Neuroplasticity…. What does it
By Bret Treadwell, Butterfly
We’ve all heard the stories of people who would
never walk again and then did? People who live to be 100+ and have amazingly active lives or folks who have
over came medical challenges without expensive medications or invasive surgeries.
Neuroplasticity (or brain plasticity) is rooted in the idea that
we can continue to evolve throughout our lives and that setting the pace for our personal evolution is a
choice. There is a growing body of research that is prompting scientists to believe that we have much more
control over our life than we thought.
Neuroplasticity is one of the most important and
developing topics in Neuroscience today!
It could very well play an important role in the
evolution of our species and our ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
The quantity and quality of our intelligence is
due to the quality and quantity of new experiences. The brain consists of nerve cells (neurons) which are
interconnected by tiny branches called dendrites (Greek for little trees). Each neuron is powerhouse of
information although each neuron is not very powerful by itself. It is through connection that the resources
of one neuron can be capitalized on by another. Very similar to humans and human interaction. Learning and
Plasticity happen through changes in the neural network. It can be the addition of new cells, removing old
cells, the strength of the connections or adding or removing connections. Also similar to
Until recently the belief was that major portions of the brain
were unchangeable in structure after childhood. This belief is being challenged by new findings, suggesting that
all areas of the brain and awareness are adaptable throughout our lives. Decades of research have now shown that
substantial changes occur and that these changes can profoundly alter emotional responses, beliefs and behavioral
patterns. According to the theory of neuroplasticity, thinking, feeling and behavior actually change both the way
the brain looks in its physical form and how it performs on emotional levels, from top to
A substantial paradigm shift is now under way and many scientists
are saying that neuroplasticity is one of the most extraordinary discoveries of our century.
A 2005 study found that the effects of
neuroplasticity were even more potentially rapid than previously expected. Subjects who’s brains were imaged and
then underwent exercises in learning new intellectual, emotional and physical skills increased a significant amount
of gray matter in their brains and changes in their lives.
Creating the foundation for change in mental
acuity, beliefs and behaviors (neural connections) can be increased 2-3 times through specific brain plasticity
exercises, in 1–2 days. Those changes can be largely COMPLETED within a few weeks or months if the NEW PATTERNS ARE
REINFORCED FREQUENTLY enough and the new sensory information is strong enough. Research shows that LEARNING HOW
neuroplasticity works and POSITIVE FEEDBACK actually speed up the process of creating new connections. Other
factors include improved diet and a variety of exercises.
Creating a NEW YOU!
In order to gain maximum benefit from
neuroplasticity there are a few things to keep in mind.
You will want to experience more of the
peak emotional states
congruent sensory information
Your MISSION if you chose to accept
Write a paragraph on how neural plasticity works
and why you’d want to get good at leveraging it.
Write out a list of changes you’d like to make in
your life and how leveraging neural plasticity can help
Chose 2 changes to start
Set up a system to remind yourself to reinforce
the changes (ex: an alarm or note on the fridge)
Link peak emotions to your desired outcomes and visualize it every time you are
reminded to reinforce the change
Consider learning more about Autobiographical
Feedback™ and the Butterfly Warrior trainings
Neuroplasticity is rooted in the idea that we can
continue to evolve throughout our lives and that setting the pace for our personal evolution is a choice. There is
a growing body of research that is prompting scientists to believe that we have much more control over our life
than we thought.
Whether you decide to leverage this information
or not… is up to you.