How Reading Affects Your Brain
Words by the Lead Coordinator, Kokayi Nosakhere
As stated in the last blog post, the movie watching experience mimics real life. We rate actors and actresses on their ability to imitate our own behaviors on stage. When they cry we want to believe that they are authentically crying. Likewise, when they express joy on screen, we want to feel that joy.
This means that when we watch a movie, we are NOT using our brains any differently than when we use them in real life.
This fact should cause you to pause and reflect.
Reading a book – concentrating on the written word – forces the brain to “imagine”, or “invent”, images and sounds that match the “word”. This process is extremely complex and filled with nuances. For example, the word, “loud”, is a “quality” of sound. It is not a definite, measurable “thing” – although science can assign it a vibration. The written word produces a subjective internal experience.
That experience is valuable. It is more valuable than mainstream society places upon it. Some call this experience: the movement of divinity.
The “book imaginative process” teaches the individual mind how to use the brain. This “education” on how to use the imagination, which is called the “workshop of the mind”, is what separated the Ancient Israelis from their contemporaries. While our other Ancestors fashioned physical representations for the concept of “God”, the Ancient Israelis did not. “God” remained an abstract idea to be imagined and shaped in and through the mind. Hence, the association of reading scripture with “consciousness” or divinity.
With such an understanding, is the longstanding United States public policy of keeping certain aspects of the population “illiterate” becoming more clear? If the masses (85%) of the People are illiterate because they watch movies, or cable programming, they will live from the level of animal desires, having never entertained the “idea” of higher order thinking, which is inspired by mental concentration exercises.
This is why we are asking you to enter the expansive world of human activity through the written word.
Reading, which is a mental discipline, forces the neurons in your brain to make different associations than watching a movie, which imitates real life. By working differently, “aspects” of Self open up. Until you have such an experience you will not truly know what we are referencing when we make this claim. The internal “space” created by the “book imaginative process” is used in “spiritual practices”, such as visualizations. (More on this later.)
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