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Living in the Right Side of the Brain

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Dying Pansy INeuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few of us would wish for: a massive stroke. What she learned from it about the right and left brains seems relevant to all of us, and I’m passing it on here. Her experience also sounds loosely parallel to two experiences I have had, and it has echoes in my experience of making art and being affected by it. In my case, after a week at a meditation retreat, the death by suicide of a close friend, and two weeks with pneumonia, I had the sense Bolte describes, for about 45 minutes, of being one with the mass of particles and energy that make up the cosmos. It was as if everything looked like a pointillist painting, and so did I, though things still looked literally the same. Nevertheless, I felt in a continuum with the sand, the surf, the wind, the dogs running on the beach, the mist in the air, the sunlight. The sensation lasted until I’d had several brief encounters with people on the beach, and then I returned, mostly, to my more conventional view of reality. The other was my sense, during a near-death experience, of being bodiless and identityless and being utterly at peace in the threshhold between living and dying. Both of these experiences are somewhat echoed when I am deeply involved in making art, and when I am fully tuned in during counseling sessions. I have a sense of being tapped into something much larger and more universal than myself, and to being a conduit for a vast energy that joins us all.What transcendent, “right brain” experiences have you had? I’d like to hear about them, either here or in the Art, Healing, and Transformation group.Thanks!More anon,- DavidDavid J. Bookbinder, LMHCDiscussion:Living in the Right Side of the BrainArt, Healing, and Transformation groupFlower Mandalas Project groupCultivating Creativity groupRequest a flower mandala screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas © 2008, David J. Bookbinder

Flower Mandala: Galliardia ‘Arizona Sun’

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Galliardia ‘Arizona Sun’
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Flower Mandala: Dying Amaryllis VII

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Dying Amaryllis VII
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Flower Mandala: Blue Pansy I

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Blue Pansy I
Discussion:
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© 2008, David J. Bookbinder

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