Neuroception: Our Brain’s Safety-Threat Detector Through the subconsious process of neuroception we can quickly access our environment

All of us are born with an instinctive self-protective mechanism called neuroception. Without thinking, we can quickly access a situation/ person and decide if it is safe to engage or not. However, this natural ability often gets dumbed down due to faulty nurturing. Instead of honing a child’s innate intuitive skills, parents suppress this skill.

Prof Digby Tantam, Clinical Professor of Psychotherapy, at the University of Sheffield claims that humans are more connected to each other than earlier understood. According to him, there is a Wi-Fi Connection between us humans. Not precisely a ground-breaking discovery. Nevertheless, it gives credence to ancient theories about intuition, the sixth sense, and telepathy.

Body Mind Spirit Connection

How does a human being pick up information that is beyond normal senses? Where do gut feelings originate? Can one sense things beyond the normal five senses? The ancient yogic tradition having studied human anatomy has developed the chakra system that explained the mind-body-spirit connection. One really cannot separate one part of the body from the rest of the system.

Emotional Mind

Michael Jawer and Dr. Micozz authors of The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion demonstrate that the way we process our feelings provides a key to who is most likely to experience supernatural phenomena and why. They explain that emotion is a portal into the world of extraordinary perception.

Far from being by-products of neurochemistry, the authors show that emotions are the key vehicle by which we can understand ourselves and our interactions with the world around us as well as our most intriguing and perennially baffling—experiences

Neuroception helps us a sense if a situation or person is safe or dangerous

The Downside of Mirror Neurons

Mammals have evolved limbic circuitry to ‘read’ the internal states of other mirror neurons that assist us with empathy and understanding the emotional world of another person. They bridge sensory, motor, and affect circuitry allowing us to be activated with movement and emotion due to the visual stimulus of watching others (or even a picture of a movie).

However, the downside of mirror neurons is the effect of not having positive mirrors in one’s life could distort one’s view of life. Child abuse is one of the most unhealthy ways a person’s higher senses get muddled.

Abuse Changes Perceptions

In case our emotional structure has been damaged due to systematic child abuse our so-called WI-Fi system does not kick into action. Children who have been traumatized show a distorted and heightened sensitivity to external stimuli. They become hypervigilant.

The mind-body connection gets scrambled and needs to be re-calibrated. Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs which affects not just their social functioning but also their higher mental cognition.

Neuroscientists discovered that their neural networks develop in ways that don’t process risks in the same ways that kids who haven’t suffered trauma do. That is why adult survivors, usually make terrible relationship or professional decisions. Stress inflames the vagus nerve and affects the smooth transmission of nerve impulses to the brain and other parts of the body.

Neuroception and The Vagus Nerve

Stephen Porges a professor of psychiatry posited the Polyvagal theory.  The vagus nerve conveys messages between your gut and brain. About 80-85% of nerve fibers in the vagus nerve transfer visceral feelings or gut instincts from the gut (enteric nervous system) to the brain and also from the brain to the gut, making a feedback loop.

Porges has termed this process of perception and evaluation neuroception. He defines this process as “how neural circuits distinguish whether situations or people are safe, dangerous or life-threatening.

When our vagus nerve is in peak condition, we feel relaxed and centered. Able to navigate life with a sense of trust and feelings of empowerment.

Connecting Into Intuition

Malcolm Gladwell, author of the best-selling book Blink: The Power of Thinking without thinking dissects and discusses the art of human intuition. He elaborates how humans can, by developing it to perfection, be able to make quick yet accurate and effective decisions.

Whatever one may call it intuition, inter-brain connection, telepathy, or sixth sense we can only access those states when we are in a condition of relaxed awareness – when our third eye or pineal gland is open.

The Shambhavi mudra, or “Eyebrow Gazing Mudra” is a powerful way to activate your third eye chakra and tap into your inbuilt Wi-Fi when you can think without thinking.

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Further Reading:

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve Stanley Rosenberg

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