A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”~Oliver Wendall Holmes

I’ve always loved searching for insight particularly in the area of psychology and philosophy…and this interest began during my first year of college when it became clear to me that I had not only psychological problems but also had no meaningful philosophy of life…and so this journey began in my freshman year of college when I read the complete works of Sigmund Freud thinking a man of his brilliance would give me the understanding I wanted so much.

Over the years I studied many different schools of thought because I assumed by accumulating information it would bring me the knowledge I was seeking. When I was in my mid twenties, I would take the summers off and become a beachcomber on the some of the beautiful beaches of Southern California.

On one of my strolls along the water edge,while in a state of deep despair about what I had learned,I hopelessly let go of all my seeking and then instantly like a bolt of lighting I became aware through insight what I now look back as the most significant experience of my life…essentially,I discovered the potential awareness of my deeper subconscious right brain and it became a primary interest as well as determining my life style and value system.

I became fascinated with the experience of insight which is a way of knowing and occurs beyond our control and coming from the deeper levels of our subconscious right brain…I fell in love with this process and in my own mind tried to define it.

People have often referred to insight as an experience of “eureka” or “aha!”…some of the characteristics of this process is the determination to find a solution to a problem and the willingness to give all of one’s energy to find its understanding…after much frustration and disappointment the search ends and suddenly an answer may suddenly in a flash of inspiration, appear out of thin air,seemingly coming from nowhere.

Currently,I believe the process occurs when the left side brain becomes exhausted with its analytical and focused thinking… and so gives up on the thought process…allowing the search to finally move over to the subconscious right brain…when this happens the problem is looked upon in a new way creating the surprising insight.

Perhaps a simple example in which we all have experienced is the struggle of trying to recollect a forgotten name…and find when we give up in frustration,the name flows up into our awareness…and this sudden response I believe comes from our right brain.

Related Pages:
Right Brain Wisdom
Innovative Thinking
Value of Adversity


3 Responses

  1. Larry,

    Thanks for your excellent description of the left / right brain relationship…currently I am considering the alternative conscious / subconscious mind as a way to clarify our dual brain and ways to integrate both sides…the conscious mind is largely left brain while the subconscious mind is primarily right brain…they are alternative metaphors which can throw more light on our conflicted brain.


  2. It’s not that the left brain and thought are bad, it’s more that the right brain is suppressed and we are not able to integrate it. This is due to social conditioning which requires left brain dominance in order keep on track. When the right brain comes online we have the benefit of a different way of seeing things. It is more sensory, more intuitive, and it is possible to aware of subtle cues such as the signs that come before a tsunami.

  3. The left brain thinks too much and rationalizes too much; and often to its own hurt.

    Before Tsunami 2004 destroyed tens of thousands, people watched the ocean recede 900 feet, and came back in like trillions of express trains.

    But before the devastating tsunami took place a so-called primitive people got to higher ground. What did their intuitive right brains tell them that caused them to get to safety, while their left brained counterparts were getting ready to die?

    Too much rational thinking is dangerous because by the time people finally figure it out it could be too late.

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