20 w w w. m y c o n s c i o u s l i f e j o u r n a l . c o m I magine how our world could shift if we all lived and spoke to each other from a place of compassion, kindness, abundance, joy, empowerment, and purpose. Higher Brain Living™ is more than a personal growth and development modality. It is a pathway to the awakening of humanity. The powerful twenty-two-step process uses light touch to move energy and oxygen to the nearly untapped prefrontal cortex of the brain. This is the part of the brain where enlightenment exists; it registers almost no energy without this process. This energy and the breath that follows travel in a wave-like pattern called salutogenesis, meaning “the beginning of well-being.” This movement releases lifelong stress while activating the prefrontal cortex, increasing energy and strengthening the neural pathways to the Higher Brain. Consistent repetition and intentional practice allow the brain to sustain this awakened state, resulting in more clarity, insights, better sleep, less drama, less fear and overreaction, and more joy and peace. Deep transformation occurs as actions are taken toward stated goals. After an awakening experience, Dr. Michael Cotton, the founder of Higher Brain Living, carefully crafted this technique from his training as a chiropractor. He also consulted with colleagues in the healing arts including acupuncture, polarity therapy, yoga, and qi gong, to name a few. He knew that in order for his contribution to make a lasting impact in people’s lives and in the world, he had to include all four dimensions of the human experience—Mind, Body, Relationships, and Environment. The roots of this process are inspired by Ken Wilber’s philosophy regarding Spiral Dynamics, which identifies cultural shifts in social consciousness as people evolve to higher levels of awareness. This philosophy encourages society to transcend the shadows, but include what has been learned that serves the greater good. Without activity in the Higher Brain, the unconscious shadow prevails, keeping us separate, and operating from lower brain fear and survival-based thinking. The lower brain sabotages every change we try to make because its mantra is “sameness = safety.” That lower brain sees everything as a threat, creating chronic stress and fear. Change might not be safe; we might not survive. No matter the quality of our lives, if we get through another day alive, this primitive part of the brain calls it a success. We stay in unfulfilling jobs and joyless relationships because changing doesn’t feel safe. The lower brain is powerful and always on high alert. So if you haven’t been able to achieve your goals, it’s not your fault that your sincerity, motivation, and willpower haven’t done the job. The brain physiology needed to create Higher Brain Living ™ by Leslie Clayton and Debbie Loshbough "Without activity in the Higher Brain, the unconscious shadow prevails, keeping us separate, and operating from lower brain fear and survival-based thinking. "