HEALING AND DEALING ARTICLES
The Mental Body
Proactive Thinking and The Great God of Logic
"I'm in such a fog today"... "if I only had a brain"... "brain fart"...these are
some of the ways we've described our state of affairs when we feel our mental
bodies to be dysfunctional. How does one heal a mind? First off, who really
knows what the mind is? Is mind the same as the brain? Or is the mental body
our thoughts? A crucible for making decisions? A psychic radio, tuning in strong,
clear signals and homing in on weak ones? Our own private study? How private is
this study, anyhow?
I would say the mental body is a halfway house, the balance point, between
our spirits and our emotional and physical bodies. It receives input coming up
from "below" (physical/emotional) and "above" (spirit) and synthesizes that
input, hopefully into something cohesive.
Thinking in western culture is often a proactive activity, and I'm not so sure
that is the right role for our mental body. A healed mind might look more like Mr.
Spock, offering information and its considered opinion when asked, but
otherwise staying behind the scenes, leaving the final decision and spring into
action to Captain Kirk (playing the role of the physical body, which in my ideal
model is the part of us who "leads"). Spock never took over, he never initiated the
action; he waited to be asked, and had usually considered all the angles, because
he had all the information at his disposal.
Spock's downfall, and our mental body's in its unhealed state, is its
disconnect from the rest of the self. Through damage or trauma, our spiritual
essence, our "I-ness", the part we identify as "Me", does not descend all the way
into our physical and emotional bodies, but merely has a toe dipped in those
waters, and lodges some of itself in the mind, leaving its majority floating
somewhere just outside the Self. Without spirit fully integrated into the
emotional and physical, the "road" leading to our halfway house is in such shoddy
repair that in many cases it is undriveable, impassible. There is no flow of
information, so mind does not have all the information... only what has worked or
not worked in the past, and thus it is inevitably trapped in the same space that
Spock's great mind was trapped: in the seductive vice-grip of The Great God of
Logic. A cold, calculating god indeed.
Physical activity such as dancing or hiking helps draw the spiritual and
mental bodies into closer contact with the physical and emotional. Intuition and
spontaneous visions become unlocked as the mental and spiritual bodies
"descend" into corporeal reality. Ever notice how much more alive and clear your
thoughts and visions become at various moments while receiving a bodywork
session? Integration is happening; the "road" is being repaired, information
transfer is being restored between emotions, body, and mind.
Stretching, yoga, bodywork (either on one's self or via a practitioner), and
somatic exercises help deepen breathing and help the whole system slow down,
especially the mind and its whirling thoughts, by helping spirit descend more into
Body. When the spiritual body is fully integrated with the physical and emotions
are being noticed and felt, mind becomes more fully embodied as well, and enters
the "Now Moment". Habitually, our mental bodies like to take off into the past or
future, and at those times, we are not fully present.
The role of judgments, also known as belief structures and expectations, are
like walls that compartmentalize and narrow the mind, and this is the main area
in which the mental body needs healing. We'll get into that a little more next
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Peter Cloud Panjoyah, British Columbia, May 2004
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