When it comes to our physical bodies, we often think of them as a single entity that we have complete control over. However, the truth is that our bodies are actually a complex system of systems, each with their own unique functions and abilities.
One fascinating aspect of our bodies is that they possess emergent qualities, meaning that their abilities and functionality are greater than the sum of their parts. For example, our bodies produce unique energy fields that operate beneath our conscious awareness, and use them to communicate with other energy fields.
In terms of construction, our bodies can be compared to a siphonophore – a type of animal that is formed by a colony of smaller creatures.
Just like a siphonophore, our bodies share a circulatory system but also have more than one brain. Each of our body’s systems also has its own awareness and agenda, much like the smaller animals that form a siphonophore.
For example, did you know that you have a second brain in your gut? This brain, made up of dense bundle of neurons, functions independently from the brain in our head, and has the relative intelligence of a dog. It communicates with every part of our body through the vagus nerve.
While each of our body’s systems operates independently, they are also interdependent. None of them could survive on their own, and our body needs each of its systems to be a human life form.
Our bodies constantly share information with us, influencing our decisions about our actions, ideas, attitudes, and focus. But, we still have the power to make those decisions. And while we may not have complete control over our bodies, we can lead them in ways that include taking care of our health and fitness.
Our bodies are far more complex and fascinating than we may have ever imagined.
Understanding the intricacies of our body systems can help us to better lead and care for ourselves and allow us to manifest the best version of ourselves possible.