“You want to change, you need to change, oh God please help you change! The neuroplasticity of your brain re-sculpting itself is now your only hope. Yup, there’s no denying it, it’s time you enrolled in a yoga class, take up salsa and get some descent bodywork to re-sculpt your brain. It’s also high time you met your ‘connectome’…”
Not long ago, sperm tests were simply a ‘count’ and went with quantity over quality. Now we realise that ‘functions’ like motility, morphology and even DNA fragmentation are all crucial. So too with brains, the focus is now on how regions work together in networks. The equivalent of the genome in the brain has thus been termed ‘the connectome’.
The ‘connectome‘ comprises the structural and functional neural networks in the brain.
So to change your life you need to change your brain, and to change your brain you need to change your connectome. Here’s the thing however; the glial cells that comprise your connectome are just the fascia of the brain. And this is where things get really interesting.
We used to think that your connectome was just a passive ‘glue’ (hence ‘glial’ cell) but all the fascia in your body is actually the the fibre-optic cable system of consciousness itself … and it runs throughout your entire body.
The connectome’s cables of consciousness are actually the grandmother of the nervous system and have been suggested to be the origin of self awareness. That’s right, fascia is the conduit of the most primordial form of consciousness we know, now termed ‘interoception’ or ‘felt body awareness’.
Your entire body tingles with sentience sweet friend, your entire body feels and thinks and communicates its deepest interiority to you constantly.
How it ‘feels’ to be your lower-back or liver today is communicated to your brain not intellectually, emotionally or even proprioreceptively you see, but ‘interoceptively’ through that body-consciousness we often call a ‘gut-feeling‘.
To me, the ‘connectome’ isn’t just the neural networks in your cranium, but the interoceptive networks that connect every single cell in your body. When I do ‘bodywork’ I am actually consciously working with them to retune my client’s full-body connectome.
And here’s why this is so important:
When we re-sculpt the connective tissue in the body through fascial-based bodywork we re-sculpt our brain.
Changes in the way your fascia connectome communicates with your brain has been linked through recent research with a very long list of ‘psychological’ problems: anxiety, depression, panic disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, PTSD, OCD, autism spectrum disorders, and low motivational states all have deeply embodied ‘interoceptive’ drivers.
So as I said at the start, to change your life you need to change your brain, but to change your brain you need to change your full-body, fascial connectome. This is easier to understand when you consider that fascia accounts for over half of your brain volume and more than 70% of the total central nervous system cell population.
So whilst more and more people are aware of the fascia ‘neural networks’ that need to be restructured if we want to bust out of the rut of our current holding-patterns of our life… very few people realize that this is a full body process.
Taking psilocybin like the Silicon Valley heads to keep your neural networks loose is all good and well. But deep change is easier when it involves a deep restructuring of the connectome’s cables of consciousness that run throughout your entire body.
This article is reprinted from the author’s page here and is used with permission.
Dr Jimi Wollumbin has spent the last 22 years in clinical practice and has had the opportunity to research some of the most respected traditional medical systems; these include the Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Persian traditions. He has also been fortunate enough to work in a series of community health and international aid initiatives. For more info see: https://www.doctorjimi.com