Google Analytics tells me my most popular article is The Crazy Wisdom of TDA Lingo. It makes sense. I don’t have a lot of competition with TDA Lingo as a keyword and the article has been online for a long time.
Here’s a picture of TDA Lingo talking about a brain, using a real brain as a teaching aid. He doesn’t look like your typical authority figure and that’s probably why his theories about the amygdala and the frontal lobes didn’t catch on. Unfortunately, although study after study shows he was on the right track with his theory about the frontal lobes and their connection with spirituality, Lingo still doesn’t get credit for his discovery.
I say “unfortunately,” but Lingo would probably disagree. As he says in the video I’ve embedded below: “Just to be a charismatic and say, ‘Follow me. There is no way but me.’ That’s bullshit. We don’t know what the way is. We’re all blundering in our own way.”
I discovered TDA Lingo, as most people do, through Neil Slade’s website. Lucky I did, because Lingo’s personality doesn’t really appeal to me and a lot of the stuff he says I disagree with. When I stumbled across Neil Slade in about 2003, I was a little dubious about “amygdala clicking,” as he called it then, but it was so easy and didn’t cost a thing to try, so I gave it a shot. I was going through a rough patch at the time. For the first few weeks, I got some mild relief from my worries. Then one cold, rainy morning on my way to the worst job I’ve ever had, I had a big “brain pop” and became completely blissed out. It lasted for months and permanently changed my perspective on life. That terrible job became interesting simply because it was so terrible and instead of feeling sorry for myself, I started to empathise with the others who worked there.
One guy in particular, a cabinetmaker like me, became my workmate. For some reason, I think it was my American accent, he hated me from day 1. Before my brain pop, it bothered me. After my brain pop, it didn’t bother me in the least and I did my best to get along with him. About 3 months later, I found a job at another yacht building factory. The working conditions were infinitely better. One day after work, I went to the other factory and told him they needed one more cabinetmaker. We got along fine after that.
That’s an example of what “clicking forward” into your frontal lobes can do. It changes your outlook on life from being “me” centred to something more all-embracing. Of course, I still slip back into the “reptilian mind” more regularly than I’d like to, but I now know the difference.
Ultimately, I have TDA Lingo to thank for that. However, that doesn’t mean I slavishly believe everything he or Neil Slade has to say. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. “Tickling the amygdala,” as Neil now calls it, is a wonderful tool, but it’s based on brain science. In my opinion, Lingo’s fixation on the brain limited his ability to transcend the brain and the physical body. I may be wrong about that, but like I said, it’s my opinion.
Yoga focuses on the energetic or spiritual body. When I learned to meditate, I was taught to focus on the point between the eyebrows and raise my consciousness from the lower chakras to the ajna chakra. In retrospect, I think that’s why amygdala tickling worked so well for me. I think all those years before, I had primed the pump, so to speak, and was just turning on the faucet again.
The point is, as TDA Lingo said, “We’re all blundering in our own way.” We seem to be programmed to seek out authority figures. There comes a time when we need to drop that crutch and find our own way. As another controversial character, William Blake, wrote:
I also tend to agree with something else Blake wrote: “Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.” Actually, a lot of what Blake wrote resonates with me, but I’ll save that for another post.
We can all learn from others, but putting any person, political system, religion or other authority figure on a pedestal is like riding in the back seat. Life isn’t about being a spectator. We need to take the wheel. There’s nothing wrong with following signposts along the way, but that’s all they are — signposts. We’ll make some wrong turns along the way, but that’s how we learn and grow. And besides — sometimes a wrong turn can take you to the place you want or need to be, but don’t know it.
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