Understanding to love the other and ourselves
We are still talking about that time in late July and early August when we open our eyes to what has been achieved, and the beauty of what is there in nature is revealed in its quiet fullness. It is also the season when we are most inclined to find each other to spend time together and to meet.
It is the time of year when we can understand many things about the other, about what drives them… and this understanding brings us closer to each other, inclining us to respect.
Recognising that the other, like ourselves, is a being of immense complexity, that we are all as precisely arranged as the stars are between them, takes us out of judgement and allows us to appreciate the other fully for what they are.
It is an understanding that brings peace and love.
The midbrain and the Observer archetype
The midbrain is that remarkable layer at the centre of all our cognitive activity as humans, known as the limbic brain.
It is with this organ, highly developed in all mammals, that we interact emotionally and develop our social skills.
The complexity of our mammalian social lives is a reflection of this nerve centre, rich in neurons… and based not on a static repetition of invariable patterns, but on a multifactorial consideration of everything that surrounds us and inhabits us internally. This leads to the possibility of each of us having a unique place in the society to which we belong… and therefore of living together with our own individuality.
This is called « living in harmony »… and we know that it is not that simple!
For this to be possible, there must be enough peace in each member of a tribe to really consider the other in what he or she is and to give him or her room with that.
We have linked this quality to the ability to observe. So this is the archetype of the Observer!
The central teaching of the Observer
The Observer is a real linking function. In the brain, it makes the link between the instinctive, automatic stage, linked to survival, and the cognitive stage, linked to the collection of complex information and to analysis.
We know from the cognitive sciences that the emotional level is essential in all learning and memorisation. When we talk about emotional intelligence, we often underestimate its depth. Connecting the rational and the instinctive is certainly one of the permanent challenges of the human being… and all the many crises that humanity has gone through testify to the difficulty of creating this link.
The Observer therefore returns us to the need to place ourselves at that intermediate level where emotion becomes a crucible in which our impulses and ideals can meet… a simply ‘human’ level.
One could say that the Observer invites us to rediscover the humility of considering the other (and ourselves) as beings in their own right, with humanity therefore…. and to take the time to look at them, to listen to them… in order to truly understand them. This is what we call compassion. A compassion that avoids falling into the hypnosis of our thoughts (and judgements) or into that of our desires and needs.
Pathologies of the middle of the skull
The symptoms of this area of the body are certainly numerous as they speak of loss of coordination and connection.
A particular condition of this area is related to the dynamics of trauma. People suffering from post-traumatic disorders may find themselves blocked or even emotionally disabled for long periods of time… because something could not be understood at the time of the shock, and was not considered and understood with compassion afterwards.
And of course, many disorders can result from a blockage in the emotional sphere, both physiologically and psychologically.
The Watcher’s message
« Do you take the time to stop and look at the other person. If you reject them, are you sure you understand them?
« Do you apply this to yourself? Are you able to relate to and be compassionate with all the little « I’s » in you?
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