by Kristen Boyesen, SOMO CLE Leader, passionate about humanity, an artist at heart, and what a beautiful one she has.
What mechanism is at work when we do visioning, find ourselves connecting with a total stranger, or take on the excitement of the crowd at a baseball game? Is it some magical part of the Universe or is it Science?
From the writings and videos below, you may come to discover for yourself that it is BOTH. No, science has not yet proved the existence of God, but it has proved the spiritual saying, “We are all One.” The connecting mechanisms are mirror neurons in our brains. Mirror neurons, according to Daniel Goleman in “Social Intelligence” (2006), were discovered by accident by neuroscientists in 1992.
Below are several Resources for further study that will help to explain how we are all connected and what this means in our lives. Visioning is a powerful tool that can be used for the higher good of yourself and others, OR for obtaining outcomes that are not in the best interests for yourself or others, OR for actual harm. Use this gift with love and loving intent for the good of all humanity and the Universe.
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Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology and the Well-Being Theory, writes in his new book “Flourish” (2011), that “being social is the most successful form of higher adaptation known.” He writes of how science proved that emotion is contagious by studying the data from the Framingham Study. Mirror neurons again! Visit Dr. Seligman’s website for more information and for free assessments for learning more about YOU. Examples are the Gratitude Questionnaire (to measure appreciation for the past), the Optimism Test (measures optimism about the future) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale.
A TED talk, filmed in 2009 by Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran of the University of California says, “There is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are, in fact, connected not just via Facebook and Internet, you’re actually quite literally connected by your neurons.” http://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization.html
Science and Humanities, once separated by opposing philosophies, are now united by mirror neurons.
2005, Nova video. 14 minutes. Shows the accidental discovery of mirror neurons. Explains why they are so important to humans and for human interactions, empathy and the functioning of society.
2006, New York Times “”We are exquisitely social creatures,” Dr. Rizzolatti said. “Our survival depends on understanding the actions, intentions and emotions of others.” http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/10/science/10mirr.html?pagewanted=all
The GlobalOneness project has free downloads of educational material. http://www.globalonenessproject.org/education
“Living Oneness, Restoring Wholeness in a Fragmented World” is available as a free iBook at iTunes or as PDF. http://www.globalonenessproject.org/sites/default/files/education/downloads/LivingOnenessStudyGuide.pdf
The Human Awareness Institute (HAI Global). Creating a World where Everyone Wins. Free mini-workshops in the Cleveland-Akron area. http://www.hai.org/midwest-us-mini-workshops/
Alfred Adler Institute. “Adler’s primary index for mental health is the person’s feeling of community and connectedness with all of life.” Excerpts from Questions and Answers about Classical Adlerian Psychology are available free. Samples include insight on emotions and feelings, the undivided self, and self esteem.