Norman Doidge in his best selling book The Brain That Changes Itself puts it clearly, if mistakenly:
As we age . . . We find familiar types of stimulation pleasurable; we seek out like-minded individuals to associate with, and research shows we tend to ignore or forget, or attempt to discredit, information that does not match our beliefs, or perception of the world, because it is very distressing and difficult to think and perceive in unfamiliar ways.
With due respect to Norman Doidge, I shout a loud, audacious and rebellious no, never, to his theory that brain plasticity declines. It may be true of people he met and treated who were not diligently exercising their brains with constant new information and ideas. Our brains will never lose plasticity if constantly fed, exercised and excited by endless streams of new knowledge.
There is no limit to the number of new ideas, facts and information our plastic brains can assimilate in their cosmic sized reservoirs of limitless neurons and infinite connections. The oversize human brain may be the most complicated organ in the universe. It is informed by quantum physics and metaphysics, the TAO, Zen and Eastern philosophy, capable of growing younger each year. Immortality is not a dream eternal youths, gals and guys, it is our birthright.
Doidge’s book makes it clear that if we work like the devil at encountering, imbibing and learning limtess streams of the unfamiliar, our brains will benefit and grow forever younger. Guys and gals, to live our eternal youths, long and strong, we must fiercely detach ourselves from so-called normal societal ways, and vigorously seek to learn what we don’t understand, resist learning like hell, or learn to like.
What we already like is the dying and dead past. What we newly encounter is the limitless future and endless new growth of neurons and their virtual infinityof axon pathways in our brains. That is the road to eternal youth. Conformity is the vice of small minds and the death of eternal youthfulness.
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you,
stand up and be counted at any cost.
There’s no limit to what we can achieve. Mirrored in every still pond and pool, a full moon illuminates intimations, ghostly illusions of an unfulfilled life. Fulfill it!
To see, to truly see the Way to eternal youth initiates a Zen master’s level of skill and excellence. Each step into new knowledge brings you higher into the aery realm of shining snow peaks. Each new mountain peak, each hard won ascent lights the dark night of the soul. Our vision, endless youth and immortality comes from bold aspirations, total belief in the wisdom and power of the heart and soul, and reckless dreams.
Fate is the promise that life is not a random string of tragedy and comedy without meaning. Fate proclaims that our lives are in fact so meaningful, so necessary, that our stories are written by the gods and goddesses, by the heavens themselves.
We may only glimpse our fate, hinted by the stars or the creases of our hands; but even this glimpse is evidence of our contract with the entire universe, that we are players in the great wheel of life and death and rebirth.
–SY MONTGOMERY, Spell of the Tiger
Our digital quantum age is the first time in the history of the earth that immortality seems attainable. Infinite wisdom can fill our brains that are capacious, limitless and wired to carry the wisdom and immortality of eternity. Gaia and evolution worked long and hard to add quantum mechanics to the virtually infinite trillions of nuerons and circuit connections s in the soft tissue of our immortal plastic brains.
What was achieved in five billion years during the life of this planet reflects itself in the myriads of stars whirling in the millions of galactic clusters that illuminatethe universe. Because we think, we eternal youths, guys and gals, think the starry cosmos. Because the cosmos thinks, thought is immortal, we are immortal.
Modern physics had shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and deathof living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter. For modern physicists . . . Shiva’s dance is the dance of subatomic matter.
—FRITJOF CAPRA, The Tao of Physics.
Shiva’s dance is the dance of human intelligence which at the quantum level exceeds eternity in a femtosecond, a millionth of a trillionth of a second. The holographic quantum paradigm also has implications for so-called hard sciences such as biology.
Keith Floyd, a psychologist at Virginia Intermont College, has pointed out that if the concreteness of reality is but a holographic illusion, it would no longer be true to say the brain produces consciousness. Rather, it is consciousness that creates the appearance of the brainas well as the body and everything else around us that we interpret as physical.
If the apparent physical structure of the body is a holographic projection of consciousness, it becomes clear that each of us is much more responsible for our health than current medical wisdom allows. What we now view as miraculous remissions of disease may actually be due to changes in our consciousness which in turn effect changes in the hologram of the body.
Eternal youths, It is vital and empowering to use this new understanding to remain eternally young, because mind and body are inextricably interlinked. We have the power to strengthen our immune systems, to fight off evil and disease, to propel ourselves into eternal health and youth. We humans possess the powerful minds, plastic brains and unstoppable wills that the gods
let loose on the earth. We eternal youths are the intelligent
T-Rex’s of creation.