Mind Training and Neuroscience
As a result of a comment I made some time ago, I got a reply from a neuroscientist stating that I am not a neuroscientist (which I am well aware of 😉) and therefore implying that I shouldn’t be making statements about the mind, or using the term ‘neuro.’ Given that my field of work is relatively new and unfamiliar to many, I decided it was necessary to provide some clarification rather than engage in an extensive discussion on the topic in the post.
Neuroscientists mainly focus on studying and researching the intricate network known as the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerve cells. Mind Trainers center their attention on the methods of training the mind, acknowledging its influence on brain function. Yogis and Buddhists, despite not being neuroscientists, have possessed ancient wisdom for millennia on mind training, which, as recent discoveries in neuroscience reveal, can significantly shape brain function.
As mind trainers, our expertise lies in understanding and guiding the workings of the mind. I am a mind trainer who is skilled (and certified) in various forms of mind training. In my role, I instruct individuals on attaining altered states of consciousness, both higher and deeper. I guide them toward peak performance and assist in healing the subconscious. My main focus is Self-Leadership. I work with the legacy of Professor Cade who was a pioneer in the field of neurofeedback (who was a physicist and not a neuroscientist) and Wise (a Humanistic Psychologist). They both revolutionized the field of brain training. However, it’s essential to understand that different mind trainers may emphasize different aspects of training the mind. Notably, neuroscientists do not necessarily possess the skills required to be effective mind trainers. Many neuroscientists may not even know how to train the mind for these specific purposes.
A skilled cook must be well-versed in the ingredients they use to craft a delightful meal. However, they don’t necessarily need to possess in-depth knowledge of animal breeding, butchery, crop cultivation, or harvesting to acquire all the elements required for a delicious dish. Furthermore, individuals who excel at butchering or farming may not possess cooking skills; they might even be unfamiliar with cooking techniques. Similarly, just as a racing driver doesn’t have to be an automotive technician, excellent mind trainers don’t need to be neuroscientists. These are distinct skill sets.
I employ various methods, including neurofeedback, in my mind-training practices. It’s not because of neuroscience I know how to do this; rather, neurofeedback proves valuable in mind training. For one, it provides real-time, tangible feedback on the effectiveness of these techniques.
Clinical applications of neurofeedback
In clinical applications, neurofeedback is primarily employed as a method for brain training, and it operates in a rather passive manner to modify brain function. This passive alteration of brain function consequently impacts the functioning of the mind, often targeting clinical issues such as AD(H)D, clinical depression, autism, seizure disorders, and more. Typically, this practice is carried out by registered psychologists who are certified in neurofeedback, rather than by neuroscientists.
The use of the term ‘neuro’ doesn’t inherently grant any specific qualification as was suggested. It serves as an indicator that the nervous system, or nerves, plays a role in a particular field. This includes various professions like neurologists, neuro-psychologists, neurofeedback trainers, neuro-linguistic programmers, practitioners of neuro-stress release, experts in neuro-optics, and even the realm of neuro-marketing. Thus, the term ‘neuro’ is not exclusive to neuroscientists and can encompass a wide range of disciplines and practices.
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