Using Your Other Brain (Part One)

New research defines two distinct brains in the human body that operate together, connected by massive neural pathways. Studies indicate that all functions that define the brain are present in the cardio-pulmonary nerve plexi. Peptides and neurotransmitters associated with brain function are manufactured and utilized by this complex that has been termed the "gut" brain. Deepak Chopra calls the gut the more reliable brain because it has not evolved enough to allow logic to interfere.

Candace Pert, leader of the research team that discovered peptides, has for years proclaimed that the brain extends through much of the body. Peptides were originally called neuro-peptides because they were discovered in the brain and found to be the chemical messengers that directed the function of cells. It was later discovered that these messengers carry directions in the form of emotional charges that tell each body cell what to do and when to do it. This discovery made it difficult to separate the brain as a distinctly individual organ.

The sea anemone lacks senses as we traditionally think of them, yet is able to sense food and danger through a rather extended tactility. When food approaches, the anemone feels it on a visceral level utilizing a neural plexus in its gut. At the embryonic level, we have a similar sensory complex indistinguishable from the neural complex that later becomes the cranial brain. During development these brains separate: One migrates to the skull while the other stays in the torso.

Some ancient systems of consciousness describe many ways to process sensory input. Various systems locate multiple sensory processing centers or brains in different locations in the body. Our language alludes to some of these, as when we talk about "gut" feelings, or "flying by the seat of our pants." These are usually lumped into a mysterious sixth sense or intuition. Yogis describe each of the chakras as distinct sensory processing centers that deal with different types of sensory input. While most systems recognize seven basic chakras, others recognize twenty-eight or more. Chakras usually correspond to concentrations of nerves or nerve plexi. The yogi defines the newly discovered gut brain as four brains, each processing its own unique sensory input in its own unique way.

Four simple exercises follow to help you experience different sensory input than is normally recognized. The concepts are the foundation that has allowed communication with John, my friend with Lou Gehrig's Disease who has been fully cognizant but non-verbal for a year and a half.

Exercise 1

This exercise will allow you to experience the senses of the gut brain. It requires two or more people. Stand with your eyes closed, another person facing you from a distance of at least twenty feet. Take a few moments to calm yourself and bring your awareness to your body. Let go of all thoughts of past or future events. Allow yourself a few moments to do this exercise, freeing your mind from attachments to what happened earlier today or what you'll be doing later. The more presence you have with this exercise the greater your awareness will be. The sensations you'll experience can be very subtle, so the more concentration you have the better.

When you're quiet inside, have the other person slowly approach you, your eyes still closed. As the person approaches, you will experience sensations; if you need a better chance to experience them, hold your hand up to signal the person to stop. When you lower your hand, have them resume their slow approach. When the person is inches away, open your eyes and acknowledge his position. Close your eyes again, and have him slowly back away. Repeat the process. If possible have several people take the role of approaching and backing away. Notice the different feelings each evokes in you. Have a person you don't trust approach you if possible. Have the person approach you from behind. Notice the difference in your reactions. Notice where you begin to feel the presence of the other person. It will vary from person to person. Some people's presence precedes them at a greater distance than others.

Traditional science perceives the human body as controlled by one brain. The brain is often thought of as the seat of personality, with the body as a subservient appendage. In an energetic view, the body is a vehicle that is operated by the energetic essence or soft body.

In the past, scientists believed that the body develops around the nerves with the nerves acting as directors of formation. The work of Robert O. Becker suggests that this is only part of the story. At the beginning of each nerve cell is a Schwann cell, acting like a tiny radio transceiver that communicates with every other nerve cell without the benefit of neural pathways. The Schwann cell develops before the nerve cell, directing its development, and the physical body is then formed by the subsequent direction of the nervous system. The nervous system and body both develop according to the form dictated by the soft body. This occurrence is demonstrated in plants. Before a leaf forms on a plant the energetic outline exists. The physical leaf fills in this outline. In humans, when an arm or leg is amputated, the energetic outline still exists. Phantom pain is often reported in this appendage that exists only on an energetic level. This phenomena can be photographed using Kirlian photography.

Because of the ability of the Schwann cell to communicate with other Schwann cells, it is possible to tune into the Schwann cells of other creatures. When doing this exercise, it is the other person's soft body mingling with yours that causes the sensory awareness of the person. With proper focus, you may even hear the other person's thoughts.

Exercise 2

This exercise will also help you become more aware of subtle senses. It requires two or more people. Sit with the other person facing you. Calm yourself and bring your awareness into your body, letting go of extraneous thoughts. Focus your awareness on the other person. When you're ready, have the other person very slowly move his hand toward you, moving as slowly as possible toward a predetermined place where he will eventually touch you. Touching another person requires trust. Be respectful of your partner's feelings. Start by arranging for the touch to happen on your shoulder, face or chest. You may want to choose other places for the touch, but it's important that the other person touch you only in the prearranged spot. As his hand approaches, notice all reactions. Just notice without having to act. Take the position of a silent reporter, observing without interfering. When the hand comes to rest on your body, allow the touch to linger for several moments, noticing your sensations. When you're ready, have the person remove his hand as slowly as it approached, noticing your feelings and reactions to the withdrawal of the touch. Repeat the process using the same spot for the touch. Repeat again using a different spot. If you find the approaching hand too uncomfortable, grasp the person's wrist and guide the touch. If it's still too uncomfortable, stop the approach and try another spot. If you still find it too uncomfortable, try again with another partner. If possible, do this exercise with several partners. When in the role of toucher, notice your feelings about touching.

Continued in Part Two

Written by Carl Brahe, MA


One Response to “Using Your Other Brain (Part One)”

  1. Using Your Other Brain (Part Two) | Healing Base on December 29th, 2011 23:48

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