The Primal Happiness Show

This week's show is with Craig Polsfuss, MA, LP, MSW, LICSW (Emeritus), an Integral Psychologist with three decades of experience. Craig has advanced training and is a published national leader in both the Three Principles psycho-spiritual (non-religious) understanding and the Higher Brain Living neuroscience “New Human” program.

Craig is totally convinced that both will contribute to the healing and well being of millions, and to an eventual shift in global consciousness unlike anything seen previously in human history.

In this show, which is a follow-up to our last conversation about Why turning on your higher brain is the answer to happiness, we spoke about what Craig's understanding of history of the human mind - how our brain has evolved over time, why we have a higher brain, how our brains actually work, and what we can learn from some indigenous cultures still living on the planet today.

I’d love to know what YOU think about this week's show. Let’s carry on the conversation…  please leave a comment below.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • The lower brain has done a great job of helping us to survive and procreate, middle brain evolved for relationships and emotions, the cortex for thinking functions and then according to modern science, the prefrontal cortex (or the 'higher brain') evolved around 50,000 years and is what allows us to access our highest potential (as we spoke about in our last conversation).
  • Our brain has no life of its own without an 'enlivening energy' which brings it to life. The brain is like the servant to our ongoing experience and is being continually updated according to our experience.
  • Our potential gets expressed any way it can. For example, the way people throughout recorded history have had spontaneous 'enlightenment' experiences and how in the book Original Wisdom, the band of hunter foragers appeared very much as though they were living from their higher mind. It's cool to see how this is natural for all of us.
Direct download: Craig_Part_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

This show is with Pam Grout is a world traveler, a loving mother, a best-selling author, a millionaire and an inspiring witness to everyone she meets.

Actually, only four of those are true so far, but that line is an affirmation she started using 20 years ago before she’d ever had a child, before she became a travel writer, or an author and, for that matter, before she even liked herself all that much. Evidently affirmations work, because now she can proudly say all but one of the above are true. I’ll let you guess which one is yet to manifest.

Pam's a prolific writer of articles and books - she has 15 published books so far (including the incredible e-squared and e-cubed, both of which I adored) and articles for dozens of publications.

In this show we spoke about how even those of us living in this crazy modern world can reclaim and retain our connection to primal energies, intuition, and pure presence.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • Reconnecting to the 'divine buzz' (which is what Pam sometimes call the divine energy source) is a very easy, natural thing to do - understanding this and believing this is a powerful hypothesis to start with!
  • Test the hypothesis: try doing the first experiment. Give the divine buzz 48 hours to provide you with a sign. Pam says that the more open we are to this energy the bigger and more mind-blowing the sign can be!
  • If we're looking for a story that life is hard then we'll 'download' that reality and act it out. What Pam is talking is about is taking baby steps to opening us up to allowing first generation reality to wash over us.
  • Train your mind like house training a puppy! Keep taking it outside and showing it a different reality. Pam reads (and does the exercises every day!) of A Course in Miracles. Make seeing a new reality your priority! :)

 

Direct download: Pam_mixdown2.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

This week's show is with Craig Polsfuss, MA, LP, MSW, LICSW (Emeritus), an Integral Psychologist with three decades of experience. Craig has advanced training and is a published national leader in both the Three Principles psycho-spiritual (non-religious) understanding and the Higher Brain Living neuroscience “New Human” program.

Craig is totally convinced that both will contribute to the healing and well being of millions, and to an eventual shift in global consciousness unlike anything seen previously in human history.

In this show we spoke about what Craig's seen about the potential to live from our higher brain.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • The higher brain or the prefrontal cortex is little used in most of us (except monks who have meditated for decades!) but the potential is there for all of us.
  • We can release the energy that's in the body up into the higher brain and then into the heart. Our circuity becomes integrated and the two hemispheres of the brain become more coherent.
  • Even when we're already living a happy fulfilling life, Craig's experience of switching on his higher brain shows that we can discover even deeper levels of contentment.

 

Direct download: Craig_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

This week's show is with Rene (Renay) Brent is Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, an #1 International Bestseller author of the book How Big Is Your BUT?, International speaker and on faculty for The Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy. Rene has been an RN for over 25 years and has worked in ICU, Trauma/ER and Recovery Room

She helps her clients use the power of the deep inner mind to release blocks and reach personal and professional goals.

In this show we spoke about the impact that subconscious blocks (or: our 'buts') can have on us and what happens when we let go of them.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • We almost all have subconscious blocks (which could also be described as stories, agreements or beliefs) that get in the way of us doing the things we want.
  • Start listening to what your mind and body are saying… and notice when you say 'but' - that's a clue to your block.
  • When you feel anxious, scared or whatever, listen to your body 'Touch the place you feel the emotion, breathe in, say relax and breathe out.'
  • As you begin to recognise your ‘but’, you can also notice that you have the capacity to open up to new solutions and ideas.
Direct download: Rene_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

This week's show is with Darcia Narvaez, Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Darcia publishes extensively on moral development and education. Author or editor of 13 books, her most recent authored books include Embodied Morality: Protectionism, Engagement and Imagination, and Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, which won the William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association.  She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. She is executive editor of the Journal of Moral Education. She also writes a popular blog for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”).

Her academic scholarship has moved from work on nonconscious moral rationality, to moral character education in the schools, to the neurobiology of moral development, to the study of evolved parenting practices, and the study of small-band hunter-gatherers who represent the type of society in which humans evolved.

All this comes together in a moral developmental systems theory that emphasizes the ongoing epigenetic plasticity of how we develop our humanity and our morality. We are co-constructed by our families and our experiences. Ultimately, Darcia's concerns are for developmental optimization and fulfilling human potential—actionable communal imagination.

In this show we spoke about how a sense of  connection is so vital to humans ability to thrive (so much so that 'Tribe' is one of our 7 Primal Fundamentals in our Primal State Formula). What's morality and cooperation like in our ancestral, indigenous setting? What can we do to reconnect in this crazy modern world?

Darcia takes us through the experience of children who are raised in line with ancestral indigenous ways, what this looks and feels like, and what kind of adult that results in. We then got into the consequences when children aren't raised in this way (ie the norm for most of us being raised in a typically Western way). And lastly, what we can do to change things for the better - how we can become more connected.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • When we're raised in an 'evolved nest' (which is typical of our ancestral, indigenous way of parenting) then we grow with a sense of deep connectedness to everything (literally everything!)
  • To move away from this disconnected and egoic way that most of us are living we need to change how we're raising babies and children - we need to make them our true priority.
  • Follow your instincts... that you're connected to everything, play more, be silly, use your imagination to have empathy for others. That way we can create a better world for us all.
Direct download: Darcia_Round_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

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