October 2021 Newsletter
The Gifts of an Integrated Brain
For centuries the Western world has ascribed to a top-down theory of the brain.
According to Descartes’s famous axiom — “I think, therefore I am” — what goes on between the ears is the master …
And everything below the neck is the servant.
Yet the neuroscience research over the last few decades has turned this theory on its head.
Innovative brain scans have revealed the complexity of our human system.
And it shows that much of what goes on in our Brain originates from signals sent by the other Wisdom Areas of the body — the Heart, Gut, Pelvis, Bones, Legs & Feet — and those yet to be discovered.
Even intelligence, which was previously believed to originate in the brain, is now understood to arise from all these Wisdom Areas blended together.
So the brain is a very important member of the team. But it’s not the all-powerful boss it was once thought to be.
Having said that, several areas of the brain are especially important for processing signals and information coming in from the rest of the body.
Take the prefrontal cortex.
When it’s operating optimally, it processes a wide range of critical functions — from modulating fear and balancing emotions to making you aware of your intuitive insights.
The healthy Brain organizes and strategizes using the signals that are coming in every moment from the rest of the body.
The prefrontal cortex even registers our moral compass when it’s integrated with the rest of our Wisdom Areas.
That’s when we have a natural capacity to imagine what fulfills the greater good of humanity …
And then to take action on those inspirations.
Unfortunately, when the prefrontal cortex has been damaged, we can lose the capacity for moral thinking and action.
I saw this firsthand in my late brother. He sustained two severe injuries to the prefrontal cortex before he was 10 years old.
The first happened when he was 7 years old. He ran full steam into an iron pole on the playground.
He had a wicked headache for days. But he slowly recovered enough to return to school.
The second incident happened the following year.
He walked up behind me as I was swinging a baseball bat warming up for a game.
This was no light tap to his forehead. I felt horrible as I watched the huge goose egg rise in the middle of his forehead.
Later, as he grew into adolescence, my brother became more and more secretive.
When we were both in our 20s, I asked him why he didn’t pursue medical school since he’d been pre-med in college.
He looked at me. And in a moment of rare honesty, he said he didn’t want to help people the way I did.
He just didn’t care.
His inner sense of morality and empathy were offline. And the actions he took over the next two decades reflected that.
He eventually committed suicide at the age of 42 after leading a life of crime only his inner circle knew about.
Was his lack of a moral compass wholly due to the brain injuries?
We’ll never know. But it certainly contributed to it.
Fortunately, even when there is trauma, there are many forms of natural healthcare that can strengthen prefrontal function.
That’s one important aspect we focus on in the Distance Healing From the Core® program I teach.
Fortunately, when the parasympathetic arm of the nervous system (the rest-and-digest function) is balanced with the sympathetic arm (the accelerator that helps us respond to stressors) …
The body comes into a healthy equilibrium. And the Integrated Brain can confidently take the lead again for our greater good.