Tony Wright in 1995 spent three days and nights awake to test his brain function with a result that his left hemisphere of the brain fell asleep causing all the normal symptoms of fatigue. However, his right hemisphere stayed awake and could now function without interference from the left brain. As a result, for 20 minutes, he felt euphoric and also had superior perceptual abilities, compared to his normal self. This lead to further research by both Tony Wright and Graham Gynn, which was based on the hypothesis that we have an imbalance in our brains, which causes a type of psychosis, the domination by the left hemisphere of the right, causing a blockage in the majority of our higher brain functions.
"...reducing sleep changed the area of brain activation - there was a reduction in left hemisphere activity and a corresponding increase in the right."
(p. 21, Left in the Dark)
"Research carried out over the last thirty or so years has quietly revolutionised our understanding of how the human brain works. Some of it challenges long held notions of who and what we think we are. We may be on a cusp of a new and very profound understanding of consciousness [...] This new perspective will, we predict, reach into the realms of enhanced health, supercharged immune systems and consciousness change. [...] Recent research has indicated that [the] foundations of physics and biology, though they have been in the past helpful to our understanding, are only partially true. In our everyday lives we may think of ourselves as being separate, however we all have the ability to open ourselves to a much more subtle level of experience - one of underlying unity and connectedness. [...] We are now discovering, for example, that the mind has direct connections to the immune system, raising possibilities of 'thinking ourselves well'. Renewed scientific interest in the phenomenon of autistic savants is also beginning to unlock the secrets of what were once considered to be supra normal abilities. All this new evidence has started to shift the orthodox scientific view. What is becoming clear is that the human mind has untapped powers." (p. 2)
To summarise from Graham Glynn's and Tony Wright's 'Left in the Dark':
The following help to access the 'right hemisphere self':
- Sexual yoga (kundalini yoga)
- Tantric practices
- Meditation, painting, music, fishing, or any other concentrated activity
- Frugivorous diet rich in flavonoids, MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors, and neurotransmitter precursors
- Fasting, chanting, drawing
- Various drugs, including MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, cannabis, ayahuasca brew (DMT), etc.
- Serotonin, melanin
- Sleep deprivation (worked well with raw foodists)
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP, Richard Bandler and John Grinder)
- Mantra intonation, visualisation
- Certain mental illnesses and brain damage
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Relaxed, playful attitude
- Refined nutritional intake
- Opening to the subtle energy of spiritual locations
- Focusing on the breath
- Shamanic rites
- Extremely focused activity, being truly 'in the present'
- Electromagnetic fields of the correct frequency
- Anything that helps open the 'third eye' [my addition]
- St. John's Wort and Passion Flower Tea [my addition]
- Possibly negative ions from ionizers, waterfalls, rainfall, etc. [my addition]
- Anything that enhances chi/ scalar energy [my addition]
Right hemisphere physical and mental states and capabilities:
- Calmness, peaceful atmosphere
- More vivid perception, enhanced tastes, brighter vision, clearer sounds, more joyful moods, greater speed and accuracy of perception, spatial and holistic perception
- Poetic, contextual understanding
- Movement of the left hand
- Creativity, inventions, intuition
- Non-verbal forms of intellect: spatial awareness, pattern recognition
- Recognising faces and listening to music
- Singing, drawing
- Dancing to a rhythmic beat
- Photographic memory
- Brain processes in a rapid, whole-patterned, spatial, holistic and perceptual way
- Day dreaming, playing instruments, listening to music
- Peak experiences of time standing still, lost in painting, fishing, etc.
- Moments of insights, direct knowing
- Possibly astounding numerical, musical and artistic skills
- Photographic memory (see: Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic savant)
- Learning new languages at record speeds (see: Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant)
- All-encompassing, religious bliss (Tony Wright, one of the authors experienced this after 11 days of sleep deprivation, while being on a raw food diet)
- A more resonant voice
- Ability to follow many conversations at the same time
- Rhyming skills, poetic skills
- Ability to juggle, and a change in visual perception which allows to follow all the balls simultaneously
- Enhancement of peripheral vision (see also Juhani Pallasmaa's writings on the importance of peripheral vision)
- Enhancement of vision, being able to see all the leaves of the trees in detail and at once
- Vivid childhood memories
- Psychic powers
- Religious experiences and a 'liberated' sense of self
- Ability to understand jokes and metaphors
- Ability to understand wider context
- Wayfinding, orientation, recognising places, maze navigation
- Recognising individual faces and distinguishing between facial expressions
- Using and recognising tone of voice (intonation)
- Sudden creative insights, intuition
- The subconscious mind
- Distant healing
- Disappearance of the sense of 'I' (ego?)
- Transformations in the perception of time, shifts in time and space
- 'High' orgasm
- Ability to anticipate other's actions
- Seeing auras and energy
- Long-term (and complete life-time) memory
"...most learning and change takes place at an unconscious level. And when they refer to the unconscious level they are really, in our view, talking about right hemisphere function." (p. 111) [my emphasis]
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