David Navarro López en beBee in English, Human Resources Professionals Service Technician • HDG Verpackungmaschinen GmbH 24/11/2016 · 4 min de lectura · 1,5K

The Navarro Loop

The Navarro LoopThe brain is by far the most complex item of the universe. Thanks to the latest technology developments, we can virtually “see”(fMRIa thought travelling our brain from one part to another, even if we cannot see the content of it. 

We have roughly discovered where are located some functions, and in order to heal some diseases, exciting time is next to us. Nevertheless, and even if large scientific corporations and universities with astronomic budgets are working hard on it, we are just scratching the surface.

At another level, since centuries psychologists and philosophers have been trying to reveal how our mind works, sometimes, with the accuracy of a drunken elephant in a crystal store.

Both communities, scientists and philosophers, together with an unaccountable arrogance, are in a delirious competition to see which (or even worse, who) is going to reveal how this complex system works. It seems the only thing they are really interested on, is to make a little discovering on this enormous matter, which helps them to write a best-selling book or win a Nobel price.

I wonder how long it will take until they realize that this issue is too complex to look at it only from one point of view. How long it will take to learn that the only way is putting selfishness and arrogance apart, to work all together, as ants or bees do.

The amazing thing of all this, is every human being has one. And we are free to use it at our own will. Nobody can tell us how or about what we have to think.

Something it kept me thinking is that we can actually physically modify our brain consciously.

Thoughts are a combination of electrical impulses and chemical reactions, living in a 1.3 kgs. muscle, which uses the 20% of the available energy at the body.

As long as we can “train this muscle”, we can actually modify it, reinforcing consciously physical parts of it. For example, it is already proven that the loss of memory obeys to a the lack of acetylcholine, a substance that allows our brain cells to communicate, and reading and learning reinforces these interconnections, so the only known way by now to fighting against Alzheimer is still at our hands.

  • But, how the mind works, and how can be master it?

Well, nobody really knows. But we have no time to sit and wait until somebody tells us.

Roughly speaking, it seems that our conscious mind, located at the neo cortex, is the “boss”. 

Nevertheless, it is only in our subconscious were complex cognitive processes can be taken.

Like in a corporation, the “boss” hears “resumed rapports” of all the “departments”, and takes decisions. 

Answering the questions to my dear Ali Anani on his post, https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/finding-answers-to-simple-questions it seems that the criteria of making decisions of the boss are not based on the “professionalism” or worth of the enormous amount of rapports. 

It seems that decisions are taken based on how urgently, often or loud this rapport is delivered to the boss, or conscious mind. Accordingly to this, to the exposed examples in the buzz:

“Chasing a dream girl till she accepted you only to lose interest in her afterwards” and,

“You had illusions about something and once you discovered the truth you felt you became wiser. But then you lost the truth and went back to your illusions”  which in both cases has no logic, we could find the following explanation:

The “department” which is responsible for the emotion of “chasing” or “illusions” has a stronger voice than the others, so the “boss” takes the decision based on what is going to create less internal conflicts, or what is going to feedback better the centers of pleasure.

Chasing a girl or following our illusions feeds “the pleasure of the hunt”. What it comes after implies commitment, responsibilities. If one is not looking for the later, but to reinforce one’s self-esteem (to say it nicely), then to succeed is, at the same time, desired and feared.

So here we can find a hint on how can we master our mind, and how the Navarro Loop works.

  • The Navarro Loop (Perception, knowledge, beliefs, action, interaction, perception)

Above all, it is mostly based in my own experiences, and on things I have read. Therefore, it is a subjective point of view.

Secondly, in this case in particular, and in my life in general, I try not to be disturbed by things that are beyond my control. But in my opinion, we have already enough “tools” to master our mindset.

I tried to make a scheme of the Navarro Loop. I failed. I could not find a chain or a pattern on which the components fit one with each other, because they interact disorderly.

Maybe, a most appropriate name for it would be the “Navarro Maze”.

In any case, the above mentioned components of it are things we can control. And through them, we can master our feelings, a very important (and out of control) trigger of our actions, along with other much more complex processes, out of human reach by now.

Considering that in the end, it is the “boss” who takes the decision, and the criteria for it is to give priority to the “department” which makes its statements “louder”, we need to reinforce our desired targets enormously to give them a “louder voice”, so the “boss” will take the decision accordingly.

We need to remember that our subconscious is who gets ready the “reports for the boss”, that the amount of information it can process is much bigger, and for sure, much bigger that our conscious even notices. In addition, the subconscious works full speed when the conscious sleeps. This is the explanation why sometimes we go to sleep with a complex problem to solve, and when we get up we find the solution as if somebody had whispered it in our ears. The subconscious has done its work.

Therefore, we must keep in mind that our subconscious is always listening, and has no sense of humour. Anything we feed it with, it will be processed, and more dangerously, without the control of “the boss”.

So if we feed our mind with destructive ideas, readings, companionships, even if consciously we do not take it on consideration, our subconscious will.

  • The inevitability of change

We are all daily exposed to circumstances, options, and experiences that will, inevitably, will change us in one way or another. Those things will feed our unconscious, we like it or not.

So it is up to us to allow them to percolate us, and in any case, we need to reinforce ourselves with the things we want, to give a stronger voice to our priorities.

To put an example, if in the working place there is a negative attitude, we would “wear an armour” by making deaf ears and not searching the companionship with the promoters of this attitude. At the same time, we would put our mind in positive things, or trying to see the same situation with a positive attitude.

But we will need as well an “extra-boost” to wipe out the inevitable “negative particles” which eventually could have permeated our “armour”.

We would need then literally to bomb our unconscious with diametrically opposed things, as if it was a “chemotherapy”, like for example, showing empathy with our elderly neighbour, visiting ill people to encourage them, you name it.

In the end, life is basically composed by circumstances, options, choices and results.

We can only control the choices we make. If we base our choices in high human values, gradually our circumstances, options and results will turn accordingly.

And if it doesn’t work the first time, evaluate your failures, readjust your targets, and try again with even more strength. 

The final price worth the trouble and this is YOU.

Hopefully, these reflections can be useful, as much as they have been for me. Further ideas or comments are most welcome, and if you have found them of any value, please share them.

David Navarro López 26/11/2016 · #14

#12 Thank you David, for taking your time to read it. I don't know if it is a 10%, or if we are going to be able to increase it in the future. The fact is, that we already have a lot of unused potential available, and it is up to us to use efficiently.
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Thank you for sharing

David Navarro López 26/11/2016 · #13

#11 I have given a point to your comment, dear Deb, but it worths much more than that. Thank you for your enriching words, I agree entirely with all of them. The buzz is, apart from other things, the product of my infinite thirst to question everything and to try to find the truth by doubting from it at the first place, due to the stated fact that every thought we have is subjective, biased by our own thoughts, fears, prejudices, beliefs. This is why I included the "reaction" of other people caused by our "action", as a way of controlling or mirroring to confirm or deny our internal process. The wisest man of humankind, King Solomon, said that in the multitude of counsellors resides the wisdom. Because nobody possesses the ultimate truth, so it is good to compare with others our own thoughts, to see the sides we could have surpassed due to our own biasing, because the brain has not the capability to understand the difference between fiction and reality. As you say, the unconscious can be "treacherous" and can blind us from the reality.
in the other hand, as you are pointing out, with your words "with an eye towards understanding how to achieve the sort of life we desire for ourselves." you are showing a way on how can we "trick" our unconscious by rationally setting our goals, and influence it to make it helps us achieving them. This is called Neuro Linguistical Incitement. I encourage you to have a look at a presentation I did some time ago concerning to this. I am sure you will find it very interesting.

David B. Grinberg 26/11/2016 · #12

Very interesting post, Dave, lot's of food for thought. I'm always amazed by the fact that most humans only use a mere 10% of their brain power, according to scientists and neurologists. I wonder what would happen if we doubled or tripled that amount, and why can't we?
cc: @Ali Anani

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 25/11/2016 · #11

This is a great buzz, @David Navarro López. I honestly have to say I am partial to The Navarro Maze, as it incorporates the concept that the unconscious - the stuff just around the corner, out of sight of our conscious mind - is the most treacherous part of our human journey. Your example of being suffused in a negative work environment is a poignant one, because even if we think we love our job, that we manage to stay positive in our own mental space, inevitably some of those negative particles will float in. And then there is the media, and social media, and .... So many times it was some random statement, that didn't register very loudly in our conscious mind, at the time, that keeps us stuck.

"Someone said the publishing industry is dead." And now many people self-sabotage their writing because this statement got stored, or the woeful news about the economy, stops someone with a great business idea. These types of vague, generic, fear-based statements are basically in the air all around us. And it does take a framework, like the Navarro loop, to help us think through, in a complex way, why we struggle, or repeat negative behaviors, or stay stuck.

Change is inevitable. But we do not have to get swept up in the speed of public opinion. We can exert the effort to know ourselves. We can pay attention to our choices and evaluate our actions through the filter of our beliefs and knowledge with an eye towards understanding how to achieve the sort of life we desire for ourselves.

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David Navarro López 25/11/2016 · #10

@Paul Burge thank you for sharing. Hopefully, it will be useful for someone as it has been for me

David Navarro López 24/11/2016 · #9

#6 Has dado totalmente en el clavo, compañero. De hecho, si por algo somos amigos, es porque pensamos de igual forma en cuanto a que cada uno es responsable de lo que piensa y como lo hace. Desde luego que no es fácil, y como apuntas, el primer paso, que es ser conscientes de que ese potencial que tenemos nos pertenece y tenemos el derecho y el deber de moldearlo a nuestra voluntad, ese es el más dificil de asumir. A partir de ahí, todo es un poco menos difícil, y tiene sus recompensas. Cuanto más tiempo le dedicas, más te lo agradece.

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David Navarro López 24/11/2016 · #8

#7 Completely agreed that we are not neurologists and that we might be able to work out a loop for our complex brain. As well, the brain is not a computer. Is much more complex and sophisticated. In the other hand, everybody has one, and together with it, the right to use it at his own will. This includes allowing others to influence our mind. It is an option too. The wonder of it is that each one is the responsible of our own mind, and that we can change our choices accordingly to our will.

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Mohammed Sultan 24/11/2016 · #7

Dear @ David Navarro Lopez.It's untapped mental potential that is influenced internally by our physical-chemical state of the brain, which is the same for human and animals.We are not neurologists to play in this huge playground which contains billions of neurons making thousands of connections with our nerve cells and with the outer world.What's going on in the playground is either discovered by the anatomy of the brain cortex or is reflected on our minds and on our behavior and attitude.Our minds are interpretative states influenced by the physical-chemical properties of our brains and the adaptive conscious and unconscious activities like feelings--> perception--->thinking--->willing-->action (with reason). I think, if we are able to make patterns from the atoms in the universe ,we will also be able to work out a loop for our complex brain.The brain is not a computer in which decisions can be modeled or a machine in which every part has a predetermined assigned role.

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