But wait, there’s more. “Brain quadrants” are only an analogy, a metaphor, for activity both obvious and subtle, occurring in our etheric body.
Brain-head quadrants appear to be the primary active level of waking thinking-feeling.
Before readers go off half-cocked, neither quadrants, nor any one quadrant, is the primary active level of our immortal-eternal soul.
Quadrants make possible the 3-dimensionality of all our habits (learned behaviors) of thinking-feeling, 95% of our psyche.
The other %5 to 10% of conscious deliberate choice-making is made possible by our immortal-eternal soul.
Keeping quadrants in perspective assists us not to over-generalize the significance of quadrants, as was done earlier with right~left brain hemispheres.
Building on Rudolf Steiner, a flower analogy is presented to show how all these things connect and evolve.
From our neck-up, in our thinking-feeling, we have something surprising, not predicted by the organization and activity of our gut brain, the capacity for independent thought, of critical thinking.
The surprising appearance of independent thinking on top of our more animalistic child within is exactly analogous to the surprising appearance of a rose blossom on top of a stem with only rose leaves.
If you just landed here from Mars, a desert planet, with not one flower at all, and you had never seen a flower on TV, nor any flowering plant; if you were seeing your first rose in bloom; and, the rose portion was blacked out, so all you could see was the roots, stem and leaves, could you easily predict a rose blossom?
No. Only a very poetic-intuitive consciousness would be abel to predict a flower blossom from only roots, stems and leaves.
Contemplating the majesty of how our head quadrants expand possibility in the human psyche, can lead us right into the natural character of transformation.
A rose blossom is the climax of a year-long cycle of slow, patient growth.
Independent thinking-feeling is the climax of 12 or more years of slow, patient development.
Nature’s developmental stages are visible in us. Humankind’s developmental stages are reflected in Nature—as Goethe and Steiner were trying to tell us.
Polarity of Connectivity~Renunciation (surrender)
Building on Goethe, in Man or Matter, Chapter V p. 85 in the 3rd Ed. “The Adventure of Reason,” Ernst Lehrs proposes “the Principle of Renunciation.”
Lehrs describes Goethe’s insight how the leaves of an annual plant have to renounce their comfortable rhythmic growth and predictable alternation to produce something completely different, new and unexpected, a flower.
The comfortable process of leaf, leaf, leaf has to be let go off to concentrate vitality towards producing a flower.
In turn the flower has to renounce its color, more-perfect geometry, fragrance and sexuality to make something altogether different: seeds.
In turn the seeds have to renounce living in the dreamy bosom of the Ur-plant, in perfect abstract potential, to do the work of germinating, sprouting and make the long climb of leaf, leaf, leaf.
Each stage has to give up a lot for the next stage to “blossom.”