Have you ever noticed that when you get up in the morning you have a definite routine that you go through? If you change your routine you may wonder if you have forgotten something. Once you establish a habit, your subconscious mind seems to do it automatically. This is because you have created a neuropathway in your brain that sustains this routine.
Perhaps you’ve even driven to a destination on “remote control” as such. Sometimes if I’m driving to a destination I routinely go to, I like to go a different way. Then when I have made this change a few times, a new pattern develops because the old pattern is interrupted. More information is added to the old neuropathway. If I choose to continue to drive the new way then a new neuropathway is created.
When a part of the brain is damaged, the brain can create a new neuropathway that may eventually give out the same signals as the originally damaged area. This is due to the brain’s amazing plasticity. Stroke victims experiencing the loss of certain movements sometimes regain those functions through building new neuropathways. People with bowel function cessation through paralysis later learn to evacuate normally after many colonics retrained their motor neurons to activate the release.
What is a neuropathway?
Neurons are nerve cells that transmit nerve signals to and from the brain. The pathway along which information travels through the neurons (nerve cells) of the brain is a neuropathway. If you think about the types of thoughts you have even just for a moment, you will notice that a lot of time is spent thinking about the same things. These are due to neuropathways.
This can be one reason why some people find it so difficult to meditate. Still, if they’ll keep practicing their meditation, guess what will happen? They’ll create a new neuropathway!
If we are constantly thinking of how we don’t have enough money, then the neuropathway we create is to always do things that leave us a bit on the poor side of life.
How to change neuropathways?
Just by doing things differently and repeatedly, is the quick way to answer this question. It’s like creating a new habit, you do it repeatedly and if the end result feels good then chances are you’ll create a new neuropathway. Some habits cannot be changed without pattern interruption. This is where RET comes in (see page 1).
REM sleep naturally processes all the input taken in during waking hours. It also processes all of our thoughts and files them into our memory. We do REM sleep 25 minutes of a 90 minute sleep cycle over and over all through the night. If the perceived input has been life threatening that message in the neuropathway stays there and the body keeps processing that message and related incidents over and over. For example, I may be trapped in a relationship and on that neuropathway I am also trapped in a car, a box, and in the birth canal causing me to feel like I have to get away or I am stuck. Neuropathways have many branches.
Rapid Eye Technology is a process that simulates this REM sleep state by doing the same pattern in an awake state. It is very powerful because in REM sleep the conscious mind that makes choices is shut down. In an awake state each of us can choose to see and do things differently. The Rapid Eye process goes deep into cell memory to cause pattern interrupts and release old trapped messages that no longer serve as they did originally. The brain’s powerful plasticity the creates new neuropathways that serve us NOW.
Each of these “mind sets” or neuropathways needs to be addressed to make a complete change; while some of the old pathways need to be cleared away. In general it is good to expand and develop new neuropathways as much as possible. This gives us more to draw upon and prevents us from becoming rigid in our personality. It is also important to release or heal old messages that are holding us back from reaching our full potential and being happy in all aspects of our lives.
Rapid Eye Technology is a two part process.
1. Simulate REM sleep with eye movement and blinking to release issues without reliving the old abuse and trauma.
2. To teach new skills for living that promote new productive neuropathways.