The Brain and our Will

Reading Richard Restak’s The Brain has a Mind of is Own. He talks of how we actually decide on an action milliseconds before we are consciously aware of it. It is also possible consciously to over ride one’s subconscious choice as when one decides to change an action after one has started it. (Subconscious is not meant in a Freudian sense, but as unconscious.) I wondered if stress is sometimes the result of the half-felt battle between the two.

As we start actions involuntarily, our self-definition or awareness of self comes from our conscious limiting of our actions. No wonder he says the 10 Commandments are mainly negative! And no wonder my posited battle is so wearing. If, again, our particular brain chemistry is skewed in one direction, like low serotonin, then we struggle to put it back in balance. There’s always a personal will that makes the choices that form you.

Also read how EEG readings show great differences in reaction between “good” and “bad” words, like beauty and crime. Explains why I can sense a difference in subtle feeling when I meditate on different words. Also why one’s mantra is important.

Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Geneen Roth tells of a man dreaming he was part of some tragic drama. Then the lights came on and he realized he could have stopped the drama whenever he wanted, but he hadn’t known he could. I wonder how much in our lives we could stop the camera and change the plot.

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.
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