The New Normal: Creating Meaning In Transition

The norm, the everyday, is what we get used to, what we get accustomed to.  It takes less and less of our brain to do the everyday work that we get better and better at as we do it.

C. J. Prado, an Italian researcher on aging, points to this as the primary reason for aging that is decline.

We use less and less of our brains doing more and more of the same things. We start to run more and more on automatic.

We are made better by encountering what is better and excellent in ourselves and others.

But we have to aspire to excellence. We have to want it, to desire it, to begin to pursue it. It may begin by starting to appreciate what is better and best and excellent.  It opens us up to possibilities, and when we experience excellence, it draws us out of ourselves and beyond our limits to new things and new experiences and the growth of intelligence and creativity.

Your “NeuroPositive excellence,” how you define your “new normal,” are wrapped up in your UpSpiral and your strengths, and get defined much more clearly in the transitions of your life.

What we are attracting to us never comes to us only from what we think or even believe. Both change, daily and over time.  This is most true in a time of transition in consciousness, when an old structure of reasoning is passing away and a new structure of reasoning is dawning upon us.

What we attract in these times of transition is a mixed bag. It is occasionally just what we wanted and other times just a reflection of the same mess that reflects both “thinking and believing” that is trying to change.

We attract from the “structure of our reasoning” that is undergirded and manifested in our affective being-in the realm of our emotions.

Transition that has the momentum of moving forward is characterized by syntropy.

Transition that is going backwards is characterized by entropy, manifesting in rigidity and decay.

Syntropy, this “fast forward” in the experience of transition, always energizes through dilemmas that are a challenge, and moves “reasoning” more and more into the open where it can be revealed for what it is.

Transition, characterized by entropy, will allow you to be stuck in the same structure of reasoning that basically recreates the past in shapes that seem new.  However, the life goes out of it.

The zing and zest of what’s new quickly fades into another chore, with the hope that it will soon be over.  Integration will be over soon, they say, won’t it?  Then what?

You can do all kinds of new grand integrative projects and you can hold the promise of transition, but if you are grounded in the same old structures of reasoning, the swamp of transition becomes thicker and regression occurs,

Consciousness that is forward-moving syntropy allows a new structure of reasoning to form that attracts from the core of our new “being.”

You can undo the movement toward syntropy, rooted in the optimistic bias of the genetics of your brain. You have the power to rewire your positively inclined brain to stagnate, be pessimistically biased, and as a result, the higher forms of structural unfolding in your brain, that are higher forms of reasoning and problem-solving, don’t unfold.

If you DownSpiral enough, you become depressed.

We have a national epidemic of DownSpiraling people.

New structures of reasoning demand an accompanying capacity to sustain positive structures of “affect” that match them.

It is the move from positive thinking that must deny negative thoughts to “NeuroPositive being,” which incorporates them, embraces them, and can sustain the positive affect that is always a signal of solving problems from a new, higher state of consciousness.

Navigating life transitions is done strategically, not via haphazard “unfolding.”

It’s done by repetition, and by employing over and over again our NeuroPositive strategies, facing personal dilemmas that demand a change in structures of reasoning, and in mastering and sustaining our agility with positive emotion, leading to a true experience of “NeuroPositive Being.”

Mind is more than what we “think,” more than what we “believe” (certainly more than struggling to think our way through overcoming negative core beliefs), and certainly more than some limited use of “knowing that I know that I know,” a forced cognitive, uphill struggle, that is very often the very entropy that creates the swamp of transition, rather than the healthy navigation of its waters.

Better, better, and best carries us onward to new levels of experiencing, to the inter-connectedness of brain neuropathways which creates new structures of reasoning and higher levels of intelligence, which never need remain static.

This is the “New NeuroPositive Normal.”

About the author

Dr. William K. Larkin

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