How to Achieve Change by Shutting Down the Critter Brain

March 12th, 2014

Let’s talk a little bit more about what ecology is.  I said the environment or the environmental support, which as a whole lot to do with our Critter Brain.  As promised last week, we’re now going to personify our Critter Brain a little bit.

We’re no longer having a scientific discussion about the function of the brain.  We’re now personifying the Critter Brain.

Why Personify the Critter Brain?

It’s not just because we want you to emanate more powerfully in the world and we want to train you to be more influential by being more congruent.  Yes, we do want that, but that’s actually a small piece of the puzzle.  What we’re really paying attention to is what I also asked last week, are you identifying a path for yourself that your Critter Brain is going to let you walk down or is it going to pull the plug because it’s not safe?

It doesn’t matter how great your plan is and how much it makes sense and how well it would work for someone else if you don’t do it.  If you have all the conviction in the world and all the commitment in the world, you still won’t do it if it’s not safe, which is one of the most frustrating and befuddling parts of trying to change ourselves into being something more vast; pulled forward by our evolutionary impulse to contribute to the planet.

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Lack of Time Restricts the Critter Brain

Let’s say that the Critter Brain is checking in on safety, but the Critter Brain doesn’t have a subroutine called time.  Time and awareness of time and the concept of time is a higher brain function.

I don’t know if you’ve ever trained an animal like a dog, it’s pretty easy to tell the dog to sit.  It’s pretty hard to tell the dog to sit next week, but not like last time.  Critter Brain doesn’t have time.  Meaning that what happened to you when you were one, what your capabilities are, your methods of dealing with situations when you were one and what’s happening to you right now are of equal value because there’s no time.

If we’re going to look at all of the things that the Critter Brain is checking in on ecologically, there’s an interior check, an exterior check, and there’s the past and future, which again are totally indistinguishable to the Critter Brain, but we’re going to distinguish them so we can see what’s going on.

It’s not like, “That’s going to happen in future, but that’s a long ways away so I’m not worried about it.”  That’s not how it works.  If we have a future picture of something that has that quality, Critter Brain fires up, which is why the physiology changes as we speak.

External and Internal Future and Past Objections

External has to do with, in general, physical safety.  I would say an external future thing might be if I make all of the money I want to make, I’m going to have no friends because none of my friends make any money and it’s going to be very weird to hang out.

I notice all my friends all they talk about is how broke they are.  I’ll have nothing to talk about them with and it’ll be very strange for me to go hang out with them after I’ve done this thing that I’m going to do.  I will not belong.  That’s an external future thing.

External past is I tried that and got burned.  That happened and I got burned.  I did something similar and it didn’t work so I don’t want to do that again.

The internal future is you picture who you imagine you will be, who’s the you that’s going to be doing that thing, and he’s not someone that I like because he’s powerful and in my tribe—downloaded the list from my parents—powerful people are dangerous.  I’m going to become dangerous if I actually achieve this goal.  That would be an internal future objection.

An internal past objection is really simple.  If it was clear that this thing that is happening in the future, if it’s clear that that’s who I was going to be when I was a pup, I would have been ejected from the tribe.  I would have been left for not belonging.

It’s basically mom and dad wouldn’t approve.  The specific mom and dad we’re talking about are not your living, breathing parents.  They’re the imaginary versions that you’ve created as the placeholders for the mom and dad you had when you were prelingual.  This is the highest leverage mom and dad we can talk about.

…Next week, we’ll be diving into some exercises regarding these objections, so come back and join me again then!

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