Monkey Brain vs. Your Best Interest
Yep, I’ve talked about this …
When we are in alignment within ourselves, we have peace, satisfaction, and joy in everything we do, in every part of life, no matter the outside circumstances. Even when things are not going our way, we have a strong foundation deep within us that cannot be lost or stolen. The power gained over self is evident within the heart, mind, and spirit of who we are most authentically.
Besides building this strong foundation on the inside where we can weather the storms of life and not be swayed by every little wisp, but continually find our direction with ease; we also find our thoughts, beliefs, and actions to be more congruent toward our best interest. Everything we do becomes part of our purpose and path in our Human Brain. This is the exact opposite of what has been called our “Monkey Brain”, the middle layer. Consequently, when this becomes a focus in our adult years, we are much more efficient at serving others while we improve ourselves.
While the established structure of our logical, stable, resilient, and balanced brain helps us make choices that make sense, we have another part of our 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 us or make wrong choices. The Monkey Brain is one step above the Lizard Brain, which controls basic instincts. The Monkey Brain controls our most primary responses to fear and desire. In this state, it seems as if we begin to act and react without any permission from our brain at all!
This can lead to fun and adventure, mostly taking calculated risks without fear. It’s what takes over when we’re enjoying ourselves 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 we are faced with some sort of threat. This part of our brain helps us think fast through our fight or flight response. Even in a regular day, we might find ourselves making senseless or oblivious decisions if we are faced with clutter, chaos, and confusion. It can also happen when we feel bull-dozed by other people. Therefore, 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 do not completely agree with his conclusion. Blasphemous? I don’t think so since 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 we are spirit, which has been made in the image of God, Divine energy that is unseen. The spirit of who we are is living in a body with a heart (emotional expression/connection) and mind (thinking expression/connection), which make up our soul to accommodate living on this earth. Our soul is also the part of us that has a free will and the privilege of making choices. It seems clear that our spirit, made in the image of God, knows without a doubt what is morally right as well as what is right for us in the moment. Our soul might know the same thing when we are in alignment, however the soul is motivated by thoughts and emotions. When we consciously choose from our Human Brain, these thoughts and emotions may lead us in a good direction through our words and actions.
Rest and Restore in This
This is why it is important to stay in alignment with that part of our thought process rather than the Monkey or Lizard part of our brain. Fortunately, as long as we are on this earth, we can always find our way back to our alignment within and with the Author of Life. The conclusion is evident that alignment is an inside job.
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.
If you’re ready to work with me at any time, feel free to connect. Ciao for now! GinaTCoach.com
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!