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WOB is optimal
There are several definitions of Instinct.
- Inherited pattern of responses or reactions to certain kinds of situations.
- A propensity prior to experience, and independent of instructions.
- A powerful motivation or impulse.
- In animals instincts generally serve to set in motion mechanisms that evoke an organism to action, like in animal courtship, or social behavior of ants and bees.
The language instinct
The meaning of instinct has been recently broadened to include innate faculties which emerge during child development. Like the language instinct, which according to Steven Pinker is an innate capacity for language. The growing child applies the language instinct to learn talking.
One wonders, if language is an instinct, why does it take most infants as long as three years to learn to talk? Why isn't the baby born talking? First, the baby has to learn how to control muscles involved in talking. Above all it has to grow a mind. The newborn is a pure WOB, without a mind, and talking requires a mind.
The music instinct
The music instinct belongs to the same category The vast majority of people throughout the world spend a significant part of their lives listening to music. The human brain is designed to connect certain forms of auditory signals with pleasurable sensations. Music inspires in us feelings of happiness, melancholy, and other emotions. It may even generate an intense pleasurable experience described as thrill. All this emerges from our innate faculty to enjoy music.
It takes more than a music instinct to become a fiddler like Isaac Stern or Itzhak Perlman. This virtuosity require an insight which many lack. However, without our innate faculty to enjoy music, Perlman’s virtuosity would be meaningless to us.
The Shaman instinct exploits the faculty of WOB to heal itself. Although we all carry the faculty of shamanism, not all of us gain the expertise of a shaman. The virtuosity of the shaman requires an insight into the nature of self healing, which he applies to the sufferers. However, without our innate faculty of shamanism we could not benefit from the healing power of the shaman.
Shamanism underlies any medical treatment. The visit to a doctor is instinctively and subconsciously recast as a visit to a shaman. Whatever the doctor undertakes has a shamanistic connotation. It is manifested by the placebo effect, which is regarded instinctively as a healing shamanistic ritual.
In order to exercise his healing skills, the shaman has first
to alter his state of consciousness. While
the shaman may exercise these two faculties at will, most of us have to practice
in order to master them. The
word shaman originated among the Siberian Tungus and
literally means he who knows. The shaman knows how to communicate
with our shaman instinct.
The biological and medical interpretation of shamanism are discussed in:
We shall be interested only in messages from one WOB to another, which are medically meaningful. They either induce disease states or relieve them. Such messages are called shamanistic.
Shamanism is an inborn faculty of our body like animal behavior. It enables communication between different WOB. It underlies an unconscious interaction between healer and sufferer (patient), and is not mediated by the mind. Shamanism accompanies humankind ever since it became conscious of itself. Shamans were the first healers, and their heritage guides many healers today. What distinguished a shaman from other members of his tribe was his capability to alleviate suffering. This kind of shamanism is regarded here as genuine, or primary.
When shamans started to explain their faculty rationally, they founded the first religion, pagan shamanism, from which other religions later evolved. Pagan shamanism involves the mind. Shamanistic symbols and metaphors are interpreted by the mind and transmitted to WOB which then modifies its processes . Many metaphors are effective yet some have adverse effects, and induce mind diseases. Particularly the notion of evil spirits which cause evil diseases, which have to be purged, and exorcised. A sentence by a modern shaman stating that "people who are not powerful-spiritually are prone to illness, accidents, and bad luck" initiates a slippery slope which ends in mind diseases caused by religion.
A genuine shaman acts (!) and does
not talk, or explain, suggest or the like.
A genuine shaman acts (!) and does not talk, or explain, suggest or the like.
Shamanism will be handled also from a different perspective. It serves
for for communication between different WOB.
Shamanism will be handled also from a different perspective. It serves for for communication between different WOB.
WOB has two meanings. It is the set of all processes in the body, and also their
controller, hence its name:
Wisdom of the Body. We shall
be less concerned with how WOB controls processes, since WOB is
optimal and we hardly comprehend its
wisdom. Rather we intend to listen
to WOB messages, like dis-ease, which indicate that it needs assistance. We shall distinguish
between outgoing messages
which indicate WOB state, and ingoing messages, which interact with its biophysical processes.
There are four kinds of ingoing messages:
1. Direct messages from the mind, which transmit its will to WOB.
2. The effect of the environment.
3. Messages from other minds reaching WOB indirectly (culture).
4. Direct messages from one WOB to another (animal behavior).
Each such message modifies biophysical processes in WOB. For instance:
1. In order to raise my hand, my mind transmits my will to WOB which then executes it.
2. When it gets cold, environment induces WOB to shiver.
3. When one mind hears the other mind saying "I love you!" it translates this message and transmits it to WOB, which modifies some of its biophysical processes. Generally culture is a set of messages transmitted from mind to mind, which initiate process modifications executed by WOB.
4. Animal behavior, like courtship are messages from one WOB to another, which affect its processes.
Shamanism includes also phenomena like, spirituality, hypnotism and placebo effect, which are innate and hardwired in WOB