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Pranic Healing for Becoming Smarter
There is one fact which no one would dispute. That fact is that it is very important to be intelligent. People who are smarter grasp and understand concepts easier and faster, don’t repeat their mistakes, are find solutions to problems, and are able to make better decisions in life. But how can one become more intelligent? You can exercise your body to make it stronger and fitter. But how does one “exercise the brain” to become mentally sharper?
The amazing part about the teachings of Master Choa Kok Sui is that there are powerful and proven techniques that can be applied to every aspect of our life to create well-being which is beyond physical health. Within the MCKS Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga system there are a large number of tools and techniques that which can make us smarter and boost our mental horsepower.
Sharpen Your Mind
Intelligence has been defined in so many different ways. These include the ability to understand concepts, logic, having self-awareness, being able to learn things quickly, reasoning, planning, problem solving, higher creativity, learning from past experience, and many others. Scientists have been tried to figure out ways to measure intelligence through means of measures like Intelligent Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) and others.
Somewhere along the way in life almost all of us have taken some form of an IQ or EQ test and were provided with a number as an result. That figure number is supposed to be an indicator for some sort of level of intelligence. Irrespective of the limitations of such a method to quantitatively measure intelligence, you can (over time and through hard work) increase the number and become smarter. What is more amazing is that the teachings of MCKS can accelerate your ability to get smarter and more intelligent.
There are several techniques taught by MCKS which can help one become smarter… but one of the most important techniques remains Superbrain Yoga.
The Magic of Superbrain Yoga
One of the easiest ways to become smarter is through the regular practice of Superbrain Yoga. This technique was developed by MCKS to to be a simple and effective way to energize and recharge the brain. This powerful technique is explained in Master Choa Kok Sui’s book Superbrain Yoga and is dramatic in its simplicity given that the exercise takes less than 60 seconds a day to perform. This exercise offers benefits not just for young students, but also adults seeking brain wellness into their senior years and patients with development challenges and cognitive delays seeking normalcy and cures. Superbrain Yoga can additionally help keep our brain fit and functional, and how these can help counter the common mental effects of aging, memory loss, as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
There have been plenty of studies that have been conducted on Superbrain Yoga – especially on children. What is remarkable is that the children studied almost showed a significant increase in academic and behavioural performance, greater class participation and improved social skills. In one study, the result of an electroencephalograph showed increased amplitude in the parietooccipital region of the brain following the Superbrain Yoga. This indicates increased brain electrical activity following the exercise.
In the USA pilots have been conducted using Superbrain Yoga. A pilot study of two classes tottaling thirty-six students served as the experimental group while sixteen served as the control group. These students performed the exercise regularly. In that year, 83% of the students in the experimental group improved their standardized tests scores using the GatesMacGinitie Reading Inventory as a measurement tool. The average percentage point change in scores was 24 points for the experimental group. For example, students once scoring 64% on tests were now scoring 88%. In the control group, only 50% of the students improved their test scores with an average percentage change of 14 points. In another pilot 36 students performing Master Choa Kok Sui’s Superbrain Yoga were compared to a control group of 36 students. Once again, the data reflects that students performing Master Choa Kok Sui’s Superbrain Yoga perform better academically and behaviourally. In the next year year the experimental group increased test scores by 25% while the experimental group only increased by 15%. It was also determined through the scientific evaluation of Dr. Eugenius Ang, Jr. (Ph. D Post-doctoral fellow in the department of Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine) and Dr. Glenn Joseph Mendoza, (M.D., M.P.H. Practicing Physician and Director of the Neonatology and Neurodevelopment program in Upper State New York and Associate Professor, Clinical Paediatrics at the New York Medical College), that the quality of the experiment has a p value of .0001 which supports that the data collected is statistically and scientifically strong thereby proving the Superbrain Yoga is capable of improving intelligence levels.
Meditation and Intelligence
In addition to Superbrain Yoga, Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga together introduce several meditation techniques. Meditation as a tool helps optimize mental functioning. According to research, people who meditate even in small doses can remodel the electrical patterns of the brain that can help optimize mental functioning. Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D. and Neus Raines, Ph.D., found that the experienced meditators had significantly more gamma brain waves (30-90 Hz) and a Harvard study used MRI scans to document how Meditation rebuilds the brain’s grey matter in 8 weeks. Specifically the Meditation on Twin Hearts is one which is known to activate the brain.
Research and Scientific studies have been completed on the neurophysiological, psychological, sociological and psychospiritual effects of the Meditation on Twin Hearts. These studies have been conducted mostly in New York City, New York and in Bangalore, India. In conjunction with Pranic Healing, Meditation on Twin Hearts has also shown increased academic performance, behavioural functioning, improved memory and overall school and job performance.
You may ask what is the link between the Meditation on Twin Hearts and intelligence. Simply stated, the procedure for the Meditation on Twin Hearts entails activating the heart and crown chakras. Chakras have multiple functions – including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Specifically, the crown chakra also controls the brain. When the crown chakra is highly activated, it also activates and energizes the cells in the brain; thereby boosting brain power. This is yet another reason why we should try and meditate regularly.
Mental and Intuitive Intelligence
In addition to mental intelligence, MCKS also discussed the concept of intuitive intelligence (or intuition). Our present educational system places an emphasis on development of mental intelligence. Intuition on the other hand is known as inner knowing or inner perception. This is how MCKS explained the difference between mental intelligence in his book Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul (Pages 29-30):
What is Intuition? What is the difference between intuitive and mental intelligence? The difference is similar to a man who can see and a man who is blind. If a blind person wants to know an elephant, he has to touch it for quite some time to gather data and process them in order to have an idea of the shape of the elephant. A person who has eyes to see will simply open his eyes and say, “That is an elephant,” and will know exactly what an elephant looks like. Intuitive intelligence is just like opening your eyes and saying, “I know what that is.” Mental intelligence requires study and the use of logic through inductive and deductive reasoning.
Our present educational system does not place any focus on development of the faculty of intuitive intelligence because it is not considered as scientific or “rational”. However, a large number of scientific discoveries do have a role with intuition. The most famous of these discoveries were made by Sir Isaac Newton. Newton supposedly watched an apple fall from a tree and suddenly connected its motion as being caused by the same universal gravitational force that governs the moon’s attraction to the earth. Likewise, the structure of the benzene molecule was discovered by Frederick Kekule’s after an intuitive dream and lots of analytical thinking focused on understanding molecules in general. Kekule saw the answer in a dream of a snake coiled and biting its tail. In an intuitive flash, he realized that the molecular structure was characterized by a ring of carbon atoms (Benzene is a 6 carbon ringed compound with 6 hydrogen atoms with the carbon-carbon bonds arranged alternately single and double). This discovery opened the way to modern theories of organic chemistry. Another famous example of intuition leading to a scientific discovery is to do with Archimedes who suddenly awoke to a significant principle that would enable him to measure the volume of an object based upon the amount of water it displaced.
These are not examples which are isolated. One of the greatest scientific minds of all time, Albert Einstein, was very aware of the role of inituition in scientific discovery. This is what he had to say: “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why”.
So how does one develop intuitive intelligence? According to MCKS: “The crown chakra is the intuitive center.” Therefore, if we are able to activate our Crown Chakra we would be able to increase our intuition. Meditating regularly is one of the safest ways to activate the chakras.
Intelligence and Spirituality
There is yet another factor that can help make people more intelligent… though one which is not commonly known. This factor is called Spiritual Practice.
One of the hallmarks of spiritual practice is that it makes you more intelligent. To put this into perspective, have you ever heard of the story of a Spiritual Teacher or Saint who lacked a sharp mind? When you read stories in antiquity about great spiritual teachers across traditions, you would observe that almost off of them were extraordinary from the standpoint of possessing a sharp mind. According to Master Choa Kok Sui, the key purpose of Arhatic Yoga is “to produce intelligent, compassionate, good hearted, powerful disciples who will become great divine servants.” Notice the emphasis on the word “intelligent”.
Within the MCKS Arhatic Yoga system lie several other techniques to enable students sharpen their minds. These include the practice of the virtues, the Arhatic Kundalini meditation (also known as the Arhatic Meditation on the Inner Breath), and the understanding Meditation (which is introduced in Arhatic Yoga Level 1). You may read more about the different types of yoga taught in MCKS Arhatic Yoga system on our online magazine.
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