Sometime in 2008, I was in front of my computer on TED.com and saw a picture of Jill Bolte-Taylor giving her talk titled, "My Stroke of Insight". To this day, it is the most profound talk I have ever seen... anywhere. In reviewing my work to send to a psychologist friend, I watched the video for what is probably 10th time, and was as deeply moved as the first time I watched it.
Dr. Taylor's video moves me on so many levels, however what was the most important aspect for me in the OTSWT model was her comment about the two hemispheres of the brain, "dare I say “Because they process information differently, each hemisphere thinks about different things, they care about different things and dare I say, they have very different personalities.”
The brain, with two personalities??? Two personalities that depending on the "recipe" of left and right would determine how I behaved in any given moment. According to Dr. Taylor, the right brain thinks, “In this moment we are perfect, we are whole and we are beautiful”. This is the constant never changing perspective of the right brain.
The left brain, according to Dr. Taylor, “It’s that little voice that says to me, I am, I am, and as soon as that left hemisphere says to me, I am, I become separate, a single, solid individual separate from the energy flow around me”. What incredibly different perspectives! Polar opposites, yet at the same time absolutely dependant on each other. I can't function on the planet without the left brain AND just about everything we think we want is about connecting more fully with our right brain! Go figure... wait, I have and you'll love it!