“So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here, right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere, where we are. I am the life-force power of the universe. I am the life-force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form, at one with all that is. Or, I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere, where I become a single individual, a solid. Separate from the flow, separate from you. I am Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: intellectual, neuroanatomist. These are the ‘we’ inside of me.”
On February 18th, I’ll be looking back at Minnesota for awhile and hopping on a plane to Jeonbuk, South Korea for a one-year contract to teach English to elementary students through EPIK and CIEE. If anyone’s curious why or how I’m so confident in such a drastic change from the typical suburban American millennial life in the corporate world as a Recruiter/Account Manager, the below message is for you.
I recently watched a TED Talk (“My stroke of insight,” by Jill Bolte Taylor) that made sense out of this decision for me, and I truly think it’s given me “an idea worth spreading.” In the video, a neurologist explains that the two hemispheres of our brain operate very differently from one another. The left hemisphere analyzes the details of the past to control and predict the future. It formulates the concept that we are separate entities from the world around us and then sequentially builds a perception of that world. The right hemisphere processes information simultaneously, and it intuitively understands the “here and now” by connecting us to the world as a whole.
This neurologist survived a stroke caused by a hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain; for a bit of time, she experienced the world completely through the perspective of her right hemisphere. She felt enlightenment during these moments, feeling a complete connection to her surroundings; this pathway to enlightenment scientifically makes sense because we are neurologically wired as human beings for the purpose of seeking and finding connection. So what if someone/something stimulates your right hemisphere enough to require you to focus all of your energy on the present moment, or you dedicate yourself to finding ways to stimulate this perception more?
I’ve always been a “left brain thinker,” but in this mindset, a feeling of emptiness remained untouched as I waited for the affirmation of fulfillment through the attainment of more and more future goals I’d set for myself; eventually, my life started to feel purposeless. This realization was a dark start to a life-changing journey that I started this past summer, where the hopelessness for tomorrow forced me to focus on today. One where I began acknowledging and appreciating the present moments that brought me the slightest bit of happiness, attempting to understand them in order to monopolize on them, and where (unknowingly at the time) I began stimulating the perception of my right hemisphere more by nurturing positive energy in the “here and now.”
Once I stopped focusing on a conceptualized future, I started feeling connected to the reality around me. I started seeing the world as whole, everyone and everything being connected in unimaginable ways, and I started to genuinely understand that even the slightest action creates a domino effect of much larger importance. I found a way to live a life with subsistent purpose: by focusing my attentive energy on the present moment and maximizing the momentum of positivity through each decision to develop this wholesome connection.
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 the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect, we are whole and we are beautiful.
I hope the following idea that I’ve developed through my journey helps you expand your perception and find your way, as well:
We fear the unknown, so we try to control and predict it; as a result, we oftentimes get lost focusing our energy in the wrong directions, making black and white decisions before sensing the bigger picture in a world of color. We need to make more decisions that our present selves want to be held accountable for in every aspect; it’s ironic when we trust the past and future to be more tangible than the present feelings of right and wrong, positive and negative. I think the more we sense and know about our surroundings through experience rather than conceptualization, the more accurate our perception is, the less fearful we are, and the stronger our connection to the world becomes. And if we all gained a wholehearted trust in the momentum of positivity and we directed our energy at making impactful decisions for this momentum right now, knowing that each moment and each person serves an important purpose in the world that we are collectively connected through, there wouldn’t be anything left to fear.