The great pleasure and feeling in my right brain,is more than my left brain can find the words to tell you.” ~Roger Sperry

Roger Sperry won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work with split-brain research… he found both the left and the right hemisphere are quite different, even being in opposition to each other at the same time.It appears that our left brain is obsessed with developing a self image with desirable role playing…this part of the brain is filled with many beliefs and expectations which has been socially conditioned…most problematic is its belief that we have a separate self from the rest of our environment and so becoming egocentric…all of which causes much stress and inner conflicts….unfortunately when our rational left brain assumes it is our true identity we become paradoxically irrational.

“Man plans and God laughs”~ Jewish Proverb

 I see the right brain as rather peaceful and contented with who we are…it feels more related to the flow of the present moment and the spontaneity of our actions…also it is deeper,more creative, and feels related to the environment…essentially I feel it is our preferred identity rather than the left brain which seems primarily an adaptive tool for survival and to help us feel part of a social environment…but it is also important we continue to develop our adaptive left brain to its fullest potential.

“The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self.”~ Albert Einstein

I believe we do have a choice as to the way we experience life and it depends on the brain hemisphere in which we identify…however when we treat the left brain simply as an adaptive tool, we will meet severe resistance from the very aggressive and domineering left brain… I feel the left brain as our identity needs to be undermined and questioned before it will surrender and therefore allowing us to move our awareness and identity to the right brain…hence it appears only through a deep and persistent “letting go” does this change occur.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”~ Lao Tzu

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.~ Joseph Campbell

Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be.~ Anon

Let go,let God. ~ Alcoholic Anonymous


2 Responses

  1. Larry,

    I agree with your comment…but would like to add that the development of the left brain was the beginning of civilization as we know it particularly in the religious beliefs of the West seen in the Judea/Christian religions…they could be seen as left brain belief systems which may help explain the advances that were made in technical skills within our societies.

    It is interesting when the European settlers came to the America,the Native Indians were considered primitive and backward…their “right brain” spirituality was looked upon as ignorant and superstitious…however the Indians had a very poorly developed left brain making them easy victims to the more skillful tools of the occupying settlers…to this day the Native American Indian has difficulty adjusting to our left brain culture and play a very subdued role in our society.

    Buddhism and Taoism are also “right brain” religions and cultures which helps explain why the Oriental countries were behind the West in technical development…when the Communist party took over control of China,one of their first steps was to undermine the ancient religions of their country in order to try to catch up with the West.

    Perhaps the most significant scientist in the 20th century was Albert Einstein who was essentially a right brain genius…the West now was looking for its long lost “right brain” and our true identity in the natural world.


  2. I see the left-brain dominance in the world as a flaw, or wrong turn, in our collective psychological development. It may have been due to ancient social structures where maintaining a family or cultural identity was necessary. There were probably many reasons: a powerful family, tribe or culture could hold their own against opposing forces. So, it was necessary to pass down values that would bind the individual to their group. This process requires left-brain dominance in order to hold these values within. By binding these values with the correct emotional content, they were held tightly for life. To free oneself of conditioning would weaken the group and likely get one ostracized.

    Flash forward to today. The world is still separated by groups and cultures that hold differing psychological content and we are still willing to fight over it. But today, individuals are letting go of this content and finding the freedom of right-brain dominance. There is no penalty for doing so, and it is encouraged by various spiritual/religious philosophies. The world is changing and individuals are finding ways to change course now that survival issues are less critical.

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