Brain versus mind explained as process versus content.

More and more scientific studies of psychology, neurophysiology, genetics, psychoneuroimmunology and quantum physics over the past 20-30 years have revealed facts and evidence that lead to the same conclusion: body and mind work together and an approach that separates them causes us difficulties.

Even though neurophysiologists have known since the 19th century that brain structures and mental functions were collaborating, their explanation was not yet clear. In 1994, the following was made clear in “Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience”:

Although everyone agrees that the mind has something to do with the brain, there is still no general agreement on the exact nature of this relationship.

The Santiary theory explains the relationship between mind and brain clearly and clearly. If the brain is the matter or the thing that functions in a visible way, the mind is the process that uses the structure of the brain to initiate thinking. According to this theory, the brain is thus a specific structure with which the process (read: mind) works. In short, the relationship between brain and mind is equal to a relationship between structure and process.  (1)

In this context, the concept of process includes perception, conviction and feeling, and these combine through the structure (brain) in the body to initiate a chemical reaction that produces a certain behaviour. Matter (brain) and energy (spirit) go through each other, work together and influence each other. Who plays the leading role? The mind of course, because the mind is the content that fills and shapes the structure of the brain. How can you know that this is true? People who are optimistic live longer and healthier lives, while people who are pessimistic tend to have health problems more often and their lifespan is shorter. This has to do with the content of observations, beliefs, thoughts and feelings that defines the process (physical mind) and is then inserted into the structure (brain).

This continuous collaboration explains the placebo effect and effect of hypnosis. This continuous collaboration affects the quality of life of the individual and his or her health.

Hypnosis helps to make unconscious emotions aware and then to process and release them. Through hypnosis, emotional issues are brought into contact with the subconscious and emotional charges are released by using different hypnosis techniques. This means that your feelings and thoughts change and as a result of this your behaviour also changes. In this way you give a different twist to the process (your mind) to which your brain responds. You will behave differently and feel different as a result, and you will notice that your social contacts improve and your health improves.



Fritjof Capra – Het levensweb Levende organismen en systemen: verbluffend nieuw inzicht in de grote samenhang, Kosmos-Z&K Uitgevers – Utrecht/Antwerpen, 1996, pg.176