The Innate Intelligence of Nature


I love birds. April is my favorite time of year in North Carolina because this is when the birds lay their eggs and these beautiful creatures emerge. I ran across the nest in the video below while on a walk. These babies couldn’t have been more than 24 hours old. They were so precious and fragile. When I whistled, they lifted their tiny heads and opened their mouths to feed. It was amazing to see. This pure expression of innate knowledge of these tiny babies. (I promise, I left them in peace and mama bird is happily nurturing them.)



This interaction got me thinking about the inherent wisdom of nature. How many things our bodies and brains do without being taught. When we hear a loud noise, we cover our ears. When we trip and fall, our hands come forward to protect us from hitting our heads. Our bodies and brains act automatically for our safety and protection. These are primary reflexive actions that do not leave us, they remain in our systems and show up only when called upon. That is the nature of development.

If, for some reason, development of these reflexes is interrupted, the safety and protection that we depend upon no longer available to us. Many reasons exist for interruption of the development of primary reflexes. Disease, damage, and toxicity to name a few. When this development is blocked, the body is obliged to stay in a constant state of protection. We are playing defense. Tendons are pulled tighter and protective neuro chemical release is triggered. And in this state, the body and brain are unable to be open, safe, and ready to learn. A prolonged period of time spent in this protective state has negative impact on the person’s ability to participate in relationships and experiences that allow for dynamic, flexible thinking.


A mouse in “freeze” protection or playing dead.


At Pathways, we use the Masgutova NeuroSensory Motor Reflex Integration (MNRI) program to find what works to release the protection and find the movements which are safe, easy and natural. We look at what works for that individual and build on that structure to activate the innate, natural maturation of the body and brain system. When that body and brain are feeling safe and open, it is free to experience, explore and participate in relationships and learning. The MNRI Program used at Pathways relies on a strong parent training component that gives the tools and skills to parents to play the most important role in their child’s safety and development. If you are interested in learning more about MNRI, you can find more at


The same mouse feeling safe and exploring. No therapy done on mouse 🙂

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