1: the Cerebellum. It is the lower level of the brain, also known as the reptilian brain as it is the only brain a reptile has. It is the part of the brain that developed for sirvival. It controls the basic functions, the need for food, the desire to procreate and fear.
2: the Lymbic system, or the animal brain is the mid level of the brain. It controls our emotions, decides what we like and dislike and when we feel pain and pleasure.
3: the Cortex is the upper brain, or the human brain. It is the master of our higher funfctions, our creativity, logic and memory. The most intelligent animals also have this brain, elephants, whales and dolphins.
But we are in a state of evolution and our brains are not fully developed. This is why we have problems in the world. We haven't thought of all the solutions yet.
All the wisdom, knowlege & secrets of the universe is there in our brain, but it has to be unlocked. We reach our full potential when we think something that has never been thought before or when we create something new. The human experience is a journey of discovery, to bring what is hidden in the dark out into the light.
The spinal chord is an extension of the 1st part of our brain. It carries the electrical impulses around our body so our body can function. But we are not aware of the process, it carries on without conscious thought ie we don't need to think about moving our arm, that is taken care of automatically.
The chakras lie along the spinal cord, they come from the basic brain so we don't feel them or are not aware of them funtioning, which is why many people are unaware that chakras exist. Oft times, when we don't experience something, we deny it, which explains why many people deny that chakras are real.
The chakras can be felt and realized but it takes effort, courage and will power. Old issues and stories that need to be faced will come up. Moving out of the comfort zone is an uncomfortabe experience that has to be endured to activate the chakras. People who doubt the chakras wont put in an effort to discover them.
Yoga is a practice to transcend the human mind by developing the human brain.
It develops focus. It is important to focus on one thing at a time to bring optimum efficiency to the task.
Movement in asana comes from the lower brain, the seat of ego. Ego becomes stronger if only asana is practiced. When there is a boundary or rules there is ego, learning needs to come from within, not from rules. Animals have territory. That is the ego in the animal brain.
When a posture is held then emotions arise, and the thought process moves from the reptilian brain to the animal brain where we can work with the emotion or issue to release it. Attention is inside the senses.
The law of 3 exists in many forms, eg the father, son and the holy ghost; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; creation, sustenance and destruction; positive, negative and neutral; proton, neutron & electron; active, passive and neutral.
When you are practicing yoga, retreat into the neutral gap, with awareness drawn inwards awards away from the senses into the breath and see what arises.
Many people live in the lower two parts of their brain. Reactions come out of the lower brain, response comes from the upper brain where we make a conscious choice. Emotions come from the middle brain. This is the cause of the suffering and pain in the world. When something challenging happens, people who use their lower brain give up.
Reactions come from fear. Fear is used by society to control people, it is called the psychology of fear. Society is scared of cancer, that is the psychology of fear. There is money to be made by drug companies and charities out of cancer. If you have no fear of cancer, you wont get it. It is a state of mind, you can control your mind and your mind has the power over your body.
People can do many good things but it is the one bad thing they do that people notice and remember. For instance, many people drive cars safely but the emphasis is put on car accidents to make drivers fearful.
A fearless person cannot be controlled.
To overcome fear you must face it. You can face it gradually. If you are scared of frogs draw a picture of a frog and look at it, look at books about frogs then face a real frog. All the time say to yourself, " I am safe", "The universe is protecting me."
When negative thoughts come, counter them with positive thoughts. Counter fear with courage and doubt with confidence. Always assess danger with the upper brain and recognize your limitations.
Yoga makes the spine flexible to develop the spinal chord which connects with the lower brain. Conditioning is the way we are born. The closer you stay to your conditioning the more miserable you will be. Break away from your condition.
If you always believe you are right, you move away from finding the truth. If you only do what you like, you will remain on the same level all your life
Have an open mind and improve yourself every day, emotionally, physically and mentally.