"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure....Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you...We are all meant to shine."
What are we trying to achieve from all this problem-solving and learning using our L- and R-brain?
Perhaps you might be wondering, what's the point of having a L- and R-brain as a problem-solving tool and our emotions to record and better recall the patterns for helping us find new solutions? Are we trying to achieve anything from all of this problem-solving work?
There is a definite purpose. The more problems you solve, the more independent you become. Not only can you sit back and think about things more easily, but your brain tends to quickly find solutions to almost any problem. Then you become more adaptable to different situations. For example, you soon become more sociable, spontaneous and communicative within yourself and with others. You are becoming a creature capable of doing almost anything and everything and in knowing virtually anything and everything.
In essence, you are approaching a level known to psychologists as the balanced state. To religious leaders, you are approaching an understanding of the concept of what it is like to be God.
What's happening at the biological level?
Essentially at the biological level, you are increasing the size of your corpus callosum, the bundle of nerves connecting the L- and R-brain, as well as the number of nerve connections within specific functions in each hemisphere needed during problem-solving. In essence, your brain becomes better connected.
For example, a study conducted by Florida State University by an evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk and Weiwei Men of East China Normal University's Department of Physics discovered Einstein's brain is unusually well-connected with a particularly large corpus callosum. The new technique developed by Weiwei Men allows for the first time to gather details about Einstein's corpus callosum.
Weiwei, the lead author of the study, understood that certain brain functions needed to perform certain things we do in our lives tend to be located in specific areas of each hemispheres which are then connected by the nerves in the corpus callosum. The nerves carrying information for these functions across the two hemispheres tend to be positioned very specifically within the corpus callosum. For example, movement of the hands seems to be represented toward the front of the corpus callosum, and mental arithmetic along the back. The new technique is simply able to color-code which functions go through the corpus callosum and to measure the thicknesses of these subdivisions of the corpus callosum representing these functions to determine how well "connected" the brain appears to be.
Well, Weiwei has gathered the data from Einstein's brain (kept in preservation in a jar since Einstein's death in 1955) using high-resolution photographs of the inside surfaces of the two halves of Einstein's brain, taken by Falk and other researchers in 2012. Weiwei realised his new technique could provide new insights into the brain of a genius, so he requested the high-resolution photographs. He has compared the data with two samples one of 15 elderly men and one of 52 men of Einstein's age when he was alive in 1905 at the time he published his Special Theory of Relativity. When the research team from both universities analysed the data, what they found was most interesting. It would appear Einstein had a large corpus callosum. But, more importantly, he had more connections between certain parts of his cerebral hemisphere compared to any of the men analysed in this study, both the old and young.
Further details are published on 24 September 2013 in the journal Brain - A Journal of Neurology under the title, "The Corpus Callosum of Albert Einstein's Brain: Another Clue to his High Intelligence?". You can obtain a copy of the article from here.
But you need not have to be well connected to the same brain functions as Einstein in order to be a genius. His specific functions helped him to visualize intensely the scientific problems of his day and had the aptitude to apply specific mathematics to the problems. But you can connect other functions of the brain to help you achieve remarkable feats of brilliance in your own way. And to do something well and quickly, you need to involve both sides of the brain to help you see the big picture through visualization and being creative, as well as the specifics needed to make something a reality. For example, you can become the greatest dancer, world famous artist, a genius in solving puzzles or doing crosswords, or whatever. But you can also create your own path and be unique in your own right. So long as what you do helps yourself and everyone else, you are already well on your way to achieving greatness for everyone.
So, in a sense, all the problem-solving you do and application of the L- and R-brain is all about helping you to become balanced in whatever you do in order to achieve far greater things in your life than you have ever realised.
Yeah, but shouldn't we think in a more L-brain or R-brain?
Yes, the Universe cannot allow you to think in a perfectly balanced way all the time. You must choose at any particular moment in time and place whether to apply more L-brain (i.e., being specific) or R-brain skills (i.e., gathering the "big picture" and using your "visualisation/creativity" skills) to a given situation.
Of course, for certain people, the tendency to be more L-brain or R-brain in their thinking and behaviours may become noticeable if maintained for sufficient periods of time as we have seen in the previous sections on L- and R-brain behaviours. However, your aim is to become more balanced in your thinking and ultimately this will affect your actions and behaviour. Why? Because there are enormous benefits in terms of solving problems more quickly, affect others around you, change society and ultimately create the utopian system of true balance where there is no war, people are free to apply themselves to anything they choose and society will benefit from the knowledge and experience, and you will have everything that you need to survive and achieve your goals for the good of all living things.
What's wrong with being more L-brain or R-brain?
We should make it clear at this stage that there is nothing wrong in being more L-brain or R-brain in our thinking. Using one side of the brain or the other can have their own set of advantages when achieving certain goals (i.e. part of our life's work). For example, our L-brain has allowed us to develop a technology and a communicative language. But there are disadvantages in applying one-sidedness in our thinking.
By being aware of these disadvantages, we begin to appreciate the value of other people in helping us balance our thinking and behaviours. Because sometimes the best solutions we search for come from others who think in the opposite way.
Similarly we also begin to appreciate the power of our mind in achieving great things simply by doing different things to help develop both sides of our brain. You have to realise your brain is capable of providing you with the best solutions by experiencing and learning different things.
Until your brain is more balanced and you might struggle with a problem, someone else can always help you to see a new solution. But once you are more balanced in your thinking, your brain can do the same as well. You will become an independent thinker and popular socialiser. Your will be creative, yet highly rational and sensible. You will be happy, yet have the empathy to see the difficulties other people go through and can find ways to help.
The power of being balanced is only beginning to be revealed to you.
What happens if we continue to think in a highly L-brain or R-brain way?
Let us briefly explain what could happen through an example.
L-brain people are often described as highly social people. When they are young, they do not know where the balance lies and so rely heavily on others to tell them so. Then they will say and do things as accepted by others in order to be seen in the right light in front of others and so maintain good social relationships. However, in some circumstances, because L-brain people are acutely aware of their own appearance and how other people feel and think about them, can easily develop phobias. The phobias develop because there is a lot of talk from people in a L-brain society (e.g. advertising and gossip). There may be talk of changing one's appearance, lifestyle, home and everything else as if there is a problem with one's appearance. There is a lot of scrutiny and judgement in a L-brain society to look this way or that. So how do L-brain people handle the situation? Some people will try to handle it by either ignoring it. But most L-brain people will go with the flow by changing one's outer appearance if there is a chance to be socially accepted. In other words, it looks trendy and you feel part of the group.
Where L-brain people decide to change themselves and achieve the goal, they think this is the balanced position according to those people around them that accepts the change. But is it the true position of balance according to all people, and yourself? Is this how you really want to be?
To some other L-brain people (usually the older types), they may have already changed enough to be accepted in society to the point where there may be a certain sense of resentment to change when others see the balanced position has not been reached; not being able to take some criticism even if the change is a good one. Why? Because L-brain people think they are right and therefore feel they have reached the own balanced position.
In other situations, some young L-brain people may never know where balance lies for them. They are so dominated by what others say and do that they think true balance is in the thing they see in others and not themselves. They will internalise all these imbalanced "outer appearance" views from magazines and people around them (e.g. so-called friends, advertisers etc) to the point where they start to question their own appearance all the time and make constant changes to ensure balance is achieved in their minds. And if that is not enough, their self-esteem is affected and must again pursue the goal of reaching balance according to their new world view gathered from outside. When put into action, such changes can be self-destructive to the point where it can develop into health problems such as anoxeria.
In other words, L-brain people can amplify the problem by finding ways to get what they want so they can match the appearance and get the acceptance of those they feel is somehow pressuring them to be a certain way.
Or should the fear of not looking right to others reach a certain point, L-brain people may suddenly withdraw from society because they think no one accepts them for who they are. This is perfectly normal and a natural balancing approach to help the person find time on his/her own to think through the problem until enough R-brain is developed. And then they may realise it does not matter how other people think.
Even if a L-brain person says a R-brain person must be suffering a social phobia because he/she is not talking with other people can be put into their place too. They have simply not understood the power of thinking and being quiet as a powerful tool to solving bigger problems. NOTE: R-brain people don't make value judgments about L-brain people because they already acknowledge differences in others and see them as equal partners in the game of life.
Not knowing what others think about them and whether or not it is okay to be themselves is at the heart of this kind of phobia among L-brain people.
How can you solve the problem? You solve it by balancing this world view in the mind and with other people. You start to look at the situation from a more R-brain point-of-view. You ask the question, where is true balance? And over time you develop new beliefs that are more balanced from the ones you have created originally by the L-brain.
You see, the problem is due to (i) the L-brain person not developing a strong, creative thinking R-brain skill to complement the highly critical and analytical L-brain; and (ii) society not balancing its own L-brain view by saying it is okay to be who you want to be and allow creativity to flourish.
This is why you see creative artists described as eccentrics because they look unusual or different as your L-brain will tell you no doubt. But you will also notice how they are not bothered by your reaction or care less about what you think or say about those differences. However, if you have developed a good R-brain, this should tell you it is perfectly normal because this is how people try to find different solutions through their thinking and by doing different things. You therefore learn to be accepting, tolerant and understanding of people for their differences.
Then you realise as you develop a R-brain person how you no longer have to be dictated by social norms. You decide the person you want to be and when it is necessary to change. Otherwise you can be happy with the person who you are now if you don't see anything you need to change. But remember, you will change over time. You will be constantly learning something new, even if it is the tiniest thing in life.
How much change you do now will determine the sort of person you will become tomorrow. And the more you learn, the more you reach the true position of balance based on everything you have seen and experienced.
Remember, you have the power to decide when to change yourself. If others are asking you to change, ask the real reason they want you to change. Is it to meet their expectations or world view? Or is it that they are afraid of change for themselves and don't want others to change into something they are not familiar with? Comfort those who fear change. Explain you will be a better person because of it. And if it turns out to be different, that's okay too. You decide how you wish to be seen, what you wish to believe, and the person you want to become. It is others who must change to accept the new person in you.
There is no doubt. Creativity is important to seeing the world in a different way and to be more tolerant of those who are different. Because everyone is seeking balance. And to do it requires someone to step away from the well-beaten track to see a new way. You need it to see a different side to life. It helps to solve more problems in a more original way than how the norm does it. And you approach balance more quickly.
So when you have creativity, you don't need to change other people. You can change yourself and what you do. And then you have the power to see things in a different way. It doesn't matter if other people don't change themselves or argue you should be more like them. Depending on your solution, other people may see the benefit and will change themselves if they so choose. But if not, it doesn't matter. Both ways have their own distinct advantages.
Of course it is possible to be a little too R-brain.
Part of your aim in life is to avoid harming others because of your actions. If your R-brain solution is causing harm to others, you will have to find another solution or apply more L-brain skills to achieve greater balance. Making further changes and learning will help you to find a new, more balanced solution where harming others becomes a thing of the past.
At the end of the day, the more you do this switching between the L- and R-brain the more you realise we are all the same because of our differences. We can be different in our own way, and yet we are the same as everyone else. We have the same needs and the same L- and R-brain. What makes us different is the type of information we gather through experience and learning and our choice in how we wish to solve problems which makes us and our bodies see unique solutions. And those solutions we display to the rest of the world through our behaviour.
Yes, those solutions and ultimately behaviour can look familiar from a L- and R-brain approach. But the differences between L- and R-brain help us to see new solutions to great problems.
So really it is okay to be who you are today and what you want to be in the future. No apologies are necessary. You deserve to be accepted and loved as you are. And you deserve to be supported for who you want to become. If you are not loved by others because you are not changing in the way other people want you to change, then the problem lies with them, not you. Their problem is one of insecurity of not being able to control everything to fit into their own world-view. They are afraid of differences.
You must think with your R-brain about the problem. This means gathering information to help you understand why it happens. What is the fear people have if you don't change? For example, ask yourself why others are focusing on outer appearance when it comes to suggesting changes to yourself and various things around you. And, most importantly, you must learn to love yourself for who you are as a unique human being.
For those people who have a fear of others not changing, they too may also need to be loved.
It doesn't matter what other people think about you. More than 9 times out of 10 they are not talking about you. And even if they are, remember that it is their point-of-view. But you don't have to share the same view. You can be the person you want to be.
You are just as special as anyone else.
Just do what you think is right, learn better ways of doing things, and be yourself. And realise our equality through our differences. Why prove who is better than whom by changing constantly? You choose to change how you wish and you become the person you want to be. You learn from others of ways where you don't create harm. Then, armed with the solutions you have come up with, you celebrate those solutions by freely expressing your differences to the world. And you help others by solving their problems through the solutions you have acquired.
Vice versa, if you have a problem which you find is difficult to solve, you can acknowledge the differences in others as a source of valuable information to help you solve your own problems. Then you ask for the advice of other people. Similarly, by developing both sides of your brain, you can given enough time solve the problems on your own without causing harm to others. You decide which is the best approach.
As you balance yourself themselves over time through experience and knowledge, you quickly reduce phobias within yourself to the point where you no longer have to worry about anything. There is no fear. You are able to live as a truly free person. Who cares what other people think? Who cares if you don't look the same as someone else? Does it really matter? No, it doesn't. You are free to be who you want to be.
Hence statements from L-brain people like "Why aren't you a white person?" or "Why don't you dress up or play the same games as we do?" can be put into their place just value judgments because L-brain people have become accustomed to seeing and socialising in their own way over a long period of time. They don't know other ways of living and the benefits of those other ways. Hence the problems we see in the world is often due to maintaining this same ways of doing things for a long time. L-brain people think the world revolves around them when the world is really a much bigger place and includes so many other diverse people, each of which have a unique perspective and solution.
What does this essentially mean?
In essence, as soon as we start using one side of the brain or the other, we tend to see only one-half of the truth of life or the other and that is it. Anyone who argues the opposite half-truth will almost certainly be ignored (or some other negative action) by an opposite-thinking type of person. But if people are to see the complete truth or true reality and so make the best decisions and behaviours (i.e. solutions) throughout our lives, we have to see both half-truths and this requires us to be properly balanced in our thinking and behaviour. (1)
We need both our L- and R-brain for optimum living (i.e. the most effective solutions possible).
Yes, but we can't be balanced all the time!
You are absolutely right!
It is natural for the brain not to be perfectly balanced or to utilise both sides of the brain simultaneously. This is normal for the human brain and for all living creatures with their own brains. And in fact, this is probably how this great Universe (or the reality we are now living in) is designed - that is, we are forced to choose either one way or the other and then to learn the consequences of choosing one way or the other as part of our aim in life to gather experiences and knowledge throughout our lives and then to choose a more balanced path.
Actually, our brain is not big enough to handle everything this Universe can throw at us for absolute balance. We need to cycle back and forth between the L- and R-brain so we can see a deeper and more grander purpose and meaning to everything that we do and say. And then we approach a greater balance in what we do.
Are we on the road to greater balance?
Yes we are. It doesn't matter if you are not aware of this. L-brain people might call this hogwash or a load of bulldust. But they don't realise it occurs naturally almost without thinking about it. So long as you are curious and willing to learn new ideas then you will naturally approach balance.
Even in our early childhood, our young brain naturally does not know where balance is. It will choose this or that as part of its survival or to fit in socially, thinking it is right. And for a while it seems our young brain can effectively fool us into thinking this is how things should be done when we are able to survive or create a smile on someone elses face from the crude solution we have created. If we don't question what we believe, it becomes very easy to stick to what we think is the right or balanced path and so we continue doing what we've always done before.
So while we are young and perhaps a little naive, the brain will begin by naturally seeking the easiest solution to many problems it encounters in life and will find any reasonable way it feels comfortable to achieve that goal. In other words, we all start having a tendency to choose our preferred way of thinking.
But later in life and so long as we choose to be curious and questioning of ourselves and our environment &151 we eventually realise there are many ways we could have achieved the same things in a better way.
We have to observe how other people live. We have to apply our imagination. And sometimes we need to simply try other ways as part of our experience because we quickly discover a better or alternative solution. Sometimes the solution is not always the best because this is how people have survived in their environment. We therefore start to empathise with others. And we can only do this by deeply imagining the situation or by trying out those things that other people do and say as a form of direct experience. Then we realise how important it is to balance ourselves in the best way we can so we can apply a wider variety of solutions to any given problem. By trying different things, we also practice using both sides of the brain to help maximise our power in solving problems and behaving appropriately in different situations. By being balanced, we can understand how to minimise the negative consequences and maximise the beauty of everything around us.
It is possible for our brain to search for a better balance without us realising it. All we need to do is maintain our curiosity (just like when we were a child experiencing this world for the very first time), and the greater beauty of life and the universe through the concept of balance will reveal itself more and more to us.
Is there scientific support from a psychologist for this balancing effect?
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) gave the closest theory in psychology for this unifying and balancing act within the brain. A famous Swiss psychologist by day, Jung was interested in Sigmund Freud's work. He worked with Freud between 1906-1913 and became a close friend. However a time came when he had to disagree with certain aspects of Freud's psychoanalysis. Jung's view is that the human psyche is driven towards a sense of balance or "wholeness" as a human approaches greater independence and self-realisation (or actualisation). Jung was the first to suggest dreams have a way of revealing the direction we need to take towards this unified wholeness to help us become more independent.
Jung also saw the psyche as an organised body of opposite but complementary patterns controlling our personal characteristics, functions or abilities. Where these opposites appear in the conscious mind as images forming our thoughts and behaviours and ultimately our personality, Jung would call them archetypes. Jung tried to describe these archetypes in the following way:
"Archetypes are like riverbeds which dry up when the water deserts them, but which it can find again at any time. An archetype is like an old watercourse along which the water of life has flowed for centuries, digging a deep channel for itself. The longer it has flowed in this channel, the more likely it is that sooner or later the water will return to its old bed."
But as time goes by and the individual develops psychologically, these opposites are balanced out within the mind and integrated into the psyche to form our more complete conscious personality and a strong sense of identity and purpose.
He supported the existence of these opposites by explaining how he saw within males and females certain behaviours he described as extraversion and interversion, sensing and intuition, and thinking and feeling. And he supported the unifying and balancing act of the brain by the way men and women learn from each other to develop and integrate certain masculine or feminine behaviours. For example, men may learn to integrate more feelings to help balance their thinking and more intraversion with their extraversion. For women, the opposite seems to occur.
Perfect balance - the holy grail of life?
Yet perfect balance is not yet achievable even within our lifetimes. Why? We are not perfect beings. We are not God. We are just gods approaching a better understanding of the one true God by learning and experiencing. Our brain is not yet fully developed and evolved to the highest level where we can question what we see, gather and process enough information from all around us quickly enough, and then eventually solve all our problems in the most balanced way possible.
Furthermore, our brain are designed to switch back and forth between the two hemispheres of the brain, and never both ways at the same time. Why? If our brains could somehow allow information to flow through both sides of the hemisphere simultaneously in an attempt to be perfectly balanced, there would be an overloading of the corpus callosum and the rest of the brain over a short period of time because of an exponential increase in the amount of information being generated from both sides of the hemispheres. Even if our brain was twice as large than it is today, it would still not be able to process the information simultaneously as it struggles to see the differences and ultimately see how all things are interrelated and merged into the one ultimate and balanced pattern of life for which we all hope to see in the end.
Our brain has to switch back and forth over time to avoid overloading it with too much information all at once. This is the fundamental biological restriction placed on the brain for all living organisms.
Is the speed of switching important?
Well, let us put it this way. You have a much better chance of breaking down a problem and reassembling the crucial patterns needed to form the ultimate pattern and hence a faster chance of finding a solution by being able to switch between the cerebral hemispheres quickly. But if not, it doesn't matter. Time is the key to solving any problem.
So long as you are curious and wanting to learn, you will solve any problem set before you.
How do I quicken the speed of switching?
Switching quickly in the mind requires the brain to be in a certain state.
The best way to get your brain to reach this state quickly is to relax. Being stressed (2) will not help because the brain is juggling many small pieces of information but cannot see the interrelationships between the pieces, thereby slowing down the problem-solving process and placing unnecessary burden on the corpus callosum and the frontal lobes to handle the information. If there is no pressure placed on you by other people or yourself, you can properly get your whole brain to grab a greater quantity of information and see the links in this information much better while letting you switch many times over between the two cerebral hemispheres. The result of this approach is a better and more balanced solution.
In essence, the quicker you can switch between the two cerebral hemispheres using any technique to help you relax, the more effective and faster your problem-solving abilities and the more likely you will achieve great things in your life within a short period of time.
Can this switching effect help me to achieve more things than an organisation full of L-brain people?
The idea that our L-brain society should tell you the sorts of problems you should solve, how and when they should be done (i.e. within a certain deadline) will result in the development of many similar-thinking individuals. And for people running organisations and leading all of society, this is easier to manage and control. However similar-thinking individuals are not likely to come up with original and different solutions with the potential to be more balanced and effective in society. You need different people working on the same problems. And even then, sometimes it is quicker in a relaxed state to solve problems more effectively by letting your mind naturally switch between the two cerebral hemispheres.
In fact, being a more balanced and relaxed individual can probably achieve more things than an organisation full of L-brain people because you have the power to switch over to the R-brain to see things that L-brain types cannot see.
Is brain switching really that important to solving problems?
Yes indeed. You need to be able to recognise the individual patterns that may or many not be related to a problem through the L-brain, and then you need the creativity and visual skills of the R-brain to assemble the patterns in many different ways as you can imagine until you eventually recognise another larger pattern that helps to explain everything in memory. All you have to remember is let the R-brain ignore the detail in favour of the big picture and, later on, allow the L-brain to ignore the big picture and instead focus on the detail. The ability to get each side of the brain to do its own job in a switching fashion in its own natural speed will lead to highly rational and extremely original solutions.
Is there scientific support for this idea of brain switching?
An Australian scientist named Professor John D. "Jack" Pettigrew FRS of the Vision Touch and Hearing Research Centre within the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland is taking this brain switching idea very seriously.
He believes the more quickly you can switch between the cerebral hemispheres the more easily you can adapt and solve problems. If, however, your switching speed is slow, it may indicate either old age or there may be a problem with the frontal cortex and/or the bundle of nerves shuttling information back and forth between the cerebral hemispheres known as the corpus callosum. A slow switching effect in the brain does not imply you have a problem. It just means you will take a little longer to solve problems and eventually come up with a balanced (i.e. a creative and rational) solution. You will need more time to solve problems.
Dr Pettigrew has also noticed how people with mental illness of some sort (e.g. bi-polar disease) tend to have a very slow brain switching effect. Could this reveal an important clue to understanding mental illness in society?
Are mentally ill patients finding it harder than usual to solve problems on their own compared to a majority of people of roughly the same age because of this slow brain switching effect?
What should I do for other people to do the same?
Just let the billions of other human beings in this world solve problems of their own choosing. Just so long as you remember to support everyone in whatever they wish to achieve (give them food, a roof over their heads, and security), then the solutions will be the best and most positive it can be for the good of society.
All other people have to do is make sure their solutions do not cause harm to others and they continue to maintain a questioning and curious attitude so they can test their solutions to make sure they are balanced.
Can my mind really make me a better person?
Yes, it will make you a better person.
The better your problem-solving abilities, the more likely you can deal with any situation. When your problem-solving skills are good, you can become a great leader in your own right. But remember, even the lowest paid person in society or a slow thinker have the power to solve all the greatest problems in the world. All you have to do is apply yourself to something of interest to you and something that you believe will benefit society in some important way. Then give yourself the time to gather information, visualise the information, and think it through in your own mind. Look for the simplest solutions. And choose the most positive solutions. And you will be just as great as any great leader in the world.
It is really up to you to decide how you wish to apply your mind and how much time you need to solve a problem of your choosing. You are the commander of your own destiny.
If it is so difficult to achieve absolute balance, should we make the effort to solve problems at all?
As described earlier, switching between the cerebral hemispheres is absolutely necessary to solving problems. Because the solutions we create will make us more balanced over time. This balancing effect will occur naturally so long as we remain curious. Nevertheless, some people still wonder, "What's the point in becoming balanced if we cannot achieve absolute balance within a human lifetime?"
As R-brain people tell us, this cycling or switching effect within the brain and ultimately throughout the Universe (e.g. oscillating radiation, rotational orbits of planets around stars, birth of new life from the old etc) suggests we will all experience many lifetimes. So wouldn't you want to know society has been improving and gathering the right knowledge to help you quickly reach the point of where you were in your current life through education and for you to continue the journey? The journey to absolute balance does not stop when you die.
Lying at the heart of all religions in the world is the concept known as resurrection. Resurrection may be defined as the process whereby a living thing is somehow able to transcend the physical body at the moment of death into something else, possibly to be alive again.
Support for a ressurection of some form is mentioned regularly enough in the Christian Bible. Take, for instance, Daniel 12:2:
"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the Earth shall awake; some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever."
In Judaism, a Rabbah stated life and death are not separate strands but are entertwined and woven into the Universe like a fabric. From Berakot I 5B; Bereshit Rabbah 9; Zahar to Terumah is stated:
"Just as the womb takes in and gives forth again, so the grave takes in and will give forth again. Death is very good because it takes man to a sinless world, where the battle with his impulses is ended. The mystics conceived of the body as an encumbering garment which falls away at death and leaves the true man free to rise into the light of the heavenly life."
Notice how this person sees the grave as an opportunity to "give forth again" as well as an insight into the very moment of death not to mention the way we should view the body as like a garment which ordinarily people would have to change over time.
What will be your next garment?
And since a thread of a garment has to weave in and out, life and death could be seen as cyclic and continuous.
As another example, the Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) wrote:
"I believe with perfect faith that there will be a resurrection of the dead at a time when it will please the Creator." (Thirteen Principles of Faith)
In Eastern religions (e.g. Buddhism and Hinduism), a similar concept is supported whereby living things are thought to be reincarnated as other living things or possibly the same species as they progress towards a higher form of existence where hopefully a better understanding of the true meaning of God (i.e. the ultimate goal of knowing why we are here and the purpose of life and the Universe) can be reached (considered the ultimate form of enlightenment). Ignoring all the complex practices and rituals developed by religious leaders and their followers over thousands of years to help attain this knowledge and the ultimate Truth as a way of meditating and getting the mind to be more receptive to these grander patterns of life and the Universe through the R-brain, technically speaking Eastern religious people believing in reincarnation or an afterlife is really supporting the same concept of a resurrection in Christianity.
Just as the American William James (1842-1910) noticed after examining the psychology of religion, all religions point to this transcendent world beyond death. It is a world having a "higher law" or level of existence and it is this world and higher existence that drives and influences the behaviours of religious people.
Yet religious people are not the only ones to take seriously this concept. As psychologists have noticed, a number of artists and philosophers can develop a strong belief in an afterlife. So how can these people see this knowledge just as the religious people can?
The answer, oddly enough, lies in the way you think.
For example, a L-brain person will see death as essentially the end of life with no observable evidence to suggest anything beyond death. Hence the person will believe when you die, you die. On the other hand, R-brain types have understood death is not meant to be the end, but rather a transition to a new beginning. In other words, there is something in the R-brain suggesting a grander pattern not seen by the human eye and yet glimpses of this hidden and unifying pattern can be observed through various events and behaviours of objects and life in the physical Universe.
Before we explain the brain's involvement in determining whether the concept of a resurrection is real and should be believed or not, let's look more closely at why there is death according to religious people.
According to religious leaders, death is a necessary and inescapable experience. Of course, you don't have to experience it straight away. There are ways to delay the experience using the right knowledge such as not getting yourself into harm's way. More sophisticated knowledge acquired from science such as minimising exposure to harmful radiation can have an enormous benefit in extending your lifespan. But at some point you, and all living things, will eventually die. In scientific terms this is due to imperfect knowledge of how to become immortal. In religious terms, we are not perfect in the sense we are not God. The imperfection is something we must understand and learn so we can improve ourselves in order to make leaps and bounds in extending our lifespan and this in term will help us to better understand the meaning and purpose of the Universe.
The goal of all our activities and knowledge we acquire and implement is to reach the point where we can finally understand what it is to be truly immortal and hence become a true God where we can end all suffering and all living things can be "alive" and happy. Until we reach the goal, we need a powerful and widely available means of recording and accessing all knowledge so that future generations can rapidly reach the boundaries of our knowledge and extend it until a bigger picture and better solutions emerge from this knowledge. Then the Truth will eventually be known. Until our knowledge is perfect, we need to continually experience this Universe knowing that our imperfections will eventually bring us to the inevitable experience of death.
But is death the end for all of us? Or is there something else beyond death?
The majority of religious leaders and those with a strong R-brain skill are of the firm belief that death is not meant to be the end. There is something telling them that death is just another experience and that a new adventure, a kind of new life, awaits us.
However in order for this to happen, there must be a kind of resurrection.
Does this mean death and resurrection are separate events? The L-brain may see it this way. The eyes sees two distinct terms of "death" and "resurrection" and is recorded in different parts of brain known as our memory to be later recalled and recognised as such by the L-brain at a later date. But the greater reality as allegedly seen by religious leaders and genuine R-brain types is that the two terms are essentially one and the same thing. In other words, religious leaders see the moment of death and the mystery of resurrection as a single experience.
So why is resurrection considered so important to religious leaders?
One could by cynical (i.e. more L-brain) by saying anyone who believes in the resurrection are more likely to support the religious leaders in their quest to understand the Truth. So in a sense the followers could be there to maintain the religion and their leaders.
However, from a R-brain approach, there is plenty of indirect evidence in the Universe to support this cyclic life-and-death or resurrection view. So there has to be another reason why resurrection is important for all of us.
There is a belief among religious leaders that such a process allows the Universe to be in a constant state of recycling (and so maintain balance) because no physical object can remain the same forever. Not even our bodies can remain unchanged by the constant forces of radiation and other foreign matter. So at some point we must somehow move ourselves from one body to the next in order to continue existing and for other living things to exist in this Universe.
Death and resurrection are therefore seen as a balancing act where ceaseless opportunities exist for new life to experience, learn and understand more about this Universe. Even when we are alive and eventually die, the balancing act is swift and ensures we become alive again to help us continue our journey to reach some ultimate goal.
In other words, because living things have the power to express love which can lead to reproduction of the species (and potentially in large numbers in some species or if given enough time depending on the need for it or belief), death seems to function as a balancing mechanism so that new life can enter this Universe and, hopefully within a reasonable population level, be fully sustained long enough to question, learn and experience something about this Universe, to ensure we experience and learn many different things each time we enter this Universe, and to get closer to the ultimate purpose behind life and death and this Universe.
Hence the importance of recording our knowledge and preserving our natural environment to help make it easier and quicker to continue the journey for generations to come.
In terms of our emotions, death and the mystery of the resurrection is a kind of forgiveness for the things we have not yet done in our present lives to reach and understand this ultimate goal, and/or the things we should not have done for whatever reason because we did not know at the time what we were doing. Therefore death and the moment of resurrection into another life, whatever that might be, is a new opportunity (a kind of new mission) to start again and see more of the nature of God by learning from a new perspective a different set of experiences.
If this is true, what is the thing doing the moving from one body to the next?
Religious leaders are still not precisely sure. The best description these leaders can give is to see it as a soul or holy spirit that resides in our body and is somehow independent of the body when it dies so this thing can move on to something else.
But if we don't know if resurrection will definitely occur, why do we have to do good things?
It is the fact that we don't know which is why we need to do good things. The resurrection is probably the greatest mystery of this Universe that no scientist has been able to tackle because of the limitations of the physical body and instruments to go beyond death to see the answer. Another is not knowing who or what we will become. Again this is due to the limitations of the physical Universe. But should we end up returning to this planet alive again, we could face the consequences of our actions from our previous life depending on how many were affected.
It is about covering your bets in case you do end up returning to Earth in a new life. Because if it turns out we do miraculously return to Earth to "progress to a higher level", we need to make sure the world is a better place when we left it than when we began and so make it easier for us to return and continue our journey to reaching this ultimate goal. Otherwise we will experience the consequences of our actions.
In the more simplistic way of thinking as seen in the Old Testament of the Bible, this experiencing of the consequences and what we will become could be described as a form of God's judgment on all of us. It is like a test to see whether we have done enough in our previous life to experience the positive consequences or not.
And how do we teach everyone to follow the "path with a heart"or the good side, or simply God's way?
When the Bible's Old Testament was written, specific and concrete rules of behaviour were needed by people (with a propensity to trust what they see with their eyes) who were more L-brain in their thinking and actions to follow in order to exist in peace and harmony with other living things (primarily among humans in the early stages of understanding love). For example, you would say, "Do this, and you will be rewarded with that", "Do that, and you will be on God's side or inherit the Earth" and so on. The rules are often presented to selected individuals described as leaders by some mysterious entity called God through a dream or by some external intervention. However, rules alone are not enough. People need to see some kind of benefit in doing the right thing. Hence there is a need for a visualizable goal of the two basic consequences when we do or don't follow the rules (i.e. reward or punishment). That is why the Old Testament will state that if you do good, you will go to heaven and, if not, go to a place called hell.
And who provides these consequences? None other than God himself. Although this probably also means the people, other living things, and the environment we will meet in our next life should we escape the consequences from others in the current life.
This is presumably what it means by God making judgements on us. Our actions determines whether, in religious terms, God enhances the power of love in a world called heaven to make us see God more clearly and enjoy the fruits of our labour, or to restore balance by destroying us if e have not learned anything, or getting us to experience the negative side in a world called hell due to the imbalances we have created.
Notice how the Old Testament shows God in a masculine light with its ability to reward and destroy things? It is a highly authoritarian system with God as the absolute leader designed to punish those who don't follow God, but reward those who do. Such an approach only works where the majority of people are not well-educated or at the childhood development stage and need simple rules to follow with consequences. However, this can pose problems in itself. For example, people may grow up thinking they are not worthwhile in the eyes of God to do great things. They will be guilt-ridden and will be paralyzed with fear in doing something that might lead to God punishing them for some kind of wrong-doing.
However when a man named Jesus (3) arrived and gave his vision and belief of why we must think about our actions and do good things and what happens after death (showing his remarkable confidence to sacrifice himself on the cross irespective of the injustice done to him by Jewish scholars, the Pharisees and the Romans), he revealed a different side of God, and with it a potentially different way of understanding the concept of heaven and hell as well as how we should live our lives today.
The approach taken by Jesus can be described as more R-brain, almost "feminine" style of psychology, emphasising the loving and forgiving side of God. He would emphasise the importance of helping one another as part of the fundamental principle of the Universe known as love. And his understanding of what happens after death by sacrificing himself on the cross for humankind and being resurrected (i.e. appearing to his selected followers in the desert some time after his death), presumably with the help of God, allowed ordinary citizens to look beyond their own current circumstances, to think more about what they are doing, and take a longer term view of things.
In other words, this religious leader was not trying to say that people should do nothing because God has not commanded them to do something or else be punished. You have to do things right now while you are alive today. Nor is he saying we must follow the words of what we think is God if, say, the words from this supposed God command us to kill our most loved son or any other person (as occurred for Moses but God is testing to see how it will deliver the laws to the people through Moses to abide by and whether to apply fear of punishment if you don't, or whether to let people think and improve themselves and remember to forgive if we occasionally do the wrong thing and we are willing to learn and seek guidance). God is not nasty and malicious. God is love. God wants us to think about our actions and to realise what we do must follow the path of love. We can do great things on our own in the name of God through our understanding of the concept of love. Only experience in the Universe will teach us if what we do is genuinely love for all living things.
All this required a man like Jesus to point out the new ay of thinking and help people move away from the Old Testament and into a new future, one that is more balanced and sensible. Not one where people are forced to do the right thing and constantly gets punished if people make mistakes. That's childish behaviour, not the behaviour of an adult who seeks to learn, understand and be a better person.
To put it another way, we all have the power (because we are "gods") to bring greater love to this Universe through our thoughts, actions and knowledge. People have to trust one another to do the right thing. And they must show love by helping one another to ensure we head in the right direction. Thus, as an individual, you must trust yourself to do the right things, and you will know this if it is with love. Do it, and God will show greater love in response to your thoughts and actions because God is essentially love. And you will experience the positive consequences we know is love. Even in death, and become resurrected, you will benefit from this love in your next life as a kind of heaven (i.e. the positive consequences will emerge in due time). But bear in mind that if you intentionally do bad things, you could experience the consequences of your actions (i.e. a kind of hell), if not in the present life, then in your next life if it turns out resurrection will bring us back. In this sense, there is another aspect to God. In fact, maybe we should not give a word to this balancing act. Or if we do, to see the positive side of this act as God itself.
God is meant to be love. God forgives all living things because we simply don't know what we are doing. Our brains are too small and limited by time, location and access to resources and things to help us learn all there is to know and use the knowledge to help others. We are still children in the classroom of the Universe. But just try to learn from our experiences, and we will always be loved by God. Yet at the same time, we should not take advantage of this situation by using the Universe for our own selfish wants and causing harm to others just because we can't stay the same person forever in the present life. There are consequences we must face if we do for all our actions. And God can reveal the harsher side of life if our actions are not honorable and shows a lack of love for all living things.
Thus, the New Testament is suggesting that the heaven or hell so often talked about in the Old Testament may not be separate worlds outside of the Universe, but could be the Universe itself; and the consequences spoken of by religious leaders can be more long-term and involve experiences in the present life and those to come after death.
But people will say that even if we do good things, we really don't know what we will become in our next life. So why make the effort. Or do we?
Already there is some information suggesting we might continue the journey within our present species.
In Christianity, we learn in the Bible how the resurrection of Jesus from the human being he was to another human being when he appeared after death to two of his followers about 7 miles from Jerusalem as they were walking to the village of Emmaus may suggest we will continue our journey within the same species. In Corinthians 15:20-21, Paul is suggesting this view when he wrote:
"Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man."
And the way the disciples had trouble immediately recognising him until he performed a certain action and the disciples saw marks on the wrists and feet suggest the resurrection is not going to help us to recognise ourselves from our previous life within our next life assuming the message to obtain from the above event from the two followers is true.
Does this mean we will continue as humans in our next life? And what would this mean for the more religious types if they realised the spirit of Jesus could be here and already walking among us in the flesh today and we don't know it?
Of course, from an entirely L-brain point-of-view we have to say there is absolutely no direct evidence to prove this claim. Seriously how many people can say with authority that they have literally died, became born again, started seeing and experiencing their next life, and then suddenly returned to their original previous life while expecting their bodies to remain unchanged and able to help them communicate their experiences? Fat chance of that happening. Unless you believe in heavily decomposed bodies waking up from the dead as we see in Hollywood films, it is not likely. Furthermore it would break the number 1 rule that there can be only one God. To know the mystery of what occurs precisely at death and afterwards and return to your previous life to explain what you saw is effectively for you to be God. But there can be only one God.
Only Hollywood producers will make horror movies to suggest otherwise.
But even if there is the slightest possibility we will return, do we really want to do the wrong thing in our present life? And does it matter if it is human or another type of living thing (hopefully more evolved than we are?. Because maybe next time, we could appear as an animal that might ed up brutally killed for meat for other humans. And if we knew this, maybe we would change what we do and how we obtain nutrients from food so that all animals can be free to evolve as humans have done. Then we would have nothing to worry about in our next life. We just let things exist and progress over time.
We simply do not know for sure.
All we know from the writings of the disciples (e.g. Luke 24: 1-35) is that the body of Jesus had somehow (and allegedly) disappeared from the tomb after his brutal crucifixion (one of many thousands under Roman occupation with only one or two people having survived it according to ancient records uncovered by archaeologists, so theoretically it is possible for Jesus to have survived it too depending on how severe his injuries were and who managed to save him) and later he was seen by two of his followers in an appearance not entirely like the original Jesus, but different. The followers eventually realised it was Jesus when marks indicating where the nails went into the hands and feet were noticed. It is not entirely clear if his body was real and physical in nature at the time, or simply an apparition. But when the man suddenly disappeared, the idea of resurrection had affected the followers so deeply that they realised it was important to tell others about it.
Today, we are fortunate to have retained the essential story from those followers and with it the concept of resurrection as a real and distinct possibility after death through the daily rituals of Baptism and the teachings from the Bible.
So perhaps the specifics of how it happened is not the important issue. The concepts we must learn as part of our life's journey could be the thing we need to keep in mind. So whatever concepts were trying to be bestowed on the lucky few individuals or were learnt and had to be retained for future generations we may have to learn to accept as part of the great mystery of this Universe.
All that science can do is gather as much direct (and indirect) evidence as possible from observations of the Universe and what we can imagine is logical and likely to occur to see how likely this concept might be true, but realise it can never be proved until we all die and experience what happens next. Maybe it is better to let people provide glimpses of what might happen. Then it might be wise, given the limitations of science, to take heed of the indirect knowledge and learn to be prepared for this possibility. You could say, to hedge our bets so to speak. To sow the seeds of goodness now and hopefully we will all benefit from them in the future.
It just makes sense.
Then we will know if resurrection is a reality.
In fact, you don't have to be a Christian to see how the concept of resurrection is not entirely inconsistent with the way nature and the Universe works.
If we look closely (by visualising with our R-brain), we pick up large-scale patterns from the Universe suggesting much of the things we observe do undergo some form of recycling when given enough time. There are cyclic events in the seasons on Earth, and the constant rotation of the Earth in the presence of the Sun gives us our cyclic experiences of day and night in a seemingly endless fashion etc. So why not our bodies and with it the ability for us to return again after we die?
But if this is possible, why don't enough people consider the idea more closely?
To see the possibility of an afterlife requires people to have faith and with it a belief in the idea of resurrection. Hence the statement in John 3:16:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him [ie. his teachings] should not perish but have everlasting life."
It is a matter of belief. Science can't explain everything within a finite period of time, so you have to believe in something. In other words, what do you personally believe is happening in this Universe? And what do you believe will happen to you when you die? Because the belief you carry with you throughout life determines how you live your life in the present moment and whether you can remain happy at the moment of your death (barring any source of pain you may feel prior to the moment).
NOTE: Medical technology can now solve these issues of pain. The rest is up to us to see certain experiences as either the end of one thing, or the start of something else.
Let us put it this way. Do you see a linear start and end to your life and nothing beyond this? Or do you see an endless cycle of life and death with no genuine beginning or end?
As this research of the mind is indicating, believing in something is so much dependent on how we think, which in turns depends on whether we trust more our L- or R-brains to solve problems in our daily life. If you rely more on your L-brain, you are likely to be rational and believing in the things you see with your eyes. If you can't see something, you are not likely to believe whatever might happen afterwards. But if you are more R-brain, your creativity and visualisation skills will paint a broader picture with numerous indirect evidence in the Universe to support the bigger picture.
In the case of those genuine religious leaders following the true principle of love and therefore have properly understood resurrection as an important concept and with it all the necessary good things we must do, there is almost certainly sufficient R-brain development skills (i.e. imagination and visual skills) for these people to look beyond the observable patterns. This is why people such as the charismatic religious leader named Jesus Christ would often say:
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:11-13)
It reveals not only this long term view taken by people with strong R-brain development, but it helps them to focus on the fact that they must do good things now and not later. Do the good things now, and you and everyone else including those you may meet in your next life will benefit from the positive consequences. If you and anyone else doesn't do good things now for the benefit of all living things, we quickly get into a rut in our thinking, making us trust only what our eyes and ears can see and hear right now as we focus on this all the time including all the bad things we see and hear until we believe it and eventually affects our behaviour. And then we are less inclined to do the right thing unless legislation is in place targeting our specific bad behaviours or situations.
Or something else in nature will ensure we experience the consequences as a form of balance.
Not having faith because we cannot see the large scale hidden patterns is a natural consequence of applying our L-brain too much to a situation by trusting our eyes too implicitly and without question. We are too focussed, when in fact, sometimes we have to visualise far enough in time and space with the help of our R-brain to see the big and grander patterns in a natural way. Hence we complicate our lives with our L-brain instead of simplifying it through the R-brain.
So, in the case of whether or not to believe in a resurrection or some form of an after life, people who are described by psychologists as L-brain types will understandably approach life in a highly rational way based on their experiences gathered from many years of observing and memorising. They only trust what they see and solve problems based on observed things considered reproducible in the here-and-now moment and those observed by others published in reputable journals and make decisions based on this information only. Therefore L-brain people are more likely to believe nothing will ever happen after death, or they will have no belief at all and hence there is no God. Why? Because they cannot see what happens after death or what causes life to be resurrected? There has been no case of a human being who has gone through the other side of death and returned to his/her own body to explain to others what he/she has seen. From this very pragmatic approach, there is nothing that will ever convince or make the more L-brain types consider other possibilities.
This explains why the European psychologist Sigmund Freud took on a negative view of religion. He thought the religious faith is an illusion based on how people want the world to be like rather than based on reality. We now understand this is because Freud was limited because of the way he applied his L-brain and relied heavily on his eyes to observe patterns in what he called reality (i.e. in the observable things) when in fact the R-brain is telling us of a bigger reality.
Consequently the actions of L-brain people after gathering this kind of L-brain information take on a short-term view of life. We see this in our environment where the natural resources get depleted without enough recycling, and profit is considered the prime motivator for certain individuals in our society because the inevitability of death and not knowing what happens afterwards makes L-brain people think they can do whatever they wish and plunder the resources for their own needs and wants. It is the only way L-brain types can feel happier and secure without the knowledge of a grander purpose and meaning for their existence by relying on the materialistic aspects of the Universe, and so try to live as long as they can using any kind of technology before the inevitable comes.
Similarly L-brain types make their own moral judgements on what is the right thing to do. Being greedy, for example, could be seen as perfectly moral and justified because there is nothing in the Universe to tell L-brain types otherwise.
Then other L-brain people who see the harshness of these L-brain types in the way they treat other human beings will question whether God exists (because they cannot see God is quietly preparing the consequences for these types). And if God does not exist, how will humans be lawful and do the right thing? This is the question asked by a Russian named Dmitri Karamazov, falsely imprisoned in his country for the murder of his father, when he said:
"It's God that's worrying me. That's the only thing that's worrying me. What is He doesn't exist?...Then if He doesn't exist, man is the chief of the earth, of the universe...Only how is he going to be good without God? That's the question." (The Brothers Karamazov, translated by C. Garnett. The Modern Library, 1950, p.719.)
The answer is dependent on how we think. It is also a question of time itself. The more R-brain we develop and use to uncover hidden patterns in the Universe including God and the resurrection, the more we learn to do good things. Then, people start to realise there is an invisible balancing act that takes place to ensure the injustices are dealt with appropriately, if not in the present life, than in the next life and so on. It continues until balanced is returned and people start to see the path they should be taking. Once these patterns are recognised, people start to understand and abide by the principle of love as they will be able to observe either in the Bible, in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or through the actions of human beings helping others.
Thus the people who are described by psychologists as R-brain types use their visualisation and creativity skills to look beyond what they see with their eyes. They see the grander, hidden patterns of life and the Universe. They tend to solve bigger problems and see more fundamental and simpler solutions not observed by those who trust their eyes for a solution. It is here where R-brain types tend to support the view of something beyond death, another pattern not directly observed, yet feels just as real to them as eating an apple or watching the sun rise up in the morning. And as such, they develop a belief and with it a personal religion about the Universe, themselves and life in general to support this large-scale and not so easily observed pattern. Once the belief derived from pattern is there and have faith of what's to come, the actions shown by these R-brain types tend to be reflected by the way they give greater concern for the environment, the poor people, and other things. Because doing the right thing in these areas and thinking longer term will be rewarded through positive consequences they know will come. In the case of the environment, R-brain types are more likely to put in the necessary natural systems and allow nature (or God) to supply all they ever need to survive and be grateful for what they have. And if this is not possible, they do things to rebuild nature to make it happen.
This is why religious people with knowledge of the "resurrection" tend to be more relaxed with themselves and other things, interfere less in the affairs of other living things and, in fact, show more love to all living things, and tend to be more joyous even at the moment of death. It is not unusual in some religions to see death as a celebration rather than a moment to be sad and mournful. It is all because of what they see through the R-brain beyond their eyes that helps them to see a different reality.
This is not to say all R-brain and religious types know it all, or are not afraid of death. There is always some apprehension about the moment, always some fear of the unknown, and there is still so much to learn about this Universe in order to gather a better picture beyond death (i.e. we are simply not God). However, through love, especially for those around us and within us, by focusing on the concept of God and knowing there is something beyond death, and being curious and loving with all living things will make the moment of death easier for everyone. And with this, R-brain and religious types are more likely to do the right thing and be able to let go of things. And should the moment come, they will seek ways to pass through it with no pain using meditation or some other means so as life itself becomes no greater than the dreams we encounter when we sleep.
In 1983, the famous Russian author Solzhenitsyn received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. During his speech, he commented:
"The great crisis of humanity today is that it has lost its sense of the invisible. We have become experts in the visible, particularly in the West. If I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat again and again: Men have forgotten God. The failings of a human consciousness deprived of its devine dimensions have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century."
If we are to do good things in this Universe and be truly happy by seeing this invisible thing we call the resurrection through the cyclic nature of life and death and so many other things in the Universe and with it the possibility of a God making it happen for all living things, people need to be balanced in their thinking. It requires people to apply the R-brain to help see a bigger and more stable picture of the way life and the Universe works by seeing the invisible patterns. When we do, it will be reflected in our actions and thinking. In other words, it will make us think more deeply and do things on a long-term basis.
And those things will show love and compassion for all living things.
When we finally do think along this R-brain approach and take on a new vantage point on life and the Universe, it doesn't mean we should call everyone a Christian, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Jew or any other type. Christians aren't the only people to have an imagination. Eastern mysticism also supports a similar resurrection concept. And so does a genuine R-brain artist and the greatest creative thinkers of our times. Should we continue to use words to categorise people in a L-brain way depending on our beliefs, surely we could call people as Buddhists, Hindus or any other religious type just as much as Christians. In fact, it doesn't matter if someone with faith decides to bring in a Buddhist statue into a Christian church, or have no religious symbols at all and prefers to meditate in a quiet and peaceful room. And to punish people who do behave in this seemingly unorthodox manner is effectively to punish Jesus and God in a Christian sense.
There is no difference in how we see people through the words we use to describe them. The words mean the same. The religions and their fundamental concepts, so long as they are based on the unified principle of love and the idea of resurrection, are the same.
Depending on how we apply our L- or R-brain, people may choose to see differences. But the one and only true Religion of God sees no differences. All things are one. And the true unified religion is one of love and a faith that there is something beyond death, something we cannot as yet explain in precise terms. Something else exists in this Universe and it is there to ensure all living things are forgiven and given the opportunity to constantly start afresh for all eternity.
NOTE 1: Christianity has its own rituals combined with religious dates and events of the year to celebrate or follow in remembrance of how it began as well as the teachings of the man who helped form the religion, such as the Holy Baptism for symbolising resurrection from the moment of death (i.e. you are pushed underwater) to the moment of eventual rebirth (you are brought out of the water). Other rituals are performed during mass (sometimes called the Eucharist) and while sitting in a church to help get into a meditative state (the way to enhance the receptiveness of people to learning or relearning ideas and concepts behind the stories and insightful statements in the Bible), and to remember the important dates and events that shaped their religion (hence the importance of regular participation of the followers as well as acts of social inclusion of those with potential to become future followers or "witnesses of God" as some would say).
NOTE 2: Some followers of a religion are likely to be more L-brain in remembering every word in the Bible, visiting the church on a regular basis, and reading their own personal copy of the Bible every night. If they miss even one day of this activity, they begin to worry God will send them to hell. The more R-brain religious types tend to focus on the concepts behind the stories and hence will not need to regularly visit churches nor constantly read the Bible. These religious types are more likely to see the connections between all religions. Then they ultimately see the Universe as their "church" where they can meditate anywhere they like to help refine their own understanding of the concepts, to observe nature and people at work, and practice what they have learned everyday.
So it is important to strive for greater balance right from the moment you are alive today. You may not reach absolute balance straight away. But you will be getting closer and closer to this ultimate balance. Share the knowledge and experiences you currently have with as many people as you can. In your next life, it is likely you will be able to continue the journey to greater balance when people remember the knowledge and experiences.
Until we get to this ultimate goal (and hence know the one true God), even the slightest effort we make now to achieve greater balance will guaranteed enormous quantum leaps in the improvement of our lives, our environment and everyone else we interact. We don't know what those improvements are like or the impact they will have on everything until we reach that extra step towards greater balance.
And if we record what we learn, then maybe in our next life (a R-brain view of life and the Universe) we can quickly learn what we've temporarily forgotten. And then who knows what else might be possible by making ourselves more balanced than we were before.
Actually so many of our personal and world problems today could be solved just by being a little more balanced in our thinking and actions. To just look through the superficial things and see who we really are, and perhaps then we can begin to see where balance should lie.
And if not, the universe has a way of eventually achieving balance no matter how extreme we may become. Our brain is no different in this regard. We just have to constantly strive for balance at all times and to continually practice good thinking with ourselves and others so that we can switch the information back and forth between the cerebral hemispheres (and with practice this switching effect should get faster over time) and so create increasingly higher quality, creative and more balanced solutions to all our problems in the quickest way possible. (4)
You don't have to do much. Just apply yourself to a simple task and solve it well and move on. You will surprise yourself over time how much easier it is to solve more difficult problems. And with it you will notice improvements in the way you live and see the world, and this will make you feel more positive and happier.
I'm not that curious. Should I achieve balance?
To be human is to be curious. The mere act of sitting down and reading this means you are curious. If you are listening to someone talk or watching them do something unusual or interesting means you are curious enough to make the effort to watch or listen to someone. But if you are genuinely not curious at this moment in time, then it means you are doing nothing. You are sitting back and saying you are happy where you are at this very moment in time and place. We call this existing. But if not, which means you want to participate in the universe, then you are curious and nature has a way of helping you balance yourself whether or not you are consciously aware of what you are doing.
The balancing effect still remains even when you are asleep. Because the brain does things to help sort out the daily information we receive, extract the most relevant information, and interweave this relevant information with our memories.
Then a moment will come when you have a fleeting thought or vision of a more balanced approach to something.
For example, there will be regular moments throughout your life when you will feel hungry. The brain has already extracted this information throughout evolution and has recorded the essential pattern needed for us to balance ourselves. Thus to balance this, you will have thoughts of food to eat and soon you will find food and eat it. The pleasure we find immediately after satisfying our hunger is nature's way of giving us the briefest glimpse of what it is like to experience balance.
Keep rebalancing yourself and eventually you become an expert or very effective at achieving this balance. And each time you try it, you will experience more and more of this ultimate state of true balance.
Even if you are consciously aware of the concept of balance, or in religious terms the God-like state (also known as the religious experience), and are actively wanting to approach this state through your work or play, there is nothing wrong in approaching it as close as you like so long as this is what you want.
It is like the experience of sex. For a brief moment before orgasm, it would appear your body is experiencing its own extreme which only an orgasm can bring back balance. It is prolonged and extreme until you reach the final moment. Then you feel complete. That is why it is not unusual for people to scream out loud "Oh God!" at the start of an orgasm to help describe this experience or sense of balance.
That is why some people may go to the extremes of experiencing the opposite sides of life through sex known as Slave & Master (S&M) just to have this experience of balance. In Slave & Master (S&M) situations, people want to enhance the pain so that the pleasure becomes more intense not only because they are seen as two sides of the same coin, but also because this is just another way for people to experience the near God-like state when going through both extremes.
Of course, you don't have to experience S&M just to have a taste of what balance is. There are other ways you will experience it.
The same is true when we must eat to survive. Sometimes we must experience some hunger for a while in order to appreciate the power of being balanced by fulfilling that hunger with food at the right time.
Can people achieve true balance?
Within a finite period of time, the answer is "No". You have to continually work at it to experience a moment of this state and have the knowledge to realise it. But it is the thing that will keep you going, push you further to try again and do it better, if you approach it properly and you enjoy what you are doing to the fullest. And there is nothing stopping you from getting as close as you like to this ultimate state of balance.
Each time you do it, you will feel the intensity of this state increase. It will push you to do more.
Certainly if you keep persisting at whatever you are good at while experiencing the opposites of life, you will over time get closer and closer to this ultimate state, experience greater things you have never had before and know better ways to solve problems.
And if you pass on your knowledge to future generations, your children and their children's children will have a greater opportunity to gain a higher state of balance.
And then it will be your turn in your next life to achieve an even higher state of balance.
Are people really trying to balance themselves?
Yes they are, whether they are aware of it or not. For example, we all know how relatively L-brain most scientists in the Western world tend to be with their obsession for exactness, detail, observation and shear rational logic using mathematics and other scientific tools.
However, more and more scientists are now finding out in the 21st century how serious the L-brain problem can get when solving complex scientific problems. For example, many scientists are resorting to computers to help handle large amounts of specific data. And even then scientists are still experiencing an enormous information overload. So what are scientists doing to solve this information overload problem? Scientists are increasingly learning to balance their approach by improving the visualisation of their information using graphics and the art. Art, a generally R-brain discipline, and science are now merging together for a more balanced approach to the work conducted by scientists.
For example, a complex problem such as the UFO phenomenon may contain a range of unusual and seemingly unrelated observations of something bizarre flying around in the sky. Some scientists may try to get around the problem by dismissing the subject as hallucination, hoaxes or other natural phenomena. But if you sit down with an artist and the witnesses and paint the pictures of the observations, you start to see a rational pattern emerging from the observations. You start to see something else. You can then simplify the problem and show the solution by relating it to a field of physics that will explain the observations. Will that field be plasma physics and hence the possibility of ball lighting, or a large-scale version Abraham-Lorentz solution for an electron emitting radiation. Only experimentation will prove the solution.
This is why SUNRISE uses a slide presentation with many visual aids to help present the observations in a clear and visualisable manner. Then anyone with the curiosity to look for new patterns can quickly see the relationship between all the observations and find a rational explanation.
Even outside of scientific circles and in the midst of the general community do we notice people trying to simplify (i.e. a R-brain activity) the complicated L-brain world created by scientists, politicians, the US military and business professionals and marketers as a way of balancing things. For example, in the article titled Keeping check on medicines at home published in the June 2002 edition of The Australian Senior, the quote given on page 21 by Ms Pam Learmonth is most revealing, especially in regards to our need to balance modern society:
"I found this a really valuable exercise and I have recommended to my friends that they discuss a medication review with their GP.
'"A lot of people with chronic health problems taking lots of different medications would be grateful to have someone come into their homes and simplify the process."
Or what about the people who retire from the mostly L-brain world of Western society? Have you noticed how many holiday advertisements exist in newspapers and magazines targeting senior citizens? This is all part of the rebalancing effect going on in society as people relearn to relax and reapply their R-brain skills once again. The sophisticated term used by business professionals to describe this R-brain activity is "a better lifestyle", or "live the good life", or a "seachange".
As for the business world, business professionals (mainly managers) and their staff are also heavily reliant on L-brain skills as required to organise and mass produce products and services and deliver them to customers in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Yet these people are increasingly yearning for greater balance in their lives when we hear statements like the following made by Derek Leddie, managing director of the Australian research company The Leading Edge:
"The rational, organised, efficient and sensible side of the brain is overworked in the business world. If you want people to be creative, inspiring and energised, you need to deliver right brain activities." (5)
Leddie now uses the creation of artworks as a means of releasing stress at work and increasing the creativity of his staff.
NOTE 1: Successful business entrepreneurs are often highly creative individuals (usually showing signs of being a social misfit or having an eccentric streak) compared to the more rational types known as managers. Managers are said to be L-brain control freaks, the ones who dictate how things should be done. But entrepreneurs are people who are more likely to apply more creativity to the problem of making money. They use a creative R-brain mind to find a niche market, develop new products and services, to experiment on new ideas, to let people try something different etc and a rational L-brain mind to implement the idea in reality. And they often have the emotional drive to enjoy what they do.
NOTE 2: Motivational business seminars will try to get people to be more entrepreneurial by convincing people it is okay to overcome fear. When people conquer their fears, it becomes possible for them to break their own L-brain barriers.
And did you know young L-brain types doing jobs like communication consultancy or IT tend to get into creative fields after work such as popular creative dancing, photography etc? This is nothing unusual. It is all part of the way the brain balances itself.
And what about the L-brain types in the 20th century who discovered the importance of combining previously separate things into one unified entity in the 21st century to help create greater meaning and balance in their lives? For example, people in the 20th century had made a habit of creating a distinction between work and play. The result towards the end of the century was a feeling that life had no meaning. The consequence of being so rational and in categorising so many things had created a problem: people realised something was missing in their lives. Now, in the early 21st century, people are understanding that combining work and play (i.e. finding a job you actually enjoy the most) soon brings back some of that sense of meaning to what they are doing.
And have we mentioned the very low morale within the Defence force? Given the highly L-brain nature of their work, one should not be surprised by the low morale among the lower paid and less-important members of the Defence force. Part of the problem is clearly in creating a hierarchy of power that emphasises the limited importance of the people in the lower echelons while keeping the people at the top somewhat invisible from the rest of the people working under them. Then there is also the monotony of the L-brain job to contend with as well. The result is people yearning for something different from the norm, something that will bring greater balance to what they are doing and experiencing.
As the article in The Canberra Times stated on 15 June 2002 regarding the morale of Defence workers:
"Morale and faith in the management of the Commonwealth's weapons acquisition organisation is at rock bottom, according to a confidential survey of staff at the Defence Materiel Organisation [DMO]...
'DMO staff thought their superiors were invisible, that they provided little direction, were not forward thinking, and were unreceptive to new ideas...
'After the Army and the Navy, DMO also had the lowest level of morale, with one third of staff believing their efforts went unappreciated....Only Air Force scored lower [than the Army, the Navy and DMO]." (6)
Or how about those technically-minded L-brain people who have followed the L-brain trend of accumulating many things only to find that the less you have, the happier and easier life gets?
For example Patrick Forman, a scientific officer within the school of Liberal studies at Bathurst's Charles Sturt University, develops web applications and writes computer programs for academic research for 4 days per week. The other three days he spends at his mudbrick house in the bush isolated from modern society including the technology of computers, television, electricity and running water via a tap. If he needs fresh water, he takes a short stroll down a hill and with a bucket or jug he collects his water from a stream. Why? As Mr Forman said:
"It's not as if I have a distaste for technology as such, but I have a distaste that we in the West use technology excessively.
'It is a Western thing that 20 per cent of the world's population consumes 80 per cent of the world's resources. I'm not a Luddite going around breaking things, but I'm trying to live a life that, by being as simple as possible, impinges less on the world.
'There is a serious movement in downsizing in Australia, where people are saying, "I'm working too much and I don't need a lot of these things." More and more, I have found out I just need less and less to maintain my sense of happiness and wellbeing." (7)
In a nutshell, he believes life must be balanced from all the constant use of technology or making technology too complicated and the pressures of buying and consuming. Where life is perceived as complicated, highly technical and/or demanding to constantly acquire more things, people seek the opposite greater simplicity, creativity, and less taking from the environment in order to attain maximum happiness.
It is a natural behaviour for all living things.
Even on a biological level, organisms are attracted to opposites or differences within their own species. For example, studies on humans have been conducted to determine which factors seem to attract people sexually.
In one study conducted in the UK, people were asked to smell a range of body odours of several people of the opposite sex from the clothes they had worn. The clothes of each anonymous individual were kept in an airtight plastic container and was only opened to allow the participants to smell the items for a short time. What scientists found is that people who thought the body odour of certain clothes smelt the worse had chosen people having the same or very similar immune systems. However the clothes which didn't have an obvious odour or didn't give a bad impression were actually from people who had different immune systems.
What this study showed was that people are more likely to be sexually interested in other people if the body odours didn't offend them and thus more likely for the genes responsible for creating opposite or different immune systems to combine to form a more powerful "balanced" immune system in the offspring.
Similarly, in another study conducted at Aberdeen University in 2005, 144 students were shown a series of paired faces. Then the psychologists asked the students (i) who they trust the most; and (ii) who they felt more sexually attracted to. The results of the study showed people who chose faces on the basis of trust were faces that looked similar to their own. But when it came to sexual attraction, it was the people with different facial characteristics which actually caught the eyes of the students.
In general, the more different you look in the eyes of another person, so long as the face conforms to a certain sense of symmetry (considered more attractive) with no obvious signs of deformity or whatever, the more likely you would be seen as sexually attracted to this other person.
The same can be said of people described as L-brain and R-brain in their behaviours. In the early stages of a relationship, it is likely L-brain people will become sexually attracted to R-brain people because of their idealistic and possibly more utopian views. Similarly R-brain people may become sexually attracted to L-brain types because of their rational and confident approach to life and ability to verbally communicate with people. True the relationships may not last if there is an expectation of one opposite thinking type to force another type to be more like themselves. If you are not willing to understand and learn from one another or allow the other to develop their skills, the relationship will be doomed to fail. But for the purposes of the chemistry needed to initiate sex and procreation, this is usually not an issue in the early stages.
However, once a child is born, the only way the relationship can be maintained is if there is a concerted effort by each opposite thinking partner to acknowledge the differences, to promote each other's strengths and achievements, to help in each others' ultimate goal(s), and to find different ways of communicating to help each other see where the other person is coming from. This requires extensive learning, being curious and an ability to handle many conflicts when they arise by each person especially if each person is imbalanced in their thinking. But once the solutions are found, the couple will achieve enormous growth, happiness and fulfill many great goal(s). Such learned relationships where greater balance is achieved is where the strongest bonds between humans are created. These bonds are permanent and will last for the rest of their lives.
Otherwise, for long term stable relationships where learning from each other and making babies are not given the highest priorities, people of similar thinking types are likely to get together and stay that way for the rest of their lives.
The concept of balance is universal
The importance of keeping things in balance is absolutely paramount in so many different disciplines, whether it is religion, science or the arts.
In the true religion, the state of balance is usually called the moment of "enlightenment", the state of "experiencing and knowing God", or the feeling of "true consciousness" (8) or seeing a glimpse of "the Truth". For example, it would not be too surprising to hear from religious people how the resurrection of a great man in Christianity (to Buddhists this is just another way of saying we are reborn) is a sign of God and how this is a sign of the constant rebalancing in the Universe for life to exist for all eternity (so long as the Universe permits it and we choose to look after life). (9)
To the genuine New Age person described as having strong genuine psychic abilities, this is described as the moment of maximum aura or the greatest positive life flow (which is usually reflected in the amount of electromagnetic energy emitted by a person as seen in those images known as Kirlian photography). Generally, the more balanced you are, the healthier your body, the more active mentally and physically you are and thus the more positive life flow you generate (i.e. you generate and emit more electromagnetic energy to the surroundings).
To the scientists, this balanced state may be described as "the edge of chaos" or "the edge of order", or the boundary condition between anything such as midway between "complexity" and "simplicity" or whatever. Scientists consider this to be the most exciting moment where the answer to many scientific problems, new scientific phenomena, and the greatest scientific advancements are to be found.
Psychology supports the concept of balance
The same is true for psychology. It is all about understanding how everything comes in pairs of opposites, learning the consequences in reaching the extreme opposites in our feelings, thinking and behaviour, and then how to balance them. For example, in psychology, it is perfectly fine to be anxious, angry, happy or whatever sometimes. But there could be a problem if such feelings, or certain other behaviours or thinking are persistent, extreme or non-existent.
Good psychology is all about understanding your mind, yourself and others, and how to keep things in balance. And the same is true for the rest of life.
The concept of balance is just as intrinsic to this universe as the concept of opposites are too
Generally anything that is said to be balanced in our eyes is described as being in the ultimate state of existence or discovery. It is the true renaissance period where all things opposite are suddenly understood to be important, equal, interrelated and seen as one.
The balanced state is where no obvious long-term favouritism for one thing over any other is shown. Everything is highlighted for their special characteristics, but when combined as a whole are always seen as equally important and having their place in this Universe.
And while in this balanced state, we understand how all things are interrelated and seen as one.
Do religious texts promote this balancing concept?
While this is still controversial, there appears to be an overall pattern emerging in religious texts such as the Bible and the Koran.
In the Bible, this L-brain and R-brain idea is taught in terms of the male and female characteristics behind the entity known as God. In the Old Testament of the Bible, for example, God is seen more as a dominating, top of the hierarchy male-like figure showing the strong L-brain masculine approach to solving social problems including destruction and other forms of punishment to those who do not follow God's path. On the other hand, the New Testament reveals a feminine side of God emerging through a figure called Jesus Christ (almost certainly born on 17 April in 6 BC in Bethleham based on latest astronomical analysis of the sky where scientists have noticed an unusual event consisting of a sudden appearance of a bright light in the northern morning sky under the constellation Aries by Jupiter as it past out of the lunar eclipse; no such unusual event existed in or around the 1 AD mark, as revealed in the 3 part-series BBC documentary Son of God). Here, forgiveness and compassion (part of the fundamental principle of love) are taught as the essential ways to solving social problems.
In a newer 2008 documentary titled Star of Bethlehem - Behind the Myth (Atlantic Wales Production for BBC, Th Science Channel and FremantleMedia Enterprises), scientists have sought alternative explanations for the bright light in the sky in 6 BC as it seems too convenient for Jupiter to be in the right place directing these allegedly three wise men to the right spot. And anyway, it is the nature of science to find alternative theories to disprove any other explanation found by scientists. At present, the latest alternative theories include a comet and a series of supernova explosions in a distant binary star system. In the former case, renaissance paintings have made this comet suggestion at a time when comets have appeared. However, a coin produced in Antioch at the right location and time reveals no tail to support the comet theory. Also a comet seen by some people lasting several weeks would almost certainly be seen by everyone. Yet the Bible claims King Herrod in Jerusalem and his people did not notice anything unusual. Perhaps the comet was hidden in the glare of Jupiter? In the latter explanation, the supernova explosion of the kind suggested would have to provide a bright light lasting several months. Even so, the light from the explosion did not "wander" to the south between constellations as the planet Jupiter had managed to achieve as the Earth orbited the Sun.
One side of the coin produced at around the time of the birth of Jesus. Shown here is the God Zeus representing Jupiter.
The other side of the coin shows a star (without a tail) in or near the constalletion Aries as represented by the animal).
Of course, scientists will always look for evidence in support of any alternative explanations just to make sure they have the answer.
As for the wise men from the east briefly mentioned in the Bible, they are thought to be three Persian priests which happen to be young, middle and old age individuals with a knowledge for religion, astrology and dreams according to the work of American mummy expert Dr Bob Brier and his team of researchers in 2006. Although the Bible states three gifts were provided to baby Jesus and therefore it is potentially possible for any number of people to have visited Jesus, there are enough early images emphasizing three individuals. Also why would you need to arouse the small community in the town with a host of men arriving and carrying just three gifts? This was a dangerous time. King Herrod realised there was the birth of a new King and wanted to make sure newborns were killed at the time. Making any fuss over one baby would only make it a bigger target for King Herrod.
Assuming there were only three wise men carrying the gifts, Dr Brier claims these men spent a few months travelling through the desert in the direction of Jerusalem after allegedly a dream had told them to look at the sky and it is there where they saw the bright light in the right part of the sky, initially in the constellation Pisces before moving into Aries. The men arrived probably in September into the land of Judaism, asking to see where the new king of the Jews (i.e. Jesus) could be found. When Jupiter became more stationary in the sky in a southern direction and bright over Aries in December, the wise men eventually found the 8-month old infant in Bethlehem on 19 December in 6 BC according to astronomical analysis.
Today, it is alleged by Dr Brier that the bones of the three men are housed in the Cologne Cathedral of Saints Peter and Mary. The skulls, of three different ages covering the young, middle and old age bracket based on the way the bones have fused together, have yet to be more closely and thoroughly analysed. Further details can be found in Episode 4 of the 2006 American documentary The Mummy Detectives: The Three Kings produced and presented by Dr Bob Briers.
When seen as a whole, the Bible reveals this concept of balance, whereas the specific stories help to teach us our aim in life is to make the choice of following the path with a "heart" (or love) as both the short-term and long-term consequences for all of us will be profound and affect all of us in positive ways.
As they say, every good story tells a deeper one. The Bible is no exception to this.
To believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as is the case with followers of Christianity, is essentially to believe that we are all the Sons and Daughters of God. According to the book of Philip, an agnostic gospel, Jesus is just another human. Christian leaders like to elevate Jesus to the level of God, or perhaps the Son of God (the capital letter S to put him at a higher hierarchy than ordinary human beings). But if we rely on this gnostic gospel, it would appear Jesus should be nothing more than the son of God. In which case, we are all the sons and daughters of God. Or else we capitalise the first letters so make us realise we can all be as great as anyone else, even Jesus himself.
In other words, we can all show the same level of love and other qualities of God as this great religious leader. The power is vested in all of us by God to solve any problem set before us, including social problems of the day as we see around us. There is nothing we can't do as Jesus has done in the past. We only have to remember that we cannot be God. That's why religious texts and leaders will keep us one step behind God by using the words "son of..." or the "children of..." God. Take, as a classic example, the following quote from the Bible:
"And I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:18)
Alternatively, some writers will say we are "gods" because of our power to influence things as if we are a god, but we are not God (with a capital G). We are not perfect creatures with perfect knowledge of the principle of love. We must learn what that is through experience as part of our education. Until we learn everything there is to know, there always be a distinction. But because saying "god" and "God" sound the same, leaders will make the distinction more clearer in a verbal sense by using the phrase "son of God". God is within each one of us as well as all around us. It only makes sense to see each other as "sons of God" and "daughters of God".
Because, at the end of the day, we all have much to learn from this Universe.
NOTE: You do not need to be Baptised to be seen as the child of God or to have this mysterious holy spirit residing within you (the thing that is thought to be your true self that moves from one form to another at the moment of death). You are always part of God's children no matter what you do, from the moment you are born to the day you die. And you will always live eternally through this spirit.
Of course, being baptised may permit you to join one of those exclusive religious clubs called Christianity. But the only club you have automatic membership to from the moment you are born is the club of life and the Universe. Hence you are already a member of God and participating in the True Religion of God.
There is further evidence in other religious texts to support a concept of balance.
In the Koran, there is much early discussions about invocations of violence showing the L-brain male characteristic of solving problems. Then we find the opposite view when the story of the Queen of Sheba is discussed. Talk of a society whose people are wealthy under this feminine leader and where the land is fertile and well looked after, growing food for society and becoming a Paradise is not uncommon.
Research is continuing. But perhaps further work may reveal more in the religious text about this L- and R-brain pattern as well as the constant need to reign in balance when things are to the extreme, while understanding the meaning of God as possibly the side of balance which we know is good and right.
But don't try to be God!
However, one thing is clear. Because we can never perfectly balance ourselves or be perfectly good creatures at all times and in any place we find ourselves in, we cannot be God.
You should never try to be God or pretend you are God. You cannot be God in a finite period of time and place. There can be only one God. You are here to learn through the experiences you have in this Universe and with those living things around you. And the goal of all this learning appears to be a better understanding of this concept of God and with it the meaning and purpose of why you are here and this Universe. This is the thing you are aiming for whether or not you are aware of it. You can be L-brain and think this is all hocus-pocus. But the brain naturally searches for meaning and the R-brain starts to uncover some inkling of what this might be by observing and imagining more of this Universe.
What about those who claim to be God?
Saying you are God is a dangerous thing. It places unnecessary burden on yourself and if you don't deliver, people who follow you will at some point lose faith, become more L-brain and rational, and never see the true R-brain patterns helping us to understand this Universe and our purpose and meaning. And it could have devastating consequences on both the followers and yourself should enough people lose faith.
This is how many dangerous cults are formed.
In the early stages of a cult, a religious leader may have a few reasonably good "balanced" ideas which attracts a small number of followers. The leader can become more popular and attract a larger following. But if people are not made leaders for themselves, the burden begins to be felt by the leader. The leader will have to deliver more to the people. He must acquire more power. Power can corrupt the leader's mind. He may no longer or is unable to deliver. The leader may lose sight of what he/she is there for because the leader can suddenly see the benefit of creating a group (e.g. more money, free sex etc.). Or he may know his time is almost up and must do anything to maintain the group. Then, after a while, some of the followers may become disillusioned in some way with the leader because they are moving away from the original concept of balance. The only way the leader can maintain his/her followers and even increase the group size is to start claiming he/she is God.
Then the leader and a few very dedicated followers must reduce the self-esteem, individualism and creativity of the rest of the followers until they become totally dependent on the leader for their survival. There is no learning and people soon become zombies of the leader.
When people of a religious group reaches this low point, there is no thinking, no progress, just existing to satisfy the needs of someone else in return for food and a roof over their heads. Life then becomes worthless and suicide or murder may be a common avenue for people to escape the situation.
Eventually if enough followers suddenly wake up from this nightmare, the consequences can be devastating on the leader and his very close supporters. If not, the followers will destroy themselves until there is no longer any power to the leader. And the leader will eventually be got rid of or forgotten by the rest of the group.
This is not the genuine path of life.
The path you must take is to become your own leader in the field of interest to you and to share your intimate knowledge and practical solutions with everyone in society so that others can become a greater leader in their own right thanks to the knowledge and solutions you have bestowed on others. In that way, we all progress more quickly and approach the true meaning and purpose for our existence.
Never lose sight of this path in your own life. And never try to be God.
There is always something new to be learnt in this Universe. No matter how much an expert you become in the area of interest to you, you are always a student in the classroom of this great Universe. And there is something much greater teaching you about the new things in this Universe.
But why do some people claim Jesus Christ is God?
We can understand the confusion readers may have with this one. As a classic example, in Elizabeth A. West's Christian book titled That the Kingdom May Come: Reflections on the meaning of Discipleship published by The Little Company of Mary in Sydney, Australia, she writes on page 3:
"We believe, as part of the mystery of our faith, that Jesus was the son of God. The hardest part of that mystery, and the easiest to forget, is that Jesus was made man, and lived with men and women, like to them in all things, sin excepted.
If we are to fully grasp the mystery of which we are a part, then we must come to terms with this fact: Jesus was man as well as God."
Notice how the terms "son of God" and "God" are used interchangeably to represent a once living, breathing man who died on the cross to make an important point about this mysterious Universe. Presumably this is because at the moment of death, Jesus is risen (or resurrected) and therefore is or has united with God. Therefore seeing him again in what he think is the flesh or some kind of apparition would tend many Christians to believe Jesus is God, and probably has always been God but in the human flesh form when he was alive.
It is understandable that readers will get confused and soon start to say that any great man like Jesus could potentially be God. And anyone who doesn't, or hasn't, achieved great things, is not a "God".
You should avoid this situation.
The truth to the matter is, all living things, including men and women, no matter how great they are, or think they are based on what others say, or may claim to receive the word of God, is always in a state of constant learning about this Universe. There is no perfectly balanced living organism at all times and place and hence we can call God. Not even Jesus was God when he was alive. Sure, Jesus was probably a more balanced individuals than just about anyone at the time in his part of the world. It doesn't mean he is perfect. Far from it.
As a case in point, was it necessary for Jesus to have sacrificed himself on the cross to get his message through to everyone of how important it is to think longer term, realise there are consequences for our actions as well as the likelihood of an afterlife for everyone, and that we must all do good things as part of the principle of love? Imagine if he lived a full and productive life teaching as many people as possible and to find more creative ways to get the message across. Would he had achieved more in his life? Maybe not. Or maybe yes.
We really don't know. But some could argue the decision may not have been a perfect one. It was a decision he decided to make as he felt it was probably the best way to achieve something. Then again, other people could argue a different point quite easily.
So what aren't we all perfect?
It is due to the fact that we are limited by our brain. Firstly it does not know precisely the true position of balance. It will acquire some knowledge and create beliefs that suggest a good sense of balance and understanding of a wide range of issues or problems of the time and usually in a given locality (although it may apply to other locations and different cultures). But it cannot in a physical sense have the power and skills to be God by maintaining perfect balance for all times and so give you the power to solve any problem virtually instantly. And secondly, the corpus callosum and the L- and R-brains are not large enough and highly advanced in structure to allow this kind of perfect shuttling and processing of the information to solve any problem instantly. Because of this biological restriction, you need time to gather some information, digest it and let it get shuttled back and forth through the corpus callosum for each hemisphere to process the information and distill the essential concept (or picture). And no one can live long enough to achieve perfect balance and gather enough information to understand everything to the tiniest detail.
To put simply, no living thing can be described as God. Not even Jesus. And even Jesus understood this well.
We see this in John 10:34 and 10:36 where Jesus was answering the charge of blasphemy by the Jews in the temple after stating "I and [my] Father are one" (John 10:30). Jesus answered:
"Is it not written in your law, I said "Ye [you] are gods?"....Thou blasphemest; because I said, "I am the Son of God?""
It is almost as if Jesus was testing the Jews to see whether they could understand what Jesus was on about (i.e. how L-brain the Jews were at the time).
To show we are not God, it is customary to describe humans as "sons and daughters of God", or the "children of God". For other living things, we may describe them as part of "God's kingdom" but are never said to be God. Even the term "gods" was used by Jesus himself to describe all human beings as not God but are gods in that we all have the power to act like God by making our own decisions as well as influencing and changing things in our environment as if we were God but, in fact, we are not. This is why Jesus never called himself God. And for L-brain types who believe in what they hear, the word "god" and "God" sound exactly the same, which is why Jesus often found himself creating considerable conflict with L-brain Jewish religious teachers who could not visualise through the R-brain carefully what was being said by the man.
It must be understood that "god" and "God" are distinct terms. They have different meanings. And it is all controlled by one letter. That letter is either upper case or lower case "g".
Hence you, and Jesus, are not God. But we are "gods".
The confusion in modern Christian literature between Jesus and God and how he is seen as perfect and therefore must be God can sometimes extend to his mother Mary. It is possible to find numerous examples describing Mary as "...most perfect mother" (West, p.11.). Then you can imagine the pressure on humans to be good or like Jesus or the mother of Jesus becomes so great that you often ask why do humans make any effort at all to grow and reach for a more balanced life? Why should we be called gods or the "sons and daughters of God" if we are considered so imperfect no matter how hard we try and people like Jesus and Mary are such perfect beings even before they have died at such a young age? What's the point of trying? We might as well be no smarter than an ordinary bacteria rather than a human being trying to reach for something.
Then you find in the Christian literature examples of how we should at least do good things in life even if we are not perfect through a combination of reward and punish statements. For example, the rewards can be described as getting closer to God and/or Jesus and entering into heaven. On the punishment side, the Christian literature may describe you as:
"...mocking the truth of God and of His call..."
and a person who should die because you have not "witnessed the truth" as seen in the following statement:
"...death to all those things that hold us back from witnessing to truth, and mothering forth our God."
This is just Old Testament type of psychology to frighten people (effectively treating them as "children of God") into doing the right things. It would explain why we still find a number of Christians focussed almost exclusively on the Old Testament with its stories of do this as commanded by God or you will be punished as a means of controlling behaviour in themselves and with other people close to them. The result is very little, if any, encouragement from the Christians for people to learn and do great things in any endeavour they wish to pursue. It seems certain Christians want to see people follow the path of Jesus or God by being good and doing good things as he would when he was alive and living a simple life 2,000 years ago. A nice way to remember Jesus and how he lived. But are we getting closer to God? Are we learning to become more balanced individuals by being our own "gods" and by pursuing any worthwhile goal to see where it will take us?
But why can't we make our own personal choice and learn from the consequences of those choices through experience so they can strive towards something greater and in the process become more balanced individuals? In other words, why can't we grow up to become adults and not always be treated like children? This seems to be the fundamental issue raised by a charismatic leader mentioned in the New Testament.
According to the New Testament, we find a new leader named Jesus emerging into adulthood with knowledge stating that you have the power to improve, make yourself better, become more balanced, and achieve great things, even greater than he can. Yes, even you can be just as great and balanced as Jesus had been, and better if you wish. Jesus is trying to say he was just an ordinary and simple man. He was acknowledging the fact that he was not perfect. He still had time in his life to learn many more things. Certainly as a young boy he seemed to be able to find time to think for long periods of time, to develop deep concentration, which he practised regularly with his carpentry skills learned from his father. He developed a good rational and logical mind. Yet his ability to think and visualise and use his imagination during his free time as a young boy helped him to observe and visualise the problems of the day. He was able to avoid being influenced by so-called other leaders so he could focus on the important things and realise the solutions to many, and probably eventually all, the problems he saw. And in the end, the choice he made to prove an ultimate point he learned about the nature of death is that there is more to life than living and eventually dying. Something else takes place beyond death. Something that not even our weary bodies can hold back. Our true selves will continue on in the great journey. Jesus felt it was necessary to prove this point by showing his willingness to sacrifice himself on the cross so that everyone can see and hopefully understand the concept. Then the true love of God will reveal itself through the process of resurrection.
Whether it was the right decision to make in the end for Jesus is hard to tell. We may have a large following of people called the Christians to remember his legacy and, more importantly, the essential concepts he wanted everyone to understand. One can only hope these followers have learnt the true meaning and purpose of life from his teachings and are actively applying the knowledge to achieve greater things for everyone and not just try to be good like a child trying to please a father. Maybe Jesus was merely trying to change people's perception of life in a way that makes everyone take on a more longer term view instead of the here-and-now moment of what we want because we think life has no meaning knowing death is just around the corner.
Whatever the truth, many genuine R-brain people can understand what Jesus was on about. The large-scale patterns these R-brain people can see in their minds after observing the universe suggests there is more to life than meets the eye. Death is looking like just another experience as we move into the next stage of our journey. And you, with the power to do great things of incredible love for others, are a god in your own right. You can be more balanced and knowledgeable than even a great man like Jesus, or even his mother Mary (if the purpose of Christians to bring her to our attention is to inspire women as well). R-brain people are realising you should not be held back by anyone, not even the Christians or any other religious person, because they think you are not Jesus or Mary. It doesn't matter if you are not Jesus, or Mary. You are who you are. You are the new leader of whatever you wish to apply yourself to and achieve for the good of all. Who cares what others think so long as what you believe through the actions you take will bring greater love. Once you've gained some understanding of the concept of love from others, you must become the independent person deciding your own future and the love you want to share through your efforts with everyone else. Because in the end, when you die, if the love is great, it will likely come back to you in a better way in your next life. Then your next life will be easier than at any time before.
This is why you will find examples in the Bible where Jesus eventually distances himself from his mother by calling her "woman". As a child, Jesus may have called her "mother". But as an adult, he had to live his own life. Of course, Mary will always be seen as his biological mother. And Jesus always treated her with kindness. But to Jesus, he was no longer a child following his parents like a sheep to a shepherd. He had to make the leap into being an independent man thinking for himself and doing things for the ultimate improvement of his people.
In conclusion, you should do great things for yourself. Listen and learn from everything and everyone around you so you will know where the balance lies. For this position of power you will know which action to take that will bring the most love into the world.
When implementing your understanding of love into the world, be aware of how your interference (a necessary part of implementing your knowledge for the benefit of others) through the great things you will achieve can benefit or potentially harm other living things. See everything you do as an opportunity to learn more and improve on your knowledge and actions all the time. Understand when harm may be nothing more than fear of the unknown and comfort them and show them there is nothing to fear. Education is such a vital part of this process. If it is more than this and there is genuine hurt, you must learn and quickly improve what you are doing. Your aim is to bring love to everyone while you are alive. And you have the right to implement your ideas of the principle of love for others through the things you do. No use keeping this knowledge to yourself no matter how great. Put the knowledge into practice and see the outcome. Think carefully before implementing certain ideas. But when you know it will work and is the best solution and will help many people, put it into practice so everyone can benefit from it. And no matter how great the achievement might seem by others, always remember you are not God. No matter how balanced you are, be humble and know your place in the Universe because you are no more than a child learning great things about this Universe. A knowledgeable child perhaps compared to other people through your chosen field of expertise. Maybe we should call you a young adult. But nevertheless still a person who needs to continue learning as we acknowledge the great mystery of the Universe and how much we have still to learn and understand.
Remember, you are a god.
Don't try to create and worship multiple gods
Similarly people who create multiple gods to idol or worship also have a poor understanding of the concept of God. God is not in one thing or another. It is in all things, both within you and all around you.
You are god. In other words, you have been give power to do great things in the Universe. So be a great leader yourself and bestow the power of love and greatness to all living things through your own hands.
Yet worshipping something to the point of calling it God or gods without realising we are all gods comes about because simple-minded people think there is no easy explanation for why a single God of love would allow disasters to occur where life can sometimes be destroyed. How could God bring misery upon those who are asked to believe in a single God? So the alternative and one which seems to alleviate the fear somewhat (at least in the early stages) is to break up God into individual gods with each playing a specific role in the way this Universe works. For example, in Hinduism, the god of destruction known as Sheva is created to help explain the destruction that takes place in the world every now and then. By creating these gods, simple-minded people think it would be a simple matter of appeasing the right god in some way to help minimise the harm or destruction to people.
But the creation of gods for people to worship are L-brain constructs.
There is only one true God of no specific location or moment in time. God is in all things, including yourself. And it is the God that understands the Universe must go through a balancing act in order for everything to exist and for life to continue. In the natural world, disasters will come and go just as much as times of peace and love. Should the disasters occur in greater numbers, it may be a sign that nature (or God) is trying to balance itself more so than usual. Or humans are interfering in nature in some way. Hence humans must understand and learn what is causing the imbalance and try to rectify it. Perhaps people need to move away from an area where disasters are common (e.g. earthquake prone regions). Once we learn how to balance what we do and our environment, our knowledge and action we take is likely to minimise this imbalance to the point where disasters become few and far between.
One of the great insights revealed in Christianity is the realisation that God is in all of us and hence we are "potentially devine" depending on the choices we make. The insight is described as a sacramental vision for which only your imagination and regular observing of nature can reveal to you over time. As one person put it:
"Basically, the Catholic sacramental imagination is an effort to recover a revealed insight about the meaning of the incarnation. That insight concerns the actual enfleshing of God's own self, first in Jesus, and, because of our solidarity with him, in all of us as well."
In reality, whether or not humans or other living things are in "solidarity with him", God is always present in all of us.
This is why some religious people will simplify this to saying that we are created in God's image. Of course, this does not mean God is human with two arms and two legs. It just simply means there is God within each one of us. And we have the power to do good things once we know the consequences and benefits of doing so.
As St Simeon wrote:
"These hands of mine are the hands of God; this body of mine is the body of God because of the incarnation."
Similarly the mystic Meister Eckhart understood the insight when he said:
"You are God's seed. As the pear seed grows into the pear tree and the hazel seed becomes the hazel tree, so does God's seed in you become God."
This may explain why some people who see the good deeds of say a person like Jesus Christ as so great that they tend to believe this person as being God. However it should be remembered that no matter what we do, God is always in all of us. We all have the power to show good deeds and be as great or greater than any person if we so choose. It is up to us to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve.
Then it is up to society to believe in the things you believe can be achieved for everyone.
Also it needs to be said that no one person or thing can be described as God. There can be only one God. To be God is to say we are perfect in every aspect of our lives, which we are not. We are all trying to strive to become a better person. As the wise teacher would say, there is something in this universe preventing us from recognising him. Therefore our aim is to improve, learn something and become a better or more loving person. Then we become closer to God.
Jesus was just an ordinary man who lived more than 2000 years ago and showed a great understanding of the principle of love after watching the struggles of so many people in his part of the world and tried to do something in his life to improve the situation. As men and women, we too have the power to do the same today.
This insight can be found in all other religions of the world including mysticism.
Providing offerings to gods will not solve a crisis or disaster. Nor will staying put and hoping (or praying) the next disaster won't come will work either. Understanding the Universe, learning and being curious about it, and acting on our acquired knowledge to protect life, however, will give us and all life a better chance of approaching the true God of love in our lives.
Any religion that supports multiple gods is a false religion because, as the name implies, there can be only one God. And God is not in one form or another. It is in all things and yet it is one.
This is the way it has always worked.
Should people believe in God?
Apart from the issue of a single God or multiple gods, there is the question of whether or not people should actually believe in God at all. Should we believe in God?
Well again this is so dependent on the way we think. In other words, how L-brain and R-brain we choose to become when we think and act will determine the type of belief we are likely to create. And what the belief should be for ourselves is based on what we can see from the concrete and observable small patterns, or can imagine/visualise from the hidden large-scale patterns, depending on what we trust most. Therefore people will have two distinct views on God.
Those who believe in God, usually the R-brain types, are categorised by L-brain people as thiests, and those who don't believe in God, usually the L-brain types, are called athiests.
Who is right?
Certainly this web page gives the impression God exists in terms of a simple yet powerful definition we call balance, or the mid-point between two paradoxical extremes. Does it mean God really does exist?
The truth is, only you can decide. You see, the issue of whether God should be believed or not is meant to be a personal thing that only you can decide. You have to look at all the evidence. And it is not just the evidence you can observe with your eyes. You have to see the patterns you cannot directly observe in order to get the complete picture. Once you have done this work yourself, only then can you decide whether or not to believe in a God or not.
No one else can decide on your behalf. No religious leader can do that job. Only you can decide for yourself. And it depends on how much of the R-brain you apply to the Universe to see the grander patterns of life.
Let's face it. It really doesn't matter whether or not you believe in God. In fact, why use the word God at all? We may use the word "balance" as a more accurate definition. It would certainly be more palatable to the L-brain types than the religious term called God. Or maybe there is no word to describe and name this ultimate entity of true balance in which we are approaching. Certainly this is the approach taken by a number of Eastern mystics.
At the end of the day, it's a personal thing which only you can decide and with it what belief you wish to carry with you throughout life.
What should matter to you is not the beliefs but rather what you do, think and say through your beliefs (i.e. your own personal religion) you have created (and stored firmly in the cerebral cortex of the human brain) based on the patterns you have observed, hopefully imagined as well for a more complete or deeper understanding (using the R-brain), and learned throughout life which will show whether or not you have understood the purpose and meaning of life and helps to bring much greater love to all living things in the Universe and hence to give all living things the opportunity to see the meaning and purpose of this Universe. Because in religion, expressing love brings you closer to the concept of God.
For millenia, atheists have been treated badly by fundamental religious theists (mainly L-brain types who believe in God) and vice versa over a single belief of whether or not God exists. We have to understand whatever we do is already helping us to become more balanced in our thinking and actions so long as we are curious and willing to learn and want to express our form of love through the work we do for other people. L-brain types may not want to call this balancing act through their work as a means of already approaching God let alone anything remotely relating to religion in some way even if they start to see some strange meaning to this Universe if they pursue deeply enough. Yet R-brain types know this is exactly what L-brain types are doing.
It really doesn't matter. You choose how you wish to describe it.
And if people do believe in God, what then? Does it matter how people describe God in their own words? No it shouldn't.
For example, some simple-minded people may describe God as a great "old Man" sitting in the sky watching over us and leading humankind along the right path. That's a perfectly fine picture if it helps you. For R-brain types, this simply means the concept of love is being subtly revealed through the feeling of security and sense of wisdom that balance brings which gives them this impression of God as an "old Man"? Or maybe this is the closest picture people can find to describe God in terms of the character traits needed to be closer to the idea of being balanced? Of course for other people who listens to this description and may take any definition of God quite literally in an extreme L-brain (rational) sense may find this description a little difficult to accept. Well, how many people can actually see an old Man sitting in the sky?
It really doesn't matter. It depends on our own personal definition of God, whether or not we actually use the word God or "the old Man" in explaining things.
Everyone has, or must create, their own definition of what it is they are approaching (if they sense this moment), that helps them to better understand the concept and with it the purpose and meaning of life and the Universe, whether or not they are aware of it. Even those people who claim not to believe in a God may in fact be moving towards God but are simply not aware of it because they haven't stopped for a moment to think about how their actions, thoughts and sayings might be leading them to God through the positive actions they take and thus see this great balancing act taking place all around them. It doesn't make them deficient in anyway because of it. They deserve just as much love as anyone else.
It is perfectly normal for people to choose what they want to believe. What matters is whether you promote the principle of love.
Perhaps the people we call atheists are nothing more than highly rational people who haven't formed a definition of God in their own minds to help them understand the concept. But they could just as well be doing things that brings them closer to God in the eyes of theists.
If you believe in the way the Universe balances itself over time, including the idea that life and death are just opposites to an endless cycling back and forth towards greater balance and thus acts as a kind of mysterious and invisible force pushing us towards a "destination" and how the greatest love of all tends to coincide at the moment of true balance, then it is likely you will believe in this balancing act.
Some people call this balancing act God. Call it what you will.
If you believe God does not exist because the descriptions people have given of God is too hard for you to swallow, then this is fine too. You have your own beliefs to follow. If anything, it is probably more a failing of religious leaders to try to find a better description for this thing they are searching which would make it more understandable and palatable to everyone.
Until more information arrives and a better understanding is found, we just have to accept the differences in opinion.
At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter. Ask yourself, "Are you doing different things in life?" and "Are you helping yourself and other living things to become better and show more love?"
Because the answer to both questions will determine whether or not you are approaching true balance.
Remember, the religion you create for yourself through your belief system (we all have our own religions, even science itself can be described as a religion if we are not willing to question the theories other scientists put forth), whether or not it shows that you believe in God, is a personal thing. The true religion never imposes its beliefs on others. It is something we must discover through our own journey in life. And what we do, think and say, if based on worthy and sound principles of love, will show you are on the right track in life.
Anyone who imposes their beliefs (i.e. religion) on others without allowing others the opportunity to explore, develop and apply their own beliefs, or anyone who blatantly expresses hatred to others because the beliefs of others is different but cannot see the love in these beliefs is not following the path of true balance and ultimately the true religion of God.
God and the true religion of this great Universe always allow people to pursue their own beliefs. And so long as those beliefs are based on love (as you will discover when interacting with other lifeforms), then you will know you are closer to the true religion of God. Our job is to understand those beliefs, make more refined our own personal beliefs and so become more accurate and balanced, and to show the love and balance in those beliefs by applying them to life and the Universe as a form of experience for others and whether by watching other life forms that they too can feel the same love through those beliefs.
Because ultimately we are all reaching some ultimate goal, whether or not we are aware of it. There is a purpose and meaning to life and this Universe. Our R-brain is telling us this if we decide to use it.
And while there is love in what we do, do not interfere.
We all have the right to learn from our experiences.
NOTE: There is much we can learn from the R-brain. Already the R-brain is starting to reveal to us how this physical Universe is looking more like the heaven we are seeking (especially where life emerges on planetary worlds) so long as we can all experience, learn from our experiences, and apply what we learn for the benefit of all living things and not just ourselves. In other words, we must minimise the harm we create on all living things (where our bodies still require nutrition, we must seek it from sources that do not require the death of an animal, but rather can be made naturally through plants); realise all living things brought into this Universe have the right to live, experience and learn from their experiences so they may gain a similar insight into the Universe as we have; for us to make Earth more than just a liveable place (i.e. we shouldn't have to adapt to global warming for instance) but rather a place we and all living things can call heaven (i.e. start rebuilding the environment and soak up excess carbon dioxide and other natural chemical heat traps) without being forced to constantly struggle to survive and fight for what we need; to develop technology to further enhance our experience of this Universe to help better understand its purpose; and to apply our knowledge of extending the lifespan for all living things, especially where living things have learned to control their reproductive numbers because they realise predators are no longer there to hunt them (i.e. animals develop a large enough brain combined with a supportive environment that no longer reinforces predatorial behaviours).
We see evidence of this in the real world by the way some female lions brought up by humans from birth with considerable love (including the food they need) and attention no longer see the value of biting the hand that feeds them. They learn to be playful and curious.
Likewise where chimpanzees don't have to fight for food such as those in the Congo compare to those in central Africa, the individuals and groups as a whole learn to become peaceful and happy.
This is the aim of what we do everyday. We are here to help, to give service to others, and to allow others and ourselves (for now and for all generations to come) to experience life, gather knowledge, and present knowledge and experiences for the benefit of all living things.
Because we understand everyone and all living things deserve to be loved when they come into this Universe.
We are here to love and be curious about this Universe. There is nothing more you have to do.
Who to follow? God or the leaders of a Church or religious order?
As mentioned earlier, the concept of God is a personal thing. Only you can experience and gather knowledge about this concept for yourself and only you can decide if such a thing exists for you. Hence you must ultimately be the leader of your own destiny. Yes there is some element of fate in the sense our brain locks us into two ways of thinking, and the choice we make may reveal this type of thinking. But the range of choices we make for ourselves throughout our lives is what makes us who we are. We are all different and unique.
Thus you will be a leader in your own right.
Of course there are people who claim throughout history to be the leader of the Church such as the Pope and therefore the religion of Christianity. The Monarchy may also make such claims at certain times in history. And a political party (e.g. R-wing types) may act like they are the leaders of their own religious views. And all the while these people may expect or encourage people to join them, go to Church, or join a religious group (or else get treated differently). The reality is that these people have their own interpretations of God. Some will try to relate knowledge to the original religious text to justify their views and actions. Others may make different interpretations and yet still be seen as correct or seemingly valid.
Of course, there will always be disputes among leaders. For example, Martin Luther in the sixteenth century insisted the authority people should follow is the Bible and nothing else. In other words, the Bible should decide what it is the Church should teach and do to its followers. It is not the Pope or his bishops and other religious leaders under his care that people should follow.
The only thing to remember and learn throughout life is the principle of love and understand there is a thing called balance. Follow it, make your own decisions on how to promote the principle of love through your actions, and everything you will do will be in keeping with the one true God.
Leaders of any religious sect or Church, the Bible or any other religious text, should be there to give you some guidance and direction to places where you can experience and gather knowledge so you can make your own decisions. They are not to be accepted wholeheartedly as if these things are God. They are not. They were created by man. The concepts may closely approach God and the principles all humans should follow. But these concepts are for you to understand in your own life experiences. If the decision you make happens to coincide with other people, great. If not, your creativity has come to the forefront and the rest of society would be wise to listen to the different ideas people make for themselves.
Because the ultimate aim is to make everyone a leader of their own actions and decisions. And a leader that makes decisions and acts in a compassionate and loving way while understanding the concept of balance is more likely to understand the concept of God to a deeper level.
So what's the purpose of religion?
We must understand this L- and R-brain way of thinking was already uncovered and taught by the Greeks thousands of years ago. Other cultures have their own variation of these opposites in the brain. For the Greeks, they would call the rational side of the brain, or pragmatic mode of thought, as logos (reason). It would look at the external world with accuracy and in a logical manner, helping people to function effectively in the world and other people.
Yet too much emphasis on our reasoned thinking would result in a loss of meaning to one's life struggle and makes us face the reality of our mortality in a more poignant manner. For example, why are we mere mortals that must die in this physical Universe? What's the purpose of life and the reason we do the things we do? Why do good deeds and be ethical if we are going to die anyway?
The Greeks understood there was another side of thinking that helped to go beyond reason and the reality is presented to people. They would call it mythos. The approach is more creative and visual when seeking much broader patterns not observable by our eyes and ears. And it succeeds in finding hidden broader patterns about this Universe. It discovers things that help people to see a grander purpose to all their efforts. And it helps to provide the basis for human psychology in terms of how people should behave.
Once a glimpse of these hidden patterns are uncovered by various cultures, they are turned into art and stories to help give other people a glimpse at these hidden patterns and so help them better cope with their mortality and give them faith of something beyond this life.
From an understanding of these patterns do people begin to develop an inner strength where life's struggle is no longer seen as painful and sorrow, but rather seen with joy and serenity.
Through this positive side of looking at life, sometimes extraordinary things can happen. For example, certain chemicals in the body may suddenly get produced or removed more easily and soon some people may find themselves feeling better after being sick for a long time.
Perhaps this is the placebo effect? We don't know for sure.
Whatever it is, when people see something beyond what their eyes and ears are telling them, great things start to emerge in the people. Behaviour in people change to one of greater goodness and being ethical. People learn to share their resources and create a more harmonious society. This is the basis for all good psychology and its impact to human society.
The issue of God comes about because the creative side of the brain also starts to see these patterns as having something in common, but have yet to be reconciled into a single unifying pattern that can be seen or visualised in the mind. However the brain senses there is a single grand pattern prevalent in everything we see and can imagine. It may suggest a grand creator. Although it may well be a way for people to understand the concept rather than an actual truth.
What this central grand pattern of life and universe is, is best given a word for now as God.
In fact, there may not even be a word for it. But to somehow start the process, most people with a communicative language give it at least a word. Maybe "the Universe" is a better word? Or maybe "the Light". Who knows. Whatever it is, it is something that R-brain people believe exists.
Therefore religion is not meant to provide the ultimate and final detailed explanation to the observable world. Religion is more focussed on broader hidden patterns and only provides the initial start to answering such questions. The rest is up to you to find out. It is you who must be curious about this Universe.
And how you think will determine the type of patterns you decide to gather to help provide a better explanation.
Religion is not meant to satisfy our reason and logic in terms of what we see and hear. Religion is more interested in looking beyond our reason, beyond the eyes and ears we use, and all the detail. Religion is about acknowledging there are broader, hidden patterns common to many people who have applied their R-brain to the problem about this Universe. These are patterns deduced from observation and through our imagination and visual skills to look beyond the thing we see. It covers other patterns not directly observable with the eyes. With those patterns, a form of knowledge is developed from the broader patterns which helps people to understand the purpose and meaning of life and the universe.
This knowledge is then brought back into a form of reality through our art and imaginative stories. Because this is the best way to understand these patterns.
For example, many thousands of years ago, people did not have the microscopes to show the more rational L-brain people of patterns such as "ceaseless change" by the way atoms constantly move about due to the invisible energy of radiation colliding with solid matter. When quantum physicists realised this fact, they started to ask if such observations were already known to the mystics through their wise statements about ceaseless change. This is the basis for Fritjof Capra's book the Tao of Physics. Yet people, such as Buddhist monks, deduced this pattern well before science ever became an accepted part of human society. And when it comes to the issue of God, the biggest single unifying pattern, there is no instrument as yet to show what this is.
This is meant to be the aim of religion.
Understanding this ultimate unifying pattern will help us to answer all questions about life and the universe and why we are here.
And the pattern helps us to cope with our mortality by realising death is not the end, but rather the beginning to a new adventure, a kind of new life awaits us.
As Capra would agree: science does not need religion, and religion does not need science. But men and women need both.
How do we create the simplest picture of absolute balance?
Need a really basic picture to help begin the visualisation process for this concept of balance? What you need is an image showing the opposites of life and an image indicating where balance would lie between these two opposites. Well the best way to show opposites is a straight horizontal line where the ends of the lines can represent the opposites.
Now to show balance, you need to have something marking the exact middle of the line to give the impression of balance. The simplest way of doing this is to draw a perpendicular line intersecting the horizontal line exactly midway between the two opposites.
Does this picture remind you of something?
The picture we have just described is common among the people who practice Christianity. It is known quite simply as the cross. In other religions or the more L-brain types of christians of later years coming up with various interpretations, these people may try to complicate the picture by adding additional intersecting lines as if they are radiating from a central position. In other religions, the centre of all the intersecting lines may be emphasised by a circle and the lines themselves are less prominent. Or perhaps the Star of David might be drawn.
Then other religious people may draw sophisticated paintings of a spiralling staircase going up towards a central radiating light where the rays of light are used instead of intersecting lines. The spiralling staircase is, however, a representation of the journey of all living things in this universe as it approaches some great balance of the universe, whether or not all living things are aware of it.
Depending on how L-brain or R-brain you are and thus how complex or simple the images you create, the picture of lines intersecting at a balanced and central position is probably the best way of describing the concept of balance in visual form.
What are the signs of a good leader?
A good leader will have balanced ideas. And he should be able to choose the ideas that bring love to a society.
He/she will be someone who will never force upon others to accept or even to expect others to follow his/her own views no matter how balanced or full of love (since this universe forces us to choose as part of our experiences) it may seem. A good leader should permit others to think for themselves and come up with their own alternative "balanced" ways of solving problems and let them choose how to implement the solutions. If the solutions happen to coincide with the leader's own solutions, it only increases the leader's credibility and standing in the group and helps to bring a sense of commonality among everyone.
If not, it simply shows greater creativity. In which case, this is a greater opportunity to learn and find out.
Sometimes the act of leading should not actually be seen as leading, but rather encouraging others to think for themselves and try things out on their own. Let them come up with solutions, let them see the pros and cons of each solution, let them choose, and let them experience the solutions for themselves. If necessary, give some suggestions or guidance in case they have not thought about something deeply enough. Or better still, make it a journey of discovery for themselves what the solutions might be and let them work it out without interference. Eventually, if they think deeply enough, the solution will be the right one.
The leader can lead on occasions, but he/she must be able to break the pattern of leading. Leaders can lead others constantly like a parent with a child. A good leader will always remember to let a child grow into adults and become their own leaders in whatever they wish to become.
It is true a good leader is someone who will have a thorough understanding of the concept of balance in a number of crucial areas. He/she will provide good ideas in a social situation at the right times and places, but can also encourage people to think for themselves and carry on the task of generating good ideas independently of the leader so that the leader can continue with his/her own work without interference.
And anyway, all leaders will come and go. Leaders will die and someone must take over. Someone else must carry the flame of leadership and so on throughout all eternity. Eventually every person (no matter their religious views, race, gender or whatever) must become their own leaders and choose for themselves how they will support themselves and contribute to society and the Universe based on the principle of love.
Don't follow groups or individuals who claim to be God
Avoid leaders who believe in multiple gods, or claim to be God or have allegedly experienced it one hundred per cent and all the time, because they are the ones described as the false leaders. Anyone who claims they are God or have achieved or experienced God (or true nirvana) through their efforts, is either a fool or is lying, take your pick.
We can only have an inkling of the ultimate truth. And that truth will always be a little different for each person despite the numerous common patterns likely to exist in our experience of this ultimate truth.
Also remember there is nothing stopping you from getting as close as you like to this ultimate truth. And don't worry about whether you are achieving balance or not. The experience itself will come in the briefest and most intense way and is usually more than enough to urge you on to do whatever you are doing better next time in order to re-experience just that little bit more of the God-like or balanced state and hence become more balanced for yourself.
The only thing you must remember is whatever you do, make sure it will benefit everyone and not just yourself. And it must also help you to become a better person.
Don't let other people persuade you into thinking they are God. They may be gods in the way they act depending on how balanced their thinking might be. But they are not God.
Not even an advanced alien civilisation coming down to Earth to show us its magic through their technology and guide us towards a "path with a heart" should be seen as God. They are nothing more than people like you and I who have applied their L- and R-brain skills to solve problems to a greater extent and have come up with solutions showing their indepth understanding of the way the Universe works. But they too are still approaching this ultimate state of true balance.
Is there a true L-brain or R-brain person?
The same thing is true of trying to reach the extreme or ultimate opposite state of reaching true L-brain or true R-brain. In reality, there is no such thing as a true L-brain or R-brain person in the ultimate extreme case.
When we talk about L- and R-brain people in the world of psychology, what we mean is how often information tends to flow in one direction or the other inside the corpus callosum in a process known as either thinking or memorising. If this was not the case and we used only one side of the brain or the other and that is it, then by natural selection the side of the brain not being used would diminish in size and eventually disappear after many generations had passed.
Every one of us uses both sides of the brain at different times. It is only when we tend to push information to one side of the brain more than another for a long period of time that this tends to be reflected in our personality to some extent, in the beliefs we form in our minds, and in the behaviours we express to the world. We tend to do this because our social environment may dictate the need for those one-sided functions in the brain and also because it is easier and more comfortable for us to do so as it has helped us to survive in modern society.
And also because we may simply choose the side of the brain that seems to achieve our goals.
And when this happens, the side of our brain being used the least will tend to shrink slightly. But it will never diminish completely. The balancing effect of life and with every new generation that comes and goes will ensure the skills of both sides of the brain are maintained.
No matter how one-sided we may become, at certain moments in our lives we do switch over from one side of the brain to the other by reversing the flow of information depending on what our needs are at any moment in time. And even when we don't do anything, this balancing act in the brain is usually done automatically given sufficient time, adequate rest (i.e. through regular creative dreaming/thinking and by analysing those dreams/thoughts through the process of thinking), and/or by satisfying our basic needs. It is normal and natural.
Can this switching effect in the brain cause problems?
Nevertheless, as we shall see in the next section, this switching effect within the brain can have a potentially crucial impact on the development of human behaviour. In fact, the process of quickly moving a large amount of information regularly in one direction through the corpus callosum and then suddenly reversing this flow may either help to improve our behaviour or, if it is not done right or carefully, may be detrimental to our long-term and unique personality and to the health of our brain.
It is possible to develop simple tests to see whether people are hemispherically "balanced" or not. For example, at http://www.peopledynamics.com.au have developed a test for determining the hemispherical balance of the brain. However, the only problem is that once people are fully aware of the test, they will invariably try to "balance" themselves by choosing "appropriate" answers.
Testing for a balanced mind can only be done subconsciously or while the person is unaware he/she is being tested over a long period of time. Otherwise the testing should not be done at all because it will be much worse for everyone if the person knows about it and the person testing says nothing. Even if the testing is necessary and can be performed, the results of that testing can still be heavily biased because the person doing the testing will subconsciously compare the results to themselves simply because the person believes he/she is always balanced in his/her own mind!
This is important. Each person will have their own view on how balanced is another individual. What one believes is a balanced person may in fact be more L-brain or R-brain to another. L-brain and R-brain behaviours and whether an individual is truly balanced are actually a personal thing. Therefore tests should be kept to a minimum and only seen as a guide to help people balance themselves and nothing more. (9)
What does a balanced person look like?
This is difficult to describe in absolutely precise terms as no human being (or living thing for that matter) can be perfectly balanced at all times. But we can imagine what a balanced person might look like.
In religious terms, no one can be "God", and thus absolutely "balanced" in the ultimate extreme case. Anyone who claims they are "God" is either lying or a fool.
However, when someone says they are "god" by emphasising a lower case "g" when writing the word on a piece of paper, then we understand the person is telling the truth. Why? Because he/she has understood the limitations of his/her own powers to solve problems and help other people and is prepared to learn new and more balanced ideas. This difference between 'god' and 'God' is often expressed in religious texts such as the Christian Bible where the writer who has understood what Jesus of Nazareth was saying to a group of Jewish scholars would try to distinguish himself and others from the one true God with the word "god".
Sometimes saying the word "god" and "God" would still create confusion in simple-minded (or even scholarly L-brain) people because they sound the same and therefore can create tension among certain religious leaders who don't understand the difference whenever they hear individuals of seemingly lesser authority claim they are "god". So it is not unusual to hear people say that they are "the children of God" (or the "son or daughter of God") to help emphasise their position in the universe as not one of absolute authority which is God, but rather a position where everyone needs to do a lot of learning throughout life.
The same is true of all religions in the world. Any religion who claims to be the ultimate or true religion (and thus the people of that religion believe they are "the chosen ones") is actually a false religion (which explains the great numbers of religions in the world, mainly because each one is trying to claim the prize of being the one and only true religion). You will see this in most world religions because of their inability to learn new ideas and reach a common "stable" ground with all other religions. (10)
People often forget that the true religion is something we are all striving for simply because nobody knows precisely what it is. We only have a glimpse of this true religion through the power of love and sometimes within the religions we create for ourselves. But never one religion is the true religion. So all we can do is learn from one another (our personal religions) and all the fragmented group religions that exist in the world. In that way, all the differences and possibly contradictory views can be combined into one main and common religion (11). Hopefully, this single "known" religion we create for ourselves, if we can ever achieve it, will give us a much closer look at the true religion of God (i.e. the true "balanced state").
Don't worry about all the different rituals used in religion. Christians and Jews may go to mass on Sundays. Buddhists may meditate in the morning and afternoon. Some people may light a candle at night and look at it as they think and ponder the mysteries of life and the Universe. Other people may go to a mosque at any time of the day, kneel and bend over a hundred times as they sing one aspect of the Koran. This is all about getting into the state of heightening the R-brain and balancing the mind to accept new ideas. And in group situations, it is about socialising too.
Humans are naturally social beings.
Your aim is to focus on the concept of balance and to recognise the one true path of love and compassion we must implement in our lives through the teachings. Where possible, listen to all other religions. Use the knowledge of how to balance the mind to help you solve problems.
You must create your own Bible or Koran of how to live life by showing this balance and the principle of love.
So be very careful not to follow entirely the views of any single so-called "prophet" or world religion (including this web site!). And always keep away from those who claim they are God, or think they know God, because there can be only one God. God does not lie in just one living entity in this physical Universe. God is in all things and nothing can ever know this God in its ultimate sense.
God is something we must all strive for. It is our destiny (even if we try to do our own unique thing). Yet it is certainly not something that is locked into one single individual or cult within this Universe. God is in all things both in and around us and we need to know precisely what that is before we can ever begin to imagine and claim some understanding of this mysterious entity or state of mind, called the absolute balanced state, or the "mind of God".
We are just children learning in the biggest classroom will call the Universe. Our teacher is the Universe. It is God. It is up to us to recognise there is this great teacher balancing our mind and showing us how to love.
Then we will start to have a glimpse of who or what this teacher is or destination of where we are heading and the kind of heaven we can create from it. And then we will know the meaning and purpose for our existence.
To begin with, a balanced person is likely to be someone who can do what appears to be a great many "multiskilled" things over a short space of time. He/she can easily relax, doing nothing and/or may think about things (e.g. creating new ideas or ways of doing things in solitude and/or with others) and then putting certain things into action quickly through changes in behaviour, by talking, and/or by using his/her hands and/or body (e.g. dancing, painting, building a new invention, solving mathematical problems and so on) to achieve certain goals.
It is likely many of the multiskilled tasks of a balanced person may already have been well-thought out or can be quickly deduced at time of implementing the tasks from a combination of rational and creative thinking. He/she may already have the patterns learned or can quickly deduce and create new patterns as he/she needs them.
A balanced person would also like to be on his/her own and quietly think about various issues while looking out of a window or doing something artistic without being concerned about being "lonely" as many social people would try to describe the situation; and then the balanced person can suddenly change to a highly talkative, spontaneous, rational, fun-loving individual when required in a room full of people. A balanced person may also be very quick to adapt to various situations even if they are unfamiliar to him/her and yet may choose to take plenty of time to learn the fine details if required. A classic example of this may be observed in the American science fiction series called The Pretender.
In other words, a balanced person always aims to be all things for everyone.
A balanced person may also provide significant input in a few well-chosen areas to help as many people as possible to achieve their own goal(s), but will often fall short of telling everyone what has to be done as if they want people to learn, balance themselves, and decide how best to run their own lives. In other words, a balanced person will often take a balanced approach to interfering and non-interfering with others depending on the circumstances at hand.
Generally, a balanced person will not say anything that would clearly show support for one opposing argument over another, nor will the person show favouritism for one group over the other unless it is required for improving the balance of things.
For example, if there is clear oppression being displayed over one group by another, it is not unusual for a balanced individual to be part of and supporting the oppressed group.
All things will be treated as equally as possible unless there is a clear imbalance in things, and then the person will try to improve the situation by focussing on the thing that needs balance.
Dreams are a kind of window to your inner thoughts and feelings and gives you insight into the way the brain tries to reach the balanced state. Dreams are useful not only to help the brain record the important events of the day and many of our major experiences throughout life. They are also a useful way for the brain to balance itself. For example, if you regularly live in a world full of bricks and mortar, cars and other technological marvels, dark and/or cloudy conditions, and lots of people as is often the case in a city environment, do not be surprised if you get a vivid dream of a greater extreme view of this kind of world; or you may dream of something quite the opposite like a peaceful place on a beach or in a grand old park with many trees and open areas of thick green grass, in a very warm and bright sunny day, with people walking around or perhaps no one around depending on your social inclination. This balancing effect we all experience from time-to-time within our dreams is quite natural. Religious people often describe dreams as a way for the ultimate balanced entity called God to communicate with us and give us clues as to what we should do. To the purely scientific types such as the psychologist, this is just the way the mind communicates with you at certain times in order to help you see the balance in what you are doing.
Other interesting insights into dreams include the following:
1. The sensation of falling in your dreams
A common dream usually signifying some form of insecurity, anxieties, vulnerability to something, or it could simply be an example of extreme fear of heights which you may need to confront and understand in real life in order to feel more balanced.
2. The sensation of losing your teeth
The feeling of losing your teeth is perhaps the most common dream experienced by nearly everyone. It may signify your concern about your appearance, especially in social situations. This is probably because together with other features such as the eyes, general symmetry of the face, a smile and so on teeth is often an important indicator of health and attractiveness.
3. The sensation of being naked
Another relatively common dream often associated with feeling insecure in yourself in front of others in some area of your life, such as a fear of opening up your deepest feelings to another person. Or perhaps you don't wish to reveal something secret to other people for whatever reason? Sometimes you may not have to be naked in your dreams to feel this sensation. For example, you could be dreaming of being alone on a patio outside your house wearing very light clothing and a cold wind seems to penetrate to your skin making you feel like you are naked (the wind usually comes from the fact that you may have removed the bed sheets from your body and can feel a cold breeze passing through the open bedroom window).
Never be afraid to dream. Always will yourself to dream, make them vivid, understand what is going on, try to remember the specifics as well as the big picture within your dreams, then find the solution if necessary in the real world to make it a reality and bring greater balance in your life. And most importantly, try to enjoy them by applying love to the situation as they will help you to change into a better and more balanced person.
And if any dreams should ever disturb you, always listen to what they are trying to say to you and do it with love and with a curious mind. Understanding your dreams and learning how to deal with them will make you a more balanced person over time.
As for more real-life glimpses of a balanced person, all we need to do is observe those independent and socially-capable people in society who are described as a good all-rounder who can do just about anything in any situation (including changing oneself and the environment (12) and then learning when not to interfere) and can have a balanced view on nearly all issues of life and the Universe.
And for the ultimate balance person, he/she would be able to solve any problem he/she sets his/her mind to in a virtually instantaneous way. Even the most controversial problems will not stop a balanced person from attempting to solve them. From the most complex world problems, to everyday simple life issues, to controversial areas other people don't want to touch such as UFOs and so on, nothing would be out-of-bounds for a truly balanced and curious person. There is no fear to tackle anything.
In psychology, many of the L-brain types we call the traditional psychologists try to place human behaviour into one of sixteen main personality types known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
While this may be a noble way of understanding human behaviour, R-brain people see this as a somewhat complicated system and believe every person is really achieving the one basic personality of life. What that personality is is dependent on who the person looks up to (either God, or someone easier to observe such as a famous sports/movie star, a great religious leader or whatever).
In reality, all behaviours and eventually our personalities can be, with enough effort and time, be stripped down to just two simple types - the L-brain and R-brain (13). Then the brain creates consciousness by attempting to merge these two types into our unique and single personality we call "the Self".
This thing we call "the Self", whatever it is in precise terms, can have many characteristics common to a particular person or to many different people in real life or imagined in our own minds, but it will always be unique in their combination. In other words, the personality you create in your life is uniquely "you" in this moment in time and place and no one else can duplicate precisely your true "self". You are like others, and yet you are not like others.
You are special, but you are no different from anyone else. This paradoxical nature of "the Self" is why some R-brain people would like to believe in the view that "We are gods", or we are part of God, because we are all part of that great mystery of life and the universe we are striving to understand, such as the fact that everything is filled with so many paradoxes including ourselves.
Why are there paradoxes? We do not know at the moment. Yet we somehow need to understand these paradoxes and what they are suppose to teach us so we can find out who we really are, what we are doing here, and what happens to us when our time comes to temporarily leave this universe. (14)
It is here, in the true nature of "the Self", where the true mystery of consciousness actually lies. In fact, all of psychology is based on the understanding of this idea we call consciousness. And to the religious person, this idea of consciousness is essentially the same as the concept of "balance" or "God".
How do I become a more balanced person?
A good way to begin this process of balancing your mind is to start tackling problems in your life (e.g. phobias, relationship problems, etc.). Basically any type of problem. The more you face problems and find solutions, the more balanced you become.
Begin by giving yourself sufficient time away from everything. Find a place where you can feel relaxed and can clear your mind of all chatter. Choose a quiet and peaceful environment.
Next, you must focus your mind and senses to the light of a candle in a darkened room (positioned midway between the L- and R-side of your brain) or the sound of a person's relaxing voice (spoken like a chant) behind you for a long period of time until you become suddenly unaware of time and place (i.e. a kind of hypnotic state or trance). The only thing you are aware of is the thing you are focussing your mind on. If necessary, try to get someone to move the light or sound from left to right and back again and repeat the process so that you can get your mind to engage the L- and R-sides of the brain in a more balanced way and so be more receptive to the thing being focussed and later when you move your mind to solving any problem set before you. Now slowly focus your mind on the problem. Focussing means visualising the problem itself and then analysing it, breaking the problem down and then bringing everything together once more, and repeating the process until you see the crucial pattern of what it is which is creating the problem.
Sometimes visualisation can be considered the hardest part for some people because it may force them to confront what they fear the most. If fear starts to set in, analyse the problem. What's frightening about it? Understand that your brain can be taught to see your problem in any way you like. If necessary show who is really in control, your brain or yourself?
Once you have control over what you are seeing, start analysing it to its deepest and logical level. Try to talk it through in your mind. For example, "Why does this problem exist?" "What is the whole purpose behind it?" "Why do I feel frightened?", "What specifically is frightening about it?", "How can I view the problem in a different way?" and "What is it like to try it in a different way?"
Remember, get to the source of the problem and search for a positive and alternative solution that is both creative and practical. And apply your emotions to the solution to see whether it will benefit everyone and every living thing. Do this and the best rational, creative and emotionally positive solution to the original problem will be found.
Finally, you must implement the solution (or pattern) you have found. Time for action as they say. This may require further problem-solving and visualisation to know the best way to implement the solution. Keep doing this and act upon the solution in your mind first and later in reality and your problem will disappear. Once you have solved the problem, you are one step closer to being balanced in your life.
NOTE: To find solutions, learn to develop both a big picture of, and the specifics to, your problem. This means learning everything there is to know about your problem. If the problem is yourself, it is important to define all the critical moments in your life which has influenced your thinking and beliefs and turned you into the kind of person you have become. The you may need to gather more information. So start listening to the experiences of other people, reading books related to your problem; and consider travelling and observing nature and people. And while you do all of this, you have to believe there is a solution to be found for your particular problem. Then your mind will develop the patterns. Some patterns will help you to see possible solutions. Once you start to see solutions, rewrite your life script by changing your thoughts and ultimately your beliefs. Try to see the positive in things. Do not always believe in what other people in your life has said about you, your actions and/or other people. Start to see all things as equal, positive and worthy and your problem will disappear.
And a more balanced you will also emerge from this process.