I reposted the original blog on one of the recovery websites and a conversation ensued that go me thinking a bit more about a 3rd influence in our decision making process that doesn't really fit, in my opinion, into either one of the 2 above reference modes; that influence is that of intuition and I'll revisit all the 3 below....
I try more and more to use the #2 "mind" because #2 is the one that actually thinks things through, looks ahead to the ramifications of the decisions that we make and doesn't just go off on auto-pilot. Don't get me wrong, the #1 mode is essential for our survival and if we had to "think" long and hard about everything we do in an average day, we'd be zonked and stressed out of our gourd by 10AM-LOL. Seriously, if we sat back and asked existential questions about "why I'm brushing my teeth right now and am I doing it properly and....you get the idea. Some things should be done on auto-pilot, but not most.
Again the #1 brain, which is often termed as our "lizard" brain, dates back to our days of being cavemen/women when just about all of our decisions were "survival" based. There wasn't a whole lot of "thought" required; it was mostly reaction.
It's funny because I was thinking about all of this today and came to the inescapable conclusion that "thinking things through" in the stone age wasn't even really possible in the way in which we "think" today. Think about it, the written word or language was totally unformed back then. They must have though
in "images or pictures" and it's kind of hard to ask meaning of life questions that way. This fact is evidenced by the drawings found in ancient caves. You don't find philosophical quotes in any kind of language; what you find are stories of the hunter, etc... depicted in drawings. Different world for sure, so the Type 2 brain for intents and purposes didn't even exist yet.
Now to add a monkey wrench to the whole thing. I think there is a 3rd brain or thinking mode present as well. It's my favorite one and it's what I call the "intuitive" brain. I think there's a huge difference between that "instinctive survival" mode (#1) and that to which we refer as "intuition".
Intuitive thoughts are ideas that just kind of happen, not based on any logic, reason or rational evaluation. It's that certain feeling of just "knowing" based on.......well nothing other than you just feel the truth or veracity of what it is telling you. When something just feels right, or conversely just WRONG, that's intuition at work. I believe it comes from those places that at this point in our evolution, are just unknowable. I don't know, the subconscious, a different dimensional playing field?
I know that I don't know and that's OK. I do know that I've experience it often, trust it and find it both comforting and fascinating all at the same time!!!!!
Have a great weekend everyone,