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Tom Evans : The Anatomy of a Light Bulb Moment

The Anatomy of a Light Bulb Moment

Anatomy

By Tom Evans

In the previous article, I explored how different areas of your body and different types of thought can have the effect of blocking or dampening the experiencing of light bulb moments.

A light bulb moment is different from any old thought as it affects our whole body, and mind. People who have experienced light bulb moments report how they can feel it in their water and how it affects every bone in their body. If you have one in the middle of the night, you can be kept awake for hours and compelled to get up and write it all down.

Another characteristic of a light bulb moment is that it tends to happen outside time, in less than an instant. Combined with their elusively random nature, this makes them difficult to analyse in a lab. As far as I know, nobody has MRI scanned someone when they are experiencing one. I will stick my hand up to be a guinea pig if any researchers are reading this.

For this reason, the following deconstruction of how a light bulb moment occurs is completely subjective and based on personal observation. I will state however that I got this whole description as a light bulb moment while in deep meditation. It feels intuitively right to me. The only caveat that I would add is that this is probably one of many mechanisms, yet possibly the one that is most commonly experienced.

Being in the meditative state sets up the perfect conditions for light bulb moments to occur. A still mind gives space for 'the new' to arrive. This can be achieved with a 'formal' meditative session or in the natural points in the day when we fall into this state. Later in this series, I will explore and demonstrate the process of achieving the ideal meditative state to receive light bulb moments, even with your eyes open.

Now the fuel to encourage the introduction of such fresh thought is specifically delivered during the in-spiration phase of the re-spiration process. The hyphenation is not only intentional but provides some elucidation as to what is occurring. Again, this is something I will explore in more details later in this series.

As neurons do not have internal reserves for oxygen, more neuronal activity requires more oxygen to be delivered rapidly through the blood stream. Conventional wisdom suggests that more neuronal activity creates more connections and the likelihood of a 'new' connection being forged increases as a result. So deeper breathing while meditating causes more of this potential interconnectivity in the brain.

While I was writing my book, I had the light bulb moment that it might be fun to use this very technique to gather some insight [or inner-sight] as what really goes on during the process.

This was the result.

When you move your diaphragm, which is also known as your spiritual muscle, it pump primes your pranic tube — your life force that stems from your spinal column. This in turn stimulates your main conglomerations of neurons [your chakras] and a massive amount of intercommunication ensues. Initially this is mainly between your gut, heart and third eye.

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