How To Get More Vital Energy
What takes up the most vital energy of any other function is the brain’s Default Mode Network (DMN) which puts your body into stress mode (even though you don’t feel stressed) whenever you are thinking about your past, your future, what others think of you, what you said or should have said, how to improve yourself; in other words, all the “stories” running around in your brain. Researchers call this the “Narrative self”.
How the "Narrative Self" causes the DMN to create stress
The DMN is a network in the brain that creates the sense of a body-encapsulated self, as a separate entity. It builds the autobiography – the story of a “self” from selected memories and experiences, and then networks to all parts of the brain, connecting sensations, emotions, sense perceptions, to whatever is the current story of self. Refer to the updated version of the Blog on the DMN with a full explanation of how the DMN creates an illusory sense of a separate self, so that you can understand it in more detail.
When we think about our self – our “me”, we supercharge the DMN. It focusses The greater the amount of thinking about the self, the less we are able to experience the world or even our own body.
This ultimately ends in increased stress, depression & other unhealthy psychological states.
WHAT TO DO?
Remember, it is the Default Mode Network: it is where your brain goes, where it defaults to, whenever it is not fully occupied by something else. Hence the middle of the night “me stories” that take over your sleep time.The only thing that you can do, is catch it when it happens, and focus on the “Experiential Self.”
The Experiential Self arises directly from our fundamental sense of being which is to be simply experiencing without analyzing the experience, judging it or thinking about the experience. When we allow experiencing without cognitive elaboration, the sense of a separate self disappears, and only experiencing remains.
Exercise 1: Pure experiencing
Try walking (preferably in nature or a park). Feel all the sensations on your body: the sun on your face, the breeze moving the fine hairs on your skin, the scents in the air, the temperature of the air molecules as they hit your nose. Then imagine that you are living in your feet! What are the soles of your feet experiencing right now? What sensations do you feel in your toes? What are the sensations of your feet on the earth? Now imagine that you are perceiving the world through your heart rather than the eyes of your head. FEEL your environment in your heart. What are the sensations you feel?
Experiential Self vs. Narrative Self
By directing our awareness towards the experiential self, and going deeper into pure experience, we approach the dissolution of the illusion of self, and embrace our fundamental sense of “BEING” in the subjective sense, losing our identification with the “doing” object we call the self.
Here are ways to accomplish this:
We have been conditioned to perceive a world of objects, and to see ourselves as an object – our body as a “thing”. But, we are not “things” we are “energy beings”. You can begin to transform your experience of your self by integrating the more experiential and less narrative energetic dimension. We offer a FREE process on our EgoAlchemy site. It’s your opportunity to experience greater inner peace, and increased vital energy.
To have an individualized experience focussed on your particular needs, A few sessions with a MICH EgoAlchemist can get you on track. Ego Alchemy uses the MICH Noumedynamic Method to help you get our of the Narrative Self mode and back into the natural, Experiential Self mode.
About Judyann McNamara, DHOM, N.D., DHP
Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher (biophysics), Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 25 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, science, health, holism and spirituality since 1975. She is a Homeopath with classical unicist training, a Naturopath, and the founder of MICH.
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