Monkey Brain vs. Your Best Interest
Yep, I’ve talked about this …
When you are in alignment within your spirit and soul, you have peace, satisfaction, and joy in everything you do, in every part of life, no matter the outside circumstances. Even when things are not going your way, you have a strong foundation deep within that cannot be lost or stolen. The power gained over self is evident within the heart, mind, and spirit of who you most authentically are.
Besides building this strong foundation on the inside where you can weather the storms of life and not be swayed by every little wisp, but continually find your direction with ease; you also find your thoughts, beliefs, and actions to be more congruent toward your best interest. Everything you do becomes part of your purpose and path in your Human Brain. This is the exact opposite of what has been called your “Monkey Brain”, the middle layer. Consequently, when this becomes a focus in your adult years, you are much more efficient at serving others while you improve yourself.
While the established structure of our logical, stable, resilient, and balanced brain helps you make choices that make sense, you have another part of your mind that simply reacts to the chaos of life stuck in a survival mode. If you go without sleep or food or encounter lingering stress or some sort of imbalance within yourself or during your day, chances are you will easily slip into that part of your brain that responds to unstable stimuli in ways that can eventually hurt you or make wrong choices. The Monkey Brain is one step above the Lizard Brain, which controls basic instincts. The Monkey Brain controls your most primary responses to fear and desire. In this state, it seems as if you begin to act and react without any permission from your brain at all!
This can lead to fun and adventure, mostly taking calculated risks without fear. It’s what takes over when you’re enjoying yourself and laughing at things that are hilarious. Or it can result in wrong choices leading to a series of untethered directions as well as times when you are faced with some sort of threat. This part of your brain helps you think fast through your fight or flight response. Even in a regular day, you might find yourself making senseless or oblivious decisions if you are faced with clutter, chaos, and confusion. It can also happen when you feel bull-dozed by other people. Therefore, since there is a basic need to stay focused, multi-tasking is not the answer to getting things done more efficiently. Focus is the name of the game.
Paul Tries to Re-Calibrate
The subject of being in alignment is partially based on these verses that point to the confusion many people fall into, the same way Paul did as he writes of his dizzying dilemma. You may be able to think of an example from your life or someone you know as you read this account by Paul, the Apostle in Romans 7:15-20 NLT
“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So, I am not the one doing wrong; (it is sin living in me that does it). I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. (But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it).”
I believe the sin living inside that he refers to is actually the wayward choices that take one away from the state of peace and love. I believe we are told not to blindly believe everything we read or hear, but to test it and go directly to God for answers. I believe the “sin inside” is actually referring to the “monkey brain” which shamelessly takes over to encourage him to do what he “doesn’t want to do” and not do what he knows he should as the right thing. He seems to be describing the base, common reactions that we face through overwhelming or stressful circumstances, or those that present temporary pleasures with a long-term price tag.
From everything I have read, heard, learned, and have been inspired by, it is very clear that you are spirit, which has been made in the image of God, Divine energy that is unseen. The spirit of who you are is living in a body with the gift of a heart (emotional expression/connection) and mind (thinking expression/connection), which make up your soul to accommodate living on this earth. Your soul is also the part of you that has a free will and the privilege of making choices. It seems clear that your spirit, made in the image of God, knows without a doubt what is morally right as well as what is right for you in the moment. Your soul might know the same thing when you are in alignment, however the soul is motivated by thoughts and emotions. When you consciously choose from your Human Brain, these thoughts and emotions may lead you in a good direction through your words and actions.
Rest and Restore in This
This is why it is important to stay in alignment with that part of your thought process rather than the Monkey or Lizard part of your brain. Fortunately, as long as you are on this earth, you can always find your way back to your alignment within and with the Author of Life. The conclusion is evident that alignment is an inside job which facilitates being perfected every single day.
Cohesive alignment coaching can definitely provide tools and strengthen your resolve to unite these parts of who you are so that you can live a more satisfied life, building meaningful relationships, and contributing to the world around you with renewing joy. There are many aspects to this process since there are many facets to who you truly are. It is important to confidently prepare your heart and mind to gracefully release all that is not meant for you so that you can assuredly and humbly receive what is intended for your life.
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NOTE: Every aspect of my coaching is based on scripture and belief in God as the Creator and Author of Life. I am not religious and will never expect anyone to aimlessly follow a certain belief without completing their own research. Be a seeker, ask and you will find; be brave, courageous, and playful on this adventure of life!