WHAT ARE WE THINKING? A Trip into the Right Hemisphere of the Human Brain Join award-winning radio talk show host, philosopher, and humorist Doug Grunther on a fascinating, insightful trip into the most creative, intuitive and expansive part of our brain: The Right Hemisphere. FEATURED GUEST for 4th WEBINAR, Recorded May 20, 2021: Bill Harvey is the author of Mind Magic: Doorways into Higher Consciousness which science journalist Daniel Goleman called”Highly recommended… will loosen your moorings and open you to creative vistas.” Bill is known world-wide as an influential media analyst and continues his work into higher states of consciousness, particularly “The Flow State” through his Human Effectiveness Institute.
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You can now find additional links to websites on our Right Brain Links of Interest section which encourage and open our minds to a more right-hemisphere perception of the world. Included are websites of the great spiritual teach Alan Watts and the brilliant “big picture” social philosopher William Irwin Thompson.
Evolution only continues a process over long periods of time if it is serving a useful and important function. So why do we continue to dream at night? This essay will cover: The physiological reason we need to dream; Dreams and the Right Hemisphere; How dreams have inspired music, art and science; The value of nightmares; Some useful principles to enhance your dream work. “The Magic Mirror” that never lies. Before diving into the immense creative/liberating force that dreams provide, since this website is devoted to whole-brain thinking and an understanding of the distinction between the two hemispheres of our brains, let’s start with the important practical physiological/emotional function dreaming provides. The “Safety Pressure Valve” Every one of us dreams 4-6 times every night. Obviously, we don’t remember the vast majority, so what is the biological function of the dream? Turns out if we didn’t dream frequently every night, we’d probably go insane. Thanks to 21st century computer-driven technology (EEG, MRI), sleep laboratories can now see inside the brains of volunteers while they are dreaming. The dream state is associated with rapid eye movement (REM), so, researchers know that when a volunteer’s sleep pattern stimulates the eyes to move […]
Interesting article in The New York Times last week (21 April/2021). Title is “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing.” The antidote to languishing given is “Flow,” that wonderful experience of being so in the moment, “where your sense of time, place and self melts away.” I write about “flow” towards the end of Essay #5: “Yin/Yang & the Hemispheres of the Brain.”
WHAT ARE WE THINKING? A Trip into the Right Hemisphere of the Human Brain Join award-winning radio talk show host, philosopher, and humorist Doug Grunther on a fascinating, insightful trip into the most creative, intuitive and expansive part of our brain: The Right Hemisphere. FEATURED GUEST for 3rd WEBINAR, April 21, 2021: Susan Rosen is an experienced dream work facilitator who has produced and led masterful dream group retreats for almost 20 years. She received her certification as a dream work facilitator from Dr. Jeremy Taylor, co-founder of the International Association of Dreams and, during his lifetime, one of the most renowned dream experts in the world. Susan was the founder of Miriam’s Well, a spiritual retreat in Saugerties, NY which hosted weekend seminars with some of the leading spiritual teachers in the country including groundbreaking poet and storyteller Robert Bly, psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen and Dr. Brugh Joy, medical doctor and teacher of dreams and the healing capacities of the human unconscious. What Are We Thinking? explores how the dominance of the left hemisphere perception in western culture has created a self-centered, materialist reality which can no longer be sustained and what can […]
WHAT ARE WE THINKING? A Trip into the Right Hemisphere of the Human Brain Join award-winning radio talk show host, philosopher, and humorist Doug Grunther on a fascinating, insightful trip into the most creative, intuitive and expansive part of our brain: The Right Hemisphere. FEATURED GUEST for 2nd WEBINAR, March 24, 2021: Iain McGilchrist: Psychiatrist, Fellow in Neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, former literature scholar at Oxford and author of the acclaimed book The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Iain is committed to the idea that mind and brain can be understood only by considering them within the whole of our physical and spiritual existence. WHAT ARE WE THINKING? explores how the dominance of the left hemisphere perception in western culture has created a self-centered, materialist reality which can no longer be sustained and what can be done to counteract this trend. Grunther reveals how explorers of the human mind, including select artists, scientists, depth psychologists, philosophers, business leaders and global visionaries, are providing mind-expanding insights to meet the challenges going forward. And we will see how optimistic visionary insights […]
Highly recommend: The article “Nature’s Living Intelligence” is an excellent insight into the need to shift what we’ve been primarily taught—that the world is a “collection of objects to be transformed, sold, used, and ultimately thrown away.” And it offers the alternative view, inherent in many ancient philosophies and spiritual teachings, that the world is alive with intelligence and meaning when we learn how to flow within its deep patterns. The article is written by David Fideler who has a PhD in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology.
In the Mission Statement of this Right Brain Network website is a proposed equation for contemplation: NI (Nature’s Intelligence) + HI (Human Intelligence) + AI (Computer Intelligence) + = ??? Of these three major forms of intelligence now interacting for the first time in human evolution, the most powerful and influential is NI (Nature’s Intelligence). Of course, we forget this almost all the time. For the past 500 years or so modern civilization has been overly balanced towards the left-hemisphere of the brain’s focus on being separate from nature and able, perceiving it as an object to manipulate for our material benefits. This is most powerful insight from Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author of “The Master and is Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World,” the book which inspired this Right Brain Network project. We are clearly not separate from nature. We were born out of nature’s intelligence and live within its complex, self-organizing system. As evolution biologist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris writes, “We are natural creatures which have evolved inside a great life system. Whatever we do that is not good for life, the rest of the system will try to undo or balance in any way […]
One of the most brilliant, insightful integral thinkers I ever had the chance to converse with was William Irwin Thompson. He was gracious enough to be a guest on my radio program for two hours back in 2002. Bill Thompson was a philosopher, cultural historian and founder of the Lindisfarne Association, a network of scientists, artists and religious scholars who got together to discuss what Bill called “Planetary Culture.” Listening to Bill or reading his work, one gets the sense he has not only read virtually every important book in the humanities and general sciences, but integrated them into a unique, wholistic vision. What I remember most about radio our conversation was not the content of what he said, but his style which he himself described as “poetic, philosophical mind-jazz” (clearly a right-hemisphere style of thinking). For this essay I focus one of his essays, “It’s Already Begun, The Planetary Age is an unacknowledged daily reality.” Written in 1985, it’s relevant for global shifts going on right now and serves as a good view of Bill’s integral mind. “We live in a culture that we do not see. We don’t live in industrial civilization; we live in […]
“A spiral, folding within itself….” Light and Dark submerging within and emerging from out of each other…. Unconscious and Conscious thoughts, feelings, urges interweaving…. The Yin/Yang symbol of the Tao, one of the most enduring in the perennial philosophy, is a great diving off point for contemplating a shift in emphasis to the right hemisphere of our brains in order to regain our emotional/psychological/spiritual balance here in the 21st century. Soon after choosing philosophy as my college major, I encountered this symbol for the first time while browsing in a college book store. Over 50 years later, I’m still mesmerized by both its simplicity and complexity all at once. On the “explicate” level, it’s relatively simple: black and white sections of a circle divided evenly by a spiral, a white dot within the black, a black dot within the white. But the deeper “implicit” levels are what stopped me in my tracks (although I had no reason why) and are the powerful magnetic pull that has made it one of the most enduring symbols in human evolution. As brought up in previous essays, the left hemisphere of our brains is skilled at breaking things down into smaller parts […]