There are four aspects inherent to this center which does not require to be learned, because each of them is innate in every human being:
- Sensory perceptions (the five senses and all the organs of reception for every kind of sensation);
- The autonomous functions (the whole human physiology, included are the processes of respiration, blood circulation, metabolism, digestion, etc…);
- Physical emotions ( the aspect of the senses which allows us to perceive and discern between “pleasant” and “unpleasant” and prevent us instinctively to preserve our body from what could bring us some damage);
- reflex actions (smile, sneeze, cough, blink, yawn, etc …)
Instinctive processes and the related physical memory represents the totally mechanical part of the human being. So, it is composed of reflexes and automatisms which, in this case, does not prevent our development, but performs a job which otherwise would be impossible for us: mantaining the function of the physical machine.
Observing the natural and healthy mechanicity of our physical mean allows us to ponder on the less healthy mechanicity of the emotional and intellectual functions.
Indeed, mechanicity is not negative in every field; we have to remember that Nature took hundreds of thousands of years to adapt human physiology in order to live in the material world and in the natural field, and mechanicity (expressed in instinctive functions) corresponds to the improvement of the possibilities for survival. Indeed, evolution means also to adapt ourselves, and once we adapt ourselves to a situation, we can manage it instinctively.
Even in the intellectual and emotional fields, mechanicity has its value as a means to learn. Just ponder on a child who harms himself by touching a flame; this experience will raise in him an instinctive memory, through immature emotions and thoughts, an instinctive fear of fire which will preserve him from destroying his physical mean with this element.
All the physical actions which are not innate, but acquired through learning, such as walking, speaking, writing, etc… are part of the human’s motor functions. Many motor actions which are usually considered instinctive, also belong to this field. For example, if an object falls and we grab it before it touches the floor, this is not an instinctive action.
Motor function is very important, because it allows us motion in space, therefore, a direct interaction with life through touching, grasping, escaping, dodging, running, etc…
All such dynamics are not entirely physical. They are imbued with symbolic connections strictly related to emotional and intellectual states. This is the reason why the motor function has always been the field of attention for all the ancient systems, which worked on this field through methods such as Yoga or inner martial arts, science of gestures, postural corrections, and all these systems, in their integral and original version which have a capital value in self -development.
Through the observation of this function, we may notice a great amount of mechanical attitudes, which represent our loss of consciousness towards our physical mean. We assume habitual postures, have always the same gestures, the same tensions, we move our body in the same way, and an infinite series of repetitive gestures.
The study and the observation of such habits is very important: through the language of our body, we can gain access to thousands of items of information concerning our emotional and intellectual sphere. Also, teaching ourselves correct and sober gestural behaviors, can help us to correct some emotional and intellectual anomalies. These practices are a starting point to mantaining a constant attentive state in the present moment, in order to develop a higher consciousness.