Worshipful Master's Message February 2017

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." - Tony Robbins

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." - Tony Robbins

 It is no secret that everything we do in life affects us. The decisions that we make can go in many different directions. It's important to understand what is driving us to make those decisions. The human brain is a vast nexus of roughly one hundred billion neurons. Everything we experience fabricates diverse neural connections within our brains, which actuates different emotions. Depending on which area of your brain is activated the neurons which dwell there can develop to be stronger or weaker, this process is called neuroplasticity. 

 When we are angry, fearful, sad or adhere ourselves to negative thoughts which propel those emotions, our brain's reaction is to pattern activity into a primitive state that hinders the limbic part of the brain and shuts down the working memory function. We can observe this when we converse with another person who is being stubborn or defensive. When in a defensive state our brain releases chemicals in fewer areas than when we are feeling empowered. When we are feeling empowered or appreciated, our brain rewards us, so to speak, with neuron growth that increases overall brain activity. Simply put, negative emotions and thoughts can blind us from taking into account information that we would normally find helpful or even logical.

Brethren, we are taught to subdue our passions and to square our actions. I would implore you to reflect on this with a new perception. As Albert Einstein once said "you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” Remember to control what you think, because if you do not control what you think you cannot control what you do.

Sincerely & Fraternally

Nicholas B. Di Dolce                                                                                                        Worshipful Master