About ten years ago, after having abruptly been terminated from a job, I had no option but to take the first job I could find. This was at a factory that manufactured multi-million dollar yachts. The working conditions were atrocious, the crew immediately alienated me because of my American accent and the pay was terrible. Needless to say, I was depressed.
After a couple of weeks of wallowing in self pity and self-blame for having allowed myself to get into such a predicament, I stumbled across Neil Slade’s Amygdala Amazing Brain Adventure. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t all that impressed. At the time, I had a high-brow prejudice against amateur brain scientists and thought Slade fit into that mould. On the other hand, I liked his upbeat style and the fact that he didn’t put on airs. It seemed like he was sharing information rather than preaching, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt and read what he had to say.
Neil did have something to sell, but he was willing and even anxious to share his biggest “secret” for free. This was something he called “amygdala clicking.” Unlike most self-help techniques, the technique he offered was absurdly simple and the only background information needed was a basic understanding of how the amygdala worked. Had it been more complex, I wouldn’t have tried it, but since all it took was a conscious shifting of awareness from the reptile brain to the advanced frontal lobes, I gave it a try.
At first I felt only mild affects from amygdala clicking and wasn’t overly impressed. Then one cold rainy morning as I drove in the rain towards my dreaded job, I clicked forward and had what Neil called a “Brain pop.” Instantaneously, I went from depressed to elated. The world was a beautiful place and my job a fascinating excursion into a world I had never experienced before.
The years after that initial brain pop were challenging ones. First came the death of my father and then an unexpected divorce. They were also fascinating and enriching years. I credit that simple technique with having a great deal to do with my ability to navigate my way successfully through an almost unending succession of challenges.
By ‘successfully’, I don’t mean that I have ‘manifested abundance’ as preached by the abundance gurus. Wealth is grossly overrated, in my opinion. In fact, the word itself is derived from the word ‘wellth’, which simply means living and feeling well rather than having mountains of money and lots of stuff. By ‘successfully’, I mean I have managed to survive, find solutions to problems and make a positive contribution to the lives of those around me.
I’ve been a subscriber to Neil Slade’s newsletter since I stumbled across his website. I’ve subscribed to a lot of newsletters over the years, but his is one of the very few I haven’t unsubscribed to. The worst of them have been the feel-good new agey newsletters, which inevitably preach to me and try to make me feel like I have a shitty life that only their very expensive teachings can fix. Neil’s newsletters, on the other hand, are filled with anecdotes from his life and the ways that “brain magic” works for him. Sometimes they are spectacular and sometimes mundane, but I enjoy and appreciate his take on life.
I recently did a link swap with Neil Slade. He then asked me if I would please provide a link to one of his other sites. Easy How to Paint a Car. What? A car painting site? What’s that got to do with consciousness exploration? Well, nothing and everything. Let me explain:
Neil Slade needed a car. The car he wanted ever since he was a kid was a 1965 Lotus Elan. These were rare and expensive cars, though, so finding one he could afford was a longshot at best. He waved his magic wand and he found one less than a mile from his home. Mechanically, it was in mint condition, but it badly needed a paint job. He taught himself everything he needed to know in order to restore the car to pristine condition. Then he wrote a step-by-step manual. He left nothing out and explained everything in detail. Gradually, the book began to sell. He continued to tweek the book and eventually turned it into a DVD. It became his best seller and continues to be a major source of income for him today.
Neil Slade’s Easy How to Paint a Car is a perfect example of how “brain magic” works. If his brain had been stuck in negativity, he would have given up on his dream of owning that car. If his greed had overcome his better judgement, he may have borrowed the money to buy an expensive restored Lotus Elan and conceivably be paying it off to this day. Instead, he “clicked forward” and a solution came to him.
I’ve gone way over my self-imposed word limit, so I’ll close, but later I want to tell you a story about how ‘brain magic’ has worked for me. Honestly, it goes way beyond the brain and into the realm of the ‘miraculous’, but I’ll have to leave you with that little teaser for now. It’s time to get back to my paying job. At least now you know why there is a link to Easy How to Paint a Car on my site.