THE RIGHT BRAIN’S ROLE IN SEARCH OF A HIGHER SELF

In psychology, the analytic-synthetic theory of cerebral asymmetry states that both brain hemispheres play a capital role in the life reality perception. Each of us is either left brained (analytic or logical-rational) or right brained (synthetic or intuitive and creative). In personal growth and well being field, the stimulus and equilibrium of both hemispheres is highly recommended. In spirituality some streams teach direct access to our soul or higher self. By connecting and releasing the hold on our dominant hemisphere and balance both, we can make direct connection with higher self.

The human being nature is such that each of us visit soon or late our own profound side, our divine essence: our soul . According to some mainstream belief systems, we call that dimension God, the Creator, the Universe, Nature, Oneness or simply a superior force. In spirituality and psychology, many agree that the superior force is the “higher self,” clearly distinct from the ego or inferior self.

From there the journey into existential questioning begins, requiring introspection that usually starts with intellectual research, then continuing with experimental life course and finally ends in a spiritual quest. We all hope, consciously or not, to reach the final destination: to become our own true self.

We are all called to free ourselves from the illusory perception created by our five senses, which is the danger of our existential universe. Not everyone reaches the spiritual quest stage, since that requires overcoming our own fears and breaking our mental shackles, cultural backgrounds and other exterior influences. The initial path can be painful, and we must be ready to avert premature regression and trauma that our life’s challenging improvements can generate at the outset.

So we are all creators and co-creators of our own existence. We paint our own existence through our daily actions, which are either directed or dictated. To guide our choices, we call on the logical, rational left brain, also called intellect, or the intuitive and creative right brain, also called the heart, or a mix of both sides. The scientific community advocates an inappropriate and tainted usage of the lateralization of brain function.

Thinking, Fast and Slow is a 2011 book by Nobel Memorial Prize winner in Economics Daniel Kahnema. The book’s central thesis is a dichotomy between two modes of thought: System 1 is fast, instinctive and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. […] The book delineates cognitive biases associated with each type of thinking, starting with Kahneman’s own research on loss aversion. From framing choices to substitution, the book highlights several decades of academic research to suggest that people place too much confidence in human judgment. […] In the book’s first section, Kahneman describes the two different ways the brain forms thoughts:

• System 1: Fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, subconscious

• System 2: Slow, effortful, infrequent, logical, calculating, conscious (Wikipedia, accessed March 3, 2014)

The left brain is naturally dominant in some people for dictating choices and perceptions, while the right brain is dominant in others. 70% of the population is composed of left–brain-dominant people and 30% of right-brained.

Whether you are part of the 70% of people who are left-brained, or from the 30% who are right-brained, you are continually striving to attain equilibrium.

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To do this, you must work on the faculties you lack.  School has taught us to use the left-brain to be somewhat prepared for life. We can thank Charlemagne for creating that shared space where we kept the seats warm for so long in our childhood, often unhappily, when our right-brain was begging us to go outside to play instead. Successful left-brained people will not have suffered as much from that forced but necessary passage to success and achievement in our society.

The school of life teaches us how to use the left-brain and combine both hemispheres. Yikes! If there are no institutions for right-brain learning, who will teach us how to use that hemisphere?

Answer: We will.

What a wonderful assumption for right-brained people. Does that means it’s OK if our intuition tells us to skip school or call in sick to work to take advantage of a beautiful sunny day?

In fact, just as in everything else, there must be equilibrium for things to be right. Common sense tempers experience and harmonizes both brain hemispheres. The adjustment can take a lifetime.

The challenge is to push the development of both brains to a certain threshold and connect them. Intellect is good: It gives us knowledge to transmit and generates ideas, but without energy to apply, nothing will happen. A great heart is wonderful as well, but without the left-brain contribution, the big-hearted person will burn out with no concrete results.

In our society, where the left-brain is generally over utilized to the detriment of the right-brain, people lose the natural impulse to experiment in life so as to minimize the risk of loss and suffering. The pressure for excellence contradicts the philosophy of “learning to walk by falling” or “hitting rock bottom to bounce back up.” By avoiding suffering, you simply nourish increased frustration with life. Reason is a useful tool, but too much reason can be detrimental.

By overusing the left-brain the way we do, we are trapped in a cyborg-type lifestyle. The reality may not be quite that drastic because using the right-brain is still a natural reflex, but the perception of the neurolefty majority toward the neurorighty minority is sometimes harsh:

– lack of money is perceived as an inability to manage one’s self

– unemployment is perceived as laziness

– artists and eccentrics are marginalized

– entrepreneurs and promoters are misunderstood

– paranormal is perceived as hallucination

Well, synchronicity is experienced daily by a significant part of the population, by people paying attention to signs their existential universe offers them. The notions of chance, abundance and well-being depend on how we perceive our universe and how much we recognize everything to  be driven by a supernatural or irrational force. The script is interchangeable, but there is a frame, an architecture on which the destiny of every single person lies.

Where do we look for the shape of our destiny? How do we illustrate and represent destiny to integrate right-brain knowledge and improve our fate?

In revisiting the fundaments of this architecture, by embracing consciousness, the ”equilibrium of left and right-brain” leads to a connection with the higher self and the manifestation of our inner reflection, requiring inevitably the development of the right-brain to work in concert with the left-brain. It is then possible to regain full power over our own existence. Reaching that haven of well-being is our personal life-long work and ultimately the goal of finding the identity of our higher self.

By: Christian Theberge

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