NeuroPositivity: On The Right Side Of History

Negative events and our habit of worrying often seem so much more real and powerful in our mind.

For some, it’s the “ambient soundtrack” of their mind and brain.

What are you worrying about? How much anxiety do you experience?

How much THREAT do you feel OR how SAFE do you feel?

Right now your heart is beating in a way that is signaling to your body that you are feeling either safety or feeling threat. Which is it for you?

It is entirely possible to be in threat when there is no real threat at all; we just think the negative thoughts that put us in threat. In SAFETY your parasympathetic systems has you at rest, restoring you, healing you, building up your resilient reserves. In threat, your sympathetic system is arousing the hormones of defense and flight/ flight.

This is the choice: calm/connect or fight/flight? Which describes you?

Negative events create a larger variance from the norm.

They capture more of our attention because they create more “noise” by being greater departures from our real nature. They can move us into a State Of Mind of “threat” and a habit of “fight/flight.”

Our real nature, the neuropositive, is more even, more ongoing, more constant in its nature.

It’s the opposite of the noisy, banging, clanging effects of what is at variance with the neuropositive norm- the negative.

We think we are more negative because controlling it seems to bring greater and more immediate relief.

But the relief is always temporary, so long we believe that “where it’s at” is chasing down the negative variance, rather than increasing the neuropositive, heliotropic, light- seeking and life-giving tendencies that really are our truest, most aligned selves.

If you focus on the noise of the negative, you will increase your “hearing” of it.

So much so that when it is quiet, the quiet goes largely unnoticed, in the search for the cure of the noise.

Your brain can be caught up in that search.

The negative has us fooled.

We are seekers of light.

We have this choice that is heliotropic and growth oriented, or we can get confused and decide against it and block the growth.  However, “the block” is exactly that- an aberration away from what is given, from what is the truth, and that is the movement of the Mind directing the brain toward the positive, toward the light, toward truth, toward virtue, toward well-being. 

We are on the side of history that studies the heliotropic, neuropositive orientation of the Mind upon its servant, the brain.

We are traveling on this NeuroPositive, growth-evoking, light-seeking journey.

This shift to the knowledge and practice of NeuroPositivity is part of the shift of consciousness of the planet.

What is positive and good is everywhere, but it requires a lens.

That lens is to see what is negative as a departure from the rule, and not the rule that orders life and well-being.

What’s your lens?

Do you want to make yourself feel “threat” or “safety”?

It is not a requirement to exhaust the lens of the negative before you can pick up the neuropositive lens.

NeuroPositivity is a more educated choice.

It’s a choice in the direction of the nature of being itself, but to claim this lens, you may have to turn off the television, stop negative conversation and gossip, and generally be much more selective about what you take in.

We worry about so many things- our place in the check out line, the person who cuts us off in traffic, the motorcycle rider who thinks the broken line between cars is his special lane. Try this: let someone get ahead of you in the check out lane, imagine the person who cut you off in traffic has a pregnant wife ready to deliver, and pray that the 19 year old on the motorcycle gets home safely.

We can change our world of “threat” by changing our perceived notion that someone is getting ahead of us, by checking our own need to worry about getting behind, losing time, having to hurry, running out of time, not getting everything done and letting it go.

The right side of history is the way the river is flowing, and that is in the direction and with the force of NeuroPositivty: well-being, improved health, thriving relationships, a deeper sense of meaning and personal significance, and increasing longevity.

About the author

Dr. William K. Larkin
  • Karen Pierce

    As I read this post this morning, I’m holding a cup of tea. I can’t help but realize that drinking caffeine in any form (can’t drink coffee) will cause an artificially induced feeling of threat. My heart actually IS beating a bit faster than usual, and there is a very slight palm stickiness…All this tells me I’m in flight/fight mode. Now I’ve gotten myself in a situation where I have to work harder to keep a neuropositive state of mind. This really drives home for me how we can’t leave the body out of the equation, i.e. how working with the body can aid in
    upspiraling. Yoga will help me feel calmer, as does a mediterranean diet. Chocolate, not so much even though my mouth really likes the way it tastes!

    This post has given me a greater understanding on a neuroception level of the respect and gratitude my body deserves for helping me live a neuropositive lifestyle. Thank you Dr. Larkin!

    • susanwhitcomb

      Karen, your last paragraph touched me! I can hear a variation on the Hands Prayer: “Body, I thank you. Body, I love you. Body, I respect you.” 🙂

      • Karen Pierce

        Susan, I thank you. Susan, I love you. Susan, I respect you!

  • Marsha Copeland

    I am grateful for the reminders written in this post that wake me to remember it is about practice. Change comes from making consistent effort towards the new. The tools I have been taught during this first 20 weeks of ANI’s courses allow me to integrate positive change. All it takes is practice. And practice is about the practical application of what I am learning to the degree that it does become the ambient soundtrack of everything I do.

    • susanwhitcomb

      So alliterative and memorable: “practice is about the practical” … love it Marsha!

  • susanwhitcomb

    I love this: “If you focus on the noise of the negative, you will increase your “hearing” of it.” And if we focus on the peace of the positive, we will increase the possibility of it. I/O psychologists and business strategists speak of “opportunity blindness.” With safety and security and significance, opportunity is easily seen. With threat and fear and doubt, it is invisible. Opportunity, hope, and possibility surround and envelope us in its light and life, while the negative blinds and robs us. The ANI tools of pulsing, strengths, meaning, and more serve to create neuropositivity as the delight-filled default of our lives. Thank you Dr. Larsen and Dr. Johnson!!!

  • Kathleen Burkhalter

    My NeuroPositive training over the past many months has truly helped me change my brain. For many years I was a negatively inclined worrier. But after using the tools and making them part of me I have changed. The proof is that three weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I do not feel fear, nor do I spend any time ruminating or focusing on anything dire. I know this is true because my blood pressure is normal and I have been basking in the expressions of love and kindness from my friends and family. This possibly scary time has become a time of gifts. This works!

  • Joanne E Harrington

    Reading this article about the necessity to seek the “light of NeuroPositivity” got me thinking about connection light has to plant life. I am a gardener. Plant a bulb too deep and the result is a bloom that is not as vigorous or long lasting. Why? Because too much energy has been spent finding its source of life – the light from the sun. Place a plant in the wrong sun/light conditions and notice whether it flourishes… or not!

    Clearly as NPC and Licensure students, we now understand the necessity to point ourselves – always to the light of NP. Negativity, worry and anxiety block the light of optimism and well-being. Tend to the garden that is your mind in order for that bulb called the brain to grow and flourish. Unplanned and unexpected life events, just like weeds in a garden, sometimes disturb our joy and peace. Kathleen’s blog entry is a case in point.

    Every gardener keeps handy an array of remedies to combat weeds and plant maladies. When the unwelcome “weeds and maladies ” affect our human lives, we too have a wide array of tools to use which for me, start with a checklist. What is the state of my neuroception – fear, threat, or safety? Pulse if need be. Get into a State of Mind of Gratitude and even Ease. Score my sense of calm and connectedness to me, and others in my sphere of influence. Now what is the Strength that I need to muster to attract more positivity and other light giving benefits? That checklist as a first big step brings a big dose of light, resonance and alignment.

  • Deidre B.

    Calm / connect.
    Fight / flight.

    I like this breakdown. The positivity is found in looking for the positive or at least the less impacting. Someone said I always try to find the positive in a situation. It’s the easiest work when the negative is so glaring. It is quite easy to look for the “noise” when it is quiet, ignoring the quiet. Silence. Quiet. Calm. Three words that are spins on one another. If we take a moment to savor any of them, we can connect with others around us and most importantly with ourselves. Quell the threats that not only cause us to be hypertensive, but to release cortisol and negative emotion.

  • Nick Earl

    It’s still fairly easy for me to get caught up in my past habits of giving the worry function of my brain my attention. But again and again, I just continue to remember to look at it from the perspective that it’s just like a little alarm bell (albeit an uncomfortable one, because it has the negative emotion of fear, attached to that worry).

    It helps to remember that none of this is really personal, and it’s all just a matter of choosing what works, or it’s opposite, what doesn’t work. Once the choice has been made, it has to be made over and over, until momentum is gathered, and then from there it can become a joyful automatic habit, which creates a steady stream of peace and well being within one’s life.

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