Friday, April 18, 2008

A Stroke of Insight ~ Jill Bolte Taylor

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a stroke in 1996 from which she took eight years to recover. During the episode she remained lucid and was able to report a mystical experience she had while her left brain hemisphere was disabled by a blood clot. Her insight is brilliant, vivid and of immeasurable value to our understanding of the nature of holographic reality. She articulates it engagingly and passionately. I initially found her accent grating, but after a few minutes I got into her story and found it rewarding enough to share on this blog.

[Brought to my attention by Alfred the Essene]


Anonymous said...

You said "I initially found her accent grating, but after a few minutes I got into her story and found it rewarding"

Yeah, I was the exact same way....but she just grabbed me at some point, and I was just taken by her presentation.

gangeticus said...


Interesting to note that the left and right hemispheres of the brain are connected electrically through the corpus callosum, something akin to the internet. And musicians and mathematicians are found to have bigger corpus than those not so inclined.

So do women! Which explains their extraordinary ability to multitask, just like Windows XP...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that. Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight is one of the most incredible stories I've heard in a long time. Her TEDTalk video blew my mind wide open to new possibilities. On the one hand, there's what she went through and how she emerged from it. On the other hand, there's what she can teach all of us.
I saw the 4 part Oprah interview on Oprah dot com Soul Series and I did learn a lot from that, but I'd like to find our more of how to do what Dr. Taylor did, without having a stroke of course!
Thin how many of us are living too much in the head, and not the heart. And of course, you can't get more left brain than a Harvard Brain Scientist. Isn't it ironic that she should be the one to have the stroke and transform from the quintessential left brainer into this ""seen the light"" disciple of finding inner peace?
I hope this movement keeps going. Maybe there will be My Stroke of Insight classes where we can practice what Jill Bolte Taylor is preaching.

Anonymous said...

MY STROKE OF INSIGHT was ranked #5 in all books sold on Amazon today and #1 in Memoirs above even Barbara Walters' memoir. Babs had been promoting her book for months in advance and Dr. Taylor's book was self-published.

Then Oprah recommended it. There's the Power of Now, and then there's the Power of Oprah!!

"My Stroke of Insight" is out in Hardcover now for less than the old paperback edition. Amazon has it for 40% off.

Anonymous said...

in watching this video clip, i also "felt my spirit surrender".