Balancing the Rational and Intuitive Minds
Have you ever heard of Nobel Prize winner Roger W. Sperry? Unless you’ve studied psychology, you probably answered no.
Roger W. Sperry is a psychobiologist, and in the 1960s, he developed the theory of the left brain and right brain processing information differently.According to Sperry’s research, the left brain is more verbal, analytical, and orderly than the right brain. It’s better at things like reading, writing, and computations. Whereas the right brain is more visual and intuitive. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking.
If you are someone who tends to be very analytical, driven by data and facts, drawn to math and logic, you would be considered a “left brain” person.
If you are someone (like me and most of my community) who tends to be more imaginative, emotionally driven, artistic and intuitive, you would be considered a “right brain” person.
I work with a lot of people who have a really strong left brain, but they know they’re intuitive, they know that they’re getting messages and signs, but when they tried to tap in, they have trouble calming the part of the brain that wants to analyze everything, that wants to rationalize it, that needs justification and validation for what they’re receiving.
Unfortunately, that’s just not how intuition works. Intuition is conceptual, it is symbolic, it is fluid and does not like to be contained or defined. Intuition was “born to be wild”. The imaginative and intuitive minds are similar in nature and this is why so many creatives are considered to be eccentric and odd.
Obviously, no one is entirely left or right – we all have both a left and right side of our brain. No matter which you identify with, connecting the two and finding congruence between them can sometimes be difficult. But there are things we can do to learn how to let the two work seamlessly together!
If you’re a lefty struggling to trust your intuition, consider bringing in some of the activities I recommended in the video:
- Meditation – there’s no time requirement here, give yourself 5 minutes to start your day (you can even meditate in the shower)!
- Arts – what was your favorite activity in art class? Painting? Drawing? Coloring? There are lots of adult coloring books, including this beautiful mandala one!
- Play – this is an easy one if you have kids. Instead of watching them on the playground, join in! Let yourself experience the fun and freedom that comes with play.
- Sensory – skip take out and allow yourself time to create a meal – smelling, feeling, and tasting all of the ingredients.
If you’re struggling to connect your left and right brain, I’d love to help! Leave a comment under the video and let me know…
Sending you so much love,