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Non-dominant Hand Writing

Non-dominant Hand Writing

One way to tap the deeper wisdom of the body-mind (vs. the analytical, strategic, linear, monkey mind) is non-dominant hand writing. You can easily access what your body and your subconscious knows for more complete information.

Try this: write questions on a piece of paper with your dominant hand. Switch hands  and answer with your non-dominant hand. It may take some practice to write and read what we’ve written, because few of us are ambidextrous. But go back and forth with questions and answers, passing the pen back and forth.

You may be surprised by what you get. I just asked my deeper self, “What do you most want to offer with your healing practice?” The answer: “A grieving ground. Sacred theater for deep life to play out.” Now I would not have put it that way consciously, but my unconscious body-mind put it that way. It gives me a fuller sense of the sacred space that is so needed in our culture for grief.

Note: you might have to ‘translate’ the answers with your clear writing hand, making notations by words that are hard to read. Sometimes it will be hard to understand the answers as you look back on this interview, so better to clarify while it’s fresh in your mind.

As you keep asking and answering you may feel a little fuzzy-headed. That’s because you are safely putting yourself in an easily reversible altered state. You are moving back and forth between hemispheres of the brain.

As you write with your non-dominant hand, you locate yourself in your meditation sanctuary, the center of your head near the hypothalamus, as opposed to the frontal cortex of the analytical mind. In the meditation sanctuary, you are close to all the sensory nerve inputs, so that you are accessing more full information from all your senses and your intuition.

I’d love to hear how this works for you, what you discover. Let me know. It would be a great foundation for further session work with me.

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Healing Quotes

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Grief is not a task to finish,
And move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.”

– Barb Mather

“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

– W. S. Merwin

“Don’t run away from grief, o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
Because the rose came from the thorn
And the ruby came from a stone.”

– Rumi

“In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart.”

– Chogyam Trungpa

“Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.”

– Katherine Mansfield

“Joy moves always to new locations,
the ease of its flow never freezing.
A long winter’s tale is over. Now
with each spring day, a new story.”

– Rumi

“Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

– Alex Grey

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

– Bill Hicks

“It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.”

– James Schuyler

“Our only security is our ability to change.”

– John Lilly

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E. M. Forster

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”

– Elizabeth A. Behnke

“The absolute tranquility is the present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and therein is eternal delight.”

– Hui-Neng

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

– Ram Dass