They cover a larger area and meander like a winding road.
The right brain takes you through forests, past lakes and farmland, on a slow Sunday drive in the country, a place to smell the roses, where you can stop for a picnic beside a lake and enjoy the warm summer sun on your skin.
The right brain is independent and pretty much on it’s own to figure out it’s own way, which is what it’s built to do. There are no rules on the right side of the brain. It is built for intuition and insights.
The right side of the brain usually takes a back seat and goes along for the ride. When the left brain tells us to run, because the pretty tiger is going to eat us, we listen or die.
The left brain is the dominate partner in the collaboration. It acts much like a super highway, getting you from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’ faster. There isn’t much scenery and there are lots of exit ramps to get you to a gas station or a place to eat.
The left side of the brain is where our education, business and pretty much everyone lives most of the time. It’s easy to teach 2+2=4, but not as easy to teach how to draw a tree. The left is where we focus our energies most of the time, where we learn to interpret what we think, see or hear.
The left side of the brain is filled up with easy to follow rules. ‘I’ before ‘E’ except after ‘C’; measure twice, cut once; floss and brush daily; put the milk back in the fridge . . . This side of the brain is built for speed, giving you the most information in the shortest amount of time.
It can only work with what it has. There is no innovation, just reaction. The trick is to stimulate the right side of the brain into action, by forcing the left brain to take a back seat. In Part One I talked about sketching, as a solution even for the non-artist.
In Part Three I will give you some other suggestions on how to accomplish shutting down the gate keeper that stands guard so firmly in all of us.