The Three Layers of Transformation
In very simplified terms our brain can be divided into 3 levels that all have different functions: the cognitive brain responsible for analysing and rational thinking, the limbic system responsible for our emotions, and the reptilian brain responsible for our automatic and instinctive reactions to for example danger (e.g. fight or flight). Transformation comes from working with all 3 layers.
While we can achieve a lot of change by actively engaging our cognitive brain to rationalise and question why we are having self-doubts or specific beliefs about something for example, we also need to learn to transform difficult emotions and our reactivity. Logic is usually not sufficient to do so. For example we can be in fear of something irrational but knowing that the fear is irrational does not take the fear away. So when we also include techniques that address the emotional states and our reactivity the potential for transformation is much bigger…
You might ask, how does one transform these unpredictable, irrational states and reactions if not through logic?!
In short the main ingredients to transforming emotions and reactivity can be practised in meditation and through modern methods that build on ancient meditation practices. These methods allow us to step-out of the web of our cognitive mind and work more directly with our emotions and reactivity.
Read on for more detail of how it works and why.