Neuroscience and the Inner Companions
Understanding our brain, how it works, how to stay in relationship to it, how to support thriving, will ground us again and again. We will deepen our understanding of our own brain neuroscience by becoming familiar with how it is embodied by the three Inner Companions in Smartview Stories. It is Iain McGilchrist’s work looking at the evolutionary patterns of the human brain and crossing this with Gendlin’s patterns of philosophy (Three Types of Theories), that is the ground for the development of our three Inner Companions.
Rewiring to Move Beyond Division
The average human brain is strikingly divided. Our corpus callosum, connecting our two hemispheres is smaller now than ever in our evolutionary awareness. On average, only 2% of the left and right hemispheres are connected. The majority of these connections are inhibitory. The owl, Ashamaya, is an incredibly powerful reminder that 'space' is our super power. When we show up to be our own listener, in a way that welcomes all with clear boundaries around safety, we rewire the nature of our inner world. We literally create within us the world as we would like it to be around us. The world around us, is of course, a co-creative effort; however, our environment will respond over time.
Community Support for your Individual Growth
Smartview Village people and Inner Companions model holding on to our own sense of self while being part of a group or community. Our materials offer small group listening and embodiment activities such as writing, art, movement and role play, to expand your sense of empowerment to show up for your self, your family and other communities in your life.
Living in Rhythm with Nature
One of the concepts practiced passionately in our Smartview Stories series is something we call the power of the pause in Focusing. Nature is one of our best teachers here and we will find ourselves paying more attention to the nature around us. Neuroscience has a lot to say about rhythms of rest, movement and eating that support a healthy brain. Refer to our Healthy Brain Tools resource page.
Cultural Norms are Falling Apart
All around us, cultural norms are falling apart. Aspects of being human such as hierarchy, ways of making a living or contributing to society, family traditions, energy sources and more are in transition. What had worked for sometimes thousands of years, is no longer working. This is incredibly exciting to be here, in these bodies, contributing to how humanity chooses to evolve. It is also often overwhelming to have so much of what we relied on as ‘normal’ not working.
Speaking from our Center to the Center of our Circle
This is a skill I first learned from Parker Palmer and the Courage and Renewal folks. Essentially, we are putting Gendlin’s ‘situation’ or ‘topic’ spatially in the center of our interactive space. In group spaces utilizing Smartview Stories as educational content, we practice speaking our truth to this center and not directly at each other. In addition, we'll practice skills from Interactive Focusing where the relational space between Storyteller and Listener is explored. All of this is HUGE in terms of creating space and safety to explore life’s challenges together.