The Cognitive Revolution is accordingly the point when history declared its independence from biology. From the Cognitive Revolution onwards, historical narratives replace biological theories as our primary means of explaining the development of Homo Sapiens… It (becomes) necessary to take into account the interaction of ideas, images and fantasies as well.
– Sapiens, A Brief History Of Human Kind, Yuval N. Harari
This new approach to inner healing combines the ancient wisdom of Eastern traditions with Yoga at centre stage, alongside the newly developing field of neuropsychology. The intersection of East and West helps increase our understanding of the human condition. As we begin to observe the mind and its impact on the brain, we simultaneously witness alterations to the brain that occur through the networks of our mind.
The unified field, that is our “mind” encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual (i.e. transpersonal) realms. Yoga means union. It can be defined by its aim to illuminate human nature through the integration of all that we are. It offers a mechanism for viewing the Whole of humanity as greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Yoga’s lens of unification is as helpful to increasing self-awareness as it is to harmonizing the differences of all humanity. This understanding is apparent through both Eastern and Western understanding. We each embodied mirror images of the world around us, while scientifically speaking… each cell within us holds the holographic image of all parts of the whole at once. Eastern wisdom sees human suffering as a lack of self-integration or lack of understanding that we are already “Whole”.
“Mis-knowing” the truth of our essence results from the world of delusion that prevents our access to Wholeness within. The necessity of constraint that is the foundation of our delusion will later be explored.) Spirit nature pervades all humanity and links us to our individual Wholeness as well as connecting us with all other beings. The core of most religious traditions is premised on a recognition of Divine spirit and the understanding of our Divine nature as central to our human experience. In biblical scriptures, Divine Spirit is introduced to humankind through the act of God’s breath. At first consideration, this may resonate as in-credible and unscientific. However, Einstein’s theory of relativity (i.e. E = MC-squared) underscores that energy and matter are interdependent, in fact suggesting the parameters of universal oneness. Robert Lanza’s uses his theory of biocentrism to explain further, the “reality of things” exists either as wave or particle, not both since all matter depends on the state of consciousness of the observer.
As knowledge expands into poorly understood areas including quantum physics and biocentrism, science increasingly affirms philosophical and mystic understanding. Western science is catching up to many ancient Eastern paradigms, generating new understanding of “the centrality of all life”.
From his experiences as a Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl devised a system known as Logo-Therapy, as a basis to understanding the conditions of mankind’s most primal needs. The need to find “meaning” in one’s life, was determined as an essential component for enduring the most unimaginable suffering. Frankl discovered a capacity to survive extreme deprivation and suffering, realizing through the observation of those who survived as well as those who did not; that in order to be successful in overcoming one’s suffering, one required the capacity for a sort of faith that led to seeking and finding a purpose to existence. Only a sort of spiritual transcendence would overcome the dispiriting forces incurred through physical and emotional pain. Self-awareness as a basic implement of survival upends Maslow’s earlier hierarchy that asserts that only when basic physical needs are satisfied, is self-awareness relevant. Frankl demonstrated a greater complexity to human needs than understood by Maslow through his ability to harness critical self-awareness as a tool for survival by finding meaning in his own life. It seems our inner-networks of perception offer much more than a small contribution to the resilience that boosts our capacity for survival.
As biocentrism asserts, the universe exists as a result of conditions created through human consciousness; inferring that without consciousness, there is nothing. That life cannot exist in a vacuum resonates quite easily within the most non-scientific amongst us.