The Power of Your Other Hand - A Course in Channeling the Inner Wisdom of the Right Brain
How much do I want to read more? 7/10
A very original book, about an original concept.
That is, to let the other hand express herself. To install a dialogue between the two hands.
It reminds me of my spontaneous writing journaling I used to do. I should do it again. Maybe in the morning before to read books. And before going to bed.
FOREWORD - MONA BROOKES
I was assured that she too could pull out hidden abilities that are so often buried inside of us. I was told that she created magic with children and helped them express themselves through writing in journals.
Using your non-dominant hand and learn- ing its lessons is one of the most powerful tools you can use toward that goal.
I’d always considered myself a right-handed person. Like most people, I believed I couldn’t write with the other hand. I tried it once, when I was about 10 or 11, and found that my left hand preferred to write in mirror fashion from right to left.
I didn’t write again with my left hand until 20 years later. I was strug- gling with a life-threatening illness that, I learned later, was a collagen disease.
“I want you to write a contract with yourself,” she instructed. “Write down what you’re going to do this week to apply what you’ve learned in this session.”
My face became the face of a very young child, with lips pursed and brow furrowed in deep concentration as I labored over this difficult task (left hand)
I actually shifted into my favorite floor-sitting position from childhood, with knees bent.
Afterward, I felt light and giggly, as if a giant weight had been lifted from my shoulders. It seemed like magic and it was so simple.
I started expressing feelings more in my everyday life, telling people what I wanted and what I didn’t want.
I had embraced that childlike part of me: the heart of my creativity and aliveness. At long last, I was integrating her into the rest of my life. I had come home to myself.
My dominant right hand wrote the Inner Parent voices. My Inner Child spoke through my left hand.
the thinking and feeling sides of my inner world began to embrace each other. In times of inner conflict, I turned to this wondrous process. It always brought clar- ity and insight. It always left me feeling better.
After six months of right/left hand dialogues, I was anxious to share this new discovery with others.
You’ll find exercises which will help you:
- Deal with feelings in a safe, healthy, and productive way.
- Uncover hidden artistic abilities.
- Discover the playful spirit so essential to the creative process.
- Release old emotions stored in parts of the body.
- Change negative attitudes about yourself.
- Heal your relationships with others.
- Contact a higher power (some call it the Higher Self) greater than your own personality or ego.
When my left hand was allowed to “speak” for the first time, I heard the voice of a long-forgotten self, a part of me that cried out for attention, that longed to be listened to. It eventually brought me to my Inner Self.
llow yourself 15 to 30 minutes of uninterrupted time.
- Two pens (ballpoint or felt) or two pencils.
- Colored felt pens (8 to 12 assorted colors).
- Unlined paper
your work is highly per- sonal and should therefore be kept confidential.
CHAPTER ONE - IN MY OWN HANDS
Obsessed with finding new meaning for my life after so many critical changes, I had a vague recognition that I needed to change careers, but didn’t know in which direction to go.
As I wrote the words, A new life from the old, a critical voice whis- pered in my head: “Yes, but you’d better hurry up. You’ve been searching too long.”
Then something clicked inside, like shifting gears. Suddenly my left hand grabbed the pen out of my right hand. My Little Child Within wrote and drew a picture of herself for the first time. She “answered back” to the judgmental Critical Parent that was chattering in my mind. She as- serted herself against that insidious voice that was gnawing away at my self-confidence. The Inner Child started it all: my first left hand/right hand dialogue.
How liberating! In that dialogue I realized I had found the key to unlock a power within myself. This power could help me deal with the demons of self-criticism and doubt.
That dialogue showed me exactly how I was still replaying the exter- nal Critical Parent messages recorded in my brain during childhood. Those messages were still putting me down.
I got to know the child I was before learning those negative attitudes. Now I could talk with her at any time in my journal.
That Inner Child who “spoke” through my other hand turned out to be a source of strength I’d had all along, but had lost somewhere in the business of grow- ing up.
writing with the non-dominant hand is usually difficult for beginners.
Breaking old patterns is often uncom- fortable and ego-deflating. This first exercise will probably jostle your ego. It will also help you observe your typical reactions to awkward mo- ments and unfamiliar situations. Just notice what happens.
WRITING WITH THE OTHER HAND
Materials: Unlined paper and a pen or pencil.
- Pick up the pen/pencil with your other hand
- Print or write your name.
- Continue writing with your non-dominant hand. This time print or write how it feels to be writing with this hand. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, syntax, or vocabulary.
- Read what you wrote. Then switch to your dominant hand and write down your reaction to what you wrote with your other hand. How did it feel to do it? What does the handwriting look like to you? What other thoughts or feelings come up? How did you react to doing things differently, to experiencing the unknown, the unfamiliar?
CHAPTER TWO - THE UPPER HAND AND THE OTHER HAND
Human beings have two hands.
One hand is called dominant, the other has no name.
One hand is defined by what it can do, the other by what it cannot do.
One hand is trained and educated, the other is ignored and unschooled.
One hand writes, the other is illiterate.
One hand is skilled, the other is awkward.
One hand is powerful, the other is weak.
No matter which hand is dominant, right or left, the same internal politics exist. One has the “upper hand,” the other is “left out.”