1The Micro-Forum Technique as Neural Networker.The micro forum technique is a form of neural networking. If we look at networking in the consciousmoving state we see that it involves connecting with an ever expanding group of people, talkingmaking friends. Getting invited to meet more people at more events. Joining groups, connectingpeople you know to each other etc. Eventually we can see this as a kind of map and if we look downat the map we can see how expansion happens. We can see the map of connections and how theygrow. This is exactly how the neural network expansion happens in the micro forum technique onlyit’s happening both in the conscious and the unconscious at the same time. It is built specifically forthis purpose.Although the conscious and unconscious are always working in tandem it is not often contained in astructure of development that is consistent repeated and constant.The Micro-Forum Technique is a formula. It is a constant structure that can be repeated. It is aformula for expanding the neural network. It is a formula for behavioural change.When we work in this way we are balancing thought process in a specific way. As this initiation isconcretized the formula will be naturally adopted by the brain and we will begin to grow naturally inthis way.It is a process of observation and participation. It is a process of moving from the former to thelatter. It is a process of observing what we are doing and participating in what we are doing at thesame time. This creates balance in our orientation within the world. We are also utilizing the brainsown capacity to shift from one mode of thinking to another the trick is that we are teachingobservation and participation, we are almost forcing the brain to work in this way. However, oncethis mode is activated and as the process is adopted the shapeshifting ability will come as a naturalconsequence.The shapeshifting ability comes by way of an element of what’s known as an archetype an energypattern or formation within the psyche. There are twelve elements within an archetype and theelement we are particularly interested in is known as the trickster element.What we are hoping for is to stimulate this element indirectly. We will move from observation toparticipation in a continuous flow, creating the innate ability to shapeshift. If we try to work with thetrickster element directly it will continually change shape in a random succession and then we haveno control over the outcome. In the way that I have described we are maintaining the trickster at themidway point in between the observing and the participating creating a constant formation ring,containing and stimulating at the same time.In the act of observing something we are engaging neural activity in a certain way. We are looking atwhat is happening.Watching a spider build a web for example requires us to see how the spider moves. How itgets from one area of the web to the next, it requires us to see the development. We are removedfrom being aware of participating and we observe. We observe the unfolding event before us,outside of the directness of the one me, into the arena of the external.
2In the participating state we are required to notice how we are reacting to the spectacle weare observing, how our body is reacting. What we are feeling. What are the sensations we areexperiencing in the body. We are participating in the event.As I watched the spider build its web I was in participation as the event unfolded. It was coldand it was the middle of the night. It was dark I was a little scared. It was or had been raining and as Isat on the cold step I could feel my left thigh becoming cold and damp. I was very still.It was a true piece of theatre I was observing. And I participated within the action of this trulywonderful interaction between the spider and his web. I was both observing and participating at thesame time.Is this not networking?Or net – working?So this brings us to the question what this is? How we can describe it further. It is about attention.The attention we give to any given thing and the quality of that attention. In a book describing thefunction of the pre-frontal Cortex it describes attention in this way:“Attention is the cognitive expression or equivalent of a deeply seated and ubiquitousneurobiological function. This function is based on the limited capacity of neural processingsystems as well as the need to allocate that capacity to the most effective processing ofinformation at any given time and in any given context.It goes on to say:By definition attention is selective; it is the selective processing of the most relevantinformation toward the attainment of a goal under present circumstances. All sensory andmotor systems have rudiments of what is the cognitive sphere we call attention”. (c2008:133) The Pre-Frontal CortexAt the beginning of the quote here we see that it says a universal neurobiological function. Thismeans that every human brain cognitively experiences attention at some level in whatever state we,as humans, are in.Therefore we must believe that it is possible for everyone to have the ability to pay attention. But itis vital to understand that we must know how to pay attention in the first place. We are not bornwith this ability we are shaped by our interactions.The ability to pay attention is tied into memory function:“Working memory is the ability to retain an item of information for the prospectiveexecution of an action that is dependent on that information”. (c2008: 185) The Pre– FrontalCortexSo as well as observing and participating we are giving attention to these things. We are alsocreating a memory base. We are actively creating the memory of observation and participation bygiving attention to these two specific actions within a constant and definable formula of growth.
3So we can now say that we are serving four states:ObservationParticipationAttentionMemoryIn order to move between the observer function and the participator function we need to utilize afifth element, that of our innate ability to shift between one thing and another fluidly. As we getolder it is common for us as to unlearn this as we try and create what we feel is acceptablebehaviour. There is a tendency to create barriers within ourselves at this point causing a rigidity ofbeing. What we are trying to achieve here is to reactivate our ability to adjust easily.Not only are we building a positive memory base around the event that is built through thedevelopment of the process in the conscious but the structure that is being used is building astrength base in the unconscious that which is not consciously known. We can only speculate as tothe nature of what is being absorbed into the unconscious but if we create a solid and repeatedaction in the now we have a greater chance of stability being absorbed into the unconscious. And asis well known unconscious processes have a great effect on our behaviour patterns.We can say then that by paying particular attention to observing what we are doing and then payingparticular attention to participating in what we are doing we are creating a balanced memory baseof these two functions. We are stimulating our ability to shapeshift from one cognitive function toanother. We are stimulating the neural network.Cc Alix Harrow 2013Fuster, J.M. 4th Ed (c2008) The Pre-Frontal Cortex. Academic Press: Amsterdam/ London. ISBN9780123736444Wingfield, A (c1981) The Psychology of Human Memory New York; London: Academic Press, ISBN0127596305