Cerebral hemisphere synchronisation
The brain is a bio-chemical, electrical structure, emitting measurable electrical waves closely related to certain psycho-emotional states. The brain consists of two hemispheres: the left and the right. The left hemisphere is linked to thinking and logic, being practical and time-oriented. The right hemisphere is rather abstract and non-logical, it is artistic, creative and emotional.
A group of specialists from China and the United States has been studying the structure of Albert Einstein’s brain for several years. Surprisingly, they found that the two hemispheres were unusually well connected. Balancing the hemispheres was, for Einstein, one of the key factors in the brain functioning at its highest levels, say experts. The reason we have two brain hemispheres is obvious: we need both equally. They create together and achieve peak performance when they work in sync, in synergy. We can think logically, rationally, but if we don’t complement it with emotional sensitivity, holistic understanding, intuition and creativity, we will miss a certain flavour of life. Likewise, it is insufficient to demonstrate high creative skills if we lack the pragmatism and capacity for objective analysis that helps us make the most of our received ‘talent’.
“The right hemisphere has been linked to visual/spatial abilities, emotional and musical sensitivity, and intuitive, timeless, imagistic thinking, as well as depression, suspicion, sadness, hostility, other negative emotions and even paranoia. The left hemisphere has been associated with verbal skills, time orientation, rational, logical, analytical thinking, but also with happiness and positive emotions. For example, phenomena associated with theta brainwave activity, such as vivid imagery, accessing memories, spontaneous creative revelations and integrative experiences, have increased amplitude and frequency as a result of the state of synchrony of the whole brain.” (Michael Hutchison, Super-Intelligence)
On the other hand, another recent brain activity study of depressed patients by Prof. Dr. C. Norman Shealy of the Shealy Institute revealed abnormal brain patterns. The findings were formulated as: “strong asymmetry in the two hemispheres, characterized by right hemisphere dominance”.
We are, in this age, first and foremost a civilisation characterised by predominantly left-hemisphere functioning. Our entire social system is based on the logical-rational part of the brain. How did we come to function this way? No one is quite sure, but one of the most viable hypotheses is that left-brain dominance arose as a result of a primal need to survive in a physical world that we are taught from an early age can harbour many dangers, and to which the main reaction is fear. Yes, we are fed the vibrations of fear from an early age, we are taught to operate predominantly on the “fight, freeze or run” model. Today’s consumerist society values quantity over quality.
But it is through the emotional-intuitive part of the brain that we keep in touch with our Self, that part of us that is in touch with all that exists, that makes us open to the new, to the mystery of life, that gives us the confidence to experiment, to be creative, to expand, to grow in every way, to regenerate, to heal, to listen to our intuitions and to set sublime ideals. C.G. Jung believes that the Self is the centre of being, an all-encompassing, unknown, divine centre that we explore throughout our lives. Far beyond the possibilities of knowing the self, the Self is experienced as a luminous, inspiring experience, bringing light and sacredness, with a fascinating reality for the individual.
Depending on what we are doing, one of the two hemispheres works predominantly – this phenomenon is known as lateralisation. Because of our profession or occupation, for example, one hemisphere is usually used more than the other. For example, an accountant predominantly uses their left hemisphere, compared to a musician or painter whose right hemisphere will be more operational. Obviously, this representation is greatly simplified, because the hemispheres are constantly interacting. They are connected by the corpus callosum, which serves as a kind of bridge between the two sides. The bridge can be used and developed in such a way that it becomes an increasingly capable intermediary to communicate between the two hemispheres. For example, the famous healer Edgar Cayce had an unusually developed corpus callosum.
It has been scientifically proven that mental processes, from learning to thinking and developing complex reasoning to our inner processes of introspection, are much more effective when both hemispheres of the brain work in a unified and balanced way.
The synchronized state of the brain hemispheres creates the optimal condition for improving human performance in all areas of daily life and at the same time facilitates the production of so-called peak experiences, those experiences that participants in the research programs have characterized as carrying significant revelations, some containing an ineffable mystical essence. Scientists have used EEG to study the brain activity of top athletes, artists, surgeons, Olympians, businessmen and monks, as they were able to access the states that helped them perform at the highest level in their work. The common element observed in all of them (regardless of the nature of their work) was the balanced functioning of the brain hemispheres in their deepest moments of creation or performance. The result is a focus, a state of total brain unity in which the two hemispheres work together in a state of coherence.
Balancing and synchronising the brain’s hemispheres allows access to using a greater percentage of the brain’s potential, and through this we may be capable of greater achievements than we would normally think we are capable of. We can have great inner experiences, tangential to genius, we can receive answers we have been waiting for all our lives and even certain information that could help us later on to fulfil our destiny.
When both brain hemispheres function coherently, there is an increase in mental capacity and endurance and better overall cognitive functioning. There are countless studies demonstrating the importance of synchronising brain activity, not only for controlling inner states, but also for maintaining optimal psychological balance.
When both brain hemispheres begin to work in sync and communicate better with each other, neurons and brain cells begin to work harmoniously in a coordinated manner, we experience inner calm, situations seem manageable and we feel more in control, more inspired, more present, more effective.
The state of brain hemisphere synchronisation is indicated as a key factor for:
- Brain functioning at high levels
- Connection with the Divine Self
- Full mental and emotional coherence
- Easily accessing and reprogramming the subconscious mind
- Experiencing a state of oneness in the whole being
- Reaching the deepest states of meditation (accessing alpha, theta and delta states) and experiencing different levels of expanded consciousness
- Direct perception of higher energies and energy systems
- Personal energy control
- Removing energy blockages
- Emotional healing
Practical applications in everyday life:
- Stress management
- Deep relaxation
- Elimination of insomnia
- Induction of regenerative sleep
- Accelerated learning
- Increased concentration power
- Improved memory
- Develop creativity and intuition
- Elimination of fears and phobias
- Eliminate unwanted patterns of behaviour
- Giving up unhealthy habits
- Strengthening the immune system
- Accelerating healing and regenerative processes
- Eliminating depressive states
- Speeding up recovery processes after surgery, as well as in the case of strokes
- Relief from the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
- Slowing down ageing processes
Simple practical ways to balance the functioning of the cerebral hemispheres:
Use your body in ways you have never used before.
For example, comb your hair, brush your teeth, mix food, or do other simple activities with your other hand than the one you usually do. Close your eyes and „ feel “ the way you have to walk through a room. Become aware of the sounds and smells around you. Also use your foot to open a door ( not in the presence of children, who will take the example of what J ) or to lift something from the floor, or read a page in a book that you hold upside down.
Take a brief but careful look in the refrigerator, then close the door and list the foods you have seen. Do the same with a room, a painting, or the image you see from the window.
Breathe 10 minutes a day as consciously as possible, directing the energy of breathing into the head area.
At every fixed time, remember what you did in the last 60 minutes. This exercise, which lasts only a few seconds, can help you become much more careful. At the end of the day, also make a quick synthesis of events during the day. Memory gaps show the moments when you were unaware of the actions you took. A more advanced exercise is to remember the day in the opposite direction, from the present moment to the moment when we woke up.
Within the Ananda Clinic center we practice together in therapy sessions simple and efficient procedures for synchronizing cerebral hemispheres, thus making its benefits accessible.
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