brain synergy
Synergy in the brain

Here is a bold definition: the state of FLOW is the subjective experience of the self-organizing nature of the entire universe. How about that? Did you for instance know that your brain has something like 100 billion cells (called neurons) and that every neuron is connected to 100,000 other brain cells? If all of these connections would ‘fire’ just once per second that would be good for a quadrillion transactions per second and that is probably a serious underestimation… So, what do we mean when we say ‘I think’? Do we actually realize what we are saying? And what do we mean when we say ‘I’? Have you ever heard of the consciousness experiments of Dr Benjamin Libet at the University of California San Francisco? Dr Libet established that the brain’s calculations are done about half a second before we think that we think the results. In other words: we think nothing, we just claim ownership of something that is too big for words. How many quadrillions of connections happen before we become aware of the conclusion?

Termite mount
Termite mount

Our brains are just one example of the self organizing nature of the entire universe. Let’s look at the fascinating example of termite mounds. Termites are the master builders in nature. If we would compare our size to their size, an average termite hill would be the equivalent of a 180 floor building, easily higher than anything built by man so far. Their buildings have a constant temperature, even in desert areas with enormous temperature variations between night and day. This constant temperature is achieved without any mechanically moving parts. The same goes for the air circulation system that takes out the stale air and brings in fresh air. Termite mounds have many other features that look very intelligent whereas the termites themselves can barely be called highly intelligent creatures. Together though they form a system that contains a higher intelligence, just like all the rest of nature does. What is the ‘self’ in the word self-organizing? It is nothing less than the Universal Self that pervades all life and that we can subjectively experience when we are in FLOW. This Universal Power is the reason why in FLOW things work out so magically. The more we can give the reins of our life to this Higher Intelligence and Power that resides in us, the better off we will be. We can choose FLOW over struggle. Is that really a choice?

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Related post: http://www.the-tao-of-flow.com/getting-in-flow-is-not-unlike-falling-in-love/

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Till soon

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Jan Bommerez