Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I had a dream early this morning.
Not a nightmare.
Oh no.
It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I dreamed that I was in my bed, which I was, but that I was at one with an infinite number of other beings in other universes, each part of me as I was part of them.
A glorious part of a glorious whole. And I felt whole myself.
Those of you who have passed this way before will know that I am not usually given to this sort of thing.

As the feeling faded, I realised that it reminded me of something. It has taken me until now to remember what it was. Jill Bolte Taylor's incredible description of having a stroke in her left brain hemisphere and being left alone with her right brain. I think I would like to spend a bit more time with my right brain too. But maybe not in the same circumstances.
Here she is telling us about her experience. I find it very moving.


marja-leena said...

How wonderful to have a dream like that!! And I remember seeing that talk by Taylor, incredible and moving indeed.

Frankofile said...

The TED lectures can be amazing - thanks for introducing me to this. Food for thought.

Rosie said...

m-l Her experience seems to explain so much in a logical and credible way.
F I expect a lot of you have already seen this, but anyone who hasnt is in for a treat.

Unknown said...

I got her book from the library and it was very interesting. Her mother literally set up camp in her living room and they went back to basics to help Jill to retrain her brain.

She wasn't even able to remember things like what foods she liked. Her Mum would give her a choice and if she recognised the name of the food her Mum would offer her something else until there was something she didn't recognise. Then they'd have that so Jill could reassociate the name with the food. Amazing story, amazing lady and still teaching and studying.

On Oprah Winfrey's site there is a series of interviews with Jill.

Hope you're well. Love from West Yorkshire. Rossa (FJ)

Anonymous said...

Wow that was incredible. We have people with strokes at work and I know something about the right/left hemispheres but have never heard it explained in that way before.
Thank you for posting that clip.

Rosie said...

hi rossa, i wish my local library was full of such treasures.
lydia this has given me some ideas about how my non verbal autistic musicians see the world

Mark In Mayenne said...

Very moving indeed.

Soooo is our left brain a blessing or a curse, and why do we have it?