Harness the power of The Source? > This sounds rather sinister and yet it is what the latest therapy book is urging you to do. It is about trusting your intuition, or what the author is calling your mystical sixth sense.
It is claimed body scans have revealed a complex communication system. It links the millions of neurons in the gut walls to the part of the brain integral to decision-making, the expression of emotion and where habits are stored.
Because of this, lifestyle factors such as what you eat and the supplements you take, can affect your powers of intuition. Thus it is argued that physical neglect, such as a bad diet, lack of exercise or dehydration, can have profound neurobiological consequences.
If you are thinking ‘heard it all before‘ you would not be far from the truth, as this doctrine is a regurgitation of so many other new age therapies.
For example, self-help books such as the very popular ‘The Secret’, based its success on using thought vibrations and higher powers to manifest desires. It resulted in wondrous and spontaneous happenings.
And alarm bells should ring when you hear proponents of The Source* spouting pseudo-science like … ‘through the filters of neuroscience and psychiatry, a new science of brain optimisation has been discovered. It combines cognitive science, with a healthy measure of spirituality and gut instinct.’
At Tonic we are not against new techniques as long as they are back by evidence. Simply repackaging old ideas to sell yet another self-help book does not impress.
Declutter your brain
But, casting scepticism aside, it is worth considering the sales spiel. The core message is that directing your thoughts can influence your material life circumstances and your relationships. Through a simple series of exercises, you can learn to merge your limbic brain, which controls the more spiritual, esoteric side of your thinking, with the logic centre of the cortex.
The result is a whole brain state. In this state you can go soul searching with self-realisation statements like … ‘I want to take control of my emotions and turn around a difficult relationship‘ and ‘I want to find happiness through greater health and life purpose‘.
Originality is the art of hiding your source
Having set such goals, you are encouraged to create a collage of pictures which represents your chosen journey or ambitions. It is a visual version of your innermost dreams and it works by priming your brain to spot and grasp the right opportunities. You are encouraged to ask people to challenge you on it. Users are also invited to try …
- Value tagging > This is the process of placing a new idea at the front of your mind by thinking about it often.
- Visualisation > This is based of the claim that the brain cannot differentiate between experiencing an event and a strongly imagined vision of the same event. So just visualising your ideal future can help prime your brain to spot opportunities to make it happen.
- Autopilot delete > If you want to make significant changes in your life, you need to nudge your brain out of its comfortable autopilot mode, so it can be more receptive to new ideas.
- Banish your demons > Shake off unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour.
And so on. Throw into the mix keeping a gratitude list, exposing secrets and re-establishing values, and you have a wonderful mishmash of ideas stolen from other therapies. In summary The Source is all about hiding its source to sell books. There is nothing original on offer.
Footnote > * The Source therapy book, by Dr Tara Swart, is published in February 2019 by Vermilion.