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- Here's a simple explanation of right brain.Love, PollyArticle: Whole Brain Thinking
Do we still have unimaginable potential just waiting to be
When you examine the functioning of the human brain, the
answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
The human brain includes right and left hemispheres. These
operate in different contexts as they perform different
functions. In most people, the left hemisphere is primarily
detail-oriented, while the right hemisphere is visually
oriented and recognizes patterns.
The right hemisphere recognizes the picture, the overview or
the context, while the left brain translates that image into
words. When you look at a person who seems to be someone you
knew a long time ago, you recognize the pattern of that
person’s face long before their name catches up. You move in
for a closer look, while trying not to stare, and your left
brain is thinking, “Oh, that’s um, oh… I’ll never forget, um,
The detail-oriented, left-brain hemisphere provides these
The sense of time passing at a fixed speed.
The translation of visual images from the right side of the
brain into words.
The pattern-recognizing, right-brain hemisphere provides these
Spatial awareness - the ability to imagine, and operate
within, three-dimensional space.
Whole picture overview - the recognition of patterns of light,
sound or thought.
Dealing with thoughts in their natural, symbolic form.
Artistic ability - visual imagery.
The experience of emotions.
The dream state.
The reception of intuitive impressions.
In education, the left side of the brain is promoted much
more than the right. Much attention is paid to arithmetic
and word skills, while art and music receive little, and
intuitive development doesn’t get any.
When you drive at a constant speed, your right brain, with
its spatial awareness, monitors the road ahead for pattern
changes. If you engage in a conversation while driving,
using left-brain word skills, and something in the traffic
pattern requires your attention, you have to switch your
primary focus over to your right brain in order to deal with
it. This explains why conversation stops as you attend to
making a turn. The turn doesn’t require that much attention,
but it does require a whole switch of brain sides, so the
conversation stops for that short time.
Music naturally resonates with the right side of the mind. Did
you ever sing along with a Golden Oldies song, one that you
hadn’t heard for years? Weren’t you amazed at how many of the
lyrics you remembered? How could you possibly roll out, from
memory, line after line of lyrics that you hadn’t heard in
years? The answer lies in the right brain, where music is
experienced and, also, memories are stored. You never had to
use your left brain to laboriously remember the lyrics. When
you heard the songs, they played into your right brain and
were automatically stored in your right-brain memory,
waiting to be recalled, sometimes decades later.
Right-brain development can include artistic and musical
ability, which can be used to make your immediate
surroundings look and sound beautiful.
To see how art skills turn on the right side of the brain,
try drawing a picture of your left hand, only without looking
at the paper you’re drawing on. As your right hand draws the
outline of your left hand on paper, there will be a point at
which your thinking flips over to the right brain. You’ll
probably start the drawing in a linear style that prefers
simple, straight lines, then suddenly switch to a more
complex style that sees all the slight curves and details,
appreciates their beauty, and starts to include them.
Quality of life can be enhanced enormously with more
right-brain attention. Imagine, the luxury of living in
a world where communities are designed to calm your senses
and inspire you with the sights, sounds and smells of a
Your spiritual connection is developed through the right side
of the brain. Meditation provides inner peace and the
development of intuition, which, in turn, provides necessary
insights into your life’s path.
As right-brain activity is enhanced, your normal functioning
becomes more whole-brain, and both hemispheres begin to be
used in balance. The two hemispheres of the brain are
connected by a large band of nervous tissue called the
corpus collosum. This connecting band of tissue is larger
in women than in men, raising the question,
“What are women known for having more of than men?”
Now, there could be many light-hearted answers to this
question – abilities like shopping skills, holding long
conversations and being able to ask directions when lost.
However, the biggest difference is women’s intuition.
It’s not that men don’t have intuition, it’s just that
women tend to have more of it.
In order to develop our latent abilities, and our spiritual
potential, we need to feel our way into a deeper experience
of that feeling-oriented, right side of the brain, just as
we have thought our way into developing the word-oriented
left side of the brain.
We need to become more accustomed to using the language of the
right side of the brain. The right brain uses symbols and
pictures, not words. Symbols can be visual, and they can be
complete information packets - thought balls, which are whole
pictures containing thoughts and feelings.
To operate in the right brain means to grasp concepts without
words, feeling them, knowing them, letting the left-brain
logic wait until our sense knowingness has had the chance to
become more than it was before.
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