n case you haven’t seen this animated video of a talk by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist, it’s worth watching Iain clears up popular misconceptions about the function and relationship between the right brain and left brain, and updates our current understanding of the two hemispheres: The left brain helps us work with information within a closed system that is fixed, isolated, static, abstract and general. The right brain helps us work with information within a broad context that is living, interconnected, changing and individual.
Here is the link if the video doesn't show up. http://youtu.be/dFs9WO2B8uI
In this new RSA Animate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.
"I do not believe in evil. I believe in Good. I do not believe in sin. I believe in Truth. I do not believe in want. I believe in Abundance. I do not believe in death. I believe in Life. I do not believe in ignorance. I believe in Intelligence. There are no discords in my being. Being is peace. My faith, understanding and love are becoming one.
‘What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.’"
[excerpt from A Practical Guide to Prosperous Living]
A widow approached the prophet Elisha with the problem that she had bills she could not pay and debtors who were threatening to take her two children into slavery. Elisha asked the woman what she had in her house, and she said she had nothing except a single jar of oil. He instructed her to go out and borrow from her neighbors as many empty vessels as she could. He told her to take the empty vessels into her house, shut herself and her children inside, and then begin pouring the oil into the vessels. When one was full, another was to be brought until she ran out of empty vessels. She followed these instructions, pouring oil until the last vessel was filled. When she reported to Elisha what had happened, he told her to go and sell the oil, pay her debts, and live off the remaining money.
Using this powerful illustration from the Old Testament, let’s take a closer look at each of these steps.Read more
What does realization mean? When we realize something, what takes place?
Our prayers often follow a pattern of words, we say prayers that we have learned, we repeat words that are dear and familiar to us. But too many times we do not realize the meaning of the words we are repeating; they are not living words to us.
To realize is to conceive vividly as real. The prayer that changes us, that changes our life is the prayer that goes beyond the repetition of words, beyond thinking about God or Truth to the realization of what the words of prayer represent. It is to go beyond thinking or talking about God and life and love and power to the realization of God as life, as love, as power.
To realize the truth is to KNOW ourselves as spiritual beings. It is to KNOW ourselves as one with God. It is to realize, as Jesus realized, that we and the Father, the Source of all, are not separate, but one.
Realization is the result, the product of prayer. We may seem to pray. We may seem to pray and pray without results, but every word of Truth we speak, every affirmation of God's presence and power has its impact on us and works in us to heighten our awareness, to bring us to the place where we go beyond the words of the prayer or the affirmation to the to the clear, vivid realization.
Prayer is not something that ends with the spoken word, but something that begins with the spoken word to act in us and through us. The realization of the spiritual idea is the birth of the accomplished reality. This is how our good is brought into concrete expression.
As you pray, seek always for a free clear, vivid realization of the Truth that stands behind your words of prayer. Then will the living word become real to you; then will your prayers become filled with power to produce good and perfect results.
Your assignment this week: Realize it! from UCH Files
There are so many small parts to a Mother’s life that it can seem ordinary, but there is nothing ordinary about the role of “Mother.” This will connect with and empower every mom to remain strong. Text from a blog post by Lisa-Jo Baker who believes motherhood should come with its own super hero cape and blogs about it at lisajobaker.com.