In 2003, my life took a nosedive when I was abruptly fired from a job. With bills to pay and a family to feed, I had to find a new job fast. I took the first one I could find, at a place that built multi-million dollar yachts. At the time, Australia had a work-for-the-dole welfare program. Unemployed workers could get benefits only if they proved they were looking for work. Conditions at this factory were so bad, welfare counsellors told applicants that was one job they didn’t have to apply for.
The working conditions were atrocious. You could see the fibreglass dust in the air and the strong smell of chemicals was inescapable. Worker morale was low and fights sometimes broke out. Once, a worker drove a nail into another worker’s hand with his nail gun just because he was angry with him. I got paired up with another cabinetmaker who hated me for some reason — I think it was my American accent.
One cold morning as I was driving to work feeling depressed and miserable, I tried a little trick I had learned on a website. “I did a little amygdala click and became completely blissed out”, I told Neil Slade years later when he interviewed me for his book, Tickle Your Amygdala. Laughing, Neil asked me if I was on any drugs. “No. No drugs whatsoever, but it was as if I had taken a very strong one.”
I’m just one of over 50 people Neil interviewed for his book. Some were academics and others were doctors, psychiatrists, musicians, writers, alternative health practitioners, mechanics and ordinary people like me. The one thing all of us had in common was “frontal lobe bliss.” Some of us had gotten there using Neil’s simple (and free) method. Others had gotten there in other ways. Neil is a musician and believes music is a great way to get a frontal lobes high. When he asked screenwriter James Mullica how he spurred his creativity, he said, “I listen to music. I’ll put on my headphones and get the music rolling. I believe in channeling. I believe that it comes from out there, that it’s all existing out there somewhere and that I just need to tune into it and write it down.”
Others put it a little differently. but many, if not most, of the people Neil interviewed felt intuition was more of a factor in their creativity than any skills they had developed. One guy was a race car mechanic. People brought their cars to his shop when no one else could pinpoint the problem. What was the secret of his success? He said it was intuition.
During an interview with one person who tried amygdala tickling when she was almost suicidal, Neil says, “everybody does it their own way. That’s why I’m interviewing so many people for this project. Different people find different ways of tickling their amygdala.” He went on to say: “I was talking to Stevie Wonder’s piano tech last week and he was telling me the same thing — he had a tuning fork and he would hold this tuning fork up to his temple or forehead, and tickled his amygdala that way.”
During my interview, I went on to tell Neil that my original high lasted six months or more. Aside from my personal frontal lobes bliss, I took a different view of the people I interacted with. About 3 months after taking that terrible job, I found another one at a different boat building factory. Conditions and morale were infinitely better. One day after work, I drove out to the old factory and told my workmate there, the guy who hated me, that there was a job opening at my new workplace. He took the job and stopped hating me. That’s possibly the biggest benefit of amygdala tickling: it makes you more cooperative and empathic.
Is Neil Slade on to Something?
By all means, buy Tickle Your Amygdala or one of Neil Slade‘s other books or some of his music if you want to. I’m not saying that because I get a commission — I don’t. I highly recommend it because his simple technique worked for me and continues working for me to this day and scientific evidence seems to be mounting: Neil Slade is on to something.
Amygdala tickling isn’t Neil’s brainchild. He learned about it from TDA Lingo. After Lingo’s death, he shared the teachings freely and added new data as it came to him. He started his website in 1996. The counter reads in the millions now, but he’s not making millions from his books and CDs. That’s not his goal. When you’re happy inside (clicked forward), you don’t need a lot of stuff to stay happy.
Here’s a short interview with Neil Slade I found on Youtube. It stops abruptly, but you can find others if you Google his name.