Know Biocentricity and how it can change your mind
Stress is usually created by our worrying and thinking rather than real danger. During most of our life there are a few dangerous moments but the mind perceive danger every time we think of it. Thinking is actually just – thinking. Thoughts relate to events that happened in the past and have expired. Our thinking creates a story line that seem real but not true. Without some help our brain is not able to tell the difference and we go on suffering the consequences of our story line.
No wonder we end up with heart problems and other diseases; stress can kill us and this phenomenon has been known for a long time. But is not easy to control the mind when it comes to thinking because the mind’s job is just that – to produce thoughts. But if we focus the mind on a different direction we can prevent thinking from becoming our main reality maker and can set the mind on the “just thinking mode”. In this mode the thinking is just a cloud and nothing else. Easier said than done.
This morning as I was waking up after a good night asleep and I had a an insight. I love these moments right after you wake up because the mind is not yet so calcified and fixated in concrete tasks and chores. In the early morning our mind is supple and has a light quality that allows intelligence to have a space. I was thinking about the theory of Biocentricity by a Robert Lanza the stem cell scientist and researcher. According to Biocentricity life and biology are central to our existence and our perception or reality – life and consciousness fabricate reality and not the other way around. Things only exist as we look at them and if no one is around the universe simply would not exist in the same way we normally perceive. I’ve been thinking about this theory for a while and although I tend to believe in its truthfulness I have a herder time understanding its usefulness. But this morning something clicked. Funny enough this realization was powered by high stress.
I was under major stress during the past few days and was wondering how I could tone it down. Thoughts raced through my mind on what could I have done differently and what went wrong. My stress was so intense it gave me high blood pressure and tachycardia. I went to sleep exhausted but woke up refreshed, and as I look around my room I could feel the quietness of the morning and the simplicity of just being there. Then I thought about my recent stress episode which lead to think about the location and the people involved, but then I thought – what if what happened yesterday was just an illusion? The people the building and everything else simply didn’t exist or might never have existed, everything was a story in my head?
Then I applied Biocentricity theory which espouses just that. I immediately felt a deep relief that was significant as it lowered my heart rate. By simply practicing this simple mental exercise and realizing nothing really exist outside our field of view I felt I could control my stress level and my perceived reality. This might be even more effective if you believe the theory; I see no reason not to believe. Of course buildings and people out there still exist after we leave their presence. But the reality that occurred in the past no longer concerns us because the moment we walk out of a situation into another, everything changes and everything become history or rather becomes just a story. It is just like they don’t really exist and/or have never existed. By applying Biocentricity it helps focusing in the very present moment.
If we occupy our mind only with our immediate environment, we can free enormous energy that can be useful when we most need. This is actually what being present is all about. Just as simple as that; easier said than done. Being present is one of the most difficult states of mind to achieve. We can talk about it but when emotions run high all of this is out the window. Our emotions and thinking always consume energy and rob us of our intelligence. But I found a new hope in applying Robert Lanza’s science to daily life. If I think too much I just attach a mantra to it and remind myself that – nothing exists outside our field of view. Of course you don’t have to be an idiot and disregard when someone screams “a tsunami is coming”.
This can also be noted in another way. When I’m in the car driving I tend to listen to the news all the time. I have NPR on all the time. But recently I’ve became tired of listening to news and the tragic events that happens half way across the globe. I do feel sorry for the sad state of the world but decided to protect myself by simply turning the radio off whenever I fell that is too much and I fell tired of hearing about one more suicide bomber exploding in the Middle East.
The moment you turn your radio off the world appears to recoil to the simplicity of just being inside your car and the raw quality of just driving. You immediately feel a surge in energy accompanied by realization that the news is also not real. It’s a kind of refreshing feeling that can re energize. The same thing happens with the TV or any other media vehicle that takes your attention from the present moment.
It’s a little bit like using animal intelligence to survive. The gazelle is not thinking about the tiger all the time. She goes around the pasture and peacefully graze the grass. She only worries when the tiger shows up, stress comes immediately, the heart speeds up as she escapes. Tiger gone, now she is quietly grazing again as if nothing had happen. You don’t find gazelles having heart attacks due to stress from thinking about tigers all the time. Unfortunately the modern world leads us in just the opposite direction – making us continuously think of other places and other people that are not there in front of you.
Cell phones and tablets are obsessions. Everyone is constantly looking at their phones, its’ like an nervous tic. I noticed someone at work looking at her phone every five minutes without stopping mostly checking Facebook. When you look at a Facebook page your mind get carried away to a different place and you think of other people but none of that exists as we think they do. The events seen in a picture are photos of a moment gone by (and sometimes years old), bits of frozen reality. The continued thinking of other places and events can only exacerbate our stress because the more we occupy our mind with thinking the less able to stay focused and present. It only creates pain in the end.
Next time you feel overwhelmed or stressed, put the theory of Biocentricity to work. Look at what is in front of you and nothing else. Think of other places and past times as stories and nothing else. Think of it as something like this – a story you’ve written and in this story people got badly hurt or someone died. What if you became stressed thinking about the characters in your story were suffering? Wouldn’t that be silly. In essence your real stress is somewhat like that because even though it appears real, is just another story you wrote. In addition to that we tend to use other people’s stories as collaborations to our own stories so things become more complex. In the end is all one story line in your head.
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