Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

How the body discerns truth

Wired to Know What's True

The everyday flood of information published in the conventional and alternative presses, shared on social media, and marketed in advertisements makes it extra challenging to figure out what is true. The pace of scientific and health-related discoveries is moving so quickly that it's also hard to keep up and know what's true there, as well. This is not to mention that people also run agendas that distort information, and sometimes information is intentionally manipulated.

Part of our awesome design is that we come equipped to discern what?s true, rather than settling for being confused or misled. The idea is to know about our built-in truth detection systems and how to use them. Two important parts of that system are the hemispheres of the brain and our body's intelligence.

Each hemisphere of our brain is designed to access and to give us different kinds of input. Both give us valuable information when seeking truth; neither hemisphere alone can offer the complete picture. And yet the combination is unbeatable. In addition, the body has its own form of intelligence. It always knows what?s true and what?s not true and gives us visceral signals, which do not lie.

Left brain

Very simply put, the left hemisphere deals with logic, what is sequential, finite and what can be measured by the five physical senses. Physically-based data is its way to determine and validate what's real, what's true and what's possible. Left-brain knowing will give you the facts. The physical data is important, however the facts do not always convey the whole story. Ask the left-brain what's true, and its job is to bring on the facts.

Right brain

The right hemisphere of the brain is non-linear. It does not need facts, logic or physical data to reach valid conclusions or to solve problems. It perceives energy patterns and conveys information instantaneously in the form of what we call inspiration, hunches or direct knowing. Those out of the blue ideas, inventions, visions and flashes of insight are the domain of the right brain. It is always best to then get the substantiating evidence from the fact seeking left-brain.

Einstein's brain

One of the special things about Albert Einstein's special genius was that he was equally talented as a mystic and as a scientist. His brain was preserved and left to science. One of the many things they discovered was that the hemispheres of Einstein's brain were not just touching each other like they do in a "normal" brain, they were completely blended together.

When in doubt, ask your body

In addition to all the brain can provide, the body has its own intelligence. The body immediately gives a physical sensation, a clear visceral reaction when something is true, or not true. If something you read, or hear or are being told is true, your body will register that with goose bumps, warmth in the heart, a rush, or even an involuntary tear in the corner of the eye. If something is not true, your body will tighten, contract and give signals of discomfort like a stomachache, a bad taste in your mouth or a funny feeling. Enjoy learning your own body's vocabulary, and whenever possible listen to what it is telling you. But, of course, if something or someone sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true. PJH