Do You Talk to Your Self?
by Julia Fairchild
Have you ever talked to your Self, and wondered who answered? More likely, have you chased your Self round and round, ranting, raving, and ruminating, yet never finding an answer? How would you like to have direct access to the 90% of your brain that uses YOU? There you can come to better understand who you are and gain physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being, the basic steps in learning to love your Self. You can ferret out the bases of the inner reasoning of these parts of the Self who seem to run the show from the recesses of the heart, mind, and soul. Direct access can be as simple as asking, in writing, with the right hand, and answering with the left (if right-handed). "Handedness" is thought to be genetically determined, and points the direction to which (the opposing) side of the brain is "dominant". That is, if one is right-handed, the left side of the brain is in control of right-handed functions, such as those which are verbal, analytic, symbolic, abstract, temporal, rational, digital, logical, or linear. In other words, the "left-brain" (right, if left-handed) loves numbers, has to know why, helps one survive in this world, and sees one thing at a time. This is the masculine, "dominant", bottom-line thinking side of the brain which rules the functions of logic, reasoning, and mathematical equations. Make no mistake; without left-brain functions, one would wander aimlessly in la-la-land! "Right-brain" functions are altogether different. Right-brain sees the whole picture from beginning to end; it operates in positive/spiritual mode. That is, it doesn't have "reverse". Such words as "can't", "don’t" , and "won’t",
don’t register. Right brain works better quickly, and specializes in functions which are :
- non-verbal, (awareness with minimal connection to words)
- synthetic (putting things together to form wholes),
- concrete (relating to things as they are at the present moment),
- analogic (seeing likenesses between things),
- nontemporal (without a sense of time),
- nonrational (not requiring a basis of reason),
- spacial (seeing where things are in relation to other things)
- intuitive (making a leap of insight, often based on incomplete patterns), and
- holistic (seeing whole things all at once; perceiving the overall pattern and often leading to divergent conclusions.
In other words, in right-brain, there is no such thing as time and space. Imagination runs unencumbered. Life is all a dream, uninhibited by facts, figures, and bottom lines. Emotions are the defining characters. All memories are stored, as originally perceived, though in liquid form, in right-brain. With all these abstract, etheric, dream-like qualities, it is little wonder that generations of people have shied away from delving into these realms of thinking. But remember, these realms direct an estimated 90% of the functions of your life. It is from these darkened corridors that decisions which rule your ways originate. And all you have to do is ASK! That’s right! Ask any question. Write it down with your right (dominant) hand, and then put the pen in your other hand, and write whatever comes to your mind. It’s as simple as that. There are some rules though, that you must remember, if you are to get the most of your time in dialogue with your Self. 1. Never fear. While this is a way of accessing memories that you may not have had available to you, your mind will NEVER release information that will press you beyond your ability to cope. 2. Accept and honor every word that comes from left hand. Remember that right-brain does not have access to logic, reasoning, or rational thinking. What it perceives is what it believes, which doesn’t necessarily make it true in a logical or rational sense. But, until you can determine where right-brain is coming from, you are powerless to reframe it, to understand it, or to act differently than you have been acting. How many of us always ACT in rational ways? 3. Once you have brought these perceptions to consciousness, and can be aware of their origins, you can then introduce logic and reasoning. You can then bring in the perspective of the adult. Realize that these perceptions are most
likely those of the tiny child who first formed them. You must be as gentle with your Self as you would be with your own little child who sees things from his perspective of ignorance, innocence, and naiveté.
4. Remember that every act is based on the intent to protect and serve you. Discover the noble intent, and negotiate ways of meeting the perceived need in more productive ways. Those are the rules. The rewards can be amazing. Take time on a regular basis, to converse with your Self. Get to know all of the parts of your Self which make up your complex and wondrous being. You can ask to speak to the inner
sage, the inner physician, the inner child, your Higher Self, your dark side. . .the characters are endless.
It has been my experience with myself and many others that right-brain is actually your own personal door to the collective Consciousness. Your imagination and intent are the only limits to the questions you can ask, or the answers
you can receive.