In the nervous system, information comes in through sensory nerves and out through motor nerves.
Sensory nerves enter the back of the spinal cord and motor nerves exit the front of the spinal cord.
There are similar pathways in the brain. Information comes in through the back of the brain (lower hindbrain) and, from there, travels to the front of the brain (frontal lobe/cortex).
When we want to understand something, we often engage the frontal lobe of the brain to get it motorically.
When we grasp to understand something with the front of the brain, we are trying to interpret it based on previously experienced or old information.
However, it’s very helpful to first receive current information by opening our awareness in the back of the brain. That way, we experience the information in a less filtered, more open way.
The information can then travel from the back of the brain to the frontal cortex for interpretation and organization.
On the other hand, when we only receive information through the back of the brain, and it does not pass to the frontal cortex, we don’t necessarily know what we’ve received.
Balanced sensory and motor pathways are built on dialogue.
When we open the back of the brain to receive new information and allow it to absorb forward to the front of the brain, we can expand our ability to organize and make choices that lead to new behavior.
By opening to new information, we have the possibilities of creating new action, which provides new feedback. This allows for a continuous and dynamic cycle of shifting patterns of perception and potential for balanced physical and emotional responses.
This is a generalization and simplification of a complex process, but one that can be experienced and embodied through practice in shifting our awareness.
This clip is from Bonnie’s online course Embodying Cellular Consciousness through Touch and Movement.