Audio Newsletter 2019-001

The Art of Perspective
with Elizabeth Diane 

(Transcriptions of the recordings follow.)

To start with, here’s a short bit to frame the discussion. I then got into my own headspace and rattled off a 2-minute description of The Cycle’s organic movement:

Jumping into the deep end with Linda and Deepak Chopra

Maybe it’s too much to start with, but it seems to be where a lot of people are talking. We consider abstract ideas because thinking adds meaning and direction to life, and helps us approach work with purpose.

001 About popular reading – Linda

Transcription 1

How The Cycle of Unconscious Response unfolds.

I like this exercise of comparing my existential type of work to what is more popular out there in reading material. A lot of the current popular authors tend to be talking about spirituality, meditation, and Eastern philosophy. Mine is more directed toward psychology, the workings of the brain, and also the sort of things that are physically taking place in what they would call neuroscience. 

The physical actions–the sparks and the movement of electric brain paths–that is what I’m mostly interested in, and how that appears in psychology…the effect on the brain and how that works unconsciously. There is something built-in in our nature that is mostly concerned with everything not physical, not mental, not emotional, but is our automatic intuitive self-renewing positive motivation.  

The Cycle of Unconscious Response is what I’ve observed, that the 12 phases is an unfolding of that process from that completely intangible origin of good—maybe the breath of God that’s breathed into our spirits very noninvasively—and it moves up, through the heart where it’s a combination of that spirit knowledge with our emotions and our understanding of our physical experience and relationships…and it all combines in the heart. These are things that we know intuitively. 

So when it starts there, we’re not conscious of it, but it starts doing a work. There’s a logical process. In these 12 phases that goodness begins to unfold and affect us, and we respond. We take it in and we become stronger and we break through some new level of personal strength.

But good will continue to do its work–taking us along with it, so to speak–until that good is effected in some material way that changes our life forever. It’s a micro-…incremental…fibrous…cellular insertion of good in our lives that supports all life.

That’s what I think is going on.

Transcription 2

Jumping into the deep end with Linda and Deepak Chopra

These are going to be some audio newsletters that I thought might work better than reading. This isn’t a podcast, necessarily; podcasts tend to be more formal. This is just an informal chat.

A couple of things come to the forefront when I talk about the heart’s mind, or The Cycle of Unconscious ResponseTMThe Cycleis the basis for my interpretation of how we find our heart’s desire. It is by reflecting on what we do that we didn’t plan to do. 

When we do something spontaneously, it skips the brain and goes right to action, sometimes words. You might think of “the triumph of the human spirit”—those episodes where a person, just out of instinct responds in a crisis and is able to perform some incredible feat of courage that they probably didn’t know they had. That’s more of a dramatic example. I want to say that it is something that happens all the time, with each of you.

I found this out by observing my own unconscious response. Over time, I saw that it was a cycle in twelve phases, very much a natural thing that we’re used to. I find that people already know this, somewhere, without knowing the words for it. I have been gratified to find words for that and, many times, that is something people appreciate. 

As I let you know when I started this newsletter again, The Art of Perspective, the point is to have discussions based on questions that people ask or comments they make. We’ll take a look at those and I’m hoping that you can see that there are other voices working on these principles, not just mine.

I want to start with one I received recently from Linda. She was reading a book by Deepak Chopra called, “The Super Brain.” She was looking at the first chapter and it made her think of me, which I think is pretty cool. This is what she wrote:

Somehow the following portion of the first chapter awakened in me an acknowledgment that I am learning to be a silent witness to my brain’s activity, and that I—the soul of me—as a witness, needs to pay closer attention. The power of observation as a silent witness made me think of you, as well as the reference to ‘abiding in complete peace.’”

Comments in an email from Linda.

I really love this statement that she makes, that the soul of her, as a witness, needs to pay closer attention. I know that I have been given a privilege of having that time, to pay closer attention, to allow my soul to be a witness to the activity of my brain. But more than that, I carry it through, to see what it was that caused me to do something spontaneous. 

When I say “the triumph of the human spirit,” and how it appears in our own lives, almost every day—to my mind, that’s unconscious response. We are making other plans. And while we have full control over all that we decide to do and what we act on, the heart’s mind is following a path that is more attuned to its nature. …Boy, it’s so easy to get bogged down in large concepts, abstract things.

I may have missed the real point that Linda is bringing—I was so excited about her catching that idea of observing herself in her soul—that’s a pretty big concept. Can you imagine? I often find out that, among my closest friends, we are viewing the same coin from opposite sides. Busy, active people do have, in spirit, essentially the same experience with life as I do. Our terminology tends to be shaped by our outlook—or by introspection, in my case. 

When we look at the characteristics from this book, being an ‘inventor’ is allowing creativity to come forward and make connections that you never made before. Another aspect is as ‘teacher’, actually deliberately turning your brain toward the action of learning new skills; and then the ‘user’ would be actually taking action in that regard, and taking responsibility. So these are all pretty abstract activities from the inner person. I hope I’m getting Linda’s point that these, to her, are actual practical things she can exercise.

But the best work is going on without our direct effort. That is my point about The Cycle of Unconscious Response. What we choose to do consciously is a reflection of how our heart compels us. We don’t necessarily understand what the heart wants, in terms of the physical world. Our understanding of good, and how to pursue good, is imperfect. But the heart’s mind is always moving in the direction of perfect good. It is unaffected by what’s going on in what we see and hear. To me, that’s the main difference.

I like this exercise of comparing my existential work to what is more popular out there in reading material. Let’s see what we come up with next time.

Reference: “Super Brain: Unleashing the explosive power of your mind to maximize health, happiness, and spiritual well-being” by Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD.

The Art of Perspective

Elizabeth Diane Martin