Current Openings #4: The Brain/Body Conundrum

Aviv Shahar with David Price Francis

October 6, 2022

Perhaps the most serious predicament facing the human race may be easy to spot by its toxic and destructive effects on our life and the planet, but why is its core cause so hard to see?

It’s a critical puzzle to ponder, which means it’s also an excellent topic for our special series “Current Openings — What the World Doesn’t Quite Get Yet.” This collaboration with David Price Francis, author, spiritual teacher, and co-founder of Energy Worlds, explores what’s appearing in the flow of newly emerging intelligence and evolutionary possibility.

The predicament: environmental and cultural crises that seriously threaten life on this planet; a level of disharmony, discord, and disconnect that would have been hard to imagine even a few years ago.

In this conversation, David and Aviv Shahar explore the predicament’s origins in what is known as the brain/body conundrum. Our brain, a marvel of engineering and power, continually seeks stimulation and excitement, often in the extreme. And often to the detriment of our bodies, which by design are naturally tuned to the regenerative rhythms and energies of the planet.

Imagine the predicament when human lives governed by the brain’s drive for constant stimulation — rather than the body’s natural connection to planetary regeneration — are multiplied on a global scale.

But… there is a promise in the predicament, and a way out of the conundrum, as David and Aviv reveal. Among their insights:

  • There is a way out of our predicament because we have the superpower of conscious choice
  • There's nothing wrong with our brain; our brain is not to blame. It's the programs that have gotten into it
  • The myth of the Selfish Gene, which is a fallacy, because we are wired to survive individually through collective survival. We were sold on the theology of self-interest, which is not true
  • How did we get to a situation where the most profitable industry on the planet is weapons of war, the second is drugs, and only the third is food?

This conversation is part of the continuing Portals discovery into what is emerging on the frontiers of human experience in this time of profound change. Information about upcoming special events can be found on the Events page. Also visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

I've been wondering for years about the differentiation between being a person of the world and a person of the planet. I realized to be a worldly person is to be pickled in what the human race has already been doing and the precedents that have been set. A planetary person means actually connecting into the energies and frequencies of the planet as she is today, including the planetary forces within us.

David Price Francis

David Price Francis

David Price Francis

David Price Francis helps individuals, couples, and groups understand and improve the quality of energy in their personal lives and relationships using techniques and strategies that he has successfully developed in private practice working with clients for over forty years. He is the author of Go With The Glow: From Psychological Pain to Spiritual HappinessPartners in Passion: How To Positively Transform the Energies in all Your RelationshipsThe Tales of Dr. Woo: A Journey into Truth; and a 10-part online course, “The Human Aura: A Practical Introduction To Your Personal Energy Field.”

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.