Last week I was inspired to pick up a book I’d read back in 2008 — a book that had such a powerful impact on me that I sought permission to quote it in my own book, Aha! Moments: When Intellect & Intuition Collide.
I’m not sure what the source of the inspiration was, but within the pages of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, My Stroke of Insight, I realized my right brain had something to do with it. Dr. Taylor reminded me that it’s our right brain that brings “new insight in this moment so I can update old files that contain outdated information.” (p. 140)
With the unique perspective of a brain scientist who experienced a severe stroke at the young age of 37 and spent almost ten years regaining the ability to use the left hemisphere of her brain, Dr. Taylor makes a strong case for honoring and more consciously using the gifts of the right hemisphere of the brain.
She points out that our left brain tends to get locked into beliefs and decisions and without prodding is unwilling to revisit them: “Many of us make judgments with our left hemisphere and then are not willing to step to the right (that is, into the consciousness of our right hemisphere) for a file update.” (p. 140, My Stroke of Insight).
I’m not the same person I was back in 2008 and am now finding new insights from Dr. Taylor’s book ‘jumping off the page’ and into my awareness. Despite my left brain’s hesitation, I was clearly ready for a “file update.”
Is there a book that you intuitively feel inspired to re-view, or an old belief or decision that needs to be revisited? If so, trust the wisdom of your right brain to shift your perspective and enable you to experience that ‘old’ information in a brand new way.
And, if you feel called to go deeper to discern what needs to shift within you, consider joining me for the July Aha! Tele-Retreat on Tuesday evening, July 12th at 8:00pm Central.
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