An electro-chemical system of 100 billion interconnected neurons.
The brain is a physical organ, giving access to what we call ‘the mind’. The mind gives us the ability to interact with ourselves, with others and with the world around us.
In other words, the mind creates our experience of ‘reality’. Our human experience of the mind arises from brain activity.
The 1990s have come to be known as ‘the decade of the brain’; with good reason. Dramatic advances in neuroscience have revealed how the healthy brain behaves – and how it can get nudged into unhealthy negative patterns of behaviour.
The difficulties you are experiencing are more than likely reflected in unhealthy brain patterns. These patterns can be identified and corrected, leaving you feeling better.
How the Brain Communicates
When neurons communicate with each other they produce small electrical charges of varying speeds and intensities. Modern, brain-imaging techniques (Electroencephalogram or EEG) allow us to see a graphical representation of these electrical charges.
We call them brainwaves. Brainwaves are described in terms of their frequency (speed) and their amplitude (strength). Frequency is measured in hertz (or cycles per second) and amplitude is measured in microvolts. The slower the frequency the less alert the brain.
These brainwaves (electrical activity in the brain) create our ‘reality’, affecting every aspect of our lives – reflecting and accounting for whether we feel happy, sad, energetic or fed up.