eightstep me is the creation of Ben Callif: a published author and neuroscientist. The name refers to a process, which anyone can learn, that unlocks the hidden potential of our unbalanced brain. This process is the union of basic neuroscience and ancient philosophy. Science and mysticism both agree that we all have two aspects: two sides of our brain, two sides of our body, two sides of our selves. These sides are frequently referred to as logic and emotion, man and woman, yin and yang, the sound and the silence. The two can never mix and you can never have one without the other, because they are one and the same — opposite sides of the same coin.
While we may not be able to mix the two aspects, or effectively occupy both sides of our body or brain simultaneously, we can all perform eightstep: a constant, flowing motion from side to side which allows for simultaneous control and interface between seemingly conflicting opposites. This motion can be seen in mindful states that people think of as inherent or “unlearnable”: motivation, fulfillment, creativity — all require interface between logic and emotion; left and right; thought and feeling; the parts and the whole.
The infinity loop (or a sideways 8) is the visual representation of eightstep. By moving to the left or to the right you can use your momentum to move in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, most of us run in circles, stuck on a single side of the loop. It is natural and easy for us to focus on our strengths and ignore our weaknesses. But in this way we lose balance and become trapped moving in one direction.
I created eightstep me in order to bring this knowledge and feeling of balance to anyone and everyone. We often feel that symmetry is a lie, because we are so familiar what it feels like to move in a circle without crossing boundaries. But every living thing on earth is capable of eightstep, and my goal is to eightstep me: to bring myself closer to center by helping you find your balance.
Modern-day society compels us to be free, but no one can tell you what to want. Contemporary culture forces us to be independent, but no one can truly disconnect from their surroundings. These contradictory drives make true self-reflection a near impossible task, even for extremely ‘successful’ individuals. But, invariably, everyone wants to be reflected — to be witnessed.
Let’s work together to uncover your potential.
“Emotion is integral to the processes of reasoning and decision-making, for worse and for better. Selective reduction of emotion is at least as prejudicial for rationality as excessive emotion.”
-Dr. Antonio Damasio — The Feeling of What Happens
And yes, there are 8 steps.