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“Dare to think with your whole brain, you are the Creator of your own reality.” This is definitely my favorite motto with which I challenge my students to integrate harmonious thinking.

As a teacher I often see thinking patterns such as “I’m logical not creative”, “I’m creative not technical” but I never heard “I’m both, artistic and technical” or “I’m harmonious”.

I’ve been teaching since 2012 and over the years I developed my own system in how to engage students into meaningful learning and how to participate in the class atmosphere. How do I bring harmonious thinking in class? By integrating an analytical – intuitive – creative approach.

But this article is not about any teaching methods, or practical exercises, it’s about the general context behind the statement “Dare to think with your whole brain.”

When we have a broad understanding of our brain, which is our CEO, we simply realize that we have much more control over our thinking process. We can understand the Why – What – How we do the things we do.

There’s all kinds of concepts and theories about the left – right brain integration as part of our human evolution. We are taught in school that we can be either analytical or artistic, but not centered or balanced. Not harmonious thinking.

Having a centered and harmonious thinking it’s like tapping into a never ending supply of knowledge and motivation. When we do things with a full open mind, we develop wisdom because we create from multiple perspectives at the same time. And this way things become fun and meaningful.

Our brain is too infinite and vast to give it a high level of context on this blog. However, it’s all about understanding that a harmonious thinking allows us to create our desires. Desire is everything, and without it nothing can happen. It shapes our journey, our decisions and actions, behavior and perceptions.

So let me give you a peak about what I’ve learned about the brain.

The split brain, the left and the right side

In the 1800s the brain had a concept of  the “split brain”. A concept which was outlining that our brain is divided into two main anatomical sections, commonly known as the Left Hemisphere (LH) and the Right Hemisphere (RH). Back then it was believed that each side of the brain has its own separated and specific abilities.

The split brain theory speculated the we have specific brain tasks such as:

  • RH the right hemisphere – controls the primary functions of the left side of the body and is responsible for artistic skills.
  • LH the left hemisphere – controls the primary functions of the right side of the body and is responsible for scientific and logical skills.

In the early 1960s, the concept of split brain was labeled as one of the great myths about the human brain. The neurologist Roger Sperry won a Nobel prize by demystifying it with breakthrough discoveries on functional specialization of the hemispheres. The two brain parts are connected together by a part called Corpus Callosum.

There’s no physical separation in our brains, the two hemispheres are connected by a thick bundle of nerve fibers called the Corpus Callosum. Dr Joe Dispenza calls it the “fiber optic bridge”.

The Corpus Callosum is the largest pathway of neurons in the entire body, approximately 300 million nerve fibers. Its purpose is to ensure that both sides of the brain are communicating and sending signals among each other in order to exchange information.

Through this bridge, nerve impulses are constantly traveling back and forth from one side to another, giving us the ability to learn and to observe the world. Meaning that both hemispheres are working together for a variety of tasks, including creative and logical thinking.

The triune brain, three brains in one

Still in the 1960s the “triune brain” model was described by the neuroscientist Paul Maclean. This brain model says that the human brain is like 3 brains in one arranged in stacks. The layers are arranged from inside out, from the primitive to most developed area, from the old to the new brain.

According to MacLean, the most primitive brain is the “reptilian brain” which sits at the back or bottom of the stack. Next up or frontward is the limbic system or the “emotional brain”. And at the top is the neocortex, the most recently developed “thinking brain”.

Some say that MacLean’s model is Freud’s triune mind theory in psychoanalysis. According to Freud, the human personality is made up of three key elements: the id, the ego, and the superego; and the interaction between these parts influences how people think and behave.

The triune brain structure says:

  1. The first brain to develop is the reptilian brain known as the cerebellum, or the little brain.
  2. The second brain to develop is the limbic brain, known as the mammalian brain or the emotional brain.
  3. The third and the most recent brain to evolve is the neocortex or the thinking brain.

The first brain area – the reptilian brain or the cerebellum supports and maintains the basic life functions like the heart rate and breathing. These functions are common to all animals so the little brain’s job is to regulate our life system.

Functional brain scans show that the cerebellum is the brain’s most active area since it is responsible for balance, coordination and the overall perception of the position and movement of the body. And, after a skill is being learned and wired to the cerebellum our body can perform that action automatically with very little conscious thought because it is memorized.

The second brain area – is the middle of the brain and the name of this area is the limbic system; limbus means a border or a ring as the intersection between multiple structures. Another term is the mammalian brain because this region is also highly developed in mammals.

But the most used term for the limbic area is known as the emotional brain. And I think we all know about our emotions which fluctuate like a roller coaster. So the midbrain acts as the chemical brain, to maintain chemical balance of emotions. It organizes signals between the external world and our internal world.

The third brain area – is the neocortex also known as the awareness of our creativity. It represents our thinking, our reasoning that allows us to learn and remember what we experience from our external world.

But there’s a specific part of our neocortex called the frontal lobe which is designed to control our emotional system.

The Frontal Lobe is the most evolved area of the new brain, is the place where the self can express itself. It represents the balance in our decision making, the seat of our desire, the wants in life. So this part of the brain acts like the guardian for our reasoning.

“The frontal lobe allows us to choose our every thought and action and, in so doing, control our own destiny. When this lobe is active, we focus on our desires, create ideas, make conscious decisions, assemble plans, carry out an intentional course of action, and regulate our behavior. “ – Joe Dispenza

The dual brain, processing the new information

So initial brain models were saying something like:

  • LH the left hemisphere – is dominant because it is active in adults due to reasoning and analytical thinking.
  • RH the left hemisphere – was believed to lack distinctive functions in adults; a conclusion which was made based on the observation that injuries on the right side of the brain were apparently affecting just the motor functions and not the cognitive ones.

But then, an injury caused to a child’s right side of the brain was considered crucial to the development whereas not so for an adult.

Then the science asked the questions.

When and how the brain transfers the functions from childhood to adulthood? When does the left side become dominant in adults?

During the 1980’s a scientist Elkhonon Goldberg, a neuropsychologist known for his work in the “novelty routinization” theory, observed that a child is learning new information all the time. Whereas an adult is more on a repeat mode of tasking and doing.

Goldberg came up with the theory that the hemispheres’ role is for switching functions and information between them.

Right hemisphere’s main function is to process all the new information while the left hemisphere is processing the familiar information. So there’s always a transfer from the right to the left side cortex.

So now dual brain model explains the process of learning new information:

  • RH the right hemisphere – is processing the new and unknown information, tasks, and when this becomes familiar it passes to the LH.
  • LH the left hemisphere – is processing the routine, familiar and automatic information. And is also the storage of information which gets perfected through practice.

So science is now calling the “dual brain” processing based on the learning process in general, all types of learning, not just artistic or logical. You can learn math or drawing but the brain’s process is still the same.

Brain frequencies, the optimal state

Functional brain scans and EEGs measure brain activity through electromagnetic frequencies. A frequency represents the measurement of the oscillations, or the cycles per second, or Hertz. This activity is associated with mental states.

Science says that about 95% of humans are living in repeat mode, doing repetitive actions over and over again. Going to the same job, living in the same house, having the same friends, having the same favorite food, music. And if there’s any change it due to circumstances outside of their conscious choice. Seldom do they take a conscious decision to learn or to change something into something completely new.

Charles F. Hannel, known as the father of personal development in his book The Master Key System from 1912 was saying exactly the same thing.

“At least ninety per cent of our mental life is subconscious, so those who fail to make use of this mental power live within very narrow limits. The subconscious can and will solve any problem for us if we know how to direct it. The subconscious processes are always at work; the only question is, are we to be simply passive recipients of this activity, or are we to consciously direct the work? Shall we have a vision of the destination to be reached, the dangers to be avoided, or shall we simply drift?”

So in short, the majority of people are using the left brain as the dominant brain. Then, an average person loses his/her attention between 6-10 times a minute, because their brain is not trained anymore in learning new information. So this automatically creates a disharmony in the brain’s function.

The brain’s disharmony simply means that the brain functions in Beta frequencies of stress and anxiety.

So let me explain this.

Brainwave frequencies are ranging from 0.1Hz to 100Hz, and every interval is also referred to as: Low – Medium – High.

  • Delta (0.1 – 3 Hz) – deep sleep state, detached awareness, healing.
  • Theta (4 – 7 Hz) – twilight state, between deep sleep and wakefulness, meditation.
  • Alpha (8 – 15 Hz) – imaginative and creative state, relaxation.
  • Beta (16 – 30 Hz) – conscious thought, alertness, cognition, common type of thinking but also stress.
  • Gamma (31 – 100 Hz) – to the highest frequencies recorded, the elevated states of consciousness or the mystic state.

Most people live in a low vibration state, in the high-Beta state of stress and anxiety. Seldom do they reach the frequencies of quieting the mind in the center of the alpha spectrum, around 10 cycles per second. Which is called the optimal state.

When you are in the optimal state or the alpha state, your thinking is becoming “centered thinking”. You’ll begin to sense that you are inspired and creative, or an extra ability to believe that you can achieve whatever you can imagine.

Also check out my article on The Power of Imagination. I talk there about the Alpha state.

The harmonious brain, become an observer and a participant

Now this is my favorite kind of brain concept.

Throughout the years you’ll find that science and spiritually are validating the same concepts. Both incorporate meditation practices for raising the brain’s vibration to reach the optimal mental state.

The optimal state for the brain is the harmonious thinking and not dual thinking of good vs bad which creates a sense of separation, conflict, stress and lack of peace.

So the harmonious brain is the centered brain. Spirituality calls it “harmonizing the mental and the emotional”.

harmonious thinking, emotional intelligence, mental intuition

From brain’s hemisphere point of view an explanation is something along this lines:

  • RH the right hemisphere – is the intuitive brain or the emotional body, or your female nature. You believe in intuition, you believe in new ways and norms but you are vulnerable to the emotions of others. Living in an emotional world is like living in a roller-coaster of highs and lows of everyday events.
  • LH the left hemisphere – is the analytical and logical brain, is the mental body or your masculine nature. Your beliefs and attitudes are based on facts without taking into consideration the emotional or the spiritual validation. Living in a mental world you are missing and lacking the nudges of your heart.

So the harmonious brain (harmonious thinking) works in a light alpha frequency called “becoming a living meditation”; you are at the same time an observer and a participant in your everyday tasks.

And this makes you less reactive, less stressed and therefore you enjoy your day more. In other words you let your Left-Outward-Ego thinking incorporate the Right-Inward-intuitive thinking. And when the hemispheres (RH + LH) working together are called the Emotional Intelligence or Mental Intuition.

When harmonizing the Mental and the Emotional, you are learning to understand yourself and your actions. You’ll have highs and lows but not extreme anymore because there’s a certain  confidence and trust within.

Signs of harmonious thinking

Harmonizing the thinking will bring a higher awareness in everyday life. So here are some signs that you are on the right path:

  1. You easily learn new things, get inspired, and have more energy in your actions.
  2. You consciously change your habits because you know that the unfamiliar will become the familiar, the new becomes the routine.
  3. You gain more confidence since you begin to look at life situations from a higher perspective of perceptions and ideas.
  4. You begin to better control your emotions since you quickly get out of a low state, or frustration.
  5. You are an observer and participant in daily activities, and no longer reacting to so-called negative.
  6. You begin to positively influence your environment and relationships.
  7. You begin to do more of what you like doing and you’ll find more enjoyment in life.
  8. You will realize that beautiful things are in store for you. Perhaps you can’t see them right now, but you know you will.

My definition of harmonious thinking

Science can explain that the two sides of the brain are not mirrored to each other, physically and chemically. The left and right sides have a different chemistry and function because they work together as a whole. Our brain has the plasticity and ability of transferring the information, storing it and processing it into the familiar and routine information.

Spirituality says that our brain is a gift from God! Is our communication device with the divine and is designed to create great things. We are designed to be Creators.

Think about it! We can do anything, develop any skill, do any discipline, learn any language, go anywhere. It starts as a low conscious level but it keeps on growing with practice.

But is not about What to Do in life or even How to do it. It’s all about the Why to do the things we do. And when the why, the reasoning is clear, our brain works for us. The How will get simple and simple.

“Dare to think with your whole brain, you are the Creator of your own  reality” means to me just a Harmonious Thinking, something like this …

Our brain is without a top or bottom or a left or a right, it’s just filled with nothing but Power to Create. Hold an idea in your mind, hold it long enough to register it in your brain cells, your mental workers. And you’ll create the harmony: the right emotion – then the right action and – the right results.

My inspiration

I got inspired by the mix of books that I’ve read through as a combination between brain science, neuroplasticity, meditation and spirituality.

  • Joe Dispenza on brain science and consciousness.
  • Charles F. Haanel on brain power and creative power.
  • Ronna Vezane on high vibration and spirituality.

And some articles that I also checked:

Cristina Zoica Dumitru

I teach digital art courses online and on-location. My mission is to challenge students to reach their maximum potential for creativity and authenticity.

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