“Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions.”~Vernon Howard

More recently Jill Bolte Taylor,a Harvard brain scientist further developed our understanding of the right brain when she experienced a stroke …she tells her story on a video talk at TED.

What she experienced was that unlike the left hemisphere, where boundaries of objects are sharply demarcated, the boundaries of things as perceived by the right hemisphere are fuzzy, they tend to merge with their surroundings. Objects appear misshapen, having indistinct boundaries. She felt that she is literally merging with the environment, becoming one with the universe. And in Buddhist writings, that’s the essence of what they call nirvana.

”…we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are — I am — the life force power of the universe, and the life force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form. At one with all that is. Or I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere, where I become a single individual, a solid, separate from the flow, separate from you…. These are the ‘we’ inside of me.”

Dr. Taylor suggest we”can choose to live a more peaceful, spiritual life of the right brain by finding a way of sidestepping our left brain.”…this unique contribution identified the right brain as the home of our spiritual self and its ability to offer us both spiritual awareness and lifestyle…we will attempt to explore these potentialities in this blog.

Related Pages:
Nirvana-Right Brain
Near Death Experience


One Response

  1. Certainly is a tough way to achieve nirvana. I find several things interesting. She was a neuro-scientist who had studied the mind for decades and was not even aware that that level of consciousness existed. She became aware of “two cognitive minds” the “we inside of me” In fact, a whole bunch of awareness. Good site. You’re not an idiot, Sid. That’s high praise coming from me. Walt

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