Here are a few quotations from great thinkers about the location of mind:
We must completely give up the idea of the psyche being somehow tied to the brain. ~Carl Jung
The truth about our childhood is stored up in our body and though we can repress it, we can never alter it. ~Alice Miller
The body is the most visible form of the unconscious. ~Carl Jung
My belief is in the flesh and blood as being wiser than the intellect. The body-consciousness is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know that we are alive, alive to the depths of our souls and in touch somewhere with the vivid reaches of the cosmos. ~D.H. Lawrence
Living structure is always a record of previous development. ~Fritjof Capra
We know that the immune system, like the central nervous system, has memory and the capacity to learn. Thus, it could be said that intelligence is located not only in the brain but in cells that are distributed throughout the body, and that the traditional separation of mental processes, including emotions, from the body is no longer valid....The cellular level, where emotions are instigated, is also where unexpressed emotions are stored. The catharsis of illness expresses the sudden, overwhelming release of information that has been trapped in our bodies. What Freud termed the 'subconscious' mind is actually a measurable physical process......Your body is your subconscious mind......we can no longer consider the emotional brain to be confined to the classical locations of the amygdala, hippocampus, and hypothalamus. ~Candace B. Pert, Research Professor in Physiology and Biophysics
Nothing is more injurious to immediate experience than cognition. ~Carl Jung
The body is not a mindless machine; the body and mind are one.....the mind is nonlocal......(and) moves throughout our entire body, located in all places at once and not just in the head. ~Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Do you think of the cells in your body as being intelligent, possessing memory, capable of communication with other cells in your body?
Do you think of your heart as being your emotional brain?
Do you listen to the prompts from your body, or are you only interested in what you believe your brain tells you?
Do you have examples of where your body somehow informed you of something that your brain had overlooked?
Have you ever considered that while the brain is located in the head and performs many of the functions of the mind, that it is not the entire mind?
Have you read Candace B. Pert's book "Molecules of Emotion"?
Dean Ornish, M.D. says, "Molecules of Emotion is a highly inspiring story of the search for the biochemical links between consciousness, mind and body ...."
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