The weary human, Bouncing back from the bumps and bruises of the journey

Life as a human being is an insatiable experience despite it being an emotional wild ride. To say the least, it is profound, mysterious, exhilarating and maddening all at once! Being alive is addicting, we want more despite the ups and downs. Then there are those times when we are simply weary and it all becomes too much, yet we hang on for dear life. Somehow most will make their way through challenges time and time again despite the sway of emotions. Emotions are electrochemical impulses that are the translation of sensations entering the sensory system of the body. It is a result of this transmitting and receiving feedback loop of action and reaction. It is this chemical response coursing through our bodies and our minds that cause us to feel vulnerable and powerless.

How can we find stability and balance in this pendulum of emotions? No external attractions, gadgets, money, stimulants or any one person can secure for us a permanent state of joy or bliss. We must first realize that there is nothing “wrong” with the array of emotions that we experience. To appreciate this understanding may very well release us from the grip of our frustration in being unable to stand fixed in a state of joy or bliss. There is much unrealized subtle, external pressure to be this or that. It is part of the human game and is a paradox in being both a blessing and a curse.  

What is this weariness we feel? We remain in an unwavering state of lack or depletion of some sort and is therefore always seeking to replenish something that is deemed missing in our lives; love, money, worth, success, health, and living up to the food cult, spiritual progression, the socially prescribed life, and the list goes on. It is a result of the investment we’ve made in our stories, in the character we play; the identity that we cling to.

It is a sign that we have taken the bait in crystalizing reality through the act of observation and focus. We become committed and relentless in upholding our stories. Who or what are we without our stories? This is the question but what question supersedes this? What are your stories? (This is the question) Taking ownership of our stories is vital, because only then can we see the limiting or stagnant patterns in our lives that are a byproduct of our root stories. This is how we bounce back from the bumps and bruises of the journey.

Exactly what does our “investment” consist of and how is it applied? It is the energy projected into the focus. In the brain Neurons carry messages and that information is being delivered on the frequency of intention and belief (which measure a specific frequency) Scientists continue to refine their research in searching for this evidence of how this all works, how are we interacting with reality in this paradox of real and illusion simultaneously.

In an article by By Elizabeth Dougherty, How are thoughts measured?

By watching one neuron at a time, or by looking at how millions of them are talking to each other…

"For the most part, however, scientists measure human brain activity en masse. They do it non-invasively using tools such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). “These tools aren’t sensitive enough to record the activity of a single neuron,” says Jennings (director of neurotechnology  at the MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research). “It’s more like an airplane view of traffic. It’s hard to see an individual car, but it’s easy to see if it’s rush hour.” A functional MRI detects brain activity by measuring changes in blood flow and blood oxygen levels. As neurons fire, they use up oxygen in the blood. Consequently, the magnetic signature of the blood’s hemoglobin, which carries oxygen, also changes. The MRI picks up this change and uses it to reveal thought “hot-spots.”

This excerpt simply reminds us of the activity of action, reaction, response and the way that the body receives and processes information. Science simply supplies us with confirmation and evidence but the fact is that as we step away from our stories reality reveals itself to us (rather it has always been there but we were unable to see it due to the veil cast by our stories). There is greater difficulty in seeing beyond the veils when we are busy being the evidence. To step back as an observer while placing on hold the emotional weaving of likes, dislikes, positive and negative, light and dark and right and wrong; we are then objective observers of our lives and begin to tune in to the natural scientists that we are.

Our stories serve to keep life as a mystery in order for us to participate in the adventure of being human so that we may know both weariness and liberation. The ultimate objective is to emerge from the adventure into new realms of possibilities and to emerge richer in awareness. Such levels of awareness will then no longer involve the desire to escape but instead, the brilliance of this human experience/experiment becomes clear. This is how we bounce back from the bumps and bruises of the journey; we are reminded that we are experiencers spinning stores through the character and identities that we have created.  We are reminded that it is not the totality of who we are. This awareness must transcend the intellectual mind. The weary human is the greatest storyteller and a master at observing reality into being! What are your stories?

Elizabeth Dougherty, How are thoughts measured?

By watching one neuron at a time, or by looking at how millions of them are talking to each other…

https://engineering.mit.edu/engage/ask-an-engineer/how-are-thoughts-measured/

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Sonia Barrett

Sonia Barrett like many has been a seeker of more expansive knowledge since childhood. Her work is an embrace of science and spirituality as one in the same. 

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