Using Your Other Brain (Part Two)

Continued from Part One

Exercise 3

The following exercise will help you become aware of the senses of your heart. This exercise may be done by one or two people. To do this exercise by yourself, find a comfortable position upright or supine. Sitting is preferred because there is less tendency to fall asleep. Take a few deep breaths and relax your body systematically. Start by relaxing your toes individually. Move slowly up your body, relaxing each muscle as you go. When you reach the top of your head, relax major muscle groups again going down your body. Start by relaxing your neck, jaw, face and shoulders as a unit. Relax each arm, hand and finger. Relax your chest, then your stomach. Relax your entire torso as a single unit. Move down, relaxing your hips and lower back. Next relax your upper legs, hips and lower back as a unit. Relax your lower legs. Relax your entire legs, one at a time. Relax your feet and toes. Relax your entire lower body as a unit. Relax your entire body as a unit.

Take a few more deep breaths, releasing any remaining tension with each exhale. Inhale into the tension and blow it out of your body with the exhale. Bring your awareness into your heart area, recoginizing this refers to the cardiac plexus, or entire upper chest as opposed to the organ. Breathe deeply into your heart with your awareness. It might help to imagine your breath as light and each inhale infuses your heart with brighter light; each exhale releases the light. Adjust the amount of light in your heart so that it's bright enough to illuminate, yet not so bright as to blind. It's as easy to hide in the direct light of the sun as it is to hide in the darkness.

Probe your heart with your awareness, noticing what you find. There's likely to be tenderness, pain and joy. Whatever you find is exactly right. There is no wrong sensation or awareness. Whatever you find in your heart at any given time is simply that. You feel what you feel. Take as much time as you want to experience what you feel.

When you're ready, bring your awareness to a place in your heart that has feelings for someone you love. Breathe into that place and allow the feelings to grow. As you inhale into the feelings, draw awareness of the other person from wherever they are physically into the place you find them in your heart, as if drawing energy from them into your heart. It may help you to see this energy as light streaming from the loved one into your heart. With each exhale, send energy back to the person, directing it into his or her heart. For nine or more breaths, draw energy as you inhale and send energy as you exhale. Notice what insights you have about the other person. Notice how he or she feels, what emotions he or she is experiencing. Tune in more fully to him or her. Notice the physical sensations he or she is experiencing. Tune into his or her thoughts if you choose, but consider carefully. We all have thoughts that pass through our minds that would be hurtful if known by others. Before tuning into another's thoughts, choose to be totally compassionate, empathetic and understanding. Unless you can be completely clear and self-assured, don't attempt this. The world can be a very ugly place if you listen in on other people's thoughts without the wisdom, strength and unconditional love to hear what they are really thinking.

To do this exercise with a partner, sit facing each other comfortably. Follow the process for doing the exercise alone until you reach the point where you reach out to a loved one. At this point, exhale into your partner's heart as she inhales the energy from your heart into hers. Inhale her energy as she exhales energy to your heart. Don't be concerned about synchronizing the breaths; it's not necessary that your physical breathing coordinates. After about nine breaths, notice the same insights as outlined above. The partner exercise is also a very powerful prelude for making love; it may take you to new heights of union.

Exercise 4

This is an exercise in preverbal awareness. Resist the temptation to reduce it to something that can fit into verbal structures or beliefs, allowing the sensory input to be whatever it is without the need to define it. Most who try this exercise will find a way to make the awareness safe by confining it to their beliefs. Others will experience things they can't define and will go through some anxiety as a result. A few will be able to allow the experience to be whatever it is without the need to define or categorize. These few will discover new tools that, like all new tools will pose a mystery. The use of these tools will become evident according to need as long as you are able to be open to new uses and resist defining or limiting their potential.

Find a quiet place as free from distraction as possible. It's helpful to be as far from other people as your situation permits. Doing this exercise late at night is best, when the interference from daily activities is at a minimum.

Sit in a relaxed position with your eyes open or closed, as is most comfortable for you. Take some deep breaths and fill your body with awareness. Feel whatever supports your body. Become aware of gravity. Feel the way it holds your body to the earth. With each inhale, draw relaxation and bodily awareness deep inside. Let the inhales go as deep as possible even to the soles of your feet. Let each exhale take the ension from your body. As you identify areas of tension, breathe relaxation into it and breathe tension out.

Bring your awareness to now. Let go of thoughts of things that have happened. Let go of the awareness of the stress of your life. Let go of awareness of things that may happen later. The only time that's important right now is now. Focus all concentration on this moment.

When you feel present, relaxed and clear, bring to mind a time when you had a gut feeling that was later confirmed. Whatever experience comes to mind is appropriate. If there is more than one experience of gut feelings that present themselves, choose the first one and let the others pass through your mind; leave only one. Notice the visceral sensations associated with this experience. Let the feelings intensify. Reach out through these feelings to a situation you'd like to know about. You may choose to reach for the Akashic Records, that energetic storehouse of all that has occurred or will occur. There is a place inside that knows where these records lie. Allow your gut feeling to guide you to whatever event r location you choose without the need to define or understand. You don't need to tell your gut what you hunger for when you're hungry. It knows. In a similar way, it knows how to get you to wherever you choose.

Once you've tuned into the situation, place, person, etc., that you've chosen, allow the feeling of this to grow. Concentrate on what you feel inside without words. When you've allowed the emotion, the tactile sensations, the sounds and vision to fully form, let each sense grow clearer. Resist describing the experience for now. You may find this to be dream like. When you're ready slowly bring your awareness back to your body, take care to hold the sensory essence of the experience. When you're back in normal consciousness, begin to define the experience, but only to the extent of your present needs. Allow all detail of the experience to remain as experienced. Resist the urge to explain it away.

Like a dream that is remembered in pieces when you're ready to understand or utilize it, this experience can remain a ready resource if it's not discounted.

Everyone has at some time had a gut feeling about something that was later confirmed. These insights are usually thought of as being in the realm of the "psychic." Our culture discourages such knowing. We are taught that it is nonsense, even though as infants we live in a world that's defined by such sensory knowing. As we are inducted into the verbal world, we become restricted by the boundaries of societal beliefs and confines of language while learning to ignore this realm of knowing. Preverbal children seem to have access to sensory input that is greater than adults, however they have no linguistic framework to fit their unlimited awareness into. In the process of learning a language and accepting the reality it encompasses the child learns to ignore everything outside this verbal framework and eventually the awareness of it is completely suppressed. Experiencing preverbal awareness poses some formidable problems. Our experienced reality is defined by our belief systems. What doesn't fit into our belief systems we tend to simply not experience. Our vision is a good example of this. What our eyes perceive is a world that is upside down, distorted and squashed. Our brains invert the sensory input, stretch it out and fills in the details. What we are able to see is influenced by what we believe we should see. Whatever we actually perceive is shaped by the boundaries of our linguistic beliefs. You simply can't experience what you have no belief to support. Human sanity is dependent on the world acting in a manner that is consistent with how we believe it's supposed to act. Those who see and hear things that don't fit into the narrow boundaries of how we believe it should be historically have been locked away in asylums and even burned at the stake. Stepping beyond these boundaries is a fearful experience.

Some systems of awareness teach that the heart can process as much information in a second as the brain processes in a week, and that the belly can process as much information in a second as it takes the brain a month to process. In computer terms, this is analogous to different languages or different ways of processing information. A program written in basic computer languages that uses English phrases to perform functions is inherently much slower than a program for the same purpose using machine language. The brain uses a more complex and therefore slower system of processing information.

As we develop greater consciousness, the role of the brain(s) and even the structure itself will be redefined. Science may prove it to be no more that a series of bio-computers operated by the energetic essence that animates our bodies. The time-held notion that the brain is the seat of soul, consciousness and creativity will be discarded through continued research. We must accept that we are much greater beings than just our physical selves propelled through a finite life by a small mass of gray matter.

Written by Carl Brahe, MA


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