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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Vive La France (Vote With Your Head AND Your Heart)

France held elections a couple of days ago. I watched the results coming in with great interest. Would this traditionally center-to-right nation vote for Ségolène? I was fascinated by French voters talking about "voting with the heart or voting with the head" in reference to what had happened in the 2002 elections, I believe, where many had said to have voted first with the heart, and then, in the final round, with the head.

Bearing in mind that scientists have now discovered that we have a second and third brain, these being located in our intestine and in our heart respectively, by virtue of billions of neural cells in each of these "other" brain centers, it is now understood that these two other brains actually feed the first brain with information which it then processes in order to come up with its decisions.

So what we have called our "gut" feelings, or intuition for millenia, and what are our emotions, or heart feelings, are literally come by through the processes of these billions of neural cells in these other two areas of our body. If you want more detailed information about this cutting-edge research, also see my May 2006 Newsletter Introducting Our Second and Thirds Brains: We Do Think With Our Heart and Instinct.

So...to the French voters preparing for the May 6th elections I would say: "don't choose between heart and head, but use both, PLUS your gut, in order to come up with a sane choice!". Much greater inner freedom can be experienced if we make our choices with all of the information available to us, rather than merely paying lip service to philosophies bred from rationalism, empiricism, or positivism. For far too long our patriarchally influenced occidental world has suffered from the one-sidedness of these positions. Let's not make the mistake of falling into another kind of one-sidedness, and let's recognize that we now truly have the knowledge to show us how to make use of all our intelligent faculties.

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