Using Your Whole Brain

Every two to three hours our brains subtly shift from right dominance to left dominance and back again.
Every two to three hours our brains subtly shift from right dominance to left dominance and back again.

There are obvious advantages to using both hemispheres when addressing a goal or project. When both “people” in your head work together on a common goal, magical things tend to happen. The reason those magical things don’t happen more often may be because your brains are in conflict with each other. Bringing them together in a common direction may be all you need to do to get things moving in your life – moving in the direction of your goals.

Quite basically, you have one brain hemisphere that thinks in a linear fashion and is great for organization. The other is great for spatial, non-concrete thinking – creativity. To avoid total confusion, we humans will assign one brain hemisphere or the other to be dominant for any given task. Usually the dominant one is the one that was dominant the last time you did the task – not because it is better suited to the task, but purely by the luck of the draw – that was the one that happened to be dominant at that time.

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That’s pretty haphazard if you ask me.


What I’m writing about here is brain dominance. Contrary to what I was taught in college, we are not left or right brain dominant all the time. In other words, you are not “left brain dominant” or “right brain dominant.” Every two to three hours our brains subtly shift from right dominance to left dominance and back again.

The shift is very subtle and you probably won’t notice the shift. You might notice the shift if you are currently in your right brain dominance and suddenly are faced with a left brain task. Your brain will shift dominance to accommodate the task – according to the blueprint of the last time you did the task – or perhaps you’ve done the task repeatedly using that brain hemisphere and now have a habit of it – like tying your shoes or reading the Sunday comics.

Shifting brain dominance at will can give you more control and bring your strongest assets to bear on whatever task you may be faced with at the time. Rather than relying upon the haphazard approach previously employed in which brain dominance for a task relied upon a chance occurrence in your past, we can now take charge of our own brain dominance and use that dominance to enhance our life experiences.

Manually change brain dominance

Imagine a fulcrum (a teeter-totter is a fulcrum) in which the center of the fulcrum is in the center of your brain and the fulcrum is oriented side to side instead of up and down (as it is in a teeter-totter). As you imagine swinging the fulcrum to the left in front of you, the rear of the fulcrum will swing to the right rear. To change brain dominance at will, simply imagine the fulcrum swinging from one side in front of you to the other side – with a corresponding opposite effect to the rear.

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You do not have to move your eyes or head or body in any way. Simply imagine the fulcrum shifting from side to side with the opposite effect to the rear. This exercise will shift your underlying attention and focus to one side from the other. So, for example, as you begin to read, imagine shifting the fulcrum in your head to the other side and see if reading becomes any easier – or that you begin to comprehend the material any better – or both.

Experiment with other tasks to see how things go for you. For most projects or activities, shifting back and forth from one side to the other and then back again – slowly – will cause additional brain assets to come into focus for a short time – usually long enough to engage them. It will also cause the Corpus Callosum to communicate quicker and more often between brain hemispheres – balancing out your resource and compelling images as you go along.

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5 thoughts on “Using Your Whole Brain

  1. I am a Director of MyBrain International (http://www.mybrain.co.uk) that specialises in training people in the uses of the subject of Brain Dominance in the field of training and development.

    I therefore read your article with interest as I have never heard of this shifting of dominance before.

    Do you have any empirical evidence to support this or can you point to any independent research to substantiate this theory?

    Many thanks.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Alistair. Sorry it didn’t get posted as it should have when you made it. In answer to your question about empirical evidence – no, I don’t have any independent research. However, Allen Sargent’s book, The Other Mind’s Eye, promotes the theory that brain dominance can be controlled – at least temporarily – depending upon the task at hand. I’ve demonstrated this using Sargent’s simple hand/eye testing technique and it seems to work as Sargent suggests. Not very scientific, but my article was not intended to be scientific – just an opinion and theory – coupled with a simple technique to try at home. Thanks again.

  3. I have taken the online right brain left brain test and each and every time The results have plopped right in the 50-50 category.

    I havent taken this test for at least 6 years now. When I just took it
    I am 40% left 60% right. hmmmmm

    I was an IBM technical guy – now retail business owner – I noticed the change mentally so I took the test. I was confirmed .

  4. I just want to say that this method didn’t work for me.  It’s good to note that is very difficult to actually change brain dominance.  The method I’ve taught myself goes like this…

    Bring your face a 1 or 2 inches from a mirror.  Look at your right eye.  This will come naturally and you’ll feel you are looking directly at your right eye.

    Then rotate your face to the left.  Look at your left eye now, you’ll notice that you’ll see the edge of your nose in your brain’s vision.

    Here’s the hard part, look “directly” at your own left eye.  Take a few seconds without closing your right, then do so in and out until you’ll get there without your right eye being closed.

    If you’ve done it right, you won’t see the ridge of your nose and you will sense you are closer to the mirror than before.  You’ll also feel very strange.  So take a moment to “recalibrate” after you’ve done this.

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