Living Through The Right Hemisphere Of Society’s Brain
Cancer, Leo, Virgo
Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor is a neuroanatomist. Her specialty is the human brain. In December of 1996, when Dr. Jill was 37, she had a massive hemorrhagic stroke.
Upon waking up and realizing something was terribly wrong, she decided to call work – but couldn’t remember the phone number.
Upon finding one of her own business cards, she began calling her place of employment – but couldn’t differentiate the numbers on the card and how they related to the numeric pad on her phone.
Upon painstakingly getting through to her job after a few hours of grappling with how to re-learn using her phone – she couldn’t figure out how to speak.
For those who subscribe to the Law of Choice, which states that we create all of our experiences, be they in either spectrum of the positive or negative, Dr. Jill’s calamity of health seemed custom made by her soul.
Even when evaluating this life altering event from a purely scientific perspective, one cannot help being highly intrigued if just for the mere fact a Harvard educated, highly trained medical professional whose expertise dealt with the human brain and the disorders associated with it, experienced first hand one of the worst crises a human brain can undergo in a span of just 4 hours.
“How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?,”Dr. Jill asks a stunned audience, “In the course of four hours, I watched my brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process all information. On the morning of the hemorrhage, I could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of my life.”
Dr. Jill’s stroke was truly a karmic event. The blood clot on the left side of her brain which caused a hemorraghic stroke of a highly rare kind that almost took the scientist’s life, was the size of a golf ball before being surgically removed from her head 2 weeks after the trauma began.
Something tangibly the size of a golf ball can also be likened to having the same dimensions as a skimming stone, a rock with rounded edges that is as linearly smooth as possible, giving it the best of chances to “skim” across a body of water when flung, resulting in each skim on the water’s surface creating its own ripple effect which moves from a centered point and expands ever outward.
Dr. Jill’s blood clot can be likened to a karmic skimming stone, that to this very day, still skims across the fluid body of society’s collective awareness, causing ripples which extend outward, touching upon numerous aspects of Mankind’s existential experience, leaving many of us pondering our individual philosophies of Being in its wake.
I came upon Dr. Jill’s lectures only a few days ago, well after her autobiographical memoir, “My Stroke Of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey” hit the New York Times Best Seller List and past the airing dates of her appearances on Oprah and Charlie Rose, however the timing of the karmic ripple that is the doctor’s experiences reaching me at this current moment could not have been more opportune.
A planetary event shall soon occur that stands to have quite an influential pull on all who reside on this planet. The planet in question is named after an ancient god of water, astrologically rules over the last of the water signs, and is often referred to as “the watery planet” – Neptune.
I recently published a 4 part series about the watery planet where I discussed in detail Neptune’s origins and the strong effect the planet’s discovery had on society in the middle of the 19th century. I also tried to relate both the difficulty and the importance of retaining Neptune’s overall essence which is, you guessed it, watery.
In astrology, “Water” is a term which houses the following domains: Emotion, Intuition, & Spirituality. I have always written, taught, and emphasized that the term “water” must always be further considered with the following additional stipulations:
Water has nothing to do with rationality.
Whereas rationality has to do with the left side or hemisphere of the brain, Water deals strictly with the right.
Before relaying the mind and body experiences that occured on the day of her stroke, in the video link, Dr. Jill gives a very memorable (get it?) show and tell, by donning plastic gloves and presenting before her live audience – an actual brain.
It doesn’t pulsate, I promise. (at least I don’t remember it pulsating, you be the judge.)
By having a visual example of the human mind, the neuroanatomist describes how the hemispheres of the brain are 2 very seperate entities with very specified functions.
– Information of the outside world for the right hemisphere is received as one big piece of energy, the left takes that energy and breaks it down into infinitessimal details to be categorized and stored.
– The right hemisphere functions in the here and now. The left functions by categorizing and comparing information against all that we know and have learned in the past and then projects it into future goals and expectations.
– The right hemisphere functions through sensation and perception. The left functions through language. I must mention here that the air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are the signs represented by non-animal symbology, meaning they mostly function non-instinctually, and are the signs associated with the rational mind or left hemisphere, thus they are the signs that tend to communicate through language, or talk, the most.
Most imporantly in relating to this article, Dr. Jill further compartmentalizes the functions of the 2 hemispheres of the human brain by stating:
Whereas the left hemisphere is concerned with the individual’s relation to others, the right is not aware of anything individualized whatsoever, and is connected to all.
Because the left hemisphere of Dr. Jill’s brain would intermittently shut off due to being completely compromised from the growing pressure of the bleeding hemmoraghe, it would temporarily lose its mode of communication, language, as well as its ability to self identify through seperation. The doctor would then experience short periods of what she describes as “euphoria”, since her individual self, along with its 37 years of self awareness, memories, and “emotional baggage” were suspended and completely eradicated, if only for the moment.
After 4 hours, Dr. Jill was in an ambulance, lying fetal, and suddenly aware that her soul was seperating from her body. She accepted that her life was ending, and was prepared to fully surrender by leaving this plane of existence through that most powerful of transitions, Death.
She woke up much later only to face the shock of realizing she had returned to her physical body, had not died, and that every form of stimuli from the outside world was amplified, brash, and painful. She then uses a word that I have discussed numerous times in great detail with my Neptune series – all she wanted to do was “escape”.
Dr. Jill had to make a choice at that moment – lose herself completely into “the other” of Death or anchor herself to this world by finding the resolve and strength to recover. In her own words, she realized,
“I’m still alive and I have found Nirvana. Then everyone who is alive can find Nirvana! I pictured a world full of beautiful, peaceful, compassionate, loving people who knew they could come to this space at any time. And that they could purposely choose to step to the right of their left hemispheres.”
She brings her live audience immediately into their present by further stating:
“We have the power to choose moment by moment how we want to be in the world.”
The choice is within each of us and lies between the left hemispheres of our brains, which according to Dr. Jill’s incredibly unique experience, will “seperate us from the flow”, and the right hemisphere, which the neuroanatomist beautifully describes as “at one with all that is.”
The scientist challenges her audience in the here and now, and then hypothetically proposes to their future by summarizing:
“Which would you choose? Which DO you choose……and when?”
“The more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world and the more peacful our planet will be.”
The Universe will be asking all of us to choose, in the near future.
Beginning April 5th, Society as a whole will soon be asked to choose whether to remain fixed in the left hemisphere of its collective brain or “to step to the right of their left hemispheres” as Neptune transits through the sign of its rulership, Pisces, over the next 14 years.
After completing my “Neptune Returns Home” Series, I was content with having everyone form their own opinions and approaches to this upcoming 14 year Neptunian cycle, since I had provided as adequate a foundation I could about the watery planet, plus, in true mutable form, Neptune’s essence is both highly personal but at the same time effusive and should not be wholly contained from within.
But The Universe did not concur with my “laissez fate” stance by having a number of you inquire about how Neptune’s transit through the sign of its rulership would be affecting their individual Sun Signs in particular, as well as stumbling upon, and fated to never fully depart from, the utterly enveloping lecture of Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor which I have added as “karmicly required viewing for all” for anyone at any given time, but more specifically, as a critically inseperable addition of required viewing media for this article.
For those karmic junkies who need to be as hardcore as possible, to you, I highly recommend scrolling all the way up to the most upper left hand corner, clicking on “View All Of Brad’s Articles” and finding/re-reading the “Goodwill Towards Men” Horoscope I penned specifically for your individual Sun Sign during the most recent Holiday Season. My Goodwill Horoscopes relayed which House, or Area of Life, each sign of the Zodiac should have seen tangible blessings or fortune based on The Great Benefic, aka Jupiter, moving forward after a long 4 month hiatus in Retrograde motion during the entire last quarter of 2010.
And hold your breath, Shelley Winters! The same House I discussed for each sign’s Goodwill piece is the same area of Life I will be focusing on currently, since Neptune is entering the same House Jupiter most recently just left. The specific evolutionary themes and categories of daily life will be the same for each sign’s upcoming Neptunian cycle, as were discussed in their Goodwill Horoscopes, but the emphasis is far more big pictured and long lasting, since the Lord of the Watery Depth’s planetary visit in Pisces is a tad longer than Jupiter’s 4 months, more like a fortnight….of years.
The 12 short overviews for the next 14 years written for each individual sign of the Zodiac are meant to be karmic guideposts, in a generalized way. Almost all of the “Whoa, dude, you’re obliterating my brain cells into infinitessimal pieces of blown away debris” philosophical stuff has already been relayed, since this article’s introduction about Dr. Jill and the 2 sides of the human brain applies to all, when considering each of us comprise the mind of Society as a whole.
After reading about which House, or Area of Life, Neptune will be stationed in for our particular Sun Sign as the watery planet transits through the sign of its rulership, I would hope, soon afterwards, we all rejoin the collective soul of Humanity by asking ourselves which Hemisphere from the Brain that houses Man’s Collective Awareness will we choose to navigate through Neptune’s waters with over the next decade and a half, as well.
It’s all entirely up to each of us.
Has this ever happened to you, Cancer? You’ll be sitting in your sand castle, watching “The Triton Is Right” where a Carp contestant will have to price a room full of items in the correct ascending order? Instead of immediately hosing off the top of their Crustacean crown the correct list of answers without so much as lifting a gill, as you have just done in the comfort of your own swimming room, the comotose carp can’t even spew out a single item, due to tabulating so hard internally, he just ends up laying there like a dead fish. This is due to that specialized version of intuition reserved only for a particular Clan o’ Crabs – possessing the ability to have one’s finger, excuse me!, claw on the pulse of the public. With that in mind, the watery planet “soon will be making another run” in a House that is considered a “lesser” place, due to the content of its domain considered as “non-necessity”, Cancer. (extra karmic points to any Cancerian who can sing the quotated words out loud due to remembering which Saturday night @ 9PM EST late 1970’s show, those lyrics from that way too heavily buttered piece of crooning served as its opener). All this aquatic talk for the sign of sentiment steered my rudder temporarily into the hazy waves of 1978, so don’t blame me! Wow! I really went off course, my crabologies! As stated earlier, wayyyyyy earlier, Neptune will be stationed in a House for Cancer that is considered “lesser” due to the aspects of its domain deemed to be astrological “fluff” and not consisting of any core Life necessities. To list this particular variety of fluffage: Luck, Philosophy, Foreign Trips/Travel, Higher Education, & One’s In-Laws. The watery planet entering its ruling sign which is watery based will strongly affect all of the water signs quite keenly over the next 14 years. As I mentioned in my intro, the water signs inherently react to the outside world with their emotions, and human emotion is a Right Hemisphered matter, and NOT associated in any way with the rational mind. Not only should every water sign feel The Lord of the Watery Depth’s influence in whichever House Neptune will be stationed in for their particular sign, but along with their emotions being heightened, so too, should every watered one feel their inherent sense of intuition significantly grow during this period as well. For the Cancerian, the next 14 years should translate to a much more honed sensitivity to “the pulse of the public.” This does not necessarily mean that every Cancerian Wonder Mom will now be stationed at various coastal points acting as the latest model of the tsunami alert system. Although, I would bet all of my delusional millions that would be the most effective solution to any kind of natural disaster. The Lord Of The Seas will be on the Cancer’s (HINT) Love Boat, NOT “Life Boat”. (All Eternity Perma-Pass to Nirvana for those Old Movie Buff Cancers who know (without internet looking) the name of the Aquarian leading lady with the-deeper-than-Barry-White voice from the 1944 Alfred Hitchcock version of the preceding quotated title). Does the Cancerian use their sharpened sense of public intution for merely tangible, aka unevolved gain, such as being first in line for that unadvertised shoe sale or knowing exactly when their call will be the 100th to land those Super Bowl tickets, or do they tune into a higher channel of evolved sensitivity by creating their own philosphical take on life or by establishing a sense of “home” for themselves and others during any of their travels that venture as far from home as possible? If your closet starts looking like Imelda Marcos’, I’ll be VERY disappointed, Crab Kids, I’m just sayin’. And for those Cancers who couldn’t intuit the correct trivia answers from my soon to rule the Solar System’d mind, then you and the shoe horders got your work cut out for you – Answers: Love Boat, Tallulah Bankhead.
October 10th, 1985. The date two Titans from the world of Stage and Screen chose to leave this plane of existence – Yul Brynner and Orson Welles. Right before their deaths, both great actors were interviewed in front of a camera, and both were as painfully frank and upfront about their lives as could be – Yul Brynner discussed his regrets over smoking on “The Good Morning America” Show, the content of which was used after his death as one of the most effective anti-smoking public service announcements ever made, and Orson Welles played the role of just himself on “The Merv Griffin Show”, a mere 2 hours before dropping dead of a heart attack. What I find so remarkable about both of these interviews, Leo, is how these men who were known for playing larger than life Pharoahs and Presidents, removed every bit of artifice and were simply themselves with the subconscious awareness that they were to soon no longer exist on this planet. For those lions who still have plenty of Drama Queen in them, the above does not translate to all Leos soon shall die. However, with Neptune about to station its watery self in Leo’s House of Death and Transformation for the next 14 years, The Universe is calling for every Leo to undergo Death in some form. Many a Lion out there has had it not too easy since 2005, resulting in more than a few current-day Leos with major axes to grind, chips on their shoulders, or most scarily, Leos living in their own worlds of false securities, in which any problems that exist are everyone else’s issue but theirs. The aforementioned maladjusted Lions are positioning themselves to eventually be taken by the tsunami of Neptune’s unevolved waves of escapism, never to return to the land of the reality living or to be completely washed away in their entirety by Death, itself. Those Leos who have been left wounded or injured by these recent tough times but whose souls are on a steady path of karmic recovery, stand to be spiritually transformed, since Neptune’s waters of evolution shall wash them clean of any residue unprocessed grief or blemishes of held in hurt. The Leos who allow the remains of their damaged egos along with their inflexible senses of pride that are rooted in self doubt and insecurity to die during these upcoming critical years have the potential to evolve more than any other sign of the Zodiac, since they will be resurrected into new beings of spiritual connectedness through the ashes of their pain and the cleansing renewal of forgiveness with the world at large.
Since we’ve been conversationally tossing around 14 year chunks of time, cleaning-gloved hands down, one of the best yuk yuks I have ever non-humbly penned over the past fortnight of years was a phrase describing your sign’s most influential interaction in the area of Life where The Lord of The Seas shall soon be splashing upon, Virgo, The House of One on One Partnerships – “I now prounounce you, Virgo and Boss.” Technically, the House at the opposite point of the Hoirzon, or Descendant, is better known as The House of Marriage, but since we are talking about the effect a generational planet will be having over your detail driven selves over the next 14 years, I thought it best to focus away from the matrimonial, since that is rather limiting, given it’s quite the rarity for the 21st century marriage to last even 14 months! With the watery planet stationing itself at such a crucial area of the Virgo’s life, namely how they react with key people in their world from a one on one perspective, the gauge to tell if a Virgoan will take the evolved or uevolved route through their Neptunian voyage is based on the overall positive and negative aspects attributed to their sign as a whole. Old astrology schools would boil a Virgoan’s negative traits down to such blatantly obvious and karmicly “dirty” characteristics as: anal retension and scathing criticsm. Not only do Brad’s new and improved descriptions of the primary flaws of the 21st century Virgoan have 27% more internalized room to allow constructive improvement, they are also non-flushable AND easy to remember by a first letter mnemonic device! Think “M” for “Miniscule”, “Martyr”, & “Minutes”. Those Virgos who get swept up in Neptune’s delusional waters of unevolution flowing in their House of Partnerships will be prone to those unevolved Virgoan traits that Brad thinks are the most detrimental, mainly because these defects of the virginal character waste so much time of the sign, who of the 12, makes the most efficient use of their “M”inutes on this plane of existence overall. The Lord Of The Unevolved Seas will trip up the Virgo’s concept of time by having them get lost in the “M”iniscule details regarding their key partnerships, that in the big picture, pile up to a whole lotta nuthin’, OR by donning the itchy haired or dull-nail-studded painful undervest of St. “M”artyr of The Doormat, by taking on not only every task and chore on their work list that rolls across the floor, but those of their lazy or unappreciative spouse, lover, best friend, co-worker, business partner, as well! Something seems amiss, my Virgins….My bad, the Virgo will lose all sense of time by also being mired in an unevolved Neptunian kind of way by doing those tasks assigned to their VIRTUALLY BETROTHED BOSS as well, especially those superiors whom the Virgoan does not respect! Getting back to the old world astrology poo poo perspective of Virgoan limitations, the best way for the Virgo to steer their highly polished rudders through Neptune’s non-septic evolved waters over the next 14 years is a juxtaposition of the unmodern Virgo’s bad side (karmic backside?) of anal retention – LET GO! The more the Virgo learns to simply let go and lets things simply be with any/all of their one on one partnerships without breaking them down to the “M” iniscule, which in the big picture won’t really amount to much, nor playing the “M” artyr, thinking all their hard work that is never appreciated might win over their thankless partner’s favor, the more the Virgoan’s partnerships will change from the relations of the basicly obvious to spiritual connections that trascend the tangible by allowing the Virgo to appreciate every “M” inute with their one on one’s, giving room for such things as intuition and spirituality to bind (and not in a constipated way) all parties even closer. OK Then! Now that we are here on in forever finished using any old school anal referencing….while you’re memorizing your karmic mnemonics, my Virgins, The Lord of Waters has rigged up a nice big tub of karmic bleach for me to jump in…head first. Pee ya later!
Fourteen years is dualisticly both a vast chunk of time and a momentary flash of Life as we know it in the early 21st century. If, during this decade and a half, we as a unified whole try our best at functioning through the connectedness of the right hemisphere of society’s brain of conscious awareness, the passing of Neptune’s momentous 14 year transit through the sign of its rulership will be felt more and more through simply, the Here and Now.
After experiencing the unified connectedness to all things, Dr. Jill sums everything up by describing the potential of who we are now, and who we have the potential to be:
“We are energy beings, connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make this world a better place. And in this moment, we are perfect, we are whole, and we are beautiful.”
Over the next decade and a half, may we all use the evolved power of that furthest most planet from the Sun to bring us closer to making the world that is before us, a much better place.
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