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Our energy circuit and our response centers

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By Jordi Jiménez

In the human being there is a series of checkpoints from which we can give answers to the outer and inner world. We will call these points “intervention centers”. We will distinguish: vegetative center, motor center, emotional center and intellectual center. Each of these centers specializes in a particular type of response. For example, the vegetative center regulates biological mechanisms, so its responses are mainly directed inwards; the motor center is responsible for the movements of the body, mobility; the emotional center regulates feelings and emotions in response to internal and external phenomena; and the intellectual center regulates the elaboration of thoughtful responses, the relationship between different stimuli, the relationship of data and learning, as explained in the book Self-liberation.

From a physiological point of view, these centers can be widely distributed and distant in the body. For example, motor activity is distributed almost everywhere in the body, in the striated muscular system. However, from an experiential point of view, this physiologically distributed activity can be grouped into a single center which we call the motor center, since its register is that of the mobility of the body.

Energy activity register

From the same point of view, that of the internal register, one could say that all this activity is experienced as an energy of a psychophysical type. From a physiological point of view, these are electrochemical impulses, endocrine substances, etc., but we are focusing on the experiential register of this activity and this register is energetic. Each of us may notice that there are days when we have more energy than others. There are times when we are very active and times when we need rest, which translates into different levels of energy in the response centers and in general activity. There are also days when we are more “emotional” and other days when we are more “moving”, for example. It also shows different levels of energy in different response centers, which can also change over time.

Spatial location of centers

We can therefore speak of an energy circuit through which impulses and responses circulate. The response centers have a specific order and spatial location: the lowest center is the vegetative center. The next is the motor center, the highest is the emotional center and finally the highest is the intellectual center. The spatial location of these centers is also determined by the place where the register of the activity of each center is given, which coincides with the order in which the energy circulates. The intellectual register is generally located in the head, the emotional in the heart and the motor in the abdomen. The vegetative center usually has a more diffuse register and spreads throughout the body, although one of its parts, the vegetative-sexual center, is inscribed in the lower part of the trunk, which corresponds to the sexual organs.

On the other hand, the response speed of the centers is inversely proportional to their complexity. The vegetative center has the quickest and most immediate response (more reflexive, therefore simpler) and the intellectual center has the slower response (more delayed, more complex).

Energy Flow Sequence

As we said, energy flows in a certain order, a certain sequence, and it’s always from bottom to top, but not the other way around. That is to say that from the vegetative, the energy rises towards the motor, the emotional and finally the intellectual. This means that it is the vegetative system that generates and distributes the energy through the rest of the circuit, causing it to flow upwards, which has different implications. For example, by starting an activity in the motor center, we can raise the energy towards the rest of the higher centers: the emotional and the intellectual, but we will observe that the vegetative (which is below) loses energy. energy. Also in a positive emotional situation, for example with a partner, we notice that our thoughts become clearer and smoother, but we don’t feel like going for a run (the motor center loses energy).

However, if I think from an intellectual point of view that I should feel this or that, nothing will happen. Or I think I’m going to go for a run and, as usual, nothing happens and I stay at home. From a higher center like the intellect, no energy flows to the lower centers, as we have said and as we can see for ourselves. Of course, no matter how much I think about lowering my blood pressure (vegetative center), it won’t come down at all. The vegetative center is totally immune and indifferent to our thoughts. Energy does not flow downward.

Circuit of response centers

Image: diagram of response centers

But there is an exception to this mechanism of upward flow of energy. The centers can be divided into three parts: the intellectual part, the emotional part and the motor part. For example, in the intellectual center, its intellectual part works with abstractions; its emotional part works with intellectual habits (tastes, curiosity); and its driving part works with images. In the emotional center, its intellectual part works with intuitions; its emotional part with emotional habits; and its motor part with the passions. Well, the moving part of the centers can indeed bring the energy down from above. A clear example is the one we gave in previous articles: images. Clearly imagining a situation, getting into it well, produces emotions, produces movement in the body and can produce vegetative alterations (as in the case of retching).

However, I can also visualize something and feel nothing and not even muscle movement, this circuit can shift the energy down or not depending on the intensity of the image. Some believe that just by visualizing something, changes of all kinds, even bodily, occur, but this only happens when these images are “lived” or experienced deeply, with charge. For example, if you vividly visualize the death of a loved one, you may feel all sorts of things, even start to feel physically unwell (nausea, dizziness…), but if you visualize your blood pressure dropping, it will not nothing will happen, only drop a little if I relax my body and relax well, that is, by the action of the body, not of an image. In fact, it is the emotional charges that produce changes in the body and not so much the images themselves.

Interrelation of centers

Anyway, things are not so separated from each other, we explain them like this to facilitate understanding, but everything is very much linked to everything and this is of great importance. For example, if one of the centers consumes a lot of energy, the others tend to lower their activity for lack of energy. If I am sick, the vegetative center takes as much energy as possible to try to repair the imbalance and the rest of the centers work at a minimum: I have no energy to move, my emotions are neutral, slow, and I can I do not think clearly either. If, on the other hand, I do an intense intellectual activity, my motor and vegetative systems work at a minimum (I can go for hours without eating or moving).

I can also observe that if I have a lot of pleasure in this intellectual activity (positive emotional energy) it is easier for me to stay there than if I feel emotions of disgust or rather of rejection. This shows that the centers work in interrelation.

In a future article we will speak of the registers which occur when the energy of all the centers goes in the same direction and when the directions of this energy are divergent.

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