in this issue
How's Your Brain Today?
Are You Looking For Love?
Everyone Is Searching For Love!
Is there a hole in your soul ... and I don't mean your shoe?
It doesn't matter if you have found the ideal mate and are deeply in love with the most magnificent and wonderful person in the world. Deep inside of you there may be that colossal awareness that love in the world may be missing inside of your soul!
WHAT IS THE LIMBIC SYSTEM?
You may love your partner with all of your heart, soul, mind, passion, body and strength and still feel something slipping inside of you. Could it be that love is at the core of the matter!? Do you feel from time to time that love is missing from the world? Well! The pain has to break through the barriers in your brain and be released from that center of your brain universe called the Limbic System.
What's he talking about ... I've heard of the Solar System ... But, what the hell is the Limbic System?
I'm glad that you asked. The limbic system is part of the old mammalian brain, inherited by our ancestors as we evolved from reptilian creatures into warm-blooded, feeling, social furry creatures. It is also the central relay center responsible for conveying neurotransmission messages from the old reptilian/hindbrain through the mid brain and into the higher cortical centers.
I'm sure that you don't want a long science lesson. So, I'll get to the point (if I can). The limbic system stores highly charged/primal feelings and memories. It is also involved in sleep and appetite cycles ... and we should never forget the all important regions of mood, bonding, sexuality and love. Because of the vital importance of limbic health, there is the all powerful therapeutic, deep emotional release method.
LIMBIC SYSTEM HEALTH FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL SURVIVAL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Your limbic brain health is CRITICAL in determining your behavior and survival as a vital and integral human being. It gives you the experience of experiencing experience itself along with the emotions and feelings that you associate with those experiences. It is the existential core and center of your physical, social, spiritual and emotional life. Without the full and healthy functioning of your limbic brain you would be unable to experience passion, feelings and the desires to make things happen in your world. It provides you with the emotional juices, both positive and negative, for living life itself!
Your limbic system is so important that without it, your higher brain centers could not adequately engage in effective problem solving, rational thinking, planning and hierarchical organization. Your limbic system sets the emotional tone for every experience that you have ever had from before physical conception into the afterlife.
So, have I got your attention?
When you over activate your limbic system, you inflame this part of your brain and negativity takes over. Needless to say, love may go out the window and you will feel a certain lack, hole, vacuum in your gut, heart and soul ... and this can happen when everything in your life is going perfect. (I'm sorry! I forgot to mention depression and all the negative thoughts and physical problems associated with it).
Warning! Keep a close eye on your limbic health and do everything that you can to keep this system healthy and love will stay with you in your heart and soul!
KEEPING YOUR LIMBIC SYSTEM RUNNING SMOOTHLY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
So, how do you keep your limbic system running smoothly? The answer is: you monitor and patrol your thoughts, moods and feelings. At the slightest drop in your healthy, normal feeling state, you can assume that your limbic system is getting overheated and negativity is on the rise. Basically, you feel like hell! OK! So now you run to your doctor to get the latest brain soothing medication that will put your limbic brain on steady idle.
That's OK! But it's only one aspect of treating your limbic system with love, admiration and respect. It may also make you less of a problem to other people. But, do not kid yourself! If you do not know how to work the health of your limbic system, medication will be only partially helpful. You need to take a direct and proactive approach to effectively deal with your Feeling System.
Now, here is where the trouble starts ... I have been doing therapy for over 35 years and have researched, applied and explored just about every system known to humans. I have to state unequivocably, that the most powerful method and most effective approach for creating emotional, spiritual and limbic system health is the DEEP FEELING METHOD. I don't care what anyone says or what anyone thinks. I must tell the absolute and complete truth. If the problem and the pain exists in your limbic system, there is only one way to get it out of there and release it from your system ... and that's the deep feeling method.
If you are not willing ... resistant to ... defend against or unable to willingly lie down on the floor and scream ... cry ... talk ... yell ... gyrate ... beat ... roll around and over ... and fully express/exorcize/blowout/fully explode your pain out of your system ... then you are unwilling to fully connect to your brain and your body's need to eliminate the toxins (cortisol, negative thoughts/feelings etc.) from your system. It means that you are not really interested in or committed to your full resurrection and overthrow of everything in your system that holds you back and down.
It also means that you are unwilling to correct aberrant and abnormal neurological transmission processes. It also means that you are unwilling to experience a healthy, unlimited, robust and expanded love life. It also means that you have reduced your life to limited or even nonexistent emotional bonding to other people. A healthy, robust and fully functioning limbic system allows you to experience the limbic high IQ, [emotional genius in the 200 category] and love skills that could make your life absolutely fantastic.
PS.... By the time you receive this newsletter, I will have posted up, on my web site, a section on depression and the physical problems that go along with it. I invite you to check out that section and learn effective ways of correcting your brain chemistry and restore your life to its full joy.
Thank you for contacting me with all your questions and concerns. I hope that I have been able to help. Please contact me if you need more information about therapy and how to begin the process of healing. Whether it is by telephone therapy, face-to-face counseling in my office, or online therapy, deep feeling therapy can work for you.
Until next time ...
Paul J. Hannig, Ph.D. MFCC
Paul J. Hannig, Ph.D. MFCC - PsychotherapyHELP - www.nvo.com/psych_help
Larwin Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311