Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Heart Mind VS the Brain Mind

Last Monday my nephew and I went to the zoo. He's all of 8 years old and extremely sharp. He reads, he spends time on the computer doing things that are well beyond ANYTHING Uncle David would have done at his age.

One of his latest interests is in hypnosis. He approached me with an 8-question quiz designed to determine whether or not one is easily hypnotized.

One question that has stayed with me - lurking in the back of my mind, was this:

WHEN MAKING DECISIONS, MOST OF THE TIME, DO YOU USE YOUR HEART MIND OR YOUR BRAIN MIND?

In a nutshell, "Brain Mind" refers to logical thinking.
Does it make sense, logically?
"Heart Mind" refers to the emotional.

Of course, I answered this question as truthfully and honestly as possible. There was no question. I use my heart mind.

"Gotcha!" he said. Meaning... if you tend to use your heart mind over your brain mind, you are more likely to be easily hypnotized. I guess it was his objective to get me to admit I'm easily hypnotized?

Does this mean that because I tend to do more thinking with my heart that I may be more vulnerable, more easily deceived?

I don't know.

I know that in hypnosis you relinquish control to the person who has put you in state.

Is it possible that those who think with their Heart Mind also, perhaps, tend to relinquish control to someone their conscious, every day world?

I remember a line in a TV show drama I used to watch regularly. The question was

"What does it feel like, right here?",
indicating the lower chest/stomach, followed by the statement

"That's always been my final yardstick, how do you feel about it in your gut!"
On the flip side, I have a friend who says
"If I can prove it, I'll believe it."

One thing I know for sure: You can deceive the Brain Mind with puzzles, tricks and misleading information, but the heart mind is steadfast and true.

5 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I think I'm more heaart than brain but I wouldn't relish giving up my control to someone else.

Granny said...

I think I'm split and so are many people.

ipodmomma said...

what if the heart and mind can become one?

not on a everyday basis, but maybe a really good portion of the time...

as if you are being led by something that knows what is best, and you allow that to be the guide...

and if trusting as much as you are able, you find the dishes you do in the morning lead to an opening in the evening for something else... something you really desire...

and if you know that, then the next morning, you'll do those dishes, because you know that by them sitting in the drainer, you're allowing for unknown, yet lovely possibilites...

Expat Traveler said...

it's good he's off to a smart start... :) I don't know...probably makes me a heart mind...

wthenrest said...

I have to agree with ipodmomma and anvilcloud. I think it can be both together not mutually exclusive. I don't like relinquishing control either. I am a heart mind for the most part. True, turtle guy I think it is the more steadfast one...unless we ignore it. Like I have done once in a while. :0)

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