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Monday, March 28, 2016

Read what is on this Blog on Gut Intelligence and Instinctual Awareness! Our 24 Most Viewed Blog Posts on Exploring Gut Intelligence, Gut Feelings and Instincts

Welcome to our blog on exploring gut intelligence, feelings and instincts. We give thanks to all our followers. Since we have been posting this blog site now since 2009, there may be some important posts that you have missed. We have had a number of people ask us if we could make a convenient links list, up-to-date, that would be a summary of all the important post on this blog. The following is a list of our blog posts to which we have had the most traffic and positive responses. You may find older such lists on this blog, but this is the most up-to-date at this time. There are many more posts on this blog, so if you are interested in reading every one of them, please feel free to use the left side bar archive or just keep clicking “older post” at the bottom of each page on the right side.

24 Most Viewed Blog Posts on Exploring Gut Feelings and Instincts:

1.Morals and Gut Instincts: How Our Awareness of Gut Feelings and Intuition May Protect Us From Immoral Behaviors.

2. Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity.

3. Affects of Increased Awareness of Gut Instincts on Aging and Longevity
JULY 27, 2015
4. Freeing Human Nature: An Essay on the Process of Human Learning and the Two Brain System—Head and Gut
JULY 22, 2014

5. Healing the Trauma of the Body-Mind Split Through Accessing Instinctual Gut Feelings
MAY 27, 2014

6. Reflecting on Gut feelings as the Key to Recovering Childhood Memories that Enhance Healthy Adult Decision-Making
APRIL 19, 2014

7.  Is Love, Happiness, and Compassion Truly More Related to Your Heart or to Your Gut?
FEBRUARY 13, 2014

8. How to Explore Gut Feelings to Help In Making a Marriage Decision and Develop Self-Awareness for a Successful Love Relationship
DECEMBER 3, 2013

9. Exploring Gut Instincts and the Need To Be "Social" as Applied to the Education of Our Children
OCTOBER 23, 2013

10. Following Gut Instincts to the Awareness of Our True Human Nature
APRIL 16, 2013

11. Was Religion Invented By the Thinking Mind to Try to Make Sense of Gut Feeling and Gut Instinct? An Exploration of the Theory of "God Is In the Gut"!
FEBRUARY 9, 2013

12.  What are the Instinctual Needs That are Often Confused for the Need of Food in Gut Feelings of Emptiness and Fullness?
MARCH 27, 2013

13. Improving Gut Health Using the Somatic Reflection Process to Influence Both Physical and Mental Health

14.   Reflecting on Gut Feeling to Deal with Sadness and Loss in Love Relationship
FEBRUARY 14, 2013

15.  Exploring Gut Feeling and Unresolved Issues with People
JANUARY 14, 2013

16. How Do We Know When Our Gut Feelings Are Reliable? Can you Trust a Gut Feeling?
DECEMBER 13, 2012

17. Reflecting on and Sharing Gut feelings of Emptiness and Aloneness to Deal with Fear During a Hurricane (or other Life Threatening Event)
OCTOBER 29, 2012

18. Explore Why Doctors Can Save Lives by Listening to their Gut Feelings During a Diagnosis: On Gut Feelings in General Practice
OCTOBER 5, 2012

19.  Why Is Reflecting Upon Our Gut Feelings So Important to Our Immune System and Well Being— Distinguishing the "You" and "Not Truly You" for Excellent Mental and Physical Health!

20.  Are Gut Feelings Really in the Gut? Understanding Your Gut Feelings and What They Are Telling You
AUGUST 16, 2012

21.  Increase your Intuition By Learning the Difference Between Emotional Feelings and Gut Feelings
JULY 16, 2012

22.  What Are Gut Feelings and Instincts and How To Become Aware of Them To Overcome Stress
JUNE 27, 2012

23.  A Specific Guide to Use to Listen to Your Gut Instincts—The Somatic Reflection Process
FEBRUARY 15, 2012

24. Acknowledging the Enteric Nervous System in the Gut To Provide a New Image and New Myth of Humanity
OCTOBER 15, 2009

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Morals and Gut Instincts: How Our Awareness of Gut Feelings and Intuition May Protect Us From Immoral Behaviors

A recent study (in Nov. 24, 2015) was conducted by doctoral student Sarah J. Ward, in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, to determine if people who are prone to trust their instinctive hunches and gut feelings, may at times be less likely to commit immoral acts compared to those who tend to discount their intuition. Ward, along with co-author Curators' Professor Laura A. King of Psychological Sciences at UM, tested 100 people (75% were female) and the results indicated that those who listen to their gut instincts are more likely to be truthful and are less likely to cheat on an IQ test. It also showed that those who do not rely on their gut feelings are likely to cheat and feel guilt and shame afterwards. While the researchers must have understood the reasons for this condition intuitively, we did not find that Ward offered a clear explanation of why exactly our awareness of gut feelings protects us from immoral behaviors. Therefore, we would like to do a bit of speculation on why those who listen to their gut feelings tend to be more moral and we base our ideas on our own research on gut feelings and decision-making with hundreds of people in counseling.

First of all, remember that the gut holds the feeling gauge of emptiness and fullness and it reflects our two instinctual needs, acceptance (social need) and control (need for freedom). Therefore, if we are following our gut feelings, we are likely to do what is best for maintaining a balance of these two needs. Awareness of the gut feelings of emptiness and fullness concerning these two instinctual needs is self-regulatory. If we are aware of our gut feelings, then we might feel empty to cheat or to blame a coworker for our mistakes, for instance, because we would lose a feeling of connection and acceptance from that particular co-worker (even if it appeared to us that by lying we might save face and protect our reputation and relationship with others who thought previously that we were honest). Also, and perhaps even much more importantly, lying and cheating requires us to pretend to others that we are not lying and cheating, and this is a loss of the freedom to be ourselves in a natural way, which induces a feeling of loss of control of our own responses to life and results in a feeling of emptiness in the gut. Another way of saying this is that telling and living a lie impacts the instincts and generates stress. Most all of us have experienced this at one time or another and we know how stressful and uncomfortable it is to live a lie. Any time we must put on a “face” and hide our own responses to life, we lose our freedom and we must perform and filter our words and behaviors rather than respond naturally and authentically. For the person who is accustom to following their gut feelings, this stress is understood as not a positive way of being and it feels better to go ahead and admit failure than to experience the loss of the freedom to be authentic. We also have pointed out how following our gut instincts and satisfying our inner needs on a gut level will open the heart chakra and the feeling of compassion and caring for others. We have found over and over in our clinical findings (see our book What's Behind Your Belly Button?), that following one’s gut feelings is a path of self-regulation and also of caring for ourselves and for others as well. 

This is a highly important piece of research that Ward has performed because people need to understand that the gut is a reliable center of reference as a guide in our lives and that our human nature is a caring one of others. This study shows that leaving out the awareness of the gut response in decision-making and relying solely on our thinking brain is not the best moral path many people have for so long thought it to be. It would be valuable to continue Ward's research and explore the affects of the use of the Somatic Reflection Process on gut feeling awareness to find how it improves moral behavior. The importance of this research says a lot to one's choice of parenting styles and goals, in that following Ward's research calls to parents to do well to nurture the child's awareness of their instincts and gut feelings as a guide to developing morality rather than imposing rules, external thinking, and even religious standards upon the child for a moral compass.
For a complete protocol of the Somatic Reflection Process and verbatim counseling sessions using it to explore gut feelings and unite body-mind, we refer you to our book What's Behind Your Belly Button?.

We have certainly found in our work with people exploring gut feelings, that there is a direct correlation between gut feeling awareness and “caring” for self and others. In fact, it is the 12th and final Key to Understand Your Gut Instincts and Overcome Emotional Stress in Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How theAwareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, andLongevity:
 12. Reflection on the gut voice helps us to be more mindful of our caring nature and thus be more caring of others. And with the new awareness of our gut responses and needs that we acquire through reflection on our instinctual gut responses, we are able to live a more caring and healthy life, with the thinking head finally conscious and listening more clearly to the responses that are our path to our most reliable and authentic self—our gut instinctual feelings in our body.” (Page 41)

You may be now asking yourself, “If consciousness of our gut feelings is proving to increase our ability to care for self and others and act more moral in relationship to others, then why are we not educating our gut intelligence?” Here is a beginning look at that important question, an excerpt taken from our most recent book Increasing Intutitional Intelligence, pages 46-49.

Why Are We Not Educating Our Instincts?

It became clear to us that prior to our counseling clinical work with gut feelings, the conscious use of this gut intelligence was never before cultivated in Human society. By this we mean that there has never been a culture in history based on uniting both the thinking and gut brain intelligence. We began this book by discussing the importance of instincts in the learning process and many other aspects of Human growth and development starting with conception. Yet, as we get into the subject of instincts, we find that we face the question; “Why aren’t we encouraging the use of the instincts beyond birth—especially in the learning process in the early years of life, when learning is at its peak?”
Our answer suggests that at some time quite recently in Human history (and to this day), it has been decided that in order to find dependable ‘good’ behavior in Human Nature, it is necessary to control Human Natures’ “evil” behavior by inventing external forces to keep it in check. So we find that we are surrounded by arbitrary civil laws and religious laws, which insist that natural law be distorted to conform to a set of ethical and moral standards. Kind of dumb is it not? How does anyone change natural laws? Does anyone who can think clearly as we look at the results of this concoction believe that this scheme is working? Fortunately, modern science has now come to the rescue furnishing convincing evidence that Human Nature has the intelligence to control its self.
To begin to deal with Human learning as a process of animal need for the Human individual is to change our cultural focus of attention from the plethora of external Human achievements to the inner world of Human necessity. We think this change involves our Human feelings and it will lead us in finding through some serious self-reflection elements of emptiness that we have ignored—overwhelmed by the externally focused senses. Many people today feel that something is wrong with our inner satisfaction with life but few have any notion of what to do about it or where to look for a solution.
To include the ancient animal intelligence—a powerful natural inner intelligence with which the Human animal is born—with the essential instincts is presently sure to be a disturbing subject for many people who have marginalized the importance of their instincts. Such a change is necessary, however, to free those “devilish” instincts, which have now been discovered by both clinical and neurological research to be essential to accurate Human learning needs, and which we as a species are presently denying. The results of these efforts of both experience and research now demand a new and more accurate functional image (way of viewing) of our homo sapient nature.
In order to produce a more healthy and accurate understanding of the animal mind and body intelligence, thinking and feeling together—the intuition—requires experience with these basic tools for healthy and accurate problem solving (learning) for the newborn, older children, and adults as they mature.
From the amalgam of modern science now available, intuition, and personal experience, we conclude that most cultures have never consciously integrated the two brains with their nervous systems. Therefore, we as educators are not effectively using this Second Brain—the animal brain. “We are not effectively applying and consciously using the brains we were born with!” And many cultures are still denying the obvious fact that Humans are members of the animal kingdom.
Until the latter part of the 20th Century, there was little interest from our modern world (so focused on logic and the head brain) in the digestive system as a center of functional intelligence—intelligence that could play a dominate role in the learning process and the well-being of Humans as members of the animal kingdom. The notion of the importance of the gut as a center of intelligence was left years ago prior to our modern cultures. Any attempt to revive the gut’s place of importance has been rejected until recently. What is suspected is that the gut—the ancient animal brain with its enteric nervous system (ENS)—and perhaps the whole body has somehow been mistakenly viewed as the disruptive force that interferes with the management of Human behavior.”
The above is an excerpt taken from Increasing Intutitional Intelligence pages 46-49.

To read more on educating the gut brain and increasing our Intuitional Intelligence, click on the following links to our books to go to Amazon:
"Increasing Intuitional Intelligence" is available on Amazon USA and Amazon UK
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"What's Behind Your Belly Button?" is also available on Amazon USA and Amazon UK
as well as Amazon,de and and Amazon.CA and other international Amazon sites
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity

We are announcing our new book release! Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity by Martha Char Love and Robert W. Sterling is now available on Amazon internationally. In this book the reader will look further at the process of education of our instincts from birth through old age and lay the foundations for evolving the higher intuitive mind and creative thinking.

This book is particularly important for those in the field of education as we make suggestions for the education K through 12 of the two brains—gut and head—as a uniting intelligence. We also explore our future Human selves and what it could bring to our species to follow our instincts and develop an increased awareness of our gut and head as a two brain united intelligence, fostering our intuition that leads us to advancements in the sciences, medicine, mental health, increased wellness and longevity, and even the development of human telepathic communications.

This book was written due to many questions that both our blog readers and Goodreads readers have asked us over the last four years, since the publishing of our first book "What's Behind Your Belly Button?". People have posed to us many questions about the Second Brain, the gut brain, and how it affects our lives. We have tried to address them all in this new book, Increasing Intuitional Intelligence. Perhaps the number one question people asked us is about the relationship between gut feelings and increasing the intuition. Because so many people are further interested in intuition and intelligence of mind, this book concentrates on learning and Intuitional Intelligence. We even discuss the possibility from a social scientist view of Humans that we are as a species on the path to developing intuition and telepathic communication. Also, educators and parents have expressed much curiosity as to how to teach the young child about gut feeling intelligence and they wonder what difference this would make in development of personality and wellness. And the third most asked question is concerning love relationships and using the intelligence of gut feelings for decision-making in relationships. So if you have been wondering about your relationship decisions, this book may be of great benefit to you. We also explore questions concerning how the medical profession can use gut feelings and access memory for diagnosis.

We hope readers will continue to question and always feel free to message us and comment on the blog with inquiring inspirations.
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Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity is written as a companion to our book published in 2011, What’s Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct. It is a response to the readers who have asked us to share more on how our knowledge of uniting Human multiple brains—gut and head—affects current theory and practice in a number of subject areas as well as life experience, wellness, and the evolution of mind.

We have selected the title Increasing Intuitional Intelligence because the ultimate goal of our lives’ work has been to increase human intelligence through the development of our intuition. You may have already learned from business coaches that intuition is used for a majority of important decisions by the most successful business executives. They will often say that all we have to do is to listen to our intuition and act on it to develop it further. While it is true that it is important to practice using our intuition, there is a part of the learning process of developing intuition that we can not skip, and that is the inner work part. We can not skip right to the enlightenment state and be intuitively intelligent without quite a bit of inner work and self-awareness. That is what this book and What’s Behind Your Belly Button? is all about—the inner work it takes to become aware of your instinctual gut feelings to unite the gut and head brains and to increase Intuitional Intelligence.

First we must take the time to clear the emotional channels within us, clear out our old ways of perceiving ourselves and accompanying emotions that are blocking our intuitive awareness. This is where freeing our instincts and listening to our gut feelings is essential. Our Intuitional Intelligence connects instinct and feeling (our unconscious) with reason and sensory input (our conscious mind) and is brought forward in our awareness as insight. Intuitional Intelligence is linked to our awareness of our Human Nature and the ability to be aware of our unconscious—our own inner state of being (self-awareness)—and to being aware of the feeling state of others (empathy). It makes sense even to the logical mind that the first place to begin our work to increase our Intuitional Intelligence is within our own instinctual feeling state, where the impact of life is registered in our gut feelings of emptiness and fullness.

The problem has been that most people in our modern world are not aware of the important role of the gut holding our feeling memory and registering how life is impacting us. Our feelings of emptiness and fullness that is felt in our guts and  relate to how well our needs as human beings are being met have for so long been confused in our awareness with the feelings of emptiness and fullness that accompanies hunger. We have missed the awareness of this vital feeling gauge in our gut. Until this feeling awareness in the gut is recognized and time is spent becoming aware of our gut feelings and the impact of life upon us from early childhood, we can not step forward in developing higher mind and Intuitional Intelligence.
In this book we will look further at the process of education of our instincts and lay the foundations for evolving higher mind and creative thinking. We talk quite a bit about the education of the young because we think that the learning process about the instinctual gut feelings we are born with begins at birth and needs to be included in the educational program as early as preschool age. In time, with proper care and attention, education, and a culture that supports instinctual awareness, the child will learn more and more to be attuned to his/her instincts. As his/her logical brain develops along with the awareness of his/her instincts and gut feelings, the child develops Intuitional Intelligence and a higher creative mind.

You will find Increasing Intuitional Intelligence is divided into five main units that include essays on the affects of consciousness of our gut instincts on many areas of life experience and are as follows: 1. Step One to Increasing Intuitional Intelligence! Educating the Gut Brain, Learning, Gut Feeling Awareness and Childhood Development; 2. Instinctual Awareness and Its Affects Upon Longevity; 3. Gut Feelings and Intuitional Intelligence as Applied to Psychology 4. How the Consciousness of the Gut as a Brain Affects Religion and Culture; and 5. How Uniting our Multiple Brains Affects Health and Wellness and the Medical Profession.

Within these essays, we address a variety of subject areas exploring the importance of gut instincts and using gut intelligence in: the aging process (beginning at birth), emotions, developing Intuitional Intelligence, longevity, happiness, memory, fear of death and dying, decision-making, inner human needs, the learning process, children and school, parenting, social bonds, marriage, body awareness, personality development, emotional intelligence, relationships, human communications and technology, creativity, evolution of mind  and our relationship to spiritual beliefs and religion, cultural history, and the medical profession.

In What’s Behind Your Belly Button?, we turned the current behavioral understanding of the Human psyche held in popular academia upside-down, inside-out and bottom-up with our conclusions from our clinical research based on our 40+ years of counseling and educational experiences that explored how people use their gut feeling responses as a source of intelligence. We demonstrated the idea of a two-brain system of intelligence—gut and head—in the Human being. In Increasing Intuitional Intelligence, we explain just how the two brain system functions psychologically for positive growth and development, well-being, a fulfilled life, and ultimately for developing our higher mind or Intuitional Intelligence. 

We realize that this material is not easy to fully comprehend because it is both academic (requiring the use of the thinking brain) and also readers must research their own inner feelings (requiring the use of the feeling gut brain) and experiences to make sense of the new psychological image (view) of Human Nature that we propose. Most of us have very little experience with the conscious awareness of our gut feelings, so this is new to most people. We have found that readers and researchers alike are fascinated with the subject and have many questions about living with gut instincts and making the most of gut intelligence. 

Although it is new for most of us to think of ourselves as having multiple brains as intelligence sources, it is an exciting prospect that hits home with many people even as they first begin to read about it and consider it in their own experience of themselves. To first become aware that you have a gut brain that has been guiding your behavior toward fulfilling your inner instinctive Human needs, explains much about ourselves and why we do and feel what we do. As a result, we have had many enthusiastic readers write to us, tell us they are successfully using the complete protocol for the Somatic Reflection Process that we include in What’s Behind Your Belly Button? for exploring gut feelings, and then ask us questions about how to further use gut feelings to unite the thinking and feeling brains to achieve well-being and happiness with a variety of life circumstances and issues. It is to answer many of these questions that we have written this second book, Increasing Intuitional Intelligence.

It is our hope that Increasing Intuitional Intelligence will help take our theories and interpretations of Human gut instincts into a place in current scientific knowledge that will revolutionize Behavioral Science and include a more functional model of the Human being. By a more “functional” model, we mean a way of thinking of who we are that is actually “usable” and “workable” when applied to Human life and allows for successful and happy living. 

While gaining much attention to those interested in exploring gut intelligence, our clinical findings still lack substantial peer research and review. Our theories on Human instincts and gut intelligence are just now on the cusp of edging into a place in mainstream popular psychology and medicine with many research studies now being conducted on the importance of the gut brain and its affects upon mental health. For instance, recent Medical studies on mice headed by Premysel Bercik at Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University show that neonatal stress in early life, such as maternal separation, changes the newborn’s gut bacteria and leaves it vulnerable to a variety of disorders that include disturbing gut functioning and interrupting the proper functioning of the head brain. This has been found to lead to anxiety and depression in adult life. Anxiety and Depression Association of America have calculated that Anxiety Disorders affects 40 million adults. These recent findings on the affects of early life stress on gut flora that lead to our most prominent disorder in Mental Health today are propelling research toward exploring the importance of somatic techniques (like the Somatic Reflection Process that we developed) to reduce stress levels and heal wounds of separation and anxiety. 

The concepts of gut intelligence that we put forward are based upon our clinical experiences and what we have learned from the reported affects of using the Somatic Reflection Process that we developed on gut feeling awareness with hundreds of people, including ourselves. So while much of what we write may seem like conjecture and assumption, it is based on ample professional clinical experience. Our experience makes it very difficult for us to be quiet, even if our theories fly in the face of traditional academia. We are hoping that our discussions in this book will influence neurologists and other medical scientists, psychologists, educators, and graduate students in a variety of areas of study to conduct further research and experiments using our protocol of the Somatic Reflection Process to render more hard data on the affects on Human life of being more conscious of our gut feelings and instincts and uniting the two centers of intelligence.

Of course, the idea of the gut as a center of intelligence relating to Intuitional Intelligence is not new. For instance, the ancient Hindu placed the astral soul of Humans (one’s self-consciousness) in the pit of the stomach. For the modern Parsis  (see Isis Unveiled and translation from the Vedic Sanskrit hymn in Rig-vedas) there exists a belief up to the present time that spiritual adepts have a flame in their navel that enlightens them and shows them the spiritual world and all things unseen, even at a distance. They call this inner vision through the gut the Lamp of Deshtur. And while a number of Mesolithic cultures revered the gut as a main center of intelligence, we propose that we have never had a culture with a balanced integration of the head and gut brains. In fact, modern people in general have left behind the consciousness of the belly and marginalized the importance of the enteric nervous system as a center of intelligence in favor of the upper thinking brain. Without the awareness of the gut brain information in our thinking, we leave out perhaps the greatest piece of information needed in our perception to help us make sound judgments through our intuition—and that is “the impact of life upon us from moment-to moment”. Now our task is to unify the two brains. 

In our first book, What’s Behind Your Belly Button?, we have proposed a protocol and demonstrated the Somatic Reflection Process that we created in the 70s and used with people in counseling to do just that—unify the two brains. And by using this process with individuals, one person at a time, we can bring back the awareness of our gut responses so that we can unify our gut and head brains, thus developing a clear circuit of information in our perception to give rise to our Intuitional Intelligence. We see the increase of Intuitive Intelligence as an inevitable step for our human species if we are to survive and it will make many things possible that have only so far been speculated in science fiction or esoteric philosophical texts. Of course, these changes will only come through our need for adaption and survival. But as you will see as you read this book, the pressure to do so is already at our doorstep. 

The subject of gut feeling intelligence as a path to developing Intuitional Intelligence is so new to our modern world that there is a great need for ample clarification of its meaning so that people may begin to understand within their own experience of themselves what these gut feelings are all about. This clarification also allows for the development of a model of Human Nature that is functional and successful in building a happy and peaceful world.

It is important to both feel into the our gut feelings in the body and then to also understand with our thinking brain just what we are feeling, how our gut feelings are organized to reflect Human need, and what it means to have a Human Nature. We are not advocating the elimination of the use of the thinking brain in favor of a swing toward the use of the gut brain, but for the uniting of these two brains into a more functional Human intelligence system than ever before in Human history. It is only with these two brains working in unity— integrating our conscious and subconscious processes—that we can as a species, through time, develop our Intuitional Intelligence and evolve higher mind from our inner vision. Are we ready and able to make this needed advance in intelligence? We think so!
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as well as Amazon,de and and Amazon.CA and other international Amazon sites

and it is on The Book Depository with free international shipping.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Affects of Increased Awareness of Gut Instincts on Aging and Longevity

 Are you developing the use of your gut instincts? We feel this important learning process needs to be a part of every school child’s educational program. And if you have missed it, then there is no time like the present to start learning the deeper meaning of your instincts. Your gut instincts are related to your need for acceptance from others (attention and being social) and to your need to be in control of your own responses (freedom). Both of these needs are important to maintain health and wellness and if a person ignores these instincts and inner needs, then it can lead to a lack of life fulfillment and even dis-ease. Learning to increase your awareness of your gut instincts can have a profound affect upon your present life and also may increase your longevity.

Research now shows that developing both a strong ability to reach out for acceptance and a strong feeling of being in control are two of the most important skills for achieving longevity and enjoying the experience of aging. Developing the use of your instincts (acceptance and control as indicated by your gut feelings of emptiness and fullness) will not only help you in your present day life and decision-making, but will also prepare you for your elder years.

At Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, recent  research showed that elders who live to 100 are usually adept at satisfying their social needs for acceptance and attention from others, and tend to be more extroverted and joyful. We do not feel that a person who is naturally an introvert needs to change or even can change their typology (nor would we really want them to do so). But rather we do see this research indicating a direct relationship between educating your instinctual awareness and the ability to fulfill your inner need of acceptance with the possibility of obtaining happiness in elder years and extended longevity. Another recent research study on longevity at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the German Institute for Economic Research, and Brandeis have indicated that feeling in control is also important to reduce mortality rate, and is even more important than education level (which also affects longevity).

We see the importance of a person beginning to learn to follow instinctual awareness and to develop our Intuitional Intelligence for longevity and wellness, this most powerful part of oneself beginning at birth. And we feel this instinctual awareness learning process needs to be a part of the educational program in schools, which we outline in our new book. You can read more about developing Intuitional Intelligence in our new book to be released in mid October 2015 titled: Increasing Instinctual Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feeling Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity.  

We hope in the meantime, you are enjoying reading our first book: What’s Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct. You can read not only case studies and verbatim counseling sessions in this book, but also a complete protocol and the research on this protocol for the Somatic Reflection Process on gut feelings that we developed to assist people in uniting body-mind and developing awareness of gut instincts.
Also, we suggest that you read through the many blog posts we have written here exploring gut intelligence, with many excerpts from our book and assistance in exploring your own gut instincts. We have a convenient list of blog entries on our blog below for you to enjoy:

Click on a book cover below to go to Amazon to Buy:

"Increasing Intuitional Intelligence" is available on Amazon USA and Amazon UK
as well as Amazon,de and  other international Amazon sites

"What's Behind Your Belly Button?" is also available on Amazon USA and Amazon UK

as well as Amazon,de and and Amazon.CA and other international Amazon sites

and it is on The Book Depository with free international shipping.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Freeing Human Nature: An Essay on the Process of Human Learning and the Two Brain System—Head and Gut

Dear Blog Readers:

The following essay is a unique discussion by Robert W. Sterling on our work as counselors and educators exploring gut feelings and on a philosophy of science based upon our research findings. It will certainly raise both questions and answers in the field of education and learning concerning the importance of educating both our head and gut brains, as well as what that means for our future culture and development as a specie as we free Human Nature and Natural Law. 

In addition, while neither Robert nor I are involved in politics, we do feel that the recent discovery of the intelligence of the second brain (see Dr. Michael Gershon's work), our feeling brain, is important to take into account when examining our governmental structure to have the most positive cultural influence upon the education and development of both the individual and our specie toward wellness.
If you like this discussion, then you will surely like our newly published book Increasing Intuitional Intelligence.
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Freeing Human Nature: An Essay on the Process of Human Learning and the Two Brain System—Head and Gut

By Robert W. Sterling



Human Nature requires a learning process that is Free to utilize all of the Brains, with which it is born. The Intelligence within the Ancient Animal Brain has developed its knowledge over millions of years of experience to Plan, Build and Improve the quality of life it represents. This brain manages its functional duties with the enteric nervous system in the Gut, and ‘speaks’ with its Feeling Instincts. And there is the other center of Intelligence, which grows after birth as the Sensory Brain, which develops the sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell over time, focused on the world outside the gut. It expresses itself with the voice of its Environments in the outside world.

For many centuries educators have focused on the Sensory Brain as the main center of functional intelligence, and supported that it was the center to be educated. Some of us are beginning to realize that by focusing on the senses, trying to educate the Thinking Brain about the outside world, we have omitted many positive qualities of knowledge each of us need or will need, in Life. It was not just stuck there to aggravate us as a trouble-maker, or as some may suggest as the “Devil”.

This recent shift of interest was initiated by Community College Behavioral Science Classes and exploration Groups. Medical Research discovered and later validated the presence of two of the independent Centers Of Intelligence, both essential to Learning. These centers of Learning represent Two Separate Independent Brains, which have radically changed the Human functional Image from a single Brain system to an externally focused Sensory and an internally focused Animal Brain.

The presence of the two brains is not a discovery that such brains existed, for their existence has been known associated with the intelligence necessary for the design and production of the Human instincts at Birth. The neurological discovery of the two independent Brains provides science with a better understanding of the internal and external functions of the Life Process, how the systems work, and what they can do for the Learning Process of the Human Animal.


In 1975 my colleague, Martha Char Love and I had discovered a Feeling in the Gut that seemed to isolate a Feeling aspect separate from the Sensory Brain and that was pure Feelings. We were operating a Career Guidance Center and coaching/facilitating behavioral Science classes at the time. We were using a technique we developed of reflecting upon the feelings a person was having in the present, back through time, helping students find any disturbing experience of the past that would interfere with present self-awareness and future employment stability. Having found that many students experienced past traumas, we would have the students bring in their Thinking and Feeling—two points of view—of what he or she found that might remove the stress from their life. When they had finished their inner discussion, we would have them move back to the present, carefully watching for the feeling of the original disturbance, and how it had woven its unnecessary influence all the way to the present. This technique is now known as, the Somatic Reflection Process (SRP).

It was our goal here, to take what seemed to be a most complex human system—the enteric nervous system—and transpose what we understood from a medical perspective to a psychological perspective. This move seemed to validate our own experience in 1975. In 1998 Dr. Michael D. Gershon published the results of his medical research discoveries in his book, The Second Brain: A ground breaking new understanding of nervous disorders of the stomach and intestine. The minds of Medical practitioners have wrestled with the understanding of what goes on between the throat and the anus, because the truth had to wait for the internal tools, minds, and the materials of discovery. Now that there is growing awareness of functional intelligence deposited in the Human gut, in the tummy, useful to the management of Human well being, we can utilize at least some of our energy toward learning how to manage that intelligence in making more healthy choices in individual Lives, and to manage their own behavior without any external pressures.

Individuality seems to be a key word when describing human nature. A quick review of the Human story reveals that we begin at conception, each of us with a unique set of genes. Within that set are portions, sub-sets, which define different aspects of the organism. A portion of the genes is set aside to prepare the electrochemical materials to form a zygote, and a portion of the genes prepares the ‘ground work’ for a recognizable Human Being at birth time. After birth is the time when we can see how important the Instincts are to the learning process, both to the Mother and to the newborn. Mother ‘sets the table’ instinctively, and the newborn ‘pulls up a chair’ and without, any external instruction’ begins to exercise its Instinctive Intelligence—hunger to stay alive. This intelligence is passed along to each of us, with slight modifications, from our inherited gene pool. The Individual—what we learn and how we learn about our selves—and the outside world is also the result of the environmental impact in which we were born and raised. It should be quite obvious that the Instincts of the Animal Brain are essential to the beginning of Human Life, and I will try to convince the reader that Experience with the gut intelligence of the animal Brain is essential to the Learning Process and to the satisfactions of the Animal Specie as long as that organism is Alive.

The evidence of essential need for the Instincts in the Animal Brain and its enteric nervous system (ENS) is its functionality associated with the Life Processes in the entire body. After all, the ENS is the result of the DNA Plan and the construction of that Plan, which was conceived by the genetic inheritance it was offered. Once completed and tested, this new Life Center seems to become responsible for the development of the central nervous system (CNS), which must ultimately learn to assume responsibility for Mobility and Protection of the ENS in its many external environments. ENS receives its intelligence from its parent’s genes; CNS receives its intelligence from its own experience in the outside world. 

These processes of the ENS are to manage the digestion system, manage the generation of energy, manage the heart pump and circulation of nutrients in the blood, and manage the growth activities of the central nervous system (CNS). The awareness of the management of all Life process indicates that the ENS has the responsibility to apply limitations to the activities of the CNS. This set of limitations makes sense when the background of the animal with its genetic history is allowed to learn to adapt to new environmental challenges, as long as its new interests take into account life support of the ENS. When changes represent interest of the CNS beyond the limits of present need, then the challenge seems to represent its Self by reducing energy to the activity of the CNS. With prolonged loss of energy, the organism will likely express itself with some form of discomfort. This functionality of the ENS, it seems to me, is demonstrating the use of a learning process of “trial and learn” using one’s own energy, and a clue for use of the same learning process when acquiring any form of intelligence.


It may surprise some people that there is a combination of two systems with natural intelligence in the Human body—ENS with its Animal Brain sitting at the top of the Spinal Column, and the CNS with its Sensory Brain, empty at birth but growing over time into the same skull cavity. This combination of two separate Brains with the functionality of a single center of intelligence stores and fills the cavity with its neurological experience from inside and the outside world. Remember, that the ENS has had millions of years experience to learn and store its experience, to meet new challenges, and bring it up to date. So, the ENS with its experience becomes the Coach, knowing what it needs to achieve, and how it wants to accomplish its objective. Only the details of the learning process are left to the Organism to make, and they are monitored to evaluate the amount of energy to give the details support. So we have arrived at a point where we have an idea of what we have, but we still do not know how it works.

Our ideas of progress come from Nature, even though we like to think we are inventers. One of those ideas is the use of systems, and we know that there are various types of systems, one of which is a Closed System (CS). A CS is one in which the system is self sustaining—once started, it perpetuates itself until there is no more life to support. In Human Nature we have a closed system. The sun is our source of energy, plant life converts the sun’s energy to food, the food is digested by the gut and converted to chemical energy with the liquid nutrients pumped throughout the body, and the waste products are eliminated from plants and animals as fertilizer, and the cycle automatically begins again with the sun’s energy.

There is much more to understand, how the two systems ENS and CNS communicate with each other, and operate in sync, as a single center of Intelligence. However, communications seem to operate at millisecond speed in order to coordinate information from one system to another system. Suffice it to say that normally there is a communication system in each of us that makes constant inter-system communication possible at millisecond speed. At this high speed of coordinate communications, the movements of external and internal muscles appear to move as a single unit when either one is stimulated. It has been difficult for researches to accept Dr. Gershon’s discovery; of the Two Brain system until the latter part of the 19th Century.

There is one exception that may be of interest to some. The CNS tires from all the physical activity. The sensory information it receives to sort out and store for memory goes to sleep each day and rests. On the other hand, after the CNS goes to sleep, the ENS continues to send messages of feeling to the sleeping CNS, and it is then that we have our metaphoric Dream, which we are often unable to understand. There are many theories about these phenomena, and I will share mine.

Dreams are rarely focused on the outside world. If family or close friends are used as characters in a dream; if positive, the message seems to indicate a feeling of fullness in you’re life, If negative, it seems to indicate feelings of emptiness in your life, stress, worry—unfinished ‘business’.


There is very little chance, maybe none that a strong Intuitive Intelligence can be built without past experience with the Animal Brain, its ENS combined with the Sensory Brain and its CNS. This combination of Logic and Natures Evaluation (Feeling) provides the status of Intelligence for the best Judgment an Individual will be able to make. The goal of “Trial and Learn” must be initiated as soon as possible after birth in order to give a child the best Intuition to solve the Personal, and help solve the Cultural Problems he/she will face. 

It should be clear that there is the mixing of Human Nature with different individual Cultures throughout the world, including our own. Most cultures would have to start from scratch to achieve an environment conducive to body-mind unity and support of Human Nature. Scratch would mean examining all possible pressures against Human Nature’s individual needs for Freedom and Acceptance, and get rid of all the pressures from every source, which work against these two Principles. Ideally the list of these pressures involves the underpinnings of most societies where disparate laws of Human mind and body are related to some mystic religious faith, wherein Civil Laws rest on Religious Law, whether or not there is any verbal reference to its presence. This situation is the major problem, which if solved, would help solve problems related to Learning and Education, Tax Exemption, Medical Expense, Incarceration, Governance, etc. It seems to me that to achieve the Freedom of the powerful Instincts that achieves the Quality of Life expressed in the Constitution of the United States of America, is not only saving Human Lives, but such a move brings us back, closer to what was intended, simply, for the most part, by reinterpretation of the sections of the Constitution that have been distorted over time and circumstance.

The details of the task to free Human Nature make it seem impossible at a glance: To Reject Religious Law, Rewrite Civil law, and accept Natural Law, in order to free the Instinctual content of Natural Law. Such an enormous change would be unthinkable just to accept the fact that there had never been an arching external power or presence that loved and cared for Human life on this earth. If there was such a power elsewhere, there was never any evidence to show its presence—thus it has always been attached to ‘faith’. On the other hand, when Science had developed the tools to look and physically examine the inside of the Human anatomy, it found two separate Brains with two neurological systems providing energy of life to a Body, Mind, and a Spirit of Life. It suddenly became clear that there was no place for Religion in the Science of Human Beings, who are equipped by Nature at birth, to take care of themselves and each other, as long as the human, functional, system operates within nature’s functional boundaries, and operates for a purpose of Life within the Human boundaries—Needs of Human Nature, without which, the Specie could ultimately destroy itself.


I have been impressed by the way a good Coach handles a football team. When a student wants to play on the team but has no previous experience in the game, the Coach will watch him in practice show his stuff: how he uses his body, how he thinks, and how he manages his energy.  When the Coach is satisfied with the student’s determination and potential to play football, he will discuss a position appropriate to satisfy the student’s expectations, and help him grow over time in that position. If the student learns over time that he is loosing interest in his choice of activity, and quits the game, he has learned an important lesson, that playing football was not what he thought it was, and was not satisfying his needs.

The essential point I’m trying to make here is that growing and learning rarely follow in a strait line, and are never mistakes. We learn much more from Trial and Learn than from guessing, and expecting always to be correct with our choices. The satisfying aspect of being ‘wrong’ is this incident will be stored in your memory, and can surface often with a chuckle--again an again--to steer your mind away from repeating it in the future. The idea is that when you choose experience you are committing your own Time, Energy, and Interest, not what someone else had instructed you to do. If what you have learned from your experience was what you wanted to know or do, you have taken a step toward building confidence in your self with more energy to try again. If you didn’t learn what you wanted to know or do, you have learned to be more cautious with your curiosity— more careful with your Intuition.


We have an idea of how the system works, however we need to expand upon it, and add some tools that we have not mentioned. So, what do we have to work with?

We have two areas of intelligence: The sensory brain for storage of its experiential history of its outside world, and its central nervous system (CNS) attached to electrochemical sensors throughout the external body, and placed in areas where it functionally cooperates with the animal brain. The animal brain manages all electrochemical functions within the gut, and its enteric nervous system (ENS), which is designed to digest the food, to furnish and circulate energy throughout the entire organism, and has the function of recording and storing the functional history of the quality of life of the entire organism as a reference—the impact on it of its current and past experience.
       CNS expresses its views of the details of experience in its environmental language of thinking—environmental standards.
       ENS expresses its views of the same details but with the feelings of the environmental impact on the quality of life that it is experiencing. 

This duality of intelligence furnishes us two valuable centers of reference, which can help us to individually and collectively control our own inner needs without any mystical power from the outside world. The inner needs of quality of life for the Human Animal is not switched on/off but much like the gas gage in your automobile, allows for variations of Empty or Full feelings of life to be adjusted by the individual.

Where Fear, Stress, and Disaster occur in the life of a Human is when the animal is denied another duality of necessity, Acceptance and Control (Attention and Freedom). This seems to be when animals are willing to end Life; no hope of Freedom, alone with no Attention from a desired other, and no hope of change—an Empty Life. Martha and I have discussed in our book “What’s Behind Your Belly Button?” the likely possibility that an empty life, if not corrected, will first develop signs of illness in the gut or elsewhere in the body; and if not treated, will grow to destroy the organism. “The prospect of an empty life, like an empty gas-tank, will take us nowhere without Attention”.

We explored in our book the use of Freedom and Acceptance from Birth, as the newborn awakens its sensory acquisition of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Early childhood demonstrates the struggle of achieving the necessities of its environment. It is using its own early energy to try to copy what it touches, sees, and hears, and that energy is generated by its own instincts, its ENS. Later on it will be able to see and hear beyond the confines of its birth environment when it will seek more Control and Acceptance from strangers. It is this experience of trial-and-learn that can form a balance between self-control and self-acceptance, a positive self-image, and a full life registers on its ‘gas gage’.


I think we can all conclude that we will likely have the tools to understand the intelligence, with which we have to individually begin life at birth. The important task ahead is to make the most of our beginnings in an environment not of our choice that can partially separate us from the necessary intelligence, with which we were born. This means that there is less Feeling Intelligence to balance Thinking Intelligence. The condition weakens the balance between the two functional systems, produces less Energy, produces Empty Feelings in the gut, a distorted ability to make good judgments, experiences difficulty in relationships with others, and experiences some type of illness if the imbalance continues.

From our work as educators of both the head and gut brains (a two brain system), I would like to make these brief suggestions for time frames for education and the promotion of skills of the intelligence of our multiple brains—head and gut:

Pre-school—Time to build a positive Self-image: Control and Acceptance (C/A) in the group, watch and listen. Begin early simple dialog about inner feelings and needs.

Entering School—Reinforce C/A: Promote projects of individual interests, keep track of individual’s energy levels. Provide special attention to troubled students—apply use of Somatic Reflection Process to troubled students when necessary.

Ages (6—10)— Continue to reinforce C/A: Introduce leveled academic skills of reading, writing, arithmetic, and spelling (using the dictionary with unfamiliar words) around relevent topics and subjects to students (using a student-centered learning approach). Begin creative projects related to individual interests, such as music (voice or instrumental), sports (individual or team), painting, sketching (art), animal care, construction, etc. Continue dialog about inner feelings and inner needs. 

Ages (10—16)— Group Discussion: Self Image, Reflections, Sexuality, etc.
Presentation of Individual work. Career exploration begins from the reference of inner needs fulfillment, along with continued academic skill development and exploration. Use of Somatic Reflection Process for career exploration and self awareness.

—Essay Ends Here

If you would like to read more about our work and research with gut feeling intelligence and about the technique we call the Somatic Reflection Process to explore the voice of the gut and human nature, we invite you to take a look at our book "What's Behind Your Belly Button?" Our book website is at

And if you have enjoyed reading this essay on gut intelligence and learning, you may also enjoy the following related posts on this blog, or enjoy all our posts exploring gut feelings and instincts by clicking on the many listed on the left side of this blog page:
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3. Was Religion Invented By the Thinking Mind to Try to Make Sense of Gut Feeling and Gut Instinct? An Exploration of the Theory of "God Is In the Gut"!
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