Regularly Perform Cougar Sentry Duty
Our brain is constantly constructing mind states that generate massive numbers of fear-based, self-limiting beliefs that have little basis in the real world. Especially the real world up the road – where late-blooming is potentially possible. And up the road is where things will be unfolding fast and even faster in ways we have almost no ability to predict. As I suggested in a blog several weeks ago – Does A Cougar Have Your Leg? – the world is simply too large, too diverse, and too complex to make self or worldly predictions. None of us knows where we’re going to find ourselves or whom we’re going to meet who might profoundly and radically reroute our world.
I remember a story told years ago by Cosmic Egg writer Joseph Chilton Pearce: a fan of his once sent him a picture of the Indian guru Baba Muktananda. Pearce promptly threw it in the trash. Some long time later he encountered another picture of Muktananda and suddenly went into a full kundalini experience. Pearce joined the community and became a student of Muktananda’s for many years where he eventually came in direct contact with The Bond of Power. With that direct contact came the complete loss of any and all personal anxiety in his brain and body.
A more up-to-date example: I have an acquaintance who recently came across The Mereon Matrix. I know little about it, but it is turning out to have a profound impact on her life. Who knows – it might profoundly impact yours as well. Perhaps even mine, if and as I make the time to investigate it more deeply.
Recognize that Learning, Change and Growth are Our Neurophysiological Mandates
Here’s a video showing live neurons busy doing what live neurons do: moving, changing, growing, connecting, disconnecting, birthing, dying. A whole universe of activity is constantly changing things up between our ears, and by extension – throughout our body. Until we developed the technology to view it in live action, few scientists suspected the level and degree of activity that goes on continually in our brain (and body). The blooming, buzzing confusion that William James reported as the experience of the world for infants was actually James reporting from inside his own brain without realizing it. I tend to think of what’s going on inside my brain as akin to what’s happening with our sun during high sunspot activity (Watch here, rather than look at the sun directly). To do anything other than learn, change and grow turns out to actually be anti-brain and anti-life. And probably anti-heart as well.
Place the Heart at the Center of Your Flowering
Many scientists feel that the heart functions primarily as a fist-sized pump, pumping blood through 60,000 miles of veins and arteries by beating 100,000 times a day. And that’s ALL it does. While they might admit that so-called “heart-felt emotions” have a qualitatively different feel and flavor to them, they would argue that experience results from changes in neurochemistry and neurophysiology taking place within the brain. Perhaps.
Two things are worth realizing. One is we haven’t done nearly as much research on the heart as we have on the brain – the technology simply doesn’t exist yet. The second is heart-felt emotions can A. be felt; and B. seem to correlate with better overall health. The Heartmath Institute, for example, has done research that pretty conclusively demonstrates that positive emotions affect the heart and brain in beneficial ways, by regulating heart rate variability and by changing the effect the pressure wave generated by our heart beating has on brain function.
Amp Up Your Social Security Circuitry
After years of threatening to quit a job that was essentially undoable, that was taking a great toll on her physical health, a friend of mine recently turned in her resignation. Her body’s response was “an incredible lightness of being.” But her mind began to run wild, making up painful, tragic stories about the future authored by her Inner Bag Lady.
“Make a list of all the people in your inner and outer social circle who won’t let you starve and/or who won’t let you become homeless,” I suggested. I suspected her list would be a long one, and that my wife and I should be somewhere near the top of it. She made that list. Turns out there were over 200 people on it, including several millionaires and a billionaire. Many of the people on the list had been friends from grade school. On it as well, were several members of her immediate family who had always been enormously loving and supportive of her. It suddenly became very difficult to let the Cougar Thoughts of homelessness and starvation continue to chew at her leg. Way more than money, that’s what the real wealth of having an extensive, bonded social circle can provide.
Amp Down Self-Cherishing
The natural direction of human evolution, if we look at past and present exemplars of human development, seems to flow towards less self-concern and more care for others. As our brains and bodies become more and more able to process expanding amounts of energy and information – presumably, at least in part, from building out our Rich Club networks – our attachment to our body and the thoughts that emerge from our mind grow less and less able to enthrall us or toss us away emotionally. In doing so, can we possibly do anything BUT continue to bloom?