I want to focus on showcasing the brain structures in relation to the brain’s Ventricular System. In this series of posts and videos I will be considering the Ventricular System to be the main central landmark of the brain and showing the various brain structures in relation to it.
Here is the Medulla Oblongata, the first brain structure one encounters when passing upward through the foramen magnum.
Spent part of today playing with colors and textures for representing the different parts of the brain. Particularly working on the tentorium cerebelli and the cerebellum. I may make the ventricles more water-like too.
What do you think?
The more I thought about this jump that I have made from showcasing individual bones to showcasing the ventricular system the more it makes sense in terms of my larger goal of dissecting the body and presenting the relationship between bones and brain (and spirit).
You see, I had thought I would transition next to the sections of the brain that are in closest contact to a particular bone such as the Sphenoid and thus progressively work my way inwards; this is generally how brain anatomy has been taught (to me). However, the brain is an extremely complex structure not just in function but also in form. Studying brain anatomy is a huge field of research and we have still much to understand. So I feel that, as is the case with learning your way around a new city, we need to start by the main landmarks. We have the walls of the city, those are the bones, those are a key landmark now the city itself is made up of grocery stores and the city hall and the post office and the individual living houses AND running through the city is its waterway. It seems to me that it makes much more sense to give directions to someone based upon the internal landmarks rather than the city walls.
“The grocery store is 50 meters north from the 4th cistern”.
“From the main gate follow the stream south and you will first pass by the bathhouse then you will come to the city hall and afterwards you will see the church on your right”.
For when we are studying or living in the city we can quickly forget about those all-important containing walls but we never forget where the closest water-source is.
And as such I have completed the video on the Ventricular System and completely justified myself to myself as to why my innate intelligence chose to showcase the Ventricular System next.
My invitation is that you watch this video and that you practice closing your eyes from time to time, maybe pausing the video at key moments, and take into your mind’s eye the image of this waterway that exists within you. Continue this practice until you have a good sense of the shape of this waterway and until you can sit in meditation posture and replay the video within your mind’s eye.
Once you have accomplished that major milestone then allow yourself to feel the sensations arising from the Ventricular System within you. For some it may be helpful to relate this system to an area of your brain that is spacious and flowing, thus feeling the flowing nature of the ventricular system.
In my next post I will expand upon the Ventricular System to highlight a few other key aspects of its shape.
In meditating on the ventricular system we meditate on the spaces in between.
Some meditations are focused on the bones, feeling into the shape of your frontal bone and sensing the sensations that exist in that area. Frontal bones, temporal bones, sphenoid bones are akin to trees and sand banks. For the ventricular system we are sensing into the rivers and streams that run between those trees and those sand banks; the waters that touch one tree and then flow to the next and the next and the next.
Message-carrying waters, and cleaning waters.
I have just posted a new video (made a year ago) when I started some explorations into showing the Beauchene representation of the skull. A Beauchene skull is also known as an Exploded Skull and it is one in which all the bones have been separated from each other. This is an amazing feat to accomplish using real bones and pins and screws and wires; much easier when using model bones.
I’ve been fascinated with beauchene skulls since I found out about them in 2007 or so. After making these meditation videos for several years I began to envision a meditation that would show the skull coming apart. At about the same time I was reading Eliade Mircea’s “Shamanism” and was impressed by how in some shamanic traditions the initiate dies and is taken apart, all bones separated, and then put back together again. I found this a powerful image and wanted to recreate some that through videos.
This is an initial meditation towards that goal.
On the morning of June 17th my son Mateus River was born!! That has been keeping me and my wife pretty occupied. I am now coming out of my cocoon and working on the bone visualizations. I have decided to start with simple bone visualizations for each bone and to then post more guided visualizations separately when the basic bones have been covered.
You can check out the new visualizations at the bottom of the videos page.
As part of a recent project focusing on craniosacral work for TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) I made this brief video showing some of the major muscles of mastication (temporalis, masseters, lateral and medial pterygoids).
I have been determined on accomplishing my dream of producing anatomical visualizations that I am happy with!
After much work I am happy to present to you The Spine!
I have made this a non-guided visualization and from here on I will be presenting to you a bit of both, guided and non-guided.