Internal conflict during decision making is a source of high stress for many. Let me explain how aligning your head, heart and gut intelligences helps you make wiser decisions in life.
“How many brains do you need to be successful?”, is somewhat of a trick question. You could argue that one well nourished, trained and focussed brain is enough, or that you need many brains to create a supportive team around yourself. Actually, from the individual perspective, to be living more meaningfully, authentically and wisely, you need three brains. Fortunately, you already possess them.
Seriously, medical research over the past 100 years shows you already have three brains (neural networks): your cephalic (head), cardiac (heart) and enteric (gut). Your gut brain is actually the equivalent size and complexity of a cat brain — fascinating! Your three brains need to be working together, aligned and in the right sequence for any real, deep, generative change to occur.
Your three separate intelligences operating in your body can end up antagonistic to each other, and have different patterns, habits and learned behaviours. The conflicting messages we receive linguistically reflect this: “Listen to your heart. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Listen to your head. Get out of your head. He showed gutsy courage. He’s a gutless wonder. She followed her heart and leapt in without thinking – how brainless!”
Each brain has its Highest Expression, for example, the head has Creativity, the heart Compassion and the gut Courage. Truly wise decisions are creative, compassionate and carried out courageously.
In life and business, the consequences of someone using one brain to the exclusion of the others can be devastatingly obvious. For example, a purely logical economic decision (head) which doesn’t take into consideration the impact on staff personally (heart) and the company culture (gut). Or when an incompetent staff member is continually ‘rescued’ by her manager (heart ‘dumb’ compassion) despite the obvious financial impact (head) partially because the manager doesn’t want to be perceived as mean (gut). Or someone leaps into action (gut) without truly thinking through (head) the consequences to self and others (heart).
So if it sometimes feels like you are struggling to make changes as your head is battling with your heart’s desires, and you’re feeling sick to the stomach with the paralyzing fear of getting it wrong, now you know why. You need a tune-up It’s also the reason a mind-body therapy may work beautifully for one person, but not another. And how do you get ‘tuned up’? The answer is mBraining and mBIT (multiple Brain Integration Techniques).
Grant Soosalu and Marvin Oka have combined medical research, neuro science, ancient wisdom, and their own extensive active research and experience as behavioural modellers to develop techniques to enable the integration to be able to occur smoothly. As they say in their book, mBraining: Using your multiple brains to do cool stuff‘, “the latest findings in neuroscience lay out the map, behavioural modelling research provides us with the journey’s route, and mBIT and mBraining give us the means and tools to start travelling now.”
Knowing the core competencies of your brains enables you to leverage and communicate with and between your multiple brains in ways that expand your thinking, physical and emotional abilities so you truly can live to your potential. A Certified mBIT Coach can facilitate your transformation more easily than you can imagine. Contact me to discuss how this can work for you.
Remember, this is not about being able to ‘do more’ in life, because frankly most of us have overfilled our lives with commitments and busyness already. Instead your life can flow more easily without the previous internal conflict and turmoil from second guessing yourself. Your new awareness now of your multiple intelligences can help you to decide to explore how to live from your highest authentic expression, and with greater wisdom in your decisions and actions.