I really want to focus on something called an urban myth, and this particular urban myth is the belief that we only operate off of 10 of our brain, so weve all heard that yes were only using 10 of our brain and boy. If we could use all the rest of it wed, be super smart, but hey thats, all we use. Firstly, where did that number come from 10 a long time ago, when putting the body together through an understanding of histology and the cells that make up organs? A study of the brain revealed one very important fact, and that is only 10 percent of the brain was made up of neurons. Ninety percent of the cells in the brain were not neurons, but they were called, supporting or connective tissue and given the name glial cells. Well, whats, really interesting about that is in the neuron principle, the neuron doctrine. It was believed that the neurons were the functional cells of the brain and the glial cells were more or less just support. Well then, by definition, right away, it says and youre only using ten percent of your brain, because thats all that the neurons comprise in the brain ten percent. For a long time, the glial cells again were thought to be just like connective tissue support, uh physically and nutritionally the neurons, but over the last number of decades. What we started to find is this. There was a misunderstanding about glial cells that glial cells are a lot more important in neural function than just physical support.
Glial cells can inhibit or activate neurons glial cells connect to neurons glial cells can control the activity of neurons. So, all of a sudden, these glial cells, which were looked at as just passive cells in the brain, turn out to be actually quite functional in integrating the nature of how the brain works in a way of looking at it. In a simple analogy. Consider that the neurons are nouns in a sentence and that the glial cells are the verbs and the adjectives and the adverbs, the modifiers, of all the nouns. So the glial cells create a fulfillment of a picture. So neurons are like a stick figure and when you add the glial cells, you fill out the nature of the whole human, so glial cells become a very functional, integrated part of all neuronal activity. So the concept of the neuron doctrine that said only neurons are involved with functioning in the nervous system. It turns out. The glial cells are as well so now were not dealing with. Ten percent of the brain were dealing with a hundred percent of the brain. Yes, you have access to a hundred percent of your brain all of the time, but does that mean that we actually use the whole brain all of the time? And the answer is no, because what we start to find out is when we start to live in patterns and in habits that what happens is we just activate certain neuronal pathways that are habitual pathways and as a result, these are the pathways that have preference in Our everyday life, but if you can engage whole brain activity, you can enhance your consciousness and your awareness and your ability to control your life so basically says that we can become whole brain when we start to think holistically.
Instead of just playing recurrent programs that play over and over again and activate the same pathways, so the relevance is that once we start to engage in whole brain activity, we enhance our ability as humans on this planet and now were beginning to find out. There are many different ways to engage and activate the whole brain. Some of them involve simple exercises such as something called brain, gym and brain gym is a very interesting exercise of the body and the nervous system. Integration. In this way, my right hand is controlled by my left hemisphere. My left hand is controlled by my right hemisphere, but heres an interesting story, if my right hand controlled by my left hemisphere, crosses the midline, then it simultaneously gets picked up by the other hemisphere because now its in that territory as well. So when you cross your arms and when you cross your legs, what youre doing is causing the right and the left hemispheres to work together in harmony when we are activating brain uh synchronization, where right and left hemispheres are engaged together simultaneously, it activates something like super Learning with both hemispheres working together, we have much more superior characteristics of neural function. However, after age, seven and eight, we start to express what is called brain dominance, meaning during the day we dont have synchronization of both hemispheres during the day, its like a wave form. Sometimes were more in the left, hemisphere sometimes were more in the right.
Then it comes back to the left and back to the right, so that were cycling through one hemisphere. At a time this is called brain dominance where one hemisphere is dominant over the other hemisphere. Well, the relevance about that is integrating our lives is very difficult in brain dominance for simple reason as been suggested. Our left hemisphere is based on logic and details. Our right hemisphere is actually associated with emotions and wholeness, and this becomes very important because if youre only looking with your left hemisphere, then all the logic things make sense, but theres no emotional component to it and reverse. If youre in the right hemisphere, you get emotionally tied up, but the logic drops out well, this happens to us ever since the time we were eight through our adult life. If you can get both hemispheres to be in sync, hemisync, then youre engaging logic and emotions at the same time that opens up a window for super learning opportunities where you can download information very, very quickly, very fast, but it also opens up a whole wide range Of thinking that includes an emotional component as well as an intellectual component, which is necessary to fulfill a whole picture. So if youre operating from brain dominance, youre actually shutting off one component of your nervous system at that time. So if you do an exercise like brain gym, where youre involved with crossing your arms and your legs, when you do that, you start to integrate both very interestingly when we have hemi were much more calm, collected and able to really uh express neurological functions.
That are very fully supporting of ourselves, and this is why its very interesting when you go home and relax at night, sometimes you find yourself with your ankles crossed over each other, just sitting in your chair, without even knowing what youre doing by crossing your ankles youre. Actually engaging a whole brain process, so if youre stressed, for example, during the day or you just want to relax when you go home at night crossing, your arms and legs actually engages both hemispheres, which calms the system down but engages a whole brain process. So you become much more effective in your relaxed state. So if youre having a tough moment during the day, just take a moment and cross, your arms and legs hold them together and just wait for about three or four minutes and youll start to feel a calmness. Overcome and in this calmness, your neurological functions will be totally enhanced when we start to operate from patterns that are replayed every day. We start to express very specific pathways that are reused over and over and over again and as a result, we actually shut down a large amount of functioning of the brain and just go through the habit. The patterns that replay themselves over and over again. So basically, what you really have to understand is this: we can use 100 of the brain, but if we play the same patterns over and over again, we dont need to use a hundred percent of the brain.
So um simple point id just like to suggest that, once you start to recognize that you can have hemisink where you can get right and left hemispheres to engage together and stay conscious. You are using 100 of your brain activity and when you do that, youll also find that your life is easier, more harmonious and healthier, because when youre using your full nervous system, it will support your life and enhance your growth, and this becomes important. So dont get stuck that im only using ten percent of my brain. That story is false. You can use a hundred percent and its available to us, and basically all you have to understand – is this stay conscious, stay mindful and stop playing the same patterns over and over again, because that opens up an opportunity to create new behavior.