Living Through The Right Hemisphere Of Society’s Brain
Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
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.
Cappies, I simply wouldn’t be the Gemini astrologer that you earthy ones tend to initially question if I didn’t give a dualistic message, now would I? Last Holiday Season (I could also say “your most recent birthday”, but no one ever seems to remember that phrasing of words too well, do they?) I wrote my Goodwill Towards Men Horoscope for your sign where I praised the last reprentative of the element of earth for their manner of speech – detached as a bank teller and frosty as an overworked librarian being asked where the audio books were, but mannerly and respectful just the same. Well, with Neptune dropping anchor in the Sea-Goat’s House of Communications for the next 14 years, the business formal-ese just won’t cut it anymore. O yeah, and another thing….Can I let you Status Seekers in on an iddy biddy secret? (The economy won’t recover….ever.) At least the economy your old Capricorn selves remember. With The Lord of Death & Transformation, Pluto, transiting through your sign since 2008, the culture of the corporate has been on life support and going steadily downhill, and with Neptune sailing into its own sign, The Lord of The Watery Depths has come to pull the plug, beginning with how those in business write and speak in this new age of global economism. For starters, what spritual connectedness or Universal Love do YOU hear in the term “business formal”, my Goat Guys and Gals? No worries, I’ll respond for you, Less than Zero. My Good Goat People, I know that a goodly portion of your detached speech is rooted in a life that is based in challenging obstacles you Caps all have had to single-hoovedly overcome, but we must toast those snow covered hearts and stomped on emotions of every child of Saturn over the warming glow of brotherly and sisterly Universal Love! Neptune will be monitoring the gab O’ goat from here on in. Those who refuse to change by staying as conversationally conservative as ever, The Watery Lord will gradually show you Goats your unevolved ways. Over time, the unevolved Cappie will see their words, emails, and conversations turn against them, where others will take offense due to the haughty snobbishness your communications are mis-interpreted to be, in the most un-realistic of Neptunian ways of course, so that the deluded misrecipients of your correspondences shall feel the need to be as self defensive as can be – and in front of as many people as possible, even if all they received from you was a Return Receipt! For those Capricorns who bear the spiritualized mantle of communicative responsibility going forward, The Lord of The Watery Depths will gradually begin to show the updated Children of Saturn how their words have taken the winning path of evolutionary change by 2 distinct manners, both of which are non-verbal but say far too much: tokens of human affection and prospects of opportunity for globally oriented business. The warmth of your speaking ways shall elicit such foreign human responses as heart-felt handshakes, smiles, and yes, even hugs from those who are on the receiving end of them, as well as the keys of the newly formed and ever expanding, global economic Kingdom shall be placed in your care, my evolved Cappies, since words rooted in kindness and consideration that are of a humanitarian vein will be the necessary passwords needed in order to access the new paradigm of successful business and financial security in the even further chaoticly changing economic times that are to come.
WELCOME AQUARIUS!!! Military and College marching bands blare into “Three Cheers For The Red, White & Blue!” as well as “You’re A Grand Old Flag!” all at the same time. I approach with a beaming grin, look you squarely in the eye while loudly mouthing the words which are audibly drowned amidst the din and fanfare, “Kudos, You made it!”. Simultaneously, I shake your right hand with mine while also grabbing hold of your right elbow with my left hand for extra congratulatory emphasis. After your arm is unfettered by my o so manly grip, luao boys in neon colored (your colors) Hawaiian shirts and surfer shorts pat you on the back, placing a tropical alcoholic beverage in one hand, and a lit Cuban cigar in the other, followed by luao girls approaching you from every angle, gigglingly placing leis made of orchids and golden rain (your flowers) over your extra-large-cranium-fitting-Aquarian heads. CUT THE NOISE PEOPLE! I’m sorry, but did I just hear you say “What’s all this for?” O my Lord of Rebellion! My bad! You’d think I’d have an ounce of karmic consideration in me! Of course you Aqua Folk have not a clue, even beyond your everyday clueless standard of living! The Global Aquarian Luau with Full Military Honors is for still being alive, you air-signed heads!!! I kid you not! Seriously, I don’t know how all of you managed to do it, with Neptune in your sign since 19FREAKING99!! I probably would have (pantomime pistol shooting myself) well before Windows XP was released, know what I mean? But actually…your furrowed Aqua-brow reactions of confused, non-comprehension (as well as non-appreciation for the Zodiacal event planning, but basic social skills were never your sign’s MENSA-brained forte) would indicate that now is also a perfect time to discuss which Aquarian area of Life The Lord Of the Watery Death Star will be turbining into, considering it has once and for all left the Aquarian House of Self. As many of you Water Bearers personally know, I have been championing your cause for the other signs to freaking back off of your big brained selves for years, now! Most of the Aquarian watch dogging was due to Neptune taking a nice, long, cold, confusing bath in the Bidet of the Water Bearer for well over the past decade! The unfortunate result is exactly where we are currently – the last of the air signs getting FAR too used to everything being confusing, deceptive and just plain old WRONG and barely noticing that your favorite astrologer of equally vast intellect has pulled out all the astrological stops, complete with fighter jets flying in synch with “Rock You Like A Hurricane” directly over your big heads, WHICH YOU FORGOT TO LIFT WHILE THEY WERE DOING SO, ALL FOR YOUR UNAPPRECIATIVE BENEFIT!!! My apologies, my Water Bearers, this really IS all my fault, because I am only now just realizing that the leis and the “Rock you Like a Hurricane” is far too late. For the next 14 years, Neptune will be transiting through the Aquarius’ House of Money and Material Possessions. It no longer suffices that you simply are still alive my big brained ones, The Lord of the Watery Depths will now be testing the Bearer’s Waters of Reality. The unevolved Aquarian will still expect life to be confusing, hazy and unclear, and this will soon show in their ever more delusional fantasy finances and mirage like material possessions. The evolved Aquarian who now can decipher the difference between the last decade and the clear mental perception of today and going forward, will see their bank accounts snowball due to a natural Midas Touch of Aquarian genius mingled with Neptunian vision, intuition, and creativity! With that said, THOSE OF YOU IN RENTAL UNIFORMS, REMOVE THEM NOW, ALL OF YOU OFF MY PROPERTY AND YOU WILL ONLY BE GETTING PAID FOR 15 MINUTES VERSUS THE FULL HOUR! Money doesn’t grow on trees, right Aquarius? Actually… you geeks might be changing that soon enough.
Opening door. Wafting wave of sound comprised of laughter, light applause, involved conversation, champagne corks being unhinged, subsequently followed by the surprised squeals from the projectile liquid’s newly created stains on cocktail party skirts and suits, with an overriding background shout of, “OK, Who ordered Pizza?” Come on in, Pisces, Join the party! I must admit, I’m always awestruck during those chance moments upon realizing how perfectly in-tune, in a most synchronistic way, the timing of The Universe is with our path of evolutionary development here on Earth. Whenever one of the 12 pieces of the Zodiac Pie experiences Jupiter transiting through their sign, otherwise known as “one of the luckiest periods of one’s life”, I inform those born under that particular slice that yes, the actual time range of the transit is truly lucky, but 8-12 months AFTER the transit is the actual PAY OFF! Case in point, the calendar year of 2010 is astrologically considered one of the luckiest periods in the lives of you Fish Folk, but 2011 is when the Pisces takes the opportunistic fortune and lucky potential placed before them throughout 2010 and transforms all that pixie dust into a magical component of their current Here and Now! In other words, for the Piscean to get closer to their deepest held dreams, fantasies, and idealisms, in as concrete and realisticly tangible a way as possible, without the assistance of any hallucinogenic fungi, various members within the subgenus of the cannabis family of plants, or inhalation of nitrous oxide, model airplane glue, or any other potently pungent bottle of caustic polish from which to take an express trip to that abundantly fertile landscape otherwise known as the Dream World of the Pisces! Another factor I especially enjoyed and took into consideration about last year’s Jupiterian fishy goodness was that it was an exercise in benevolent moderation. 2010 was lucky for the last of the water signs but not the jumping-up-and-down-so-hard-with-psychotic-glee-you-lose-your-tube-top kind of luck. No, this rabbit’s footishness (you DO rule the feet) was more seasoned, subtle, and demure yet far reaching due to Jupiter’s positioning in the sign of the Cosmic Fish being also known as The Great Benefic in the sign of its “ancient rulership”. Long before the pure, innocent soul of society had ever even heard the “N” word, (Neptune), the planetary ruler of your sign was actually The King of Planets, Jupiter, prior to The Watery Lord’s presence crashing through the sea walls of Man’s cosmic awareness. I tried putting into words what this subtle, but vibrant astrological atmosphere would be like for every school of Human fish that would swim through the time and space continuum of last year, when I penned Pisces’ Horoscope of Karmic Refuge in the spring of 2010 :
“Jupiter’s transit through Pisces has the feel of pixies darting to and fro in the background. They are felt but never directly observed. Magic is in the atmosphere, but since it is ancient in its origin and not causal, it appears at the oddest of times. Blessings can befall any of us out of circumstances that seem anything but blessed where good things come directly through an unfortunate or unlucky circumstance or can shower us due to a course of action taken that ends with a result we could not have comprehended.”
2010 was the Universe’s way of having the soul of the Piscean get back in touch with their ancient selves, when those born during the latter part of February and early portion of March existed in an earlier Age that was far less brash and complicated. A time when their planetary ruler was the planet of Luck, Fortune, and Prosperity, nice huh? Just a little warm nook of an innocent reminder before,
(I BLARE over all the delicious small talk of the Pisces Party a HUGE FOG HORN, that is so piercing, the reverberating vibrations alone make champagne glasses shatter, and hor’ deurve trays airborne.)
(mouthing the following words, due to everyone experiencing temporary partial deafness) – BEFORE NEPTUNE ONCE AGAIN WASHES UPON OUR WORLD’S STAGE!
Were your senses bombarded and shocked all at once? That was my hoped for effect, Fish Kids. Hey, be glad you’re getting a little karmic test run of a fire drill exercise because if you thought that was intrusively overwhelming, consider it a giggly game of Marco Polo with no blindfolds compared to the tsunami that IS Neptune crashing the party to come home to roost in your sign and House of Self!
Pisceans, YOU are the catalyst to the future of humanity….provided there still is one. I am not going to waste another impressive lightning speed flicker of my Mercurial fingers racing across my karmic keyboard to inform your sign of the mounting pressure that soon will increase exponentially of Neptune’s powerful pull of unevolved potential. If you Fish Kids didn’t comprehend the down side to all my unevolved Neptune ranting and raving after all this time, then no worries! The broken ice cream truck with the warped soundtrack of calliopie’d delusion shall soon be here to chauffeur you permanently away to the Land of the Loveliest of Lies and the Dreamiest Deception possible!
Now, as for the rest of you, since that was your party and Brad will make you cry if he wants to, while we are waiting for the ever approaching power wave that is Neptune, as well as for the shock to fully wear off as the fog horn buzz dissipates, I shall now give each of you a seed. Since we’re already underwater and you’re still in a slackjawed state, all you have to do is guide the tiny thing to the vicinity of your word hole and swallow. Good. I want every Piscean to put within that seed, that which makes you happiest (For you astrology buffs, it’s The Part of Fortune – in seed form!). I don’t care if it’s the cheerleading squad from high school that you loved being a part of (or wished you could mount), I don’t care if it’s the biggest basket in the whole wide world just gosh darn chock full of kitties, puppies, sunshine, and soap operas, since you are the last of the 12 and the most naturally intuitive, whatever you imagine to be housed within the shell of that seed, thus it shall be.
And now that said seed is permanently inside each of your gullets, one or 2 words before I leave you high and dry to face all that wet stuff:
Be content. Be joyful. Be at Peace my Watery Ones!
Every Piscean MUST work at positioning themselves within the positive spectrum of thoughts and feelings from here on in over the next 14 years! I shan’t pull your fins, there will be many, many times during Neptune’s momentous visit where it will simply feel like too much to squeeze out a positive thought or word, all you’ll want to do is escape. But no worries, you’re covered now, my Watery ones, that’s where the seed comes in. When you’re just about to pull the escape hatch, remember you swallowed the seed, and immediately your soul will be soothed with the endorphins of that which makes you Fish Folk happiest.
As this watery influenced decade and a half unfolds, the mantle of karmic responsibility will be quite the heavy load to bear, o last of the 12, especially since the intentions of each Piscean action that is made shall also collectively represent every other evolved inhabitant of the Zodiac as well, BUT if the Universe deems the children of Neptune’s work to be satisfactory, either at the height or end of Neptune’s most highly influential visit to our world, then that heavily karmic yolk shall be lifted, allowing you to glide ahead like Mermaids, to bask in and welcome the rest of us to the unchartered waters of Unconditional Love and Connectedness to all living Creatures.
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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