Friday, June 21, 2013

Coming to our Senses

A wonderful article from a wise man.

"As a graduate student I used to work with Head Start Schools, a program for underprivileged children.
The first day of school I would ask the room full of six-year-olds to draw a house. The children would come up with the most amazing images. Houses under water, inside a shoe, under the roots of trees. At the end of the school year I would ask them again to draw a house, and to the last child, they would draw a rectangle, with a triangle for a roof, with two windows, a door, and a chimney.

The shaman knows that we all carry maps of reality within us, and that these maps determine how we experience the world. These maps define the pathways available to us for creativity and problem solving. Shamans are cartographers of the emotional and spiritual landscape of an individual or an organization (village).. They know that most maps ordinarily describe only the most commonly traveled paths. Like the preschooler that learns there is only one way to draw a house, we sometimes forget the most creative and inspired solutions. We discover these solutions when we access our emotional and spiritual intelligence.

We learn a conceptual model of reality, where we all agree on the common definitions of things. We all learn to draw houses the same way. To gain access to our emotional and spiritual intelligence, we have to rediscover a sensory based model of the world. We have to come to our senses. We have to feel, taste, and experience the world through the senses. We do so by changing our vocabulary from “I think therefore I am” to “I think and I feel, therefore I am.”

The rational mind thinks conceptually. Yet the human brain is at heart emotional. Its primary operating programs are known to brain researchers as the 4 F’s. Fear, Feeding, Fighting, and Sex. These four instinctual drives, that include our fight or flight response, are in the drivers seat behind most human actions and experience. The business world, on the other hand, operates on guidelines established by our rational brain, which attempts to be logical, make sense, and have life be predictable and explainable. There is nothing wrong with that. We only get in trouble when we expect people to act rationally all the time, or even some of the time, at that. "

Alberto Villoldo
Coming to our Senses