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Thursday, March 27 2014

Your Brain as a Car

  • Driver sits on the Front left side
    • Thinks
    • Makes Decisions
    • Freewill sits in this sit
    • This part controls the wheel, brakes, and gas
    • The Adult part of the brain
    • Is confused or overwhelmed by stress
    • Stress comes from outside/other drivers
    • Stress comes from inside/other passengers
    • Bottom line Behavior sits in this seat—this is what you do
  • The Navigator sits on the right front side
    • This is your conscience
    • Your moral values and belief system resides here
    • This is your Parent within
    • This part has the map and looks where you have been, where you are, and where you are heading
    • It influences the Driver by telling the Driver what it Believes you should be doing
    • It feels guilty about the past (what you did or did not do)
    • It feels worried or concerned about the present (what you are doing or not doing)
    • It feels anxious about the future (where you are or are not heading)
    • It is in continual dialogue with the Driver while keeping alert and watchful of the other passenger in the backseat
  • The Child sits in the backseat
    • All the primary emotions of anger, fear, and joy reside here
    • Anger, fear, and joy can be combined to make all the other emotions
    • The child sits in front of a surround sound movie screen that has all the memories/movies of the past
    • Movies/memories can be past, present, or future if stored as real
    • The child does not know the difference between real and imagined
    • The child thinks in pictures, images, and emotions but not so much in words
    • The child sees what is going on in the front seat and senses if the two adults in the front are in agreement
    • The child also looks out the window of the car but sees like a child and not an adult
    • The emergency brake—the fight/flight mechanism is in the backseat with the child
    • Therefore the child does not drive the car but can cause it to brake and can hijack the brain
    • The child is not immoral but amoral
    • The child moves towards pleasure and away from pain
    • Memories of pain are stored in twice the chemical quantity as pleasurable memories at the cellular level
    • The child works on Feelings and emotions regardless of whether they are real or not they are real to the child
  • Congruence or harmony is where the Adult, Parent, and Child are in agreement
    • All information comes into and is screened by the amygdala—the part that directs all sensory data throughout the brain
    • The wiring from the amygdala is shorter to the back of the brain—the child, then the front of the brain—the adults
    • Therefore we react before we think and are then left to explain are actions to ourselves and others
    • As a man/person thinks in his heart (his inner child) so is he
    • Out of the heart (the inner child) the mouth speaks
    • In Romans 7:14-28 Paul describes the conflict between the child and the adult parts of the brain
    • In Romans the 8th chapter he describes how we have to learn to walk by the Spirit and not be sight
  • The insula is the GPS or God Positioning System that fires into the gut
    • Our gut level feelings are up to 70% accurate
    • Decisions made in the brain and not the gut are only on the average 25% accurate
    • We need to learn to trust our gut
    • The insula is more active and developed in people who meditate and pray
  • Bottom line: All parts of the brain need to listen to the insula and learn to trust our gut
Posted by: Dr. Dan L. Boen AT 08:51 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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