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"The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical beings who have two complementary aspects: They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also infinite fields of consciousness. ~ Stanislav Grof "

Brain Chemistry

The Ayahuasca Effect

This is a really interesting article by Kirby Surprise Psy.D looking at ayahuasca as a plant medicine, and examining how it effects brain chemistry, as well as his own profound personal experience with this most incredible shamanic brew.

"The world’s most powerful antidepressant and psychotherapeutic agent may be a natural herbal tea."

http://www.ayahuasca.com/science/the-ayahuasca-effect/

L-Theanine: How a Unique Anxiety Reducer and Mood Enhancer Increases Alpha Waves and Alertness

Hundreds of studies exist showing the many health benefits of green tea. But what makes it the most consumed beverage in the world after water is its pleasant taste and relaxation effect. Both of these qualities—and more—can be traced to a unique, neurologically-active amino acid in tea called L-theanine (gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid).

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Breath Retraining, the Vagus Nerve, and Depression with Dr. Fred Muench

Dr. Fred Muench offers a unique perspective into the science and application of conscious breathing, with some startling revelations on the profound effects breathing has on depression, anxiety and hypertension. link to interview

What I find interesting about this article and using conscious breathing to stimulate the vagus nerve, is the correlations it has with the out of body sleep breathing technique that Nick Newport talks about on his lucidology videos. ...

Darkness Retreat – Ancient Technology for Spiritual Alchemy

An interesting article here about how darkness affects the brain and consciousness.

In the isolation from any external light the third eye (pineal gland) overflows with certain neurotransmitters that awaken the higher brain, the ability to imprint the brain. The imagination begins to externalize, and even when you open your eyes you walk within your imagination.

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5HT (Serotonin) and Sleep

Here's some interesting information about brain chemistry in relation to dreaming..

Dr. J. Allan Hobson, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, has spent more than 40 years studying sleep and dreaming. He is author of "The Chemistry of Conscious States" (Little, Brown, 1994).

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Neurotransmitters

A brief explanation of the different neurotransmitters and their functions.. Read more

Acetylcholine
Norepinephrine
Dopamine
GABA
Glutamate
Serotonin
Endorphin

An Interview with: Candace Pert

Biology and chemistry are allied sciences. Even our thoughts and emotions are based on chemical events in the brain. Candace Pert and Solomon Snyder revolutionized neurochemistry in 1972, when they discovered opiate receptors in the brain. These receptors, molecules on the outer membranes of brain cells, are the sites where morphine, heroin, and other opiate drugs bind and trigger their effects on behavior.

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The Passion Cycle

Are lovers struggling against a neurochemical tide?

As we become sexually aroused, dopamine (the "I gotta have it!" neurochemical) rises in our reward circuitry. It is also implicated in addictions. In fact, in 2003 Dutch scientist Gert Holstege announced in a press release pertaining to his research that brain scans of orgasm resembled brain scans of shooting heroin. What goes up must come down.

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L-Theanine: How a Unique Anxiety Reducer and Mood Enhancer Increases Alpha Waves and Alertness

Hundreds of studies exist showing the many health benefits of green tea. But what makes it the most consumed beverage in the world after water is its pleasant taste and relaxation effect. Both of these qualities and more can be traced to a unique, neurologically-active amino acid in tea called L-theanine (gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid).

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Biofeedback for Your Brain?

There is new evidence that people can learn to control the activity of some brain regions when they get feedback signals provided by functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (fMRI).

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