Ironically—and tragically—Harvard-educated brain researcher Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a stroke and lost the use of approximately 50% of her brain. However, the tragedy miraculously ended up being a truly enlightening and inspiring experience, as the TED talk YouTube video below explains in greater detail.
Taylor argues that, “We are energy-beings connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, now we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect, we are whole and we are beautiful.” Her words seem to echo those of mystics from all over the world, an more specifically yet, they seem to focus on a human being’s state of being. Since Taylor is a neuroanatomist, she possesses the knowledge which is required to more fully comprehend experiencing a stroke and other brain injuries.
Taylor suggests that the right hemisphere of the brain has no language, only pictures: “It’s all about the right here, right now.” Conversely, she argues that the nature of the left side of the brain is more linear, detail-oriented, and language-oriented: “It’s that ongoing brain chatter that connects me and my internal world to my external world.” Taylor gained particular insight when she experienced complete silence in her brain: “At first I was shocked to find myself inside of a silent mind. But then I was immediately captivated by the magnificence of the energy around me. And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body, I felt enormous and expansive. I felt at one with all the energy that was, and it was beautiful there.” Evidently, Taylor’s left side of her brain urged her to seek help before she experienced this silence.
Moreover, she provided a more detailed description of what she believes the left side of her brain really does: “It’s that calculating intelligence that reminds me when I have to do my laundry. But perhaps most important, it’s that little voice that says to me, ‘I am. I am.’ . . . And as soon as my left hemisphere says to me ‘I am,’ I become separate. I become a single solid individual, separate from the energy flow around me and separate from you.” Sadly, the left side of Taylor’s brain was the side which was impacted the most as a result her stroke.
=Amazingly, Taylor was able to make a full recovery eight years later, and her insights continued to flow: “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.”
Sounds so simple—yet so complex.