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You Are Not Your Brain Exploring the Nature of Mind and our Holographic Brain

Brandon West, Contributor

Waking Times
What is the true nature of mind, and what is the real function of our brains?The
purpose of this article is to provide evidence that strongly indicates that you
are not your brain, or your body for that matter, and that the nature of mind, o
f memory, and of our brains may actually be vastly different than we have been l
ed to believe.
Since time immemorial, man has been fascinated by the mind, leading great thinke
rs from Hippocrates to Descartes to ponder the nature of mind with wonder. Fast
forward to modern times and observe how the mind is still revered and is dominat
ing our culture. We have a lot of firm beliefs about the nature of mind, and I b
elievethe ego- our limited perception of ourselves and thus human ignorance, is in
tricately tied in with these beliefs.
But the truth of the matter is that we onlyunderstanda fraction of the minds poten
tial, i.e. its capability of rote memorization and other analytically orientated
functions, and weuseeven less.
We know hardly anything about the brain let alone the nature of mind. Is it poss
ible that we are missing crucial aspects of its function and entire areas of dev
elopment and potential that simply slide under the radar because they are not ac
cepted by modern thought?
In this article we will explore the idea that the brain itself, with its tissue
and neurons that we have until now deemed the source of our thoughts and identit
y, is actually just a tool, a receiver of human intelligence and consciousness,
but not its source; and that the human mind is not sourced in the brain any more
than the internet can be found in your laptop or your modem.
My brain is only a receiver. In the Universe there is a core from which we obtain
knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of
this core, but I know that it exists.- Nikola Tesla
Projected Memory on the Screen of Consciousness
To begin I would like to delve into the work of a Canadian neurosurgeon named Wi
lder Penfield.Through his work with epileptic patients spanning from the 1930?s i
nto the 1970?s he found that stimulation of the human cerebral cortex with a gent
le electrical current sometimes awakens specific memories, at other times dreams
. His work gave him insight into the function of the brain, memory, mind, and the
interactions between them.
(This information on Wilder Penfields experiments is from his lecturesThe Mechanis
m of Memory, andSome Mechanisms of Consciousness Discovered During Electrical Sti
mulation of the Brainunless otherwise specified.)
During brain surgery once the brain was exposed, he found that by using an elect
rode that produced a gentle electrical current, he could stimulate areas of the br
ain and get specific, repeatable, intriguing and often times simply fascinating
results. The patients were kept conscious throughout the procedure so that the d
octors could carry out a conversation throughout the operation and receive immed
iate feedback on the nature of the experience these electrical currents would pr
In one case an area he stimulated caused a man to not only hear a piano being pl
ayed, but also tosee the man sitting in front of himplaying the piano.In another ca
se a boy reported seeing men sitting on a chair and singing, and in yet another
case the patient heard a complete orchestra. In each of these situations the ind
ividuals involved didnt see fleeting shapes of people, or the wisp of a song, but
they saw the image as vivid and clear as if they were actually there in the roo
One woman even heard a song, which turned out to not even have been one of her f
avorite songs, being played when an area of her brain was being stimulated. When
stimulated at intervals without her knowledge (because the brain has no tactile
sensation), the same song began playing again from the exact same spot.
The sound was so clear and flawless that she mistook a device in the operating r
oom as a musical device that they were stopping and starting at intervals.
In all cases the patients recalled the events not like you would commonly recall
a memory, which is usually as a fleeting mental image, but rather in such expli
cit detail that it was literally like they were reliving the event in question.
Some patients literally saw people in front of them, and heard them just as clea
rly as if they were actually there.
As Dr. Penfield phrased it, it was like the mind was able to project a memory or
a dream upon the screen of consciousness. Moreover he found that when he stimulat
ed the brains of individuals and they remembered something, an image, or sound,
or a feeling, those memories were always accompanied by the thought processes th
at accompanied them at the time.Therefore our brains record sensory data as a who
le unit.
Holographic Memory and the Nature of Mind
In my articlethe unified field and the illusion of time, we explored some evidenc
e supporting the understanding that all information is encoded directly into the
field the energy density of space/time all around us (which unfortunately is be
yond the scope of this article). But if we apply that understanding to the perce
ption going on in this circumstance when Wilder Penfield stimulated the brains o
f his patients, what occurred was that his patients seemed to have perfect recal
l of past events and in visual cases, 3D or holographic memory.
This is not normal perception.
What if the stimulation of the brain itself caused his patients to project their
memory onto the field?Or what if that information was already present in a holog
raphic sense meaning that those images, and those songs and memories were encode
d within the field, possibly recording directly into the field by the brain itse
lf, and the stimulation by chance allowed them to perceive the memory directly i
n the field?
This not only suggests the possibility ofholographic memoryin human beings, but a
very different understanding of memory itself (which we shall explore later).
The other thing that is interesting is that the events which were brought back w
ere entirely mundane, meaning they were generally ordinary events of no signific
ance. This suggests that our brains actually record every detail of our lives, e
ven the mundane and ordinary, and that they are accessible to us if we could fig
ure out how to access it, or in other words, how to tap into the full potential
of our minds.
Wilder Penfield himself remarked that if the brain was indeed recording all of e
xperience, then it is only natural that when dipping into this massive archive o
f information and memory that we happen upon ordinary events considering the vas
t quantity of information recorded in our lifetime (fromHow To Know Godby Deepak C
In Deepak Chopras bookHow To Know God, he also cites how Wilder Penfield noted tha
t the brain even retains memory while dormant, such as the fact that when patien
ts are under deep anesthesia during surgery, about one percent of the population
has a recollection of what the doctors were saying, and even some details of th
e procedure. It is interesting that
Under deep anesthesia, there are practically no higher brain waves at all, making
it impossible for the cerebral cortex to accomplish anything so complex as reme
mbering what a surgeon is saying. (How to Know God, p. 217)
This is one of the reasons why Wilder Penfield concluded after nearly 40 years o
f research that the mind was an entity separate from the brain, and which did no
t rely on the brain to function.
Who Is The One Doing The Moving?
Deepak Chopra in his lecture series with Wayne Dyer entitledLiving Beyond Miracle
stells of another of Wilder Penfields experiments where he is stimulating the moto
r cortex of a patients brain which causes the patient to raise their arm in front
of them. If we were to ask the man if it ishimmoving his are, he would reply that
No,I AMnot.
But when Penfield asked him to move his arm to the side the patient could move h
is arm, and he responded with something akin to I AM moving my arm, or now I AM mov
ing my arm. Who is this I AM presence who is doing the moving? And why is it not
activated when the body is moving on its own?
If our brain is the source of who we are, then any stimulation thereof which res
ulted in motion should give us the perception that it is us who is moving, but a
s Deepak Chopra states, because that is not the case this is indicative that our
brain is not who we are, that the brain and body is only superficially related
to who we are, and that the brain most certainly is not the source of who we are
Brain Tissue Is Apparently Optional
Removing a hemisphere.Evidence for the holographic brain concept, and that our br
ain is only a recorder of experience and not the source of the mind can be found
in a study done by Johns Hopkins University (J.H.U.) where they worked with bra
in-damaged children. They found that they could improve their level of intellige
nce and physical coordination byremoving the damaged hemisphere of their brain. I
n essence, they literally cut out the damaged chunk of the childrens brain.
Within our current understanding of the brain this operation should significantl
y damage, if not irreparably hinder the childs ability for memory and cognitive f
unctions. From conventional understanding all of the functions which that hemisp
here of the brain took care of would no longer be implemented leaving the child
mentally deficient, or fragmented in some form.
If memories are stored in the brain, then after this operation those children sh
ould have lost those memories pertaining to the removed portion of their brain i
f memories are stored in the brain. Yet the results were astonishing, and once a
gain defied conventional thought.
Dr. Eileen P. G. Vining of J.H.U. studied 54 of the children who underwent the o
peration and she was simply astounded by the retention of memory, and by the rete
ntion of the childs personality and sense of humour. A new version of the study wa
s published in 2003 by John Hopkins University that dealt with 111 kids who had
the operation between 1975 and 2003. Out of these 111 children 86% of them were
seizure free or no longer needed medication (David Wilcock,The Source Field Inves
The mystery of hydrocephalus.For more evidence we move towards the work of Dr. Jo
hn Lorber who is one of the worlds top experts on the condition known as hydrocep
halus. Hydrocephalus is due to a problem with the flow cerebral spinal fluid whi
ch surrounds and cushions the brain, and when there is a blockage in this flow t
he pressure within the individuals cranium is increased. Hydrocephalus means lite
rally water on the brain, and brain swelling in this case leads to an oftentimes d
ramatic compression of brain tissue.
Dr. Lorber studied a total of 253 people with this condition. In the most severe
cases, the pressure in the brain would increase to such a high level that the b
rain tissue would be compacted leaving the patient with only a fraction of their
original amount of brain tissue. In Dr. Lorbers study 9 people reached this seve
rity with around only 5% of their total brain tissue left. That means only 5% of
their neurons, brain cells, synapses, and so one were available in the patients
Amazingly 4 out of 9 of those people with less than 5% of their brain tissue had
an IQ over 100, and 2/9 had an IQ greater than 126.In other words 66.6% of them
were fine. Given the drastic loss of brain tissue the obvious question is how is
this possible? How can someone with almost literally no brain be intelligent at
all, let alone above average?
Dr. Lorber was directed to a student at his university by his peers, literally b
ased on the intriguingly large size of his head, they thought he may be of poten
tial interest. This student had an IQ of 126 and had a first-class honours degree
in mathematics, and is socially completely normal.
A brain scan was done on this individual with surprising results. It was found t
hat out of the normal 4.5 cm of brain tissue, his condition had been compressed
to only a few millimeters. In other words his head filled with cerebral spinal f
luid, and only a few millimeters of brain tissue, yet he was still high function
ing with above average intelligence (David Wilcock,The Source Field Investigation
I have no technical understanding of how this is even possible except to simply
suggest that possibly the conductivity and crystalline nature of water may be a
contributing factor. Yet what this should clearly illustrate that we know very l
ittle of thetrue natureof mind, or the brain. Both of these once again demonstrate
that the mind is independent of the brain.
The Nature of Mind-Brain Connection
This evidence raises some important questions:
What is the real function of our brains?Is it the brain tissue itself that create
s our intelligence, or is it the electrical and conductive nature of the brain t
hat allows us toconnectto intelligence? More or less like a sophisticated antennae
, just like Nikola Tesla observed of himself early in the 20th century.
All of this information so far creates a lot of friction with the current propag
ated understanding of the brain, if it doesnt debunk it altogether. The informati
on that Penfield discovered is suggesting that our brains are independent of our
minds, and that all our memories are recorded in their entirety, and with the s
ame detail that we experienced them. From where we do not yet know.
I also suggest that this is evidence that we have the potential for holographic
memory. This hypothetically is a possible function of our minds where our memory
is projected powerfully onto reality (onto the screen of the universal consciou
sness) so that we can experience and relive our memories in 3D. After all, this
is what Wilder Penfields patients experienced.
As Johns Hopkins University, and John Lorbers research found, it may not be that
our brains are really that important. If children can have half their brains rem
oved and retain their memories and personality, and if people can function with
less than 5% of their brain tissue with above average intelligence, then what is
the true purpose of the brain but as a vehicle for intelligence, not as the sou
rce of intelligence?
Likea highly sophisticated bio-technology that we use to experience this level of
reality,create reality, and express ourselves. Like in the movieAvatar, maybe we
are not actually our bodies but are just operating them.
Is our brain really where memories are stored?There is actually no evidence to su
pport that even our memories are stored in the brain, and never has there been a
memory discovered in the brain. This is because our brains are constantly chang
ing and are not fixed structures.
The evidence is finally lining up with ancient spiritual truths from every cultu
re which expressed explicitly that we are divine, and that our true nature iscons
cious awareness, and that we are merely a fragment of that divine consciousness
expressed in physical form.
We may be vastly underestimating the power of our minds, and our true abilities
to use them.If our minds can remember entire songs to perfection or orchestral pe
rformances that we only heard in passing then what is stopping us from accessing
this on a conscious level?
It seems that every single detail of our lives is recorded with our brain, so th
e question I have is how do we access that information, and from where do we acc
ess it?
This evidence provides a truly exciting shift in the way we can view our minds,
and more importantly our potential. If an electrode in our brain is able to stim
ulate such vivid recollection, is it not possibly that we can develop our imagin
ation and our mental abilities to this point naturally so we can use that abilit
y at will?
Is it not possible that there is much more going on during a simple thought proc
ess or recollection of an event than we give ourselves credit for? That is exact
ly what Wilder Penfield found which caused him at the end of his career to see t
he nature of mind as a field of energy or information which Deepak Chopra (I bel
ieve) termed the mind-field.
What if your essence is not in your brain, or in your body, but in a formless fi
eld of energy?
About the Author
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Comments (8)
HealthyEgo says:
July 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm
the events which were brought back were entirely mundane, meaning they were genera
lly ordinary events of no significance. Were they? What were the emotional energi
es imprinted upon these mundane signatures that were stimulated?
Under deep anesthesia, there are practically no higher brain waves at all, making
it impossible for the cerebral cortex to accomplish anything so complex as reme
mbering what a surgeon is saying. Perhaps this may be due to the predominant brai
nwave activity was heightening the Subconscious Mind which is always on and alert.
Surgery is both a violation of the body itself and may be perceived by the Subc
onscious Mind as a traumatic event, which may then be relegated to the Unconscio
us Mind for safe keeping.
The brains ability to function with a fair amount of normalcy when half or so has
been removed is part of the Subconscious Minds primary objective, which is survi
val of the organism. And with half of a brain, the body simply adapts and compen
sates to ensure survival.
What is especially of interest is this study is on children. It is important to
understand that the more complex regions of the brain (pre-frontal or neocortex)
are relatively undeveloped in all children up to about age 7. Thus, it is entir
ely possible that the brain as a whole simply makes do with what it does in establ
ishing connections of memory, speech, critical thinking, logic, and so on with t
he available space in one hemisphere. As science has stated numerous times, we o
nly use about 10-15% of our theorized brain capacity as it is. Maybe a fair chun
k of the rest of it is like a back-up hard drive that can be utilized should par
ts of the brain experience major trauma or are removed.
It would be of more interest in comparing this study with a study of adults over
the age of 25 (when the pre-frontal and neocortex of the brain are generally ma
ture). When large regions of the brain are removed at this point, what are the o
verall results?
1. Matt presti says:
July 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm
The work of Dr. Walter Russell (a close personal friend of Tesla) confirmed as a
very exacting difference between the electric brain and the still mind source o
r Universal God-Mind of which our respective extended Mind is projected into for
m and retracted at death. I have a new series beginning soon which will cover th
e true nature of God and Mind. From the perspective of illumination, the explana
tion of this process is made simple and quite clear. Nice article. This and more
investigation into similar subject matter will help to serve as a blueprint for
Cosmic Man now dawning. -Matt Presti
2. Aude Sapere says:
July 2, 2014 at 2:22 am
Interesting article, but I cant help being distracted by things like the followin
g: different than we have been lead to believe. The past tense of lead is led, prono
unced lke the toxic heavy metal, but spelled differently. You have no idea how m
any people make this mistake.
3. dimitri says:
July 2, 2014 at 3:59 am
Nice. And then to bugger things up a neurologist by the name of D.F. Swaab write
s a book titled We Are Our Brains. The Scientific Revolution just refuses to politel
y exit.
4. David Fiske says:
July 2, 2014 at 6:28 am
I am listening to Rick Archers excellent interview with Peter Russell on Buddha a
t the Gas Pump (whom I met in Rishikesh in 1969) which also deals with this and
the nature of consciousness.
5. Nikhil says:
July 2, 2014 at 8:28 am
There is no perfect recall. There are neurons that, when fired, gives you the pe
rception of a point in space. Another group of neurons, the particular music, ye
t another, a particular person etc. what happens when the 3 groups of neurons ar
e fired together? Of course you get the perception of that person at that locati
on playing that music. The brain fills in additional detail to make it believabl
e to us of course. This is not perfect recall. Nothing is stored perfectly and f
or ever. The brain constructs a model of the reality from the multiple inputs wh
ich is correlated in time. There is no need to bring up pseudo scientific explan
If our brain is the source of who we are, then any stimulation thereof which resu
lted in motion should give us the perception that it is us who is moving.not true
. The patient said it was not him that moved the arm when his motor neurons were
stimulated because of the simple reason that the neurons that gives him the fee
ling that he was going to do something was bypassed. Why? Because motor neurons
were directly stimulated.
How can a person remember complex events that (supposedly) happened when he was
under deep anaesthesia? Please do a google search. You would find many potential
explanations that does not need a supernatural explanation.
Memory is a phenomenon of the brain, but why do we remember some memory even if
some area of the brain is removed? Because that memory is not stored in one loca
lised brain region. It is stored in multiple areas. So even if part of the memor
y is lost, the brain can simulate that missing piece reasonably accurately as a
memory that you perceive as reality is synthesised by integrating what the brain
stored in different parts of the brain. Perhaps it was the smell of something t
hat was lost due to the damaged part of the brain. However, from the sight of th
e event, sound of the event etc. that were stored in the other brain regions it w
ould be possible to recreate the realistic smell from the past experiences. Just
a crude example that I can think of. The real mechanism could be much more comp
lex, but still very natural. By the way, memories do degrade severely when signi
ficant brain regions are damaged.
I can go on, but typing on my ipad with two figures is proving to be very cumber
Bottom line there are very simple and natural explanations for almost everything
. And for the remaining ones we will reach normal simple explanations, just give
enough time for the experts to work on them. It takes time to investigate, expe
riment and come to valid conclusions. Id like a supernatural explanation just lik
e anyone, but that does not mean I should close my eyes and make myself blind to
the real research that is happening now. Use the power of google and make an ef
fort to seek out alternate explanations.
6. albatross says:
July 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Hmm, it sounds like both muscle memory (moving arm) and thought memory (recallin
g visual and auditory memory), in real time, are both stimulated by applying ele
ctrical stimuli to the brain at different regions. The subject perceives a memor
y on the one hand, and performs a function on the other hand. While I consider m
yself in control of my memories and my physical actions, its interesting that the
subjective and objective distinction can be erased by a bit of juice at the rig
ht location. That is to say whether the subject consciously wills the action or
With regard to hydrocephaly, please clarify: is the whole brain, that big fatty
kilogram lump in the skull reduced to 5% of its size like a neutron star or white
dwarf, or is the what-do-you-say, cerebral cortex or gray matter compressed to
5% of its, um, spongy altitude by cerebral spinal fluid? I was under the impressi
on that conscious thought occured in the gray matter and unconscious bodily func
tions were embedded within the deeper structures of the brain. Im a layman so Im t
rying to figure out if I can still operate if my brains stem is reduced by 95% v
olume. Also, Im on a diet.
Finally, were these electrical probes inserted into the brain or were they glaze
d across the top so-called cerebral cortex or gray matter to achieve the correspon
ding reactions to stimuli? Im not a brain surgeon, but, believe me, I hope brain
surgeons understand prepositions, especially on top of and into.
Good article! Thank you!
7. louis says:
July 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm
Time changes not,
but all things change in time.
For time is the force
that holds events separate,
each in its own proper place.
Time is not in motion,
but ye move through time
as your consciousness
moves from one event to another.
If the brain is a receiver, as I agree with, then stimulating those specific are
as might literally be moving the consciousness back to the time the memory occurred.
The person was watching the piano being played and it felt so real, because his
consciousness was there. Split between the office participating in the experime
nt and in the past during the piano performance.