I don’t often find myself disagreeing with Seth Godin. He and I parted ways, however, when he wrote the other day about the amygdala, that pre-rational part of our brains sometimes referred to as the lizard (or reptile) brain. Seth said, “The amygdala isn’t going away. Your lizard brain is here to stay, and your job is to figure out how to quiet it and ignore it.”
Quiet it, maybe. Ignore it? Not a chance.
In fact, I happen to agree with Dr. Jung. I agree that the parts of me that I hide, repress and deny — the Shadow parts — will have more power over me the more they stay in Shadow.
So, my work is to do my best to stay awake to my amygdala and accept its job description. The better I do this, the less it runs my life. The less I act out, fighting or fleeing instead of just being.
Or, as Seth might put it, the more willing I am to ship.