Archive - January 2017

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Your VibeCore: What Do You Want?
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The “Vibration” Of Flourishing
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Life As A “Flow” Experience
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Need The Balance Of Negativity?
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Our Strengths As Our Values?

Your VibeCore: What Do You Want?

 

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Your VibeCore is YOU bringing YOU What You Want.

You have a “vibe” that you transmit as surely as a frequency or signal and it’s rooted in what has brought you what you have in your life.

It is not your positive thinking or your negative thinking that so much attracts what you want or don’t want; it is your “positivity being” or your “negativity being.”

It is the structure of your reasoning and your “meaning-making” system that attracts into your world, what you’re getting and not getting.

That reasoning emerges from “positivity being,” “negativity being,” or a sloppy, transitional mix of the two.

While they help start the movement toward transition, this is much more profound than positive thinking and affirmations.

Your “vibe” sets up your consciousness of the world and exists as the way you see yourself in the mirror and then becomes the world you bring to life.

Your VibeCore is what you want, how much you believe you’re going to get it, and how open you are to however it may come.

If you’re very tight about how what you want has to come, then your reasoning will squeeze what you get until it takes forever, or worse, never comes at all.

Your VibeCore emerges from what’s meaningful for you, that isn’t usually conscious until you get very clear about what you want, which will change or radically sharpen, the clearer you get.

Getting really clear about what you want starts to alter and change your structure of reasoning, how you see your world.

Until you do, your VibeCore brings all kinds of things into your life. It is the structure of your being and it is a “vibe” sending out the signal that is bringing to you what you get.

“POSITIVITY BEING,” not just positive thinking, is what it means to begin to alter the nature of your mind and to be able to live in an UpSpiral of growing consciousness, that brings back the “oneness” you begin to see in the mirror.

© Dr. William K. Larkin 

The “Vibration” Of Flourishing

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The brain is at its highest and most potent level of performance is what I call brain synchrony. When we experience brain synchrony, our vibration is really at its best, our vibration is at its healthiest.

When I use the word vibration, I’m really talking about aliveness and I’m talking about it in the same way as Thomas Troward who was an English judge in India, and also a philosopher.

He talks about the human experience that is different than any other experience because of the degree of aliveness that defines humanness. It is his contention that it is our degree of aliveness that makes us human. If we want to take this idea of aliveness apart, and ask what its nature is, we are fundamentally defining our vibration. The amount and the way we are alive to life, our aliveness, pretty well describes our “vibration” or our “vibe.”

Whatever our vibration is, brain synchrony is a signal of it being at its best, with the most efficient “burning” of psychic energy which is its fuel. That fuel certainly is glucose, but it is more than that, ultimately.

When we are experiencing brain synchrony, as opposed to brain conflict, we are effectively using our limited supply of psychic energy, in a day’s time or over a period of time.

When the brain “feels good” it’s most efficient, and the brain is most efficient when you feel good. When you feel good, the brain is at its highest degree of synchrony, doing its best work, being its most efficient, using your psychic energy best.

That doesn’t mean that the brain does not like problems; it does. The brain likes problem solving and flourishes with use. What the brain does not like is working against itself. And the brain works most against itself or at odds with itself, interestingly, when you are doing the same.

The brain can work in a high degree of synchrony even in the midst of pain, danger, and extended use. States like worry, agitated indecision, rage, resentment, jealousy, revenge are states in which the brain works in efficient synchrony, to wear itself out and wear itself down.

In a high degree of brain synchrony we find a high degree of consciousness. With that high degree of synchrony and consciousness we also find a positive, guided, direction-pointed, and for want of a better word “appreciative” vibration.

Appreciating, in this sense, means open, apprehending, discerning, considered, and receptive in a positive sense. Our beliefs and our feelings, our apprehensions create vibrations that most affect the binding activity of  ligands to cells, affecting the very basic activity of cells.

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson told us in her landmark research that one of the effects of positive emotion was thriving at a cellular level.

Our “vibe” is all about thriving at a cellular level.

The phrase that I would use beyond thriving is “flourishing at the level of the communities of cells.”

© Dr. William K. Larkin 

Life As A “Flow” Experience

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Anything in life can be a flow experience.

Just go back and remind yourself of the steps for creating flow and you know that anything can be a flow activity, if you can get to “oneness” with it- forget yourself and get to that point where you are one with the music of whatever you’re doing.

What is amazing is that “flow” is like a drug or a medication.

We are concerned about the affects of drugs and medications, particularly psychotropic or psychological drugs.

What we don’t realize is that social interaction, the way we think, what we talk about and the social context around us affects us, particularly the brain, as much, if not more than drugs, in the long-term.

Your thoughts affect the development of neuropathways in the brain.

Negative and anxious conversations about “bad” things and people affect the amygdala of the brain which is a center of fear, negativity and anxiety.

The more you focus on the negative, the more extensive and tightly bound are the neuropathways that are connected to the negative memories that are held by the left hemisphere.

The words we use, the conversations we have, and the images and programs we take in have the power to create a DownSpiral of negativity that releases cortisol, a major stress hormone, adrenaline, thyroxin (long-term adrenalin), and ACTH, the body’s basic stress response.

Don’t like to take medication?

Don’t want to use drugs?

Then make “flow” the medication you use.

As it shifts you from your left hemisphere dominance to the larger picture of the right hemisphere, that sense of being one with the music, that subtle shift turns the “feel good” chemicals and gives you distance, perspective and it adds to the neuropositive reservoir.

The more you are in flow and the more you experience being “one with the music”, the more you build it into your life, you are building your reservoir of psychological capital and you are also building a “buffer zone” of positivity.

© Dr. William K. Larkin 

Need The Balance Of Negativity?

 

 

Illustration of positive and negative. Plus and minus.Does “happy” sound trite to you?

Need the “balance” of the negative?

You would neither be afraid of facing what is negative or need to deny that the negative is everywhere if you were grounded in what an increased capacity for positive emotion means for your brain and for you.

It is not a matter of just changing your thinking and it is not a matter of just being happy.

You do not live where you think, you live where you feel, and in the “incubator” of your experiences that produces the state of mind or feeling state that you’re in.

The life of positive emotion in us, freely accessible and lived, is like good nutrition as opposed to eating frozen dinners.

We find our lives of creativity and meaning in our capacity for positive emotion and in learning to live from it.

For most folks, the enlarged capacity for positive emotion is a foreign idea they assume they understand.

Your enlarged and engaged life of contentment and satisfaction is grounded in your capacity for positive emotion.

It is not grounded in resolving your past mistakes or conflicts. Your negativity is grounded there.

That negativity waits, hopes, and breathes in anticipation that you will try to “work through” your defensive, negative armour and be engaged for years in resolution of your issues.

While at the same time, in another part of your brain, the capacity for positive emotion, growth, increased options, thriving, and flow waits patiently in your life.

The increased experience of enlarging the capacity for positive emotion engages the brain in a process that creates transition and moving into a whole new structure of consciousness that stops using what doesn’t work.

It unearths, one day a time, the defensive behavior that doesn’t fit the nature of positive emotion and its perception of what the new options and new strengths can do.

People change when they feel safe, they do not change when they experience threat, at least not over the long term.

© Dr. William K. Larkin 

 

 

 

Our Strengths As Our Values?

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Our signature strengths, the top five big ones that we can test to identify, are expressed as values, our “core values.”

What a concept.

Let’s think about values.

They are standards or guides to how we are most who we are.

When we live most consistently aligned to our values, a way of life that is most expressive of our true nature is formed.

Our valuing takes the form of these strengths as one of the strongest indicators and answer to the question, “Who am I?”

I have never heard a person who has found out what their strengths are ever ask, “Who am I?”

They know.

Take any problem you think you have and talk to your strengths.

Yes, have a dialogue with one or more of your strengths.

Ask of it, “with this or that in my life, how do I apply this strength? What does this strength have to tell me, teach me?”

How have I created my world from this strength that is also a value? And where in my world am I furthest from its expression or truth?

Where you are closest, you will be happiest, most content and grounded in easy joy.

Where you are far enough a way from this strength, you will find how you devalue yourself and your life and live in a disembodied and compromised life.

It will usually be experienced as anxiety, flat lining, or even depression.

The fundamental expression of a strength as a life value is as a lens to filter out what doesn’t fit and the delusion that allows it to remain.

Our strengths seek the restoration of the truth of who we are and provides the joy that results. It restores our presence to ourselves and to others.

As you dialog with your strengths, can you hear this message…?

“I fill my shoes and they are solid to the ground, my gait is centered with my posture and it is sure. I am firm footed. I sit in my seat, I fit and I am there, present. I am a part of the beauty and excellence I see accurately around me.”

I am learning to embody my strengths, to go beyond an intellectualized understanding of what they are, and to live in them, with clarity and connectedness I can feel.

© Dr. William K. Larkin 

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