Jill Botle-Taylor -neuroscientist, describing her own left temporal lobe stoke, as it occurred, the influence of her left Hemisphere was lessening as it was shutting down from lack of blood flow. Here she describes her experience functioning with her Right Hemisphere alone. Being a leading brain researcher at Harvard, she has an unique perspective. She recovered after seven years of treatment and physical therapy;
“I paused for a moment, in search of some guidance or profound insight.
In the wisdom of my dementia, I understood that my body was, by the magnificence of its biological design, a precious and fragile gift.
It was clear to me that this body functioned like a portal through which the energy of who I am can be beamed into a three-dimensional external space.
This cellular mass of my body had provided me with a marvelous temporary home.
This “amazing brain had been capable of integrating literally billions of trillions of bits of data, in every instant, to create for me a three-dimensional perception of this environment that actually appeared to be not only seamless and real, but also safe.
Here in this delusion, I was mesmerized by the efficiency of this biological matrix as it created my form, and I was awed by the simplicity of its design.”
“So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And 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. I am 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. I am Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor: intellectual, neuroanatomist. These are the “we” inside of me. Which would you choose? Which do you choose? And when? I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner-peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be.”
-Jill Bolte-Taylor PhD