuel for the neurons to signal each other and communicate properly. Energy is also used to maintain the health of the brain cells.

Even though the brain uses more energy, our body burns the same amount of calories as other primates that are close to our size.

  1. Your memories are stored in your brain.

Aside from acting as a control center, our brain also acts as a storage bin. The billions of neurons in our brain make up lots of connections that take up space, much like how files take up space in your external hard disk.

It has often been said that we can improve our memory and thinking skills by practicing or learning new skills. This is true since the brain is also a muscle — the more you use it, the stronger it will be.

However, when we learn new skills, we are not opening an unused fraction of the brain. We have up to ten billion cells, and each cell can make hundreds of connections. What happens is that our brain forms new or stronger connections between already existing nerve cells.

  1. Your brain is a multi-tasker.

Aside from being continuously active and at work, the brain is an avid multi-tasker, able to juggle lots of tasks at the same time. For a simple task, like brushing your teeth, several portions of your brain are working — not just one. While brushing your teeth, you are also standing up or you may be looking at yourself in the mirror. These simple activities also drive more than one part of your brain to work.

Avid believers of the 10% brain myth may be disappointed to learn that brain functions are in fact already maxed out. We don’t have any untapped portions of the brain left to activate.

You Are More Than Just A Tenth Of Your Brain

Even with all the scientific proof pointing to the fact that we are already using 100% of our brains, there are still lots of people who choose to believe the myth, and it is easy to see why.

The appeal of the myth lies in the fact that people believe they have potentials that they have yet to unlock. Many believe that we can be so much more — that we can learn all languages, play all sports, and memorize all songs — if only we put our minds to it.

This myth has motivated lots of people to focus on self-improvement and additional learning. When you think of it, believing in the myth does not really harm people. It’s just misleading.

However, this should not stop us from striving to learn new things and skills. As mentioned above, whenever we focus on learning something new, our brain forms new connections and strengthens other connections as well.

Evidence from scientific research implies that we, as humans, are already using 100% of our brains. We are not wasting 90%. We just may not be fully aware of all the functions of our brain.

Exercising your brain and being motivated to learn something new every day is not all that bad, even if some may be disappointed to realize that they will not learn how to read minds or that they will not be able to unlock telekinesis or other super powers.

The cross between science and fiction can be held responsible for our fascination with developing inhuman abilities. And while this hope has been debunked, what really matters is knowing what our brain is fully capable of and accepting that we are already using 100% of it.

We are more than just a tenth of our brain. And though we are already reaping 100% of its efforts, there’s no denying that it’s capable of so much more. What remains is not unlocking what we think it can do but what it can help us achieve when we set our minds and energies to it.

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Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.

  • Reflect On:

    What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?

The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.

The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.

If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.

You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.

One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.

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Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?

There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.

It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.

More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.

A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”

It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.

Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”

The Takeaway

Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.

The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.

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Marianne Williamson Admits “The System Is More Corrupt Than I Knew”

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Marianne Williamson stated in an interview on Fox and Friends that she did not realize the political system was as corrupt as it is.

  • Reflect On:

    This is an important revelation of how leaders often don't quite see the full truth of our system at hand. Through them and their experience, we can learn a lot about what is truly going on. Is it time to let go of the systems we have?

About a week ago Marianne Williamson told the New Yorker, I know this sounds naïve, but I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.” In a segment I did on CETV, I discussed the fact that Williamson is doing a great job of bringing a bit more of a conscious conversation into the mix here, which is very important, but seems to not quite understand what politics is really about and how things function in our world.

In my article about this statement I stated:

Some have suggested that Marianne already knows these truths, and she may, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is only uncovering these things now. I say this as I belong to a group that communicates regularly that contains many high profile conscious industry leaders like Williamson and other big authors, speakers etc. Many of them are great with spirituality but seem to struggle to see how politics truly functions. I have witnessed this first hand and this is why I’m so passionate about what I do as I feel bringing together both personal transformation and hard truth is imperative.

Some felt that my analysis was off and that Williamson is just ‘playing naive,’ but to me, this did not feel true nor did it seem to be the case. While some might view this as an unimportant detail, it’s very important as for society to truly begin to shift we must not only personally transform but also realize the true nature of the world we live in.

As outlined in the CE Protocol, the formula I built to help awaken and shift the masses, the very first step is Breaking The Illusion about our programmed reality and understand what’s truly going on. From there, personal transformation becomes key.

Williamson Admits She Was Unaware

Here we are a week later and Williamson has stated what I observed in my previous segment, she did not quite realize how corrupt our political system truly is. In an interview on Fox and Friends Williamson stated:

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“I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew and people are even more wonderful than I hoped,

I want to state this isn’t about picking on anyone as much as it is about understanding the importance behind seeing the full picture of the change that needs to take place here. For 10 years now I have built CE to include both personal transformation and truth seeking for the reason that either one of those topics on their own doesn’t create the change we all know is possible in our hearts.

I’ve seen many ‘spiritual leaders’ still deeply support the dysfunctional nature of our systems because they believe there is truth to them when in reality they belong to a consciousness we are shifting away from.

Our political system is built and exists within a system designed for a very limited state of consciousness, some call this 3D consciousness. The goal isn’t to shift our political system, it’s to let it go. Collectively we are shifting and the new state of consciousness emerging doesn’t support the political system at hand. Hence why the chaos around it is increasing, because it’s acting as a mirror for us to see how it doesn’t resonate with our emerging consciousness.

It’s like trying to install Windows on a Mac or vice versa, the systems aren’t designed for the operating system. Humanity is faced with a challenge of ‘letting go of the old,’ not trying to fix the old.

In a brand new segment of The CE Show I did on YouTube and CETV, I discuss Marianne’s latest comments and what I feel we all must realize as we move forward in this journey of shifting ourselves and our world.

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The Takeaway

I feel that we have become addicted to the systems of a state of consciousness that we are moving away from. The choice is up to us, we stop resisting and holding onto things of the old, move through the process of watching these old systems fall away, or we continue to fight tooth and nail under the belief that we must hold up the old systems, and suffer along the way.

Ask yourself within, do you truly feel that this is about changing our current political system to be more open and evolved? Or is it about letting go of the rigidity of our current systems and creating new ones that are birthed from a  new state of consciousness, not one that is centuries old…

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Consciousness

Full Moon In Pisces: Navigating Ideals

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We are having a Full Moon in Pisces which will be exact at 4:33am Universal Time on September 14th 2019. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 13th for most of the world and on the night of the 14th for the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Virgo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgo side and others expressing the Pisces side.

Pisces is associated with sensitivity, compassion, creativity, and oneness. It is spiritually conductive, mystical, energy oriented, dreamy, flowy, imaginative, idealistic, and empathic. Negatively, it can be delusional, lazy, intoxicated, deceptive, confused/confusing, elusive, flaky, and lack critical thinking. Pisces energy is the least compatible with the mundane world and is associated with escapism in its many forms.

Virgo is about productivity, duties, service, physical health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, conscientious, skillful, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, and practical. Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, discriminating, and overly perfectionist.

Full Moon Aligned with Neptune in T-Square with Jupiter and Mars

This Full Moon is close to Neptune which has many of the same qualities of Pisces that were mentioned above. It is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign and it amplifies its energies even more so during this period. Neptune is also associated with glamour, romance, and addiction. It has a dissolving, flooding, and watery energy that doesn’t comprehend boundaries.

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Neptune is completing its last of three squares with Jupiter in Sagittarius which will be exact on September 21st and will be strong into the following week. It began last January and peaked again this past June. At best, this can be an expansive period in a spiritual, creative, or compassionate way.

However, it can also be a time of confusion or lack of discernment around beliefs, ideologies, education, and teachers. It can also be a time in which we become aware of us being like that previously. We can be more excessive when it comes to how we express Piscean/Neptunian energies mentioned above.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is also involved in this configuration along with the opposition of the Sun and Moon, forming a T-square aspect. This can be good for asserting ourselves towards our ideals or with a different Jupiter-Neptune approach (mentioned above). However this can also make our actions scattered, less assertive/direct, and make it harder to apply ourselves with practicality.

Full Moon Sextile Pluto Near Saturn and South Node, Saturn Going Direct

This Full Moon is in a tight sextile with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node. This could trigger some of the themes of the previous Lunar Eclipse (that is still reflecting this period) in a more harmonious way. Purging aspects of our past that are getting in the way of us moving forward. This can help to facilitate empowerment through some sort of release or transformation.

Saturn will be finishing its retrograde on September 18th and will move towards its final conjunction with the South Node which will peak at the end of the month and early October. This energy was also strong in mid Spring and part of it in early Summer.

Saturnian themes get amplified and we can be dealing with limitations, obstacles, restrictions, or perhaps issues around boundaries. We may feel a need to make changes around responsibilities, commitments, career, and structures in our lives. Similarly to the last Lunar Eclipse, there can be a sort of ending playing out around how an area of our lives is being expressed.

Full Moon Opposing Mercury and Venus Conjunction As They Change Signs

At the time of this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction at the very end of Virgo, (Mercury’s sign). They will then be moving into Libra (Venus’ sign) in the hours following with the Full Moon triggering after it begins to wane.

This can be a time of heightened interactions, catching up with friends and other relationships. While it is in Virgo it could lean more towards its themes connected to work, service, fault finding, etc. For some people there can be a feeling of some sort of urgency.

After this conjunction moves into Libra, especially a day after the Full Moon,  it becomes more pleasant, social, and creative. Our interactions can be more harmonious, diplomatic, and less critical. We can more easily see both sides to something, find balance, and a great time to discuss relationship matters.

As a result of both of these planets transitioning near the same time, some people may experience some sort of significant shift in other areas of their lives within a few days following the Full Moon.

Things To Consider During This Period

How can you better balance the mundane aspects of life with your ideals, creativity, or spirituality? How have your beliefs been impacted this year and what is the conclusion to your experiences? Is it possible that you may have been confused about some aspects of newly or previously acquired perspectives?

What themes are coming up for you now that have been playing out since last April? What do you need to release? What changes do you need to make when it comes to your work, responsibilities, commitments, structures, or boundaries?
These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on September 14th at 4:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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