What is ADHD?
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, can be understood in many ways. In general, it is understood as a lack of connectivity between various regions of the mind. A particular area of the mind called the anterior cingulate cortex seems to be involved. Often this area is 10%-20% smaller than average, and yet, the number of neurons is normal. It is as if this part of our brain is underdeveloped. Fortunately, over time this area of the brain may mature allowing many people suffering the effects of ADHD to improve.
Another way of looking at this would be to consider a ROM and RAM analogy from the computer world. The ROM would be the total vastness of the unconscious mind or the native intelligence of the individual. The RAM would be how much of this intelligence one could use at a time or how big of a program one might be able to use at any one time. A person with ADHD will have normal ROM, but an apparent deficit in their RAM. We can sense how much native intelligence a person has, but we cannot sense that connections between conscious and an unconscious mind. When there is a problem with these connections, the person will be misunderstood and may, in the end, not be able to understand why they think and act the way they do.
Effects of ADHD
A person suffering the effects of ADHD may be very intelligent in the things that they enjoy and yet have a precipitous drop in their abilities for things that they don’t like. While this is normal in general, this degree drop off will make a person appear lazy or unable to “try hard enough” unless "they want to do something".
This extends to all abilities and it extends variably person to person. The connection between conscious and unconscious minds are vast; some dealing with motor movement, others dealing with thoughts, others dealing with feelings, and yet others dealing with a sense of our surroundings. In each of these, a person feeling the effects of ADHD will be unpredictably constricted.
It’s not unusual for a person with ADHD to be able to focus or even ‘hyper focus’ so the difficulty isn’t merely a problem of focus. They struggle managing their ability to begin to focus, especially on things they do not like. They struggle to sustain their focus over time. Changing the subject of their focus can be difficult for example, when asked to stop watching TV or playing a video game to come to dinner.
Limits to their sense of surroundings can be extremely confusing. A person with ADHD will tend to act the same way no matter where they are. They will tell others, ‘this is just the way I am’. They may often become extremely good at, ‘the way they are’, and be able to go by 'the seat of their pants' very well. However, they’ll run into difficulty when this kind of behavior is not understood or tolerated. For example, when you're at a table that is three or four tables away from someone with ADHD and their spouse, you should be able to tell whether they are with a business associate or with their spouse. One of the effects of ADHD however, is that the person gives much the same smile and demeanor to any person no matter their relationship or surrounding situation. You can imagine the difficulties that ensue at all levels.
How Oneness Alleviates the Effects of ADHD
The Oneness Approach accommodates the difficulties encountered by decrease in the connectivity between the mind and the body. Oneness encourages moment-to-moment intent, energy, inquisitiveness and effort to maintain awareness in all that you think, feel and do. This builds the same affected neurons and allows a person to develop a practice that can be considered “anti-ADHD.”
Additionally, the Oneness Approach encourages that same sense of Oneness between you all others. Here your needs are my needs, your desires I encourage, and through ‘mirror neurons’, we are working to organize ourselves and helping another to organize themselves.
The Oneness Approach encourages a daily commitment to increase each of our relationship types. Our relationship with our spiritual source, intimate partner, family, friendships, colleagues, life interest partners and our mentors. The unconscious mind is relationship oriented. Our focus helps our conscious mind to reach deep into our unconsciousness to build understandings of our deepest selves. It also then lifts those unconscious processes closer to conscious mind, allowing for easier access on a moment-to-moment basis.
Deeper Understanding of ADHD
There are many reasons for disconnects between our conscious and unconscious mind and ADHD is but one of them. As our lives flower, it is normal to become more aware of the perfection that’s within us. It is also normal to deepen this understanding consciously through our spiritual inclinations. The Oneness Approach is a commitment to these connections allowing for deeper understanding and increasing efficiency to carry out our intentions.
From this place, we can truly become more comfortable in our deep knowing. And also more empathic, compassionate and altruistic in our personal, professional and global purposes.