The mind is a work of art like no other.
Coursing through the neuronal pathways of our uttermost powerful organ is the lifeblood of everything we know and everything we are.
Until recently, we hadn’t known too much about how the various states of the brain interact with one another; even today, like yesterday, we’re likely operating under the relatively naïve assumption that we have it all mostly figured out.
Neuroscience, with its innovatively invasive methods of studying the brain, has revealed more than we could previously have imagined — even while such revelations have brought more questions than answers.
Like tubes of neon light, whereby atoms become excited as they move around hitting one another, transferring energy and producing a lot of heat, the neuronal pathways of the brain likewise see the movement of thoughts and the habituation of thought patterns, pulsating with energies of a different kind.
As voltage is applied to the electrodes in the tube (of neon light — to stay with the analogy), the gas inside is ionized; the electrons of the gas change energy states and release that energy in the form of photons (light). The color of the light ultimately depends on the type of gas in the tube.
I find this to be an especially fitting representation of neuroplasticity.
The way our thoughts move around, hitting one another, gaining or losing energy; the way they ionize our habitual thinking patterns and the way that they release energy in the form of light, which we can comfortably equate to our ideas, ambitions, revelations, realizations.
The mind is, by any stretch of the imagination, a seemingly untamable beast. Just when we think we have it figured out, we realize that we know next to nothing.
But we try. And in our continued attempts, we form new pathways of discovery.
And while we may not have all the pieces of the puzzle snapped together, we can work with what we have in order to do some rather remarkable things.
Take, for instance, addiction.
While we used to know very little about the workings of an addicted mind and while we toiled around in the subconscious realms of conscious thought to try and decipher something useful, we couldn’t get too far in terms of uncovering anything that had proved tangibly productive.
Until we came to better understand the concept of neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity encompasses the brains ability to formulate new neuronal connections over time. It’s the source of our adaptability, our development, our progression and evolution.
And so what better application of the concept than to addiction — of breaking or reforming habituating thought patterns.
At the junction in which we find ourselves today, we still lack the necessary skills to be able to rewire our brain without some form of an assistive catalyst; in other words, unless we’re expert meditators or able to professionally self-psychoanalyze our minds, we usually need external help.
This help comes in a variety of forms, and none other has proved to be as effective and as prolific as psychedelic-assisted therapy.
From MDMA therapies of decades past to modern LSD-assisted approaches, psychedelics have changed the game in not only crisis intervention but also general conscious maintenance, and no particular substance has shown the kind of potential that psilocybin has.
Companies are now recognizing the powerful potential that psilocybin-based products have, not because they’re selling a pleasing experience or a trending product, but because they’re offering something that’s tremendously difficult to come by: a new way to think, a way to reformulate thought patterns from the ground up.
And no company seems to be doing this better than Neonmind.