One of the more fascinating ideas regarding the primal mind vs the domesticated mind is the difference in our use of Language.
It may be that our Ancestors used much more of the thinking capacity than modern humans do today.
Consider for a moment, Memory Competition, an obscure game which pits brain against brain in a battle of memory.
Contestants will go head to head memorizing anything from Elements on the Periodic Table, to Shuffled Decks of Cards to Poetry..
Before the invention of writing there were Oral Traditions. This is particularly interesting because the spoken tradition had to be memorized.
From Homer reciting the Odyssey in the middle of a crowded square to the Elders of Tribes long forgotten telling the stories of their ancestors, these stories were massively detailed. Massively impactful…
Containing precise quantities as well as character qualities and actions, these stories are meant to teach. These stories are the cultural context of the tribe. Stories like religion, history and ethics give us direction..
They are also amazing feats of the human mind. The very same mind that lives on in us. If today we can’t remember our stories on the tip of our tongue what does that say about where we’re at?
Our modern insight into this aspect of the Primal Mind are our memory champions. They use a different strategy in their thinking and memory, a strategy we are fortunate to still hold onto.
The auditory sense, that is our hearing and our language, is not the only way we can hold onto information. We can use Visual and Kinesthetic senses to encode information as well.
When we do this the information is encoded much more deeply since it exists in multiple sense modalities.
We are much more likely to remember emotional experiences with richer sense modalities.
Possibly one of the most dangerous states and one which most betrays our humanness, is the state of numbness or depression.
As much as our movement is meant to nourish us, so too is our thinking and our sense of history, belonging.
In our journey to fill the human potential we’ve inherited, let’s nourish ourselves in every way we can.