The Power Hidden in Your ‘Other’ Hand

Our brains have two segments. The left side is logical, rational and verbal, and it controls our dominant writing hand. The right side is intuitive, imaginative and visual. It’s been called our Inner or Essential Self, and the bossy Left Brain keeps it under wraps most of the time. I’ve come to think of the right brain as a diamond hidden in each of us, and I’ve found a keyhole window to unlock its brilliance.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor ( describes what it’s like to “live” in the right brain: the peacefulness and wonder, the complete lack of judgment. Dr. Taylor came to this place because she had a stroke that severely damaged her left brain.

I have great news: you don’t have to have a stroke to connect with your own right brain! Inside each of us is a place of compassion, an oasis of calm. And getting to that place is easier than you think. Actually, thinking is what’s stopping you from getting there right this minute.

To get to that inner place, find somewhere you won’t be disturbed, pick up a pencil and write yourself a question about something that’s bothering, intriguing or confounding you. Then put the pencil in your other hand and let it write the answer. (For most of us, our left hand is ‘other,’ but if you’re left- handed, switch the pencil to your right hand.)

Oh, sure, you’re saying. I can’t even write my name with my other hand. Guess who’s telling you that you can’t do this simple exercise, that your ‘other’ hand can barely hold the pencil much less write something useful. You are. Or more correctly, your rational, analytical and judgmental left brain is.

I’m here to tell you that your left brain is WRONG! You can learn to use the power hidden in your ‘other’ hand and open yourself to amazing insights. I’m only half-kidding when I tell audiences that I consider my left hand to be my personal shrink. I always feel better after a left-hand writing session. Always.

I’ve been doing this writing since 2006, and the first time I tried it, it freed me from my judgmental left brain and allowed me to write a story that had been waiting to be told and was published soon afterward. (See “Schnoodles” in the Stories link). From the very beginning, I knew instinctively that I could trust this writing. My clients tell me the same thing: it takes you to a higher place, one of infinite patience and support. In some ways I think it’s a direct contact with what I call Loving Kindness, a power greater than myself. I’ve come to understand that it’s not just me that’s doing this writing.

My left hand often tells little jokes to cheer me up. However, I can’t do this work disrespectfully and I don’t mean to insinuate that it’s a quick fix or a game. It’s an act of listening to the inner spirit. Unlike thinking, listening is a passive posture, and that’s where we find the truth.

The only things this work requires are a sincere respect for the effort you’re making and a complete lack of expectation about the result you’ll receive.

I encourage you to take advantage of this lovely gift, to open the window to the diamond that lies within you. You have nothing to lose and much to gain.

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