April 14, 2008

Revelation After A Stroke

Here is an amazing video of an account by neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor who one morning had the opportunity to become completely aware of the differences of left and right brain hemispheres. Due to undergoing a "massive" stroke her left brain side temporarily was shut off. In her lively and very touching presentation she describes her experiences of being free from the serial processing of data that is characteristic for the left brain functions. Experiencing freedom from any egoic thought activity like judgment, she realized that she is not the person she thought she was, but free from bodily limitations. Above all, she saw that it is us that is deciding what we want to be, how we want to see ourselves. Her experience reflects the difference between Heaven and hell, Heaven being the Oneness and Wholeness of our Self, and hell the false sense of self that every human being accepts as his or her own existence and destiny.

The real challenge is that you choose in every moment which one of these two choices you want to experience and demonstrate. The choice is not imposed on you. You are free to choose Heaven and perfect freedom right here and now, regardless of circumstances.

A Course In Miracles teaches exactly this: that the power of decision is yours. There is no exception to this idea. There is nothing opposing your decision in each and every moment, and nothing that can come in between what you decide and what you therefore experience. Accept then your true responsibility for your world and mind.

"No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is.

You may believe that this position is extreme, and too inclusive to be true. Yet can truth have exceptions? If you have the gift of everything, can loss be real? Can pain be part of peace, or grief of joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where love and perfect holiness abide? Truth must be all-inclusive, if it be the truth at all. Accept no opposites and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the truth entirely." (Lesson 152, ACIM)


Anonymous said...

I recommend Amazon as the place to get Jill Bolte Taylor's book MY STROKE OF INSIGHT because they have a wonderful interview with her on Amazon that offers new content I haven't seen anywhere else - that link is: http://www.amazon.com/My-Stroke-Insight-Scientists-Personal/dp/0670020745/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211471755&sr=1-2

The book is an absolutely wonderful journey by a brain scientist who suffered a stroke. She recovered fully, back to teaching at Medical School no less (and she gives great tips on how and what to do to recover from a Stroke or help others recover).

Dr Taylor also learned to fully be present in the part of the brain/mind where we experience full inner peace and Nirvana. SHe teaches that too, and that's why everyone should read this book.

This story is as inspiring as The Last Lecture or Tuesdays with Morrie - and it has a Happy Ending!

Anonymous said...

I read "My Stroke of Insight" in one sitting - I couldn't put it down. I laughed. I cried. It was a fantastic book (I heard it's a NYTimes Bestseller and I can see why!), but I also think it will be the start of a new, transformative Movement! No one wants to have a stroke as Jill Bolte Taylor did, but her experience can teach us all how to live better lives. Her TED.com speech was one of the most incredibly moving, stimulating, wonderful videos I've ever seen. Her Oprah Soul Series interviews were fascinating. They should make a movie of her life so everyone sees it. This is the Real Deal and gives me hope for humanity.