Friday, April 29, 2005

How we get "On second thought" (may be?)

diagram
The thalamus and cortex convey information from the environment The thalamus to amygdala pathway carries information rapidly to the amygdala

The thalamus to cortex to amygdala pathway is slower but allows the external stimuli to be cognitively appraised.

The hippocampus is involved in memory and may store information about the emotional significance of external stimuli . Memories can elicit fear presumably through a hippocampus to amygdala pathway .

Source: LeDoux (Scientific American, 270(6), 50-57, 1994)

See also, Laura Arendal The Emotional Brain (2000). Discusses the idea that fear been hardwired into our brains over the course of evolution, and LeDoux's theory

It seems to me the "first thought" is the short path to amygdala; the "second thought" is via the cortex and takes memory and context into account. Living "in the moment" would mean staying with the first thought reaction. - Sri

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Intersubjective - collective soul force experiment

I was part of an experiment during 3 day retreat. On Apr 10th, there were about 15 people. We did a visualization and cleared the energy in
the room through collective movement and then sat down. The exercise that followed next was for each of us to link through feeling level
with someone in the group. The request was to feel the feeling someone is feeling at that moment. Or connect with a need that person is
feeling at that moment.

Later, we went around the room expressing what we felt another was feeling. My sense was that 8 out of 10 feelings were validated by the
other.

If we can do this, in our present consciousness, with little training - imagine what we can really do if we practice this mode of
compassionate feeling the needs of others. - Sri