I woke up this morning thinking about classism and the way we justify stratification of our relationships with each other based on income. Have’s and Have not’s. As a child, I would go to bed at night ‘solving the world’s problems.’ It was the only thing that would allow me to rest after being bombarded with images of poverty, greed and oppression.
Being a mystic at heart, I always wondered . . . how do we begin to live our ideal, what we know in our hearts is true . . . We are all human, we all have needs, and we all have something to contribute.
So today, I am still asking these questions, though I have more ‘data’. I know now that greed, territoriality, ritualistic worship, and the instinct for procreation are all rudimentary elements of our spiritual journey into physical form. Reptilian brain-stem reactions to sensory data. We then attach ourselves to those ‘like us’—our tribe, family, clan, culture, society-the mammalian brain. Then we tell ourselves stories about why we do what we do—we rationalize and justify our behaviour—the ‘new mammalian brain’ the cortex . . . although we are beginning to integrate new awareness through the synergy of all these inner and outer sensory signals via our mere 40,000-year-old pre-frontal cortex. (See my earlier blog on Change).
The real question to me, is not only how do we change our thinking through mindfulness . . . but how do we integrate the deeper truths received through our energetic bodies and translated into physical form? How do we embody the wisdom of the heart brain with its neurocardiology that creates trust . . . the awareness of our radiant solar plexus energy and our gut responses that are informed by our connection to 30,000 microbes that already know how to work together to create a healthy environment; that lets us digest our food; and assimilate reality in healthy ways?
These are the metaphors of what more is possible, as we connect to the subtle reality of who we are within the context of a macrocosm that reflects the microcosm and vice versa.
I am noodling today on . . . how might this greater awareness impact us if we were to create our economic systems of support from a different model beyond the neurology of our physical brains? I will meditate on this. I invite you to do the same and share your insights, reflections and new awareness with all of us.