“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”
– Alan Alda
I just returned from a trip down to Dunedin to help get my son settled into his new flat. It was a wonderful experience. Incredibly busy, but really wonderful. My favorite piece of the trip was our long, fantastic, heart-warming, intellectually-stimulating, emotionally-connecting dinner at Etrusco. We spent 3 hours talking and sharing on such a rich and deep level. It was one of the best nights of my life!
One of the many things we talked about was some new research that is out: multiple Brain Integration Techniques (mBIT)
“The latest scientific research shows you have three brains! You have complex and fully functional brains in your heart, your gut and your head.”
At 55 years old, I would have to say that the most important learning I have done in my life is learning to Trust My Gut! I have learned that I have to leave the city of my comfort and go into the wilderness of my intuition, as Alan Alda so eloquently puts it, to truly live my life to the fullest. The latest neuroscience findings about multiple brains and what they have to offer for increasing intuitive abilities, helping to make wiser decisions, and generally living a fuller more connected life seem to echo my experience.
Even Richard Branson, super successful businessman, has echoed this sentiment:
“I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.”
I think one of the great goals of life needs to be integrating these three intelligences. One of the things I have emphasized repeatedly to my own children is to learn to listen to their gut, to pay attention to what their intuition is telling them. School does a decent job of developing the intellect, the head brain. But it sorely neglects the heart and the gut. So as a mother, I want to nurture my sons understanding of integrating the three.
I want to close with a fabulous TED Talk by Mae Jemison. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to go into space. She has become a voice for a new vision of learning that combines arts and sciences, intuition and logic.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with Trusting Your Gut, and how you integrate your three brains. And as always, thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.