Are monkeys playing around with your mind?
[This blog post has 3 parts, to find the answer read each post daily; you’ll be surprised at the end!]
I’d like to start by asking – What is mind? Where is your mind? Is it in your brain? What are memories? Where are memories stored? We used to think that memories were stored in areas of the brain. While the brain controls many functions related to memory, cellular memory challenges that all memories are stored in the brain.
Not long ago, I was listening to Bob Proctor’s 30 minute audio recording on Communication. In the audio, Mr. Proctor stated something along the lines that man believes the “intellect” to be in the mind. He goes on to talk about the gut feeling and how we feel strong emotion in the solar plexus region. The ancient Greeks referred to the solar plexus as the “Heart of Man,” and this is where we get the phrase “heart-to-heart.”
This got me thinking. What if the “intellect” isn’t in the mind/brain at all? What if it is in the very center of our being. The place where we are connected to other people emotionally and where our spiritual center lies.
I began practicing Qigong several months ago. The center of energy (qi or chi) in the body lies in the lower dantian region. This region is located two fingerbreadths behind and three fingerbreadths below the navel. There is also a middle dantian located at the solar plexus responsible for respiration and the health of the internal organs. The solar plexus is also the location of the 13th chakra, or external heart chakra.
This area corresponds to the very beginning of human life, the umbilical area. About seven days after conception, the blastocyst implants on the uterine wall and trophoblast cells start to proliferate. Where implantation occurs is where the umbilicus will form and grow. In the next two weeks, the heart, brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract begin to form. Then neurogenesis begins. Brain activity and the heart beat appear about the sixth week.
There are four neural crests in the body that also correspond to the main qi centers and meridians in the body. It is interesting that the back and front energy channels correspond to development that occurs in the first two weeks of life.
There are 12 main energy channels and 8 secondary energy channels in the body. The secondary channels act as reservoirs. It is also important to note that the other channels pass extra energy to the front and back channels for storage.
There are many causes of energy blockages and they are better left for another discussion. What is important to know about energy blockages is that energy seeks energy. It desires to flow. The Law of Circulation is constantly in effect. If you dam a stream, the water behind the dam desires to continue to flow. It desires to join with a larger body of water. The energy in man desires to flow as well. It desires to flow into the greater Universal energy field and come back to us.We are energy. Everything that exists is energy. When energy isn’t able to flow through our body, our body tells us, “Hey there, I’ve got a problem. You need to pay attention to me and take care of this.”
Unfortunately, we’ve been taught to ignore our body when it speaks to us. We’re taught to take care of the symptom caused by the energy block, and the lack of energy flow goes unattended. What happens when the water pressure behind a dam becomes so great that the dam bursts? What do you think would happen to you if this occurred inside of you?
Where we connect with a greater energy, a greater force than ourselves, doesn’t occur in the mind/brain. We don’t communicate from the mind. Language is formed in the mind. Thought (communication) is formed from deeper inside of us. From the very center, the core of our being. We think that thought is formed in the brain because we hear thoughts in our head. That’s just the language mechanism working. The brain is like the Grand Central Station of the body. It’s a large switching station. The spirit or energy within us originates all thought and emotion. The signals get sent to the brain where they are translated into what we perceive to be thought. Have you ever listened to your intuition or gut feeling? It guides us through every situation in life. All we have to do is STOP and LISTEN! BE PRESENT IN THE MOMENT.