New Science of Brain and How to Deal With Stress

7 11 2012

Animal brain surrounded by something completely different

Do you know how to explain the brain to yourself? We are at a time in our history when the head-long rush into the future can be nothing short of blurringly blindingly brilliant. How does one make sense of all the details of the rEvolution that life throws us into? As you rush towards the event horizon like an astronaut making a crash landing on a strange planet . . .when do you have time to stop and consolidate your understanding? To make sense of your tapestry of experiences? Among other things if we know how to operate the brain more effectively we can make the journey a tad more manageable. And in the evolutionary game of life a slight edge can of course make all the difference to our outcomes. Apparently that edge leading to rEvolutionary outcomes may be found, in part, in the brain.

Was fortunate enough to attend a one day workshop with Dr Favardin Daliri – CEO of Tabarsi – at the Inspiration Garden on the weekend. He was presenting the mysterious science of both Quantum Theory and the new Science of the brain with a good helping of the spiritual dynamic thrown in. It seems that, given the massive emergence of this kind of consciousness with forward thinking people  . . .this is what the future is going to look like. Integrated science and spirituality.

What nuggets of GOLDEN understanding and enlightenment did we discover? Well look . . .on the one hand we might say that it’s nothing we haven’t heard before, but in fact perspective and sequence is profoundly important to our perception.  Dr Daliri puts together the material for this emergent holistic understanding in a way that is quite excellent, and that excellence includes useful. The power of emergent phenomena is the power to transform the world. That’s the news from Chaos Theory . . .the Butterfly Effect. So what did Dr Daliri say?

The limbic system is the ancient part of the brain that is concerned with the adrenalin rush of fight or flight. There’s a whole bunch of glands and sections in there that equate to the animal side of our nature. The chest thumping, the high octane responses to kill or be killed, the outlandish and unintellectual primitive rituals of belonging – just like the American election campaign – these are all being driven in and from the ancient part of our brains that is concerned with survival, fighting and putting on a display of aggression. But there is a higher side to our nature which may be thought of as having a home base in the frontal lobes, which are in fact very large. They are the big pink bits in images that you see wrapped around the (primitive and smaller) complex that sits on top of the brain stem.

When you get stressed basically the old animal part of our brains can all too easily hijack our whole life with a stress session to rival knowing you are having dinner with your new in-laws. Not stressful enough for you? OK you just got a bill from the tax department for twenty thou. Yep. That’ll do it. And the problem is (according to Dr Daliri) that your whole state of conscious being tends to go into a negative spiral of panic, stress, worry and maybe even something that may look like hopeless despair. The popularity of Yoga and meditation not to mention booze and tranquilizers is easy to understand in this light.  In a stressed out state it’s hard to think straight, eat right or do what needs to be done to deal effectively with whatever reality you might have playing.

According to Dr Daliri one important part of your strategy must be to get out of the stress reaction and to do this you need to find a way to by-pass the limbic system – for A TIME. You need to shut down the brain computer of stress which has gone into a spiraling out of control sequence. Instead focus on something pleasant, pleasurable and comPelling. This short-circuits the stress reaction and gives you an opportunity to re-pattern the sequence thus leading to vastly more positive outcomes. Of course we are, at any time, at liberty to bring the great spirit into the equation. Call on the Quantum Goddess to calm the quixotic quagmire, pray to the infinite almighty for re-alignment, ask Jesus to jolly well jump in jubilation of your future successes. Bat the ball to the Buddha of brilliant beauty. Stand tall in the garden of Spiritual Science and supplication. Vision the blessed outcome you desire as a done deal and say THANK YOU. And hey . .  . you might as well eh?

By the way  . . .Dr Quantum’s Lime Flavoured rEvolution suggests that a very powerful method to achieve the limbic by-pass would be to IMAGINE doing something pleasurable and to bring the spiritual INTO THIS IMAGINING. That’s my hot tip for de-stressing. IMAGINE playing the piane. IMAGINE surfing a wave. IMAGINE being on the beach in a tropical paradise. You get the picture and bring in the God of your understanding. He/She will not mind a bit. Invite the spirit.

Then come back to the challenge with a fresh perspective and with Mother Mary in your corner. You might as well eh?!! The simple spiritual formula is to ask for help on a metaphysical level. Just tell your ego to get with the program . . . and give it a go. All together now . . .

The Facebook Frenzy of Furious Friending

27 08 2012

The Future – Complex and Hard to Dust

The Future Beckons Like Never Before

Why am I sooo old skool? I wanted to send emails to some people i met at a festival recently and many protested that they only use Facebook now. I don’t check my emails was the often repeated mantra. OK . . . Apparently email is just so passe. So I thought I would ask the guy at the Next Byte Apple shop in Brisbane if I am off the pace with the Facebook thing. His response? Facebook is Old School . . .email is the go again. OK . . .so in other words email is not old fashioned. Well . . .HONESTLY! how could it be? It was only invented yesterday and become within the first ten years of its ubiquity – say from 1995 to 2005 – THE indispensable communications technology of the digital age. It’s right up there with mobile computing. Huh! So where the F&%k are we NOW then? The fact is that no one really knows. But here’s what’s going on according to Dr Quantum.

The rate of change is now so rapid that the state of technology is actually in a state of fluidic flux. Technologists have itchy fingers on hair triggers. This is a breeding ground for the emergence of things that will amaze YOU. The Facebook frenzy of furious friending may well be the online experience du jour for some people. While for others it may be the deeper and more detailed content that email allows. The fact is that the gene codes for its environment. In other words if you meet folks who are into Facebook, then getting into Facebook with them may be a great thing to do. On the other hand if you’re hanging out with a group of History Professors, they may prefer email, or even letters written on parchment in copperplate with a Gooses quill, while a group of truck drivers prefer the CB radio. Context then is everything and flexibility is key.

If you’re like me and remember being sent home from school to watch the Moon landing on black and white TV, (Neil Armstrong RIP) then you may find all the communications technology just a tad overwhelming. Ganglions are twitching so rapidly that many have turned to valium or even in desperation to meditation. Shock horror gasp. There is a storm of static raging in the ethers and the blasts of noise in the multiple media rooms that are people’s lounge rooms, bedrooms, cars, bars and handbags  . . . and soon no doubt in the brain implants of what? . . .12 year olds – ARE DEAFENING. Something’s going on here that is wildly unpredictable. The upside will be truly amazing. I am holding for that upside. There are already enough negatives floating around that speculating on the dystopia is wholly meaningless at this point. The future is having a party and we’re all invited. Don’t forget to R.S.V.P. it will be a surprise. Promise.

If We Had An Empathic Connection With Nature

12 08 2012

Art Symbol Nature Man

The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

“I can think of no one else who could have conceived, let alone written a book of such penetrating brilliance”

These are the words that David Lorimer uses to conclude his review of Iain McGilchrist’s landmark work The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. If Lorimer’s praise is justified then here we have a rare and precious jewel in the treasury of wisdom for our times. There is intellectual muscle in the review as there must also be in the book, which is as yet unread by your correspondent. Not to worry, it has certainly gone to the top of the list of must reads. Clearly the book should become compulsory reading for all school graduates who are about to embark either on a career or off to study in one of the universities, which are clearly nothing of the sort. The point being if our universities really were offering and providing UNIVERSAL education as the term would suggest, then this book would not have been required in it’s current form. What they mostly provide is Marxism, materialism and a kind of hyper-masculinised intellectual bullying. 

McGilchrist himself provides arguments that are pleasingly nuanced, which you can prove for yourself by watching a short address he gives on the ideas in his book in the video embedded below. A sample of Lorimer’s review follows immediately below.

The divided brain of the title indicates that human beings have two distinctive takes on the world, mediated by the left and right hemispheres respectively. There are evolutionary reasons, explained in the book, for why this should be the case, right the way through the animal kingdom.

Iain explains that the right hemisphere gives the overall context, apprehends things as a whole and is able to take in the new. The proper cooperation of the hemispheres involves the grounding and integrating role of the right hemisphere, with detail added by the left hemisphere and returned to the right for a further integration, or, as the Germans put it, Aufhebung. This means that philosophy should begin and end in the right hemisphere rather than being a purely left hemisphere activity as it tends to be, especially in Oxford. A particularly striking chapter argues for the primacy of the right hemisphere, an idea which may initially come as a surprise to the reader, who is used to hearing the left brain referred to as the dominant hemisphere. The primacy of the right hemisphere implies the primacy of the whole over the part, of the implicit over the explicit and of experience over abstraction.

Here then is some support for the notion of what is being referred to within the walls of this blog as The Quantum Goddess  from the halls of higher learning and knowledge, which in this case is All Souls College Oxford. What is most interesting is that in the book: A particularly striking chapter argues for the primacy of the right hemisphere . . . Well alright then! That means on the one hand . . . from a theological perspective, we really, really . . . really need to start exploring the feminine divine, the goddess, the Divine Sophia. God as a Girl and not just as a boy – PRIMARILY. On the other hand of course there is the little matter of our hyper masculinised world-view which has been running us. What goes hand-in-hand with the super macho thing is OF COURSE misogyny – hatred of the feminine.

OF COURSE plenty of people in the real world are starting to try on the flowing garments of the Goddess for size. Just not it would seem, those in power. Those who are gaily legislating on the ongoing murder, death and destruction of large swathes of the environment for example. No cross-dressing in the halls of power amongst our male business, (fundamentalist) religious, and political leaders. The female pollies and business types can keep masquerading as women for the time being. Hmph!

Admittedly this is not as simplistic as  . . .Love is a warm puppy. Warm puppies have their place, and so does the salvaging of the way we currently conceive life, the universe and everything. As proclaimed on the banner of this blog We need a refreshing change. If anyone is looking for some powerful and resounding intellectualism to support the current imperative for The Great Turning . . .you will have it with  The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World – in buckets full. Go on then and READ YOUR HEAD OFF. Or . . .you can even watch an introduction by Mr McGilchrist hisself on the computer telly below. Possibly the most significant bit of audio-visual so far . . .ever. Eh?!!! What’s that you say? This is like watching the Goddess deliver a lecture on the telly. You better watch it.

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