Amazingly, both sides cite the same qualities as being noteworthy: disorganized, argumentative, brimming with ideas, socially awkward, inattentive, hyperactive, and not inclined to follow rules! It is these very qualities, however, that made them so important to humankind. SOME INSIGHTS INTO THE BRAIN It is impossible to discuss the contributions and triumphs of these individuals without understanding that their achievements stem from a singular ability to operate within the area of giftedness that the Lord provided them. That is, they use their brains in a way that is consistent with their uniqueness rather than merely trying to fit into the cultural norms. At the same time, we must see these people as part of the whole of our world, not just as gifted oddities. I began to glimpse the importance of integrating rather than segregating people with these disorders while attending a seminar given by Travis R. Why not just tell everyone to kill themselves, already? One of the best things about nunchi is that you don't have to be at all OK to benefit from using it. You can profit from it whether you're on top of the world or at your most abject, and everything in between. In fact, when you are at your most anxious, your nunchi is at its sharpest--remember, that it is the advantage of the underdog. That said, you do have to open your mind to your nunchi--and activate the awareness that is there and ready to help you. I'm saying this from painful life lessons that I have had to learn because I didn't heed my nunchi the first time. I have been medically treated for social anxiety in the past, so I'm all too aware that it can be crippling for some people. Unfortunately, though, social anxiety is one of those ailments for which the only 100 percent effective remedy--removing yourself from humans--is not practical or sensible. Sometimes people fantasize that becoming very wealthy will allow them to avoid people, only to discover that success has exactly the opposite effect. But if you feel this way, why would focusing on other people be helpful at all? Education in A Bun Dance is a delight for students and teachers. The goal of the school system is to draw forth the greatness in each child, in honor of their unique gifts. Competition in A Bun Dance is unknown;

Children are taught only those skills and knowledge they express an interest in mastering. There is no organized religion in A Bun Dance. Instead, each individual follows the voice of Spirit within his heart. Somehow everyone is in their right place at the right time, and they work together well. The notions of competition between religions, holy wars, arguments over the correctness of dogma, inquisitions against infidels, and damnation of sinners, is entirely unheard of in A Bun Dance. God is a loving reality that is felt in the heart, and drawn into expression by simple caring; Social activities in A Bun Dance center around the sharing of creative talents. Travis, a lecturer on several topics related to the brain, is certified by Herrmann International and the Pathways to Greatness Program developed by Hal Williamson. I found that the contents of his seminar illuminated this issue of both uniqueness and how we might see individuals as an integral part of the whole. I have asked Travis to elaborate on his knowledge and understanding in this area. The following is his contribution. Ned Herrmann, founder of Herrmann International, developed a four-quadrant brain model based on the physiology of the human brain. The foundation for his model is rooted in Dr Roger Sperry's Nobel Prize-winning research of epileptic patients. We each have preferences for one or more quadrants. Our preference indicates the area of the brain in which we thrive. These preferences are our strengths and are generally reflective of our competencies. Unfortunately, most of us do not have a comprehensive understanding of the brain in general or insight into our own preferences. Aren't they the problem? Well, in some ways they are the problem, but to the nunchi ninja they are also the solution. Or, rather, shifting the way you view them is the solution.

To refer once more to the Stoics, you have to focus on what you can control, which is your own judgment and actions. Everyone from your religious leader to your therapist will tell you that the best nonmedical remedy for depression is to help other people. Similar logic applies to social anxiety: the best nonmedical remedy is nunchi. You can use your powers of nunchi to focus your energy away from your own discomfort and on to those around you. Buddhists refer to anxieties as the monkey mind. Think of your anxiety as a twitchy, loud monkey that you can't get rid of because it is part of who you are. If you fight the monkey or chain it up, it will only get even angrier and louder. As everyone in the realm is in touch with their unique creative gifts, they enthusiastically participate in the expression of art, music, dance, and unique craftsmanship. To look down from above, one would be amazed to see that Scare City and A Bun Dance are not very far from one another. Both have the same resources available, yet each realm uses them in an entirely different way. The distance and difference between hell and heaven is measured not in altitude, but in attitude. ACTIVATION: SCARE CITY OR A BUN DANCE? Choose a situation that has occupied a great deal of your thoughts, feelings, and attention. On a separate piece of paper, write down all the thoughts and feelings that have occurred to you in relation to this situation. Record in detail every notion, musing, judgment, feeling, fantasy, deduction, pondering, and conclusion you have about this. Leave space around each response for you to cut it out of the article with scissors, and when you have completed all of your responses, do so. Individuals with ADHD or autism may have significant strengths in one or more quadrants. Identifying the way an individual prefers to think can help them and others around them appreciate, understand, and communicate with one another. Failing to understand these preferences is particularly problematic within our institutions.

Streamlined, efficient solutions are the order of the day. I would suggest, however, that manageable alternatives to one size fits all approaches can be achieved. WHOLE BRAIN MODEL Copyright (c) 1988-1997 The Ned Herrmann Group, Inc. HERRMANN BRAIN DOMINANCE PROFORMA PROFILE The Diverse Mentality of Interesting and Famous People Copyright (c) 1990-1997 The Ned Herrmann Group, Inc. What you can do, however, is throw it a distracting object while shouting, Go get it, boy! Good monkey. Maybe don't say that last part out loud if you're on a podium and about to address the United Nations or something, but you get the idea. Buddhists say you can keep the monkey busy by telling it to focus on your breathing. So when you feel social anxiety coming on, breathe deeply and calmly, and remember that, for the next few minutes, you are an observer. We're just here to watch, Monkey. If you are anxious while talking to people, remember Nunchi Rule #1 and empty your mind: don't think about what impression you might be making. Instead, study your counterparts as if you were being paid to file a detailed Sherlock Holmes-type report on them later. Mentally note details: are they out of breath? If so, they could have asthma, or maybe they're out of shape. Put the pieces aside for now, and wait until the next Activation for further instructions. By Grace I Live While the residents of Scare City labor under the law of sin and punishment, the people in A Bun Dance enjoy a state of Grace.

The acceptance of Grace begins with our recognition that we are worthy of it. By virtue of our birthright as children of God, we deserve everything that is worthy of the Kingdom - and no less. God does not worry about paying His rent. God does not struggle with health challenges. All of God's relationships are rewarding. As God's children, neither must we settle for less. Jesus taught that It is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Understanding our differences is the key to communication as well as to finding and learning our gifts. When people recognize and value one another's differences as strengths within a whole-brain context, no problem remains unsolvable. In the same way, if we can see past a diagnosis of autism or ADHD to the individual and his unique strengths, he will be freed to make significant contributions to the whole. The apostle Paul most clearly addressed this in Romans 12:4-8: Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; It is clear from this passage that God created each of us to be a part of the whole, not to be complete in and of ourselves, but to have to rely upon others and their gifts in order to attain completion. Nowhere is this concept of God's design more clearly illustrated than through the Gospels. By His choice of writers and the focus of each one's gospel, the Lord provides the perfect illustration of His divine scheme of the brain. Or perhaps they are as nervous or anxious as you are! A vomit stain on the shoulder? A baby at home, perhaps.