What is Body Mind Empowerment

Siim Land

Body Mind Empowerment is a concept of mine. It’s a discipline of physical and mental personal development. The nature of non-stop improvement is a path of complete self-mastery that leads to spiritual growth.

An Ancient Story Told

The 3 planes of existence are the physical, mental and spiritual. According to the hermetic teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, they are all in correspondence with each other. Hence the name Trismegistus, which means thrice-greatest.

This is considered to be a universal law. The phrase goes like this: “That which is above is the same as that which is below.” In the Kybalion, a more detailed explanation follows: “Just as a knowledge of the Principles of Geometry enables man to measure distant suns and their movements, while seated in his observatory, so a knowledge of the Principle of Correspondence enables Man to reason intelligently from the Known to the Unknown.[i]

It’s like a riddle. That which happens in the macrocosm will do so in the microcosm as well. The universe itself is a reflection of this connection between macro and micro levels. Just look around you. Earth itself is like a living breathing organism Our body is like a planet with millions of cells. Everything comprises of atoms…and so on and on, ad infinitum.

Where Are You As a „SELF“ Located?

Well, there isn’t an exact place where you could find and take hold of it. It’s more like an image you create in your own head and which you use to correspond with the world. Bare with me.

The Triune brain model is divided into 3 parts

  • The basal ganglia, also called the reptilian brain is the most primitive part of our brain. It governs balance, territoriality, mating, feeding and other instinctual activities. It’s your crocodile brain
  • Then we have the center part that comprises the „limbic system“, which consists of the septum, amygdalae, hypothalamus, hippocampal complex, and cingulate cortex. This the mammalian or monkey brain – the brain of emotions and social hierarchies.
  • Finally, at the front, there’s the human brain, the cerebral cortex. This is where rational thinking is, especially in the pre-frontal cortex. It’s the most recent step in the evolution of the mammalian brain and gives the ability for language, abstraction, planning, and perception.

brain regions

Functions

  • The reptilian brain governs your physiological processes, such as the need for food and shelter. It’s concerned about the physical plane of existence e.g the body.
  • The Limbic system is based on emotion, feelings, and thoughts. It’s the mind.
  • The neocortex is above the other two because of being capable of rationality. It’s the crown jewel of evolution and human development. I can’t tell you whether or not that’s where your soul and self lies, but it’s still on higher ground.

Meta-Cognition and Awareness

While the body and mind act based on instinct and emotion, respectfully, then the pre-frontal cortex gives us the ability to be aware of these processes. This meta-cognition enables us to think about how we think. It distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom and makes us human.

Rene Descartes said: „Cogito ergo sum,“ which means, „I think, therefore I am.“ Based on our knowledge, it should be „I think about my thinking, therefore I am… aware of myself.“ The soul is a self-reflected idea, which is the foundation to the phenomenon of consciousness. It’s the essence that brings together the body and mind.

Consciousness

According to the quantum physicist Michio Kaku: „Consciousness is the number of feedback loops required to create a module of your position in space in relation to other organisms and time.“ Let me make it easier to understand: „Consciousness is the ability to be aware of oneself and others in space and time.“ 

Kaku gives examples of sentience in living creatures.

  • A thermostat has a lower level of consciousness because it only has one dimension of existence, which is to measure temperature.
  • Reptiles follow their instinct and are only concerned with having something in their stomach (hopefully not you and me) and reproduction.
  • Monkeys have complex social structures but still, don’t possess reason or language.
  • Most advanced of them all is human consciousness. Not only do we think about our thinking but also can evaluate our position in space and time. We can see ourselves in the past and can create modules of our future selves as well.

The Eye in the Pyramid

This meta-awareness changes the game completely. When the body and mind are definitely deeply connected and intertwined with each other, then the spirit-consciousness is outside of this loop entirely.

The best illustration I can think of is the Illuminati pyramid with the eye at the top, floating above the rest of the structure.

Consciousness is the eye in the pyramid, it’s what makes us human.

But simply having it isn’t enough. Being aware of oneself doesn’t mean that you can rise above and start floating above. This is where self-mastery comes into play.

life changing habit that stands above the pyramid

Self-Mastery and Consciousness

Self-mastery is the ability or skill of being in complete control of one’s being.

While consciousness is about being able to create modules of oneself in space and time in relation to other minds, then self-mastery is about recognizing the presence of that awareness and acting according to that.

It’s being more conscious as a person and knowing that there is a pyramid in the first place.

In essence, self-mastery is pure consciousness and reaching higher levels of it. It’s the ability to rise above the pyramid, seeing ourselves from an outside perspective and then being able to control our behavior according to what is good for the true “SELF.”

In the context of body mind empowerment, self-mastery also comprises of our physical and mental abilities. The spirit is already in an alignment with our true being and is on a higher level of consciousness.

The Hierarchy of Needs

The 3 planes of existence also correspond with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

  • At the bottom, there are yet again the physiological needs. The first and foremost purpose of any organism is to provide the body with food and shelter. It’s the conduct of the reptilian brain.
  • In the middle, there are psychological desires, such as prestige and a sense of belongingness. As you remember, the limbic system governs our emotions and social interactions – the mind. This is as far as the chimpanzees have managed to climb with their group living.
  • The next and final step of our current development is self-actualization: achieving one’s full potential, including creativity and fulfillment. Reaching this stage isn’t possible without covering the preceding ones. This is the point where we lift ourselves off the rest of the pyramid and attain meta-awareness. We’re aware of being aware and our spirit can see itself floating above the body and mind.

In order to reach self-actualization and start working on it, you need to first achieve self-mastery. If the foundation is dysfunctional, then you won’t be able to get past the initial stages of simply surviving. If the platform in the middle isn’t solid enough, you can’t set aside your ego and control it. The last quantum leap requires you to overcome these issues by taking control of your body and mind.

Body Mind Empowerment Agoge

In the context of body mind empowerment, self-mastery also comprises of our physical and mental abilities. The spirit is already in an alignment with our true being and is on a higher level of consciousness.

The Agoge was the rigorous training system of Ancient Sparta that created the best warriors of all time. Their development was excellent and up to par thanks to their discipline and growth.

Body mind empowerment isn’t about going through the same education as the Spartans did, instead, it’s a metaphor and an illustration we can use to train our body and mind in order to reach higher levels of consciousness and mastery. It’s about improving and enhancing our physical, mental and spiritual performance. This is what the pyramid would look like.

body mind empowerment

Self-mastery isn’t about asserting masochistic dominance over our being, but in the context of Body Mind Agoge is a means of creating a well-organized inner governance that’s meta-aware and able to control the conduct of what goes on inside us. It’s about operating from the perspective of our higher self – the one who’s conscious and knows what’s going on.

Join the Body Mind Agoge and become the enhanced version of yourself.

Body Mind Agoge Cover
Body Mind Agoge Cover

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Resources

[i] The Three Initiates and Atkinson, W.W. (1912). Kybalion:  A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece. Devorss and CO (Txp).