We began with the idea that each of us has three brains that are able to control the speech center, our Lizard brain (known as the R-Complex), our Monkey brain (known as the Limbic System), and our Angel brain (known as the cerebrum.
We learned that the Lizard brain sees in black and white, good and bad, fight, flight, freeze, territory, resources, and mates. It acts on instinct and the basic emotions of fury, panic, and lust. Its prototypical expression is “Aaaargh!”
We learned that the Monkey brain sees in technicolor, a spectrum of tastes and smells from delicious to yuck, a spectrum of emotions from passion to disgust, and a social organization from Alpha to Omega. It seeks always to gain access to the best of everything for itself and its children. Its prototypical expression is “Awww!”
We learned that the Angel brain sees in shades of gray, and is ever curious, seeking new input and crafting mental constructs of how everything fits together which may have little or no connection to the reality within which the other two brains live and move. Its prototypical expression is “Hmmm.” The Angel brain is the seat of self-awareness, the sense of self separate from everything else. As the Angel brain developed language to describe what it perceived, it eventually set itself apart from reality—and the internal conflict between its worldview and those of Lizard and Monkey drove us insane.
We learned that most people operate as duads, pairs of brains working together with the third brain kept silent. These general personality types are Lizard driven Monkey dominant, Lizard driven Angel dominant, Monkey driven Lizard dominant, Monkey driven Angel dominant, Angel driven Lizard dominant, and Angel driven Monkey dominant. When a person grows enough to allow the third brain to join the internal conversation (a matter of becoming aware that there is an internal conversation), one becomes a Triune Disintegrated until and unless one is able to calm the internal racket and persuade the three brains to work together, at which point one moves into Triune Integrated status.
And finally, we learned that our Lizard and Monkey brains determine both whether we are dominant or submissive in our relations with others, and which sex we prefer as mates. For most of us, the sex of the Lizard and Monkey brains matches the physical equipment, but for some small percentage of the population, for any of a large number of reasons, the sex of the Lizard or Monkey brain, or both, fails to match the physical equipment, which results in dominance/submission mismatches, sexual preference mismatches, or both.
Given that this is merely my personal theory of human nature, I would not blame anyone for dismissing it as simplistic at best, and unrealistic at worst. However, I have studied both the History of Christianity and a variety of other theories of human nature, as well as what has been learned about the physical nature of the brain over the years. All I’ve really done is personalize such theories as Freudian psychology (id being the Lizard brain, ego the Monkey brain, super ego the Angel brain) and Transactional Analysis (Parent being the Lizard brain, Child being the Monkey brain, and Adult being the Angel brain).
Although Christianity is a religion, it is at root an understanding of human nature projected outward on reality as a whole, with God the Father as the projection of Lizard brain, God the Son as the projection of Monkey brain, and God the Holy Spirit as the projection of the Angel brain. Given that one of the key elements of Christianity is that each of us is made in the image of God, our internal triune nature is then a reflection of the triune nature of reality as a whole (I’ll explore that in another post should anyone wish me to).
Also, given that the Angel brain is the youngest of the three brains, and that it didn’t really begin to gain a voice distinct from the other two brains until the time of Y’shua Christos (Jesus Christ), we may wish to reexamine both the Old Testament and the New Testament as chronicling the development of self-awareness, awareness of our essential insanity (owing to the development of the adversary position from which to examine reality and the inevitable mistaking of the adversary position for the reality being examined). As a Triune Integrated, Y’shua Christos worked within the societal construct of Judaism to educate some few followers that in fact they were truly valuable parts of reality as a whole, and that as they chose to accept reality and their places in it, they would live forgiven lives.
It can be very difficult to choose consistently to accept reality and ones place in it, as I can attest from personal experience. But that’s okay. Our whole reason for existence at this level of being has been to make that choice with every thought we think, every breath we take, every word we say, every action we do—and then experience the consequences. The wonderful thing is that we’re not doomed to keep making the same choice forever. We may start out denying reality and our places in it like two year olds in a towering snit—but we don’t have to remain two year olds forever. We can learn that we are denying reality and our places in it, then decide it makes more sense to accept reality and our places in it, which then allows us the freedom to execute tasks that we would never be able to see otherwise. Tasks that help us learn how to work together in service to each other. Tasks that help us grow in knowledge and understanding of the reality of which we are a part. Tasks that ultimately will help us all become Triune Integrateds like Y’shua Christos, able to care for each other and the world in which we live—and in time, take that world with us into space, the realms of light.