– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.114 –
The Solution Beyond Yourself
Here we have two key fixes––important things to do to make your world better for yourself and others. The first is to seek inner world reparations for yourself. The second is to motivate others to do the same thing.
Seek Inner World Reparations
These structures provide one with a wide range of suitable options. Humans do not have to rely solely on dogma, faith, or non-verifiable conjectures but can acquire direct experiential evidence and data to make confirmations regarding the inner world. The human brain generates a variety of electromagnetic frequencies, depending on our activities: beta waves (14-30 Hz) during awake, alert consciousness; alpha waves (9-13 Hz) during relaxation, calmness, lucidity, and absence of thinking; theta waves (4-8 Hz) dreamful sleep, deep relaxation, meditation, and mental imagery; and delta waves (1-3 Hz) during deep, dreamless sleep.
With this variety of brain functioning, humans can summon, receive, and process empirical (or experiential) evidence. This evidence need not only come from sensory empericism—which is how one can prove assertions in the Realm of Exteriority with one’s senses. Evidence may come from either mental empericism or spiritual empericism—two ways to prove assertions in the Realm of Interiority.
These two forms of empiricism are vital tools for eartHearts. Mental empericism includes logic, mathematics, semiotics (the philosophical theory of signs and symbols), phenomenology (the branch of science dealing with the description and classification of phenomena, and hermaneutics (the study of methodological principles of interpretation and explanation). Spiritual empericism includes: mysticism (the experience of mystical union or direct communion with ultimate reality); spiritual experiences; satori (sudden enlightenment and a state of consciousness obtained by intuitive illumination); samadhi (the ultimate, ecstatic state of acute awareness through two general types of meditation):
The first type is savikalpa samadhi. This practice is a type of meditation wherein the practitioner focuses on the mental object of form. Meditating on form produces:
The second type is nirvikalpa samadhi. This practice is a type of type of meditation wherein the practitioner focuses on mental objects without form, such as thoughts themselves. Meditating on formlessness produces:
As a precursor to the activities that follow regarding the two forms of samadhi, do the following activity as a way to experience the benefits of building the circuitry between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Doing so will show you a simple yet effective way to unlock barely noticeable memories, notions, and information in your subconscious mind. Use this activity to increase your creativity, evoke relaxation, and help you to fall asleep. It will also help you deal with low to moderate traumas and nagging feelings of depression. For serious depression, for mood swings that last longer than a month, or for any psychological malady beyond mild post-traumatic stress, seek out the assistance of a psychologist (to obtain a diagnosis and begin psychotherapy) or, if needed, a psychiatrist (if medications are needed).
The following activity involves a do-it-yourself method of EMDR--Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This psychotherapeutic method helps with emotional healing and lack of creativity. “When the process is complete, the brain has discarded the distorted subjective experience that had overwhelmed and remain frozen in the patient and replaced it with a positive perception of present reality” (Grand, 2001, p. 35). EMDR’s hallmark is the movement of the patients’ eyes from left to right repeatedly. This helps the patient because as the eyes move from left to right and right to left they simulate both sides of the brain. The “alternating bilateral stimulation enhances communication between the left and the right brains” (Grand, 2001, 24). This bilateral stimulation allows “the brain to reevaluate information frozen in a system that was overwhelmed at the time of the traumatic event” (Grand, 2001, 24).
Give it a try even if you are not aware that you need such healing. Doing so may reveal buried wounds that are adversely affecting your life, even if you are not presently aware that they exist.
I have tried EMDR and have found it to work amazingly well at revealing hidden sources of stress. It also was a good way for me to relieve the low-grade but persistent physical symptoms of emotional trauma.
EMDR helped me with an un-noticed trauma that I was not aware was affecting my life. After six one-hour sessions of eye movement therapy, I discovered that I had buried emotional trauma from some neglect I experienced in my early childhood and, to make up for my feelings of being neglected (and, therefore, not mattering to my parents), I have over-compensated by being a persistent nurturer in an attempt to matter, after all.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Healing Emotional Wounds
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Healing Emotional Wounds. Do not use this activity if you are in a deep, acute or lingering depression. Proceed only if you need enhanced creativity or if your physical or psychological symptoms are moderate, low, or outside of your awareness. This activity is suggested for those who may have nagging but minor aches or pains or for someone who is only mildly out of sorts but who cannot identify the source of the problem. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive being). Sitting near your attractive being search within your memory or body for a EMDR target–a troubling incident, a memory, an image, or a particular negative bodily feeling (such as a pain or tightness in the chest). Imagine that your chosen attractive being is an emotional healer. Once you have identified your EMDR target, tell your healer the nature of your current suffering, even if it is only a slight, nagging feeling. You might say: What is troubling me now/” Or you may say: “I feel sad (or neglected, or hurt). You may choose to say: “I suffer from (the target experience)_. After asking these questions, attempt to answer the following questions: “When was the first time you experienced (the target experience)_? What was going on in your life at that time? When was the worst time you experienced (the target experience)? When was the last time you experienced (the target experience)? Ask these questions before your first eye movement session. Also, ask these questions in between and after each of your eye move sequences. Answering these questions will activate the memory of the target in the occipital cortex, which controls sight in the brain (Grand, 2001, p. 26). Tell your natural being therapist where in your body you feel your target experience, Be sure to rank the degree of your target experience (on a 1-10 scale with 1 being low and 10 being high). Do this ranking each time you answer your questions after each of your eye movement sequences. To begin your eye movement session, locate a place in your body where you feel minor aches or tension. Then locate a place in the body that is pain or tension free. Image what color goes along with your pain free areas. After these important preparations, sit with your chosen natural being and pick out two other natural beings at equal eye levels, one to your far left and the other to your far right. Make sure your two objects (beings), one to your left and one to the right, are horizontally aligned. Keeping your head still, move your eyes slowly and gently from one object (being) to the other, repeatedly in a smooth, flowing fashion. If you are seeking relaxation, move your eyes even more slowly. After moving your eyes back and forth for a few seconds to a few minutes, re-ask the questions described earlier. Do not ask any questions during your back and forth eye movement sequences. Ask your questions before, in between, and after your eye movement sequences. Use the number scale of 1-10 as you note if any of your sensations have changed or diminished as a result of the eye movements and the questions and answers. Make sure your answers are honest. Give credence to all of your responses. After a few eye movement sequences, imagine replacing the unpleasant aches or feelings of tension you had in a part of your body with the positive feelings (and associated color) you feel in another part of your body. Instigate this replacement periodically as you do your eye movements and answer the questions.
“Once the negative has been resolved and cleared through, the positive more easily replaces it. And the force that drives this movement, the bilateral stimulation itself, came from nature” (Grand, 2001, p. 247)
In all but severe cases, you will unlock the reasons for your aches and tensions and replace these negative feelings with positive ones. If, after a few weeks of repeating this activity, you do not find emotional or physical relief, or if you do not improve your creativity, you are encouraged to seek the help of a professional EMDR therapist or a clinical psychologist.
After your last eye movement sequences, tell your chosen attractive being the answers to your final questions, noting the severity of the target feelings on the 1-10 scale. Give thanks for this connection experience. And either enjoy your new-found creativity and lack of distress or seek professional help.
There is no time for complacency. Everyone needs to be apart of the solution. People need information but without motivation, the facts are of little use to the cause of preserving Humanature. EartHearts use facts to inform and develop a sense of personal connection to motivate. Let us now look at what motivates, using theories of motivation summarized by Steven P. Robbins in the following activity (Undated Website). This topic is especially important for anyone involved in getting others to go along with them at work, in civic organizations, or in social activities.