by Grant Soosalu
Do you sometimes suffer from conflict between your thoughts, feelings and actions? 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? Or 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 aligned, 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!
Recent Neuroscience findings have uncovered that we have complex, adaptive and functional neural networks – or ‘brains’- in our heart and gut. Respectively called the cardiac and enteric nervous systems, these adaptive neural networks display amazing levels of memory and intuitive ‘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. By combining these Neuroscience findings with behavioural modeling research, a number of key insights have emerged that have profound implications for the fields of personal evolution, NLP, coaching and adaptive leadership.
Behavioural modeling research
Over the last 5 years, informed by the Neuroscience findings, my colleague Marvin Oka and I have performed behavioural modeling research on how the heart and gut brains function in the practical areas of decision-making, action-taking, intuition, relationships, leadership and personal development. 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 optimized for processing emotions and drives our modes of connecting in relationships, while the gut handles protection, self-preservation, core identity and mobilization. What you can 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 also support the commonly held notions and neuro-linguistic expressions such as trusting one’s ‘gut instinct’ and being ‘true to your heart’, and show they are more than just metaphoric. The findings also back up the assertions from many fields such as Adaptive Leadership field, saying that whole leaders need to use not only their heads, but also the innate intelligence and wisdom of both their heart and gut brains.
mBIT – multiple Brain Integration Techniques
So how do we do this? Facilitating the multiple brains into congruent alignment and operational effectiveness, requires a pragmatic ‘how’. So the field of mBIT has developed a suite of simple and powerful techniques that People Helpers, Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Leaders can use in appropriate contexts. As detailed in our recently published book ‘mBraining’, these techniques and processes involve getting the client into communication with their three brains, getting them aligned around the particular issue and then getting the brains functioning at what is called their ‘highest expression’. When this is achieved, the person’s innate intuitive wisdom emerges and the quality of their decisions and actions becomes adaptively and generatively different.
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
As indicated above. one of the many powerful models emerging from the mBIT action 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. The good news is that mBIT provides simple yet powerful techniques for bringing yourself into autonomic coherence.
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.
For further information, please either
• go to www.mbraining.com or
• grab a copy of the book ‘mBraining’.or
• book your place on a course at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the call to action, generated by the mBraining community to bring compassion, courage and a more harmonious way of living to each of every one of us, The Performance Solution are hosting a special ‘not for profit’ course for educators, health professionals, parents, police and public sector employees in Bath on 10-13 December 2015. Please contact us to enquire about availability.