Contacting one's True Self

There are times in everyone's life when we feel uncertain what decision to take or what it is that we really want. It means that our contact with our true selves has temporarily been lost.

A few years ago I was shown an interesting technique that helps in restoring the lost contact. From that time on I have been using it whenever I need advice.

I sit down at my desk, take a sheet of paper and a pen and write down the question or the thought that worries me. Then I take the pen in my left hand (mind you, I'm right-handed) and my inner personality phrases the answer for me. The answer always comes as a surprise. I never know beforehand what it's going to be before my left hand finishes writing.

As for the explanation, it is quite simple. Each side of the brain is known to control movements of the opposite side of the body. So, right-handed people (about 90 percent) have left-hemisphere-dominant brains and vice versa.

The two different hemispheres of the brain are responsible for two different manners of thinking. Most individuals have a distinct preference for one mode over the other (the minority are, however, more whole-brained). Left-brained people are more logical, rational, analytical and objective whereas right-brained ones are more intuitive, synthesizing and subjective. In general, lefties think more creatively than right-handers. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that musicians, painters and writers are significantly more likely to be left-handed.

So, the more often a right-handed person practices writing with his left hand, the more training his right hemisphere gets and the closer is the contact between him and his intuition, i.e. his true self.

Further reading: www.funderstanding and www.apa.org.

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