The world is a maze of truths, half-truths, misunderstandings, machinations, and lies of all shades, shapes and colors. This is the input our minds must process for an appropriate output (some decision or behavior). When the output is related to a health crisis, this can be an overwhelming realization. Most of us can find relatively workable, though imperfect, solutions despite our ignorance. The degree to which we can limit the imperfections of our solutions, is the degree to which we can improve the quality of our lives. Ignorance is not bliss – it is suffering… needless suffering in an Information Age.
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”
– John Keats
To filter out disorder is to retain more order. Health and perfect solutions have an order to them that is aesthetic. Applying life science to living in a body is on track when it possesses this naturally brilliant beauty. To see the golden options available requires a paradigm that can be developed… but it also requires giving up a part of who you think you are. Not everything you learned in school was accurate. Some of it will have to go. Some of it can be salvaged. The Applied Life Science paradigm begins with a broader appreciation of you are as a biological being living in a conscious universe, filled with unsolved mysteries.
It’s not just an Information age thing: humanity’s mind has been bombarded with truth, lies, and misunderstandings since we started thinking. Good thinkers can handle it, some don’t like to think about it, and others kid themselves into thinking they think clearly. How do you tell if you are deluded? It’s a near impossible task, unless you loosen your hold on absolutes – especially that of the “specialness of you”.
Is there a greater existence to be had beyond the specialness that is “you”? “You” can’t know it. “You” are merely a complex web of neural pathways, constantly being triggered to fire by familiar stimulation from familiar surroundings. “You” are stuck in an action-reaction bio-loop. Until you realize how wrong you are, you will stay the “special you” that you have always known. Stuck in your habitual cycles of being right, assuming how things are, and supporting the status quo of “reality”. The first step to a realer reality is to realize you are really wrong. This is not as devastating as it sounds – it’s just about keeping an open mind, appreciative of what you don’t know that you don’t know.
Nothing is simple. Every subject is deep. For every truth, there is an equal and opposite truth. Everything intertwines. How does one navigate through a universe where nothing is always anything? You do it by paying attention to what’s happening in the present, remaining unattached to conclusions, and keeping an open mind to an ever-changing environment (the eternal flux of reality). The universe may be designed this way to keep us on our toes; to keep us forever aware; forever in the “beginners mind”. Vigilant to what is there, rather than what we assume to be there. It’s about being “real” and flexible to new truths as they arise.
Children will believe anything we tell them – even outlandish ideas of old jolly fat men in red suits who climb down chimneys. We are unknowingly setting their neural pathways (their internal reality) to this false idea. At some point they realize something is up, and must amass enough evidence to break out of the illusion we painted for them, and face reality: our Rite of Passage for surviving in a world of lies.
It is said we are born with the maximum amount of neurons in our brain that we will have. These neurons are like an uncut block of stone: pure potential. As we grow, our experiences chisel away (through atrophy) unused neurons which surround the brain patterns being used. Those nerve pathways that remain become the “us” that the brain identifies with. Fortunately the whole brain is involved in everything we do, so the chiseling does not immediately remove 90% of our neurons. But over time – through chronic sameness, we loose neural capacity; some of us to the point of becoming non-functional.
What we learn about how the bodymind works as impressionable ignorant students chisels paths through our brains. These paths can make learning new things easier or harder, depending on whether or not we have cut a path for dealing with new paradigms.
The conscious cacophony of our world is not going away, so we have to develop skills in dealing with it. We won’t always be right – we will make mistakes or be fooled, but the trick is to be unattached to our ideas and conclusions, so that we can bend with the ether, roll with the punches, and generally keep pace with the fluctuations of consciousness that we refer to as “reality”.
Trust Your Experience, Question Your Interpretation