Having just begun to awake within the last couple of years, I have been avidly reading books on spirituality and self development ( Thanks Simon for creating PsiTek). I absorb it all well on an intellectual level but sometimes feel my left brain way of thinking or analytical mind tends to overthink it all. I would appreciate any answers on this.

Thanks Michaela

asked 28 Oct '09, 12:00

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edited 21 Nov '09, 07:58

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Personally, I think it would be more helpful to allow your right brain to play a bigger part in your life. You may be surprised at just how easy this can be.


(04 Nov '09, 19:39) Penny
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One of my favorite historical geniuses was a man called Leonardo Da Vinci

Among the many gifts he left to humanity was this code of four principles to stimulate genius within yourself...

  • Study the science of art.

  • Study the art of science.

  • Develop all your senses especially your ability to see.

  • Study all the above in the light of the idea that everything connects, in some way, to everything else.

What he was talking about with regard to the first two points is related to your belief that you are having problems with overthinking metaphysical topics.

Leonardo was talking about genius being neither being left-brained nor right-brained but a perfect blend of both.

Being left-brained when looking at right-brained subjects like spirituality is actually studying the science of art and I think you will actually gain considerable insights from having an analytical view of subjects that are not normally approached in this way.

What you appear to be concerned about though is that you feel out of balance with your left-brainedness. So perhaps from time-to-time, you might wish to come up with some ways for yourself to study the art of science.

Maybe you could engage in some artistic endeavors, play a musical instrument, get involved in amateur dramatics or improv, anything that allows that creative, intuitive element within you to come out and play for a while.

Sooner or later, you may start to feel a balance within yourself regarding your left and right brains and then this feeling of overthinking may subside.

Just a few random thoughts :)


answered 30 Oct '09, 01:22

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Well expressed "random thoughts" thank you.

(30 Oct '09, 01:48) Michaela

If a person is locked into his intellect and over-thinking everything on a human level, then yes, the intellect can definitely be a hinderance. It is blocking the subconscious thoughts from coming to the forefront and helping create new, higher experiences in life.

Spiritually is more of a 'feeling,' an 'inspiration' and an experience of 'letting go.' "Let Go and Let God" is a very popular saying and belief.

One of my favorite quotes from Emerson which is also relevant to your question is, "Get your bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine circuit," and what he means is that the ego is human based and divine circuit is spiritually based. Spiritual is infinite and, as such, will always know and see much further than we can ever comprehend on a human (finite) level.

Bottom line: You are a spiritual being having a human experience and not the other way around and as such, you are here to prosper in every area of your life.

Your life is created from within. "As within, so without." If you do not like your life as it is right now, you must change your inner life/thoughts to experience change in your outer life. That is a Universal Law.

A simple ancient principle: "Everything is always created twice. Once in mind. Then in reality."


answered 30 Oct '09, 12:46

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Thanks for your input.

(30 Oct '09, 18:14) Michaela

You are right spirituality is more of an feeling jane I agree with you.

(02 Nov '09, 12:34) flowingwater

I feel this might clear some things for you :)



answered 28 Oct '09, 15:37

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Thanks for the link, looks like it might help.

(28 Oct '09, 17:06) Michaela

I think Stingray may be alluding to a book I once read entitled, "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day" by Michael J. Gelb. (see it at Amazon.com) It would be a worthwhile read. I agree with everything Stingray said.

The only points I would add are: 1) in addition to "Develop all your senses especially your ability to see," work on being more attuned to how you feel emotionally about the topics of your studies, and try to identify what it is about them that makes you feel that way; and 2) spend some time practicing meditation or some other spiritual discipline. These practices help to integrate the left and right brain functions as we follow courses of study or experiences for our personal growth.

I don't see an analytical or intellectual mind as a hindrance at all. In fact, a well-balanced, full use of the whole mind is to be preferred on our spiritual journey. The artistic mind may miss things the analytic mind notices, and vice versa. It is best for our spiritual growth to get all we can out of life, and that means using the whole mind.


answered 30 Oct '09, 08:23

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edited 30 Oct '09, 08:32

Thanks John - I didn't know about that book. Will be taking a look...

(30 Oct '09, 08:35) Stingray

Thanks, will definitely take a look at that book. I have been meditating daily for more than a year now and it has helped.

(30 Oct '09, 11:56) Michaela

You're welcome, both. BTW, just got home from watching a stage play. That was pretty cool, too. Anything to heighten our artistic sensibilities is good.

(31 Oct '09, 03:47) John

John what is BTW? Plays are great and the actors actually have to get into their characters to bring you more fully into the play. Great.

(22 Nov '09, 05:08) flowingwater

Oh, sorry Unknown. That's an abbreviation for "By the way." It's used a lot by people in text messaging.

(22 Nov '09, 06:28) John
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An spiritual journey to me is about connecting to God, Jesus Christ, for others it might be universal consciouness, or other. You do not connect with all of your thinking you connect with your spirit. The spirit within you connects to the all powerful God and you know because you feel it. You must first ask Jesus into your heart and your life.

So I always tell people to talk into the air and say God I have heard so much about you are you real if so reveil your self to me by talking to me or showing me something or answering my questions anyway let me know that you hear me.

The intellectual mind cannot comprehend what the spiritual mind can conceive so when you are on an spiritual journey it will be your spirit within your body that you will be relying on the most. Yes, you are going to use your conscious mind but it will be your spiritual soul who you will get your most understanding and guidance from. For God is connected directly with your spiritual being. We all know their is an superior being for we feel it for it was put into us by our creator and that is why we go on an spiritual journey to find out who he is or find more information about who he is and maybe the why and how of us in this spiritual equation.


answered 02 Nov '09, 12:49

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edited 22 Nov '09, 05:04

Thanks for your reply.

(02 Nov '09, 13:15) Michaela

You are so very welcome Michaela.

(02 Nov '09, 20:01) flowingwater

theory and practice are 2 different thing as for having analytical mind is very good the problem is not to analyse but what you do with it! if you meditate having analytical mind will help you to analyse what you find there! so you read book it is good! but do you do other thing then just theory? example: you can read book about mechanic and understand what you read but when you do mechanic on car(practice) it can be different then in the book or doing it you can understand some stuff you did not when reading the book! so you might lack some practice! that is why you have so many question! and your mind try to answer from what it knows! does that make sense to you? well good luck enjoy the experiance!

if you get stuff that you don't know that fill those gap that is from the spirit!


answered 25 Jun '11, 01:44

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edited 25 Jun '11, 02:02

I see as some of the great answers above as I write this that the integrated whole brain thought is the superior thought as opposed to left or right brain thought. This is taught is the S.O.S. whole brain thinking is best, this solves problems far better than one or the other side of the brain.

If I feed the left brain then give it to my right brain to work out the details an answer comes that is very applicable and seems to have just popped into thought.

Likewise if we experience or take in thought from the right brain then give it to our left brain to think over we get very useful information revealed to us similar to those moments we feel we found it!

Conclusively this comes to a substantiation of the claim when examined and exercised.


answered 25 Jun '11, 03:09

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Wade Casaldi

I'm with you on using the whole brain... I've definitely opened the right brain quite a bit in the 20 mths since asking this one. Thanks Wade :)

(26 Jun '11, 02:17) Michaela

Wonderful that is good to hear, it is always good to hear testimonies Michaela. :-)

(26 Jun '11, 05:03) Wade Casaldi
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