Brain science has come a long way in recent times, but is it really discovering something new? The old science of left-brain and right-brain mentalities has been thrown out the window. Scientists are now using functional MRI to watch how the brain processes information. They have found that the brain does not “light up” on just the left or right side. What the scientists found was that the brain follows a particular circuit when it processes information. (Yes! You mind does run in circles!)
The scientists have mapped three different brain circuits. They are:
- The Executive Attention Network: it governs focus and linear thinking.
- The Imagination Network: it governs creativity, empathy, and running mental simulations.
- The Internal Salience Network: it governs inner awareness and outer movements.
We each have a favorite circuit or favorite way to process information. Intellectual personalities generally use the Executive Attention Network. They can “see” into the depths of the logic through their ability to focus. Creative-Emotional personality types feel the vibrations of the environment, or “hear.” When there is a balance between the two first two networks, the inner awareness of the Internal Salience network opens.
Many have wondered what Jesus meant when he said, “Those who see, see! Those who hear, hear!” It seems that Jesus was aware of the two different ways people come to mystical realization. So once again, science is just verifying the knowledge that the ancient masters already knew.
It is not hard to imagine why religion has always been an instigator of war when you realize that mixing the spiritual practices from different religions can cause real psychological harm. The Kundalini overload experience is now being documented by science. When experience of mystical practices feels more like torture than bliss, who wouldn’t want to kill someone for causing such pain?
I have spent 15 years researching the major religions to find out why those who seek a deep personal relationship with the divine often suffer physically and psychologically. My research revealed that most cultures have two completely different methods of spiritual transformation buried within their scriptures. They are:
The Hero’s Journey or Warrior’s Path, which uses Kundalini to kill the ego.
The Grail Path or Virgin’s Path, which uses the Light or Grace to grow the spirit and give birth to the divine child.
It seems that psychological breakdown takes place when the spiritual path you follow does not harmonize with the make-up of your inner being. The key to selecting a beneficial spiritual path is personality type.
The Hero’s Journey is for the intellectual types.
The Grail Path is for the creative and emotional types.
The ancient system of inner transformation developed specifically to help creative and emotional people spans many cultures and has many names. This spiritual path is celebrated for its ability to bring hope, peace, and clarity to the creative and emotional person. Buddhist’s know it as The Flower Sermon. Taoist’s call it The Secret of the Golden Flower. Christian’s identify with the legends of The Holy Grail. The Holy Grail is not an object. It is a system of mystical transformation, or a spiritual path, used by mystics. A mystic is a person who has direct personal contact with the divine energies. After spending time following the advise of the ancient scriptures, I discovered that the platter, the cup, and all the other portrayals of the Holy Grail are actually levels of spiritual attainment.
Once we understand that there is a yin and yang to spiritual development, the spiritual practices of every society will be honored for the knowledge they contain. When both paths are understood and honored, everyone will have the opportunity to reach their highest human potential.