Many of us have heard of higher brain living — but what is it? Some brain researchers advocate energizing the pre-frontal lobes — the higher brain — to help us lessen the impact of unproductive “lower brain” stress responses.
Directly or indirectly, medical researchers believe that up to 90 percent of all medical office visits are a result of stress.
Our primitive survival brain, or lower brain, is the part of our brain physiology that is responsible for survival. It is a reactive part of our physiology that keeps us in the grip of stress, fear, anxiety, reactive impulse, addiction, and frustration. This region of our brain is resistant to change, because change comes with uncertainty, even when that change is positive.
The prefrontal cortex, or higher brain, is the region of the brain that is creative, expansive, confident, peaceful, connected and problem-solving. It is the change-adapting part of our physiology.
Life could be more fulfilling if there were more energy going into the higher brain. More energy in this region of this brain means more corresponding emotional states associated with that region; more joy, possibility, freedom, and less stress, fear and anxiety. Researchers have developed a technique that releases a surge of energy into your largely untapped higher brain. A shift from lower-brain energy to higher brain energy breaks the hold that the survival brain has on us; the destructive patterns that keep us mired in our stress-driven lives — and shifts the operational mode to the higher brain. It’s like going from low gear to high.
This technique is a gentle-touch process where a trained facilitator activates points in the body in a time-specific sequence, creating a surge of energy from the primal fear-based lower brain into the prefrontal cortex, the seat of the higher brain.
The technique elicits a spontaneous wave of energy and physiological effects follow that rejuvenate and reorganize the body’s cells and release stress. This activation creates a feedback mechanism that brings life-sustaining oxygen and increased metabolism into the higher brain. This creates change for an empowering gateway to a healthier, more sustainable, happier lifestyle that allows us to fulfill our highest abilities and inform our world with purpose, meaning and achievement.
So here’s a taste of the experience of getting just a little energy into that newly-evolved higher brain: Close your eyes and imagine the best day of your life…Go on… feel it… that feeling of empowerment and joy and even invincibility. Let that feeling sink in. How amazing do you feel? That can become your new baseline in life!
These energy pathways in the body — known by both ancient and modern cultures as chi, prana or kundalini — are nothing new. But current research has revealed that they are piezo-electric. They release energy when compressed or stretched gently in the right way. If we consistently cue these pathways, we mobilize this dormant energy and direct it to the higher brain. This increases the metabolism of the pre-frontal cortex and wakes up its potential. In this process, more than just stress is removed; the barrier to change goes with it.
Rarely do people have true and lasting transformational change — and now we know why. The missing link is the lack of energy in the highest, most evolved part of our brain.
We can have new thoughts, great goals, big dreams and compelling visions…but these thoughts, goals, dreams and visions are fleeting if the higher brain does not drive them forward. There must be a corresponding change in brain function to match your new thoughts, goals, dreams etc…or they do not become real.
Close your eyes and imagine the best day of your life…Go on… feel it…
“Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you…Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think neces-sary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question…Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.” — Capra, The Tao of Physics
Dr. Michael Cotton is the founder of Higher Brain Living®. He has a doctoral degree in Chiropractic.