Ilona made a very astute comment on the World Café Europe blog about how humanity struggles around renewal…
“ But somehow we seem to be very resistant to renewal ”.
I think this is very true and it’s true not only on an emotional level, but also a psycho/physiological level. Resistance is “naturally” hard wired into our body/mind as the flight/fright/freeze response. The old brain while useful in the face of “real” danger unfortunately overshadows most of the cognitive process. Our very thinking is driven by the “drive to survive”, and it can occur at very unconscious levels. Renewal implies change, and for most of us the idea of change while sometimes attractive, romantic or inspiring will also bring up for most of us fear that triggers to some degree the flight/fight/freeze response.
Depending on the particular circumstance or situation the person will be perceiving reality through veil of this “drive to survive” filter to some degree. When it is unconscious we will have a tendency to avoid change (renewal) at all costs. We will deliberately attempt to live our life in very safe ways, as a way to avoid addressing the imagined fears that have been associated to change (renewal) and our biological tendency of avoidance. This has devastating results both on a personal and collective level. We attempt to hold on to out dated modes of thinking, acting, doing and being, and why not? Our mind/body is programmed for survival! We simply create rules, regulations, beliefs, cultures, political systems and social systems that mirror the resistance to renewal and change and god forbid anyone come along to rock the boat!
Genius is bold, irrational, and unpredictable. It is driven by the new brains ability to tap directly into creativity itself. To come up with new and different ideas that transcend the day to day thinking that keeps us locked into the same repetitive results. It is not necessary to be a genius to be able to tap into the creative soup of renewal though, for each and every body/mind was given the new brain and a hidden talent that was also hardwired into the brain: we have the ability to become aware of the fact that we are aware. This gift allows us to momentarily step out of predetermined, out dated ways of thinking and being. To tap directly into the same source of inspiration and creativity that we assumed was limited to only a chosen few.
This is why some of the most simple methods or practices (such as spending time in nature or meditation) can elevate our thinking process to heightened levels awareness. This is place where renewal and inspired thought occur naturally as we slip out of the modus operandi of the “drive to survive”. This is the place were our nervous system (brain) settles down, and our body/mind experiences a state of restful alertness where we can be reminded of the freedom and wholeness that is ever present within us.
In perceived change there is a changeless factor, you! And when we take the time to cultivate the inner stability that comes from connecting to this resource, we are once again reminded that renewal can become a very natural day to day occurrence. All our choices, all our thinking and all of our doing can be calibrated from this place and we can give up some or all of the struggle or limitations that were once associated to this necessary occurance. We can orientate our lives and the world around us from this place…