Transcript of Jill Bolte Taylor’s “Stroke of Insight”
My mind was suspended between two very opposite planes of reality.
The stimulation coming in through my sensory system felt like pure pain.
Light burned my brain like wildfire, and sounds were so loud and chaotic that I could not pick a voice out from the background noise and I just wanted to escape. Because I could not identify the position of my body in space I felt enormous and expansive. Like a genie just liberated from it’s bottle. My spirit soared free, like a great whale gliding through a sea of silent euphoria. Nirvana, I found nirvana. I remember thinking there was no way I would be able to squeeze the enormousness of my self back into this tiny little body. But then I realized, “I’m still alive” I’m still alive and I have found nirvana. And if I have found nirvana and I’m still alive, then everyone alive can find nirvana. And I pictured a world filled with beautiful, peaceful, compassionate, loving people who knew that they could come to this space at any time. And that they could purposely choose to step to the right of their left hemispheres and find this peace. And then I realized “what a tremendous gift” this experience could be, what a stroke of insight this could be to how we live our lives. And it motivated me to recover.
So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have to choose, moment by moment, 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 (Triple hit on this, need to check it out) that make up my form 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, n euro-anatomist. These are the “we” inside of me.
Which would you choose?
Which do you choose?
I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemisphere, the more peace we will project into the world and the more peaceful our planet will be.
And I thought that was an idea worth spreading.