Thanks to multiple stroke experiences from a variety of individuals, we have been able to reveal some of the most profound secrets of consciousness and the importance of brain balance. Dr. Jill Tayor Ph. D. experienced a stroke in her left brain hemisphere and was able to document the profound reality of functioning with your right brain alone. Due to her story and others, we now have more clear knowledge of consciousness beyond our ‘reasoning mind.’
It is already well known that different hemispheres of the brain dictate different experiences. We even will refer to ourselves, or ‘personality types’ as being more left or right brained. A left brain-dominated person is said to be more logical, rational and linear, controlling -dealing with topics such as mathematics, science, economics and goal-oriented planning. A right brain-dominated person is often coined ‘the artist’, connecting more with spacial interpretations of reality, creativity, surrender and intuition. Healers, spiritually-oriented occupations, musicians and the like are all considered more ‘right-brained.’ But are we really wanting to be governed by one hemisphere alone? Is that the goal of existence? What would be the benefits from becoming more balanced – using both sides of the brain equally?
Stroke patients, such as Dr. Taylor and others have reported amazingly mystical experiences when left to function without the use of the left hemisphere. Functions such as memory, counting, time and reason all seemed to pale in importance to the grandeur of how things look, the light, for example, sounds, colors and spatial orientation. This is the same sort of description many mystics give of profoundly spiritual ‘peak’ moments, revelations and even the description of many on psychedelic substances. The hemisphere that interprets and applies meaning to objects, measures time and judges events is de-emphasized, while the beauty of the present moment in all of it’s sensual delight is over-emphasized. This is also the case with many near-death experiences and their descriptions of ‘beyond the Earth plane’, though not always to the same degree of intensity.
The point is to recognize how much we, in this society, tend to over-value rationality, logic and time. How we also belittle, a bit, the artistic, intuitive aspects and name then as unreliable and impractical. We think, somehow, in this society, that if we cannot prove it then it must not be true, or we banish it to the spiritual/religious corner holding little sway over any decision making process, law considerations or basic governmental function. So, what we are in essence saying is that the right brain interpretation of the world is less valid and less important than the left.
What Dr. Taylor addresses deeply in her book is the importance of having a balanced brain, one that functions from both perspectives, simultaneously. How does this occur? This is actually the subject of an ancient science known as Swara yoga, and simply yoga in general.