The Dimensions of Mind Development
We present a progressive series of home-study courses using proven methods – the result of 30 years research and testing – to accelerate the development of your mental powers and creative intelligence…
A cliché that’s glibly made about ‘brain power’ is that we only use about 4 to 10 percent of our brain, whereas in fact all the brain cells are normally in use, at varying degrees of arousal. But in our culture with a typical upbringing and psychological development, we only normally use a small proportion of our potential mental abilities – those such as memory, speed-reading, intuition, creativity, rationality, awareness, cognitive and emotional intelligence, and so on.
These are skills that can be learned, rather than neurons magically coming to life. And in terms of the whole person, the mind is more than the brain and the spirit or total consciousness is more than the mind. There are indeed nervous system changes that accompany development of mental skills, such as increased development of the (normally under-used) corpus callosum (left-right hemispheric communication), inter-neural interconnections that result from a large and interactive knowledge net in long-term memory, changes in balance of brain-wavelength arousal, changes in ability to arouse particular brain centers consciously, changes in stress level (sympathetic vs parasympathetic arousal), and in neurotransmitter chemistry. Nutrition affects these factors too. There is a great deal of room for positive development!
These are the dimensions of mind expansion that Mind Development embraces:
- The unfinished business of childhood
Trauma and deprivation in childhood will result in high stress levels in adulthood. When this stress is released, I.Q. can increase by as much as 15 points. Exercises on these courses introduce you to the emotional power of words and how to clear muddy thinking. Methods of studying are introduced which help you to remember and apply what you have read about. You learn to be able to access all your lifetime memories with enjoyment of full perceptions and feelings. Powerful techniques to reduce tension and raise psychic energy are practiced.
- The integration of the two hemispheres
Coherent synchrony of the right and left brain increases insight, self-perception and numerical literacy. The foundation of the work here is learning the skills of communication. The essence of relationships is communication; and yet, even between people who care deeply for each other, communication sometimes becomes blocked. We cannot put our feelings into words. Our partner speaks but we do not hear. We stare helplessly across an abyss of silence, or in frustration we hurl attacks that drive us further apart. Work on this level helps us to break through these sorts of impasse and the training provides the basic counseling skills that enable you to effectively help another person with difficulties in their life. You will learn to perceive clearly within your inner mind-space and to be able to create a continuous flow of ideas around any subject of contemplation.
- The expansion of inner space
The remedy of inner space improves all forms of memory. Memory training then further enhances the specialized abilities of the two hemispheres and their inter-active communication. Speed reading with enhanced comprehension is another invaluable skill learned on our courses, which further enhances the whole-brain control and enhanced functioning that we are aiming for. Creative analysis of problems is a further important skill you will learn.
- The integration of mind and body
When the body and mind are integrated as a body-mind, coordination is improved and emotions are easily expressed. When insights are put into practice and translated to everyday behavior, new and improved patterns replace the less-effective habits of a lifetime. Mind-body exercises and practice of learned skills help you to connect-up in this way, and you will deal with all the mental factors (such as inhibitions and fixed ideas) that limit your ability to achieve your ambitions in life.
- Mental fluency and intuition
Increased mental fluency is the key to intuitive thinking. This aspect of our courses involves revolutionary new techniques that speed-up your mental processes, permanently opening up parallel pathways of information flow within your brain, so that intuitive thought (without the restraint of inner-speech) becomes possible and access to the cognitive unconscious (which similarly “thinks” in this conceptual way) becomes a transparent process.
- Freeing oneself from the process
Here one is concerned with the application of all the techniques that have been mastered during the Mind Development courses, in the pursuit of knowledge or the exercise of one’s talents and skills. One is putting the new capacity to good use. One learns to encompass the objective world in one’s own perception by a detailed analysis of its qualities. When this has been accomplished the internal thought form can then be modified creatively. The final step is to project the mental image upon the real world and make it take visible form.
- Gnosis – discovery of the Higher Self
At this point one s advanced on the spiritual path is entered. The methods taught in the Transforming the Mind online book are tools with which progress on the spiritual path may be supported.
Among others, Mind Development has drawn on the depth psychologists Freud, Adler, Jung, Rank and Assagioli – and more recently the clinical psychologists such as Weiner and Branden – for much of its subject matter. What each of the psychologists have described are robust and demonstrable phenomena and put together cover a large part of the jigsaw puzzle which is the mind – a structure that is as complex as the physiology of the brain. This is an ongoing process, but from these understandings we have been able to derive practical developmental techniques which are workable, because they are in accord with the function and structure of the mind and brain.
To attain the higher mind of transpersonal awareness and deep insight we must be released from the thrall of the lower cognitive mind. This cannot occur with any stability (other than “peak experiences”) until work on the lower mind is complete. While large areas of our brain lay unused because of their repressed content, there is a potential Achilles heel to any postulated state of satori.
Mind Development is not a form of healing or psychotherapy and it is not designed to provide an escape from life by providing pleasurable inner states. The meditative processes which form a small part of the courses are not utilized for these purposes. The concept behind our program is to awaken people to their innate powers of mind. The ends to which these can be applied lie within the hands of the student.
What is required of Students?
An open mind and a genuine desire to learn and expand. The major goal of Mind Development is to facilitate the development of self determined people taking full responsibility in their lives. (Indeed, we need to explore the unmapped territory of our minds and develop it to the full, if we are each to have the insight to be able to effectively cut through the blinkered thinking in our environments, and make an impact on what is happening to our world’s social, economic and ecological systems).
Done at your own pace, with email support whenever you need it, an enthusiasm to learn will assure your progress throughout the courses. You study at home on the exercises, then incorporate the benefits into your everyday life.
About Mind Development Courses…
The aim of Mind Development is to awaken the innate powers of mind…
- to improve speed and accuracy of logical thought so the solutions to life’s continual parade of problems are readily apparent
- to raise introspective awareness so that you are in touch with your full knowledge base and can access it intuitively and from simultaneous multiple perspectives
- and to remain mindful at all times so you are are not taken over by habits and conditioned programs nor by “fight or flight” emotional reactions.
No one need accept that they must remain as they were shaped, by the conditioning of their childhood and culture. The benefits of Mind Development are all-encompassing and life transforming. Intelligence is a skill that can be learned and these are the courses to do so…
1. Super Vision (develop sensory intelligence)
Home-study course to improve the mind’s capacity for perception and integration between left and right brain, boosting memory, creativity, natural eyesight and drawing ability.
2. Effective Communication (communication skills course)
Learn powerful communication skills that enable you to be more effective at work and in those situations of everyday life where better communication can make all the difference.
3. Concentration: Developing Willpower (concentration course)
If you are concentrating you are awake and aware – your mental life is both intensified and broadened. Are there ways to improve your concentration directly? Yes, and this course teaches the best of them.
4. How to Study (foundation skills)
Learn how to study a subject quickly and well – with maximum comprehension, recall and ability to apply what you have learned effectively.
5. Power Reading (effective reading course)
Learn how to read both quickly and in depth over a wide range of subjects, and then to be able to appreciate, analyze and apply what you have read with clear and incisive intelligence.
6. Creative Memory (memory skills)
Memory is the key to cognitive enhancement. To further develop and memorize easily, we need to restore and integrate our creative right-brain processes of super memory.
6. Zen & the Art of Sprinting (body-mind power)
This course is on the periphery of Mind Development but nonetheless illustrates how closely mind and body function in co-ordination.