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How Reading Affects Your Brain

April 16, 2013


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.

Or consciousness.

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.)

Next: Are You Ready?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2013 7:43 pm

    I don’t think it has anything to do with US policy; the watching movies, playing video games, etc., those addictions are world wide. I so love this post though, because it speaks specifically to what’s wrong! We’re not using our brains to their capacity and we’re allowing things like movies, video games and the news to cause us to respond emotionally. Our emotions and thoughts are what create our reality, so all those couch potatoes are contributing to the lack of peace and love in the world (assumes they are not all watching happy loving movies, and playing non-violent happy games). Even if folks would just send a portion of each day journaling, would be better than nothing! Fifteen minutes meditating….it’s also why I swear by the process I call “Daily Writing of Gratitudes.” I write the same scripted thing out every morning, in a journal I love, with a pen I love. I swear by it as a way to be 100% sure of starting my day with the proper vibration and energy. I do so wish everyone would try it…..Maybe some day! It is one of the things I’m here to share, I think. Thank you for your posts! Namaste’ ❤ LAMP<3

  2. April 16, 2013 8:41 pm

    Reblogged this on LAMP in Alaska and commented:
    I posted my response to this good article; you can read my take when you are finished. Namaste’ ❤ LAMP ❤

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