Embracing Our Gifted Potential: Polychannel Processing
by Mark Cammack June 5, 2019
Above we see animated scenes: two teens elated with exhibits from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, a 1965 Pontiac GTO in the comedy film The Fat Spy, and the Professor Roy Hinkley of Gilligan's Island fame in his lab. This is similar to viewing multiple movies playing at once. A person experiencing polychannel processing may experience all three simultaneously. If you look at the pictures long enough, can you visualize them at the same time in your mind?
One of the most interesting phenomenons of the year-long performance test written about in the book How To Double Brain And Body Power: A Remarkable Improvement Method was the emergence of polychannel processing. Normally we experience unichannel processing in regards to thinking. With a sustained adaptive load of studies and sport, performance may improve in unanticipated ways. Enhanced ability through increasing the number of paths of thought and operations reveals the brain's capacity to handle considerable information. With two, three, and four paths we may have bichannel, trichannel, and quadrachannel processing respectively.
The experience can include full-color or black and white moving images, sounds, words, associated feelings, sensing, and intuitive perceptions. One channel might consist of music with or without images. It may take on the form of math or art with or without sound. It is possible to see positive events from our memory or to construct good future outcomes. A person interested in athletics may envision the ideal golf, tennis, weightlifting, or exercise result on the film screen. The student might gain ability and understanding with the brain's thinking in full multimedia.
Factual and creative visualizations can occur. While we may be thinking of practical things we work with daily, at times surreal images can morph into meaningful insights or solutions. This is not a psychedelic or artificial chemically induced experience, which is not recommended. It is using the naturally occurring ability of the brain. It is utilizing the full power of the theater of the mind.
These events are proportional to the intensity and duration of time spent immersed in ideas and specific subjects. If our cells are little machines, this includes the nervous system. We may become the information we process. The human brain physically changes for the better or worse depending on what it experiences. This is one reason why what we choose to put in our minds along with the environments we create is so important. The questions to ask are What do we want to become? and What are we becoming? Then we may query Can we become what we need to be in the environments we are in?
Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling was once questioned about why he was successful. He replied that many persons had his IQ level yet he believed he thought more about chemistry. He could visualize atoms and molecules and geometric shapes. Top athletes can see what is about to happen while playing or practicing their sport and respond quickly. Novel stimuli, new enjoyable things to learn and encounter in the environment, helps to stimulate the brain and nervous system pathways. This is true whether we are a growing child, an athlete, a businessperson, an academic, or the everyday man or woman who simply wants a happier enriched life.
I explained the H.P.E. methods and showed the results to a retired doctoral-level professional with extensive experience in neuroscience. He had graduated from Harvard University and his educated wife was musically trained in Switzerland. They took a few weeks looking over the book and material. He then made a comment regarding a well-known person with a strong interest in performance, and stated, "You did what they were trying to do." His wife continued,"I do not know anyone who has tried that hard. I guess most people aren't pushing themselves hard enough. It is a matter of effort." I made it clear that there is nothing special in me, but something very special in having the right environment for reaching goals while maintaining health. The results are actually rather easy when the entire surroundings promotes the outcome. In such a positive place, the brain can rewire, develop, and happiness thrives. It is not a matter of pushing oneself, but rather supporting oneself. Forceful extremes are not needed and can be counterproductive. Complete environmental backing within a wise protocol framework is required.
A characteristic of having many channels of thinking is the realization that we have only one tongue to speak with. While much is experienced in the brain, describing that to others or explaining ideas is slow by comparison. We may choose one of the movies in the mind to talk about, but we would need many tongues and a fast rate of speaking to keep up with internal ability!
The brain and body uses pathways to carry information and function. When we fire a neuromuscular path, a muscle or muscle group contracts. With ideal practice in sport, increasing efficiency and a high level of performance is possible. The person who does well has developed dependable paths to rapidly carry information. The same is true for the top scholar. The internal power can then become reality in the external world.
With all things being as equal as possible, a computer with a multiple core CPU will run faster than one with a single core CPU. A difference between the standard computer and a person is neuroplasticity. The capacity of the brain to alter itself leads to increasing abilities in enriched environments. An outcome of this can be enhanced visualization and polychannel processing.
Repetition and time spent in educational and physical training are traditional performance factors. This is often what is commonly called practice. We may improve the quality of repetitions and informational density to increase the rate of learning. We can think of this as genuine effort. This augmented ability indicates a greater neural load of information being carried by the brain. Dr. William Glasser mentioned the creativity of the brain when under stress. The nervous and electrical paths can change. With positive affectors this may be beneficial and help us or with negative affectors detrimental to us. This is why we need a supportive environment when pursuing top performance. Adverse environments may introduce disruptive information and nervous system signals leading to health risks.
When under increasing learning load in a properly implemented environment one may have the polychannel experience. The brain and nervous system already does this at the subconscious level for much of what we are not normally aware of. Have you ever studied a subject or practiced a sport and were dreaming about it? Have you ever needed a solution to something and awakened with the answer one morning? Could it be that we are accessing parts of the mind that are usually subconscious and bringing them into consciousness?
There are many channels regulating things such as heart rate, breathing, and more. With regular exercise muscular abilities increase. The same can be true for the brain and vivid thoughts as it develops an open door for processing information. It has not been that many of us have not tried hard enough, we simply needed quality environments that supported us.
All images are derived works © Copyright 2018-2019 Mark Cammack. All rights reserved. The original public domain resources are courtesy of The Internet Archive Library:
Century 21 Calling is a look into the 1964 Seattle World's Fair with numerous scientific and cultural exhibits: Century 21 Calling
The Fat Spy comedy movie from 1966 stars Jayne Mansfield as Junior and Jack E. Leonard as Irving and Herman. Also starring Phyllis Diller, Johnny Tillotson, Lauree Berger, Brian Donlevy, The Wild Ones, and cameos by a very nice 1965 Pontiac GTO: The Fat Spy
The 1978 film farce Rescue From Gilligan's Island stars Russel Johnson as The Professor, along with Alan Hale, Jr., Bob Denver, Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, and Dawn Wells: Rescue From Gilligan's Island
© Copyright 2019 Mark Cammack. All rights reserved.