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- Awareness and Attention-Span: A Breathtaking Discovery
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AWARENESS AND ATTENTION-SPAN:
A BREATHTAKING DISCOVERY
At this moment,
as you start to read this you are holding your breath.
As you breathed,
you moved your attention to this next sentence. OR, you moved attention
to other things and then breathed again before moving it to this
this brief is so breath-taking (well, maybe), but because your breath
paces and punctuates your attention and awareness. Whenever
you start to give attention to any awareness of stimulus, you hold
your breath! When you breathe again, that is part of a pattern where
you are releasing your attention from the one focus of awareness
and moving it on to wherever it will alight next.
override this pattern and hold your attention (and not just merely
fixate your eyes! ?did you? Gotcha again!) on one thing through
several breaths, but it takes an effort. Normally, you don't go
around making that effort, and neither do others.
is pace-maker for your attention, just as your child's breath is
pace-maker for his or her attention. Not all instances of hyperactivity
and short attention-span are caused by being short of breath, nor
all reading problems. Being short of breath, an easily corrected
condition, is virtually guaranteed to cause these, however.
pace-making effect is not an absolute. You can override this
pace-making effect with some effort. For example, hold in mind
(not just your eyes at one point! ?gotcha!) the thought,
" ?Holding in mind this one thought while breathing several
As you can
see, you can override the interrupter effect, and keep one
focus of attention in mind through several normal breaths (though
some readers may have needed several tries before being able to
do so). Also when driving a car there
may have been occasions ?but watch closely what your mind is actually
doing virtually the whole time you are driving with your attention
ostensibly on the road!
But it does
take an effort to override the interrupter effect and even with
the effort you just made, with the beginning of one of your next
breaths you did find that your attention had moved on. ?And normally,
neither you nor your child nor anyone else goes around making that
effort. Normally, there is nothing to prevent your breath from playing
its absolute role as the pacemaker for your awareness span.
easily test the effects of your breathing on your awareness
another way, by going out for a run (or any fairly aerobic activity)
which leaves you panting, short of breath. Until your breathing
settles down, how hard or easy is it for you to give your sustained
attention to anything, or to do any detailed work?
Even at the
start of a sustained physical effort such as lifting a heavy load,
you hold your breath! Doing anything, even physical, which requires
concentrated attention, you repeatedly hold your breath, while trying
to fix your toaster or car engine. Some people, whose concentrated
effort outruns their breathing span, even become dizzy from this
phenomenon out by watching your own responses, then check it out
on innocents around you. Fun . . . . but there is also a very serious
side to this.
is nothing to prevent your breath from playing its absolute role
as the pacemaker for your attention and awareness span. So the
normal span of your breath is critical to how well your mental faculties
can function. This effect is so strong, in fact, it can change
the course of national or world affairs!
Impact On American Foreign Policy
Former Secretary of State George Schultz, despite his high intelligence
was remarkably ineffective in office under President Reagan his
first few years. Why? ?Look at recordings of his TV interviews from
those early years. He was always very short of breath, and often
had to pant before he could even finish a sentence. Schultz could
not muster and defend his position during Cabinet meetings. ?Nor
did Schultz have the awareness span needed, despite his unquestioned
intelligence, to formulate any sort of coherent foreign policy.
You have noticed
that even some of your brightest friends and colleagues seem unable
to make full use of their intelligence. You know from other things
that they are
bright, yet they commit gaffes and oversights, or simply fail
too often to see the obvious. Why? Why are some impatient with the
very detail work which would enable them to succeed in their efforts?
Why are so many of even the brightest, uncomfortable at reading?
Well, try this one on for size:?
Of Your Breathing On Your Language Skills
If your breathing
breaks your attention sooner than you can finish reading a sentence,
it is hard for you to extract sense and meaning from that sentence,
even if it is an easy in content as this sentence is, because before
the thought it expresses to you is complete, your attention has
veered away with your next breath and broken off the communication
from page to you and it takes you considerable extra effort to veer
back and pick back up the old focus of attention and hold that attention
on this very simple sentence for long enough for the entire thought
expressed in this sentence to take form in your mind!
If your breath-span
is shorter than many of the sentences you read, you can see
why your reading is in trouble. This may be handicapping your reading
in the technical journals which you need to keep abreast of your
field and career.
be hazardous to your intellect, not just to your life and physical
And when you
look at some of our pitifully thin-chested younger generation who
have even far less reading comprehension . . . . .
Cure For The Problem
at least, is easily cured! Any aerobic activity running, aerobic
dance, sprint swimming, certain breathing exercises ?will increase
lung capacity and bring wider ranges within the span of awareness
and attention. The one activity which elicits the most response
from the body, in terms of quickly developing greater lung capacity,
is: held-breath underwater swimming.
be well underwater across the bottom of the pool, because we find
a distinct difference in response elicited between people who do
this and people who simply swim head-down across the surface. It
appears that to actually be underwater, elicits a significantly
different physiological response, significantly further aiding breath
development and other effects cited below.
Any pool ?during
winter months, now in this country there are even indoor pools in
almost every community, most often at community centers, Y's and
colleges. In warmer months, no lack of pools. We strongly recommend
a concentrated three-week period in which, each day, you spend an
hour's total time at the bottom of the pool, stretching the time
you can remain underwater on one breath. Let the lifeguard know
what you're doing, so s/he doesn't panic.
got into trouble of another sort after one summer he spent in
summer school to make up serious academic deficiencies, an opposite
difficulty which might also be a problem for some of your brighter
students and friends and colleagues. Most afternoons that summer,
he spent at the university's pool and spent a lot of that time underwater.
That was the summer everything transformed for him, and he
did not know until long after why it was that his world transformed.
The trouble? ?As a writer and as a speaker, his sentences became
longer than most people were comfortable reading or listening to!
He had to and has to constantly work at bringing them shorter.
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had greater than conventional lung power, whether from swimming
or from other things long since.
which many gifted students and adults have experienced as a result
of a greater-than-conventional awareness span ?This writer from
that time on made his peers and teachers uncomfortable by almost
always instantly seizing on the point they were trying to build
to in their arguments, long before they got to that point. (Heck
hath no fury like some anticipated teachers . . . . . )
is forearmed. The writer had gotten himself up to 4-1/2 minutes
at a time underwater. Working up to two to three minutes at a span
should suffice for most people. If your breath span becomes much
longer than that, understand its probable effect on your sentence
structure and on your span of awareness ?and on your further high
intelligence! so you can deliberately begin re-shortening those
sentences and avoid the difficulty which this writer unknowingly
Why did we
say "intelligence?" Another effect of held-breath underwater
swimming is upon the Carotid arteries which supply the brain.
underwater swimming builds up carbon dioxide in the bloodstream
which, in turn, expands the Carotid arteries feeding circulation
to the brain.* The recommended hour per day over three weeks, permanently
expands those Carotids and the circulation to your brain. This
not only improves your "wind," you see, this held-breath
underwater swimming improves the physical condition of your brain
and is an easy way to increase intelligence, even your own
relationship is a safety system which was bred into all of us, from
a time when our ancestors lived under much more rigorous conditions
than we do. Any of our ancestors from such times who did not have
the ability, did not live long enough to become our ancestors.
We still have that Carotid-expansion trait, a fact that every
medical doctor in this country has had to memorize while coming
through medical school.
had to memorize that fact, that the Carotid arteries expand in relation
to carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. Yet organized medical science
has always looked in directions far more expensive (and disastrous,
as per the examples of hyperbaric oxygen! ?and of certain expensive
drugs with unhappy side-effects), in its efforts to treat various
forms not only of mental and cerebral deficiency and brain damage
but even cerebro-vascular deficiencies!
Is the fact
that there is much more money to be made from expensive equipment
and drugs, whether effective or not, the controlling motivation
in medicine? Make your own test of the matter. Ask your own
doctor about the fact of Carotid/CO2 expansion, confirm this to
your own satisfaction. Then make your own reading about the motivations
of your doctor (and/or of the people who keep him or her informed
of developments) ?as to whether these motivations are predominantly
medical, professional, humanistic, scientific, personal or mercenary
?by assessing his or her response to the idea of using that Carotid
expansion response as an enrichment or even as a treatment.
What has made
carbon dioxide enrichment a successful brain therapy in those relatively
rare instances when it has been thus applied, especially to brain-damaged
children, is this: whether by underwater swimming, baggie breathing,
certain special breathing exercises, or by whatever means . . .
. . . . . If
carbon dioxide levels are made quite high quite often over a period
of several weeks, the Carotids don't keep on closing back up. They
stretch and accommodate to become permanently broader, supply
forever not only more oxygen to the brain but more nutrition and
food energy and, most important, more cleansing away of toxins and
fatigue poisons. That is why we strongly recommend the hour per
day, three-week intensive period of underwater swimming.
circulation to the brain means a physical healthier, more intelligent
brain, improving all areas of life and not just the intellectual.
note ?what actually reaches your brain cells is mediated by
another circulatory system, your cerebrospinal fluid. A blood-brain
membranous barrier prevents blood and its impurities from reaching
your brain cells directly. An enriched blood circulation does, however,
constitute for your brain a steeper osmotic slope, giving your cerebrospinal
fluid system more to work with, and still means a physically healthier,
more intelligent brain.
note ?any cerebro-vascular or stroke patient attempting to use
held-breath underwater swimming or other CO2 enrichment method as
a way to restore mental functions, must do so only under
very close supervision of his/her doctor. Even there, though,
some nutritionists believe that some of the focused foods may also
help support the brain circulatory system through such transitional
stress ?including Vitamins E, C, bioflavenoids such as found in
the skins of grapes, oranges and most other fruits, and cholesterol-dissolving
lecithin, restoring and supporting the circulatory system toward
and during the several weeks of intensive practice of held-breath
Note ?for years we had been observing this effect, that people
who held-breath swim actually underwater do far better for their
efforts than does anyone else ?including even those who swim across
the top of the water face down for purposes of building the CO2
effect. As of this 1991 rewriting of this paper, it turns out that
our observations were correct indeed. There is an additional
effect from held-breath swimming actually underwater. Marine
biologists call this additional effect the diving response.
All mammals including humans manifest this diving response. When
one is actually underwater, even more circulation is shunted into
the internal organs, including into the brain, than just with the
CO2 Carotid artery expansion!
So now there
are three major reasons to practice held-breath underwater
awareness and attention span by improving breathing span;
intelligence by improving the physical condition of the brain expanding
circulation to the brain through using CO2 to expand the Carotid
improve intelligence by improving brain health through greater circulation
during the diving response! For the full range of these benefits,
then, you really do need to go actually underwater. Within this
combination of effects, this mammalian diving response effect appears
to be unexpectedly strong, making a huge difference in outcomes
between those who actually go underwater and those who do not, in
pursuit of these various effects.
How to Overcome
Fear of the Water
aerobic-type activity should have some benefit. Apparently for reasons
of system arousal, held-breath underwater swimming appears to be
far superior in its benefits to brain, breath and perception. Many
people in obvious need of such benefits may, however, be prevented
by fear of the water. If they could overcome that fear and practice
held-breath underwater swimming, they could broaden their awareness
span, increase their intelligence, and enjoy generally healthier
brains. Overcoming such fear is also valuable for safety reasons:
adults have been known to disorient and drown in two feet of water!
fear of water, hold concretely onto the typical rung stairs, or
concrete inset spaces serving as stairs, which go down the side
or ends of the typical swimming pool. Grasping by hand is biogenetically
our most familiar response, one of our most primal. By contrast:
in most learning-to-swim programs, the unfamiliar patterns of muscle
movement associated with trying to learn to swim are not the kind
of reassurance your body may want when in a totally unfamiliar environment.
rungs, and use those rungs to practice pulling and pushing yourself
up and down through the force you exert on those rungs with that
familiar grasp. Practice holding yourself under, for longer and
longer times, and then pulling back up. When you find that, through
holding yourself under by means of those rungs, the underwater world
has become familiar and interesting to you, you've become curious
about other areas of the bottom of the pool, and you are able to
stay under for 2?3 minutes at a time ?with these things happening,
you will also find that your fear of water (or your child's, if
that is what is being worked on) is long gone and safety secured
in an area once at real risk.
An hour's total
time under water, 2?3 minutes at a time, per day, over 2?3 intensive
weeks should add an eventual 5?10 points "I.Q." to your
intelligence and an immediate increase to the richness and span
of your awareness. With your attention-span improved because of
a deeper breathing-span, you will generate more experience of several
items-at-a-time being contained within one span of awareness - that,
in turn, should considerably improve your sense of relationships,
between those items, and generally. That makes a profound difference
in the quality of one's thinking and perceiving! How profound? --It's
difficult to appreciate until you've gone through it, since we don't
have test instruments to measure it, but you will notice
a profound improvement!
power as an individual may also improve remarkably, able to press
your points, hang in there longer than others can attack your points,
and to easily sustain efforts which other people aren't up to making.
There is even a cosmetic benefit!-?
An hour's total
time under water per day over 2?3 intensive weeks should add an
inch per week to your chest circumference, making you physically
gains will be over a long period of time, as the effects of improved
circulation work their way into the patterns and contents of your
brain's responses. The other effects will be immediate. All cited
effects should prove to be permanent.
The full benefit
is gotten only with a schedule of CO2-enrichment at least as intensive
as the hour per day for 2?3 weeks we've recommended, forcing the
Carotids into a permanent accommodation for a larger flow of circulation.
A less intensive schedule may have some benefits, but allows the
Carotids to re-equilibrate instead of stretching.
seem reluctant to accept any program likely to increase their students'
intelligence. The past 40 or so years, they even appear to have
gone consistently in the opposite direction. Could this relate to
the fact that (at every level below graduate school, that is) no
one gets more pay if Junior learns better, but if Junior learns
worse, much more money and power are allocated into the system for
compensatory instruction? (In one of this writer's workshops, recently,
were no fewer than 6 teachers from various schools which had just
been abruptly disqualified from further Federal assistance because
they had made the mistake of improving what they were doing!)
It is also
true that if the underwater swimming were widely adopted at a school,
the need for expensive remedial programs would sharply decrease
and with it, possibly the school budget accordingly. The decrease
in human suffering does not show up on the accountant's page.
You can, if
you like, assess the motivations of your school or school system
at its power top, by suggesting held-breath underwater swimming
or any other program which clearly would reduce the need for expensive
remediation. Then, evaluate the responses of your school or school
system. See if your respondents offer legitimate reasons for not
doing this, or instead gives you a series of excuses and situations
over which the respondent claims to have no control.
By this little
test, determine to your own satisfaction whether the motivation
of your school or school system is to help your child learn, and
to help children generally learn and learn better, or whether it
is a money-grabbing machine which will relentlessly pursue dollars
even if doing so means harm to our children.
But as an underwater
swimming safety program that is politically and administratively
feasible: Perhaps you can talk your school into including in its
phys-ed program a 6-week unit in held-breath underwater swimming,
as a safety program to ensure that all children can remain
safely oriented in water even if they should fall into deep water
somewhere by accident. So long as your school (or its top administrators,
who are unlikely to be reading this article) does not know that
such a measure will also make its students a lot brighter, there
is a chance that it will take the desired action.
you don't have to wait upon the infinite wisdom of the authorities
before helping either yourself or your own child. Virtually every
area of this country now has swimming pools and areas. Almost every
substantial community has at least one indoor pool for wintertime
besides. Even many schools have these, ironic though that be ?as
do some community centers, and most YMCAs and athletic clubs.
Just go into
one of these everywhere-available swimming places and start practicing
at staying under and moving around on pool bottom for longer and
longer periods of time, an hour per day every day for 3?4 weeks.
Play underwater retrieval games with your child, underwater tag
or whatever to keep him/her (and you) entertained, until you can
comfortably sustain a breath span of 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 minutes. (Most
people can go to 4 to 4-1/2 minutes within 3?4 weeks, but then might
find themselves "too bright" for their surroundings.)
One more sweetener
is the fact that this underwater swimming activity also makes you
(and/or your child) look good, adding about an inch per week
for awhile to chest circumference, and toning up general bearing.
For those who
are unable or disinclined to go swimming, this writer has published
details of other CO2 enrichment procedures, including certain breathing
exercises, which can accomplish some of the same results. ("Sip-breathing,"
for example, is a procedure which allows you to conserve your supply
of CO2 half-again to twice as long as you could from simply holding
your breath, to force a much richer expansion of the Carotids. Held-breath
underwater swimming, though, is much the stronger procedure for
CO2 enrichment and, further, engages that marine diving response
to further expand circulation to the brain. Thus we strongly recommend
it, to open up some truly breathtaking possibilities for you and
only intelligence and awareness-span, and water safety, and good
looks benefit from this self-training. The ability to sustain
any kind of effort at whatever activity, clearly are a function
of your "wind." Not all of life is a breeze, and some
things do require sustained effort. In many regards, then,
through held-breath underwater swimming, you (and/or your child)
can become not only brighter and better looking, but a much more
potent and effective person.
is bright enough to appreciate the desirability of becoming brighter.
For that reason we expect that it will be mostly those who are already
intelligent who will pursue such practices as held-breath underwater
swimming to improve intelligence ("the rich get richer . .
. . . "), rather than those who appear to most need that. Still,
the apparent value of such practices appears to stretch across all
ranges of intelligence ?high, low or ordinary. Now if the reader
were to be ranked in intelligence by how s/he responded to this
information and invitation to improve intelligence . . . . . . ?
Starting, perhaps, by verifying with a doctor the CO2/Carotid expansion
effect? ?Then looking up the nearest suitable pool . . . . .
was the first procedure to increase intelligence: held-breath underwater
swimming. For accumulating 20 hours of held-breath underwater swimming
within 3 weeks from start to finish-- you will experience:
* the previously-promised
10 or more points I.Q. gain;
* better span of attention; better span of awareness;
* better awareness of the interrelatedness of things and of ideas
* finding yourself way better at winning arguments or disputes!
(20 or so seconds
to 3 minutes at a time underwater, stretching the time a little
each dip but remaining well within the bounds of comfort and safety
- be sure someone with you there is aware of what you are doing.
By the above procedure, you must be truly underwater, not just dipping
your face in or just holding your breath, because the brain-circulation
enhancement induced by the marine diving response - common to all
mammals - is unexpectedly powerful in this combination of effects.)
--And now to
look at the other, second, and apparently even more "I.Q."-boosting
procedure, Image-Streaming. This is the procedure which independently
conducted state university tests demonstrate, per hour of practice,
8/10 of a point "I.Q." improvement.
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