Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment

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The quest for enlightenment has occupied mankind for millennia. And from the depictions we’ve see—monks sitting on meditation cushions, nuns kneeling in prayer, shamans communing with the universe—it seems that this elusive state is reserved for a chosen few. But now, neuroscientist David Perlmutter and medical anthropologist and shaman Alberto Villoldo have come together to explore the commonalities between their specialties with the aim of making enlightenment possible for anyone.

Joining the long-separated worlds of science and spirit, Perlmutter explores the exciting phenomena of neurogenesis and mitochondrial health, while Villoldo brings his vast knowledge of shamanic and spiritual practices. Drawing the most powerful tools from each discipline, Perlmutter and Villoldo guide you through this groundbreaking, five-week program to help you overcome toxic emotions and awaken the power of your higher brain.

Power Up Your Brain will show you how to:

• reduce your risk of devastating diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease,and Parkinson’s;
• overcome painful memories and break unhealthy emotional and behavioralpatterns; and
• gain powerful clarity of thought to experience inner peace, creativity, andenlightenment—all without the use of prescription drugs!

The nutritional advice, dietary supplements, fasting, and physical exercise outlined will not only help repair parts of your brain that have been affected by stress but also create a fertile environment to grow new brain cells and turn on the genes responsible for longevity, improved immunity, and enhanced brain function. And the shamanic practices, meditation, and visualizations will help bring online brain regions that allow for peace, compassion, innovation, and joy to arise naturally.

Following the Power Up Your Brain program will help you clear your mind and healyour body; and open you up to experience the inner peace, vast insight, and extraordinary creativity that define the experience of enlightenment.
 

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Contents

The Neuroscience of Enlightenment
1
The Powerful Mind
11
The Evolution of the Brain and the Mind
23
Mitochondria and the Feminine Life Force
33
Neural Networks and Habits of the Mind
45
How Stress Harms the Brain
57
The Gift of Neuroplasticity
69
Neurogenesis Growing New Brain Cells
83
The Shamans Gift
129
Priming Your Brain for Enlightenment
139
Shamanic Exercises
151
The Power Up Your Brain Program
175
Searching for Your Soul
195
Epilogue
203
Endnotes
209
Acknowledgments
217

Three Conditions You Dont Want to Have
99
CuttingEdge Therapies for Enhanced Energy Production
111
About the Authors
219
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About the author (2011)

David Perlmutter, M.D., FACN, is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He serves as medical director of the Perlmutter Health Center and the Perlmutter Hyperbaric Center in Naples, Florida and is also an adjunct instructor at the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the author of three books and numerous journal articles. Dr. Perlmutter has appeared on 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, the Today show, The Oprah Show, and The Early Show on CBS.Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., has trained as a psychologist and medical anthropologist, and has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and the Andean shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the U.S. and Europe in the practice of shamanic healing. He directs the Center for Energy Medicine at Los Lobos, Chile, where he investigates and practices the neuroscience of enlightenment.

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