Key premises of this study
The following premises have been central in the development of the Impulsing Model. So if you’ve ever wondered about how activity in the nervous system forms our stream of conscious experience, and are comfortable with the following premises, I think you’ll enjoy this model.
Knowing how something works …
In order to fix something, or keep it working well, you need to know how it works — which includes how it works well.
As a teen I wanted to know how my feelings worked, so I could keep them feeling balanced. And when I found the nervous system is responsible for all conscious experience, including feelings, I spent much of the next 40+ years learning how this worked ; )
The nervous system is a system …
The nervous system, like other systems — both natural and man-made — is a system that uses energy to do its particular work.
In the nervous system, patterns of different energies are absorbed from the body and environment and are immediately translated to another kind of energy, electro-chemical energy — impulses. And as patterns of energy are generated through the circuits of linked groups making up the nervous system, different work is done as different areas are energized–like different components of a radio do different work.
On this site, after becoming familiar with a new way of tracing impulse activity in the nervous system, we concentrate on the work done in an inner circuitry–the conscious pathways–and propose how trails of impulses circulating through these pathways form consciousness, instant by instant. In particular, we’ll focus on the impulse activity, impulsing, in these pathways, to see what it takes to keep feelings in the resulting stream of conscious instants, feeling balanced.
Our feelings are an indicator or how well a part of our body is working–and as such–they makeup a part of our overall health …
Our feelings often direct the actions we take in life and determine, in large part, our quality of life. In other words, healthy emotions are an important aspect/part of our overall health.
The impulsing model I’m proposing on this site gives us a way to trace the impulse activity in the nervous system that corresponds to the formation and release of muscle tension states. When each tension state that is formed, and is then released in a timely way, we experience emotional balance or balanced feelings. So one of the model’s goals is to show how the System’s primary work is to keep its functions balanced. We’ll see what it takes to restore and keep these patterns of tension, or feelings, balanced.
In short, our emotions are a part of our health, and like any other part, we benefit when we learn to keep this part of our being in balance. So just as we need to understand how other parts of our body function, in order to keep them functioning well–i.e. in balance, I believe the same is true for this part of our functioning. In fact, keeping our emotions or feelings balanced contributes a great deal to our overall our health and well-being.
Balance Rules premise: balanced activity, as tension is formed and released … is a characteristic of healthy functioning …
We’re going for balanced feelings … but that’s only right because all the functions that make up the body’s workings depend on always striving for … heading for … a position of balance. In fact, balance is equal to health. In other words, the the healthy functioning of the body is dependent on maintaining balanced functioning within and between the systems making up the body … as well as … within the environment we find ourselves in.
And I firmly believe that having an understanding how we maintain emotional balance, as generated by the nervous system, is as important to our overall well-being as understanding how to maintain balance in any other system making up our body. So as much as any other system, we need this insight into maintaining wellness in the part of the body we call our nervous system.
The principle of balance … applies to all of the body’s systems. So activity in each system is dedicated to maintain a functional balance that supports the quality of that system’s work. Balance can be equated with Health.