Aligning the intelligence of your multiple brains
Do you sometimes suffer from conflict between your thoughts, feelings and actions or find yourself not acting upon or sabotaging your dreams, goals or plans? Do you have trouble making decisions or stopping unwanted behaviours or habits and don’t know why? Do you sometimes feel like something is missing and you’re not fully connected with your deepest inner self? Then chances are you’re not aligned and using the power and innate wisdom of your multiple brains – the brains in your head, heart and gut. You see, when coherently alined, your head, heart and gut produce an incredible emergent wisdom that allows you to deeply tap into intuitions and competencies that you can’t get from your head brain alone. When you learn to connect your three amazing brains you’ll experience a sense of consciousness that creates a oneness at the level of core self, deep values and your wisest and most authentic self.
We don’t just have one brain!
Over the last decade or so, Neuroscience researchers have uncovered a set of astounding facts… we have complex and functional neural networks in both our heart and our gut. Called the cardiac and enteric nervous systems respectively, they have been shown to exhibit all the hallmarks of a ‘brain’.
These complex adaptive neural networks display amazing levels of memory and ‘intelligence’ and there’s a growing array of evidence that these ‘brains’ are deeply involved in the control and processing of numerous functions and core behavioural competencies. The heart and gut brains are also primal in both an evolutionary sense and a developmental sense. The gut brain for example evolved long before the head brain, and can be found in organisms such as sea slugs, sea cucumbers and spineless helminthes (a type of parasitic worm).Fascinatingly, the development of our brains during gestation mirrors evolutionary sequencing. As the fetus begins to grow the gut brain forms first, followed by the heart brain and finally the head brain.
Behavioural modelling rese
Over the last 3 years, informed by these Neuroscience findings, we’ve been performing behavioural modelling research on how the heart and gut brains function in the practical areas of decision-making, action-taking, intuition, relationships, health and wellbeing, and personal fulfilment. Along with this action-research, analysis of evidence from a wide body of divergent sources has shown that the heart and gut brains are involved in representing and processing very specific forms of intelligence and intuitive functions. For instance, the heart is optimised for processing emotions such as love, joy and connection. While the gut handles protection, self-preservation, core identity and mobilisation. What you can begin to see from this is that each of the brains has a fundamentally different way of communicating and different concerns and domains of competence.
These findings support commonly held notions such as trusting one’s ‘gut instinct’ and being ‘true to your heart’, and they also back up the assertions from many fields such as those of the Adaptive Leadership field, saying for example, that whole leaders need to use not only their heads, but also the innate intelligence and wisdom of both their heart and gut.
Neuroscience meets ancient wisdom
What’s also fascinating about these new findings is that current scientific knowledge is finally catching up with deep insights from esoteric and spiritual traditions informing us for thousands of years about three
powerful intelligences found in the head, heart and gut. So we’ve known at a deep and intuitive level, across the ages and within our own lives, that our intelligence, wisdom and core life competencies are not just embodied in the head.
The consciousness of highest expression
One of the many powerful models emerging from our research work suggests that each of our brains has what is known as a ‘Highest Expression’. This is an emergent competency that expresses what it means to be truly and deeply human. It represents the highest, most optimized and adaptive class of intelligence or competency of each brain. The Highest Expressions of each brain are:
· Head brain – Creativity
· Heart brain – Compassion
· Enteric brain – Courage
What’s crucially important is that these Highest Expressions are only accessed and activated when you are in an optimal state of neurological balance, or what is defined as ‘autonomic coherence’. This is when you’re neither too stressed nor too relaxed, but are in a ‘flow state’. And it makes sense that unless you’re in a neurological flow state, your perceptions of any particular issue or situation along with your subsequent decision-making will be impaired by contrast.
mBIT – multiple Brain Integration Techniques
Aligning your multiple brains and living your life from the highest expressions of Creativity, Compassion and Courage requires a real and pragmatic ‘how’, and that ‘how’ is mBIT (multiple Brain Integration Techniques), a suite of simple yet powerful techniques that you can use in all contexts of your life. As detailed in our book ‘mBraining – Using your multiple brains to do cool stuff’, the process for mBraining your life is to get into communication with your three brains, get them aligned around any particular issue and then get your brains functioning at their highest expression, so that your innate intuitive wisdom can emerge.
Evolving your world
Over the last few hundred years, the world has had a fascination and obsession with science, technology and head based rational thinking. The power of science and its benefits to our lives have driven ongoing and accelerating change throughout our society. It can be argued however, we’ve largely focused on and elevated, to our detriment, head based rational cognition over more traditional heart focused and intuitive gut based ways of knowing.
Through an over-use and over-focus on our head based ways of living, our world and lives have become dangerously out of balance. By using mBIT and tapping into an integrated way of using all of your powerful neural networks, you can bring intuitive wisdom to your life and access new levels of generative consciousness to evolve your world.
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