I’ve been trying out hypnotherapy with a friend who is training to become a practitioner. No pocket watches back and forth in front of the eyes. Instead, deep relaxation and imagination to move from operating in the primitive brain to the intellectual brain.
The primitive brain is located in the amygdala, the home of fight or flight reactions. Here live obsessive thoughts, compulsions and feelings of anger, fear, depression. It’s all about survival and memories are stored here prompting repeat patterns of survival that worked in the past. The amygdala sends impulses to the hypothalamus that releases a chemical response and then it all really gets going. A reactionary rush of adrenaline surging through the body. That sounds a lot like what psychologists call ego to me.
The intellectual brain is in the frontal or cerebal cortex and is a vast resource. Here it is creative, positive, solutions focused with experiences like wonder, freedom, love. Life runs smoothly and when there’s ‘an obstacle’ awareness and presence initiates and opens up solutions, opportunities and confidence flows. Here we make clear choices, focusing on what we want in our lives. That sounds a lot like true nature, soul, greatness, being or whatever you want to call it to me.
Clearly, living from the intellectual brain is the preferred option. Well, that is unless you are banker where primitive ‘banker brain syndrome’ is revered.
All of us at sometime or another have the experience of being stuck in the primitive brain, stuck in the ego with reactions kicking off, emotional buckets full. It feels a little like drowning, unable to return to the more positive, solutions focused outlook of the intellectual brain, despite best efforts.
So it is helpful to know that there are three key activities that can empty this emotional bucket naturally enabling the move from the primitive brain to the vast resources of the intellectual brain. They are:
Given the desperate need for human beings to live from the intellectual brain, finding solutions, creating innovative healthy systems in sync with humanity and the natural world, to go beyond the primitive brain and what we did in the past to survive and beyond adrenal reactions. Given that, why are we not teaching methods of powerful sleep, relaxation and imagination in schools? I’d have loved to have put those years of forced school attendance to good use and learnt something of value.
And why is imagination so under utilised as a practical tool for enabling well-being, creativity and innovation?
Why isn’t imagination used much more to address mental health issues?
Why doesn’t every company have an ‘imagineer’ to guide people beyond their ego and primitive brain in to the intellectual brain, the place where innovation, creativity and positive solutions thrive?
And if bankers and politicians can just get themselves a daily dose of imagination.
How different it can all be.
Just with a little imagination.