Let James, Your Chauffeur, Take You ThereWritten by Abraham Thomas
Let James, Your Chauffeur, Take You There
You took James for granted. Actually, he was not very well known. But, recently, with a new view of mind, James became an important member of cast. In this view, mind was like a lightning streak, racing through many neural regions, surging through from input to output, within just 20 milliseconds. It saw, recognized, interpreted and acted. In blink of eye. According to The Intuitive Algorithm, (IA), a new book, this lightning response of mind was powered by intuition, a pattern recognition process. Myriad processes converted light, sound, touch and smell instantly into your nerve impulses. A special region recognized those impulses as objects and events. The limbic system, another region, interpreted those events to generate emotions. A fourth region responded to those emotions with actions. The mind perceived, identified, evaluated and acted. So, scream followed eerie shadow, in a fraction of a second.
Action was response to an emotion. If fear was generated, action sought safety. A deer bounded away. A bird took flight. A fish swam off. The frenzied escape of animals were managed by James, invisible chauffeur, a subconscious intelligence. Consider challenges before James. Escape was hardly possible by heading into predator. Below conscious levels, James remembered, evaluated and instantly chose best of multiple escape routes to increase distance from danger. Even safety of underside of a rock was an option. James even managed many components of your actions. He responded instantly, when you responded to emotions, such as sorrow, or humor. James managed racking sobs of sorrow, or relaxing movements of a belly laugh.
For IA, wisdom and folly of of mind were powered by nerve cells, which remembered and recognized. Millions of years of neural memories powered that streak of lighting. Science suggested participation by supplementary motor area, premotor area and basal ganglia in subconscious processes, managed by James. His wisdom enabled animals to survive. James helped them to forage, feed and reproduce. He even guided birds to build nests, selecting secure locations and suitable materials. James even placed limits on your will. Normally, while alone in your room, your will could raise your hand. But, at other times, James ignored your will and your hand remained frozen in place. He did that if you wished to raise your hand, say, when sitting in a theater. Because that was not proper. The wisdom of James had decided issue, faster than you could think.
While James often overruled you, it was nice to know that he was a powerful ally in life. James searched your memory, when you sat down to write a shopping list. He delivered list, so you could jot it down. Those subconscious searches were creative. Konrad Lorenz described a chimpanzee in a room, which contained a banana suspended from ceiling just out of reach, and a box elsewhere. After much visible restlessness, animal suddenly brightened, and joyfully moved box below banana, climbed up and reached for it. That breakthrough idea was not generated by an act of will by chimp. It was James, who discovered solution. “No man watching him could doubt existence of a genuine 'Aha' experience in anthropoid apes.” Lorenz wrote. That creative experience resulted from search of context by James.
Five Reasons To JournalWritten by Lael Johnson
Copyright 2005 Writer's Eye Advisory Service
Keeping a journal during coaching process is one of most simple and effective aids a client can use. Below you will find five reasons why I encourage my clients to use a journal during their coaching time. I hope that you will be motivated to commit your creative pursuits to a journal. REINFORCES SELF-ESTEEM: When artists share their work, they share some part of themselves to their audience. For some artists, performing or displaying their art comes easily. They have confidence, courage and requisite skill to handle both success and rejection of their art. When an artist moves into that place, focus switches to what’s happening inside artist, rather than what’s happening to art. It takes time to separate personal issues from past experience, creativity and business issues. Journaling facilitates this change in between coaching sessions. AIDS IN PROBLEM-SOLVING: A journal provides space to work out problems in detail. The client can spell out situation, examine pros and cons, percolate over material and come to a final informed decision. The client can also discover information gaps, ask questions and share concerns, that may also lead to further research.